Many of us are sheltering in place and avoiding going out except for those things that are necessary due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
For those who are shut in, they may be lounging around, not knowing what to do with the abundance of time. Let me first warn us all, let’s not waste time. It’s one thing we can never get back.
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” [Eph 5:16]
The next thing we all ought to do is PUT ON some things. Of course, get out of your PJ’s and put on some clothes. There are some other things we can PUT ON that may help us during this time of confinement.
First, PUT ON Prayer. First thing in the morning pause and pray. If you make a list for everything and everyone you could pray for you’ll understand better how to fulfill 1Thess 5:17; “Pray without ceasing.”
Next let us UNDERTAKE A ROUTINE. A routine will help you to ward off cabin fever. Undertaking a routine will help you make the best use of your time, not allowing it to escape from you. Time passes way too quickly to allow it to be wasted.
Then, Take Time each day to talk & teach your family about God, His word and His Son. “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” [Deut 6:7]
ORGANIZE your day and your week. If you’re working or schooling from home, an ORGANIZED plan will keep you on track.
This plan will be NEEDFUL for your success at work, your sanity and your salvation. It’s when we don’t walk circumspectly [Eph 5:15] that we fall into sin.
That’s the physical plan, now let’s look at the Spiritual things we should PUT ON.
The best was to describe this is just by reading from God’s word.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, PUT ON tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
14 But above all these things PUT ON love, which is the bond of perfection.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us PUT ON the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
14 But PUT ON the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
If you’re not a Christian, what are you waiting for? The day is far spent. Put on Christ through obedience to the Gospel and be baptized for the remission of sins.
If you’re a Christian, what are you waiting for? Put on the armor of light and let the world know you are a Hopeful, Happy child of God.
We’re all being urged to self-quarantine at Home during this COVID-19 panic. How will you be spending the time?
Will you be WASTING time or REDEEMING the time?
Here are 4 things we can do to REDEEM the time while we’re confined at HOME.
COVID-19 & The things we can do.
In prayerful response to the COVID-19 concern, the church at Franklin & Juniper will cancel all services for the next 2 weeks.
We will continue to evaluate & update as the situation changes.
This decision is similar to how we cancel services during times of severe weather as well as how some make the personal choice to remain home when they are sick.
For some, if their condition prevents them from doing secular activities, it will prevent them from assembling with the saints.
This is not just a local situation, nor a national. It is an international situation.
Just because we’re practicing SOCIAL DISTANCING if we must go out for groceries (or take out) it doesn’t mean we’re no longer interacting with people in other ways. We may be in ISOLATION, but this is no time to be IDLE. There are several things we can do during the time we self-quarantine at HOME.
The first thing we can do is HEAL. This virus has a 14-day incubation period. Many may be asymptomatic, meaning they have the virus but have no symptoms. Let’s take time to HEAL our bodies.
We can HEED the warnings about limiting physical contact. We can HELP the helpless. There may be some who have compromised immune systems or other risk factors. Perhaps as some gather necessities, you could look out for their needs.
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” [Phil 2:4]
We can OPEN OUR BIBLES. Far too many have lived hectic & harried lives. While you may still be able to work from home, almost every non-essential activity has been canceled. What a great time to start that Bible Reading Program you resolved to do this year. It only takes about 20 hours to read the New Testament. Everyone could read the entire NT during this time. (30 min in the morning & evening.
“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Chris)” [ Eph 3:4]
Another great thing we can do is we can now have MEALS with the family. This is a lost tradition in modern times. What a great way to return to this wonderful custom where we can connect & talk with our family. Resist the urge to graze all day long, eating our meals in front of electronics.
Married couples can find ways to improve their MARRIAGES. This goes beyond the physical and looks to the Spiritual.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” [Eph 5:25]
Let’s remember the lonely and we can connect to the lonely through MESSAGING & calls. There are some among us who were lonely before this and are now more so.
