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August 23, 2006

Prayer to Live with Grace

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 8:06 am

May we discover through pain and torment,
the strength to live with grace and humor.
May we discover through doubt and anguish,
the strength to live with dignity and holiness.
May we discover through suffering and fear,
the strength to move toward healing.
May it come to pass that we be restored to health and to vigor.
May Life grant us wellness of body, spirit, and mind.
And if this cannot be so, may we find in this transformation and passage
moments of meaning, opportunities for love
and the deep and gracious calm that comes
when we allow ourselves to move on.

– Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

August 20, 2006

Sword of the Spirit

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 11:34 pm

the-sword-of-the-spiritTonight I’ll finish up on God’s Armor. This what the Sword of the Spirit might look like. But actually the Sword is God’s Word. The Word of God is pure, there are no lies contained in His word. You can trust that when you pick up your Bible and read it t everything in it is the truth. There is so much in the Bible that pertains to your daily life, and God’s word will always protect you. God’s Word counters everything a non-believer or non-Christian has ever told you. God’s word counters all deceptions and all accusations made against Him.

God’s Word, the Bible, has great power over all that is evil, and one of the greatest pieces of God’s Armor. You can depend on it in your daily lives, and if you carry it with you and read it daily will protect you. As you read the Word of God it will start to make an impact on you and your life, you will look at people differently, and you will be successful in whatever you set out to do. If you are still trying to find yourself, or are confused about what your role in this precious life really is, God’s Word will answer those questions for you. I was like some of you out there, who are not sure what your true calling is, or that if there really is a God. I understand that , however, if you will give God’s Word a chance you too will see the truth.

Hebrews 4:12

12- For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.

 

In this day there is so much temptation, and as I said in an earlier entry, Satan is at work in this world very hard. Satan is using modern technology to turn brother against brother, friend against friend, and nation against nation. You can turn on the television at any given time and see what Satan is doing in this world. And folks it is sad to say, in some parts of this world he seems to be winning. But, listen to me and listen good Satan could not tempt Christ because knew the Word, Christ carried God’s sword and used it on many occasions to ward off Satan. You know what, when Satan figured out that he could not win over Christ he would give up and leave. This why God’s word is so important to you. when Satan is tempting you to drink, to do drugs, or do anything else, ask the question “What good would doing this do for God?”.

 

Matthew 4:2-11

2- For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry. 3- Then the Devil[a] came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread.”

4- But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.’ “

5 – Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6- and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, `He orders his angels to protect you. And they will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.’ “
7- Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, `Do not test the Lord your God.'”

8- Next the Devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. 9- “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will only kneel down and worship me.”

10- “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, `You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.'”
11- Then the Devil went away, and angels came and cared for Jesus.

Look closely at the scripture, above. Christ was not tempted by Satan; because He carried the Sword; the truth. Satan knew that what Christ was telling him was the truth, and because it was the truth, Satan had no where to go but, away. You can do the same thing. Folks I was called to go to attend Church this morning, and man oh man was Satan working on me hard not to go, the kids were grumpy, nothing seemed to work out as planned this morning, but I prayed for me and my family and asked God to Bless us because, I knew we needed to be there. I listened to a speaker, Greg Vaughn, this man wrote a book entitled “Letters From Dad”, and Wow he made an impact on me. Mr. Vaughn made several points to the congregation that I truly believe in and had already implemented in my life. See, through the Word of God I understood that prayer will always make a difference. Mr. Vaughn said, in his Sermon, that as long as you have a breath to the breathe, you can make a change in your life. Is that not so true, so true that most of us do not even think like that. We think, “Well this is what I was born to be, or I will never amount to anything because this is the way I am”, I hear this stuff all the time. It is not true, all that is, is Satan working on you and Satan is winning if you believe him. Take up the Sword of God, carry it where ever you go, read it daily and believe in it. And when Satan comes to you and tries to tempt you, pull out that sword and fight back. The Bible is more than a book, more than words just written down for your reading enjoyment. The Bible is true, every single syllable in it. Whatever you do in life, never be afraid of what someone is going think about you for being a Christian.

