Sunday, February 11, 2018

NEXT BIBLE STUDY:

The Seven Habits of a Godly life

 

It is obvious that such a God-centered lifestyle cannot be developed and maintained apart from a solid foundation of devotion to God and prayer. Only a strong personal relationship with the living God can keep such a commitment from becoming oppressive and legalistic. John writes that God's commands are not burdensome; a godly life is not wearisome, but this is true only because a godly person is first of all devoted to God. To live this godly life we must first be devoted to God, and then live unto Him in a godly way. In this study we will learn how to live a godly life by applying these seven habits of a godly life to our life. We will learn what a habit is and a godly life, and how to apply these habits to our daily life. In honor to God we must live a godly life. God desire this of His children, because He is holy and righteous. Our goal is to stay focus on God and Who He is, and what He requires of us daily.  We just finished a study on "The Lord's Prayer," now we will focus on a life accepted of God as we pray this prayer and live.

 

"The Seven Habits of a godly life" by Dr. Charles Stanley………….Coming soon.

Bible Study: Conclusion: “AMEN”

The Prayer Jesus Taught His Disciples

Matthew 6:5-16

Week # 15



 

The conclusion maybe a contradiction to what we have studied in this lesson, but it's not; it is a conclusion of what the prayer means to us, and how we should use it.  Please look back at the pattern of the Lord's Pray for a greater understanding of why Jesus taught this prayer. It was for our learning on how to pray to our Father in heaven.

 

"Why do we end our prayers with 'Amen'?"

The Hebrew word translated "amen" literally means "truly" or "so be it." "Amen" is also found in the Greek New Testament and has the same meaning. Nearly half of the Old Testament uses of amen are found in the book of Deuteronomy. In each case, the people are responding to curses pronounced by God on various sins. Each pronouncement is followed by the words "and all the people shall say Amen" (Deuteronomy 27:15-26). This indicates that the people applauded the righteous sentence handed down by their holy God, responding, "So let it be." The "amen" attested to the conviction of the hearers that the sentences which they heard were true, just, and certain. Seven of the Old Testament references link amen with praise. The sentence "Then all the people said 'Amen' and 'Praise the LORD,'" found in 1 Chronicles 16:36, typifies the connection between amen and praise. In Nehemiah 5:13 and 8:6, the people of Israel affirm Ezra's exalting of God by worshipping the Lord and obeying Him. The highest expression of praise to God is obedience, and when we say "amen" to His commands and pronouncements, our praise is sweet music to His ears.

The New Testament writers all use "amen" at the end of their epistles. The apostle John uses it at the end of his gospel, his three letters, and the book of Revelation, where it appears nine times. Each time it is connected with praising and glorifying God and referring to the second coming and the end of the age. Paul says "amen" to the blessings he pronounces on all the churches in his letters to them, as do Peter, John and Jude in their letters. The implication is that they are saying, "May it be that the Lord will truly grant these blessings upon you."

When Christians say "amen" at the end of our prayers, we are following the model of the apostles, asking God to "please let it be as we have prayed." Remembering the connection between amen and the praise of obedience, all prayers should be prayed according to the will of God. Then when we say "amen," we can be confident that God will respond "so be it" and grant our requests (John 14:131 John 5:14).

The Lord's Prayer is a prayer the Lord Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4Matthew 6:9-13 says, "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'" Many people misunderstand the Lord's Prayer to be a prayer we are supposed to recite word for word. Some people treat the Lord's Prayer as a magic formula, as if the words themselves have some specific power or influence with God.

The Bible teaches the opposite. God is far more interested in our hearts when we pray than He is in our words. "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words" (Matthew 6:6-7). In prayer, we are to pour out our hearts to God (Philippians 4:6-7), not simply recite memorized words to God.

