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!


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 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




Sunday, January 3, 2021

God Is Our Rock and Fortress

God's Prayer Power . . . Psalm 31:3 says, "For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me"(KJV)


These words caught my eye:

1. Lead . . .meaning to show the way to a place by going in front or in advance. 

                   Think of taking a child by the hand and leading them.

2. Guide. . .meaning one who shows the way by directing and advising.

                   Remember the Israelites were guided by a pillar of cloud by day and by a  pillar of fire at night.

3. Fortress. . .impregnable stronghold, a place that is secure, protected.safe, a refuge. 


However,I was also drawn to the word rock. In biblical days rock signified strength, steadiness, and durability. The prophets used the word rock to apply to God. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

 


                            

  

                                    RESOURCES


During this study you might find these resources valuable:

NOTE:  You do not have to buy any of these...they have free resources but they do offer advanced. I would suggest for this study you use the free resources


Bible Gateway  

Bible Gateway is a searchable online Bible in more than 200 versions and 70 languages that you can freely read, research, and reference anywhere. With a library of audio Bibles, a mobile app, devotionals, email newsletters, and other free resources, Bible Gateway equips you not only to read the Bible, but to understand it.

 https://www.biblegateway.com/


King James Bible Dictionary


I use this to look up words and their meanings.

https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/kjv-dictionary-index.html


Bible Outlines of the Bible

https://www.biblestudystart.com/outlines/


NOTE:  You do not have to buy any of these...they have free resources but they do offer

advanced. I would suggest for this study you use the free resources.


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