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Show Yourself to me, Lord

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Man: Show Yourself to me, Lord, show yourself to me. I need to see Your face, Lord, I need to see.

God: See then, my people, see then my word. See that love is the essence of all. Open your eyes and you’ll see Me.

Man: Now I need to hear You, Lord, now I need to hear. I need to hear Your voice, Lord, I need to hear.

God: Hear then the hungry, hear then the thirsty. Hear the loud cry of your neighbour, My friend. Hear all these things and you’ll believe. Open your ears and then you’ll hear Me.

Man: Now I need to touch You, Lord, now I need to touch You. I need to touch Your warmth, Lord, I need to touch You.

God: Touch the dying, touch the sick. Touch all men, that others reject. Touch all your neighbours and then you’ll believe. Hold out your hands and you’ll touch Me.

Man: I need to know You, Lord, now I need to know. I need to know You, Lord, I need to know.

God: Look at the universe, son, look at the things around you. Learn from the goodness around you. See the clarity that encircles you. Study all things, and then you’ll know Me.

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The Lord’s Prayer

Mt 6:5-15; Mk 11:24-26 Lk 11:1-13 Jesus teaches us to pray

 

Lord's Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father/who art in heaven,/ hallowed be Thy Name./ Thy kingdom come,/Thy will be done on earth,/ as it is in heaven./ Give us this day our daily bread;/ and forgive us our trespasses/ as we forgive those who trespass against us;/ and lead us not into temptation,/ but deliver us from evil.

Amen

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Prayers

 

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A Launching Pad

Simla chandigarh diocese a launching pad 01 Laws, are made for people according to the situation and environment they find themselves in-hence they are temporary. they are means of instructions-a living and continuous instruction. the law is intended to educate people to come to God. It is not intended to be observed externally only, but should guide people as a map along the road to God. Hence the laws should be internally observed. The greater the fidelity to the law, the more prosperity s increased.

The law is basically instructive. In school, for example certain laws and regulations are made to keep discipline and peace. They are catechetical and suited to normal life and are an expression of the life of the community. In the home too certain observances are necessary.

Laws: like

  1. Honor your father and mother;
  2. Be kind and neighborly to your fellowmen;
  3. Be decent and pure with yourself and your neighbor;
  4. Do not steal &
  5. Do not harm or kill your neighbor or destroy his property or take away his  good  name come, these have come from God through man so that we may be  able  to live a happy life.

A law serves to fear God. Also, by keeping the Law, you can give public witness to your vocation. This means that you have a personal sense of your vocation. In other words the Law draws us to the Love of God.

The Law therefore gives us a choice of Life or Death. It is merely an external Love of God and serves to make it practical. Laws therefore establish proper conditions for us to live our lives as:

  1. It educates as to what man is
  2. It gives us the knowledge of what His nature is
  3. It shows us man’s relation to God by keeping him away from the weaknesses that could harm him i.e., by protecting him against himself and by the gift of God’s own presence that he gives us in the law.

The Law is a launching pad. Every morning therefore we can start off once more and be launching towards God by obeying His commands and the various laws that help the immediate environment.

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If I Can Help Somebody

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If I can help somebody

As I pass along

If I can cheer somebody

When things go wrong

If I can show somebody

He is travelling wrong

Then my life will not be in vain

If I can help somebody

As I pass along

Then my living will not be in vain

If I can do my duty

As a child of God ought

If I can bring back beauty

To a world of wrath

If I can spread love’s message

That the Master taught

Then my living shall not be in vain

As I pass along

Then my living shall not be in vain

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2014 in Prayers

 

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How to make Right Decisions

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In order to continue in the middle of God’s perfect will, it is vital that we make right decisions each day and each week. But that is not always easy. As a tool to help you make right decisions from a biblical perspective, There are 13 questions you should ask when facing a choice. Here they are:

1) Does God already have a clear teaching about this?

Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

If God has already spoken clearly about this, you do not have to wonder any longer. Just do what he has told you.

Simple, right?

Well, the problem here seems to be that most people in our culture today seem to have a fairly low level of knowledge of the Scriptures. They are “low-information believers.”

So, I would encourage you to saturate your mind as much as possible with God’s Word. Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Learn it. Once you have done so, you will be amazed at how much better you are at making good, solid decisions in life.

2) What do my top spiritual advisors tell me about this?

Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

It is vital that you surround yourself with godly friends who will be able to speak into your life about life’s decisions. Do you realize that you are basically a composite of the five people you spend the most time with? It is crucial to choose those people carefully. If you don’t have those types of friends, I would encourage you to increase your involvement in church and small groups and ministry in order to establish those godly relationships.

3) What do authority figures in my life have to say about this?

Titus 3:1
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work.

(Also see Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:17)

God often works through authority relationships in our lives. For instance, it would be extremely rare for the best choice to be something that is illegal. Look at this choice from the vantage point of authority figures in your life, and at least use that as an important reference point for you.

