I am self-restrained and behave prudently -- taking life seriously.
I show myself in all respects to be a pattern and a model of good deeds and works, teaching what is unadulterated, showing gravity (having the strictest regard for truth and purity of motive), with dignity and seriousness.
My instruction is sound and fit and wise and…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 15, 2010 at 7:22pm — No Comments
Wait and hope for and expect God; be brave and of good courage and
let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect
God. (Psalm 27:14)
Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed. Pr. 16:3
Hard work means prosperity, only fools idle away their time. Pr.…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 14, 2010 at 6:14pm — No Comments
1 Kings 19:9 9Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" (So the word of the Lord came to him "what are you doing here Elijah". This is one of the most important questions God…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 13, 2010 at 7:20pm — No Comments
Revelation 4:1,2 - After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.
A sign in front of a church said "we are just a…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 12, 2010 at 8:15pm — No Comments
Acts 1:4,8 - He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised. But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.
This power came through an encounter with God.
Some because of their fear of error, have said it's improper to seek for an experience with God.
For decades the church has…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 11, 2010 at 9:39pm — No Comments
John 1:51 - Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
Jesus is Jacob's ladder which we ascend and descend upon.
It is our calling in Christ to both go higher and go lower. We are called to ascend into the heavenly places and be seated with Him there, and at the same time descend to the…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 10, 2010 at 7:18pm — No Comments
Matthew 28:19 - Go therefore and make disciples of all nations....teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you.
A young man told his pastor "I'll pursue signs and wonders when I know I have more of the character of Christ in me."
As good as that sounds, it comes from a religious…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 9, 2010 at 6:34pm — No Comments
Matthew 24:12 - And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Satan wants you to become the temperature of the culture that surrounds you, a believer bound by a stone cold heart. By exposure to hardness and darkness in the times that we live in, our love and passion will begin to cool by degrees.
When you see churches and individual who do not have the energy to reach out,…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 8, 2010 at 4:48pm — No Comments
Acts 26:16 - But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.
Paul knew that King Agrippa's dad (King Agrippa I) was responsible at that time for the execution of James, one of the 12 disciples. Yet Paul made sure the truth was on…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 7, 2010 at 5:52pm — No Comments
John 1:16 - And of his fulness have all we received and grace for grace.
Most Christians believe God can do anything but experience very little. They believe that God can release His power in answer to prayer, but whether something comes to pass or not depends on their performance (ie. being holy, speaking right, studying the word. tithing, avoiding strife, etc).
This view short-circuits God's power…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 6, 2010 at 9:48pm — No Comments
Luke 8:14 - The seed among the thorns represents those who listen and believe God's words but whose faith afterwards is choked out by worry and riches and the responsibilities and pleasures of life. And so they are never able to help anyone else to believe the Good News.
Your enemy wants to subdue your awareness and release a slumbering spirit. In this state he can sell you on giving in to a confortable life thereby causing a corpse-like…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 5, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Acts 26:24-25 - Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, "Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!" But he (Paul) said, "I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason."
The words "beside yourself" mean to rave as a maniac, and it's the idea of incessant craving. Festus accused Paul of being crazy.
Modern culture is not drawn to…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 4, 2010 at 11:28pm — No Comments
Hebrews 4:16 - Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.
The Holy Spirit was sent to convict us of sin, and He will point out our sin.
The remedy is to repent. Repentance is not just turning away from the sin, but it is turning to the Lord. If we only take a half step of turning from the sin, we will fall…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 3, 2010 at 8:40pm — No Comments
Colossians 1:12,13 - Giving thanks unto the Father ...Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath traslated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.
Many believers limit God without even realizing it by training their eyes on the limited resources of this world rather than the unlimited riches of God's Kingdom.
Their faith fails when they think of the troubled economy on the earth or of the scarcity…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 2, 2010 at 9:55pm — No Comments
Matthew 22:29 - You are wrong because you know neither the scriptures nor God's power.
In this passage Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for their ignorance of the scriptures and God's power. What was the cause?
They didn't allow the scriptures to lead them to God. They didn't understand......not really understand. The word "know" in this passage speaks of "personal experience." They tried to learn apart from…Continue
Added by Albert Finch on August 1, 2010 at 10:53pm — No Comments