1 Corinthians 11:3-4
Uncover Your Head During Prayer!
As long as I can remember, whenever I have turned to the Lord in prayer I have always uncovered my head. Now I am a guy that is almost always seen wearing a ball cap or a Stetson, except for when I am praying. I really couldn't explain it other than I just felt that it was the right thing to do. I could be at the diner getting to say grace over my meal sure enough the ball cap comes off. There was even one time that I was wearing my Stetson and as I started to pray at a revival the hat came off. I was asked about it and my response was that I just felt that it was the right thing to do. I even got asked if I took my hat off when I was saying grace or praying with my wife at home; I responded, "Yes I do, absolutely."
I was asked just recently if I thought that God cares if I take my hat off to pray when I am in the privacy of my home with my wife; I truly believe that He does. This is why I think God cares: I am the high priest of my household if you will, the leader; I want to be a good spiritual leader in my house, I want to be a good example to my wife and our family. I want to be a good leader to my wife so that on the day of judgment I can present her to the Lord without spot or blemish. I love the Lord and I try to respect and honor what I feel that He would want me to do. The Lord is my leader and He loved me enough to die for me. I love my wife and I want to be a shining example of Christ to be a leader to her, to the point that without a doubt I would lay down my life for her. My wife is a blessing from God, a gift from the maker of the universe blessed me with the gift of a wife.
Allow me to clarify this; just because I am the spiritual leader of my household does not make me a dictator. Debbie and I are partners, we work together on various projects including our farm and house, we pray together and we love one another. My wife is not my personal slave she is my partner. Some things she does better, some things I do better; but we do it together. Our faith is the Lord is with us in all that we do big and small.
My confirmation on praying:
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
1 Corinthians 11:3-4
Wgen you pray you are talking to Him who loved you most!
1 Corinthians 10:13
What an awesome God we serve! It is such a relief to me to know that if I am tempted God will not allow it to overtake me; He will even provide a means of escape for me! Is that an awesome God or what? we only have to ask for His help and He is there:
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:7-8
I can remember I had the opportunity to sin but thanks be to God I did not; He provided me a means of escape! It was late one night and I had just returned home from working a double and realized that my front door was unlocked as I entered the house. The lights were all off so I didn't think anything of it. I continued to get a quick bite to eat and then took a shower. I had watched the late night news and then proceeded to my bedroom as I was exhausted. Thankfully I had always kept a change of sweat clothes in the bathroom, so I was fully dressed. I entered the bedroom and the lights turned on and there she was lying on the bed in her birthday suit. I was shocked and very tired as she invited me into my bed. I took 1 step toward the bed and then proceeded to tell the lady to get out of my house and turned around and walked out of the door and got into my truck. I never saw the lady leave but I fell asleep in my truck and when I awoke she had left the house but left a note on the table. The note said that she would be back tonight! I immediately changed the locks on the doors and I praised God for not only providing me a means of escape, I honestly feel He carried me out of the house.
That night I could have easily gotten into bed and have fallen into sin, but I was protected. I did tell the Church Board what had happened, but none knew who the lady was by my description. I have never seen her again. All praise, honor and glory are the Lords.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
He will never leave us nor will He forsake us!
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Guard Your Mouth!
Your words can hurt; even if you don't realize it! We must guard our mouth, our words; we should ensure that our words are edifying. James has some wonderful analagies about this...
Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
Even the great King Solomon added to the subject matter with his Proverb...
An ungodly man digs up evil,
It can be easy to retaliate in the face of a trial, as you are being slandered, belittled and degraded; especially when this occurs in front of loved ones and friends. The urge to fire back a salvo to the offender, but as Christians we are taught to...
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
Think about what you are going to say before you say it. I had to put up road blocks between my brain and my mouth, but when this had failed I did as King David did and turned to God.
Set a guard, O Lord,
over my mouth;
Our speech should be edifying not tormenting!
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The Only Way to Heaven!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
It has to be this way because only Jesus Christ died on the Cross for the sins of the world. In a selfless act, Jesus was a propitiation for us taking the punishment meant for us upon Himself; and in doing so He alone bridged the gap between us and God. A man you didn’t even know died on the Cross for us so that we might be saved.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
You can’t wish your way into heaven, you can’t buy your way into heaven, you can’t even work your way into heaven.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
That grace comes through believing in Jesus Christ; who He is and what He has done. I can’t save you, your pastor can’t save you; you most assuredly can’t save yourself, only Jesus Christ can save you.
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Only Jesus Christ can save you because only Jesus Christ died on the Cross for us. The Bible also teaches us that we have to confess it!
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Let’s not stop there, you also have to repent of your sins; in other words you have to stop sinning and turn to Jesus Christ!
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Only a just and loving God could come up with a plan so simple; all praise honor and glory are His.
Have you excepted Jesus as your Lord?
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Believing in Jesus Christ is a key to our salvation but it is also a key to our personal intimate relationship to our Lord and Savior. We have to believe in who He was, what He has done and what He continues to do to this very day; what He continues to do for you and for me.
Over 2000 years ago a man we didn't even know came down from heaven to earth to pay a fine for a sin that He didn't commit; Jesus Christ was sinless. What He did is pay our fine for us, He took the penalty meant for us on Himself; Jesus Christ became a propitiation for us and died on the cross for the sins of the world. After being taken down from the cross He was placed in a tomb for three days but the tomb could not hold Him, the apostles found the tomb empty. In such Jesus defeated the works of the devil so that all that call upon His name and believe in Him shall be saved.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus Christ now sits on the right hand side of the throne of God and mediates for us, making a way for us to approach God's throne of grace. That is why when we pray we pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
Let me take it a little further; as many of you know I don't just believe in the power of prayer; I believe in the power of Jesus Christ to hear and answer my prayers. Sometimes I don't get the answer that I want but I get an answer. I don't just believe, I know that Jesus hears and answers my prayers; I know that He mediates on my behalf. I know that no matter what I do, even if it's wrong; not that I intentionally go out and sin but when I have committed a sin, I have a Lord and Savior that I can turn to to forgive me of my sin. I have had way to many things happen through answered prayer that just cannot be explained any other way; nothing troubles me because I have a Lord and Savior that is bigger than this world.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
I believe, do you?
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2 Corinthians 2:14-15
A Fragrant Aroma!
God is always with us and God will never leave us! When you add to this...
No weapon formed against you shall
We start to lose our fear of man, and begin to rely upon, depend upon our Lord and little by little the confidence builds.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When we become totally submissive to the Lord, totally dependent upon Him, we become conquerors...
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Nothing can stop us, because nothing can stop the Lord...
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
1 John 4:4
We overcome the world and then the Lord disperses us as a fragrance. We become the light in a darkened world. As we spread the gospel message more hear the word and more accept the Lord as their Lord and Savior, we become a fragrance that continues to spread.
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
How do you smell?
An Independent Ministry
We need to pray that Christians rise up and stand for our Lord Jesus Christ!
We need to take our country back from the darkness!
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Let us turn from sin and towards GOD!
We need to Pray for The USA and God's intervention!
We need to keep Israel in prayer!