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  1. Prayer... I thought this to be a 'worthy' subject ( pun intended.) In this thread we can ponder on the importance of prayer and especially God's view on it. Please join in posting scriptures, sharing helpful comments, etc.
  2. Hi everyone. This past weekend following into the week ive been dealing with a lot. My boyfriend and I are both believers and followers of Christ. He struggles with addiction, which I have been praying about and seeing God work in his life. He has been doing very well as far as drugs up until this weekend. He has a friend who does not believe in God and openly denounces God. This friend is always supplying him with drugs and bad advice. Everytime they hang out my boyfriend will back peddle so much in life and in his walk with God. This friend has such a dark presence that he will tend to sway my boyfriends belifs a little bit. This weekend he has been on drugs to another degree that ive never seen before. I have been fasting and praying for him constantly to combat this. Today my employer let me know that I wouldnt have to come in out of the blue, which i was relived by. As i was praying i kept getting distracted and my prayers would just stop. This happened about 2 or 3 times when suddenly I got up and walked toward the dresser that he rested his phone on. Before i knew it I picked up his phone and saw that he had gps open to an address very far into the city. I looked to see the last app he had open and turns out he had made arrangements with a prostitute and have since found out that he had met with one yesterday. Ive been fasting and praying for him as well as our relationship. I believe that God wanted me to see what i saw today. What do i do??
  3. Suzarb

    Hi there!

    I’m looking forward to both learning from and sharing with fellow Christians on this site. Thanks!
  4. Shalom ,Shalom, our Christian sister in US Federal Prison whom has endured many torture and injustice in USA for nearly 5 years , a foreign land where her attorneys and the legal system has failed her , is now on a hunger strike. For over 2 weeks she started a hunger strike where she only drinks water and milk and has been isolated and they are attempting to torture her and coerce her into eating. The goal of the strike is to get justice, I informed her attorney and he remains silent! WE NEED GOD'S DIVINE INTERVENTION JOIN FORCES WITH ME AGAINST THE FORCES OF DARKNESS! our Christian sister is being afflicted let us support her. Thank you.
  5. Hello, So I am having a situation at church that has been causing me a lot of distress, and I feel ashamed to say that it's been happening for 2 years. There is a married woman at church that has been flirting with my husband for a really long time now. She is very sneaky about how she does it, but even my husband has noticed it. For some reason my husband didn't distance himself from her immediately because using his words, he really likes to hang out with her husband, and felt that I shouldn't allow her to get the best of me because there will always be disrespectful or immature people everywhere we go. Even though I understand his point, I disagree. To give a little bit of background, after we had our first child we became friends with a really good group of people in our church. They all had children which made the transition into parenthood a lot easier for us. After 6 months, this woman moved into the area and started trying to become my friend. I could sense that she stared at me a lot, but I thought nothing of it. I am introverted and at times shy, but I enjoy having meaningful conversations. And one day she started talking to me and I found out we had a lot in common, such as our career choices, the neighborhood we lived in and being mothers. I was happy to find a potential friend. The problem began when someone from our amazing group of friends invited her to a Christmas gathering in which she decided she would be the center of attention...of my husband. During the party, we were karaoke-ing and she started dancing and patting my husband on his leg while I was sitting right next to him and asking him to come and sing. She kept calling him over and over, and just smiling here and there. He was respectful to me and only sang with me (a romantic song), which I thought was very thoughtful of him. But at that moment I no longer saw her as I did before and verbalized this to my husband. To make this post shorter, every time we got together with our group of friends she would look for my husband to talk, or she would randomly place herself in a sensual position right in front of him. I began feeling uncomfortable and told my husband I was not comfortable with her and would like if he could keep his distance from her. He blamed me of being a bad friend and having problems with everyone (but I haven't had problems with any other woman in the group and there are 6 of them). He also said that it is a cultural thing. He believes Hispanic women touch a lot and are flirty in nature. But I am Hispanic and all the other women are too, and only one of them is also flirty but only with her own husband. In every children birthday party, she would dress with cleavage and be overly sensual and flirtatious with both my husband and another friend. This woman is very curvy which has become intimidating, but initially, I didn't feel this way (I instead admired her looks), until she set eyes on my husband. I have never demonstrated any self-consciousness and have never disrespected her. She would continuously ask me why I wasn't curvy like my mom and sister and I would never give in to impulsivity in my answers. But I do want to put out there that I don't feel less than her in any way. I have always prided myself in being internally beautiful. I value respect and feel grateful to God for my intelligence, love, and compassion. My external beauty is not what makes me special although I do believe I am beautiful. Continuing with the topic, one day I told my husband I had a migraine (which was a very bad one) and didn't want to go to meet up with our friends and he got very upset. I want to clarify at this point that he was helping me a lot by taking care of the children so I could go to sch0ol, and due to this, he didn't have a lot of time to do things he enjoyed like playing sports. He tells me the reason he really likes hanging out with this woman's husband is that they are both the youngest males of the group and like talking sports and cars. For the sake of the staying friends with everyone else in the group which I love dearly, and more importantly, because I was trying to be a good wife, I second guessed myself and decided I should try to be a better friend. Whenever I went to church she would stare at me and try to initiate conversation. I am very empathic to my detriment at times and I would talk to her. She would tell me she barely had any clothes and I offered her some of mine. She would ask me to bring food to parties and I would (just like I did for all the other friends), despite seeing her trying to call my husband's attention from time to time. Then she got pregnant with her second baby and I gave her baby clothes from my daughter and even did a photo shoot of her family and her. My gut kept telling me she wasn't trustworthy, but I wanted to prove I could have friends (which I already know I do, I just don't have many because I have high expectations). Her husband and she would constantly make scenes where they would say ugly things to each other even in the church, so it was very noticeable that they were having marital