Adding Power To Our Prayers—“In Jesus’ Name”

“In Jesus’ name” is a phrase of confidence. It shows we believe that our prayers will be heard and answered.

We can learn to pray in accordance with God’s plan by abiding in His Word and letting it influence our thoughts.

In Jesus’ name. These three words powerfully touch the Father’s heart. Using them is a mighty prerogative we have as children of God. Let’s exercise this privilege well.

Feeling Alone, Isolated, and Nobody Cares About You?

Do you feel alone and nobody cares about you? Come back to the community of humanity by setting aside your use of all electronic media. You know the ones—cell phones, ipads, computers, emails, and game play stations. In today’s society I know that’s asking a lot but God would like to talk to you today and everyday for that fact. He is patiently waiting to hear from you. It is His nature to want to have a relationship with you. That’s why He made you. The Bible says He is always thinking about you and knows every intimate detail of your life and most important of all—He loves you.

Take some time today to acknowledge the one true God and His unending love for you. God became flesh in order to sacrifice Himself for your sins and to show His great desire to have an eternal relationship with you. You can access God through your cell phones, ipads, and computers. Each device has the ability to tap into an electronic version of the Bible. If you’re on your device today, but feeling alone, why not read the Bible and discover God’s love for you. You can access a bible here at Biblegateway.com. It is a wonderful resource and available to you now.

God is waiting to hear from you. Why not contact Him today? You’ll be glad you did.

Top Reasons Why We Should Study The Old Testament

And you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, So that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.—2 Timothy 3:15-17

There are many reasons to study the Old Testament. For one, the Old Testament lays the foundation for the teachings and events found in the New Testament. The Bible is a progressive revelation. If you skip the first half of any good book and try to finish it, you will have a hard time understanding the characters, the plot, and the ending. In the same way, the New Testament is only completely understood when we see its foundation of the events, characters, laws, sacrificial system, covenants, and promises of the Old Testament.

The top reasons why we should study the Old Testament are:

1. Because of the countless lessons it contains for us.

2. We find guidance for our own lives.

3. We are exhorted to trust God no matter what (Daniel 3).

4. We learn to stand firm in our convictions (Daniel 1)

5. Await the reward of faithfulness (Daniel 6).

6. We learn it is best to confess sin early and sincerely instead of shifting blame (1 Samuel 15).

7. We learn not to toy with sin, because it will find us out (Judges 13—16).

8. We learn that our sin has consequences not only for ourselves but for our loved ones (Genesis 3)

9. Our good behavior has rewards for us and those around us (Exodus 20:5–6).

In summary, the Old Testament allows us to learn how to love and serve God, and it reveals more about God’s character. It shows through repeatedly fulfilled prophecy why the Bible is unique among holy books—it alone is able to demonstrate that it is what it claims to be: the inspired Word of God. In short, if you have not yet ventured into the pages of the Old Testament, you are missing much that God has available for you.

Discover The Connection Between You, God, and His Word.

There is a very close connection between you, God and His Word. Jesus Himself is called the “Word of God.” To know God, you must know His Word; to honor God, you must honor His Word; to be in touch with God, you must be in touch with His Word. Many promises are given to those who master the Bible so well that the Bible masters them.

— We are promised spiritual stability, fruitfulness and true prosperity as we meditate on His Word day and night. (Psalm 1:1-3)

— When the words of Jesus abide in us, our desires will be given to us, according to God’s will. (John 15:7)

— Meditating on God’s Word leads to prosperity and success in our endeavors. (Joshua 1:8)

— We will have more wisdom than our enemies, more insight than our teachers and more understanding than the aged. (Psalm 119:97-100)

— We will have greater power over sin. (Psalm 119:11)

— We will have comfort in affliction. (Psalm 119:50)

— By drawing near to God, we have His promise that He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)

These astonishing observations, these magnificent claims, these profound promises—they help us realize how important the Bible is, and what remarkable potential we bring to our lives when we become serious students of Scripture. That’s why it’s so important that we commit ourselves to mastering the Bible so well that the Bible masters us.

(excerpt from 30 Days to Understanding the Bible | Max Anders | © 2018)

How Will It All End?—The Church Is Triumphant!

The book of Revelation which is the last book of the bible spells out in vivid detail what will happen on Jesus Christ’s return. Chapter 22 is the final chapter of the Book of Revelation and is properly the epilogue, or conclusion.

The main purposes of the visions John has in the Book of Revelation are accomplished; the enemies of the church are conquered; the church is triumphant; the affairs of the world are wound up; the redeemed are received to their blissful, eternal abode; the wicked are cut off; the earth is purified, and the affairs of the universe are fixed on their permanent foundation. There are a few miscellaneous matters that close this last chapter in the bible.

There is a solemn affirmation on the part of him who had made these revelations, that they are true, and that they will be speedily accomplished, and that he will be blessed or happy who shall keep the sayings of the book.

And, finally, a command was given not to seal up what had been revealed, since the time was near. These things would soon have their fulfillment, and it was proper that the prophecies should be unsealed, or open. The final result of all these things, is to find consolation in the assurance of the final triumph of the Son of God.

Satan has been conquered and we will never have to deal with him again. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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What Is The Lord Doing In Your Life?

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding—Isaiah 40:28-31

As human beings, we often have a difficult time perceiving what the Lord is doing in our life. We are limited by the passage of time, the confusion of present circumstances, and a lack of understanding regarding God’s goals and His means of accomplishing them.

Studying the lives of men and women in the Bible helps us see how the Lord worked in previous generations. God’s relationships with the faithful in earlier times are helpful examples for us today.

If God calls us to endure pain, hardship, or uncertainty, we can find encouragement in knowing we’re never alone. Part of “seeing Him who is unseen” is realizing that God’s grace and comfort carry us through every situation. The Lord doesn’t want us to simply grit our teeth and bear hardship; He desires that we trust Him and bring glory to His name through our dependence.

Having Faith Is Not A Onetime Act—It’s A Lifelong Path

We all know that the Christian walk begins with faith in Jesus for the salvation of our soul. But faith is not a onetime act—it’s a lifelong path. And Hebrews 11:6 tells us why that journey is so important: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

The faith of new believers is immature and often restless because there isn’t yet a deep understanding of the heavenly Father. Therefore, when trials come, the tendency is to look at the problem rather than at God. But as we spend more time studying His Word and growing in our knowledge of Him, our confidence in the Lord begins to increase. The more we learn what pleases Him, the wiser our prayers become.

Another way faith matures is through trials. Jesus’ disciples became frightened in a storm and cried out to Him for help. We can relate to this scenario—at one time or another, we all have found ourselves in a desperate situation with no way to extricate ourselves. And the words Jesus spoke to His disciples could probably be said to us as well: “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” (Matt. 8:26).

We’d all like a problem-free life, but that’s not possible. The silver lining is that trouble can strengthen our faith in the Lord. It’s one thing to read about God’s faithfulness in His Word, but we also need to experience it in our personal life. Each time we’re able to trust the Lord during a trial, we know our faith is genuine.