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.

Jesus’ Doctrine

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2Tim. 3:16.

Mrs. Brewer’s round face and pleasant smile matched her plump frame. Her red hair didn’t reflect her temperament. But, as I look back, maybe it was because by the time she was my teacher the red had given way to streaks of gray. Time has a way of taming our temperaments.blogapple-256261__340

Mrs. Brewer taught grades 1-4 and her husband taught 5 -8 in a one room schoolhouse divided by folding doors. Mrs. Brewer made learning applicable and Mr. Brewer turned learning into life stories. Their memories and a few of the lessons learned remain with me today. Their teaching was profitable.

The apostle Paul instructed his young protégé, Timothy, in the word of God. He wanted him to remember, the lessons he learned as a child that gave him wisdom to understand salvation, and then to continue to learn the value of God’s word. He wrote:

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine…” He reminded Timothy where the word originated: God breathed it to holy men who penned it as spoken to them.  Paul continued saying:

“…and is profitable for doctrine…Whom shall he teach knowledge: and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little… For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.” Isa. 28:9,10.

Doctrine strikes fear in many as a legalistic view of scripture. But the doctrine of the word simply teaches us who God is and the way to Him. Jesus taught doctrine with authority, astounding the people.

“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he will know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:14-17.

Much of Jesus’ doctrine is revealed in the sermon on the mount and the many parables he told. He begins with the Beatitudes or blessings and then continues with instruction and knowledge.

  • “Ye are the salt of the earth…Ye are the light of the world…Let your light shine…”
  • “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
  • “…except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus expounded on the law turning it from the letter to the heart. You can find in Matthew 5,6 and 7 Jesus’ doctrine on murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, retaliation, love, almsgiving, prayer, fasting, wealth, judging, true and false teaching, but most importantly the way to the Father.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it…Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”

Jesus is  the way and he ends his teaching with a familiar parable that takes us back to yesterday’s post.

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these saying of mine, and doeth them not, shall be  likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matt. 7:24-27.

“…the people were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”Matt. 7:28,29.

What teacher/s did you have who influenced you, a Sunday school teacher, Kid’s Club, School? Share it with us in comments, blessing another with the doctrine that impacted your life, even as Paul left Timothy with these instructions:

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” 2Tim. 2:1,2.