1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Attributes of God’s Love

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

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One of the Attributes of God’s Love is not anger

What are the attributes of God’s love, which we are to follow? In 1 Corinthians 13 the writer tells us that charity is love. He is not saying what love feels like, he is telling us what love is and what it does.

One of the attributes of God’s love is long suffering

Long suffering refers to a person who has endured something unpleasant for a long period of time, yet remained patient throughout. It shows self-restraint when we really want to show anger.

Does this mean we should allow others to do or say things that hurt us? No, absolutely not! If we are bullied or abused by others, we need to talk to God and have him direct us on what we should do. The Lord may direct us to contact a close friend or perhaps even a professional. If that’s the case, seek out someone who will understand and be able to help you. The Bible tells us that we must not carry anger and hurt. It’s very important, for our own sake, that we find a way to forgive those who have hurt us. In most cases, we can not do that on our own, but we can do all things in God’s strength. See also Romans 5:3-5 and Suffering – Romans 8: 28

If someone hurts our feelings or annoys us, our first response should not be to anger. Best to talk to God and to pray for them. Perhaps we realize that we are hurting or annoying others. Ask the Lord to help you to talk to the person, asking for forgiveness from them.

Another of the attributes of God’s love is: Love is kind

Kindness is similar to patience but with kindness we show our love. Someone has just done or said something that immediately raises our temperature. Our first reaction is anger, however by taking a deep breath and remembering that love is kind, we can often show the others grace. That person may be drawn to Jesus, after they witness how kind, helpful and forgiving Christians are.

Love is not envious is counted as one of the attributes of God’s love.

Envy should never take residence within us. Let’s say that we wanted something (a job perhaps) but someone we considered not worthy of the job, got it instead of us. Normally, we would respond with jealously which would draw out our anger.

We need to remember that although Father God is in control of our lives and has given us the gift of free-reign, we still should make good choices. God would prefer us to live and love by his example however, he will not force us to abide in his ways. We could go and fight for the job we believe we deserve, but where is God in that scenario?

He wants us to live and love by his example, but will not to force us to do so.This is an opportunity where we would take a deep breath and go over and congratulate the person. Saying it through clenched teeth won’t help. It must come from our hearts and we should be happy for them. God is looking after us and right now we are exactly where we should be.

Love is not to be conceited

“Look at me, look at what I’ve accomplished.” Or “look at what God has given to me”. Both of these statements are made to encourage other’s to see how great or fortunate we are. Conceited people want the attention and to show off. That’s not love! Love is gracefully accepting something and being happy for it, not being conceited or a braggart.

Love does not draw attention to oneself

We are not to behave in a manner which draws attention to oneself, nor does love take pride in itself. Let’s say a man gives money to the poor and then comes back to tell all his friends and family what a great thing he did. Where is the love in that situation? He would be better to give and tell no-one. What really counts was God witnessing the true love of giving without expecting anything in return, from the man.

Love does not think only of oneself

That leads us to the next way of love. We should look around and see who it is that needs help and how can we help them. It should never be about how comfortable we could make ourselves but how we can do something to make someone else comfortable.

Love is not easily provoked

It seems everyday we run into something that gets under our skin. If we allow this anger to get the better of us, then very soon we are doing or saying or living in a way that is not pleasing to God. We need to catch the anger right away and stomp it into the ground, then live in the way Jesus intended.

Love is not thinking of evil things

If we hold onto hurts, anger, fear or anything which is not of God, then they have a tendency to grow and expand. Soon that tiny little piece of anger we tucked away has become this huge giant ball of hatred. We’ll be wanting revenge! It’s important to deal with the evil as soon as it hits. We must cover the evil with the blood of Jesus. We can’t give evil time to settle in. So, without a minute to lose, we pray over it immediately and have it gone.

Jesus Christ shed His blood to cover the sins of everyone ever born. However, only those who accept Jesus’ sacrifice of spilled blood and the cross will we be able to use his blood for protection and other blessings.

So we see that love comes through many different ways. It is a wonderful feeling that fills our bodies with the compassion for others and the peace of God. With the help of Jesus, we can be on the alert for the wickedness of the enemy, making it easy to overcome Satan’s pitfalls each and every day.

