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Essence of Prayer

There is also a poem which I believe describes the true essence of prayer.

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
that trembles in the breast.
Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.

Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is something deeper than words that is already present in our heart before ever being formed into words, and it abides long after words have faded away.
Letting Jesus Come into Our Need

Prayer simply means letting Jesus come into our needs. This means submitting to Jesus to use His power to alleviate our distress. As He does, He will glorify His name. And, for Jesus to glorify His name is to glorify the Father.

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Divine Guidance

OBEDIENCE
Willingness to Obey

Someone once said, “If a person truly desires to do the will of God as much as he says he desires to know it, he will know it.”

This means we must be willing to obey God’s will—even before we know it. Not being willing to obey God’s will, regardless what it may be, can prevent us from ever knowing it. It is true that God may choose to reveal His specific will to us even when He knows we are not going to obey it. But, we must also keep in mind that God may refuse to reveal it when, in His omniscience, He knows we have a disobedient heart. In this case, instead of showing us His specific will, He will deal with us on the basis of our disobedience.

Highest Form of Worship: Obedience

Many Christians believe that the highest form of worship is praise. But, God said: “Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.” (Amos 5:23-24) Obedience, not praise, is the highest form of worship. Praise is only a part of obedience.

Heart Purity and the Human Will

God may have given one person more light at a particular time in some area than He has another. So, we must each walk in obedience to the light God has given us, and, by so doing remain obedient to our day by day, progressing spiritual maturity.

However, there may be times when we do not receive light in some area because God knows that, in our hearts, we are not willing to yield to that light. In this case, He will work in us to make our hearts pure and ready to obey. Concerning this matter of heart purity, there are many factors. One is that God desires our heart’s cry not to be, “Oh, God, show me Your will so I may consider it among other alternatives” (i.e. decide whether I will do it or not), but, “Oh, God, show me Your will, and regardless of what it is, I will have no other alternatives.” (i.e. I will do it regardless.)

FAITH
The Necessity of Faith

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6) 17
“…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Rom. 14:23)
“…The just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11)

Faith is an absolute essential in Divine Guidance. Anything done aside from faith has no merit before the Lord. In fact, Romans 14:23 goes so far as to tell us this is sin.
A faithful disposition is a prerequisite to sure Divine guidance. Take a look at Hebrews 11:1-23 (especially vss. 2, 11, 13, 19, 23).

Thanks for reading our blog—and for your prayers,encouragement and sharing your heart with us!

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What is your Church Demonstrating?

 The church’s condition should demonstrate a holy and righteous testimony to the world.

It should demonstrate the life of Christ and the way of salvation. Through the love, grace and mercy of God, it should demonstrate and preach a holy God Who offers salvation in His Son Jesus Christ. This salvation will come by grace through faith and not of good human works. If salvation could be obtained by good works then man could boast of how he saved himself by his own righteous works.

If a man has experienced a true rebirth, his regeneration will produce the character of Christ. His righteousness is through Christ and Christ alone; nothing of his own good works can achieve righteousness. Accompanying this rebirth in Christ will be an instilled desire for holy living which will involve good works born out of his supernatural conversion. Since the church should be comprised of such individuals, the church as a whole should desire and demonstrate Christ’s holy character to the world.

Unfortunately, the majority of churches today have lost this witness. The church has become so filled with unregenerate membership that it has taken on the character of the world. Over the years, we have seen this happen to both individual churches and entire denominations.

Churches have gone from preaching and living the true gospel, to preaching but not living it, to finally no longer preaching it.

It is true the world is in a condition of sin and people need the Lord. Certainly the sin of the world needs to be reproved. This is  both for sake of the lost that they might desire a Savior and the Christians’ sake that they might demonstrate a Savior. But the world’s sin cannot be addressed from a position of hypocrisy. If the church attempts to reprove the world from a position of hypocrisy, it will only demonstrate its own self-righteousness, which will result in resentment from the lost.

Today, the greatest problem is not sin in the world, but sin in the church. The real travesty against the world today is preachers and church members who want to address the world’s sin while they overlook sin in their own lives and churches. The preacher, who sets about to reprove the sins of the world without dealing with sin in his church, is himself sinning against God.

Brethren, before we, as Christians, attempt to reprove sin in the world, we must first deal with sin in ourselves, our family and our church—in this order.

I Pet. 4:17 For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

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Praise Is Not the Way to Revival but the Result of It

In recent years there has been an emphasis in churches on how to give God our praise.

Praise is wonderful and scriptural, but God does not desire praise from impure hearts! God told the Israelites not to bring Him their sacrifices and burnt offerings, until they were ready to bring Him their broken and contrite hearts.

