Thanks Praise Worship

Thank God! Praise Him! Worship Him!

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Only God is worthy of it all! Our thanksgiving, our praise, and our worship.

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For WHO He is.

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

Lamentations 3:22
The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease.

Malachi 3:6
“I am the LORD, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.

Amos 5:8
It is the LORD who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. He turns darkness into morning and day into night. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The LORD is his name!

Jeremiah 23:24
Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the LORD.

Psalm 18:30
God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.

Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

Psalm 102:25
Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands

Proverbs 5:21
For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes

Hebrews 4:13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

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For WHAT He does.

Daniel 2:22
He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light.

Job 5:15
He rescues the poor from the cutting words of the strong, and rescues them from the clutches of the powerful.

Job 12:22
He uncovers mysteries hidden in darkness; he brings light to the deepest gloom.

Job 34:21
“For God watches how people live; he sees everything they do.

Jeremiah 16:17
I am watching them closely, and I see every sin. They cannot hope to hide from me.

Psalm 15:3
The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Psalm 35:10 With every bone in my body I will praise him: “LORD, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”

Psalm 7:10
God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right.

  • Psalm 32:11
    So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Psalm 97:10
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.

Psalm 103:10
He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

Psalm 145:19 He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.

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For WHAT He gives.

James 1:17
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

Matthew 7:11
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

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As an act of thanksgiving, praise and worship to God, we ought to:

Jonas 2:9 But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone.”

Psalm 50:14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.

  • Psalm 50:23 But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him.

Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

Romans 15:1-2 We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.

Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority. (meditate on the right application of this word)

  • Acts 4:19 But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 7:23 God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.

Ephesians 5:20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

James 4:15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

Hebrews 9:14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Philippians 3:2-4 Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 1:15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.

  • Leviticus 19:2 “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

1 John 3:16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

1 John 4:11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

Baruch Hashem Adonai

by Mar Marilag 12-Feb-2017

Scripture Reference is New Living Translation unless otherwise indicated.

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ONLY JESUS

Only The Lord Can.

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New Living Translation
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” – for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.

New Living Translation
For nothing is impossible with God.” – A barren woman conceived a son…

With me, or even with you, there’s so much impossibilities. The limited knowledge we know of what’s possible is far outweighed by the impossibility. But if we take it to God – it’s a totally different matter.

Luke 4:18-19 New Living Translation
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.”

Jesus did exactly what was written in the Scripture when He Himself read the scroll in the synagogue.

But not everything in this context is physical.

EPHESIANS 6:12 New Living Translation
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 New Living Translation
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

There are things unseen by the naked eyes. Chains. Prison Cells. Walls. The Oppressor. With these things, ONLY Jesus, our Sovereign Lord can help us. 

ACTS 26:17-18 New Living Translation
And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

Prayer is not enough. You will need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding – something beyond your regular vision can see. You need to find a way to hear the healing, liberating news that you really are loved and forgiven by God, our loving Father. 

2 CORINTHIANS 2:11 New International Version
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

We are not unaware. We know. But we need help. We need power beyond what we have in the physical. We need to fight the battle in Christ – for the Battle is the Lord’s!

Only Jesus. Only Jesus can help. Only Jesus can rescue. Only Jesus can free you!

by Mar Marilag 10-February-2017

Lucas 1:37 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Sapagka’t walang salitang mula sa Dios na di may kapangyarihan.

Mateo 19:26 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
At pagtingin ni Jesus ay sinabi sa kanila, Hindi mangyayari ito sa mga tao; datapuwa’t sa Dios ang lahat ng mga bagay ay mangyayari.

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KILALANIN SI HESUS!

Mahal ka ng Diyos.

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Mahal ka ng Diyos. Ang Diyos ay ang ating Ama sa langit na may likha ng langit at lupa. Ibinigay Nya si Hesus, ang nagiisa at kaisa-isang anak, upang sumampalataya tayo sa Kaniya at maligtas sa siguradong kapahamakan. Mahal ka ng Diyos anuman ang nagawa mo sa nakaraan at nakalipas. 

