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  1. I see a lot of questions from people earnestly desiring to know God's will for their lives. And I see lots of people here who care and bring a lot of good, Godly, Biblically sound advice and prayer support (and maybe a few off the wall, off base bits too ). It's encouraging to see the Body ministering to itself. We're supposed to do that. But there is a place in our walk most will come to, when He refuses to provide His guidance for us through others. When you hit this place (and I am convinced its a place He is intent on bringing many to) be encouraged, its a sign of growth and evidence we're maturing in Him. He (Jesus) alone is our intermediary, our advocate with Father. He desires a deeply personal relationship with each and every one of us and will eventually bring everyone into a season where all spiritual food has to come directly from His hand. He will not accept a relationship with you, THROUGH me or anyone else. This "season" is usually limited. Once we learn to come to Him for our instruction, gain some familiarity with His voice and leading, recognize His preeminence and the fact that only He is the real source of truth and wisdom, then He "releases" us again to be able to receive ministry from Him, through others. But now we're delivered into that broader place, familiar with His voice and able to hear HIM in others. It can feel a bit scary when all other avenues seem to slam shut...but I promise He will teach you clearly how to discern His will with no input but His Word and His voice. If you've ever had a valued teacher suddenly snatched out of your life, someone He used to bless you with truth, it may be a sign He's drawing you to Himself and removing an influence that might develop into a crutch capable of becoming a substitute for intimacy with Him. What I am about to share is just ONE of a rather large group of ways He speaks. But I feel impressed it's time to share it and pray someone hears Him speaking to them, directly out of what I'm thinking i'm supposed to share. I call this "following peace" and this is my story of how He led me to understand this so I think it's sort of a combination of Word and my own testimony of how He's dealt with me. _________ I believe this is intended to teach us that He will be faithful to guide us through His Word(s). But, the picture here implies He's only promising enough light for the next step. (flesh don't like that interpretation!). Very often in Scripture we see examples of how God gives enough light, sure light, to make ONE more step. In Abraham's case, He told Abram to get up, leave his people and his father's house and "go to a land I will show you." Wow...think about that. It takes GREAT faith to simply uproot your whole family, your source of income, your family support group and GO...with no idea what the destination is. God gave Abram a promise he would be shown ...given more light...AFTER he had obeyed the light he had. When it comes to a decision this momentous, I promise you He is aware of the challenge you face in believing Him. He is certainly aware of our need to be absolutely certain it is His voice we are hearing. But, once He brings us that certainty, instant obedience is required of us. For the just shall LIVE by faith.... a slight side trip....I used "Word(s)" instead of Word because the Word of God written in 66 books for our sake is NOT the only Word He uses to guide us, and when He drew me into this season of cutting me off from all but Him, He wanted me to have a greater awareness of the Words He speaks in our spirits. I realized that the Words He speaks to our spirits are FULLY AND COMPLETELY the Word of God and those Words bring His gift of faith with them JUST as surely as His written Word does. Faith comes by hearing and EVERY Word He speaks brings with it, enough faith to fulfill the Word. The faith is a gift. We can't work it up, increase it, modify it, empower it, grow it or any other thing. It is His gift and it simply COMES in full measure necessary for fulfillment of the Word. Our only relationship to the gift of faith is whether or not we hear it, and whether or not we invest it with our BELIEF. It is our BELIEF that receives the Word and releases the gift of faith contained in it, to do it's task of bringing the promise of heaven to manifest existence in the earth. Actions that naturally spring from truly BELIEVING the word are evidence we're walking in that faith (often in direct contradiction to what natural circumstances seem to be saying). If we invest unbelief, the faith is not "activated"...not for us anyway. His Words do not