The Lord’s Prayer

Every night before he goes to sleep, my three year-old grandson, Russell and I say The Lord's Prayer.  We've been saying it together since he was newly born, so it was no real surprise when early into his second year, Russell could recite the entire prayer all by himself.  Proud grandmother that I am, I had to make YOUTUBE video to share with all my friends. 
I am constantly blown away by Russell’s innocence and have come to truly appreciate what it means to have child-like faith.  Still though, I often wonder how much he really understands or better yet how often we as adults think about what the words of The Lord’s Prayer really mean. 

Do we say it in vain?  Even as a passionate believer, I must admit that sometimes I am just repeating the words without giving much thought to what I am really saying.  I want all my prayers to be heartfelt and meaningful.  Why I doubt He takes to heart our vain recitations.  Forgive us, Lord.  Help us to take captive the true meaning of Your Word and speak it with a fresh new fervor and passion.  Amen. 

In this series, we will look closely at each verse of the Lord’s Prayer.  In Matthew 6, the disciples asked Jesus for instruction on how to pray correctly.  The Lord’s Prayer is a model that can be spoken word for Word or that we can use as a template for organizing our own spiritual conversation with our Father.

Week 1:    Intro to Prayer:  “How NOT to pray”  Matthew 6:5-8

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”    Matthew 6:5-8

Week 2:  Our Father in heaven,  Matthew 6:9

Week 3:  Hallowed be Your name.  Mathew 6:9

Week 4:  Your Kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10

Week 5:  Give us this day our daily bread.  Matthew 6:11

Week 6:  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Matthew 6:12

Week 7:  And lead us not into temptation, Matthew 6:13

Week 8:  but deliver us from the evil one.  Matthew 6:13

Week 9:  For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.  Matthew 6:13

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~ ANAJALI MINISTRIES ~

My dear friend and sister in Christ, Anne Blodget, went on a mission trip to Kenya Africa about 6 years ago and has never been the same since.  She came home with a burning passion to serve God’s children at the Anajali School and has not only returned many times herself, but she has set up a non-profit organization called the Anajali Ministries, Inc, so that others can also be blessed in participating.  She has taken several volunteers on mission trips and has also raised funds to help support the children in continuing their education.  We have been truly blessed by this organization.

Link to Anajali Ministries for more information.

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Christian Arts

Do you believe that music inspired by God can allow us to enter into a state of worship and thereby prepare the atomosphere to allow the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts and lives of anyone?  Then you will like this organization ~

The Council For Christian Arts is a faith-based organization consisting of a cross section of churches from Windham County Connecticut and surrounding communities.  Since 2001, they have been organizing events featuring well-know and local Christian artists; including musicians, drama, dance, as well as visual arts; such as paintings, drawings and sculpture.  The events are held in a noninvasive atmosphere and promote unity among all people, encouraging others to find a meaningful experience of faith in their life.

Link to their website for more details. 

“We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and that every good and

perfect gift comes down from the Father above”     James 1:17   

 

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FAITH 101

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aving trouble believing that the God’s Word can really make a difference in your life?  Memorizing scripture verses on FAITH is a good place to start.   In Romans 12:3, Paul says that God has given everyone a measure of faith.  EVERYONE.  This would include everyday sinners, like you and me.  Not just the saints and religous folk, but everyone.    So whether you believe it or not, you do have faith.  The question is are you going to let it lie dormant within you, or are you going to put it to work for you. 

You are about to embark on a supernatural experience, as you go from what you may have thought was no faith to recognising that you have faith, even though it might be only a very small amount, to seeing an increase in your faith, so that it becomes a positive force in battling the day to day trials of life

Week 1:  You have faith, even if you, yourself don’t believe it.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  Romans 12:3, New King James Version (NKJV)

Week 2:  Everyone is dealt a measure of faith . . . even the harlot.

By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.   Hebrews 11:31 (NKJV)

footnote:  see Joshua 2 for the account of Rahab and the spies.


Week 3: 

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.  Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)

Week 4: 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1  (NKJV)

footnote:  read Hebrews 11, for acts of faith record in the Bible

Week 5:   Applying water to the seed will make it grow – applying the Word of God to our heart will cause a supernatural increase in our faith

So then, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

Week 6:  Test the product of faith

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.  James 1: 2-4 (NKJV)

Week 7:  Well-worn faith will protect us.

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  Ephesian 6:16 (NKJV)

footnote:  Need more armor for what you’re battling?  read Ephesians 6:10-20

Week 8:  To diligently seek God, we need to exercise our faith.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

footnote:  read Ephesians 6:10-20 for the Whole Armor of God

Week 9:  Keep pressing in . . . .

Jesus said: “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.”  Matthew 9:22 (NKJV)

footnote:  read more on healing by faith (even little faith) in Matthew 9

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HOPE 101

Do the circumstances of your life seem hopeless?  Recording to memory God’s Words of HOPE will miraculously give you the strength to see God’s Will in your circumstances.  Romans 8:28 says that all things work together for good”.  That means even when bad things happen, God has a purpose for it.  I do not enjoy being taught life lessons through difficult circumstances and life events, but I must admit the most valubale lessons have come from my mistakes. 

In this series of verses, you will be lead to examine your own set of circumstances and find hope in know that God has a perfect plan to see you through each one.

