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Father, forgive us for there are so many things that we take for granted -- You, our health, living in a free country, our family. May we no longer overlook or ignore the gifts, beauty and blessings before us.
Today, we are reminded that our life is a gift, that our health is a blessing, that this new day is filled with awesome potential, that we have the capacity to bring something wholly new and unique and good into this world.
Today, remind us to be kind and patient to the people who love us, and to those who work with us. Let us pray for our enemies. Teach us to see all the beauty around us that we so often ignore, and to listen to the silent longing of our soul.
Today, first and foremost let us not forget You -- that we will praise and acknowledge You in all that we do. Let today be full of joy and love. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:1
The Good Shepherd
How can you be sure you’re making the right decision? How do you know he or she is the one? What school to attend or when it is time for a career change? The adversary would like for us to believe that God plays hide and seek or desires that we fail or walk in darkness. Nothing could be further from the truth. God desires that we operate inside His Will and prosper. He will give us clear direction.
Father, we pray this morning for clear direction and discernment that we will operate inside of Your Will, Master Plan, for our lives. As Your sheep, we pray that we follow Your voice only and a stranger's voice we will not follow. May we remain vigilant in prayer meditating on Your Word repenting of sin that our path will be made clear.
We will exercise patience and be still even when our flesh says "right now" for we do not want to rush ahead of you and miss the mark. Thank You for Your inspired Word, The Bible, that will give us the answers we need. Thank You for Your Word being a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our pathway. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen
And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. John 10:4-5
"Through Faith, Simply Ask and You Shall Receive"
This week's message will focus on these scriptures: Psalm 2, Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9. How does our faith lend to us receiving from God the things that we ask for? Will we have enough faith to believe that we deserve the gifts from God, or do we give up without ever asking because we are afraid of what might happen? Let us prepare ourselves for this week's message by reading the passages above and opening ourselves to the message that our Creator has for each of us...
Psalm 2 ~ : Why are the nations creating such an uproar? Why all this commotion among the peoples? Those who hold power are taking their stand, gathering their forces against Our God. But the One who sits enthroned in the heavens laughs; the Sovereign One derides them, then rebukes them in anger and enraged, terrifies them: “It is I who installed my ruler on Zion.” I will proclaim God’s decree—Our God said to me: “You are my own; I’ve given birth to you today.” Just ask—I’ll give you the nations as your inheritance! I’ll give you the ends of the earth as your possession! So, you rulers, be wise! And you who hold power, stand warned! Serve Our God and rejoice—but do so with fear and trembling. Pay homage to God’s Own. Happiness comes to those who make God their refuge!
Exodus 24:12-18 ~ Then Our God said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, and I will give you the Law and the commandments, which I have inscribed on stone tablets, for you to teach them with.” So Moses, and Joshua, his attendant, went up the mountain of God, saying to the elders, “Wait here for us until we return. Aaron and Hur will be with you; if there is dispute among you, turn to them.” Then Moses went up the mountain to where the clouds engulfed it. The glory of Our God then came to dwell on Mount Sinai. The cloud covered the mountain for six days; on the seventh day, God called to Moses out of the cloud. To the Israelites the glory of Our God looked like an all-consuming fire at the top of the mountain. Moses climbed the mountain until he disappeared into the cloud, and stayed there for forty days and forty nights.
Matthew 17:1-9 ~ When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed. Suddenly a person with Leprosy came forward, knelt down and said, “Rabbi, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched the person. “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy disappeared. Jesus then said, “See to it that you tell no one. Go and show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded. That should be the proof they need.” As Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and said, “Rabbi, my young attendant is at home in bed paralyzed, suffering in great pain.” Jesus said, “I will come and heal your attendant.” The centurion replied, “Teacher, I am not worthy to have you under my roof, but just say the word and my boy will be cured. I, too, am a person subject to authority and have soldiers subject to me. I say to some, ‘Go!’ and off they go; to others, ‘Come here!’ and they come; to my attendants, ‘Do this!’ and they do it.”