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Christmas Message For Those Who Want To Hear.

Let them listen attentively.

Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I, Yahweh, your God, teach you what is good for you.
I lead you in the way that you must go.
If only you had been alert to my commandments,
your happiness would have been like a river,
your integrity like waves of the sea.
Your children would have been numbered like grains of sand,
your descendants as many as its grains.
Never would your name have been cut off or blotted out before me.

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This seem a strange verse for a Christmas message but Isaiah is the Prophet that chastised the Hebrews and promised them restoration. And this verse choice is to illustrate both. God (Yahweh) proclaims that He is their Redeemer, He is the Holy One of Israel. He is the One who will lead them in the way to go. But he warns the people if they continue to disobey, they are lost. The whole point is follow God, obey and allow yourself to be led by God’s Commandments. If you do so your happiness will flow like a river.

I know about rivers, they effect every thing they pass. As followers of God, we should effect everyone we touch. We are to cause things to grow. Faith in particular. Grace by association. Mercy in all things because God showed us mercy. If we do these thing instead of the ways of the world,we will grow in numbers beyond our imagination. For it was during the time of the greatest persecutions, under Rome and the Jews that the followers of Christ flourished. It was then that as the nations tried to stamp them out, they increased daily. There should be a joy in obeying God. He never intended the commandments to be “punishment” or restricting happiness. So it with great joy that Christ came into the world not to condemn it but to bring Salvation and with salvation there is immense joy.

So the message is simple, Enjoy God! Enjoy the freedom given by obedience. Enjoy the Commandment of God, the Holy One of Israel. This Christmas season as in every season, be joyful, be loving, be merciful. Do not wrap yourselves in sorrow, grief or despair. But reach up to the heavens and make joyful sounds Let you integrity be the sounding board of angels. And be numbered among the saints, those who are to be called holy and blameless. If we seek out the ways of the LORD, Yahweh, instead of trying to justify our sinful nature we will find that life is healthier, happier, more sane. If we reject the deals, the ideals and the desires of the flesh, power and wealth, we will find peace. Through the Word,through the commandments through the mercy of God, we endure hardships without struggle because we surrendered our self to the Will of God. And that is a happy thing.

We are quick to say “Blessing” but that very word means Happiness. So if we are to be Blessed by God,we are to be made happy by God and that is the Way of the Commandments, to make us happy. And in that, even under persecutions and trials, turmoil and threats, we prosper,we grow in numbers as grains of sand worn down from the rocks of Oppression by the River of Life.

Blessing (Happiness) this Christmas.


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17 Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18 Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
19 your offspring would have been like the sand,
and your descendants like its grains;
their name would never be cut off
or destroyed from before me.” (ESV)

Something is missing

I wrote my Lenten Devotion last night for today and at first I saw it but then it disappeared.

Lenten Devotion 2014: March 14

” So then, dear friends, continue to do as I tell you, as you always have; not only as you did when I was there with you, but even more now that I am no longer there; and work for your salvation ‘in fear and trembling’. It is God, for His own loving purpose, who put both the will and the action into you. Do all that has to be done without complaining or arguing and then you will be innocent and genuine, perfect children of God among a deceitful and underhand brood, and you will shine in the world like bright stars because you are offering it the Word of Life.” a

Oh to be “Perfect Children of God”! to live in such union with Him. Yet this is what is promised even in the trials, persecutions, and conflicts caused by deceitful and underhanded people. Paul is talking about not so much the pagans but the leaders of Judean Church that wanted to make the Gentile believers legalistic. But we face similar conflicts today with the many different and some false, churches with different dogmas and disciplines. But what we search for is a simple Faith, a realistic one that is not filled with complexities. But it is hard. Even in the most devote among us, we find doubt and confusion. How are we to decide what more important? Through devout and honest prayer. By examining each and seeking what is valid rather than fluff. Just to walk and live in righteousness close to God and the Heart of Jesus.

