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“THE CHRISTIAN ALPHABET”
Scripture: John 15:1-8 & Revelation 22:13
© 2014 by Robert E. Baxter
I. The first section is AbCdEfG.
The alphabet simply provides mental pegs
upon which to hang the Biblical basics.
A is for ADMIT YOUR NEED OF THE SAVIOR. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) We all need to cry out, "God, be merciful to me a sinner." Even the great Apostle Paul said, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief." (I Timothy 1:15) He didn’t say “I WAS chief,” but “I AM.” So A is for ADMIT that ALL of us need the Savior. That’s where it all starts. Most people know there is sin in their life, and that’s the first step, to ADMIT that we NEED the Savior.
B is for BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE SAVIOR. Believe Jesus Himself Who claimed to be the divine Son of God Who came into this world to save lost sinners. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and Thou shalt be saved.” Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
C - CONFESS JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR.
This is COMMITTING our life to Him, trusting in Him personally. Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” To confess means to “Say the same thing” or “agree with.” We agree with God about God’s verdict that we are sinners and that Jesus is the Savior. Thus we confess our sins, and we confess our faith in Jesus as our Savior. The word CONFESS is used for both our sins and our faith. We confess with our mouth to others what we believe personally. When we join the Church we confess that “Jesus is Lord.” That is the simplest Biblical confession. If a person is sick and admits it, and believes that the medicine will make him well, it does him NO GOOD UNTIL he TAKES it. That is the receiving part. Now you know how to share the Gospel with someone else. John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Growing up as a Christian follows being born again. Here’s where the rest of the alphabet comes in!
D is for DISCIPLESHIP.
This is learning from Jesus and following Him. Jesus said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Being a disciple is being a life-long student of the Lord Jesus. He teaches us through His Word in the Bible. He is the Good Shepherd, and His sheep follow Him.
E is for EVANGELISM.
Christ’s plan is for those who follow him to share Him with others. That’s why I am preaching this sermon to show you how, as well as give you a clearer understanding of it ALL—A to Z! The Apostle Paul said to Timothy, “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” That is the multiplying power of evangelism: Each one teach one. This is the way that the sheep reproduce.
F is for FELLOWSHIP.
It is a sharing of the life we have in Christ with others who also have that life. The New Testament word for “fellowship” is the same as “communion.” It’s the word koinonia. The Lord’s Supper which is called “Communion” is one of the ways we grow as believers. The Apostles dedicated themselves to fellowship. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching (called “doctrine” in the KJV) and to the fellowship.” It was as important to them as the teaching. Separate a coal from the rest of the glowing embers in a fire, and by itself it will grow cold and its light will go out, but move it over with the rest of the embers and they all warm each other up. The Lord Jesus Christ keeps you alive through your association with other believers.
G is for GRACE, the essence of Christianity.
“For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” The Christian has nothing to boast about except about Jesus. The Church is not an elite group of people trying to act spiritual, but a hospital for sinners who know they are saved by grace, and endeavor to grow in grace. Never become a legalist, like a Pharisee. Always be a champion God’s Amazing Grace.
II. The 2nd section of the Christian Alphabet is: HiJkLmnoP
H is for the HOLY SPIRIT, the Third Person of the Trinity.
He is the very presence of God living within us. The Holy Spirit is the One who first convicts us of our need for the Savior and then gives us faith in the Lord Jesus. When you first became a Christian, you may not have known the Holy Spirit, but He knew you and brought you to Jesus. God has given us a picture of this in every WEDDING. I have officiated at almost 300 weddings, including 9 in Australia. They get married there too! ? I know something about a wedding, and I can tell you that when the bride comes down the aisle escorted by her father, it is a picture of the way that the Holy Spirit escorts us to JESUS as His beloved bride. I have never seen a bride go down the aisle digging in her heels as her father drags her against her will, leaving two furrows in the carpet all the way. ? No, she comes willingly and joyfully to the side of the one to whom she is committing her life. So does the Holy Spirit brings the sinner to Jesus, making us willing and eager to come to the One we love. We now come to something that may be new to a few.
I is for IMPUTATION.
