Power *Matt. 11

Matthew 11
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+11&version=NKJV;NIV
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There is power in the name of Jesus. He is the only One who has the power to do miracles:
Makes the blind see.
Lame to walk.
Leprosy cured.
Deaf hear.
Dead raised to life.
Salvation to poor.
Is the only way into the Kingdom of Heaven.
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Praise be to His holy Name. Thank you Lord Jesus for the power in Your most Holy Name. Teach us how to use Your holy, powerful Name in order to bring glory to God Most High. Thank you for all You do. Blessed be Your Name.

 

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Rest * Heb. 4:1-7

Hebrews 4:1-7
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Heb+4%271-7+&version=NKJV;NIV
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Harden not your hearts.
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We can enter His rest. Yes, we are able. God’s Word says so. God’s rest – His peace is available to us. All we have to do is choose it. His rest is for the taking – rest from strife, rest from worry and fear, rest from our trials and tribulations, etc. We have available to us the help we need to go through life. All we have to do is choose it and then walk in confidence – in faith – that God does do what His Word says.
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Jesus said, “Come all you who are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” It is as simple as that. Just come to Him and He will give you rest; rest to your soul, rest for your mind, peace in your heart. As the song says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full into His wonderful face and the things on earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
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Lord Jesus, we need You. We come to You. As the Word says, and we ask You, Lord give us rest from those things that are troubling and burdensome. We come to you so You can give us rest and lead us beside the peaceful, quiet waters. You are the only One who can restore each soul. Increase our faith and trust in You and Your Word. We thank You for making rest available to anyone who wants it. We thank you that all we have to do is ask You and You will help us. Your grace and mercy are astounding. Pour out Your grace and mercy on us – we need You. Soften our hearts to receive the truth. May the truth push out all lies and every false way in us. Fill us to over flow in the truth and empower our feet to walk in it. Bring us into a deeper relationship with You. Thank you for all You do. Amen.

Faith Triumphs *1 Sam. 17:32-51

1 Samuel 17:32-51
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+17%3A32-51&version=NKJV;NIV
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There are many lessons in this story of David and Goliath.
* faith triumphs over fear. (vs. 32)  * God uses the most unlikely to bring victory to His people (vs. 33 & 55)  * Not walking by sight; but by faith (vs. 37, 4-7, 33-36)  * Against all odds, God will give victory to the one who believes (vs. 51)  * One insignificant person can change the outcome for the good of the community (vs. 55-56)  * Facing fear; facing the giant (problem/situation) in life will extinguish it, and God gets the glory. (vs. 47)
* humility (being humble) and putting trust in God triumphs over pride (boastful and arrogant) (vs.43-44)  * Just be yourself; do not try to walk in another’s shoes. God made us all different and unique. God gives different gifts and abilities to each person. Trying to be like someone else is not a good fit and will not result in victory, but in defeat. (vs. 38-40)  * Pride cometh before a fall (vs.43-44)  *Remember, remember, remember what the Lord God has done for you in the past. (vs. 34-35)  * The battle is the Lord’s; it’s not by sword, spear, or actions but only by the Lord who saves. (vs. 47)
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Lord, God of Israel, give us the faith, courage, and strength to face those who are in opposition to Your people. Go before us Lord and save Your people from the enemy’s tactics. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

Encouraging *1 Sam.16:1-13

1 Samuel 16:1-13
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+16%3A1-13&version=NKJV;NIV
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How encouraging is this! God is not like man in that He looks at outward appearances. On the contrary, God is concerned about how we look on the inside. It’s not what is physically can be seen, but it’s what comes out of our mouths and actions; precisely our motives. God looks at our character. He looks at the heart and mind.
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This is a very encouraging word for me. I don’t have to be popular, wealthy, good-looking, physically fit, highly intelligent, etc. No, God looks at our faith and trust in Him; our integrity.
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Lord God help us, Your people to be a devout people of integrity. May the words of our lips; and meditations of our hearts find favor before You, our Rock and Redeemer. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

Clear Instruction *1 Sam. 15

1 Samuel 15
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+15&version=NKJV;NIV
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Clear instructions were given. Saul purposely chose to disobey God. Then he tried to cover it up by making excuses. Finally, he admits the truth – that he feared men over following God’s instructions.
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How many times have we made choices that were inspired by fear? How many times have we feared what people would think instead of fearing what God thinks.
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Lord, God of Israel, keep us from fearing people over fearing You. Help us to do what is right before You and not let what people think, say, or do influence us in going against Your Word. Give us the faith and strength each one of us needs to walk by faith and not by sight, fear, worry, or anxiety. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Answered Prayer *1 Sam. 14:34

1 Samuel 14:34
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+14%3A34&version=NKJV;NIV
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When God does not answer prayer – why? Is there a sin? Is there a sin in the way of your hearing? Go before the Lord and ask Him. Sometimes, we are totally unaware of our wrong, foolish, or sinful words or actions.
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As with King Saul; his foolish words and actions caused another to sin unknowingly. Then he himself sinned before the Lord by not following through with his vow to God. One foolish word/action led to another, and then another, and then another.
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Lord, God of Israel, may we not be like Saul in his foolish decisions and choices, which lead him to say and do harmful things to those around him; who will reap repercussions from his words and deeds. Help us to make wise choices and good decisions for the good of those around us and for the glory of Your kingdom. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen

Step Out *1 Sam. 14

1 Samuel 14
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+14&version=NKJV;NIV
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Step out in faith even when the odds are ridiculous. God sent panic into the enemy’s camp and they “melted away” in all directions. Panic and confusion filled the camp. So when “things” in your life look hopeless there is hope; when situations look impossible and there is no way out, God makes a way where there was no way. Only God can do this. This is an encouraging word for us.
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I can do all things through Him (Jesus) who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)
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Thank you Lord that You truly are our hope and joy. And that all things are possible because You are above all, in all, and through all things. Be glorified in our lives. In Jesus Name. Amen.