Encourage One Another through Prayer and Worship

Resting in God 

Pray that All would Find It

Surrendering All for Jesus

Pray that Everyone would Do It

Article 1.

Article 2.

Well, just a casual reading of the words of Jesus in the bible would cause you to come to a conclusion that Jesus is seeking those that would not be of a divided heart, but who would be in love with him and be willing to give up all for him. In fact, the “hard sayings” of Jesus that are found in the bible would ether make you run to him or run from him. This is evident in John's Gospel where Jesus said that you must (1)eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have life in you.  After having said this to his disciples, the bible says that many of them said: “This is a hard saying; who can hear it” and sadly many of them left and would not follow him anymore. 

Now what is also interesting and worth noting is the fact that Jesus did not try to explain what he exactly meant when he spoke on these “hard sayings.” We can see this to be true not only with the passage stated earlier, but also when Jesus said that we are to take up our cross and following him or to hate those of your own household or even to pluck out our own eye if it causes us to sin. Now let it first be said, I do believe and know that Jesus loves all and cares about everyone’s eternal destiny. For that is what his Word proclaims. So, we know that Jesus is not trying to (2)chase people away so that they can perish (see Revelations 20:15). But again, I do believe according to his Word that he does want us to be totally sold out and in love with him. This is true even if it means losing your family because of it. For not all will share in your joy of embracing God, but instead there are those who may even get hostile against you.

"Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. "For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; "and 'a man's enemies will be those of his [own] household.' "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. "He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39)

So having said all that, how do we approach these sayings of Jesus? Well, if we would take a look at scripture itself, we would find that all things that pertain to God must be (3)Spiritually discerned. For we must not come to our own conclusion but to allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the true meaning of what is being said. So, let our attitude be as Peters who replied to Jesus question when He asked “Do you also want to go away?” For Peter said: “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (See John 6:47-69) So, we can see from Peters reply that he was looking much deeper into heart of the matter and not just coming to his own conclusion as did those that left. So again, we must not just try to understand these “hard sayings of Jesus” from a surface perspective, but we must look to God and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us their true and deeper meanings. In fact, we must look to the (4)Holy Spirit to help us understand, not only the “hard saying,” but to teach us all things as the scriptures says.

  • Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. (John 6:53)
  • The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Say to them, ‘As I live, thus says the Lord: “I do not will the death of the ungodly man. So the ungodly man should turn from his way and live. Turn heartily from your way, for why should you die, O house of Israel?’ ” (Ezekiel 33:11 Sept.)
  • But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
  • "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)
  • But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (1 John 2:27)

Articles on the Page

1. Getting Excited over God

2. Resting in God

3. Surrendering All for Jesus

When you think of someone resting, what automatically comes to mind; is it sleeping, kicking back under a shady tree? Yes, this may be what comes to mind, but, is that person truly at rest. Lets say that you're taking a walk through your local park, you notice that there is a person lying on the grass with a hat pulled over their head. Immediately once again, you think to yourself that this person is resting. On the other hand, in that same park, you run across a man working up a sweat digging up a broken sprinkler head, and on the contrary, you think this man is not resting. However, the real truth may be just the opposite. You see, you can be in that prone position as that first person, but in your heart and mind there is restlessness and anxieties and fears. Or, you could be as that second person who is working up a sweat, and yet be at total peace and rest.

You see, true rest is not that outward condition but it’s that inward condition which is of the heart. It’s that peace of knowing that there is a God who loves you and cares for you. It is God’s Holy Spirit who is dwelling in you, comforting you and giving you a hope regardless of your outward condition. So, why not put all your trust in God and let Him lead the way for you. Remember, your heavenly Father truly knows best so let him have His will and way with you. Trust in him completely for he will direct all your paths. And this my friend, is True Rest indeed.

