Perhaps you were under the impression that I was promoting prosperity gospel (Prosperity theology (sometimes referred to as the prosperity gospel, the health and wealth gospel, or the gospel of success). Nothing could be further from the truth.
God NEVER promises prosperity unless it fulfills His will, purpose and plan. If you want God’s blessings, answered prayers, and a “Happy Box” you must be in all
The Jabez Prayer is perhaps one of the most popular examples of this. “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.”
So Jabez called out to the God of Israel: If only You would bless me, extend my border, let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm, so that I will not cause any pain. And God granted his reques-” Here we see Jabez being very honorable and he has a very honorable request. There is no specific mention of God’s plan or purpose but the character of Jabez is strongly emphasized. So will yours if you want your prayers answered.
God is not going to answer you prayers because you are so cute, or you cry all night, or you get you ducks in a row. When I taught The Book of Mathew we learned that legalistic people try to please God by doing things. Jesus is the ONLY PERSON THAT EVER PLEASED GOD. He did that by dying a gruesome, horrible death on a cross. Why? WHY ? would the Son of God come down from heaven to do such a thing?
Listen very carefully. . .
L O V E ! ! !
That’s right! Our Father in heaven loved us sooo much “. . . that whoever would believe what Jesus did, would not be destroyed but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
In the New Testament, we hear The Apostle Paul declare ,”. . . that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”
We are to have the mind of Christ.” And this is it! Whew!
1. Know Him! We cannot please God unless we know His Son, Jesus
2. The POWER of His resurrection. We have tremendous POWER available to us. The POWER of the resurrection changed the physical universe! We do not use it because we don’t know about it, we mock it, or we ignore it. We sing about, though. But that’s pretty much meaningless, too. We have access to this with Jesus healing POWER, the weather (storms), even traffic. if i shared the heavy duty stuff, it. might scare you, so we’ll wait. No we won’t!
During an evangistical conference in San Angelo years ago, av monster storm blew up, threatening the crusade. I was holding the prayer fort at home.
3. Share in His SUFFERINGS. Suffering helps to make us like Christ by assaulting our pride in order to produce humility. Philippians 3:2-5, Phil 1:8-11, 27; 2:5-1114-15
Suffering helps to make us like Christ by ripping openly our hearts in order to see the depth of our rebellion against the authority of God.
God’s goal is to establish His Kingdom on earth. To do that, He must make us like Jesus.
OLD TESTAMENT BEGINNING
God started this huge project with Abraham in Genesis 12. God calls Abraham for His special purpose and makes some pretty grandiose promises to Abraham. Through Abraham, the genetic line of Jesus would be established.
If all that suffering scares you. consider me! I am one of the happiest people you will ever meet! Jesus lives within me. He keeps me happy, Hevfills me with joy. I cannot wait to be alone with Him each day.
READ what Paul tells His protege, Timothy. . .
1:6,7. For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and soun
8 So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God.
9 He has saved with a holy calling not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace,which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
10 This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,who has abolished deathand has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
“Before time began.” “Given to US in Jesus before time began” Anyone want to break out singing 🎼Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved aa wretch liiike meee. . .🎼
Don’t think you’re a wretch, huh. Well, God does. We’ll talk more about that later.
“We are sinners saved by the grace of. our loving Father. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Promised One (Jesus) even though we were dead in our sins. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gif not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”
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