Scripture Challenge for 6-23-19
This comes from Acts, but what chapter and verse?
__:__Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
*What is your prayer life like Christian brother or sister? When Peter was in prison the early church of that day was praying “without ceasing” in the KJV. The NIV uses the word “earnestly”; and you can tell that it was no shallow request they were making here on behalf of Peter. This is the kind of prayer that adult Christians need to be involved with today. However, oftentimes I am afraid that many adult Christians are praying something along these lines: “Now I lay me down to sleep I pray Thee Lord, my soul to keep...”. That is fine for a child learning to pray, but if an adult is praying like this or along these lines, something is very wrong. We as adult Christians need to learn real prayer and that involves deep sincere prayer, and it involves effort and being mentally alert to what God wants you praying about.
Scripture Challenge for 6-16-19
Answer: John 8:47
This comes from John, but what chapter and verse?
__:__He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
*If you back up to the 39th verse in the same chapter where the verse above is found, you quickly see that Jesus was speaking to some very prideful people. They simply thought that since they were physical offspring of Abraham, that put them in a good standing with God. Later on Jesus refers to them as children of the devil, and that they were following the desires of their father. A lot of people have a similar conception about God today as these people did, they might think of Jesus as a great teacher but they fall short of understanding that He is God and that He came here with the purpose of saving man from his sins. Oftentimes we find out that people think they are in a good standing with God just because they perform some action or ritual today. The people that Jesus was talking to missed the point of who Jesus is and why he came, because they were arrogant and had been blinded by their pride. In order to understand the Word of God you first must believe that He is who He says He is, in other words you must come to Jesus in faith. He makes that very clear all throughout His Word that we are the ones in need of a Savior and that Savior is Jesus. But first a person must turn away (repent) from pride and the desires of the devil and look to Jesus, then that person who truly believes can understand God's Word because they are born again and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit or as He is referred to sometimes in scripture, “The Teacher”, showing the person and guiding them into understanding.