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Inside Issue: How to Study the Bible Pray Like Jesus The Key Terms of Salvation How to Save a Troubled Marriage
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How to Study the Bible
The Bible is the greatest book ever written. In it God Himself speaks to men. It is a book of divine instruction. It offers comfort in sorrow, guidance in perplexity, advice for our problems, rebuke for our sins, and daily inspiration for our every need. The Bible is not simply one book. It is an entire library of books covering the whole range of literature. It includes history, poetry, drama, biography, prophecy, philosophy, science, and inspirational reading. Little wonder, then, that all or part of the Bible has been translated into more than 1,200 languages, and every year more copies of the Bible are sold than any other single book. The Bible alone truly answers the greatest questions that men of all ages have asked: “Where have I come from?” “How can I know the truth?” For the Bible reveals the truth about God, explains the origin of man, points out the only way to salvation and eternal life, and explains the age-old problem of sin and suffering. The great theme of the Bible is the Lord Jesus Christ and His work of redemption for mankind. The person and work of Jesus Christ are promised, prophesied, and pictured in the types and symbols of the Old Testament. In all of His truth and beauty, the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed in the gospels; and the full meanings of His life, His death, and His resurrection are explained in the Epistles. His glorious coming again to earth is unmistakably foretold in the Book of Revelation. The great purpose of the written Word of God, the Bible, is to reveal the living Word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
God is Holy. Holy is the Lamb.
Br. Wilbur M. Smith relates seven great things that the study of the Bible will do for us: The Bible discovers sin and convicts us. The Bible helps cleanse us from the pollutions of sin. The Bible imparts strength. The Bible instructs us in what we are to do. The Bible provides us with a sword for victory over sin. The Bible makes our lives fruitful. The Bible gives us power to pray. Credits: The King James Nelson Study Bible
“Learn to read the Bible each day and discover your strengths."
I LOVE THIS BOOK, IT SAVED MY LIFE.
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Pray Like Jesus
Your prayers must be Trinitarian- Pray to God through the Son by the Holy Spirit Prayer is communication, love, honor and respect. The Holy Spirit will teach you how to pray. Pray Like Jesus. We will examine The Lords Prayer, the Gethsemane Prayer, and the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. In its’ broadest definition prayer is communicating with God. This can be done audibly as God hears our words, or silently as God knows our thoughts. And, because communication is two way, prayer can include both speaking to God and listening to God speak. Sometimes prayer moves the hand of God, but it often changes the hearts of men and women as in prayer we capture something of God’s heart and are brought into agreement with and trust in him. While, there are times when we pray to God the Son (as Stephen did in Acts) or to the Holy Spirit, generally speaking prayer is Trinitarian. This means that Christian prayer is to Father, through the Son, by the presence and power of the indwelling Spirit. Furthermore, Jesus prayers are a glimpse into the loving communion found in the Trinity. And, our prayers as Christians are our participation in the life of the Trinity. Regarding Trinitarian prayer the following are examples of this biblical truth that prayer is: To Father Mark 14:36 And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" Through Son 1 Timothy 2:5… there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." By Spirit Luke 10:21-22 " he [Jesus] rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for as such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" And in answer to Luke 11:1 where the disciples ask Jesus "Lord teach us to pray" Jesus says in Luke 11:13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Part One – Pray Like Jesus Taught HOW SHOULD WE PRAY? Pray in faith. Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." Faith will pull it down every time. Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Pray succinctly Matthew 6:6-7 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Pray to the Father in sincerity, Mark 12:40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." Pray in God’s will John 16:23-24 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. Pray humbly Luke 18:8-14 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Pray fervently Luke 18:1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. WHAT SHOULD WE PRAY FOR? Pray to forgive those who sin against you Mark 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." Pray for your needs Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Pray for evangelists & church planters Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
God Hears and Answers Prayer
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The Key Terms of Salvation
(NKJV Romans reference guide)
Faith (Romans 1:17;4:9;12:6) “Belief trust:” faith is the means by which sinful people can experience and enjoy all the blessings of salvation. It is a complete trust in Jesus for salvation from sin and the coming judgment. Gospel (Romans 1:16;11:28) “Good News:” Paul uses this word to refer to the wonderful message of forgiveness and eternal life in Christ. Grace (Romans 1:5;5:2;12:3) “The unmerited favor of God:” this term refers to God’s inexplicable giving of good things (especially salvation) to undeserving people who could never earn it. Salvation is a free gift made possible by Christ’s death on our behalf. Justification (Romans 4:25;5:18) “The act of being declared righteous:” a legal term used by Paul to describe the spiritual transaction whereby God (the judge) declares those who trust in Christ and what He has done for them on the cross, to be acceptable before Him. Such a verdict is possible only because Christ has settled all the claims of the Law against sinners. Law (Romans 2:12;4:13;7:12;10:4;13:8) “The commandments given by God:” Paul emphasizes both the holy character of the law and the inability of sinful people to live according to it. The Law becomes a burden and a curse until we allow it to point us to Christ, who perfectly fulfills all its requirements. Propitiation (Romans 3:25) “The satisfaction of God’s holy wrath against sin:” rebellion against God results in the wrath of God and must be met with judgment. By dying in our place and taking our sins upon Himself, Jesus satisfies God’s righteous anger against all who believe. Redemption (Romans 3:24;8:23) “The act of freeing someone by paying a purchase price:” this economic term is used by Paul in a theological sense to describe how Christ paid the penalty required by God for our sins (that is, death) by giving His own life on the Cross. When we believe, Jesus frees us from sin. Righteousness (Romans 3:5;5:17;9:30) “God’s standard of purity” or “God’s own truthfulness and faithfulness:” God is holy, therefore, He cannot tolerate sin. It is through Jesus Christ that we can find righteousness that is acceptable to God. Christ not only takes away our sin, but He grants us His perfect purity. Salvation (Romans 1:16;10:10) “Deliverance:” this word is often used in the Bible to describe someone being rescued from physical harm. The word is used by Paul chiefly to denote deliverance from sin and its deadly consequences. Sin (Romans 3:9;5:12;7:11;8:2;14:23) “Missing the mark” or “disobedience to God’s law:” several different Greek words are used by Paul to describe the tendency of humans to rebel against God. Sin can be broadly defined as any attitude or action that opposes the character and will of God. Sin is what brings death-that is, separation from God.