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4) How will this affect me spiritually?

1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.

There is much more to this life than just earning a bigger paycheck or improving your status amongst peers. When you make choices, make sure you consider how this decision will affect your spiritual development. Will this draw you nearer to God or further from him? Will this decision interfere with your ability to attend church, maintain godly relationships, or spend time cultivating your spiritual disciplines? If it harms you spiritually, then I would suggest pulling the plug on that choice.

5) How will this affect my family? Will this draw us closer to God or further from God?

1 Corinthians 8:9
But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

Not only must you consider how this decision will affect your own spiritual development, but you must also consider the affects it will have on the spiritual state of your family. Will this help your family to grow in Christ, or will it interfere with that spiritual growth? Will this pull them away from godly friends and away from a healthy, godly church environment? Will this divide your family in any way? Be careful not to make decisions that will cause your family to pay a big price.

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6) Is this going to bring more peace or less peace to my life?

1 Thessalonians 4:11
That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.

Did you know that God actually wants you to have a peaceful life? Of course, this is not the “American way,” but it is definitely an important consideration when it comes to making decisions. Be cautious that you are not stacking your life with more and more “stuff” that will send you over the edge with stress and anxiety. And make sure it is not going to steal the peace from your family as well.

7) Is this consistent with the way God has wired me?

1 Peter 4:10
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God has created you for a purpose, and He has designed you specifically to fulfill that purpose. You are a gifted individual, and His plan will be for you to function within that area of giftedness. When we veer outside of the way He has wired us, we often feel excessive stress, anxiety, and burnout very quickly.

When it comes to making decisions, make sure you evaluate the choice in light of the way that God has designed you. Are you creative? Are you detail-oriented? Are you relational? Are you task-oriented? Are you a communicator? Pay attention to how God has wired you.

8) Am I paying attention to the risks that are associated with this?

Proverbs 27:12
A wise man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.

When making decisions, it is very important to honestly assess the risk that is involved. Sometimes we can become so mesmerized by a “golden carrot” that we overlook the risks that are associated. For this one, I would suggest that you have an outside voice speak into the situation.

In his book Entreleadership, Dave Ramsey says that anytime he has made a business decision that has gone against his wife’s advice, it has cost him at least $10,000. Sometimes others, like a spouse, can see the risks that we overlook.

It is a sign of wisdom to be cautious. Not fearful, but cautious.

9) Do I have total peace from God about this?

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Sometimes everything can look right on the outside when I’m making a decision, but there will still be angst within my spirit. I have learned that making a decision without that inner peace is nearly always a mistake. God gives us peace as a protection and a guide. Seek His peace, and be cautious of making decisions that move against that peace.

10) Are the doors of circumstances clearly open here?

(See Acts 16)

God often works through obvious circumstances. For example, He did that for Paul in Acts 16. In that chapter, Paul and his entourage kept facing closed doors as they were seeking where they were to minister next. And then, one door to Asia flew open while all other doors were closing.

God often directs me more by closing doors than by opening them. But there have been times in my life when I have attempted to force open a door that was not truly open. That never ends well.

It’s always good to look at how God is opening or closing doors in front of you. And while an open door does not always mean that you are to pass through, it is often an indicator that God is at work. Pay attention to open doors, and be cautious of forcing doors open when they are closed.

11) Is now the best time for this? Could waiting be better?

Ephesians 5:16-17
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Haste does not always produce the best decisions. Sometimes everything might seem right about a choice, but making the decision at a later time might make more sense. This isn’t always easy, because we often want to move forward quickly when we see an opportunity. But sometimes the wiser decision is to slow down, plan more, get more input, and give it more time to develop.

12) Am I willing to let God close this door?

(Again, refer to Paul’s journey in Acts 16.)

An important element to making good decisions is to make sure that you are completely submitted to God’s ultimate plan for your life. Sometimes we get it into our heads that we want to do a certain thing, and then we struggle immensely when we begin to realize that God may not want us to move forward with that particular choice.

The disaster comes when we place our desire above God’s plan. Let me be clear here. That never turns out well. The best decision you can ever make is to submit your choices to God’s plan and be willing to give up an opportunity when you sense God does not want you to move forward with that decision.

13) Am I willing to trust God if He asks me to step forward?

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Closely related to the above question is this: Are you willing to trust God if He asks you to step forward? This is basically the flipside of question 12. It’s important to stop when God says, “Stop,” and it is equally important to move forward when He says, “Move forward.”

Are you willing to do that thing He might want you to do? What if it makes you feel uncomfortable? What if it moves you out of your comfort zone? What if it requires faith?

I can testify to you that the most exciting moments of my life have been when I have submitted to God and stepped forward with Him in faith. I hope you can experience that same joy.

Wrapping It Up

OK, so when you have a tough choice to make go over these questions before confirming your decision. Talk through each of these questions with your spouse or a friend in the context of a decision you are currently making in your own life.

  • All Scripture quotes are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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