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The Good Heavenly Father!

Scripture reading for July 12th: Luke 11, Proverbs 138, Proverbs 14

Luke 11:9-13 “”And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.””

Jesus encouraged His followers to always ask, seek, and knock when faced with needs or difficulties or forces of evil. He pointed them to how earthly fathers would respond to their children when they asked them for food or provision. Even evil earthly fathers wouldn’t give dangerous gifts that might do harm to their children! How much more will our Good, Good Heavenly Father give good gifts to all who ask Him. His best Gift is the Holy Spirit, His own Nature and Character to dwell in His children. We must ask in faith, understanding the goodness of God our Father, not scoffing at His ability to hear and answer.

Psalm 138:2-3 “I bow down toward Your holy temple, and give thanks to Your Name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the Gift of Your Holy Spirit to live in me and lead and comfort me each day, assuring me of Your goodness and reminding me of Your Name and Word. Help me daily to submit to the Holy Spirit my mind and heart, body and soul, to be used to bring good to my neighbors and family. I ask You in the Name of Jesus Christ today, trusting Your great goodness!

Proverbs 14:6 “A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.”

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God loves to answer His children!

Scripture reading for July 7th: Matthew 7

Key Scriptures: Matthew 7:7-11 “”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Is God really listening to us? In our world there are lots of voices and distractions. Not many people really listen closely to others. And we can’t see God so how do we know He is listening? These same questions came to the disciples who followed Jesus. Jesus gave them careful instruction and used examples that everyone could understand. Getting God’s attention is as simple as asking, seeking, or knocking. Those that ask, receive. Those that seek, find. And those that knock find the door opening. These verbs are all in a persistent voice that is full of faith in the answer coming. To help His followers with God’s willingness, Jesus pointed to children asking their parents for bread or fish for satisfaction of daily hunger. Would the parents spitefully give their own children stones or serpents instead? Never! Neither would the Father! He is a good, good Father who always listens and gives good gifts in response!

Luke 18:7-8 “”And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?””

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for being a loving and compassionate and listening Father Who delights to hear and answer prayers. Forgive me for failing to believe this by not asking, seeking or knocking but instead trying to figure out how I can do it myself. Fill me afresh with the Holy Spirit and empower me to pray even when I don’t know how or what to ask for.

John 16:23-24 “”In that day you will ask nothing of Me. Truly truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My Name, He will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in My Name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.””

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Thankful for a Great Year of Rejoicing!

December 30, 2017

Dear fellow Bible readers,

Thank you for joining me during this past years journey through the entire Bible.  We read on a 5 day per week rotation of about 4 chapters each day.  In each reading, I wrote a short devotion on verses from that day’s reading that brought to mind something to rejoice about or be thankful for.  I tied each verse in the Old Testament with a counter-part in the New and vice-versa.   I never ran out!  This helped me to stay positive and keep a thankful heart in a world saturated with negativity and fear.  I pray that you were encouraged with the overflow!

In 2018, we will begin another journey (my tenth year of writing) through the entire Bible with an emphasis on prayer and walking with God.  Jesus encouraged His followers to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.”  (Matthew 7:7-8)  Paul taught , “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  (Philippians 4:6)   Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  (John 16:24)    We will embark on this Bible Trek beginning Monday, January 1st reading 5 days each week with 3-4 Old Testament chapters and one chapter from the New Testament each day.  My goal is to inspire prayer and faith that we might walk closely with our Lord each day.      In His Love,  Pastor John Morse

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Prayer and God’s providence!

Scripture reading for January 10th:  Genesis 23-27

Key Scriptures:  Genesis 24:12-15  “Then he prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.  See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.  May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I any have a drink,’ and she says, “Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’–let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac.  By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”  Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder.”

God hears and answers prayer.  Abraham was getting old and Isaac, his son needed a wife.  Abraham sent his chief servant on a mission to find a wife from among his own kinsmen.  The servant prayed for God’s guidance and favor.  God answered before he could finish the prayer!

Cultivating thankfulness:  Believers give thanks for all things and know that God hears and answers prayer!  “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”  (Matthew 7:8)

 

 

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