A WEEK OF PRAYER: DAY 2 – Seeking God in the Morning

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“The very first out-breathing of the soul in the morning should be for the presence of Jesus…Consecrate yourself in the morning; make this your very first work.” ~~Power of Prayer, p11

Mornings represent new beginnings. The grace and blessings it brings are as fresh as the morning dew. What better time to renew the heart and mind than in the early hours of the morning? It’s like starting on a new clean canvass and yesterday’s failure has no part in it. 

When I start my day with God, the duties and responsibilities of the day seem lighter. The usual trials are still there, but they have less power over me because of God’s grace. The mood and disposition are brighter and I do things more with love and cheerfulness. The opposite is true when I start my day without a prayer.

Let’s begin each day with prayer — with God, surrendering all our plans for the day to Him, that it would be “carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate.”  

“Let gratitude to God fill your hearts. When you rise in the morning, kneel at your bedside, and ask God to give you strength to fulfill the duties of the day, and to meet its temptations. Ask Him to help you to bring into your work Christ’s sweetness of character. Ask Him to help you to speak words that will inspire those around you with hope and courage, and draw you nearer to the Savior.” ~~Sons and Daughters of God, p199

A Week of Prayer: Day 1- The Privilege of Prayer

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7dayswithoutprayermakes1weakThere is nothing more important than prayer. It is the life source of our soul. Just as  temporal food is necessary for our physical health, so is prayer necessary for our  spiritual well-being. It is the secret of spiritual power.

With that, I decided to post something about prayer for a week. It’s more like a personal retreat and reformation through prayer.

Come! Join me and let’s strengthen one another through prayer!

Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend.” ~ Power of Prayer, p1

Oftentimes, we feel weary and heavily laden with insurmountable stress, anxiety, and problems that seem to be of no end. These burdens somehow makes apparent our survival or existence instead of living. We resort to things or people hoping they would be the solution to our day-to-day problems. We don’t realize that the shortest distance between our problems and the solution, is the distance between our knees and the floor.

We are left comfortless because we do not bring our worries to God. Prayer seems to exist only when we or our loved ones are in a very serious, life-threatening situation. Jesus bids us to bring to Him even are smallest cares and worries. Be it about what clothes or shoes to wear, tuition fees, mean boss, the dirty laundry, untidy house, a broken toy, a broken heart…

We cannot weary God’s ears in listening to our prayers. It is His delight to listen to what concerns us. Prayer is our direct access to God. Whenever we are assailed by temptations or feeling the grip of hopelessness, remember that it is our privilege to call upon Him for strength and that we posses the power to move heaven~~~ just PRAY!

“We may bring Him our little cares and perplexities as well as our greater troubles. Whatever arises to disturb or distress us, we should take it to the Lord in prayer.” ~ Power of Prayer, p2

Personal Prayer:

Our Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for the abundant blessings, grace and love that You are giving me, Your undeserving child. I thank You for giving me the privilege to talk to You through prayer. Thank you for always hearing my prayers, even the unspoken ones. I humbly submit myself to you and ask You to cleanse me from my unrighteousness. Please create a new heart in me and renew my spirit. Take away the sorrow and pride in my heart and teach me how to be humble and meek like Jesus. Give me grace that I may learn to walk in His footstep. Help me, Father, to live in such a way that the world may see Jesus in me and not myself.  And in times of trials and temptations, embrace me with Your sufficient grace that I may not sin against You. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for loving me, despite how sinful I am. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

 

Chiang Rai SDA Church Outreach Report

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Our Church is a mission-oriented church. We believe that our spiritual growth and nurturing is not limited to the four corners of the church building, but on a wide and vast mission field outside. Reaching out and sharing God’s love to the people around us, especially to children, is one way to follow Christ’s footsteps and example of ministering to His people.

 

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” — James 1:27

“…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” — Matthew 25:40

“The mission of the church is missions” – Oswald J. Smith

“It’s not that God has a mission for his Church in the world, but that God has a Church for his mission in the world” – Chris Wright

Wasted Knowledge

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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Matthew 2: 1-6

 I’m rereading my entire Bible and I am now in the book of Matthew. This morning for my devotional, I was reading this passage and there are 3 verses that struck me the most.  Even though I’ve read this passage unnumbered times since I was a kid, something in these verses captured my attention unlike before.

