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Vol 1.7
 
 
Index
 
1: Bible verse for the week
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him."
2: Bible study for the week
     Be ye also doers of God's words.
Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him."
 
Amen How true! God knows those who trust him in reality and those who still only pretend that they serve, follow after God. That is the root problem, many Christians are claiming in words  to be serving God, but in daily reality they are not, They claim to trust God but they are not! They claim they read God's words but they are not even doing that.
 
(Ezek 33:30 KJV)  Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. 31  And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32  And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. 33  And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.
 
I must say that the last 20 years I have been really disappointed to find out how many Christian  persons  who claimed to be reading God's words daily  and applying them, but in reality it was not so, for  they have no been doing so. it was only a pretence. They next have have even admitted to me even they pick and choose what they will read in the Bible  and the rest they file for another day.. and then they want to know of me as to why they have major depressions, fall into major sins?
 
(Luke 11:28 KJV)  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
 
(Rom 1:21 KJV)  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. 24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:25   Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 
(Mat 5:6 KJV)  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
 
(Mat 7:7 KJV)  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
 
(Mat 24:46 KJV)  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
 
(Mat 10:32 KJV)  Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  33  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
 
(Luke 7:23 KJV)  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. (Rom 2:1 KJV)  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
 
(Rom 2:2 KJV)  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?4   Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
 
(1 John 1:9 KJV)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
 
(James 1:21 KJV)  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.23   For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
 
(Psa 118:24 KJV)  This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
 
and it is not that God's word had  failed us, it is still rather sadly that we have failed actually to apply personally God's words ourselves, in daily reality.
 
(Rom 2:13 KJV)  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
 
Romans 8:31b  If God is for us, who can be against us?

Proverbs 16:2
  All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the spirits.

James 4:3
  You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Proverbs 15:26
  The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, But the words of the pure are pleasant.

James 3:2
  For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

James 3:9-10
  With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Proverbs 6:16-19
  These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

James 1:5-8
  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable
in all his ways.

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things. Romans 8:31b  If God is for us, who can be against us?

Proverbs 16:2  All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the spirits.

James 4:3  You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Proverbs 15:26  The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, But the words of the pure are pleasant.

James 3:2  For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

James 3:9-10  With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Proverbs 6:16-19  These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.

James 1:5-8  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things.

James 4:8  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Proverbs 4:23  Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

Psalms 119:9-11  How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. 10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me
not wander from Your commandments! 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You!

Psalms 139:23-24 Search  me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my
anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

Psa 96:1-9: Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.
For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the LORD made the heavens.

Psa 72:18 - 19: Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does
wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole
earth be filled with His glory.

 Isa 6:3: And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!"

Col 1:27: To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

1 John 4:17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
 
3: Tips on praying for the week.
       Unrepentant, unconfessed Sin is a hindrance to our personal  prayer
        becoming answered
(Psa 66:18 KJV)  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
 
More reasons why even our Prayer Fails
 
Casting away one's faith in God:
(1 Tim 1:19 KJV) Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:  Telling or reading dirty jokes, stories:
 
(Eph 5:4 KJV) Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  Stealing. pirated software
 
(Eph 4:28 KJV) Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
 
Discriminations:
(Gal 3:28 KJV) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
 
Partiality
(James 2:1 KJV) My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
 
Greediness:
(Eph 4:17 KJV) This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
 
Lusts:
(Gal 5:24 KJV) And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 

 
Fleshly Anger:
(James 1:19 KJV) Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
 
Covetousness :
Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
 
Hatred
(1 John 4:20 KJV) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
 
Idolatary
(Deu 5:7 KJV) Thou shalt have none other gods before me.  Cursing, witchcraft, strife, envyings
 
(Galatians 5 :19 KJV) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 
 
Us having Fellowship with the wicked
(Prov 4:14 KJV) Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence... 19 The way of the wicked is as  darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
 
(Ephesians 5:11 KJV) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
 
Departing from God's words
(Prov 4:20 KJV) My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
 
Adultery
(Prov 5:3 KJV) For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. 7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: 9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: 10) Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; 11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 12 And  say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
 
Divorce, seperations
(Proverbs 5: 15 KJV) Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. 17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
 
(Prov 5:20 KJV) And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? (Prov 5:21 KJV) For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. 23 He shall die without instruction; and  in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. 
 
