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Our Prayer Life

“The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”
Psalm 6:9

David was continually going to the Lord and praying to him. When he was in trouble he went to God and asked him for strength, and when he was happy he went to God thanking him for the blessings God was bestowing upon him. I believe David was the ultimate prayer warrior, as throughout the Psalms David was either asking God to help him or thanking him. Our prayer life should always be one of thanking God for all the things he has given us. It should be a time when we also talk to him about the things that are troubling us. Our prayer time should be the time that we ask God to bless others around us. Over 20 years ago I began a ministry of e-mailing a daily devotional beginning with just my immediate family members. This ministry has now grown to the point that presently I am sending out my daily devotionals to over 3 million people on a daily basis. A day hardly passes where someone does not send me a request for prayer for someone in their family who is sick, or has had an accident, lost their jobs, or for some other reason. These are usually requests from people who are having difficult times in their lives and are asking for any help they can get. After having received these kinds of requests for the past years, I have noticed that very rarely do I receive an e-mail about the good things that are happening to these same people. All of the prayer request are from people who only ask for prayer when they are having problems and difficulties in their lives. God tells us throughout the Bible that we are to pray on all occasions, not just in our time of trouble. Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” I believe God hears our prayers when we earnestly talk to him. I know that since God has been walking with me these past years I can feel him directing and giving me wisdom in my daily life. Prayer is so important in our daily lives if we want to have God lead and direct our paths. If we want to reach out to others in any kind of ministry prayer is one of the first things we need to have in our thoughts. I believe prayer is one of the best ways to please God, and being faithful in our prayer life is essential. It is through prayer that we can develop a relationship with God. This is the way we can fellowship with him. Prayer keeps us on the straight and narrow path, and will keep us from temptation. Prayer can keep us from always thinking about ourselves and will get us used to thinking about others as we pray for them. Our prayer life will keep us humble, as the more we pray, the more we will realize that God is in control.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 18

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Setting Guidelines

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2nd Timothy 3:16-17

Our families are the most important things that fathers and mothers will ever have, and we have such a responsibility to teach our children according to God’s word. God tells us through the scripture above, that once we have taught our children what they are to do in following God’s word, and obeying the rules of the household, that we must expect them to follow it. It is important for the parents to keep their children within the boundaries they set for them. If these boundaries are routinely exceeded, and the parents do nothing about it, the children will learn very quickly that they do not have to follow the rules of the family, and will become more demanding and pushing for more freedom to do things their own way. I know that in our family our children always knew what the guidelines were, and they obeyed them. They knew there would be a penalty if they went outside their boundaries. So many parents today do not have the consistency in setting the boundaries for their children, and when the boundaries are broken, do not have a consistent discipline as punishment. Once the parents have taught their children right from wrong, and instilled into them what God expects from them, they need to live within these guidelines. God wants us to discipline our children when they break our guidelines, and gives us many examples of this throughout the Bible. Proverbs 10:17 “He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Children will heed their parents discipline when it is consistent and fairly administered. They need to know when they have exceeded their boundaries, and why they are being punished. They need to know that the guidelines set by the parents will not be broken, and there will be consequences if they are not obeyed. Children need to have the opportunity to explain to their parents why they have strayed from the guidelines, and their parents then have to make sure the children understand why this is not allowed. Proverbs 29:17 “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” If children grow up in a home where the presence of the Lord is always at the center of the family, they will know and understand right from wrong, and they will realize and know when they are doing something they should not be doing. Parents have the responsibility to show their children how to conduct their lives by their own actions.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 17

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Do You Have The Faith

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Yes Lord, they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you!” and their sight was restored.”
Matthew 9:28-29

