Scripture Reading to open prayer meeting: Psalm 63 – “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips. You have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”
Prophecy: “I love you, my children. I know that you love me, that you adore me, that you trust me. I thank you for that. You are my children.”
Prophecy: “Let your light shine in the darkness. Let others know that I am with you, that I live in you.”
Prophecy: “My children, continue to always praise me. Praise me in the morning. Praise me at noon. Praise me at the night time. Praise me when you go to bed. My children, always praise me. The darkness cannot stay where there is praising. Remember, my children, the light is stronger than the darkness.”
Word of wisdom: “From the Gospel of today, John 20: It has to do with a note I have here written. It must have been from a bible study. It’s about Mary Magdalene. She’s at the tomb and she’s weeping. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” As she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not realize it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping. Who are you looking for?” And it goes on and she recognizes him. My note says that Mary did not recognize Jesus when she heard him speak because she was stuck in her own grief, so she couldn’t see him. And the way I was reading it this morning and it has been staying with me all day is, what are we stuck in that we can’t see Jesus. Maybe in this pandemic, we can’t see Jesus working in our lives, can’t see him working in other people’s lives. We get stuck and we miss him.”
“When I was reading that, what I saw happening was that tears were filling Mary’s eyes and she couldn’t see him because she couldn’t see clearly. Her eyes are filled with tears. Looking through tears, you can’t see clearly.”
Scripture Reading John 16: “I can confirm that. This is Jesus speaking. He says, “I am going to the Father.” Just before that he says, “In a short time, you will no longer see me and in a short time you will see me again. So it is with you. You are sad now, but I shall see you again. Your hearts will be full of joy and that joy, no one shall take from you. When that day comes, you will not ask me in questions and in all truth, I tell you, everything you ask from the Father, he will grant in my name. Until now, you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive and so your joy will be complete.” And then in verse 33, “In the world, you will have hardships but be courageous. I have conquered the world.”
“That speaks to me right now: “Be courageous, I have conquered the world.””
Richard spoke on “Think Great Thoughts”. Dr. Jack Haskins research on effects of media on how people think. Four discernible effects on people listening to five minutes of bad news each day. 1. They became more depressed. 2. They believed the world was a negative place. 3. They were less likely to help others. 4. They began to believe that what they heard would soon happen to them. Proverbs 23:7 – “As he thinks he is, in his heart, so is he.” Wrong thinking = negative emotions = unwise behavior = devastating consequences. Right thinking = positive emotions = wise behavior = fruitful consequences. Philippians 4:8 – “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Romans 8:6 – “A mind set on the things of the flesh will bring death, but a mind set on the spirit brings forth life and peace.” Colossians 3:2 – “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” You are what you think. Need to form good habits. Have a plan. Start with Scripture. Absorb the Word of God. Write verses on index cards, stick them in your pocket, read them whenever you have a moment. Personalize scriptural truths and promises. Write your name in place of whatever pronouns the passage uses. When you’re driving, instead of listening to the radio, listen to recordings of Scripture, or let your mind enjoy some silence while you ponder deep truths. Listen to praise and worship music. Read good books. Take time to enjoy nature. Remember that God says, “I am with you always.” God’s Word has the power to pull us out of an emotional pit. Keep a spiritual diary where God has worked in your life. Types of thoughts that lead to a sense of security: 1. Think great thoughts about God. 2. Think great thoughts about yourself. Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord, your God, is with you. He is mighty to save, he will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” 3. Think great thoughts about others. 1 Samuel 16:7 – “The Lord does not look at the things men do, man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 4. Think great thoughts about life. 5. Think great thoughts about the future. Jeremiah 29:11 – “I know well the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future full of hope.” 6. Think great thoughts about the past. Philippians 3:13-14 – “I give no thoughts to what lies behind but push on to what is ahead. My entire attention is on the finish line as I run toward the prize to which God call me – life on high in Christ Jesus.” Psalm 103:12 Our sins are removed from us as far as the east is from the west. 7. Think great thoughts about challenges. A transformed thought life doesn’t just happen. It’s a matter of practice and developing habits.
July 29/20 meeting will be live streamed at 7:30 p.m.