 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Pharisees with King HerodSo these so-called learned and educated men knew when and where Jesus would be born! And yet they didn’t even welcome Him with joyous heart and glad tidings. Their pride must have been soaring high that they would never acknowledge that the King of kings and Lord of lord was born in a humble manger. Blessed are the three wise men whom they termed as heathen for they discerned the times and they are ready to welcome the Messiah. The Savior of mankind was welcomed by  heathen and lowly people but rejected by His own people.

“These learned teachers [priests and scribes] would not stoop to be instructed by those whom they termed heathen. It could not be, they said, that God had passed them by, to communicate with ignorant shepherds or uncircumcised Gentiles. They determined to show contempt for the reports that were exciting King Herod and all Jerusalem. They would not even go to Bethlehem to see whether these things were so. And they led the people to regard the interest in Jesus as a fanatical excitement.” ~Desire of Ages, p.62, 63

 What a wasted knowledge! These learned teachers of the law have all the access and privilege to study and be acquainted with the prophecies about the coming Messiah. The very ones who were to be the vessel and keeper of truths failed to discern the times of His first advent.

 Are we in the same peril?

 We know many things about God than other people, yet we fail to witness to the family next door.

We can easily pull out from memory Bible verses anytime, anywhere, yet in times of problems we lack faith.

We can explain the most difficult and complicated Bible prophecies. — and yet we fail to discern the will of God!

We boast of our degrees and expertise in religion, and yet look our neighbors with censoring eyes.

Surely we do lack ONE thing!

 LOVE

Consider what Apostle Paul says,

 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:2

All we need is LOVE.

How Will You Answer God?

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The book of Malachi is a very interesting book for its different from the other books written by minor prophets.

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Meaning of the Name

The name Mal’aki means “My Messenger” and likely is an abbreviated version of Mal’aka (“Messenger of Yahweh”). In addition to Malachi being a messenger of God as a prophet, his message speaks of a coming messenger (2:7; 3″1). Although the Greek Septuagint translates the prophet’s name in 1:1 as “by the hand of his messenger,” its title is still Malachias and Maleachi in the Latin Vulgate. source: The Remnant Study Bible.

Reading the book of Malachi, a repeated pattern can be seen: God accuses His people Israel – Israel asks or verify God’s accusation – God explaining His accusations.

 

God’s Accusation

Israel’s Question God’s Explanation
  1. I have loved you Mal. 1:2
Wherein has thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob…
  1. If then I be a Father, where is mine honour? And if I be a Master, where is my fear? Mal. 1:6

Wherein have we despised thy name?

 

 

And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 1:8-11

  1. Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar. Mal. 1:7

 

 

Wherein have we polluted thee?

 

 

But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.

 

…and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering:

Mal. 1:12, 13

 

But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi,

Mal. 2:8

 

Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

Mal. 2:11

  1. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Mal. 2:13
Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Mal. 2:14-16

  1. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Mal. 2:17
Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Mal. 2:17

  1. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. Mal. 3:7

 

Wherein shall we return?  
  1. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. Mal. 3:8 

 

Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Mal. 3:8

  1. Your words have been stout against me. Mal. 3:13

 

What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

Mal. 3:14

“Noah: The Movie” Released Today On YouTube

A must-see movie! You’ll miss half of your life if you won’t see this.

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“Noah: The Movie” Released Today On YouTube

        Living Waters uploaded Noah: The Movie on YouTube today. It is about 30 minutes long and talks about what the Bible says about Noah and the Flood and gives some reasons to consider it as a fact, and explores some Bible prophecy for today, as well as a Gospel presentation. Hope all my readers will check it out.

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Atheists’ Anger All Seem To Come From The Same Complex

Exactly what I have in mind, but the author of this article expressed it much better than I could have myself.

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Atheists’ Anger All Seem To Come From The Same Complex

        It seems that much of all atheists’ anger comes from the same complex. The “‘God does not exist so I hate him for it. Oh wait, God does exist but he does not exist the way I want him to exist!'” complex. They hate God for “not existing” and then when evidence that points towards God existence and His truth says contrary they get even more upset because God does not exist the way they want him to. They elevate their own desires above God and their own lowly opinions and feelings above God’s perfect standards of truth and morality. So they then have to pretend God does not exist and delude themselves in order to feel good and ignore the guilt of sin. Much of it of course has to do with wanting to commit sinful…

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