Praying Through Psalms 18

Image result for Psalm 18Father, in the Name of Jesus, we come to bless Your Holy Name, for You alone are our strength, our fortress, and an ever-present help in times of trouble. Father, in You and You alone, will we place our trust for You are our place of refuge where we can and will abide in peace because You are the strength and life of our salvation.

You are worthy to be praise, O Lord because it is You who came to save us from our enemies. It was only through You that the enemies of the cross were defeated at Calvary all those generation ago. Thank You Lord that You are our ark of safety who hides us in the cleft of the Rock and when our enemies come at us one way, You, Father, will cause them to flee seven different ways.

Father, we thank You for being our Reward and the Recompense on our behalf according to our righteousness which is in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank You, Father, that You will show Yourself merciful, blameless and pure before those who show those very same attributes towards others.

However, to the devious, You will show Yourself as being shrewder than what they are and to those who are haughty in appearance you will not look upon their ways, instead, You will cause them to be humbled.

Father, we thank You that You will lighten our lamp, and lighten our path according to Your Word. Father, it is only by Your Almighty power that we are able to run against a troop or leap over a wall in times of trouble. Thank You, Father, that You are perfect in Your ways and Your Word is proven to be true in all that You would have it to do.

Father, we thank You for Jesus who is the Rock of our Salvation. Thank You, Father, for giving us feet like hinds feet that we may run, skip and jump over the ragged and rugged terrain as we make our way up the mountain places.

Father, we thank You for setting our feet in a safe landing place and that You teach our hands to make war and for strengthening our arms to bend a bow of bronze.

Thank You, Father, for giving us Jesus who is the Shield of our Salvation and that at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Thank You, Father, that You hold us up by Your hands and in Your gentleness (Your peace), that You promote us into the people You desire us to be.

Thank You, Father, that the battle is the Lord’s and You supply our armor according to Your Word and the by the Fruit of Your Spirit (See Galatians 5:22-23 with Ephesians 6:10-26). Thank You, Father, that indeed it is not by might nor by power but by Your Spirit alone is where we gain our strength and fortitude to press forward in this battle.

Father, we thank You that Your Kingdom will come and Your will, will be done in every nation, tribe and tongue upon the face of this earth, for the time is quickly coming when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess to the Lordship of Jesus Christ for Your eternal glory.

Thank You, Father, that You are alive and well and that You reign in the heavens and in the end all will be well with our souls. Thank You, Father, that You shall raise us up as Your people to where You need us to be.

Thank You, Father, that we and our descendants have a Living Hope for our futures because we have placed our trust in You to save us and our households according to Your Living Promise found in Acts 16:31 (“We and our households shall be saved”).

Thank You, Father, for sending Jesus the Christ who is Your One and Only Begotten Son into this world to save us as humankind who are created in Your image and likeness from a fate that is worse than death itself which is to be separated from You for all eternity, in Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

The B.I.B.L.E. Scenarios :)

imagesWho or what one may ask are ‘The B.I.B.L.E. Scenarios’? And then some may say, she’s at it again 🙂 and the answer to that is yes 🙂 of course, I am 🙂 aren’t you 🙂

The B.I.B.L.E. Scenarios involves those who are:

B — Biblically

I  — Inspired Individuals who

B — Believe that the Word of God has Absolute Authority over their

L — Lives so that they too, like the Apostle Paul, who wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:1-3 may become those Living

E — Epistles who lead their Lives to Exemplify Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior by dying daily to themselves 🙂

Saints of God, don’t allow anyone to steal your 🙂 not even for a moment 🙂 Christ is your joy and the enemy hates your 🙂

All 4 Christ (Philippians 3:1-11, and 13-14).

Verse 1: “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.”

Paul commands us to ‘rejoice’ in who, to ‘rejoice’ in the Lord. Paul also wrote that he did not find it ‘tedious’ to write about the same subject, and why was that, it was for their good. Therefore, Paul did not consider it to be  a boring task nor did he find it wearisome nor tiresome (See 1 Thessalonians 5:16; 2 Thessalonians 3:13 and Galatians 6:9).

Verses 2 – 3:  “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,” 

Who wants to be around a wild pack of dogs who are hungry and want to bite, devour and consume anyone who comes along their path? I know I don’t (See Galatians 5:15).

What about evil doers? Satan comes as an angel of light Evil doers are deceptive and attempt to lead astray God’s people through temptations and other means, so why would one want to hang with those who would lie, steal and destroy (See 2 Corinthians 11:14; and Matthew 7:21-23).

Who are what is Paul referring to when he wrote to avoid the ‘mutilation’? ‘Mutilation’ here is referring to the practice of circumcision. Today, we no longer have to practice this custom because we are not under the law, but under grace, praise Jesus for this one 🙂 (See Deuteronomy 11:6; Romans 2:25-29 and 7:6).

Verses 4 – 6: though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;  concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

In verses 4 through 6, Paul gives us a description of who he was and what he was about. Here Saul (Paul) thought he was doing God a service and in fact he was doing nothing more than a disservice for the cause of Christ.

Paul counts everything as loss for the cause of Christ:

Verses 7 – 11: But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Supporting Scriptures for verses 4 – 11

Verse 4: 2 Corinthians 5:16, 11:8 and 2 Corinthians 11:22-23

Verse 5: Romans 11:1; 2 Corinthians 11:22; and Acts 23:6

Verse 6: Acts 8:3, 22:4-5 and 26:9-11

Verse 7: Matthew 13:44

Verse 8: Jeremiah 9:23

Verse 9: Romans 10:3 and 1:17

Verse 10: Ephesians 1:19-20 and Romans 6:3-3

Verse 11: Acts 26:6-8

In Verses 13 – 14 Paul wrote:

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

May we all, by the mercies and grace of our God, press toward the for the prize of the upward call of God by counting all things as loss so that we are able to share in both the suffering and the glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. God bless you 🙂

New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Harvest is Plentiful, but… [The Effective Prayer 7.28.15]

The Harvest is Plentiful, but… [The Effective Prayer 7.28.15].


As part of our daily devotional series on revival, I keep looking for good post about related topics for evening reading. This is a great one on witnessing from Elihu and Elihuh’s Corner.

The harvest is plentiful, but…

a) it’s infested with bugs

b) it’s covered in powdery mildew

c) it’s been genetically modified

d) the laborers are few.

What’s your guess?

A little over a month ago, our congregation hosted a guest preacher who spoke on the importance of seeking and teaching the lost. The method he advocated contained the same message of salvation, but instead of trying to have weeks upon weeks of classes and struggling to get people to commit to a long-term meeting, a one-hour meeting is proposed to have an overview of the Bible and the good news of Christ.

As he pointed out during his lessons, the problem isn’t with the message. The problem is the lack of messengers.

The terms “Proselytizers” and “evangelizers” are spat distastefully from the mouths of athiests and antagonists. When we talk to people about the gospel, there is an unspoken sentiment that it had better be in neutered, relative or generic terms or else we are considered judgmental.

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