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Glad-hearted continually?


Watching Sunset, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. When is covered with water the Salar de Uyuni reflects sun light. Here as it looks like at sunset. Luca Galuzzi

Good evening, dear friends, Today has been a rough day, physically, for me. I woke up very early and began praying for all the prayer requests I could think of…I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this earlier! I do not ponder my own circumstances when I focus on the King and the concerns that have been shared with me. I am deeply honored to have someone divulge their requests. I then turn them over to my God of the Angel Armies. I have been so blessed by this song, I’m including it again. :)

Prayer is so powerful. We have such power to stand behind each word we utter in prayers to our loving God. Can you grasp it? You are stressed about your circumstances, your finances, your …. and someone shares their request with you and all of a sudden the focus is off yourself!! Hold onto the promises of God and pray them back to Him.

A storm at Pors-Loubous, Plogoff, Finistère, France by Henri Camus

“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 AMP

Friends, if you are praying on behalf of others and also for your own needs..what room can Satan have if you are in the throne room of God? If you are praying for the people in your life that drive crazy, steer yourself to the King. Lift up the election. Lift up the President. The leaders of our country. Your church. Your pastor, his wife..the persecuted church. In this season I am in, I finally understand this idea that Paul shares:

Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be happy in your faith…happy? For some reason that word, happy, makes me wonder so I looked it up in the Strongs Concordance..check this out..

1) to rejoice, be glad

2) to rejoice exceedingly

3) to be well, thrive

To be well, to thrive in your faith..think of a seedling, planted well, watered accurately, sun pours down…that plant is going to thrive! So how can we be thriving in our faith? Paul gives us some ideas.

Tuft or pencil of light rays are a phenomenon of atmospheric optics, which is caused by the occlusion of the sun by atmospheric haze.by böhringer friedrich

Have a glad heart continually..to me, this is a huge challenge when I hit days that are hard right now. And this is where Paul says, be unceasing in prayer. Pray perseveringly..what word is that? adialeiptōs-without intermission, incessantly, without ceasing..To me, that means, to have joy is to be in constant communication with our Father who art in heaven. That brings joy.

Another that brings joy, in everything, give thanks! Give thanks for this head stuff? Yes. Give thanks for the challenges? Yes, because ultimately it will work out for God’s glory and our joy. Does it make sense logically? Maybe not. Yet we are told this is God’s will for our lives. And God’s will put His Son on the cross, why? For our deliverance, our salvation, our joy..did God like doing this? Of course not, He doesn’t like to see His children suffer, but we see only part of the tapestry. He sees the whole.

Give thanks, He has the whole world in His hands. Remember that kids’ song? He has it all.

Jesus revealed that will in His life here on earth. We can be glad…we can pray…we can give thanks..and somehow our world doesn’t look so bleak.

So, beloved, pray on. Pray on.

 

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Release


 

Matanuska River Valley; by Walter Siegmund

Good morning!

Let the games begin! Well, still haven’t figured out how I’m watching the games..but it sure is fun when I can. The spirit of the games inspires our whole family, the dreams begin and the confident comments begin. I could do that. I would like to be on the swim team. I could run like that. And so forth. Can’t get in the way of the dreams to be scientists, basketball stars, dressmaker (Ella!)…but we could certainly add that in.

Dreams are a beautiful thing. Aren’t they? As adults, do we dream like we did as children? I can’t say I spend a ton of time hoping to be a Olympian, it’s a shame, because God has such great plans for me. For you. Praying in His will, abiding in His will and riding the waves of life with God as your pilot can bring your imagination and dreams to the surface once again.

So, to review, we have researched the first half of the Lord’s prayer. Now we are  moving to forgiveness, cleansing..before the Lord.

Burney Falls, California by Agreene12

Matthew 6: 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([e]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [f]given up resentment against) our debtors.

1John 1:9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

Admit, confess freely we have sinned. Yet, what is spectacular about this verse is what God is doing here!

  • He is faithful, true to His own nature and promises
  • Will forgive…
  • Continuously cleanse us from all that does not conform to His will

Proverbs 28: 13 He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will obtain mercy.

We are back to freely confessing, not hiding! God knows it anyway, but the freedom comes with honesty and a frank appraisal of our life. God will give mercy. Mercy..to love, love deeply, have mercy, be compassionate, have tender affection, have compassion.

Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their [g]reckless and willful sins, [h]leaving them, letting them go, and [i]giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their[j]reckless and willful sins, [k]leaving them, letting them go, and [l]giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.

Freedom from sin, confessing, praying continually, letting people go..giving up resentment. All about freedom for us, isn’t it? When we hold to anger, hold to bitterness..we lose.

Biblegateway‘s verse of the day: “I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.” Philippians 3:14 AMP

We can’t press on towards the goal with bags of bitterness and anger on our back. Holding  sacks of rage from crimes committed against us…the outfits these Olympic athletes wear do not allow for packs. The swimmers shave their bodies of all hair to create a more fluid movement in the water. There’s a lot of spandex going on and not a lot of bags. Same for us, we have to get rid of all that encumbers us.

That we can move and live and have our being in Him, we are free to press on. Forgiveness sets the bags down. Forgiveness removes chains.

Well, I’m going to get back into the Olympics. Pray on, beloved. Pray on.

 

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Lord’s prayer…


 

Cueva de los Verdes, Canary Islands, Spain. Reflection on water. by Lviatour

Good morning, beloved,

Just so you all know, I have asked my children to do a rain dance outside to get rain. You can thank me later. Of course, it’s never worked but they think it is great fun. I think it’s just cute to watch them dance. The heart, the true heart of a child is so fun to watch when they think nobody is looking. I take great comfort in the love Jesus showed children and His disapproval of His disciples’ treatment of the little ones. I love listening to their conversations, hearing their dreams, asking them for their opinion.

And then in a turn, they can be fighting like cats and dogs and I’m left wondering, where’s the wonder? Oh, yes, that would be the fight of our lives, wouldn’t it? Here’s a quote from Kay Arthur, from her blog:

With every fiber of my being I believe that every problem in our lives can be traced back to an inadequate or incorrect knowledge of God, or a lack of faith and trust in his person and his ways. We know so little of this wonderful God who loves us! 

Beloved, if your heart is constantly troubled, if fear lurks in the shadows of your consciousness, if you are exhausted and in despair come with me. Within these pages, we will explore together God’s names in Scripture. And in the end, you will know far more than his names. You will know his boundless joy, power, peace, and presence.

Obviously, there’s a plug for a new study but her point is so well taken. Inadequate, incorrect knowledge of God…our problems and our concerns, when we are focused on them. Oh, my, what joy is robbed from our lives. When we have correct knowledge, strong faith and trust in our wonderful God, how can we despair?

El Golfo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain). by Lviatour

Well, today we turn back to the Sermon to look through Jesus’ teaching on prayer.

Matthew 6 (green-principles, red-do nots)

But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([e]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [f]given up resentment against) our debtors.

13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their [g]reckless and willful sins, [h]leaving them, letting them go, and [i]giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their[j]reckless and willful sins, [k]leaving them, letting them go, and [l]giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.

Parc naturel des volcans de Timanfaya Lanzarote îles Cannaries (Espagne) by Lviatour

Principles to glean:

  • Pray in secret.
  • Pray without the heaps of words, unnecessary repetition.
  • God knows our needs before we ask.
  • Forgive others and let it go, Father will forgive you

 

 

Purpose of the Lord’s Prayer: teach us how to pray!

Lord’s prayer:

  • Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Praise!
  • Your Kingdom come. Reside with us! Come!
  • Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Dominion!
  • Give us this day our daily bread. Pray for our needs. Supplication!
  • forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([e]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [f]given up resentment against) our debtors. Confession!
  • And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Protection! Deliverance!
  • For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Praise!

“Scholars say that this set of sentences [in the Lord's prayer] covers every topic of prayer and that to have covered each index sentence leaves nothing remaining to be prayed for!” (@2007 Precepts Ministries Int’l, p.93)

Now, let’s go sentence by sentence with some cross references! :)

Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed by Your name.

 John 1:12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—

13 Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]

Romans 8: 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God.

17 And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.

Psalm 100: 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

Exodus 33: 18 And Moses said, I beseech You, show me Your glory.

19 And God said, I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim My name, The Lord, before you; for I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy andloving-kindness on whom I will show mercy and loving-kindness.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong.

So, starting our prayers with acknowledging God’s place in the world and by praising His name…Jesus is teaching us to pray. To bless and affectionately praise His name, as Moses said, I beg of you, show me Your glory!!

For me, today, to remember the name of the Lord, is a strong tower. An encouragement right down to my toes!

Pray on, beloved. Pray on.