My prayer for 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Heavenly Father,

Father, you loved us first and have taught by example. Thank you that Jesus shed his blood and died on the cross for us. Even in his last moments, Christ showed us love, not anger.

Following his example, may Jesus always be seen in me. Help me to be humble, happy and to be a servant to others. Please guide me to always see whom you have placed in my path and may I find ways to help them.

Father, I pray that anything I have, anything I do or anything I am in control of, never puffs me up. My hope is that I only see you Father leading me in the way I should go.

As your child, you will always give me the opportunity to do your will Lord. Help me to always be thankful to do what you ask me to do.

In the precious and Holy name of your Son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Isaiah 41:10

Isaiah 41:10 – Do Not Fear

Isaiah 41:10

  • 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee:be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (KJV)
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Isaiah 41:10

Our Father is telling us not to fear. I don’t think he’s saying this lightly or as a choice. Whenever he says “fear not” in the Bible, he’s making an order, “do not fear.”

In this instance, he is also ordering us not to even go as far as being dismayed. Do not lose our enthusiasm or be discouraged.

Because the Lord tells us not to fear or be dismayed, does that mean we can control our emotions and never experience fear? Of course not! We will experience fear because we are human. But we are not to let any kind of worry or fear overcome us. Those are the feelings of the enemy. No matter what the situation, the Lord wants us to stay positive. To stay bathed in his love and his strength.

Don’t be afraid

He goes on to tell us why we are not to be afraid. “For I am with you”. So if we are living a life in Jesus and living according to His Will, why should we ever be afraid?

Then the Lord tells us exactly who He is…God! In that one word we know who is giving us the promise. The true God, the creator of everything good. The one and the only. The first and the last. The King above all kings. The Alpha and the Omega. The great I AM! He is all those things and much more. However, the important point he makes in this sentence is that he is “Thy” God!

Our God, is telling us to “fear not”. Do not be dismayed by what we see, hear, think or feel. Why not? For our God, our Father is with us always. He is in control.

God’s promise

God promises that when we turn to him, he will give us the strength to get through all that we need to. Our Father will help us, and will never leave us by ourselves.

The Lord God even offers to hold us up with his right hand. In the Bible, the right hand is always seen as an hand of strength. But, more than that, God is promising to hold us up with his right hand of righteousness.

God’s righteousness can be called morally upstanding perfection. He is offering to help us in the most complete way available. God knows the absolute solution to every situation we go through. So if we think about it, why do we ever fear? We should be relying on God, our wonderful Heavenly Father, all the time, in all situations.

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Isaiah 41:10

My Prayer for Isaiah 41:10

Divine Father,

I am humbled in your presence Lord. You are the creator of everything good. With sin, I cannot come before you. So thank you for sending Jesus to this earth so that I can be in your presence.

Lord your Word is true! I am grateful that you that you have promised me, (as one of your children), that you will look after me and never to leave me.

Father, I know that when I am in a bad or troublesome situation, you are not always the first I turn to. Quite often I will turn to my husband, my children or a friend. Help me Lord to remember, in all times, good and bad, to turn to you first.

Be Prepared with God’s Word

In the times when I start to become fearful please allow the Holy Spirit to help me remember your Words of power against the enemy. Let me have at ready your Words (verses from the Bible) that have been placed in my heart. In turn I will be encouraged. Furthermore, I will be assured, without doubt, that I am not to be afraid regardless of what is happening in my life, at any given moment.

This does not mean that everything will work out according to what I deem the perfect solution. Regardless, I can be assured whatever the outcome, it will be the absolute perfect solution because it is your work being done in me.

Help me to understand that you always have a purpose. It comes down to this. I can’t understand because I don’t have the whole picture. That’s why I need your strength and your love to help me accept the outcomes of all situations.

I pray that your will, will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Thank you Father for strength and for your love and that I am counted as one of your children. Father please help me, everyday, to “fear not”!

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

Prayer – Faith In God’s Power

Temptation – 2 Peter 2:

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2 Peter 2:

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: (KJV)

Peter is telling the people that God can deliver the godly (Christians) from any temptations. Lot (as an example) had been living in a place full of sin for many years. God saw that Lot was living a godly life even though he was surrounded by evil temptations daily. Because Lot was his child, living a life for the Lord, God saved him just before Sodom was destroyed.

