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“The Answer” by Steve Ares 1 5/5 (1)

“There are four ways God answers prayer: No, not yet; No, I love you too much; Yes, I thought you’d never ask; Yes, and here’s more.” –Anne Lewis

A pastor told me of a man in his church who wanted to work for a consulting team but did not get the assignment. He really wanted the job and couldn’t understand why he was denied the position. His questioning stopped at 9:38 a.m. on September 11, 2001, when American Airlines flight 77 made its murderous plunge into the west side of the Pentagon. All on board the plane and several on the ground were killed, including the entire consulting team that this man would have been a member of had he gotten the job that he wanted. His life was saved by a “No.”

We often say that God “answered” our prayer when we get what we want from God. But in reality a “no” or “not yet” from God, is just as much an answer to prayer as a “yes” is.

Do you feel that God is saying “no” or “not yet” in response to your prayers? Remember: He sees the end from the beginning and He might be saving you from a disaster.

As Psalm 116:12 tells us, our love for the Lord should be based on the fact that He inclines His ear towards us and hears our voice. God always answers in a way that is for our highest and best good. Our love should not be based on whether or not we get what we want from God. Access to the throne of God and the privilege to call on Him for as long as we live are reasons enough to love Him.

Corrie ten Boom said, “When the train goes through a tunnel and the world gets dark, do you jump out? Of course not. You sit still and trust the engineer to get you through.”

When things are dark and you can’t see where you are or where you are going, trust the “Engineer,” because He’s engineering your life for the good.
(Info from SISTERS sisters@upci.org Newsletter)

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“…we ought also to love one another.” 1 No ratings yet.

The Bible says…
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
(FROM: 1 John 4:1-11 King James Version, KJV)
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About “Bible Verses About Hope.” 1 5/5 (1)

Bible verses related to Hope from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance
Romans 12:12 – Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Jeremiah 29:11 – 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.

Romans 5:2-5 – By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Psalms 39:7 – And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee.

Mark 9:23 – Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.

Romans 8:24 – For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

Proverbs 23:18 – For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

Romans 8:25 – But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Jeremiah 17:7 – Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

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Bible Verses About Will Of God. 3 5/5 (1)

Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 – For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – 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.

John 6:38-40 – For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Hebrews 13:20-21 – Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,

1 Peter 2:15 – For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

1 John 2:16-17 – For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Ephesians 5:17 – Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord.

Matthew 7:21-23 – Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

John 7:17 – If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.

Proverbs 19:21 – [There are] many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

Micah 6:8 – He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

James 4:15 – For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 – For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Matthew 6:10 – Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.

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We agree that it is good to be under grace. 1 5/5 (1)

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“Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 No ratings yet.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

(FROM: 1 Peter 1:3-21 King James Version, KJV)

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When God speaks…”Then the Lord answered Job.” 3 5/5 (1)

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?
12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?
22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,
23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?
25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;
27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?
28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?
35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?

36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?
39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?

41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
(From: Job 38:1-41 King James Version KJV)

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As the disciples walked with Jesus… 1 No ratings yet.

As the disciples walked with Jesus, they daily heard His teaching and saw the miracles He did for the people. They saw blind eyes opened, the crippled made to walk and even the dead raised to life again. And yet, their request to Him was, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In response, Jesus taught them that true prayer is not only asking, but it is also about binding and loosing, or warfare and bringing down the strongholds of hell. He taught them that some things may appear impossible, but there is a faith that can explode the impossible. And mighty prevailing prayer is the weapon that opens the door to the power that overcomes the world of darkness. And that world will yield ground to the child of God who gets desperate enough to pray in the spirit until hell’s gates are moved.

A desperate pray-er doesn’t care who hears him pray; he cares only about one thing and that is his great need of touching God.

Several years ago while my late husband and I were pastoring, some of our ladies were at our church seeking God earnestly when we heard in the distance a woman screaming. Alarmed, we ran outside and saw a woman running toward us with a small child in her arms. She fell to the ground at my feet crying and screaming, “my baby is dead…he had a seizure and stopped breathing…he hasn’t breathed for several minutes now. Please pray!” The child was unresponsive, but as we laid our hands on him and called on the Name of Jesus, he began to gasp for breath and started crying. God completely healed that child. He is still a mighty, merciful God who hears and answers when His people earnestly seek Him.

James 5:16b “the earnest continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available.”

Norma Deville, Guest Writer
Shady Grove UPC
Jena, Louisiana
(From: wnop Newlsetter)

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Walk into the Extraordinary. 1 No ratings yet.

It was a day just like any other. As Gideon threshed wheat near the winepress, the unexpected happened. An angel appeared before him, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” (Judges 6:12).

Gideon knew immediately that this was one lost and confused angel. Why, he was the youngest of a poor, obscure family. What could he do? He was powerless. How could God possibly use him?

Born into a nation that had walked away from God, attempting to hide wheat from the Midianites was a way of life for Gideon. Tired of living under the heavy hand of their enemy, the children of Israel began to call upon God to save them. Now an angel had come with a message of deliverance, but he had picked the wrong person. Of the entire nation, he had selected a young man with little prospects for the future.