Prayer of today: Dear Lord Jesus, clear my mind, teach me to focus only on You and Your Will. Don’t let me be wandering in a field of confusion. Open my eyes and my heart to only You as so I might be a bright Star unto the world. Amen


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12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (ESV)

Lenten Devotion 2014: Second Day, First Week

“Such is the richness of the Grace which He has showered us in all Wisdom and Insight. He has let us know the mystery of His Purpose, the hided plan He so kindly made in Christ from the Beginning to act upon when the times had run their course to the end: that He would bring everything together under Christ, as head, everything in the heavens and everything on Earth.” : 7b-10.

Everything in Heaven an don Earth brought together under Christ. This is something that Moses could not have imagined as he was called to bring the Israelites out of bondage. Yet this is the message of God, to bring everything together. No longer separated by race, or nationalities or by cultures but together under God one People. In our wanderings, away from the Grace of God, we are not a part of this Unity with God. But under Christ, we who were lost are found and made a people found with Grace. We are blessed, made happy in Christ and the Father. And it was the plan, the goal, the ideal of God even before creating man.

Wisdom and insight are ours through the Holy Spirit by grace given to us by Christ. We are blessed far beyond Moses, far beyond the prophets of Old because we are blessed by the Unity of Christ not only one to another, but with Heaven and all the Angels and Saints that are in the presence of God.

Pray with me today: LORD, hear this prayer, let us rejoice in the unity we have with Christ and with the angels that we are granted Your Wisdom and the Insight of Your Holy Spirit. Teach us this day to listen with our hearts intent to abide in Your Wisdom and Grace, to live holy as you teach us. Tech us to sacrifice ourselves to your Will and to walk purposely, not wandering aimlessly in the ways of the wilderness. In your Grace, hear this prayer.


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1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful [1] in Christ Jesus:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us [2] for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known [3] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee [4] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, [5] to the praise of his glory.

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love [6] toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Some manuscripts saints who are also faithful (omitting in Ephesus)
[2] 1:5 Or before him in love, having predestined us
[3] 1:9 Or he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight, making known . . .
[4] 1:14 Or down payment
[5] 1:14 Or until God redeems his possession
[6] 1:15 Some manuscripts omit your love

Lenten Devotion 2014: Ash Wednesday

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. “Before the world was made, He chose us,chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in His presence.” ()

Lent is the time to put our unnatural nature of sin and regrets to death, permanently. It is the time to turn them into ashes, back into the dust from which they came. Because from the beginning, Christ chose us,from before creation, He chose us to be holy, spotless, dedicated to love. It is the time to stop wandering about in the world of desires, wantonness and disappointments and instead turn back home to God. As Moses wandered about in the land of his Step father, working the fields and tending the flocks, we are wandering about in the flesh, the ways of the world.
Are we hiding from the call of God? Are we fleeing judgement? are we tired and frightened by our weaknesses?

God called us from creation, we the wanderers, to love and to be holy. Mark your selves with the blood of Christ and turn from ashes. Blessed is He who comes to remove the sin, the regrets, the failings and calls us to be holy, as He is Holy. For the verses continue, “Determining that we should become HIS adopted sons, through Jesus Christ. for HIS own KIND purposes,to make us praise the Glory of HIS Grace, HIS free Gift to us in the Beloved, in whom, through His Blood, we gain freedom (from our wandering), the forgiveness of our Sins.”

Less us then stop the wandering, let us free ourselves from wantonness and regrets and fears but turn back to God and come Home to Christ Jesus.

Prayer for today: Bless us O Lord God, hear our cry in the wilderness. Bring us safely home to You and turn our ashes into Glory, our fears into rejoicing and our regrets into Grace. Amen


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even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love (ESV)

Lent 2014: Wondering in the Wilderness

This is a new type of Lenten Devotion. Taking into account that it is a preparation for the Passover Feast and Resurrection, I want us to all think of Moses and his wandering after fleeing Egypt. and relate how we are “lost” with out Christ. That we are a people with out a home wanting to wander about in our inequities and homelessness. It is a time to reflect on the coming of Our Lord, our experiences with the “burning Bush of God’s Mercy. And the command to lead our people, His People out of the slavery of sin and the wantonness of our failure to serve His Mighty Love.

