Living For The Glory of Jesus and His Word: P.1 (12.2.18)

Ask yourself, “What am I living for?

Don’t go through the motions of life and not be living for something.

What things would you give your life for? That will show you what you’re living for.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God wants to enrich our lives. He wants us to have things, but not for things to have us.

Ultimately God has called us to live for His glory.

Matthew 5:16 
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

When we are doing what God called us to do, that’s when we are most content.

Philippians 4:12-13
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Peace is not wrapped up in what you have or where you are in life. True peace comes from knowing that you bringing God glory and fulfilling the purpose He has for you.

Ask yourself, “Is my life causing others to glorify God?”

1 Corinthians 10:31 
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

As long as we live with the mindset that God couldn’t use us to bring Him glory, we will fall short of His plan.

God will use what man rejects just to show His power.

Psalm 8 says that before man sinned, he was clothed with God’s glory.

What does it mean to bring glory to God?

Glory – weighty, the manifestation of who God is

Hebrews 1:3 
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

When God has manifested and revealed himself, the response should be glory!

Luke 12 reiterates that life does not consist in the things that a man possesses.

2 Corinthians 10:15-17
Not boasting of things without our measure, that is , of other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

God can do anything in your life that you wont take the credit for.

Be willing to lose credit for all and give it to God for His glory. Thats when you find true life satisfaction.

It always comes down to motive. With anything, ask yourself, “Why am I doing this? What’s my motive? Would this bring God glory?”

Pray that God does something in your life that only He can get the credit for. Thats when you really experience His presence.

1 Chronicles 16:24 
Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

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Marriage Matters: P.7 (11.25.18)

Traits to have in marriage

  1. Adaptability
  2. Empathy
  3. Communication
  4. Ability to handle Conflict and Problems
  5. Know love language and speak that language.

Galatians 5:22-23 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Romans 11:16
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy : and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

Be intentional about how you communicate love.

Marriage is not a place for assumption. Don’t assume that your spouse knows that you love them. Be intentional about communicating your love to your spouse.

1 Corinthians 14:19 
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

Make sure that when you are communicating love that you are speaking the language that your spouse speaks.

5 Love Languages:
Words of Affirmation
Physical Touch
Quality Time
Acts of Service
Gifts

Know your spouses love languages. Don’t just speak to them in your own love language and expect them to speak the same language. You have to discover and speak their love language.

Types of love:

Philio – Brotherly love.

Storge – The love of a parent to a child.

Eros – Where we get the word “erotic”.

Agape – God’s love- unconditional love. Agape love is all about the recipient and takes no thought for the giver.

God gives commandments to address weakness. Many times in the book of Ephesians God tells the husband to love the wife.

God has called the man to be the pursuer. It’s the husband’s responsibility to pour into the wife everything that God gave to him.

It is the responsibility of the husband to be the giver, initiator, pursuer.

Ephesians 5:23-29,33 
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

You can’t walk in the harvest of what you haven’t sown.

Love is a decision, not a feeling or emotion.

  1. Stability

Emotionally – Proverbs 18:14

Financially – Proverbs 24:27

  1. Similarities

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

2 Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Common interest…faith, convictions, family

 

 

Praying The Names Of God: P.1 (11.21.18)

Psalm 138:2
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Psalm 89:34
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

John 15:7-8
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

2 Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

There is no substitute for praying the Word and standing in faith.

There are two guarantees in prayer:
God’s Word
The name of Jesus

When you pray the Word of God in the authority of the name of Jesus, you’re guaranteed results.

Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

There is power in the name of Jesus

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

The Word of God reveals the will of God.

John 14:13-14 
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

1 Timothy 2:5-6…Jesus is our mediator.

Romans 3:23…sin separates us from the Glory of God

Salvation restores relationship to the father.

Without Jesus we do not have access to the Father.

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 16:23-27 
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

Hebrews 3:1 
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Jesus is the mediator of our profession.

Go into prayer recognizing that Jesus is the mediator and prayer words of faith that Jesus can take to the Father.

Colossians 3:16-17
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Proverbs 18:10 
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

There is power, safety and salvation in the name of Jesus.

 

Africa 2018: Progress Report (11.18.18)

Matthew 16:13-19 
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

We must first know Jesus ourselves before we can share who He is with others.

The church is built on the revelation of who Jesus is.

The gates of hell will not prevail against the assignment we have been given to make Him known.

In Africa, we had originally planned to teach at the Bible college. Some members of the school’s board forbid us to teach there. Because we are not orthodox, we’re looked at by those board members as heretics. The dean of the college contacted the local Bible society and arranged for our team to teach there. Attendance was optional, and yet the room was filled with professors/students from the Bible college who came hungry to hear the word. The weapon was formed but it didn’t prosper.

