The Purpose of a Christian’s Life is to Become “like” Jesus – Matthew 10: 24-33

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[24] The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
[25] It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
[26] Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
[27] What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
[28] And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
[29] Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
[30] But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
[31] Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
[32] Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
[33] But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)

This scripture is telling us that a student is not above their teacher (in this case Jesus). The student is in the position of learning, so the goal should not be to become smarter or better than the teacher but to become equal or “like” the teacher. The same applies to a servant, to become “like” his master.

Jesus never attempted to be better than the Father. When Jesus walked this earth, it was his job to show the people God’s ways, regardless of the cost to himself and it is now our purpose in life, to become “like” Jesus.

If the head of the household (Jesus) has been wrongly accused of being the enemy (satan), then it follows that the rest of Jesus’ household (Christians) will be accused as well.

Jesus tells us “Don’t be afraid”. We are not to be afraid to talk about and show Jesus at work in us. Because of their association with Jesus, the disciples were hated and attacked by many. When we lead a life that honours Jesus, there will always be people that will come against us, because we are his family.

Jesus said a second time – “Don’t be afraid” – Yes, our bodies can be hurt and/or killed by man but Jesus reminds us that no one can touch our soul, or place us in our eternal home, except God. If we are out proclaiming the Word, then we have nothing to fear from man because our eternal home is already set with God.

Jesus said that nothing can be hidden or concealed forever. This tells us that those who pretend to be his children and all of the unbelievers will be shown, at the judgement seat, what is really inside of them. They will suddenly see the truth as Jesus Christ is disclosed.

A third time Matthew writes, “Don’t be afraid”. Christians are given two examples here to show that God knows about us and looks after absolutely everything, whether we see him working or not.

  1. Sparrows are so tiny and are worth next to nothing and yet God feeds them, gives them homes and looks after them all year long.
  2. God knows exactly the number of hairs on our head, at any given time. How many hairs do we lose in a day? How many new ones have grown in? How often that amount changes and yet, God still knows the exact number, at all times!

Even though we are under Gods watchful eye, Christians are not free from times of hardship and persecution. We must learn to stand strong, as Jesus did, leaning on God for strength.

As we declare the name of Jesus, our confidence grows and we will feel his presence leading and guiding us. If we can truly stand for Jesus right now, on earth, then Jesus will stand for us before God in heaven, acknowledging that we are indeed, true children of God.

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Heavenly Father

Jesus said to be “like” the teacher and to be “like” a servant to his master. Father I pray that I could live as Jesus did; in love and in faith, with peace and having a happy servants heart.

I know; that my job as a Christian, is to go boldly out into the world proclaiming that Jesus is the Saviour. Regardless of what may be happening all around me, please help me to stay strong in you with confidence, declaring boldly that Jesus is Lord and that the only way to salvation, is through Him.

The persecution this scripture speaks of has been going on for centuries and is now becoming worse with each passing day. Hatred of Christians is growing! Arguments, fighting, torturing and killings are becoming normal headlines.

The non-believers are coming out strong and in force now, putting fear into Christians. This is a time we knew was coming; a time when Christians everywhere will have to stand our ground.

Three times in this passage we are told “Do not be afraid”. So I pray for all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and for myself; that when persecution strikes, we will not be afraid but be covered by the Armour of God  and are able to go forward in boldness and in the name of Jesus Christ.

Help me (and all Christians) to speak out without fear. Your word says that although my body can be hurt or even killed, my soul and eternal destination (Heaven or hell) is in your hands Father, and only yours. Hallelujah!

One day soon every person ever born will have to stand in front of you God and be judged. I pray that I will be found worthy to spend eternity with you, in heaven and I pray that before the last day, many will give their hearts over to Jesus for salvation.

Right now, I pray for all of the unsaved. I pray that in this very moment, souls will feel your call. Eyes will open to see you, ears will be open to hear you, hearts will be opened to receive Jesus and faith in you is ignited! All for your glory!

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray

Amen

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Every Person Knows How to Pray – Luke 18:1

Luke 18:

[1] And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (KJV)

th-1It should be pointed out that God has made it possible that every person knows how to pray. No matter what our religion or background, whether we are Christian or an atheist, or somewhere in between, God has placed inside each of us the knowledge of prayer. But…, He has also given us free will and so we have the choice to pray or not to pray.

Luke 18:1 tells us that we should always pray and not to faint. He is urging us to pray without ceasing and not to give up.

“Always to pray” (pray without ceasing) does not mean being in prayer continuously. It means always being ready to pray at a given moment. Throughout the day, we should be watching out for where the enemy tries to take over and control the situation. If we are at ready with prayer, then the enemy loses.

When we know of or see a situation that requires prayer or when we a have need, prayer should be our “go to”; our first instinct. Many of us turn to loved ones or friends and ask for help. We must learn to call out to our Heavenly Father first.