This is a wonderful truth. It may be the least common word in the Christian alphabet, but it is one of the richest concepts in Scripture. The Protestant Reformation emphasized it. The word “impute” is an accounting word. It is transferring from one account to another. Our sin was imputed to Christ when He took it and died on the cross for it as our Sacrifice. Christ’s righteousness was imputed to us in this divine transaction. It means that HIS righteousness is credited to our account. We who were poor became rich because Christ’s riches were deposited to our account. His righteousness is credited to our account by faith. We are still sinners on this earth, but we are FORGIVEN sinners. We still sin and displease our Lord and grieve the Holy Spirit, but God looks at us and sees that we are in His Son Jesus. He sees that we trust in His Son and love Him. When He sees that Jesus is our Savior, He is satisfied. He pronounces us NOT GUILTY, because of Jesus who paid our penalty in full on the cross. It is still the righteousness of Jesus—His perfect life and work— that saves us, and not our own righteousness. Our actual condition on earth won’t measure up to our position as God’s royal children, but we are royalty—King’s kids—by His grace. If a billionnaire deposited a million dollars in your bank account, you would know you did not earn it, but you really would be a millionnaire.
J is for JOY, a fruit of the Holy Spirit, evident in Christians.
It is the Joy of Jesus, as He lives His life within us. So don’t live a sour-pus life as if you had been baptized in lemon juice! Neither do have to go around just acting happy, but God produces joy in you as the Lord Jesus Himself lives His life joyfully within you. It’s “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) We heard Jesus say in today’s Scripture from John 15:11, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” You should see John 15, all through this sermon.
K is for KINGDOM.
As citizens of God’s Kingdom we are under His rule. We serve the Eternal King, and should endeavor to bring all of life under His reign, that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. That’s what we pray for in the Lord’s Prayer. We should bring all things—the arts and all learning under His Kingship, yes and government and politics. As citizens of His Kingdom we should be loyal subjects of our King. We should elect godly people to office and make our country as obedient to the Lord as we can, supporting justice and opposing evil.
L is for LOVE, the primary fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Even unbelievers who do not know the Lord Jesus realize that love is good and desirable. But they don’t know why. Apart from a value system based on a Creator whose nature is love, there is no reason to prefer love above evil. They sense that the Hitlers of the world are evil and that life should not be lived like that, but they are unable to understand it. The Bible teaches that we love because God first loved us. He told us how to love, the way He does, and He gives us His Holy Spirit within us to produce that love. The branches produce such fruit because the LIFE is in the Vine.
M is for MISSION.
Jesus gave His Church the Great Commission in Matthew 28: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus had a mission to save sinners, and He gave us a mission to the nations. This church has a strong commitment to missions. That’s important to Christians, as we share JESUS worldwide.
N is for NO.
It is an important word for our vocabulary, but the Christian life is not defined by what we DON’T do. Rather it is defined by what JESUS DID. Many religions consist of DO’S AND DON’TS, but Christianity is better described as DONE! Jesus finished the work of salvation on the Cross. But the Christian still needs the word NO in his vocabulary. It will spare us a lot of grief to learn to say NO to temptations, and to say NO to the less good so that we can say YES to better choices. Priority living is what God expects of His people. God’s use of “Thou Shalt NOT” in the Ten Commandments shows that people need the prohibitions of the law for their own good, but such LAW cannot SAVE us.
O is for OBEDIENCE.
It is the pursuit of God’s will in all of life. We exist to please God. The Christian’s stance toward Christ is simply, “You are Lord; I am servant; You tell me what You want.” God says, “Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only.” (James 1:22)
P is for PRAYER, conversing with God.
It is the Christian’s life-line. “Evening and morning and at noon will I pray and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:17)
III. The third section of the Christian alphabet is Qrst U and V, WX Y and Z
Q is for QUIET.
Christians need an oasis of quiet when we can “be still, and know…God.” (Psalm 46:10) A daily quiet time with God is good for our growth.
R is for REPENTANCE.
Christians need to turn FROM sin every day, turning TOWARD Jesus. That is repentance, and it corrects the direction we are going. We sin every day, so we need to repent daily.
S is for SANCTIFICATION.
It is the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit within us to make us more like our Lord Jesus. An old whittler carved beautiful horses out of blocks of wood. A little boy asked him, “How do you do that?” The whittler replied, “I just cut away everything that doesn’t look like a horse.” That is what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives, carving away everything that doesn’t look like Jesus.
T is for THANKSGIVING.
