Romans 15:4

Learning Through The Scriptures

Romans 15:4

  • 4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
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Romans 15:4

God has kept the Bible alive and well read for centuries. Why? He intended for all people to learn from his Word, finding comfort through the reading of events and experiences of others.

The Bible demonstrates how God’s people stood rooted and learned to praise him in all situations. With biblical understanding, we can also grow in his ways. As a result, we can learn to keep a smile on our faces and hope in our hearts, as we walk through all phases of life, with peace.

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Learning through the scriptures

My Prayer for Romans 15:4

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank you Lord for leaving the Bible for us. It is full of information that teaches us lessons, through accounts of people’s lives and their stories. It tells of how we are or are not to handle all the different situations of our lives.

By reading the scriptures I can see examples of how some people grew through their choices and some didn’t. However, I can definitely see your hand at work in every situation of every generation written about.

You set attributes that we are to follow. Further more when Jesus walked the earth, he lived the way he wanted us to live. And, he taught by example.

Help me Father to continue studying the Bible and learning through the scriptures I read. May the Holy Spirit always guide me. I want to live as an extension of Jesus, that is showing love to all. Allow me to remain close to you in prayer.

Thank you for loving me as you do.

In the holy name of Jesus Christ. I pray. Amen

Attributes of God’s Love 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Psalm 150:1-6

God’s Breath in Our Lungs

God’s breath into our lungs! Let’s think about that for a moment. God blew his very own breath into Adam’s lungs and hence all mankind. Because it is God-given, we should use that breath to give back to God. How? In the way of worship and praise!

1Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the Lord.

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Praise the Lord in his sanctuary and in the firmament of his power. Psalm 150

Every life form who has God’s breath in their lungs, wherever they are in the entire universe, are to join into the worship and exalt the Lord. Because God is the creator of all things, instruments are to be used along with singing and worshipping.

Thank and praise God for his breath in our lungs

In this Psalm, the writer says to praise the Lord in the sanctuary, which in this case is our hearts. Then we move on to the firmament, outside the boundaries of the universe we know.

It starts with the blowing of the shofar. Then the other instruments come in, ending with every person and creature in the entire universe and beyond, singing and praising God.

The last line is… “Praise ye the Lord” tells us that we are to worship and praise the Father. Therefore, to worship and praise God is a command and not really an option. But for those who truly love the Lord, it’s an honour to praise Him.

All creatures worship together. Exalt and praise God.

My prayer for Psalm 150:1-6

Father God, Abba,

God you blew your breath into my lungs and I became a live being; a part of you. It is my privilege’s to praise you Lord. May I always honour you in a way that pleases you. I will worship you with prayer and song. It is your desire Lord that all beings with breath in their lungs worship you. All instruments should be used to play songs that honour you. Why? Because you created everything and everyone! It’s a way for us to give back to you Lord.

Father God, even though I love you, I know there are days that sometimes go by where I have not honoured you at all. It boggles my mind that I can forget to worship you daily, as you are the one who gave me life. Forgive me please Lord and help me to remember that without you, I am nothing!

I bless your holy name, now and forever. Because my name is written in the Lambs Book of Life I will have the honour and privilege of worshipping and praising you for eternity.

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

Amen.

Rest in Him – Psalm 37: 3-7

Revelation 4:8-11

Revelation 4:8-11 The Cherubim and Elders Worship God

Revelation 4:8-11 This is a bit of a different take on Revelation 4 than the one posted in the category -My Notes on Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Four beasts are in front of God day and night, praising him. The 25 elders fall down in front of the throne. The Cherubim and Elders Worship God, as we all will one day soon.

  • 8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
  • 9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
  • 10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
  • 11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
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The Cherubim and the Elders worship God the way he deserves, because he is God, our creator. We also should also be bowing every day in thanks to Him. Everyday we need to be thankful for what he has created, how he created it all and the fact that he made it all in love.

