Sunday, February 15, 2015

Activating the scriptures

I'm attending Take the City Bootcamp at The Door on Wednesday nights.
The class is being led by Andrew Chalmers. I understand that Andrew's full time job is with Teen Challenge.
Andrew told us that in evangelizing to others we will need to be sure of who God is and understand our relationship to him.
Our homework assignment was to activate the scriptures in our lives by speaking their truths.

I choose to believe...
I choose to believe that God is...
I choose to believe that I am...

It's like a menu.
Just as we make decisions throughout the day what foods we choose to place in our mouths, passing into our bodies, as our sustenance,  so do we make mental decisions throughout the day what thoughts we choose to place into our minds passing into our being as our sustenance.
I choose to believe...

Trying it out.

I choose to believe that I am a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Galatians 3:26 NLT

I choose to believe that I am in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

I choose to believe that I am receiving overwhelming victory through Christ who loves me. Romans 8:37 NLT

I'm liking this... How about activating more scriptures.

I choose to believe that God is blessing those who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12 NIV

I choose to believe that God is sustaining me. I lie down and sleep; I wake again. Psalm 3:5 NIV

I choose to believe that God is living ...Through everything God made, I can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So I  have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans. 1:20 NLT

I choose to believe that God is the one who has entrusted everything to Christ. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Matthew 11:27

I choose to believe that Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

I choose to believe that  God is helping me speak and is teaching me what to say.” Exodus 4:12 NIV

I choose to believe that I can, because of Christ and my faith in him, come boldly and confidently into God's presence. Ephesians 3:12 NLT

I choose to believe that The Word, in the beginning, already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He existed in the beginning with God. [3] God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. [4] The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. [5] The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:1-5 NLT

I choose to believe that The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV

I  choose to believe that God is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Job 37:23 NIV

I choose to believe that God is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28 NIV

I choose to believe that God is giving strength to the weary and increasing the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29 NIV

I choose to believe that God is Great and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:5 NIV

I choose to believe that God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20 NLT

I choose to believe that God is great in riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! Romans 11:33 NLT

I choose to believe that God is doing anything he wants, and no one can stop him. Job 42:2 NLT

I choose to believe that God is omnipotent. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. Genesis 18:14 NIV

I choose to believe that God is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3 NLT

I choose to believe that God is everywhere in all the heavens and earth. Jeremiah 23:24 NLT

I choose to believe that I am made by God. All the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13 NLV

I choose to believe that God is before the mountains were born, before he gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, he is God. Psalm 90:2 NLT

I choose to believe that God does not change. Malachi 3:6 NIV

I choose to believe that God is holy. Psalm 99:9 NLV

I choose to believe that God is pure and cannot stand the sight of evil. Habakkuk 1:13 NLT

I choose to believe that God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, [5] that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you have been saved!) [7] So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-5,7 NLT

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Good news in a minute

Here is what I understand the good news to be:

The good news is that the one and only God who is holy made us in his image to know him.

But we sinned, trying to run our lives alone without him.

Yet in his great love, God became a man in Jesus and lived a holy life.
And died on the Cross thus fulfilling the law himself  and taking on himself the punishment for my sins and the sins of all others who would ever turn and trust in him.

He rose again from the dead showing that God had accepted Christ's sacrifice, and that God's wrath against us had been exhausted.

He now calls on us to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. 

If we do so, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Prayer of healing and intercession

I use this prayer as a model for praying for those who are sick.

Lord Jesus, you are the master of life and death. Everything I have is yours, and I love you very deeply. Just one touch from you restores the sick, heals the broken, and transforms the darkness. 
Only you can do this
Only you

So I ask that you would be with (name) right now 
May they sense your presence
May they feel your power
May they know your love
May their body be overwhelmed
With light and truth
With healing and wellness

Just as it was in the beginning
As you first intended us to be
May they be restored 

I ask for your healing on their body right now

Thank you Lord that you hear my prayer
That you have overcome the world
That you hold all of heaven and earth in your loving hands 
And that you have given us the promise of eternity
In our hearts forever 

Prayer for my little children

I enjoy praying the scriptures. I've prayed these scriptures many times for my little children.

Create in our children a clean heart, and renew in them a right spirit. Psalm 51:10

May honesty and integrity be their virtue and their protection. Psalm 25:21

Cloth them with a heart of compassion. Colossians 3:12

May they be merciful just as you Father are merciful. Luke 6:36

I pray that our children would love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind.  And that they would love their neighbors as themselves. Matthew 22:37-39

That they may grow in the grace and knowledge of Your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

I pray that as chosen by You, they may obtain salvation in Jesus Christ and its eternal glory.  2 Timothy 2:10

May they find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb. Psalm 19:10

Let love and faithfulness never leave them, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts. Proverbs 3:3

Let their lives be overflowing with thankfulness.  Colossians 2:7

Let them grow daily in wisdom and statue and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
We pray in the holy name of Christ our Savior. Amen

A prayer for our church

I found this this prayer that I love and I want to share. It was written by Chad Holtz.

God, grant us a spirit of repentance.   Help us to see our sin as you see it, and to turn away from that which displeases you.  

God, help us to fear you.  Forgive us for running our lives and our churches as though you are not the Judge standing at the door.   Instill in us a holy fear of you, O God, that we would tremble once more at your word and know you as holy and righteous.  

God, humble us.  Bring us down, Lord.  Forgive us for our prideful hearts and polished tongues.  Forgive us for not putting the needs of others before our own.  Forgive us for being more suspicious of your word than we are our own desires, thoughts, and feelings and theologies.   

God, bring revival to our churches!  Cleanse us from all impurity and unrighteousness and bring a holy fire upon us, one that will transform each and every person from the inside out.   Let our churches be places filled with the Holy Spirit, that all who enter these doors may know they are in the presence of a holy and loving God, one who has the power and desire to make us not better, but new.   Create in us clean hearts, and renew a right spirit within us.   

God, may our churches be overflowing with people hungry and thirsty.  May they have hearts soft and ready to hear the good news of the gospel, and may our pulpits be filled with preachers on fire for Jesus, eager to see souls saved.  Let our altars be lined with new converts falling over one another to get closer to the cross, and may we all grow up together, maturing in Christ, that you may present us all holy and blameless before Your Father in heaven.   Restore in us all a spirit of dependence, that we would want no other food than that which your hand provides.   

And God, let all this begin in me.   Today. This hour, and forevermore.   

In the precious, wonderful name of Jesus I ask this.  Amen.

The Secret: Colossians 1:27

I've enjoy reading books by Maxie Dunnam. I'm a Facebook friend and follow him on Twitter.  Pastor Dunnam was one of the founding fathers of the Walk to Emmaus. 

Sam, the secret is simply this: Christ in you!  
Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. 

Suggested by Maxie Dunnam
Alive in Christ and the Intercessory Life

A prayer for me

A Prayer for Me.  Suggested by John Yates in his book "How a Man Prays for His Family.

Should we both pray for ourselves and ask others to pray for us? Yes we should. To not pray for ourselves would be prideful and suggest that we have no need for that which God wants and desires to bring to us as the result of prayer.

When you look at me, what would you like to see that I become? 
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who loves Christ.  
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who spends time with his creator each day in prayer.
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who casts all care at the feet of my Lord.
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who expresses love for his wife and children.
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who is faithful to his church family.  
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who desires to be a servant to his fellow man.
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who believes deeply in the power of prayer.
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who desires knowledge of Your will.
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who worships only the one true God.
I believe that You would want to see me as a man who recognizes his own powerlessness and inadequacies.
I pray that You will work in my life to bring about the changes needed in order to make me into the man you would want to see me become.