Always to pray – While making breakfast we could be thanking God for the groceries in our refrigerator and for the money that bought the food and for the job which gave us the money. If we happen to be in a position of little or no food in our home, then we can pray for the harvest that God will bring to us that day.

Apart from our own needs, we can pray for others. For example, when we see or hear an ambulance or fire truck siren, our first instinct should be to pray for that situation, even though we don’t know details of the situation. We can pray for friends, our military, our leaders, our country. Israel always needs our prayers!

The idea Luke is trying to make is that there is always something to pray over. If we are in “constant” communication with our Father then the enemy’s strength is over-shadowed.

“Not to faint”. We should not give up; on or in prayer. The enemy hates prayer! It’s the one thing he can not win over. If he can convince us to quit praying then he is in a better position to control the situation.

Let’s say our intention is to spend some time with the Lord today. What happens? Something else comes up or the phone rings. There will always be something to lead us away from spending time with God. That’s the enemy’s plan.

This is where Luke says “not to faint” (quit). This is the time to dig in our heals and stay strong and follow through. By praying and keeping the faith that our God is in control, we will grow spiritually. As we grow in the Lord, the enemy’s strength in our lives is depleted.

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I ask that you would help me to pray every morning before I get into my wordly chores and events of the day. May I pray continuously all day and then again at bedtime.

By doing that Father I will be drawn closer to you and the choices I make throughout the day will be better ones.

Also Lord, praying continuously, will keep the enemy at bay, because he will soon see that he is wasting his time with me. Hallelujah!

Thank you Father for prayer. Remind me that prayer is only half of the circle, I must always take the time to listen to you speaking to me.

I ask you now, in the name of Jesus that you would help me to pray always and have me listen to you so that we may have a true friendship.

Thank you Father. For you, all the Glory!

In the name of Jesus, I pray.

Amen

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Draw Near to God – James 4: 6-10

James 4:

[6] But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
[7] Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
[8] Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
[9] Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
[10] Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

God gives grace – The people willing to submit to God and allow him to take the lead, are blessed with grace and in that grace we are able to give ourselves over to God. However, He will not move in the people who believe it’s all about them (The proud).

Resist the devil – As soon as the natural person truly gives their self over to God, they become his child. One of the wonderful gifts we receive from him is the authority to resist the devil. As strong as satan is, he cannot overcome a Christian’s given authority and will flee at the name of Jesus.

Draw nigh to God – James is telling the people they must stay close to God. The closer they are to him, the closer he will be to them. The same principles apply for us today. We must make a conscious effort to stay close to God, following his lead. The flip side is that when the enemy is in control, we are not living the life God intended for us.

Cleanse your hands – Because of Adam’s downfall in the Garden of Eden, we live in a world of sin. Therefore, it is very important for us to go before God; in the name of Jesus, confess and wash our hands of sin, and then receive God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Purify – We need our hearts to be purified. So many times we will only clean what we or others see. However it is very important to ask for God to search us, inside and out, to find whatever sins we may be hiding – possibly even from ourselves. Then we can take them before God, confess the sins and be purified.

Double-minded – God has given us the right to make our own choices in the way that we live. However, it’s important for us to remember that we cannot serve two masters; it’s either the enemy’s way or God’s way.

Be afflicted – Yes; a person living without God may be enjoying life to the fullest, but there are eternal consequences. Without God’s presence, the worldly things that bring us joy, laughter and happiness are short lived and useless. James is telling us that it’s very important to let go of the worldly way of living and turn to God.

James is warning us that as we get closer to God, our sins will become more evident and we will feel convicted. This is a good thing. The need to lament, mourn and weep will come upon us and we will feel the heaviness of the sin and will be crying out to God to be rid of it.

Humble yourselves – As we go before God humbly, asking and receiving forgiveness, God will wipe away our sins and then he will lift us up, giving us genuine love and happiness for eternity.

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Father,

Thank you Lord, that when you called to me, I accepted your invitation and drew close to you. I then confessed my sins and made you Lord and ruler of my life. I have never looked back! The life I enjoy today with you by my side is more than I ever imagined. In you I have found peace and love.

Thank you Father for this message from James. As I studied it this week, it was a reminder for me to always stay close to you.

Search my heart Lord for those sins that could be deeply hidden inside me. Bring them to my mind so that I can confess with my mouth and have my heart purified.

The enemy is always standing right beside me, urging me to fall away from you, tempting me with all sorts of gifts and lies. Help me Lord to stay strong in Jesus, and resist the enemy.

If I am not living my life with you as my central authority, then I have no chance at resisting the devil. Please stay close to me and have the Holy Spirit convict me the moment I may drift towards the enemy’s territory.

I know Lord that as a Christian, my life will still be full of ups and downs. I understand that I am not immune to bad things happening in my life. However, I do know that as your child, you will always be at my side; leading, helping and comforting me. Regardless of what is going on around me, help me to stand strong in you, covered by the Armour of God.

