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February 16, 2020

WHAT IS RIGHTEOUSNESS?

What does it mean to be righteous? How do we become righteous? Does it mean simply “being good?” Or maybe it refers to being excessively “religious”- whatever that means.  In fact, the true definition refers to being made right...

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” –James 5:16

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February 15, 2020

BECOMING A PERSON OF PRAYER

In the mid 1800s, George Mueller ran an orphanage in England. One morning he faced a real crisis – there was no food for breakfast.  So he sat down and prayed a simple prayer, thanking God for providing what...

“‘Now Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.’ So, Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. … It came about at the seventh time, that he said, ‘Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.’ And he said, ‘Go up, say to Ahab, “Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’” – 1 Kings 18: 41, 42 & 44

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February 14, 2020

VALENTINE’S DAY

February is all about LOVE. Valentines, candies, and flowers are everywhere. Today, February 14, is the day we’ve chosen to celebrate our loved ones. But what does real love look like? It’s not lust or an emotion, or merely...

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8

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What does it mean to be righteous? How do we become righteous? Does it mean simply “being good?” Or maybe it refers to being excessively “religious”- whatever that means.  In fact, the true definition refers to being made right with God. The only way for this to happen is to acknowledge our own sinfulness and repent by trusting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In other words, when we begin to follow Christ, He begins to change the lifestyle we’ve been living. So who is Jesus according to the Bible?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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He’s God’s Son who became man.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
He died for our sins to pay our penalty of death on the cross and to face the judgement of God that we deserve.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In dying on the cross and rising again in three days, Christ conquered sin and death.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Deciding to believe in faith that Christ is who He says He is and did what the Bible says He did, makes us right with God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is the beginning of righteousness. Not because of anything that we’ve done ourselves, but because of what Christ did for us. Righteousness is maintained by trusting in Jesus day by day and by obeying God’s word and will for our lives.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The righteous man of prayer that James describes in verse 16 is the prophet Elijah. You can read more of his story in 1 Kings chapter 18, but Elijah was a man who walked with God. He trusted and obeyed God even when it didn’t make sense and wasn’t popular. As a result, Elijah witnessed miraculous answers to prayer.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In the same way, we, too, can be made right with God. It starts by giving our lives to Christ and trusting in what He’s done for us on the cross. It begins with choosing to follow Jesus. Are you ready to be made right with God? To be made righteous? Take the first step today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#rfthministries #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #christian #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #bibleverseoftheday #scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequoteIn the mid 1800s, George Mueller ran an orphanage in England. One morning he faced a real crisis – there was no food for breakfast.  So he sat down and prayed a simple prayer, thanking God for providing what they didn’t have and had no way of obtaining on their own. Suddenly, a baker arrived offering fresh bread. Next a milkman appeared. Talk about a miraculous answer to a very simple prayer! Muller began a life of asking God to meet their needs. Time and time again, God provided.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Mueller wasn’t the only one to experience miraculous answers to prayer. In 1 Kings, after three and a half years of drought, the prophet Elijah told King Ahab to expect a huge rainstorm. Then he prayed. Seven times Elijah sent his servant to check for any sign of rain until he spotted a very tiny rain cloud on the horizon. This small cloud turned into a miraculous answer to prayer.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What does it take to become a person of tremendous prayer and faith like Elijah?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1) RIGHTEOUSNESS. (James 5:15) To be righteous means to be right with God, walking with and trusting God - even when it isn’t popular. James tells us that the prayer of a righteous man accomplishes a lot.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2) PERSISTENCE. (James 4:2b) Elijah prayed persistently in God’s will – and this is key. Too often we pray for things we want rather than things God wants. It comes down to the motives behind our prayers – is it about ME or about GOD?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3) FAITH. Elijah prayed with great faith. From overcoming the prophets of Baal (850 to 1), to informing the King of Israel that it would storm after 3+ years of drought – Elijah had incredible faith.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Today, what our homes and families, churches and communities need more than ever before are people who pray powerful prayers. You too can become a person of powerful prayer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#rfthministries #dailydevotion #dailydevotional #bible #bibleverse #faith #christian #jesuschrist #bibleverseoftheday #scriptureoftheday #prayerlife #pray #powerofprayer #CHristianpost #bibletruth #dailytruthFebruary is all about LOVE. Valentines, candies, and flowers are everywhere. Today, February 14, is the day weIf weWeThe prophet Elijah’s life tells a powerful story. It’s full of boldness, faith and miraculously answered prayers.  