Worry Busters

"Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6: 34, NIV

"What's going to happen? What am I going to do?" These thoughts became a typical response to any trouble that came my way. That was until I became sick of it. I finally prayed and asked God for some help in eliminating this worry from my life. He gave me a solution which has helped me greatly. It consists of asking myself two questions when I catch myself worrying about something in my life.

1. I dentify the worry:
Before asking myself these two questions, I first had to identify the worry. When I would catch myself worrying about something, I stopped myself and paused. I then continued with the second step. I will use two examples from my own life to illustrate this point. First, I was taking a very important exam. Second, I discovered the tests had shown I may have cancer.

2. What is the worst thing that would happen to me?
I had to first look at the worst case scenario. In my first example, I could fail the exam. Secondly, I could die o f cancer.

3. Can I deal with the worst possible outcome with the Lord's help?
This consists of looking to God for help, no matter what the outcome. I discovered that if I failed the exam, I would be very disappointed. However; there would always be another time to take the exam over again. Secondly, if I died of cancer, it actually would be the best outcome in the end, not because I wanted to die, but because I would be in heaven with my Lord!

4. Release the worry to God and follow up.
As I released the worry to God, I was relieved. One thing I did do was keep a mental note of it, and follow up to see what happend. Almost all the time, my worst case scenario did not come to pass. I did not have cancer and I passed the exam with flying colors. These two easy questions have helped me trememdously in the worrying department. Not that I have conquered worrying, but with the Lord by my side, these steps have helped relieve me of quite a bit of stress. There.fore, the next time you catch yourself worrying, remember to follow these simple steps.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for relieving us of our heavy burdens and worries as we bring them to You. In Jesus' name, Amen

By Jodi, Arizona

HOW TO PREVAIL WITH GOD

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh, It shall be opened."--Matt. vii. 7, 8.

"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."--James iv. 3.

 

THE subject to which I spoke last evening I shall continue this evening--The Conditions of Prevailing Prayer. I noticed last evening several of these conditions, and announced that this evening I should pursue the subject. I was speaking of Perseverance being made a condition of prevailing with God. Sometimes, however, the circumstances are of such a character that there is no time for perseverance, in any such sense as to protract; if the prayers must necessarily be repeated, the object cannot be attained at all. But often there are very good reasons why the supplicant should be left to wrestle and persevere. God is anxious, by this means, to develope a certain state of mind, sometimes for the petitioner's benefit, sometimes for the benefit of others, or both of these together. Some cases of this kind are recorded in Scripture, where God declined to answer at once, in order that he might develope a certain state of mind in the petitioner for the benefit of others. I shall instance some cases of this kind. I noticed last evening that of Jacob as an example of perseverance in struggling--persisting in supplication, until he prevailed. I noticed, also, the case of Moses, and was about to mention that of Elijah.

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JESUS, WAKE UP!!!!

“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Matthew 8:23-27

I laid in the hospital bed in a state of panic. I was here about to give birth to my fourth child. The nurse explained to me that the baby was not in the most ideal position and that the doctor might have to deliver her by cesarean. As much as she tried to reassure me that everything would be fine my mind was shouting in protest. This was the last thing I wanted.

As the nurse turned and walked out of the room I remember looking towards my husband, my eyes full of tears. I felt helpless and afraid. I ranted on and on before he gently touched my lips and began to pray. He prayed for God’s wisdom and discernment. He pleaded with God to give us peace. He prayed for my heart to trust. He prayed for our baby who in a matter of hours would enter the world. He prayed for the storm right in front of us to be calmed.

As soon as he uttered “amen” I thought about the disciples, in their boat, afraid in the middle of a storm. They had been with Jesus long enough to witness his ability to overcome impossible circumstances. He had healed the sick and driven out demons with simplicity. They witnessed this first hand but when tested their faith was lost. They began to panic! They woke Jesus and pleaded with him for their lives. Jesus gently rebuked them and then with simple words calmed the storm. They were once again amazed.

I too have seen God do some amazing things in my time on this earth. I have watched the impossible become possible. I have received blessing when odds were against me. I have experienced peace amidst the storm. Every time, regardless of my lack of faith, God comes through for me. He is able!
Let us allow these words in scripture to soak into our hearts. Read this passage and absorb the magnitude of his power. Let us learn to trust and believe in the one who longs to calm the storms in our lives.