 

1 Peter 3:15

15- Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

 

By reading the Bible, is how you explain it. Folks, there is something that has always bothered me; why is it that if you walk up to a group of people and open a novel and start reading it, someone might ask you what are you reading? And you return with this new book by such and such. But if you walk to that same group of people and you open the Bible, chances are some of those people are going to get uncomfortable, some will think; “Oh my we have a Bible thumper sitting with us”, what’s wrong with that? I tell you what is wrong with that, non-believers are afraid of the Bible. Why? Because the Bible carries with it Power! The Bible is the Sword of the Spirit, and some will have nothing to do with you, you may even be asked to explain yourself. Well, explain it. Do not be afraid of them, they are just people.

 

Psalms 119:110-112

110- The wicked have set their traps for me along your path, but I will not turn from your commandments.

111- Your decrees are my treasure; they are truly my heart’s delight.

112- I am determined to keep your principles, even forever, to the very end.

People pray with your children, pray for your children, and do not be embarrassed to pray with your family. If you have a child who is going through some tough times at school, at work, or just in life, take time to pray with them. And teach them that the Bible is God’s sword. Lift them up, praise them, and like Greg Vaughn says in his book “Write your children a letter”.

I pray that you all have God’s Armor now, The Belt of Truth, The Breastplate of Righteousness, The Sandals of Peace, The Shield of Faith, The Helmet of Salvation, and most of all The Sword of the Spirit; God’s Word. And as I pray tonight, I pray that everyone who reads these messages finds in their hearts something new, I pray that the void you have been trying fill with alcohol, drugs, or whatever is now filled with the one and only thing that can fill it, the Holy Spirit; Jesus Christ. I pray that your Monday will be great! You are now outfitted in your new suit of armor, and there is nothing to fear, for you are protected. If you have reservations about believing, please give God’s word a try, it cannot hurt anything. Just pick up His Word and read it, you might learn something you did not know about yourself.

 

God Bless you all!

Moderndad

August 16, 2006

Helmet of Salvation

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 6:33 pm

helmet The helmet of Salvation may look something like this. This helmet represents Salvation through Christ today and forever.

Psalms 16

1- Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.

2- I said to the LORD, “You are my Master! All the good things I have are from you.”

3- The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them!

4- Those who chase after other gods will be filled with sorrow. I will not take part in their sacrifices or even speak the names of their gods.

5- LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.

6- The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!

7- I will bless the LORD who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.

8- I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

9- No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts his praises! My body rests in safety.

10- For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your godly one to rot in the grave.

11- You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

 

The helmet of salvation is designed to protect you in the daily battles you face in life. As a believer you need to pray and thank God for giving this to you. With this helmet God promises of daily and eternal salvation in Jesus Christ.

Psalms 23

1- The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.

2- He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

3- He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

4- Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

5- You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

6- Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

Remember this scripture, memorize it and repeat it every time you feel out of your element, or you feel threatened. You should also remember this; If the Lord brings you to it, He will bring you through it. The Lord is true to His Word, He does not lie because He incapable of doing so, understand that God created everything you see around you, everything we know as reality. The Lord will bring you to things, during your life, that you will have a hard time comprehending why. It is not our place to question God, it is our place to read His word and to live our lives as He would have us live.

Hebrews 1:3-6

3- The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven.

Christ Is Greater Than the Angels

4- This shows that God’s Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is far greater than their names. 5- For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” And again God said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.”

6- And then, when he presented his honored Son to the world, God said, “Let all the angels of God worship him.”

