Prayer & Praise

“But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit …

he that received seed into the good ground

is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it;

which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth,

some an hundred fold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Matthew 13:8,23

In Jesus’ parable of the sower, the seed is the word of God. No fruit can grow without the seed first being planted in a heart ready to receive it.

Our Prayer

  • May we have ears to hear the word of God.

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God …

the Word was God …

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,

(and we beheld his glory,

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) …

This is my beloved Son,

in whom I am well pleased;

hear ye him.”

Romans 10:17; John 1:1,14; John 17:5

  • May we abide in the Word, the source of life.

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men …

I am the true vine …

Abide in me, and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine;

no more can ye, except ye abide in me …”

John 1:4; John 15:1,4

  • May we bring glory to the Father through the power of the Spirit of Christ in us.

“Herein is my Father glorified,

that ye bear much fruit;

so shall ye be my disciples …

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,

faith, meekness, temperance…

If we live in the Spirit,

let us also walk in the Spirit.”

John 15:8; Galatians 5:22,23,25

  • May Christ in us be reflected in all we do by letting –

“the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;

teaching and admonishing one another

in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,

do all in the name of the Lord Jesus

giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

Colossians 3:16,17

The Father will answer this prayer and make us fruitful before him – it brings him glory and us good. For we –

“shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,

that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;

his leaf also shall not wither,

and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Psalm 1:3

Our Praise (The older I get the more I like this next Psalm)

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,

and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning,

and thy faithfulness every night …

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree:

he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Those that be planted in the house of the LORD

shall flourish in the courts of our God

They shall still bring forth fruit in old age;

they shall be fat and flourishing:

To shew that the LORD is upright:

he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”

Psalm 92:1,2;12-15

  • May we sing praise with the Psalmist –

“For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work:

I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

O LORD, how great are thy works!

And thy thoughts are very deep …

But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.”

Psalm 92:4-5, 8

Someone planted the seed of God’s word in our hearts. Thank them by continuing to pass it on to others.

May we each join with our brothers and sisters in Christ lifting our hearts and voices as one in praise to our Lord and Savior.

Do You Have a Healthy Fear?

DSCF1536John, the apostle writes, “God’s perfect love leaves no room for fear”, my paraphrase. Yesterday, I enjoyed taking time to spend with you all through reading your blogs and comments. Fear was a hot topic with many. It’s understandable with the world we live in. Fear can be toxic. For example: I am terrified of snakes. I would classify it as an unhealthy fear, for it keeps me from enjoying the woods I like to walk in. On the other hand, healthy fear releases us from fear’s strangle hold.

Solomon knew healthy fear and so did Job. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom … Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom…” (Prov. 9:10; Job 28:28). Only as we understand the fear of the Lord, can we understand the love of God casting out fear.

In Monday’s post, “God Is the Answer”, the challenge to seek wisdom was given through asking for it. In any journey, starting at the beginning is the best option. The beginning of wisdom rests in understanding the fear of the Lord.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…And is understood through…the knowledge of the holy…he which hath called you is holy…I AM HOLY… For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him… As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God…There is no fear of God before their eyes…Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Prov. 9:10; 1Peter1:15,16; 2Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:10,11,18: Job 28:28.)

“…knowledge of the holy…I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him…he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth…for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth… For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness…He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments…” (Ecc. 3:14NASB; Ps. 96:13; Rev. 19:6; Ps. 47:7,8; Ps. 111:9,10.)

Fear God for: He is all powerful. He is holy. He judges sin in His righteousness. He judges for He is the King having authority to do so. None can take from Him or add to Him. He remains forever. It is the path to wisdom.

“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” Ecc. 12:13,14, NASB.

 The fear of the Lord is a healthy fear consisting of reverence and trust, freeing those who hold it from any other fear that seeks to destroy. It is perfected in the knowledge of His love.

“Praise, ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments…He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid…” Ps.112:1,7,8.

Go in the fear of the Lord!


Not What But Who

DSCF4346Why did God create mosquitoes? Don’t ask children what they want to know about God unless you’re ready to say, “I don’t know.” Paul prays for the church at Colossae to be, “increasing in the knowledge of God,” as they live their lives by His Spirit. The increase of the knowledge of God in our lives is the fertilizer that produces an abundance of spiritual fruit pleasing to the Father.

This knowledge is not a list of trivia facts about God but an intimate relationship built around receiving the truth of who He is. Would you like to know God more, truly experience Him in your everyday life? He tells us how.

“…increasing in the knowledge of God…” “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.” “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…” “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”(Phil. 3:7; Matt. 6:19-21, 34).

God is there for the knowing. We begin by looking to him as our greatest treasure and asking. Then we put all else behind us and go forward.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, ” “…in time past ye walked according to the course of this world…in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature children of wrath, even as others.”

“… and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…hath quickened us together with Christ…And hath raised us up together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”(Phil. 3:13a; Eph. 2:2,3; Phil.3:13b,14; Eph. 2:4-7).

This knowledge of God does not happen by osmosis, but by the asking, the seeking and the knocking. Seek Him in His word.

Read it.“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, an all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” Study it.“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  Meditate on it. “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them: that thy profiting may appear to all.” “Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.”  ( 1Peter 2:1,2; 2Tim. 2:15; 1Tim. 4:15; Ps. 119:148).

Knock on His door. He will invite you in.

“And now, little children, abide in him…” “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (I John 2:28a; Rev. 22:17; Ps.34:8).”That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1John 1:3).

If you truly want to know Him, you can. He stands at the door waiting to come in. Won’t you open it? “…if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Rev. 3:20.

Praying for the body of Christ, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. From whom the whole body fitly jointed together…maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”(From Eph. 4:13-16). Amen.