Lord thank you for your patience. Thank you for calming the storms in my life. Help me to trust you when things are difficult in my life. Amen.

By Christy Kennard, United States

CHRISTIAN PERFECTION --2

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

TEXT.--"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."--Matthew v. 48.

 

IN speaking from these words, two weeks ago, I pursued the following order.

1. I showed what is implied in being perfect.

2. What Christian perfection is.

3. That it is a duty.

4. That it is attainable in this life.

5. Answered some objections, and then gave some reasons why so many persons are not perfect.

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CHRISTIAN PERFECTION--1

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

TEXT.--"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."--Matthew v. 48.

 

IN the 43rd verse, the Savior says, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy; but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

In discoursing on the subject of CHRISTIAN PERFECTION, it is my design to persue this order:

I. I shall show what is not to be understood by this requirement, "Be ye therefore perfect;" or, what Christian Perfection is not.

II. Show what is the perfection here required.

III. That this perfection is a duty.

IV. That it is attainable; and,

V. Answer some of the objections which are commonly urged against the doctrine of Christian Perfection

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The Wisdom and Faith a Wilted Rose Taught Me

“Jesus said, ‘I give praise to you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” Mathew Chapter 11: 25 (New American Bible)



John was an African American man about 55 years of age. Due to his Schizophrenia it was difficult for him to express himself clearly. Each day he would have roses tucked in all of his pockets. They were many colors and he seemed to take pleasure in picking certain roses. Even thought they became wilted when he put them in his pocket, to him they were a priceless treasure. Each day John would come to me and say,” What color rose would you like today?” His face would show his eager anticipation of giving me this wonderful gift from his heart. Even though the flower would be wilted I always was go grateful that he would share his greatest treasure.

Unfortunately John passed away last year. I saw him the day before he died. Now it was my turn to give him a rose. I brought the brightest roses I could find. Even though he was in a coma I think somewhere is his subconscious mind he knew I was there. I told him I loved him and how much his roses meant to me. Then the m ost amazing thing happened. I sensed a bright light surrounding John and I felt peace and holiness. John taught me to share my spiritual treasures and also give the best of myself to others – even if I feel like a wilted rose that day.




When the night is dark and the world seems to be passing us by,
There is a light which can give us courage and hope.
This light is filled with love
and comes from Jesus.
We have this light within us.
We can have joy, peace
understanding and forgiveness.
He is waiting for us. Come to the wonderful light of Jesus!
Let this Holy light shine for all the world to see!





By Cindy Tuttle

When You Pray Say…

And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" Matthew 20:32 (NASB) And He said to them, "When you pray, say…" Luke 11:2A (NASB)

When I was a young mother I heard a sermon that really challenged me to teach my children to pray for specifics and not just in generalities. The pastor was very pointed in his analysis of why parents are hesitant. We don’t want our children to be disappointed if God doesn’t answer, so we foster low expectations with non-specific requests. He stepped on my toes, but more importantly he convicted my heart. I asked the Lord for opportunities to encourage my children to pray for specifics. Of course He came through.
My daughter overheard my concerns that the lack of rain was hurting our large garden. Big brown eyes looked earnestly into mine and said, “Mommy, let’s ask God to bring rain today.” I swallowed hard because I knew that there was no rain in the forecast all week. We joined hands and prayed that God would bring the needed rain to our garden. She happily and confidently went outside to play in the bright cloudless day with her brother. I had my own praye r session asking God to deal tenderly with her young faith. Imagine my delight when a couple of hours later the kids were dashing to the front porch to get out of a rain shower that was falling as the sun shone almost as brightly as her little face. There was no doubt in her mind or mine that the Lord of the universe had stooped to hear and to answer her request.
Of course she had to grow in her relationship to God in prayer. There is so much to learn. She had to learn patience and perseverance and how to stand on His promises. But I would say she learned one of the most important aspects up front…when you pray say….be specific. The Lord hasn’t changed He still asks, “What do you want Me to do for you? Remember to say, “Thank you.”

