VIDEO Our Father, As We Worship You, Here We Are & Have Your Way

Jul 16, 2011

By: Don Moen

Sometime when I wonder how can God be so great and magnificent beyond our imagination and how He could love this world so much then I look at myself and realize if God can love someone like me, someone who is nothing and no one at all then I know God truly exist, Jesus loves you

Best Way To Face Life

Everyone’s life is only a breath. PSALM 39:11

In a life marked by doctor appointments, dentist appointments, and school appointments, there is one appointment that none of us will miss, the appointment with death. “Everyone must die once and then be judged” (Hebrews 9:27). Oh, how we’d like to change that verse. Just a word or two would suffice. “Nearly everyone must die …” or “Everyone but me must die …” or “Everyone who forgets to eat right and take vitamins must die …” But those are not God’s words. In his plan everyone must die, even those who eat right and take their vitamins.

Exercise may buy us a few more heartbeats. Medicine may grant us a few more breaths. But in the end, there is an end. And the best way to face life is to be honest about death.

from TRAVELING LIGHT

The Importance of Baptism

Matthew 3:13-17

When we admire someone, it is natural to try and identify with that person. We see this in children, who enjoy imitating their superheroes’ speech, mannerisms, and dress. Older people, too, like to take on characteristics of their chosen role models. And as believers, we are called to emulate the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Savior commanded us to follow His example in all things, including baptism (Matt. 28:19). At the start of His public ministry, Jesus Himself chose to be baptized. John the Baptist was calling the Jewish people to confess their sins and demonstrate repentance by immersion in the Jordan River. Jesus, the One who had no sin, joined the crowd at the river and asked John to baptize Him. The Lord was affiliating Himself with a sinful man. By following His example in the waters of baptism, we are publicly confessing our faith in the Savior and identifying ourselves with Him.

By means of baptism, we proclaim our connection with Jesus and also with other believers—we are all members of one body under the authority of the same Lord. But remember, neither baptism nor any other work is required for salvation; we are saved by God’s grace strictly through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8-9). However, God has commanded us to be baptized following our redemption, so this step is an issue of obedience.

Belief in Jesus is not supposed to be hidden away like a light placed under a basket (Luke 11:33). Instead, it should be expressed in words and actions. Have you demonstrated your faith through the act of baptism?

Christ Our Intercessor

“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34)

One of the most glorious truths of the Christian life is that the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification, now lives to intercede for us before God. The greatest example of intercessory prayer in the Bible is in John 17, where the Lord poured out His heart for His disciples. “I pray for them,” He said, “I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine” (John 17:9). But that was not all! “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (John 17:20). And that’s us! That includes us!

What is it that He prays for us? First of all, He prays for our security. “Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are” (John 17:11). Then He prays that we might have real victory over sin and the devil. “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil [or ‘the evil one’]” (John 17:15).

His next request is: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Our sanctification will come, therefore, not through some special experience, but through God’s Word. He also prays for true unity among His true disciples: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21).

Finally, He prays for our ultimate glorification. “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me” (John 17:24).

We can be assured that the Father will grant these requests of His beloved Son. HMM

A vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use

A vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.—2 Timothy 2:21.

I AM an instrument for His use; perhaps to bear burdens, as of pain, sorrow, or shame; perhaps to convey messages, writing, speaking, conversing; perhaps simply to reflect light, showing His mind in the commonest of all daily rounds. In only one way can I truly do anything of these; in the way of inner harmony with Him, and peace and joy in Him. HANDLEY C. G. MOULE.

Mould us, great God, into forms of beauty and usefulness by the wheel of Providence and by the touch of Thy hand. Fulfill Thine ideal, and conform us to the image of Thy Son. In Thy great house may we stand as vessels meet for Thy use. We are little better than common earthenware, but may we be cleansed, and purified, and filled with Thy heavenly treasure. Dip us deep into the River of Life, and give refreshment by us to many parched and weary hearts. F. B. MEYER.

The soul, which gives itself wholly and without reserve to God, is filled with His own peace; and the closer we draw to our God so much the stronger and more steadfast and tranquil shall we become. JEAN NICOLAS GROU.

Jehovah-shalom: The Lord send peace

Jehovah-shalom: The Lord send peace. Judges 6:24

Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

Behold, a greater than Solomon is here. — Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. — My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; when it shall hail, coming down on the forest ; and the city shall be low in a low place.

He is our peace. — This man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.

1 Chronicles 22:9. Matthew 12:42. Isaiah 9:6. Isaiah 32:18,19. Ephesians 2:14. Micah 5:5. Revelation 17:14. John 14:27.

The fruit of the Spirit is joy

The fruit of the Spirit is joy. Galatians 5:22

Joy in the Holy Ghost. — Unspeakable and full of glory.

Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; … exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. — We glory in tribulations.

Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; … for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame. — These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. — As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. — The joy of the LORD is your strength.

In thy presence is fulness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. — For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Romans 14:17. 1 Peter 1:8. 2 Corinthians 6:10;7,4. Romans 5:3. Hebrews 12:2. John 15:11. 2 Corinthians 1:5. Philippians 4:4. Nehemiah 8:10. Psalm 16:11. Revelation 7:17.