 

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The next chapter: giving


 

“This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae galaxies (NGC 4038 & 4039) is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. During the course of the collision, billions of stars will be formed. The brightest and most compact of these star birth regions are called super star clusters.”
“ The two spiral galaxies started to interact a few hundred million years ago, making the Antennae galaxies one of the nearest and youngest examples of a pair of colliding galaxies. Nearly half of the faint objects in the Antennae image are young clusters containing tens of thousands of stars. The orange blobs to the left and right of image center are the two cores of the original galaxies and consist mainly of old stars criss-crossed by filaments of dust, which appear brown in the image. The two galaxies are dotted with brilliant blue star-forming regions surrounded by glowing hydrogen gas, appearing in the image in pink.” by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Greetings, beloved of God,

So good to be in the Word, I’m a little late today. Forgive me. :) My Mom and I were working hard at the garden this morning before the humidity hit. It was a good time to go. Noah is recovering nicely from his surgery. He was able to sleep through the night without difficulty and woke up raring to go. I believe his biggest complaint presently would be restlessness. Pain is being managed well..

I’m excited to get into our Bible today. I’m praying for the Lord’s wisdom to handle the Scriptures well and guide you. I love using Precepts to guide and direct my study. Here we go! Red: do not, Green: do

Matthew 6: Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [[a]reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.

2 Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be [b]recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward [c]in full already.

3 But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

4 So that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly.

5 Also when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward [d]in full already.

6 But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

7 And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.

8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

9 Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([e]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [f]given up resentment against) our debtors.

13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their [g]reckless and willful sins, [h]leaving them, letting them go, and [i]giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their [j]reckless and willful sins,[k]leaving them, letting them go, and [l]giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.

16 And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy and [m]sour and [n]dreary like the hypocrites, for they put on a dismal countenance, that their fasting may be apparent to and seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward [o]in full already.

17 But when you fast, perfume your head and wash your face,

18 So that your fasting may not be noticed by men but by your Father, Who sees in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

So main topics here:

  1. Give
  2. Pray (the Lord’s prayer taught..)
  3. Forgive
  4. Fast

Results if seen by men: You have received your reward in full.

Results if seen by God alone: You will receive your reward from the Father. You will be forgiven.

Principles laid down for giving:

  1. Give to the poor (not if, but when..)
  2. Give in secret.
  3. our Father in heaven who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Let us look at some corresponding verses on giving.

Acts 2: 

44 And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common;

45 And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need.

So to add to the principles learning, the early Churchgave, help and as the Greek further helps us:1) to cleave asunder, cut in pieces

2) to be divided into opposing parts, to be at variance, in dissension

3) to distribute

Acts 4:

32 Now the company of believers was of one heart and soul, and not one of them claimed that anything which he possessed was [exclusively] his own, but everything they had was in common and for the use of all.

33 And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all.

34 Nor was there a destitute or needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses proceeded to sell them, and one by one they brought (gave back) the amount received from the sales

35 And laid it at the feet of the apostles (special messengers). Then distribution was made according as anyone had need.

  • The company of believers: their possessions were not their own, all in common and use for all
  • Great grace rested richly upon them all
  • No needy people, b/c they would sell property and bring proceeds
  • Distribution was as people had need

Philippians 4:  (Giving in green..)

And you Philippians yourselves well know that in the early days of the Gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church (assembly) entered into partnership with me and opened up [a debit and credit] account in giving and receiving except you only.

16 For even in Thessalonica you sent [me contributions] for my needs, not only once but a second time.

17 Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seekand am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].

18 But I have [your full payment] and more; I have everything I need and am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. [They are the] fragrant odor of an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.

19 And my God will liberally supply ([i]fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

  • No church except Philippians gave to Paul.
  • They sent gifts to him 2x in Thessalonica.
  • Paul was eager for the fruit of the harvest of BLESSING accumulating to them.
  • God welcomes and delights in the offering and sacrifice of the gifts of the Philippians.
  • God will supply all needs. ALL needs.

There is such great blessing found in the gift, isn’t there? I believe with all my heart the gift helps us so much to take our eyes off our own circumstances. I believe it because I’ve seen it in action. When we are taken with how can we help our church, the poor, the needy, when we are in the Word, when we are singing songs and encouraging one another and giving thanks what time do we have to spend on our own angst and worry?

We just need to keep focused on the Lord. Pray on beloved. Pray on.

 

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