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December 21, 2009

JAMES: 12.21.2009

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James

When Trials Come – James 1:1-11

When Trials Come

James 1:1-11
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.
11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.

When we look at the Book of James, we can relate it to our preparation for upcoming storms… James is helping the believer prepare for upcoming storms (or trials).
James provides practical instruction for us.
It was written by Jesus’ half-brother.
James is writing to scattered believers (Jewish Christians).

So, what is James teaching us about trials in life?

1) Trials invite joy (1-4).
James starts this Book with one of the strangest exhortation of the Bible… “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” This statement doesn’t seem normal. Really, we are supposed to be joyful when we meet trials?
Note that this statement is for Christians… otherwise, it doesn’t apply. Only Christ can give us the ability to apply verse 2.
James is describing the type of joy we should experience… “all” joy means complete joy. Joy can be defined as a settled contentment… it doesn’t mean happiness. Joy isn’t how we should feel… it should be how we think! James is not asking us to “enjoy” our trials. When we experience trials, we need to have contentment in God.
God has a purpose in our trials. It produces steadfastness! By being tested, we are being refined as gold is refined. The trial is the fire, refining us in sanctification.
Suffering is often ordained by God to make us more holy (you won’t find that in any prosperity gospel).
Some reasons for Godly suffering:
Test the strength of our faith (Deut 13:3-4)
To humble us (2 Cor 12:7)
To wean us from worldliness (Heb 11:24-26)
To call us to eternal and heavenly hope (Rom 8:18-25)
To reveal what we really love (Luke 14:26)
To teach us to value God’s blessings (Ps. 63:3-7)
To strengthen us for greater usefulness (2 Cor 12:10)
To prepare us so we can help others (1 Cor 1:3-6)
Think about it this way… isn’t it awesome that God takes the time to refine us through our trials? God will use various trials to make us more like Christ!

2) Trials demand wisdom (5-8).
Sometimes when in trials, it’s like we’re in a fog… it’s hard to see things… it’s hard to think clearly.
When we often think wisdom, we think about our brains. Instead, wisdom is the application of knowledge. It’s how we live our lives. There is not a day when we will achieve all wisdom. When we are in the midst of a trial, we need to seek wisdom from God. We need to go to Him in prayer! Too often do we immediately pray, “get us out of this”. When we’re seeking wisdom:

A) Know who you are asking. God is the source of ALL true wisdom.
Proverbs 8:22-33
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.
23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,
29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily hisdelight, rejoicing before him always,
31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
32 “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
God gives wisdom generously. God’s resources are unlimited. We can trust Him! We are designed in the image of God, and He delights when we come to Him to seek wisdom.
God gives wisdom graciously. We should feel comfortable bringing ALL of our questions to Him. He will never shame or belittle us for asking Him.

B) Know how we should ask.
We need to ask God in faith… no doubting! We need to be approach Him in full confidence that God will provide us with wisdom. We all struggle with our faith. Don’t pray as a doubter. We should never question the character of God.
When we pray in doubt, we pray with conflicting priorities.

3) Trials require perspective (9-11)
Our spiritual standing is not based on our wealth or possessions on this earth. We must not put trust in these worldly possessions.
Both the poor and the rich will experience trials.
This world is temporary. Our trials our temporary… our material possessions are temporary… We need to get to the point of viewing our lives with the right perspective. We must put our hope in Him!

Based on the sermon of Pastor Adam Polk on 9 September 2016


A Warning & A Hope

James 5:1-12
1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you.
2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.
3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.
4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

American Christians would be surprised to know how much North Korean Christians are praying for them. They pray for us because we have so much and how it straps us to this world. They don’t pray for freedom or money… they pray for Christ! They know how distracting and idolatrous wealth can be.

In James 5, James is warning the rich, and is encouraging the poor. We found two pieces of instruction in these verses:

1) A condemning word. Regardless of if he is talking ABOUT wealthy non-Christians or wealthy Christians, he is writing TO Christians.
We are some of the wealthiest people in the world. This word is for us! We need to be reminded not to put our hope into things of this world, but instead
Is it wrong to be wealthy? NO!

Luke 16:13
13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

1Timothy 6:10
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Deuteronomy 3:18
18 “And I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘The Lord your God has given you this land to possess. All your men of valor shall cross over armed before your brothers, the people of Israel.

Proverbs 10:22
22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

A) The attitude of wealth.
Where is our heart? Is it focused on wealth? Is it focused on worldly treasures? How do we see material things? Do we seek to store more and more?