Lord, thank you for the privilege of bringing all our concerns to you in prayer. Help me to be clear, help me persevere and help me to have high expectations because of who You are. In Jesus’ name, amen

By Carol (North Carolina, USA)

CONDITIONS OF PREVAILING PRAYER PART 2

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

"Ask, and it shall be given you." Matt. 7:7, 8.

"Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it upon your lusts." James 4:3.

 

I will commence the present discourse by briefly recapitulating the prefatory remarks which I made in my first sermon on this subject. I then observed,

1. That all real prayer is heard and answered.

2. Prayer is not always answered according to the letter of it, but often only according to its spirit. As an instance of this, I spoke of the striking case recorded respecting Paul's thorn in the flesh.

3. None can be saved who are not in a state of mind to prevail in prayer.

4. Many things are really answers to prayer which are not recognized by the suppliant as such nor by those who witness the prayer, the blessing bestowed, or the thing done in connection with it.

5. Much that is called prayer is not really prayer at all.

6. Many neither care nor expect to be heard, and therefore do not watch to see whether their prayers are answered. They pray merely as a duty; their heart being set on doing the duty and appeasing their consciences, and not on obtaining the blessing nominally asked for.

7. Nor do such persons feel disappointed if they fail of obtaining what they profess to ask for in prayer.

8. They do not trouble themselves to enquire why they are not answered. If they can only discharge their duty and appease their consciences, they have their desire.

9. Failure to obtain the blessing sought is always because the revealed conditions are not fulfilled.

10. Nothing is more important for us than to attend to, and understand the revealed conditions of prevailing prayer.

11. God may answer the mere cry of distress when benevolence does not forbid it. He often does hear the sailor in the storm--the young ravens in their hunger; but this is a very different thing from that prayer which God has pledged himself by promise to hear and answer on the fulfilment of certain conditions.

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CONDITIONS OF PREVAILING PRAYER PART 1

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

"Ask, and it shall be given you." Matt. 7:7, 8

"Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it upon your lusts." James 4:3

 

These passages are chosen as the foundation of several discourses which I design to preach on the condition of prevailing prayer.

Before entering directly upon the consideration of those conditions, however, I deem it important to make several remarks upon the general subject of prayer and of answers to prayer. These will occupy our attention on the present occasion.

1. The Bible most unequivocally asserts that all that is properly called prayer is heard and answered. "Every one that asketh," that is, in the scriptural sense of the term, "receiveth, and he that seeketh, findeth." This declaration is perfectly explicit and to the point.

2. Prayer is not always answered according to the letter, but often only according to the spirit.

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CHRIST'S YOKE IS EASY

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matt. 11:29-30

 

I propose to remark especially on the first clause of each of these verses--"Take my yoke upon you--for my yoke is easy."

I. In enquiring upon this subject the first question is, What is intended by this yoke? The yoke of Christ is his revealed will, his authority. The word here rendered yoke literally means a band, or something that binds.

II. What is it to take the yoke of Christ?

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The Poor in Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

I think back to those days in school when the teacher would promise the students punishment for wrong deeds. I also remember the sigh of relief when the teacher said: I am not talking about everyone. The people I am speaking of know who they are. The Beatitudes are somewhat similar. In reading them, you must understand that they are not speaking to everyone. Rather, they are speaking to those who identify themselves as believers. In verse three, Jesus speaks of those who are poor in spirit. Who are they? It may be people who struggle from time to time with their faith. It may be someone that finds themselves down for any number of reasons. It might be someone who has just started down the road of religion, and hasn’t had time to bank belief and start to grow. It may just describe someone who just happens to have a day that they are poor in spirit. Do any of them sound like you? Here is the good news! Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is yours. You have a wonderful m ansion with your name on it that no one can take away from you. The beauty is that, even though you are poor in spirit, your faith is enough (regardless of how rich or poor) to get you into heaven. You are saved! You are in the family of God, and Jesus refers to you as: BLESSED!! You are blessed!!!

Heavenly Father, I know that sometimes I am not who you want me to be. I know that sometimes I allow carnal things to make me poor in spirit. I thank you for looking beyond those days, and blessing me far beyond what I ever thought I would have. I pray that you would continue to help me to grow, and to prop me up when I am down. In Jesus' name: AMEN. 
By Stephen (Michigan, USA)

HOLINESS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

"And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins."--Matthew i. 21.