Juan 3:16 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Sapagka’t gayon na lamang ang pagsinta ng Dios sa sanglibutan, na ibinigay niya ang kaniyang bugtong na Anak, upang ang sinomang sa kaniya’y sumampalataya ay huwag mapahamak, kundi magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan.

New Living Translation
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Juan 17:3 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
At ito ang buhay na walang hanggan, na ikaw ay makilala nila na iisang Dios na tunay, at siyang iyong sinugo, sa makatuwid baga’y si Jesucristo.

New Living Translation
And this is the way to have eternal life–to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

Juan 15:9 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Kung paanong inibig ako ng Ama, ay gayon din naman iniibig ko kayo: magsipanatili kayo sa aking pagibig.

New Living Translation
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.

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KAILANGAN MO NG TULONG

Juan 3:19 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
At ito ang kahatulan, na naparito ang ilaw sa sanglibutan, at inibig pa ng mga tao ang kadiliman kay sa ilaw; sapagka’t masasama ang kanilang mga gawa.

New Living Translation
And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.

Juan 8:24 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Sinabi ko nga sa inyo, na kayo’y mangamamatay sa inyong mga kasalanan: sapagka’t malibang kayo’y magsisampalataya na ako nga ang Cristo, ay mangamamatay kayo sa inyong mga kasalanan.

New Living Translation
That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”

Juan 3:18 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Ang sumasampalataya sa kaniya ay hindi hinahatulan; ang hindi sumasampalataya ay hinatulan na, sapagka’t hindi siya sumampalataya sa pangalan ng bugtong na Anak ng Dios.

New Living Translation
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.

ANG LAHAT AY NAGKASALA AT NANGANGAILANGAN NG KALIGTASAN

Mga Taga-Roma 3:23 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Sapagka’t ang lahat ay nangagkasala nga, at hindi nangakaabot sa kaluwalhatian ng Dios;

New Living Translation
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Mga Taga-Roma 6:23 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Sapagka’t ang kabayaran ng kasalanan ay kamatayan; datapuwa’t ang kaloob na walang bayad ng Dios ay buhay na walang hanggan kay Cristo Jesus na Panginoon natin.

New Living Translation
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Pahayag 20:15 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
At kung ang sinoman ay hindi nasumpungang nakasulat sa aklat ng buhay, ay ibinulid sa dagatdagatang apoy.

New Living Translation
And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

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SI HESUS LAMANG ANG TAGAPAGLIGTAS, ANG NAG-AALIS NG KASALANAN, AT DAAN PATUNGO SA AMANG DIYOS

Mga Gawa 4:12 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
At sa kanino mang iba ay walang kaligtasan: sapagka’t walang ibang pangalan sa silong ng langit, na ibinigay sa mga tao, na sukat nating ikaligtas.

New Living Translation
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Juan 1:29 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Nang kinabukasan ay nakita ni Juan si Jesus na lumalapit sa kaniya, at sinabi, Narito, ang Cordero ng Dios, na nagaalis ng kasalanan ng sanglibutan!

New Living Translation
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Juan 14:6 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Sinabi sa kaniya ni Jesus, Ako ang daan, at ang katotohanan, at ang buhay: sinoman ay di makaparoroon sa Ama, kundi sa pamamagitan ko.

New Living Translation
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Juan 3:36 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Ang sumasampalataya sa Anak ay may buhay na walang hanggan; nguni’t ang hindi tumatalima sa Anak ay hindi makakakita ng buhay, kundi ang poot ng Dios ay sumasa kaniya.

New Living Translation
And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”

TANGGAPIN MO SI JESUS, ANG PANGINOON!

Juan 1:12 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Datapuwa’t ang lahat ng sa kaniya’y nagsitanggap, ay pinagkalooban niya sila ng karapatang maging mga anak ng Dios, sa makatuwid baga’y ang mga nagsisisampalataya sa kaniyang pangalan:

New Living Translation
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Juan 10:28 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
At sila’y binibigyan ko ng walang hanggang buhay; at kailan ma’y hindi sila malilipol, at hindi sila aagawin ng sinoman sa aking kamay.