B) The pursuit of wealth.
What will we do to achieve wealth? Will we take advantage of others? Will we prey on others to achieve success? Would we be willing, at ANY level, to cheat someone for our own benefit? We need to examine our hearts. Do we put ourselves in front of the line, or in the back. Are we willing to use the gifts God has given us to enrich ourselves, or take care of others? We have been called to bless and pursue others.

C) The use of wealth.
As farmers fatten cows prior to the slaughter, the risk fatten their hearts… for their self-indulgence. They would do anything to keep it. They sought wealth solely for their pleasure. Solomon had something to say about this…

Ecclesiastes 2:4-11
4 I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself.
5 I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.
6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees.
7 I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house. I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem.
8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the sons of man.
9 So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.
10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil.
11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

Solomon had it all… but he realized that it was vanity. God gives us wealth to be a blessing, but also to be a blessing to others.
We regularly take what God gives us and corrupt it.
Consider sex, and how we abuse it.
Consider food, and how we abuse it.
God doesn’t despise wealth, he despises how we corrupt it.

Do we focus on self-advancement? Is that our priority? Do we dwell and focus on it? Will we do anything to get it?

Don’t envy the wealthy… instead be encouraged and satisfied about what God has given us.

2) An encouraging word.

Many of these believers were probably suffering under the ruthlessness of the wealthy land owners. We all need to be patient. Christ will come again for His people.

God is a God of justice. He will see justice fulfilled.

In times of oppression, our eyes should be focused on Christ! We should EAGERLY wait. We should be excited about His coming. Our patience is active!

We often have too many distractions… distractions that takes our hearts and minds away from the promise God has given us.

We need to establish our hearts! As we wait on Christ, He is transforming us! Be excited in the transformation!

For those that put their reliance on worldly things… realize that all things of this world will wash away. Focus on the gift that God gives willingly… the gift that is eternal… the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. His gift is so incredible, it surpasses ANYTHING of this world.

If you find yourself disappointed with the promises of this world, ask God to fulfill His perfect promise in your life!

Based on the sermon of Pastor Adam Polk on 20 November 2016.


James

Key Verses

  • James 1:5 (NIV)5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
  • James 1:12-14 (NIV) Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
  • James 1:17 (NIV) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
    who does not change like shifting shadows.
  • James 1:19-21 (NIV) My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
  • James 1:22 (NIV) Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
  • James 2:10 (NIV) For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
  • James 2:17 (NIV) In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
  • James 3:1 (NIV) Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
  • James 3:9-10 (NIV) With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
  • James 3:17 (NIV) But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
  • James 4:4 (NIV) You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
  • James 4:7-8 (NIV) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  • James 4:11 (NIV) Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
  • James 4:13-15 (NIV) Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
  • James 5:11-12 (NIV) As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 12 Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.
  • James 5:14-15 (NIV) Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.

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December 18, 2009

MISSIONS: 12.18.2009

Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 2:34 pm

Missions

Taken from “Don’t Waste Your Life“, chapter 9,
by John Piper

Commands

  • Matt 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • Psalms 96:3, 10 (NIV) Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.

Prayers

  • Psalms 22:27-28 (NIV) All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
  • Psalms 67:3-4 (NIV) May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. 4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. Selah

Other scriptures

  • Romans 15:20-21 (NIV) It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written: “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.”
  • Matt 24:14 (NIV) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
  • Isaiah 46:10 (NIV) I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
  • 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV) To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Final outcome

  • Phil 2:10-11 (NIV) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • Rev 5:9-10 (NIV) And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”


Quote from B.B. Warfield, Princeton Seminary:

Now dear Christians, some of you pray night and day to be branches of the true vine; you pray to be made all over in the image of Christ. If so, you must be like him in giving…

  • Objection 1. “My money is my own”. Answer: Christ might have said, “My blood is my own, my life is my own.”… Where should we have been?
  • Objection 2. “The poor are undeserving”. Answer: Christ might have said, “They are wicked rebels… Shall I lay down my life for these? I will give to the good angels”. But no, he left the 99, and came after the lost. He gave his blood for the undeserving.
  • Objection 3. “The poor may abuse it.” Answer: Christ might have said the same; yea, with far greater truth.

