Meditation on the Various Articles of the Tabernacle Helps Us See Jesus

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Long ago, in Old Testament times, people attempted to commune with God in various ways, even by offering up animal sacrifices.  That system proved to be quite insufficient.  For it never did take away sins (Heb. 10:4).  Though it was insufficient, it did, however, and it does now, speak of Christ.

The tabernacle. Every detail of the tabernacle, with all its parts and in all the furniture, reminds us of who He is and what He did for us.  It also speaks to us of His living temple, the church—the habitation of God.

The tabernacle shows to us, as it did to them, a “new and living way” by which to commune with God.  It is the way of the living Christ, “which He consecrated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh” (Heb. 10:20).

Furthermore, the tabernacle gives us a pattern (as a map) of how we…

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How Meditation on the Word Helps Us Approach the Throne of God with Confidence

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In this post we will first discuss prayer as approaching the throne with confidence, and how mediation aids us in that process.  Next, just briefly, we will talk about Jesus as our High Priest and how He gives us confidence in prayer.

Meditation Helps Us Approach The Throne of God with Confidence

 

First of all, we need to understand this aspect of prayer—that prayer is an approach to the throne. And it is that, simply because that is the nature of prayer.  According to Spurgeon, “True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God.  It is not the utterance of words, it is not alone the feeling of desires, but it is the advance of the desires to God, the spiritual approach of our nature toward the Lord our God.”5

Secondly, we could say that prayer is approaching…

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The State, National, and World-Wide Prayer Ministry

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These are large and far-reaching ministries, but I think they are just as important as the others.  God wants us to prayer for all people, far as well as near.  This is how these prayer ministries may be designed.

They may operate through the following avenues:

Magazines and newspapers. There are a few good Christian magazines and newspapers out there that focus on prayer. I get Herald of His Coming, which is jam packed with articles on prayer and it also provides the reader with about eight or ten News Briefs with prayer requests from various countries. I think newspapers and magazines like this one is an excellent way to recruit prayer ministry members, provide the reader with world-wide prayer requests, and to keep him or her motivated to pray.

A prayer letter. A letter may be mailed to all magazines and newspapers subscribers. Its purpose will be to invite…

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4 Ways to Obtain God-Confidence

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Self-confidence is inherent within us.  It is something we were born with, a gift we have from God.  But that kind of confidence can be abused—when we give into our pride.  A better, more reliable source of confidence, and what I want to talk about now, is God-confidence.  This is something a bit different.  When we are confident in God we are not confident in our strength, rather in our weakness, so that He is made strong in us (2 Cor. 12:9-10). We could also say that a God-confidence will serve to help our self-confidence—to help us not to abuse our self-confidence.

So, with that said, how do we get this God-confidence?  I want to suggest four ways: by repentance and trust, by obedience, by meditation, and by fellowship.

Repentance and trust.  The first step on your way to confidence is to admit your spiritual…

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Confidence in God: for 5 Things

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In my last post we learned from the Bible that confidence is a trust, mainly it is a trust in God. Confidence is also having hope, courage, and assurance.  Thus if we have confidence toward God we have hope in what He has provided for us, courage because He is with us, and an assurance that the things He has promised us He will give to us.  And through it all, because we have confidence in Him, we feel secure and safe. If you think about it, for a Christian, confidence is absolutely essential. Here are five things we can have confidence in God for.

1. For our salvation. Some people don’t think it’s important to know that when they die they are going to heaven.  But God does.  That’s why He has given us so many promises that we can claim for our salvation.   A favorite of mine is…

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The Small Group Prayer Ministry

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A small group prayer ministry may not appear to be that productive, but with the right leadership it may be very effective.  Here are a few ideas on how to design this ministry.

1.  I think a small group ministry will operate best with two or three leaders.  These are the people that have the vision for this ministry.  Though everyone in the group will have responsibilities, the leaders will do most of the planning and organizing.  They should meet regularly, at least monthly to evaluate the groups progress, to plan events and strategies, and to pray together.

2. As to its location, I suggest that the group always meet in the same place so its members always know where to go. Since this will be a serious prayer group it must be a place without distractions. 

3. Though many from the group will probably attend the same church…

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Protection and Comfort in the Millennium

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In the millennium Christ the King will break the staff of the wicked who have continually persecuted and oppressed Israel; and He will give them rest for a thousand years (Isa. 14:3-6). And all during that long period the Lord Christ will be their refuge and stronghold (Joel 3:16). And He will camp around them, and the oppressor will no longer come near them (Zech. 9:8).  And the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will live securely, and no one will make them afraid” (Ezek. 34:28).

So it seems that in the millennium God will bring comfort to all those who have been oppressed (Isa. 61:2); but He will bring a special comfort to Israel. They will receive “a double portion.”  Here are a few passages that describe this.

Isaiah 51:3
Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion;
He will comfort all her waste places.
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Confidence In the Bible – 5 Basic Meanings

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Confidence is an essential ingredient for prayer, as well as for Christian living.  In my study of this topic, I found seven different Hebrew and Greek words that could be translated as confidence (Hebrew: mibtach, betach, and batach; Greek: peitho, tharreo, parrhesia, and elpidos).  In these words, I found five basic meanings: confidence as security and safety, as assurance, as courage, as hope, and as trust.  We will now take a look at these meanings from a few verses of scripture.

Confidence is security and safety.  In Proverbs 14:26 it says, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence [mibtach], and His children will have a place of refuge.”  Also in Proverbs 1:33 it says, “But whoever listens to Me will dwell safety [or confidently, betach] and will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Confidence is assurance.  In Philippians 1:3-6, Paul, beginning his letter…

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The Prayer Ministry of the Local Church

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Since people everywhere need prayer, we need prayer ministries everywhere. The design of your prayer ministry will be determined by two things: (1) by what the needs are, according to the location and type of ministry, and also (2) by whom your leaders are, according to their gifts and how God is calling and directing them.  In this blog post we will address the prayer ministry of the local church.

There is no right or wrong way to design any prayer ministry. There are so many things that can be done. Here are some of my own ideas for a local church prayer ministry—from my own experience and from what I have read and observed.

1. I think the senior pastor should lead the prayer ministry, or at least be a co-leader with another elder.He is the main leader of the church so it fits best if he leads…

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Five Purposes for the Biblical Millennium

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Have you ever considered why God thought it necessary to come to the earth some day and rule over the earth for 1000 years?  These five purposes, presented in no certain order, will give you a good foundation of knowledge as to the reasons for the millennial kingdom.

  1. To restore harmony to His creation. Certainly, all things will be put in order after the millennium, when God creates a new heaven and a new earth. So why is there a need to try to restore harmony to this present creation? Or why is there a need for the millennium at all? I don’t have all the answers, but what I have gathered from my reading is that there is a need to preserve God’s character in our mind, that it will not be said or thought of God that He started a work on this earth that He could not complete.  Therefore…

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