Peter is telling the people that God knows exactly who the unjust (sinful) people are and he has prepared a place of judgement for them at Jesus’ second coming. A place where they will be judged on everything they did during their lifetimes and then will receive their eternal punishment.

Divine Lord,

Thank you Father that you can see inside our hearts. In a case (for example) like Lot who was living in a sinful city for so many years. It may have been assumed that Lot was just like everyone else. But you Lord obviously looked inside his heart and saw that he had been living in turmoil all those years. You were able to see the trueness in Lot and you delivered him from the temptations that he had faced each and every day.

On the other hand, you were also able to see the sin in all of the other people living in Sodom. You could look into their hearts and see the darkness. Those unjust people must go before God on Judgement Day and will receive punishment for the way they lived on earth.

This is a hard scripture for an unsaved person to understand. Many will say “but I’ve been good. I’ve done really great things for others. Surely I am getting into heaven! I am not a person who does really bad things.”

They know they have done small questionable things over their lifetime but feel those sins were not enough to be punished eternally for. They don’t realize that you Father will not be in the presence of any sin at all.

People can’t (or won’t) believe that there is only one way into heaven and that is through the belief of your Son, Jesus Christ. Everyone must go through Jesus to get rid of sins. He died on the cross just for that purpose… To take away every persons sin.

It’s a free gift offered by God through Jesus. All a person has to do is reach out and accept the gift given.

Thank you Father for delivering me out of temptation. Thank you that as you draw me closer to you, I am gaining love and faith. As I grow more in love and faith, I am learning how, with your help, to turn away from the temptations of the enemy. The more I love you, the closer I become to you and the stronger I become in you, the more able I am to resist the enemy.

Thank you Father that you give each and every person the same offer you made to me…that is, to become your child. The people who refuse to listen are well aware that at some point in time (Christians know the time as the second coming of Jesus) they will be judged and will fall short. These non-believers all understand (even if they refuse to believe it) that there will be a punishment to pay. I pray for these people Lord.

I pray their ears are opened, their eyes see, their hearts love. I pray that something or someone touches their souls in someway that they will turn from the darkness and see your beautiful light.

I thank you Father that you are kind and loving and yet you are just. You cannot be in the presence of sin therefore no sinner can be allowed into Heaven.

Many people believe that you will save them at the end of their lives, but the enemy is spreading those false lies. This verse we are reading now is just one of the many Biblical scriptures that speaks the Word of God and confirms that the unjust will be punished.

May the unsaved person who is reading this right now, be touched by you Father and when you ask if they want to become your child, I pray they will respond with a “yes”!

Thank you Father that you are patient and are waiting as long as you can for all sinners to turn to you. You are a wonderful, blessed Father and I give you thanks and praise your mighty name.

I pray in the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen

Romans 12:1-2

Christian Conduct – Romans 12-12

Romans 12:1-2

  • 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
  • 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)
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Show others what it means to be a child of God.  Romans 12-1-2
Romans 12:1-2

Paul is pleading with Christians to show others what it means to be a child of God. That is, look at everything that the Lord has done for us, and how we have been transformed. As a result, it is a reasonable service that we give back, showing others that we have truly changed from the inside to the out.

Because we have given ourselves to The Lord, we are not to think or exist like this world does. But, we are to change our ways of thinking and stand as God intends. Paul is asking that we give our entire beings over to the Lord as living sacrifices. Furthermore, that we are to position ourselves, in a way that shows others the will of God.

By doing so, it may convince others of what is good, acceptable, and the perfect way to live. Namely, stand in accordance to God’s ways.

Christian conduct show others what it means to be a child of God  Romans 12:1-2
Romans 12:1-2

My Prayer for Romans 12:1-2

Heavenly Father,

When I first became a Christian, people literally saw a change in me. And commented on how peaceful and more loving I had become. They wondered if living such a life could possibly be as easy as I made it out to be. So, I gave them my secret. That is, I changed from the inside out, because of Jesus.

You called me to be your child and I readily accepted. It now stands to reason that I should want to show others how wonderful it is to belong to the family of God. Thank you Lord that people have seen a difference in me. I pray that I can always be a good representation for you.

