Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8: 12
The Three A’s of Becoming a Child of Christ:
Admit Our Need
“Lord, I confess I am a sinner in need of a Savior to forgive me and free me from guilt”
…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Acknowledge Jesus Christ as God's Only Son and Saviour
“Jesus, You are Lord of all; I believe You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus says, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Accept God's free gift of salvation in Christ
“Lord I want to live eternally with You. I repent of sin and desire to be baptized into Your Name.”
…the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God’s is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus calls believers to “Follow Me”.
The process of following Jesus begins at the moment of our conversion and continues as we grow in Christ through the rest of this life. We are called into a relationship with Jesus that develops and deepens through the disciplines of Bible Study, Prayer, Worship, and others. Training in the spiritual disciplines is essential to the growth of any Christian.
There are volumes of Bible Studies online these days filled with study notes and commentaries that will provide you with information from others about the Bible. But the most valuable study is the one you make for yourself as you spend time personally in God’s Word.
Why should we study the Bible?
Because it is God’s primary way of communicating with His us and expressing the desires of His heart with His people. The personal time you spend in the Bible is absolutely imperative for growing your walk as a Christian and deepening as a disciple of Christ.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.Timothy 2:15
By reading and studying The Word of God we are able to discern His Will for us and receive His Guidance for our lives.
Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path.Psalm 119:105
Here’s a link to a website with numerous free Bible resources including different versions of the Bible, reading plans, devotionals, and more.
You can also listen to the Bible read aloud as you follow along with this auto link https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/
Prayer doesn’t change God but it changes us. Prayer transforms our thoughts and our will to conform to the Will of God. Prayer helps us to develop patience and cultivates a reliance on God rather than ourselves as we wait for His answer.
What is prayer?
Prayer is as simple as a conversation with God; talking with Him, trusting in Him, and listening to Him.
Prayer is a discipline. It’s not easy to pray. Satan, our adversary, hates it when people turn to God for call on Him.
Prayer is a vital way we can build our relationship with the Father and needs to be a regular part of a Christian’s Daily Walk.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29: 11 - 13
How can we pray?
Personally. We do not need to have someone else intercede for us or talk to God on our behalf, but we can go straight to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. We do not need to have a pastor or priest to lift our prayers to God for us but we have access to the Father through His Son, personally.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.Hebrews 4: 16
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ JesusI Timothy 2: 5
What can we say when we pray?
Anything you want or feel you need God to hear. Prayer is not a set of formulas or rituals you have to memorize and recite. On the contrary, prayer is as simple as opening yourself and your heart to Him. Prayer is not complicated but it is powerful.
Who can pray?
Anyone and everyone who seeks an audience with God Almighty. Jesus, God’s Son, came to earth to live among us and show us His desire to have a personal relationship with everyone.
What are some ways we can pray (things we can say)?
Some have found the acronym A. C. T. S. to be a helpful guide
A = Adoration
Offer up love and affection to God for who He is and what He has done for you. Praise Him and Exalt His Holy Name
“Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD”Psalm 150: 1 – 6
C = Confession
Confess and admit your weaknesses, insecurities, sins, faults, struggles, etc. This helps us to “be real” with God and be humble before Him. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1: 9
T = Thanksgiving
Describe ways you are grateful for His love poured out in your life. Name specific things you are thankful for. This will serve to remind you of the ways God has blessed you. “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.”
Psalms 9: 1-2
S = Supplication
Make your requests known to God. This is not a Christmas “wish list” but an opportunity to allow God to hear the desires of your heart. If there are things you need or want offer them up to God. Reveal your will to Him and ask Him to change your will until conforms and matches His will for your life. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4: 6
Where can we pray?
Anywhere! People often feel as though they need to be in a particular “religious” place (i.e., church building or temple or sanctuary of some kind) before they can pray. But God hears us wherever we are.
These tips may help your prayer life:
- Find a quiet place that allows you to turn off the noise and distractions of the world and give God your full attention.
- Find a good time that fits your schedule when you won’t be interrupted
- Find a comfortable position to pray; you can kneel or sit or stand with hands raised if that helps you express your feelings as you speak to God.
- Keep a prayer journal of your conversations with God. Write down the main things you’re asking Him for and bringing to Him. This may help keep your prayer life consistent as well as helping you monitor your relationship with Him.
We are created by God to worship Him as our Creator. Worship is not following a set of rules and a schedule laid out at certain times on Sunday morning. But worship is a matter of the heart! Worship is God-focused and God-centered. It is not about us and what music or worship style we like but it’s all about who God is and our desire to exalt Him and lift Him up!
True Worship is a natural expression of love and appreciation toward God. Worship is not something we have to do, it’s something we can’t help but do; can’t wait to do!
I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
Psalm 18: 1-2, 46
True Worship is a longing for God and a deep desire to be near Him and know Him better.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?Psalm 42: 1-2
True Worship is more fully experienced when we gather with others of like faith and desires. God gave us the Church Body so we could worship Him together as a family; brothers and sisters lifting their voices in praise and hearts to Him.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10: 24-25
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