"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV)
We all want to improve, to become better and to see our progress toward that goal that (for me) Our Awesome God has set and we want it to be a steady improvement. We may want, possibly, an improvement in our being kind to others, an increase in the amount of love we show others, we may want an improvement in our fruits of the spirit, and/or just to be good to others all the time.
Most of us try improving or changing things by ourselves but this either works for only a short time or doesn't work at all. We find ourselves in deeper than before we started and, therefore, usually find it harder to break that bad habit and improve. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be with us to help us and we need to use Him. And praying helps get Our Awesome God involved in helping and providing ideas to help you overcome those unwanted habits that need improving. We should believe "...If God is for us who can stand against us?"(Romans 8:31 KJV) Our God is in the business of improving His children and preparing them for heaven and eternity.
Improving takes time, determination and help from Our Awesome God. It rarely happens over night but it requires a determination on your part and help from the Holy Trinity to really improve. If you do it by yourself, you will decide you did it and you can do it again (pride) without help. Now you are in trouble. You have a lot of improving to do!
The amount of time it will take you to improve depends upon you. Just like when you were saved, you need to realize you have a problem you can't solve by yourself and ask for Our Awesome God to help you. Then really turn the problem over to Him without guilt or excuses on our part, following His leading after repenting and confessing it. He loves you, His child! Improving is important because none of us is perfect yet.
Our Awesome God accepts anyone who realizes that they are sinning and is ready to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come tell Him just as you are. All Christians have, because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you permanently. Don't wait!
Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"And when the ass saw the angel of the Lord, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?"
(Numbers 22:27, 28 KJV)
Balaam, a corrupt prophet, was summoned by King Balak of the Moabites to curse the Israelites as Moses was leading them toward Canaan. Balak promised to pay Balaam handsomely for bringing evil upon the Hebrews, whom he feared. In the night, Our Awesome God came to Balaam, telling him not to curse the Israelites. Balaam sent the king's messengers away. He did, however, go with a second set of King Balak's messengers after being warned by God.
On the way to see the king, Balaam's donkey saw the angel of God standing in their path, brandishing a sword. Three times the donkey saw the angel and three times she turned aside and got a beating. The third time, the donkey laid down on Balaam and refused to get up. At that, Our Awesome God opened the donkey's mouth and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?" (Numbers 22:28, NIV)
The angel threatened Balaam because Balaam was obeying God in his actions, but in his heart he was rebelling, thinking only of the bribe and his welfare, not God's purpose. Do we obey Our Awesome God, reluctantly at times, with our minds on something for us, not on what God wants? We need to remember that we are God's servants and obey Him completely in all things. We need to check why we are doing something. Reluctant is not good enough for God! He wants all of us!
Read Numbers 23 in Our Awesome God's Holy Bible and realize that He knows your thoughts and is faithful to keep His people safe. He continued fulfilling His promises to Israel and by allowing Balak, the king, and his princes to see His power. They had to become aware that He is truly God of all. So God and even Balaam witnessed to them but the Bible does not show them accepting Him as their God. God wants all of us to glorify Him. His purpose will be fulfilled using others if not you.
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
(Galatians 6:2 KJV)
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
(Philippians 4:6 KJV)
"Prayer Burdens" are the feeling, the urge to pray, that Our Awesome God gives us. There are times when most of us feel the "Prayer Burden" to pray for someone, but many of us feel a daily need to pray because of this feeling for others. Those people who want to pray daily for others should be on our Intercessory Prayer Team which prays daily for the people, usually on our Prayer List as well as their own list. These people do an awesome job with incredible results because Our Awesome God answers our prayers. Praise His Name! He gives us that need to pray and glorify His Name!
Prayer Burdens should not be taken lightly. If followed up on, they will give you a deeper, richer love and knowledge of Our Awesome God and His Will. Just be sure your reason for praying at any time is a good one, not just to hear your own voice or for others to admire your way of praying but to talk to God. Remember when Jesus said, "You Hypocrites!" He was talking about the reasons the Pharisees prayed long and eloquent prayers in front of all the people they could find.
