Statement of faith

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

"The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word.
- Warren

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Quiet-Time Reflections

Week of: April 22, 2013                         
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”  
(2 Chronicles 16:9a NLT)

For the past few weeks I have been meditating on two words "trust & obey." It dawned on me today that it's not about me learning to embrace these words, it's about learning to live them out so that God can be glorified in and through my life.

According to the message below God is looking for people He can use. Whom shall He find? Who can He bless? It is my prayer that it will be you and me. May we learn the true meaning of faithfulness. May we embrace the One who leads the battle.

Be blessed as you learn the key to the victory.

The Bible tells us three things about the importance of faith. God is 
looking for faithful people - God is physically, visibly, actively, taking 
the initiative to look for faithful people that he can bless. 2 Chronicles 
16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to 
strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (NLT).

This has been one of my life verses, and I’ve learned that if you make
yourself usable, God will wear you out. If you get blessable, he will bless
your socks off! (That’s why I don’t wear socks.) God is looking for faithful
people that he can use.

Faithful people are hard to find - The Bible says in Proverbs 20:6,
“Everyone talks about how faithful he is, but just try to find someone who 
really is!” (GNT) A lot of people talk the talk, but they don’t really trust God. 
They trust their credit card instead. They say they believe in God, but they 
don’t really trust him when it comes to their finances, health, or job.

Psalm 53:2-3 says this: “God looks down from heaven on the entire
human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. 
But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, 
not a single one!” (NLT)

Faithfulness is the key to blessing and victory - 1 John 5:4-5 says, “For
every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory 
through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only 
those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”

The Bible says in Proverbs 28:20, “A faithful man will have many
blessings” (HCSB). I want your life to have many blessings. But in order 
for you to have that blessing, you’re going to have to learn faithfulness. 
God tests your faithfulness in different ways. Will you let him grow you in 
this area so that you can be a man or woman of faith?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Quiet-Time Reflections

Week of: April 15, 2013                            
Sharing by: Pam Crawford

Sometimes I can become so impatient when I'm waiting on answered prayer. Today I thought this Biblical reminder might be helpful to someone else out there. It is really important that we understand the "ask, seek, and knock" concept found in holy Scripture. It is my prayer that this devotion might be helpful to many of you who are in the waiting phase of prayer. Be blessed.

In Christ by grace,

Praying With Confidence

by Dr. Charles Stanley

We sometimes become impatient in our prayer life. We might get angry or simply throw up our hands and decide God is not listening to us when He doesn’t answer our prayers immediately or in the exact way we hoped. The truth is that God delights in answering our prayers and has provided plenty of promises that should motivate us to talk with Him.
Read today’s passage one more time. If we understand what Jesus was saying in Matthew 7, we will be able to pray with greater confidence.
To ask is the easy part. We request aid in our jobs or protection of our children. We also ask to be drawn closer to God.
Then, to seek is the next step—the action stage of asking. Oftentimes we need to do something before God will bring about an answer to our prayers. For instance, if we pray, “God, please help me understand Scripture,” we must proceed to open the Bible and start reading.
Finally, to knock demonstrates that we’re coming to the Lord with a sense of dependence upon Him. We recognize that we cannot manipulate an answer to our petitions but instead must rely upon His power. What’s more, our ability to “knock” is unique—our God is personal and intensely interested in us.
Jesus uses the words askseek, and knock in the present active imperative tense. That means “ask and keep on asking; seek and keep on seeking; knock and keep on knocking.” In the Scriptures, prayer is compared to incense, which implies an unbroken stream that flows from us to heaven. Are you providing a continuous fragrance to the Lord with your prayers?