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The True Lord’s Prayer

The True Lord’s Prayer

The “Our Father Prayer” (Matthew 6:5-14 Luke 11:1-4) has traditionally been taught as the “Lord’s Prayer” but this prayer is actually the “Believer’s Prayer”. When Jesus spoke this prayer He was teaching the Believer how to pray. The True Lord’s Prayer can be found in the book of John 17:1-26. It’s a beautiful prayer one you should truly keep in your heart. Due to the length of this prayer I’ll just share with you Jesus’ personal prayer for you.

The True Lord’s Prayer 

“My prayer is not for them [Jesus’ disciples] alone.

I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message,

that all of them may be one, Father,

just as You are in Me and I am in You.

May they also be in Us

so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.  

I have given them the glory that You gave Me,

that they may be one as We are one—  

I in them and You in Me—

so that they may be brought to complete unity.

Then the world will know that You sent Me

and have loved them even as You have loved Me. 

“Father, I want those You have given Me

to be with Me where I am,

and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me

because You loved Me before the creation of the world. 

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know You,

I know You, and they know that You have sent Me.

I have made You known to them,

and will continue to make You known

in order that the love You have for Me

may be in them

and that I myself may be in them.”

The Lord's Prayer (1886-1896) from the series ...
The Lord’s Prayer (1886-1896) from the series The Life of Christ, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Jesus’ prayer for you John 17:20-26 The True Lord’s Prayer

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

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I Am Not My Past.

I am not my mistakes.

I am not my addiction.

I am not my flaws.

I am not my pain.

I am not someone’s accident.

I am loved by God and nothing can separate me from this Love.

I am the object of His Grace and Mercy.

I am the one He sent His Beloved Son for.

I am the one who Christ laid down His Life for.

The one He shed His Righteous Blood for.

The one who He fought for, died and rose for.

I am the Righteousness of God in Christ.

I didn’t earn this Righteousness; it was a Gift from God.

A Gift given not because I loved Him so much but because He loves me that much!

While I was in sin, while I was indulging in my filth and rebellion, He stretched His arms out wide on that wooden cross and He Loved Me…Perfectly.

He took All of my sins, my shame, my sickness and my punishment and He nailed it to the cross.

Christ took my death and gave me His Abundant Life.

He took my place and gave me His Grace.

I am a child of God, the Righteousness of God in Christ.

I Am In Christ.

No longer defeated by life or living in fear of death.

I am a new creature in Christ, the old me is dead and gone.

I am a new person, a conqueror and an heir to the throne of Grace.

I am an Instrument of Righteousness.

No longer an instrument that brought hurt and pain to those I claim to love.

That one who blew up everything it touched and left a dark trail of destruction, gut wrenching heartbreak and deadly wounds behind.

I Am God’s Instrument.

A vessel that helps, heals, encourages and brings hope to all whom God puts in my path.

As Christ is so am I on this earth. Whole, Healed…Victorious.

I am a Messenger of Grace and Truth, seated at the right hand of the Father.

In Christ I can do all things through Him who strengthens, empowers and equips me.

I am a child of Light, no longer a slave to ignorance and darkness.

In me is Life, Liberty and the saving power of Christ.

I Am Not Influenced by this World, I Am The Yeast In This world…I influence it!

I Am A Gift to this world, chosen for this particular place and this particular time to fulfill a purpose that God placed in me at the beginning of time.

A Purpose that will Change and Inspire this Generation.

I am Saved.

Justified.

At Peace with God.

I am Forgiven.

I am Intimately Loved and Passionately Pursued by Him.

I’m worth fighting for and dying for.

I Am Who God Says I Am.

I… Am… HIS!

 

Who Do You Say Christ Is?

Who Do You Say Christ Is?

footprintsinsandThere is a conversation between Jesus and His disciples that I have been meditating on for quite some time.

Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do the people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Then He asked them, “Who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16 NIV

Who do I say Christ is? To me, He is a Father, a Husband and Best Friend.

A Father

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1John 3:1

As a Father He is the one I came from. It is through Him that my identity is found. A Father who doesn’t see my faults; or holds my mistakes against me, He never points out my shortcomings. In Him is Forgiveness and mercy that never fails to set me free. Whenever He looks at me He sees greatness and all of His hopes and plans for me. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get me there. When I fall off my bike, He picks me up and brushes me off. He tends to the scrapes and bruises and encourages me to get back on that bike and ride fearlessly. I don’t ride alone, He runs alongside me, ready to catch me if I fall.

He never ceases to cheer me on, He reminds me of who I am and what I’m capable of, He gives me the strength to pedal on. Once He sees you’ve found your way, He stands back with a smile, filled with pride and joy. When you’re hurt, He hurts all the more. He’ll fight for you, protect and provide for you and above all LOVE you with an unchanging love. His Love never fails. He is a Father who lives to inspire me and desires only the best for me and is willing to sacrifice it all, even His own life, to see me live life victoriously.