If we have faith in God, anything that we wish for can be made to come true as long as it is in God’s will and plan for our lives. Jesus gives us so many examples in the Bible of things that came to pass because people had enough faith that they would come to pass. One of the more compelling examples is shown in the scripture above, about the two blind men who heard that Jesus was passing by, and faith began to build in their hearts. They had faith that Jesus could open their eyes and let them see, and they cried out to Jesus to heal them. Jesus heard their cries and stopped near them, and asked them this question in the scripture above. Jesus wanted to know if they had faith that he could heal them, and they replied with confidence that they had faith that he could heal them, and let them see, and he healed them. This is one of the better examples where if we have the faith we can make things happen to us. Another example of the demonstration of faith is shown in Matthew 9:20 “Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed. Jesus turned and saw her. Take heart, daughter, he said, your faith has healed you. And the woman was healed from that moment.” We need to have this kind of faith and trust in Jesus to hear us and answer our prayers. We need to use this kind of faith to be able to let go of the hurt and pain of our past, and be willing to have faith in Jesus Christ, and he will hear us and touch our lives. Jesus gives us another example of what faith can do as he tells us in Matthew 17:20 “He replied, Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” When we begin to trust in Jesus, and begin obeying his commands and doing his will for our lives, and living a righteous life things will begin to happen in our lives. Romans 3:22 “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” When we ask Jesus into our hearts and begin to put our faith and trust in him for everything, this is the time that our lives will change, and he will take control of our lives. God can give us peace and joy in our lives that we have never experienced before. All he wants us to do is to come to him and repent of our sins, and trust in him for everything.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 16

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Setting Your Dreams

“Set your mind and keep it set on the higher things”
Colossians 3:2

We have all heard the old saying, “if you want to be successful in life follow your dreams.” I believe each of us needs to have dreams, and expectations as to what we expect out of life. Our life will follow our expectations. What we expect to get out of life is what we will get. If we have high expectations of what we want out of life we are much more likely to achieve it. If we drive through a nice neighborhood and see a stately house, and say to ourselves that someday I am going to own a house like that, we are establishing an expectation for ourselves, that we are someday going to be successful enough to be able to afford a house like that. Our dream of someday owning a house like we saw, will be an encouragement to us and motivate us enough to make our dreams come true. This dream of someday owning a house like this may be enough to encourage us to further our education and go to college. This dream may be just the little bit of encouragement that is needed for us to go the extra mile to push ourselves to reach our dream. If we establish thoughts that are positive in nature, our life will move in a positive direction, but if we establish negative thoughts our lives will move in a negative direction. If we expect defeat we will see failure, more disappointments and more hurt in our lives, as subconsciously we will expect these to happen and inevitably they will happen. However if we expect victory in our lives, and have dreams and expectations that are positive, we will see our thinking change to one of a positive nature, and our actions also will be affected, which will give us a much better chance to achieve our dreams. It is important that we program our minds for success. We must make our own choices as to what we expect out of our lives. When we establish our goals and objectives, and are committed to achieving them we are setting our dreams. If we dream big dreams, we will reap big harvests, but if we dream little dreams, we will reap small harvests. When you get up in the morning you need to set your mind in the right direction. Expect that great things are going to happen to you. Expect that God’s favor is going to be with you in everything you do, and ask him to help you make the right decisions. Whatever you expect to happen has a much better chance of coming to fruition, if you believe that they will happen. Have faith in what you expect to happen. We need to expect that God’s favor will be upon us and on our family. We need to expect God’s blessing in our lives. We need to dream big dreams and expect big blessings.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 15

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Commit Your Life To God

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.”
Proverbs 16:3

When you set your goals and objectives each day, you need to make sure these are the plans that God would want you to have, and are in line with his teachings. Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” You need to establish a vision of what you want to accomplish. Without fully seeing this vision clearly, you will have difficulty making it a reality. If you know where you want to go, and have this clearly engrained in your mind and thoughts, you will be much more likely to succeed in reaching the vision. It is very much like using a roadmap to get from one place to another. You know what your destination is before you leave the house, and know the plan to get there. There may be obstacles in your path that will be detours in your intended route, such as a bridge being out, but you will adjust your course to successfully reach your destination. By having your goals and objectives clearly defined, you will always be able to detour around the obstacles that will befall you, and will successfully reach your destination. If your plans are committed to serving the Lord for the day, you will stay on course, and nothing that you encounter will keep you from succeeding. God wants your plans to succeed, if they are plans that will be a witness to others, and be a positive influence on them. The instruction above would be a good place to start with your children in how to instruct them about their goals for themselves, and also the guidelines for the family goals. The result of not having the children to be held accountable will never provide them with the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment they will need, to have to be able to set and meet their own goals when they become adults. By establishing the goals for our children when they are young, and always teaching them how to accomplish their goals, we develop in them the positive self esteem, and the confidence in themselves and their own abilities, which will stay with them throughout their lives. Keeping our eyes on Jesus and obeying his commands is the way that parents must be committed to, as this will establish the foundation for our lives, and also will be the example that our children will follow in their lives. Parents have a big responsibility to be the example for their children. They must be willing to walk the talk, and by their actions daily their children will also begin to imitate and model their parent’s behavior. God wants us to commit everything we do to him, and then trust him to work in our lives and when we do this, he will take charge and our plans and goals can become realities.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 14