May God speak hope to your heart as you remember His Word ~

Week 1:  You can handle this ~

 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  (I Corinthians 10:13)

Week 2:  God’s Grace is sufficient for every need ~

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)

Week 3:  God is always faithful to see us through ~

Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.   Lamentations 3:31 (NKJV)

Week 4:  Hope is an anchor for our soul~

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.  Hebrews 6:19-20 (NIV)

Week 5: Put your hope in God ~

Why, my soul, are you downcast?   Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him,  my Savior and my God.  Psalm 42:5 (NIV)

Week 6:  Endurance and perserverance are a product of Hope~

We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)

Week 7:  Our living Hope is Jesus ~

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Week 8:  Even the tough times will bring about good ~

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Week 9:  Hope in Him and you will have more joy & peace ~

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 (NIV)

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HEALING 101

 

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re you sick or suffering?  There are many accounts in the Bible and even in this day and age that testify to supernatural healing through the Word of God.  

Dodie Osteen (Pastor Joel Osteen’s mother) proclaims that scriptures stored in her heart helped to heal her from terminal liver cancer.  (Hear her testimony.)

Try memorizing and frequently repeating scripture that is centered on HEALING.  As you read them daily, don’t just memorize the words, but apply their meanings to your heart.  Memorize them with your heart and believe that God is working a miracle in you –

 Week 1:  God is concerned about your well being ~

“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”   Exodus 15:26 (NKJV)

Week 2: 

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;  The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,  And by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)

Week 3:  Jesus told this to those He ministered to ~

” . . . your faith has made you well”  Matthew 9:22 (NKJV)

Week 4:

“(the Lord) who forgives all your iniquities,  (the Lord) who heals all your diseases.”  Psalm 103:3

Week 5:

“Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me.”  Daniel 10:18 (NKJV)

footnote:  read more on how Daniel is strengthened by the Lord in Daniel 10:10-20

Week 6:

“Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.”  Psalm 6:2 (NKJV)

Week 7:

“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”  Psalm 107:20 (MKJV)

Week 8

“When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.”  Psalm 27:2 (NKJV)

Week 9

“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed.  And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:   “ He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”  Matthew 8:16,17 (NKJV)

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JOY 101

A state of depression or sadness can be lifted by frequently reciting verses of scripture that are focused on JOY –

Week 1:  Times are tough, but I get through this ~

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  2 Corinthinas 4:8-9  (NIV)

Week 2:  I will hope in Him ~

Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,  for I will yet praise him,  my Savior and my God.  Psalm 42: 5 (NIV)

Week 3: 

This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

Week 4: Joy is a fruit of the Spirit ~

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

Week 5:  Live by the Spirit

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Galations 5:24-25 (NIV)

Week 6:  Don’t let anyone steal your joy ~

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.   John 10:10 (NKJV)

Week 7:  Happiness is a choice ~

Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!  Psalm 144:15 (NKJV)

Week 8:  Set your mind on good things ~

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – it anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  Philippians 4:8-9 (NKJV)

Week 9:  God is still working on me ~

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

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Anger 101

Anger is just one letter short of danger ~

Do you often respond in anger and then later reget the things you said or did?  By putting God’s word into your heart, you can take captive the angry thoughts as they enter your mind and remove them before you verbalize or act upon them.

What is your first response to someone who cuts you off in traffic?  Do you lay on the horn, use offensive gestures or yell at the driver?

In the book of Genesis, the Lord challenges Cain to master his anger when He asks, “Why are you angry?  . . . if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to  have you, but you must master it.”  (Genesis 4:6-7)

Would it surprise you if the next time someone cuts you off in traffic, your natural response is to smile at them and then yeild to let them enter in front of you.  All the while your hear in your heart “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving on another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven me”.

Can you really master your impulse to respond in anger?  This series of verses will help you go beneith the anger and into the heart.  It is here, in the heart, that we master our emotional response to life’s circumstances.

Week 1:

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.  Proverbs 14:29 (NIV)

Week 2:

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression. Proverbs 19:11 (NKJV)

Week 3:

Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.  Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NKJV)

Week 4:

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.  Psalm 37:8 (NKJV)

Week 5:

Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath  Ephesians 4:26 (NKJV)

Week 6:

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:31-32 (NKJV)

Week 7:

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)

Week 8:

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.  Proverbs 16:32 (NKJV)

Week 9:

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Colossians 3:8 (NKJV)

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Where to begin

Are you ready to make a change?  You can start today.  Take a few moments to review the topics and chose an area that you would like to work on.  Subscribe to that topic and you will begin to receive an e-mail notice everyday.  The e-mail will be short and sweet, containing one memory verse.  In the subject line will be the scripture reference of where the verse is found in the Bible.  (In battling with my own memory, I find it most difficult to remember where the verses are found in the Bible.  By writing the reference in the subject line, you will find it much easier to recall where the verses are found.)  The e-mail verses are rotated weekly, so that every Wednesday a new verse will be displayed in the e-mail.

Here are some sample verses~

If you are experiencing sadness or depression, verses that focus on JOY such as Phillipians 4:8-9 “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – it anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things”

To combat ANGER, a good verse to memorize is Proverbs 14:29 “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”

In addition to memorizing these scripture, you will also want to ask (pray for) the Holy Spirit to cause the Word to move from your heart to your mind and be manifested in your life and you actions, so that when you feel sadness or anger rising up inside you, it can be subconsciencously  and supernaturally derailed.

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