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“Word of God” in the Old Testament

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

This phrase appears only three times, in 1 Kings, as a prescriptive prophecy to King Rehoboam; 1 Chronicles, as a prescriptive prophecy to King David; and Proverbs.

The idea is that if God says it, then we should do it.

The challenge is that people are the medium of the message, so we need to discern the difference between a genuine word of God and a fraud.

Prayer In Action

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Nehemiah prayed on-the-spot when sharing his request to the king.

Jeremiah prayed on behalf of Israel’s decimated army.

Nehemiah’s prayer was answered immediately.

Jeremiah didn’t hear an answer until after 10 days had passed.

In both cases, the prophets’ prayers were on behalf of others, with bigger things in mind than themselves.

One thing that has been holding me back is that my prayers are often self-centered and small.

Another thing preventing me from taking prayer seriously is that I have forgotten the truth of 2 Corinthians 4:18:  “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (NIV).

I don’t act like I believe this.  I focus on what is seen, not what is unseen and eternal.

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