At Times I Don’t Set A Good Example

However, I also know from time to time, I do not set a good example. I still make mistakes and don’t always live up to how a Christian should be living.

This means that I do not always say or do the right thing. Likewise, I’m not always in a constant state of peace. There are definitely times when I say, do or act in a way that is not pleasing to you Lord. I am human and humans are not perfect. When I do or say something wrong, I should automatically turn to you Father and repent. Unfortunately, there are times, I do not come to you. It is in those circumstances when the Holy Spirit, who lives in me, corrects and convicts me.

However, though I hate to admit it, I sometimes, ignore the Holy Spirit’s nudges, encouraging me to repent. There are mainly two categories where I tend to not listen to the Holy Spirit.

  1. The times that I want to hold onto my anger against someone who has hurt me.
  2. Similarly, when I have said or done something against another person. Because I have hurt them, I hold onto the guilt, finding it hard to ask for forgiveness.

I Need You Lord

It’s in those times Lord, I truly need to come to you. Asking for help to break down my hardened or proud heart. Praise God, when I ask, you do help me.

The good news is, despite my downfalls, I am growing in you. Even when I make mistakes, I do my best to correct them as soon as possible. Thank you Father for knowing everything about me. You already know when I will fall and when I will get up again. I am so blessed to be a child in your family, and for you to be watching over me, as a loving father does. I am also grateful to have the privilege of Jesus and the Holy Spirit in my life.

With all honour and praise to you Father.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour JESUS Christ, I pray. Amen. Hallelujah!

How Can A Christian Live In A Fallen World? Proverbs 28:13 Hiding Sin From God

Suffering – Romans 5:

Romans 5:

3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (KJV)

I believe that Paul is saying that every person on earth is going to go through tribulations (difficult situations). Many people think that because they are Christians, God will keep the hard trials of life away from them. Quite the opposite!

Every person, Christian or otherwise, can tell you of the difficult times they went or are going through. By living with the tribulations we start to gain patience. We need the patience to endure the troubles. What good does it do to complain and try to fight it. We have to learn to live through the tribulations. We learn to relax with the patience and peace that passes understanding, knowing that the Lord is right there with us and there is always a reason why, even if we don’t know it.

With patience gained, we can now live through the experience, knowing it is happening for a special reason. So we ask, what can I learn? How can I change? How can I get through this situation when there seems to be no hope? That is why the Lord gives us the patience first. We don’t need to know all the answers. The only thing we need to do is to have total trust and patience in our Father and watch and listen for his leading.

Many people of the world live with hope but unfortunately it is a hope with no foundation. A Christian’s hope is founded in the love of the Father. We don’t have to worry about our hope letting us down. Our hope is given to us through the Holy Spirit and is based on a firm, steady foundation, of the Lord.

A Christian soon learns that although we go through tribulations, we will always make it through.

We have that steady foundation of knowing and loving God. This scripture assures us that we, as Christian’s will gain patience through the tribulations, then gain experience through the patience and finally hope. Each step along this path has brought us closer to The Lord.

When tribulation comes, a Christian should welcome it and count it as a way of learning. That doesn’t mean we should go looking for it but when we are faced with a difficult situation, we should be thanking God for the lessons we are about to learn.

Some ask – doesn’t that show that he is a non-loving God because he allows us go through tribulations? Not at all! Quite the opposite, we go through them so we can help others (and ourselves) with what we have learned from our experiences. We are proof that the trials we go through can bring patience, experience and hope.

Heavenly Father, Almighty God,

I thank you Father for all of the tribulations I have gone through, am going through or will go through in the future.

Do I like them? No, not at all, but I am thankful for them because they do draw me closer to you.

Scripture (2 Corinthians 12:10) says… When I am weak, then I am strong. How true that is! When I am at my lowest and I feel that you have forgotten me, my faith grows stronger and there you are.

I have learned over the years as a Christian not to question anything, good or bad that is happening in my life, but to give you praise in all circumstances.

You know the lessons I need in my life, lessons that will draw me closer to you. Lessons that will help me learn to lean on and trust you in all circumstances.

I thank you Father that you give me patience first before the experience and then hope. You have supplied me with all I need to get me through every situation. May I always remember to listen for your voice and lean on you.

