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Praying in the Spirit Brings About Glorious Transformation in Our Lives

*[[2Co 3:18]] KJV* But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 1:3 that Jesus is the brightness of God's glory and the express image of His person. We catch a glimpse of this glorious image of the Lord in the account at the Mount of Transfiguration: Matt.17:1-9; Mk.9:1-9; Luke 9:27-35.
Luke gives us a very important piece of information about this account. He records that
“And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.” *[[Luk 9:29]] KJV*
In other words, the transformation occurred while He prayed. This information is important because it lets us know that in the place of prayer, the transformation or change of which Paul speaks of in 2 Cor.3:18 happens.
That is, just as with the Lord, as we give ourselves to praying in the Spirit, we are changed into the same glorious image from glory…

Stay Woke!

Watch and pray! 
Mat 26:41: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
In St. Luke's account of the incident where this Scripture occurs we read that when Jesus saw them sleeping, He said unto them
“... Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” Luk 22:46
Comparing this with what’s recorded in St. Matthew and Mark's Gospels, it means Jesus was simply saying
“stay/keep awake and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.”
In other words, the Lord Jesus was simply admonishing His disciples not to slack off or be lazy but to be prayerful.
From this portion of Scripture, we understand that prayer or being prayerful is how we keep ourselves vigilant and diligent as saints, it is how we keep ourselves from entering into temptation; it is what enables us to give expression to the desires of our recreated human spirits.
It is also how we walk in the Spirit for …

Enjoying God's Prosperity

Foundations I believe that it is God’s will for each and every one of us to prosper: Matt. 7:11; John 16:24; Romans 8:32; 3 John 1:2; and that God has made adequate provision for our prosperity. I believe that this provision is His beautiful and amazing grace and in this post, we explore God's provision of prosperity through grace. 
Let's begin! 
The grace of God is the true secret to prosperity.
See the following Scriptures:
2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
In other words, by virtue of the grace of God we have access to a life of prosperity.
Scripture also teaches us that faith is how we access the grace of God. That is, by believing in God and His word, we access His bountiful goodne…

Behold (Then Sings My Soul) by Hillsong Worship

This Song by Hillsong Worship beautifully contemplates and lauds our God- the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.
“Then Sings My Soul How Great Your Love is”

Notes on Romans 1:8

(Rom 1:8 KJV) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all,
Thanking God through Jesus Christ is how we are to give thanks and it is one and the same with thanking God in the name of Jesus: see the following Scriptures:
Eph 5:20 (KJV) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Col 3:17 (KJV) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
It means giving thanks to God because of Jesus Christ or for the sake of Jesus Christ. It is giving thanks to God in or by open acknowledgment of what the Lord Jesus has done. In simple terms, it is thanksgiving infused with or borne out of a Christ-consciousness.
See Heb. 13:15 (KJV):

Notes on Romans 1: Summary of verses 8-12

He begins by thanking God through Jesus Christ that their faith is spoken of throughout the whole world because his desire has always been to impart some spiritual gift to them in order that they be confirmed; steadfastly set, or strengthened in the faith: Rom.16: 25. Thus, their faith being spoken of throughout the whole world is proof positive that they are indeed strong in the faith, for it shows how strong in faith they are.
Our strength in the faith will always bring us into the limelight and will serve as an encouragement to others.

Notice in these verses, the apostle’s desire for them: that they may be strong in the faith and he backed this desire up with prayers. This is one of the true hallmarks of a leader. As Christian leaders, our desire should be the confirmation of our flock, that they be mature, strong in the faith and not be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine. And like Paul, this desire should be backed up by prayers and the preachin…

Notes on Romans 1:7

Notes on Romans 1:7
Verse 7 (Rom 1:7 KJV) To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
To all that be in Rome
This epistle was addressed to the Christians in Rome but it is applicable to Christians everywhere throughout the ages as all of Scripture is for “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”- 2 Ti.3:16,17 (KJV). Plus, it’s a continuation of “are ye the called of Jesus Christ” in Romans 1:6 which applies to all believers.