  • Trust in God with all your heart, And do not exalt your own wisdom. In all your ways know wisdom, That she may cut a straight path for you; And your foot will not stumble. (Proverbs 3:5-6 Sept.)
  • Make known Your ways to me, O Lord, And teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation, And on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5 Sept.)
  • ​Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:78-79
  • "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:26-27)

There are those who unfortunately are going through life trying to earn their way into heaven on their own merit. And sadly, no matter how hard they try with good works and deeds, they never can quit feel any inward peace with God. And it’s not that they're doing worse than others, but it’s because they are going about it all wrong. Because the true works of God is not that which is based on our own good deeds, but it’s based on believing in the One Whom he sent, which is Jesus Christ. For Jesus said: This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:29). And of course, we know that Jesus was referring about himself. We must realize that we can't enter heaven on our own merits or good deeds. We have already fallen short of this so there needs to be another way to get right with God.

Jesus Christ took on the punishment that was do us by dying on the cross and suffering in hell for us. Then, on the third day he rose from the dead conquering death and hell and is now seated at the right hand of our Father on high. So now, by believing in this finished work of God, we can enter into heaven. For Jesus Himself said: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV). Wow, you can’t beat that. Our God Himself pardoned all our sins so that we can spend eternity in paradise with him. And now, because of our right relationship with God, his Holy Spirit dwells in us and leads us in such a way that our lives will bring forth good fruit that’s pleasing to him. And if it’s pleasing to God, you can be best assured that you will be pleased also. Because his ways can only lead to true rest and peace.

  • We all are become as unclean, and all our righteousness is like a filthy rag. We fall off like leaves because of our wrongdoings; thus the wind will carry us away. (Isaiah 64:5 Sept.)
  • For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • (a)"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) (b)"By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:8)
  • ​There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:9-11)

Below are some encouraging passages from God's word to help you either came to know Him, or help you in your walk with him, or even better yet, both. God is totally Awesome who made a way for you and me to come to him and receive everlasting life.

  • "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
  • "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. (John 15:12-13)
  • But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
  • But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7)
  • By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16)
  • He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:8-10)

God is always thinking of you and me for our good. God says that all things work for the good, even if they happen to be uncomfortable for us at the time.
Just remember that it's all for our good.

  • I declare my life to You; You set my tears before You, as also in Your promise. (Psalm 56:9 Sept.)
  • For You possess my heart, O Lord; You took hold of me from my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, For I am fearfully and wondrously made;
  • Marvelous are Your works, And my soul knows this very well. (Psalm 139:13-14 Sept.)
  • Will a woman forget her child, so as not to have mercy on the offspring of her womb? But even if a woman should forget these things, nevertheless, I shall not forget you,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 49:15 Sept.)

We are to totally trust in God for all our needs. He promises to always take care of us even in the middle of the storm. The comforting thing is that nothing can separate us from his love. Keep your mind and heart always on God.

  • For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
  • "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. "For My yoke [is] easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
  • Trust in God with all your heart, And do not exalt your own wisdom. In all your ways know wisdom, That she may cut a straight path for you; And your foot will not stumble. (Proverbs 3:5-6 Sept.)
  • Make known Your ways to me, O Lord, And teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation, And on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5 Sept.)


Living a Life that Pleases Our God

Getting Excited over God


Article 3.

Glorifying God through Prayer and Worship

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

God delights in us

If we look at the meaning for the Hebrew word for joy in the passage above, we would discover that it means to get very emotional, even to spin around in excitement. Now, let’s remember that this passage is speaking about our God and Creator. Can you grasp the reality of our God singing and showing this kind of emotion over us? Yet, that’s what God does over his creation whom he loves. So, let’s do away with the mentality that thinks of God as some killjoy who has no emotion over us at all. For truly, God delights in us and God rejoices over us.

Our Joy for Him

Now if God shows this kind of excitement over us, shouldn’t we get excited and emotional over him as well? Shouldn’t we be rejoicing and singing at the fact that he is our awesome God and Creator in whose presents there is fullness of joy and at his right hand are pleasures forever more? And not only that, but we who are God’s children will be spending eternity with him in paradise. How neat is that? Yet do we even dare to tap our feet or clap our hands or show any kind of emotion when it comes to worshiping Him? Oh, what’s wrong with us fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? We should be doing back flips as well as summersaults (if we are able). Am I getting a little too Pentecostal for you now? Do not believe the lie that we must be reserved when it comes to worshiping and praising our God. We do need to pray and seek God’s help for us as a church to praise him with our whole being holding (9)nothing back as David did. He is so worthy, so we truly should be Getting Excited over God.

