Instruction for the Christian Life

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Photo taken in Hawaii.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

All-wise Heavenly Father, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank you for showing me how to be successful in the physical world by giving me access to instructions, training manuals, etc. Far more importantly, you have provided me the manual to be able to live the Christian life (the Bible).

You have put instructions in the Scriptures about how to face any situation in life. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Since what I read in books and magazines and what I look at on television and the internet has a strong influence in my life, direct me to examine carefully what I allow into my mind.

Make Philippians 4:8 a reality for me. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”

Just as athletics, the arts, and most activities in life require constant repetition to get and stay in shape, encourage me to steadily repeat the spiritual exercises (prayer, reading the Word, confession, and worship) to stay spiritually strong.

Thank you that if I commit to the spiritual training You have laid out for the Christian life I can expect to receive your promise in Philippians 4:7. “And the peace of  God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Thank you that I can bring these thoughts and requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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God’s Gift to Mankind

We have had many new followers since the start of our blog. Therefore, we are posting the plan of salvation again. The prayer of salvation is the first step required to having God hear all other prayers.

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Welcome to the “Salvation” page. The decision you make about the following information is the most important decision you will ever make in your life.

The Bible tells us:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Fortunately for us, God has provided the answer to our sin:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”‘ John 14:6

By sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, God has provided a way for us to have a relationship with Him. A relationship with God is our only way off the path of destruction and onto the path of righteousness that leads to Heaven. This relationship allows us to have the joy of the Lord in our hearts in this life “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength” Nehemiah 8:10.

In order to receive God’s grace, You must do what He instructs in Acts 16:31 “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…”

If you desire to become a child of God, pray a prayer similar to this one with faith in the truth of what God’s Word teaches about salvation:

Lord Jesus, I invite You to come into my heart. I recognize that I am a sinner, incapable of saving myself. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose again. I choose now to follow and obey You as the Lord of my life and to turn away from my sin. I place my trust in You as my only Savior and my only way to salvation and I ask You to forgive me of my sins. Thank you, Jesus, for coming into my life and making me new. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12

“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:12-13

According to God’s Word, you are now a Christian and a believer. To grow as God’s child, start by reading the Bible (begin with the book of John). Develop your personal prayer life and seek out fellowship with other believers in a Bible-teaching church.

May the Lord bless you as you go forward in your walk with Him.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

If you have made the decision to accept Christ after reading this page, please let us know in the comments section below!

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Easter Blessings

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“The Empty Cross.” Photo taken by Elton Streyle at the Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden in Kerrville, TX.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you for sending Your Son to die on the cross and for resurrecting Him on the third day. This means that Good Friday and Easter, for those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior, reminds us of how we can have a special identity with Him.

These two events allow me to experience Galatians 2:20 and be taken from spiritual death to life. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who gave Himself for me.

The historical event of Easter allows me to someday spend eternity in Heaven. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting lifeJohn 3:16.

Thank you that until my final day here on earth, I can live my life being filled and controlled by your Spirit living within me. “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the SpiritEphesians 5:18.

Lord, if there are any hindrances in my life to living righteously because of sin, show them to me so that I can confess, repent and be made clean.  I do not want any communication blockage between You and me. I ask that You will direct my life in such a way that Psalm 118:19 will manifest itself in and through me. “Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the LORD.

Thank you that I can bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Influence of God’s Word in My Life

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Bible journaling by Sylvia S., photo by Ali.

 

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali, Bible Journaling: Sylvia S.

I come to You in Jesus’ Name, Heavenly Father, to thank You for the light that You give as I walk through dark areas of life. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” Psalm 119:105. “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyesPsalm 19:8.

Father, empower me to comprehend the awesomeness of the fact that all Scripture is You speaking to me in written form. “All scripture is God-breathed2 Timothy 3:16.

Direct me to live my spiritual life in the same way as my physical life. Just as I can’t live without physical food each day, I need to have You give me a daily intake of Your Word and a time of quietness to hear from You. “Be still and know that I am your GodPsalm 46:10.

Show me how to mold my opinions and values around You and Your ways, not around the society that I live in. Thank you for putting in Your Word all the direction I need to be able to live a life of peace and joy. “Teach me your way O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.Psalm 86:11.

Father, thank you for allowing me to bring these praises and requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God’s Unchanging Love

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Photo taken in Hawaii.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali
Loving and faithful Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you that every day I can rest on Your promise that You are never changing, always faithful, and loving. Despite my failures and shortcomings, Your love never wavers, falters or comes up short. Your assurance that You will never leave or forsake me brings great peace and joy in my life. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” 2 Timothy 2:13.
Lead me to comprehend and take seriously what it cost You for me to be able to have a wonderful love relationship with You. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8.
Direct me not to use Your grace and mercy as a means to simply do as I wish or as an excuse to sin.  Rather, show me how to use it as a platform from which to extend Your hand to others. Teach me to trust in the same promise You gave Israel in Isaiah 43:2-3 when I go through difficult times. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Direct my experiences and actions to be an example for others to see how You demonstrate Your love and faithfulness.

