The Infinite Jesus

October 11, 2014

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DAY THREE OF 24/24

SCRIPTURE

They all ate and were satisfied.

~Mark 6:42, NASB

QUOTE

Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.

~Blaise Pascal

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Lucy

Very close to the conclusion of C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia THE LAST BATTLE…Lucy and Tumus are peeping over the walls looking down into the garden…Lucy says…”I see at last, I see now that the garden is like the stable, far bigger on the inside than the outside.” Tumus’ response: “Of course, daughter of Eve, the further up and the further in you go, the bigger everything gets.” Our glorious Christ, our Creator and Redeemer is infinite. Not only can we not exhaust His resources, we will never touch bottom or find the edge, not even in eternity. The disciples gave Him two fish and five loaves and from that He feed thousands but He did not simply feed them, He filled them, He satisfied them. The Greek word Mark used can mean ‘ to fulfill every longing.’

If you attempt to get every thing your heart desires here on earth; you will bring misery and shame upon yourself and your children. Some things are worth the waiting. Psalm 37 gives us great advice…”Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it….Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”

I hope you have the patience to wait: Adam and Eve did not and look at the misery and shame they brought upon themselves. You may think you understand what is needed to fulfill your life but you don’t have a clue.  You can ignore Psalm 37 and do it your way; don’t wait on Christ to give you the desires of your heart–go ahead and eat the forbidden fruit. Try to fulfill your lust with the devil’s husk and a decade from now, if you have the courage to be honest, you will confess your pathetic emptiness. Two things you have to keep in mind: [1] The devil is a liar and [2] Your heart will deceive you. I guarantee that nothing else other than Jesus Christ can fulfill your deepest needs and give you eternal satisfaction.

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  • Today we pray for STUDENTS. Pray first for their safety as they help cut wood for our WOOD FOR WIDOWS Jerusalem project. Pray for Revival to break out among them. Several of the college kids are on the prayer wheel. We have some good kids…lets left them up in prayer.
  • If you did not get on the PRAYER WHEEL, go ahead and begin your prayer time at whatever hour you choose but be sure and turn your name into Mandy on Sunday and she will get you plugged in. Someone will tag you with a text and then you will tag the next intercessor. I will not lie, I am struggling a bit because I got into a habit of staying up late. This morning was my best time. My prayer time is 3:30-4:00. Jeff tags me and I tag Gregg…so far so good! Don’t give up! If you get discouraged, call me and we will work something out. Let’s keep the wheel turning. If you are not getting tagged, you need to let us know.
  • No DEACON’S MEETING in the morning. LCBS at 9:00, Worship at 10:15 and Cookout at 5:00. Bean Bag tournament at 4:00.
  • I worked on the LCBS lesson for hours and then the Charter went out and I lost it. I tried to do the rerun from memory but the quality is not as good. Hopefully, it will be a help to teachers. It helps me.

BIBLE STUDIES FOR LIFE

CONNECTED THROUGH PRAYER

Key Question: What do you miss most when the power goes off? {I miss my fan}

When you ask a Missionary or a Christian in a restricted country what they need most: they always say prayer. Why is this?

SCRIPTURE FOR LIFE

 18Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.

20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

HERE PAUL SAYS A LOT ABOUT PRAYER

  1. PRAYER IS SPIRITUAL “Pray in the Spirit”. Prayer may be the most difficult of Christian disciplines which explains why so few Christians have a solid prayer life. We can not be faithful in prayer without spiritual assistance. There is a story in O.T. where Moses interceded for Israel as they battled Amalek [flesh]. As long as Moses hands were lifted [prayer], Israel prevailed. When he grew weary and drops his hands, Amalek prevailed. Aaron and Hur ascended to the hill where Moses was standing and lifted up his hands for him. They represent our two prayer helpers in Romans 8…The Holy Spirit who intercedes in the heart and Jesus who intercedes at the throne.
  2. PRAYER IS PERSONAL…”Pray for me”. How many people in your circle of influence covet your prayers. We pray for those we know.
  3. PRAYER IS TO BE PERSISTENT…”Pray always”. Jesus said literally, “Ask and keep on asking…” We call this the law of prayer. Prayer is a mystery. No one understand exactly how it works. We pray because Jesus told us to pray. He would not have commanded us to ask if it were not important.
  4. PRAYER IS TO OPPORTUNISTIC…”Pray on all occasions”. Have you ever prayed in a restaurant? When ever you have a meal, there is an opportunity to pray.
  5. PRAYER IS TO BE EVANGELISTIC…”Pray that I keep on speaking boldly for Christ.”

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  1. Why do we no longer pray for the lost?
  2. How do we determine what we should pray for; how do we prioritize our prayer concerns?
  3. What did Paul means when he said, Pray without ceasing? Is it possible to pray 24 hours a day?
  4. What are we attempting to do right now, as a body, that no individual could possibly do?
  5. Paul said, “Pray on every occasion,” are we missing opportunities to pray?
  6. Does God hear all prayer?
  7. Does prayer change things?
  8. Do you see a connection between prayer and evangelism?
  9. Is there a connection between knowing what is going on in a person’s life and praying for them? Are we likely to pray for people we know nothing about?
  10. Which is the most effective: a short prayer or a long prayer?