Monday, July 2, 2018

Stand Firm

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10–13 (KJV)


John Phillips Outline of Ephesians

  1. Introduction 1:1-2
  2. The Christian and His Blessings 1:3-3
  3. The Christian and His Behavior 4:1-6:9
  4. The Christian and His Battles 6:10-20
  5. Conclusion 6:21-24

Most of the epistle deals with relationships with God, the Body of Christ (the church), the family, and the community. Ephesians 6:10-20 give ultimate instruction on how to live Christian in a non-Christian world. We must be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. The born-again life, the spiritual life, is far more powerful, superior, and significant than the life of flesh and blood. It must be lived in Christ, in His Spirit. We must be filled with the Spirit.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5

This is why so many spiritual battles are lost. We try to fight them in the flesh rather than in the Spirit. All of salvation is wrapped up in the Savior. His power and grace are sufficient for our every need, even in the hardest spiritual battles of life.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Be Strong in the Lord

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:10–13 (KJV)


The way to live more Christian is to have more Christ.

30 He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30

27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Col 1:27

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Phil 3:10

This is the life of the disciple of Christ. Self is diminished as the spiritual life in Christ is increased. It is done by the power of God unto salvation.

Be strong in the Lord. As an aging senior adult ai find my body is weakening. Energy levels are not what they once were. But the inner man, but God’s grace is strengthening day by day.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Cor 4:16

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Battle Ready

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:10–13 (KJV)

I was a firefighter in Greenville SC in the early 70’s. I used to dream that the fire bell would go off in the middle of the night, and I would pull on my turn-outs that were right beside me bed. Jump down the poll, and onto the truck. My helmet and gloves were ready as the truck was pulling out. But I could not find my fire coat. It was a nightmare. Every piece of the protective gear is needed if you are going into a house fire.

Every piece of God’s armor is needed if we are going to stand against the enemy as he throws everything at us that he can find. God’s armor is an analogical portrait of God’s provision for His people as they face the enemy within and without. Those who put on His armor have put on Christ, they have given careful attention to their need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They are ready of battle.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Real Enemy

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:10–13 (KJV)

We wrestle not against flesh and blood. Our battle is not with family members, church family members, people in school, work, traffic, or elsewhere. I used to say that my worst enemy was in my head. There is some truth to that since the Old Nature still messes with me from time to time.

But the real enemy is Satan. We fight against spiritual principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places. If we take this text literally it will help us in the confrontations and conflagrations that crop up every day. The person before us is not the enemy. They might be used or influenced by him, but they are not him.

No wonder we need the armor of God!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Put On the Whole Armor of God

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:10–13 (KJV)


Put on the whole armor of God. It is all vital. Can you imagine a Marine without his rifle? A firefighter without her helmet? A Christian without his Bible? A believer without her prayer life?

If we would not want to fall for anything than we must stand for something. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Take on the whole armor! But the belt of truth is uncomfortable. It challenges me about the things I’d rather not talk about. Put it on beloved. It is truth and it is good. Denial will kill your joy and your effectiveness. You will not stand, you will quickly fall if you have not the truth. But the helmet of salvation will brainwash me. No, it won’t do that; it will protect your thought life. It will help you to be transformed by the renewing of you mind.

Do you get the point? We must embrace all that our Father provides if we are to stand as His children and His disciples. Whatever part of the armor we leave off will be our weak spot. The enemy will look for our vulnerabilities and there is where he will attack. Put on the whole armor of God.



Monday, July 9, 2018

The Loins Girt with Truth

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

The loins are to be girted with (the belt of) truth. Those who enter the battle with integrity can do so without fear. Grace is the wonderful expression of God’s unconditional care for His people. It is His unmerited favor given freely to all who believe. By grace we are covered and protected in the most sensitive and weakest parts of our bodies on the spiritual battlefield of life. It is a belt/girt/covering of truth. And the truth is most needed.

The truth is that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is none righteous no, not one. We go into battle with no sense of self strength but in God’s strength and power. It is Almighty God that must go before us as we face the enemy. The victory is the Lord's. And that is the truth.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Breastplate of Righteousness

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

6 But we are all as an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; And we all do fade as a leaf; And our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isa 64:6

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Rom 3:10

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Cor 1:30

18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Rom 6:18

The Breastplate of Righteousness is the sealing presence of the Holy Spirit who guards our hearts and points continually to our righteousness, the Lord Jesus Christ. We have no merits that make us righteous; we have no demerits that can remove the righteousness of Christ. We are sealed until the day of salvation.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph 4:30

The Believer who longs to be continually right with God continually prays:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23–24


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Gospel of Peace

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

The Roman Soldier wore sandals that were piked. They were protective and they could be offensive weapons. When he put them on he was preparing for battle.

Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace are prepared to march against the gates of hell. But they are worn by those who speak a word of good news in a bad news world. Jesus saves!

Our feet must be ready to stop before the boundaries that God sets for us. We must not go there. And they must be ready to go through those doors that God has opened for us. The disciple must follow the Lord. There is where we will meet men and women of peace who are ready to hear and respond to the Good News.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Shield of Faith

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3 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

Faith is more than a belief in the Bible; it is belief in its Author. It is more than belief in His promises; it is belief in Him. It is still written on our coins, but it must be written in our hearts, “in God we trust.”

A properly used shield can deflect the enemy’s darts from striking the heart, mind, eyes, ears, and any part of the body.

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb 11:6

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17


Friday, July 13, 2018

The Helmet of Salvation

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

The enemy often attacks the mind. He loves to confuse the thinking and thought processes that are based on grace and truth. The Bible calls us to protect our minds:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23–24

. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:2

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; Eph 4:23

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:. Phil 2:5

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8


Monday, July 16, 2018

The Sword of the Spirit

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)


The sword of the Spirit (the word of God) is both an offensive and defensive weapon.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12

Many books are written about the Book, but only the Bible stands as the infallible inerrant inspired word of God. Hear what the Bible says about itself:

105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path. Ps 119:105

11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee. Ps 119:11

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim 3:16–17

21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Praying Always

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

God is our banner. His Son is the Lamb that taketh away the sins of the world, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He goes before us in battle.

30 The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes; Deut 1:30

8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Deut 31:8

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt 28:18–20

Prayer is the essential method of communication for the soldier in spiritual warfare. No soldier goes on the battlefield without being in constant touch with his command center. The victory is in the Lord.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 15:57


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having you
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12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Rom 12:12

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phil 4:6

2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Col 4:2

17 Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:17

3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 2 Tim 1:3 (KJV)

Constant prayer is more than a habit it is a lifestyle. It is the natural outcome of the born-again life. Christ is in you, the hope of glory. We are sealed and baptize with the Holy Spirit. We are walking breathing vessels in which He has poured Himself. We seek always His filling.

Listen thou busy soul of the 21st Century. Your Creator longs for continual intimate fellowship with you. Hear His call to all the time: Be still and know that I am God.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Praying Always with All Prayer and Supplication

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)


"All Prayer" is more than prayers of adoration, agreement, thanksgiving, confession, repentance, intersession (praying for others), and supplication (asking for a personal specific need).

Prayer is an ongoing intimate communion with God. Thinking in terms of types of prayers is good but it is also good to remember that sometimes prayer does not even use words. Intimacy is a deep, tender, joyful, awesome sense of presence. Sometimes words can get in the way.

I do have people and things I take regularly to the Lord, but I try to be careful about making a list of things I want Him to do. He is not my good luck charm or the one who does chores for me. He is my Lord and friend. One of my favorite moments in prayer is silence, and sometimes I ask, “What's on your mind today Lord, what do I need to pray about that I’m missing? And then I just wait.

Sometimes prayer is tearful, tiresome, and very serious. Other times it brings a sense of joyful delight, and still other times it ushers in a sense of contentment, peace, and rest.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Pray, Always Pray

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

The Bible is filled with admonitions for God’s people to pray because God is love. God loves you. God loves you specifically. The Incarnation is proof that God wants you with Him. John 17 records Jesus praying for you to be with him. John 14 records him promising to come for you. Prayer is meant to be a continual fellowship with God. Fellowship is about sharing. Good things are twice as good, and bad things are only half as bad, when we share them with each other and with our Father.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Matt 7:7

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24

2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. Phil 4:2

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phil 4:6

13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. James 5:13

11 Seek the Lord and his strength, Seek his face continually. 1 Chron 16:11


Monday, July 23, 2018

Praying and Watching

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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Eph 6:18–20 (KJV)


Praying always: Pray all the time, and always pray with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Pray is a spiritual matter and to be. We worship in spirit and in truth. We walk in the Spirit. Those who desire to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17), will grow in that grace by walking in the Spirit Who is our Guide:

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom 8:26

Do not think of pray as a requirement but as a blessing. It is not a chore but a grace. It is the key to the spiritual life. A believer who does not grow in prayer will not grow in any area of faith and experience. The disciple is a Christ-follower. That lifestyle is filled with prayer.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

And Pray for Me!