Lent is a time to “Come back to the beginning.” To stop wandering in the Wilderness, fleeing from our past. It is the time to listen to His instructions and to go back to the beginning and restore ourselves as a People of God. In the coming days, I will write on who we are as a New People, and how we are to respond to the Voice of God in our daily lives. to see the “burning Bush and even in our fear, obey with Love.

Even as Moses was afraid, and hide, made excuses and doubted his abilities, we also hide from God. we make excuses and are slow to act according to His commands. How often have we known what we should do, but fail to act upon it because we are doubting our own ability? Do you not understand, that if God wants you to do something, he will give you the ability to do it? This devotion series will be based on the promise that God has given us the ability to grow, go forward and to fulfill His Promise.

Be at peace, walk with confidence and know that God has chosen each of us to be pure, faithful and true. The lessons provided will show you that we are a chosen people to do good, walk righteously and to honor and serve each other as God has loved us.

Blessings to all, in His Holy Name, Jesus.

PRAYER STUDY: Spimple “Rules” About Prayer

“I Love the LORD because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. ….O LORD, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you have freed me from my chains.” (: 1, 16 NLT)

When I say there are rules, I say it lightly but there are attitudes about prayer that should reflect your prayer life. Simple facts that make your prayers more effective and heartfelt.
“Gaze upon God.” God is the most important thing about prayer. Let your complete focus be on who you are talking to. Whatever you are p[raying about takes second p[lace to who you are talking to. We tell God what we want done or what we need in our lives but still He is the one who makes the choices for us. We are to focus completely on HIM! We are at His mercy and kindness. If we think more of what we are praying for rather than who we are praying to, then our attention is divides. When you talk to someone face to face, you make sure you have the attention of the person you are talking to or you wouldn’t bother continuing to talk. The Same goes for God. He wants your undivided attention when you talk with Him.
“First Choice.” To often we pray as a last resort. This also slights God, although not intentionally. There is a possibility that I may have to have surgery soon. Do I wait until the day before to pray? No, I pray as soon as I find out about the very possibility. Before I talk to the doctors, before I even make the first appointment. Why? Because God is the first one to talk to about it, not the last. His will, His heart is the one that matters the most. This is an issue me about entering the “temple”, the house of Prayer and Worship. It is not a place to chatter and gossip, it is a place to talk with God. Before you enter into His House, pray. When in His House, PRAY! Talk afterwards, in church it is your tike with HIM!
Pray with conviction rather than crisis. Look at the big rather than the small. Your issues may be minor in comparison to others. While praying for our nation, think rather on the needs of places in greater need. When praying for your children with today’s problems, pray for their future. When asking about the choices of today, ask for solutions for problems you have yet to face. Be convicted that God will respond with the best solutions if you can listen.
Fill your prayers with praise. “And we know that God cause all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His Purpose.” ( NAS) A good psalm to read to see the reason to praise God at all times is . In the worst of times and in the best of times, praise God.
Pray “retail” not wholesale. Make your prayers to the point. relate every reason for your prayer in detail. You don’t go into a store without a plan on what you want to buy. the same should be with your prayers, Ask for thank for, praise for each item of your heart. Even when praying for your children name them each, name all the requests for each, leave nothing out. Make your prayer complete and not generic.
Pray in the Spirit and by the Spirit. James says (paraphrasing) Pray for what you mean, mean what you pray. I am listing a group of verses for you to look up, so grab your bibles and read each one of them.
; Roma. 8:26,27; ; ; .
Bless you all this day and pray well.


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116:1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.

10 I believed, even when [1] I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted”;
11 I said in my alarm,
“All mankind are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
for all his benefits to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord! (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore


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28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, [1] for those who are called according to his purpose. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good


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107:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble [1]
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
they fell down, with none to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17 Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18 they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,
his wondrous works in the deep.
25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits’ end. [2]
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters [3] were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,
and they establish a city to live in;
37 they sow fields and plant vineyards
and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,
and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction
and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad,
and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 107:2 Or from the hand of the foe
[2] 107:27 Hebrew and all their wisdom was swallowed up
[3] 107:30 Hebrew they


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18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, (ESV)


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14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 14:15 (Listen

14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.