New Living Translation
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,

Juan 5:24 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Katotohanan, katotohanang sinasabi ko sa inyo, Ang dumirinig ng aking salita, at sumasampalataya sa kaniya na nagsugo sa akin, ay may buhay na walang hanggan, at hindi mapapasok sa paghatol, kundi lumipat na sa kabuhayan mula sa kamatayan.

New Living Translation
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

SI HESUS AY KAIBIGAN

Juan 15:14 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Kayo’y aking mga kaibigan, kung gawin ninyo ang mga bagay na aking iniuutos sa inyo.

New Living Translation
You are my friends if you do what I command.

MANATILI SA PANGINOON

Juan 15:5 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
Ako ang puno ng ubas, kayo ang mga sanga: Ang nananatili sa akin, at ako’y sa kaniya, ay siyang nagbubunga ng marami: sapagka’t kung kayo’y hiwalay sa akin ay wala kayong magagawa.

New Living Translation
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

HUMINGI SA PANGALAN NI HESUS

Juan 16:24 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905) Hanggang ngayo’y wala pa kayong hinihinging anoman sa pangalan ko: kayo’y magsihingi, at kayo’y tatanggap, upang malubos ang inyong kagalakan.

New Living Translation
You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

Juan 14:13 Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)
At ang anomang inyong hingin sa aking pangalan, ay yaon ang aking gagawin, upang ang Ama ay lumuwalhati sa Anak.

New Living Translation
You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.

PANALANGIN / PRAYER

Ama naming nasa langit, alam ko po na ako ay nagkasala at nangangailangan ng Inyong kapatawaran. Naniniwala ako na namatay ang Inyong Anak na si Hesu-Kristo sa krus para sa akin. Nakahanda po akong magsisi at talikuran ang aking mga kasalanan. Buong pananampalataya ko pong inaanyayahan ngayon ang Panginoong Hesus na pumasok sa aking puso at buhay bilang sarili kong tagapagligtas. Nakahanda po ako ngayon, sa Inyong tulong at biyaya, na sumunod kay Hesus bilang Panginoon ng aking buhay. Amen.

Our Father in heaven, I know that I have sinned and is in need of your forgiveness. I believe that your Son Jesus Christ died on the cross for me. I am ready to repent and renounce my sins. In full faith I invite the Lord Jesus right now to enter my heart and my life as my personal Savior. I am ready now, with your help and grace, to follow Jesus as the Lord of my life. Amen.

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Saved BUT Undelivered

All Christians are saved.
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I hope we won’t have to argue about that.
Let’s see. Are we really saved?
  • We believed in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – that His name is above all names and that all authority in heaven and on earth is given Him. He redeemed us from our sins and cause us to be right in the eyes of God. He is the one and ONLY mediator between us men and God!
ACTS 10:43 New Living Translation
He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.”
ACTS 4:12 New Living Translation
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
1 TIMOTHY 2:5 New Living Translation
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–the man Christ Jesus.
MATTHEW 28:18 Berean Study Bible
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
When you believed our Lord Jesus Christ – you got saved! Others received the baptism (Acts 8:15) later on, and the teachings, but still – saved in the first place.
MARK 16:16 Berean Study Bible
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
ROMANS 10:13 Berean Study Bible
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
ACTS 2:21 Berean Study Bible
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
And we can only call on the Lord’s name when we know His name – His being.
ACTS 2:38 Berean Study Bible
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Repentance is required before the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Repentance, for the forgiveness of sins and baptism of the Holy Spirit, for us to received the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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5Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

9But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) 10And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you lifed because you have been made right with God. 11The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

12Therefore, dear brothers and sisters,e you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,f you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are childreng of God.

