“With” or “In” and “On” – StopAndPrayTV

*Pastor’s Note: I just did a study on the Holy Spirit and realized that once we have Him abiding within us, we tend to forget that He is still everywhere and especially in the world doing His work of convicting (convincing) the world of sin. Here’s a great exhortation from our Christian friends over at StopAndPrayTV. A great question is presented; is He just around us, or is He working on us as He is abiding within us?

Also, please stop by and let them know you appreciate their ministry for us as well as for the Lord. These teachings are a sacrifice of praise and worship to the Lord! Give them a like and some encouragement!


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You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you. — Acts 1:8

The Holy Spirit is a resident counselor. The Greek word here is interesting: parakletos—para (beside), kletos (call)—one who is called alongside to help. There isn’t a single thing needed in the Christian life that He isn’t there to provide. Note the difference in the prepositions that are found in these passages: “He remains with you and will be in you” (Jn 14:17) and “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you” (Ac 1:8). Jesus said that the Spirit was “with” them, but later would be “in” them and “on” them. I take these prepositions to mean that the Holy Spirit was “with” them prior to Pentecost but was “in” them and “on” them subsequent to Pentecost. Prior to Pentecost their lives lacked character and consistency. They cast out devils, but, on other occasions, they seemed to be somewhat influenced by them.

Simon Peter is a case in point (Mt 16:23). The disciples were loud in their assertions of loyalty and loud in their blunderings and misunderstandings. The Spirit was most certainly “with” them—helping, encouraging, and revealing—but He was most certainly not “in” them or “on” them. When the Spirit came “in” and “on” them at a later date, then fitful living became faithful living; erratic loyalty became everlasting loyalty.

Today, in the lives of many Christians, the Holy Spirit seems to be working on the outside rather than on the inside. Actually, of course, the Holy Spirit is resident “in” every Christian, but He wants to be more than just resident—He wants also to be president! How is it in your life and experience? Is the Spirit a passing guest or a permanent guest?

Prayer

God, forgive me for not utilizing the resources of the Holy Spirit You have placed within me. Help me see that the Spirit within makes for adequacy without if I avail myself of Him. Amen.

Further Study:

1 Corinthians 2; Nehemiah 9:20; Luke 12:12; 1 John 2:27

What has God revealed to us by His Spirit?

What does the Holy Spirit bring to us?

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Daily Prayer & Praise 7/01/2022


Prayer for Friday 7-1-2022

Dear Father in Heaven, Almighty God, grant that the nations come under Your rule, under Your judgment from morning to evening, from east to west, from north to south. For Your will must be done, and Your name must be honored among all nations. Yours alone is the Kingdom; all kingdoms belong to You for You alone are Sovereign. Your Heavenly Kingdom must come so that at last we learn to be at peace and become Your children, who submit to You. For Christ Jesus shall carry out Your loving, merciful, and perfect will throughout the world. We thank You for all the good You want to provide for us. May Your angels watch over us this night. Be with us in all we do or leave undone. Help us with Your strong hands, that we may rejoice at heart in all the good You give us. In Jesus’ name we bring these petitions to You.

Amen.

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God Could Not Sink This Ship

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“God Himself could not sink this ship,” boasted a deckhand aboard R. M. S. Titanic in 1912. The men who built the ship, the civilized world, the credulous public—all believed and boasted that the ship was unsinkable. But God was not mocked. It is said that when the captain gave the order to abandon ship, many passengers simply could not believe that the Titanic could possibly sink and refused to board the lifeboats. And the crew was almost criminally complacent. So 1,502 men, women, and children plunged into the depths.

For men will be lovers of themselves . . . boasters, proud. – 2 Timothy 3:2

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Vance Havner Quote 7/01/2022

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Matthew 16:13 – Ole Hallesby

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For Friday July 1, 2022:

MATTHEW 16:13

Matthew 16:13 (NKJV)
“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

Yes, you have either read or heard it, have you not?

Some say that He never existed. Everything that has been written about Him is only hearsay and myth.