It is the Christian’s basic attitude of gratitude for God’s grace. It is thanks-LIVING. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)
U is for UNITY.
All who have been saved by Jesus should live in concord with one another as Jesus said in his prayer in John 17:21: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Our unity is in Jesus Himself, not in organizations we join.
V is for Victory, won by Christ for all His people.
Christ’s Resurrection won the victory even over death, so because He lives, so shall we live with Him forever. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
W is for worship, which the Lord deserves from His people.
You already know about worship, and are here to do it.
X also brings us to Christ.
The first letter of the Name “Christ” looks like an X in Greek. (Cristos)
It is the letter Chi, the 3rd letter from the end of the alphabet, as is X in English the 3rd from the last letter in our alphabet. X Y Z in English and Chi Psi Omega in Greek are the last three letters in both languages. The Chi is often used as a symbol of Christ. Although “x” represents the UNKNOWN variable in algebraic equations, we know that when you figure out what X is, you have the ANSWER. We know Christ is the SOLUTION for our lives too. He said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” That’s John 15:5, where Jesus gave the parable of the Vine. We live as branches in the living Vine. We are unable to live the Christian life, but Jesus can. He can live His life within us. That is what we should ask Him to do.
Y is for YES.
Saying YES to Jesus is the core of Christianity—
• Yes to what He did for us and
• Yes to all He commands of us.
Z is for ZEAL which is only good after all of the above,
as God emphasizes in Proverbs 19:2, “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge….” (NIV) Once you have learned the whole Christian alphabet, you are ready to concentrate on ZEAL. The Pharisees had a lot of zeal, but Jesus had hard words for those hard-hearted, arrogant, “know-it-alls,” yet Jesus was kind and merciful to most sinners. Even enthusiasm which can be a powerful engine, needs to be steered with knowledge. Enthusiasm or zeal is a valuable character trait, a winning attitude, as . as the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Add zeal to your alphabet, it’s the icing but not the whole cake. So there you have the Christian alphabet, and JESUS is the A to Z, the PRIME PERSON of the PRIMER.
“The Ten Fingers of Prayer”
by Robert E. Baxter
This method of prayer will help you to pray all the types of prayer anytime anywhere. It is good for people who like to be orderly in their prayer life. It is also flexible enough for people who are more spontaneous. It will help the latter type to avoid getting into a rut of praying the same way all the time or of failing to pray the many types of prayers that should be prayed daily.
It will help you to pray with your Bible when you can. For instance, I often pray Psalm 103:1-5, but you can also use this method even when you don’t have your Bible available.
Using the “10 FINGERS OF PRAYER” method, you will not be as likely to suffer wandering thoughts during prayer. At first, to help you remember where you are, you may wish to hold the finger representing the type of prayer you are offering. When you are praying privately no one will see you doing this but God, and when you are praying publicly no one will see you if he also is praying with his eyes closed. You can put your ten fingers together and pray this way in the dark, in bed, and it will help to keep you from falling asleep before you finish. When you get used to it, you can pray this way while you walk with the Lord, your eyes open, praying silently or softly as you walk down the street. After you learn it and use it awhile, you can use variety, praying in your own words to avoid vain repetition, but remembering to include all of the aspects of prayer when you have time for the full ten finger method.
Don't think that you must always pray all ten kinds of prayer whenever you pray! Sometimes you may want to pray just one, and take some time on it, praying in your own words. Knowing all ten can still be useful for a well-balanced prayer life.
THE RIGHT HAND
Start with the right hand. Many of you are familiar with the A.C.T.S. of Prayer, which helps us to remember the first four kinds of prayer. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. In the Bible, God’s right hand is associated with his POWER. That’s where Jesus reigns, on the right hand of God. Exodus 15:6a says, “Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power.” So, to help our memory, we start with the right hand. We start with prayers of a spiritual nature.
1. The THUMB is closest to you so this is where you start your prayers. A is for Adoration. Begin with Prayers of Praise. The Lord’s Prayer starts that way. Use Scriptural Ascriptions of Praise, such as Rev. 4:8, 4:11, and 5:12. Even when you don’t have a long time to pray, you can still offer God praise at the beginning and not just launch into a laundry list of what you WANT. A list of Scriptural praises is given at the end of this article, footnote 1.