return to Him void but if I shrink from believing long enough He just might find someone else to fulfill it through. And in our day, right now, instant obedience is going to become a matter of life and death to some...very soon. If the just must live by faith, they just might die without it. It's a very serious season we are approaching. Delayed obedience is DISOBEDIENCE and when we're disobedient it opens LEGAL doors in our lives for satan and his minions to come in through and wreak havoc. Some will be getting uncomfortable already with my assertion that the written Word is not our only source of guidance But relax, I'm not ignoring that REALITY. He gave us those 66 Books assembled into one volume the way He did so we could have a sure, certain witness that EVERY other Word He speaks must line up with and be verified by. He will NEVER speak a word into your heart that violates one jot or tittle of His written Word. He chose to BIND Himself by His own words. He didn't have to do that. He did that for our sakes so His written Word could become a trustworthy "verifier" of anything and everything else He says anywhere else. That of course is still extant and in force. And we can expect Him to verify any Word He speaks into our hearts in His written Word. There is ONE major difference between a "rhema" (lively, living, immediate) Word heard in our hearts and the "logos" written Word of God. And that is that a rhema Word applies just as fully and completely (and powerfully) to the individual who receives it, but NOT to the Body of Christ at large. The 66 Books obviously apply equally to all. A rhema word is just as surely His Word and hearing it will bring with it the full measure of faith necessary to see it performed. It is very often that personal guidance comes through the living relationship we should have with Him and the Words He speaks into our hearts. We need to be secure in knowing how to BE secure in His personal communication. And we need to expect it, listen for it and hear it. I'm assembling parts into a bigger picture...so the next is another discrete part Another verse He took me to was this: Our hearts are to have a "ruler". A "decider". An AUTHORITATIVE voice in decision making. The ruling of a King who is to be obeyed. That ruler is the peace of God. It is actually one of the "voices" of the Prince of Peace who speaks in many more ways than just words Bringing it together: I have a promise He will guide me, but He ONLY promised light for the next step. For the just shall LIVE by faith. I now know my heart is to be ruled and by what. This next is the personal part, your mileage may vary. He taught me a process to engage that would help me "follow peace" I learnt to get quiet, focus, present myself to His presence and ask for His guidance. (This can take some time if the mind is cluttered with cares and concerns.) Next to bring up and think on the decision I need to make, and make an effort to analyze any feelings I might have toward any of the potential choices. If I find any "preference" for any one, hand that over to Him and keep doing that until I'm confident I have been purged of ANY will of my own...standing completely neutral emotionally toward the decision Then I FIRMLY decide on one course of action in my heart. Now, where is peace? Did He get supplanted by anxiety? Uncertainty? ...or is that peace that passes understanding still with me? you can (no matter what "ruling" you feel you got) then clear your mind and will again, and take up the other (another) option you can see. Make a FIRM decision in your heart to go THAT way and again ask yourself "Where is peace?" Compare your answer with the first iteration I've even asked "Is YOUR option one I haven't even seen yet?" and if His peace falls on that one, might as well just relax and wait for Him to reveal it The more I've worked with this the more effective it's become and the greater my confidence in it has grown If peace rests on a decision, it is a POWERFUL indicator of His will It may not be the only "witness" you need, but it is one of the most powerful and faithful I'm aware of. done...hope He speaks something of value out of that
  2. When I first started walking with God I was taught in Bible Study Fellowship that God will confirm His words to us, just as there were three witnesses confirming Who Jesus was at His baptism. I found that the message I heard in my heart would be repeated from various sources during the week to come. I would hear it in a sermon in Church, in a hymn, in my daily Bible reading, in a radio broadcast etc. The words would jump out at me. There was always confirmation.
  3. plavious