Thank you Father for working in my life. Thank you for giving me Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help me. I am so very blessed.

In the name of your Son and my Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

Matthew 6:9-13

Pray Like This – Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13

  • 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  • 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  • 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
  • 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  • 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
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Today's lesson on Pray like this is found in Matthew 6:9-13
Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13

Did The Lord tell us to pray this particular prayer everyday? No! He told us to pray like this.

Every morning in public school, our entire class recited the Lord’s prayer. Because of the repetition I learned a bit about God. As a result of repeating the prayer daily, I came to understand that God was wonderful and even though he is in Heaven, he still looks after us. More importantly, I realized there was so much more to learn about God.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven,

  • Those who have accepted God recognize and know without a doubt, that He is the creator of all heavens and earth.
  • God is not a mere man but, is our Father who abides in Heaven.
  • He is the one who created us with the very breath from his lungs.
  • He is the supreme being, the great I Am, and his name is holy.

Hallowed be thy name.

  • In Biblical times a given name said something about the character of the person or their situation.(Genesis 17)
  • God changed some people’s names to ones that would better suit them or their new station in life.
  • That is, he gave them a name to instill a new vision for themselves.
  • Examples: Abram = Abraham, Sarai = Sarah, Jacob = Israel, Simon = Cephas means Peter.

The word “hallowed” means holy.

  • People know God by many different names.
  • However, no matter which of his titles we use, the name of God is always holy.
  • Holy means immaculate, complete in moral character, perfectly pure.
  • So, hallowed (holy) is the character of God, the Supreme being.
  • God’s name sanctified (set apart) from everything else.
  • When we enter into prayer, the first thing we should do is to praise and glorify the name of God.
  • In ending the prayer we must be thankful that he is the one and only, that will reign forever and ever.
  • Furthermore, we must never attach the word “holy” to anything that isn’t perfectly pure. (Example: holy crow)

10 Thy kingdom come.

  • God’s kingdom is already here on earth, but it is not totally fulfilled yet.
  • The earth will be completely reformed before God brings his heavenly kingdom here.
  • When we pray for God’s kingdom to come, we are praying for the future day when God’s kingdom does come to earth.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

  • We need to understand that God has the right to rule the heaven’s and earth as he see’s fit.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished in earth, we must turn our own desires to be like his will.
  • When Jesus was on this earth, even he lived by God’s will.

John 5:30

  • 30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Luke 42:22 King David knew we should live by God’s will.

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Psalm 40:8

8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

  • To live by God’s will right now is to obey his commands.
  • By praying for God’s will, we are asking for his help to live in a way honouring him.
  • The ones who have the way of salvation, have obeyed God’s will.
  • When we pray “in earth as it is in heaven” we are in fact, positioning ourselves with God’s will.

Yes, God wants us to pray

  • We are to pray about everything and for everyone.
  • Not just to pray for our own benefit.
  • Prayers are not a magic wish.
  • Many prayers are greedy, and are not aligned to God’s will.
  • When we pray for our daily bread, we are to be asking for our prayers to be lined up with the will of God.
  • Can we pray for ourselves? Of course, but are we asking out of need or want?

Pray According to God’s Will

  • Many people believe that whatever we pray for, we will receive. That is not true.
  • However, a number of times I have prayed for a want and God has given it to me.
  • Later, I have found out that it was a big mistake to have received it.
  • So the old adage applies – Sometimes be careful what you wish for, because you may just get it!
  • When we pray according to God’s will, we must trust that God will fulfill our requests.
  • Give it over to him, and then let it go.
  • We can live in peace knowing that our prayers will be met.
  • It is important to understand that what we are praying for, may or may not come to fruition at all.
  • Or even in our time frame.
  • However, if it’s according to God’s will, it will be fulfilled in God’s time frame.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

  • So what really is our daily bread?
  • In today’s world, man is obsessed by wants and needs.
  • Bread = food or provision. What do we call the bread winner? = person who makes money.
  • Therefore we can say bread relates to the things we need to live and to survive.
  • Unfortunately, today many people live by what they have accumulated themselves. And/or what they are aiming to have.
  • However, we are supposed to lean on God to fulfill all of our needs.
  • Asking God for our daily bread shows that we know that we are dependent upon him.
  • Daily bread – is how God looks after us…daily.
  • Without the creator of the heavens and the earth, we could not survive.
  • It is by God that we receive food, water, and everything we need.
  • So, we are to ask daily. Not to look to the past or even into the future.
  • Ask today for what we need today!