What if God had been evil or if his word wasn’t true? If God had changed from love to evil at some point, what would this world be like today? Where would we be now? These are good questions that we don’t have to answer because God’s word is true. The Lord is kind and loving, and so very deserving of all the Glory.

That is why the Cherubim (4 living creatures) surround the throne. They have so many eyes which tells us they are knowing and seeing and they possess much knowledge. The 24 Elders worship God by casting their crowns before the throne. Both the Cherubim and the Elders live their lives to worship GOD, as should we .

Conscious thought, adoration, respect, devotion, sincerely and with reverence are the ways we also must worship God

My prayer for Revelation 4:8-11

Heavenly Father

This is another area where I periodically fall short Lord. While I do want to spend some time with you, I’m often hurried and my prayer time ends up wishy washy. Sometimes I may say things randomly because my mind is wandering off to other thoughts. Often I repeat the same phrases or prayers over and over again because I am only partially giving you my attention. I know Lord that this is unacceptable and I want to change.

Lord I truly desire to give you the honour and worship that you desire and definitely deserve. Yet at times I fail miserably. Please lead me to stay focused. Help me to concentrate on you and on what I’m saying to you. It is very important that I must be present in mind, body and spirit when I’m talking to you. I am grateful that you love me and will help me to worship and pray to you in the way I should.

Thank you Father for being who you are and for your creation of all things. I will worship you forever and ever.

All for your glory Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I praise your mighty name. Amen

Romans 8:31-32

God’s Gifts to Us

31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

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God’s gifts to us are awesome! He wanted to enjoy a personal relationship with us, however we were kept away from Him because of our sin. The Father’s great love for us is what salvation is based upon.

God delivered up his own son to earth. Jesus who willingly became our sacrificial Lamb was sent into the hands of wicked men. In his death and resurrection, Jesus became our Saviour, the ultimate endowment of God’s gifts to us.

If God be for us, who can be against us?

Once someone becomes a Christian, nothing can separate them from the Lord. “He is for us” means God loves us. He gave his only son to everyone. However, only those who accept Jesus as their Saviour have the confidence of eternal life with God our Creator. “For us” means that there is absolutely nothing that can keep a Christian out of “heaven” because Jesus has covered all of our sins, with his blood, crucifixion, death and resurrection. (Thank you Jesus)

Does this mean no-one can come against us or that we will never suffer as a Christian? No, all people suffer at one time or another. Yes, even Christians! Most likely, Satan will have his “followers” come against us and we could be harassed and possibly killed for our belief in Jesus. Even Satan himself has gone before God to convict the Christians of sinning, but to no avail. No one, not even Satan can come against us, because God is for us!

However, although we may suffer here on earth for a short time, it won’t be forever. With God on our side, he created a way that we can be with him. God sent Jesus to pay for all of our sins, so that we can enter life eternal. Once saved always saved. No amount of sin that Satan has against a Christian can stop a Christian of entering into life eternal with God.

Our Father loves us very much and the offering of Jesus was only the first of many gifts that God bestows on us. We are blessed with His grace, mercy, righteousness and many more, too bountiful to list. As a loving parent, he enjoys watching over us and making us happy.

My Prayer for Romans 8:31-32

Abba,

Thank you Father that you love us so much that you were willing to give up your only Son as a sacrifice for our salvation.

Jesus was the ultimate gift! We cannot be given anything greater or as meaningful as Jesus’ death, crucifixion and resurrection on the cross. However, your gifts did not stop with Jesus. You love to give us wonderful things. We have gifts of the Spirit, we have miracles, we have healings, pardoning of sin and many other magnificent things.

We enjoy everyday gifts such as fresh water, homes, food, love, laughter, peace. You have delighted us with new born babies, kittens, rainbows, flowers in bloom, the smell of just cut grass on a beautiful summer’s morning. It would be a never ending list if I tried to thank you Father for all the ways you show your love for us.

Lord, your greatest gift of all, salvation, is still available for everyone to accept today. The gifts of miracles still exist. Everyday offerings of joy and peace are there for the taking. I pray Father that many people will hear your call and accept Jesus. We (your children) accept your gifts as you have offered them, with love.

