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Ephesians 4:14-16
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


I watch the towering pines around my home sway with the wind. Yet, they are not moved. They are grounded to earth by a deep root system that fortifies them against the persistent breeze.

So it should be with a Christian. As the world is tossed to and fro by false teachers, we remain grounded in Christ Jesus our Lord who builds us up and strengthens us in the faith. We are not shifted here and there by teachings that do not align with scripture. We hold to the truth of His Word. We drink it in as nourishment to our souls. Rooted and established in love, we allow Christ to grow us into His image.

But is that enough? Should we be content with our own salvation and spiritual growth while others around us are led into the darkness by the enemy’s lies and deceit? No! The Bible tells us clearly that we are to “speak the truth in love” and do the work that Christ has given us to do.

For me, that work is writing, and I’m ashamed to admit that in this area of service I’m not doing my part. I’ve allowed the winds of change to shift my priorities, and instead of being grounded to Him, I’m like Solomon chasing after the wind—spending my energy and time on things that do not make a difference for the Kingdom.

God has given me a gift. I am a teacher of truth through the ministry of my pen. If I neglect that gift, it will be like a diseased pine slowly rotting away, and one day it will cease to exist. When I’m gone from this world, will I leave a legacy of truth for others to follow? Or will I leave behind empty pages, pits of darkness that allow them to be led astray by false teachers?

Today, I recommit to do my part in spreading His Word through the winds of Truth.

How about you?
What gift has God imparted to you?
Are you using it for His glory and to grow His Kingdom?

Let’s all do our part to spread His Word by whatever means and gift possible!

Other Scriptures:
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:16-21

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RED LETTER JOURNEY – THE LORD’S MODEL PRAYER
Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father which art in heaven
God is not only majestic and holy, but He is also PERSONAL and loving like a Father.
Romans 8:15-“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Hallowed be thy name
This is to recognize God and His Name as holy and sacred.
To withdraw from fellowship with the WORLD by first gaining fellowship with GOD.

Thy Kingdom come
Jesus is talking about not only the future, put the present as well. He’s talking about total surrender!
Picture yourself as a castle and God as your KING of Kings who rules over you. He is God! He has the right to rule our lives. Is He ruling yours?
Prayer Challenge: Lord, here I am. A castle (temple) awaiting your rule. Come, Father, and control the realm of my life. Be King over me!

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Do you pray for God to have His way, His will, in your life? If not, I challenge you to start today. There is nothing to fear in this prayer. God wants only the very best for you. Allowing Him to rule over you and do His will through you should bring you assurance and comfort that you are safely in His care.

How can God’s will be accomplished on earth? He can accomplish his will any way He wants to do it, but most often chooses Christians to fulfill His work.

Give Us this Day our Daily Bread
Daily means daily. Every day of our life we need sustenance. As our body needs bread (food) for its survival, so our spiritual body requires a feeding of His Word every day to sustain us and help us grow.

What does bread symbolize?
In the temple, the PRESENCE of God. (Exodus 25:30)
“Man does not live on bread alone but on every WORD that comes from the mouth of
God.” (Matthew 4:4)
The Bread of Life is JESUS! (John 6:30-35 and 48-51; 1 Corinthians 11:23-24)

And forgive us our debts AS we forgive our debtors
AS—a little word with a powerful punch. It means: to the same degree, equally, in the manner, similarly, something like.

You might as well say that you are praying …
Okay, God, forgive me something like I forgave her.
Lord, forgive me to the same degree that I forgave him.
Forgive me equally as much as I forgave them.

Why is it so important to God that we forgive others?
Because enmity in our heart SEPARATES us from God.
To keep a person from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

2 Corinthians 2:5-8, “If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.”

Lead us not into temptation
Does God ever tempt man to sin? ABSOLUTELY NOT! (James 1:13-15; Matthew 26:41)
However, He does allow trials into our lives to grow us spiritually.

I like this commentator’s take on this verse …
John Gill . . .
Such a petition as this is often to be observed in the prayers of the Jews, “do not lead me” neither into sin, nor into transgression and iniquity, “nor into temptation”, or “into the hands of temptation”;”
that is, into the power of it, so as to be overcome by it, and sink under it; in which sense the phrase is to be understood here. We are not here taught to pray against temptations at all, or in any sense, for they are sometimes needful and useful; but that they may not have the power over us, and destroy us.

Deliver us from evil
Hebrews 2:18 – Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

This verse is often misquoted and misinterpreted. Many people think the Bible says God will not give us more than we can bear. But in reality, this verse is talking about temptation, not circumstances in our lives. Sometimes God gives us things we can’t bear so that we will depend on Him.

God will not give us more than HE can bear!

To deliver means to RUSH or DRAW to one’s self, to rescue, to deliver.
Picture Jesus rushing to our aid when we find temptation before us. He longs to deliver us if we will just allow Him to.
What better deliverance can we hope for than to be delivered from the anguish and pain of our SIN!

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!
Is He ruler of your life today?
Are you living as if He truly has immeasurable (dynamite) power? (Ephesians 3:20)
Is everything you say and do to bring glory to God or to you?

The importance of prayer lies not in HOW we pray, but THAT we pray!

    I challenge you to pray The Lord’s Model Prayer and mean it!

I cannot say our if religion has no room for others and their needs.
I cannot say Father if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily living.
I cannot say who art in heaven if all my interests and pursuits are on earthly things.
I cannot say hallowed be thy name if I, who am called by his name, am not holy.
I cannot say thy kingdom come if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say thy will be done if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot say in earth as it is in heaven unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now.
I cannot say give us this day our daily bread without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine
needs of my fellowmen.
I cannot say forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us if I continue to harbor a
grudge against anyone.
I cannot say lead us not into temptation if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say deliver us from evil if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say Thine is the kingdom if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.
I cannot say Thine is the power if I fear what my neighbors may say or do.
I cannot say Thine is the glory if I am seeking my own glory first.
I cannot say forever if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs.
I cannot say amen unless I honestly say, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer.”
(Anonymous)

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