 

You see through Jesus Christ anything can be done. Anything can be comprehended, and remember Christ knows you better than you know yourself. He will never ask you to do anything He knows you are incapable of doing, but if you believe in Him you are capable of anything. That may sound funny to you now, however, be patient He will show Himself to you and tell you what He expects from you. Just remember what I said earlier: “Whatever He brings you to, He will bring you through it”. Life in Christ is a test of your faith, there will be times in your life where you will question, mine was when my mom died. My mom was the most caring, loving person I knew. When she was diagnosed with Non-Hogkins Lymphoma, in August of 1996, I started asking why. Why Lord are you doing this? It took me along time to realize that the answer was not supernatural but earthly. There was something that my mom did every week no matter what, dyed her hair. After my mom had died I was surfing the Internet and out of the blue this obscure article came up on a page that I do not think I even clicked on, but the article told of how certain types of hair dyes had been linked to Non-Hogkins Lymphoma. I stopped, and said Thank you Lord. And I am sorry I doubted You. See, we are all only human, and we are children to the Lord; His children. When we cannot answer why, what do we normally do? Curse? Take the Lord’s name in vain? If you are patient enough and listen close enough He will answer your questions.

 

Salvation through Jesus Christ is not just while you are in this life, it for eternity.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

6- That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17- For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! 18- So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.

 

I pray that you have a wonderful Thursday, and do not forget to wear the Helmet of Salvation tomorrow. Christ loves you and has promised you an eternity of Salvation, take Him up on it. You will not find a better deal, anywhere.

 

God Bless you!

Moderndad

August 15, 2006

Shield of Faith

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 9:02 pm

Can you picture a shield; a shield that is impenetrable, a shield that is embellished with gold and silver; the most fantastic looking shield you have ever seen. This is what the shield of faith is made up of. The shield of faith is made up of the faith you have in God; because through God anything is possible. No matter how hard, you think, the task is that God picks for you He will make it happen. I am a good example of this, just a few years ago I would have never thought that God would have called me to start this blog, and tell to you what I have learned, and what I have experienced in my life, at that time in my life I probably would have just laughed, and said “How could a man, such as myself, help others to find you?”.

Romans 4:18-21

18- When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, “Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars,”even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! 19- And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children.

20– Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21- He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised.

Just think God told Abraham he would father children, at his age, and there would be more children of Abraham than stars in the sky. What would you say to that? Something like there is not enough Viagra in the world to make that happen? Or would you do as Abraham did and believe that you can anything through God; all you need is faith.

Some of you may read this and say What is faith? In today’s world it is very difficult to have faith in anyone. You can look around you today and see so many beliefs that have nothing to with God but, people believe in these things because they have nothing else to believe in, people are lost; wandering around this life aimlessly looking for themselves, looking for something that is real. Looking for answers to questions that no man can answer, what is the meaning of life? Why do we have so much hate and anger in this world? Why do people remember the bad things, more easily than they remember the good things? Our doctors and scientists find cures for sickness, however, two more take their place. Why?
Hebrews 11:1

1- What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.

It is easy to believe in a tree, a car, a dog, a house, in money, and so on because we can see and hold these things in our hands. We can touch them, feel them, hear them. But, how do you have faith in something you can not do any of these things with? I know many of you are saying that is a good question and would you be so kind as to answer that one for me? My answer to you is yes, I will answer it for you. God. Jesus Christ. But that did not answer my question! Folks, I am faithful because of things that have happened to me over several years. As I started growing in Christ and reading the Holy Bible, and learning what God is offering, I said OK; let me study this and then put it into practice. I approached my faith with an open mind, with no preconceived notions. I started my journey by reading a little about what history says the way people lived in the time Christ walked this earth. After a little research I found that the people of Biblical times faced many of the questions we have today. They were not unlike you and I, and then I started reading the Bible, then I started praying and felt changes in my life start, subtle at first then, out of the blue I woke up and realized that I was no longer the person who I was a short time ago. I began caring for people, I started caring about what I do for a living, I started loving my fellow man. I started being concerned about what was going on around me. It was like I was reborn! I then accepted Jesus Christ as my savior, and I knew that with all the research, all the learning, He had already accepted me. He accepted me before I even knew what He was all about, He accepted me the day He went to the cross and died for me and for you. Folks in this day what would it hurt to just try, just give it a shot. We all want to fill that void in our hearts and in our bodies and you know the one I am talking about. The void you have tried to fill with alcohol, drugs, anger, and hatred. And you are finding out that nothing is working! It leads us to depression, anxiety, and for some to suicide. If you feel you have no where else to look or no where else go, try my suggestion. God. Jesus Christ. Do a little research with an open mind, try what the Word says, and you too will come to know Christ and I guarantee you that you will feel better, care more, and love again. Email me if you need a little boost; email me anytime; email me here: moderndad@gmail.com, I will be more than happy to help you get to where you want to be, where Jesus Christ wants you to be. I asked for prayer that I would not lose my DSL connection this week because I am unable to pay the bill when it was due. And some did, I did, and here I am. I am telling you that the best drug you can take for what you are feeling is Jesus Christ. All you have to do is pray this simple prayer “Jesus I know I am a sinner and I repent for my sins. I open my heart to You, that You come into my life and help me, walk with me. Please Lord walk with me and guide me. I accept You as my Savior, as I know you have already accepted me, Thank you” Amen. That is all there is to it folks. Believe in Him because He already believes in you.