Thank you Almighty God for operating in my life and for reminding me every day that you are my Creator and that you love me very much.

In return, it only makes sense that with great love, I give my “all” back to you. The Bible assures me, that my love and friendship is pleasing to you and I am thankful for that. I love you Father.

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

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1 TIMOTHY 1:17

One and Only Wise God – Know Him and Praise Him

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen

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Paul recognized the one and only wise God and he wanted people to understand and to praise Him as well. When teaching others about the Lord, Paul included some of these attributes that he knew God to be: King eternal, immortal and invisible to our eyes, but not to our hearts. Paul worshipped the one and only wise God and wanted to make sure the people understood that he did not worship or even believe in other gods nor idols.

Why is He the one and only wise God?

Why did Paul say our Father was the one and only wise God? In Paul’s era (and even today) there had always been other gods in this world, however, those gods are mostly carved by men, out of gold, wood, or other materials . These gods could not see, hear, speak or even help people, and yet they were continually worshipped.

Paul praised the Heavenly God and encouraged others to do the same, because the one and only wise God can see, hear, lead and guide us. Also God sent his only Son to earth in human form, to experience everything as a human. Jesus was crucified and rose again to life to become our Saviour, which is something that no other god has ever been able to accomplish (death followed by resurrection). Because God is made up of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), no other god has the understanding of human life like the God of Heaven .

Unlike other gods, our Father is the one and only wise God, who deserves our admiration and respect because he is the Alpha and the Omega and will continue to be so, evermore. He is the first and the last, the beginning and the end. For Christians today, He is the one and only wise God. He deserves reverence and our honour, praise and glory for eternity!

How can I find this unique, wise God?

God may be invisible to our eyes but it’s important for us to look at him with our faith and hearts. When we look with these, we know, without doubt that He is there. It’s important that we worship and follow God in the same way as Paul did; being thankful that He is in our lives, guiding, nurturing, teaching, leading and loving us.

Paul was singing praises to Him, and telling others that He is truly the one and only wise God. When we choose Him we will want to worship him, with thanks, glory and honour; happily, completely, and with knowledge that God is working in us every day of our lives.

My prayer for 1 Timothy 1:17

Heavenly Father, the only wise God

It is my pleasure to praise you today and every day.

Father, you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Every step I take, I am reminded of how you walk with me. I pray that when I look at you with my heart and with love. I pray that I will realize that because of your deep love for me, you are always standing with me, regardless of the situation.

You are very worthy of my love and honour. You are worthy of my prayers. May my heart always be open to you Lord. May I always remember that it is my privilege to worship and honour you, for who you are.

Draw me closer to you. Please fill my heart to overflow with your love, so that I in turn, can be your representative today, as Paul was in his time, telling others of your magnificence.

I bless your Holy name.

In the name of your son, I pray. Amen

JEREMIAH 10: 6-7

Who Am I Worshipping?

Among all the wise men throughout all of the nations and countries, there is only one true God. Who are you worshipping?

  • 6Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
  • 7Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
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Who am I worshipping is a post explaining Jeremiah 10:6-7
There is none like you Lord. You are great and your name is great in power.

Jeremiah 10:6-7 tells us that the prophet Jeremiah was telling the citizens what it was like to worship the true God. Similarly, he told them that his God was great, powerful and wiser than any man in the nations. Jeremiah also said that God was a real entity not an idol made of stone, in other words someone who would hear when spoken to!

Instead of looking to the true God, the people were crafting their idols out of gold, silver, stone or clay. Because they had something with form to see and talk to, they worshipped the statues, and in addition, they had idols for many different reasons and believed their gods would help them.

Idols were designed with ears, eyes, mouths, bodies, hands, arms, legs, and feet. Even though they had human features, they couldn’t think, feel, see or give help of any kind. Jeremiah is telling the groups that although the God he worships cannot be seen, He does listen, see, think, move, feel, and create.

