The Border Wall Is Being Built

Pray for the safe completion of the border wall.

Prayer for Trump and Country

The media is telling you that there is no border wall.  Watch this video for the truth.

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Let Your Light Shine

Jesus said in Matthew 5:16,

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

In a few verses earlier (verses 13 and 14), Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

In Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, he explains that if we are true Christians we are salt and we are light. We cannot help but to be salt and light. That is who we are. That is what He has made us.

Now some will say that they are Christians. But these in reality are Christians only in form. That is, they have a form of Christianity, but they deny its power. They have the appearance of a Christian but they are not. They, in fact, reject Christ. They have no salt and no light. Their salt has no saltiness and their light gives no light.

They may desire to be a Christian, but for the wrong reasons—perhaps to escape hell, or maybe to find happiness with some people in the church who have loved on them. But for certain, they will not find real fellowship. These people have one foot in the world and one foot in the church. They are salt without salt and light without light. And in the end they will be cast into outer darkness.

A true Christian cannot be hid. He will stand out. He will be like a city set on a hill. And he will not desire to hide his light. However, for any Christian, there may be times when the thought, the temptation, to hide your light, enters you head. But you ought to know that that thought in your head is not natural for a Christian. It is of the devil and we must reject it. The natural desire for a Christian is always to let your light shine brightly.

The more you continue to read the word of God and pray, the more you will be strong in your desire to let your light shine brightly—to be different from the world.

 

How are we to let our light shine?

The key word in the KJV is “so.” The NASV has translated it, “in such a way.”

So, in what way is that? How are we to let our light shine? The answer is in the next phrase: that they (the world) may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Therefore, our works should not call attention to ourselves, but to Him, that He may be glorified.

Yes, we hope that people will see our good works. But the reason is not to bring glory to us, but that God would be glorifies.

 

Our light is a reflection of His light. When the world is drawn to our light it will be drawn into His light.

 

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3 Things to Pray That the Holy Spirit Will Do For Us

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will do these three things for us and in us:

 

1.  Bring us into communion with God

Since we know that God is spirit and that He is omnipresent, we can be sure that He is always with us and in us.  The Bible tells us that we cannot escape from His presence (Ps. 139:7-12).  We also know that since He is a person, we can relate to Him as a person.  For these reasons, it is possible to have a great and lasting relationship with Him.

The only problem is that our sinful flesh often gets in the way, and therefore, we often reject Him.  But our flesh need not be a problem.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and so, we can simply confess our sins, repent, and come back into fellowship with Him.  And the Holy Spirit is always with us to help us when we are tempted to sin.  Ephesians 3:16 tells us that the Holy Spirit gives us strength in the inner man.  He is always there to cleanse us and fill us with His Spirit.

Then watch what happens next (Read Ephesians 3:17-19).  Since the Holy Spirit has made us clean, Jesus feels at home in our heart, and so He settles down there and dwells there. And He roots us and grounds us in His love, and we are made able by the work of the Holy Spirit to comprehend with all the saints the width and length and depth and height of His love—that we would know the love of Christ which passes knowledge.  Yes, by the Holy Spirit’s work in us we may be filled with all the fullness of God!  What a tremendous thing!  I love that passage.

I like also what Andrew Murray has said.  He said that because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and the Son, when He comes into us He lifts us up into their fellowship. “As the Spirit of the Father, he fills our hearts with the love with which the Father loved the Son, and teaches us to live in it.  As the Spirit of the Son, He breathes into us the childlike liberty, devotion, and obedience in which the Son lived on earth.”12

I also see it this way: When He lifts us up into the fellowship of the Father and Son we experience in our spirit that loving Father-Son relationship.  And so we enter into that Holy Communion with them by means of the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray with Paul (Eph. 3:16) that God would grant us, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through the Spirit in the inner man—so that Christ may dwell in our heart, and so that we would be able to commune with the Father and the Son by the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit (or has the same spirit) of the Father and the Son.  Enter into their fellowship as you pray.  Rest in their love.  Enjoy communion with them.

