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Apr-28-08

Thoughts On Eternity

posted by PrayerWarrior

Selah » Thy Kingdom Come

Whenever it seems like the whole world is about to explode into violence and destruction, I find that a moment or two spent dreaming about the world to come helps restore a sense of peace and hope. Now is such a time. Let’s take a trip into eternity.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Cor 2:9)

We’ve all noticed differences in friends and family members that can’t be attributed merely to genetics or environmental conditioning. Things like shape and color preference, for example. Cosmetologists and fashion experts describe these preferences in terms of the four seasons when choosing colors for make-up and clothing that will help us look our best and make us most attractive to others. Decorators customize our surroundings to increase our comfort at home or in the office by using the shapes, colors and textures that suit our personalities. While there are many common perceptions we share, we are distinguished from each other by our individual preferences.

We also come from the womb with unique traits and quirks that we display almost from birth, having had no opportunity to learn them. One’s cautious, another’s adventuresome, one enjoys solitude, another prefers company. Energy levels, basic outlook, drive and ambition differ remarkably even among siblings who share both genetic and environmental factors. Remember Jimmy and Billy Carter?

When seeking a mate we prefer those who share some of our preferences, but eventually grow tired of those who are just like us. “Vive la difference,” the French say. How boring it would be if we were all the same: cookie cutter companions.

What’s The Point?

And yet when considering eternity (when they think of it at all) some Christians see us all becoming alike. They believe we’ll all be 33 years old because they think that was the Lord’s age when He went to Heaven. They see us all in white robes, with blue eyes and brown hair, sitting on a cloud with our harps, attending some endless worship service. Really!

Behaviorists say the reason that children are generally happier than adults is that children spend most of their time gaining new skills, knowledge, and experience. The problem with most adults is that we grew up, and the thrill of living has been greatly diminished because of our now predictable world. Some of us haven’t had even a new thought in years, let alone a new experience.

Will You Grow Up?

Some people retain their child like enthusiasm by dramatically changing their lives every so often. I think of my friend Pratt who has built and sold businesses on a regular basis, becoming an engineer, designer, builder, champion auto racer and ocean going sailor along the way. He and Brenda began married life at 17 in the cab of a dump truck, the only thing they owned. He designed and built the trailers for their trucks, their home, and his winning race cars. I mean built: from the ground up, with his own hands. A few years ago they bought a 50-foot catamaran and sailed it across the Atlantic. Alone.

Bud, another friend, was the same kind of guy. If you play racquetball you play on a court he designed and use a variation of the racquet he invented. But he also designed and built airplane parts, golf clubs, restaurants, hotels, homes and churches. He was the first one ever to water ski barefoot, and some of the speed and distance records in that sport he set during his days as a pro at Cypress Gardens still stand. His family’s construction company dredged Pearl Harbor, making it a deep water port. He was a pilot and a sailor and a builder. At his funeral he was described as having achieved more in his lifetime than a dozen ordinary men.

Been There, Done That

Heaven’s going to have to be pretty amazing to hold these guys’ interest. They’re among the happiest men I’ve known, having refused to grow up and settle down, and I mean that in the most positive sense. And remember: they didn’t start out just to have a lot of fun. They continually expanded the limits of their skills, knowledge and experience, creating products, jobs, and millions of dollars in economic benefit along the way. Happiness is a by-product of their life experiences, not its purpose. Are they now going to be content with the heaven I described above, with white robes and harps? I think not.

Imagine That

Billy Graham was once asked if there would be golf courses in heaven. “If they’re necessary for our happiness,” he replied, “They’ll be there.” That’s the criteria: Whatever is necessary for our happiness.

Take a minute to imagine your eternity based on that criteria. Now please don’t let your imagination be limited to something like the greatest amusement park ever. Happiness is not about meaningless diversionary activity, it’s about expanding your mind with new knowledge, skills and experience. So let your mind go free to wander among the possibilities.

For example, John gave us only the basics of the New Jerusalem, foundations, gates, overall exterior dimensions and such, so we don’t really know what it’ll be like when we get there. Suppose our eternal environment was designed with our individuality in mind and actually mirrored our uniqueness. What if each of us found it to be painted in our favorite colors using our favorite shapes, sizes and textures and what if it expanded before us like a giant kaleidoscope so that as we grew familiar with it, it grew too, always stimulating and exciting and never boring FOREVER.

