365: Barbara Thurston

Whatever you ask in prayer

Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

I often hear people say God doesn't answer my prayers, but let me ask you do you sit quiet and listen for what He has to say to you. Remember it's not in our time that God answers our prayers but in his time. 

Most of you know we have 3 kids, Ben who was born with a hole in his heart and the Dr. kept telling us he had all kinds of health problems, as well as MS and wouldn't live to be an adult and then I can remember the day that we went to his Dr. and he didn't have any more signs of MS any more, Ben said praise God He healed me. Zack is our youngest he had 2 holes in his heart and the Dr. didn't think he would ever come home from the hospital well God showed them they were wrong. But Christina was the worse, she wanted to be born 8 weeks early so they gave me medicine to keep from me going into labor and I was suppose to stay in bed for the next 8 weeks and any one who knows me that just can't be. I stayed in bed for about 2 weeks and that was enough I prayed that night please God if she will survive please let her be born tonight. A few seconds later I went into labor, wow talk about prayers being answered. The Dr. thought I was nuts when I told her God said she was going to be born tonight. So she tried to stop the labor again which made both mine and Christina's heart race and I thought we were going to die right there. Ernest got the Dr. and she said well she's going to be born tonight. They told us she was so bad that she wouldn't make it thru the night. I remember that night Ernest and I praying all night and the next day the Dr. came in amazed that she was doing better and would survive.

So what I want to say is God does answer prayers. Let me end this with a prayer. God I want to thank you for answered prayers, whether they are the answers we want or you telling us to wait on you. I know you have our best interest in mind. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen
 

John 3:16

My verse on this 1st day will come from John 3:16, which happens to be 1 of my favorite verses. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world that He gave his 1 and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." Just think for a minute who else do you know that would give up their only son, so that the world may be saved? Wow that is powerful. Now I'd like to end in a prayer. God I just want to thank you for allowing me to live another day. God be with each FB friend and family member on here that this year will be a God filled and joyful year. I ask this in Jesus name Amen.

God is just a prayer away

12.22.15 God is just a prayer away
Sometimes Christians do not feel the presence of God in their lives. I guess we all feel that God is far away from us in Heaven. We believe that we are on our own and that He is not accessible.
Jesus said, Matthew 6:6- ""But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your 
Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." Prayer is a Christian's privilege; made real and earnest-- meaningful-- because a Christian (and only a Christian) truly appreciates such characteristics of God.
God is in that place of prayer waiting for us. The Word tells us that God is never far from us.
Psalms 145:18- "The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth."
God hears us when we call upon His name. God listens to the prays of His people.
1 John 5:14-15 "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him."
He wants us to approach Him in prayer.
Hebrews 4:15- "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
God wants us to go to Him in prayer because he truly cares about us.
Romans 5:8- "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
God's special care is over His children.
Matthew 6:30- ""Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, what shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."
Jesus says that we need only go into the "prayer closet" and God will gladly give blessings.
This teaches a great lesson in our faith in relation to God's desire to give us blessings. He wants us to demonstrates 
our trust in His goodness and love by continuing to "ask, see, and knock." In turn He will show his faithfulness by answering our prays. This is in accordance with His will and with what God knows is best for us.
We can have the assurance that God wants to give us blessing and answer our prayers.
1 John 5:14-15- "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. {15} And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him."
Lord I come to You thanking You for only being a prayer away. I know when I can't talk to anyone else I can talk to You and You will listen. You take care of all my needs that which I am thankful for. Lord please with my facebook family and friends and know that I love You. I ask these things in Jesus name Amen.

 
 
 

Liar, Lunatic or LORD

12.21.15 I haven't heard this song in a while and then yesterday Mike said who is Jesus to you? Liar, Lunatic or Lord? I don't know about you but He is Lord to me. 
In his famous book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis makes this statement, "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg--or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. 
Jesus could only have been one of four things: a legend, a liar, a lunatic--or Lord and God. There is so much historical and archeological evidence to support his existence that every reputable historian agrees he was not just a legend. If Jesus were a liar, why would he die for his claim, when he could easily have avoided such a cruel death with a few choice words? And, if he were a lunatic, how did he engage in intelligent debates with his opponents or handle the stress of his betrayal and crucifixion while continuing to show a deep love for his antagonists? Christ said he was Lord and God.

John 8:28-29 "So Jesus said, 'When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.'"
John 8:46-47 "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God."
John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me."
Matthew 11:27 "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
Jesus claimed to have pre-existed the people he spoke with. The apostle John--who shared bread with Jesus--wrote that Jesus was with God in the very beginning, and that "all things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being." (John 1:1-5)
John 17:5 "And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began."
Luke 5:20-21 "When Jesus saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven.' The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, 'Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?'"(emphasis: web author)
Luke 7:48-49 "Then Jesus said to her, 'Your sins are forgiven.' The other guests began to say among themselves, 'Who is this who even forgives sins?'"
John 18:36-37 "Jesus said, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.' 'You are a king, then!' said Pilate. Jesus answered, 'You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.'"
John 10:28-30 "I give [my followers] eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
Luke 18:31-33 "Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, 'We are going up into Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.'"
Matthew 24:27-30 "So as the lightening comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man... At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory."

“Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15)

Was he a liar? If Jesus made his claims knowing he wasn’t God, then he was ly­ing to his followers. If he was a liar, he was also a hypocrite-a guy who told others to be honest even while he taught and lived a colossal lie.
That view of Jesus, however, doesn’t jive with what we know of Jesus or the re­sults of his life and teachings. Whenever Jesus has been proclaimed, lives have been changed. Nations have repented. Thieves have gone straight. Alcoholics have tossed their bottles. Hateful individuals have become channels of love. Someone whose life had results like that couldn’t have been a phony.

Was he a lunatic? If someone told you he was God, you would believe him about as much as if he said he was Santa Claus. You would call him one deluded and self-deceived dude. Yet Jesus didn’t display the abnormalities and imbalance that usually go hand in hand with being crazy. Jesus was a guy who spoke some of the most pro­found words ever recorded-words that have set free many individuals, even some in mental bondage. Jesus Christ was no lunatic.

Was he Lord? If Christ isn’t a liar or a lunatic, you only have one option: He is who he claimed to be-the Son of God.

The issue with these three alternatives isn’t which is possible. Any of the three could be possible. The question is instead, which is more likely? Nailing down the identity of Jesus Christ can’t be an intellectual exercise. You can’t put him on the shelf while calling him a great moral teacher. That isn’t a valid option. If he was so great and so moral, then what do you do with his claim to be God? If he was a liar or a lunatic, then he can’t qualify as a great moral teacher. And if he was a great moral teacher, then he is much more as well He is either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord God. You have to make the choice.

You have two resources to help you make that choice rightly. One is the histori­cally credible record of Christ’s rising from the dead. The other is the Bible. Giving you solid reasons to believe is a huge reason God gave you his book. As John wrote, “These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life” (John 20:31).

So who do you think Christ is-liar, lunatic, or Lord?

 

Lord I come to You thanking You for being who You are. You are Lord to me, and You are all I need. I know You are always right there with me through the good times and the bad times. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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