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  • Effectual Prayer

    “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”

    An army commander is said to have ordered his troops, “don’t shoot to kill, shoot to wound.” The strategy being to force the enemy to weaken its attack by making them concentrate on the wounded. Satan has employed a similar spiritual strategy in keeping Christians from frontline ministry, particularly prayer.

    There are three areas of attack – effectual prayer, fervent prayer and a righteous man to pray. The question that should come to mind is do I pray effectually, am I praying fervently and am I right with God so I can be heard in glory?

    Effectual prayer is when your heart is in your prayer life. Your motivation is to help for some reason and to honor God in the answer. Fervent prayer is to earnestly pour your heart out for whatever the need may be. The very basis of Christian character is honesty. The basis for effectual, fervent prayer is honesty. Do I want what I am asking for to be for me or for it to bring glory to God? If the request is for you it is neither effectual nor fervent; it is failure.

    In dealing with the righteous man, to whom the righteousness of God has been imputed, there is a two-fold requirement.

    The Psalmist writes (Psalms 68:18), “If I regard iniquity (sin) in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Sins must be confessed and forgiven before God will answer our prayers.

    Mark writes (Mark 11:25), “When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any.” If we do not forgive, we cannot be forgiven.

    Question - Are you praying effectually, fervently and righteously?

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  • “Which Shall Be Unto All People”

    These words are found in the latter part of Luke 2:10. Many times the thought of this scripture and many others is overlooked. There are many religions in this world, but only one Saviour; the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a great difference between Christianity and religions of the world.

    Mohammed was an Arab. His book is Arabic for the purpose of impressing the Arabic civilization and the countries that follow him.

    Confucius was Chinese. His purpose was to impress the whole civilization of China. His teaching, its morals and ethics were directed to the Chinese only.

    Socrates was Greek. His philosophy and teaching was directed to the Greeks.

    Buddha was Indian ascetic {self denial} and his teaching was directed to the Indian civilization.

    Jesus is neither Occidental {Western or European} or Oriental. He is a Jew in lineage, but not in anything else. He was crucified because all He did was contrary to Judaism. This is how He can come to any nation and be received of them and fit into their lives and change their hearts as if He had always belonged to them.

    The cleansing power of salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not only the privilege of all but fits the need of all; no matter the race or language.

    “The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:39

    Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost, that would include all people, no matter their nationality. The grace of God has appeared unto all men. Titus 2:11

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  • There Is No Quick Fix

    II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15

    It seems that the days of pride and workmanship have given way to impatience and speed. We have come to live in an instant world where “just get it done” is the rule. This may be the way of the world but certainly is not the way of the Lord. There are several passages of scripture that would lead us to believe that God does not get in a hurry to train His disciples. (Isaiah 28: 9-10; Prov. 22:6-11; II Tim. 2:15)

    It takes a lifetime of teaching, preaching and practice for a Christian to be brought to a place of value for the cause of Christ. There are no shortcuts or quick fixes. It takes work, effort, time and understanding.

    There are no shortcuts to Bible study. From the time of salvation to the grave it is a constant learning and growing process. It takes discipline, hard work, long hours and a heartfelt desire to know the principles and precepts of God’s Word.

    There are no shortcuts to prayer. Prayer takes time, planning and effort. It is hard work if it is done right and answers are received for the effort. What a great honor it is to be called a prayer warrior; to have testimony among men that they can pray with power and assurance.

    There are no shortcuts to obedience. The key to God’s blessings is obedience. We are expected to be obedient in all areas of our Christian life. There are no part ways. It is God’s way all the way. Christianity is not seasonal or optional.

    There are no shortcuts to service. Paul told the Roman Christians that they were to present their bodies a living sacrifice. Christian service is a constant “seek the mind of God” for His will, His way and His leadership; staying in the Bible, being instant in prayer and obedience, ever ready to do the will of God.

    The Christian life takes discipline, desire and dedication but the overwhelming motivation is that when God saves someone He puts in them the desire, dedication and discipline to be successful. There are no shortcuts but there is blessing and joy in living for the Lord and doing His will.

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  • We Should Not Be Discouraged

    II Corinthians 1:3-4

    Discouragement is no respecter of persons. Most Christians are not nearly as persecuted as they are discouraged about some happening in their life. The key word in this passage is “comfort”; it means encourage. The question raised is, how can we have victory in our lives as the apostle Paul? The answer is understanding what the apostle Paul had learned about how to live a victorious life. God and the things of God must be the heartbeat of your life.

    Paul had learned who God is. He is the God of circumstances. Whatever He has allowed into your life it is there for your benefit and not discouragement. The ultimate goal is that your life might bring glory to His name and in so doing will bring good into your life. He is our Father; we are His children. He is concerned about every area of our lives for Him. He is the God of all “encouragement.” We should not be discouraged because of what He is to us; the God of all comfort.

    What God does in your life is by divine appointment and design. He allows trials and problems for our spiritual growth. Luck and accident are two things that never come into the Christian life. He is in control; leading, guiding, enabling, and orchestrating the events of your life. Whatever is happening in your life is an opportunity for you to grow in grace and faith and knowledge of Him. These are the things that He does for you.

    God works in us that He might work through us. Your trials and aggravations are for growth and learning so that you will be able to help others in their Christian growth. Your reaction to trials and difficulties are always witnessed by someone in the positive or the negative. You are an example to someone. Whatever God is doing in your life is for your good and His glory so that you might grow in grace and faith and be a blessing and help to someone else.

    There are three reasons that we should not be discouraged. Because of what He is to you; your Father, what He is doing for you; allowing you to grow in Him, and what He is doing through you so that you may be able to help others in their Christian walk.

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  • Be Filled With the Spirit

    “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18

    The Apostle Paul penned these words with the intent of every Christian knowing and being filled with the fullness of the Holy Ghost. The fullness of the Spirit can be illustrated in many different ways; however, there are certain phenomena in nature that illustrate the soul with and without the Holy Spirit.

    A piece of iron is dark and cold until put into the furnace of fire. It can become intensely hot without much change of appearance. But if left there and allowed to become hotter, it will come to appear as solid fire. At this degree everything it touches begins to burn as well and so with the believer that gives himself to Christ Jesus. He will change every life his life touches.

    Water without heat is but liquid. Brought to lower levels of cold it will turn to ice; solid and brittle. Gently warmed again it will begin to flow and more heat will cause it to rise into the sky. What a phenomenon.

    A pipe organ filled with ordinary air is but an object; but the touch of the player can cause the air to be filled with melodious sound that would warm and entertain the heart and soul.

    The believer that is willing to give his all to Christ Jesus, to allow Him to fill him and change him, fill him with the fire of God and water of His word and the fullness of His knowledge; that individual will affect every other individual they come in contact with. In so doing they will fulfill the mandate from God “to go ye into all the world and teach them.”

    O’ that once again we would want, desire and seek after the fullness of the Holy Ghost for the purpose of winning men to God in saving grace. O’ that the fire of God would fall and we would know the fullness of the Spirit in changing lives.

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