issues. On the other hand, my husband and I keep our problems at home and really try to always put God in the center of our marriage. We work very hard for our family, but this is one issue we haven't seen eye to eye in. If my husband ignored her, she would make comments such as: Why are you running away, I don't bite". But even though I looked at her puzzled I never said a word and neither did he. I didn't want to be a bad Christian although my human side wanted to tell her to back off, I never seized the opportunity. Before a romantic trip we were going to she spent a whole week calling his cellphone to ask him for favors in the country we were visiting. He redirected her to call me but still didn't put her in her place because she kept calling. Another day, while I was in school her husband asked if my husband could take her to watch a football game in the house of a friend of the group because her husband was working. At the time I was studying, but when my husband told me he had said yes, I took my books with me because I felt completely uncomfortable with the fact that thought it was ok to drive alone with her at night. One day she went to my house while my husband wasnt there (she invited herself) and told me about the issues of her marriage and I gave her advice and realized she was immature and going through a lot in her marriage, and maybe I could help her realize she loved her husband. But when it got close for the time my husband was coming home, she decided she wanted to go to my pool and didn't want to put her clothes back on, and I again realized she was really trying to call my husband's attention. At this point, I wanted to keep my friendship with the rest of the members in the group but DEFINITELY not with her. So I distanced myself progressively. I kept praying and asking the Lord to help me react positively and not say the wrong thing because I want to serve the Lord with all my heart because I didn't want to give her power over me because I wanted to keep my friends and I because I respect her husband and children. But I simply avoided her. She would look for me and try to put conversations. I would respond shortly and then walk away. But she was getting to me. I held it in for too long. I never told her anything because I really believed I was overreacting. One time I tried to kiss my husband in front of her and he looked away and this also made me feel like there might be something he felt. I didn't want to stand up for our relationship if this was so. It was little things that were getting to me. But he would deny them and then I felt crazy, especially because he had never been a bad husband or father. Time passed and she kept being herself so I kept withdrawing to the point I didn't even want to hang out with the group or go to church. I just didn't want to see her, and going to church had never been so hard for me. I prayed and asked God to help me. Church needed to be meaningful and not just about dressing nice enough so my husband won't have wandering eyes. After some time she would contact me through social media asking me about my husband and making comments about him (not my pictures)and I got tired and reminded her she had a husband of her own and then deleted her from social media. Days later she confronted me about it and said she wanted to know what she did wrong. I told her I wouldn't talk through text, but the next time I saw her it was a month or so later and it was not the time for a conversation as such. Throughout this whole issue, I told my husband several times that I was willing to stop hanging out with my group of friends because of her. I don't like badmouthing people because I think we are all children of God and deserve respect, which is why I never told any of my friends. But recently I opened up with one of them because I almost transferred to another church due to her disrespect. I eventually started coming back to my church and she continued her flirting even when I made it clear. Her husband seems to also notice everything, but for some reason lets it be. Its as if nobody wants to call her out on her sin. Initially, I would've been content if my husband put her in her place but he didn't want to hurt her feelings because of his friend. I wasn't expecting him to be mean but I thought he could've said things like, I don't feel comfortable being alone in a car with another woman, or I'm happily married, but he has never told her anything. Eventually, he stopped talking to her (at my request and unwillingly) and it just made him more irresistible to her. I think I could've also said a few things. My mother in law (who noticed on her own) told me to tell her a few things, but they didn't seem right with me. The words didn't seem godly and I kept silent. My issue is that now I am mad at my husband because it feels like he never stood up for me. I feel if he would've told her something once she would've stopped but instead, he let it be and kept affirming I was misreading it all. I acknowledge I am afraid my husband will fall for her eventually. There are a few other things like him acting energized after weve hung out with them, or not enjoying spending time with the rest of the group members unless that family is present that make me feel uncomfortable, but I second guess myself. I know there are a million things I could've done differently, but I am really oblivious to them. An accusation such as that one can start a problem, which is why I still haven't said anything. This is the type of woman that can be on the other side of the church and she will put herself at eye distance of my husband as soon as he walks in church. Please, someone, help me and please pray before you answer me as I need help.
  6. In prayer there is a journey. There is a growth. There is a maturity from petition to decree. A petition originate from me to God. A degree originates from God to me. Which one is more powerful? We are to be like Moses releasing judgments prophetic decree and declaring before Pharaoh: let my people go. This is the purpose of the ecclesia: to be governing body. You legislate you declare and decree. This is how you rule and reign.
  7. I am a 32 year old male and I was diagnosed with severe Teratozoospermia ( a condition characterized by the presence of sperm with abnormal morphology that affects fertility in males) I am married for 3 years already and we are having difficulty conceiving because of my condition. We went to a doctor but he said my condition is irreversible and the only way to get my wife pregnant is to undergo Invitro Fertilization which is very expensive. I am so down right now because I feel that I am useless and not a good husband. Please help us pray because we really want a baby of our own.
  8. Was praying for vacation bible Schools and youth camps all of the US and World this morning. Grateful for the seeds placed in me as a child, growing up in a non Christian family. Lord, I ask for Labors in your harvest to be filled by your Spirit with the message of salvation for the children of our nation. Lord our children are under attack and I know many are the angels before you pleading for them and testifying to you of the evils being done to them. Send them back Lord to us with the words and power to save and to train this generation of children to be labors in your fields, so when you return for us Lord your harvest will be great. For your Glory Lord.
  9. How do you know if you're hearing from the Holy Spirit or if its just other people's frequencies that you're tapping into? How do you know it's not other people's spirit that you're connecting with?
