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Matthew 21:22

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

This is important enough to carry over from yesterday.

The message of the OT was repent and turn to God. Jesus came on the scene and the message was repent and believe. When Jesus says "believe" here it presupposes repenting and turning to God.

The prototype for the Christian walk is Christ. What did he do when he was on earth?

Like David in Psalm 25 he trusted the Father, was humble before the Father, and submitted to the Father's Will. When Jesus prayed it was always in the Father's Will, and if it was not (Gethsemene) he stipulated, "however, thy Wiil be done". When a person is in that place -"you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Most, if not all of us, are not in that place. The apostles were granted extraordinary powers by the Holy Spirit, and through the Spirit they were in "that place" exemplified by Jesus. Thus as they prayed in the Will of God they received whatever they asked. The extraordianry relationship with the Father and Christ were necessary as they initially spread the Gospel, and propagated widespread Church growth.

As for us - we are a work in progress. Hence, we will not receive whatever we ask. As we grow in the knowledge of Christ in our walk, we get better at prayer. Better at praying in the will of the Father, but for most - it will never be perfect prayer (perfectly in God's will).

Psalm 26

A prayer for Divine Scrutiny and Redemption.

This psalm is described as portraying David as a "type" of Christ. Thought to have been written when Saul was chasing him, and often hurled exagerated false accusations. This was way before Bathsheeba, when David was young.

David asks to be judged as he has trusted in the Lord. Anointed by Samuel - David was able to hold to God's path of righteousness because of his "trust" and with the help of the Holy Spirit, and God's grace.

Through that trust David is focused on His love (heart) for God, and continually walking in his truth (Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life).

He avoids -
evil companions
worships the Lord
and Loves his house (temple)

David leads a blameless life at this time - not because he is sinless, but because he trusts in the Lord and is led by the Spirit. Righteousness is imputed by faith (belief in God and His Word).

Compare me to my enemies - redeem me and be merciful for my feet are on level (solid) ground (rooted in God), and will continue to praise you as God.

Yes David sinned in his life, and had a whopper in Bathsheeba, - most of the time though David was a stellar example of faithfulness to God. God would call David his favorite and overlook his sins - not because David earned it - but because David trusted in God, believed in God, and while falling away at times strove to stay connected to God through his great love (heart) for God.

Proverbs 6:16-19

God detests all sin. Why these sins? what makes them so different?

haughty eyes - eyes are the window to the soul. If you have pride in your eyes it is in your soul. Pride is the root of all sin, and having pride opens you up to rationalizing a life of sin.

a lying tongue - what you say is what is in your heart. Lying is symptomatic of a wicked heart. You are supposed to have a heart for God - not evil.

hands that shed innocent blood - blood is symbolic of life. God alone controls life. You are usurping God's authority when you shed innocent blood (murder).

a heart that devises wicked schemes - see lying tongue.

feet that are quick to rush into evil - by rushing into evil we are not standing firm in the Lord. We are to don our armor and stand firm (Ephesians).

a false witness who pours out lies - God detests lies.

a man who stirs up dissension among brothers - bad enough that you sin, but to knowingly cause others to sin compounds your sin.

The sins listed here describe the physical activity of the attributes of a wicked evil man in yesterday's reading of Proverbs.

Hence they are the essence of what a wicked evil man is, and that is why God is so detested by these sins. It is a picture of Evil.

Hey, stoked to have found your blog because I am doing the 1 year bible for the 2nd year now.
If secular music doesn't have offensive language or content then I think its cool. God gave those people talent and music comes from him. I strive to be a balanced Christian and listen to all kinds of music. I even worship to some secular music and make up my own lyrics.

I understand the music dilema also. My era is the late 60's early 70's when all good rock music was made. :) I still can't get rid of them either.
But looking back there was a time when songs of Jesus & God were #1, the musicals Godspell & Jesus Christ Superstar made us think on the wonders of faith. Many songs had other meanings besides romantic love. Too early in the morning now to come up with any titles. Granted most songs were teetering on the enlightenment of Eastern religion as it was the time of the hippie but those that knew Jesus heard praise. I feel those songs in the back of my memory & sometimes now on oldies stations ultimately led me to the freedom I have in Christ.
I have a problem today with praise music being 'me or I' related too much. I have been a Christian 12 yrs & that is all I know & love but when I hear the old hymns I see the Majesty lifted up that is the way it should be, the other really bothers me. Society is so 'me' now that we should not do it when we worship Him in the church. Count how many times 'me or I' is sung in church compared to God or Jesus. I want to know the old hymns but old organ music makes me go numb & my eyes roll back, I fear my heart won't be open to it. I am trying to read the old hymns cos I'm not musical in any form, I make a joyful noise usually!

I listen to secular music. God made musicians, so it can not be all bad. When I listen to secular music it's usually the background for another activity. When I listen to Christian music - I can't help but stop and concentrate on the glory of God. What a wonderful medium music is to priase and worship my loving God. I sing along and talk to God through the wonderful lyrics of Christian music. It's all good. Thanks for asking the question Mike. It's a good one.