Others says: Yes, He did live. That fact has been so well authenticated historically that no person of sound mind can doubt it. But He was no God-Man. He was a human being such as we are; He was born as we are and He died as we do. His remains are in an unknown grave near Jerusalem.

Others again say: Jesus was the great religious superman. He stood in a relationship to God in which no one else has ever stood, and He lived for His fellow beings as no other person has ever done. His shining purity, His indomitable courage in telling the truth, His willingness to sacrifice and to suffer make Him the self-authenticated leader of the human race in morals and religion. He is the unattained ideal of all human generations, one whom we all should follow, one who will lead us all to God. But He was not God and did not pretend to be. His well-meaning friends are the ones who have made a God of Him.

Still others say: No, the Biblical record is true. The words of Jesus shall stand though heaven and earth pass away. But in their hearts and by their lives they do not speak thus. Jesus is not the main character in their daily life. They never mention His name except in swearing and cursing. They drink, commit adultery, defraud, and steal.

Strange! Yes, is it not strange that the Son of God came in such a form that opinions about Him can be so divided? We would rather have thought that when the Son of God came to our earth He would have come in such a way that there could be no division of opinion regarding Him.

But in this, too, we see the Humiliated One. His form was to be such that people could find an occasion of stumbling in Him.

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, trans. Clarence J. Carlsen (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1994), 191.
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Worldly Vs. Biblical Wisdom

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Reflecting With God 7/01/2022

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Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.

All Scriptures Used are NKJV, New King James Version


For Friday July 1, 2022:

Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” – Genesis 27:21.

Only one man in the Bible wanted to feel, and he was deceived.
~ McLAREN

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Sowing Seeds 7/01/2022

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*Pastor’s Note: The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, so we will keep sowing seed for the Glory of  the Lord!

Sowing Seeds of Gratitude for 7-1-2022

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Coffee and a Side of Psalms – Psalm 33:7


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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Psalm 96:2 Prayer – PatientlyHopeful

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*Pastor’s Note: Prayer and Praise; what better way to worship the Lord than commune with Him in thanksgiving, confession, adoration and supplication. I have just started following Sister Hope’s site, PatientlyHopeful a little while ago and I have been blessed by her compassion and sensitivity. The following is just one example of that.

Also, please stop by and let her know you appreciate giving of herself in ministry for us as well as for the Lord. She has more than just prayers on her site and if you visit, you will be extremely blessed AND encouraged!


PatientlyHopeful – Hope

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Psalm 96:2 KJV — Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your salvation! Thank You for Your wonderous works. Your name is high above all names and Your ways are perfect. Lord, please help me to sing Your praises throughout my day, loving as a testimony to Your salvation and truth. Lord, let Your light reflect off of my life, that others might find encouragement and understanding in Your Word, accepting You as Lord and Savior. Jesus, I need You every day, to speak in my life through Your Word and guide through Your Holy Spirit. Lord, I am leaning upon You this day for all my needs and trusting You in all things. Lord, Your ways are perfect and Your truth is amazing! May my lips never cease from praising You nor telling of Your gift to those who would pick up their cross and follow You! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

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Daily Prayer & Praise 6/30/2022


Prayer for Thursday 6-30-2022

Lord our God, we thank You for Your Word, which is light and strength to us. We thank You for all You give us and have given us. We thank You that we may be counted among the simple-hearted, among the children. We do not want to be anything great in the world. We want only to be with You as Your children, helpless little children, watched over and dependent wholly on You, the Creator and Father of all. Grant us Your blessing. Help us in all that is good and right, also in our daily work, so that we can be Your children and do what You have commanded. May Your name be honored and glorified at all times, Your Kingdom come, and Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread and the needs You know so well. Forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who have wronged us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. In Jesus’ almighty and glorious name.

Amen.

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Blood As Fertilizer

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Blood is a rare fertilizer. They tell me that the bit of ground over in Belgium called Waterloo bears each spring a crop of rare blue forget-me-nots. That bit of ground had very unusual gardening. Ploughed up by cannon and gunshot, sown deep with men’s lives, “worked” ever so thoroughly by toiling, struggling feet, moistened with the gentle rain of dying tears, and soaked with red life, it now yields its yearly harvest of beauty.