15So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.h Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”i 16For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

Now we are sons and daughters of the living God! Are we?
However, despite being saved, despite being sons and daughters of the living God, there are situations and things in us that we are not yet able to get free from. This is where deliverance is needed. To set us free from this particular situation or being.
de·liv·er·ance
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noun
the action of being rescued or set free.
“prayers for deliverance”
From what situation? From what being?
LUKE 4:18 Berean Study Bible
“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
MATTHEW 11:5 New International Version
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
When the Lord proclaimed the good news and forgive the sins of the people, they also get healed from whatever they need healing from. That must include the inner – our emotions. I believe that we cannot thank or praise God with a heavy heart or even when we are sad. So there must be a deliverance from :
  1. Emotional problems –
  • Irritable to others. An irritable question. Do you know one?
  • Little or No tolerance from expectations or demands
  • When offended, feelings of anger, hate and resentment rise up
  • Overly sensitive – easily angered and lashed-out
  • Hard to forgive
  • Hard to feel loved
  • Easily frustrated
  • Retaliation urges
  • Irresponsible behavior
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • ..and many more
  1. Unclean Spirits – to name a few…
  • Spirits of bondage – which must be broken
  • Spirits of addiction, lust, perversion
  • Spirits of rebellion
  • Spirits of witchcraft, divination and the occult – which must be renounced

REVELATION 16:13-14 Berean Study Bible
And I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs, coming from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. They are demonic spirits who work miracles and go out to all the rulers of the world to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty.

MATTHEW 8:3 Berean Study Bible
Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said, “be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

…and last but not the least – Demons.

1 TIMOTHY 4:1 New Living Translation
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.

2 THESSALONIANS 2:3 Berean Study Bible
Let no one deceive you in any way, for it will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness (the son of destruction) is revealed.

EPHESIANS 5:6 Berean Study Bible
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience.

1 SAMUEL 15:23

New International Version
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

New Living Translation
Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

DEUTERONOMY 18:10-11 New Living Translation
For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead.

v.12 …Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…

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Detestable practices…abominations to the Lord.

Such as…but not necessarily it. May or may not be the case for the Christian that you are BUT may or may not be to someone you know who accepted Christ and is still in bondage or torment of the spirits from their ancestors.

I have met Christians who say they are Christians but is the opposite of what I know our Lord Jesus Christ is. 

  • Have you met a Christian who doesn’t know how to pray? The Lord prays a lot.
  • Have you met one who is always frustrated or easily saddened? The Lord is filled with joy. John 15:11
  • Have you met a Christian who is always sick? Or you know someone? The Lord heals.
  • Have you met someone who is tormented by demons? The Lord cast them out. Mark 3:15 even authorized the disciples.

MATTHEW 4:24 New Living Translation
News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed–he healed them all.

MATTHEW 11:5 New International Version
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

As Christians, we ought to be living our life in Christ – a rich and satisfying life in Him, with Him and for Him.

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JOHN 10:10 New Living Translation
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

But there’s an unseen battle – a battle with the unseen! Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they are not real. Angels and Demons and Spirits are real! As real as the Holy Spirit of the living God, our Sovereign Lord!

EPHESIANS 6:12 Berean Study Bible
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

How can someone see the unseen when he is afraid? The gift of an open spiritual eye is for the fearless and the brave whose trust is in the Lord. Demons are horrific. Unclean Spirits are disgusting. Evil Spirits are in many forms, and can be terrifying. If you would see them, would you run? Remember, an open spiritual eye is not limited to the heavenly beings. There’s Hell too!

So, are you saved and delivered or are you saved and undelivered? Seek the Lord and know for yourself. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal this to you. If you really are a son of the living God, you alone can answer that.

Remember, only the unbelievers can be possessed. Believers, however, can be influenced, or deceived, or both.

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All glory and honor to our loving God and Father!

by Mar Marilag 9-February-2017

Isaiah 49:9 New Living Translation
I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’ They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare.

Proverbs 17:11 New International Version
Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them.

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COME, BE SAVED!

This is what we are before –

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From Head to Toe:

  • We believe we are saved.
  • We feel saved.
  • We are richly blessed with good things.
  • We believe we are good. We know in our hearts that we are good – we do not offend anybody nor do anybody any harm. 
  • We may also be holders of some title – and are also religious.
  • We may have so many friends and is richly blessed with great success.
  • We may also be in a state of so much problem, confusion, in deep hatred, lack of satisfaction, perplexion, lost (lacking direction), unsure of the future, hopeless (in a particular situation), feeling unloved or isolated or lonely, full of despair, always sick, is in fear of many things, tormented, etc.