1 Corinthians 14:15 (Listen)

15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. (ESV)


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20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, (ESV)


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10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

1 Peter 4:11 (Listen

10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

1 Peter 4:11 (Listen)

11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

PRAYER STUDY: Your Response to the Invitation of God

“Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, ‘Seek My face.’
My heart says to You,
‘Your face, LORD, I seek.’
( ESV)

Perhaps this is the most important reason to pray, God’s invitation to share with Him. He asks us to be a part of His Love, and in doing so He offers us an invitation to Fellowship with Him, He says, “Seek My Face!” The whole purpose of Christ is to bring us to the invitation of God’s Fellowship. But this is only one invitation. He also invites us to rest, “Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” ( NAS). Prayer is an invitation to find strength and wisdom, “He give strength to the wearied, He strengthens the powerless>” ( Jerusalem Bible). God invites us to His protection and help, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; and he set my feet upon the Rock making my footsteps firm.” NAS)

Also read in its entirety . It is a prayer of God’s Help and Wisdom. In particular the ending, “God examine my heart, probe me and know my thoughts.” In prayer let this invitation of God to help and to examine you be Wisdom for your soul.

The final invitation of God is the call to lift up each other’s burdens and to be intercessors. This is expressed best in ; “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” All the time, Everywhere, in the Spirit, for EVERYONE!


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Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!

Psalm 27:8 (Listen

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!

Psalm 27:8 (Listen)

You have said, “Seek [1] my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.” [2] (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 27:8 The command (seek) is addressed to more than one person
[2] 27:8 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain


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casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (ESV)


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29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength. (ESV)


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40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:2 (Listen

40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:2 (Listen)

He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure. (ESV)


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139:1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. [1]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain! [2]
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts! [3]
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! [4] (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 139:14 Or for I am fearfully set apart
[2] 139:20 Hebrew lacks your name
[3] 139:23 Or cares
[4] 139:24 Or in the ancient way (compare Jeremiah 6:16)


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18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, (ESV)

PRAYER STUDY: Your Response to God’s Will and Purpose

“When my whole heart I cry; answer me O LORD! I will keep your statutes.
I call to you; save me that I may observe your testimonies.”
( ESV)

Doing the will of God is the highest calling. It is the greatest good we can do. In our prayer life seeking God’s will and observing it wit will be the greatest gift we can offer up to Him. The two great Commandments say, LOVE GOD and love each other. Prayer is the extension of that same love. We offer ourselves in love to God and we ask (hopefully for His love to be extended to all we pray for.

Therefore, because god is God and because His Love transcends everything, and because God is our loving Father, prayer becomes that time and place when we seek Him. Not to bring Him closer to us but to bring us closer to Him! To bring us closer to HIS viewpoint, His perspective and understanding. Prayer draws us to God’s understanding and the discovery of His will in our lives.

“Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith and then planted in love and build on love, you will with all the saints have strength to grasp the breath and the length, the height and the depth; until, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond all knowledge, you are filled with the utter fullness of God.” (9 Jerusalem Bible) These words are the most complete prayer for God’s will in us. Let this be our prayer IN RESPONSE TO KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD AND PURPOSE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. God bless you this day.


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145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
I will keep your statutes.

Psalm 119:146 (Listen

145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
I will keep your statutes.

Psalm 119:146 (Listen)

146 I call to you; save me,
that I may observe your testimonies. (ESV)


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16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (ESV)

Prayer Study; Why We Pray: a new course

I have added a new study program. More of a daily devotion to prayer. Starting tomorrow (May 1, 2013) I will post each day a short prayer devotion. Based on a scripture, it will illustrate the need, purpose and attitude of prayer. I had started this course several months ago on Facebook and much of it was lost. So I will basically start over. And I hope my friends on Facebook will look at it. God Bless You