According to His Will

 

Confidence

SOME GO TO PRAYER NOT TO SEEK GOD’S WILL BUT TO ASK HIM TO BACK UP WHAT THEY WILL TO DO.
1 John 5: 14-15: “This is the confidence we have in HIM, that if we ask anything according to his will, he
heareth us. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we HA VE the petitions we desired of him.”
This PRAYER PROMISE clearly suggests the possibility that a Christian may have GUIDANCE in prayer-so
that he will RECEIVE the very thing asked.
NOTE THE WORD “confidence.” How does one get real assurance in prayer? There must be a feeling that his prayer is the very ECHO of God’s will. Then he KNOWS that the answer is coming even before it is in sight.
What is the KEY to gaining this ASSURANCE? Ephesians 6: 18: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication IN THE SPIRIT [in full yieldedness to the Spirit] and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication.”
DO WE TAKE TIME to seek the Spirit’s guidance in our ASKING? Turn to Romans 8:26: “The Spirit helpeth our infirmities [in prayer}: for WE know not WHAT we should pray for as we ought.”
Again in Jude 19: “Building up yourself in the most holy faith, PRAYING IN [or in surrender to} the HOLY
SPIRIT.”
Oswald Chambers: “There is a quiet ANTEROOM of PRAYER in which we may hear IN ADVANCE the
prayer GOD would have us pray, and this prayer will be according to His will.”
WHERE is this ANTEROOM? It is in the place where we let the HOLY SPIRIT dictate to our hearts what we
should say in prayer. Psalm 27: 14 : “WAIT, I SAY, ON THE LORD.”
An old Naval rule: When ships are to readjust their compasses, they must drop anchor in some QUIET SPOT.
WE MUST quiet ourselves to God’s presence before we can learn to PRAY BETTER PRAYERS-prayers that
MUST be ANSWERED, because they are the echo of HIS will.


Relation of Prayer to Service

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THE PEOPLE WHO SHOW GOD IN PUBLIC ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE FIRST MET HIM IN PRIVATE.
One with Christ, we appear in the presence of God-.. And whatsoever ye shall ASK in my name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14: 13).
NOTE: We have no approach to God except on the basis of what CHRIST is to us.
Also one with Christ, we are to appear before the WORLD-“And whatsoever ye DO in word or deed, DO
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through him” (Colossians 3: 17) .
NOTE: If one is borrowing from the bank, the name of a creditable person is required as an endorser of the note.
Out of gratitude to this person, we would certainly not be ashamed to be IDENTIFIED with him before our friends
We would wish to do him every kindness possible.
Through PRAYER, we draw upon heaven’s bank only through the standing we have in Christ-“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 19) .
It is only through HIM that the believer is ENABLED for ALL things-“I can DO all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4: 13).
Should we not give all honor unto that name which has entitled us to draw upon the riches of glory-serving Him openly and gladly?
Our two passages suggest that PRAYER in His name is intended to be a promoter of ACTIVITY in His name.
PRAYER puts one at HIS DISPOSAL and enables one in all he DOES to bring glory to His name.
You say you PRAY in His name. DO YOU WORK in His name and for His glory?
Let not prayer be a substitute for SERVICE. Let there be no service that is not the outcome of PRAYER.


The Prayer Period

 
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There are 1440 minutes in a day: How many of them are given to prayer-five–ten?
Jesus: “But thou, WHEN thou prayest [suggesting a PERIOD), enter into thy CLOSET [suggesting RETIRE-
MENT) … pray to thy FATHER which is in secret [the ANSWERER of prayer, a personal God); and thy Father which seeth in secret shall REWARD thee openly” [the YIELD of prayer) (Matthew 6:6).
P–eriod
R –etirement
A-nswerer
Y-ield
Four points about prayer. (Go over them again)
The Bible clearly teaches the need of a SET TIME and PLACE for collection of thought, emptying of self, and a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit.
Evangelist John A. Davis: “God’s acquaintance is not made by popping in on Him occasionally. He cannot bestow His best gifts upon hasty and irregular comers.”
Daniel: “He went into the house and, his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled down upon his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God” (Daniel 6: 10 ) .
David: “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17).
Peter: “Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour” (Acts 10:9).
We are to be CONSTANTLY in a spirit of prayer:
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5: 17); “Men ought ALWAYS to pray and not to faint” (Luke 18:1)
BUT a special PERIOD of solitude with God is NECESSARY.
The Reverend Cornelius Wolfekin, noted preacher of past days, found his labors barren. His wife suggested it might be due to lack of a prayer PERIOD. They entered into a pact. Each should have an hour alone in the morning. It was the beginning of great blessing upon his ministry. So it may be for you.


