Archive for October 2016

The Relationship: Communing With God

October 22, 2016

1 Thessalonians 5:

16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Praying without ceasing is possible. If were not possible, the Apostle Paul wouldn’t have commanded it. It is possible to pray each day but also to remain in a posture of prayer. What I mean is that I have my personal prayer devotion, but I also want to be able to talk to God throughout the day. I rely on God to help me in my job, in my leisure, with my relationships etc. I would compare a posture of prayer in this way. I don’t hesitate to speak with Him because I know His desire is to help me. I have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of me so I can be an effective witness for Christ on the Earth. Sometimes I speak out loud and sometimes softly to the Spirit praying for God to help me throughout each day.

The posture of prayer is like this: I used to listen to a radio in my office. When a student came in, I would lower the volume until it was inaudible. After the student left, I would turn it back up. I did not turn it off. I believe we too can remain in a posture of prayer so that we could speak with God about all matters of our lives throughout the day. We can be easily given to prayer.

Prayer is relationship with God. I talk to Him and He talks to me. God is the most important relationship in any Christian’s life. Communion with Him is not just for me to get stuff from Him. O I thank Him because He wants to give us all things  Yes – He cares about what we want. He knows the deepest parts of us and is in love with us. He doesn’t just love us at a distance. He loves deeply – having placed every character trait in us, knowing us, knowing our worst – knowing our best and always choosing to see us through the Blood He shed for us. This relationship is love beyond any earthly love. It is not only for now but it is for eternity. We will be communing with God forever. We were created to be His family.

Please pray about what is important to you but also find out what is important to God. Ask Him to share His heart with you for people, animals, nations, His will to be done. Let us as a Church pray what God wants for us: to share His heart. I want to be a friend to Him. He has been so awesome to me.

Revelation 7:

15 Therefore,

they are before the throne of God,
and serve Him day and night in His temple.
And He who sits on the throne
will dwell among them.

There is some religious lie that says that prayer is boring or that it is hard or that it is only for certain people. The truth is – should you be wholly giving yourself to God, He will commune with you. You will feel His presence: joy, peace, love, revelation. Worshipping God is joy beyond all explanation. It is what we were created to do. as we speak to God and listen to Him, joy is released in us. The gifts of the Spirit will bubble forth as we pray in other tongues. We will build up our spirit as we pray and worship.  We are transformed from glory to glory into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ each time we pray and praise.

Psalm 16:

11 You will make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Please, if you read this and you are thinking that’s not me right now – yeah I remember being like that… please ask God to soften your heart. Ask God to give you your first love for Him as you once had. Please, press in to the deeper things of God by seeking Jesus Christ. Pray and ask God to speak to you. Make it a priority to reconnect with Him. I promise you, connecting with God goes beyond any pleasure of the Earth and is the only way to live your life – Christian.

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Motivation of Mercy

October 8, 2016

Romans 12: 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

There are different parts of the body of Christ as we have spent the last several blogs exploring the different gift motivations. The gift of Mercy is often the most required gift so there are many in the Body of Christ who have this gifting. They are attracted to people who need mercy: people who may be grieving the loss of a spouse or who are in need of encouragement because of sorrow or pain or illness.

Mercies will feel deep empathy and weep with the weeping or laugh with the rejoicing. Mercies will have just the right words to speak or be able to sympathize and listen. God uses them to bring healing in the Body of Christ. Example, if I am banging a nail with a hammer and I hit my thumb, my body immediately replies. I will most likely say “OW” and my arm will bring my thumb up into my mouth and I will suck it to help relieve pain. The body responds by giving all the assistance it can to the part in need.

Mercies are often so moved with the compassion of Christ for a person, they will “feel” what the person is feeling.  This is not for its own sake; although it shows sympathy and caring, it doesn’t heal anyone. a true mercy will take it beyond the feeling (I am not saying it is of no value – it is – it brings comfort – just not healing) and give a word of scripture inspired by God. The person will be able to pray with you the scripture in faith believing and interceding for you.

The scripture encourages Mercies to show mercy with cheerfulness – that is that they should see things with Divine perspective – in light of eternity – not simply showing compassion but showing compassion with faith and the word of God that is able to bring healing to that member of the body of Christ. Example, if I cut my finger, I must wash it but I should also apply a medicine – antibiotic to it – and put a bandage on it. It isn’t ok to leave the wound not cared for. A mercy motivated by the Holy Spirit will show compassion but also be praying the Word of God over you and with you so there may be healing. May God use you to encourage and show mercy towards someone this week. It could be a words you speak to someone or a prayer you pray for someone. Ask God to use you and He will.