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06/10/2010 at 12:38 AM
I have to share this because I received direction 5 minutes ago that I’m blessed, to be a blessing. The manifold grace of God, ministering one to another as you have received.
I’m titling this Radical Faith, but please take heed that this is not a testimony that someone should take out of context. There is a lot of prosperity teachings out there and if this comes across as such, then please let me know so that I may correct. Remember, it is written – James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Basically saying that we do not receive because we ask selfishly.. God is not a genie in a bottle.
At any rate, here is a lesson I have been learning over the past few years.. I pray it blesses you, in Jesus name, amen.
I’ll begin this post by saying that if we are praying, regardless of how we pray, we should never stop. Praying is an act of faith that God hears and will listen. God will meet us where we are at. This is where I am at with my Faith in the Great I Am and I’m sharing for the benefit of others.. glean from it what you will..
Many times, I hear prayers that lack faith in the written word of God. They go like something like this:
“Jesus, please help this person.. they need this and this and that. We pray that you guide the doctor. We pray that you cast this demon out. We pray that you provide for us. We pray that you do this.. We pray that you do that.. We pray that you do it all.. in the name of my unbelief..” – to which I cannot say, “Amen.”
I had spent a cpl of months in pain because of my right arm.. I couldn’t sleep at night.. All day long, I would shift my shoulder/arm/neck trying to get comfortable. Basically, I had a constant pain, 24/7.. all day, every day for at least 2-3 months. I did what we all do when we need healing – Google search and youtube videos of course! Searching all the ways to heal myself of this thing. According to a nurse friend of mine, I had a pinched nerve in my neck..? Idk.. and I don’t care now. ha. I received much advice for healing: visit a Chiropractor, stretching, posture, take pain meds, etc., but finally 1 day.. I got the needed medicine –
There seems to be some common efforts to remain hidden by people who have sin, but can’t admit to it. I put together this list of some common features that are experienced with unbelievers, atheists, prideful souls, etc.
Top 10 ways to hide sin like a PRO –
1: Place all responsibility on someone/something else
2: Avoid any direct topic by creating side paths of discussions
3: Try to guilt/shame the speaker by saying you are shocked, hurt, saddened, etc.
4: Use biblical stories/verses literally/out of context
5: Use emotions generously
6: Dodge-n-weave constantly. In and out, in and out.
7: Always use, “The bible cannot be trusted. It has been re-written so many times.”
8: Warning: If using bible verses, be certain to use Old Testament only
9. If you get close to being revealed, raise voice with, “Who are you to judge!?!”
10: When all else fails, resort to name calling, outbursts of anger, threats, etc.
Never ever be alone with the speaker. Quickly glance at your surroundings and be certain you are in an environment whereas like-minded individuals will back you up/rescue you if you get close to being revealed..
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Rinse and repeat - The years just pass us by... then we die, never obtaining that thing which our souls are trying to grasp. It's a death trap.
Beware of Emotions from Man must be preceded with sharing my belief that God created man and saw that it was good. I firmly believe that in man’s created emotions, there is goodness. I also believe that man’s emotions can also be lured by wickedness into being something other than intended.. we should beware. As mentioned in Beware of Philosophy from Man, we either have information coming into these temples via the body’s senses (rational knowledge) or we have information flowing into these temples by the Holy Spirit (revelational knowledge). I think emotions are similar whereas there are rational emotions (selfishness) versus revelational (spiritual)
From what I can see, the emotions are not any different. They are rooted in the flesh or they are of God. When we know the Word of God walk with God, know God’s character, and so on.. the information hitting our minds can easily be discerned (whether they are of God or not). If we don’t know who God says He is via His Word, then imho there is no possible way to know if something is of God or not (a rational mind cannot discern spiritual things, these things must be revealed to our born again spirit). But I have found emotions to be a bit more difficult because the emotions feel the same, regardless if they from God or not. Beware.. your adversary the devil prowls around seeking whom he may devour..
Ok, I had to get that out of the way because sometimes when discussing this topic, people have been led to believe that I think emotions are a bad thing. I don’t think they are.. God created us in His image and saw that it was good.. But, when emotions are not derived from His image, then yes, that’s a bad thing. :) At any rate, with that said.. here is Beware of Emotions from Man –
For anyone that reads this blog, you have probably seen a pattern because I like patterns! I think this was one of the first things the Lord showed me – Watch the patterns.. they have something to say. Well, there is an obvious pattern developed whenever I have discussions with sin.
It is called the Wizard of Oz game. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” It’s the dodge-n-wave/hide-n-seek game. Recently, I had a discussion when a person asked if a situation was wrong (he was stealing). I said yes, it is a sin to steal. Then, they played the game. When we do wrong, we love to hide our sin.. just ask Adam and Eve, the first playa’s of the game –
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