Lastly, just because the building is closed there is no reason to shut down EVANGELISM. Crisis causes many to turn to God. We see this repeatedly in Scripture. Keep you EYES & EARS open to how your friends & family talk about the present distress. As Christians we are have the comfort of God’s word that removes all fear.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…” [2Tim 1:7-8]
We must maintain our hope & excitement for the Lord. When unbelievers see our enthusiasm, they may want to know why. Be ready to answer. [1Peter 3:15]
Be aware of a real phenomenon called cabin fever as well as the tendency for tempers to flare during confinement. Remember to ESTEEM others better than self. [Phil 2:3]
Trust in God, although our OUTWARD man is perishing, our INWARD man can be renewed daily. [2Cor 4:16]
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
You’ve heard it before, people saying, ‘church is boring.’ Some have even said, ‘I didn’t get anything out of the worship.’ This is one of the main criticisms of the church of Christ is that it’s too boring.
One visitor said, “this isn’t for me.” Another person said, “I’m not drawn to God by the bands, the food and the entertainment, but I would never go to church without them.” More frequently you’ll find folks comparing amenities between ‘churches’ like they choose options when buying a car.
Perhaps you’ve had similar thoughts. There are a variety of reasons people give as to why
their attendance drops off. The preacher is boring, the singing is flat, the building is ugly, the people are cold & unfriendly.
Allow me to make a bold statement, none of these are the reason. You and you alone are the reason worship is boring!
I’ll prove it to you by showing you the 4 keys to VAIN worship and the remedies for making worship exciting.
The 1st reason some find worship boring is they don’t like the old ways. It’s not in VOGUE with today’s music & styles. They’ll also be critical of the building, the pews & any number of things that appear old fashioned.
REMEDY #1; Remember that worship is ordered by God our creator. [John 4:24]. When we stylize worship to our taste buds, we become guilty of worshiping our bellies or our own selves.
“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” [Phil 3:19; cr Col 2:23]
We must do all in the name of Jesus, that means by His permission. We worship the way we do by the scriptural authority of Jesus, the one who purchased the church with His own blood. Remember that, and you’ll instantly see a boost in your excitement.
Reason #2 some find worship cold & boring is that they impugn others motives. They act as mind readers which is impossible. Communication is difficult under the best of circumstances and nearly impossible when you make up thoughts others are having and ATTACK them mentally. Are you not being judgmental yourself?
REMEDY #2; Leave the mind & heart reading to God. We’re not good at it. All we can do is go by their actions & words. Instead of thinking poorly about one another, we’re allowed to think loving thoughts.
“(Love)…thinks no evil;” [1Cor 13:5b]
Reason #3 that folks give is that the people are unfriendly. Really? Let’s see how the typical person enters the building. They come in and walk IMMEDIATELY to a rear pew, on the outside edge speaking to no one as they enter. Then they hold court as if on a “throne” expecting the rest of the congregation to come to them for a greeting. And you’re calling the rest of us cold?! It reminds me of the Pharisees; “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.” [Luke 11:43]
REMEDY #3; Here are 5 simple tricks you can do to instantly feel welcome while making others feel welcome also; SMILE.
- Stand up, don’t race to sit down.
- Make eye contact with us. You’re allowed to say hello.
- Interest in others is a gift you give another.
- Listen to them & they will listen to you.
- Expect that others will like you instead of assuming otherwise.
Reason #4 some dislike worship, is that they’re NEEDY. Needy people sound like this, “I didn’t get anything out of the worship.” What if everybody thought that way, where would the giving be?
REMEDY #4; We need to be NEEDY to give. Jesus said it’s more blessed to give. Worship is designed for givers.
- Give teaching in song. Eph 5:19, Col 3:16
- Give of means for spreading gospel. 1Cor 16:1-2
- Give edification. Eph 4:29-32
- Give heart to God. Mat 22:37-39, Mark 7:7
- Give attention to scripture & doctrine. 1Tim 4:13
If you take this in the heart it is given, you will INSTANTLY find more joy in the worship that God has designed.
I love you all.
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or whatwill a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of HisFather with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works(Matthew 16:26-27).
Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spenda year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what willhappen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little timeand then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live anddo this or that’ (James 4:13-15).
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed– in a moment,in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead willbe raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hearHis voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, andthose who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28-29)!
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will siton the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separatethem one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He willset the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left (Matthew 25:31-33).
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters,and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which isthe second death (Revelation 21:8).
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundantmercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christfrom the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away,reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvationready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:3-5).
- Peter asked, “…why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither you nor your fathers were able to bear?” (15:10)
- James, considering the coming of the Gentiles to Christ, in view of prophecy, stated, “…we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God…” (15:19)
- The apostles distinguished themselves from the Law proponents, declaring, “…we gave no such commandment…” (15:24)
- The apostles, inspired of God, wrote to the Gentiles, saying, “…it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.” (15:28-29)
Jesus the Christ is the central theme of the whole bible. He is the most important figure in the entirety of Scripture. It ought to be so, for He is the only way for man to reach God.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” [1Tim 2:5]
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” [Col 1:18]
With this in mind, this author thought it interesting to list for you all the Titles & Names of Jesus. [list from Naves Topical Bile.]
NAMES, APPELLATIONS, AND TITLES OF
- Adam 1Co 15:45
- Advocate 1Jo 2:1
- Almighty Re 1:8
- Alpha and Omega Re 1:8
- Amen Re 3:14
- Angel Ge 48:16; Ex 23:20-21
- Angel of his presence Isa 63:9
- Anointed Ps 2:2
- Apostle Heb 3:1
- Arm of the Lord Isa 51:9-10
- Author and Finisher of our faith Heb 12:2
- Beginning and end of the creation of God Re 3:14; 22:13
- Beloved Eph 1:6
- Blessed and only Potentate 1Ti 6:15
- Branch Jer 23:5; Zec 3:8
- Bread of life Joh 6:48
- Bridegroom Mt 9:15
- Bright and Morning Star Re 22:16
- Brightness of the Father’s glory Heb 1:3
- Captain of the Lord’s host (army) Jos 5:14
- Captain of Salvation Heb 2:10
- Carpenter Mr 6:3
- Carpenter’s son Mt 13:55
- Chief Shepherd 1Pe 5:4
- Chief Cornerstone 1Pe 2:6
- Chiefest among ten thousand Song 5:10
- Child Isa 9:6; Lu 2:27,43
- Chosen of God 1Pe 2:4
- Christ Mt 1:16; Lu 9:20
- The Christ (Messiah) Mt 16:20; Mr 14:61
- Christ, a King Lu 23:2
- Christ Jesus Ac 19:4; Ro 3:24; 8:1; 1Co 1:2,30; Heb 3:1; 1Pe 5:10,14