 

2.  Lead us in God’s will

If we ask the Holy Spirit to fill us and guide us, He will show us God’s will. As we pray He intercedes for us and helps us to pray exactly what God’s will is (Rom. 8:26-27).  And as we work and go about whatever we do in life, He intercedes for us there too.  He will show us what to pray, what to do, where to go, and what to say.  Each step of the way He will lead us exactly, according to God’s perfect will. He will whisper in our ear and say to us, “This is the way; walk in it” (Is. 30:21).  And He will give us an understanding and a remembrance of the Word (as we have been diligent to study it).  He will make that word to us as a lamp to our feet and as a light to our path (Ps. 119:105).

 

3.  Help Christians  be unified together in God’s love  

We have seen earlier that the Holy Spirit strengthens us in the inner man—that is, He cleanses our heart from sin and makes it possible for Christ to dwell in us, so that we can be rooted and grounded in love (Eph. 3:18).

Accordingly, He brings the love of God and Christ into us.   And in doing that, He causes us to love each other and to be unified in His love.  1 Corinthians 12 shows us that the Holy Spirit gives a variety of gifts to each one in the body. Not for our individual good, but for the common good—so that the body of Christ will be more unified together, and so that they would be equipped to love and care for one another.

 

12 Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer, pp. 54-55

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More Urgent Prayer Needed for President Trump

Prayer for Trump and Country

Yes, I am asking all Christians, again, to pray. As you probably know by know, this blog site is focused on prayer–mainly prayer for President Trump and for the country, the USA. Many prefer political blogs to be discussions of political topics and for the blogger to voice certain views. Well,  I’m not against doing that, but at the beginning I set up this blog site for prayer. Why? Because I think there is great value in prayer, and, since the problems we face today are so great, I believe that only God can fix them. Yes, our problems are so great that we must call on God for help. We can’t fix things without Him. We must ask Him for help.

Here are two prayer requests I have in mind for today:

  1. Since I can see that there is no legitimate reason to impeach the President, I ask you…

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You Are the Light of the World — Matthew 5:14

 

This statement by our Lord implies that the Christian only is the light of the world. And it also implies that the world is in a state of darkness.

I have been blogging on what I see as the highlights of the book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In this portion of his study (in Matt. 5:14), Lloyd-Jones is adamant that the Christian only is the light of the world; and he also, in contrast, goes on and on about how the world proclaims its light.

Yes, the world is constantly increasing in knowledge and learning—in science and technology and in all areas of man’s interests. Lately there has been increasing progress in computers and the speed of calculations. But yet the all-important questions of how to live and to avoid evil have not been answered by anything in the world. And with all the world’s high powered computers, nations can’t seem to keep peace with each other.

The inescapable fact is that there is no light at all in this world apart from the light of a Christian. The Christian alone has light. I wonder what non-Christian experts would say about that? It is my guess that most would say that that is foolishness. In fact, many are saying that Christians themselves are foolish and are out of touch; and they reject anything that a Christian says and teaches—just as they reject God.

 

How does a Christian get this light?

Jesus said that He came to bring light, and that all who follow Him will have the light of life and will not walk in darkness (John 8:12). Thus Jesus is light, He gives us His light, and He makes us light. Hence, we become what He is.

 

Salt and Light

Earlier, in Matthew 5, Jesus said to His disciples (and to us), “You are the salt of the earth.” Then in verse 14 He says, “You are the light of the world.” Lloyd-Jones says in his book that Jesus’ meant that salt should come first and then light. Why? It is because the salt is meant to produce a general effect on the non-Christian. The non-Christian sees that the Christian is different and he is curious about him and may feel guilty about his sins.

Next, as the non-Christian watches the behavior of the Christian he would begin to ask questions. This is when the light (of a Christian) will have a more specific effect.

So often we do the reverse. We teach (spread out light) before we live out our life before them (as salt). Then, sometimes it has a wrong effect because our teaching is not proved by our deeds.

 

What does the light do?

Here are three effects of the light:

  • It exposes the darkness. Many are not aware of the darkness until the light comes. Sometimes a person need not say anything; just by his pure life he will expose sin in a person.
  • It not only reveals darkness but it exposes the cause of darkness.
  • It shows the way out of darkness.

 

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Four Things to Pray That the Holy Spirit Will Do For Us

 

As Christians we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. But it is up to us every day to ask Him for His help. Here are four things we can ask of Him.

  1.  That He will give us power over temptation.  The Bible says that if we live by the Spirit—that is, if we have our mind set on what the Spirit desires and we do what the Spirit tells us—we will not carry out the desires of the flesh (Rom. 8:5; Gal. 5:16).  It seems so easy.  But the reason why it often turns out to be so hard is because we try to live by the Spirit without asking for His help.