Matthew 28:18-20 
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Acts 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Jerusalem & Judaea – represents those geographically & relationally close (Chapters 1-7)
Samaria – represents those geographically close but relationally distant (Chapters 8-12)
Uttermost – represents both geographically & relationally distant (Chapters 13-28)

In Africa, we got the chance to do ministry in the uttermost part of the earth. Having traveled a total of 33 hours, we got to share the gospel with people who are geographically distant, culturally different and who speak a different language. Despite all those differences, we were united in the name of Jesus for the advancement of the gospel.

Romans 10:13-17
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

7 Progress Report in the book of Acts

Acts 2:47
Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Acts 6:7
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Acts 9:31
Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Acts 8:14,26-32,34-39
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.  Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him , and heard him pow read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?  And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 12:24
But the word of God grew and multiplied.

Acts 16:5
And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Acts 19:17-18,20 
And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

Acts 28:30-31 
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Praying The Word: P.5 (10.31.18)

Matthew 6:9-10 
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Deuteronomy 19…choose life

Matthew 16:18-19 
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

God wants to invade your life on earth from heaven. Heaven is engaged with the earth.

Could it be that God has not moved in a supernatural way because we have failed to operate in the authority that He has given us by binding and loosing things?  ( See Matt. 16:18-19)

Look at whatever you’re facing and choose to say about that situation what the Lord says in His Word.

John 17:17 says that the Word is truth.

Jesus is our High Priest (aka-mediator)

Psalm 91:1-16
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord , which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Vs. 11 – Luke 12:8

Heaven is aware and responding to the Word being prayed in the earth.

Vs. 14 – God will do in you what you know of Him

Salvation has many benefits…

Hebrews 1:13-14 
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Hebrews 2:1,3 
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him ;

Angels respond to the God’s Word.

Psalm 103:1-6,20-22 
Bless the Lord , O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. Bless the Lord , ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord , all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord , O my soul.

Daniel 10:1,5-12 
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.  And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.  And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

It is not vain to pray the Word of God. When you speak the Word of God in the authority of the name Jesus, angels move to bring it to pass.

Declare the written Word of God!!

Marriage Matters: P.5 (10.28.18)

1 Corinthians 7:1-5 
Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

“defraud” means to refuse or deprive.

You’ll never have a healthy marriage if you only think about yourself. The difference between a frustrated and fulfilled marriage depends on if each spouse’s needs are being met. Needs control behavior.

Marriage is a needs-based relationship. Each person must be sensitive to the needs of his/her spouse.  If we can’t put ourselves in our spouse’s shoes (have empathy), then we won’t care about meeting their needs. And if we don’t make their needs a priority, we are directly disobeying the Word of God, which instructs us not to defraud (refuse or deprive) each other.

Empathy is critical to marriage. We must be willing to understand our spouse’s needs and be willing to meet them; even though they are different from our own. Two can’t become one until each spouse becomes like clay (adaptable) so that God can mold them together.

Ephesians 5:28-29
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

When you meet the needs of your spouse, it frees them up to meet your needs. If you don’t meet their needs, they will be mentally preoccupied and concerned with how they are going to get their needs met. You don’t want to leave them vulnerable to that attack of the enemy.  Don’t leave that door open in your marriage.


There are 5 needs that every husband has, and 5 needs that every wife has in marriage… and 2 needs that apply to both the husband and wife.

Husband’s Needs:
-Physical intimacy (Sex)
-Recreational companionship
-An attractive spouse(not just physical, see below for explanation)
-Domestic support
-Admiration, encouragement and respect

Wife’s Needs:
-Emotional intimacy
-Communication and partnership
-Honesty, openness and affirmation
-Security, financial support and protection
-Family, commitment and priority

Both Need:
-Honor
-Love, acceptance and spiritual intimacy

 

Husband’s needs explained: 

Physical intimacy: Men need physical intimacy//sex.  1 Cor. 5 says not to defraud each other, or withhold and deny meeting each other’s needs.  Wives, don’t leave your husband wondering how he will get his needs for physical intimacy met.

Recreational companionship: The burden/responsibility of work was given to the man. (The wife has the burden/responsibility of raising the children.) Men need to be able to to enjoy what they have worked for. Wives, help your husband enjoy what he’s been working so hard for. Malachi 2:14 calls the wife the companion of the husband.

An attractive spouse: There are two women described in Proverbs 31 and Proverbs 7. One dresses attractively for her husband and one dresses like a harlot. One cares about the ways of her house and the other does not. Wives, if you are willing to get all made up to go out with your friends, but you dress like a slouch on date night with your husband, it subconsciously communicates that he doesn’t mean as much to you. Give him the same effort you give anyone else. ** Attractiveness goes beyond physical appearance. It is in the way you speak and how you carry yourself. Showing love is attractive. Making in investment for your husband is attractive.

Domestic support: Husbands need help on the home-front and with the kids!

Admiration, encouragement and respect: Ladies, even if your husband isn’t able to do much, applaud him for what he can do. Don’t disrespect him in front of another man. If he does something, admire him for it. That reaffirms your love for him.

Wife’s needs explained: 

Emotional intimacy: There is a huge difference between physical and emotional intimacy. The bible calls men a fountain (they don’t need any reason to be physically intimate). Women are compared to deep wells. You have to be ready to patiently draw. Women want to connect on a deeper level through intimate conversation. That is what draws them into intimacy. Men, do not leave your wives strained for emotional connection and intimacy.

Communication and partnership: The wife needs to know that her husband isn’t just present, but that he will partner with her in raising the kids, doing life…. etc. She needs openness and communication. There should be complete transparency in marriage, and equal partnership. Back her up with the kids. Partner with her in her endeavors.

Honesty, openness, value and affirmation: Wives are affirmed by their husbands openness and honesty. Men, you should always be reminding you wife by what you say, how you treat/serve her, that she is valuable and that you love her. Reaffirm it constantly. When you are honest and open, it communicates to your wife that you have nothing to hide; that she is the one person with whom you can and will share everything.  That tells her she is important to you.

Security, financial support and protection: The responsibility of work/being the provider was given to the man. The wife’s responsibility is for the children. The wife is the ‘nester’. She needs to know that her nest is financially supported, that it is secure, and that it’s protected. **Financial support is more than having the gas, water and lights turned on. Your wife will want to get her hair/nails done. Etc. Men, provide for your wives! If the family is not provided for, God holds the husband responsible. The burden of financial support was never meant to be placed on the woman. If a wife wants to stay home, that is her God-given right. (Note: wives, if you choose this, be sensitive that you will have to structure your budget around one income.) Security is a huge thing with women. If your wife knows she is secure, she can truly become free to be the best wife.

Family, commitment and priority: A wife needs to know that she is priority #1 to her husband, and that no one/nothing else will be put before her. She needs to know that her husband is committed to making and keeping her a priority, and that he is committed to the well-being of the family. Husbands, this means that if your wife is concerned about something, you should take it seriously. Address it with her in love. Even if her concerns don’t seem relevant to you, they are real to her. So walk through it with her.

Both husband and wife need:

Honor: Both husband and wife need to be shown value and preference by the other. This is communicated in so many different ways: For example: if a wife is trying to talk to her husband, but he’s flipping through the channels on the tv, that doesn’t show preference. If a husband is trying to spend time with his wife, but she’s texting, that doesn’t show preference. When you are with each other, be with each other. Put the distractions away. Make it a priority to protect your time together to connect.

Love, acceptance and spiritual intimacy: Love is a choice- not a feeling. Choose to love each other and prefer one-another, even when its hard. Make your marriage a safe place, where each spouse can be honest and vulnerable without fear of rejection. Pray and read the Word together. As you both get closer to God, you will inevitably get closer to each other.

Praying The Word: P.4 (10.24.18)

James 5:15,17-18
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

Effective prayers are based on the Word of God.

God’s Word is the source of prayer. When you pray the Word, heaven and earth will move to bring it to pass.

Prayer is all about advancing the will of heaven in the earth.

Call on heaven to affect earth.

Isaiah 55:8-11 
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Everything that God said in His Word will happen.

When was the last time you returned God’s Word to Him?

John 15:7-8
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Psalm 89:34
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Joshua 6:26 
And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord , that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

1 Kings 16:29-34
And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years. And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. [31] And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.  In his days did Hiel the Beth-elite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord , which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.

1 Kings 17:1
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Deuteronomy 10:8, 11:16

There are two guarantees in prayer:
The Word of God
The name of Jesus.

God always has what He says.

When you are standing in faith on a promise you found in God’s Word, know that it will come to pass.

In any situation, all we need is a promise from God’s Word to stand on. When we declare it, we will see it come to pass.

Psalm 138:2
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

God’s Word makes His name.

John 14:13-14 
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

2 Chronicles 20:5-9
And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord , before the new court, And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

God honors faith and He honors His Word.

2 Chronicles 20:20-23
And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.  And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord , and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord ; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.  For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them : and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

When you praise God, you confuse the enemy. And the enemy will never join in your praise.