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March 13, 2018, 9:24 AM

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March 13, 2018

Matthew 6:13b (KJV)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

This little sentence is packed with meaning. It is more than a way to close a prayer, but identifies the totality of our work. We are building His Kingdom, in His power for His glory! It might come as a shock to some church leaders that you are not building your kingdom!

It might shock some of you that I believe that Jesus will return to earth and establish His kingdom on earth, w here He physically reigns over the affairs of man. (Even so come Lord Jesus!)  But until then He is seeing His kingdom spiritually through the church, where He rules.  Let us stay faithful to that call.

When we pray using this model it will lead us to pray for the expansion of His Kingdom in power and glory. We will pray about friends in service all around the world. Pray for friends who because of their safety we can’t name but you know them through the church. For great men of God like Jason Vance and Cody Deevers who serve God in starting churches in the Phoenix area. Valley life ministries I believe have already begun three churches. They are supported both financially and with volunteers from two associations that want to enlarge Christ Kingdom. Men such as Rodney Myers, an independent missionary in Africa, he and his family help enlarge God’s kingdom by starting churches, training local men to serve as pastors and leaders expanding, multiplying the Kingdom. I stood with other men from northwest Oklahoma on a vision trip to Colorado Springs. We stood and looked over hundreds of homes with no church of any flavor. Evan in this community, Konawa Oklahoma, there is a calling to change lives, change culture and change families. John 4:35 (KJV) 35  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  Matthew 9:37-38 (KJV) 37  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the Glory. A great statement about our God and our commitment to faithfulness. We are blessed

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March 12, 2018, 10:46 AM

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March 12, 2018

Matthew 6:13 (KJV)
13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

As believers we are still growing in grace. We still are in conflict with the world, the flesh and the devil. We are still weak against the spiritual attacks of the evil one. Remember that we are still the petition park of this model and the believer should recognize their weakness to temptation. We then ask for God’s leadership against the evil one. James 1:13-14 (KJV) 13  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. These verses shed light on the teaching of Jesus in our text. The petition is for God to keep us from temptation and the evil one.

We should pray this daily! Even when we feel strong, we can be easily tempted and fall to its enticement. We must remain focused on Christ. Remember that the devil doesn’t need to destroy us, just render us ineffective. Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)
1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Its not the big sins that cause us the most trouble, but those pesky little annoying things that weigh us down making us ineffective for the Kingdom. True victory comes when we become aware of sin in our life, confess it to God. Don’t wait till the end of the day and do the blanket approach, God forgive me of all my sin. But instead name each sin as you become aware of it, it will make you stronger each day as you get forgiveness and victory. As we grow in grace and win victory over those sins which trip us up, are relationship with God becomes closer. Each victory makes our relationship with God sweeter and sweeter. We are blessed.

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March 9, 2018, 8:28 AM

Morning Coffee


March 9, 2018

Matthew 6:12 (KJV)
12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

This has always been a tough statement for me to explain, so I would avoid it as much as possible. But here it is, right in the petition part of this model prayer. Are we really only forgiven as much as we forgive? If this is the case I am done! But notice the wording. This is a petition, asking God to forgive as much as I forgive. What are we really asking God? Since this is a prayer coming from a relationship “Our Father”, this not about our relationship but rather our character. Forgiveness is not easy. Matthew 18:21-22 (KJV) 21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Forgiveness was a spiritual issue even as Jesus taught the twelve. His parable in Mathew 18 gets this character nailed down for us. Notice that throughout, the servant is still His servant. But growing in Grace is something all of us continue to do throughout our life. Learning to forgive is still the goal. This passage establishes the standard. This is the character of Christ. We should be like Him.

1 John 1:9-10 (KJV) 9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 2:1 (KJV) 1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Forgiveness comes through Christ. We all know that we sin. God knows and made a provision. He shows us that we are born again not to sin, but He knows us and provided a way to fellowship. We are blessed.

 

 

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March 7, 2018, 8:48 AM

Morning Coffee


March 7, 2018

Matthew 6:11 (KJV)
11  Give us this day our daily bread.

In Exodus 16:15 Moses said “This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat”. It was given each morning and was enough to feed the whole family. They couldn’t keep any for the morrow it would rot, so each day they had to trust God for their daily bread. Is it any wonder that the first petition in this prayer is for our daily needs? Our life in Christ is to be one day at a time. Although we look forward with vision to the things that God calls us to do, our provision are for this day. The day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad.

We worry so much about tomorrow. Will we have enough to get us through? We begin to trust in ourselves and fall flat. We forget the promise in God’s word, Psalm 37:25 (KJV) 25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

Jesus said that He “is the bread of life”. (John 6:35). One of the furnishings of the Holy place was the Golden Table of Showbread. I believe Jesus is using this example of daily bread to teach our total reliance on Him for all things. Just as our life would end without food, our life without Him is empty and hopeless. Those in Christ abide in the shadow of the Most High and His hand covers us. In our hardest trial and deepest sorrow His presence overwhelms us and His Spirit comforts us. We are blessed.

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March 5, 2018, 9:52 AM

Morning Coffee


March 5, 2018

Matthew 6:10 (KJV)
10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

The attitude of a true servant is to do joyfully whatever the Master commands. My desire is to obey Christ as those in glory obey the Father, to also accept that His will is not always in line with my plans. I must submit to His direction. I cannot always explain why God does, or does not do. Jesus told Paul the Apostle “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2Cor.12:9) Lord I surrender to your plan and purpose for my life. To God be the glory.

I here as people pray when asking for “stuff”, for healing or for God to intervene in life conflicts “if it be thy will”. Although some are asking God to work and they will accept whatever He does, others use this as a statement of little faith that God will do what He has said He would do. Abraham’s story is well known and now is used as an example for our faith. Romans 4:20-21 (KJV) 20   He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21  And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

“Thy will be done”, is both a statement of surrender and victory. I desire for His perfect will to be accomplished in and through my life. To do this means surrender and in that I will be victorious. We are blessed

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