God Wants to Give us What We Need.

October 25th, 2021

Air Date: 10 26 21

 

Observe also that one basic principle of prayer is set forth by this example of delayed response. It is the principle of undiscourageable persistence. Jesus taught his disciples that “they should always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). There may be hindering factors of which a praying Christian knows nothing as he wonders why the answers to his requests are delayed. Nevertheless, he is to keep on praying. It may be that he will not receive an answer because he has given up on the twentieth day when he should have persisted to the twenty-first day. If Daniel had become discouraged, as many Christians do, then he might not have received the words of ch 11. 

 

Daniel 10:12-13…“Do not be afraid, Daniel,” he said, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. 

 

 

 

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A strong Spirit can Overcome all Trials.

October 23rd, 2021

Air Date: 10 25 21

The certainty of our hope has a remarkable effect on our lives. Hoping Christians cannot live carelessly, seeking self-indulgence and pleasure. Prepare your minds for action: literally, ‘Gird up the loins of your mind.’ The figure describes what a man wearing a long robe had to do if he were to go into action—gather the garment up between his legs and tuck it into his belt. Like Israel in Egypt, we have been called out of our slavery to begin a journey to the promised land. The Israelites were commanded to eat the Passover, their last meal in Egypt, ‘girded’ for travel. God calls his servants to be girded for mission; Elijah to run and Jeremiah to prophesy. Peter may have been thinking especially of the words of Jesus, ‘Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning; and be ye yourselves like men looking for their lord, when he shall return from the marriage feast; that, when he comes and knocks, they may straightway open unto him.’ 

 

 

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A Strong Spirit Sustains the Person

October 22nd, 2021

Air Date: 10 22 21

 

“The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?” PROVERBS 18:14 

 

Peter does not begin to exhort Christian pilgrims until he has celebrated the wonders of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ. The indicative of what God had done for us and in us precedes the imperative of what we are called to do for Him. ‘Without the pinpointing of what God does, the essential is addressed to a helpless sinner, the victim of his illusions; it becomes a commandment that crushes or that drives to vain and presumptuous efforts.  Our hope is God’s gift, an inheritance created for us by Christ’s resurrection (1:3). Because we have been given hope, we are called to live in it. –Romans 1:17  |  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” 

 

Peter’s exhortations continue through his letter. Yet he also continues to remind us of the reality of redemption that underlies his call to obedience. In the rest of this chapter he summons us to the obedience of hope, hope that is marked by readiness and holiness. 

 

3 John 2—NLT: “Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. The Degree of Success We Experience Is Directly Connected to the Condition of Our Spirits 

 

 

 

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The Holy Spirit Divine Comforter

October 20th, 2021

Air Date: 10 20 21

All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:25–27) 

 

  When the Counselor comes, whom I send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about me. (John 15:26) 

 

  Now I am going to Him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (John 16:5–7) 

 

 

 

 

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Comforter Advocate and Helper

October 20th, 2021

Air Date: 10 21 21

The term comforter includes advocate and helper. In 1 John 2:1, where John speaks of Christ as “an advocate with the Father,” the RV margin gives comforter. In Scripture, a paraclete, the Greek term for comforter, is an intercessor, a capable helper in time of need, or a person called to the side of another to aid them. 

 

A certain missionary was struggling with the language of the natives among whom he labored. When he came to “advocate” in John 14:16, he tried to translate it into a word or phrase expressing the meaning to the native mind but was baffled. Calling to his native assistant, he said, “Come over to my side and help me with this word.” Thus, all at once, the missionary had his translation: “one called alongside to help.” 

 

During His earthly ministry, Jesus had been God’s advocate with men, pleading God’s cause with them, seeking to win them for His Father. He was ever at the call of saint and sinner alike who needed His help. He was going away however, and both He and the Father would see to it that their own would not be left without another advocate on the earth. This further heavenly Comforter would not be recognized by an unspiritual world, but all true believers would know and welcome Him. 