What if we could attempt anything we could imagine without the possibility of failure? What if we could amaze and astound ourselves with newfound capabilities that were always there within us, but had only become available because the Lord’s sacrifice of love had finally released them from the limitations imposed on us by our Earthly existence.

I like the mountains. My wife prefers the beach. What if our eternity suited both of us so that we could experience our favorite places together at the same time? Think about that. I would be in the mountains and she would be on the beach. But we would also be together. I would see everything in my favorite shapes and colors and she would see everything in hers, but we’d both be looking at the same things.

“But wait a minute,” some say. “We’ll all be different there from the way we are here.” Maybe so, but we’ll also be the same unique person we’ve always been. We don’t get some huge lobotomy to dumb us down and keep us passively content like they did in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Certainly we’ll spend lots of time worshiping God, just as we do here, giving thanks for all He’s given us. But the earthly bonds that restrain us will be released, our brains energized, our senses sharpened, and our unique capabilities revealed, not only for worship, but for all our experiences. We’ll finally become all that we were created to be, God’s work of art: the highest example of His creative ability. Got any idea what that means? Got any idea how thankful you’ll be?

Eternity has to be enough to thrill even those who have experienced life on earth to its fullest, and not for just a day or two, but forever. It has to take each of our unique preferences and interests to the max, while doing the same for everyone else and at the same time.

Like Paul said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Cor 2:9). Even in your wildest imagination you can’t come close to describing the joy awaiting you. Remember Paul actually went there and saw it (2 Cor. 12:2-4). He should know.

Commentary by Jack Kelley of GraceThruFaith.com 

This was simply too awesome not to put it on my site,Love in Christ Jesus to all my brothers and sister, Prayer Warrior /Tammy 

Rev21:5 And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things  new. And he said unto me, write: for these words are true and faithful.

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Apr-22-08

Self-Righteousness

posted by PrayerWarrior

Self-righteousness was defined as the conviction that one’s behaviors or beliefs are correct, especially in contrast to alternate behaviors or beliefs.About two weeks ago I had a little problem, I had told a friend of mine that I was thankful for helping me to advance in my walk with the Lord. That’s when suddenly this friend started to really tear apart everything I said. She analyzed every word out of my mouth trying to find something wrong with what I was saying. Also that friend, decided to tell me witnessing to people who did not believe in the same Jesus I did was, not biblically correct. I was also told that asking God to forgive me, if I was wrong in any of this fiasco, to show me and forgive me, was totally biblically incorrect as well.A few weeks later I told a friend, who runs the Christian fellowship place where I normally go to hang around, with what I thought were like minded friends, That I was proud of him, and the following couple of days later he told me I was dead wrong about how I saw Revelaions 21:4, I was insulted but figured well ok whatever he believes. Then this same person told me that the last person I spoke of in the previous paragraph,said that women are not to teach men and having this site was wrong for me a woman, just who did I think I was to have a site that is teaching people something, When I am merely a woman. And then this friend compounded the insults by saying he agreed whole heartedly.

Also this person told me that I was implying, (somehow with out ever saying anything to imply such a thing), that I think of myself as a modern day prophetess, and that I had better get down on my knees and beg Gods forgiveness.

For a couple of weeks prior to all this going on, the Lord kept telling me to my heart, come away from there. I asked the Lord to please make me understand why I needed to come away from those people. Not all but two people in this place I visited three times a week, and before that 5 times a week. He showed me boy did he show me.

I started to become very self righteous. It snuck up on me without my even knowing. Oh Satan is very wily, people.  He sneaks in when you least expect him, and from the tiniest crack in your armour. The Lord showed me quite a few things and all of them fantastic, this one here please read it. It is a drip drop long, but so worth the read, especially if and or when you see yourself in this article. Why would seeing yourself in this article be a good thing?  Because then it takes a whole boat load of blocks out of your eyes, but more importantly It wakes you up, to your not being totally completely right with the Lord, so that you can then,  mend your relationship with the Lord.

http://www.faithalone.org/news/y1999/99jan1.html   read then come back here.Please?

