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    At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is NOW ready.’

    But they all alike began to make excuses.

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  1. https://www.christiantoday.com/article/world-evangelical-alliance-general-assembly-opens-with-call-to-christians-to-finish-the-great-commission/133578.htm QUOTES: Dr Njotorahardjo reminded those gathered for the General Assembly that the coming of God's kingdom was part of the Lord's own prayer and were words that they needed to speak out every day. "Pray for Jesus' second coming, long for His appearing," he said. "How many of you are longing for His appearance?" We have to be serious about finishing the Great Commission of Jesus," he said. "We are not here just to gather but to pray, Oh Lord, come quickly and Your kingdom come." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PERSONAL CONSIDERATIONS: I love this level of clarity about prayer and vision that the Lord is bringing back to the Church in these last days. For too many centuries the Christian message have been watered down/confused/substituted. But the Lord is bringing the Gospel of the Kingdom back to the core tenants, and finally our prayer and actions will be completely oriented to the Return of Jesus. The King is coming back, the kingdoms of this world are about to become the Kingdom of our Lord (Revelation 11:15) and with our prayers, preaching and holy life we are called to be intercessors to hasten the return of the King and the fulfillment of the Kingdom. (2Peter 3:12). Any thoughts/comments?
  2. Thanks for sharing. A lot of good advice here, and as someone pointed out, if you feel conviction you should rejoice because if we don't feel conviction anymore it's a very bad sign. It's important to point out that conviction is what God uses to guide us in our growth, not to scary us. We have been adopted in His family, and now He guides us, and we should rejoice when He does. Our fallen nature is still sinful, and the Lord doesn't remove overnight every aspect of our nature because otherwise we would fall into pride, and pride is the most dangerous state we can fall into. Rather, every time we fall the Lord teaches us to rely on Him and not on ourselves. We usually fall because we look at ourselves and not on Him. The more we rely on Him, the more we forget about ourselves, and the more our fears vanish because in Him we find only beauty. I hope this can be helpful to remember in every trial, as it has been helpful to Paul: "Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”" God bless you
  3. Hi Amanda, thank you very much for sharing your heart so openly. Many great advice here, for me personally it was amazing reading the 4 Gospels first. Jesus' words are so direct and to the core of who we are, nobody has ever spoken like Him. You may know the parables I'm sharing here already, but I'm just sharing them as a reminder of how much God loves you and is looking forward to have you under His protection: 12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18) 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. 25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15) When you will put your trust in God, and He will make you realize that He is real and He loves you so much, there will be a great feast in Heaven
  4. That's awesome brother @JTC! I'm glad that you've found a good church! Praise the Lord!
  5. I love the way you put it. It is really about who we look for, when we look for righteousness. Do we look within ourselves, as in the temptation of the fruit of good and evil? Then pride arises, as it happened to the enemy when he started admiring himself. Do we look at Jesus? Then streams of life giving water will flow from deep inside us, because they don't come from us but from Him. The cross of Jesus saves us from our pride, and restores our relationship with God. What a wonderful thing God made. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it! (Psalm 22:31)
  6. @worriedwife69 dear sister, thank you for sharing your struggles with us so that we can be with you in prayer. I'm very sorry for this, and I look forward to the day all our tears will be wiped out. Our Lord is even more eager for the coming of that Day. The Lord is the High Priest who can sympathize with us. He is with you and your husband in this struggle, He knows what it means to suffer, to be tempted, to carry on the weight and consequences of sin. Even if it can be so hard when the circumstances are so terrible, let us remember together that God's infinite love is always with us. He will not abandon us. He is carrying us by hand through these tribulations, ready to celebrate with us in His Kingdom and ready to send us His Spirit while we are still here. Sometimes, even when we are not doing anything wrong, it's not always easy to feel God's love because we are so used to attribute it to the circumstances, or to the love of those around us. But even when the circumstances gets dark and those around us are going through hard time, let us remember Jesus's Words: "A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me." I pray that you may know deep in your heart that God is with you in this dark hour. Also know that the Lord is looking with the same compassion to your husband, He is suffering with him and He is not looking at the behavior he may be having because of the hardships, but at his redeemed soul, with as much love as He Has always had for him. Love in Christ, listener
  7. Gandalf! We are really going to miss you! I have personally been blessed by many of your posts. This is bittersweet...I'm sure the Lord has great plan for you in this season as well. Make sure to step by from time to time. God bless you. Love in Christ
  8. Amen! So true! Not a work based fasting, but a relationship based hunger! Like when someone decides to sacrifice an activity to spend more time with his wife/her husband.