Key of the Morning

key

THE BEST WAY TO GET ON YOUR FEET IS TO GET ON YOUR KNEES.
Psalm 5:3 tells us when to begin: “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, 0 Lord: In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
Matthew Henry: “Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”
Have YOU a “good morning” to greet our Lord? If we run from Him in the morning, we will have trouble finding Him the rest of the day.
David: “Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk” (Psalm 143: 8) .
We need to get our DIRECTIONS at the day’s BEGINNING-before our minds are flooded with other things.
Andrew Bonar (great man of prayer) had three rules:
( 1) not to speak to any man before speaking to JESUS
(2) not to do anything with his hands until he had been on his
knees;
(3) not to read the papers until he had read his
Bible.
Jesus: “In the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1: 35) .
Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission, was so pressed for time from the minute he got up in the morning, that he would set his alarm for 3: 00 A.M. and, after spending an hour in devotions, would go back to bed.
SPIDERS, before seeking their prey in the morning, mend their broken webs. Shall we pursue the business of earth before we have concerned ourselves about the broken webs of life?
The morning is the gate of day,
But, ere you enter there,
See that you set to guard it well
The sentinel of prayer.
ANNIE JOHNSON FLINT



Suddenly

Suddenly
One may go for seasons when from a human perspective, nothing seems to happen. Then, suddenly things begin to unfold rapidly. In dizzying, head-spinning time, things change. In the 1964 Anchorage earthquake, in seconds, one section of 4th Avenue split open. Suddenly, the north side of the street dropped 11 feet. In another part of the city, a 30-block section of land liquefied and slid into the ocean. The entire Kenai Peninsula fell, bringing certain areas permanently under seawater. In five minutes, the 9.2 earthquake on that Good Friday had changed forever the landscape of Anchorage and much of Alaska.
There are times when spiritual seismic shifts occur and things change suddenly. Sadly, we give up too quickly. We walk away and miss the moment. We miss the opportunity to steward the change and we miss the blessing! Virgins that slumber will miss their suddenly! Sleepy Christians who let the oil run out in their lamps will miss their moment. You have to contend for the blessing!
The Bible is sprinkled with suddenlies, “Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest…” (Luke 2:13). In Acts 2, we find, “Suddenly, there came a sound from heaven like a mighty rushing wind…” In Acts 9, “Suddenly, there was light from heaven and Paul fell to the ground…” And in Acts 16, “Suddenly, there was an earthquake and the prison doors flew open and the stocks and bonds fell off…” The ultimate suddenly is found in 1 Corinthians 15:52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Malachi 3:1 had warned, “Behold…My messenger…will suddenly come to His temple…” but Israel had failed to watch. The prophet Zephaniah declares (1:14), “The great day of the LORD…It is near and hastens quickly.” In Revelation 22:20, we find, “He who testifies…says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly’. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Often, when God begins to move, what He does He does quickly.
Where do you need a suddenly today?
By Rev. Dr. P. Douglas Small


The Divine Romance

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Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the Love of God. Romans 8:39 NLT
“Get into the habit of saying, ‘Speak, Lord.’ And life will become a romance.” Oswald Chambers
“To fall in Love with God is the greatest of all romances – to seek Him the greatest adventures, to find Him the greatest human achievement.” Augustine
“God’s love is like a river springing up in the Divine Substance and flowing endlessly through His creation, filling all things with life and goodness and strength.” Thomas Merton.
Pastor Don’s Comments:
In Sunday’s sermon I quoted Chuck Swindoll “(as Christians) We ought to be having a ball!”
And Chuck again, “In many people’s minds, God is the grumpy ogre in the sky who sits near the edge of heaven with a big ugly club and whomps you every time you start having any fun.”
I prefer to have a “Love Affair” with a Loving God, then “walk in fear” because God may not like me or what I do. The day I accepted God’s Love instead of His discipline, I entered into a true place of joy and peace. It is so much easier to trust in a Loving, Caring God than a “grumpy ogre.”
Fall in Love with Jesus today.


Collection of Accounts Receivable

Paid invoice
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand, but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4
It is no fun to sell a product or perform a service and not get paid. There are generally two reasons we do not get paid: (1) we were slack in granting credit in the first place, and/or (2) we were slack in collecting the receivable. Either way, we become poor. But if we will be diligent in extending credit and collecting the receivable, we become rich. The slack hand is the cause of our going broke, but the state of the economy is generally used as the excuse.
To be slack in granting credit and collecting of accounts receivable will surely lead us into becoming entangled in the affairs or our debtor, and before we know it, or debtor will be “calling the shots.” While we are required to bear one another’s burdens, we are never to become entangled in those burdens (Galatians 6:2). However, when the receivable becomes large enough, we inevitably become entangled in the debtor’s problems.
(Author’s comment)
In business, you must take great care in extending credit to others, but to do so is putting trust in that individual. In relationships, the same care must be taken in sharing and showing care to others. But just because it is risky does not mean we should not open up to others. Often, we receive “surprise” blessings when we reach out to others to bless them. Proverbs 10:4 reminds us that we can “become rich” when we reach out to others. Who can I bless today? Maybe it will take a risk, but isn’t it worth it?


