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Acts 4- Believers Prayer

And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. Acts 4:23-26

 Again the Apostle Peter quotes the Old Testament (Psalm 2) to show how Jesus is the fulfillment of Christ. As prophesied by David and all the prophets of the Old Testament, Jesus fulfilled all things. When the religious leaders were challenged by the Apostles, they had no response because you can’t deny the Word of God and everything that was fulfilled by Jesus

The religious leaders were trying to make examples of the Apostles by challenging them but what they actually did was strengthen the faith of the Christian believers. If the religious leaders couldn’t even disprove that Jesus is The Christ, then who would? Nobody because Jesus fulfilled the entire Old Testament!

For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. Acts 4:27-30

What made the Apostles preach with such boldness? Why were they willing to give up everything for the movement and even willing to lose their life for Christ? Because they knew Jesus is The Lord and it was reinforced by the signs and wonders performed by Christ and the Apostles through the Holy Spirit!

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. Acts 4:31-32

Notice after the Church prayed together in unity, they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They preached the gospel with boldness and they took care of each other as a family, as the body of Christ was meant to

May your faith be strengthened by the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the signs and wonders God performed through him and the Holy Spirit. May the Church be united and strengthened in Jesus Name Amen!

John 17- The Prayers of Jesus – Part 3

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John 17:20-23

Today we look at the 3rd and final prayer by Jesus in this chapter, this prayer is for all Christians including You! As Jesus states “For them which shall believe on Me”, so this prayer is for the Born Again Believers in Christ. Isn’t it comforting knowing that The Lord is actually praying for you!

Jesus’ prayer is about unity in God, as Jesus is one with the Father, we are to be One with Christ and the world may know Jesus through us. The Triunity of God is still perplexing to us, then add that we the Church are also the Body of Christ and one with God, yet we are all separate people. Its a beautiful mystery that has been pondered for centuries

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:24-26

Jesus is praying that we follow Gods Will, Jesus wants “Those who God has given him” to be with Him where he is, where is that? I believe it’s wherever Jesus may be now, we may be with him at that moment. RIght now Christ is in Heaven but eventually will come back to reestablish God’s Kingdom. We will be with him at all times, as his sheep

Jesus prays that Gods love is inside of us, we can’t be the Light and the Salt if we are filled with darkness. We know this world is evil, and its difficult many days to even socialize with people, but we need to be the Salt and Light as Jesus commanded, hiding under a basket does the Light no good

O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:25-26

We are the Body of Christ and Jesus is living inside of us, we need to be his hands and feet in this world. I know it sounds cliche but we need to do more as Christians, stop arguing on social media and get off the couch!  

John 17- Prayers of Jesus- Part 2

I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.  John 17:6-10

Here in Chapter 17 we see Jesus said 3 prayers, today we are taking a look at the second prayer for the Apostles. First thing to notice is these Apostles were chosen by God as Jesus said “The men which you (Father) gave me” These 12 Apostles were not randomly chosen , just as you are not randomly chosen. When God calls you by name, its for a reason and purpose

Jesus prays for the Apostles and not for the world, why? Because the world doesn’t abide in Christ, the world rejects Christ. We need to understand unless you are Born Again, you are in total separation of God. You are dead in your sins and don’t have a mediator with the Father. This is why you need to become Born Again!

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:11-14

Notice Jesus said “None of them is lost except the Son of Perdition (Judas), so that the scripture might be fulfilled” Many people use Judas as an example we can “lose our salvation” but Jesus says he purposely allowed Judas to stray to fulfill prophecy. Jesus said “He didnt lose anyone that was given to him” 

We see people “lose their faith” all the time but its clear they were never “In Christ” to begin with. Jesus doesn’t lose any of his sheep , and his sheep don’t reject their Shepherd. Process that as you will

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. John 17:15-19

Jesus said “The world will hate us because of him” but asked they we are not taken out of the world but be protected by evil. Now when we look at the Apostles lives, it didn’t end well for any of them. As all but John were killed for their faith, and historians say they tried to kill John but was miraculously saved, most likely to write the book of Revelation

Speaking of Revelation , Jesus says “ They will not be hurt by the Second Death” (Revelation 2:11) This is probably what Jesus was talking about in this prayer here. We look at this from a temporal perspective and say “The Apostles were persecuted and killed therefore God has failed” however to keep the Apostles from the first death was never his intention to begin with, as we all are going to die the first death regardless if we are persecuted or not

Jesus is talking about the eternal Kingdom of God, keep the Apostles from the Second Death which is eternal Hell. We need to look at things through Gods eyes and not our own eyes Amen!

