LET US GO TO THE LORD IN PRAYER

Father, I come before you in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Lord, you know all things. They are all before you like an open book. Who can hide their heart from your presence and your eye? The deeds of the most clever men are exposed before you. Your omniscience knows know bounds - and if it were not for grace, I would be of all men most terrified. But there is grace, abounding and glorious, poured out upon the weakest of men, and abounding to your glory.
Father, I praise you and I worship you; I thank you for all that you are and all that have done. There is no one like you in Heavens and on the Earth or under the earth. You are the King and there is no other. You are Savior and you share your glory with no one. Father, this day you know me and my great need of grace. Why am I here except that you called the weakest among men, the most ignoble among brothers, and that by your grace, often times, the lesser teaches the greater? That is always my case and I praise you. I worship you. Father, help us today, to the wind with eloquence, to hell with brilliant intellect, Father. Let the truth go forward. Let me be changed that the state of your church be more glorious. I pray for grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy for myself and for those who hear. Help us, Oh God, and we will be helped; and we will boast in that help in Jesus' Name. AMEN!!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

LEND YOUR ENEMY A HAND

If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him. - Exodus 23:5

Showing your enemy love by lending a helping hand wasn't first introduced in the new Testament as many think. God introduced the concept of helping our enemy as a law from the beginning in Exodus 23.

 God made it a law that required that a person who saw his enemy's animal fallen down because of a heavy load, should stop and offer a helping hand.

Can you imagine seeing your enemy stranded on the side of a highway with a flat tire? What would you do? Would you stop and offer help or drive past without a second thought?
 I know several of us would say, "Oh well, that's their problem." But that is not the way to show the perfect love of God. If we are people after God's own heart, our first desire should be to please Him with our actions.

 It pleases God when we represent Him in a way that draws others to the kingdom. Let us find a way to lend our enemy a hand. It doesn't have to be anything complicated.

 It could be something as simple as opening the door for them when their hands are full. You could help them with a project that they are having trouble completing. Keep your eyes open for small but loving ways to lend a helping hand.

  It is important for us to not only sing about helping others but actually doing something about it. - Mark Lee

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