Prayer, Praise, & Promises May. 18, 2019

A person full of the Holy Spirit cannot be full of self. Pride never accompanies power in the fully yielded life. –  Beth Moore

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [5/18/19]

“I replied, ‘… Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’  “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’

“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.  Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’  So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.” Acts 11:8-9, 15-18 (NIV)

God can make people and things clean.  We need to guard against assuming something or someone to be impure or unclean… because God can change that state in an instant.  We also need to guard against thinking that anyone is more entitled to something from God than we or another person might be.  Who are we to think we know more than God?  Who are we to think we have a better plan?  This portion of Scripture shows us that the Holy Spirit is an equal opportunity giver of gifts if it be the will of God.  Praise the Lord that we have equal access, through repentance, to everlasting life.

Passage: Acts 11:1-18

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises May. 17, 2019

Father, our praise is sometimes lacking. We need a fresh dose of strength every day. May we humble ourselves to You and put aside our selfishness and pride so we can receive Your instruction. Amen.

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [5/17/19]

Can anyone say praise the Lord?

 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord. Psalm 148 (NIV)

Can anyone say amen?  Amen!

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises May 16, 2019

John 20:21-22 (NASB)

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

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Reflections… a Scripture verse and inspiration for daily living [5/16/19]

What will it take for us to believe in Jesus?  Jesus said:

Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” John 10:37-38 (NIV)

Scripture testifies to the works of Jesus and the will of the Father.  So, what will it take for us to believe in Jesus?

Scripture tells us:

Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. There he stayed, and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” And in that place many believed in Jesus.  John 10:40-42 (NIV)

Scripture shows us that the things that were said would be so concerning the Messiah have been shown to be true or found in the life of Jesus.  So, what will it take for us to believe in Jesus?

May the prevenient grace of God lead us to making a decision (if we haven’t already done so) to believe, accept, and follow Jesus Christ.  In His holy name, I pray.  Amen.

Passage: John 10:31-42

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Prayer, Praise, & Promises May 15, 2019

Luke 11:13 (NASB)

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

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