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.”
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..
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 –
Is there such a thing as putting too much trust in God? This is something I experienced and just woke up from the Christian Recliner. I pray this blesses you and wakes anyone else up from being asleep as a Christian..
I’ve put things that are my responsibility on His plate to handle.. i.e. “Whew.. there ya go God.. I can’t do this. I have faith in you to do this work in me! Praise the Lord!” – and what I’ve done is went overboard. I put things that were my responsibility on His plate. What happened? There was a misunderstanding of some recent studies on absolute surrender to God.
Thank you friend for helping to draw this out of my heart..
It seems people wonder why I do what I do. I guess they wonder why I post on Facebook or why I post blogs. I’m sure it wouldn’t be an issue if it wasn’t for the content of my posts. Some may say I should give it a rest. Some may ask why I don’t have anything else I could talk about. Someone may even go as far as to say that I should just stop because no one cares. Some may say that no one wants to hear it. Others have gone as far to verbalize it, ‘Jesus Freak’, ‘Religious’, ‘part of a cult’, ‘Crazy’, ‘a fanatic’, or the ever popular, ‘holier than thou’. Holier than thou I am not.. and very far from being perfect. So why do I do what I do? Why is the majority of what I communicate about Jesus Christ? Well, my life isn’t very interesting. There isn’t much going on in my personal life that deserves to be mentioned. The one thing that is worthy of talking about is Jesus Christ.