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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS

Thanksgiving and Prayer


15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realm, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

1: 16-17   Paul prayed for the believers to know God better. How do you get to know people? By reading biographical information or historical data about them? That will help you know a lot about them, but it won’t enable you to actually know them. If you want to get to know someone, you have to spend time with that person; there is no shortcut. The same holds true with God. Reading the Bible, great works of theology, and devotional material helps us as we get to know God, but these things don’t substitute for knowing God personally. What about you? Do you really know God, or do you just know about him? The difference is in spending time with him. Personal experience with Christ will change your life. So, as you read and study about God (which is vitally important), make sure you also experience his presence in daily prayer. Talk to him throughout the day, ask him for wisdom, trust him to act in your life, and watch for him to do so. As you invite God into every moment of your life, you will better understand his great love for you, his care, his comfort, and his delight in you. Your relationship with him will thrive and flourish.

1: 19-20   The world still marvels at the power of the atom, yet we belong to the God who created atoms and the entire universe. With his unlimited power, he also raised Jesus Christ from the dead. God’s incomparably great power helps us grow, change, and love others. Because God’s resurrection power continues to work in us, it helps us overcome our difficulties each day. Nothing is too difficult for him. 1: 20-22   Having been raised from the dead, Christ is now the head of the church and is the ultimate authority over the world. Jesus is the Messiah, God’s anointed one, the one Israel longed for, the one who would set the broken world right. As Christians, we can be confident that God has won the final victory and is in control of everything. We need not fear any dictator or nation, or even death or Satan. The contract has been signed and sealed; we are waiting just a short while for its delivery. As Paul says in his letter to the Romans, nothing can separate us from God and his love (Romans 8: 37-39).Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible

In todays world we have so many anti-Christ things goin on!! From our schools and childrens indoctrinations to schools with satanic clubs!!!!Our government seems to have tried to change and take THE ONE TRUE GOD out of everything !! But paul says as Christians we need not fear any of this because our eternal life is Heaven

with JESUS!!!!

so ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS knowing that nothing man can do to us can ever seperate us from the love of JESUS !!And that GOD is in control of everything and everyone one and He has already won the war!!! by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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