Friday’s Message in Music

Philippians 3:7-10 “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of ChristMore than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;”

Please remember in continued prayer the persecuted brothers and sisters in the the Body of Christ (true adopted blood bought believers).  As the song says “I pledge allegiance to the Lamb”… praying your allegiance is to the One who set us free from sin and the bondage of death.  I thank the Father for His mercy… ♥ Streim

not just for today…

Persecuted Church

Today November 2, 2014 is an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.  Please as you look at these photos; follow the links to several organizations that work directly with our brothers and sisters in dangerous areas of the world.

Hebrews 13:3 “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.

Ephesians 6:18 “ praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–

Galatians 6:2 ” Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Prayer for Persecuted Church 2

Praying Always

http://persecution.com

http://gfa.org

 

 

Pray for these, not just today… but everyday.  ♥ Streim

 

 

 

 

Drifting…

Dear beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus,

I have missed you during this past 3 1/2 months.  After I posted my Christmas message;  my computer suddenly (and quite unexpectedly) hit the skids.  The magnitude of the technical problems put her in  ICU (immediate computer unusable) mode.  Fearful of the worst; I frantically started to do all the geek-stuff I knew, but to no avail.  The situation created much anxiety for me, so I walked away.  Finally several weeks passed… I with much purpose and more knowledge got her out of ICU into SWO (simple working order).  Not quite ready for an attempt to boot her up and go online because “oops change over to Windows 7 needed”!  So, finally I have a refurbished system with  Windows 7 up and running.

The awesome, wonderful part of all this is I found myself spending more time in the Word than ever before.  I thank our amazing God for allowing me such time with Him in His Word and prayer!

~~~~~~~~~~***~~~~~~~~~~

Hebrews 2:3 says How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;”   the writer of Hebrews (Paul) started chapter 2 with this Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”  or ” run out as leaking vessels” (Scofield)

“we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”

Imagine a leisurely float down a winding river in a “wholly boat” not (holy).  If we choose to relax in the Christian life we are assured that the tide of our culture, the tug of our flesh and the flaming darts of the enemy will manage to pull our hearts and minds away from God’s truth.  Then we flow further down the river of unbelief and compromise.  Let me tell you something you may not like nor believe:  I personally see and hear of it happening  everyday.

The world we live in and the bodies we reside in are not neutral.  They persistently and actively work against the desires of our regenerate hearts and the righteous convictions of God’s Spirit. This is why the Bible says to “present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God” and to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:1-2).

This is an active, focused, thoughtful work to “pay close attention” to God’s truth. And it is needful because your regenerate heart is designed to be continually growing in our new life and walk with the Lord.  If we don’t actively focus daily on our growth as a blood bought child of God by searching and studying the Scriptures; and being in an attitude of continual prayer we will be swept away by the old man (our sinful nature), the seduction of the world and be an open target for the wicked one. 

Praying daily for all my brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.  May you continue boldly running the race, fighting the good fight and keeping the faith.  For your edification… 1 John 5.  ♥ Streim