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The Lord’s Prayer

Is the Lord’s Prayer first and foremost a prayer for spiritual power? When asked where the Kingdom of God was, Jesus replied that it is within us. So, when We pray, “Thy Kingdom come”, aren’t we really asking that God’s kingdom be established within us as Jesus said. And when we pray, “Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven,” aren’t we praying that His love, forgiveness, and healing should be manifested through us to the rest of the world?

Jesus referred to bread as the word of God many times. So, when we pray, “give us this day our daily bread”, aren’t we asking for God’s word. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them with your truth. Your word is truth.” We are, then, asking to be sanctified through His word.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,” is easy to understand. Jesus made it clear many times that we could not be forgiven unless we forgave others, and in forgiving, then we are forgiven.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” seems plain enough. We are asking not to be tempted into sin, or delivered into Satan’s bondage.

Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things will be added unto you.” I believe The Lord’s Prayer has all to do with obtaining all our spiritual needs from God, and when we achieve that, all our physical or earthly needs will be met.

Paul wrote that, “In the latter days, men will be holding on to a form of Godliness, but denying its true power.” I believe that the bulk of Christianity has been put off by the antics of those who want, but only pretend, to have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. For that reason many in Christianity shun anything spiritual, and only hold on to the promise of salvation.

I, too, believe that some people, in their quest for the spirit, simply pretend, in hopes that it will one day be real. But, I, also, know that you cannot enter into a spiritual relationship with God, without tears – tears of happiness, tears of shame, and tears of thanksgiving. Let all of Christianity, then, kneel before the throne of God in tears of praise for our Creator and our Redeemer. Let us all receive His spiritual power and blessings as He promised. And may the world be blessed by Him through us.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”


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Your life, your decision

Your Life, Your Decision

With children from a one parent household being six times more likely to get into trouble at school, get in trouble with the law, drop out of school, or becoming a victim of teenage pregnancy; and the parent five times more likely to be forced onto welfare and collect food stamps, it would seem that we are creating a ever-growing segment of anti-social welfare recipients.

Some would blame this phenomena on movies,TV, music, courts,and government with their brainwashing of young people into believing that their actions are of no consequence,or that people are not responsible for their actions. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whatever we want for another or whatever we do to another will be returned to us. People cannot worship themselves or exalt themselves above others, without being demeaned to a position of inferiority. “The meek shall inherit the Earth.” The self-centered will inherit the dirt.

Only the person is responsible for their own actions. The movie moguls will not pay the consequences for our actions. The schools, courts or government will not suffer because of our actions. Only we will reap reward or punishment for our own actions. Only we will suffer for our mistakes. Only we will reap the rewards of a sensible life. No one can choose for us. We’re not dumb animals to be herded by others. It is our choice and ours alone. And it’s not too late to start the rest of our life.

There is way too much suffering in this world, even under the best conditions. There is no excuse for suffering to be self-inflicted, or to inflict it upon our children.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
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For Me?

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I knew a man who, after his son’s death, heard God’s voice. The words were, “He was wounded but he did not die.” The man couldn’t understand why God would say this. He knew his son was dead and not just wounded. The words kept going through his mind as he tried to understand the meaning. Finally, he understood. He thought, a doctor in the emergency room wouldn’t say, “He was wounded but did not die”, he would simply say, “We were able to save him.” He knew that his son, like everyone, had sinned, but this was God’s way of saying that his son’s sins were forgiven and he had eternal life. When the man finally understood the meaning of God’s words, the man began to cry. He now knew that his son was with God, and he would see him again.

The Bible tells us that, “The wages of sin is death.” When we are physically wounded, if the wound isn’t treated and healed, the infection can grow and affect the whole body – bringing even death. Similarly, If our sins are not treated and forgiven, they can affect our body and soul – bringing even death. The following passage in the Bible explains the relationship between being wounded and sinning.

Isaiah 53:1-8 ” 1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”

This is a prophecy of Christ’s mission on Earth. We must never let our wounds or sins go untreated. They must be healed and forgiven, because “The wages of sin is death.”

We must go to the Great Physician and find healing, forgiveness, and life. It’s only common sense.

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Second Nature

Second Nature

When I studied Hapkido I thought that repeating the same moves over and over again was boring and probably useless. I believed that if I was physically confronted, that I would be so nervous that I wouldn’t remember any karate moves. Then one day I was riding an elevator. I was by myself, and I didn’t know that on the floor where I was to get out, someone was standing to the side and out of sight when the door opened. As I walked out of the elevator, he stepped forward. I automatically hit the stance used for defense or offense. The man said, “Whoa, I didn’t know Chuck Norris was getting off here.” We both laughed, and I walked away, amazed at how those repetitions had become so second-nature to me.

