"Therefore now, Lord, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said."
(1 Chronicles 17:23 KJV)
The above Scripture was prayed by David and was one of those encouraging times when he could say to God, "You promised." It is beautiful and inspiring when we can put our fingers on a promise that Our Awesome God has made concerning a prayer request we have made. Most times, we wonder what God really wants and whether our prayer is within His purpose. Or another way of saying it is, "Am I praying in the right way for this prayer to be blessed by God?"
There are few things that feel as good as putting your finger on a Scripture Verse and saying, "You promised, Father." And yet, we have to remember that the promise may have been made under different circumstances, often for a different reason and in a different time period. We need to be careful what we think Our Awesome God has promised to do and for whom. Check what you know about the promise and ask Him if it applies when you pray. He loves you, He'll listen to you. He always does and He knows your voice! And He answers all prayers.
Be sure our Father God knows how you feel about the prayer request. So if you feel as some do, that every promise of Scripture is a letter from God which we may plead before Him with this reasonable request: "Do as you promised, Lord," you can be sure Our Awesome God knows. I know that God will do the right thing though I may tell Him what I would like Him to do.
Our church has a Prayer Team that is always in need of members. We would love to find new members to enlarge our Team. Come join us in our church as we become more active in changing lives and presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. We always need Christian teachers and new ideas in presenting Our Awesome God to others. We are a church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day and is now sitting by God, interceding for you when you sin.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study 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!
"O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph."
(Psalms 47:1 KJV)
"Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed."
(1 Samuel 2:3 KJV)
How do we praise Our Awesome God? The Lord mainly wants our heart right and our praise to be heard. He wants us to be joyful, thankful, appreciative and loving. Do you express this as you sing? Do you lift your hands and voice in awe to our God? Do you praise God with your mouth?
When the Bible tells us to “PRAISE” Our Awesome God, it’s calling us to give vent to our adoring heart. Worship can be silent, but praise never is. Whether the song is slow or fast, or even if it's not a song at all but perhaps a shout or applause, it's irrelevant, but we are called to verbalize the adoration of our hearts. We are to tell Him that we appreciate Him and love Him.
The Bible emphasizes "praise" almost as much as prayer and if you pray and praise God, and you mean it, you are pleasing the Lord. Your praise is important to Our Awesome God. It tells Him where your heart is. It tells Him that you love and appreciate Him and that you know you do. It tells Him that you are okay. He never sleeps and He is always there to help you.
Our whole life should be a praise to our God, all of our being is to "praise God" including the spirit, soul and body. Real worship begins in our spirit and our praising of Our Awesome God will cause us to spiritually come into His presence. Remember that worship can be silent but "praising" never is. Remember also, there is power when you pray and praise Him at the same time.
Our Awesome God has done so much for us, such as creating this whole universe and all that is in it, making everything work together to keep everything reproducing what is needed to live and giving us a Savior in Jesus Christ so we could go to the heaven He made. We can surely find plenty to praise Him for.
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 and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA 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!
"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
(John 20:29 KJV)
We are easily distracted from the unseen Kingdom of Our Awesome God by the things of this world that we can see. Take Peter for instance, if he was going to walk on water to Jesus he had to ignore what he could see, the high wind and waves battering the boat, and walk to Him. He would not get there if he focused on the waves and he couldn't do both. Peter had to focus on Jesus, a Jesus he could see, but he needed a trust he could not see to get him across those angry waves. When he lost that focus and trust, he started sinking.
When you pray, you cannot see anyone and yet, by focusing on talking to Our Awesome God, you can know He hears you. And when He answers, you cannot see Him but the deep peace He leaves with you makes you know He heard and will take care of the "problem."
Sometimes the telephone rings and we answer it instead of going to prayer time. We are easily distracted by the physical things we see instead of the job we set out to do--pray. God is patient but He wants us to eagerly trust and seek Him. He is in control of all things.
Are you easily distracted from doing what God wants you to do because you cannot see Him? He will still be with you and know if you did what He asked. So remember that your commitment to Our Awesome God is more important than picking up your suits from the cleaners. God is your future but you cannot see Him unless He makes it happen. Ah, but He loves you!
Our future is heaven if we are God's children. Are you a Christian just waiting to go home? It will be a perfect world with no poverty, no crying, no death, with justice, with no fighting, with happiness, plenty to eat, clothes and a mansion are provided. Most of all, Our Awesome God will be there! Heaven is not yet seen by us, but it is there.
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others and ourselves to have 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. On Sunday, our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM, a Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study hour along with a children's program called AWANA which goes 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!
"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!
"And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud".