That my friends, sums up your Salvation. How priceless it is. You should value your salvation with your life and stake your life on it. No one person or thing can undo what God has done. Hallelujah!
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How to Save a Troubled Marriage
Nugget One: Don't leave your spouse for the few mistakes they've made, but stay with them because of all the good things they've done. Create a list of all the good things your spouse has done. every time you think of all the bad they have done to you, pull out your good list and think on these things rather than the hurt that was done. Nugget Two: The word spouse derives from the word “house,” which can be translated to house-mate. Your spouse is your mate for life to help you build a household and manage a family. A house divided will not be able to stand, the same applies to a marriage, a marriage divided will not be able to stand. Marriage is always a work in progress. People change through the years and so will your marriage. There are seasons in marriage just like there are seasons throughout the year. If you learn how to dress and prepare for each season, you will be able to get through it with ease. Why put on a winter coat in the summer, or wear shorts in the winter...the same applies to your marriage. Recognize each season by understanding your spouse and helping them get through the changes they may be experiencing. Marriages that lasts a life-time experience turbulence, ups and downs, pains and sorrows of many kinds that can be weathered through much love and a lot of communication. Don’t expect your spouse to stay the same. They will go through times in their life when they ask themselves if they should continue on with the relationship, they will go through mid-life crises that will take a lot of communication and love to help nurture them through these critical times. If you help them through this process, their love for you will become even stronger and they will be able to trust their heart in your hands. Nugget Three: Ending a marriage without understanding what part you played in the marriage, opens you up to repeating the same issues with another person. Why go through all of this again with another person, when you can get through it with the person you already know. Choosing a third party who wrecked your marriage will be a drastic mistake...think about it, why would you be in a relationship with a person you’ve taught how to cheat. If they can’t respect your union, they will never be able to respect your relationship as a couple. Third parties never make things better, rather they tear things apart and causes more confusion. It’s just not worth it. Nugget Four: Love the one you’re with. Being in love with your mate is one of the most rewarding experiences God can give us. To be in a loving covenant with a person, allows you to express your intimate love, closeness, bond and union in the most affectionate way two people can become one, through love making. There is a big difference from having sex and making love to your spouse. This is a gift given from God which allows two people to become one flesh. The Bible says the marriage bed is un-defiled which means, there should not be any third parties or things involved, while making love to your spouse, that includes pornography, a third person or the thought of a third person.
Love your marriage back to wholeness.
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Fear is a trick of the enemy that causes doubt which can lead to weakness because you have no control. Fear leads to a lot of failures that can stop the flow of God and the anointing. These are the things of the devil that can lead you to depression, destruction and even death. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us spiritual gifts and empowers us to use them. God's spirit does not impart fear or cowardice, but power, love, and a sound mind (meaning self-control). The Spirit imparts power for the various circumstances of ministry. The love the Spirit gives to us should be directed toward other individuals. Furthermore, as we use our spiritual gifts to build up the Church, we should exercise self-control using our abilities only at the appropriate times. If you see a brother fall and make a mistake, don't be quick to judge or condemn them. Instead, use tact and love at the appropriate time, making sure you're not embarrassing them. Remember you have faults and fears; in fact, we have just listed them. Our goal is to help pull somebody out of darkness and into the marvelous light and while you're pulling them out, you get to come out of bondage also. Romans 8:15 says, "For ye have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear but ye have received the Spirit of adoption whereby we cry Abba Father;' We as Christians have been adopted into God's family receiving an eternal inheritance. So you have power and love working together using self-control to cast out fear. I John 4: 18 says, "There is no fear in love but perfect love caste out fear, because fear involves torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." In other words, you cannot fear what you love. Hallelujah! The purpose of Paul's command to Timothy is the promotion of God's love in the church. Gossip, speculation, and criticism should not come from the lips of believers. Putting your mouth on another believer can set you back and cause you to miss the mark. Every seed you plant will bloom, including negative seeds and they will come back to haunt you. In other words, what goes around comes around. Negative seeds are like weeds growing in a garden with one purpose - to destroy the roses. But when the gardener finds the weeds, they are destroyed. This information is vital to your health and recovery. Gossip is like cancer. It's rotten to the bone and is hard to get rid of. Once you start, it's hard to stop. If you exercise love toward your neighbor instead of gossiping about them, why not pray for them and do whatever it takes to help them? Leviticus 19:18 says, "You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord." Vengeance belongs to God partly because human vengeance often is carried out too zealously. God's vengeance is entirely just. Bear any grudge means actively keeping a grudge alive with an eye toward vengeance. Matthew 22:37-40 says, "Jesus said to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Of these two commandments, hang all the Law and the Prophets." The heart, soul, and mind represent the whole person. This command from Leviticus 19:18 is not imperative to loving one's self. People naturally love themselves and are at least somewhat self-centered. Because we love ourselves, we want the best for ourselves. Likewise, we should be concerned for the welfare of others. If we do not love ourselves, then we have a problem; and believe me, there are people out there who do not love themselves, let alone love someone else. Let's talk about it. -From Chosen Lady by Prophetess Deniece
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