The good news is this: No matter what we think or feel about ourselves or our state or even when we don’t ever thought of God, or Jesus – we are loved!

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John 3:16 Berean Study Bible
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

However, the Kingdom of God – or God’s reign in our lives is not about emotions or feelings. It’s about what He says – and what we do about it.

Remember, no matter what we do or say or even believe, God is the same. He is still God and we are still His creation. No matter what we say or do or even believe, He still love us. Such love never change since God also is the same, yesterday, today and forever!

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So this could only mean, we need to know God first – for us to accept Him in our lives, right?

Romans 10:14 Berean Study Bible
How then can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach?

This also means, we need to know our current state and what we need to do about it? Right? We also need to understand why we need God! Right?

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Here’s the many reasons why you need to know God and why you should accept Him in your life, and then eventually live your life in Him:

(You will see the following scriptures or word of God or Bible verses in the New Testament. Just browse thru the index or table of contents. The list of the book or letters followed by the chapter # and then the verse #.)

1 Timothy 2:1-4 Berean Study Bible
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

  • We are called to pray, intercede, to send our petitions to God. If you will accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, you will definitely learn how to pray – since you will also learn that He is the one to whom you should be praying to, only! 
  • We ought to give thanks to God for our lives. This will be supported by a whole lot of scriptures later in this text.
  • God wants us to be saved. Saved from our current state –
    • away from God, and far away from Jesus, our Lord and Savior
    • independent from God, our loving Father
    • alien, even to the will of God in our lives
  • God wants us to come to the knowledge of the truth. The truth about what we believe for the longest time. The truth may only be found in Jesus! By accepting Him.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 Berean Study Bible
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all–the testimony that was given at just the right time.

This is our God! our Savior! He ransomed us from Sin! – from sure death so that we can be reconciled to God and be saved!

Galatians 1:3-5 Berean Study Bible
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

  • Jesus died for our sins to rescue us – from sure death under God’s wrath
  • This is our God, our Father’s will – that we be rescued or saved from this evil age of the present time.

Our God, who is also our Father is the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. The story of creation may be found and read in the Book of Genesis. Now, His only son, Jesus, is our Savior – the one who saves us from death and the wrath of God. He is also our Lord! To know God, you must know Jesus first – and all the things He has done. 

BUT – and that is a big one and in bold letters, you need to believe. You must believe. It’s the very first step to your salvation – for you to be saved. Believing in the Lord Jesus is accepting Him! Salvation may also require your deliverance from something. Freedom is in Christ! 

What must you do? See the following verses of the Apostles’ encounter with those who hears them:

Acts 2:37-38 Berean Study Bible
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Believe (to Accept)
  2. Repent of your Sins – you will learn of your sins anyway if you will just ask about what the Bible says about it
  3. Confess or Proclaim that Jesus is Lord!
  4. Be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit

This is what the Lord Jesus told His disciples, when they sent them out to the world:

Mark 16:15-18 Berean Study Bible
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.”

John 3:18 Berean Study Bible
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Here, the Apostle John clearly states who our Lord Jesus is – God’s one and only Son! Then we become sons too!

John 1:12-13 Berean Study Bible
But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God.

John 3:36 Berean Study Bible
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.”

You will be able to understand this eternal life thing when you are already living in Christ. 

Acts 16:31 Berean Study Bible
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Romans 10:4-9 Berean Study Bible
Christ is the end of the Law, in order to bring righteousness to everyone who believes. For concerning the righteousness that is by the Law, Moses writes: “The man who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Now this is one instruction from Apostle Paul about accepting Christ. You must confess or proclaim or say that Jesus is Lord. Lord of your life. Lord of your every being. Body, Soul, and Spirit. And when you believe, believe in your heart!

