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The Great Declaration Is. 51:4-8 / Mt. 16

The Great Declaration
Isaiah 51:4-8 / Matt. 16:13-20

Declaration of Independence – “When…it becomes necessary…declare the causes that impel” Sometimes you HAVE to take a stand!

Before You Make Your Personal Declaration, Ask:

* What Does God Say About Forever?
(Isa. 51:4-8 God’s Promise of Salvation)

* What Do We Say About Jesus?
(13-16 Disciples’s Thoughts of Jesus)

* What Does Jesus Say About Us?
(17-20 Jesus’ Thoughts of Disciples)

God WILL ask everyone: What did you do with My Son? Ignore Him? Accept Him? Leave Him on the outskirts of your life? Invite Him to change everything?

Psalm-Prompted Prayer

adoration Here is a prayer based on C.A.S.T.L.E. – Confession, Adoration, Supplication, Thanksgiving, Listening, and Experience, prompted by various Psalms.

Lord of All, You are our hiding place. You protect us from trouble. You surround us with joyous songs of salvation. But there are times when our lives are discordant to You, when our hearts get so out of tune with You that we decide we’re going to play our own song instead of following your direction. When we make our sins known to you, and do not cover up our guilt, that is the sweetest music to Your hears, God. When we decide to confess them to you, O LORD, then you forgive all our sins. Let’s pause for just a moment and do that now: if there is anything on our heart that needs to be confessed, let’s give it to God.

Hear these promises from Scripture: Blessed is the person whose disobedience is forgiven and whose sin is pardoned. Blessed is the person whom the LORD no longer accuses of sin and who has no deceitful thoughts.

Thank you, God, for your mercy to us. We want to give to You the glory Your name deserves; to worship You in Your awe-inspiring presence. Even though You have given us eternity in which to praise You, we’ll never even get close to fully describing just how amazing You are. To praise God to our fullest ability is a task worthy of eternity, and we thank You for the honor of getting started on it even this morning.

O God, hear our prayer, and open your ears to the words from our hearts. You are Yahweh Ezer, God our helper! You are Jehovah Jireh, The Lord our Provider for our lives. We will give thanks to your good name, O LORD. Your name rescues us from every trouble; and so we lift up the names and situations that trouble us, and we trust that You, Yahweh Uzam, the Lord our Strength in Trouble, will be strong where we are weak, and be powerfully known in our times of trouble.

Who You are is shown in Your Name, Lord – you are the I AM, the One who is always with us, even right now. Because of who You are, You prompt us to become like Your Son, Jesus. Hear us as we pray as He taught us to pray, saying Our Father…


Pastor Ed Backell

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