Ask The Holy Spirit To Help You Pray

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.— Romans 8:26-27 NLT

As a believer, you are not left to your own resources to cope with problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with and for you, and God answers. With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before him.

Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you “in harmony with God’s own will.” Then, when you bring your requests to God, trust that he will always do what is best.

My Thoughts After Reading James Chapter 1:1-27

After reading James chapter 1 in the bible I am struck by the idea of our need for faith. It is something we must have and direct toward God, the Father.

James 1:2-3 says we should consider it all joy when we are faced with various trials in life. These trials will test our faith with the idea that our faith will in turn produce endurance.

Sometime trials are not brief in duration but instead can last for a long time. God wants us to know He is there with us and will be with us during those trials and testings giving us the endurance we need.

Another key component in facing our trials is having wisdom from God. He gives us wisdom liberally if we ask Him for it. I believe He wants us to ask Him so we can be successful in facing our trials and making decisions.

I pray Father that this day you will give me your wisdom to face the day and make the right choices with faith through your Holy Spirit. Bless me with your Holy Spirit, O’ Lord. May I be sensitive to His leading.

I praise you Father for these and all other blessings you give me. In Christ’s name…..Amen.

Don’t worry or be anxious. Live today in Christ.

In many places in the Bible we are told not to worry, or be anxious, or be fearful about what the future may hold. Indeed, the Apostle Paul said that we shouldn’t be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6). Apart from the torment they put us through, the trouble with worry, anxiety, and fear is that they are a waste of time. Instead of spending our time dealing with what we have been called to do today, we waste it by worrying and being anxious about how we will deal with what we have to do tomorrow.

Life in Christ is meant to be lived day by day. Tomorrow is tomorrow and should be dealt with then. Today is today and should be dealt with now.

God’s grace and anointing are for today. Don’t waste today worrying and being anxious about tomorrow. Cast your anxieties about the future on God, because He cares for you (I Peter 5:7).

The Crucial Nature of Christ’s Death – Part 2

Yesterday we looked at what crucifixion is and why it was important for Jesus’ death to occur that way. Today, we will continue with our discussion about Jesus and His saving grace.

What we believe about Jesus is a critical issue.

The Bible says Jesus is the only begotten of the Father, the Son of God. His coming was predicted by Old Testament prophets as the one who would set people free from sin and rebellion against God. Yet this belief is becoming less popular in our day because it threatens a society that desires freedom to do whatever it wants. They resent anyone, especially Christians, who tells them how to live. And the more believers obey, worship, and live for Christ, the more uncomfortable those around them become.

Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross is at the heart of Christianity.

This was the primary reason the Son of God came to earth—to die as a substitute for us. Because He was divine and lived a perfect life, He was the only possible candidate to pay for mankind’s sin. Therefore, He was born of a virgin and became human in order to die on the cross for us. God the Father placed our sins on Him, and Jesus suffered the wrath we deserved. Without His atoning death on our behalf, there would be no salvation, and we would all die in our sins and be forever under God’s wrath.

Since Jesus is the only substitute, He is the only way of salvation.

  • Jesus affirmed this truth when He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). There is no other means of forgiveness and reconciliation to God except through the atoning substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross. All who believe in Him as Savior and Lord, trusting in His sufficient sacrifice can be forgiven of all sin and made acceptable to God.

  • Paul also claimed that Jesus was the only way. Romans 5:8-10 describes this amazing transaction: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified [declared righteous] by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

  • Peter proclaimed Jesus as the only way. When he was defending the gospel before the hostile Jewish leaders of the Sanhedrin, he said, “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Although as Christians we may be accused of being narrow-minded, we must remain firm and hold to the truth of the Bible, which clearly tell us how to be saved. We can expect criticism, but we should never be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

In addition, we must be courageous in telling people about salvation through Jesus Christ. They need to know that “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). All who trust in Christ’s death as payment for their sins and surrender their lives to Him can be certain that their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and that heaven is their future home.