It’s the same with whatever we do. What we do repetitiously becomes our second nature. For that reason we need to avoid those things that undermine our welfare, and practice those things that will benefit us.

We all need to set aside a time every day when we can study God‘s word, meditate, and pray to Him. We need to practice telling Him of our fears, and thanking Him for our joys. We should do this daily and faithfully, so that when we are threatened or a problem arises that we may not be able to handle, we won’t panic and react in fear. We will be drawn to go to our problem solver, our protector, and our defender. We will go to God, explain our situation, and wait for Him to guide us. We are not alone, and we don’t have to face the world alone. We have the greatest power in the universe waiting to come to our aid. All we have to do is ask. It makes sense that we should make sure that it’s second nature to us.


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John 3:16

John 3:16 Everyone has heard of Jesus. Most know a lot about him.
But does your feelings for him come from the mind or from the heart? When you really stop and think about how he suffered, was beaten, whipped and nailed to a cross to die, and how he had gone freely to that cross to bring forgiveness and eternal life to us, can you hold back your tears? Do you feel his pain? Do you feel his love for you? If you can’t, then you need to dig deeper and fully understand how much he loved you and how much he suffered so that you would not. The Bible says that our sins were nailed to cross with him, and that we died with him and we were raised up as a new person – a person that is forever bonded to Jesus and who feels and understands his love and suffering for us. It is not enough just to know of him. We must be bonded with him in love and gratitude. We are his contact on Earth. He is our way to God’s kingdom. We are one.
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Why a child was born

Why A Child Was Born

Of course, God knew instantly and from the beginning what needed to be done in order to provide forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal life for His creaton. We humans aren’t that fortunate. We have trouble understanding why things happen, even after they happen. Even then, we may not understand the whole picture.

We have read enough in the Bible and seen enough in our lives to know that whatever we want or do to another person, will be done to us. We can actually program our futures by what we do to others in the present. This is a law that is undeniable. “Let not yourselves be deceived, God is not fooled. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he, also, reap.” It is for this reason that sinful man could not be reconciled with God who cannot tolerate sin. Man can only be reconciled with God and inherit eternal life, if his sins are forgiven.

God had instructed man to make sacrifices for their sins. They had to give up or sacrifice something of value to them in order to pay for or cover their sins. Yet, these sacrifices were only temporary needing to be repeated often, and covered only the one person. In order to pay for the sins of all mankind, only God could pay for all people, yet God did not have a physical body to sacrifice. He needed a physical body to absorb the punishment that sin brings to the bodies and minds of people.

Only a person of divinity could absorb all of mankind’s sin to become the universal sacrifice, and only a physical body could receive the physical punishment that sin brings. The only answer was to send His Son, the Word, that had been with God from the beginning. His Son would be divine in nature, yet separate from God in order to absorb the sins of mankind “In the beginning was the word. The word was with God, and he Word was God. Through Him all things were made, and without Him was nothing made”. “…and the Word became flesh and lived among men.” God spoke creation into being through His Word, and He spoke salvation into being through His Son, the Word; and the Word was born into the world and brought salvation to all people.

That part had been covered, now when would God put His plan into affect, and how would He activate it. The coming of Christ was perfect in order to reach all of mankind. Israel was under Roman rule, and between 70 AD and 74 AD, the Jews were completely conquered, they were slaughtered and those that remained escaped into neighboring nations or were sold into slavery. Since Jesus and His disciples had taught the New Covenant, or contract with God, to the Jewish people, the Jews were now ready to carry it with them and teach the world of God’s love and His plan for salvation for all people. The timing was perfect.

The execution of His plan began 2000 years earlier with Abraham. God had promised Abraham that he would father a great nation and that that nation would be a blessing to the world. God would wait until the time was right, but He used Abraham to program His plan into the progress of history. He instructed Abraham to sacrifice his only son to God for the forgiveness of Abraham’s sins. Two thousand years later God would sacrifice His only son for sin’s of mankind that He bore through Jesus. He instructed Abraham to make his sacrifice on Mt. Moriah. Two thousand years later, God sacrificed His Son at Mt. Moriah. God instructed Abraham to have his son Isaac, carry the wood for his sacrifice. Two thousand years later, God’s son carried the wood (the cross) to the site of his sacifice. Abraham knew of the promises God had made concerning Isaac, and God led him to believe that He would resurrect him, even if Abraham sacrificed him. Two thousand years later, God resurrected the son that He had sacrificed. When Isaac asked where the animal for sacrifice was, Abraham replied that “God would provide”. Two thousand years later God provided the perfect sacrifice. The ram that God provided for Abraham was caught by his head and horns in the thorny brush. Two thousand years later, the soldiers placed a crown of thorns on the lamb of God. God did for mankind what one man did for Him. And two thousand years later a child was born who was to carry out and finalize His Father’s plan of redemption, reconciliation and eternal life for humanity.
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Still small voice