Titus 3:1-5 Berean Study Bible
Remind the believers to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient and ready for every good work, to malign no one, and to be peaceable and gentle, showing full consideration to everyone. For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not by the righteous deeds we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of new birth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

Our God, is a loving Father and a merciful God. He knows everything about us. He is ready to listen and is always ready to take action for us if we would just rid ourselves of sin. 

Isaiah 59:2 New Living Translation
It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

I Corinthians 2:9 Berean Study Bible
Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

To love God is to be reconciled with Him first…

 

Come, be saved! Accept the Lord Jesus, and see for yourself the many things God has in store for you even before you were born. He knows you by name. He made you. He awaits this day when you will come home to Him – the day when you will start to know Him for who He truly is. 

John 14:6 Berean Study Bible
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

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Accepting and Believing in Christ Jesus our Lord is just the start of the journey. You will have to go on living with Him, and for Him. And we’d take it from there. What matters is that you be saved first…and be delivered after.

by Mar Marilag 8-February-2017

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What Hinders

When we pray, God listens.

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But He, our loving Father might not take action. He might even turn away from us. While He hears us, and is able to respond to us, he will not take any action on our request or plea for varied reasons:

WE HAVE A SIN. WE MUST CONFESS AND REPENT AND ASK FORGIVENESS FIRST – for the Lord to take action or even consider our plea.

  • John 9:31 New Living Translation
    We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.
  • Isaiah 1:15 New Living Translation
    When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.
  • Isaiah 59:2 New Living Translation
    It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

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HE LISTENS TO THOSE WHO FEAR HIM. The ones who avoid and hate evil. The ones with real understanding. The wise! The disciplined!

  • Proverbs 1:7 New Living Translation
    Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
  • Proverbs 6:12 New American Standard Bible
    A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
  • Proverbs 8:13 New Living Translation
    All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.
  • Proverbs 10:32 New Living Translation
    The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.
  • Proverbs 16:6 New Living Translation
    Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the LORD, people avoid evil.
  • Psalm 145:19 New Living Translation
    He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
per·verse
pərˈvərs/
adjective
  1. (of a person or their actions) showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.
  • Job 28:28 New Living Translation
    And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’
  • Deuteronomy 18:10 New International Version
    Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.
de·test·a·ble
dəˈtestəb(ə)l/
adjective
 deserving intense dislike.

Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.

  • 1 Samuel 2:3 English Standard Version
    Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

1 Samuel 15:23

  • New International Version
    For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

    New Living Translation
    Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”

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HE LISTENS TO HIS PEOPLE – THE ONES WHO LISTENS TO HIS VOICE.His listeners and followers are His obedient ones. The Righteous. The Godly. Disobedience is SIN. Disobedience is Unrighteousness.

  • Proverbs 15:29 New Living Translation
    The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
  • Psalm 4:3 New Living Translation
    You can be sure of this: The LORD set apart the godly for himself. The LORD will answer when I call to him.
  • Ephesians 5:6 New Living Translation
    Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.
  • 1 John 3:4 International Standard Version
    Everyone who keeps living in sin also practices disobedience. In fact, sin is disobedience.
  • 1 John 5:17 New Living Translation
    All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.
  • Romans 1:8 New Living Translation
    But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
  • Colossians 3:5-6 New Living Translation
    So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
  • Psalm 34:17 New Living Translation
    The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.
  • Psalm 100:3 New Living Translation
    Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

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HE LISTENS TO THOSE WHO DELIGHT IN HIM. He is pleased in the good we do to others rather than the offerings or sacrifices we bring. He calls the sinners to repentance – that He may listen to their prayers and take action – give them what they ask for. Our God is a generous God. We can never outgive Him. Who is like Him in all the earth? He created the heavens and the earth. 

  • 1 Samuel 15:22 New Living Translation
    But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
  • Hosea 6:6 New Living Translation
    I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
  • Matthew 9:13 New Living Translation
    Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
  • Matthew 12:7 New Living Translation
    But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’
  • Mark 12:32-33 New Living Translation
    The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”
  • Proverbs 21:3 New Living Translation
    The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.
  • Proverbs 15:8 New Living Translation
    The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.
  • Psalm 37:4 New Living Translation
    Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
de·light
dəˈlīt/
verb 
please (someone) greatly.
  1. “an experience guaranteed to delight both young and old”
    synonyms: please greatly, charm, enchant, captivate, entrance, thrill

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HE HAS HIS EYES AND EARS ON THE OPPRESSED, THE POOR, AND THE NEEDY. The Lord watches over them. He is their defender and protector.