The Prophet Jeremiah is explaining that there is no one in the entire world as great as the true God. Even, the wisest person or idol on earth (through-out all of history) can’t even begin to come close to the Creator God and never will.

Who Am I Worshipping – A False Idol?

A false idol is anything or anyone who takes your main focus away from God, in other words, it’s ok to have material items, money, etc. but you must remember to remain balanced. If you’re living your life just to be in a position of having “stuff”, then you are worshipping the wrong things. If however, you find you have no time in your day for God, that means you are not worshipping God at all because wants to be included in our daily lives.

Who Am I Worshipping – A False Prophet?

For countless individuals in todays world, believing in God is not at the top of the list, instead, they find many different ways to worship. In many instances, people are told to believe in and take control of their own lives. False gods, false prophets, actors, TV evangelists, “religious” figureheads all claim to want to help you. They don’t help! Then there are kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, and many others of the world, who hold power and prestige. Those are the people who claim to have your best interest at heart. In most cases they don’t!

Still, others worship material items (money, clothing, houses, boats, RV, toys of any kind) and don’t even consider what comes at the end of their lives on this earth. When the end of their time arrives, will their false idols or prophets be able to help the into a good eternal resting place? Nope! Therefore, none of the above should receive the adoration and love of the people that only God deserves. But unfortunately many of the false idols and false prophets are adored and revered.

What or who is our idol?

So then, what/who is your idol? False prophet, false idol or money, TV, social media, games, fun toys, etc.? All of these people and items can be considered as idols, and if they are unbalancing the time you spend with God then they are especially over-weighted in the wrong direction. If you love the idol(s) more than you do God then even those who know and love God, can easily slip from the straight and narrow path if they aren’t careful and paying attention.

Do you know the true God?

Those who are out of balance or don’t know God, I pray you see the true light and love of God. He is the Father, Creator; Son; Jesus, our Saviour; and, Holy Spirit, the helper and advisor. God is an awesome three-in-one (Trinity) Father and in spite of what people may say, he does not take your fun away, he is not super strict, he is not mean and controlling, he does not bring sickness, etc. He does however, allow everyone to learn lessons, the same as our birth parents do. He teaches his children pure love and brings peace, joy and stability into our lives, forever!

There is no one like the Lord. He is unlimited in his power and great in name. Who would not fear (be in awe) of him, as he is King and creator of everything and for this he deserves his rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is none like Him.

What are you worshipping?

My prayer for Jeremiah 10: 6-7

Heavenly Father,

Who am I worship Father? I worship you! There is no other true God because You are the Creator God, that sent from Heaven, your only son, who became man (Jesus). He lived and experienced all that humans do. One day, Jesus was crucified and then (hallelujah) 3 days later, rose to life again. There are many humans who claim to be God, but once they die, they never rise from death to life. Further more, when Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to teach, watch over and guide us. What an awesome, loving God you are.

Sin (Satan) is in this world, convincing people that you don’t exist and they believe the lie. Unfortunately, humans can not receive life eternal from any idols; human or not. Therefore when a non-Christian passes away from this earth, they will not be concerned of what lies ahead. In addition, they won’t even realize that they are heading to eternal death without any way to stop.

I’m praying Father for the people who don’t know you. Longing for their eyes and hearts to open before it’s too late for them. I also crave that every living being becomes in awe of you Lord, because you are the one and only true God who has and will live forever. Above all else; that those who love and abide in you, will live eternally with you.

No one is as mighty or as high as you.

You are the creator of this universe. Only you are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. The King of kings, the Eternal one, forever and ever.

Thank you Father for being my God and the one and only true God of the world. I pray Father that people’s eyes are opened to you and all that you are.