I bring these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Living Under God’s Vigilance

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Your Son’s Name to thank you for the peace and comfort it gives me to know that You are everywhere present and that You see every situation in my life.

Even the events in my life that I do not understand are not a surprise to You. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3

Direct me to be conscious at all times of the fact that I am living in Your presence. Have this give me a growing desire to live in a way that is pleasing to You.

When the challenges of life come, show me how to get my focus off my problems and back on Jesus.

I invite You to be my defender and counselor. Remind me how You do not always immediately calm the storms in life, but that You are always willing to calm me as Your child in the midst of the storm. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Isaiah 43:2-3.

Thank you that I can bring these requests to You in Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

Prayer Quotes to Think About #11

Photo taken in Florida.

“A full measure of the Word of God and prayer each day gives a healthy and powerful life.” ~Andrew Murray

“Prayer with great power must be rooted in God’s Word.” ~Elton Streyle

A Different Way to Begin a Prayer
This is a summary of comments made by J. Gordon Henry.
We should be conscious as Christians that there is only one access to God. You cannot come into the presence of God apart from Christ Himself. John 14:6 says “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father except  through Me.'” (For context, read John 14:13-14, John 16:23-26).
“We customarily  attach ‘In Jesus’ Name’ at the end of our praying. I have learned that it is a blessing to come early in the Name of Jesus in praying. The Name of Jesus is the authority that opens the door into God’s presence gives us the right to be heard.”  ~J. Gordon Henry
Some different ways to start a prayer:
  • Heavenly Father, I approach You in Jesus’ Name to…
  • Father, I come to You through the name of Your Son Jesus to…..
An ending to the prayer might be:
  • Father, I thank You for the privilege to bring this prayer in Jesus’ Name
The team at Time With Our Creator encourages you to try starting your prayers in Jesus’ Name for a little while; you might be blessed by it like this couple in Elton’s church was:
“We both feel like it [praying in Jesus’ Name at the beginning of the prayer] has radically changed our prayer lives. “In Jesus’ Name” is no longer a casual ending to a prayer, but a powerful way to approach the throne, making it clear to communicate with the Father. It does not feel right to do it any other way now.” ~Brett and Lori

Waiting on God’s Timetable

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Photo taken in Kansas.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Infinite Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name with thankfulness for Your presence in my life. You know me better than I know myself; You know what is best for me with perfect timing.

Nothing happens in my life or in the world apart from Your will, and You are never surprised. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hopeJeremiah 29:11.

Forgive me for those times when I get into a rush and take situations into my own hands instead of trusting in what You say in Isaiah 40:31. “But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Make clear to me the times when You use waiting to have me grow in my relationship with You.

Thank you that waiting is not a form of dislike or punishment. Direct me to use my times of waiting to be quiet and go to the Scriptures to learn what You are trying to tell me. “Be still, and know that I am God…Psalm 46:10.

I ask You to teach me how to fully trust in Your advice in Psalm 27:14. “Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!
I bring these requests in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Miniature Prayers #8

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

These very short, Scripture-based prayers can be used throughout the day to help take you to your next more extended prayer time and assist you in being able to keep in an attitude of prayer. These prayers can also be useful in emergency situations because of the power that comes through praying God’s Word.

How to use these prayers: print them or save them on your phone and use them as reminders to talk to your Heavenly Father throughout the day

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.”

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David’s Words of Praise

Lord, I come in Your Son’s Name, and like David I thank You for being “…my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust.2 Samuel 22: 2-3

God is More Powerful Than Satan

Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you for the promise in 1 John 4:4, ​especially when I face the ​attacks of Satan. “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Listening and ​Acting

Heavenly Father, I come in Jesus’ Name to ask You to direct me to practice James 1:19. “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

The Secret to Having God’s Joy

All-wise Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank you for Your instructions on how to have Your joy. “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermorePsalm 16:11.

Leaving a Spiritual Legacy

Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to ask You to direct ​me to live my life so that I leave the legacy described in Joshua 24:15bBut as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Prayer on Hope and Trust

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Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

All-knowing Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus’ Name to thank You for the encouragement You give me when I read in Your Word about how You have my present and my future under Your control. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11.

My hope rests in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and with You there are no hopeless situations. In my weakness, it is a blessing to hear You say, “…My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness...” 2 Corinthians 12:9.

Lord, direct me away from the danger of the misplaced hopes of the world that keep me from anchoring myself in You. Instead, continually show me how my hope is based on my relationship with You.

Give me confidence in Your promise that You are working for my good in all things, even the things I do not understand. “And we know that all things [illness, problems, failure, betrayal, etc.] work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Strengthen my confidence in You as I immerse myself in Your Word, believing who You say You are and worshipping together with fellow believers.

Give me the privilege of experiencing the truth of the prophet Isaiah, who said “…those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Thank you that I can bring these praises and requests to You in Jesus’ Name, Amen.