2. The INDEX FINGER is next. Let it remind you of the next letter in the A.C.T.S. of prayer. C is for Confession. When experiencing the holiness of God in Adoration, we next recognize our own need of confession. Ask God what you need to confess. Confess the sins of the day. Ask for God’s forgiveness. Ask Him to make you HATE those sins. You may use Scriptural Confessions like Psalm 25:11, 38:18, and Luke 18:13, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” The index finger can be used to POINT to your heart (“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9) Your index finger can also point to God who alone can forgive your sins and cleanse your heart.
3. The BIG FINGER is third. Let it remind you of the important prayer of THANKSGIVING which should be a central attitude of your life, just as the big finger is the middle finger of your hand. It is the healthiest attitude. After confessing your sins, you should feel thanksgiving to God for your forgiveness. You can use Scriptural expressions of Thanksgiving like Rev 11:17 and Psalms 79:13 and 35:18, and give your own thanksgiving to God for your salvation, family, health, food, home, country, church, work, protection, and other blessings. Scripture specifically says, “In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” It is appropriate that thanksgiving accompany all the types of prayer and that it occupy the BIG part of our prayers, as the big finger comes in the middle of our other fingers. So let THANKSGIVING be a big, central part of our life.
4. The RING FINGER is fourth. Let the S in ACTS stand for SCRIPTURE, rather than merely Supplication. There are many kinds of supplication to offer. Supplication simply means ASKING. Using this method, you will be asking God for many things, but when you come to this fourth finger, it is the time to pray from your Bible. The ring finger is the weakest finger as any piano teacher can tell you. This type of prayer may be your weakest, but you should therefore practice it more, until you become more adept at it. As you recognize your own weakness in expressing your thoughts to the Lord, you will find that God’s Word is a wonderful aid to prayer. If you don’t have your Bible with you, you can always pray the Lord’s Prayer at this time, since you probably know it by memory. I previously had all ten fingers in use for this prayer method, but the rest of this page was lost, and I have not had time to replace it. I hope to do so in the future.
5. The LITTLE FINGER is fifth. I use this finger to pray for the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The word “fruit” is singular. It means “crop.” The Holy Spirit produces the whole crop in your life. Ask Him to produce these characteristics in your life. We need all nine every day, but I like to employ the Fruit Du Jour (fruit of the day) concept. Like “soup of the day” in restaurants, the fruit du jour gives us one particular fruit to emphasize each day. Please read my article on this at the end of this page, footnote 2.
THE LEFT HAND
1. The THUMB is closest to you, so pray next for those who are nearest and dearest to you—your own FAMILY and FRIENDS. They are the easiest to remember. C. S. Lewis once said that to pray for our loved ones is “a sweet duty.” Pray for your spouse, your parents if they are living, your children, grandchildren, and your closest friends.
2. The INDEX finger is the pointing finger. This time, instead of pointing to your heart and to God in the prayer of confession, pray for those people who point others to the Lord—preachers, missionaries, teachers. Pray for the staff of your Church. Pray for the teachers and leaders to point people to Jesus. You may wish to include the officers in the next type of prayer.
3. The BIG finger is the tallest. Let it remind you of our leaders. Careful how you gesture when you teach this to others! J Pray for the president and the governor, for leaders in government, for the justices of our courts, and for leaders in State and County government. Pray for the congress, the judiciary, and the military. Pray for Church leaders. Remember the Elders and Deacons of your Church. These people who shape our nation and Church and guide public opinion need God’s guidance. Pray for any leader the Lord brings to your mind. Especially pray for REVIVAL.
1 Tim. 2:1-2 says, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
In the early history of our nation there is an interesting example of praying for national leaders. A South Carolinian, James Pettigrew, was called the last Unionist in South Carolina. One Sunday when the pastor of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church skipped over the prayer for the President of the United States, James Pettigrew got up out of his pew and walked out of the church. The story spread that Pettigrew left because the pastor skipped the prayer for the President. Further research reveals that he simply left the church because he had to cough according to his son-in-law. The point is that if the prayer for the President were omitted today, few would even notice! Even if you don’t think much of some political leader, you must admit that he surely stands in NEED of prayer. If the Christians of the first century were commanded in Scripture to pray for their ungodly kings who persecuted them, how much more should we pray for our leaders in this democracy.