Bread alone is not enough

  • In John 6:35 we see Jesus as the bread of life.
  • 35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
  • Those who believe in Christ’s work on the cross, will be raised from eternal death and receive life eternal with God.
  • Our heavenly Father gives us everything we need for our spiritual bodies.
  • God also sent the Holy Spirit to us as a helper.
  • He leads, teaches, and convicts Christians of God’s words and truth.
  • Also convicting and intercedes for us.
  • So, when we pray daily for bread of life, we should not be praying just for ourselves but for others to also come to the knowledge of God.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

  • Do you find it difficult to forgive others?
  • By holding back our forgiveness, we in fact, are elevating ourselves above that person.
  • We tend to think “how could they do something like that”.
  • We reason that forgiveness shouldn’t be given because the sin was too great.
  • How easy it is to find fault with others, but don’t acknowledge the sins we ourselves are holding?
  • When we surrender our lives to God, through Jesus, he forgives all of our sins.
  • It’s our duty to forgive others, in the manner God forgive us.
  • Matthew 7: 3-5 What’s In Your Eye?
  • Matthew 5:23-24 Forgiveness Conquers Sin
  • Subsequently if we forgive others for the things they do wrong then our Father in heaven will also forgive us.
  • However, if we do not forgive the wrongs of others, the our Father will not forgive the wrong things that we do.
  • When we don’t forgive others, we hinder our closeness to God.

13 And lead us not into temptation,

  • As humans, we naturally gravitate towards many things that are not good for us.
  • The world can be very tempting. Satan and his demons just love to pull us in.
  • God will never lead us into temptation but, sometimes for our own good, God will allow it.
  • However, we can avoid most temptations on our own just by standing strong in Christ.

But deliver us from evil:

  • We can ask God to steer us away from the temptation.
  • However, if we go through the trial, we can come out the other side of it, with God-given strength.
  • The Bible has given us many examples of how to do just that.
  • Use God’s own words against Satan Philippians 4:13
  • Employ the authority of Christ to fight the enemy. Luke 10:19
  • Put on the armour of God. Ephesians 6:11-18

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

  • Jesus taught the disciples to pray in a certain manner.
  • And now generations later we still us the prayer as a demonstration of how to pray.
  • At the end of the Lord’s prayer Jesus instructs that we must end with giving God the praise and glory he rightly deserves.
  • That is, the focus of our prayer is to be on God and how awesome he is.

From God’s Throne

  • From his throne, God handles all the affairs of the heaven’s and the earth.
  • “For thine is the kingdom” God is the King of all kings. All kingdoms belong to God.
  • “And the power” God is the creator of all heavens and earth therefore all power belongs to God.
  • Because God is the creator, he deserves all of the glory.
  • And our praises should be given freely and with thanks.
  • Both today and through-out all eternity.

As I grew in my faith, I learned that the Lord God was the one supplying all the good in my life. More importantly I grew to love that he is my awesome Heavenly Father. And, absolutely so very worthy of everyone’s praise and worship both now and into eternity.

We should ask for the Lords help when facing a temptation. He is the one who has the power to lead me away from evil because he and he alone is GOD, the one with the supreme power.

It is our duty and distinct privilege to give praise, honour, glory and thanks to our heavenly Father, God!

Pray like this. Matthew 6:9-13
Matthew 6:9-13

My Prayer for Matthew 6:9-13

Heavenly Father,

You are the Lord God, our maker and righteousness. Without you Father, nothing would exist.

Thank you Lord that we have your words of the Bible to teach us about you.

As a child it was wonderful to repeat this particular prayer everyday because even though I had no idea at all of what I was saying, the words were being imbedded into my heart.

As I grew older and started to know you, I used this particular prayer to talk to you. It covered all of the aspects that were needed to be covered in my day.

Once I became a Christian, I finally learned how to pray in others ways. I am thankful that I now understand that you don’t want me to say the same words over and over again. Why? Because after a few times, the prayer just becomes repetitive words and then I am not even paying attention to what I am praying.

