Why Pray? Why Intercede?

James 4:3 (paraphrased)
You don’t receive what you’ve asked for in prayer because you have asked wrongly.

Why do so many Christians belong to a church or identify themselves as Christian when they are not walking according to the Word/Spirit, without
evidence to support their “belief”?

Am I being too critical? Am I condemning my brother?

Having “beliefs” customs, traditions etc. seems fine, however, where’s the fruit
of supernatural/supranatural power? Does that Christian strike you as someone who has been truly set free (John 8:31)? Do they truly serve others with Holy Spirit power (Matthew 10:8)?

Here’s an honest question for professing Christians: Why do you continue
your “religious” life when you have no real evidence that sets you apart from ordinary, law abiding, “nice” people?

Do the promises of Jesus Christ just apply to pastors/priests? Perhaps those people feel that the promises of Jesus were for the disciples/Apostles only?

So, my question is: Why would someone “follow” that line of thinking, especially
when there’s little or no power or victory over their obstacles?

(I’m NOT saying “believe what I believe, the way I believe it”!)
Why not?
Because there is ample evidence that within the body of Christian believers, there’s lots of room for diversity – NOT for contradiction! If we pray in faith, and that prayer is not answered, we need to immediately examine ourselves. My main point is that to continue without evaluation would be really pretty foolish.

Of course, we have to be watchful against doubt or “over analysis” because we are also dealing within “kairos” the Lord’s timetable. We also have to be aware that our prayers are sometimes answered even before we utter them! There are also many other warnings against powerless prayer given in Scripture for our benefit.

In any case, Jesus Himself commands that what we ask for, we ask praying in full knowledge and confidence that that thing is ALREADY DELIVERED or ALREADY ON THE WAY (original Greek – paraphrased Mark 11:24)! That’s amazing grace, power, and authority granted to us by grace to fulfill His will when we are guided by the Holy Spirit!

We are all priests entering into the throne room of God with boldness ( See 1 Peter 2:9 & Hebrews 10:19). Do we actually see ourselves that way? Do we behave in that respect?

When we get results, we continue to press forward. To do otherwise is the definition of insanity 😃.

Peace & Maranatha

Our Father’s Business

Let me make several big assumptions for the sake of discussion:
1) You are already a “born-again” Christian.
2) You are familiar with and regularly read the Scriptures.
3) It feels as though something is somehow missing in your life.

Regardless of your marital or dating status, I’m talking about your
purpose! What is your purpose? I don’t mean to reference the recently
popularized teaching about a “purpose driven life”!

Here are some questions:
A) How would you describe your state of obedience to the Lord?
B) What sense of fulfillment for being alive do you have?
C) Who’s REALLY in charge of your life?
D) Do you see yourself as a participant in God’s grace, or a spectator?

What does this all mean? Well, how many of us are just counting the days for the Lord’s return? Are we insulating ourselves from the collapsing world while we watch the persecution and suffering around us? When the Lord returns, will He find any people exercising their faith?

Peace & Maranatha!

 

Asking The Right Question?

Beware of certain questions. Not questions that challenge our comfort zones (spiritual or otherwise).  I’m referring to those questions that PRESUME too much, or those that create unrealistic parameters – a logic trap of sorts.

Once we realize that Christian faith is an “action” rather than a possession, we start to discover a “truth continuum” that reveals itself by its very nature. Sound familiar?

Fact: the way that Jesus decides to reveal Himself is quite up to Him! That many people have doubts, or openly oppose the existence of Christ Jesus our Lord and God can tempt some of us to strive for some type of proof, proof enough to make a convincing point.

Although astrophysics and biochemistry may shed important points of data about certain aspects of God’s creation, and CERN researchers are striving to uncover insights about the quantum nature of the physical universe and time itself, the fact remains that
a living relationship with a real God is about viability and trust – NOT information! Either His promises and actions are true, or they are not. It’s not about the level or amount of information acquired – that’s Gnosticism!

Meditate on that.