  • Psalm 69:33 New Living Translation
    For the LORD hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people.
  • Job 36:5 New Living Translation
    “God is mighty, but he does not despise anyone! He is mighty in both power and understanding.
  • Psalm 22:24 New Living Translation
    For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.
  • Psalm 102:17 New Living Translation
    He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.
des·ti·tute
ˈdestəˌt(y)o͞ot/
adjective
 without the basic necessities of life.
  1. “the charity cares for destitute children”
    synonyms: penniless, poor, impoverished, poverty-stricken, impecunious, without a cent/penny (to one’s name

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IF YOU CRY, WOULD HE LISTEN? Plea then! You can never tell when you will be in a situation when all you can do is cry and ask the Lord for His mercy and help. This is a point of helplessness – but we must understand the power of God to whom we cry. He is All-powerful and more than able to give us what we ask, or even think of!

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May the Lord be pleased in us, and our prayers...

  • Psalm 141:2 New Living Translation
    Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.
  • 1 John 5:14 New Living Translation
    And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.
  • 1 Peter 2:19-20 New Living Translation
    For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.

God cannot be hindered. It is us who builds the wall that separates us from Him. We are the ones who fails to listen, and hear His loud voice. We are the ones who is blinded and cannot see His great mercy and love. Reconcile with God. Repent. Confess! So we may experience His abundant blessing and unfailing love in ways we cannot expect nor even think of!

by Mar Marilag 7-February-2017

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Our Abba Father

Series #3

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God is merciful. He made a way for us to be saved from our pitiful state in need of redemption. 

Prophet Nehemiah has a lot to say about this when he prayed for Israel. (Bible reference is Nehemiah Chapter 9 starting from verses 6-31) There’s so much to learn about this prayer.

“May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!

6“You alone are the LORD. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.

7“You are the LORD God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham. 8When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites. And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word.

9“You saw the misery of our ancestors in Egypt, and you heard their cries from beside the Red Sea.c 10You displayed miraculous signs and wonders against Pharaoh, his officials, and all his people, for you knew how arrogantly they were treating our ancestors. You have a glorious reputation that has never been forgotten. 11You divided the sea for your people so they could walk through on dry land! And then you hurled their enemies into the depths of the sea. They sank like stones beneath the mighty waters. 12You led our ancestors by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night so that they could find their way.

13“You came down at Mount Sinai and spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and instructions that were just, and decrees and commands that were good. 14You instructed them concerning your holy Sabbath. And you commanded them, through Moses your servant, to obey all your commands, decrees, and instructions.

15“You gave them bread from heaven when they were hungry and water from the rock when they were thirsty. You commanded them to go and take possession of the land you had sworn to give them.

16“But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands. 17They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt! But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them, 18even when they made an idol shaped like a calf and said, ‘This is your god who brought you out of Egypt!’ They committed terrible blasphemies.

19“But in your great mercy you did not abandon them to die in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud still led them forward by day, and the pillar of fire showed them the way through the night. 20You sent your good Spirit to instruct them, and you did not stop giving them manna from heaven or water for their thirst. 21For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not swell!

22“Then you helped our ancestors conquer kingdoms and nations, and you placed your people in every corner of the land.d They took over the land of King Sihon of Heshbon and the land of King Og of Bashan. 23You made their descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and brought them into the land you had promised to their ancestors.

24“They went in and took possession of the land. You subdued whole nations before them. Even the Canaanites, who inhabited the land, were powerless! Your people could deal with these nations and their kings as they pleased. 25Our ancestors captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took over houses full of good things, with cisterns already dug and vineyards and olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate until they were full and grew fat and enjoyed themselves in all your blessings.

