Saturday, August 17, 2013

Four Steps to Revitalize Your Prayer Life

Four Steps to Revitalize Your Prayer Life 
What is prayer? 
1) Prayer is the "vision" of the believer,  it gives eyes to our faith.
2) Prayer is the surrender or ourselves, and our problems to our heavenly Father
3) Prayer is coupled with the continual display of God's power

Four Elements of A Prayer

I. Attitude of Thanksgiving Focus on Who God is
Focus on God’s Faithfulness
Focus on Blessings – Past and Future

For example: 
Psalm 103 (NIV)
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

II. Aspect of Praise 
1) Praise and Thanksgiving adores God’s person, will and work 
2) Attention to who God is and what he is like 
3) True expression of what He is like
    a. Praise His name Ps 115:1
    b. Righteousness Ps 35:28
    c. Infinite Creation Ps 150:2
    d. Word Ps 56:10

III. Attitude of Confession
1) Acknowledging who and what we are like
2) Verbalizes our short-comings 1 John 1:9
     a. Grip of Sin 1 Pt 3:7 (p.47)
     b. Division Isa 59:2
     c. Separation Ps 51:11ff
    d. Debtor Matt 6:13ff
IV. Aspect of Petition (Supplication
1) Petition should be Specific
2) Petition should be Sincere
3) Petition should be Simple

For example: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6, NASB95) 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Discover: Epistle to the Colossians

Discover Paul's Epistle to the Colossians
The basic reason for the study of any Bible-book is given in II Tim. 3:16, 17 - it is the Words of God and is profitable and edifying. 
In addition we may well ask "why should we study Colossians?"Reasons being, Colossians is Paul's defense against the influences of pagan philosophies, like Gnosticism, and other new age religions that were infiltrating the Colossian church. First was the heresy brought this congregations to the point of allowing for "add-on's"to the sufficiency of Christ. Second was the error of "secret knowledge" through "knowledge" that could take people to a 'higher-level' of spirituality than everyone else.  Third was the error of a virtual denial of the all-sufficiency of Christ including his deity/humanity. If Christ is all-sufficient,  do we need other Saviors,  or spiritual supplements?

Do you need to seek a "higher spirituality" by supplementing Christ? Paul's letter to the Colossians answers all these question. The entire epistle is really an answer to many question and challenges in churches today (Col 1:18; 2:9).

Listen to verse by verse exposition of the Epistle to the Colossians.
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