(Exodus 16:10 KJV)
When a storm of life is coming and you have prayed, lift your eyes to the clouds and look for the silver lining. Get in the habit of looking for it. We know Our Awesome God has provided it and will always help if we ask, for He has a purpose for each person. The approaching storm may have dark ominous edges with flashes of lightening and growling thunder, but there is also a bright silver lining somewhere. We want to focus on the good (silver lining) God will provide, not the looming problems we see ahead because God has promised to help us through them.
A distressed person is a helpless person if the stress is great enough. It leaves one open to Satan's snares (Ephesians 6:11 KJV). So be swift to turn your back on it and look up Scripture verses that pertain to it (Isaiah 41:10). Hang onto Our Awesome God's promises of help. Look for that silver lining that God has provided for you. Pray; as the greater distress you have, the deeper you get into Satan's territory. So run to our Father God who loves you, bringing your requests to His throne and seek His power for relief. Jesus Christ has the real power on Earth not man or Satan.
Then as you take each of those specific promises of God, claim them as yours and turn away from your stress. Lean on Our Awesome God and you will find your faith is stronger, your trust is greatly improved, and you are ready to depend on Him to overcome your distress; then peace will slowly take stress away. Now you can think more clearly and, with Our Awesome God helping you, Satan will flee.
We need to remember in times of stress and doubt that God has a plan, a purpose, for each of us and the power to give us help when we need it. But you have to ask and believe. Look always for that silver lining in the clouds, for it is there. Once you have overcome your distress with God's help, the second time is easier. You will know what to do and you will know that it will be overcome by Our Awesome God.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. We start 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 along with a children's program called AWANA 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!
"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord : even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord."
(2 Chronicles 20:3, 4 KJV)
King Jehoshaphat feared and knew he couldn't stop the coming enemies so he "set himself to seek the Lord" immediately. He knew only that Our Awesome God could stop these people so he declared a fast. He was determined to hear from the Lord!
What do you do first, when you find yourself in trouble? Go get advice from your neighbor? Tell your boss? The first thing you should do is get on your knees and ask help from Our Awesome God. If your neighbor or your boss has the answer, God will send you to him like He had Cornelius send for Peter (Acts 10). We should make it a habit to run to the Lord when we see trouble coming. And be sure we stop depending on ourselves or others for the answer. God's answer is better for us and is the long term way to go. So prayer is always the best answer because we don't know Our Awesome God's mind nor all the possible answers or the possible consequences. God does know what will work best for you and others around you. What you do will matter, whether it is your will or God's will. What God answers is important, so listen for His answer to your distress call, because He will answer.
Our Awesome God will answer in different ways so listen for a deep sense of peace when you think of a possible answer while praying and ask Him if that is what His answer is. His answer may be to just calm your troubled emotions or He may give you some creative ideas to prevent or overcome the problem. He may say, "just wait for my guidance" (Proverbs 3:5-6). If you feel a sudden calm or peace it is probably from God.
Our Awesome God wants you to trust Him. Therefore, He wants you remember Trouble Equals Prayer. Prayer should be an important part of God's church, is it of your Church? If not, remember, God wants us to pray privately and as a church together. Pray!
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 and Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a 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 welcome all people and love them.
"And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him."
(Matthew 4:21-22 KJV)
James, the son of Zebedee was a disciple of Jesus Christ who with his brother John and their father, were fisherman on the Sea of Galilee before being called by Jesus to become "fishers of men." James was better educated than Peter, who was a partner with his brother Andrew in their business of fishing. James and his brother were known as the "Sons of Thunder", James, John and Peter made up the inner circle around Jesus. While we don't know much about James, we do know that he was older than John and that his mother's name was Salome. There is some evidence that James was a first cousin of Jesus Christ and had grown up with Him. Mary, Jesus' mother, may have been a sister to Salome. James' mother asked that Jesus command that her sons would sit next to Him in heaven but Jesus denied the authority (Matthew 20:20-23 KJV).
We don't know much about James' ministry after Jesus Christ's resurrection but we do know he lived another 11 years. Apparently, James visited the slaves in Spain and preached to them and to the Jewish colony there. In 44 AD, Herod Agrippa sent out an order to have him executed on the feast of Passover (Acts 12:1-3 KJV) which
made him the first apostle to suffer martyrdom.
The scripture says little about the personality and activities of James. Together with his brother, John, he offered (and was forbidden) to pray down fire on a village that had refused Jesus hospitality (Luke 9:54). The two brothers and their former fishing partner, Peter, were the most trusted of the disciples. Jesus took them as the sole witnesses at His transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-2), the raising of Jairus' daughter (Luke 8:51) and His prayer in the garden just before His arrest (Matthew 26:36-37). James was not as impetuous as Peter nor perhaps as steadfast as John but he was always available and willing when Jesus called. We would do well to be as obedient and reliable as James.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM is Prayer Requests and Bible Study. Let's see what we can do and learn!
Flo & Bill