Monthly Archives: August, 2016

8-28-2016 “THE POWER and WONDER OF ANSWERED PRAYER!” part 2, John 14:13-14

This week Bro. Leo continues our study of faith with a look at part 2 of the faith that expects God to answer prayer.

To accomplish an effective prayer we must keep these three things in our mind, 1) God desires/delights to answer our prayers (Luke 11:13).  2)  Our desire to have our prayer align with God’s will (1John 5:14-15).  3)  We should be looking forward to Glorifying God publicly for answering our prayer (Luke 18:43).

Answered prayers  1) are a necessity in our life 2) should be expected 3) are the greatest motivation to a regular prayer life.

If you are not experiencing answered prayers and a regular daily prayer life, here is a link that will help you develop the discipline and knowledge to do so.  http://excelstillmoredevotionals.blogspot.com/2016/06/watch-ramparts-6-week-prayer-strategy.html
This is an invitation to be a part of a 6 week ‘community’ for the purpose of positioning ourselves to move toward that goal of a heart fully given to Him by feasting on the living Word of God and attending to a few spiritual disciplines that we all, in the midst of the busyness of daily life, need to be refocused on from time to time.

Scriptures used in today’s message:

Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Mat 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
Mat 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Mar 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jer 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Luk 18:40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
Luk 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
Luk 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
Luk 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Luk 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luk 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Luk 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
Luk 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Luk 11:13 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?

Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

 

Traci Shinnick

http://excelstillmoredevotionals.blogspot.com/2016/06/watch-ramparts-6-week-prayer-strategy.html

Excerpt:

This is an invitation to be a part of a 6 week ‘community’ for the purpose of positioning ourselves to move toward that goal of a heart fully given to Him by feasting on the living Word of God and attending to a few spiritual disciplines that we all, in the midst of the busyness of daily life, need to be refocused on from time to time.

Ramparts are defined as ‘the protective, outer defensive walls of a castle-a means of protection or defense; a bulwark, the most important form of defense’. If we are not ‘watchful’, our protective ‘boundaries’ (our unwavering faith and trust in the powerful living God, with Whom all things are possible, and the truth of His Word) can begin to crumble under the weight of this ‘world’.
‘Watch the ramparts’ is a prayer strategy with an emphasis on our total spiritual health, in order that we may be encouraged and strengthened to stand firm in the faith and on the firm foundation, Jesus Christ, rather than unwittingly finding ourselves on shaking ground, building nice looking, impressive ‘sand castles’, realizing that we’ve built in a sense with ‘sand’ (like wood, hay, and stubble: 1 Corinthians 3:10-15) and are unable to withstand the storms of ‘misinformation’ in this world.

Instead, may we allow God to build ‘the real thing’ in our lives: magnificent castle structures with watchtowers, that we are able to see what is coming and shall not be taken by surprise, and strong ramparts, that we can say ‘I KNOW whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able’ (2 Tim. 1:12) and I WILL ‘contend earnestly for the faith’ (Jude 1:3) and be an overcomer and stand firm.  

Please pray about accepting this invitation.

 

I am so excited to see what God is going to do IN and THROUGH us!

8-21-2016 “THE POWER and WONDER OF ANSWERED PRAYER!” John 14:13-14

If you don’t understand why God hasn’t answered every one of your prayers then you will want to listen to this message.  Bro. Leo explains the Biblical reasons why God answers some prayers and doesn’t answer others in this message.

This week Bro. Leo continues our study of faith with a look at the faith that expects God to answer prayer.   In order to expect, without a doubt, that God will answer our prayer we must first know exactly how and why God wants us to pray.

The most important reason for our prayer/request should be that God will be glorified through the granting of our request so that others will be drawn to and glorify God also (John 14:13, Luke 18:41-43, Psa. 40:2-3).  God will not answer selfish prayers/request (James 4:3).

Our prayer/request must be simple, concise, direct and specific (Luke 18:41).   We must be praying for/requesting good things in Jesus name (Matt.7:11, John 14:14).   Praying for “good things in Jesus name” equates to praying in and of God’s will.

We should begin praying by asking, seeking and knocking (Matt.7:7).  We ask by making an honest request.  We seek for God’s wisdom in our request.  We knock with the passion of heart caused by knowing God’s will (Phil. 4:6-7).  The result will be God opening the door for us to praise Him (Psa. 50:15), which will cause those around us to praise Him (Luke 18:43).

Scriptures used in today’s message:

Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Luk 18:40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
Luk 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
Luk 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
Luk 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Mat 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Mat 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
Mat 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Psa 40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psa 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Psa 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Joh 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
Joh 11:42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jas 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

8-14-2016 “THE FAITH THAT HONORS GOD!” Heb. 11:33-40

This week Bro. Leo continues our study of faith with the Biblical definition of the faith that doesn’t accept deliverance.  This element of faith boldly stands for God and His truth’s no matter what the consequences for doing so happen to be (Heb. 11:25).  This faith boldly renounces evil, stands firm on God’s truth’s, accepts nothing less than God’s truth and refuses to turn from God’s truth to avoid personal persecution (Heb. 11:35-40).  This faith is recorded in heaven and will be rewarded there (Heb. 11:39, 12:1).

This faith refuses to comply with government laws that are contrary to God’s truth (Dan. 3:12).   Considering all the ungodly laws and rulings being passed by the U.S. government, every American Christian needs to ask their self “What is in my faith report, do I refuse to comply with the ungodly laws/rulings or do I comply so that I won’t be persecuted?”

Scriptures used in today’s message:

Heb 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
Heb 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Dan 3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
Dan 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
Dan 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Dan 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
Dan 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18 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.
Dan 3:24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
Dan 3:25 He answered and said, 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.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Heb 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Heb 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Dan 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
Dan 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
Dan 6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
Dan 6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
Dan 6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.

Heb 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Heb 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Heb 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Heb 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2Co 5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)