In Jesus’ precious name. Amen

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PSALM 34: 1-6

I Sought the Lord and He Heard Me

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.2My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.3O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.4I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.5They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.6This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

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David sought the Lord and received peace from God

“I sought the Lord and he heard me”. While in prison, David realizes he was far from God, so he repented and is once again trusting the Lord and honouring Him. David composes Psalm 34 during his imprisonment in Gath, telling how he found God’s peace again. Without realizing it, David’s singing and praising God, encouraged others in the prison to trust the Lord in all situations. The full story can be found in 1 Samuel 21.

David stops relying on the Lord and loses faith

David, fleeing from Saul, went first to say goodbye to his friend Jonathan (Saul’s son). Following that, David heads to the Holy place in Nob where he meets the Priest Ahimelech.

The Priest asked David why he is alone. David, relying on himself, instead of having faith in God, lies, saying that he is on a special journey for King Saul and asks the priest for bread and a sword. With that lie, David receives 5 loafs of holy bread and the sword that he used years earlier to cut off Goliath’s head. These were items David should not have access to.

David; running on his flight instinct, is not thinking straight nor relying on God. He leaves the Priest, heading directly to King Achish of Gath. As David heads into the pagan city of Philistine, he is carrying Goliath’s sword and, is recognized immediately as the person who had killed Goliath and is captured and thrown into prison.

David repents and sought out the Lord

David, becomes ashamed that he left God out of the equation. He repents of his sins asking for forgiveness. His faith is restored and he finds peace, even though his situation has not changed.

David, still in a dire situation, begins writing Psalm 34, blessing and praising God. Was this Psalm written as a bribe? No, it was written from thankfulness that he has God’s presence with him, once again. Regardless of the outcome, David is filled with love and respect for the Lord. He now he sings “I sought the Lord, he heard me and delivered me from all my fears“. David is no longer frightened, even though God did not say that he would help David. Yet, here is David , still in jail, writing Psalm 34 with peace, confidence and praising, praying, and singing to God. David’s faith impresses me.

David’s actions encourage the Philistines to seek God

David believed that God may help him, but knew that only God can take away his fears. God gives David peace that passes understanding. Philippians 4 (Verses 6-7).

On the day David was taken before King Achish, thoughts of playing the part of a man who had seizures and acting insane came to David. So when he was placed before the king, this drama worked so well that David was released from prison and forced to leave the town. No one can be sure if David acted on his own, in this charade, or if it was God’s suggestion. Regardless, David was a free man!

God had listened, helped and delivered David. The prisoners that witnessed everything were amazed. Because of David’s faith, many of them became believers. Hallelujah!

Following his release from prison and leaving Galt David wrote 1 Samuel 20, 1 Samuel 21. David says that no matter what happens in his life, during the good or bad times, he will always be praising God!

I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears

My Prayer for: Psalm 34:1-6

Father in Heaven,

Lord, whenever I praise, pray, sing or call to you , I know you hear me. Sometimes I am looking for solutions, however the answers or the help that I receive are not always the ones I ask for or want. However, the answers are definitely the ones I need.

Can others see you Lord working in my life?

I pray people will witness my joy, peace and love for you. Perhaps they will hear your calling, as the Philistine prisoner’s did, that watched David.

Lord as soon as we open our hearts, you are there with open arms. Encourage me to be an inspiration for people to leave the darkness and enter into your beautiful glorious light.

Heavenly Father, I will forever bless you. May I always magnify you with my praises. God, no matter what is happening in my life I know that you are watching over me very closely. Whatever situation I am going through, is exactly where I am meant to be.

I am fortunate that by loving, following, and knowing you, I can feel your arms around me. I can relax in you no matter what I’m in the midst of. Lord, you love and care for me and I am so very honoured and privileged to be your child.

I praise your mighty name Father, now and forevermore!

In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

JEREMIAH 29:10-13

God’s Plan for Our Lives

10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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God’s plan for our lives. What does your eternal future hold?

God sent the Jews into exile at Babylon. After that, Jeremiah, was instructed by the Lord to write a note to the people of Israel, who were now captives.