 

In speaking from these words, I design to show.--

I. THAT SALVATION FROM SIN IS THE GREAT NECESSITY OF MAN.

II. THAT JESUS HAS UNDERTAKEN THIS WORK.

III. INQUIRE WHY IT IS THAT SO MANY PERSONS FAIL OF THIS SALVATION.

 

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THY WILL BE DONE

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

'Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.' Mat. 6:10.

 

1. EVERY system of Theology assumes the truth of some system of Mental Philosophy, and indeed every theological opinion takes for granted, or assumes as true, some principle of Mental Philosophy. And however much any man may rail against metaphysics, still it is true that the railer himself has his system of metaphysics, by which he interprets the Bible, and in consistency with which he frames his theological opinions. It is very common, however, when any attempt is made to overthrow any theological error, or to establish any theological truth, by an appeal to our own consciousness of the laws of mind, and to the Bible as interpreted in view of these laws, for the objector to cry out vehemently against metaphysics, as if this were a conclusive objection to all such argumentation, that it is metaphysical. Now who does not know that the objector himself, in attempting to establish an opposing theory, assumes as true an opposite system of Mental Philosophy, and is no less metaphysical than his opponent, notwithstanding his violent zeal against metaphysics?

2. The fundamental point of difference between the Old and New schools in Theology, respects the freedom of the will. From this point they diverge; and when consistently carried out, the two schemes or schools differ fundamentally on most of the important questions in theology. It is in vain to attempt to cover up this fact; for any one who has not seen it to be true, is yet ignorant of the great principles and legitimate bearing of the points at issue. Few men, however, of either school, are consistent throughout, and nothing is more common than to find old school men zealously contending for doctrines that properly belong only to the scheme of the new school theologians--when it is perhaps just as common to find new school men, as they call themselves, zealously defending dogmas that properly belong to the scheme of the old school, and can, with no consistency whatever, be embraced by a new school man as truth. And thus a strange confusion and inconsistency prevails among theologians of both schools, and it is remarkable, and even wonderful, that there should be so little consistency in the theological views of so great a majority of theologians of all schools.

3. I have stated that the point of divergence between the old and new schools is the freedom or necessity of the will. Upon this point, the old school maintain that the will always is as the greatest apparent good is; or, in other words, that the mind always chooses that which appears to be upon the whole the most agreeable--and that the choice is always determined by the objective motive, or that which is presented to the mind as a reason for choice. Many of them will not say, that choice is necessitated by motive, while at the same time they maintain that motive is the cause of choice as absolutely as a physical cause produces its effect. And that the difference between the determination of choice by motive and the production of an effect by a physical cause does not lie in the nature of the connection but in the nature of the terms connected--that the certainty is just as absolute in the one case as in the other. And when they explain themselves, it is manifest and self-evident, that the necessity is just as great in the one case as in the other.

4. Those who are truly consistent old school men maintain, and ever have, since the days of Augustine, that men are wholly and naturally unable to do any thing good--that their will is necessarily determined to evil by what they call original sin, or native depravity. They maintain that moral obligation implies no power whatever to act right, or to do the will of God. With them, sin is a necessity of human nature since the fall of Adam. And free agency amounts only to the power of committing sin.

If, according to their view, the will is necessitated by motives, then it follows that all action is necessary as opposed to free, and the doctrine of universal fatalism is true. But if the will is free, as is maintained by the new school, and all moral depravity belongs to moral action, then a system of theology directly the opposite of that of the old school, in nearly every important point, must be true.

That I may give this subject as fundamental a discussion as my time and the nature of the case admits, I will, the Lord willing, as briefly as I can, discuss the following propositions:

I. HOW WE KNOW ANY THING.

II. WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY FACULTIES OF THE HUMAN MIND.

III. WHEREIN HUMAN LIBERTY CONSISTS.

IV. TO WHAT ACTS AND STATES OF MIND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY EXTENDS.

V. WHAT CONSTITUTES SIN.

VI. WHAT CONSTITUTES HOLINESS.

VII. WHAT THE WILL OF GOD IS.

VIII. HOW IT IS DONE IN HEAVEN.

IX. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THE SINCERE OFFERING OF THE PETITION I HAVE CHOSEN FOR A TEXT.

