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In Jesus’ Name

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13)

In the gospel of John there are at least six promises that if we pray in Jesus’ name, God in Christ will answer our prayer. The first is in our text, which promises that God the Father may be glorified in God the Son. Note also the equivalent promises in John 14:14; 15:16; 16:23-24, 26.

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Such promises seem almost too comprehensive and unconditional to be understood literally. The key, however, is the significance of the phrase “in my name.” This obviously means more than simply beginning or ending our prayer with this or some similar phrase.

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In the first place, we must recognize that it is only through Jesus Christ our mediator that we dare enter the presence of the omnipotent God at all. “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6), He said. That being true, it also implies that our prayer must be in agreement with what Christ Himself would pray. No Christian should ask for something he knows to be against God’s will. “If we ask any thing according to his will . . . we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him” (1 John 5:14-15).

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When we come to the Father in Christ’s name, we are in a very real sense representing Him. Therefore, we must come with clean hands and motives worthy of the One in whose name we profess to come. Unconfessed, unrepented sin would surely misrepresent Him, and we could hardly speak in His name in such a case. Finally, acknowledging His power and promise, we must come believing, not doubting His Word.

Then, not only is the Father glorified, as says our text, but we shall rejoice. “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. . . . ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23-24). HMM

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Miracle

Don’t you give up on a miracle
You’ve got to speak to the impossible,  oh
You’ve got to pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing

 

Miracle

Have you stopped reaching?
No longer seeking greater things
Have you forgotten you have a Father listening? oh
He tells the sun when to rise
Gives the wind it’s breath
Swings a door wide open and moves in a moment you least expect

Don’t you give up on a miracle
You’ve got to speak to the impossible, oh
You’ve got to pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing

Don’t you give up
Don’t you give up on a miracle
How many chances?
How many answers pass us by?
You know it takes faith to step on the waves when you’re terrified
So when you’re packed in a corner (corner)
And can’t wait any longer
Don’t you give up on a miracle
You’ve got to speak to the impossible, oh
You’ve got to pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing
Don’t you give up
Don’t you give up on a miracle
Feels like the presents the words you’ve spoken
They go unnoticed like drops in the ocean
Just beyond the veil of your vision
Your mountains are moving, moving on
Remember the works his hand has done
Where you once were and how far you’ve come, oh

Don’t you give up on a miracle
You’ve got to speak to the impossible, oh
You’ve got to pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing
Don’t you give up on a miracle (don’t you give up)
You’ve got to speak to the impossible, oh (you’ve got to speak, keep on believing)
Pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing
Don’t you give up
Don’t you give up on a miracle
Pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing
Songwriters: Jason Walker / Chad Mattson / Tedd Andrew Tjornhom / Jon Lowry
Miracle lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Capitol Christian Music Group
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Seeds of Faith

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If you have faith the size of a mustard seed it will be multiplied exponentially.

Some seeds when planted produce a hundred fold. Do not compromise when it appears God is not working the miracle for which you have prayed and believed. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean God isn’t working in you. As a seed grows underground we do not at first see the work that has started, but in due time there is a harvest.

If God met all of your expectations, He would never be able to exceed them.

Never stop believing for a miracle.

LifeChruch Sermon Series: Exponential

Seed of Faith

Key Scriptures

Some time later, the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son?” …

Genesis 15:1-2 NLT

Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”

Genesis 15:5 NLT

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed …

Galatians 3:29 NIV

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 NIV

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

• When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

• Do you have any dreams for your life or family that feel impossible? Will you share them?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.

• What do you think causes people to settle for less than God’s best for their life?

• Read Galatians 6:9. What are some good things that are easy to grow weary of?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

• Have you ever been disappointed by unmet expectations for your life? What happened?

• Share a story when you couldn’t see it in the moment, but at the right time, God completely exceeded your expectations.

• What seed are you waiting to see the results of? What new seed is God leading you to plant in faith?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

God, You are so incredibly good and faithful. Your ability to multiply our smallest efforts is immeasurable. We can barely begin to comprehend the width and depth of Your love and plans for us. We trust You. Give us faith to plant the seeds You want us to plant. Amen!

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

• Write down or list out loud a few of the big blessings in your life. Then, write next to them the initial seeds that over time multiplied into these blessings. Finally, thank God for what He’s done.

• Write down, or list out loud a few of the big, maybe unbelieveable dreams you have for your future. Then, write next to them the seeds you can plant in faith. Finally, commit your seeds of faith to God.

• Find a Bible Plan to start with your friends: www.life.church/plans

Breathe

Gently breathe in God’s spirit, that spirit which, if not barred out by selfishness, will enable you to do good works. This means rather that God will be enabled to do good works through you. You can become a channel for God’s spirit to flow through you and into the lives of others. The works that you can do will only be limited by your spiritual development. Let your spirit be in harmony with God’s spirit and there is no limit to what you can do in the realm of human relationships.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may become a channel for God’s spirit. I pray that God’s spirit may flow through me into the lives of others.