Still, Elijah struggled with fear, depression and self-pity – things familiar to many today. Check out full story in 1 Kings 17&18.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For those of us struggling in these same areas, what can we learn from the life of Elijah?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1) Fear comes when we lose sight of God. Elijah became fearful when he shifted his focus from God to Queen Jezebel’s threats. The same is true for us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- LIFE LESSON: When we focus more on the problem than on God, fear replaces faith.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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2) Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes life’s “blues” settle-in after a spiritual high or some great life excitement. In Elijah’s case, these feelings crept in after God’s miraculous answer to prayer in his showdown against false prophets that ended a 3.5-year drought. In spite of all Elijah witnessed, he was completely exhausted: emotionally, physically, and spiritually.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- LIFE LESSON: Don’t let yourself be caught off guard by these normal ups and downs of life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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3) Unresolved anger leads to self-pity and depression. In verse 14, Elijah let out some brutally honest complaints to God. He let his self-righteousness and self-pity take control of his life.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- LIFE LESSON: Unresolved anger can lead to deep depression if we aren’t careful.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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4) Hope lost is deadly. When Elijah lost hope, he began to hope for death. It’s no secret that suicidal thoughts can accompany severe depression. Losing the will to live has been a struggle battled by some of the greatest men of faith: Moses when leading the Israelites out of Egypt, Job after losing literally everything, and the prophet Jeremiah when preaching to an uninterested people – just to name a few.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If youPaul normally closed his letters by saying, "Grace be with you." Now itMost people are interested in the future. Whether it’s wishing we could see five years down the road to determine which career path to take or to see if our relationship survives this tough season, we all would like to prepare for what the future holds. The disciples were no different. In fact, they asked Jesus to provide a little insight into what to expect regarding His second coming and the end times. So, Jesus shared some signs to keep in mind.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The first sign will be an increase in false prophets and teachers. Now, false prophets and teachers are not new. In 135 AD, Shimon Bar-Kokhba was believed by many to be the Messiah when he led a Jewish revolt against Rome. He was defeated and killed. He wasn’t the first false teacher nor will he be the last. These false ‘christs’ will only increase in number as we move closer to the End Times. He also spoke of an increase in wars, rumors of wars, and natural disasters.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Bible is absolutely clear that today, we are living in the End Times. In fact, the beginning of the end began way back when Jesus rose from the dead and the disciples were supernaturally empowered by the Holy Spirit. Ever since, each passing day brings us closer to the end. Jesus describes these signs as “birth pangs,” increasing in intensity as we move closer to the end.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Is there any good news in all this doom and gloom? Absolutely! Even as the world falls further into chaos, we can be sure that nothing surprises Jesus. God remains in control today, tomorrow – even until the end of days.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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––“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?’ Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.’”’ – Matthew 24: 3-5 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#rfthministries #dailydevotion #bible #bibleverse #faith #christian #jesuschrist #christianposts #hopeIsnWorship is the number one ministry priority of our church. Why? Because spirit-filled, Christ centered worship transforms lives. When Christ is lifted up, when the Holy Spirit is part of the service – through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, lives are changed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Worship is a time when we proclaim the good news of Christ – who He is, what He did for us on the cross, and how He rose from the dead. We proclaim through worship that Christ reigns in Heaven today and will return again.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This is why worship is so important. It gives us time as a body of believers to come together and to be unified around the person of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. But that’s not all – worship expresses the hope we have in knowing that one day Christ will return. Do you realize how extraordinary that day will be?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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No matter what’s going on in your life, whether you’re struggling through a difficult season or whether life is pretty good at the moment, worship is an opportunity to come together as a body of believers in unity and in hope – one mind, one love and one purpose.  It’s about enjoying and experiencing the fellowship that Christ gives us in the Spirit. For the follower of Christ, there’s no better way to become more Christ-like than by being in Spirit-filled, Christ-centered worship.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So why do you worship? If you’ve simply been going through the motions when it comes to worship, ask God for a change of heart. Ask Him to remind you of the holiness and majesty of the One we worship – Jesus, at who’s name every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
––– “Therefore God exalted (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2: 9-11 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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