This Week’s Memory Verse… Matthew 7:7

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses).
This week’s verse is Matthew 7:7… and you probably already know it!
“Ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Another Look at The Lord’s Prayer… Matthew 6:9-13

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a verse (or verses) of Scripture.  This week’s verses are Matthew 6:9-13… The Lord’s Prayer.

Look at it like this…

“Our…”  Not mine alone, but stretching beyond family, race, class, and religion, reaching to everyone everywhere.

“…Father,”  The One who takes responsibility for us as family, the One who cannot do anything but the loving thing.

“…Hallowed be Your name.”  May we reverence in thought and word and deed Your name… Your character.  May we see as holy the very nature of who You are.

“Your kingdom come.”  Your kingdom of peace, justice, wholeness and abundance; may it come because we seek it above all else, and put it in our prayers where Jesus did, first in consideration and allegiance.

“Your will be done,”  Your will for the only way life is meant to work.  Your will for kingdom life to be revealed.

“On earth as it is in Heaven.”

“Give us this day our daily bread,”  Not bread for me alone but for everyone… your entire human family.  Not bread for the rest of my life, but for today… for we know when we seek first Your kingdom, all these things – food, clothing, all we need -shall be added… as and when we need them.

“And forgive us our sins,”  Forgive us our desires for luxuries that make others do without necessities.  Forgive us for holding onto tomorrow’s bread that should be shared today.

“…as we forgive those who sin against us.”  Not resenting what they have… or who they are… or how You have gifted them.

“Lead us not into temptation, but away from evil,”  Guide us – all of us – until evil is no longer a temptation for us.

“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”  You still rule, now, in our world today; You rule with kingdom power and kingdom glory.

“Amen.”  Make it so… starting in me!

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Using The Lord’s Prayer As A Model… Matthew 6:9-13

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Bible verse (or verses). This week’s memory verses are Matthew 6:9-13.
Jesus gave “The Lord’s Prayer” as an example of prayer during His Sermon on the Mount. Let’s look at it bit by bit…

Our Father“… Our focus in prayer is on our Father; it is an intimate time of developing our relationship with Him. Prayer is personal, but is best done in concert with other believers. We must regard other Christians as our sisters and brothers that also call God their Father. Together, we acknowledge He is our Creator, Sustainer, Guide, Provider, Protector and Authority. The quality of our individual and corporate relationship with the Father is dependent on our prayer life with Him.

Who is in Heaven“… Our Father is not limited by earthly restraints. We communicate directly with the everlasting God who controls all things. God’s thoughts are greater than human ideas. The Lord is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. Prayer is a bridge from our earth bound limits to Heaven’s infinite resources.

Hallowed be Your name“… We come to God with a holy reverence. Only God deserves to be regarded as “Holy, Holy, Holy. Lord, God Almighty.” He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. His name is above every other name in Heaven and earth. We worship Him with thanksgiving and come into His courts with praise. We are to exalt Him with all of His attributes, not forgetting one aspect of His love. We forget not one of His benefits!

Your kingdom come, Your will be done“… We are asking for His kingdom to become realized in and around us… in all its spiritual qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. We ask God to extend His kingdom in quantity by bringing Christ’s salvation to every nation and every person. His kingdom breaks down all barriers that disallow God’s will from controlling each person, society and situation. His kingdom helps us align our priorities to participating as workers in His will and work rather than ours.

Give us this day our daily bread“… We must trust God for our physical as well as spiritual provisions in our daily prayers. We look to God alone for our blessings and are to remain content with what He provides. All work done without His provisions is done in vain. To those who honor God, there is no want.

Forgive our sin debt as we forgive those who sin against us“… We all need forgiveness, but we also need to forgive others. Holding grudges saps us of creative energies to love, lift and serve. By asking God for forgiveness, we are willing to admit our sins, weaknesses and areas where we have done less than our best. Refusing to forgive others hinders our relationship with God. Our debt to God is far greater than what we could repay… and far greater than anything others might have done to us. Our only hope is found in God’s forgiveness through Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross.
Lead us not into temptation“… Each of us has a tendency in our flesh to sin. Without God’s help, we will self-destruct through the passions of our sinful nature. We must watch and pray that we do not enter into temptation… and that God might lead us away from temptation.

Deliver us from evil“… We do not battle against flesh and blood, but against the forces of darkness. Without God’s intervention, we are all vulnerable to destruction by the devil, demons and wicked people. Look to God for protection from all manner of sins: gossip, anger, jealousy, discontent, rage, revenge, lust, envy, lying, deceit, apathy, etc. We need to take the evil from within and without seriously. Ask God to conquer the forces of evil as He fights our battles for us.

For You alone own the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”… All things exist for God and were created by God. All the praise, honor and glory belong to God. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. All the means for accomplishing His will are done through His power, His kingdom and His glorious purposes. The rule of God is the goal of our prayer. We ought not worry over what individual God uses for His purposes. Instead, we ought to look to Christ and His Kingdom despite what is going on around us. Our ultimate reward comes from God, not from any office, position or human award.