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.… After a little while the world will behold Me no more; but you will behold Me; because I live, you shall live also.… These things I have spoken to you, while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (John 14:16, 19, 25, 26) 

 

 

 

 

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Praying in Christ‘s Name

October 19th, 2021

Air Date: 10 19 21

Praying in Christ’s Name   Tuesday  October 19, 2021 

 

Praying in Christ’s name means coming in prayer on the basis of Jesus merit, not ours. Christ’s full name is the Lord Jesus Christ, which means Jehovah, the Savior, God’s Anointed. That is the name of the One whose merit we depend on for access to God. We cannot think in any way that God will hear us because of our virtue. We cannot come to him in our own name. As the opening verse of the Sermon on the Mount tells us, poverty of spirit is the basis upon which we come to him (Matthew 5:3). If we come in poverty of spirit, relying on Christ and not ourselves, we can expect our prayers to be answered. 

 

The second requirement of praying in Jesus’ name is that we must pray in correspondence with Christ’s character and objectives. Praying in Christ’s name is His saying to ask anything in His nature. This simply means that we are to ask for what Christ would want, not just our own spontaneous desires. Prayer is a means by which we get God to do what we want as we are led into conforming to what God wants. The idea of prayer is not in order to get answers from God: prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God.  This happens when we are filled with the Holy Spirit and our hearts are so in tune with the Lord’s that we pray for those things He desires for us. 

 

  The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26–27) 

 

 

 

 

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The Tree of Life

October 16th, 2021

Air Date: 10 19 21

 

Mustard Seed Faith |  Mark 11:23–25  

 

23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

 

          JUST in proportion in which we believe that God will do just what He has said, is our faith strong or weak. Faith has nothing to do with feelings, or with impressions, with improbabilities, or with outward appearances. If we desire to couple them with faith, then we are no longer resting on the Word of God because faith needs nothing of the kind. Faith rests on the naked Word of God. When we take Him at His Word, the heart is at peace

Mustard Seed Faith Part 2

October 14th, 2021

Air Date: 10 15 21

There is not a trial or temptation, an affliction of body or soul, a loss, a cross, a painful bereavement, a vexation, grief or disappointment, a case, state or condition, which is not put under Jesus’ feet.  He has sovereign, supreme disposal over all events and circumstances.  As possessed of infinite knowledge He sees them, as possessed of infinite wisdom He can manage them, and as possessed of infinite power He can dispose and direct them for our good and His own glory.  How much trouble and anxiety should we save ourselves, could we firmly believe, realise, and act on this!  If we could see by the eye of faith that every foe and every fear, every difficulty and perplexity, every trying or painful circumstance, every looked-for or unlooked-for event, every source of care, whether at present or in prospect, are all, as put under His feet, at His sovereign disposal, what a load of anxiety and care would be often taken off our shoulders!

 

Psalm 27:4-5 |4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and insistently require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord in His presence all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.  5 For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.

 

 

 

 

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Mustard Seed Faith

October 13th, 2021

Air Date: 10 14 21

How vast, how numerous, how complicated are the various events and circumstances which attend our lives, and how fearful our hearts may seem!  But if all things as well as all persons are put under Jesus’ feet, there cannot be a single circumstance over which He has not supreme control.  Everything in providence and everything in grace are alike subject to His disposal.  There is not a trial or temptation, an affliction of body or soul, a loss, a cross, a painful bereavement, a vexation, grief or disappointment, a case, state or condition, which is not put under Jesus’ feet. 

 

 

 

 

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Two Principles of Faith and Obedience

October 12th, 2021

Air Date: 10 13 21  Wednesday

 

Joshua 1:1-9  |   Like the two wings of a bird, like the two oars of a boat, both essential to its proper movement, are the two principles of faith and obedience, which are ever linked together in a rightly regulated Christian life, and which are interwoven in the opening scenes of the book of Joshua.

 

The Watchword of Faith

 

The Land of Promise was won by faith. Every step was a step of faith: the Jordan was crossed by faith; by faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been compassed seven days; by faith Rahab was saved, and perished not with them who believed not. By faith every victory was achieved in their onward progress until at last Caleb had claimed the heights of Hebron, and Joshua had reached his inheritance at Timnath Serah. Here we have some of the features of faith most strongly emphasized.

 

We have the present tense of faith—Joshua 1:2b: "The land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites." God here speaks in the immediate present. It is not something He is going to do, but something He does do, this moment. So faith ever speaks. So God ever gives. So He is meeting you today, in the present moment.

 

 

 

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