Monday, February 6, 2023

POWER of PRAYER

 

Prayer is the language of the poor.

The self-sufficient do not want to pray.

The self-satisfied don't want to pray.

The self-righteous cannot pray.

Prayer is the most demanding exercise 

this side of eternity.

-- Leonard Ravenhill


What can prayer do?

What do you pray for?

Who do you pray to?

We have no idea the power of prayer.

But JESUS knew.

That's why He taught us how to pray.

Matthew 6:6

King James Version

6 But thou, 

when thou prayest, 

enter into thy closet, 

and when thou hast shut thy door, 

pray to thy Father which is in secret; 

and thy Father which seeth in secret 

shall reward thee openly.


He also taught us how NOT to pray.

Matthew 6:5

King James Version

5 And when thou prayest, 

thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: 

for they love to pray standing in the synagogues 

and in the corners of the streets, 

that they may be seen of men. 

Verily I say unto you, 

They have their reward.


Matthew 6:7-8

King James Version

7 But when ye pray, 

use not vain repetitions, 

as the heathen do: 

for they think that they shall be heard 

for their much speaking.

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: 

for your Father knoweth 

what things ye have need of, 

before ye ask him.


JESUS also taught us a prayer.

Matthew 6:9-13

King James Version

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: 

Our Father which art in heaven, 

Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, 

Thy will be done in earth, 

as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, 

as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from evil: 

For thine is the kingdom, 

and the power, 

and the glory, 

for ever. 

Amen.


Lastly, here's what makes GOD answer a prayer.

1 John 5:14

King James Version

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, 

that, 

if we ask any thing according to his will, 

he heareth us:


The PRAYING village here.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

On FREE will

 

Psalm 37:23-24

King James Version

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: 

and he delighteth in his way.

24 Though he fall, 

he shall not be utterly cast down: 

for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.


What is free will?

Do we really have free will?

A born again understands well.

For we live by the Bible.

We know GOD's laws.

We know the consequences of sin.

We know the promises of CHRIST.

We know who to follow.

We know what to do.

All through the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.

These compassionate verses from the Bible give us the power and freedom to choose:

Genesis 2:16-17

King James Version

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, 

saying,

Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, 

thou shalt not eat of it: 

for in the day that thou eatest thereof 

thou shalt surely die.


Deuteronomy 30:19

King James Version

19 I call heaven and earth 

to record this day against you, 

that I have set before you life and death, 

blessing and cursing: 

therefore choose life, 

that both thou and thy seed may live:


Psalm 119:45

King James Version

45 And I will walk at liberty: 

for I seek thy precepts.


Proverbs 16:9

King James Version

9 A man's heart deviseth his way: 

but the Lord directeth his steps.


Mark 8:34

King James Version

34 And when he had called the people unto him 

with his disciples also, 

he said unto them, 

Whosoever will come after me, 

let him deny himself,

 and take up his cross, 

and follow me.


John 1:12

King James Version

12 But as many as received him, 

to them gave he power to become the sons of God, 

even to them that believe on his name:


John 6:47

King James Version

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, 

He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.


John 7:16-17

King James Version

16 Jesus answered them, 

and said, 

My doctrine is not mine, 

but his that sent me.

17 If any man will do his will, 

he shall know of the doctrine, 

whether it be of God, 

or whether I speak of myself.


1 Corinthians 10:13

King James Version

13 There hath no temptation taken you 

but such as is common to man: 

but God is faithful, 

who will not suffer you to be tempted 

above that ye are able; 

but will with the temptation 

also make a way to escape, 

that ye may be able to bear it.


2 Corinthians 3:17

King James Version

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: 

and where the Spirit of the Lord is, 

there is liberty.


Galatians 5:16-18

King James Version

16 This I say then, 

Walk in the Spirit, 

and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, 

and the Spirit against the flesh: 

and these are contrary the one to the other: 

so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, 

ye are not under the law.


1 Timothy 2:4

King James Version

4 Who will have all men to be saved, 

and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


1 Timothy 2:5

King James Version

5 For there is one God, 

and one mediator between God and men, 

the man Christ Jesus;


2 Timothy 2:23

King James Version

23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, 

knowing that they do gender strifes.


2 Timothy 2:24-26

King James Version

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; 

but be gentle unto all men, 

apt to teach, patient,

25 In meekness instructing 

those that oppose themselves; 

if God peradventure will give them repentance 

to the acknowledging of the truth;

26 And that they may recover themselves 

out of the snare of the devil, 

who are taken captive by him at his will.