Amen.” – Make it so. So be it. I am in full agreement and compliance.

This Week’s Memory Verses… The Lord’s Prayer

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a verse (or verses) of Scripture… and to study that verse (or verses) more intently.

This week’s memory verses are Matthew 6:9-13… the Lord’s Prayer.

Memorize it with me… a phrase at a time:

Jesus (as part of the Sermon on the Mount) said,

“In this manner, therefore, pray:

‘Our Father in Heaven,

hallowed be Your name.

Your Kingdom come,

Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

And do not lead us into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Amen.'”

The Second Mile… a Guest Blog

Kevin says it better than I could… so I’ll let him speak to the issue himself.  He shares an example of living 2nd mile faith in the everyday world.

GUEST VIEW: How to be a second-mile Christian at work

I’m going to discuss how the Bible says to be a second-mile Christian on the job.

Do you know that God has a job just for you? It doesn’t matter how much money you make. What matters most is you doing God’s will on the job. It is very important to have the right job. If you spend 6-10 hours a day, 4-6 days a week at a place of employment, you better make sure it’s the place where God want’s you.

The Bible commands every Christian not to work for the boss, but to work for Jesus. If you are saved, you are commanded by God to give your all. If you are self-employed, you don’t work for yourself. You work for Jesus Christ.

How do we know this? The Bible says in Colossians 3:22,23, “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

When was the last time you laid your head on your pillow at night and said to yourself, “I gave my all to the Lord today?” Every day when you go to work, you should let people know how much Jesus means to you by the way you work, then take it a second mile.

You should give everything you have. If you are getting paid to work eight hours, this means you work a full eight hours, then second-mile it.

When the boss leaves to go on vacation, do you relax and do nothing or do you still work as if he is still there at the job? Would anybody want your Jesus based on how you work on the job?

There was a day and time when unsaved people wanted to hire Christians because they knew they were such great workers. Now, Christians won’t even hire other Christians because they think they have a pass on working.

We live in a lazy world today. People want everything given to them. The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 

When it comes to work, Christians should be responsible. We should make the most of our talent and time, doing all we can to provide for ourselves and our family. Rest when you should be resting and work when you should be working.

Starting this week, do your best on the job. Work for Jesus and you will be greatly rewarded.

Thanks, Kevin!

This Week’s memory Verse… Matthew 5:41

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses).

This week’s verse is Matthew 5:41

“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.”

At the time Jesus spoke these words, the Jews were under the bondage of the Roman Government.
The Romans made slaves of the Jews. And one of the things they routinely made them do was carry their burdens.
For example: If a Roman had a pack on his back and he came across a Jew, he would compel him to carry the burden for him. By law, he could compel him to carry it 1 mile.
Those who have studied the culture of that day say each Jewish boy had a mile marked off in all
directions from his home. And, when they came to the mark, they would refuse to carry the burden any longer.
Jesus declared that this attitude was not the Christian one. A Christian should be willing to go the 2nd mile.

Check back with this blog in a day or 2… and we’ll look at this 2nd mile a little closer.

This Week’s Memory Verse… Proverbs 22:6

Each week this year I am challenging myself to memorize a Bible verse (or verses). I think on this verse all through the week, and try to preach a sermon from it on Sunday night.
I have compiled a list of 52 verses, mostly in chronological order. But, in some cases, I have moved verses out of order… like I did this week.
This Sunday at Lonoke Baptist Church, we will recognize Mother’s Day… and will have Baby Dedications… and will acknowledge our graduating seniors.
So, with that in mind, our memory verse for this week is Proverbs 22:6“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

This Week’s Memory Verses… Isaiah 40:30,31

Each week this year, I have challenged myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses)… and to think about those verses all through the week. This week’s verses are Isaiah 40:30,31.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

and the young men shall utterly fall,

but those who wait on the LORD

shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint.”

Today is Tax Day. That may be a troublesome day for you this year. Or, maybe, something else is getting to you. Whatever is troubling you today… making you “weary”, these verses remind us – in God – we can be renewed… and we can rise!

God Invites Us to Pray to Him… Jeremiah 33:3

Each week this year, I have challenged myself to memorize a Scripture verse… and to think about it all through the week. This week’s verse is Jeremiah 33:3.

– The PROMPTING (v.3a)

“‘Call to Me,…'”

To those who do as prompted, God makes a promise…

– The PROMISE (v.3b,c)

“‘…and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,…'”

God promises to answer us… and WOW us!

– The PROVISION (v.3d)

“‘…which you do not know.'”

God’s provision is always bigger than our problem. God can answer bigger than you can pray!

This is a great verse to memorize… so memorize it along with me!

This Week’s Memory Verse… Jeremiah 33:3

Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses).

This week’s verse is Jeremiah 33:3. It might help you to memorize it by breaking it down a phrase at a time…

“Call to Me, and I will answer you,

and show you great and mighty things,

which you do not know.”

Of course, this verse has much to say about prayer. But, also, God’s willingness to keep us informed of His plan and progress in what’s happening around us!