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Dealing With Guilt

“When he (The Holy Spirit) comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment…”
John 16:8

There are so many things in the daily lives of everyone, where Satan is tempting us to do wrong and stray from God. We need to constantly be searching our souls to do the things that God would want us to do. There are many scriptures throughout the Bible that will lead and guide us to do the things that are good and right. God wants us to always test ourselves, to make sure we are staying on the right path. Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” I believe God wants us to continually be asking ourselves if we are living our life for him. In my book “God’s Plan For a Joy Filled Life” I devoted many pages to asking ourselves questions as to how we were living our lives. I know that since I have truly accepted Jesus as my savior I know the times when I have felt guilt for something I did or did not do that was wrong. If God is asking me to do something, I feel guilty if I resist in any way because of the fear of the unknown. When I do not go out of my way to help someone who is needy I feel guilty. I question myself to see if my priorities are right in my life, and if I should be spending more time helping others. When I become irritated when something goes wrong, I feel guilty because God would not want me to feel anger against anyone. These are just some of the things that I feel guilty about when they occur in my own life, as I know that God would not approve of any of them. We all have these situations that pop up all during our day that tempt us and cause us to feel guilty because of our action or in some cases inaction, as we know that God would not have wanted us to react in the fashion we did. I believe God will convict us when we do wrong and do things that we should not do. He will give us feelings of guilt. These temptations in our lives come from Satan, not from God. Satan condemns us for our poor performance, and gives us feelings of despair and will put fear into our lives, but the Holy Spirit convicts us and makes us feel guilty. Think about the things that God has convicted you of, and then think about how you can change these things. God seldom changes us without our involvement. God will be your partner and help you change if you will only ask him for his help. When you make a commitment to change your life of the things that convict you, God will be there to help you make these changes. This commitment must be a sincere commitment and one that you will be committed to follow. God will help you change.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 13

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Family Values

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts, impress them on your children, talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads, write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

The earlier we begin teaching our children good family values, the easier it will be to keep them focused on what is right. We set the example for our children, and they imitate our behavior and actions. We need to build up our children, and develop a good positive self esteem in them. They need to have a positive attitude about themselves and their abilities, and if we instill in them these traits, they will be much more likely to be successful in everything they do in life. Parents that follow the teachings of the Bible, will help to establish a good foundation for their children. The scripture above is a powerful one, as God impresses upon all of us the importance of following his commandments. He is telling us to always be aware of his commandments in everything we do, from the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night. We must be aware at all times to keep our thoughts and mind aware that we need to obey his commands. Obeying his commandments most of the time is not enough, as the minute we do something that we know we should not be doing, may be the only time one of our children will observe us, and think that it is ok for them to do the same thing. We set the example for our children and others around us, and our examples need to be the ones that will not lead anyone astray, but rather should be the ones that will have a positive influence on them. Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Working together and coexisting with the family, begins with the father and mother teaching their children to care and love their family members, and working and communicating with each other, to meet the objectives of the household. Children need to have their own goals which they need to be held accountable for. As they constantly meet these goals, they will develop a positive self esteem about themselves that will follow them throughout their lives. The goals must never be set too high that the children cannot meet them, as this will lower the self esteem of the children, but rather should always be set so that they will constantly be meeting them. By constantly meeting our goals and objectives, we become self confident in our own abilities, and will develop a positive attitude about ourselves.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.

April 12

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