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Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

Acts 6:1-4   And in these days, as the disciples were multiplying in number, a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews occurred, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily dispensing.

And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them and said, It is not fitting for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables.

But brothers, look for seven well-attested men from among you, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this need.

But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word.

 

I’ve been impressed with the importance of prayer in relation to so many things.  And here in Acts chapter 6 we see what the early disciples had practiced.  They were first a praying people.  They just didn’t go out and do things randomly without praying first.  Second they were given to the ministry of the word!  How awesome!  But these two go together.  They are inseparable.  Don’t divorce yourself from prayer!  How many people are bold to speak many things in the name of God.  But how much prayer is there before God?  This is the real test.  This is a principle in the bible.  Another sidebar is that they were not alone they were a group.  There is something to be said for praying with others in twos or threes or more.  When we pray together there is more firepower (Matthew 18:19-20).  Their prayer afforded them the divine strength and power needed for the ministry of the word.  So their speaking had impact and surely was the Lord’s speaking.  They were truly the Lord’s continuation on the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christ a Light to the Gentiles and the Glory of Israel

Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation,

31 Which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples,

32 A light for revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel.

 

Acts 13:46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke boldly and said, It was necessary for the word of God to be spoken to you first. Since you thrust it away and do not judge yourselves worthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.

47 For so the Lord has commanded us, “I have set you as a light of the Gentiles, that you would be for salvation unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

48 And the Gentiles, hearing this, rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

 

 

These are some verses I have been enjoying recently.  The above verses are a quotation from Isaiah 49:6, where Christ is prophesied to be a light for the gentiles and the glory of his people Israel.  Since the jews had rejected Christ as the savior he and the apostles turned to the gentiles that the salvation of God would reach the entire earth!  Awesome!

 

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God has called us into his own kingdom and glory

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: While working night and day so as not to be burdensome to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

10 You are witnesses, as well as God, how in a holy and righteous and blameless manner we conducted ourselves toward you who believe,

11 Just as you know how we were to each one of you, as a father to his own children, exhorting you and consoling you and testifying,

12 So that you might walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Encouragement

 

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Words of Faith

Matthew 6:30  And if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is cast into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, you of little faith?

 

Luke 22:32 But I have made petition concerning you that your faith would not fail; and you, once you have turned again, establish your brothers.

 

Have faith in God!

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2011 in Christian Life, Encouragement, God

 

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Fellow Members of the Body of Christ

Ephesians 3:6 That in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the Body and fellow partakers of the promise through the gospel

Ephesians 2:16 And might reconcile both in one Body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity by it.

Every person, tribe, tongue, nation that has believed into and received Christ not only are genuine believers, Christians, children of God, fellow heirs but fellow members of Body of Christ.  When someone is regenerated and gets saved they spontaneously become a member of the Body.  You may have heard of the Lord Jesus Christ, God, redemption, our savior, and the Church.  But have you seen the Body of Christ?  Ephesians 1:22 says that the Church is the Body of Christ.  This subject will have to a topic of another post due to its colossal nature.  No matter race, background we may have we all become members of the Body of Christ.  Even fellow members.  Two peoples may have been enemies previously but after they both experience salvation and get filled in spirit they realize they are fellow members of the Body!  Because there is no race in the Body only Christ!

 

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LOVE GOD

Ephesians 6:24  Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruptibility.

Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

 

LOVE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 
 

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The Holy Spirit as the Pledge of Our Inheritance

13 In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,

14 Who is the pledge of our inheritance unto the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.

 

Praise the Lord for the gospel!  The good news!  We’ll I have nothing but good news today.  And that is the Holy Spirit as the pledge of our inheritance.  This pledge is a foretaste, a downpayment or guarantee of the full payment!  We will inherit God in full, but the pledge, the foretaste is the Holy Spirit!  Wonderful.

 

 

 

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