John 15 Study: Abiding In Christ, 6of10, Evans Olang

John 15:13-17, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.”

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Every day we hear the word “LOVE” expressed in a number of ways (people, food, clothes, movies etc.). A musician at the end of his concert would conclude with something like this “I love you all” which may mean little or nothing. If we are to understand love, we have to get the biblical definition that both Christ and Paul give us.

There are three types of love we see in the bible Eros love, Philos love and Agape love not to be confused. I will only address Agape love which fits perfectly with this chapter. Agape love is what God commanded all believers to have for everyone (believers or not). Agape love should never be determined by our feelings; it is more of a set of behaviors or actions. With agape, you do not have to actually feel it for you to give it, which means that you can be able to show love without feeling anything at all. At times feelings can follow after showing this kind of love but they are not the defining factor. Agape love is a demonstrative love, its love in action. Continue reading “John 15 Study: Abiding In Christ, 6of10, Evans Olang”

Lord Teach Us to Pray 1of10: Our Father…Hallowed Be Your Name, Evans Olang

Mathew 6:9-15, “vs 9…Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name”

Prayer always begins with God and ends with Him. When was the last time you worshipped Him for who He is, mentioned His name, His attributes, His nature in your prayers? While it’s easy to come to prayers with our “give me list”, Jesus taught His disciples to first hallow God’s name.

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Lord Teach Us to Pray 2of10: Your Kingdom Come, Evans Olang

Matthew 6:9-15, vs. 10, “…your kingdom come, ” Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness“,

Praying effectively is not about ABILITY, it is more about AVAILABILITY. Like a guitar which has no ability to tune itself and play its own tune. When placed in able hands of a skillful player who knows how to play it, he tunes it and makes his own sweet music filled with harmony in the air because it is in the right hands. The same with us, when we avail ourselves, the Holy Spirit takes us, tunes us and plays His own tune of prayer how best He wants to for the glory of God.

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Lord Teach Us to Pray 3of10: Your Will Be Done, Evans Olang

Matthew 6:9-15, vs. 10, “… Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven, Psalm 25:, Psalm 103: 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel”.

This is desiring nothing but His will, that which He has purposed in heaven to be done on earth.

His will in heaven could be interpreted as a plan in blue print, and that plan is brought here on earth to be built. It’s letting God perform His will in our lives. Knowing that anything done by God is perfect, nothing can be added to it and nothing can be taken away from it. He knows our destiny as He had planned for it way before were born. Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain…”

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Lord Teach Us to Pray 4of10: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread, Part 1, Evans Olang

Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread”

When we pray “Give us this day our daily bread“, immediately all or some think of our daily necessities such as food. Let’s look at it from two different angles, I will share one angle today and then another tomorrow.

I believe the first thing the bible addresses in reference to “our daily bread” is God’s word. Matthew 4:4, “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread (physical) alone, but by every word (spiritual bread) that proceeds from the mouth of God”.

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Lord Teach Us to Pray 5of10: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread, Part 2, Evans Olang

Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread”

After looking at the first angle of the top verse meaning, God’s word should be our priority desire, we can move to pray the second prayer within the same line “Give us this day our daily bread” in reference to our needs. I don’t see how we can effectively pray for “our daily” needs without our requests for daily needs are filtered through the word. The bible says, “We don’t get because we don’t ask and if we also ask we ask a miss…” paraphrased.

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Lord Teach Us to Pray 6of10: Forgive Us…As We Forgive, Part 1, Evans Olang

Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors”

Forgiveness is typically defined as the process of ceasing to feel resentment, indignation or anger for a perceived offense, difference or mistake, and ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. To clear from guilt justified by a fault.

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Lord Teach Us to Pray 8of10: Lead Us Not…But Deliver Us, Evans Olang

Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”

In reading the Lord’s prayer, I struggle understanding the first part “and lead us not into temptation” and the reason is this, James 1:13 tells us ” Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone“.

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