James 1:5

King James Version

5 If any of you lack wisdom, 

let him ask of God, 

that giveth to all men liberally, 

and upbraideth not; 

and it shall be given him.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

DISTRACTIONS of LIFE

 


Mark 4:19

King James Version

19 And the cares of this world, 

and the deceitfulness of riches, 

and the lusts of other things entering in, 

choke the word, 

and it becometh unfruitful.


The seed of GOD's WORD is constantly sown among people.

But how many listen?

How many care?

Are people aware at all, we are falling into a pit of eternal fire?

In this world, GOD's WORD is being choked through:

1. The "cares of this world".

2. "Deceitfulness of riches".

3. The "lusts of other things entering in".


These Bible versions explain more about these three things.


Mark 4:19

Amplified Bible

19 but the worries and cares of the world [the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures], and the deceitfulness [and the false security or glamour] of wealth [or fame], and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful.


Mark 4:19

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

19 Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.


Mark 4:19

Common English Bible

19 but the worries of this life, the false appeal of wealth, and the desire for more things break in and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.


Mark 4:19

Complete Jewish Bible

19 but the worries of the world, the deceitful glamor of wealth and all the other kinds of desires push in and choke the message; so that it produces nothing.


Mark 4:19

Contemporary English Version

19 But they start worrying about the needs of this life. They are fooled by the desire to get rich and to have all kinds of other things. So the message gets choked out, and they never produce anything.


Mark 4:19

Easy-to-Read Version

19 but their lives become full of other things: the worries of this life, the love of money, and everything else they want. This keeps the teaching from growing, and it does not produce a crop[a] in their lives.


Mark 4:19

Expanded Bible

19 but the worries of this ·life [world; age], the ·temptation [deceitfulness; seduction] of wealth, and ·many other evil desires [desires for other things] ·keep the teaching from growing and producing fruit in their lives [L come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful].


Mark 4:19

GOD’S WORD Translation

19 but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of riches, and the desires for other things take over. They choke the word so that it can’t produce anything.


Mark 4:19

Good News Translation

19 but the worries about this life, the love for riches, and all other kinds of desires crowd in and choke the message, and they don't bear fruit.


Mark 4:19

Holman Christian Standard Bible

19 but the worries of this age, the seduction[a] of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.


Mark 4:19

International Children’s Bible

19 But then other things come into their lives: worries, the love of money, and wanting all kinds of other things. These things stop the teaching from growing. So that teaching does not produce fruit[a] in their lives.


Mark 4:19

J.B. Phillips New Testament

These are the people who hear the message, but the worries of this world and the false glamour of riches and all sorts of other ambitions creep in and choke the life out of what they have heard, and it produces no crop in their lives.


Mark 4:19

Living Bible

19 but all too quickly the attractions of this world and the delights of wealth, and the search for success and lure of nice things come in and crowd out God’s message from their hearts, so that no crop is produced.


Mark 4:19

The Message

18-19 “The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.


Mark 4:19

New American Bible (Revised Edition)

19 but worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things intrude and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.


Mark 4:19

New Catholic Bible

19 but worldly cares, the lure of riches, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it bears no fruit.


Mark 4:19

New Century Version

19 but the worries of this life, the temptation of wealth, and many other evil desires keep the teaching from growing and producing fruit[a] in their lives.


Mark 4:19

New English Translation

19 but[a] worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth,[b] and the desire for other things come in and choke the word,[c] and it produces nothing.


Mark 4:19

New Life Version

19 But the cares of this life let thorns come up. A love for riches and always wanting other things let thorns grow. These things do not give the Word room to grow so it does not give grain.


Mark 4:19

New Living Translation

19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.


Mark 4:19

New Matthew Bible

19 but the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the hunger for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it is made unfruitful.


Mark 4:19

New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised

19 but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing.


Mark 4:19

New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

19 but the cares of the age and the lure of wealth and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing.


Mark 4:19

New Testament for Everyone

19 and the worries of the present age, and the deceit of riches, and desires for other kinds of things, come in and choke the word, so that it produces no fruit.


Markos 4:19

Orthodox Jewish Bible

19 and the worries of the Olam Hazeh and the seduction of ashires (riches) and the desires for other things come in and choke the dvar Hashem and it does not bear pri.


Mark 4:19

Revised Standard Version

19 but the cares of the world, and the delight in riches, and the desire for other things, enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.


Mark 4:19

Tree of Life Version

19 but the worries of the world, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.


Mark 4:19

The Voice

19 but the things of this life—the worries, the drive for more and more, the desire for other things—those things cluster around close and choke the life of God out of them until they cannot produce.


