A BALANCED DIET OF THE WORD!
Years ago, as a young dad, I learned babies can develop a taste for something they, at first, didn’t seem to like. When parents keep working with their babies, they can watch those little, infant eyes light up when it dawns on them that the food they originally rejected isn’t too bad after all. As believers we have to train ourselves to have a healthy, balanced, spiritual diet – even if it requires some adjustments to our schedule. Just as a loving parent introduces new foods for the balanced diet of a healthy, growing child, believers need a balanced diet of spiritual things. Along with prayer every day, the child of God needs the reading of the Word of God, too.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
🔷 This Sunday I’m preaching the last message in the series, “MY SPIRITUAL BEST YET!” The message is called, “LIVING A SPIRITUALLY REFRESHED LIFE” Join us at Hyde Park Baptist or The Quarries Church this Sunday!
➡️ HOW ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR DAILY BIBLE READING? We have almost completed the New Testament-If you fell behind DON’T QUIT! By persistence, even the snail made it to the ark.
♦️ Day 27: Hebrews 7 – James 2
YOU CAN PRAY FOR YOU!
An error to avoid in the life of prayer is to conclude God does not want you to pray for yourself at all. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jabez, in the Old Testament, wanted blessing in his life and he unapologetically asked God for favor on his personal life. If Jabez could seek God’s favor for his financial status and his personal health, and seek those things while being referred to as “honorable,” then so can you! Don’t be afraid to pray for your needs, and your heart’s desires. God knows what you need and He longs to bless His people! He will never violate His Word, His character, or His purposes to give you what you ask for, but, on the other hand, He doesn’t usually answer “un-prayed” prayers, either. In other words, step out in faith to pray, and He will do what’s best. You simply pray in faith and trust God for the outcome.
“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers…Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!’ And God granted what he asked.” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)
🔷 WE are nearing the end of our Bible reading plan through the New Testament. If you are behind keep reading and do your best to catch up! You can do this.
♦️Day 26: 2 Timothy 1 – Hebrews 6
“…as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
Think about the claims in this passage. Concepts like love, compassion, and forgiveness are illustrated with extravagant examples of our access to God. The writer stretches his imagination by insisting the unmeasurable distance from earth to heaven is a legitimate example of how far-reaching the love of God is toward us. Then, he imagines forgiveness extended from east to west, which is an unlimited horizontal expanse! When we repent, we can experience extreme forgiveness!
🔷 We are deep into reading the New Testament with only a few days left-keep going!
♦️ Day 25: 1 Thessalonians 1 – 1 Timothy 6
START WITH PRAISE!
Prayer begins with a desire to honor God, but not everyone feels confident when they praise the Lord. We often find it easier to ask for our own needs to be met, pray for the safety of our kids, or even confess our sins, than to genuinely praise the Lord. Real praise is rare, but it doesn’t have to be. No wonder Jesus begins His teaching on prayer by guiding us immediately to praise. He wants us to place praise at the beginning of our time with God. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9)
🔷 Keep reading! We are reading the entire New Testament in 31 Days!
➡️ PRAY FOR OUR ALL DAY STAFF PRAYER GATHERING TODAY AT HYDE PARK!
♦️Day 24: Ephesians 5 – Colossians 4
➡️ TONIGHT! Wednesday January 24, at 6:00pm, Brad Jett is leading The Choir of Fire and Orchestra in our Big Night of Prayer with our special guest speaker Byron Paulus, President of Life Action Ministries, a National ministry of prayer and revival. We will meet in the Worship Center! Expect a blessing!
WHO IS ON YOUR LIST?
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings, be made for all people.-”
-1 Timothy 2:1
When it comes to intercessory prayer, we don’t have to wait for special prompts from the Spirit, but neither should we ignore them. God uses you and me to pray for other people and it makes a difference. Every day we can and should include our family, friends, church, and those who have needs of every kind, in our daily prayers. S.D. Gordon once wrote, “The greatest thing anyone can do for God and man is to pray. It is not the only thing. But, it is the chief thing.”
Who can you pray for today?
🔷 We are making incredible progress through the New Testament- keep going- don’t give up!
♦️Day 23: 2 Corinthians 13 – Ephesians 4
➡️ DON’T Forget! Tomorrow night, Wednesday January 24, at 6:00pm,
Brad Jett is leading The Choir of Fire and Orchestra in our Big Church Wide Night of Prayer
💢 Our special guest speaker is Byron Paulus, Executive Director of Life Action Ministries, a National ministry of prayer and revival.
We will meet in the Worship Center. Don’t Miss it!
“And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’”
Nehemiah prayed, fasted, and repented when he was seeking God. David confessed his adultery. Isaiah saw his personal sin when he was in the presence of God. Each of them was forgiven. One of the beautiful truths our about God is His unfailing willingness to forgive sin. He forgave the Bible characters and He will forgive you. Effective prayer must include transparent confession of sin. Have you confessed your sin today?
“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” (Psalm 51:2)
🔷We are reading the entire New Testament in 31 Days! No matter where you are in the process keep going. If you have fallen behind, keep reading until you catch up. Whatever you do – DON’T QUIT!
♦️Day 22: 1 Corinthians 16 – 2 Corinthians 12
➡️ BIG CHURCH WIDE PRAYER MEETING-Wednesday night, January 24 at 6:00pm.
Brad Jett is leading our entire The Choir of Fire and Orchestra in our Big Night of Prayer with our special guest speaker Byron Paulus, President of Life Action Ministries, a National ministry of prayer and revival.
In the Worship Center! Please join us!
THE WORD AND FAITH
Reading a portion of Scripture as a part of our daily meeting with God enhances our prayer time. Then, when we pray it is with more understanding, having just come from hearing God speak to our “inner man” through the words of the Bible. Like Isaiah, when the fire from the altar of heaven touched his lips, he was much more responsive to spiritual truth. As we respond to God after we have spent time in His word, our hearts are prepared to pray with greater faith. “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.'” (Isaiah 6:8)
🔷 We are reading the entire New Testament together! If you have fallen behind keep reading and DO NOT STOP until you reach your goal!
♦️Day 21: 1 Corinthians 7 – 15
➡️ THIS MORNING AT HYDE PARK BAPTIST/THE QUARRIES CHURCH: Hear Nationally known Prayer Movement Leader Dave Butts! Dave is the Chairman of the National Prayer Committee, an author, and respected leader – Don’t miss Dave’s powerful message: “BOLD PRAYING!”
➡️ ALSO! MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Wednesday night January 24 at 6:00pm, Brad Jett is leading our entire Choir (The Choir of Fire!) and Orchestra in our Big Night of Prayer with our special guest speaker BYRON PAULUS President of Life Action Ministries, a National ministry of prayer and revival. We will meet in the Worship Center!