The Lord's Prayer should be understood as an example, a pattern, of how to pray. It gives us the "ingredients" that should go into prayer. Here is how it breaks down. "Our Father in heaven" is teaching us whom to address our prayers to—the Father. "Hallowed be your name" is telling us to worship God, and to praise Him for who He is. The phrase "your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" is a reminder to us that we are to pray for God's plan in our lives and the world, not our own plan. We are to pray for God's will to be done, not for our desires. We are encouraged to ask God for the things we need in "give us today our daily bread." "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" reminds us to confess our sins to God and to turn from them, and also to forgive others as God has forgiven us. The conclusion of the Lord's Prayer, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one" is a plea for help in achieving victory over sin and a request for protection from the attacks of the devil.

So, again, the Lord's Prayer is not a prayer we are to memorize and recite back to God. It is only an example of how we should be praying. Is there anything wrong with memorizing the Lord's Prayer? Of course not! Is there anything wrong with praying the Lord's Prayer back to God? Not if your heart is in it and you truly mean the words you say. Remember, in prayer, God is far more interested in our communicating with Him and speaking from our hearts than He is in the specific words we use. Philippians 4:6-7 declares, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

If I don't pray, then I am cut off from my only true source of help. I need God and my prayers to Him acknowledge this fact. The longer I am out of prayer, the more I feel out of fellowship with Him. Why not pray to Him more consistently, pour out your heart to Him earnestly, tell Him about all of your burdens and then cast every single one of them upon Him because "he cares about what happens to you" (1 Pet 4:7).

 

Ending Prayer:

 

Father in Heaven, You are worthy to be praised. We honor You, and please help us to obey You, and cause our plans to be Your plan for, so we can accomplish it in our lives. Father God, we ask You to forgive us of all the sin we have committed against You.  Also, Lord, help us to forgive others who have hurt us in anyway.  Our God of the whole earth be exalted in every place. We praise you God for sending Your Son Jesus to die for our sin, and for making us free to worship You.  Thank You Jesus, for leaving us this prayer pattern for us to learn how to pray correctly. Holy Spirit, teach us to use these patterns in our everyday prayer life. We give You glory, honor, and praise because You are worthy of them. Let Your Kingdom of peace reign in our hearts, Lord.  Father God, make our relationship with You be priority in our daily living. Thank You for providing and protecting us in every need. We know that all things work together for our good, because You love us.  We thank You and praise You, Lord. Glory be to our God! Hallelujah! We worship You in praise, Lord. Father God, bless us to continue to study Your Word, so we can learn more of You and Your Word to live by and through the Holy Spirit. We love You, Lord! Hallelujah. AMEN.


See you in our next study ………. "The Seven Habits of a Godly life"

Saturday, February 10, 2018

ENDING PRAYER:

Weekly Reading Assignment: (Acts 27-28)

 

I have finished my weekly reading assignment!

 

 

Ending Prayer:

 

Heavenly Father, I look to heaven in adoration to You.  I pray that our love for You will continue to grow as we study Your Word.  Jesus, You are our Lord and Savior. We adore You so much. We need the Holy Spirit to continue to help us in every way.  Father God, bless us with divine revelation of Your Word, in Jesus' name.  Help us Lord to always ask, seek, and knock according to Your will for our life.  Let Your plan be our plan in Jesus' name.  We honor Who You are, God; for You are everything to us; You are the very essence of our being and our breathing. We acknowledge that if You hold Your breath we would stop breathing; Thank You for breathing for us, Lord God Almighty. Hallelujah to You, glory be to You,  we praise You, we honor You in praise and worship; Glory Hallelujah to our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Father of all. AMEN.

Weekly Praises

Blessed be our God!

 

Praise You, Jesus, You are my Defense. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Bridegroom. Praise You, Jesus, You are my Patience. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Solid Reality. Praise You, Jesus, You are my Provider. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Resurrection and the Life. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Alpha and the Omega.