John 17- Prayers of Jesus Part 1

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17:1-2

In this Chapter we see Jesus prayed 3 distinct prayers, the first one was for himself that God may be glorified by the works performed by Christ. The second prayer was for the Apostles and the third prayer was for all believers

Notice God has given Jesus power over everyone and eternal life is only possible through Christ. The question for you is Jesus glorified in everything you do? Everything Jesus went through, from the manger, to the persecution, to the cross, to the tomb, was to glorify the Son of God. Everything that we say and do should be to glorify Jesus Christ!

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. John 17:3-4

Why did Jesus come to Earth to do the things he did? Christ came to finish the works required to give us eternal life. Jesus became our Passover Lamb, Jesus became the ransom for our sin, and Jesus defeated sin and death forever!

Jesus provided the Way for salvation, not just for Israel but also the world who receives him. Jesus said “That they might know the only true God” without Christ we could never know the true God. 

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. John 17:5

Jesus was and is the Son of God before the world even existed. Christ didnt begin at the Manger in Bethlehem, Jesus is eternal and came down to Earth in human form to save us from our sins!

Even though Jesus lives among us, the world didn’t even recognize him, to the point the world killed the Son of God. If this doesn’t demonstrate the depravity of mankind, then your blind

In all you do, glorify our Lord Jesus Christ, which every knee will bow in Heaven, and Earth , and In Hell Amen!

John 16- In Jesus Name

And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. John 16:23-25

It’s become Christian tradition to end prayer in Jesus name, most likely it derived from this scripture. Jesus said “Whatever you ask in my name, I will give it to you” Now of course many false prophets and false teachers have twisted this scripture and used it to justify “Prosperity Gospel” but Jesus being our personal genie was not what he had in mind

First whatever we ask Jesus for should be in the will of God, does your request serve God’s Kingdom and give him glory? Most prayer requests usually don’t , true Christianity is about self denial not to glorify ourselves!

At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. John 16:26-28

Jesus is our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) to our Heavenly Father. Anyone who thinks that can speak directly to the Father, doesn’t understand their depraved state. Our sin separates us from God, this is why Jesus is the only way to salvation (John 14:6, Acts 4:12) Notice Jesus says “ He will pray to the Father for you” Jesus is our Mediator to God, without Christ you can’t stand in the presence of God

His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? John 16:29-31

When we pray in Jesus name, its not a magic word or anything, its about praying in the Will of God. Its abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in you. Jesus is everything to us, our Lord , our God ,and our Mediator to the Father!

So next time your praying in Jesus name, know that what you are saying or proclaiming should be in accordance to the will of God Amen!

Exodus 37- Altar of Incense

And he made the incense altar of shittim wood: the length of it was a cubit, and the breadth of it a cubit; it was foursquare; and two cubits was the height of it; the horns thereof were of the same. And he overlaid it with pure gold, both the top of it, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns of it: also he made unto it a crown of gold round about. And he made two rings of gold for it under the crown thereof, by the two corners of it, upon the two sides thereof, to be places for the staves to bear it withal. And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold. And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary. Exodus 37:25-29

Today we look at the altar of incense , that was another commandment God gave to Moses to build, but what was the significance or meaning? I believe, as it reveals to us in the New Testament, that  this was a foreshadow of our prayers. When we study the “Altar of Incense” we can learn alot about our prayer life

First there is the altar, we must come before The Lord with a repetitive heart before we pray. The incense was to burn continually, which is what we should do , pray without ceasing. As the smoke of the incense goes to Heaven, so do our prayers. They are like sweet fragrance of incense to God 

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Revelation 5:8 (NKJV)

We see in the New Testament , the prayers of Gods people are incense. Notice the bowls are full of them, God hears your prayers and is collecting them! Offer your prayers as a sweet sacrifice to God, and keep praying them continually!

Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

David said ,” Let My Prayers be like incense for God and the lifting us his hands like a sacrifice” David is revealing shadows of the New Covenant, may we pray without ceasing to be like burning incense before our God, and may we lift our hands in worship and offer our praise as a Living Sacrifice (Romans 12) to The Lord Amen!

