"The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee... Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God."
(Psalms 20:1, 6-7 KJV)
When you pray from your heart to Our Awesome God it does something to you personally, no matter what you are praying. It gives you the opportunity to unburden your heart to someone who already knows your thoughts and burdens so God or Jesus Christ will not be shocked when you tell Him. He wants to take those burdens away from you anyway.
Tense Times are Times for Prayer! This is a fundamental and very important fact. Where do we turn for help? If it isn't the right place, if wrong there may not be any help. Do you remember how the Israelites were always getting in trouble with other nations and turning to Egypt for help? The Israelites were looking in the wrong place for help so they didn't find it.. "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God." (Psalms 20:7 KJV) Prayers should be directed to Our Awesome God for the right answer and help from Him.
1). Prayer seeks an answer from God. Our prayers need to be detailed and specific with our expecting an answer.
2). Prayer requires all our focus and concentration. The tension and pressures that are around us when something unusual happens make it hard to complete our jobs and be productive. We need to focus on our prayers to Our Awesome God. So pray when you can focus and tell Him exactly what you want. He will give you what you need!
God will hear your prayer if you focus on Him and seek an answer to your problem. Tell Him the problem in detail, as you understand it. Allow Our Awesome God to use His "saving strength of his right hand" for your problems. It always helps when you attend a church that prays frequently and before and after each worship session. God wants your prayers!
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 to 7:00 PM for Bible Study along with AWANA for children lasting 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!
"And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE Lord. And thou shalt put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord."
(Exodus 28:36-38 KJV)
"The Hebrew word avon, translated 'iniquity', refers to how our heart (temperament, disposition, inclination, loyalties) falls short of God's standards. We are imperfect and flawed, irregardless of if we have committed any offenses in God's eyes or are set apart for God. Since iniquity was internal and not about actions there were not offerings an Ancient Israelite could do to deal with iniquity. Iniquity could not be forgiven or atoned for. It could only be 'borne away' (a phrase never used about evil actions). The only way to rid the world of iniquity is to bear it to Sheol.
"The most spiritually significant part of iniquity is what the Apostolic Writings calls 'slavery to sin', describing how people who know what is good will sometimes do what as evil even when they do not want to...
"Once each year the rituals of Yom Kippur allowed the community's iniquity to be borne away. Both the iniquity of the Tabernacle stored up on the High Priest's turban and the people's iniquity would be carried to Sheol by a goat (Leviticus 16:21-22). This goat suffered a terrible death in the wilderness. It was called 'the goat that departs' (in Hebrew azazel, a contraction of the words aiz azel, 'goat that departs')...
"Unfortunately, this annual cleansing from iniquity did not last long. The ancient Israelites had old habits and perspectives which would soon lead them into evil. They would again enter "slavery to sin" (John 8:34). So without a complimentary protection from evil being cleansed from iniquity was temporary." This was written in P'nei Adonai on the internet at http://penei.org/concepts-iniquity.shtml in 2013 but is no longer available in 2014 or 2015.
Be aware that Jesus Christ has taken our iniquities. Our Awesome God has His plan for removing our imperfections and creating a new person in Christ. We should never cease accepting Him as our Savior and praising His Holy Name for taking our iniquities upon Himself! Join us at Living Word Baptist Church at 10:30 AM every Sunday and Bible Study at 6:00 PM on Sunday evening. We have a Prayer Team and another Bible Study at 7:00 PM at the church on Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
"But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up… And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace."
(Daniel 3:18, 20 KJV)
This story of Our Awesome God's chosen people continued while the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon with King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:1-3). The king had made a golden image and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Those that wouldn't bow down to it were to be thrown into the fiery furnace according to the law he signed. The Chaldean astrologers, jealous of the captive Israelites who had found favor with the king, told him that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow down to the golden image. They had not bowed down to it and they told the king they wouldn't which made the king very angry (Daniel 3:19).
Furious with pride and rage, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were bound and cast into the flames. The fiery blast was so hot it killed the soldiers who had escorted them. But as King Nebuchadnezzar peered into the furnace, he marveled at what he saw: "... Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:25 KJV) Then the king ordered them out of the furnace and when they did come out they didn't even have the smell of smoke nor was anything burned on them. King Nebuchadnezzar declared their God to be the one true God and that day they got freedom for all within the king's boundaries to worship Our Awesome God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young men determined to worship only the One true God. In the face of death they stood firm, unwilling to compromise their beliefs and faith in God. They had no assurance they would survive the flames, but they stood firm anyway.
Their story in the Bible speaks a strong word of encouragement, especially to young men and women of today. Thank Our Awesome God that they faithfully worshiped Him. How strong is your faith in God?
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise/Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study 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 welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill