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OUR PRAYER

The psalmist has three request to God in his prayer, Hear me, preserve me, hide me. Sometimes when burdens and troubles come we also pray, God please hear me. We want assurance that he will actually hear and respond to us at that time. At these times we need to remember and rely on His promises already given in the old and new testament “call unto me and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not:” Jeremiah 33:3. “And  whatsoever you shall ask in my name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye ask anything in my name I will do it” John14:13-14. These promises come with a condition “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me. Ps 66:18 The prayer always heard is the prayer for salvation and forgiveness of sin, He is ready to hear.  Preserve me the psalmist second request, in this day and time there are many opportunities for every believer to go into sin. There is easy and “secret” access to things which will destroy our testimony and fellowship with Christ. The internet has opened the free opportunity for satan to publish his devices and also for every Christian to publish what Christ has done for him and will do for all. (Every Christian has a testimony of how you came to salvation, just publish if for others to see amd maybe be helped by it). We all are subject to fail so we constantly ask God to keep us from sin daily. Hide me if the psalmist third request, Satan the wicked one seeks to devour ( 1Peter 5:8)  at times he uses the influences of his own followers, people we know at times our own thoughts, our eyes and ears anything where he can get a small opening to gain access to our lives to destroy our walk with Christ. Our prayer is for God to protect us from Satan’s attacks. Let’s beware of the little things we allow.

 

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Christian, you and I still sin! Maybe not as the Psalmist David did but in different ways before a holy God. What do you do now? In Psalm 51 David goes directly to the only one that can help that is God Himself. “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:15. He relied on the character of God, His mercy and his lovingkindness. He looks to God alone to blot out his sins, to make him clean again. He is repentant he turns away from his sin confesses that he did wrong, offers no excuses. He was troubled by his sin , he had no peace. As with the psalmist a Christians’ sin always troubles him. The psalmists’ plea blot out my transgressions, wash me from my iniquity, cleanse me from my sin, purge me. Hide thy face from my sin. He wanted to be restored to that pure, clean close fellowship he had with God is the past. As Christians we have the invitation from God to confess and repent of our sin He promises to forgive them and also to forget them . The Psalmist wanted the joy of his fellowship with God restored when Christians sin in any way we lose the joy we have of God in our daily life. With the Psalmist there was confession without excuse, forgiveness by God. His joy in God, His Word and life was restored. We have the opportunity to follow the same path confession, repentance and restoration to intimate fellowship with God. Because of the price Jesus paid on the Cross of Calvary. But always remember God will forgive and restore our relation with Him. But the consequences of our sins don’t vanish, the fruit produced by sin may well come to its’ full hurt. We never know where the first step toward sin will lead a look a action or a word will end. When David was restored He committed to teach, tell others of the ways of God so others could be restored. Christians tell others of your salvation and the love of God. In our daily walk lets follow the hymn writers words “let between my soul and my savior”.
Nothing between my soul and my Savior, Naught of this world’s delusive dream; I have renounced all sinful pleasure; Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between. Nothing between, like worldly pleasure; Habits of life, though harmless they seem, Must not my heart from Him ever sever; He is my all, there’s nothing between. Nothing between, like pride or station; Self or friends shall not intervene; Though it may cost me much tribulation, I am resolved, there’s nothing between. Nothing between, e’en many hard trials, Though the whole world against me convene; Watching with prayer and much self-denial, I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between. . Refrain: Nothing between my soul and my Savior, So that His blessed face may be seen; Nothing preventing the least of His favor; Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.
Psalm 51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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The Heart
Out of the heart comes our thoughts, speech and actions. For a pure life keep the heart clean. What’s put in through the eyes, ears in to the mind will come out. What’s in the heart, mind will come out in life eventually. Dwelling in the heart on the inner beauty of Christ, His might, glory, majesty and character will come our in our daily life in our thoughts, speech and actions. One day all the wrongs we see will be made right when Christ returns to reign on earth. Christ loves righteousness and hates wickedness, sin. As Christians we need to never tolerate, compromise on the sins, wrong and wickedness we see today even the “little sins”. But as we remember Christ’ love for us with out us deserving it, we should show that love to others. Love the person but hate the sin. Never let our hate for sin be directed to hate for the person. Just remember, pray for their need of salvation or restoration to fellowship with Christ. Always remember what Jesus did for you so we could be forgiven and have fellowship with Him. He paid our price of redemption as He suffered and died on the cross of Calvary all because of His love for us, all sinners. Read Matthew chapter 27 often as a reminder of what price He paid so we/ you and I could be forgiven. Psalm 45 My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. 3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. 4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. 5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. 6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. 7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad. 9 Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. 10 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; 11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him. 12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour. 13 The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. 14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee. 15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace. 16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. 17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

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As we close this Christmas day of celebrating the Birth of Jesus the babe in the manger. The gifts have been given and received, opened and enjoyed, the meal is finished. The one main thing for us to remember is this was the first day of His 33yr walk to the Cross of Calvary. Where He would suffer scourging and crucifixion to pay the penalty for our sins. And as Barabbas the guilty was set free and the innocent Jesus was condemned we too can be set free when we accept His gift of love for us. Matthew 27 tell of the event, we should all read and reread it.

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Sin – two classes
Here we have a brother in Christ, we see sinning should we pray for him, that’s the question. The apostle gives two classes of sin; a sin unto death, a sin not unto death. The attitude of judge not is loudly proclaimed in some Christian circles today. But we are to make judgment regarding sin according to God’s Word. There are at least two incidents in the New Testament where sin led to physical death. In Acts 5:1-10 Ananias and Sapphira lied about their giving to the believers, which is also lying to the Holy Spirit they immediately died. The other is at the communion celebration in remembrance of the suffering and death of Jesus 1st Corinthians 11:23-30. Many died because of their attitude and actions at this ceremony. This is a sacred time when believers stop and remember what it cost Jesus to pay for our sin. A time to examine yourself, any know sin to be confessed and forsaken . then take careful though as we take the bread and juice in remembrance of Jesus. This sin unto death may not be clearly defined as to it’s exact nature there are many and various thoughts. So let’s just be extremely careful and not trifle with any sin. A road started down sometimes is difficult to turn around before it’s too late and tragedy strikes. Let’s pray for our love ones and those we see walking in or near sin away from God in their lives. 1st John 5:16-17 “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death; I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. “

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Our Example…1st John 2:6-11

The standard is Jesus as He walked on earth, the apostle John encourages professing believers to walk/live as Jesus did , that is with His devotion to the Father’s will. The needed time spent in prayer and His love and compassion for all people. One who is walking in the light, that is in fellowship with Christ cannot hate his brother. This if following the example of Jesus goes beyond just other family members and other believers. When we see others living in sin going totally against what the Bible teaches. Christ never condemned them, even the woman living in open sin with a man. When the lost live in sin, what else can be expected because of their nature. Some live good moral lives without Christ their condition may not be revealed until the final judgment. We look around and at times are amazed at the actions we see. Just recently it was seen  again just how far those in darkness can go without remorse in the beheading of two American journalist. And the other mass killings of men,  women and children by  those still in darkness. In the book of Revelation it speaks of those in the future who will be beheaded for their Christian faith. What we see today is just leading up to the things that will happen without stopping during the coming Tribulation period after the Christians are taken up at the Rapture. Our challenge as believers is to walk in our daily lives looking to Christ as our example in thoughts, attitudes and actions. To lobe the unsaved and present the truth of God with love. Remember the blind don’t see the light. Examine your life by the Word and be sure you also are in the light and not in darkness. The invitation for salvation is open to all. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son , that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” 1st Corinthians 5:17  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.” 1st John 2:6-11

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