“Prayer is God’s appointed means in the accomplishing of His will”
This often-quoted definition of prayer handed down to us from the Reformers points us to three great truths as we approach our heavenly Father’s throne of grace:
1. Prayer is not initiated by us, but by God, as the Holy Spirit inclines our hearts and moves us to pray. Our part is to respond in obedience and faith.
2. Prayer is not a reshaping of God’s will to meet our desires, but a reshaping of our desires to conform to God’s will.
3. We can pray with great confidence, knowing God has prompted our prayer as a part of His divine plan and the fulfilling of His divine purpose.
What an awesome privilege to be included in God’s Kingdom work through the blessed work of prayer! Let us be found faithful, as “…men ought always to pray and not lose heart”. (Luke 18:1)Continue
Can you see God at work when you sin? Here’s a verse that can help you answer that question.
“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death” 2 Corinthians 7:10
The process for the true believer goes like this: Sin is followed by conviction, which is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing us to an awareness that we have sinned. This creates in us a “godly sorrow”, which is a sense of spiritual upheaval, truly being sorry at having grieved and offended our holy God. Next comes repentance, which includes confession, or agreement with God that we have sinned, along with a settled purpose to turn from the sin to pursue a course of righteousness. This process continuously repeated leads to salvation, both in the sense of progressively breaking the power of sin (sanctification) and bringing us finally to complete victory over sin (glorification).
The unbeliever may have a sense that he has done wrong, but, without the intervention of the Holy Spirit, there is only regret and remorse, not producing repentance leading to salvation. Note the response of Judas Iscariot to his realization that he had betrayed innocent blood. He was crushed by the weight of his sin, but there was no repentance, only “the sorrow of the world” which “produces death”.
So a recognition of God at work when we sin, based on 2 Corinthians 7:10, is a good ground of assurance. Though a painful process, it serves as a confirmation that we belong to Him!Continue
“O LORD, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom you have made them all.” Psalm 104:24
“The problem of origin and destiny have escaped the philosopher and the scientist, but the humblest follower of Christ knows the answer to both.” A. W. Tozer
Who can stand against the current tide of secularism in our nation? Who can refute the pseudo-science of the evolutionists? Who can expose the vain, empty philosophy of the humanists?
You can! I can! We know Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3) We have God’s Word, which “is truth.” (John 17:17)
Don’t be intimidated by today’s onslaught of political correctness. Wield your sword, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17″, and engage the battle! And remember, ultimately, “The battle is the Lord’s.” (1 Samuel 17:47)Continue
Scripture: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20
How do we “lay up treasures in heaven”?
All we do in conscious obedience to Christ with a desire to please Him may be seen as laying up treasures in heaven. Practically speaking, it’s washing a sink full of dirty dishes, preaching the Gospel in a faraway land, and everything in between, IF it’s 1) led by the Spirit, 2) commanded or permitted by Scripture, and 3) motivated by a desire to bring glory to God.
Are you busy today making deposits in your heavenly bank account? That’s true security!Continue
Thank you for visiting our Southside Baptist Church website!
I am Greg Lauderback, Pastor, and I would like to invite you to come and be a part of what God is doing at Southside.
We are a loving fellowship of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are committed to Christ-centered worship, sound, biblical, expository preaching, ministering God’s love in the church and community, and sharing the Gospel here and around the world.
May God richly bless you, and we hope to see you at church!Continue