Our "Prayer Burdens" come from God for He wants us to pray and tell Him what we want. But sometimes you may feel a burden and just don't know what to pray for. Don’t ignore the burden, just pray that God will resolve the situation for which you received the burden and the Holy Spirit will present it to God in God’s terms. "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." (Romans 8:26-27 KJV).
Our reason for praying should not be for our or man's admiration but to glorify and lift-up Our Awesome God. If you have that "Prayer Burden" (that deep heavy feeling when a need for prayer is mentioned) for others, come see us at LWBC and we'll discuss your need to pray, its reasons, and the wonderful benefit you get from using that "Prayer Burden" to pray for others daily. While a "Prayer Burden" is often for people, sometimes it is for a certain problem. If either of these describes you then come see Pastor Richard at LWBC.
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA for children. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; "
(Hebrews 3:1 KJV)
We shouldn't believe we are just a forgiven sinner simply because some pastor tells us so. We must look these things up in the Holy Word of God for ourselves and know what Our Awesome God says. Jesus said clearly that if you continue in His Word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free! (John 8:31-32) In Christ is your true identity, your complete freedom to be who God has made and redeemed you to be! In Christ, that’s the key to your life! The Apostle Paul implores us to live our lives "in Christ". He lived this way himself, boasting, “I glory in Christ” (Romans 5:17).
We need to remember that Our Awesome God wants us to know and believe the truth of Jesus Christ dying for our sins. The opposite of truth is deception or false belief and it will cause you to live in bondage unnecessarily. If you see yourself as a failure, you will not be able to boldly exercise your authority in Christ because you will feel unworthy (even after the Blood of Christ has made you worthy). If you claim to be unworthy after the Blood of Christ has made you worthy, then you will be denying the work of Christ in your life!
You need remember 3 things that will help you feel a part of Christ: 1) You are loved by Our Awesome God, 2) you are justified and declared innocent because of Jesus Christ dying for your sins, and 3) you are made new in Christ - adopted by God! These 3 things are backed up with Scripture in the Bible and if you don't feel "in Christ" then you should look them up: 1) John 17:23, 2) Galatians 2:16 and 3) 2 Corinthians 5:17 or John 1:12-13.
Our Awesome God wants you to know, feel comfortable in Christ's power or Identify and use it as Christ would. If you don't feel worthy to exercise your authority in Christ, then you won't be doing it in the fullness of faith and will lack assurance and thus the power of Christ's Identity. Satan loves this feeling and usually rushes in to increase your feeling of insecurity. The truth is, that we, by our own power and effort, are unworthy, and it is the Blood of Christ that makes us worthy. So step out boldly in Christ as you learn and get to know Him! Read your Bible and pray, for these are the best ways to understand Our Awesome God and to feel "in Christ," who was one with God.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children, and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the choir and Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."
(1 Chronicles 16:29 KJV)
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
(John 4:23-24 KJV)
Have you ever wondered, "Am I pleasing God when I worship the way I do? What could I do to make Him really happy?" Ways to worship Our Awesome God might include giving, praising and even singing but we want to know what God really wants from us when we worship in all the ways mentioned above.
The Bible doesn't say much about specific ways to worship God except the detailed instructions of the Mosaic Laws. The Bible does tell us that God wants your heart to be in the worship and that He sees the heart. What does seem to be of importance to Our Awesome God is the motivation of your heart as in "...in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24 & Mark 12:43-44).
After reading the Scriptures above, it seems that God is interested in two things: 1) God wants you to give Him glory and, 2) He wants the worship to be in the right Spirit and with the truth in your heart which equals your motivation for the worship. But a third interest of God is 3) that everyone gets a chance to know about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don't just go through the motions of worship, do it with all your heart.
We must be involved in worshipping, giving, praising and even singing with the right motivation and giving God the glory for what He has done. So check your motivation for doing anything for the Our Awesome God because He will know whether it is acceptable or not. If your motivation is not right, change your motivation quickly. Spend time just telling God about the wonderful things has done for you.
When your motivation is right, you will begin to feel an excitement as worship time or praise time approaches. Do you realize that one of the primary resources to uplift your spirit is giving praise and bringing glory to God? Fulfilling your purpose of worshipping the Lord satisfies an inner need (or purpose) you have. Check your worship and see if it is pleasing to both you and God!
Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour and there is more during the week. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill