The Face of Holiness Part 1


“Living the Christian Life”

            I sense that there is urgency in the heart of God at this hour for His children to know and live out His way of life. A great deal of emphasis has been placed on the things we should do as it refers to our gifts and talents. You ask the question: What is your call? And many will answer; “Well, I am called to be a preacher, an Evangelist, a Prophet, a Pastor, a Teacher, etc.” Even as all of these calls and others are important in the Body of Christ as a tool for the expansion of God’s Kingdom; it is not where our emphasis should be placed at.

A good friend and mentor in my life, Pastor Gerard Cruse from the church, “Consuming Fire” in Jacksonville, Florida; has been teaching a long series about holiness. This week he is on his 18th Sunday teaching on this subject.  Reverend Cruse says it this way: “We are not called to do, we are called to be.” The foundation of Pastor Cruse’s teaching is found in First Peter 1:16, “for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.” I must say that I requested all of the CDs regarding Pastor Cruse’s teachings on holiness. This on-going series is complementing what I have been feeling concerning “Christian Living” for some time.

            Holiness is more than an appropriate behavior. The Old Testament emphasized on external dos and don’ts; however, holiness in the New Testament flows from within our hearts. You are either pursuing holiness or not. The Holiness church; even as they are pursuing a good thing; they are going about the wrong way, for they are trying to force behaviors with rules and regulations. The result of that is that we have people that have mastered the art of acting certain ways, but their hearts are full of self-righteousness, judgment and an unloving and unmerciful Pharisee spirit. The disturbing mental vision of women without make-up, unshaved legs and unshaved armpits come to mind. The legalistic movement has caused such a great deal of damage to the point where nobody wants to talk about holiness anymore. The mention of holiness in this article alone perhaps, is causing many to feel uncomfortable already. “Oh Angel, you are into works!” I can hear some say. “These are the times of grace!” others may say. “The Holy Spirit will do the work! Etc. And the minimizing arguments against holiness will continue to grow as we close into the end-times when the good will seem bad and the bad will seen good.

My dear friends, I will dedicate the next few articles (I don’t know how many) to the topic of Christian Living. Christian Living is the face of Holiness. The Apostles dedicated a great deal of time and emphasis in their writings concerning how to live the Christian life. With this series I will show you Biblically how a Man and a Women of God should look and think like. Again, the emphasis here is not in works or acting and behaving certain ways; the emphasis here is for us to come face to face with God’s standards. When we take a good look at His standards and we take a deeper look at ourselves, I pray for an explosion in our lives that would cause a true desire for change and an even greater desire to die to self.

The call to be holy is a universal call in-spite of what you and I are called to do. You being called to the nations, called to be an Apostle, a Prophet, etc. does not exempt you or me from the responsibilities of Christian Living. Your gift is not the determined factor in justifying how you should behave and relate to God, God’s people and the world. The idea that God’s standards for Christian Living changes based on what you are called to do is un-biblical and tragic.

During this series, if you are like me, you will quickly find out that you are not where God wants you to be. That my friends; is a great start! For many of us, it took hell and back for us to begin to see the awful condition of our own hearts. May the Lord help us and give us understanding as we answer the call to be holy.

On the Other Side of the Valley of Suffering


             

               What a terrible day that was for Job! In one day a mighty wind caused the death of all his children. On that day, Job lost it all, but the pain did not stop there. That day was just the beginning of more terrible days to come. Job was now sick, with a sickness that took over every inch of his body. His own wife, the one that was supposed to be his helper; the only survival in the family; mocked and encouraged Job to curse God and die! His own friends could not say a word to him for seven days and seven nights “…because they saw how great his suffering was.” (Job 2: 13) Have you ever been in a situation in life where you despise your very existence? Job did! “Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.” (Job 3:1)

            Thirty four agonizing Chapters went by with three of Job’s friends giving senseless reasons and explanation for his pain. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish what is more painful; the original cause of the pain or the worthless judgments of the ones we love. But then God spoke, and gave Job the same treasures that are waiting for many of us on the other side of the valley of suffering.

  • The deep revelation of the greatness of God and how small we really are.  (Job 38/39/40/41/42)
  • Knowing our Father in a more intimate and rich way, not by what others say, but by what God Himself revealed of Him to us. (Job 42:5)
  • We will experience true repentance for our own acts, our false images of ourselves and our wrong judgments of why God does what He does. We will gain acceptance and trust in God’s doing even when we are unable to understand. (Job 42:6)
  • God will deal with those that spoke wrongly on His behave and in our tribulations were of ungodly wisdom. God will redeem us. (Job 42:7-9)
  • We will develop a heart that will not keep record of the wrong that was done against us; a heart ready to forgive. (Job 42:10)
  • We will enjoy a double blessing on this age and on this dimension of life. The blessings are coming from the North, from the South, from the East and from the West! (Job 42:10)
  • We will find comfort as God send out his arms of love. You may be alone in your suffering now, with no spouse or a friend to console your soul, but our comfort is coming! (Job 42:11)

“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” I Peter 4:12-13

 

The Danger of Isolation vs. the Power of your Real Friends


“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire;
      He rages against all wise judgment.”
      (Proverb 18:1)

            I took that beautiful Friday off from work. Oh, how much we need those mental-health-days sometimes! A good friend, who I have not seen in two years, has been insisting on eating lunch with me for some-time, but I always found an excuse to justify saying “no.” I have been facing many challenges and painful experiences since the last time I saw him on my wedding night; so I did what many people do in cases like that, I isolated myself! As I isolated myself, I become an easy prey; not only for the devil, but also for my own thoughts.

            This article carries a very simple message: Do not be an easy prey by isolating yourself from the people that love you in the Lord. My friend and I ate lunch and fellowshipped with one another for over two hours at an IHOP on Baymeadows Road. At the end of our meal, we walked outside to the parking lot and there; this tall white man and this short black Puerto Rican held hands and began to pray. Within seconds a young African American lady and an older one, who seemed to be her mother, gathered together with us in prayer. I began to feel a renewal in my spirit that I longed for.

            The next morning I receive a long e-mail from my friend Dennis; the one that ate lunch with me the day before at IHOP. It was so long that I copied and pasted the document so that I would be able to read it easier. The first paragraph goes like this…

“Brother, I’ve been thinking and praying about our meeting yesterday.  You realize that I’m an old man, so life is too short to mince words.  First of all, you have incredible insight into your own desires.  Many people haven’t allowed desire to be created in them simply because they don’t know how to discover their destiny in God.  Without a dream or vision or goal for our lives we tend to become complacent and lethargic — we are reduced to existing rather than truly living.  Secondly, you understand that with every dream; there will always be people or obstacles who will try to burst the dream by provoking us severely to make our lives, in this stage of apparent barrenness miserable.  It is at this point in our journey that we must make a decision.  Do we quit or go on?  Do we give up and agree with the negative influences in our lives, or do we let God show us that the provocation of others is necessary in our lives to persuade us to go after whatever it is He has specifically for our future.”

            This e-mail was overflowing with seventeen pages of love, wisdom, encouragement, Bible truth, guidance, humility and even a dose of Godly rebuke. In my short forty one years of life this letter is, without a doubt, the most important personal Word I have ever received from anyone. It did not take long, as I continued reading my friend’s letter, to find myself in tears; yet, not of sadness, for the letter strengthened and encouraged me to continue on believing for a breakthrough and for a miracle; but most of all, a renewed revelation of the power of friendship and the fatal danger of isolation. Proverbs 17:17 tells that: A friend loves at all times…” My brother Dennis made this verse a reality that afternoon.

            Are you facing difficult situations that you are afraid of sharing with others as you fear that they will judge or even reject you? I encourage you to come out of isolation and go to that person that God has already placed in your heart to share. I promise you, that even as the situations you are facing perhaps don’t change right away, you will have in that friend that extra spiritual muscle to carry your burdens with you and most of all; you will never become an easy prey to the devil, to the negative voices of the world and to your own thoughts. I encourage you to test the power of your real friends! Perhaps there are seventeen pages of everything you need, waiting to be released into your soul; to give you the hope and strength that you need in your darkest hour!

The Revolutionary Prayer Life Part 5


 

“Four Inseparable Aspects of Prayer”

 

The Forth Aspect of Prayer: Meditation

 

            The forth and last aspect of prayer is meditation. Biblical meditation is what the devil will challenge the most in our daily lives. Meditation is defined as: “To ponder, to think about something carefully.” Meditation is to “think about what the Lord spoke to us.” How can we take the words of the Lord lightly? How can we just stand up from kneeling in prayer and keep going about with our lives like a common man just spoke to us? I have heard the testimony of many brothers and sisters that have only begun to understand some of the things God shared with them, years after they heard from Him about particular issues. Let’s explore together this powerful aspect of prayer.

1. How do we meditate?

 

“May my meditation be pleasing to him,
       as I rejoice in the Lord.”
(Ps. 104:34)

Our meditation should be done in a way that would be pleasing unto the Lord, which implies that there are other kinds of meditations. The Bible also goes as far as telling us that God considers our meditation; in other words; God pays special attention to what we think about. To the Chief Musician. With Flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation” (Ps. 5:1). We will expand in the kind of meditation the Lord expects from us later.

2. Where do we meditate:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
       be pleasing in your sight,
       O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
(Ps. 19:14)

We meditate in our hearts; that is the part of us that thinks, feels and decides. We meditate with our thinking, with our feelings and in our decisions.

3. When should we meditate?

 

“Blessed is the man
       who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
       or stand in the way of sinners
       or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
       and on his law he meditates day and night.”
(Ps. 1:1-2)

We should meditate always! We can talk to God, listen to what He has to say and read His Word, but if we don’t meditate on these three mentioned aspect of prayer, what we consider our prayer life will become nothing more than a religious routine with no life-changing power.

4. What should we be meditating on?

a. God’s Law (Psalm 1:1-2)

“Blessed is the man
       who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
       or stand in the way of sinners
       or sit in the seat of mockers.

But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
       and on his law he meditates day and night.”

b. God’s Love (Ps 48:9)

“Within your temple, O God,
       we meditate on your unfailing love.”

c. God’s Works (145:5)

“They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
       and I will meditate on your wonderful works.”

d. God’s Precepts (Ps. 119:15)

“I meditate on your precepts
       and consider your ways.”

e. God’s Wonders (Ps. 119:27)

“Let me understand the teaching of your precepts;
       then I will meditate on your wonders.”

f. God’s Promise (Ps. 119:148)

“My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
 that I may meditate on your promises.”

5. What are the benefits of such meditation?

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
       which yields its fruit in season
       and whose leaf does not wither.
       Whatever he does prospers.” (Ps. 1:3)

True meditation is the secret for favor and prosperity. This is so contradictory to the prosperity messages we hear today.

            We should never allow the devil to steal our meditation on the Lord; but we all know that in life, things happened. There are things we face; things that the devil throws at us that quickly take our meditation away. Kids getting sick, a supervisor that gets on our last nerves, someone cuts in front of you in traffic, a spouse acting crazy, a bad medical report from the doctor, tragedies, disappointments and the list goes on and on.

            May the Lord help us, no matter what, to meditate day and night in God’s law, love, great works and promises for us. May our meditation be pleasing unto Him who considers what we think always and may we have enough discipline to talk to Daddy about everything, listen to what He has to say and read His Word. May He be pleased even as we lay in our beds and find ourselves tired from long days. May we find ourselves loving God and thinking about Him like a lover thinks about his bride.

 

Revival of Christian Living


“A Godliness Awakening”

            At around 2:30 AM on October 17, 2010 as I was already in my bed; the Holy Spirit woke me up with these words:

                Many have centered the Gospel around the office of the Evangelist. Others have placed the emphasis on the manifestation of the charismatic expressions of my Spirit: Speaking in tongues; the prophetic movement, Word of knowledge, healing and others. But the Lord is saddened as you have ignored your duties as Christians and your responsibility to strive for a manifested Christian Living. You have taken off the pages of my Word written by my apostles that clearly deals with a way of living your lives that is pleasing unto Me and even unto the world. For in Ephesians 5:15-21 I told you to:

“15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

But you are living an unwise life, you are not making the most of the opportunities I am giving you and you are being foolish by not understanding my will. My people are getting drunk as immorality has over-taken many of you. For I told you, in my love, to be filled with my Spirit and to speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs; but you have given yourself to the music of the god of this world; a music that is an abomination to me! Where is your thanksgiving?

            You walk in the futility of your thinking and there is no difference between you and the gentiles (Ephesians 4:17). You prophesy, but can’t submit to your husband; you preach, but are unfaithful to your wife; you express great teachings, but have no time for your children; you talk about me with sinners; but when are you going to talk to me? When are you going to love me, to worship me and to sit with me?

            Did I not tell you to “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31)? But many of you do not even find it necessary for these things to be removed out of your heart. Did I not tell you to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32)?

            Do not think for a minute that the recognized high figures of the Gospel in America are simply “attacked by the enemy;” for they are being exposed by Me; says the Lord. For I have being dealing with them in the secret place for many decades; but they are refusing to listen to my ways of life and in the vanity of their minds they are finding justification for their increasingly detestable sins of sexual immorality and perversion.

                What are you doing looking at the world? What are you doing judging what they do? Through my servant Peter I told you that today the Word is fulfilling herself:

“For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17

            We have emphasized too much in external manifestations of our Christianity and many of us when faced with tribulations quickly discover how little we know of the true ways of our Lord. We were very quickly made aware of how shallow our faith really is. We see very talented Men and Women of God whose walk in their jobs, neighborhood and even among their families is contrary to the ways of the Lord. Our pulpits are manifesting much emphasis on prosperity, much emphasis on personal callings, what my ministry is doing and how many people we are reaching; but God’s people are not changing; they are not the peculiar people we are called to be. We have become very friendly with the world and are standing as enemies of God for James 4:4 declares:

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

            We are taking the grace of God as an excuse to live lives that are not pleasing unto the Lord and we are minimizing the severity of our sin. People are turning their backs on His laws and precepts and they are no longer going after His righteousness, but they are eagerly going after their own desires (James 4:1-3). Many ministers have publicly fallen and many more will fall as they continue to emphasize in the charismatic expressions of their gifts and have taken off the pages of God’s Word that teaches the beauty of Christian Living. For the Lord is saying at this hour as a warning to the Body of Christ in Matthew 7:22-23:

“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

            Beloved, I feel that the next move of God is going to be in our hearts. We will experience a revival of a life style of true Christian Living. This is going to be a Godliness Awakening. A greater anointing will not be released until we embrace and pursue Godliness; for the Lord Jesus tells us that “If we love Him we will obey His commands” (John 14:15). God has given us a divine nature to overcome the world and live holy lives:

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

(2 Peter 1:3-4) 

            Thank God that we serve a God of covenant…glory be to His Name! We are about to step into a season where we are going to truly “keep it real.” For the ones that think they know are about to see how little they know; but the Lord is about to do visible changes in our lives and we will be the “light of the world.” Open your eyes and search the Scripture concerning the Way He wants us to live and pray before the Lord day and night and night and day for the Lord to bless you with the fullness of our new covenant.

“But I am a God of covenant and will finish what I have started in you for:

“I will put my law in their minds
       and write it on their hearts.
       I will be their God,
       and they will be my people.”

