Archive | November 2014

Take Up Your Cross

Take up your cross

Read Luke 9:21-27 (NIV)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, to take up my cross and follow You means I may find myself in unsafe, unhealthy and uncomfortable situations, yet remain faithful and obedient. It may even mean risking death but with the assurance that You will raise me to eternal life. Nothing material can compensate for the loss of eternal life.

Lord, I am aware that You expect me to use my earthly life serving You and others. Help me to use my earthly life serving You and others. Help me to be ready and able to take yo my cross daily and follow You no matter how difficult it may be as long as I glorify only You, Amen.!

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Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

prov.3:5

 

I read a story about a monk who needed oil, so he planted an olive sapling. Then he began to tell God all that needed to happen. He prayed for rain and the Lord sent gentle showers. Then he prayed for sun—“My tree needs sun”—and the sun shone. “Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues.” The little tree stood sparkling with frost, but that evening died.

The next day, the monk sought out a wise mentor and shared his strange experience. The mentor said, “I, too, planted a little tree, and see, it thrives.” He then went on to explain how from the beginning, he had entrusted his tree to God. The mentor said, “He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition. I fixed not the ways or means. ‘Lord, send what it needs,’ I prayed, ‘storm or sunshine, wind, rain, or frost.’ Thou hast made it and Thou dost know.’”1

This life is an experience in profound trust—trust in Jesus Christ, trust in His teachings, trust in our capacity as led by the Holy Spirit to obey those teachings for happiness now and for a purposeful, supremely happy eternal existence. To trust means to obey willingly without knowing the end from the beginning (see Prov. 3:5–7). To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience.

1Adapted from Streams in the Desert, Barbor Publishing, 1928.

Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

prov.3:5

I read a story about a monk who needed oil, so he planted an olive sapling. Then he began to tell God all that needed to happen. He prayed for rain and the Lord sent gentle showers. Then he prayed for sun—“My tree needs sun”—and the sun shone. “Now frost, my Lord, to brace its tissues.” The little tree stood sparkling with frost, but that evening died.

The next day, the monk sought out a wise mentor and shared his strange experience. The mentor said, “I, too, planted a little tree, and see, it thrives.” He then went on to explain how from the beginning, he had entrusted his tree to God. The mentor said, “He who made it knows better what it needs than a man like me. I laid no condition. I fixed not the ways or means. ‘Lord, send what it needs,’ I prayed, ‘storm or sunshine, wind, rain, or frost.’ Thou hast made it and Thou dost know.’”1

This life is an experience in profound trust—trust in Jesus Christ, trust in His teachings, trust in our capacity as led by the Holy Spirit to obey those teachings for happiness now and for a purposeful, supremely happy eternal existence. To trust means to obey willingly without knowing the end from the beginning (see Prov. 3:5–7). To produce fruit, your trust in the Lord must be more powerful and enduring than your confidence in your own personal feelings and experience.

1Adapted from Streams in the Desert, Barbor Publishing, 1928.

The Joy of Fellowship and Service (Prayer VI)

Luke 8:1-3 (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’shousehold; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

Father, Jesus lifted women up from degradation and servitude to the joy of fellowship and service. In Jewish culture, women were not supposed to learn from rabbis but He allowed a group of women to travel with Him and learn from Him, showing that all people are equal in Your eyes. Lord, I embrace my gender because You made me this way and have a purpose for doing so. I rejoice in the fact that i can learn from You & serve You even as a woman because You give equal importance to everyone whether male or female. May I honor You in all that i do, through & in spite of the femininity that You have given me.

-BN-

Judging Others (Prayer V)

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Luke 6:37-42 (NIV)

Judging Others

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.


Father, how sad it is that some people are so quick to judge others, so eager to see the fault in others while failing to see their own flaws and shortcomings. Your word calls this hypocrisy. Lord, open my eyes to who really am before You – a sinner saved by grace. I am no better than the person beside me so have no right to sit in judgement of anybody. help me to focus on improving myself and strengthening my walk with You instead  of focusing on other’s faults. For the truth is I have nothing to prove but everything to improve.

In Jesus name, Amen.
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Being Rejected (Prayer IV)

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Luke 4:14-30

Father, Jesus Himself experienced how it is to be rejected by His own hometown, to be driven out & receive bodily harm. Today, believers experience the same thing in their own families because of their faith in You. But what really saddens me is when fellow believers seek to destroy their brethren, sitting in criticism and judgement of them while doing nothing to contribute to the body of Christ. They seek to destroy rather than to build up and hide it in the guise of concern when the truth is they are driven by selfishness and pride.

Lord, may I never be like one of those so-called Christians. Instead, enable me to be a contributing member of your body, seeking help, encourage and serve alongside my brethren with my eyes fixed in You. Help me also not to be distracted by unfounded criticisms and false accusations yet still being careful that I walk blamelessly.

Amen.

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Prayer III

Luke 5

Luke 5:1-11

Father, there are times when we have been doing the same thing for so long without getting the desired results and when we impress upon us to do it differently, we may have doubts if it will work. But you know better for You are God and we only need to trust You. Lord, open my eyes and heart to new ways of doing things, not insisting on my own way but following your leading even when it seem illogical. For You are the One who causes all things to be fruitful according for Your glory.

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