1 Peter 1:6-7

6– So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while.

7- These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

My prayer for you is to have a glorious Wednesday, and I pray Jesus Christ is with you as your co-pilot, as your friend as you go through the trials tomorrow brings. When you feel depressed or anxious look to Christ and ask Him to relieve you of these feelings and it will be done. Ask and you shall receive! Wow, that is powerful! All you have to do ask, in Christs name, and He will do it. Because He loves you with a love that is mightier than all evil, accept the shield God has provided you. Just say yes!

Moderndad

August 13, 2006

Sandals of Peace

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dan @ 9:07 pm

Sandals of Peace refers to Inner peace, and readiness. Do many of you know inner peace? In this day I see stress, anxiety, and depression. I see people walking around with guilt so great that they are in constant turmoil. How do I do this? How do I make me feel better? How can I be successful in life? If I do not please this person then they will not get done what I need them to do for me. What is inner peace folks? Read the following scripture:

Romans 5:1

1- Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.


See, when you believe you too can achieve inner peace. Would it not feel like the most wonderful thing you have ever felt, if you could achieve inner peace? I do not know know many people in this world who can say, without fibbing, that they have achieved inner peace.

Ephesians 2:14

14 –For Christ himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us.

Do you see what Jesus has done you for? Read the above scripture carefully, we are all one people under Jesus Christ, this something He has done for us. In Christ he who was once your enemy is now your friend. In Christ he who once held discontent and anger towards you is now your ally. In Christ you are now one with those who hold contempt for you. You must forgive them, no matter what they have done to you or your family. I know it is hard, because I have a next door neighbor who seems to think that I and my family are wicked. Each and everyday I greet this man with a hello how are you and he greets me with his middle finger. Granted I too am only human, and it does anger me however, I pray for this man every night and forgive him everyday. Somedays this man scares me because, I am comfortable being at work and this man being right next door (he does not work). But, I take comfort in the following scripture:

John 14:27

27“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

See I can take heart in knowing that my family is taken care of. I have anointed my home, my property, and I pray each and every night that Christ will watch over and protect my family. This is a great gift, Christ left for His people, Peace of mind and heart. All you have to do is believe in Him, I pray for this man next door to me, I pray that Satan stops working on him and that Christ does. You see, I see Satan using this man against me to get me to fall from grace, to greet him in the manner he greets me. When that happens then Satan will have won that battle, when you pray and forgive someone for doing something against you, you are in essence causing turmoil in their Satanistic lives, you are actually hurting Satan, becaue as a Christian you would not act the way this man does.

John 16:33

33- I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Can you relate to this scripture, I know I can. Believe and follow the One Who has given you the ability to get past the hardships, the trials, and the sorrows that life here on earth puts on each and everyone of us each day.

John 20:21

21- He spoke to them again and said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

And that is my prayer for you tonight, peace be with you.

I ask that you pray for me and my family as we are going through some financial trials in our lives this month.  We cannot make the DSL bill for another week, so if you do not see a new post for a bit, I will be here thinking and praying for you, and as soon at it gets turned back on I will be back here.
Have wonderful Monday and I will pray for your inner peace. Do not forget to get dressed in God’s Armor before you leave out tomorrow. God Bless you all!

