The Bible is not only a manual on how we should conduct our lives to please God. It is full of hope and miracles, which we can still see today. However the problem today is most of us don’t study the Bible enough including myself. When I studied it, I am learning about the character of Our God and His powerful miracles. Full of comfort and encouragement to imitate Jesus. Who is the only way to God. We all have faults and we are to love one another and pray for one another without ceasing. By doing this we will be rewarded for it and go to heaven worshiping our God in a powerful way that is not possible on earth. We will be purer, holier and far more loving towards one another than we can comprehend on earth. No more sin. Can you imagine that? No more temptations of any kind. It is something to look forward to. Meeting God who is so pleased with us, because we are His beloved children.
Praying Without Ceasing
To pray without ceasing sounds daunting at first. When you first tried, you probably thought it would be impossible, but found later God is only too willing to help you, if you are set on doing it. We do have our off days. But let me encourage you for those yet to try. Have you notice in the early days God will set you up so to speak. You go to a barbeque as an example. You can’t seem to fit in so you find a quiet place and just start talking to God, because He is the only one willing to listen to you. While talking to Him you realise you only come to Him when you are feeling lonely or sad. Or when some emergency comes your way. That seems how our relationship with God starts off for many of us. We are brought up to be Christians, but the seed of upbringing has just started to come alive with the awareness of God’s love and patience, when we are not happy with life or ourselves.
To pray without ceasing is not always praying verbally. To be conscious of God is with you throughout the day is also prayer. Doing a kind deed or holding back your tongue, out of love and obedience to God is a form of prayer as well. With me it started with a huge trial I was facing. I was fighting all day with thoughts that would over-take my mind. But finally it all stop through a gracious miraculous event through the power of God. By the time my trial was over I was already in the habit of thinking about God all day long.
There of course times like at work or school etc. that you have to concentrate on the job, but the thought of God is just under the surface. In a moment you are asking God for help in your work or shopping etc. God becomes your companion daily and not just when you are struggling. Always put time in for verbal prayers as well. If you are to have a close relationship with God, you need to talk to Him about everything, your problems, your joys, what you have been doing that day, what has impress you and so on. You talk to Him as a child would its father, except with more intimacy and trust. You talk to Jesus as your Saviour, Brother and Spouse etc. And the Holy Spirit is a person of the Holy Trinity too, and He is your best friend, who will open your eyes to truths you haven’t thought of. Practise makes perfect.
If you do pray without ceasing it changes everything about your life. You will receive the peace of the Lord, the joy of the Lord and you will become more loyal to God. And come to love Him more, as well as getting to know Him better. You will also be more likely to get visions etc. But when that starts to happen you test the spirit. Not all visions, prophesies etc. come from God. It is a commandment of God to pray without ceasing as St. Paul tell us.
1Thessalonians 5:17. Pray without ceasing.
Paul spoke it very straight forwardly. No room to mistake what he was saying. There should be no argument with what he is saying to us through scripture. Following Christ is not always easy. We do have to put effort into it. Most of us are lazy by nature. But with the help of God we can overcome it, if we be gentle, but firm with ourselves. Continuing asking God for His help. I hope you see how wonderful a gift it is to keep God’s company, all throughout the day. God is so keen for us to come to Him with faith and complete trust. The only way to get to know a person is to be with them and communicate to them. The same, with God. He wants your company badly. So give it a try and if you persevere, you will see your life change for the better.
The Church United
1 Corinthians 1:12-13
Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Apollos, “ or “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
The problem with just reading the bible is not really taking it in. The description of the church of Corinthians sounds much like what is happening in the church today. We need to learn to relax and ask God for discernment. There are many wolves in sheep’s clothing that we have to watch. At the same time there is genuine Christians simply have different views on how to interrupt parts of the bible to us. For example I get upset when people don’t believe that the bread and the wine really turns into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. I am thinking of one women in particular, that we disagreed on it, but respected one another beliefs, because we knew we both love God, with all our hearts. So are many other Christians who are also growing in their faith. We are told by Jesus to treat one another the way we would like to be treated. We all would like to be treated with respect and with love and curtesy.
These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
God has always something new to teach us. We might be guilty as I was once as a young person thinking I knew it all, and God then challenge me with new insight. So we never stop learning. That is a beautiful thing. God is so big that I believe when we get to heaven, we will continue to learn new things about Him, without tearing one another down. We need to rely on the Holy Spirit not our religion so much, because our relationship with God is all important and religion tends to get us stuck in a lot of man-made rules that don’t come from God. We have to quieten down to hear the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God doesn’t push His way in. We have to search for Him sometimes in the Bible being the main place or some holy book that the Spirit of God leads us to.
I have known for a long time that Satan puts thoughts into our heads that are not ours, but seem to be, trying to bring us down. I have now after many years of late, discovered that he will fill us up with emotions that are not ours, to manipulate us into things like suicide, deep depression, anxiety, stress and bad feelings about ourselves that we are unworthy of being saved, that God is always angry with us etc. There is also a great deal of witchcraft going on sending spirits of fear onto Gods people, which stops us from fulfilling our calling etc. I remember I woke up with a feeling that came over me like a very excessive huge swamp of unworthiness. I felt so weak that I thought I was doomed. In my weak state I rebuked it in the name of Jesus. Not knowing if it would work or not. It lifted immediately after I rebuke it. It happened a few other times. Usually coming out of sleep.