    Assurance in prayers

    Father, we praise You, for You say we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). This world is hard. It threatens to crush us in many ways. Physically, we cannot always outrun the ailments of our bodies. Sickness and injury take hold of us, and we are not always healed to the original state of our health. Mentally, we are bombarded and pulled at by unfiltered thoughts threatening to run away with our self-esteem on a daily basis. Spiritually, You promise us a battle in this life. John 10: 10-11 reminds us, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Bring our hearts to focus on Your Truth at the start of each day, expecting a battle, but also deliverance. Father, in overwhelming moments help us to recall the truth of Psalm 32:7, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Remind us of the greats of faiththat have gone before us in bravery, with courageous faith in Your protective hand of deliverance. David defeated Goliath against all odds, and even after being not the run for his life from King Saul cried out to You in faith to deliver Him. Even after he made terrible mistakes, but You delivered David, loving him still. For Paul, who tortured and had other Christians killed, You never left him even in his own jail cell. What we don’t understand is how much You love us regardless of our faults and fears. Help us to believe and strengthen our faith in Your love, for the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4) Galatians 5:1 calls us to action, to stand firm in our faith. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Help us turn from shame, make a way for kindness, and rise up for those who can’t speak for themselves and find a way to make sure those who are burdened by distorted thoughts of who they are. Equip us, through the lessons of our own deliverance, to become ambassadors for Your love. For You assure us when we seek You, we will find You, when we seek You with all of our hearts. (Jeremiah 29:13) Father we are grateful that You hear us and care for us beyond our understanding. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17 We prayerfully proclaim deliverance in our own lives, and in the lives of those suffering next door to us, and around the world. We cry out to You in faith that You will deliver us from our physical pain and mental anguish. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” Psalm 107:6 Help us to let go of our timeline and embrace Your process and Your perfect timing. We live in a “have to have it now” world, but Your ways surpass the convenience of free shipping and next day delivery. Give us the faith and patience to embrace Your process and purpose for our lives, remembering Isaiah 43:18-19, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” When others mislabel us, give us the grace to pray for and empathize with them, but maintain the truth of what You say about us, and who You say we are. May we always remember to love others above all else (1 Peter 4:8) but have the inner strength to discount and discern lies from Your Truth. Kids aren’t the only ones that are bullied and teased. Tune our ears to Your voice of grace, love and kindness, as we respond and react to the attacks of others. Heal our distorted thoughts and broken-down boundaries. Help us to shield our hearts from shame and separate our mistakes and missteps from our magnificent purpose in life. Grant us the courage to be brave and courageous as Jesus was when we walked this earth, yet kind and compassionate at the same time. Make the impossible possible in our lives as we seek Your will in our lives over our own vindication and defense mechanisms. Help us to remember this powerful truth: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.” James 5:13 Deliver us, Father, from the everyday attacks on our conscious, health, relationships, and beyond. From what can see coming and would never expect, protect and deliver us from anything that threatens to throw us off Your course for our lives. Give us strength to love people that are seemingly unlovable without compromising our character as Christians. Build a confidence in us that is unstoppable and immovable but guard our hearts from pride. Deliver us from our distorted thoughts, sickness, debt, sadness, struggles, hunger, pain, fear, oppression, conflict, and unbelief, for we proclaim Your Peace over our lives through prayer, today. “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 Help us to put on Your armor, daily, Father. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
  4. Zetetica

    Hello from Zetetica

    Hello, I'm Zetetica and I'm searching for a forum to call home. I'm a non-denominational Christian. I read the Bible as it's written and believe it's the infallible, inspired word of God. I also believe the Bible is a living book for believers which has layers, intended to be understood with deeper study and as God reveals.
  5. Than work on improving your relationship with God. A great place to start is by thanking Him for all the things He has provided including the stuff you use daily that is often taken for granted. Thank Him for the good things in your life and pray for Him to help you deal with the bad. You might not make it through the later unscathed but you will prevail.
  6. Melinda12

    Books that feed me

    For now Corrie Ten Boom. I love her books and i feel such growth and direction frim reading them. Amazing inspiring woman. This is how i like my knowledge to grow, to underpin my faith and prayers. Direct and filled with love. Not self glorification as some authors do. How to serve God and give Him the glory. I love every sentence she wrote.. I marvel at her travels even in old age. Anyone read them? Who else would you recommend as wonderfully straightforward scriptural teachings?
  7. Equippers

    my son is in need of prayer

    may God watch out for your son, be with him and bless him.
  8. frienduff thaylorde

    United Methodists to Vote on LGBTQ Issues

    Whats sad is anytime we warn out againt sin , it seems so many have to say at least every other sentence , no we don't hate . You would be amazed today at how dumbed down this false love and acceptance has destroyed mindsets badly . Today if any one with a ten foot smile , a positive joking manner and says I love you at least every other sentence is accepted with no testing at all . But if one gets up who is serious , they are seen as evil , until after maybe six hours of explaining maybe one or two might say , OH I see what you saying now . WE been trained dead wrong the last twenty or thirty years . DEAD WRONG . The last time I checked Jesus nor the apostels had to say We love you every other sentence . They just spoke . But men did this . Our whole image of what a godly man is , became based on emotions , NOT THE TRUTH . And it worked . Its why even now I can flood places with truth and yet its seen as either hate or hateful . Folks don't know anymore . THEY got no idea what they have lost , because in truth its been many years like this . This is what the majority of the under fifty group knows . And I am under fifty . Its just , I was raised in no church . I had heard the gospel before . I was led years later to Christ , at HOME . And put in ONE BOOK. THE BIBLE . its why my demeanor seems so alien to many today . I sat under a pure teacher and one pure book and the HOLY GHOST gave me all I do need and have needed . I did not realize how different my approach was till years later when I got on a computer and started typing away . And man it was not received at all. Not by most anyway . Some WHO already KNEW the truth REJOICED , but those are well, not many to say the least . This generation , Specially if they sat under a preacher or any who was in any way connected to the seeker friendly , rick warren , Daniel plan , THEY got no idea what they have lost , let alone that many are STILL LOST . That has to be the most scary thing . TO believe you are saved , to believe you are following Christ when in truth , you followed only an image of Christ that MEN TAUGHT . THAT is so scary . it terrifies me for folks . But all I can do , is by grace keep doing what i have been .
  9. frienduff thaylorde

