Our Daily Bread, Bible School
Redmond, OR 97756
"I will Remember My Covenant."
The reason that we need to acknowledge Godís presence is that we need to understand that we can do nothing with out Him. Ephesians 6;12 tell us that we fight is not the flesh, but powers and principalities.
By understanding this we then go to God as a child and ask for everything and count on Him for everything. This is the message of Our Daily Bread. This is not our ministry, but Godís as He wants it known to all He is here for all of us if we will only turn our face towards him, drop the religious ideas we have, dropping the pride and the false humility, and seek Him. If we do this He will answer and take care of us and every detail of our lives if we will only trust and give Him a chance. We need to understand that God has never let anyone down, and will not start with you. If He did let people down, He would not be God, He would be a substitute.
Satan wants us to take our eyes off of God and look at the worlds problems along with problems with the job or family problems. When we do this we are powerless as we are then operating in the flesh and not the Spirit and will be defeated. Satanís job is to get us to give up the Spirit and focus on the cares of this life instead of God.
Jesus told us that He would never leave us or forsake us, but He did not say that we could not leave Him. We do this and grieve the Spirit by looking at the things of the world. When we do not live by faith or perhaps loose our temper or maybe we just forget to look ate others as we are too busy with life. It does not take much for Satan to sneak in. When he does we need to confess our sin and go on with life. God told us to fear not, for He is our God and will strengthen us and will help us with the right hand of righteousness, Isaiah 41:10.
Listed here are 6 steps that you can use to stay close to God:
1) Begin each day with a prayer, knowing that he is watching over you. A simple good mourning is good and a song in your heart as God put it there.
2) Read and meditate on the Word. II Timothy 2:15 tells us to study to show ourselves approved unto God a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. Psalm 119:30 tells us that the entrance of thy Words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. That fits me as I am simple in the mourning! Psalm 119:11 tells us that thy Word have I bid in my heart that I might not sin against God. When we read the Word our minds are renewed, Romans 12:2.
3) Talk to God. Talk to God as you would talk to any one else. He is God, but also want to be a friend. Ask for the full armor of God each mourning when you pray. Start with the helmet of Salvation, then the breast plate of righteousness. Then girt your loins with the truth, shod your feet with the preparation of peace. Finally, pick up the shield of faith and the sword, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:11-17. Confess any sin in your life and pray that His will be one on earth as it is in heaven, asking Him for your Daily Bread, or your daily needs.
4) Prayer is great, but praise is better. Thank Him for the things that He has done for you, list them. Event the grumpiest in the morning cannot stay that way if they count all their blessings. We find in the Old Testament that many battles were won with praise as God inhabits His praise. Then to put Satan on the run, sing a couple of praise songs. This will bring a joy, which in Nehemiah 8:10 tells us the joy of the Lord is our strength. This joy will let you know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, Phillipians 4:13.
5) Learn to take a few minutes to be quiet in the presence of the Lord. People are sometimes so busy talking, they forget to listen. Psalm 46:10, tells us to be still and know that I am God. Sometimes He will speak and sometimes not, but you will never develop being led by the Holy Spirit as long as you are the only one talking. Sometimes God talks to us in different ways, having a peace from within or a check in your heart if you hear something wrong or out of place.
Many times you may be prompted to do something, even thinking it is your idea, to find out it was the Spirit of God giving your the prompting. God also talks through visions and dreams. Sometimes through other people. He also will talk in a loud voice. I have had this happen to me, twice, but it also tells me there is rough sea ahead. God also talks in a quieter voice, but still a voice that is different than your own, and finally a still quiet voice on the inside.
6) At the close of the day, rest in His presence and go over the things with Him as a friend and ask for direction, we are told to trust Him and acknowledge Him in all of our ways and He will direct our paths. Thank Him for leading you. Meditate on Him and His ways throughout the day as you get a chance. These things all help you grow closer to Him. Ask Him for a divine appointment for the next day, so you can have an opening to talk to someone about God.
He will open the door. Psalm 16:11 tells us, in thy presence is fullness joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures forever more.
"God gave us His Son, Spirit, Love, Direction, Purpose, Gifts, and free will. He gave us all the basic tools to either care for Him and others or care just for ourselves.
It is a choice either way, to either learn to work together to solve problems, but at the end, when it is all said and done, our true hearts will be exposed. We are given two things to do, love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.
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