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Prayers of Faith

Below is a submission by Mark pertaining to Faith prayers. He makes some good points on how we can damage our own faith when prayers aren’t answered. Here are a few scriptures that spoke to me while reading his submission –

James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Isaiah 1:15-16 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Matthew 17:20-21 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Lastly, I recommend these 3 posts –

How to get answered prayers Part 1

How to get answered prayers Part 2

Knowing God’s Will

Thank you Mark for sharing your experiences –

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Posted by J - 06/24/2012 at 3:35 PM

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Spirit of Jezebel

A lesson pertaining to the spirit of Jezebel is a lesson that I’ve been through before that needs to be written on my heart. God, forgive me for not learning it the first time. Lord have mercy.. Lord, I thank you for the fire.. I rejoice in the lesson, I rejoice in being purified, I rejoice in the sweet release from the chains.. Thus, I dance. Hallelujah. Engrave it on me Lord..

The last time I wrote about this spirit was a year ago, it’s available here: Standing Against the Spirit of Jezebel. Here is a quick snip from it:

As I search the scripture, I find Jezebel to be very wicked. She deadened the souls of men, lured them in with sensuality and sex, sought out those that are more easily influenced, she was on a power trip, thought nothing of other people’s feelings, she lied, she influenced people to get on board to her own ways of thinking in order to overthrow the righteous, she manipulated, and so on. There are so many more characteristics, it’s mind boggling. She is a man-eater. At times, she also professed to be with God and manipulated Godly men.

Here is a must watch video with its proof scripts. The global message is very good. I encourage you to study along while watching. He uses The Message translation once in a while, and I do not agree with some of the translations as the Hebrew definitions didn’t seem to align. Regardless, the global teaching is spot on.

Revelations 2:18 ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

1 Kings 19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

Insecurity/rejection, pride/arrogance, manipulation/control –

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Posted by J - 03/22/2012 at 5:23 PM

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Who are the Children of God

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not.

Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

“Not everyone is a child of God .. Freewill gives you the ability to choose or not to choose. God has chosen everyone to be His, but not all choose God. Some choose Him and some don’t. Those that choose Him are His. Those who reject Him are not His.” – Pastor Geiger

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Posted by J - 03/11/2012 at 3:04 PM

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Muslim Testimony

Here is a powerful Muslim Testimony (a woman who converted from Islam to Christianity). This DVD was shared with me by a brother in the Lord who received approval by morethandreams.org for re-distribution. This is one of the testimonies out of 5 on the DVD. Please consider making the small purchase of a DVD to help them get the word out. Enjoy (click the link directly to watch in your browser, or Right click the link then “Save as..”) – Muslim Testimony

If you have any troubles playing the file, I suggest using this free media player: VLC – It’s the best media player out there mainly because it isn’t a resource hog like Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, etc. Plus, it’s free, updated regularly, etc. :)

Bless you..

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Posted by J - 02/10/2012 at 4:34 PM

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God’s Bicycle Testimony

All that can be said is that “God is Good, Good, Good..”  Amen. Here is something I titled God’s Bicycle Testimony. A testimony of God’s work.. I pray this encourages any readers to seek to hear His voice and most importantly, to be a doer of the word that we hear. In Jesus name, amen.

For many months I have been praying and waiting for whey protein powder to go on sale. Since it is a staple food item for me, it’s bought in bulk. It was realized last week that I’m getting down to my last couple of pounds (again), so I reminded the Lord. :)

A few days ago while riding my (His) bicycle to Church, the Lord guided me to a man standing on the opposite side of the road with a bicycle. “Go talk to that man.” I rode over and asked what he was up to. He said he was traveling north to find work (homeless). After a short discussion about his confusion of which direction to go, I invited him to come along for a ride to Church. He accepted. While we were on the way, I noticed that the man had a 1/2 flat rear tire. I decided to help him by using an air compressor at a gas station after Church.

Before and after Church, the man was talking a lot about his 2 ex-wives, the last being 14yrs ago. He was very bitter. He revealed that they both committed adultery. Outside of his travel plans, it was pretty much the only thing he discussed. His heart was obviously scarred.

After Church, we rode to the gas station. I asked, “What are your other needs besides air?” He said he was good on everything. (He had water, 2 bags of food, and received another bag of food at the Church). He said all he really needed was his bicycle tire fixed. We looked at it and the tube was blowing out. He said that it’s holding air for around a day of riding and that he would be ok with just getting some air. As I grabbed the quarters out of my pocket to place them in the air machine, the Lord pressed in, “Is that all you can do? The need won’t be met tomorrow.” I decided to run home and get a wrench to swap a tire off of my bike. All during this event, in the back of my mind was that still small voice, “Give him the bicycle.” I quenched Him with my own reasoning.. “Replacing the tire will meet his need.” bla bla bla *sigh*

Upon returning with the wrench, we realized a swap wouldn’t work because it was the back tire. Oops! Imagine that! My own understandings fail, once again. There was a difference in the sprocket/gears.. they were not interchangeable. Then again, “Give him the bicycle that I have blessed you with. Don’t worry, have I not been faithful in taking care of your needs?” Ugh.. I bow, “Yes Lord.” So I gave him God’s bicycle. The man was obviously thankful.

As I was taking personal items off of the bike, he continued to talk about his ex’s. The Lord laid the word ‘unforgiveness’ on my heart and ‘7×70’. When we were ready to depart, I asked, “Do you recall a verse that mentions 7×70 in the bible?” He did not. I explained that it’s about forgiveness. We discussed how unforgiveness ushers in bitterness, stress, depression, anger, and other things of this world and compared it to God’s way of forgiveness, which ushers in peace, contentment, love, kindness, etc. He had that look.. praise God, seed dropped. After we were finished discussing this, we prayed. During the discussion about 7 times 70, there was a song in my head..

 

At the moment I began to depart on his bicycle, I was singing: ~7 times 70 times, there’s healing in the air tonight~ Just as I pressed down on the pedal for the first crank, I look down:

My eyes immediately fixate on a 7 at the same time the word seven was rolling off my lips.. confirmation.

As always, God doesn’t stop there. Later in the day, I receive notice of a sale for protein powder. I’ve been ordering protein powder for around 5yrs, always keeping eyes out for sales. This was 20% lower than the lowest sale price that I have come across in 5yrs. Thank you Lord..

This evening, I learned of another branching out from this event (the homeless man’s bicycle that I had). God is Good! Good! Good! When this originally happened, the bicycle was offered to a neighbor. He was very thankful because he was needing new pedals for another bike. As I was talking to him tonight – “I hope you don’t mind.. but I gave that bicycle to my neighbor. For a long time, he has been talking about how he would love to have 2 bicycles so him and the wife could go for rides together. I gave him that bike and his wife is using mine. You should have seen them leave together for a ride the other day, they had smiles stretched from ear to ear.”

Lord, I’m sorry that I almost grudgingly and selfishly held onto that bicycle. Thanks for keeping on me.. and thanks for the lesson..

1 Peter 4:9-10 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

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Posted by J - 01/15/2012 at 6:13 PM

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Forever Thankful

Thank you to brother Marlin for sharing his heart with this writing. I pray that the manifold grace of God is also received by you –

Do you remember the moment that God first spoke to your heart and convicted you of your sin? Well, I will never forget the night the Lord opened my eyes to who and what I really was. For twenty-one years I had convinced myself that I was a sure enough decent fellow, “a good ole boy,” you know. My parents had raised me with manners and respect for others and I figured that was good enough.

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Posted by J - 12/10/2011 at 9:29 AM

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Top 10 ways to Christian Love

Here is a great blog post by a sister in-Christ that gives great guidance to the abused. In my opinion, it has a great top 10 list for real Christian love. Also, the 4 points she makes on finding real love as a Christian is just as good as the top 10. Great wisdom. I love the title of her post too – To get the right one, ya gotta be the right one. Too often we look externally/selfishly at what we want instead of focusing on what God says we need.

Top 10 ways to Christian Love

  1. Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18)
  2. Speak without accusing. (James 1:19)
  3. Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
  4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
  5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1)
  6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
  7. Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
  8. Trust without wavering. (Corinthians 13:7)
  9. Forgive without punishing. (Colossians 3:13)
  10. Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)
#1)  Seek a true relationship with Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you). There is NO relationship that can stand without God at the center of it.
#2)  Quit looking!  Let God “bring” into your life the one HE has chosen for you.  (2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?)  This does not mean just that they believe in God, even the devil believes in God and trembles because of Him.  They also need a true relationship with Jesus Christ.  Loving God first and foremost.
#3)  Make sure they are of God. Keep in mind the devil knows what you are looking for also.   (Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?)  Just because someone teaches a Sunday School class or sings in a choir or even confesses to be a christian, doesn’t necessarily mean their heart is right.
#4)  Do they reflect the true biblical love of God, not just hearers of the Word but doers also.  (James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.)  Keep in mind again, even the devil knows God’s Word but he doesn’t DO IT.  Not everyone who calls on the name of the Lord is a christian.

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Posted by J - 11/23/2011 at 9:30 AM

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