For it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life. – Leviticus 17:14

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Thomas Merton Quote 6/30/2022

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Do It Now – Oswald Chambers

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For Thursday June 30, 2022:

DO IT NOW

Matthew 5:25 (NKJV)
“Agree with your adversary quickly.”

Jesus Christ is laying down this principle—Do what you know you must do, now, and do it quickly; if you do not, the inevitable process will begin to work and you will have to pay to the last farthing in pain and agony and distress. God’s laws are unalterable; there is no escape from them. The teaching of Jesus goes straight to the way we are made up.

To see that my adversary gives me my rights is natural; but Jesus says that it is a matter of eternal and imperative importance to me that I pay my adversary what I owe him. From our Lord’s standpoint it does not matter whether I am defrauded or not; what does matter is that I do not defraud. Am I insisting on my rights, or am I paying what I owe from Jesus Christ’s standpoint?

Do the thing quickly, bring yourself to judgment now. In moral and spiritual matters, you must do it at once; if you do not, the inexorable process will begin to work. God is determined to have His child as pure and clean and white as driven snow, and as long as there is disobedience in any point of His teaching, He will prevent none of the working of His spirit. Our insistence in proving that we are right is nearly always an indication that there has been some point of disobedience. No wonder the Spirit so strongly urges to keep steadfastly in the light!

“Agree with thine adversary quickly.” Have you suddenly turned a corner in any relationship and found that you had anger in your heart? Confess it quickly, quickly put it right before God, be reconciled to that one—do it now.

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Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).
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Majesty and Glory!

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Reflecting With God 6/30/2022

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Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.

All Scriptures Used are NKJV, New King James Version


For Thursday June 30, 2022:

“I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God.” – Genesis 24:48.

Worship is the overflowing of a full heart; prayer is the craving of an empty heart.
~ McLAREN

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Sowing Seeds 6/30/2022

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*Pastor’s Note: The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, so we will keep sowing seed for the Glory of  the Lord!

Sowing Seeds of Righteousness for 6-30-2022

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Coffee and a Side of Psalms – Psalm 33:6


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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God’s Cup Is Brimming – CHRISTian Poetry

*Pastor’s Note: Do you feel your spiritual cup is overflowing with the unfailing blessings of our God? Here’s another great poem by Sister Deborah Ann Belka from her site, CHRISTian Poetry about God’s unfailing love and compassion to His children.

As always, please stop by her site and let her know you appreciate her service to the Body of Christ. You’ll be extremely blessed, inspired and encouraged!


CHRISTian Poetry by Deborah Ann

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God’s cup is brimming,
with His mercies and grace . .
He desires nothing more
than to see us finish the race.

So He gives us strength,
whenever ours is weak
keeping us humble
so we may remain meek.

He renews our faith,
so like eagles we’ll soar
in storms He helps us
to rise over the roar.

His anger is slow,
as we stumble along
His love is steadfast
to keep our trust strong.

He forgives and forgets,
our sins and our shame
He provides salvation
to all who call on His name.

God’s cup is brimming,
with compassion and favor
so He sent His own Son . . .
to be our personal Savior!

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Lamentations 3:22-23

It is of the Lord’s mercies
that we are not consumed,
because his compassion’s fail not.

They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.

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Copyright 2022
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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Daily Prayer & Praise 6/29/2022


Prayer for Wednesday 6-29-2022

Lord God, we glorify and magnify Your holy name. How we wish our voices could ring out over all the world, telling of the great things You have done for us, praising You that we can come to You in Jesus Christ, that we can worship, honor, and thank You for all Your awesome goodness! Safeguard all Your children so that they hold to faith and remain true to the message of the gospel. May we thank and praise You for all You have done this day and every day and for Your working in the hearts of many people who are still unknown to us. Your Spirit rules and calls people, to bring them to You, as our Father in Heaven. Watch over us and continue to bless us. Help us who belong to You as Your people, and protect us through the night. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

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