False Prophets were not part of God’s plan

False prophets were telling the Jews that they would not be in Babylon for very long. However, God’s plan was for them to remain in Babylon for seventy years. They were not to expect anything different for the entire time, in other words stop listening to the false prophets. Jeremiah’s letters were to address all the Jewish captives, not just certain individuals.

God’s Plan for the Jewish Captives in Babylon

God has plans for their future, knowing what kind of people they are. He goes on to say that when he thinks about them, they are thoughts are of peace and not evil. The people can rest assured that they will always have an eternal home with God, depending on how they live. The Jews are to live in peace and build houses; provide for themselves the necessities of life and have many children.

They need to put their trust in God. The Lord says that if they call out to Him in prayers, he will listen to them and whenever they earnestly seek Him, with all their hearts, they will find him.

God’s plan for our lives can save even the broken, seek him today!

My Prayer for Jeremiah 29:10-13

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord that I know the plans you have for my life and are the same desires as you have for all your children; which are to prosper us, not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.

Father, following the directions from the Bible we are required to live peacefully throughout the good and the difficult times. We are to seek out your Word and your character, and give our whole heart over to you, which helps us to live according to your plan and to remain close to you.

My life may look totally different than what I may want or perhaps even expect (as your child). However by living the way I am meant to live, allows me to stay close to you. In that, I know I am living in your will and I can be assured of hope and a future.

Thank you Father God, I am truly grateful.

In Jesus name I pray. Amen. Hallelujah

1 Peter 2:4-5

Building Up a Spiritual Church

God is building up a spiritual church, with Jesus as the cornerstone. We are the lively stones of the spiritual house.

4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

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We are like living stones, being built into a spiritual house

Jesus (being the fullness of the Godhead) came to earth as the ultimate living stone. However, even though Jesus was rejected and killed by men, his work did not stop on the cross. God sent Jesus to be a living corner stone for all who come to Him, through Christ. In other words God sent Jesus to become the Saviour to Christians.

What builds up a spiritual Church?

Churches and temples are being erected by men by first laying good solid corner stones and then a suitable foundation is added. Soon it becomes a church. Once the building is ready, people come together to learn about God and to praise and worship Him. Although we have these brick and mortar buildings called “churches”, the real Church is within the people, themselves.

Church buildings are made of dead parts (bricks, sand, etc.). Whereas spiritual churches (Christians) have living parts like bodies, souls, prayers, praises, worship, love and the likes. Living stones is where our bodies are used as a temple for the Holy Spirit to live in.

Christians are the living stones. As each of us join the family of Christ, we become another part of the spiritual house that God is building. As more and more Christians come along they place themselves on the existing foundation.

Christians are a holy priesthood in themselves. There is no longer any reason for animal sacrifices or a middle man. This means that Christians are now able to go before God, on their own, using the name of Jesus.

However, it is important to realize that as one brick cannot build a house, neither can one Christian build a spiritual house. In other words, to build the spiritual church that God is looking for, Christians must come together and build on each other.

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By one brick at a time, we will build our spiritual lives that will be acceptable to God.

My prayer for 1 Peter 2:4-5

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank you for building up a spiritual church! Without you Father and your love for us, we would still be taking sacrifices to an altar. Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, I now have the ability to come before you instead of men. In other words Father God, I now can come directly to you with my confession and with my prayers.

I am now considered a living stone, a Christ believing person. To build up and keep my spiritual house in order I must continue to receive the Word, in a manner of honesty, sincerity, devotion and joy. As well, I need to be in the company of other Christians so we can build on each other. Help me Father to use a loving heart in a way that is pleasing to you.

Thank you that I have found a congregation of other Christians that I can talk to, worship and grow with and continue to build up your spiritual church, all for your glory.

In the name of Jesus, our corner stone, I pray. Amen

2 SAMUEL 24:1-16

2 Samuel 24:1-16 – Earthly Pride

2 Samuel 24:1-16- Our Earthly Pride gets us in trouble.

  • And again the anger of theLordwas kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
  • 2For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.
  • 3And Joab said unto the king, Now theLordthy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?
  • 4Notwithstanding the king’s word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.
  • 5And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer:
  • 6Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,
  • 7And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beersheba.

