Monday, August 27, 2012

Past Issues

Ps 139:28-29, I John 1:9, Luke 19:8-11

Have you ever been afraid that something in the past may give you trouble today?  If that thing in your past was something wrong, and was not corrected, then there is a good possibility it could present trouble for you.

The Psalmist knew the problem of past unresolved issues when he wrote in PS 139: 28-29 “Search me, O God, and know my heart… see if there be any wicked way in me.” 

He did not want anything giving trouble.  How do we resolve past issues?  The first is to humble ourselves and confess them. (I John 1:9), then make correction or restitution if possible. See Luke 19:8-11.

In clearing past issues, we need the help of Jesus.

Consider this prayer:  Father, search my heart and show me issues that need to be corrected, and lead me in making things right.  In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

PM#0508 Forgiving Hurts

Forgiving Hurts
James 5:16

Have you ever worked on a project for other people, and when it was finished you hoped to be involved helping them understand what you put together, only to find out that it was given to someone else with out any instructions?  Did that action hurt you? 

That can definitely hurt and affect you in dealing with people and it is a hurt that you may hold onto for some time.  –Did you know that hurts we hold on to, can also affect our hearing from the Lord?  They can.

When a hurt happens, the Bible says to confess our faults one to another and pray that you might be healed.  James 5:16

Why not take those issues to the Lord and be open about them as you pray.  Ask for His help to forgive.  Clearing issues will help you hear better from the Lord.

Consider this prayer:  Father, I have a hurt from an incident that has affected me. Please help me to forgive.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

PM#0507 Blessing Others

Blessing Others
Matthew 6:21

It is a blessing when people pray for others and ask the Lord, “do you want me to help?”  When we pray for someone—it is important to realize the Lord may want us involved.  

Personally, I find that when I pray for some one or a ministry, I often find myself involved in one form or another.  Maybe that involvement, whether supporting by personal involvement, or financially, shows where my heart is.  And where my heart is, (Matthew 6:21), I will also be praying.

I am thankful and blessed when I hear from people who ask, “how do you want me involved?”—especially when it comes after much prayer. 
It is a blessing not only for the one you help, but God will bless you also, especially when it comes from your heart.

Consider this prayer:  Father, continue to lead our hearts to be open to your leading in helping others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Promises Come With Conditions

Promises Come With Conditions
Acts 16:31

Did you know that God’s promises come with conditions?  They do.  When the Apostle Paul said to the Jailer that you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved, it is not only a statement, but a promise.  That promise is that we will be saved if we obey a condition.  This condition in this situation is that you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved.

I challenge all of you to get a Bible and when you see a promise, look at the condition that goes with it.   

The conditions are there to help us focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer is very much involved in the promises and our prayers should focus on what God’s Word says.

Consider allowing this prayer to help you.  Father may your word lead me to important promises and help my heart desire to meet those conditions.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.