- Christ Jesus our Lord 1Ti 1:12; Ro 8:39
- Christ of God Lu 9:20
- Christ, the chosen of God Lu 23:35
- Christ the Lord Lu 2:11
- Christ, the power of God 1Co 1:24
- Christ the wisdom of God 1Co 1:24
- Christ, the Son of God Ac 9:20
- Christ, Son of the Blessed Mr 14:61
- Commander Isa 55:4
- Consolation of Israel Lu 2:25
- Cornerstone Eph 2:20
- Counselor Isa 9:6
- Covenant of the people Isa 42:6
- David Jer 30:9
- Daysman Job 9:33
- Dayspring Lu 1:78
- Day Star 2Pe 1:19
- Deliverer Ro 11:26
- Desire of all nations Hag 2:7
- Door, the Joh 10:7
- Elect Isa 42:1
- Emmanuel Isa 7:14
- Ensign Isa 11:10
- Eternal Life 1Jo 5:20
- Everlasting Father Isa 9:6
- Faithful and True Re 19:11
- Faithful Witness, the Re 1:5
- Faithful and true witness, the Re 3:1
- Finisher of faith Heb 12:2
- First and last Re 1:17; 2:8; 22:13
- First begotten Heb 1:6
- First begotten of the dead Re 1:5
- Firstborn Ps 89:27
- Foundation Isa 28:16
- Fountain Zec 13:1
- Forerunner Heb 6:20
- Friend of sinners Mt 11:19
- Gift of God Joh 4:10
- Glory of Israel Lu 2:32
- God (deity) Joh 1:1
- God blessed forever Ro 9:5
- God manifest in the flesh 1Ti 3:16
- God of Israel, the Saviour Isa 45:15
- God of the whole earth Isa 54:5
- God our Saviour 1Ti 2:3
- God’s dear Son Col 1:13
- God with us Mt 1:23
- Good Master Mt 19:16
- Governor Mt 2:6
- Great Shepherd of the sheep Heb 13:20
- Head of the ekklesia (body) Eph 1:22-23; 5:23; Col 1:18,24
- Heir of all things Heb 1:2
- High priest Heb 4:14
- Head of every man 1Co 11:3
- Head of the corner Mt 21:42
- Holy child Jesus Ac 4:30
- Holy one Ps 16:10; Ac 3:14
- Holy one of God Mr 1:24
- Holy one of Israel Isa 41:14; 54:5
- Holy thing Lu 1:35
- Hope (our) 1Ti 1:1
- Horn of salvation Lu 1:69
- I AM Joh 8:58
- Image of God Heb 1:3
- Israel Isa 49:3
- Jehovah Isa 40:3
- Jehovah’s fellow Zec 13:7
- Jesus Mt 1:21
- Jesus Christ Mt 1:1; Joh 1:17; 17:3; Ac 2:38; 4:10; 9:34; 10:36; 16:18; Ro 1:1,3,6; 2:16; 5:15,17; 6:3; 1Co 1:1,4; 2:2; 2Co 1:19; 4:6; 13:5; Ga 2:16; Php 1:8; 2:11; 1Ti 1:15; Heb 13:8; 1Jo 1:7; 2:1
- Jesus Christ our Lord Ro 1:3; 6:11,23; 1Co 1:9; 7:25
- Jesus Christ our Saviour Tit 3:6
- Jesus of Nazareth Mr 1:24; Lu 24:19
- Jesus (of Nazareth), King of the Jews Joh 19:19; Mt 27:37
- Jesus, the Son of God Heb 4:14
- Jesus, the Son of Joseph Joh 6:42
- Judge Ac 10:42
- Just man, Just person, Just One Mt 27:19,24; Ac 3:14; 7:52; 22:14
- King Mt 21:5
- King of Israel Joh 1:49
- King of the Jews Mt 2:2
- King of Saints Re 15:3
- King of Kings 1Ti 6:15; Re 17:14
- King of Glory Ps 24:7-10
- King of Zion Mt 21:5
- King over all the earth Zec 14:9
- Lamb Re 5:6,8; 6:16; 7:9-10,17; 12:11; 13:8,11; 14:1,4; 15:3; 17:14; 19:7,9; 21:9,14,22-23,27
- Lamb of God Joh 1:29
- Lawgiver Isa 33:22
- Leader Isa 55:4
- Life Joh 14:6
- Light Joh 8:12
- Light, everlasting Isa 60:20
- Light of the world Joh 8:12
- Light to the Gentiles Isa 42:6
- Light, true Joh 1:9
- Living Bread, the Joh 6:51
- Living Stone 1Pe 2:4
- Lion of the tribe of Judah Re 5:5
- Lord Ro 1:3
- Lord of Lords Re 17:14; 19:16
- Lord of all Ac 10:36
- Lord our righteousness Jer 23:6
- Lord God Almighty Re 15:3
- Lord from heaven 1Co 15:47
- Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ 2Pe 1:11; 3:18
- Lord Christ Col 3:24
- Lord Jesus Ac 7:59; Col 3:17; 1Th 4:12
- Lord Jesus Christ Ac 11:17; 16:31; 20:21; Ro 5:1,11; 13:14
- Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour Tit 1:4
- Lord of glory Jas 2:1
- Lord of Hosts (armies) Isa 44:6
- Lord, mighty in battle Ps 24:8
- Lord of the dead and living Ro 14:9
- Lord of the sabbath Mr 2:28
- Lord over all Ro 10:12
- Lord’s Christ Lu 2:26
- Lord, strong and mighty Ps 24:8
- Lord, the, our righteousness Jer 23:6
- Lord, your holy one Isa 43:15
- Lord, your redeemer Isa 43:14
- Man Christ Jesus 1Ti 2:5
- Man of sorrows Isa 53:3
- Master Mt 23:8
- Mediator, the only 1Ti 2:5
- Cf Joh 14:6
- Messenger of the covenant Mal 3:1
- Messiah Joh 1:41
- Messiah the Prince Da 9:25
- Mighty God Isa 9:6
- Mighty one of Israel Isa 30:29
- Mighty one of Jacob Isa 49:26
- Mighty to save Isa 63:1
- Minister of the sanctuary Heb 8:2
- Morning Star Re 22:16
- Most holy Da 9:24
- Most mighty Ps 45:3
- Nazarene Mt 2:23
- Offspring of David Re 22:16
- Only begotten (Greek monogenes: one and only, unique) Joh 3:16
- Only begotten (Greek monogenes: one and only, unique) of the Father Joh 1:14
- Only begotten (Greek monogenes: one and only, unique) Son (the best mss. have “God” instead of “Son” here) Joh 1:18
- Only wise God, our Saviour Jude 1:25
- Overseer 1Pe 2:25
- Passover, our 1Co 5:7
- Plant of renown Eze 34:29
- Potentate 1Ti 6:15
- Power of God 1Co 1:24
- Physician Mt 9:12
- Precious Cornerstone Isa 28:16
- Priest Heb 7:17
- Prince Ac 5:31
- Prince of Life Ac 3:15
- Prince of Peace Isa 9:6
- Prince of the kings of the earth Re 1:5
- Prophet De 18:15,18; Mt 21:11; Lu 24:19
- Propitiation (expiation, our Sin-offering) 1Jo 2:2
- Rabbi, Rabboni Joh 1:49; 20:16
- Ransom 1Ti 2:6
- Redeemer Isa 59:20
- Resurrection and the Life, the Joh 11:25
- Redemption 1Co 1:30
- Righteous Branch Jer 23:5
- Righteous Judge 2Ti 4:8
- Righteous Servant Isa 53:11
- Righteousness 1Co 1:30
- Rock 1Co 10:4
- Rock of Offence 1Pe 2:8
- Root of David Re 5:5; 22:16
- Root of Jesse Isa 11:10
- Rose of Sharon Song 2:1
- Ruler in Israel Mic 5:2
- Salvation Lu 2:30
- Sanctification 1Co 1:30
- Sanctuary Isa 8:14
- Saviour Lu 2:11
- Saviour, Jesus Christ 2Ti 1:10; Tit 2:13; 2Pe 1:1
- Saviour of the body (ekklesia) Eph 5:23
- Saviour of the world 1Jo 4:14
- Sceptre Nu 24:17
- Second Man, the 1Co 15:47
- Seed of David 2Ti 2:8
- Seed of the woman Ge 3:15
- Servant Isa 42:1
- Servant of rulers Isa 49:7
- Shepherd Mr 14:27
- Shepherd and Overseer of souls 1Pe 2:25
- Shepherd, Chief 1Pe 5:4
- Shepherd, Good Joh 10:11
- Shepherd, Great Heb 13:20
- Shepherd of Israel Ps 80:1
- Shiloh Ge 49:10
- Son of the Father 2Jo 1:3
- Son of God
- See JESUS, SON OF GOD
- Son of Man
- See JESUS, SON OF MAN
- Son of the Blessed One (God) Mr 14:61
- Son of the Highest One (God) Lu 1:32
- Son of David Mt 9:27
- Star Nu 24:17
- Sun of Righteousness Mal 4:2
- Surety (Guarantee) Heb 7:22
- Stone Mt 21:42
- Stone of Stumbling 1Pe 2:8
- Sure Foundation Isa 28:16
- Teacher Joh 3:2
- True God 1Jo 5:20
- True Vine Joh 15:1
- Truth Joh 14:6
- Unspeakable Gift 2Co 9:15
- Very Christ Ac 9:22
- Vine, the Joh 15:1
- Way, the Joh 14:6
- Which is, which was, which is to come (equivalent to the tetragrammaton (YHWH), the Eternal One, I AM THAT I AM Re 1:4
- Wisdom Pr 8:12
- Wisdom of God, the 1Co 1:24
- Witness Isa 55:4; Re 1:5
- Wonderful Isa 9:6
- Word Joh 1:1
- Word of God Re 19:13
- Word of Life 1Jo 1:1
Take time to read each line. My hope is that you find it just as powerful as I do.