X. THAT NOTHING SHORT OF A STATE OF MIND THAT CAN SINCERELY OFFER THIS PETITION CAN BE VIRTUE, OR TRUE RELIGION.

 

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I've Got Your Back

Bible Verse:
"Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." Matthew 26:33-34

Text:
How many times has someone told you that they had your back? How many times has someone vowed to be in your corner, and to support you to the very end? Peter was in a tough position. He wanted; I believe to be there for Jesus. He wanted to show the Master that he was a true disciple. He wanted to show that he was fearless, and ready to stand for God’s Son. He stated that, after every one was gone, that he would still be there. Well, he was not. Times got tight, things got a little hairy, and the heat was turned up! Those who were after Jesus knew that Peter was on the team. They called Peter out, and given the opportunity to stand up, he sat quietly in denial. The good news is that Jesus is always there to restore. The good news is that Jesus was willing to give Peter another chance, just like he is willing to give one to you and to me. "When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?"
He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17 Now the scriptures above represent nothing that you and I probably haven’t heard, seen, or felt every day. However, those scriptures, as all scriptures, should give us cause to look at ourselves, and see where/how we measure up. Do we truly have Jesus’ back? Do we offer the spirit of reconciliation to people who disappoint us? Have you turned your back on Jesus the way that Peter has? Do you love Jesus? Have you fed his sheep today? Have you shown His sheep that there is nothing more important, more Godly, than to reconcile with your brother or sister? Ultimately, someone will disappoint you. Someone will abandon you when you need them the most. Someone will run away from you when you need them. Forgive. Restore. He did it for you, do it for someone else…

Ending Prayer:
Father, we are grateful for your love. We are grateful for your grace and mercy. We are grateful for your unmerited favor. Lord we thank you most of all for the forgiveness of sins. We thank you for seeing beyond what we do, and loving us in spite of what we are. We thank you for feeding us, and giving us the opportunity to feed your sheep. We pray thy blessing day by day. In Jesus' name: Amen.

Stephen Thomas

ACCEPTABLE PRAYER

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

"Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."--Matthew vi. 10.

These words are part of what is commonly called "The Lord's Prayer," and it is one of the petitions which our Lord Jesus Christ taught his disciples to present to God. I must assume to-night that certain things are admitted by my hearers, and, among them, I must assume that you admit the will of God to be perfectly done in heaven, that God is perfectly obeyed there, that everything which is done there is in perfect accordance with his will. This I shall not attempt to prove, but I shall take it for granted that it is admitted by my audience. In speaking from the words of our text, I design to call your attention,

I. To some of the principal relations in which the will of God may be contemplated.

II. What is implied in an acceptable offering of this petition to God.

III. That it is an universal and present duty, to be in the state of mind that can acceptably offer up this petition.

IV. Point out the guilt of not being in this state of mind.

V. That this state of mind is a condition of salvation.

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Question about Salvation

Q. how can i keep my salvation?

A. Thank you for concern of eternal life. It is important to remember that salvation is a free gift from God made manifest through the shed blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. There is no way we can work our way to heaven. The real goal is to humble ourselves before God and submit fully to His will. Jesus illustrates in a passage from Matthew (16:24-28) that we must give up our old life in order to follow Him. The exciting news is that Jesus Christ loves us. We cannot be perfect, and our salvation does not hang in the balance with every poor decision. What is important is to sincerely seek forgiveness daily from Jesus in prayer and use His grace to grow from our mistakes. The Bible will provide further guidance in the search for God's will in our life. Although salvation is an intensely personal experience between you and Jesus, being involved in Bible study groups or having accountability partners can help you grow in the Spirit. The Bible mentions that as we grow in the spirit we will be given bigger tasks in the service of the Lord (I Col. 3:2). Your question points to this spiritual growth. Once we have received this free gift of salvation, we are expected to use it and share it with others. Jesus explains His desire that we use His grace for others in a parable in Matthew 25:14-30. In this parable Jesus shows that those who do not share His grace with others will lose their own grace, but for those who expand the kingdom of the Lord heaven will be magnified. It is our humble prayer here a Mustard Seed Ministries, that you share your spiritual talents with others and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. I will lift you up in prayer that you will grow in the Lord.

