Men, Do You Want Ready Answers To Your Prayers?

“MEN,  Do you want ready answers to your prayers? 

THEN LOVE YOUR WIVES AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT.” 

[ 1 Peter 3:7,  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” ]

Be Kind & Tender Hearted & Forgive One Another

As the Shepherd comforts his sheep we should comfort one another. 

Yesterday I read about how the Good Shepherd cares for his sheep.

Next I will write more thoughts that went through my mind after I wrote about the things I read in Isaiah 40:10-11.

I felt as though the Lord was showing me how he watches over the little ones and the ones who carry the little ones.
I think I first thought about pregnant women who are carrying the child in their womb then I thought of the women that care for their little ones. 
Of course, the good Lord cares about men and women that are caring for their children but women are weaker than men.  It is written in God’s Word that women are weaker.  [ 1 Peter 3:7,  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” ] Oh – I should make a new post after this that simply says,  “MEN,  Do you want ready answers to your prayers?  THEN LOVE YOUR WIVES AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT.”  I should add the passage from 1 Peter 3:7 in the next post, too.  Many men know about the Scriptures before verse 7 but they seem to forget verse 7.  The husband and the wife will be blessed if the man gets ready answers to his Godly prayers. 
Since the Lord gives us an example in his word of how the Shepherd watches over the little ones and he gently cares for & leads the ones that have young I believe it’s a good way for us to recall (especially for men to recall) that women and children are to be gently cared for.

Jesus is Gentle and Kind.  He tells us all that we are to be kind and tender hearted.  People that are kind and those who have tender hearts do not intentionally harm another person.  We are also told to forgive one another. [ Ephesians 4:32,

KJV, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” ]
It may not always be easy to change but it is vital.  A pastor told me that a man who refuses to change is a man that does not fear God.  We know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  If a man is wise he will give the Lord reverential fear and respect.  A man that fears God will obey the Word of the Lord. 

Our Shephed Carries Us Close To His Heart

I was reading Isaiah 40 this morning. 

Take a good look at verses 10 & 11 with me:  Isaiah 40:10-11  King James Version (KJV),

Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”

The NIV says it like this:  Isaiah 40:10-11 New International Version (NIV),

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.”

God is strong and powerful.  He is our Lord.  We depend on him the way sheep depend on their Shepherd. 

Isn’t it precious to think of how he will gather us up and hold us close to his heart?

I also enjoyed reading about how the Good Shepherd gently leads those who are with young. 

When I was growing up I met several people that didn’t seem to care about those who are with young or those who are tending to the young ones. 

How comforting it is to be reminded that we serve a Lord who gently cares for us in many ways.  These passages help me think about how surely the Lord is concerned about those who are weak and special care is given to those who are carrying the young ones. 

I am also reminded of the words to a song I heard as a child.

“The Lord is my Shepherd.  I’ll walk with him always.

He leads me by still waters.  I’ll walk with him always.

Always  Always  I will walk with him always.

Always  Always  I will walk with him always. “

Learn More About Jesus / The Lion And The Lamb

Peace is the word that comes to my mind

when I think of a lion laying next to a lamb.

  

Did you know that the Lion and the Lamb are titles given to the Lord?

 

Revelation 5  King James Version (KJV)

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

 

Learn More About Jesus / The Lion Of Judah

Why do Christians like the Lion?

The Lion of Judah is a phrase in the Book of Revelation that represents JESUS.

Jesus came from the tribe of Judah.

 

[Revelation 5:5King James Version (KJV)
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.] Jesus can open the book.

 

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Notes About Matthew 28

I read Matthew 28 this morning.

There are three things Jesus told the disciples they should do.

  1. Make disciples
  2. Baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
  3. Teach the people to obey the Lord

I was also delighted to review the passages that mention that the Angel of the Lord told two women that Jesus rose from the dead.  The Angel also told those women to go tell the disciples what they had learned and that they were to tell the disciples to meet the Lord in Galilee.

This made me happy because a friend recently told me this is where we find proof that women should be able to give messages that God tells them to give.  In other words it is fair to say that God speaks to women and he wants them to share what he tells them to say.  Some people still don’t recognize the fact that women and men can be used by the Lord.  

  [  My friend said that those passages are some of the Scriptures that  help us know that women were the first evangelists. ]

I also noticed that even though the Angel told the women that they should not be afraid the women were afraid but they were also filled with joy.  

The disciples did go meet the Lord Jesus in Galilee.  He stood before them speaking to them. 

Verse 17 tells us that when the disciples saw Jesus they worshiped the Lord but some of them doubted. 

Let us pray that God will deliver us from our doubts and fears. 

The only good fear is the reverential fear of the Lord.

 

 

Matthew 28

Matthew 28             King James Version (KJV)

28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.