Lessons to Live By

lessons learned
“Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you leaned at your mother’s knee. Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers.” Proverbs 18-9 The Message Bible.
“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” Ray LeBland
“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.” Mortimer Adler.
“The mind of a person with understanding gets knowledge; the wise person listens to learn more.” Proverbs 18:15 New Century Version
Today, I celebrate my 70th Birthday.
I pause to remember the things that my father and mother taught me about life, work and blessing. I long to learn something new each day and feel so sorry for those who think they already have learned everything and need nothing new.
I think I just passed First Grade.
Almost a year ago (July 29, 2015) I had a serious fall and suffered a concussion that blocked all remembrance of what happened. The conclusion, “severe dehydration” must have been the culprit, but weeks stretched into months of doctor visits, tests, and frustration. Neurologists, Cardiologists, ENT’s could not find a medical reason for my almost constant dizziness. Then when all the MRI’s, Heart Stress Tests, and every other kinds of tests, I was sent to “physical therapy” for “balance reorientation”. Six weeks of standing on a foam mat, on one leg, with eyes closed and several other exercises I finally began to lose my dizzy companion.
So in January, Judy and I felt led to do the 21 day “Daniel Fast” and along with that, I thought I’d start morning walking again. Together we began to focus on losing some excess weight and getting back into better shape. Challenging, since I’ve never been an “exercise nut”.
I have learned a lot the past year, about health, time management, exercise and eating. It doesn’t come automatically or easy, and it is not just a momentary change. It takes baby steps to start and growing pains to maintain, but the rewards are amazing.
The Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher. To God be the Glory, Great things He is doing.
Thank You for your prayers and support during this class.
Pastor Don


THE MOST IMPORTANT FREEDOM

July 4
Patrick Henry was a famous statesman and orator of colonial Virginia. In 1764 he was elected to the House of Burgesses where he became a champion of the frontier people, supporting their rights against the arrogant exercise of power by the aristocracy.
In 1774 he was a delegate to the First Continental Congress. In 1775, before the Virginia Provincial Convention, which was deeply divided between those who supported England and those who desired freedom, he uttered his most famous words, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
During the Revolutionary War he became commander-in-chief of Virginia’s military forces, a member of the Second Continental Congress, helped draw up the first constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was largely responsible for drawing up the amendments to our Constitution known as the Bill of Rights.
He became Virginia’s first governor, and was re-elected four times. Then he retired from public life, but despite his strong objections the people went ahead and re-elected him Governor for the 5th time. But he meant what he said, so he refused to take the office.
He was offered a seat in the U.S. Senate, and posts as ambassador to Spain and to France. President George Washington asked him to join his cabinet and become Secretary of State, and later wanted to appoint him the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. But he refused all such honors and recognitions.
Listen to these words from him: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians – not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
His Last Will & Testament was filed in the Brookneal County courthouse in Virginia. You read his will and you’ll see that he bequeathed everything to his children, just as most people do. But the last paragraph in his will is especially interesting.
He wrote, “I have now given everything I own to my children. There is one more thing I wish I could give them and that is Christ. Because if they have everything I gave them and don’t have Christ, they have nothing.”
SOURCE: Melvin Newland, Central Christian Church, Brownsville, Texas.


SOMETIMES LIFE KNOWS WE NEED A PIT STOP —

Castle moat
LIFE MAY GIVE US WHAT WE NEED — NOT WHAT WE WANT…
Did you hear about the KING that loved his people so much? This KING loved his family.
The King had the most beautiful palace, and to protect his family he had a huge MOAT
dug around the palace. He had many hungry ALLIGATORS and PIRANHAS placed in the
water. No one dared to try to cross the MOAT.
The King had one child, she was the most beautiful, smartest girl in his kingdom.
There was one problem his daughter had never married and there were no grandchildren
to be HEIR TO THE THRONE.
So the King called his wise advisors to a meeting and they discussed how to find a brave,
handsome young man to marry his daughter and become the next KING.
After the meeting they had a PLAN.
On the date the KING would set, all available bachelors would meet at the south side
of the palace and stand at the Moat and listen to the King address the men.
The King made the announcement on how the new king would be chosen.
The young men watched the guards feed the piranhas and alligators at the morning
feeding. The young men looked down the 100 feet embankment and fear terrorized them.
At noon, the KING AND HIS DAUGHTER stood above the wall and the King announced
the contest to decide who would marry his daughter.
WHO EVER WAS THE FIRST TO DIVE DOWN THE 100 FEET ENBANKMENT AND SWIM
ACROSS THE MOAT WOULD BECOME THE NEXT KING…
All the young men discussed this and decided ANY MAN TO TRY THIS WOULD BE AN
ABSOLUTE FOOL. So the young men just stood there.
All of a sudden one young man jumped into the water and started splashing…
THE GATORS and PIRANHAS started in hot pursuit.
Everyone standing around the Moat could not believe this young man’s brave actions.
A piranha tried to take a bite out of him…
He set a new swimming record that day and finally crossed the Moat until the King’s guards
pulled him out of the water and wrapped him in a towel. The crowd cheered.
The young man would marry the beautiful young lady…
BUT IF YOU LISTENED REAL CLOSELY YOU MIGHT HEAR THE YOUNG MAN SAYING:
IF I KNEW WHO PUSHED ME INTO THAT MOAT I WOULD HAVE HIS HEAD CUT OFF…

THERE ARE TIMES LIFE’S PUSH AND SHOVE — MAY BECOME A PIT STOP ON
THE WAY TO THE PLAN OF GOD…
Wade M. Hughes, Sr




 

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