God, IN you!

By Anita Mondragon

At times, we of the lower middle class look at those more financially fortunate than ourselves, and envy what they have.

We wish our house was larger, our car newer, our bank account more substantial.  Even Christians find themselves always wishing for more.  It is a malady of the human spirit.  We never seem to be satisfied!

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Ask With Confidence

by Anita Mondragon
 

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  James 5:16

Are you seeking God’s face, asking Him for something out of the ordinary?  A miracle perhaps; something other than daily prayers?  If you KNOW Him…have confidence that He will answer!

You may be struggling with health issues.  Perhaps, you are searching for a job.  Others may be praying for the salvation of family and friends, or the return of the prodigal child.  Don’t give up hope.  The word in the verse above is fervent.  It means: having or displaying a passionate intensity.  When we are passionate about something, we do not give up easily.

You may think that you are anything but righteous, and in ourselves, we are not.   Only through the cleansing of sin by Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can we be righteous. We have no ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves. But we can possess the righteousness of Christ, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Cor. 5:21). This is an amazing truth. When Jesus died on the cross, He exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus.  This is why we can go boldly before the throne of grace and bring our petitions to God and have confidence that he will hear and answer.

So be confident when you ask God for something in prayer.  Be sure…He IS listening and He will answer in His time!

Go to the depth of God’s promise, ask freely of Him, and receive.  All good may be had for the asking, if seeking, you truly believe!” -Unknown



Lifting Up Holy Hands

by Francine Rodriguez
 
It was a great battle in Rephidim where God revealed himself as “Jehovah Nissi, The Lord is My Banner”. It happened as Israel had crossed the Red Sea. “The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.” (Ex. 17:8) Moses the man of God said to Joshua, choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
 
So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, while Moses, Aaron his brother and Hur his assistant went to the top of the hill to pray. As long as Moses lifted his hands to pray the Israelites were winning the battle; but when he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.

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