Welcome To The Learner I

    

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12 Chapters  The Learner I  (12 Week Course)

   Chapter One                        Becoming A Disciple  

   Chapter Two                        What is Man?  

   Chapter Three                     Man: From Fall Unto Faith!  

   Chapter Four                       These Three Are One!  

   Chapter Five                        Light Vs. Darkness!  

   Chapter Six                          Who Is Man With Christ?  

   Chapter Seven                    Prayer And Confession  

   Chapter Eight                      Forgiveness  

   Chapter Nine                       How To Handle Hard Times  

   Chapter Ten                        God And Deliverance  

   Chapter Eleven                   Faith In Action  

   Chapter Twelve                   Workers Needed  

 Plus Memory Verses at the end of each Chapter!

 

Prayer and Confession

 

Chapter Seven

Prayer and Confession

 

Primary Message: Casting our burdens upon a loving God is the fastest and most certain way to find relief rom our troubles and deliverance in a time of need.

 “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

 

Worldview: Prayer is a sign of weakness and confession is an admission of that weakness to the world. 

 

Evangelistic Emphasis: God is faithful and just. He will always show compassion to those that acknowledge their need for Christ, and through this acknowledgement he promises to wash our record clean.  “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)

 

Prayer and Confession: The words that we say can bring death or life. It is a choice that we must make each day. Will we say words that are uplifting, confessions that are recorded as great words of faith, and prayers that request God's presence in our life? Jesus taiught us to pray without ceasing, to confess unto salvation, and to believe unto righteousness. What we say, and what we believe will make an eternal difference in our lives. 

 

This week we will study the importance of prayer and confession. Jesus so often went apart from the crowds to pray

and this was evident that he had been alone with God by his confession of who he was and what he came to do.

 

1John1: 5-10

5. “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.

6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.

7. 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 cleanses us from all sin.

8. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

 

Have you ever closed your eyes and tried to walk around without being able to see? See, that we need the light! He is the light and if we say that we are walking with him through this life and remain in our sin, then we are not telling the truth. Sin is darkness and in Jesus there is no sin, no darkness, but if we have sin, we have darkness and do not have true fellowship with Jesus. It’s incredible to know how many people say that they are Christian and say that they are going to heaven, yet still believe that they can sin against God and he will just forgive them and include them. They should reconsider their position on the subject of sin, you cannot have sin/darkness and still say that everything is ok! Everything is not ok! You must stop your sin, confess it and repent because there is no place in heaven for

darkness and sin and there is no place in Jesus for darkness and sin! If your lifestyle is full of sin you must deal with this and

surrender to Jesus all these darkened ways that he may forgive you and fill you with his light!

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

 

Answer the following questions:

What is the message here?

What are the two things that Jesus does when we confess our

sins?

 

Romans 10:9,10

9. “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.

10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 

 What we say means everything! Because where our treasure is there our heart shall be also. Think about this, Jesus wants to know what you feel in your heart about Him and His kingdom. What better way is there to know this than to ask you to say it, and not just say it, but show it in your deeds. Our confessions are revealed in our actions. St. Francis of Assisi said, “preach the gospel and if you must use words” in other words let your actions be your confession as to what you hold dear to your heart. Jesus tells us that if we believe like we say we do then it will not be a troubling issue to confess what we believe and to live like this because it is what we hold dear in our heart!

 

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 

In the case where a person believes, it is impossible to confess that which is not in the heart, and impossible to believe that which they are unwilling to confess, for it is with their confessions their heart is known. Understand that some can say things that they may not truly believe, yet they cannot truly confess that which is not rooted in their heart because the fruit or their actions will tell on them. 

 

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

How can a person be saved?

Why confess with the mouth?

 

Luke 12:8-12

8. “Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man confess before the angels of God:

9. But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

10. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemes against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

11. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto the magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing

ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:

12. For the Holy Ghost shall teach ye in the same hour what ye ought to say.”

 

Sometimes we don’t know what to pray, this is when we must rely on the fact that we are not alone and that Jesus has left us with a helper, the Holy Spirit, which promises to help us through by interceding on our behalf. Even the Disciples of Jesus experienced this and in turn asked Jesus saying “Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1-4 We do not have to worry about what we shall pray or say at times in which we are in need of the right words because we have a helper that desires to assist us in our needs and more than that Jesus knows our needs even before we ask and he moves to supply all that we have need of promptly!

 

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

Does the scripture say confess him in your heart?

Who will Jesus confess you to?

 

Mathew 6:5-15

5. “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.

6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

7. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

8. Be ye not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

11. Give us this day our daily bread.

12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

14. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

 

Here again we are taught a prayer that helps us in a time in which we might not know what to say or what to pray. These

times God understands very well, they are times when life is tough and it seems that we have little strength to think about what to pray, not to mention the strength to express it. Jesus has given us a prayer to pray that covers it all! Every possible thing that we ought to be concerned with is listed here in this prayer. This prayer turns our focus from our misery unto the source of power that will strengthen us, that source is Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

 

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

Who should we pray to?

Are we asking for his kingdom to come?

Who is our daily bread?

Do we have to forgive others to receive forgiveness?

The words we say and to whom we pray affects the outcome that we live.

Since words have power and we know that God himself created the heavens and the earth though the spoken word, the following message was given to emphasize this importance to a group of residents during a meeting at the Warren Rescue Mission.

 

 

THE WORDS WE SAY

Mathew 6:5-8 “And when you pray do not be as the hypocrites are for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward, but when you pray, enter into thy closet and when thou hast shut thy door pray to thy Father which is in secret and thy Father which sees you in secret shall reward thee openly, but when ye pray use not vain repetitions as the heathens do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking, be not ye therefore like unto them for your Father knows what things ye have need of before you ask Him.”

 

Why is it that we need to pray in a certain way? Jesus tells us how to pray because He wants us to pray correctly from the

heart, effective prayers, not repetitive, but rather to the point! Just because one prays the same thing over and over again doesn’t mean that they will get what they want because of the repeated prayers. Instead of our ineffective prayers, Jesus gives us a prayer that effectively covers everything that we need.

 

Mathew 6:9-13 “After this manner therefore pray ye… Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in 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 yours is the Kingdom and the power, and the glory forever.”

 

When praying this prayer we have said: We want His Kingdom

not this world, His will and not ours, His word Our Daily Bread, which includes a daily portion of Jesus, since

He is the Bread of Life, we request that He forgives us our sin and we acknowledge that we will forgive those that sin against

us, we request God lead us and surrender all leadership to Him, we ask that God delivers us from all evil that tries to hinder us in our life, and in short we are stating that we no longer seek to live our life our own way, but instead choose to do all things his way.

 

We have said!

This is not a recital, but a sincere request unto God. It is a surrender of our life to God, placing our full trust in Him. By praying this prayer we acknowledge God’s supremacy, His sovereignty, and His care for us.

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” The words we say bring life or death. The prayers that we say and how we say them are

very important to God.

It is, a surrender of your life to God, placing your full trust in Him, by praying this prayer we acknowledge His supremacy, His sovereignty, and His ability to provide.

 

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done!” The words we say and how they are believed in our heart bring life or death

We see God’s words put into action to create life in the beginning.

 

Genesis Chapter One - All through this chapter we read how God spoke and the heavens and the earth and all that lives was created, created by spoken words!

 

There was a man in the New Testament that realized just how powerful God’s spoken word can be. Let’s read about it.

 

Mathew 8:8 “The Centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but speak the Word only, and my servant will be healed.” The great faith of a roman centurion is seen here when a centurion seeks Jesus to come and heal hisc servant, Jesus says in verse 10: " Verily, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in all Israel. Vs. 13 Jesus says: go thy way; and as thou hast believed so be it done unto thee."

 

The words that the centurion said were mixed with the real, true belief that Jesus was able to speak the words that would bring

healing. Again, words we say, just as Jesus spoke, can bring life or

death! Our prayers can bring life, life which is God's will. It is God's will to bring life into the world, into your situation, and into your heart and soul.

 

John 10: 10 reads “the thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy I am come that they might have life, and have it to the full.”

 

The mystery of this can be also found in Luke 5:3 " and he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out deeper from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto SIMON, launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for drought." Here is the mystery, wherever your heart goes the deepest,

 there your words will be. If your heart is cast out into the deepness of god's words and a deep faith takes root, you'll seek to see god's miracles and his will in your life. If your heart is cast out into the deepness of the world's ways and a deep

unbelief in god's ways takes root, you'll seek to live your life apart from god And will not see his miracles. Wherever our heart seeks deepness, be it in god or in the world, the root that grows in it will be revealed by the words we say.

John 7:38 " he that believeth on me, as the scripture has out of his belly will flow rivers of living water." Jesus SAID, Launch out into the deep of god's words and rivers of life will come out of you!!

 

Consider what you say and see if it came from the deepness of god's words or from the deepness of this world.

 

Mathew 15:11 “not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of a man's mouth, this defiles a man." A man’s heart is revealed through what comes out of his mouth.

 

Mathew 15:17 "Do you not yet understand that whatsoever enters into the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies: these are the things that defile a man."

 

Cast your heart into the deepness of Christ's words and take that into your life that only Christ's words will come out.

The words we say can bring life if they are words that are near to god's heart. The words we say can bring death if they are words that are away from god's heart and are near to our own heart. Out of our own hearts comes evil, because we

are born into evil.

 

You have said! His kingdom, his will, his provision, his ways!!!

 

The words we say!!!

 

Now comes the time of decision; you must turn from your ways of sin and completely trust Jesus Christ to save you. “let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the lord, and he will have mercy on

them. 

 

Will you accept Jesus? Then if you will confess with your mouth the lord Jesus, and will believe in your heart that god raised him from the dead, you will be saved!” Romans 10:9

 

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