Co-signing on behalf of others 
(Prov 6:1 KJV) My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 2 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
 
Laziness
(Prov 6:6 KJV) Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
 
Gossip, Slander
(Prov 6:12 KJV) A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.  13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;  14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. 15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
 
(Prov 18:8 KJV) The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
 
Pride
(Prov 6:16 KJV) These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
 
Perjury, lies
(Prov 6:19 KJV) A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Prov 4:24 KJV) Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
 
The following is a further list of some other things that also often do hinder our prayer life, our personal walk with God through the Holy Spirit
 
(1) Maladjustment to the Holy Spirit.
John 4:22-23 You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 22 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
 
Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the Holy Spirit;
 
Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
 
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
 
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 
(2) Maladjustment to the Word of God (cf. also Ps. 119)
Proverbs 28:9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. 
 
John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.

Prayers Not asking according to God's will.
(James 4:3 KJV)  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.4   Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
 
(3) Failure to pray in faith.
Matthew 21:22 And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.
 
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

James 1:5-7 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 
 
Hebrews 11:6 And 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 seek Him.
 
Prayers Asking with faith that doubts.
(James 1:6 KJV)  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
 
(4) Failure to ask because of a spirit of self-dependence.
James 4:2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
 
(5) Failure to ask from the right motives, without concern for God's
will.
James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
 
James 4:15 Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that."
 
1 Corinthians 4:19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant, but their power.
 
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 26:42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Thy will be done."

(6) Failure to endure, fainting under pressure. Luke 18:1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at  all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,

1 Samuel 27:1-3 Then David said to himself, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand." 2 So David arose and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. 3 And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal's widow.
 
Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Not persistent:
This requires time and is perhaps why the Lord gives the three pictures of asking, seeking, and knocking in Matthew 7:7-8. 7 Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Prayer is not just a matter of asking, but of seeking God's direction and will, and waiting on Him just as one knocks and waits at the door for someone to hear and open the door. Keep asking, be patient, and be sure to ask what God's will is in the matter. Is what I am asking really what is best according to God's purposes and wisdom?
 
(7) Wrong relations with people, an unforgiving spirit.
Mark 11:25-26 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions. 26 (But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.)

Having still an Unrepentant  Spirit towards others.
(Mat 5:23 KJV)  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
 
(8) Pretentious praying, praying to impress people.
Matthew 6:5-8 And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. 7 And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him.
 
Self Exaltations:
(2 Cor 10:5 KJV) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

(9) Religious zeal in the form of vain repetitions and cultic ritual.
Matthew 6:7 And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.

1 Kings 18:26-29 Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, "O Baal, answer us." But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made. 27 And it came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, "Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened." 28 So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them. 29 And it came about when midday was past, that they raved until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention.
 
Romans 10:2-3 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.

(10) Domestic breakdown in the home.
1 Peter 3:7 You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Improper attitudes toward one's spouse.
(1 Pet 3:7 KJV)  Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
 
Failing in one's Duties to ones' Spouse-
"if a wife or husband neglected their duties to each other, their prayers would be hindered" (1Pet.3:1-7).
 
(Gal 5:25 KJV) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh;  but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. .(Rom 5-7:8 KJV)
 
(Isa 10:4 KJV) Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 
 
(John 15:5 KJV) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
 
(James 1:21 KJV) Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
 
(James 1:26 KJV) If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

(James 1:27 KJV) Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
 
(1 John 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
 
(1 John 1:10 KJV) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 
 
Note: this is what still the Human wisdom, carnal approach ends up doing
 
"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them." Romans 1:28-32
 
For I know the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! but good plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call upon me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me says the Lord. Jer.29:11-15
 
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart." (Jeremiah 24:7).
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)
 
Bodliy exercise profiteth little.but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 1 Tim 4:8,9)
 
Luke 24: 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things. 49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. 50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
 
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 1st PETER 2:24 
 
"Strive for. . .the holiness without which no one will see the Lord" Hebrews 12:24
Want to have a good life? Then don't be obstinate, wicked, unteachable, or rather hard to be reproved, for then you will die an early death. Firstly always, always be totally loyal and faithful to God and his teachings, his revealed will. Always try to pay close attention to what God alone is trying to lead you to do, and to what God also restricts you from doing as well. Trust firstly, solely in what God says in his word, and still do not at all rely on what you think you know. Rather personally seek God's will in all, in everything you do and He, God will show you the right way, the more excellent path too. Never still delude yourself even wrongfully to believe that you now are wiser than you really are, that you now even know better than God as to what you can do, or what you should do , rather humble yourself, always firstly commit yourself to seeking God's direct will, approval still in all that you undertake, try to do, and do try really hard to obey, follow after what God, he reveals to you to do. Do not at all be guilty of the sin of presumption, presuming that God has already spoken, revealed his permissive will to you on every matter when in fact he has not. Check with him about everything you do still. Give God also now the best of all that you have, and only do God's will alone even in all, in everything and that now still includes even what you watch on TV, what you read anywhere now too, even as to who your friends should be too now, and how you do pass any of your time here on earth too.
 
"Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." (1 John 3:21-22)
 
(Isa 30:21 KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
I have actually been in two Churches where the local Pastors wrongfully, specifically had forbidden me to be negative to preach or talk about personal repentance. Needless to say God removed both Pastors from the Church next too. It appears that these rather false empire oriented pastors to increase the size of their churches and they had also wrongfully watered down God's requirements for being born again and being acceptable members of a Church too
 
"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like." (James 1:22-24)
 
"But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does" (James 1:25). 
 
Finally, draw your strength from the Lord* and his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities, and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in region above. Ephesians 6:10-12
 
"Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes!" (Psalm 119:2-5).
 
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (Matthew 24:45,46)
 
Matt 28:20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen!
 
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3)
4: Christian testimony for the week
In the final decades of the life of George McCluskey he became extremely burdened for his children and each day spent the hour from 11 to 12 praying for them. He prayed not only for them, but also for his grandchildren and great grandchildren, as yet unborn. He asked that they would come to know the true God through His Son, and dedicate their lives to His service. Of the following four generations, every child has either become a minister or married a minister, with one exception. Few will ever hear of George McCluskey, but because of him lives of future generations were undeniably blessed.
5: Recommended Christian computer software
And do get Scripture ticker, this is a great free program with the Bible in  three translations separately.. KJV, NIV, RSV and I have it on my computer  too. ScriptureTicker  The ScriptureTicker is a unique Windows application that can display verses or prayers on your Windows Desktop. ScriptureTicker operates only on Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, and Windows 2000 systems. ScriptureTicker also extensively uses Microsoft Internet Explorer's browser control, so you MUST have Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater installed on your  Microsoft Windows system. http://www.outreach4him.50megs.com/install/ScriptureTicker.exe
 
**NOTE: The ScriptureTicker does not provide a default translation of the Bible, so one or more of the available Online Bibles must be downloaded and installed.  NIV Bible1.3 MBThe New International Version of the Bible.  http://www.outreach4him.50megs.com/install/NIVBible.exe
KJV Bible1.3 MBThe King James Version of the Bible. http://www.outreach4him.50megs.com/install/KJVBible.exe
RSV Bible1.3 MBThe Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
http://www.outreach4him.50megs.com/install/RSVBible.exe
 
Do also get the "Bible Verse" which is s a freeware program that decorates your desktop wallpaper with verses  from the Bible.   Current version  contains more than 400 Bible verses. OBTAIN FROM http://bible.by.ru/  OR http://bible.by.ru/form.html
 
Usama's KJV Bible was designed to make it easy and simple to have an electronic version of the Bible on your Computer. This program was designed to be simple to use yet very powerful whil attempting to maintin a small size compared to the other Bible programs out there. This program's ease of use makes it an excellent program to have.  http://usamasoft.com/bible/   To download the program Simply Click here
 
6: Difficult Bible Question answered for the week.
   Does God speak to us through dreams, visions today?
(Acts 2:17 KJV)  And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
 
(2 Tim 3:1 KJV)  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
 
(Heb 1:2 KJV)  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
 
(2 Pet 3:3 KJV)  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
 
Yes God does today speak through dreams and visions but that does not mean that all dreams, visions that  we have are from God. In fact Quite often they are demonic lies, distortions of life, induced to cause us to sin and to fall away by by the devil from God.
 
Dreams can also be God's manner of showing our true spiritual state, relationship with God.
 
(Exo 33:11 KJV)  And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.
 
(Num 12:6 KJV)  And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 7  My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. 8   With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
 
While God does speak to me through dream sand visions, I still do prefer that he speaks to me directly and through his Word, even through other great Christian Brothers and Sisters too.
 
(John 10:27 KJV)  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
 
(1 Cor 14:39 KJV)  Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
 
(1 Cor 14:40 KJV)  Let all things be done decently and in order.
 
(Rom 12:6 KJV)  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
 
(1 Cor 14:29 KJV)  Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
 
(1 Cor 14:30 KJV)  If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
 
(1 Cor 14:31 KJV)  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
 
(1 Cor 14:32 KJV)  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
 
(1 Cor 14:33 KJV)  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
 
(Rev 16:13 KJV)  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
 
(1 John 4:1 KJV)  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
 

 
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