The Lords Prayer

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9

One of the many great gifts and blessings God has given us is The Lords Prayer. Not only because it came from the mouth of our Lord Jesus Christ himself, but it also gives us focus and understanding with our relationship with God

The first line reveals to us that our Heavenly Father reigns from Heaven. The word Hallowed means Holy. Treat Gods name with holiness not vain! This is why blasphemy is such a serious offence to God

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

We eagerly await the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and the establishment of Gods Kingdom here on Earth. Were not looking forward to floating around on clouds with harps, Heaven will becoming down to Earth and establish His Kingdom

Also while we are here , we should strive to do Gods will and not our own. This can often be a struggle to find Gods ultimate will for our lives versus our own will. Establishing a close relationship with Jesus is vital to understanding this

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11

Often we try to plan our future way ahead, Jesus instructed us not to. Everyday we need to start our day with asking God to give us our “daily bread”. Give us the wisdom, understanding, strength, and provision to make it through another day. Rely on God for all your needs! Obviously, that doesn’t mean we just sit around and do nothing, but God is our leader and we follow his direction

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12

Repentance is not a one time deal. Repentance should be a way of life. When we fail and fall short , come to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. We also need to forgive those who have sinned against us. We cant expect God to forgive us if we are not willing to forgive others. Start your day with a clean slate!

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:13

Satan (the evil one) is going to try and tempt you into sin. Daily we should ask God to help us resist that temptation whatever it may be. Obviously God has given you free will to choose, but those choices have fatal consequences.

The Lords Prayer is more than just a repeated mantra, it’s a proclamation, it’s a declaration, it’s a way of life Amen!

Prayer Life

It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12

The late theologian Leonard Ravenhill said this: “No man is greater than his prayer life, the pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying”

How strong is your prayer life? Seems like an aspect of our life that we ignore or take for granted, however Jesus Christ demonstrated to us repeatedly the importance of continually being in prayer. You might say “Well I don’t need that much prayer, I have it all together” Really? Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God spent countless evenings and hours in prayer to the Father, and you know better than him?

Prayer is Heaven and Earth coming together. Think about that, when you pray your are in the presence of God wherever you are! That is the power of prayer! People who downplay the importance or power of prayer, don’t understand prayer or God alone, for that fact

After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. Matthew 14:23

Time and time again , Jesus went alone to pray! Why? Because prayer is what reenergizes our soul. Prayer is how God reveals his will to us, prayer is how we can focus on pure worship and sacrifice to God. Nothing in our lives should be started or attempted without prayer!

Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Matthew 6:9

Jesus taught us how to pray, the Lords Prayer. Why would he do this unless prayer was an essential part of our lives? Are you spending enough time in prayer? Are you giving God praise and thanks daily? Are you asking God what is his will for your life?

Tap into the most powerful weapon on Earth, Prayer! Amen!

Immanuel

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

God sent us a sign, what is the sign that the birth of Jesus Christ has given us? The sign of Christ is of hope, peace, and victory. Through a lowly baby in the manger, God has defeated Satan. A King given to us in a manger, who would have ever predicted this? But God told us this would happen 700 years before it did, and he fulfilled his promise.

The Son of God could only come through a Virgin because he is holy. Our Lord never sinned yet he came to die for our sins. He is the only one who could save us because we are not able to save ourselves. The only begotten Son of God was delivered to us , there is the sign from God for redemption.

Immanuel means God is with us, even though the world didn’t recognize or receive him. God is with us, through his Son, and through his Spirit. We can rejoice this season because God has sent us a sign, that we have salvation in Jesus Name Amen

Child is Born

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Who is this child prophesied about in the Bible? It’s the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was foretold about 700 years before Jesus came to Earth.  In fact, if you study the Old Testament the coming of Yeshua (Jesus) was prophesied throughout it. So let’s remember and rejoice that God has sent his only begotten Son to save us from our sins.

Jesus is many things to us, our Lord, our Savior, our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, and importantly our Prince of Peace. Without Christ as the center of your life, you can’t have peace. You can’t buy it or drink it or smoke it, it can only be obtained by The Holy Spirit of God.

We have peace knowing that we are redeemed and forgiven. We have peace knowing that by the blood of Christ, we are Children of God. We can have peace knowing that we worship the God of The Living and not of the dead. So let the peace of Christ rule your hearts this season and glorify his name in Jesus Name Amen