Moderndad

August 11, 2006

Breastplate of Righteousness

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 11:55 pm

The Breastplate of Righteousness is the Righteousness of Jesus in you. What does this mean to you? This righteousness of Jesus in you means that Jesus Christ, for you, took all your sins to the cross with Him and sacrificed himself for your sins; He sacrificed himself as payment in full for your sins. We are nothing without Jesus in our lives, all we are is a bunch of sinners. That’s it, but through Jesus Christ we can live, and are not destined for death.

Psalms 100:3
Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture


Jesus Christ and His blood cleansed us from sin; He shed His blood on the cross for you and I. The cross freed us from bondage, and our intended or unintended selfish nature.

Watch the following scripture very closely:

 

Romans 3:23-24

23- For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24- Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.

Let’s look at this closely, “For all have sinned…” if everyone has sinned, in God’s eyes we, standind alone, are not worthy of His grace. “…all fall short of God’s glorious standards…” wow, with statement alone it appears we are all doomed to death. However we, as believers, have Jesus Christ in our corner; “Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.”

How many people do you know who would go and be crucified on a cross for your sins, and only ask that you believe? I personally only know one, and that is Jesus Christ. You and I know people who care so much for others that they would literally give the shirt off their back if someone needed it, but even they can not make be forgiven of their sins except through Christ. Are you that way? If you are not, you should be. Look what Jesus Christ did, He died on the cross, and not only that but He died on the cross in the same way as if we were ever sentenced to death and put on a cross until death. The point I am trying to make here, is that crucifixion is a very slow and painful process, not quick at all. Yes, Jesus Christ is the Son of God and could have uttered a few words to stop the pain, and the agony but He did not. Jesus Christ went to the cross totally without sin, that is important. Jesus Christ is the only man who could have died for our sins because He was without sin. A sinner cannot die for other’s sins, but a sinner can be granted forgiveness for his sins by confessing those sins in the name of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 2:20-21

20– I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21- I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.

Do you see how powerful this is? As long as Christ lives inside you, inside your heart, and you carry Him where ever you go, then you too shall live.

Philippians 3:8-10

8- Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ 9- and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God’s law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10- As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with Him, sharing in his death,…

Live life, walking in God’s Word, live your life knowing that you wear The Breastplate of Righteousness, and you will find yourself a successful, happy, caring, and a loving person. What is better than that. I know too many people in this day who are sad, miserable, uncaring (except for themselves), and thinking life is unfair. Jesus Christ can balance that for you, if you will just let Him. With Christ in your life you can do anything.

Tomorrow I will go into the Sandals of Peace.

God Bless each and everyone of you, I will pray that your Saturday will be full of great things, and that you will find the breastplate of righteousness and start wearing it.

Moderndad

Sorry for the non-entry

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 8:53 am

Sorry for no entry last night, I had forgotten it was “Meet the Teacher” night and then it was off for an exciting evening of school clothes shopping.  I will pick up where I left off tonight.

Have a wonderful Friday!

God Bless

Moderndad

August 9, 2006

How do you use God’s Armor?

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 10:36 pm

What is God’s armor? What am I talking about when I say wear God’s armor? I will address this topic and what it means to you, over the next several nights. First of all, here is a list of what I will be talking about. Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Sandals of Peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the spirit; God’s Word.

To start let’s look at the Belt of Truth. The belt of truth answers who God is, what God is, and who God has power over:

Today realize and carefully consider that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth below – there is no other!

Deuteronomy 4:39

That should show you right there what I was saying about anointing and casting out demons. In the name of God you have this power; just as Jesus Christ has, and had while He was walking this earth as a person, not much different than you or I.

