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Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020
The miracle of the Bible, our study and why it matters.The miracle of the Bible, our study and why it matters.How to pray the word of God.
The Bible has influenced, transformed and left it’s mark forever on the lives of millions. The cultural influence of the Bible, specifically the King James Version, even impacted even the English language.
The King James Version of the Bible has a special history because it was a common English version that was popular for many centuries, spanning from when it was first printed in 1611 to still being used extensively up through the 20th Century.
The following common English phrases find their origins in Scripture, mostly from the King James Version.
Bite the Dust – Psalms 72:9 The Blind Leading the Blind – Matthew 15:1By the Skin of Your Teeth – Job 19:20. Broken Heart – Psalms 34:18Cast the First Stone – John 8:7, Drop in a Bucket – Isaiah 40:15Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – Ecclesiastes 8:15, Eye for Eye, Tooth for tooth – Matthew 5:38,Nothing but skin and bones – Job 19:19-20, The Powers that Be – Romans 13:1 Fall From Grace – Galatians 5:4Fly in the Ointment – Ecclesiastes 10:1 Forbidden Fruit – Genesis 3:3
“Go the extra mile”Matthew 5:41 – “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”
Good Samaritan – Luke 10:30-37How the Mighty have Fallen – 2 Samuel 1:19, Proverbs 16:18Put words in one’s mouth – 2 Samuel 14:3Rise and shine – Isaiah 60:1The Root of the Matter – Job 19:28See eye to eye – Isaiah 52:8Sign of the times – Matthew 16:3 Strait and Narrow – Matthew 7:14
“Twinkling of an Eye” 1 Corinthians 15:52 – “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Wit’s End Psalm 107:27 – “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.”
This Psalm is not referring to the Whit’s End and the Imagination Station from Adventures in Odyssey!
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing – Matthew 7:15
The Writing’s on the Wall – Daniel 5. “The writing is on the wall” is a popular idiom for “something bad is about to happen.”
THE BIBLE AS PROPHETIC PHRASES⦁ “My hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23) ⦁ “Lord, guard my heart and my mind with the peace of God that passes understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) ⦁ “Teach me, God, to acknowledge you in all my ways. Make my paths strait and clearly defined.” (Proverbs 3:6)
I DECLARE THINGS LIKE ⦁ No weapon formed against me shall prosper. ⦁ When I pray for people, they are healed.⦁ When I speak to people, they are transformed.⦁ When I demonstrate the Father’s heart, they see Jesus. ⦁ I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, and highly favored of the Lord.
“Virtually all of the Bible leads us to praise God, thank God, cry to God, and confess to God.” When you pray, use your prayer book – the Bible.
So what about Prayer? What can we expect when we pray
2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The body of Christ has a task and a responsibility to pray.We want to change the world for Christ. It’s a huge task for all of us, but we do it one life at a time. We are all in this together. We want to see people’s lives changed all over the world before Jesus’ return to earth, but the task is huge, and we need the right tools to do it. The most essential tool is prayer. Only through prayer can we get the job done. There is strength and power in prayer that can change the world.
The King’s SpeechOn May 27, 1940, King George VI called for a national day of prayer following the realisation that the British troops in Northern France were at risk of ‘total annihilation’. Three extraordinary events occurred following that day of prayer.
First, Hitler overruled his Generals and halted the advance of his troops (something that has never been fully explained).
Second, a storm of unprecedented scale grounded the Luftwaffe that was poised to attack the evacuating troops.
And third, despite the storm, a serene calm settled over the Channel days later which enabled a vast armada of boats to come and rescue the escaping men. Either this is an extraordinary set of coincidences, or this was the hand of God in response to a nation on its knees praying.
Prayer has the power to make a huge difference to our lives and the world around us.
Prayer changes circumstances, people even history.
Psalm 34:17 – When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
We exercise our authority in prayer.God responds to our prayers.
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Pray more worry less
Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 15:7 – If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing
On Paul’s second missionary journey, he visited city after city to establish the Gospel. It seemed he was doing everything right. Churches “increased in number daily” (Acts 16:5). It was everything he could have hoped for. But one night, that changed. During the night, Paul had a vision. In it, he saw a man of Macedonia, hundreds of miles away from where Paul was. The man looked to Paul and said, “Come over into Macedonia, and help us” (Acts 16:9). Paul realized he needed to get to Macedonia and help this man and others who were praying for him to come. He went immediately, and there he performed miracles and baptized many. It was because this man was praying that Paul had this night vision.
Pray the prayers and do the proclamations of the BATTLE CRY PRAYER CARDS
This is what you need to know about 2020 and the next ten years:THIS IS THE DECADE TO DECLARE!