We are not likely to forget to do this duty when we employ the ten finger method of prayer, because your big finger on your left hand will remind you.
4. The RING finger is the weakest finger, and especially so on the LEFT hand. So let this weak finger remind you to pray for those who are weak, sick, shut-in, in trouble or in pain. Pray for God to strengthen them and heal them. If you have a wedding ring on that finger, you might also pray for any weakness in your marriage and family. And let the ring that encircles the finger, being round with no beginning or end, remind you of the Divine Physician, the Alpha and Omega, who is eternal, and ask for His grace to surround those for whom you pray who are in need.
5. The last finger, the pinkie of the left hand, is where we place ourselves in relation to God and others. Let your last finger remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed the other nine types of prayer, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively. Don’t annoy the Lord by complaining, but let him know what you need and want, and give Him thanks for what He has already done for you.
Print out this article and let it help you develop your prayer life. But don’t depend on the paper too long. You will never LEARN all ten types of prayer as long as you read them off the paper.
You may shy away from learning to pray this way because you will find that it takes you half an hour to pray, and you don’t always have that long. You can learn to be brief on each section of prayer, however. You don’t need to quote every Scripture you know for Adoration.
I share these Scriptures here because they mean so much to me and can bless your life if you learn them.
You don’t need to learn all of them at once. Choose one or two for each time period.
The Lord loves to hear His own Word coming back to Him in the prayers of His children.
Seven Times a Day Praise God by Praying Scripture
My goal in 2007 was to learn 7 prayer or praise Scriptures for each time period, and pray them at those times. My goal in 2008 was more consistency.
The goal was achieved in 2009 of being able to remember them all, but not accomplished daily, though an hourly reminder on my computer helps.
I try to use meditation of softly but audibly praising God with these Scriptures daily, and I think that has helped me to remember them.
In 2010 it became easier and more consistent, but I realize I will not always quote them all every day.
I started to notice which time of day I forgot most often and experimented with a different time of day.
In 2011 I began to add some extensions to various verses, extending I John 1:5-10 to I John 1:5—2:2 and Matthew 6:9-13 to include Matthew 7:7-8.
In 2012 and 2013, it finally became easy to remember all these Scriptures, but I still have to discipline myself to pray them seven times a day.
THE 7 PRAISE-AND-PRAYER TIMES OF THE DAY
(The day begins the evening before.)
BEDTIME (before going to sleep)
1 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. (Psa 119:164)
2 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: (HAMAH) And He shall hear my voice. (Psa 55:17)
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. (Psa 5:3)
4 “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 113:3
5 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
6 "I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me." Psalm 3:5
7 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” Psalm 17:15
UPON WAKING UP (before getting out of bed or while shaving, etc.)
1 “And they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” (Rev. 4:8b)
2 “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
3 “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.” (Psalm 103:1-5)
4 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
5 Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
6 Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
7 The Lord's Prayer and Promise (Matthew 6:9-13 & 7:7-8)
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.”
9:00 a.m. Office (3 Worthies and 4 confessions)
1 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Rev. 4:11)
2 Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Rev. 5:9-10)
3 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. (Rev. 5:12)
4 For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. (Psalm 25:11)
5 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psalm 32:1)
6 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. (Psalm 32:5)
7 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. (Psalm 38:18)
Noon Lunch or on the way home for lunch (3 For ever and ever) (Preferably before eating)
1 “Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” (Rev. 5:13)
2 “Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 7:12)
3 “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Rev. 11:15b)
4 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11)
5 “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” (Psalm 119:67)
6 “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97)
7 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
1:00 PM (After lunch because I forgot too often at 9 PM)
1 Psalm 8
1 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
2 Psalm 92:1-5
1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
4 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
5 O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
3 Psalm 100
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
4 Psa 30:2 O LORD my God, I CRIED unto thee, and thou hast healed me. ( SHeVAH 911 A higher pitched shout for help.)
5 Psa 142:1 I CRIED unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. ( q[z TSaAQ shriek
6 Psa 61:1 Hear my CRY, O God; attend unto my prayer. ( RINNAH ringing, a shrill sound, wailing as in mourning, also shouting for joy.)
