Sunday, March 7, 2021




WILL GOD  AVENGE HIS PEOPLE?


God's Prayer Power - Session 10


Our verse today is: Joel 3:20-21


"My people will live in Judah and Jerusalem forever.The land will be their home for all time to come. Egypt and Edom have spilled my people’s blood. Should I let them escape my judgment? No, I will not.” The Lord lives in Zion!


What is God saying?

In the Berean Study Bible, Joel 3: 19-21 talks about Blessings for God' people. The verse reads:

"…19 Egypt will become desolate, and Edom a desert wasteland, because of the violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood. 20 But Judah will be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. 21 For I will avenge their blood, which I have not yet avenged.” For the LORD dwells in Zion.…"

Background Information:

The tribe of Judah ( Judah was a son of Jacob) settled in the region south of Jerusalem and in time became the most powerful and most important tribe. Not only did it produce the great kings David and Solomon but also, it was prophesied, the Messiah would come from among its members.



Why is Egypt and Edom going to become desolate, a wasteland?
Because they spilled the blood of God's people.

What are the three words that get your attention?


Forever - always.

God's People - Accepted us.

Avenge - He will repay.

ForeverThe interesting things about these verses is God is telling us we will forever live in eternity with Him. In Ezekiel 37:25 it says, "They will live in the land that I gave to My servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They will live there forever with their children and grandchildren . . ." God promises us a forever, glorious kingdom.

His People - God decrees we are His people. He has accepted us. Why? Because we accepted Jesus His son as our savior and recognized Jesus as the Son of God.
John 1:12 says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

Avenge - Make no mistake God plainly says He will avenge the blood of His people. Those who have spilled the blood of God's people will suffer the consequences in God's timing. Judgement day will come. Joel 3:19 says, "But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood."

This week as you read the full chapter of Joel listen to what God is saying to you.

To know that you belong to God should free you to walk with and live for Him. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ as we walk this earth, a beacon of light to draw others to Christ. If we don't, then who will help others to come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior?

Prayer

 


Help Your people to repent of their sins.

Restore us in our relationship with You. 

Revitalize us spiritually to serve You 

Be with us oh Lord Your people.

God will forgive us if we ask Him
 
and bless us and be with us forever.







May God bless you and your family this week.




If any of you would like prayer, you may email me at sreichert48@yahoo.com. If you have questions or comments, feel free to comment below.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

 



HAS GOD DESERTED US?


God's Prayer Power - Session 9


Our verse today is: Jeremiah 8:19

"Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?"


What is meant by the word Behold? It is saying listen.

Listen to what? The voice. The cry of God's people.

Where are the people dwelling?  A far country. 

What question are the people asking?  They want to know where God is.

What next do they ask? They want to know if He has deserted them. 

What does the Lord answer with? Why have my people provoked me to anger with their graven images (idols) and with strange vanities (evil rites)?


What three words or thoughts reach out to you? To me they were:



Crying - In distress

Help - Unable to withstand

God - Encompassing


Crying:

In Psalm 34:17 it says, "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; . . ."

The people are in a far country, and they are crying because they feel like God is not there with them.

Help:

Psalm 46:1 says, "God is our protection and source of strength. He is always ready to help us in times of trouble."

The people know they are not able to withstand all the things happening to them but they know God can help them and protect them. So they are wondering where He is. They feel He may have deserted them.

God:

God truly can and will help His people. But these people have not been true to God in their actions and behaviors. They have strayed and become worldly and taken up with idols and evil doings. Yet even so, they are expecting God to save them. 


If you look and it carefully, you wonder why the people did not realize that God had not deserted them, but they deserted God? Why did they go off and choose to worship idols, knowing it was wrong. Why did they permit themselves to act in sinful and evil ways? If they would but repent and turn to God, that is all it would take and follow after Him.

When you get off on the wrong track, do you recognize it? If so, do you immediately, repent and turn to God asking for forgiveness and turning back to Him or do you continue down that path?


 Prayer :  

 Bring us oh Lord back to

 Recognizing shameful

Circumstances.