  10. "knock and the door will be opened to you." Imagine this unprecedented event. Christians, from all over the world, united physically in congregations, united virtually through technology, united spiritually in the Holy Ghost, praying together with a clear, unified intention: shortening, hastening the Return of the Lord (2 Peter 3:12, Revelation 22:17, Revelation 22:20, Matthew 6:5-13, Luke 18:1-8) Wouldn’t the Lord be quick, in fulfilling their holy prayer? “[…] And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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? 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?” This is not happening yet, but we can make it happen. SUMMARY (You can freely download the pdf) 1 - Brief history of the Church 2 – God wants men to cooperate his plans 3 – The importance of prayer and the Lord’s prayer 4 – The Last Day 5 – While in the world 6 – Warnings 7 – Avoid misconceptions 8 – An unprecedented event 9 – SOURCES 1 - Brief history of the Church Along the history, many spiritual leaders did not listen to (Matthew 23:9-10) “And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.” Therefore, it comes as no surprise that many false teachings did spread for centuries. Nor it is a surprise that true Christians come to a better understanding of some concepts through centuries, because luckily some of them are able to get rid of the false teachings they have received. Indeed, luckily some listened to Matthew 23:9-10. Moreover, Jesus said (John 16:12): ”I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” Thus, an increasing understanding, founded on the Gospels and never contradicting them, is to be expected through history. 2 – God wants men to cooperate his plans Even though God could do everything alone, by not waiting his followers to align their will to His will, still he wants men to decide to cooperate with Him, to proceed in His salvation Plan. For those who knows the Scriptures, it’s not needed to quote the countless times in which God waited for men to turn to Him, and adhere His plan, before making things happen. Because being a loving Father, he doesn’t force His will upon men. 3 – The importance of prayer and the Lord’s prayer Point 2 on cooperation between God and men, is one of the reasons why Jesus stressed so much the importance of prayer. To be short, we only quote some passages, but there are countless ones in the Gospels alone: (Matthew 7:7) “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (John 16:24) “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” Of course, we need to make prayers aligned with God’s will. But even if something is already in God’s will, it’s really important for us to pray for it, because the Lord doesn’t want to force his gifts upon us, but He wants us to desire Him. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be any need for any prayer whatsoever. Now, what’s the only prayer that the Lord directly taught us? The Lord’s prayer. Let’s examine some passages: “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” […] “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Now, let’s think about it, by knowing the Scriptures. When and how can the Lord completely fulfill these requests? Could they be fulfilled while we are still on earth? 4 – The Last Day It doesn’t take a leap of imagination, to realize that the Lord’s prayer promises will be fully fulfilled only with the Rapture and His Second Coming. [Even the only apparently not messianic request about the “bread”, is translated somewhere as “the bread of tomorrow”, thus indicating the bread of the Kingdom.] Now, it’s not a purpose of this work to choose which interpretation of the Second Coming is more Scriptural. Whatever it is, pre/post/multi/anti/tribulation,this is not the point here. The point is that only in the Last Day, the Lord will fully fulfill the Lord’s prayer requests. Now, are we aware of this? Are we, most Christians, praying that prayer with full intention and awareness, with the awareness that we are asking the Lord, according to His will, to shorten the days of His coming? It doesn’t seem like this awareness has been fully reached so far, but now the times may be arrived. Now this intention can be shared to Christians all over the earth. And it’s nothing new, it’s something fully Scriptural (2 Peter 3:12, Revelation 22:17, Revelation 22:20, Matthew 6:13), it’s just a better understanding of the power of our prayer in the name of Jesus. We are not predicting the day or the hour, and we’ll never try to do it. There is no needing of knowing the day nor the our, to ask the Lord to come quick, according to His will. How powerful would be this prayer, shouted by all His elects? What if some wise pastors could be able to share this intention to Christians all over the world, and all together we could pray “Come”, and “Deliver us from evil”, with the full understanding that we are asking for the Rapture, instead of passively waiting for it? This would be an unprecedented event in History, since so far most Christians have passively waited for it 5 – While in the world Asking for the rapture, doesn’t cut off any obligation for a true Christian life. Before Jesus returns, we’ll still have the obligation to love everyone, serve other people, improve the society, improve ourself, spread the Gospel. All of these commandments are in the Gospel and are immutable. At the same time, with this prayer, we clarify our intention to God, we tell Him that we are ready, and it is now time for our plans to align with His plans, and that we fully want and responsibly request His return for the elects. 6 – Warnings Unfortunately, there will always be some Christians who don’t really want the Lord to come soon. They are not excited at all about Heaven. Exactly like in these Parables: (Luke 14:15-20) “When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 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. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ (Luke 19:14) "But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We don't want this man to be our king.' (John 12:43) “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” But other Christians who aspire to Heaven, would have no reason to not pray this prayer. In the worst case, it will have no effect. In the best case, how glad we will be, to see the Lord coming quickly for us. 7 – Avoid misconceptions Q: “Does praying the Lord to come quickly mean that we don’t trust His promise that He will come?” A: “Absolutely not. The Lord knew the future. He knew about the prayers from His elects, and that he wouldn’t wait to fulfill them. Exactly as in countless other situations, in which the Lord has waited for men to ask Him for what is good. (Matthew 15:21-28). We are sure that His promise will be fulfilled, but we want to be among the ones that have aligned with His will and asked Him to fulfill it quickly.” Q: “Are we forcing the Lord to do something not in His will? Doesn’t He know the Right Time?” A: “He knows the Right Time, and we don’t know according to which criteria He has decided it. But according to the prayer He taught, when He decided it, part of the weight for the decision, came from considering the prayers of His elects (2 Peter 3:12, Revelation 22:17, Revelation 22:20, Matthew 6:13, Luke 18:1-8). Exactly as in other situations, He gave importance and weight to the will of his disciples and prophets, when aligned to His will” Q: “Are Christians praying this prayer exempt to contribute to society, and to spend their lives serving others until the Lord come?” A: “Absolutely not. A real Christian will follow all Jesus words,not only ones about prayer,respect the laws of his country, and will spend His life