It is easy to relate to Gideon. He had the audacity to ask the outrageous questions that we are reluctant to put into words. “If You are with me, God, why am I in such a mess? You delivered us out of Egypt only to allow us to fall prey to the Midianites. You want to use me to deliver my entire nation? If this is really You, You have to show me a sign!”

The angel did the miraculous before Gideon’s eyes, yet he still fleeced God. Not once, but twice. At last he was convinced that he was hearing from the Lord.

With thirty-two thousand men at his disposal, everything seemed promising. But then God began the process of selecting and rejecting until Gideon was left with just three hundred men. God took this small group, armed with only trumpets, pitchers, and lamps (torches) and caused the Midianites to utterly destroy themselves.

What an amazing, wonderful story! From our perspective, we can smugly wonder why Gideon ever questioned God at all. Surely if an angel appeared to us, we would immediately, without hesitation, obey.

But we all ask questions. God beckons us down a path that we have never walked before, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour!” We quake, question, and flee in fear. How can God use us? What if He lets us down? The task is too great! He expects too much of us. Doesn’t He know who we are? Isn’t He aware of our lack of experience and abilities?
God is looking for those who are willing to obey. Perfection is not a requirement. Self-sufficiency and tremendous confidence are not either. “Peace be unto thee; fear not!” (Judges 6:23) God’s reassurance is needed when we stand at the crossroads of the familiar and a new assignment from the Lord.

Just like Gideon, we are weak, defenseless, and without adequate resources to accomplish what God requires of us. But, “our sufficiency is of God” (II Corinthians 3:5). “The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon” (Judges 6:34) and he was able to face and accomplish the task that God had placed before him. Without God’s assistance, it is impossible to boldly accept the challenges that lie ahead.

But it is not up to us! When we face the enemy, task, or ministry that God has called us to do, we too will hear His assurance. “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” (Isaiah 30:21).

In the Spirit today, can’t you hear a voice gently speaking? “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty [wo]man of valour!”

The above article was written by Bonnie Peacock who dedicated her writing talents to inspire and challenge others in their walk with God.
(FROM: SISTERS sisters@upci.org via Ladies Ministries Newsletter)

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IF YOU GO TO WAR by Beth Marie Evans 1 5/5 (1)

God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. However, in spite of our human imperfections, we can achieve excellence. This may not be true according to worldly standards, but according to the hope we have when we choose to live according to the laws of God, we can live a life of excellence.

We have so many examples in scripture of those who, in spite of doubt, unbelief, and sin, accomplished what God called them to do. David, who is called a man after God’s heart, cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe while he slept, and then repented. According to our standards, David had good reason for assaulting Saul because Saul was out to kill him for no other reason than jealousy (see I Samuel 24:4-6). However, David chose a way that was more excellent, even though he was not perfect. He was a man who could be reasoned with, and would receive instruction, even from a woman. When Nabal returned evil for the good that David and his men had done for him by refusing to provide food for his men and beasts, David wanted to kill him and his whole household. But instead he repented of his ways, even thanking God for Nabal’s wife, who prevented him from committing this sin (see I Samuel 25:5-34).

We have many other examples; we have Jonah, who didn’t want to do the will of God because of his fear and prejudice, Abraham and Sarah, who tried to bring the promise of God to pass themselves, but in the end, God kept His promise through Isaac. When we consider Daniel, who was said to have an excellent spirit, there doesn’t seem to be anything negative written of him. What we see written concerning Daniel is that he sought out God continually. We also see this in the life of David, who had many failures, battles, but also victories. Although we never read of any sin committed by Daniel, he was never called a man after God’s heart. It is possible to live a life of excellence before God when we choose to press steadfastly towards the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. This week, pray that you will live a life of excellence before God!

Beth Marie Evans
Apostolic Author
Cook County Chaplain
International Christian Fellowship
Brookfield, Illinois
(From wnop Newsletter)

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The Name of Jesus Christ my King… 1 5/5 (1)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 KJV.

You were the Word at the beginning
One With God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now

What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

How sweet is your name, Lord, how good You are
Love to sing in the name of the Lord, love to sing for you all?
Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

(What A Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship)

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Lord…Just as I am 1 No ratings yet.

Just as I am
Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot;
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
AMEN

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Jesus…he went for me. 1 No ratings yet.

All the way to Calvary, He went for me
He went for me, He went for me
All the way to Calvary, He went for me
He died to set me free

Although I had so many many sins
Jesus took them all away
And He pardoned me

Although I had so many many sins
Jesus took them all away
And He pardoned me

BROOKLYN TABERNACLE CHOIR
All The Way To Calvary Lyrics

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Happy Father’s Day to our men and men in Christ. 1 No ratings yet.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
( Matthew 5:14-16 King James Version (KJV)

And our Bible also says…

Ephesians 6:4 – And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Genesis 18:19 – For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Colossians 3:21 – Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged.
Proverbs 13:24 – He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Proverbs 19:18 – Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

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