Allow us to blush and be

 Aware of what is

Spiritually right and what is

Spiritually wrong.

Help us to turn away from the

Daily cultural pleasure-

Centered values. Move in our

Church, don’t let it mirror worldly

Values or cultural values. Help our

Chuch’s to encourage believers to

Live scripturally. We ask you to

Restore our morality and Christian

Standards in our society.

 

Jeremiah 8:19

                

This week let us spend time reading Jeremiah 8 and listen to what God is saying to us.

            


May God bless you and your family this week. 


If any of you  would like prayer, you may email me at sreichert48@yahoo.com. If you have questions or comments, feel free to comment below.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

 


GOD GIVES INSTRUCTION TO WOMEN



God's Prayer Power - Session 8


Our verse today is Titus 2:3-5

"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."



Paul, in this chapter, is talking to Titus, telling him he is to teach the people that they should always be prepared for Jesus' coming because Jesus gave His life to redeem the sinner.

He gives him instruction for the older men in the second verse, and in the third verse through the fifth he gives instructiions for the women; the seventh and eighth verses he gives instructions for the young men. But for today's session we will talk about the instructions for the older women and the younger women.





What three words reach out to you? For me the words behavior, teach and honor God.



Behavior - How to Act

Teach - Instruct

Honor God - Reverent



Behavior:


Galatians 5:22-23:says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law".  God wants us to become more Christ like.


Teach:

God throughout the Bible is teaching us, instructing us. He teaches us truth, gives us the information we need to live right, corrects our ways and shows us our errors.
2 Timorhy 3:16 says,."All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness".


Honor God:

We are to regard God with honor, admiration and respect for who He is and for all He has done for us. Psalm 29:2 says, "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."

Prayer:

Help us, we, the older women

To be reverent in the way we

live. To not be slanderous

or addicted to too much wine.

Teach us what is good so we

May teach the young ones what

Is good in thy sight.

 

Help us to teach the young women

 to love their husbands and children; to be

Self-controlled and pure, to be busy

At home, be kind, so that no one will

Malign the word of God. Amen


This week let us spend time reading Titus 2:3-5 to learn more of what Paul is telling Titus.




May God bless you and your family this week. 


If any of you  would like prayer, you may email me at sreichert48@yahoo.com. If you have questions or comments, feel free to comment below.



Sunday, February 14, 2021

 



GOD SPEAKS OF GREED AND SELFISHNESS



God's Prayer Power - Session 7



Most people do not like to talk about what God says will happen if we pursue greed and selfishness. They would rather talk about things that are easy to hear, such as how much He loves us. And He does love us. But they don't want to get in to the deeper things that have consequences. Yet, we must. We do not want to be ignorant of God's words and plans.

God tells us in Isaiah 5:8-30 what will come about. In reading these verses these three words caught my eye and I felt a leading to dig deeper into their meaning.



The Three Words


After reading Isaiah 5:8-30 you may have other words that caught your attention. If so, you will want to determine their meaning to you.


Greed - a desire for more and more

Selfishness - focused only on self

Consequences - outcome


I found these words to be appropriate for that scripture. In discovering  the meanings of these words I think you will agree.

Greed:

Yes greed. It isn't just a desire to have more things - power and money - but also to have what others have. You will find greedy people rarely are concerned about the feelings of others. The question greedy people want to know is why they can't have anything they want. It doesn't matter that you have it, they want it and that should settle it. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs".


Selfishness:

A selfish person is only interested in their wants, their desires in life and do not think about other people. They are focused on themselves only and what will bring them pleasure, and they do not have any desire to share. Philippians 2:4 says, "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others".

Consequences:

The outcome of your actions. Drive recklessly, and the consequence may be an accident which as we know accidents can be serious even to the losing of life. There are always consequences. There are good and bad consequences, and the consequence depends on the action. Galations 6:7 says, "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap".  We are accountable for our actions.

In life we all have many decisions to make each day as to how we will live our lives that day. Let us pray this prayer asking God to help us.