helping other people, so that when the Lord will come, he will find him ready.” (Matthew 24:45-51) “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Q: “Will shortening the return of the Lord prevent some people from salvation?” A: “First off, remember that there will never be a moment on earth in which everyone will be Christian, before the rapture. It is not written anywhere. On the contrary, it is written about an increasingly diminishing of faith. Moreover, people who haven’t met Christ but are seeking for the Truth in their hearts, and are loving their brothers, will be likely raptured too. Exactly as some other righteous people like Socrates, will be raised in the last day, while evil people who are not seeking for repentance because they don’t have the seed of repentance in their hearts, will be left. Therefore, there is no such risk in shortening the day. Otherwise, the Lord wouldn’t have taught us this prayer.” Q:”What about theological and philosophical implications of this event Why someone is taken and someone else left?” A: “These are not treated here. They will be treated in other works, and some wise pastors will be able to answer this, by following the Scriptures” 8 – An unprecedented event If most Christian living today will share this intention, and pray together for it, this will be an unprecedented even in the history of the world. If the rapture happened centuries ago, it would have likely remained unexplained and not testified everywhere. But nowadays, thanks to technologies and to the Gospel spread everywhere, it will be testified to people of all nations, and everyone will know what happened. Now, our hope is that some wise Christian, who spent their lifes in the hope of Jesus’ Return, will actively spread this prayer and this intention among other pastors and Christians, so that all of us may be reunited under the Lord’s prayer, and pray together, with full intention and understanding and without the usual countless distractions and desires: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day the bread of the Day that is coming. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Maranatha. Our Lord, come! 9 - SOURCES: http://learnbibleprophecy.blogspot.it/2010/12/come-lord-jesus-maranatha.html https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/love-worth-finding/read/articles/can-we-hasten-the-second-coming-of-christ-15204.html http://www.whatsaiththescripture.com/Timeline/Hastening.Lords.Return.html http://christianteaching.org.uk/blog/eschatology/hastening-the-return-of-christ/#comment-32538 http://folkslisten.blogspot.it/2010/06/can-i-speed-up-return-of-jesus.html https://nathanaelflock.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/scriptural-conviction-hastening-the-day-of-the-lord/ http://quailandmanna.com/god-justice/ https://peteenns.com/why-jesus-hasnt-come-back-yet-according-to-the-new-testament/ http://ifollowjesusnow.tk/hastening-ready-day-lord/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIdjGyMTAds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM67orv8VkYF PDF: maranatha.pdf
  11. What are some prayers I can say for; forgiveness, protection, and blessings?
  12. Hello! Some of you know, and some of you don't. So, I will share the good news with you. In my city, we had a board meeting yesterday. It was about the issue with planned parenthood in our county health building. We had a record turnout! Hundreds came to speak about the issue. There were even lawyers from Washington DC who had come out for planned parenthood. Well, it had come to light that the conditions were cramped, unsanitary, and were not proving effective to take care of certain sexually transmitted diseases. Not to mention there were HIPAA violations. They voted YES to terminate the lease with planned parenthood. They have 90 days to move. I am asking for prayer for my hometown in Michigan. That they move quickly, that their remaining revenue and clientele drop off to nothing. And most importantly that they do NOT find a new place in which to come back. Let's keep it closed for GOOD! I also wish to attend the national day of repentance for the unborn on May 1st. However, due to distance and money constraints I will not be able to go. I will be with you in prayer, repenting for dropping the ball. I ask that you all join in with me if you cannot come. For those who are able bodied, a prostrate prayer of repentance would be a good start. We really screwed up on this one as a church.. 😭 None the less, I am convinced that TRUE, HONEST repentance can change the severity of judgement coming to this nation. Let's go out with a shout of victory!
  13. I would like to submit a prayer request for the United States of America. We are a nation drifting further away from the Lord and there's so much anger. I pray for the Lord's forgiveness upon us. I pray that if it is in his good and glorious will that we shall continue to prosper. But if not, I pray for his strength and preservation for us in our times of trouble. Come Lord Jesus come. 
  14. Many times in the past, I have tried to read the Bible, but I have always struggled with poor concentration and barely managed to read a few sentences at a time, and with little ability to comprehend their true meaning. I would often give up and just void reading the Bible completely. I prayed and asked the Lord to help me really immerse myself in the Bible, and immediately I was able to start reading larger sections and I am now able to understand and meditate on the meaning and context. On top of that, He has shown me the true joy of reading the Bible. It no longer feels like a chore, it feels like something I want to do, and that I enjoy doing. I am truly grateful - thank you, Lord!
  15. I'm in an odd situation, one that led me to this forum to begin with. Recently, I've been trying to use a prayer journal and pray for specific individuals. In that time, I've felt a very strong desire to pray for an individual that I used to be infatuated with, whom I have not been in contact with in some years. The problem: back then, I idolized and lusted after this person. I genuinely placed them before God in pretty much every area of my life. Ex: he was on the worship band, so I stared at him during worship. He was funny, so I always thought of his jokes during church services. I would be so upset on days that he wouldn't talk to me, but I rarely ever prayed. (I know, I'm ashamed just thinking about it.) God told me in no uncertain terms that this person was not the one for me, even when I was still trying to hold on. Back to the present: I am actively trying to stop thinking about this person, and though it's taken some time, I've been mostly successful. I've been more focused on growing in my relationship with God than ever before, and I'm almost always in prayer. I have felt a call to pray for that person, their walk with Christ, their resistance to temptation, finding a community of believers, and so on. However, I do not trust my intentions. I don't know if this is truly God moving on my heart to pray for this person, or if this is me trying to stay attached to this person through prayer. If this is God's will, I don't want my fears to stop me--especially if this person really is wrestling with their faith. However, if this is just my flesh, I don't want to let myself fall back into old patterns of sin (lust and idolatry). So I guess my question is, is this God or my flesh talking? What advice would you give me on handling this situation? I have asked God for confirmation on whether or not this is Him. I have also asked a family member, a couple people who are more spiritually mature than me, and a couple friends. Now I'm asking for your input. Please help! Thanks!
