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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  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...