I Give Thanks

I do thank you Father for the privilege of learning it in school. It was the beginning of a lifetime loving you. I pray Father that although scripture is no longer allowed in schools, that every child will have the opportunity through other ways to hear and learn what a wonderful Father you are. Furthermore, how you meet our needs daily and you do all of this for your love for us.

You are the awesome Eternal King. You are worthy to be praised. All for your Glory Lord. All for your Glory!

In the name of Jesus, the Lord and Saviour of my life, I pray. Amen

This prayer is also in Luke 11:1-4

James 1:2-4

Trials Are Opportunities To Grow

James 1:2-4

  • 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
  • 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
  • 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
  • Read the complete chapter here: http://www.biblegateway.com
hand drawn Jesus holding in a Bible in left hand.  Text Trying of Your Faith Works Patience taken from James 1:2-4
James 1:2-4

James is addressing some of the men of the twelve tribes. He is telling them that they will be going through trials but in their faith in Jesus, they can count on these troubles or woes as good things.

Look at your past

James is telling the men that although things may look bleak, they can always find some silver lining in their lives. Perhaps they can think back to the hard times they have already gone through. Then, at the end of the current hardship, also look back on it. And, they may see how they grew in patience, trust, faith, belief or love as a result of it.

James is encouraging the men to stand strong. In this case, telling them that although they should be patient, they should not be standing still, just waiting for the trial to end. But moving forward, with faith that everything will work out for the best.

Picture of a long road with houses, trees and telephone wires along the sides of the road.  Text: Move forward with Faith.
James 1:2-4

My Prayer for James 1:2-4

My Lord,

You are in control of all things in my life and I know that includes the times of trials and temptations. You don’t cause them but you sometimes allow them. Furthermore, when they happen, there is always a reason for it.

Knowing that trials are allowed to bring patience into my life, I’m supposed to count it as a joy when hardships appear. Scripture doesn’t say I’m supposed to be joyful. But that I am to remain positive to get through the troubles without grumbling and complaining. And as I do stay positive my faith will grow. And as it grows, I will become more patient in other areas of my life.

Tough to stay positive

It’s a tough job to stay positive and in faith, when everything seems to be closing in around me.

I need to remember Lord, that you said when trials come, not if trials come. This shows me that they will turn up and I need to be prepared to stand in faith throughout them.

If I grumble and complain then I’m not learning and growing. Lord, you didn’t say I’d have to be happy during these times, only that I should count them as happy and grow in these times with patience.

It’s my job to turn to you and thank you for all that is happening in my life at all times. Whether good or bad, knowing that the trying of my faith works patience.

Father, this is a tough one to get through. So I pray that whenever I’m am in a situation that I don’t like, let me feel your love, despite what I am seeing and going through. Help me mature in your knowledge through the experience.

Thank you Father that you allow me to go through trials which help me become a better person. I praise you that you always know what’s best for me and love me enough to help me grow.

In the precious name of my Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

2 Peter 1:1-8 Overcome anger Ephesians 4:26 Release Your Anger Daily

Requests – Psalms 28:

Psalm 28:

6 Blessed be the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. (KJV)

So the more we come and worship you, Father, the closer in spirit we get to you.

Because I am The Fathers child and I stay close to him, I can rest in him, knowing that he has heard my cries and prayers.

Because I know that He is involved in the outcome, whatever it is, it helps me stay focused on him, knowing that when I pray, he has heard me and the situation is in his hands. My job is to wait on him to show me my next step.

Am I someone special, that I am able to claim all of these things? Absolutely, I’m special because I am God’s child. Everyone who says “yes” when called can be a child as well and have the ability to stand peacefully in faith, waiting.

If I didn’t have that reassurance, I may go looking for other ways to meet my needs. Some of those choices may not be good, which over time would lead me directly into the enemies hands.

But I am thankful that I know God hear my prayers. The more I cry out in thanks and praise, the closer I become to him. So when everything boils down, God does not need our worship and praise, he just want us to draw closer to him so he can love us more as we learn to love him more.

We are to tell all the people how The Lord is our shield and how we can stand with trust and faith while we wait upon him.