  16. 'ANSWERED PRAYER' is a magazine in which details of answered prayers in full or in part will be published. This is to bring praise and glory to God and to share his mighty works with other believers to encourage them to take all their needs to the Lord. Your answered prayers may be about healing, finances, family, romance, wisdom. Whatever your answered prayer may be we would like to know about it. If you have answered prayers you would like to be published in this vibrant and faith-inspiring magazine please email us at livingwater-mybestfriend@outlook.com God bless
  17. Hi! I transfered into a new school last August. I’m currenlty a junior. I’m used to moving because I’ve had to change schools and houses a lot, so it’s nothing new. At my old school I had friends and finally felt like a found a place for me after moving so much. I felt welcomed and comfortable. But here, there isn’t many people who look like me and I feel like I don’t belong. All the kids are super rich and my family barely makes it. I feel so bad comparing myself to them because it shows I’m ungrateful and I’m really working on that because I know God blesses me so much. But my insecurity just keeps showing up. I’ve made a couple friends but i still fail to get out there. My anxiety gets in my way and I unfortunately care too much of what people think. To get to the point, my bff who transferred in with me is transfering and this week is her last. I’m devatsed as she was my only real friend in my grade. The new semester just started and the most uncomfortable class I’m in, I had with her. But now since she leaving, I’m panicking. I’ve been crying all day because I feel so lonely. I’ve prayed about this to God, but I just don’t know what to do. Please pray for me. I’m really scared I don’t know what’s to come and I’m just so lonely.
  18. I live in Virginia. My fiancé lives in California. We were planning on getting married and moving to South Carolina. However, recently she has expressed to me how sad she feels about leaving California and she feels it's unfair that she has to move so far away from her family, whereas mine would only be a 6 hour drive away. And she feels it's unfair because we met in California. Here's a short background on us. We met nearly 2 years ago in southern California. I was in the Navy, and she was going to college. She actually helped me strengthen my walk in Christ while we were dating. Everything was going fine. She moved up to Northern California with her sister thus beginning our long distant relationship. I tried to visit every other weekend when I didn't have duty or underway. I decided I was going to stay in California. I found a job that I had lined up for after my Navy contact ended. And I asked her to marry me. She said yes. At that moment our relationship hit struggles. She was feeling disconnected from me. She was having issues with her sister and family and she moved out of her sisters place in with her mom. I was struggling with being away from her and the stress of an upcoming deployment. 4 months after being engaged, she broke up with me a week before my deployment. I was devastated. It added more stress and pain having to leave on deployment. I prayed day in and day out. I knew this was God's will, but I prayed and asked if there was anyway I could fulfill His plan with her in my life. We messaged each other but nothing saying we were getting back together. Just real friendly conversations. I decided to move back to the east coast like I originally intended, and I told her. She said she figured I would. After I had my moved planned (4 months after the breakup), we started talking and messaging more. And I was feeling a lot better. And then I went to see her and we decided to get back together. I told her that I wanted to move to South Carolina, she was hesitant but agreed. I'm currently staying with my mom and I recently got a job interview in South Carolina. Everything is going according to plan. We're even attending pre marital counseling online. Then she says she's been feeling really sad about leaving. I feel there are signs saying that we should go on with our plans. The moment I said I was going to stay in California, things got rough and hard. And even our relationship ended. I decided to move back east and my life got less stressful and I got her back in my life. But she feels it's unfair. She's really sad. She's lived in California her entire life and I believe she feels that no other place can live up to California. We don't see eye to eye on this. I'm praying really hard for God to help me and guide me and show me the path I should take according to His will. Any advice or thoughts on our situation? Pray for us both. Thank you. God bless.