(Jeremiah 31:33-34)

 

 

The Revolutionary Prayer Life Part 4


 

“Four Inseparable Aspects of Prayer”

 

 

The Third Aspect of Prayer: Reading the Bible

 

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

(2 Timothy 2:15)

            James Chapman, host of A Passion for Writing, compiled a list of the “10 Most Read Books” in the world over the last fifty years. Once again, the Bible, without much of a contest, came way ahead of its competition with 3.9 billion copies sold. “Quotations From the Works of Mao Tse-tung” came at a distance second place with 820 million copies sold. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we see four basic reasons why God has given us so much access to His Word:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…”

 

  1. “Doctrine:” “A rule or principle that forms the basis of a belief, theory, or policy.”
  2. “Reproof:” “The act of criticizing somebody for having done something wrong, or something said as a rebuke.”
  3. “Correction:” “The removal of errors from something, or the indication of errors in something.”
  4. “Instruction in Righteousness:” a. “Instruction:” “A spoken or written statement of what must be done, especially delivered formally, with official authority, or as an order.”

               b. “Righteousness:” “The only moral standard acceptable by God.”

            Without a devotion to study God’s Word, how can we possibly learn about sound doctrine? How can we know and understand our beliefs? How can we effectively rebuke anybody? How can we even know when something is Biblically wrong? Without a devotion to study God’s Word how can we even identify errors in our Christian life? How can we possibly understand God’s moral standards?

            So, as it relates to prayer; how can we develop an effective prayer life without the Word of God as our foundation? It would be next to impossible to pray according to His will. Psalm 119:105 tells us:

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

 

            The Word of God has the power not only to guide every step we take, but also to allow us to see ahead in our path. Without the Word, we are open to personal opinions and the opinions of others. Without the Word we are open to mix God’s moral standards with man’s moral standards. Without the Word we are open to cultural backgrounds and worldly reasoning. It is the Word that we will use to confirm that the dreams we are dreaming are of God; that the visions we see comes from Him and that what we heard in our secret place or through people truly was spoken by God. Psalm 119:67 tells us:

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.”

 

            I can strongly relate to this verse! Before many of my afflictions, I did go astray. Many of the stuff that I am facing today are direct results of me moving away from the path established by God’s Word. It is the Word that shows us that path and as we live our lives according to the Word, we return to His path. Psalm 119:101 put it this way: “I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.” Our daily walk as Christians is directly connected to the Word of God.

            What I am discovering is that in my up-bringing as a Christian I had the awesomeness of jumping into a ministry with a great sense of Worship to God and an amazing prophetic movement; however we were weak when it came down to Christian living.  Not that we totally ignored teaching on the way we were suppose to live, but it was not given the passion and dedication that it deserved. Much emphasis on God using us and the manifestation of gifts; but not enough emphasis on the things that we must put off and put on according to His Word.

            It is crucial then, that we recognize the study of God’s Word as a critical element or aspect of prayer as everything that we say and accept in our lives must be in harmony with His Word. So far we have discussed three aspects of prayer in this series:

  1. Talking to God
  2. Listening to God
  3. Reading God’s Word

 

            These three elements are basic, necessary and inseparable from the last and perhaps the most attacked aspect of prayer. The enemy may leave you alone and let you talk to God, listen to what God has to say and even leave you alone while you are reading the Bible. However, you will soon be able to see that, if the enemy cannot get you on these first three aspects of prayer, he will surely give you hell on this last one.