As a loving Father, it then brings him great joy to help us. And it brings us great joy to bless his Holy name and sing praises to him.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you that when I pray or cry out to you, I know you have heard me. Thank you that I can wait upon you and your perfect timing.

I can stand strong, knowing that the situation is in your hands. Thank you Father that I will never go down into the pit because I will never fail to wait for you.

And during that time of waiting, I will lift my hands and my voice and I will praise you for who you are and how you are my strength and shield.

I don’t know when my prayers will be answered. I am not even assured that they will be answered in the way I would like them to be and sometimes my prayers will not be answered at all. But, I do know that whatever you do Lord, it will be in the perfect way and according to Your Will.

My heart will always be trusting you and regardless of the outcome, I will rejoice and continue to sing praises to you, so everyone will know what a wonderful, loving Father you are.

I thank you LORD that you are in my life and that you love me so much. I will bless your holy name, now and forever.

In the precious name of The Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray, with thanks.

Amen.

Sword of the Spirit – Ephesians 6:

Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (KJV)

Paul is telling the Ephesian that because they are Christians they will be constantly fighting spiritual battles.

He tells them that as Christians they will need armour but not the kind they are used to. They will need a special armour that God gives them which will allow them to withstand great spiritual fights.

Spiritual battles are not like other battles the people have fought before. He explains that it is a spiritual war against satan (who is the ruler of this world for a short time) and his workers. These battles are not fought here on earth but in the Heavenly places.

Paul is telling the people that in Spiritual wars they will not be fighting with real armour pieces, but they must be covered by a special armour of God. Paul reminds them that in order to win they must be strong in the Lord and must be ready to use the power of God’s strength. It is the only way for Christians to win.

Paul tells the Ephesian Christians that satan will come after them in full force. His main plan is to make the Christian sin. If he can accomplish that, then the battle is all but won for him.

But there is good news! The armour that God has provided for the Christian to wear at all times, is received in faith and prayer. By praying and asking for the armour each day, Christians are ready for any fight that enemy may begin. And because we wear the armour that God has provided, Christians can be assured of standing strong and winning the battle.

For the prayer, click on “Pray for the Armour of God“.

Submission / Obedience – 1 John 2:

1 John 2:

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (KJV)

Wow – this is a great verse. Upon my first read of this scripture, I couldn’t figure it out. But after studying it, it really is a simple statement made by John.

If we love God, we will follow his commandments to the best of our abilities and ask God to help us not to sin.

But if we say we walk with God and then go on sinning, we are liars and the truth is not in us.

We know we are walking properly with God when sin bothers us. When we know we have sinned and we are nagged by it, then we are growing.

But the people who say that they no longer sin are also liars because we cannot go without sinning. The best we can do is try not to sin and confess when we have.

How can we know when we are walking properly with God?

We’ve read in the Bible how Jesus behaved on a daily basis. He loved, he helped, he was gentle and kind, he was forgiving and much, much more. It is our job, as a Christian, to show we follow in Jesus’ footsteps and have the qualities he had. When we have accomplished these traits of Jesus, then we know we are walking properly with God!

Heavenly Father,

Thank you that even though I was once a sinner, you called me to you, wiped me clean and I received the gift of salvation.

The disciple John says in this verse that, as your child, I will know when I am living a sinful life. When i do something that i know is wrong, it leaves a bitter feeling in my body. That’s when I know I am growing.

Thank you Lord that the Holy Spirit convicts me right away, so I can repent and correct or change what I am doing.

I will always have some sin and even do sinful things because I was born into it but some people feel that they have mastered it and believe they no longer have any sin to confess.

Those are the people who need you the most Lord. No one on this earth, except Jesus has ever been, nor ever will be able to say they are sinless. The people who claim that they are, need to get before you and ask for forgiveness and ask to be shown the error of their ways.

I thank you Father that you are a kind and loving God. You sent your only Son to earth, so that he could cover all of my sins with his precious gift of sacrifice at the cross. Without Jesus I would not have a chance of getting into Heaven. But because of him, I will be cleansed and Heaven will be my home for eternity.

May I always be aware of my sins and confess them to you. Thank you Father for your gifts of mercy and grace and for your forgiveness.

I am truly blessed to be counted as one of your children.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.