People have been counted because of our earthly pride

  • 8So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
  • 9And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.
  • 10And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto theLord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, OLord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
  • 11For when David was up in the morning, the word of theLordcame unto the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying,
  • 12Go and say unto David, Thus saith theLord, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.

The Prophet Gad tells David of God’s Choices

  • 13So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.
  • 14And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of theLord; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
  • 15So theLordsent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men.
  • 16And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, theLordrepented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of theLordwas by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.

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Hand drawn picture of Jesus with outstretched arms holding a Bible.
Text: Todays lesson in Adoration is taken from 2 Samuel 24:1-16

According to 2 Samuel 24:1-16 God has anger over earthly pride. He deserves all the credit. God is the one who gives us his grace, mercy and all good things from his bounty.

Who caused David to count the people?

God did not make David count the people. Verse 1 tells us The Lord was angry with Israel again. The people were rising in earthly pride, and so God withdrew his grace and mercy from them. He temporarily turned his back on David and his people. This allowed Satan to be the instigator, encouraging David to count the people.

A prophet warned David not to count the people. But David sent men out to count them anyway. David should have asked the Lord to guide him. Because of David’s lack of judgement, many in Israel died. 2 Samuel 23 & 24 gives the full account of David’s fall from grace and his restoration.

David had 3 choices of punishment

After 9 months and 20 days, the counting ended. There were 800,000 men in Israel who could use the sword. And there were 500,00 men in Judah. David felt ashamed that he had counted the people. He repents and asks God for forgiveness.

The prophet Gad told David the Lord was giving him 3 choices of punishment. Three years of hunger to come to you and your land. The second – your enemies chase you for 3 months. And third – 3 days of disease in your country. David chooses the plague, which comes on all of a sudden.

The Lord had momentarily turned his back on David and the people. David realizes that God is the reason for his success and for his downfall. David understands why he is being punished. People are still dying but David does not give up crying out to God in supplication. (earnestly requesting, begging, humbly asking).

David realizes that we prosper not by our own merit, but by God’s

David offers to die for his mistake , but points out that there is no profit in his death. He pleads for another chance to make things right. He points out that in his death, the people will never see God’s great love and mercy.

However, in keeping his life, the people will be aware of David repenting and begging for mercy. They will witness that David’s God is righteous but also forgiving, merciful and gracious. David will be the living proof.

As David prays, his focus finally comes back on God. God hears David’s cries and gives him grace and mercy. The Lord stops the plague.

Seventy-thousand of David’s people died. The angel was about to destroy Jerusalem, but the Lord felt sorry and said to the angel “Enough, put down your arm”. The destruction finally ends! Once David is told that the plague is over, he immediately throws off his sackcloth (mourning). He begins rejoicing.

David knows that he doesn’t deserve forgiveness but is thanking God for giving it. His distress and misery are turned into gladness. He thanks God for hearing his prayers and for leaving a remnant of his people and land.

David writes Psalm 30 to gives praises to God. He promised he would keep his focus, honour and glory where it belongs – on God.

Picture of monkey on tree stumps. Text:  Not by our own merit
Not by our own Merit

My Prayer for 2 Samuel 24:1-16

Almighty God

It is my joy to focus on you and your word. May I always be in a state of knowing that everything I am and have, is only because of your great love for me.

Yes, I could work hard (on my own) and get many of the things that I may want or feel I need. However it’s a much harder process, one in which I (like David) could become more dependenton myself than on you.

Please Lord, never let me slip into the place where I start believing that I am in control, leaving you out of the picture. I know Lord that everything I have is because of you. It is not because I have made something happen. Help me always to keep you at the center of everything I am and everything I do.

Thank you Father for being a righteous and living God.

In the blessed name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen

See 2 Samuel 24:10-25 regarding the punishment and restoration.