To be continued…

 

 

Learning from The Chilean Miners’ Rescue By Dennis Owen


“A Closer Look at the Arts of Listening to God”

The primary verse that I suggest we consider is Proverbs 8:32-36: “Now therefore, O sons, listen to Me, for blessed are they who keep My ways. Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at My doorposts. For he who finds Me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD. But he who sins against Me injures himself; all those who hate Me love death.” There are three key words which we must consider: (1) listen; (2) watching; and (3) waiting. The promise is in verse 35: (1) “When you find Me you find life!” (2) “You will obtain favor from the Lord.” But we must listen, watch, and wait to find the Lord. Psalm 84:1-12, especially Psalm 84:10, shows an example of a listening prayer experience from the life of David: “For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of My God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (I would rather be a doorkeeper.)” David knew the art of waiting at the threshold of the door of the house of God.

This is the art of listening, waiting and watching. But the primary verse I want to draw to your attention is Isaiah 50:4,5: “The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens me morning by morning. He awakens my ear to listen as a disciple. The Lord God has opened by ear; and I was not disobedient, nor did I turn back.” I have prayed these verses over my own life and asked that I be given a listening ear. But I have learned over the years that we do not each “hear” in the same manner. Certainly the fear of being open to the “wrong spirits” or being led astray by the enemy is a major obstacle to hearing God speaking. But if If you can respond to the following statements affirmatively, then rest assured that God is speaking to you:

1. What I heard helps me to respect (fear) the Lord and to depart from evil (Job 28:28).

2. The message increases my faith in or my knowledge and understanding of Scripture (Proverbs 4:7).

3. The actions that will result from following this will be full of spiritual fruits: purity, peace, gentleness, mercy, courtesy, good deeds, sincerity, and without hypocrisy (James 3:17).

4. What I heard strengthens me “with all might” so that I can keep going no matter what happens (Colossians 1:11).

5. It causes me to experience joyfulness and thanksgiving to the Father (Colossians 1:12).

As we waited in anticipation of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners, Christians from around the entire globe practiced this ongoing activity of listening, waiting and watching. As we watched television we saw American technological assistance, Chilean courage, global prayers, and God’s grace! It was certainly a proud and joyous moment for all the world last night, especially the people of Chile! Let’s commit ourselves to these skills so that we will truly find Him and obtain favor from the Lord. Let us be alert and learn the lost arts of communion with our Lord through our prayer experience.

The Revolutionary Prayer Life Part 3


 

“Four Inseparable Aspects of Prayer”

 

The Second Aspect of Prayer: Listening to God

 

“Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.”

(Zechariah 2:13)

 

            I remember telling my pastor, “Talk to me, because if you don’t, the devil will.” That was before I started developing a relationship with God myself and I started developing a hunger for His voice. Logically thinking; when having a conversation with the All Knowing and All Mighty God; it is indeed obvious that the most important aspect of that communication is what HE has to say. If you love basketball and you want to be a better basketball player; imagine for a minute that Michael Jordan is scheduled to spend a couple of hours with you to help with your game. Don’t you think that it will be foolish if during those couple of hours you do all the talking and after you are done you just leave and allow Mr. Jordan no time to speak about your game?  You had one of the greatest basketball players that ever lived at your disposal for a couple of hours and all you could do was talk yourself. My friends; that is what many of us call prayer! We have access to GOD, but we don’t care to listen! Perhaps the reason we don’t care to listen is because some can’t believe that God can actually speak to them.

            Let’s do a basic review on the seven ways God uses to speak to us:

  1. He speaks through our hearts: This is a deep thought that you know it did not come from you.
  2. He speaks through visions: These are like mental pictures from God.
  3. He speaks through dreams as you sleep.
  4. He speaks through His Word; through the revelation of His Word: It is no longer a normal reading; it is when a Scripture jumps out and gives you a deeper understanding. We will be discussing the reading of His Word as a crucial aspect of prayer in the next article.  
  5. He speaks through circumstances: God sometimes opens and closes doors through events in our lives.
  6. He speaks through people: God can use anybody.
  7. He speaks through His audible voice

 

