The 18th of February 2017

We adjusted our Prayer Watch time from 12:00nn to 6:00pm to 6:00am to 12:00nn. All for the purpose of a mission: to go to Pampanga and have my Parent-in-Law accept the Lord.

We are just hoping for the best. We do not know how it will be.

So we traveled on the same day to Pampanga. Late afternoon, we arrived. Dinner. After dinner, we’re ready for bed – but we do intend to praise and worship the Lord and pray. My wife invited her parents if they wish to join – at least listen. They did!

By God’s grace, after a few song – I started to pray. God’s wisdom is indeed way too awesome compared to ours. No mind can conceive what He has prepared.

I was lead by the Holy Spirit into prayer – a prayer preaching. Asking the Lord to remind us of all the good things He has done for us. Since, we are singing that He is good, that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. We just started thanking Him for all the good things He has done for us, and every great gift we received. Even our life! our breath! Then I mentioned about His love for us – in prayer. How He loved us and where is it written in the Bible. How we need a Savior – since we cannot save ourselves and that Jesus is the Savior, the only Name given to whom salvation may be found and that all authority in heaven and in earth was given to Him, that He is the only way to the Father, the truth and the Life. That in His presence, there is freedom – from sickness, from worries, from weakness. That in Him, if we believe, we will have eternal life.

Then, I invited them to accept the Lord. They just obliged. I asked twice if they are willing. They followed the prayer and all glory and honor to God! They received and accepted the Lord!

It was an open heaven!

Right after they received, I prayed for Healing! For Peace, and Joy in their hearts!

I then followed the instructions of the Holy Spirit. I anointed them to receive the following:

  1. Eternal Life
  2. Renewed Strength
  3. Healing

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Then, I started talking about how to pray and taught them. We also prayed for the desires of their heart. Among which are as follows:

  • For love to bind the entire family, from their Children down to the Grandchildren
  • For the students in the whole family to finish study and graduate
  • For a prosperous life of their Children down to the grandchildren
  • For their long life

My wife Cora showed them too, what to read in the Psalms. But we trust the Lord for their teachings. I already mentioned to them the Life in Christ teaching. It will happen soon…

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God worked and moved mightily! We prayed for this! We do not know exactly how it will happen but it did! The power of an earnest prayer of the righteous! James 5:16

Worth mentioning too, before this day, is the acceptance too of Lola Siony! She’s already 92, and she believed and accepted the Lord – by witnessing a praise and worship done by the CLSF Paco, House of Prayer, in our Friday Night Shabbat!

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All glory to Him who enables!

by Mar Marilag 20-February-2017

 

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What’s Next After Acceptance?

Congratulations!

You are saved now! You are a Son of God! You are now redeemed!

What’s next?

Time now to learn. To be equipped. To know the things about the God you accepted. Otherwise, if you will not change and press-on, you just might not grow spiritually in the Lord.

God loves you and you cannot change that. You cannot be separated from His love. He made a way for you to know His Son. He even gave you the freedom of choice to choose if you will accept Him or not – we know the consequences. The Lord Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father…

  1. You need to be baptized.
  2. You will have to spend time reading His Word – the Bible.
  3. You will have to listen, read on the teaching New Life in Christ.
    1. To learn how to pray
    2. To learn how it is to be a Christian
    3. To learn how to worship2_corinthians_5_17-dupe-close-800x800

You will be changed by starting to change how you think. We will pick it up from here…

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Ephesians 4:21-23 New Living Translation
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

Colossians 3:8-10 New Living Translation
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

How is this possible? You will learn this in the Teaching – New Life in Christ.

Learn more about our Jesus…about our Abba Father:

Series #1 God is Just

Series #2 God is Love

Series #3 God is Merciful

Series #4 God is Able

All glory and honor and thanks and praise to God!

By Mar Marilag 16-February-2017

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OUR ABBA FATHER

Series #4

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Scripture Reference: Berean Study Bible

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

  • all grace – the enabling power of God! This must also include His divine provision!

Ephesians 3:21-21 Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

  • more than all we ask or imagine – that is already infinite, limited only by our mind, and His power at work within us (The Holy Spirit’s gifts!)

Romans 16:25 New Living Translation
Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time.

  • now think about any weakness you may have…

Live to glorify God! Serve one another! Humble yourselves before the Lord! Excel!

Ecclesiastes 7:16 New American Standard Bible
Do not be excessively righteous and do not be overly wise. Why should you ruin yourself?

1 Peter 4:10 As good stewards of the manifold grace of God, each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve one another.

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

2 Corinthians 8:7 But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness, and in the love we inspired in you–see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

Romans 1:5 Through Him and on behalf of His name, we received grace and apostleship to call all those among the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.

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Our God is Able. No doubt about that. If we doubt, then we are not worthy of Him at all. Doubt is not from God. All things are possible to Him. Nothing is even impossible to Him. It would benefit you most if you would allow Him to rule and reign in your life.

by Mar Marilag 13-Feb-2017

See Also: Series #1 / Series #2 / Series #3

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
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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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