7 Psa 50:15 And CALL upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. ( arq QaRA call.)
3:00 PM OR on the way back to work (Three Greats)
1 “Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee, for thy judgments are made manifest.” (Rev. 15:3-4)
2 “Oh clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the Lord Most High is AWESOME (NKJV); he is a great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:1-2 KJV)
3 “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.” (Psalm 48:1)
4 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1
5 God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18:13b
6 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
7 1 John 1:5-10
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
6:00 p.m. Dinner or on the way home from work (Three Alleluias) (preferably before eating)
1 Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: for true and righteous are his judgments.” (Rev. 19:1)
2 Alleluia…Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.” (Rev. 19:5)
3 Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him.” (Rev. 19:6-7)
4 “We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken unto thee thy great power, and hast reigned.” (Rev. 11:17 KJV)
5 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
6 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mat 11:28-30)
7 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
Psa 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and CRY ALOUD: and he shall hear my voice. "CRY ALOUD" translates the Hebrew word for "moan, growl, roar, loud humming of bees, the growl of bears, the snarling of dogs." Proverbs 20:1 uses it where it is translated "raging."
Psa 30:2 O LORD my God, I CRIED unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
"CRIED" is translation of the Hebrew word for a higher pitched shout for help. Like a modern 911.
Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their CRY.
Psa 142:1 I CRIED unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. "CRIED" is translation of the Hebrew word for "shriek."
Psa 34:17 The righteous CRY, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. In Psalm 107, the refrain is repeated four times, "Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses."
Psa 61:1 Hear my CRY, O God; attend unto my prayer. "CRY" is the translation of the Hebrew word for ringing, like the rattle of an arrow flying through the air. A shrill sound, wailing as in mourning, also shouting for joy.
Psa 50:15 And CALL upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. CALL is translation of the Hebrew word for "call. calling aloud or crying out." Psa 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that CALL upon him, to all that CALL upon him in truth. Psa 3:4 I CRIED unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.
NOTES ON CRYING OUT TO GOD ALOUD WITH OUR VOICE
You don't have to know Hebrew or Greek to see this in the English translation in verses like Psalm 142:1 I cried unto the Lord with my VOICE, with my VOICE unto the Lord did I make my supplication. That does not sound like silent prayer!
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, CRYING, Abba, Father. KRAZO to cry out hoarsely or urgently or in anguish. KALEO is the ordinary word for CALL.
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A LIST OF SCRIPTURAL PRAISES
(Memorize from whatever translation you prefer)
"O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens." (Psalm 8:1)
Rev 4:8 "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come."
Rev 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
Rev 5:9-10 "Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
Rev. 5:12 "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."
Rev. 5:13 "Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."
Psalm 119:65-68 "Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes."
Psalm 145:1-2 "I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever."
"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts:
The whole earth is full of his glory."
"Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory...."
(Revelation 19:6b-7a NKJV)
Note: you may wish to change the third person pronouns “Him” and “His” to second person “You” and “Your” when you are PRAYING these Scriptures to the Lord. You are not just reciting Scriptures you have memorized or are reading, but you are giving that praise TO the Lord.
Fruit Du Jour
You have heard of Soup Du Jour. That is French for “the Soup of the Day.”
This is Fruit Du Jour, which is the Fruit of the Day.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV)
The word “fruit” in Galatians 5:22-23 is singular, like the word CROP. The Greek word “karpos” (karpo") means crop or produce. It refers to the crop that the Holy Spirit produces in our lives. We don’t produce it; the Holy Spirit does. We are like the branches. The life of Jesus within us produces the fruit. There are nine results produced by the Spirit. We really should not call them FRUITS in the plural, but in English it is hard to talk about different fruits without using the plural. This Scripture specifies nine. We can concentrate on one fruit for each day, praying and watching to see every opportunity to enhance its growth.
Each day pray for that particular fruit of the day. Ask God to produce it in your life. Ask Him to make you conscious of it during the day. Look for opportunities to practice it.
Caution: Never think that you don’t need to practice all the other attitudes each day. Let the special attention to one per day increase your attention to all of them. Memorize them, or use this paper until you know them. Pray for all of them when you have time, but concentrate during the day on the Fruit of the Day. Examples: celebrating Christ’s Resurrection on Easter does not remove our awareness of His resurrection and presence the rest of the year. It is supposed to enhance it. Celebrating Thanksgiving on the national day for it should help us to be more thankful the rest of the year.
Comparative table of the Fruit of the Spirit in different translations