Songs of Worship, 02/01/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

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Prayer Tip: Bargaining With God

Have you ever tried to bargain with God?  “If you do this for me, God, then I’ll _________”.  You can fill in the blank.  Consider Paul’s description of God to the Athenians.

Acts 17:24-25  24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things;

That pretty much leaves us without any bargaining power.  God doesn’t need anything we have since everything we have came from Him to begin with – ‘life and breath and all things’.

The GOOD NEWS is that we don’t need to bargain in order to receive from God what we need.   Consider:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, …

Rom. 8:32  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

Keep asking and believing God for what you need and keep surrendering your ideas of what that is.  Continue giving Him praise in the meantime.


For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.

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Prayer Tip: Pray BIG!

Have you ever had an Ephesians 3:20 prayer time?  What’s that?  I’m glad you asked.  I like that verse in the Living Bible.

Eph. 3:20 LB Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.

A—————————-B————————————————————C

Point A is what I think the need is and B is what I believe is actually possible in this life.  An Eph. 3:20 prayer is letting my imagination run wild and praying the greatest ‘answer’ C that I can dream up.  Be assured God can do infinitely beyond that!!!  That’s usually when I simply ask Him for everything that He has for me.

Try it.  You probably even have a much better imagination than I do.  That’s not a problem for God.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Prayer Tip: Do You Try to Tell God What to Do?

Often when we pray, we have in mind exactly what we think God should do, when He should do it, and we even try to tell Him how to do His job.  Think about it.  Does that really make sense?

Isa. 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

His ways are so much higher and better than my ways, it doesn’t make sense to insist on my way.

Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding.

I’ve concluded that if I’m going to trust Him fully and experience the good He has for me, I’ll need to distrust myself/my own understanding and not insist on what I think I want.

More often now I tell Him what I think the need is and then ask Him how I should pray.


For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.

For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Songs of Worship, 01/18/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.