If knowledge and information were the measure of a Christian, then heaven would be populated by martyred theologians and scholars! I say “martyred” because of the ultimate personal sacrifice on behalf of another. However, we can obviously see that such is not the case.

When listening to scientists who have received Christ as their Lord (I say “received” because scientists sometimes think that they have “discovered” Him😃), they often make a strong case that naturally appeals to the intellect.

Often, their foundation is the ego because, ultimately, none of these intelligent experts want to be perceived as an idiot. So, their self respect can sometimes come from providing a solid argument.

When Jesus Christ steps into your life and you are restored in mind, body, soul, or all three, do you rush to analyze? If you are risen from the dead, or raise someone from the dead, do you clinically evaluate the process? Or do you raise your arms and your heart to offer praises and glory to the King of all?!

This is NOT anti intellectualism.

Beware of incredibly stupid phrases like “blind faith”!
Faith is by no means “blind”! The whole thing is an evil
saying to confuse the people of the true nature of living faith, and our living God!

Two different resources for your inspection are:

http://www.ministudyministry.com

http://www.reasons.org

The first one is by author Josh Peck. The second one features

various scientists who are Christians! Judge for yourself.

Peace,

Enoch153

All We Can Do Is Pray?

Have you heard this before? In conversation, people are frustrated or discouraged with the events of the day, and all the suffering in the world. So, the remark is often made “All we can do is pray!”

OK, that’s actually confessing defeat! 😡
Prayer is NOT a “wish” and prayer is NOT a last resort!

Here are only a few Scriptures:

First, who are we as Christians?
Romans 8:14 Sons of God!
2 Corinthians 5:2 Ambassadors of Christ!

Second, who are we communicating with?
1 Corinthians 15:20 The RISEN Lord!
1 Timothy 2:5 & Hebrews 8:6 Our personal Mediator!
Ephesians 1:22; 1 Corinthians 15:25 & 27 He has put
ALL enemies under His feet!

Hebrews 8:1 We have a High Priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of majesty in the heavens!

Why pray?
Matthew 27:51 Through His Crucifixion AND Resurrection, He has placed ALL things under His feet!
Matthew 27:51 the veil separating us from the holy Temple was torn in two!
Ephesians 3:12 Therefore, we have direct access to God –
Hebrews 4:16 we BOLDLY enter into the throne of Grace !

Hebrews 6:19 Our prayers enter the presence of God behind the veil!

How should we pray?
Matthew 17:20 With the action of faith!
Mark 11:24 With the belief that is is ALREADY done!
John 14:13-14 In the name of Jesus!
Matthew 26:41 With the vigilance of a watchman!
Mark 11:25 With forgiveness for others.
John 11:22 With certainty!
1 Corinthians 1:9 BECAUSE GOD IS FAITHFUL!

Why are some prayers unanswered?
James 4:3 We ask for selfish, or other bad reasons!
We let ourselves sometimes be talked out of
faith. We are distracted. We are lazy.. . . .

Now that we are fully armed (Ehpesians 3:14-17)
what should we do?
Ephesians 3:18 PRAY ALWAYS! BE WATCHFUL!
PERSEVERING FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
OF GOD!

Lord, come quickly!

Why I Don’t Post Everyday!

Hi everybody. Just a quick note to explain why I don’t post everyday.
First, it’s easy to dwell upon negative doom and gloom information rather than the hope, joy, and love of Jesus Christ! I have downloaded so many links, articles, and other stuff instead of creating my own “diary” for you to read. After all, it’s not about me. If Jesus is your Lord, you should have a relationship rather than a lifestyle or religion. Don’t be troubled, fear not! Don’t be instigated or provoked by violence, the threat of violence, or any other evil. No matter how bad things seem to be, remember why you are here! You are sons of God to do His will with love and compassion to extend His kingdom! When you repent, you can set a good example when you are serving others. When you fast from things besides food, you will be sensitive to the needs of others. When you feast upon the words of God, you will be filled to share with others. When you are open to the Holy Spirit, you will be able by Grace to pour that out in love and compassion to those in need! We are sons of the living God, Jesus Christ. We must not be weary in putting our love for God into action – faith!