            This aspect of prayer is very dangerous if handled the wrong way because we must make sure that we are indeed listening to God. Not everything that we listen to is from God even if it sounds spiritual.  We must also remember that the enemy will always try to imitate God in order to twist things around. So, not every thought, dream or person that approaches us, necessarily speaks on behalf of the Lord; we must be discerning, confirming what we hear through the word of God. And in decision- making especially, we must have the confirmation of two or three witnesses. (2 Cor. 13:1) For example, the Lord spoke to me about working full time with CRM where I was serving as part-time Chaplain, as I was working full-time with another organization. This was not an easy decision because it required resigning from my full-time job and loosing the extra income of a part-time job. I felt peace about it, but I was waiting for a confirmation. That confirmation came through three different people that did not know what I was asking the Lord and what the Lord was telling me.

            This second aspect of prayer also reminds us that we need the Body of Christ. Prayer should not alienate us from people as we need people in order to be able to confirm that it is God speaking to us. But, is listening then enough?

To be continued…

 

 

The Songs are here?


Who took my song away? Who devoured my dreams? Who filled my heart with discouragement? Who took the light out of my life and the smile from off my countenance? How can that be? How can you be so important? Why did I allow you so much power in my life? You are a liar and have been since the very beginning. You came to give me hell; Jesus came to give me life. You came to condemn me; Jesus came to make me free. You came to judge me, but Jesus came to save my soul. You came to disqualify me; Jesus came to give me purpose. In you there is no hope; Jesus is the hope of glory. Jesus is the King of kings; you are just a fallen one. Your jealousy will be severely judged. The symbols that you are using to destroy and expand your kingdom are soon to be crushed. You remind me of what I have done and speak hopelessness into my family; Jesus sees me for who I will be and the great promises over my children. Your condemnation can’t hold me anymore; the chains of your destructive words are all burnt by the blood of my Lord. I see the giants falling and I find joy in cutting their heads off in the name of the Christ. Not one will remain standing; not one will open their mouths in mockery. As for me and my house, we belong to the Lord. The Blood was splashed on the doors of our destiny; the angel of death passed by. We are unstoppable; God is with us, who dares to entertain even a thought of victory over us. The Lord will destroy your teeth with a mighty blow;   the Lord will terrorize you with just His look. Back off all you demons of hell…I am free, my children are free and generational curses broken in the name of my Master. God owns all the glory and the crown on my head. I can hear the new songs rising; the melodies of liberation can be heard from the mountain’s top. I lift up my voice to sing; the songs are here, the songs are here!

The Revolutionary Prayer Life Part 2


 

“Four Inseparable Aspects of Prayer”

 

The First Aspect of  Prayer: Talking to God

 

The most common definition for prayer is “Talking to God.” However, talking to God is just one of four aspects of prayer. That is why I think it wise to use the following definition for prayer: “Communicating or exchanging information with God.” The Biblical way of starting our conversation with God is by expressing “Thanksgiving.”

 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)

It is important that we do not treat God as a Santa Claus. We must express our love to Him in Worship and adoration. As we express thanksgiving to God there is no limit on what we can talk to Him about. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

This verse says, “In everything”; that means that we can talk to God about everything and everybody. Many of us go to people to talk about things that people can’t help us with. Many times they can’t even handle the information we are giving them. We would be so much better off,  if we talked to God about everything first: that person in your job that gets on your last nerves, that promotion that you desire; your jealousy, your insecurities, your intercession for others, your issues, your problems, etc, etc, etc. The Bible tells us in this verse that we ought to have an attitude of thanksgiving; “…with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.” My beloved, there is nothing you can say that God can’t handle!

In Psalms 55:2, 102:1 and 142:2 the Psalmists speak about pouring our complaints before the Lord. How many times have we complained to people about different things in life? Talk to God; He is able to listen to all that you have to say: The good, the bad, the ugly, your struggles, your sin; your needs and yes…your complaints.

For many, this is what prayer is all about! For many, this is as far as their prayer life goes. The problem is that they are missing three other vital aspects of prayer. After us doing all that talking there is so much more.

To be continued…