The isue of music is an interesting one. I struggle with people who only beieve in listening to Christian music. Becuase if you used that arguement you wouldn't watch tv or go to the movies or do anything non Chritian.
I actually think you can learn alot from music, movies etc that dont have a Christian foundation. I remember a preacher who used the Michael Jackson song 'man in the mirror' as an effective point. One of my fav bands is U2 and alot of there lyrics have a Christian foundation.
Where I live, New Zealand, music is changing. The only market many Christian artists can get into is the normal music scene. A couple of bands Stereogram (more for the younger), Brooke Fraser ( perhaps the most popular NZ musician around at the moment and I would encourage people to listern to her music. Face of World vision here) are crhistians but have a huge following from people outside the chruch.
For me Jesus said to be IN the world but not of it.

I have discovered a lot of great Christian music in the last couple of years and I love it, but I have not thrown out my secular music collection. A musician does not have to be categorized as Christian to be Christian or to have a message for me.

Thanks so much for this site. Absolutely loved the Youtube presentation!How blessed I am by this bible blog and reading God's word. I thank God for giving me the determination to keep up with the bible plan.

This scripture really had me thinking:
"The LORD guided them by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. That way they could travel whether it was day or night." This is awesome to me. My eyes would have been glued to the cloud & pillar of fire; I think I would have been in a trance. There is not enough time or space to give my comments on parting of the Red Sea, what a Mighty God we serve!

Music: I prefer gospel and worship/praise music; but I do listen to secular music I grew up on from time to time; also when I have family and friends over I play a variety of music. One reason I'm careful with secular music is sometimes it brings memories (some good/some bad) of past people, places & things I would rather put behind me. Secondly, I'm careful to watch what I "feed my spirit" whether it's music, TV programs, news, etc. I pray to have a mind stayed on Christ.

I listen to secular music more then Christian. Although I'm from the 60's and early 70's generation I really love the big bands, swing and your hit parade music of the 30's, 40's and 50's. The music then was clean and enjoyable. There was no offensive language or double meanings. Singers like Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Garland, etc. sang, for the most part, nice family oriented songs.

When it comes to Christian music I prefer gospel and folk. My church has a folk group that plays at our Saturday evening service and I love listening to them and singing along during the service. I also prefer older music and musical groups. Actually, the older the better. The music from years ago just seems more real and honest to me then today's. Not that today's Christian music is not good, I just think the old stuff is so much better.

I agree with some others in this blog. Those who do not listen to secular music are missing out on some really great musicians. When listening to them you can tell that what they are doing is what God had planned from them on the Earth. I believe that if the lyrics use foul language, sexual content and/or sing about drugs, alcohol, violence, etc., then we shouldn't listen to it. Just keep faith that God will tell us what is good and what is bad. If that little voice in your head tells you to turn off the music, pay attention to it. It's probably God telling you that it's not appropriate.

Yours in Christ

Exodus 14:13-14

"Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

The people have been delievered out of Egypt (saved) and now they are on their exodus (walk) to the Holy Land (heaven). Our parallels are in ().

Initally their walk did not seem logical, and now their was imminent danger from Pharoah's army. Sound familiar to your Christian walk?

THe Hebrews complained to Moses. Do you complain to God about your walk, especially if it is not going where you thought, or ends up in a place you do not wish?

Moses answer is reminiscent of Ephesians advice. Do not be afraid, stand firm in your faith and belief, and let God handle the fight. Besides this is the Lord's battle for His glory. Why are the Hebrews and us Christians told to stand still and observe?

"Here's the purpose for the strange leading of the Lord. The people are commanded to "see" the salvation of the Lord. Earlier, the Lord said he would be honored, or glorified, through the Egyptians (14:4). Here is the explanation for how the Lord will be glorified. He will be glorified by his salvation of the Israelites from the hand of the Egyptians, which the Israelites are commanded to "see." Moses says that while the Lord fights on their behalf, the people are to remain silent. Why are they to remain silent? So they can hear.

So they are commanded to watch and listen. Jesus said, "The lamp of your body is your eye; when your eye is clear (healthy), your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness" (Luke 11:34). In other words, if you see things accurately, you will be spiritually healthy, but if you see things inaccurately, you will be spiritually unhealthy. Jesus said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear" (Mark 4:9). Watch. Listen....

....An amazing thing happens when we watch and listen. Yes, we may see and hear painful information. But any painful information is overwhelmed by seeing and hearing the sparkling and resonating salvation of the Lord. The antidote to our fierce tendency to return to the comfortable slavery of Fantasyland is to watch and listen - to accurately perceive reality, beginning with reality of God's word and the reality of its trustworthiness, and therefore his trustworthiness, in this world." - Scott Grant
The End Result

Exodus 14:31
And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.

The Israelites were in awe of God, and trusted in Him. They believed. Well, they believed back in Exodus4. Yes, but now they have a deeper belief. We have to trust in (believe and receive) in God to be saved, and then as we start our Christian walk some (or most of us) falter. We need to keep trusting in the Lord, believing in Him, and as we develop a heart for God (on a consistent basis) as we watch and listen to how the Lord works in our lives - we develop a deeper faith. This is how we develop Christian maturity.

Matt 21:32b

"...And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him."

This is the message of the Gospels. In the Old Testament the message was repent, turn back to God for delivarance. But the deliverance was always physical in nature with implied spirituality.

In the Gospels, Jesus is explicit about the spiritual deliverance that He brought: repent and believe in Him to receive eternal life.

All the elements of Psalm 25 are in that "belief": trust, submission, humility, and reverance of God.

ok i heard the world is going to end is that true?
and then i read something to fallow a pillar of fire what does this mean plzz e mail me

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