Prayers pleasing to God need not be lengthy and must not be filled with
“vain repetitions”. The Lord taught His disciples to avoid this common
error of the Pharisees who, He said, use “vain repetitions, as the heathen
do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking” (Matt.
6:7). The efficacy in prayer is not dependent on the number of words used,
or the eloquence of the speaker who chooses them.
One of the most poignant and impressive prayers in the Bible has in it only
two words! David, facing formidable enemies, deeply troubled, uncertain
what course would be best for him to follow and fully aware of his own
inability to resolve his problems, cried out, “Help, Lord” (Psa. 12:1). This
was no time for speech-making to God!
All who face trials in life—and eventually all do—can fully empathize with
the embattled Psalmist, and recall those painful occasions when in turning
to the Lord, there was the sobering realization that there was no one else to
whom to turn. The Bible abounds with these wonderful and precious
assurances to the faithful. “All things work together for good to them that
love God” (Rom. 8:28). “As thy day is, so shall thy strength be” (Deut.
33:25). “My grace is sufficient for thee” (2 Cor. 12:9).
When sin-stricken, burdened, and weary,
From bondage I longed to be free,
There came to my heart the sweet message:
“My grace is sufficient for thee”.
Though tempted and sadly discouraged,
My soul to this refuge will flee,
And rest in the blessed assurance:
“My grace is sufficient for thee”.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Gen. 1:26-27).
"And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and
he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the
rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and
brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my
bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she
was taken out of man" (Gen. 2:21-23).
"And he answered and said unto them, have ye not read, that he which
made them at the beginning made them male and female" (Matt. 19:4).
These passages of Scripture tell us that God created a male and a
female. He fashioned a woman from the rib of a man. Jesus affirmed
God made them male and female at the beginning. Deity has spoken
on the issue. That settles it.
If a man believes he is a woman, he is either deeply confused or is
suffering from a mental problem. If a woman believes she is a man, she
is either deeply confused or is suffering from a mental problem.
NOTE: Taking medications, changing one's external features, changing
one's name, and behaving in the manner of the opposite gender will
never change the person's gender. One is a male for a female.
He is either a man or a woman. Testing the individual's chromosomes
will reveal the individual's gender. He can deny it. He can argue
against it. He can convince others it is not so. But, a person cannot
change his/her gender.
Sadly, science has forsaken facts for fiction. It has forsaken truth in
order to be politically correct. It has ceased being courageous based
upon what is right and has shown itself weak yielding to the pressure.
My friends, those of us who believe in God and accept His Word as truth must NEVER yield to the pressure of an evil world to deny what God has declared to be the truth. God created a man and women. He made them male and female. That settles the matter. There will only ever be two genders.
1. We are not conscious of soul winning opportunities and we don’t take advantage of those we have.
2. We assume public preaching will accomplish the task.
3. We have left the task of “seeking the lost” to the preacher and the elders, it’s their job
4. We are not convinced that those not following God’s specific plan are really lost.
5. We are to busy seeking our own materialism desires and personal comfort.
6. We have convinced ourselves that personal evangelism is a program, therefore, it is something I am not good at doing.
7. We don’t have the “joy” in our hearts that brings us to others about salvation
8. We are not committed to soul winning because, if others won’t listen, it is not my fault.
9. Evangelism is not taught in our Bible classes and in our homes to our children as it should be.
10. We do not have sufficient knowledge of the Bible and confidence in ourselves to overcome our own fears.