A Husband

“For Your Maker is your Husband- the LORD Almighty is His name.” Isaiah 54:5

As a Husband I am the love of His life, He wants to be intimately involved in every area of my life. He wants to know what’s on my heart and mind. He desires to share in my triumphs and be the one to hold me through my grief. As my Husband, He’s seen me at my best and worst, nothing is hidden from Him. He’s seen me flaws and all and HE loves me anyway. I am perfect in His eyes, a picture of Grace. Through good times and bad, He’s by my side and together we can get through it all.

He always finds a way to make me smile with a kind word, a gentle touch. He has a way of making the bad work out for my good. He’s my biggest fan, He encourages me to be the best Me that I can be. If He can give me the world, He would, but He chose to give me Himself instead. All He wants is to see me live life happy and free and reach every goal and dream inside of me. His love for me is real, pure and true. Death can’t separate this love. He pledges to love me forever and always, in this life and the next.

A Friend

“I have called you Friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15

As a Friend, He’s always there whenever I call on Him. “Call on me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you.” Psalm 50:15. He never gets tired of hearing from me. I can be myself with Him. He’s patient, compassionate and always ready to listen. You can bear your all to Him. My Friend is trustworthy and faithful. I can confide in Him and He confides in me. He never judges or condemns. He’s my shoulder to cry on, my Best Friend. There’s no envy or jealousy in Him, He wants the best for me and is willing to give me just that. He strives to get me to a better place, no matter how long it takes. After every conversation I’m left feeling strengthened, comforted and able to do all things because of Him. The peace He leaves me with, surpasses all understanding. It doesn’t make sense at times but it encourages me to take another step forward.

Who do you say Christ is? To me Christ is everything I could possibly want and need…and so much more.

The Father’s Will

The Father’s Will

The Gethsemane Prayer Matt 26-36-44 Mk 14:32-42 Lk 22: 40-46

“Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 “…He began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”39 “Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Jesus prayed this prayer three times.

42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 44 “…Being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”-Luke 22

There are some scriptures in the bible that you don’t have to force yourself to memorize. They are burned into your mind; etched on your heart. There’s no forgetting them. For me, the Gethsemane Prayer is “that one” I will carry with me always. Here we have Jesus, our Sovereign Savior, having a very human moment. It’s no wonder why the book of Hebrews records that we have a High Priest, who is Jesus that can be touched. In this prayer we witness Humanity versus Divinity. A moment where sinless, spotless humanity submits to God’s sovereignty. Jesus sets aside His will and desires to do the desire and will of God.

God has chosen to reveal what feels like a very private and intimate moment between He and His Son, therefore, it is of great importance to know and study the will our Savior submitted to, the will of our Father.

Here are just a few key verses to aid you in your study of the Father’s Willchild smiling

He Has A Plan For You

  • 11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

He Desires To Be Intimately Involved In Your Life

  • “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Hebrews 8:10

He Wants To Bless You

  • “I will make you exceedingly fruitful.” Genesis 17:6
  • “I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2

Above All He Wants  To Save You And See You Live

  • “I have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly”John 10:10
  • “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 8:10
  • “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”2 Peter 3:9
  • “I take no pleasure in the death of anyone,” declares the Sovereign Lord. “Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:32

God’s Motive – Love!

“For God so loved the world (You) that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Hallelujah! 🙂

Jesus’ Testimony

testimonyHe was beaten and ridiculed…

“Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put a purple robe on Him. “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped Him across the face.” John 19:1-3 NLT

Mocked By the Ones He Came to Save…

“The guards in charge of Jesus began mocking and beating Him.  They blindfolded Him and said, “Prophesy to us! Who hit You that time?” Luke 22: 63-64

“The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let Him save Himself if He is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” Luke 23:35

This is His Testimony

There was nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance,
nothing to attract us to Him.
 He was despised and rejected—
a Man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.

 Yet it was our weaknesses He carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed Him down.
And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for His own sins!
 But He was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on Him
the sins of us all
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He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet He never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
 Unjustly condemned,
He was led away.

Isaiah 53

The scripture goes on to say that it pleased the LORD to bruise Him and it was all because of Love for God so loved the world [you] that He [willingly] gave His only Son, so that everyone who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life [true peace and joy with Him]. John 3:16

“All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1 John 5:10-11

It is by Jesus’ Testimony

That we overcome all things in life and are destined  to do extraordinary things through Christ who inspires, strengthens, and takes us to new heights and depths in Him.

It is through Jesus that God the Father demonstrates His eternal, unconditional and unfailing love for You. Because of Christ you can enjoy the abundant love of the FATHER and truly live life free! God really, really loves you!

Jesus on: Temptation

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness He revealed to us the deceptive tools used to draw us into temptation.

Deception # 1 When you are at your weakest, get you to question who you are in Christ.

And when He (Jesus) had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Matthew 4:2-3 NKJV

In Matthew Chapter 3 God declared this about His Son:

 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and aligning upon Him.  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

Note: how the tempter left out beloved and that God was well pleased with Him. This same trick was used in the Garden of Eden when the provisions of God were questioned. God told Man that he could freely eat from any tree in the garden except for the one tree that would bring forth death.  When questioned by the tempter Eve was asked, “Did God really say, ‘you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” –genesis 3:1

Same trick but the results are the same to get you to question the provisions of God  and the abundance you have in Him by pointing you to your lack and insufficiency’s.

