Go through your Bible and you will find it definitely stated that every conceivable spiritual blessing is obtained by prayer. For example, it is in answer to prayer, as we learn from Psalm 139:23, 24, that God searches us and knows our hearts, tries us and knows our thoughts, brings to light the sin that there is in us and delivers us from it. It is in answer to prayer, as we learn from Psalm 19:12, 13, that we are cleansed from secret faults and that God keeps us back from presumptuous sins. It is in answer to prayer, as we learn from the 14th verse of the same Psalm, that the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart are made acceptable in God’s sight. It is in answer to prayer, as we learn from Psalm 25:4, 5, that God shows us His ways, teaches us His path, and guides us in His truth. It is in answer to prayer, as we learn from the prayer our Lord Himself taught us, that we are kept from temptation and delivered from the power of the wicked one (Matthew 6:13).
It is in answer to prayer, as we learn from Luke 11:13, that God gives us His Holy Spirit. And so we might go on through the whole catalogue of spiritual blessings and find that every one is obtained by asking for it. Indeed, our Lord Himself has said in Matthew 7:11:”If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him.”
(Power of Prayer_Torrey)
Monthly Archives: October 2013
HOW TO GET THEM
I was cleaning my house using the hover. Fascinated by these endless daily practices done by all ages, races, kindred, cultures, societies and generations; I was moved in my spirit to look closely at the life of following Jesus Christ. I then thought of the definition of the word cleaning which means; to make clean; remove dirt, marks, or stains from.
Psalmist said, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalms 51:7). The psalmist words stood before me as bold as a billboard. They were so clear and loud in my eyes and intellect. There is a cleaning process needed in our daily walk with Christ.
I found myself drawn into this internal conversation as I was doing housework which includes scrubbing, washing, vacuuming, dusting, brushing, wiping and so on. People keep your doors closed always in winter seasons. It will be so cold and sometimes snowing. You hear their hovers making noise as they start their on-going fighting with dust. Where is the dust coming from?
In the same where, spiritual life needs daily cleaning. There is a scripture verse (Heb. 12:1-2; ESV) which says, “Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”.
People take a bath always no matter they do not see any signs of dirty. As they take the bath, they see the dirty which was not visible before in the water. Water is a natural cleaning agent. There is also a spiritual cleaning agent called “Word of God”.
Paul says, “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. 26 He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water along with spoken words. 27 Then he could present it to himself as a glorious church, without any kind of stain or wrinkle—holy and without faults” (Ephesians 5:25-27; GW).
When people do look at themselves daily through the mirror called the “Word of God”, they will be able to see themselves properly and address the areas of life which needs a touch. James the brother of Jesus said, “So get rid of all immoral behavior and all the wicked things you do. Humbly accept the word that God has placed in you. This word can save you. Do what God’s word says. Don’t merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves. If someone listens to God’s word but doesn’t do what it says, he is like a person who looks at his face in a mirror, studies his features, goes away, and immediately forgets what he looks like. However, the person who continues to study God’s perfect laws that make people free and who remains committed to them will be blessed. People like that don’t merely listen and forget; they actually do what God’s laws say” James 1:21-25; GW).
Paul says, “And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendour and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit”. (2 Corinthians 3:18; AMP). The more they look at that mirror, the more they are transformed and look like Jesus.
- Don’t Get Upset With The Mirror (godselegantdaughter.com)
- Daily Meditations – Saturday, October 26, 2013 (keys2kingdom.wordpress.com)
IT IS A DARK WORLD
Imagine living in a house without a television, mobile phone, and tablet just to mention a few. No insight into what is going on around the world even your community. We are talking of things like the news, shopping, fashion, food, places of interest, as well as what is called “internet gossip” and many more. A world without networking with friends, relatives, colleagues, class mates, customers and so on. That is a depressing world, not comfortable to the inhabitant of this day. It is a dark world without lights and no activity. Can they survive in such a place? Our parents had the same problem during our tender age. They could not understand us neither cope with our speed. They were complaining the same way we do to our children today. It’s true, “history repeats itself”.
Should we forbid our Christian children because of Satanism and all evil things found in the internet; yet, we are the ones buying the gadgets for them? Is it good to have these gadgets as Christians? I believe we should be the first to have them if affordable. Take time to read this short scripture verse: Col 4:5; (God’s Word Translation) Be wise in the way you act toward those who are outside [the Christian faith]. make the most of your opportunities.
I said to myself, “opportunities?” I looked again for another scripture and I came across this one which is similar. Eph 5:16 (EXB) take advantage of every opportunities [or Make the most of your time; …redeeming the time/season], because these are evil times [the days are evil].
Yes, there are great opportunities and dangers in the world of today regarding the internet use. Such opportunities include communication, identity, participation, education, learning and literacy;
dangers arising from certain kinds of use relating to inappropriate or undesirable contact, content and commercialism.
The question is, can we stop them from using them or not. That’s the world they found themselves in. Let us as parents learn how to live in it. Learn how to use these gadgets. Help children understand how to use them safely. It’s a usable world. Just apply wisdom.
Who is accountable
Everyone is blaming someone when it comes to unruly, unbecoming children in the whole world as they call them. There is no child born to misbehave. I did my observation as a responsible parent. I have come out with a few points that I believe some parents out there do believe my point is good and worth saying. I know it will help someone who is willing to see things changing.
Parents are mostly held accountable for the construction, con-straining, organizing and shaping the behaviour, will and the entire future of their child. Even though it is possible for other children to drift from the required and expected way provided, it remains the parent’s duty to keep their role. They will always be the models, social constructivists and bridges for their children. The children learn how to live, become and survive in this world from the first teachers who happen to be their parents.
NOT ENOUGH #parents, #child
I would like to give great thanks to all parents who are caring and giving passionate love to their children everyday. While it is so important to notice great work done we must not forget to remind ourselves monitoring that school work is also our duty. I have been looking so closely and saw that the influence of a parent is so important from infancy. The way the parents speak to the child in the womb is so crucial. That is the best stage to start from. Reading the books and talking great wisdom at that stage is the key to a reading habit and character as they grow up. That is the seeding time to all future harvests of the kind.
Never ignore the monitoring habit when it comes to child education.
Never expect the teachers to create the reading and learning appetite into your child.
Never take for granted the intelligence of the family to take your child to the best level in future. Born leader days are gone.
Keep the Faith!
God’s ways and thoughts are not ours (Isaiah 55: 8-9), yet we continue to question…to try to understand Him. Understand this: He loves us so much that He suffered and died on a wooden cross. He asks us to trust, not question: to believe, not doubt. Faith does not require understanding…faith is trusting and believing…no questions asked.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)
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