  9. Hi Kristin, thanks for sharing this tough thought and asking for help. I'm just typing here something generic, it may or may not apply to your situation. Sure, people can do us very bad things. On those we don't have control. But many times, we want to defend our own self image, we create an image of ourselves and the other person in which we are always right, and we fail to see our own shortcomings toward that person. The more the bad feelings toward that person increase, the more our own self-righteousness towards them increases. Again, surely other people make mistakes, sometimes a lot, sometimes they are even intentionally hurtful. But while we can't do anything about it, we can look inwardly and ask ourselves if we are looking the other person and ourselves as objectively as possible, and then as mercifully as possible. In all this, ask the Lord's grace to forgive, 70 times seven. He will be Faithful. ***************************************************************** As for me, I'm grateful that the Lord is Faithful. That if we entrust Him with our lives, we can be sure that He will finish what He started in us, and there is nothing we should be preoccupied about.
  10. Hi BeauJangles, I just wanted to say that I happened to read many of your post from since I'm here, and I've always been really edified by your sincere and utter love for the Lord. I'm sorry you are going through this hard time, I'm with you in prayer and thank you for sharing this struggle with us. Love in Christ
  11. Amen @Tigger56! Indeed, when we pray "come Lord Jesus", we are also praying for a great harvest and revival. The Lord will do everything needed to prepare His Return, including the revival. Indeed, to send workers into His fields is one of the very few prayers taught by Jesus. I was thinking at an idea to have more people joining the prayer that the Bible teaches for His Return. Maybe if we start greeting our siblings with "Maranatha" (as the first Christians were doing), or if we just ask them "do you know what maranatha means?", and then proceed to explain it to those who are curious, we will have more people obeying the command of speeding His return, and less people praying for just worldly things. Also if we start praying it more often, Christians around us will get more curious. Maybe it is as simple as to lead by example! What do you think? Other suggestions?
  12. Wow, so true and such a wonderful verse! Welcome to this forum and I how you will keep bringing insights on this topic
  13. I'm a bit ignorant about this controversy and what are the main discussion points. But I have a testimony... Incredibly, this forum played a big role in my salvation. (and I'm so thankful for all of you guys for that) There are countries out there where the Gospel is completely distorted (or absent), and especially for people from those places, a forum like this can be very very inspiring. (obviously I'm not meaning that a forum should be a substitute to the local community, unless someone has grave obstacles like illness)
  14. Amen! God has always valued the alignment of His people to His plans, when bringing out blessings, and often waited their alignement. He made the Israelites waiting 40 years in the desert, because they decided to not align with His plans. He prolonged the exile 7 times longer than established because of people's unfaithfulness and unwillingness to align with His plans. He honored Anna's pledge and the pledge of all those who were praying for the coming of the Messiah. He taught us that we should ask, insist, even bother Him (Luke 18:1-8) so that He will bring Justice. Then He taught us to pray "your Kingdom come". STILL. We pray for everything else, and we think that He will listen to every other request, except hastening His coming, the very thing He taught us to pray for. Satan rejoices in all of this. This way these words come true: "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come." And "But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king." But as you said, there is hope. The Lord is raising this prayer in the whole world, especially in the persecuted lands where the Spirit and the Bride are already crying "Come". "So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find." Maybe at last, even the rich West will join this cry with one voice Will we be passive observer or active servants in spreading this prayer?
  15. And not only invisibility, but masking himself as an angel of light. "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve." This is correct, and he is so clever to present his kingdom as based on justice and peace. He makes men believe that they can reach peace and righteousness without God. Then when they forsake God, he drives them to all sorts of selfish delusions. Here's another weapon to shorten his domain, pray to God with a word from the Bible: Maranatha. Maranatha means come Lord Jesus. Put an end to satan's domain Lord, forever. We pledge You, knowing that You will listen to us. "And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”" "as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat."
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