We cannot live by the Spirit or set our mind on what the Spirit desires without bowing our head in prayer—constantly asking for the Spirits help.  Pray for His help and power!  And when He gives you the power, move out in faith. But pray again at every corner and at every trial, and He will strengthen your faith and give you renewed power over temptation.

 2.  That He would bring us the truth.  We all want to know what is true.  We want to speak the truth and live by the truth.  God wants us to worship Him in Sprit and in truth.   The way we do that is by meditating on God’s Word and by allowing His Spirit to fill us.  For His Word is true (Jn. 14:6), and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth (Jn. 16:13).  Pray every day that God will reveal His truth to you—through His Word and by His Spirit.

3.  That He will powerfully move us and guide us.  When God sees that we are committed to Him and to His will, He will do whatever it takes to lead us and move us to the places He wants us to serve.  A good example of what I am talking about is in Philip the Evangelist.  For as he was obedient to the Holy Spirit in witnessing to an Ethiopian eunuch, after he baptized the eunuch, the Spirit of the Lord snatched him away to another town, where he kept preaching the gospel (Acts 8:26-40).  Pray that God will make you as committed and as passionate for the gospel as Philip was.   And if He answers that prayer, you can believe, in prayer, that God will powerfully guide you to wherever He wants you to go.

 4.  That He will enable us to speak boldly.  The devil and all those that serve him will do everything they can to keep us from speaking the Word of God with boldness.  But we have the powerful weapon of prayer to aid us.  If you remember the story in Acts 4, Peter and John were speaking boldly from the Word, and Satan tried to hinder them.  They were severely threatened and were told to speak no more of Jesus.  But they didn’t back down.  They refused their threats by coming to their companions to pray.  And so they prayed, “…Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness they may speak your word…”  Well, here is the result of their prayer:  “… The place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.”

If you desire to witness with boldness, but you feel weak, timid, and threatened, go to your friends and pray about it.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will give you boldness.  Pray for it until it comes!  Sooner than you think He will give you boldness.

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How We Can Pray For the World: Three Areas of Prayer

 

Just before Jesus ascended to heaven He told His disciples that as soon as He arrived He would send the Holy Spirit back to them.  Then He said, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (Jn. 16:8-11).

What does this all mean?  Well, let’s break it down.  Since Jesus has left, we know that the Holy Spirit has come.  And by this passage we know that He is now working to convict (or to convince) the people of this world of three things: of sin, righteousness, and of judgment.

 

SIN

He works to convict them of sin, Jesus said, “Because they do not believe in Me.”   Therefore, the work of the Holy Spirit, first of all, is to convict the world of their sin of not believing in Jesus—so that they will repent of their sin and believe.

 

RIGHTEOUSNESS

Secondly, it is the Holy Spirit’s work to convince sinners of righteousness, because Jesus ascended to His Father.  This is a difficult passage and commentators disagree on its meaning.  Many commentators say that the Holy Spirit seeks to convince people of the righteousness of Christ, and that He has proved His righteousness by His resurrection and ascension. Others emphasize that the Holy Spirit convicts people of their unrighteousness or self-righteousness because Jesus is no longer on the earth to do that job (while He was on earth He in fact went around convicting people of their self-righteousness).  Well, I think that both ideas are true.  He works to convict sinners of their unrighteousness, and He also works to convince them that Christ is the only righteous one, which He proved by His resurrection and ascension.  Furthermore, I believe that what the Holy Spirit tries to do is to convince sinners that the only way to be truly righteous is to believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins.

 

JUDGEMENT

The last work of the Holy Spirit toward sinners is that He tries to convict (or to convince) them of the coming judgment for their sins.  He does this by showing them that the devil has already been cast down (Jn. 12:31) and that they too are doomed to the same fate if they don’t repent and believe in Jesus.

So this is what the Holy Spirit tries to do for sinners—so that ultimately they will be saved.  Notice I said that He tries to do these things.  What I mean is that He is limited in what he can do if we don’t pray.  Our prayers will make His job of convicting the world successful.  I really believe that to the degree that we pray for the Holy Spirit to convict the sinner and convince him to repent, to that degree it will happen.

 

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