Prayer:


Help us in our families, church’s,

cities, state and country to

 treat others as you have called us.

 

Help us to treat each other fairly,

With fundamental respect,

To recognize that each person’s

life, possessions, reputations

and marriages are not to be

violated.




This week, let us spend time reading Isaiah 5:8-30 asking God to give us a revelation knowledge concering these scriptures and how we can apply His teaching to our lives.

We are His children. Let us come to know our Father in Heaven better.




God bless each and everyone of you this week!


If any of you  would like prayer, you may email me at sreichert48@yahoo.com. If you have questions or comments, feel free to comment below.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

 


GOD IS FOR US



God's Prayer Power - Session 6


God is truly for us and wants us to know as his children we have his promises. He chose us to be His and since we accepted His son, Jesus Christ as our Savior, we belong to God. He is our Father. Nothing can separate us from God. We have been adopted into His family. In Romans 8 Paul is encouraging believers and wants us to understand God is working to complete a plan that He is working in us. Ephesians 1:4 says, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." Each day take heart to know that God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, is for us, and is our Father. 

Our verse today is Romans 8:31

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?


How do we know God is for us?

Because God sent His only Son to take our place on the cross and die for us, so He could redeem us from the sin that separated us from Him. Now nothing separates us from God. We are born again, children of God because we have accepted Christ as our Savior and received Him into our hearts.

What three words or phrases reach out to you? For me they are:





God - Almighty

For Us - committed to us.

Against Us - The enemy, Satan.


God:

God is everything. He is Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth. . . Psalm 121:2. The  Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. . . Psalm 121: 5.  And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy . . .Leviticus 20:26

All things to us who are His.Take time to reflect as you read your Bible who God is. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. 

 

For Us:

One of the most comforting and words of assurance I know, is that God is for us. To think we His children would have to walk and live on earth without Him is unthinkable to me as I am sure it is to you too. Knowing He will be with us, provide for us, protect us, teach us, comfort us and walk beside us is glorious.

 

Against Us 

What power is stronger than God? In Romans 8:38-39 His word says, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."


Prayer:


Father, help us not to be arrogant, haughty or proud.

 Cleanse us of our selfishness. 

Cleanse us of our self-pity. 

Cleanse us of our self-centeredness. 

Create in us a clean heart. 

Your word says You are for us. 

Help us build a relationship with You.

Amen


This week, let us spend time reading Romans 8 and learning of all the ways God is with us.

We are His children. Let us come to know our Father in Heaven better.




God bless each and everyone of you this week!


If any of you  would like prayer, you may email me at sreichert48@yahoo.com. If you have questions or comments, feel free to comment below.

 

Sunday, January 31, 2021


GOD WILL WALK WITH YOU


God's Prayer Power - Session 5



God  wants us to know there is a road for us, His children, and He will walk with us on that road. Let us pray that God, our Father, will reveal to us how we can come closer to Him, and to help us surrender to Him our all. Above all helping us to be pleasing unto to Him.




Our verse today is Isaiah 35:8

"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."


What three words reach out to you? For me the words highway, holiness and wayfaring.


Highway - a road

Holiness - life devoted to God

Wayfaring - a traveler on foot


Highway:

When we think of a highway, we think of our roads like interstates that are paved. In old testament times a highway was just a rough path that was beaten by use. They weren't constructed like ours. If the weather was dry, the road was dry, if it rained, the road was muddy.

But the word highway is actually made of two words. High and way. Pertaining to roads if they are built up higher than the ground, then the water would not stand on them creating water courses and mud puddles. But for us, the spiritual meaning of highway is Jesus. He is our high way. This road is for us who are believers in Christ, children of the most high God. He will travel on this road with us, never leaving our side.

Holiness:

God is Holy. And the road we travel, if we choose Him, is the way of holiness. To become more intune with God, more Christ like, we will need to desire to know Him better, to spend  time with Him reading His word to learn more about Him. We must remember God's way is not man's way. We must choose who to follow. To walk on the highway of holiness we will choose God's way. For this is the way to our eternal home with Him.