This paragraph right here, really got to me, it hit to the heart of me. Christians who have long served God run a serious risk of falling into the psychological and spiritual trap in which this older brother was caught. We may sweepingly survey our years of service as praiseworthy while conveniently forgetting the numerous failures, large and small, that have occurred over those years. It is even surprising how committed Christians can sometimes rise to high levels of indignation about the failures of others when, in fact, perhaps years ago they themselves exhibited the same or similar failures. In their criticism of others, they may exhibit a lack of patience or compassion of the type they themselves once needed both from God and from their fellow believers. The danger of becoming self-righteous about our Christian commitment is quite real and our memories often conveniently block out recollections that might seriously puncture our self-satisfied perspective. Indeed, we can sometimes even forget our present deficiencies and failures!

First I saw it in those two friends of mine. Then the Lord showed me myself in that pragraph. Ouch!! But then again I asked the Lord to show me, to bring back his spirit fully into my life, and to show me how I was wrong, in what way. He did not show me that I was wrong to be hurt, and to come away from those friends.

Then I read this paragraph,(Sadly, the self-righteous Christian is often very much at home in the company of other self-righteous people with whom he can spend time commiserating about the low estate of the church, the faults of other believers, etc. Were God Himself to walk in on such a gathering, it would “spoil the fun” since the spirit of the self-righteous critic is truly a great distance removed from the spirit of a loving heavenly Father who longs for the return of His wayward children.)That was another ouchy! But oh so true.

I was never like that before these people came into my life. I was devistated to realise that I let others, demons come and infect me.I knew and know better than this, and yet I had not seen it happening. I thought I had learned so much. But praise God in heaven, when we ask him to show us the error of our ways, he wakes us up in a hurry.

Now I am not saying these people did this to me,oh no!! I let myself get caught up in it. I let myself think I knew enough to be able to tell other Christians how they should do things. Bigger fool me.

 I have one more article that is super Long to read but more than worth even the previous one.

http://www.seekerstrove.com/guests/modern_day_pharisee.htm

Upon reading this article, I repented of my transgression, of letting myself even for a little while, become self righteous. I have turned the reins back over to, my God, my Jesus. I will read these articles probably for a while myself to make sure I do not see myself in these lines anymore. After hurting over being so stupid, I was once again flled with Joy,one that my God found it worth it to forgive me once again, and two that he loves me enough to set me straight, back onto the road that leads to life eternal. I should have known that when people tell you they are humble, they are really not. It should be seen without having to be said, in Christians.

We are told to think of ourselves as so much less than our brothers and sisters in the Lord,and for a good long while I did that,I dont know the time where it went bad,or changed in me, to stop doing what the Lord told me, and doing what I thought he would want me to do. I hope this helps someone.

Love in Christ Jesus to all my brothers and sisters,Prayer Warrior/Tammy

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Apr-18-08

Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

posted by PrayerWarrior

According to the New Testament, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience sent by Jesus Christ. As recorded in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus describes it as “the Promise of the Father”, through which believers in Jesus Christ receive “power from on high” (Luke 24:49). According to the book of Acts, Jesus further referred to the baptism with the Holy Spirit as an experience through which his disciples would “receive power, after that the Holy Ghost was come upon them” (Acts 1:8). Among various Charismatic groups, interpretations differ as to what the baptism with the Holy Spirit means to practical Christian experience.Baptism is done with water, but the Bible talks about another baptism, much more important than the water ritual. This is the baptism of the Spirit, a teaching that was neglected for many years but has been given a renewed emphasis in many churches. This renewed interest in the Spirit’s work is something to rejoice over. Christians of past times knew that without the Spirit there is only the lifeless, mechanical performance of religious duties.If we have not the spirit,then we are doing by rote and doing under our own flawed ways.We are bound to fail.“Then after I have poured out my rains again, I will pour out my Spirit upon (ALL) people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. In those days, I will pour out my Spirit even on servants, men and women alike.”

Joel 2:28-29 Matthew 3:11

Jesus replied, “The truth is, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”

John 3:5

Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:13

He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.

Titus 3:5

You cannot talk about the Spirit without speaking of spiritual gifts. While the Spirit himself is the gift to Christians, the Bible also (promises) that each of us is given a gift through the Spirit.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work through all of us. God manifests the Spirit through each person for the good of the entire church.

We are “in Christ” and, therefore, have been made new. Christ now lives inside us (Gal. 2.20)

and has transformed us.