Being Contagious

Okay now having said all that, I know that if you totally let loose at your next church gathering they may escort you out the door. But it only takes a few people excited about God to get others going as well. His joy is contagious and let us pray that everybody catches it. So, go ahead and be obsessed with him and be totally addicted to serving him in love, because lets face it, living for anything else will only lead you to emptiness.

"God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. "Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. "And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, "so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; "for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' "Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, "because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:24-31 NKJV)

Over in Proverbs chapter 8, we see Jesus Christ who is personified in the usage of the word wisdom. In this chapter at verse 30 and 31 we read “I was He in whom He rejoiced; daily and continually I was gladdened by His face. When He completed the world, He rejoiced, “And He rejoiced in the sons of men.” Wow, God rejoices and delights in us his creation. I find it so comforting that God loves us and that he does delights in us. But not only that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Oh, my Awesome God, you loved us so much that you’ve sent your Son to die for us sinners on the cross, and allowed him to suffer in hell in our place. But thank God, that death could not hold you Jesus and that you victoriously overcame the grave. Thank you Father for raising Jesus from the grave. We were bought at a price, so You oh God, are so worthy of all our love and attention. Amen. (For info on Jesus suffering in hell, please click on this link)

Something to think about

“Will a woman forget her child, so as not to have mercy on the offspring of her womb? But even if a woman should forget these things, nevertheless, I shall not forget you,” says the Lord. “Behold, I painted your walls on My hands, and you are continually before Me. It will be rebuilt quickly by your destroyers, and those who laid you waste shall go away from you. (Isaiah 49:15-16 Sept.) Wow, this is a beautiful picture of God always remembering His people, even at times when their enemy has done them wrong. But God will always restore us, which is proof of His care for us. 

So, in conclusion to all this, let us always remember how much Jesus loves us and in like manner to be in love with him. Let the world experience our love and oneness with God and with each other so that all may see Jesus Christ in us. And let us not forget that we are the light of the world, so let the love of Jesus shine in our hearts as we tell the world about him. Our prayer and hope should always be that those who see us would see God in us, those who hear us would hear Christ speaking through us, and those who know us would know that his Spirit dwells is in us, and that they would crave what we have. Amen.

It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around, can warm up to its glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you have experienced it, you spread His love to everyone; you want to pass it on. What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding; the birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love; once you’ve experienced it, you want to sing “It’s fresh like spring”; you want to pass it on. I wish for you my friend, this happiness that I’ve found. You can depend on Him, it matters not where you’re bound. I’ll shout it from the mountain top – Praise God I want the world to know; the Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on.
Pend by: Kurt Kaiser

Scripture Reference:

  • I was He in whom He rejoiced; Daily and continually I was gladdened by His face. When He completed the world, He rejoiced, And He rejoiced in the sons of men. (Proverbs 8:30-31 Sept.)
  • Be glad in the Lord and rejoice greatly, O righteous ones, And boast, all you upright in heart. (Psalm 32:11 Sept.)
  • You made known to me the ways of life; You will fill me with gladness in Your presence; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
    (Psalm 16:11 Sept.)
  • Let Israel be glad in Him who made him, And let the children of Zion greatly rejoice in their King. Let them praise His name with dance; With tambourine and harp let them sing to Him (Psalm 149:3 Sept.)
  • Praise God in His saints; Praise Him in the firmament of His power; Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. Praise Him with the sound of a trumpet; Praise Him with the harp and lyre; Praise Him with timbrel and dance; Praise Him with strings and flute; Praise Him with resounding cymbals; Praise Him with triumphant cymbals; Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Alleluia. (Psalm 150:1-6 Sept.)
  • (a) for Wisdom here has personal properties and actions; and that intelligent divine person can be no other than the Son of God himself” – Matthew Henry. (b) The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old,” this is the Lord Jesus, this is Wisdom” - Dr. J Vernon. (c) Jesus explained to the men on the road to Emmaus that everything that was written in the Psalms (Scriptures) was written about Him (cf. Luke 24:27). In Proverbs He is the wisdom of God” – Dave Shirley.
  • I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
  • And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:30-31)
  • I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.. (John 17:21-23)