Mark 4:19

Worldwide English (New Testament)

19 But they think about the things of this world. They want to get money and other things to be happy. These things push the message out of their hearts. No good comes from it.


Mark 4:19

Wycliffe Bible

19 and dis-ease of the world, and deceit of riches, and other charge of covetousness entereth, and strangleth the word, and it is made without fruit. [and mis-eases of the world, and deceit of riches, and other charge of covetousness entering in, strangle the word, and it is made without fruit.]


Mark 4:19

Young's Literal Translation

19 and the anxieties of this age, and the deceitfulness of the riches, and the desires concerning the other things, entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.


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Saturday, December 10, 2022

JESUS is CHRIST

 

Luke 9:18-19

King James Version

18 And it came to pass, 

as he was alone praying, 

his disciples were with him: 

and he asked them, saying, 

Whom say the people that I am?

19 They answering said, 

John the Baptist; 

but some say, Elias; 

and others say, 

that one of the old prophets is risen again.


The Name, JESUS CHRIST, has been taken for granted.

But do we really know its sacred significance?

The LORD JESUS is known as JESUS CHRIST.

A Name not to be blasphemed.

The FOUR gospels speak of JESUS as the CHRIST:

Matthew 16:16

King James Version

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, 

Thou art the Christ, 

the Son of the living God.


Mark 8:29

King James Version

29 And he saith unto them, 

But whom say ye that I am? 

And Peter answereth and saith unto him, 

Thou art the Christ.


Luke 9:20

King James Version

20 He said unto them, 

But whom say ye that I am? 

Peter answering said, 

The Christ of God.


John 11:27

King James Version

27 She saith unto him, 

Yea, Lord: 

I believe that thou art the Christ, 

the Son of God, 

which should come into the world.


The Acts of the Apostles confirm it:

Acts 18:28

King James Version

28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, 

and that publicly, 

shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.


The gospel of LUKE has more to say:

Luke 2:25-35

King James Version

25 And, behold, 

there was a man in Jerusalem, 

whose name was Simeon; 

and the same man was just and devout, 

waiting for the consolation of Israel: 

and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, 

that he should not see death, 

before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: 

and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, 

to do for him after the custom of the law,

28 Then took he him up in his arms, 

and blessed God, and said,

29 Lord, 

now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, 

according to thy word:

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, 

and the glory of thy people Israel.

33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled 

at those things which were spoken of him.

34 And Simeon blessed them, 

and said unto Mary his mother, 

Behold, 

this child is set for the fall and rising again 

of many in Israel; 

and for a sign which shall be spoken against;

35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) 

that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.


Luke 4:40-41

King James Version

40 Now when the sun was setting, 

all they that had any sick with divers diseases 

brought them unto him; 

and he laid his hands on every one of them,

 and healed them.

41 And devils also came out of many, 

crying out, and saying, 

Thou art Christ the Son of God. 

And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: 

for they knew that he was Christ.


Even the devils know JESUS is CHRIST, the SON of GOD.

Perhaps, it is only man who doesn't acknowledge.

This post aims to bring clarity, through SPIRIT, and Scripture.

But what does "CHRIST" mean?

The gospel of John explains it precisely.

John 1:40-41

King James Version

40 One of the two which heard John speak, 

and followed him, was Andrew, 

Simon Peter's brother.

41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, 

and saith unto him, 

We have found the Messias, 

which is, being interpreted, 

the Christ.


So, "CHRIST" means "MESSIAH".

What does the Bible say about the Messiah?

Well, the birth of JESUS was prophesied:

Isaiah 9:5-7

King James Version

5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, 

and garments rolled in blood; 

but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

6 For unto us a child is born, 

unto us a son is given: 

and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

 and his name shall be called Wonderful, 

Counsellor, The mighty God, 

The everlasting Father, 

The Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and peace 

there shall be no end, 

upon the throne of David, 

and upon his kingdom, 

to order it, 

and to establish it with judgment and with justice 

from henceforth even for ever. 

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.


The LORD's fate and mission was also prophesied:

Acts 26:22-23

King James Version

22 Having therefore obtained help of God, 

I continue unto this day, 

witnessing both to small and great, 

saying none other things than those 

which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

23 That Christ should suffer, 

and that he should be the first 

that should rise from the dead, 

and should shew light unto the people, 

and to the Gentiles.


An angel announced the GOOD NEWS:

Luke 2:7-14

King James Version

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, 

and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, 

and laid him in a manger; 

because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country 

shepherds abiding in the field, 

keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, 

the angel of the Lord came upon them, 

and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: 

and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, 

Fear not: for, behold, 

I bring you good tidings of great joy, 

which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day 

in the city of David a Saviour, 

which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; 

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 

lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel 

a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, 

and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, 

and on earth peace, 

good will toward men.