Ps. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

God desires holy hearts—then praise. If God’s people have holy hearts, they won’t need instruction in how to praise the Lord–they won’t be able to restrain themselves from it! Our praise doesn’t come from classroom instruction, but from the abundant overflow of a holy heart. True praise doesn’t flow from repetition and practice, but from a pure and rejoicing heart. True praise springs forth when the Holy Spirit fills purified hearts. Without a pure heart, praise is an abomination to a Holy God. God still says to frivolous and disobedient churches today:

“Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs, for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.” (Amos 5:23‑24)

The only way to true revival is through heart purity

Regardless of the claim to spirituality and revival made by churches today, we find divorce, all manner of strife, contention, heartache, jealousy, envying, malice and guile. The fact is that no “new” method, program or expression or Pentecostal experience is going to bring a God‑sent revival. The only method that will produce genuine revival is the one Peter said the Gentiles experienced, that which the Jews first experienced, heart purity. (Acts 15:9) Prayer with brokenness and personal holiness will bring true God‑sent revival.

No organization, discipleship group, home cell group, “how to praise and worship” conference, restoration movement, healing service, tongues doctrine or any other gift expression is going to bring revival. If the lifestyle portrayed is floundering in carnality, no one will see the true Jesus, even though they claim Christ as their cornerstone. There is a difference between carnality and immaturity. Carnality is sin; immaturity is youth. Carnality requires repentance; immaturity requires growth.

There is certainly a dire need today for unity, restoration and true Pentecostal power. But, this must come out of the fertile soil of holiness. The call is first purity—then praise; first repentance—then restoration; first consecration—then charisma.

Whether Charismatic or non‑Charismatic discipleship groups, home cell groups, prayer groups, praise groups, Bible study groups or restoration conferences each has the same need: genuine heart purity. This requires humility, repentance, sacrifice, faith, servanthood, prayer and absolute obedience to Christ. When this happens, there will be revival—true revival.

But, beloved, the Bible tells us not to look for great multitudes in this true revival. The true will be holy, but comparatively few. If a pastor does not honestly desire true holiness, his church will eventually take on his character rather than Christ’s. Let us see the day when the pastoral prayer is “God make us a church whose cry is to be holy of heart, blameless and unreprovable in Your sight. God, send us true revival!

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SUFFERING DOES A GODLY WORK IN US

Produces Low-Mindedness, Understanding, Love and Compassion

Romans 5:3 tells us that tribulation works patience in us. As we learn to rest in patience, we realize the experience of salvation and sanctification. By the success and victory of this experience, we gain the hope for deliverance. Finally, somehow through it all, we are enlarged in our capacity to love God, and through us this love of God is shed abroad to others.

Romans 5:3-5 is an amazing sequence of events—not at all understood by the lost, but every believer whom God has carried during times of tribulation can attest its validity. These times can be very trying. It’s easier to say to someone else “Just rest in God” than actually to do it ourselves when the thermostat of our “trying furnace” is turned up until we find ourselves pressed out of measure. But rather than claiming that such tribulation is unscriptural, God’s intent is to teach us to rejoice in tribulation and grow in grace. This brings a humbling that brings more low-mindedness concerning ourselves.

It’s a work with a price, but a necessary price worth the cost. Most of all, with each occurrence of tribulation, we realized more love for God, gain a deeper understanding of love and acquire more compassion for others.

Rom. 5:3-5

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.


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As a Christian, Can You Be Defeated by a Recurring Problem?

We wrestle not with flesh and blood. Beneath every human problem, there exists an underlying spiritual root. And every spiritual root is connected with ungodly spiritual influence and power. Therefore we must always be dependent upon the Spirit’s power in casting down strongholds.

II Cor. 10:3-4
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”

It is impossible to remove these strongholds by the strength of our own human power because they have been imparted to us by spiritual forces with spiritual power. It will take spiritual power to effectively remove them. This is why secular psychotherapy can never be ultimately effective. Secular psychotherapy, for all its indepth rationale, has only a limited and natural ability to diagnose the humanistic appeal for help, but lacks the power to deliver.

For more on how you can have victory over strongholds and recurring problems in your Christian walk, there’s a book written from years of counseling as a pastor and helping Christians obtain freedom. The book is Biblical Counseling, available on Amazon. Can you as a born again believer “counsel” yourself? Can you counsel others? The answer is “yes.”

THE SPIRIT-FILLED VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIFE

Regardless how thoroughly you deal with spiritual strongholds, no victory can be maintained aside from a continual moment-by-moment appropriation of the Holy Spirit empowered, faith appropriated “know-reckon-yield,” dead and live reckoning principles given through the apostle Paul in his victorious Christian life treatise of Romans chapters 6-8.

Having seen many delivered of strongholds and set free to walk in the victory that belongs to God’s children,  your victory is assured when you work through your recurring problems and strongholds God’s way. He will do it for you, in you, through His power, His Word!


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Is Having a Victorious Christian Life the Cry of Your Heart?

During my early Christian life (born again in1975), I poured over theological doctrines trying to determine which were valid and how they practically applied to everyday Christian life. I also moved about through many theological “camps” and experiences. More than anything, I wanted to have a victorious Christian life, not one characterized by the ups and downs of carnality and defeat.

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