    United Methodists to Vote on LGBTQ Issues

    The churches have been prepared unto this hour for the all out deception of all religions being one also . When I say prepared , I don't mean prepared to withstand this evil , I MEAN dumbed down to ACCEPT IT and call it all LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE. What a deception has occurred and will get only far , far , far , far worse . Better strap on the pure holy armour of GOD , cause the churches and the religions , even wicans and gays will all be uniting as one under the big human fraternity message that satanic one teachs . The FP gonna point and cause the world to worship the beast , its image and take its mark . We in the last stages of advanced decay . And try warning folks and mostly you hear , AWAY with you haters , don't preach the HOLY ONE to us preach unto us this all inclusive sin loving god .
  10. plavious

    Thank you Rainatou and Ndi

    Thank you for the direction Ndi and Rainatou. Thank you also for the support. We will be arriving in the morning. Thank you all for the prayers. We are safe. All the people especially the elderly are so grateful. They actually felt you love. We had only you to talk to for guidance and for spiritual nourishing. MUH PLAVIOUS
  11. turtletwo

    Proverbs-To Learn From

    Please feel welcome to add scriptures from Proverbs to this thread. There is much to be gleaned from this book in the Bible. Its theme is wisdom. The Beginning of Knowledge PROVERBS 1: 1-7 1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; 4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion— 5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction." "These things also belong to the wise." (Proverbs 24:23)
  12. plavious

    Prayer or lamenting

    ‘My dear God, i have never thanked you for my thorns. I have thanked you a thousand times for my roses but not once for my thorns. I have always looked forward to the place where i will be rewarded for a present glory itself. Teach me, O Lord, to glorify you in my cross. Teach me the value of my thorns. Show me how i have climbed to you through the pain of pain. Show me it is through my tears i have seen my rainbows. Show me how my thorn can kept me close to you and how i may rejoice in what keeps me close to you even when it is painful. Bless my heart and assured me that my affliction is being used for your purpose in shaping me daily. Be my source of encouragement and strength. Help me to glorify you name even at the point of death. Thank you for life, love and favor in Jesus name. Amen
  13. enoob57

    Wingnut

    Prayed...Love, Steven
  14. wingnut-

    Auntie Sick/Wayne222

    Praying
  15. frienduff thaylorde

    United Methodists to Vote on LGBTQ Issues

    Say it again Cletus , say it again . If what Cletus or myself has said seems heavy to a person , may the weight of it only increase till that person be broken and accept . THEN they will no longer see these words are heavy and burdensome . They will see ALLL THINGS that JESUS has spoke , the apostels and those who loved and love Him still as FREEDOM, as lighter than air itself . As a weight that is no weight , in fact those words LIFT US UP . ITS HIGH TIME TO FLEE THE PULPITS OF MEN GONE LONG WRONG . I am not stupied nor am I dumb , the words that some of us are saying , the pleas we are giving , MUST be heeded . I know exactly what my stance on things is going to cost me . Ready , EVERYTHING . ITS GOING TO COST ME EVERYTHING . This world , heck the churches are not going to tolerate true believers , and its going to get much more severe than mere words . ITS GOING TO COST US EVERYTHING to follow CHRIST . SO BE IT . I had rather die and be called a monster , than live in this world and be called its loving man . THIS WORLD does not know love , NOR DO MANY CHUREHS . Cause they DONT KNOW GOD .
  16. OneLight

