Friday, September 24, 2010

Angels to Guard Us

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11

Oh, that we could all realize the nearness of heaven to earth! When the earthborn children know it not, they have the angels of light as their companions for the heavenly messengers are sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. A silent witness guards every soul that lives, seeking to win and draw him to Christ.

The angels never leave the tempted one a prey to the enemy, who would destroy the souls of men if permitted to do so. As long as there is hope, until they resist the Holy Spirit to their eternal ruin, men are guarded by heavenly intelligence.

Oh, that all could behold our precious Saviour as He is, a Saviour. Let His hand draw aside the veil which conceals His glory from our eyes. It shows Him in His high holy place. What do we see? Our Saviour, not in a position of silence and inactivity. He is surrounded with heavenly intelligences, cherubim, and seraphim, ten thousand time ten thousand of angels. All these heavenly beings have one object above all others, in which they are intensely interested - His church (note: ones that follow His truth, not a structure) in a world of corruption... They are working for Christ under His commission to save to the uttermost all who look to Him and believe in Him. OHC

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lesson 8, You Can Be a Friend of God

1. How was Enoch's relationship with God described?
Genesis 5:22:24 ______________________________________

2. What is said of Noah?
Genesis 6:9 __________________________________________

3. What was Abraham called?
James 2:23 __________________________________________

4. How did the Lord converse with Moses?
Exodus 33:11 _________________________________________

5. Was this kind of relationship only for them?
Joshua 1:5 ____________________________________________

6. What is it like to be close to God?
Psalm 16:11 ___________________________________________
"The path of the just is the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect
day." Proverbs 4:18

7. What happens to us as we behold the glory of the Lord?
2 Corinthians 3:18 _______________________________________

8. What time of day did David set aside for prayer?
Psalm 5:3 ____________________________________________

9. Was David's prayer limited to the morning?
Psalm 55:17 ___________________________________________

10. What was Daniel's unwavering practice
Daniel 6:10 __________________________________________

11. What example did Jesus set for us?
Mark 1:35 ____________________________________________

12. What did He often do in the evening?
Matthew 14:23 ________________________________________

13. How continually essential is prayer?
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ________________________________________
"Men ought always to pray." Luke 18:1

14. How close may we be to Jesus?
John 15:7 ______________________________________________
"I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4

15. What reason did Jesus give for His confidence of His Father's presence?
John 8:29 _______________________________________________

16. On what basis does God fulfill our request?
1 John 3:22 _______________________________________________

The Bible gives clear guidelines for prayer

a. We pray to God the Father in Jesus name (John 16:23)
b. We come to God in faith, believing that He hears and will answer our prayer (Matthew 21:22,
Hebrews 11:6, James 1:6)
c. We trust Him to answer our prayers according to His will (1 John 5:14)
d. Vain repetition in prayer has no value (Matthew 6:7)
e. The purpose of prayer is to bring glory to God(John 14:13)

17. What cannot I do and expect God to hear me?
Psalm 66:18 ______________________________________________
In order to pray acceptably we need to make things right with anyone we have harmed (Matthew 5:23,24), and put away any grudges we may be holding against others (Mark

18. For whom should we pray? Just for ourselves?
James 5:16 ______________________________________________

19. How effective is prayer?
James 5:16 _____________________________________________
"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers."
1 Peter 3:12

20. Why does God sometimes deny our request?
James 4:3 ___________________________________________

21. What phrase did Jesus add to His prayer?
Luke 22:42 _______________________________________

22. How vital is it that we know God?
John 17:3 ____________________________________________
Knowing God is of more value than wisdom, might, and riches (Jeremiah 9:23, 24)

23. What is the secret of spiritual success?
Psalm 119:11 _________________________________________
God's words "shall be in thine heart and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down and when thou risest up. " Deuteronomy 6:6, 7.

In the Light of God's Word...

- I desire to walk closely with God.

-I choose to spend priority time each day in prayer.

-I desire to make the word of God prominent in my home.

Next Lesson: What happens to People When They Die?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stay Close to Jesus

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou has holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 73:23.

Before you engage in any important work, remember that Jesus is your counselor, and that it is your privilege to cast all your care upon Him... Do not keep Jesus in the background and never mention His name, never call the attention of your friends to Him who is at your side to be your counselor. Would not your friends look upon you as disrespectful were they at your side , and you never spoke to them or of them?...

Many complain that Jesus seems a long way off. Who has placed Him a long way off? Has it not been your own course of action that has separated you from Jesus? He has not forsaken you, but you have forsaken Him for other lovers... It is when you wonder from His side, and are fasten your affections upon some trifling thing, that you are in danger of losing your peace and trust and confidence in God...

Than it is that Satan presents to you the thought that Jesus has forsaken you: but is it not that you have forsaken Jesus.. We dare not let His name languish on our lips, and His love and memory die out of our hearts.OHC