Still Small Voice

I KIngs19:11-13 “11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? “

There are times when God’s voice comes in loudly – almost as if it came from outside ones mind. But most of the time His voice, when He speaks to us, is as a whisper, or a still small voice. Sometimes we don’t know if it is our own thoughts or the voice of God, unless we’ve learned to know or discern His voice from our own thoughts. Many times we need to have it confirmed.

Gideon was asked by God to lead an army against th Medianites and the Amelikites that were taking all the Israelites wealth and goods. Gideon wanted confirmation that it was God speaking to him. After all, if what he heard was his own thoughts, then he could be slaughtered if he went up against the other army.
Gideon first requested that the dew that fell overnight would only be on a sheep skin he would lay on the floor. and not on its surroundings. The next morning only the fleece had dew on it – enough to be wrung out. Then Gideon said, let there be dew not on the fleece tonight, but on the ground round about it. The following morning there was dew everywhere except on the fleece. Then Gideon knew that it was not his own wishful thinking, but the voice of God that he had heard.

God can burst through and disrupt our train of thought when He wants to, but usually God speaks to us in a small still voice, that we need to learn to distinguish from our own thoughts. God wants a relationship with each of us. Not only does He want to hear from us as we pray, He also wants us to hear Him. He wants to commune with us.

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
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Fear or Faith

Fear Or Faith
Posted on December 20, 2016by theharvestprinciple
In the early 1500’s, after a century of the black plague in Europe, Martin Luther was traveling at night, and found himself in a forest during a severe electrical storm. He had seen friends die from the plague and now his life was threatened. He feared for his life, and got down on his knees to pray to God. He prayed that if God would spare his life, that he would dedicate and give his life to God’s work.

The irony of this is, that once you’ve truly given your life to God, you no longer fear death. In other words, until a person gives himself to God, that person believes that their own life is the only thing worth saving, and their problems are the only problems worth fighting and solving. To trust in God’s will and plan for one’s life, allows them to focus on the task ahead, rather than worrying about the consequences. God is in charge and will protect the person all the way into everlasting life.

God tells us what our next step should be, but He never tells us the full story. Perhaps, because we would worry so much about the low spots in our lives, that we could not fulfill God’s plan for us.

God didn’t tell Job, that all ten of Job’s children would be killed in an earthquake. He didn’t tell Job that raiders would steal all his livestock, and weather would destroy his crops, leaving him penniless and with a body wracked with boils. And He didn’t tell Job that when his ordeal was over, God would restore everything to him doubled. He allowed Job to go through His ordeal in faith.

Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”

Job 19:25 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:”

Job was only able to survive his test, because He believed and trusted in his Lord.
His reward was that his wealth was doubled and he had ten more children before he died.

Do we, today, hold God at arm’s length; or do we embrace Him? Do we give ourselves to Him and take Him for ourselves? Do we worry about what might happen, or do we leave “what might happen” to God and his plan for our lives?
Do we live in fear, or live in faith? Do we suspect that God lives, or do we know, without a doubt, that He lives in us and we in Him? We can know and we can choose.

II Timothy 1:7 “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

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A Minute With God (e-mail)

A Minute With God (e-mail)

A minute with GOD. I spent a minute and hope you will too.I LOVE THE OPENING SENTENCE:

With what is going on in the world these days, Heaven could end up a ghost town?My name is GOD. You hardly have time for Me. I love you and will always bless you.I am always with you. I need you to spend 30 seconds of your time with Me today.Don’t pray, just praise. Today I want this message to go across the world before midnight.Will you help? Please do not delete it and I’ll help you with something that you are in need of.Just dare Me! A blessing is coming your way. Please drop everything and pass it on.Why are prayers getting smaller, but bars and clubs are expanding?Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity, but very difficult to engage with God?Think about it, are you going to forward this or are you going to ignore it because you think you will get laughed at?Forward this to all your friends. 80% of you won’t. GOD said if you deny me in front of your friends, I will deny you on the day of judgment.When one door closes, God opens two. If GOD has opened doors for you, send this message to everyone…Forward if GOD’s been good to you!


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