Deception #2 Use your own desires to tempt you.

A desire is not limited to the lust of your flesh it can include your desires and plans from God. Have you ever had a vision from God and in your desire to see it fulfilled moved ahead of God to make it happen yourself.

“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”Matthew 4:8-10

This was Jesus’ mission, to take back and save the world, this was His desire and it was used to tempt Him. But look at Jesus’ response to each temptation…the Word of God. Now for us the Word has become flesh and that flesh overcame temptation, death and every obstacle that we face in life and in Him we are more than conquerors. We’re not in this fight alone, we have Christ!

Here’s the thing God is not looking at you, your past and flaws, He’s looking at His perfect, spotless Son. God isn’t looking at your resume, He’s looking at His. His grace, His strength, His abilities and unfailing love. So when temptation comes  whatever the temptation may be,  remember who you  are in God’s eyes and who’s doing the good work through you. JESUS.

This is Who You Are

Children of God 1John 3:1

Righteousness of God in Christ 1 Cor. 1:30

Co-Heirs with Christ Rom. 8:16-17

This is His plan for You

To prosper you, give you hope and a great future. Jeremiah 29:11

To Represent Him Isaiah 61:3

To be His ministers/priests of the New Covenant. Isaiah 61:6

His Resume, Not Yours

Christ started it, He’ll finish it. Philippians 1:6

You’re not in this Alone

Nothing this world can throw at you will prosper.  Isaiah 54:17

Don’t be afraid, God’s got you! Joshua 1:5 & Isaiah 41:10

 

It’s Not You, It’s Him

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I’ve been studying the book of Exodus for quite some time now and in Chapter 19 I read and listened with my heart how God so lovingly professed His love for Israel as He spoke the covenant of Abraham over them.

It read to me like this, “I saved you because I love you. Please listen to my voice; that nudging in your heart and I will lead you into all truths. I will bless you because I love you, I have chosen you because I love you, I will separate you from the rest and I will exalt you above your enemies because…I Love You.” This is God’s promise to you too!

You can read the actual verse here: Exodus 19: 3-6. Everything God said in His covenant to Abraham was based on His will, His efforts, His Love and in His words to Israel He was revealing the fullness of His promise and expressing His great love for them.

Then came the response from Israel; a response that was different from the response of their forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Israel said in one voice, all that the Lord says WE will do and they said this three times!

As I’m reading this I’m thinking, God didn’t ask you to do anything. He is professing His love and His plan for you, what do you mean, “We will do!”

“WE” didn’t pull you of Egypt, GOD did. “WE” didn’t part the Red Sea and drown the enemy, GOD did! “WE” didn’t send manna from Heaven, sent quail to the desert, or bring forth water from a rock, GOD did! After Israel’s declaration of Independence God gave them the Law, Ten Commandments based on what “they” should do.

If you have a moment, go back and read the responses of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when God revealed His covenant promise to them. Some built altars (a sign of worship) while others simply followed Him to the next destination, and even when questioned by Abraham who wondered how God would be able to do all that He promised since he and his wife Sarah was way pass childbearing age God did not chastise him He made Him a promise and gave Him a vision of hope to count the stars, this will be the number of your descendants. (Hallelujah, God give your people a vision of your will today in Jesus name.)

I think the thing that separates us from God is ourselves. The book of Romans states it well in Romans 10:3, “Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”

There is hope people of God and His name is Jesus Christ.  Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, –Ephesians 2:4-6.

I thank God that in Christ I am no longer under the Law that depends on my efforts but under the covenant of Grace and the finished work of Christ who fulfilled the Law for me that I may be made the righteousness of God in Christ based not on my efforts but by God’s mercy, grace and willingness to save me.

Believers I urge you through the word of God, Galatians 2:21 do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!

Do not place a burden on others that you yourself can’t bear (The Law) Know this, it’s not YOU (your efforts, your work, your self-righteousness, its HIM (God’s love, His mercy, His Son, His great work).

To God be the glory.

Love By Its True Name

JesusYeshua_svgWhat is love? Is it the skip of your heartbeat when “the one” walks in the room? Is it the gentle touch of your newborn as little fingers embrace yours? I’ve recently discovered that love is not a “what” but a“who”.

The bible reveals to us that God is love (1John 4:8) and that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.” –john 3:16.  In other words God, who is love, expressed His love for us through The Word that became flesh. God gave love a new name and His name is Jesus Christ.

The Spirit painted for me a beautiful portrait of love by its true name the other day in this very revealing scripture -1 Corinthians 13:4-8 . Walk with me as we sub love with its true name…Jesus.

Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. Jesus does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Jesus never fails. -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

There was a time when I thought that this scripture was an instruction on how-to-love and after the first verse all I could see was my faults and failures.  It wasn’t until God removed the veil from my eyes and heart that I saw that this was not a picture of what I should or should not do but  a revelation of Christ who loves us and His unconditional love  toward us.

This is my prayer for you: That this revelation of love takes root and multiplies in your heart today and that, “You, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, 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.”-Ephesians 3:17-19 In Jesus’ loving name, Amen.

New International Version used.