    Why perfectionism is deadly

    I usually find those who claim to be able to live a sinless life are still babes in Christ and have not walked long enough in Him, still full of the zeal of first being forgiven. The weight of their past life has been lifted from their shoulders and they feel like they can conquer the world. Compared to how they use to feel, yes, they are now free from their old sin, but that does not mean they will never sin again. There are many scriptures about being perfect, none of them claim we are prefect in the flesh. Let's take a closer look at some of them. Those who believe they can be perfect usually quote Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." Looking at this verse alone, one could theorize Jesus is commanding us to be perfect as our Father is perfect, yet, even Jesus would seem to contradict Himself when comparing the above verse with what He said in Luke 13:32 "Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’". Why would Jesus claim to be made perfect only after His resurrection? Even when Jesus prayed for us to be one as He is one with the Father, Jesus said "may be", not "will be". John 17:23 "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." We see all through the Paul's writings something different, as it being a goal to reach for? Let's look at Galatians 3:3 "Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?" We are not made perfect by our works int he flesh, nor can we. Paul ends his letter to the Philippians in this way: Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. We live this life in the tent of our flesh with it's desires, desires we fight against daily as our flesh is sinful. Not until we are with Him will we be made perfect.
  17. Jostler

    Why perfectionism is deadly

    My own experience of perfectionism looks much different than that description. But I can see that it may well describe *some* perfectionist's experience. Any belief that righteousness can be established by works is devastating to the life and walk of the one trapped in that lie. Perfectionism is a bad one for sure. Satan doesn't really care if he traps you on the "high side" of the truth or the "low side". As long as he can keep you from looking to Jesus. Some perfectionists experience the lie as deep depressions, deep senses of unworthiness and inadequacy....despair at KNOWING they can never achieve the perfection necessary to cause God to "approve" them. The root of the problem is believing "self" can save you if you can *just* be "good" enough. Love knows no self. As long as we believe it is our works that make us significant to Him, no matter what the root of that lie is, we're doomed to a life of striving and failure and have not entered His "rest".
  18. Equippers

    My Daughter Has A Job Interview Today

    may God be with you daughter for her interview.
  19. Mozart's Starling

    "Paul's thorn"

    I can relate to this (not because I am on Paul's level) because I have wondered often times if my thorns (OCD, bipolar) were there to humble me and be less judgemental of others. I think I have some gifts (again not on Paul's level) that if I were without these mental issues I would probably be quite arrogant, destructively so. I imagine we all have our own thorns to remind us that it is only through grace that we are forgiven and to continually keep us dependant on God (in a good way of course), as well as to make us more empathetic to our brothers and sistsers.
  20. Mozart's Starling

    United Methodists to Vote on LGBTQ Issues

    Yes, it truly does seem that the end is upon us. At least it will be over soon I would say (obviously not sure how soon no man knows). These are wicked times, and btw I am not saying to hate gays/lesbians/trans. No we should love them as we love ourselves, but the Bible is quite clear on this issue, and if we truly love them we will tell them the truth.
  21. ForHisGlory37

    Self Esteem Really Long....

    Dear Kenzie, I just wanted to encourage you that God does not waste anything that happens in our lives. You are a beautiful young woman, and don't forget that! I was bullied also but because of Jesus in my life I turned out ok. God will use you because of your struggles. Being bullied and being an outcast in my teens have opened my eyes now as an adult to see the "hurting, and forgotten" I am sure that I am more sensitive to people because of what I went through. God never wastes anything, I am sure you will be a great encourager and exhorter for the weak some day! blessings!
  22. Wayne222

    Christ, the hope of glory

    Brother God is the God of hope. Even if we die in some way we will live. On the day of the last trumpet christ will raise the dead. God will wipe away all tears and all sorrows will be gone. Satan will be gone. And we will dwell with the lord on a new earth. That is a great hope. We will have glorified bodies that will never die. Now at this time we might suffer. But if we do we know all things work for the good to those in christ. Anyone can trust the lord in good times. In bad times its the children of God who trust there Father in heaven.
  23. Hi Ljsitzer, That`s good developing friendships. Now I do feel you are looking for outward programs or something so you can say, "There, we are doing something to bring people to the service." We need to remember that God is working in people`s lives and programs are more about making us feel better, as not guilty, etc. And that is not of the Lord. We are not to be driven by our expectations, but drawn to the Lord and walk with Him. It is God`s responsibility to work with other people. So, ask the Lord to let you see what He is doing in others lives and rejoice that He is doing a good work. Marilyn.
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