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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Eph 6:18–20 (KJV)

Paul did not ask the church at Ephesus to pray for his thorn in the flesh. He did not ask them to pray for his financial support. He did not ask them to pray for His health.

He asked them to pray that he would be given divine utterance. He knew that without Christ he could do nothing. He knew that his public speaking skills were weak, at best (2 Cor 11:16). He may have been the greatest missionary and theologian of all time. But every day, he denied himself, picked up his cross and followed Jesus. Every day he needed God and the prayers of God’s people.

The word “utterance” in verse 19 is from the Greek word “logos,” meaning the living Word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1, 14). Twice Paul requests prayer that he might speak boldly (Eph 6:19, 20).

2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Cor 2:2 (KJV)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Great Prayers of the Bible

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1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: And my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, And done this evil in thy sight: That thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, And be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: And in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, And blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; And sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: And my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; And my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: Build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: Then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar. Psalm 51:1–19 (KJV)

This is the prayer of David after he was confronted by Nathan for his sin with Bathsheba and his murdering of her husband, Uriah (2 Sam 11-12).

This horrible sin happened after God had made David king of Israel. It killed his joy and effectiveness for God. The champion over Goliath fell to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. He did not recover until he prayed this prayer.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

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I met this prayer in Celebrate Recovery and know that is used in AA, and NA. It calls me beyond myself to the One Who makes all things new. Jesus is His name.



Friday, July 27, 2018

The Disciple’s Prayer

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9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt 6:9–15 (KJV)


The Disciple’s Prayer (some call it the Lord’s Prayer) is a model prayer. It reveals Christ’s care and teaching for those who would learn to pray.

Prayer is communication with Our Father in Heaven. It begins with worship, “hollowed be thy name.” It confirms a transformed life in that the prayer is not “my kingdom come, my will be done.” It declares allegiance and surrender: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.”

It teaches us to ask for our daily needs, “give us this day our daily bread.” It deals with our sins and those who we have hurt or have hurt us, forgive our debts (trespasses) as we forgive our debtors (those who have trespassed against us).” It speaks of our total dependence upon God to deliver us from evil and temptation, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

It ends in worship, “Thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory.” Kingdom-Jesus is Lord of lords and King of kings. Power-all power is given unto Him in heaven and in earth. Glory-whatever we do, we should do all for the glory of God.

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Lord’s Prayer-Glorification

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1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

John 17 is the most remarkable prayer in the Bible. It is Jesus’ prayer and is only recorded in John’s Gospel. John Phillips says that it was prayed on the movement to Gethsemane. We know that it was prayed prior to the prayer in the garden and His arrest.

The essence of the first five verses rings true in the heart of every believer: “Glorify thy Son that thy Son all may glorify thee.” This is our chief calling:


31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor 10:31

Our lives are not about us, they are about our Maker. That truth calls us to live lives of surrender and sacrifice in the saga of Salvation. The saving work of Christ is the supreme act of grace in which we are saved. When my work is finished I long to hear Christ say, “well done, thou good and faithful servant.” And that for God’s glory.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


The Lord’s Prayer-Keeper

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6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:6-16 (KJV)

The Word “keep”, or a derivative is used five times in this section of the Lord’s Prayer. Once for believers all who have “kept” God’s Word. three for the Father and Son keeping those who believe. And once for keeping them from the evil.

God keeps His people in His own name. God’s name is good, God’s word is true. And if you believe you are sealed and kept until the day of redemption.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 8:38–39


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What Christ Prayed for Us

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It is impossible that Christ prayed for anything that was not or is not granted. So all believers are kept forever (John 17:6-16) and:

All believers are sanctified (set apart), and sent for Christ:

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

All believers are united as one in Christ
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

All believers are assured of eternity with Christ.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:17-26 (KJV)

All the things Jesus prayed for us are sealed as eternal truth. They cannot be altered, removed, or rescinded. No wonder He told us:

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34–35 (KJV)