  19. Hello All, I'm new here and new to the San Diego area. After I graduated in December, I just got up and drove 37 hours to San Diego to start a new chapter in my life. I started going to church here and getting my life in order. I just need a little boost with a little prayer or some support. I've been here for almost two weeks now, and I have been living on my friend's couch. I haven't had any luck with jobs and it is becoming so frustrating for me. Idk I just don't have confidence in myself and I'm terrible with interviews. I get so nervous interacting with people, that I just feel awkward. I need to have a good job so that I can provide a good healthy environment for myself that allows me to work on this Christian Book I have been pursuing for some time now. The money that I would earn from a job would allow me to give money to the church and poor. I don't have anything hardly and the money I do have is for bills and I have been donating what I have left over to the church. I never told anyone this but I was homeless for 8 months. Not that I forced, but it's because I choose to be. I had a really good job and I just wanted to give everything I had to the needy and to the church. The 8 months I lived in my car was a very intimate time in my life with God, and that's when I really started to begin writing my book. But right now I just feel like I can't give like I want to and it's very frustrating for me. I'm just asking for a prayer that would allow me to have a job that would allow Jesus to work through me. Everything I do is in his name, and I wouldn't ever sell him short. Thank you, Paige
  20. Reaching Out Silently praying, I wait for You. Help me O Lord, your will to do. Humbly I bow, searching my heart. Crying inside: 'Where do I start ?' I stretch out my hand . . . . . . Why can't I reach? I know you're the Man . . . . . . to heal the breach. Still on my knees, I continue to pray. You are my Lord. Please meet me half way. Teach me to stand, upright and tall. My whole desire, is to give You my all. Amen (originally written in 1995)
  21. The Lord led me to pray against the spirit of apathy (indifference towards the things of God) and for the salvation of people from a certain region and i did over a period of time. Gradually, i started feeling apathetic too. I suspect that this backlash from the enemy. Has anyone else ever been caught up in something they were praying against and if so how did you cope and get out of it? I know prayer is key but i'm also referring to ways one can protect themselves from being caught up in something like this. God bless
  22. When pain and suffering cloud my way And make it hard to even pray I'll sometimes feel God isn't near And be consumed by doubt and fear When trials loom large and worries soar Till I can't take it anymore When it's too much for me to bear It all comes back to God and prayer
  23. Why spend time each day alone with God in prayer, in worship and in His word? Matt 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Ps 31:20 You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence... Isa 26:9 ...Yes, by my spirit (my heart) within me I will seek You early... When I get alone with God, quiet my thoughts, insure with my heart I’m in God’s presence, and can hear His voice, and can receive His words and His understanding of them; then: -I am always at peace and made genuinely happy, because I’m currently in Christ. -I receive such light from Him to see my life clearly, and power to do what is right. -My heart gets filled up again with His love for me, and for others, and mine for Him. -It is so much easier to say sorry or to forgive others, worry and pride evaporate. -My faith in God and His goodness is re-energized; I know He’s taking care of me. -I become increasingly interested in others and want them to really know Him. -I’m not preoccupied with my own will; I delight to do the will of my heavenly Father. When I don’t get alone with God, due to laziness, muddled thinking, disobedience, work, people, distractions, other commitments, or unresolved sin – God gets crowded out; then: -I seem less able to overcome the daily opportunities to give in to things like resentment, irritation, un-forgiveness, worry and pride. -I have a growing inner sense of guilt and condemnation. My conscience, the voice of my spirit, if it’s tender, condemns me, causing me to feel guilty. -Because I secretly don’t feel good about myself I find I tend to lash out in anger at others more quickly, and blame them for my mounting problems. -With a dark cloud over my soul I can’t help seeing circumstances and people increasingly in a more negative light. I’m more prone to feel sorry for myself. -I have a sense of being driven (not knowing by what) to indulge my favorite appetites to try and make me feel better – but it really doesn’t work I just get more deeply entrapped in bad habits, with a deeper sense of shame. I lack God’s power. Of course I have all kinds of mental explanations for these things – but with reduced or no spiritual light I simply can’t see that the world, my flesh and the devil are having increased influence over me and I’m less able to defend myself against them. And my desire for God and my confidence in Him diminishes. I’ll even think He’s to blame. Isaiah 5:13 Therefore My people are gone into captivity because they have no (new revealed) knowledge (of Me)...they are famished and parched with thirst. Prov. 29:18 Where there is no (new daily) revelation of God (to our spirits from His word by His Spirit) the people cast off restraint (cannot control their own desires). How to start your day with God Jer 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Ps 63:1 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You... Isa 26:9 ...Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early... 1. Obedience (a) Are you right with God, walking in total forgiveness and without care? (b) Did you go to bed last night when God wanted you to? (c) Did you get up this morning when God wanted you to? (d) Won’t you start your day obeying God and therefore in righteousness? Rom 6:16 ...Either of sin, which results in death (to God), or of obedience, which results in righteousness with God. 2. Priorities Is God your first priority today and will you give Him the pre-eminence over everything and everyone else starting with your early morning time? Col 1:13-18 He has delivered me from the power of darkness and conveyed me into the kingdom of the Son of His love...All things (me included) were created by Him and for Him...that in all things He may have the preeminence. 3. Prayer Matt 6:6 When you pray, go away by yourself, all alone, shut your door, (physically and spiritually) and pray to your Father who is in the secret Place (your spirit); and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (a) Do you start your day with prayer to your heavenly Father? (b) Is it silent or spoken out loud and delighting angels and driving demons away? (c) Do you thank God for a good night’s sleep? (d) Do you thank God for awakening you alive, and alive to Him and dead to you? (e) Do you tell Him that you want to follow Him today, that you will deny yourself and take up your cross, meaning you believe your old nature was crucified with Christ, the body of your sin has been done away with, you no longer serve sin? (f) Do you present your body to Him as a living sacrifice and as an instrument of His righteousness, because it belongs to Him and is available for His use? (g) Do you ask Him to fill you, to lead you, to water you, to teach you, to conform you, to keep you and to use you, moment by moment, with and by His Spirit, not into temptation but to deliver you from the wicked one? Do you believe He will? (h) Do you ask Him to give you the daily bread of His living word and to renew your inner man with the fresh revealed knowledge of Himself? And expect it? (i) Do you ask Him to cause you to hear His lovingkindness (words) because you trust Him, to cause you to know the way in which you should walk, because you lift up your soul (will) to Him and to cause you to walk in His statutes and to keep His judgments and do them – exactly according to Psa 143:8 and Ezek 36:27? (j) Do you affirm that it is His kingdom in which, and His power by which, you live, it is to His glory for all He is making you and doing through you – in Jesus name? 4. Worship John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit (from the heart, not the head) and truth (for real, not mechanically). (a) Do you sincerely, ignoring feelings, take time to tell God how much you love Him for who He is and how grateful you are for all He has done and is doing for you? (b) Do you tell Him you worship and adore Him, that you bow your knee before Him and are ready to burst into songs of praise about Him, as you lift up your holy hands in awe of Him, because He alone is worthy to receive honor and glory. For He is your God , your savior, your redeemer, your sanctifier, your life, your king and your Lord? (c) Do you bless Him, and ask that He be glorified through you and His Church today? 5. Feeding Isa 50:4 Morning by morning...He awakens my (spiritual) ear to hear... Prov 6:22 ...When you awake, they (My words) will speak with you. Col 3:10 ...The new man (spirit) is renewed in knowledge (God’s word, transforming him) into the image of Him (Jesus Christ) who created him.. (a) Having asked Him, believingly, for your daily bread how do you now receive it? Reading slowly the next Chapter or one given to you, in the Bible, or an inspired devotional for a given day, or a segment of a truth paper you’ve been drawn to? Or receiving a specific chapter and verse from God and then looking it up? (b) What do you then do? i - Do you ponder the verse or portion of it that is speaking to you? ii - Ask for God to reveal what He wants you to understand by it? iii - Make confession of a revealed sin, pray a revealed truth, intercede for a person He identifies, and give Him thanks for a wonderful revelation. Ps 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law. iv- Ask Him for counsel on people and issues upcoming for today? v- Write down on a scratch pad or journal what you’ve received? vi - Insure that God has nothing more for you before you move on? vii - Keep thinking on, believing and acting on what God has said? viii - Plan later to review your notes and then file them by subject in folders? 6. Habits Do you start your day with God this way? All the men and women God greatly used started every day this way. They all found that this was the key to being able to live in Christ all through the day and being enabled by God to overcome whatever challenges the day may have brought, staying at peace, full of joy and the Holy Spirit. If you are not doing this or something like this; and your heart is already saying to you that you should, then why not decide this moment to start. Begin tomorrow morning using this as a guideline and refuse to waiver. Get up early enough (going to bed early enough) to do this well before any commitments for the day. This is of God and He will bless and enable you to do it. When we stick with something, what could be more wonderful than this, for about 30 days, a good habit is now formed. Prov 8:17 I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me. KJV Be Blessed!