The Spirit of prophecy was an overall, general category brought over from the Old Testament

covering all activity of the Holy Spirit. These activities are usually seen in one or more of four

expressions:

1. Revelation given to a follower of Jesus

2. Wisdom administrated supernaturally by the Spirit

3. Expressions of power demonstrating the deliverance of God’s people

4. Spontaneous praise

“…as it is written:

‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,

Nor have entered into the heart of man

The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God….

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-16

“And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Luke 24:45

1Cr 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 1Cr 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 1Cr 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all 1Cr 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 1Cr 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 1Cr 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 1Cr 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 1Cr 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

What these verses say to me is that we are all given different gifts,different jobs if you will. We are not to condemn one another our particular gift or gifts,becasue we all have been given diverse gifts, our job our very revelations to our heart will be different than say another brother or sisters.

God verified the message by signs and wonders and various miracles and by giving gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose to do so.

Hebrews 2:4

Just love one another and let God decide which gifts he gives to whom. It is not our place to think we know the mind of God.  Of course through much bible reading,  and with the power of the Holy Spirit we can begin to understand the mind of God, but we will never know it fully.  Many have been studying for more than 60 years, many even more than that, but all agree we are still all learning, all of us.

God Bless you all, and guide you on your walk in truth and knowledge.

Love in Christ Jesus ,PrayerWarrior/Tammy

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Apr-16-08

God is “LOVE”

posted by PrayerWarrior

God is “LOVE”I have learned something wonderful from my awesome pastor, Jeff Knight that we are to Love one another, not judge one another just love one another. I found a wonderful little message on love, and thought I will share it with some people who should, being Christians, know how to love, without judging one another and or adding words to their mouths that have never been uttered nor written.Though in Matthew 18:15-16 it says you should rebuke a brother/sister if they tresspass aginst you, God does not want us putting one another down at every sentence they utter nor judge them day and night. Last I read in my bible judgement is up to God. As I was told if it is not a salvation issue then why sweat it? If there has been no tresspass against you, then why are you judging that particular person and thinking they cannot possibley be saved? Where does one brother or sister get the right to tell another brother or sister, they had better get down on their knees and seek Gods forgiveness right this instant? In Hebrews 10:24 it says, And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. We are to Exhort one another, we are to look one upon another, brother or sister, as if they are so much better than we are.

Ephesians 4:1 – I, therefore, the prisoner of Yahushua, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 – with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 – endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. I know i am faithful to this particular verse.John 15:12, 13. 12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Luke 10: 27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 is very practical, and it spells out for us, what the will of God is for our lives. The will of God consists of many things such as respecting those in authority over us, living in peace with one another, encouraging, helping and being patient with others, not taking revenge, being kind to everyone and remaining joyful, prayerful and thankful. Verse 18 then concludes

for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. Psalms 133:1 – Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 – It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aarons beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 – As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there YAHWEH commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. 1Thessalonians 4:9 – But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of YAHWEH to love one another.Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 – And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 – not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

1Peter 3:8 – Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 – not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

The most famous biblical chapter on love is from 1 Corinthians:If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

Christians are not to talk behind each others backs,it is not loving people in Christ, to talk about the petty things you hold against a brother or sister. It does not make for good clean loving one of another. If you are talking about a brother or sister to another, when not expressley asked to, it makes people hurt,and most often there is the entrance for satan to come in and make waves and anger. Why Christian would you do that to yourself, or to one you profess to love? I myself have been guilty of this in the past. I did myself no favors by doing it,and a great disservice to good people. We should all be, more worried about our own walk with the Lord, than we are consumed with anyones elses walk with the Lord.

I was told the other night that basically I need to know my role. I do know my role as a child of God, and a washed clean, redeemed human being. I am charged with Loving, and The Lord had blessed my heart with a great capacity to love. Also I am charged with pointing as many to the Lord as I can, and that job is given to us because we are to LOVE everyone enough to care about their eternal soul.

Whose life have you hurt, due to your not loving them, as the Lord tells you to? We Christians especially need to treat each other with great love, as Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians 13.

We are parts of the same body,with Jesus as the head of us.in Ephesians 1:22-23 “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” We do not hurt ourselves do we? If we hurt one part of the body of Christ,(i.e brothers and sisters) then we are hurting ourselves as well. We are to act as one, do unto each other as we would have done to us, and just love each other.Love in Christ jesus Prayer Warrior/Tammy

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