Christ knew that thousands would trample his blood under their feet; that most would despise it; that many would make it an excuse for sinning more; yet he gave his own blood. Oh my dear Christians! If you would like Christ, give much, give often, give freely, to the vile and poor, the thankless and the undeserving. Christ is glorious and happy and so will you be. It is not your money I want, but your happiness. Remember his own word, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”


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PHILEMON: 12.18.2009

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Philemon

  • Philem 1:6-7 (NIV) I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of
    every good thing we have in Christ. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.
  • Philem 1:18 (NIV) If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.
    • Quote from Vernon McGee:
      • The primary purpose of this epistle is to reveal Christ’s love for us in what He did for us in pleading our case before God.
      • This is one of the finest illustrations of substitution. “If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee aught, put that on mine account” (v. 18).
      • We can hear Christ agreeing to take our place and to have all our sin imputed to Him. He took our place in death, but He gives us His place in life.
      • “If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself” (v. 17). We have the standing of Christ before God, or we have no standing at all.
      • Onesimus, the unprofitable runaway slave, was to be received as Paul, the great apostle, would have been received in the home of Philemon.
      • The practical purpose is to teach brotherly love. Paul spoke of the new relationship between master and servant in the other Prison Epistles.
      • Here he demonstrates how it should work. These men, belonging to two different classes in the Roman Empire, hating each other and hurting each other,
        are now brothers in Christ, and they are to act like it. This is the only solution to the problem of capital and labor.


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December 13, 2009

Sin and Punishment and Redemption: 12.13.2009

Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 7:04 pm

When We Sin, Will God Punish Us?

  • Isaiah 66:4 (NIV) so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”
  • Psalms 81:11-12 (NIV) “But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
  • Judges 2:14 (NIV) In his anger against Israel the LORD handed them over to raiders who plundered them. He sold them to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.
  • Isaiah 65:12 (NIV) I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”
  • Jer 4:4 (NIV) Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done– burn with no one to quench it.
  • 1 Kings 14:15 (NIV) And the LORD will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot
    Israel from this good land that he gave to their forefathers and scatter them beyond the River, because they provoked the LORD to anger by making Asherah poles.
  • 2 Kings 13:3 (NIV) So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and for a long time he kept them under the power of Hazael king of Aram and Ben-Hadad his son.
  • 1 Chron 13:10 (NIV) The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.
  • Isaiah 47:10-11 (NIV)You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ 11 Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.
  • Jer 5:7-9 (NIV) “Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by god’s that are not god’s. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes. 8 They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man’s wife. 9 Should I not punish them for this?” declares the LORD. “Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?
  • Jer 7:18,20 (NIV) The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other god’s to provoke me to anger. 20 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be quenched.
  • Jer 12:17 (NIV) But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the LORD.
  • Jer 14:10-12 (NIV) This is what the LORD says about this people: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the LORD does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.” 11 Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people. 12 Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague.”
  • Jer 16:6 (NIV) “Both high and low will die in this land. They will not be buried or mourned, and no one will cut himself or shave his head for them.
  • Hosea 9:17 (NIV) My God will reject them because they have not obeyed him; they will be wanderers among the nations.
  • Num 32:13 (NIV) The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.
  • But, There Is Hope!

  • Prov 1:24-33 (NIV) But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
    25 since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke,26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you–27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. 29 Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, 30 since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
  • Jer 3:12 (NIV) Go, proclaim this message toward the north: “‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the LORD, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,’ declares the LORD, ‘I will not be angry forever.
  • Jer 4:1-2 (NIV) “If you will return, O Israel, return to me,” declares the LORD. “If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray, 2 and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ then the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory.”
  • Matt 6:14 (NIV) For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
  • Acts 13:38-39 (NIV)“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39 Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.
  • Eph 1:7 (NIV) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
  • 1 John 1:9 (NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
    unrighteousness.
  • God’s Plan For Our Salvation!

    God Loves Us!

  • Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • But We Are All Sinners

  • Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  • God’s Remedy For Our Sin

    Romans 6:23 (NIV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    You May Be Saved NOW!

  • Romans 10:13 (NIV) for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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December 12, 2009

Prayer Promises: 12.12.2009

Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 7:23 pm

Prayer Promises

  • 2 Chron 7:14 (NIV) if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  • Psalms 145:18-19 (NIV) The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
  • Prov 15:8b (NIV) the prayer of the upright pleases him.
  • Isaiah 65:24 (NIV) Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
  • Jer 33:3 (NIV) ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
  • Mark 11:24 (NIV) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
  • John 14:13-14 (NIV) And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
  • John 15:7 (NIV) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
  • John 16:23-24 (NIV) In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
  • Romans 8:26 (NIV) In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
  • 1 Peter 3:12 (NIV) For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
  • 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.

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