  24. Why does God need me to pray, for what, who, and how? God wants me to let Him awaken and open the ears of my heart so that I can hear God’s Spirit speak to me through His word. Isa 50:4 The Lord GOD…awakens my ear to hear as the learned (His disciple). Rev 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says… Have you chased down a truth in the Bible recently, with your heart? Let’s do that today, let’s chase down the truth of why God needs prayer, and then what He tells us about the way we must pray so that we overcome the certain opposition to Him bringing the answer. Prov 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter (from our natural intelligence**,** so as not to favor the smartest) But the glory of kings (all Christians are spiritual kings in Christ - Rev.1:6) is to search out a matter (with our hearts). Matt 11:25 (Jesus) Father, You have hidden these things from the (humanly) wise NASU and intelligent and have revealed them to (the hearts of spiritual) infants. Why pray at all, won’t God’s will be done anyway? No it won’t. God says that Satan rules this world and that He (God) doesn’t: 1 John 5:19 …The whole world lies under the sway (the influence) of the wicked one. Matt 4:8-9 The devil...showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world...“All this I will give NIV you" he said "if you will bow down and worship me" (Jesus didn’t disagree). Now Jesus Christ defeated Satan at Calvary and tells us His people, the Church, “I have given into your hand the spiritual land currently occupied by Satan. But the Church, while abiding in Me, is going to have to take that land back and bring it into God’s Kingdom”. Does this command by God sound familiar? It is the identical command that God made previously to His people Israel, under the first Covenant, but this time it is a spiritual land. Num 13:2 (God)...The land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel... Matt 28:18-19 (Jesus to us) "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations...” Satan acquired his dominion over the world legitimately when Adam and Eve bowed their knee to him and surrendered the dominion God had given them, to him. Therefore our righteous God and Father is constrained now to work through the only legitimate agents He has who have authority on earth in Satan’s kingdom, that is us His true Church. Eph 3:10 To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, This is why bible teacher and author, Andrew Murray said “God has made the extension of His Kingdom (on earth) dependent on the faithfulness of His people in prayer”. In the Lord’s prayer Jesus lists the essential things we need to pray for each day: For the bread of His word to feed our spirits; For the leading of His Spirit; For deliverance from Satan; For God to forgive our sins as we forgive others; and for God’s kingdom to expand and His will to be done on earth as it is Heaven. By telling us to pray these things, Jesus makes clear that if we don’t pray, these things won’t be done. For God needs our prayers! Matt 6:10 Pray...Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The parable of the “persistent friend”, the key to Christ’s teaching on how we must pray: Immediately after telling us what we must pray for in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus recites the parable of the “persistent friend” in which He teaches us the way He wants us to pray. The parable ends with God exhorting us to seek and ask Him in prayer on everything, but only the way this parable teaches; And specifically to ask Him for the Holy Spirit this same way: Luke 11:5-6 And He (Jesus) said to them, which of you (Christians, who love Me and always only do what I say - 1 Jo 2:5) shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight (having first prayed and knowing this to be My will – Eph 5:17) and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; (Notice this is not for himself but he seeks bread for another, so it’s intercession. It inconveniences him, its midnight, but he does it anyway). 7 And he will answer from within and say, 'Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you' (But the persistent friend, having prayed God’s will, sticks with it and won’t give up on his intercession). 8-10 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his boldfaced insistence (his importunity, his refusal to be denied) he will rise and give him as many as he needs. So I say to you, ask (in this same way), and it will be given to you; seek (and don’t give up), and you will find; knock (refusing to be denied), and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks (this way) receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11-13 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?…How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those (of His children) who ask Him (in this same way). Let’s not confuse God with the friend who first wouldn't meet the need but afterward did: God is nothing like the reluctant friend. God is simply using this parable to make the crucial point that prayer is likely to encounter some obstacles, of the kind that we will see in a minute, before the answer God has given actually shows up. Of course there will be obstacles, because the prayer is being made while we are still in Satan’s territory and he’s going to try and get the person praying to give up on the prayer. The question is, faced with obstacles, will the person praying persist in believing or not? Mark 11:24 (Jesus) ...Whatever things you ask when you pray believe that you receive them (right now, and don’t give up believing), and you will have them. Some of the possible obstacles a person praying may run into, that can result in doubt: A delay between the prayer and the manifestation of God’s answer. It often takes time for the key people and the circumstances to be brought to a place where the manifestation occurs. Or someone close and influential opposes the prayer or states it is unachievable. Dan 10:12,13 Angel speaking to Daniel, Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. NLT …the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia (the Devil) blocked my way. While waiting in faith for the manifestation, with circumstances visible to my natural eye not yet in accord with the prayer, dark thought clouds may arise to challenge the prayer. These will be strong thoughts that invade my thought life such as: You are not worthy enough to expect God to answer, this is not the will of God, this