"And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
(James 5:15-16 KJV)
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
(Luke 11:13 KJV)
As Christians, we need to realize that prayer is power and how it helps us to mature. Remember, also, that prayer is a mighty link with our heavenly Father and an incredible privilege and responsibility that He has given us to move His hand in impossible situations.
Our Awesome God has given us the power through prayer to move the hand of God. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7 KJV) This means we have faith in God or Jesus Christ to do what we want done if that is within His Will.
The source of prayer power is the Holy Spirit and the instrument of prayer power is you. It is you when you are filled with the Holy Spirit and pray in Jesus name. In fact, it was by your prayer in Jesus name that the Holy Spirit was given to you, and by your prayer in His name, the Holy Spirit filled you and empowered you (Luke 11:13).
Our Awesome God has let us be the instrument of power but the power comes through our prayers only when we depend on the Holy Spirit and pray to Jesus Christ. Accordingly, when we pray in the Holy Spirit we are saying to God, “I can do nothing without you, Lord. You are my strength. I wait on You for power to do whatever it is You want me to do.” And then, out of our weakness, He gives us the omnipotent power of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9).
As quoted above, Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7 KJV) What power! To be able to receive whatever we wish and have it in God's Will! It comes to us when we give ourselves totally to Him as His instrument of righteousness and our will becomes aligned with His.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:00 PM along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"
(Matthew 28:19 KJV)
The concept of the Trinity is one of the hardest for mankind to accept and to understand. And if we don't understand something perfectly, how do we explain it to someone else? But Our Awesome God expects us to tell others so we need to learn about the Trinity.
If we are Christian, we believe in Our Awesome God whom we have never seen, but we certainly don't understand Him all the time. Though we will never have His knowledge we can, through faith and study, learn what our Holy Bible teaches about the Trinity.
The concept of the Trinity, as taught in the Bible, is that the Father is God, that the son, Jesus Christ, is God and that the Holy Spirit is God. And yet, Our Awesome God is only one God. Each exists at the same time, (coexists), each is co-powerful and each is coeternal with the other two. In John 14:24, Jesus Christ told us that God had sent Him and in John 14:26 and then in John 16:7, He tells us that the Holy Spirit (Comforter) would be sent by His Father and then by Himself. So there must be three separate centers of consciousness in Our Awesome God.
We need to be aware that the Biblical term is, "Godhead," and it is found in three different Books of the Holy Bible: Romans 1:20; Acts 17:29 and Colossians 2:9. But the word we have been using, "trinity," is not found in the Holy Bible. It is a theological word we use for the Godhead. It may describe the Godhead better but it doesn’t explain it. Our Awesome God will not be understood by our inferior minds but we will understand more about Him and the Trinity in heaven.
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 an hour of Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."
(Romans 8:14-15 KJV)
When we are adopted into the family of Our Awesome God, we have certain responsibilities that are a must in order to feel comfortable and be accepted as the King's child. They include, at least, the following:
1) The children of the King should strive to live by the Words found in His Holy Bible (Luke 4:4).
2) The children of the King are led by the Holy Spirit and God's Bible (Romans 8:14).
3) The children of the King have access to God through prayers (Matthew 21:22)
4) The children of the King are adopted sons and heirs to God's kingdom (Romans 8:17).
When we are children of the King, we should act as such, think as Christians should and live as Our Awesome God would want us to live. Are you living like you belong to Jesus? I hope so. Are you passionate about what He is passionate about? Your life should be going the way our Lord would want it to. Is His purpose your purpose, are you letting Him lead your life? Prayer should be at least three times a day, but to be really involved with Our Awesome God you need to talk to Him and get to know Him well. He is your Father, your King!
We, as "heirs" and "adopted sons," need to know Him and His kingdom well. You can't direct others as Our Awesome God would want if you don't know what He wants and what His purpose is. You will direct a part of His kingdom in some manner, if you are a Christian. So learn all you can about Him. He has a purpose for your life on earth and part of it is to learn all about Him and His ways so that you can help Jesus Christ. This will be for eternity with Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord, there is always something new to learn and do.
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then from 6:00 to 7:00 PM there is another Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill