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Love and Prayer

For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:7

He taught them saying, “Is it not written, My house shall be called of all the nations the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.” Mark 11:17

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Susie Larson, host of “Live the Promise” says about prayer:

If you’ve been persevering in prayer, I commend you. Do not relent! Hang on to God’s Word no matter what your circumstances are saying to you.”

If until now you’ve only reacted to life’s circumstances as they come your way and haven’t really embraced the idea of forward moving faith, well, I have great news for you! Today is a new day! God has a promise that fits you perfectly. He has a plan for your life and an intended blessing for your soul. He wants to use you in great ways and He wants to reveal Himself to the world through you.”

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”

Proverbs 24:29 “Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”

Matthew 7:11 “If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

As a child, I was taught concerning my fellow man, to “put the most charitable construction on all that he does.”

When we evaluate and judge other people, our natural inclination is to ignore our own faults and to make critical judgments of others.” Peacemaker Ministries, Februry16, 2015

Assumption or presumption can get us into trouble. Any circumstance looked at from your point of view only, will miss the mark by a mile. There are a thousand and one reasons why someone may fail you, fail to think of how something will affect you.

We presume that we should be treated fairly by all, in a world that is anything but fair. People will fail us, most do not do so on purpose, which is why we have to “cut them some slack”.  Is it not written: “And whenever you stand praying, If you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you.”? Mark 11:25

Has someone hurt you? Forgive. It is not a feeling, it is a decision. “When you stand praying forgive.”  Unforgiveness will block your prayers.

When we have to deal with those who are blatantly evil, the Jesus tells us what to do: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for them who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

Critical judgments not only cause wounds to others, they wound your own soul. You can become bitter and resentful with an attitude problem that is evident to all around you; becoming suspicious and gossipy, ever looking for fault in others, talebearers, they are laying the groundwork for the loss of their own soul if they do not repent. These are serious matters to God.

Proverbs 18:8; 26:22 “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

I John 4:16 “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God and God abides in Him.”

I John 4:8 “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

When our attitude and behavior is anything other than loving toward others, we are not being Christlike, and after all, if you call yourself a Christian, then you are, day by day, to become more like Him who went about doing good, who brought healing to those whose life He touched.

Love is the answer to every question.

Awhile back WWJD became a fad in the Christian community. The acronym stood for What Would Jesus Do. Whatever difficult situation you find yourself in today, ask yourself this question, what would Jesus do about this?

Jesus prayed. He was the Son of God yet He needed to spend time in prayer, He needed time to have conversation with His Father. He went often to a mountain to pray. His prayer life was so rich that his disciples asked Him to teach them to pray.

I heard this truth long ago:  “Prayer is the conversation of the believing heart with God.”

Pray without ceasing…”Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1

I have a friend that lives and breathes prayer, she literally “prays without ceasing”. She hosts a prayer meeting at her home each week, she is passionate about prayer. It is her hearts desire that the church fulfill God’s mandate to be a “house of prayer for all nations”.

Jesus felt so strongly about this that He went into the temple and drove out the money changers calling them thieves. There was a lot of corruption going on, not simply selling animals for the sacrifices required, these men were not honest, god-fearing people. God hates lying, deceiving, cheating.

Well, what manner of people ought we to be then? If we call ourselves Christian (Christ One), then we are to pray as He prayed, spending time with God in conversation. We come into His presence with praise and worship, we make petition, supplication, intercession for others, making our requests known to Him. We listen to Him as He speaks to us in our human spirit, through His written Word or through others. We thank Him for the many blessings He has given to us.  A love relationship, that is what it is all about.

Today, take time to be with the one your soul loves, the one who gave all for you. He would have done it just for you, that is how precious you are to Him.

God bless you is my prayer. Joy

Revival

Deuteronomy 32:15  “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked:  thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.”

There is much talk in the Christian community right now of revival and awakening.  Some have a ho hum attitude about  this, others are verbally pressing for it and some are actually striving in prayer for it.

Just what is revival?  If something is alive, not dead, it does not need to be revived.  How many are trying to revive a living thing?  If you are born of the Spirit of God you are alive.  If you are not born-again as Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be, John 3:7, then you are dead in your trespasses and sin, Ephesians 2:1.

To the church in Laodicea,  Revelation 3:14-22, Jesus spoke these words:  “I know your works, you are neither cold nor hot…because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.”    Many say that this is the state of the church today.

There is real currency and there is counterfeit currency.  There is real Christianity and there is counterfeit Christianity.  The Bible teaches that God knows those that are His because He searches every heart and nothing is hidden from Him.

In July of 1941, minister Jonathan Edwards read, in a monotone voice, a message that he titled:  “Sinners in the hands of angry God”,  If you have not read it I suggest you do.  There was no music, there were no graphics, there were no emotional stimuli, no “anointed” preaching.  But…the result of the rendering was the salvation of many in that congregation who thought that they were on their way to Heaven, who under the conviction of the Holy Spirit alone, cried and confessed their sinful attempts to make themselves right with and acceptable to a Holy God.

Books have been written by and about revivalists of past years, stories of revivals and awakenings abound.  Yet, in the heart of God’s people there is always a stirring for more than what we possess now, in our day, our time.  The reason?  Because we are alive.  Dead people have no desires, they are dead…It is a measure, a thermometer, take your temperature.

When I lay down in bed to go to sleep my temperature drops dramatically, consequently I use a lot more covers than someone whose temp. does not drop.  You might say that when believers begin to love the world more than they love their Lord, they become lukewarm, their temperature drops.  They are not excited anymore about the things of God.  And, the progression will eventually lead them into a backslidden condition.  If we stay with this analogy of natural sleep, I don’t need to be revived when morning comes, I need to wake up. My belief is that the church, all of it, is in asleep and needs to be awakened.

You can go into any church in the land and find a program to reach out to the children, the young adults, married people, and seniors, plus perhaps a hundred and one other programs to make sure that “no one slips through the cracks”.

Some years ago I had a dream that pointedly showed me how God feels about the condition of His church, those who feel that they must use some form of stimulation to keep people coming to church.  This dream was especially dealing with children.  I saw many forms of external stimulus, programs, ways, things, that would touch the soul and body of the young, but never reached their spirit.  I understood that this was a reason so many youth turned away when they became teens.  God showed me that when the power of God was there the youth ran to it.  No one had to try to convince them to come by artificial, external means. He drew them to Himself.

II Timothy 3:5  Paul, speaking of the last days of the church age, says of the church at that time:  “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”   What is form”  I think of it as a shape, kind of like when a house has been framed.  You know it is a house, but it isn’t liveable yet.  To me a form of godliness is having a relative existence In Christ, but not a relevant lifestyle, no indication of the master design in day to day living.

The following words come from Jonathan Edwards sermon mentioned above:  “What are we, that we should think to stand before Him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles and before whom the rocks are thrown down?”   He is Holy God and His Spirit is Holy Spirit.  This Holiness has caused proud men to fall before him and weep uncontrollably.

Ephesians 5:27  Paul speaking of Jesus and the church says, “That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”   Who among us is able to accomplish such a thing?  This is the work of the Holy Spirit and He alone.  He alone can awaken a sleeping church and clean it up.

“Each culture must be spoken to in a language it understands;  the counterfeit can be recognized by the manipulation of people’s emotions in which they make disciples unto themselves in order to advance, promote and supply their ministry.”

Natural man is prideful, rebellious, stubborn and hard hearted.  No one can reach his heart but the Spirit of God.  Many a person has been manipulated emotionally, walked down an aisle, gone to the alter, said a prayer and been told that they are now “saved”… but God’s Spirit was not involved.  The evidence?  No change in the life-style, no change in the desires and appetites.   They sit in church year after year, they learn how to talk Christian, and all the external Christian “stuff”, but in their hearts they are still not at rest in the Lord. They do not know His peace, His right way of living and the joy that comes of knowing the Lord.

Harvest time is coming.  Yet, today God stands ready to pity sinners, God’s unfailing love is still available to “whosoever will come” to Him and receive.  A day will come when His unmerciful wrath will be poured out on sin, on God-haters, on all who love and have believed The Lie that the liar has promoted from the beginning.  What is the lie you say?  Man is his own god,  “Every man doing what is right in his own eyes.”   It is called humanism.

Sell out to God, surrender your will to His will and yield to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. You will be glad for all eternity that you did.  Each time He comes to you with His offer of new life, and you refuse, your heart grows harder.  Consider carefully, your eternal destination depends on it.  This is the “acceptable year of the Lord.”  His hand is still reaching out to you.  Turn from the darkness of your soul and be filled with the one who is The Light of Life.

Are you a Christian and asleep, cozy and comfortable in your religion?  Wake up!  Time is going quickly by, this is the day of salvation.  Get out of your comfort zone!  There is a lost world out there that our Father cares about.  He is love and He wants His children to know Him.  There are family members that have not yet been adopted into the family.

Have you placed your whole self on the alter of surrender? Have you allowed the Holy One to examine your heart and show you yourself?  Have you allowed Him to show you Himself?  It is our job to present ourselves to God the Father through Jesus the Son so that His Holy Spirit can clean us up.  That is why and that is how you surrender.

Pray!  Pray for yourself, pray for your loved ones, pray for those who don’t know what you know…how good God is, how faithful He is, how kind, how gentle, how patient, what a wonderful God and Father He is.

Come now to the Father,

Come only by the Blood.

Come leaving all behind thee,

Come now to escape the flood.

Ephesians 5:14  “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

Are you sleeping?  Wake up!  Are you dead?  Receive new life!  Come to the Father, in Jesus name and He will give you Love, Life, and  Light .

May it be so…….Joyfully His.