So I am writing this down so as to encourage anybody at all who have to deal with this kind of torment, not to give into it, but rebuke it and cast it out, in the Name of Jesus. I know there will be many people who will say things like I am too scared to try it in case I upset the demon. Things might go out of my control. I am no expect in casting out demons either, but I have been force to give it a try. If you read up on self-deliverance it will help build your confidence, in giving it a try. I have a friend who is so scared of doing a good deed, because she is afraid the devil will retaliate. He does, that is why we have to learn not only to defend ourselves but attack back.
The church isn’t much of a help to us, by being in denial of the seriousness of the problem in the community of saints. Like I said I am not an expect either. I am self-taught, because the church I attend to won’t have anything to do with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. That is why the numbers are declining. Most of us want more than just to sit in the pews and listen to a nice sermon. We want to be free in the name of Jesus. Even though I had to rely on books and video shows to get me started. God is strengthening my spiritual muscles little by little. We have to start somewhere or we will get beaten down by witchcraft.
An ex-warlock said that he believes there are more witches and warlocks than there are Christians. Mind you most Christians are asleep, while the witches are very active and they learn fast their craft. I also have read the prophetess going by the name of Maria Divine Mercy that Jesus told her that they are increasing quicker than ants. And that was back in 2012. I do recommend John Ramirez’s books they are helping me. Most of you probably know he was a general in promoting the dark side and now he is very much in love with Jesus. So he knows all the tricks of the devil.
We have to remember we are a child of God the Most High. And God loves us more than any father on earth and will protect us against evil. God is on our side. We are on the winning side. Satan has been defeated at the Cross of Jesus. Demons in truth are more afraid of us once we know who we are in Jesus Christ. God is great and marvellous and won’t let us down if we put our trust in Him. We are already victorious in Jesus. Just put your faith in where it belongs in Jesus. Of course some people are called to cast out demons. That is their ministry, but we all can call on the name of Jesus and get an expert on deliverance, if you know one to do the hard stuff. You do need guidance in self-deliverance and we do need to be sensible about it.
I was too timid to try once. I am a shy person myself so I didn’t have much faith in my ability to order and rebuke demons. Then I was force into it. I had insomnia so serious that I was dying of exhaustion. I had no choice, the doctors couldn’t do anything about it. We must remember God is our friend and loving Father.
If you are suffering with suicide thoughts the chances are they are not your thoughts but somebody put them there and you can do something about it. Stand on the word of God and say to the demon of suicide, I rebuke you spirit of suicide in the name of Jesus to leave me at once and never return, or something similar. Say it and mean it. If it has left me it will leave you too in Jesus name. Remember I have a timid nature too. Despite what my writings sounds like to you. You may have to do it every time the thought comes to you. If you are determined in Jesus Christ you will see results. I bless you and congratulate you for trying, because so many are too afraid they think that the demons are bigger than God who loves you and won’t forsake you.
Jeremiah 1:5. “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 29:11. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
We may not be called to be a prophet, as Jeremiah was, but God has a very special, out of the ordinary plan for all of us. If we let God have His way with us. Even all the babies that have been aborted, God had a beautiful plan for them too. So just because God has a wonderful plan for us, it doesn’t always come to pass through our disobedience. God has made everybody in His own image. We are very special to Him. I believe we are like Him in small ways. God is free of evil, but the similarities are things like we have emotions as He does. We have a free will, we can think, decide, feel, touch, create, explore, and experience all sorts of good things similar to what God can do. Except God can do infinitely more and better than us. We are His children and He wants us to hasten His Kingdom on earth through our calling.
I believe we can miss our chances of doing what God is calling us to do, for many reasons. One of them we have to become so obedient that it becomes second nature to us. We will fall many times and have to repent, but overall our heart is in the right place. We must die to self-interest and be ready to discipline ourselves daily. And deliberately choose the will of God over our lives. If we really have God’s interest at heart, God will reveal to us at the right time our true calling. And it is going to be incredible. Others may not understand where you are going, but you will. It is usually something you are drawn to all the time. Like it is in your blood as they say. If we fail God in answering our calling, that is disobedience. People have lost their souls through being disobedient to their calling. The danger of course is not making it to heaven, when they die. Our calling isn’t an option. It is the will of God and we must obey at all cost.
Matthew 7:21. ‘Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’
God’s dream for you is bigger than your dreams are. Dreams that needs a miracle to accomplish is usually the case. God wants to show off His glory through you. You must make the habit of praying and let the Holy Spirit guide you.
I think most of us have a real problem with being childlike and coming to God as a child would to a loving father. Our true Father is God Himself and He is often misinterpreted as a very strict aloof kind of a Father. It is easy to relate to Him as our God, but to see Him as our Daddy for most of us we need to visualise us in His arms more, laughing and playing with us. As we learn to be more trusting and childlike before Him, we will have a wonderful and powerful relationship with Him. I have a picture of a mother holding her baby boy and she is laughing with him. You see her pride in him so easily. It is hanging on my wall to remind me who made the hearts of loving parents. Loving parents are mirroring a little of God’s love for His children. We are made in His own image.