Wayfaring:

A traveler on a journey. Some would call them a pilgrim on a journey. The definition is a traveler on foot. Most of us are familiar with a song Wayfaring Stranger. That song was written in 1909. The words went: 

I'm just a poor wayfaring stranger  traveling through this world below. There is no sickness, no toil, nor danger In that bright land to which I go.

In truth, we are wayfaring strangers in this world, but we are not alone, God is with us, walking this path, leading and guiding, all we need do is listen and follow.


Prayer:

Our prayer today is based on Isaiah 35:8


 Help us become more like Christ.

Help us surrender to you to

work your will in our lives.

Clean out of our lives what

is unclean and wash

us white as snow.

Prepare us to walk the way you

Have chosen for us so that we

May be holy in thy sight. Amen


This week let us spend time reading Isaiah 35 to learn more of that road.




God bless each and everyone of you this week!


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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Do Not Be Deceived


Sunday, January 24, 2021

 God's Prayer Power - Session 4

 

 
Please know that God wants to give you revelation knowledge about His words so you can come to know Him better each day. Before beginning today’s session, pray, asking God to prepare your heart to see and understand His words.

 

Our reading today comes from Isaiah 36:16

“Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig trees, and drink ye every one the waters of his own cistern;

 What three words come from this:



1. Deception - Fraud

2. Fear - Loss of courage, dread

3. Lies - Falsehood


This is taking place during the fourteenth year that Hezekiah was king. The king of Assyria having defeated Judah’s strong walled cities was now after Hezekiah and his kingdom. He sent his field commander to tell Hezekiah’s three representatives, that Hezekiah could not depend on His God to rescue him and his kingdom and people. He said it loud so Hezekiah’s people would hear. He told in a loud voice of all the wonderous things they would receive if they surrendered. And wanted Hezekiah to know of this too. This way he could capture the city and all within. He was willing to say anything to get them to do what he wanted them to do.

Many times, throughout history, countries who were going to attack other countries lied promising to give wonderful things including allowing them to live, if only they would surrender.

Even in our lives, we have experienced people telling us what wonderful things we will get if we will but do what they want.

We must be alert to God’s words and seek discernment to determine what is true and what is a lie so we will not be fooled by those who are wanting to lead us astray.


Our prayer today is:


Let us not be fooled by what this world offers, but depend on God to 

provide and to be our source. God help us to trust in You,

to be good warriors for You, and to fight the good fight of faith.

Help us to not put our trust in the world, or in man, but only in You.

Show us how to be pleasing to You. Amen



This week let us read the chapter of
 Isaiah 36 and consider what happened.


       God bless you!

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Our Uniqueness

 God's Prayer Power - Session 3

 Before you begin today, let us pray and ask God to open our hearts to understand what His word is saying to us.








 Isaiah 63:17 says, "Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.


These three words caught my eye:





1.  Err - to make a mistake.

2. Hardened -turned from God.

3. Return - repent.


Ever wondered how many times a day you make mistakes? Err or stray from the path?

If you read the entire chapter of Isaiah 63:17 you will have a greater understanding of this verse.

The NIV translations says, " Why, LORD, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you? . . .

If you think of the word err in biblical context you see the word means to make a mistake, fail to comply with. Now you can understand better what they said to God. They blamed Him for making them err. Ever done that? Blame God for you messing up?

They wanted to know why God made them err (wander from His ways) and then why did He hardened their hearts for what He caused them to do. Wow! 

But before we are too hard on them, think of the times, we have done the same thing. We are human and we make mistakes. But let us remember, God loves us, and still wants to help us get back on the right path.

To hardened our hearts against God, we might think that is not possible, but unfortunately it is possible. You see two people cannot sit on the throne of our heart. Either we will sit on it and rule our lives or we will ask the Lord to sit on it. If Christ is not in our hearts then our hearts become hardened over time. We turn away from Him. We eventually ignore Him altogether and live our lives as we please. 