From the verses, we learn that JESUS is CHRIST -- the "Christ of God", the "Lord's Christ".

We learn that "CHRIST" means "Son of God".

It also means "Messiah".

And "Messiah" means "Savior".

"Savior" refers to "Christ the Lord".

Scripture testifies of it:

Only through JESUS can we be saved.

Luke 19:10

King James Version

10 For the Son of man is come 

to seek and to save that which was lost.


Acts 4:12

King James Version

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: 

for there is none other name under heaven 

given among men, 

whereby we must be saved.


What are we to be saved from?

John 8:24

King James Version

24 I said therefore unto you, 

that ye shall die in your sins: 

for if ye believe not that I am he, 

ye shall die in your sins.


JESUS is our only SALVATION.

John 3:16-17

King James Version

16 For God so loved the world, 

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 

but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world

to condemn the world; 

but that the world through him might be saved.


Let all, who are of GOD, acknowledge JESUS as CHRIST, SON of GOD, MESSIAH, and SAVIOR.


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Sunday, November 27, 2022

The ULTIMATE teacher

 


Matthew 16:15-17

King James Version

15 He saith unto them, 

But whom say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, 

Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, 

Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: 

for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, 

but my Father which is in heaven.


Do you want to know, everything there is to know?

It's time you relied on the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD.

Only He can teach us anything, and everything about JESUS.

Only He can give us the knowledge we seek on anything.

As born again, I rely on the Holy Spirit for creating my 66 blogs.

He teaches me about Scripture.

Here's proof that the HOLY SPIRIT is "teacher of all things":

Nehemiah 9:20

King James Version

20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, 

and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, 

and gavest them water for their thirst.


Proverbs 1:23

King James Version

23 Turn you at my reproof: 

behold, 

I will pour out my spirit unto you, 

I will make known my words unto you.


Isaiah 40:13-14

King James Version

13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, 

or being his counsellor hath taught him?

14 With whom took he counsel, 

and who instructed him, 

and taught him in the path of judgment, 

and taught him knowledge, 

and shewed to him the way of understanding?


Ezekiel 36:26-27

King James Version

26 A new heart also will I give you, 

and a new spirit will I put within you: 

and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, 

and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, 

and cause you to walk in my statutes, 

and ye shall keep my judgments, 

and do them.


John 14:26 

King James Version

26 But the Comforter, 

which is the Holy Ghost, 

whom the Father will send in my name, 

he shall teach you all things, 

and bring all things to your remembrance, 

whatsoever I have said unto you.


John 16:13-15

King James Version

13 Howbeit when he, 

the Spirit of truth, is come, 

he will guide you into all truth: 

for he shall not speak of himself; 

but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: 

and he will shew you things to come.

14 He shall glorify me: 

for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

15 All things that the Father hath are mine: 

therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, 

and shall shew it unto you.


1 Corinthians 2:9-10

King James Version

9 But as it is written, 

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, 

neither have entered into the heart of man, 

the things which God hath prepared 

for them that love him.

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: 

for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, 

the deep things of God.


1 Corinthians 2:11

King James Version

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, 

save the spirit of man which is in him? 

even so the things of God knoweth no man, 

but the Spirit of God.


1 Corinthians 2:12-13

King James Version

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, 

but the spirit which is of God; 

that we might know 

the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, 

not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, 

but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; 

comparing spiritual things with spiritual.


1 Corinthians 12:7-13

King James Version

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit 

is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; 

to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; 

to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; 

to another prophecy; 

to another discerning of spirits; 

to another divers kinds of tongues; 

to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, 

dividing to every man severally as he will.

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, 

and all the members of that one body, 

being many, are one body: 

so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, 

whether we be Jews or Gentiles, 

whether we be bond or free; 

and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.


Ephesians 1:16-19

King James Version

16 Cease not to give thanks for you, 

making mention of you in my prayers;

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

the Father of glory, 

may give unto you 

the spirit of wisdom and revelation 

in the knowledge of him:

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; 

that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, 

and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance 

in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power 

to us-ward who believe, 

according to the working of his mighty power,


1 John 2:27 

King James Version

27 But the anointing 

which ye have received of him abideth in you, 

and ye need not that any man teach you: 

but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, 

and is truth, and is no lie, 

and even as it hath taught you, 

ye shall abide in him.


Why, then, settle for less?


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POWER of PRAYER

  Prayer is the language of the poor. The self-sufficient do not want to pray. The self-satisfied don't want to pray. The self-righteous...