26“But despite all this, they were disobedient and rebelled against you. They turned their backs on your Law, they killed your prophets who warned them to return to you, and they committed terrible blasphemies. 27So you handed them over to their enemies, who made them suffer. But in their time of trouble they cried to you, and you heard them from heaven. In your great mercy, you sent them liberators who rescued them from their enemies.

28“But as soon as they were at peace, your people again committed evil in your sight, and once more you let their enemies conquer them. Yet whenever your people turned and cried to you again for help, you listened once more from heaven. In your wonderful mercy, you rescued them many times!

29“You warned them to return to your Law, but they became proud and obstinate and disobeyed your commands. They did not follow your regulations, by which people will find life if only they obey. They stubbornly turned their backs on you and refused to listen. 30In your love, you were patient with them for many years. You sent your Spirit, who warned them through the prophets. But still they wouldn’t listen! So once again you allowed the peoples of the land to conquer them. 31But in your great mercy, you did not destroy them completely or abandon them forever. What a gracious and merciful God you are!

Another prophet who has prayed an intercession for God’s chosen people is Prophet Daniel. Chapter 9. Verses 3-19:

3So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes.

4I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:

“O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. 5But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. 6We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land.

7“Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. 8O LORD, we and our kings, princes, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. 9But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. 10We have not obeyed the LORD our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice.

“So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. 12You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem. 13Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the LORD our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. 14Therefore, the LORD has brought upon us the disaster he prepared. The LORD our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him.

15“O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. 16In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors.

17“O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary.

18“O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.

19“O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.”

In every prayer we must make confession, not only of the sins we have been guilty of, but of our faith in God, and dependence upon him, our sorrow for sin, and our resolutions against it. It must be our confession, the language of our convictions.

Afflictions are sent to bring men to turn from their sins, and to understand God’s truth. Here is a believing appeal to the mercy of God. It is a comfort that God has been always ready to pardon sin. It is encouraging to recollect that mercies belong to God, as it is convincing and humbling to recollect that righteousness belongs to him. There are abundant mercies in God, not only forgiveness, but forgivenesses.

In all our prayers this must be our plea, we must make mention of his righteousness, even of his only. The humble, fervent, believing earnestness of this prayer should ever be followed by us.

His prophets and the major characters of the Bible tells us of God’s mercy, His great and gracious mercy and compassion!

  • Psalm 78:38 New Living Translation
    Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury!
  • Numbers 14:18 New Living Translation
    The LORD is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected–even children in the third and fourth generations.
  • Deuteronomy 4:31 New Living Translation
    For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.
  • Lamentations 3:22 English Standard Version
    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; – This is a popular song!
  • Psalm 103:10 New Living Translation
    He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

The Lord God himself say who He is.

  • Exodus 34:5-6 New Living Translation
    Then the LORD came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh. The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

We ought to be merciful to others – especially the poor who has no one to cry out to but to God. We ought to be merciful since our Father, our God, is merciful.

  • Proverbs 21:13 New Living Translation
    Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
  • James 2:13 New Living Translation
    There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.
  • Matthew 5:7 New Living Translation
    God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Matthew 6:14 New Living Translation
    “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.

It’s a call from God, an order for us to follow, in our relationship to others:

  • Ephesians 4:32 New Living Translation
    Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
  • Colossians 3:12-13 New Living Translation
    Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
  • Mark 11:25 New Living Translation
    But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
  • Luke 6:37 New Living Translation
    “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
  • Jude 1:22-23 New Living Translation
    And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
  • Zechariah 7:9 New Living Translation
    “This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.”

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God’s love abides in mercy.

  • 1 John 3:17 New Living Translation
    If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion–how can God’s love be in that person?

What can we call ourselves when we refuse to be merciful? If our loving Father is merciful and we are not, what does that make of us? 

We should rejoice about our loving God’s mercy! We should be jumping and shouting with great jubilation of His tender heart! For our many offenses, He forgave us. For our shortcomings, He looked on us with love, and compassion, and care.

Time to start thinking and reconsidering our ways. Let us renew our mind. Mercy!

by Mar Marilag 7-February-2017

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