How Can I Make it to Heaven?

Q. I do not quite understand how I can make it to heaven while I sin in my heart, and constantly ask for forgiveness. Why do I have certain fears, knowing that I will be cast into hell for this?

A. Thank you for the question. I am not sure exactly what you mean by sin in your heart. When an individual becomes a Christian he turns the control of his life over to God. This does not mean that we become sinless. It doesn’t even mean that we become mature Christians overnight. It does mean that we are different and we have allowed the Lord to control our life. Humans are not very wise, powerful or virtuous by nature. We are born into a sinful world and sin is inside of us. Most of our sins are motivated by a desire to run our own lives without God’s leadership. If we become converted Christians (we have allowed God to enter our heart and take control), then there is a difference inside of us, but we are still humans. Since we are still humans, we are prone to sin. It is therefore very important that we work with the spirit of God, that lives inside of us, to produce virtuous living. His spirit gives us the power to avoid much of the sin of this world but not all. If we have truly committed our life to God, then when we sin we will feel sorry for disappointing Him and will repent of this sin and turn from it. This repentance will include trying to make the sin right (if possible), and it will also include a real desire to avoid sin in the future. If we are not really Christians (we haven’t given our life over to God), then we can’t live without real sin.

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Questions about Jesus' Siblings

Q. What was the name of Jesus' bothers and sisters and were can i find this in the Bible?

A. Hello and thank you for your email! The Bible does not give very much information about Jesus's siblings, however, here are some references that you can read about. Matthew 13:54-58, John 2:11-12, John 7:3-5. Since James, the brother of the disciple John, was killed before the New Testament book of James was written, it could be a possibility that the book of James was written by Jesus's brother who finally believed after the crucifiction. We do not know this for sure, though. Galatians Chapter 1, Matthew 13:55, Acts 12:17. I hope these references answer your question. May God bless you.

Explaining Matthew 6:26

Q. Can you explain Matthew 6:26?

Matthew 6:26 - Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

A. Dear Friend, Thank you for your question concerning the meaning of Matt 6:26. In this passage (verses 19-34) Jesus gives his followers God’ perspective on wealth. Specifically in verse 26, He reminds us of the Father’s care and provision for his creation so that His people would remember to trust and not be anxious concerning our needs for the basics of life. The apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6 that we should take all our cares and worries to God in prayer. You may also want to look up verses in the Bible which teach us that we should be good stewards and work to provide for ourselves and our families as well as give to others in need.( I Timothy 5:8 & Matthew 25: 14-15 ) We are to trust God to provide for our needs through our efforts ( He gives us the life and strength to work). Trust and work- both are God’s plan for our lives.

Meetings for Prayer

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that these shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven. - Matthew 18:19.

HITHERTO, in treating of the subject of PRAYER, I have confined my remarks to secret prayer. I am now to speak of social prayer, or prayer offered in company, where two or more are united in praying. Such meetings have been common from the time of Christ, and it is probable that God's people have always been in the habit of making united supplication, whenever they had the privilege. The propriety of the practice will not be questioned here. I need not dwell now on the duty of social prayer. Nor is it my design to discuss the question, whether any two Christians agreeing to ask any blessing, will be sure to obtain it. My object is to make some remarks on Meetings for Prayer, noting:

I. The design of prayer meetings.

II. The manner of conducting them.

III. Several things that will defeat the design of holding them.

I. THE DESIGNS OF PRAYER MEETINGS.

1. One design of assembling several persons together for united prayer, is to promote union among Christians. Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other's hearts in prayer. Their spirituality begets a feeling of union and confidence, highly important to the prosperity of the Church. It is doubtful whether Christians can ever be otherwise than united, if they are in the habit of really praying together. And where they have had hard feelings and differences among themselves, these are all done away by uniting in prayer. The great object is gained, if you can bring them really to unite in prayer; if this can be done, the difficulties vanish.

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