prayer is not working, others are not praying this way, you don’t have the faith; all seeking to get me to give up. When obstacles do confront me, at the first sign of a doubt thought I must go to God, who lives in my heart, to re-confirm His will and to strengthen my faith with more of His words. Matt 21:22 All things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive. Some key things this parable teaches that are not a valid basis for prayer being answered, The request of the friend in need initially met with failure. From this we can conclude that the following things while necessary, when obstacles are encountered, are in and of themselves not a valid basis to expect the manifestation of the answer to our prayer: Relationship - In the parable it is friendship, in Christianity it is sonship. A right relationship with God will not of itself enable me to overcome prayer’s guaranteed obstacles. Need - having a legitimate need doesn’t automatically defeat opposition to prayer. Simply asking or praying - A tentative asking in prayer, meaning it is unsure, a wishing and not believing prayer, will be easily overthrown by Satan. Jesus wants me to know by this parable that if I base my expectation of an answer to prayer on the wrong premise, when the first road block appears, and it will, I will abandon my prayer and give up quite possibly falsely assuming it wasn’t God’s will. And what God wanted me to have or wanted to bring to someone else, through me, now can’t happen. Rm 8:26,27 …the (Holy) Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us (and in us)… ESV …the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 1 Jo 5:14-15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. What does Jesus say is the only basis on which to expect an answer to prayer in His will? Importunity, meaning a confident, brazen, shameless insistence that the will of God must be done. A person praying this way clearly will have diligently sought, by God’s word and through God’s Spirit, the knowledge of God’s will on the matter, before praying. But once the heart of that person is locked on the knowledge of God’s will and prays accordingly, they then must absolutely refuse to be denied. Luke 18:1 (Jesus) …Men always ought to pray and not faint, lose heart or give up. Consider the key elements that result in successful prayer: A person made righteous by Christ whose prayer can be heard, the revealed knowledge of God’s will with respect to a specific need, the heart desire to pray and the inspiration for the right prayer, the unwavering faith to believe God for the answer and the answer itself, all come directly from God. This therefore is not me strong arming God to achieve my objectives but it is God using me to achieve His objectives and at the same time deny Satan’s objectives. Jam 5:16 … The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much - has great power and wonderful results TLB. After telling us here all that prayer can do, and why it’s necessary, God gives an example: Jam 5:17-18 Elijah was a man with a (human) nature like ours and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain... Elijah prayed that it wouldn’t rain. Then he prayed that it would rain. If we look at his second prayer we find that before he prayed God told him that He was going to send rain: I Kings 18:1 ...The word of the LORD came to Elijah...saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab; and I will send rain on the earth (couldn’t happen until Elijah prayed) So, Elijah prayed for something God had already told Him He was going to do; Then God uses this prayer as a blueprint for all prayer. God reveals His will but needs us to pray it into existence. Rm 4:16,17 So the promise (God’s will on a matter received in prayer) is received by faith… (and faith is certain that what God promised, will come to pass and,) calls into existence the things that do not exist. Should a persistent, believing prayer be repeated? No, not if it is in faith, just re-affirmed: When God tells me to ask and keep on asking Him for things, so that His will can be done He means that I should pray with importunity over one need. But before the manifestation of the answer comes, I must also pray with the same importunity over other needs too. Matt 6:7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do… The seeming exception to this are prayers prayed with respect to each individual day, such as the Lord’s Prayer. In this we repeatedly ask for the same things, His word, His Spirit, His deliverance, His forgiveness, His will and the expansion of His Kingdom, but they apply to that particular day. Each time it’s with importunity, so this is not repetitious. Jesus says prayers prayed with importunity will always succeed. Because these prayers lock onto God’s will and won’t let go. They overcome every obstacle and hindrance from Satan, for they are prayed in faith, overcoming faith, the faith of Jesus Christ active in the heart of us Christians. How do we get it? By hearing His words and yielding to His spirit: Ro 10:17 Faith comes by hearing...the word of God (we know and believe God’s will) 2 Co 4:13 We have the same Spirit of faith...we believe (what we are led to pray for). “Our praying, however, needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage which never fails.” — E. M. Bounds “Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.’” — Andrew Murray “God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” — John Wesley “All prayer is to God, for men, and against Satan.” — Watchmen Nee
  25. I’m new here, but I had to share my excitement as a Frank Paretti book that I’ve just finished simply blows me away. I didn’t think of the spiritual realm like this before until I read his book. It’s kinda freaking me out as well to know that it so real and exists all around us. I know the bible says that it does, but it wasn’t until I read this book that I really thought about it in this context and the battle that we face. Don't get me wrong, its not scaring me it's just a new way of looking at it for me. Anyway, I just finished the book called This Present Darkness and my friend has lent me Paretti’s other one called Piercing The Darkness. I read the first one in 2 days as I couldn’t put it down. Has anyone else experienced this with Paretti’s books, I find it absolutely amazing and simply can’t get it out of my head? I’m going to start reading Piercing The Darkness tonight… and I can’t wait!
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