Thank you Father for your love, grace and mercy and for all the wonderful gifts that I receive from you. Thank you for sending your son Jesus and the Holy Spirit to draw me back to you in the times I drift.

May I always consciously and purposely choose you to lead my life.

For the glory to God and in the holy name of Christ, I pray.

Amen

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God’s Blessing for You – Numbers 6: 23-26

Numbers 6: 23-26 (KJV)product_41_copyright

At Gods request, Moses, Aaron and other spiritual priests spoke this blessing over their people at the end of every service, The priests had to memorize this blessing as it was to be given word for word, as dictated by God.

In these few verses we see one word repeated six times – the word “Thee” (you)! God wants Christians to remember just how blessed we are and that even today, as this benediction is prayed over us, as a congregation, it is meant for each of us individually.

BLESS THEE – Contrary to what some believe; being a child of God, does not exempt us from going through rough times. It helps when we remember that God is always present and continually blessing us, even when we think otherwise.

KEEP THEE – As God watches over us, we are drawn closer to him, where we will be safe and able to withstand everything that we have to deal with. Knowing that God keeps us close to him, we don’t ever have to be worried or anxious.

FACE SHINE UPON THEE – As our Father, he smiles at us lovingly, while showering us with forgiveness, favour and acceptance.

BE GRACIOUS UNTO THEE – Grace is not something we can ask for. It can only be received when God gives it. God doesn’t have to give us grace, but when he does, it shows how much he loves and wants to bless us.

LIFT HIS COUNTENANCE UNTO THEE – Countenance means support. Each day we receive the kind of support that only God can give.

GIVE YOU PEACE – God’s peace is right there for us, no matter what is going on, what problems we have, or what situation we are in. God blesses us with peace, which is ours for the taking. As we accept, his peace encompasses our entire being and situation.

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Loving Father in Heaven,

Thank you Lord for placing the desire in my Pastor’s heart to declare this blessing over your (and his) sheep/congregation every Sunday.

Because I am your child, this scripture reminds me that you are blessing me, loving me and always watching over me, in spite of what my eyes are seeing or what I’m feeling.

You know what my needs are and I can relax knowing that you are right there with me, being my strength and my support. Thank you that I can call for peace, at any time over people, situations and for myself.

Thank you for your unconditional love that showers me with your blessings.

In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, I pray.

Amen

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Do You Anger Quickly? – Proverbs 19: 11

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Proverbs 19:

[11] The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

We have the choice; to act on our anger immediately or to consciously postpone it or even let it go for good.

There may be many other reasons, beyond what is happening in that particular moment, causing anger to rear its ugly head. By deferring, we stop the anger in its tracks and let it go before it blows up, out of proportion. Setting it aside gives us the chance to cool off enough to objectively consider, not only our side of what is happening, but whether the opposing arguments hold merit.

How can we defer it or just let it go?

  1. As soon as the anger starts rising, and before it becomes a situation out of control, we must consciously make a decision to stop immediately.
  2. Pray for peace over all people involved.
  3. For our part, we must truly let God take over, regardless of what is happening. (Sometimes others can’t or won’t let it go).
  4. Ask for the Father’s help for everyone involved to see, with a clear mind, what’s really happening.
  5. Call on Jesus and with his strength in us, the anger will dissipate. (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me).
  6. Then ask the Holy Spirit to guide us out of the situation, with love, kindness and forgiveness for everyone involved.

With the help of God (the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit) we CAN put a stop to whatever is happening in the moment and choose to defer it. This is wonderful news!

My Father in Heaven,

It is for your glory that I live. I thank you that I am created in your image and that you are willing to teach me how to be more like you.

Father, I know that on a regular basis, I am offended by someone or something, and sometimes I bury the offence and hurt so deep that they affect my soul. The bigger problem is that in many of those times, I keep it all brewing until one day it just explodes.

I need to change and I am working on it Lord. Please search me and draw out everything hidden inside me that is not of you and cleanse me, in Jesus’s name. Thank you Father.

From now on, please help me to be on the lookout for situations that would cause me to fail. If any anger, bitterness or anything not of you begins to take hold of me, please allow me to immediately to be aware and turn to you, knowing in faith, that you will come to my rescue.

Allow me, with the strength and power of Christ, to rise above whatever brings me to the point of anger and rebellion. The more I stand in Jesus, the quicker these types of incidents will dissipate.

I know that it pleases you when I walk in peace and in forgiveness. This scripture tells me that when I overcome my transgressions, it brings glory (honour) to my name. Thank you Lord for allowing me the opportunity to live my life in you.

It is my goal to please and honour you. All the glory to you God for all you are and all you do.

In Jesus’ name.

Amen

Note: There is such thing as righteous anger however in this post I am not talking about that kind of anger. I will post on Righteous Anger soon.

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