Living this way we are in much danger. You see in these situations, it is easy to see yourself as a victim in anything that is not to your liking. Before long you are blaming everyone including God for your misfortune when all along, you problably created the world you are living in, by the choices you have made. If these seems harsh, there is a way that God made. You can repent and return to Him. That is grace. Undeserved grace. Praise God.

Zechariah 1:3 says, Therefore say to them, "Thus says the Lord of hosts," “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.

This week, let us think on this scripture Isaiah 63:17  and ask God to search our hearts and reveal to us areas where we may have been lax and to help us get back on the right track.



Prayer

 

Let us not see ourselves as a victim of fate.

We ask you, God, to cleanse us and purify us and

Help us to cooperate with you to free us from this

blight of our personalities that hinder

our uniqueness.

 

We ask you to unleash your power in us

and help us to step toward you in faith.

Help us to do what we need

to do to crucify our self-will.


Write down words that speak to your heart and write what they mean to you.

What is God saying to you? Write it down.

Write a note to God, tell Him what you need, in plain, specific words.

And thank Him for giving it to you. Continue in a heart of expectancy.





Sunday, January 10, 2021

God's Description


January 10, 2021

God's Prayer Power-Session 2


Titus 1:6-9 says, 
“If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”


These three words caught my eye:



You may have others that drew your attention. Search those out and see what God is saying to you.

Paul was talking to Titus giving him instructions he need to choose the men who would be elders in every town.

While it is important that we know what is required of our ministers/bishops, and elders I wondered if this did not also apply to us who are Christians, disciples of Christ.



The Three I chose:

1. The first word, blameless. The word constitutes above reproach.

2. The second word, Hospitable. Welcoming guests and/ or visitors.

3. The third, (a phrase,) sound doctrine. Teaching/instructions.



Blameless:

In Titus 1:6-9 Paul says the elders (ministers/bishops) should be above reproach in their lives. He spells it out, saying husband of one wife, having faithful children who are not unruly and riotous, steward of God, not self-willed, does not become angry quickly, not over doing (given to) wine. Must not be a striker (hitting or slapping) not given to filthy lucre (gaining of money in a dishonorable way). Again, this makes it clear they are to be above reproach. This is a heavy responsibility and a good reason for all of us to pray for our pastors, elders, bishops, and their families each day for God to be with them to be the persons God intended them to be and for their protection for the evil one.



Hospitality:

Before reading this, I did not realize this was a sacred duty. Meaning to receive and treat guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way. Hebrews 13:2 says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” To be a follower of Christ we need to be like Christ, loving others, having compassion towards others and we do this when we show hospitality to other Christians and to strangers. This honors God. So, we can understand how important this is for our ministers, bishops and elders. Let us pray God will put a desire of hospitality in their hearts and be good stewards showing love and compassion. Perhaps we can pray God will put this in our hearts too.



Sound Doctrine:

In 2 Timothy 1:13 it says, “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” In the final days of Paul’s ministry, he instructed Timothy about the importance of sound doctrine: He said, “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” In 2 Timothy 3:16–17 it says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Let us pray God will give to all of us sound doctrine as we study His words. 


When I studied this, it spoke to my heart, not only are the ministers, bishops, and elders to be held to a higher standard, but so are we as Christians. We can only do this by reading the word of God, spending time with God and listening.

But it will also take prayer. Pray for the ministers, bishops and elders and Christians each day to come closer into the will of God and being Christ like.



Prayer



Help us to be blameless. Help our children to believe and not be opened to being wild and disobedient. Let us be pleasant, not overbearing, or quick tempered. May each day find us honest and hospitable, self-controlled, upright, holy, disciplined and loving what is good from you. May we be an example and encourage others with sound doctrine and respect those who oppose it. Amen





This week reread the verses Titus 1:6-9

Write down words that speak to your heart and write what they mean to you.

What is God saying to you? Write it down.

Are there areas in your minister, bishop or elders life and your families life you need God's power?

Write a note to God, tell Him what you need, in plain, specific words.

And thank Him for giving it to you. Continue in a heart of expectancy.




If you have any questions, feel free to put in the comment section or send me and email at:  sreichert48@yahoo.com