“May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” [Eph 3:18-19]
The misunderstanding of prayer is hurting people. It’s leading them astray into frustration and faithlessness. It’s not uncommon to hear of people’s exasperation at ‘unanswered’ prayer. Still others are ‘on the outs with God’ because their prayers are unfulfilled.
Not only that, but mockers are using it against the faithful when they see evil in the world. They say things like, “your thoughts and prayers are meaningless.” In one sense they’re right because they’re attacking the MYTHS about prayer that many believers are telling!
We must understand prayer. We need to teach it to people. To this end, here are the top 5 MYTHS about prayer.
The first MYTH is that MONEY & prosperity shows up without effort. I’ve heard people say, “if God had meant for me to be rich, I would be rich.”
He does want us to be financially secure and has given us laws about money that we can follow to become financially secure. Laws like…
Debt: “…borrower is servant to the lender.” [Prov 22:7]
Work: “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” [Eph 4:28]
People pray for financial prosperity while simultaneously break the rules of God about finances.
The 2nd MYTH is that God will say YES to every petition. Experience should show them this is wrong and scripture says it directly.
If you doubt, “For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” [Jas 1:7]
And, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” [Jas 4:3]
God gives no guarantee when we ask amiss.
A 3rd MYTH is that God will TAKE away all pain & evil. Where did you get that? This is the one the MOCKERS cite in their criticism of God. “Since there’s so much evil in the world God is either powerless, unkind or non-existent.”
This myth assumes that heaven is on earth. It’s never taught that way in scripture. Heaven is a place prepared for the obedient faithful (but I repeat myself) after the destruction of the world & it’s evil. [2Pet 39-10; Rev 21:4]
The 4th MYTH about prayer is that God will HEAL everyone everywhere of everything. That’s absurd. This myth misses the teaching about the purpose of miraculous healing done by Christ and the Apostles in the first century.
Miraculous healing (1 of 9 spiritual gifts) were for the express purpose of showing God’s confirmation of those who were teaching the Gospel and the New Covenant of Christ. In one instance, Jesus said, “Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” [Mark 2:9-11, emph mine seb]
This is just one of many proofs to show that the miraculous healing of that day was for the purpose of confirming the word of God.
Does God want good health for us today? I believe so because the bible teaches it, but not in the way MYTH tellers say. We need to learn about this and teach it accurately.
The last MYTH about prayer is that God will just beam SCRIPTURE into their mind without study. It’s true that God gave inspiration to some for the purpose of revealing His will and they wrote it down for us today [Eph 3:3-4]. It IS NOT TRUE that you should expect that same inspiration today. When you read what is written you can;
BELIEVE, UNDERSTAND, PROFIT, PLEASE GOD, & KNOW GOD’S WILL.
[John 20:30-31; 2Tim 2:15; 3:16-17; 2Pet 3:15-16]
Misunderstanding prayer is making spiritually weak and lazy believers. God wants us to pray to Him, but He also commands it be done “according to His will” [1John 5:14] which means we must know what He wants and be obedient to His will.
This morning’s sermon will cover this and more about Godly prayer.