Why do you think that Jesus Christ walked the earth, healing people, caring for people, and even going farther, why did the The Son of God walk the earth as an average person and not as someone flaunting that He is the Son of God, by wearing gold, and silver, and clothing of nobility? He was setting an example, an example for you and I to follow. What kind of example? Jesus was able to heal the sick, the blind, whomever; but Jesus did not heal these people; the faith that these people held in the own hearts, for God and his power, healed them. That is why faith is so important to you.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Psalms 23:1

What does this scripture mean to you? In Biblical times a herd of sheep meant that you were either a person of power or the lack of sheep meant that you were lower on hierarchical scale. So, the job of the Shepard was to watch over the sheep and protect them from wolves, and thieves. The Shepard was not just a guardian but he was also their caretaker; the Shepard made sure that the sheep had food, water, protection, and anything else they needed to survive. We, as the flock of God also are never lacking in what we need. Remember me saying Ask, Seek, Knock in an earlier entry? If you Ask God, then go out and Seek what you ask for, and Knock, it will be your’s. When you pray to God and Ask, do not be afraid that you will not get it; pray and thank God for giving it to you even if you have not received it yet. That may sound funny to you, “Why do I thank God for something I have not received?” because it shows faith, by thanking Him for what you have not received you are saying “Lord I believein You, I have faith in You, that You will provide me with what I ask”. That is true and total faith, something this world needs in these days.

He said: “I love you, Lord, my source of strength! The Lord is my high ridge, my stronghold, my deliverer. My God is my rocky summit where I take shelter, my shield, the horn that saves me, and my refuge. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was delivered from my enemies.

Psalms 18:1-3

 

Wow, that is some powerful scripture! The Lord is saying that He will shelter you from your enemies, He will deliver you out of threatening situations. But, He will only do this if you Ask Him to. Remember this part: “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was delivered from my enemies.” You have to pray and you have to ask, and never say “Well Lord I believe that I can take care of this one myself” because upon doing so you are binding the hands of the Lord. He will watch as you fail, and do nothing to stop it. In other words, when you go out in the world let Jesus Christ be your co-pilot in everything you set out to accomplish, and then when He fulfills what you asked for, thank Him again. “Lord …who is worthy of praise… Thank you, without you in my life I could not have accomplished this.”

Tomorrow we will discuss the “Breastplate of Righteousness”.

God Bless each and every one of you, and I pray that you will have a wonderful Thursday and that you allow God to be your co-pilot as you go into the world. Do not forget to wear the Belt of Truth tomorrow, you will need it.

Moderndad

August 8, 2006

Prayer, can it make a difference?

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The answer to this right off is Y E S. It can make a difference in everything you do, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you treat and interact with other people. It will make you happier, prosperous, and successful. Yes prayer will make a big difference in your life and can make a big difference in the life or lives of those you pray for.

Let me give you a link to a site I found recently, and do not get me wrong this is not an advertisement for the President or anything political as I hold the belief that, that decision is up to the individual person. However, folks whether you believe in it or not our young men and women are in the Middle East fighting a war against the oppressor, and that oppressor, in this bloggers opinion, is Satan himself. Satan is trying to bring down all walls and once and for all get rid of Israel, Irag, and any potentially threatening country in our world. However, like I said before whether you believe in the war or not, we need to pray for protection of the men and women, fellow Americans, who are over there doing their job.

Here is website that I would like for you to check out, and read it with an open mind Presidential Prayer Team please sign up and adopt a solder or soldiers and pray for their well being each and every night. If you are a believer please take 5 minutes out of your daily schedule and pray for these brave people, fighting Satan.

I am going to start a topic tomorrow on using the Armour, Helmet, Shield, and Sword of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ to your benefit and why by using this you should never be afaid.  Hope you come back for visit.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and I will pray for each and everyone you.

May God Bless You!
Moderndad

August 7, 2006

August 7, 2006 – Prayer for Today

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Billy Graham’s Prayer for the Nation

Our Father and Our God, we praise You for Your goodness to our nation, giving us blessings far beyond what we deserve. Yet we know all is not right with America. We deeply need a moral and spiritual renewal to help us meet the many problems we face. Convict us of sin. Help us to turn to You in repentance and faith. Set our feet on the path of Your righteousness and peace. We pray today for our nation’s leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it. You have said, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” May this be a new era for America, as we humble ourselves and acknowledge You alone as our Savior and Lord. This we pray in Your holy name, Amen.

 

– Billy Graham

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