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Jesus death and ours
by Janie Buck
Date: 05.29.2007
We have an amazing relationship with the Great Creator God. He actually loved us so much that He sent His holy, harmless and undefiled Son into the world to die for our sins.

The Apostle Paul wrote another amazing aspect of Jesus death. In his letter to the Galations he wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” We need to remember this every day.

In the book “Practicing The Presence of God” Brother Lawrence explains that it can be done. Paul “practiced” the Presence so well that he wrote, “I no longer live but Christ lives in me.”

We are very much alive, so what died when we were crucified with Jesus? The power of sin to control our life died. It becomes a reality in our life when we think of the cross and not only believe that Jesus died for us but we died with Him.

Everything about our God must be received by faith. The fact that we have been crucified with Christ must be believed, then we pray for under-standing. When we believe God’s Word then we know. Tell the Father, “I believed that I was crucified with Jesus.”

Crucifixion means death. Like a criminal going to the electric chair or the cowboys in old movies hanging a horse thief, death was the result. Crucifixion means a person died.

Since you are reading this I know you are alive. Start thinking about what it means that you were crucified with Jesus. Since the Bible says we were crucified then it is true! Choose to believe that you were put to death with Jesus. None of us feel like we are dead. Chose to believe that you were united with Jesus and died with Him.

Eph. 1:4”… even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved.”

Do you see your self as holy and blameless? Who are you going to believe? Your feelings or God’s Word?
God answers prayer
by Janie Buck
Date: 05.29.2007
1. God answers in response to our asking. "Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you" (Matt. 7:7).

2. God answers as you continue to obey Him. "...and we receuve from Him whatever we ask, because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him" (I John 3:22).

3. God answeres YES when we ask according to His will. "And this is the confidence which we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the request made of Him" (I John 5:14-15).

4. God answers in greater measure than you can ask. "Now to Him who is able according to the power that works within us to do everything immeasurable far beyond what we pray or think of" (I John 3:20).

5. God will not give bad gifts as answers to your prayer. "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and will find; knock, and it will be opened to you; for everyone who asks receives, everyone who seeks finds, and to everyone who knocks the door will be opened" (Luke 11:9-13).

6. God does not answer when you ask in doubt. "...when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way, and then that. If you don't ask in faith, don't expect the Lord to give you any solid answer" (James 1:6-7).

7. God answers NO when your prayer is not according to His will. "Three different times I begged God to make me well agian. Each time He said, 'No, I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people." (2 Cor. 12:7-10).

8. God answers No when His glory and grace is better revealed by your going through a trial instead of your being rescued from it. "He went forward a little and fell face downwad on His face. 'But I want your will, not my own'" (Matt. 26:39).
God is listening
by Janie Buck
Topic: Prayers
Date: 05.29.2007
1.God hears our prayers: "O thou who hearest prayer! To Thee shall all flesh come." (Psalms 65:2), and He responds to the cry of those who reverence Him. "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry" (Psalm 34:15)

2. God knows what we need before we ask. "Remember, your Father, knows your exactly what you need even before you ask Him" (Matt. 6:8).

3. God delights to hear the prayer of the upright (The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomnation to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight" Prov. 15:8).

4. God delights to hear those who call upon Him in truth. "He is close to all who call on Him sincerely" Psa. 145:18).

5. God does not listen when you hold on to (harbor, regard) sin in your heart. "He would not have listened if I had not confessed my sins" (Psa. 66:18).

With these promises we know God listens to us when we pray. We must pay attention to the conditions. We are declare "righteous" when we accept the death of the Lord Jesus for our sins and ask Him to forgive us and come into our heart. But we can't live a perfect life so when we sin we must not make excuises or deny that we were wrong. God does not accept excuises, but He forgives when we admit our sins.

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