Relax, “Let Go & Let God”, Everything Will Work Out for Your

God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggle and a reward for your Faithfulness. Don’t give up! God’s word teaches us to Cast our care upon the Lord. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” [1 Peter 5:7]

I realize that learning to “let go” and “let God” is not as easy as it sounds, however, the bible reassures us to …”Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” [Psalm 55:22]

EXAMPLE:

Let’s consider Job’s trials. Job said: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” [Job 13:15]

QUESTION:

I pose this question to you: If you’re in constant turmoil and worrying, why do you pray? Is it just something you do because it’s tradition, or, do you truly seek God for peace and understanding?

1). Forming a “real” relationship with God provides a sense of security, revelation knowledge and mostly, “a peace that surpasseth all understanding.”

2.)The Bible says to, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” [Psalm 37:4] What we should understand mostly from this passage is the fact that there is a process of learning just how to “delight yourself in God.”

ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP YOU

As you study God’s Word, you will learn to “Let Go & Let God!” Pray and sincerely ask the Holy Spirit to order your footsteps as you prepare to study God’s Word daily.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” [Jeremiah 29:11]

Scary Times

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A sudden urgency to read my bible woke me from a deep sleep at 1:00 AM. This is a unique experience. When I turned on the audio of my youversion bible app to continue my daily reading plan,  it went to chapter 17 of the book of Revelation.

I didn’t notice it wasn’t on my plan until it went into chapter 19 of Revelation. Confused, I realized I was reading yet another chapter from Revelation when my daily reading had not yet started this chapter and I ‘d not read from this book this year.  I looked and somehow was not in my normal reading plan. At this point I checked my app and bible plan. I should have been reading Numbers 1, Mark 11, Psalm 46, and Proverbs 10:23. I have no idea how I ended up in the book of Revelation.

Perplexed and drawn to the eerily familiar chapter, I continued. Reflecting on my reading and experience I am baffled. I have never experienced something quite like this and believe God pointed me to this reading. I don’t know exactly why, but I trust Him above all else. I thought I should share in hopes that it makes more sense to someone.

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Miracle

Miracle

Unspoken

Have you stopped reaching?

No longer seeking greater things

Have you forgotten you have a Father listening? oh

He tells the sun when to rise

Gives the wind it’s breath

Swings a door wide open and moves in a moment you least expect

Don’t you give up on a miracle

You’ve got to speak to the impossible, oh

You’ve got to pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing

Don’t you give up

Don’t you give up on a miracle

How many chances?

How many answers pass us by?

You know it takes faith to step on the waves when you’re terrified

So when you’re packed in a corner (corner)

And can’t wait any longer

Don’t you give up on a miracle

You’ve got to speak to the impossible, oh

You’ve got to pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing

Don’t you give up

Don’t you give up on a miracle

Feels like the presents the words you’ve spoken

They go unnoticed like drops in the ocean

Just beyond the veil of your vision

Your mountains are moving, moving on

Remember the works his hand has done

Where you once were and how far you’ve come, oh

Don’t you give up on a miracle

You’ve got to speak to the impossible, oh

You’ve got to pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing

Don’t you give up on a miracle (don’t you give up)

You’ve got to speak to the impossible, oh (you’ve got to speak, keep on believing)

Pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing

Don’t you give up

Don’t you give up on a miracle

Pray till you break through breaks through the ceiling keep on believing

Songwriters: Jason Walker / Chad Mattson / Tedd Andrew Tjornhom / Jon Lowry

Miracle lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Capitol Christian Music Group

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Living with Lukewarm Indifference

1) We’re more concerned with impressing people than living for God.

The things of this world will never fulfill us. If we try to fill the void with money, success, or some earthly dream, it will never be enough.

2) We’re obsessed with life on earth rather than eternity.

2.) Keep your eyes on things of heaven. This world is broken and is not our home. We must follow Jesus and share our faith, but not rely on this world to make us happy.

3) We rationalize sin and live without truly fearing God.

Sin separates us from God. We must repent and ask for His help to follow in His ways. Reverence of God comes from an understanding of His greatness.

4) We believe in Jesus, but we rarely share our faith.

If we really believe we are separated from God by our sin then we would be out letting our light shine all the time.

5) We only turn to God when we need Him.

Only seeking God when we need him and using him as a tool for our problems leads to an indifferent view of God. He needs to be a God we fear and worship.

6) We’re not much different from the world.

How are we different from the world? How do we spend our money, raise our kids, entertain ourselves. We need to be transformed by Jesus and be different because we are not from this world, we are called to more. Are you a full time mom or student or teacher and a part time follower of Christ or a full time follower of Christ who uses His teachings and guidance to for fill other roles in our life?

How do we reignite the fire to pursue Jesus daily? 🔥

Most importantly: every day do something that requires faith daily habits to keep your relationship strong

1. Spend time in the word daily
2.Pray continually 🙏🏻
3.Worship daily
4.Share faith
5.Confess sin

It’s better to hurt with a purpose than to exist without one.

Be diligent, turn from your indifference and turn to Jesus. By doing something that requires faith you become more concerned with what God thinks of you than what people think of you. It will make you bold in spirit. You need him minute by minute and will be transformers because Jesus lives in you.