 

Praise You, Jesus, You are the Beginning and the End. Praise You, Jesus, You are all that I need. Praise You, Jesus, You are all that I want. Praise You, Jesus, You are worthy of all praise. Amen

 

 

Let's Hallow His name by rehearsing Who He is:

 

Jehovah-Adonai

 

Adonai is the verbal parallel to Yahweh and JehovahAdonai is plural; the singular is adon. In reference to God the plural Adonai is used. When the singular adon is used, it usually refers to a human lord. Adon is used 215 times to refer to men. Occasionally in Scripture and predominantly in the Psalms, the singular adon is used to refer to God as well.  Exd 34:23). To avoid contravening the commandment "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain" (Exd 20:7), sometimes Adonai was used as a substitute for Yahweh(YHWH). Adonai can be translated literally as, "my lords' " (both plural and possessive).

He makes no mistake: Poem


 My Father's way may twist and turn,

My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I'm glad to know,
He makes no mistake.


My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I'll trust my Lord to lead
For He doth know the way.

Though night be dark, and it may seem
That day will never break,
I'll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He makes no mistake.


There's so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight's far too dim;
But come what may, I'll simply trust
And leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift
And plain it all He'll make,
Through all the way, though dark to me
He made not one mistake.

Weekly Song:

Weekly Song: (Matthew 26:30)     Revive Us Again


1.    We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.
Refrain:
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.
2.    We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who hath shown us our Savior,
And scattered our night.
3.    All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain,
Who hath borne all our sins,
And hath cleansed every stain.
4.    All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.
5.    Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.

Questions/Answers

 

1).     What is a Kingdom?

(A country, state, or territory ruled by a king or queen.)

The kingdom of God is the rule of an eternal, sovereign God over the whole universe. Several passages of Scripture show that God is the undeniable Monarch of all creation: "The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all" (Psalm 103:19). And, as King Nebuchadnezzar declared, "His kingdom is an eternal kingdom" (Daniel 4:3). Every authority that exists has been established by God (Romans 13:1). So, in one sense, the kingdom of God incorporates everything that is. 2).          What is Power?

Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.

3).    Read (Matthew 28:18 and Acts 1:8) I will

4).    What is Glory?

Glory is a high renown or honor won by notable achievements. It's magnificence or great beauty in something.  Take great pride or pleasure in. 

5).    Name the different types of Glory.        

a). Wide and great (Psalm 19:1)

b). Brightness (Exodus 33:20-23)

c). Beauty (Matthew 6:29)

6).    Read (Exodus 33:20-23) I will

7).    What do Shekinah means?

(In Jewish and Christian theology) the glory of the divine presence, conventionally represented as light or interpreted symbolically (in Kabbalism as a divine feminine aspect).

8).    How many years were God silent?

The 400 years of silence refers to the time between the Old Testament and New Testament, during which God did not speak to the Jewish people. The 400 years of silence began with the warning that closed the Old Testament: "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse" (Malachi 4:5-6) and ended with the coming of John the Baptist, the Messiah's forerunner. 

9).    What did Christ do when He was born into this world?

Christ laid aside His glory to come to the earth as man; this glory He had with the Father in Heaven.

10).  What statement did Jesus make when He was departing from His disciples? (Matthew 24:30)

He told His disciples that He was coming again, He said, "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

11).   How will the Shekinah glory appear when Jesus return?

The Shekinah glory will flesh as the lightning from the east to the west as said in (Matthew 24:27).

12).  What is our primary purpose as a professing Christian?

Our primary purpose is to bring glory to God's honor, and who He is, so that it would bring others to Christ Jesus as Lord of their lives.

13).  Read (2 Corinthians 2:14, 15) I will.

14).  What will we do in eternity?

We will spend eternity praising and glorifying God, the Crestor of the universe.

15).   What do adoration means to you?

To me I feel a deep love and respect for God as I worship Him. When I lift up my hand to God I adore Him so much I have this deep love for Him all in my heart, because I know He deserve it.

Prayer Time

Prayer Time
Praying for Peace