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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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Why have morals?

Regardless of how good, enjoyable or beneficial a thing may be, there has to be limits. We have rules for everything, it seems, except morals, which we seem to think should be a personal choice.
We don’t allow drivers to set their own speed limits. Some would put others in danger. We don’t allow tax payers to denote to the government what they feel is fair to them. We would have no government, because who would pay taxes if others aren’t paying their fair share? We don’t allow the biggest and baddest in society to dominate and starve the rest of society. Every action must be accompanied by rules that limit self-centered excess, or our society would collapse.
Sin, in the short term, offers too much pleasure or satisfaction not to become compulsive or obsessive when carried to the extreme. There has to be boundaries or parameters that allow the enjoyment of an act , without it becoming the dominating force in one’s life.
Sin may be defined as using, abusing or harming another person for one’s own self-gratification. It really doesn’t matter if a person forces, coerces, or seduces the other person into being used, abused or harmed. Harming another causes oneself to be harmed. It is the Harvest Principle or Golden Rule: Whatever one does to another will be returned to that person.
Everyone is guilty of sin in one form or another, and, therefore, causes harm to come to them by their actions towards others. But when one allows a sin to become a compulsion or obsession that dominates their lives, then they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction. Whatever we do to another will be returned to us, and if our life is committed to using, abusing or harming others, then we will have a life where we are used, abused and harmed by others.
Yes, we were created to enjoy all that God has created for us. And God Himself has placed guidelines or parameters in which we can enjoy His gifts without turning them into weapons that we use against ourselves.
Morality has a purpose, not only to preserve a civilized society, but to protect us from ourselves. We don’t have to ponder and create a new set of laws. God has already written the rule book, called the Holy Bible. It’s time to get re-acquainted with His guidelines.

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America find your sanity again

Communists, fascists and dictators around the world have always found a reason to disarm the law-abiding citizen and bring them under submission. I hope that our nation and politicians are above that. I hope that they love freedom and will go after the true reason of our suffering in this nation. And I hope that our politicians won’t be black-mailed into voting against freedom because of skeletons in their closet.
I hope they will ban video games that teach our vulnerable youth to kill. I hope they will outlaw the broadcasting on the airwaves for all to hear, the hate-filled, angry, sick, demeaning insulting and depressing music that even small children can absorb. I hope that they ban the uncalled-for violence, death and destruction in the entertainment medias. I hope that they bring back talent that has been replaced by shock value. I hope that they end the discrimination against the one true God in every aspect of our lives. I hope they stop pretending to uphold the first amendment to the constitution when pushing forward with destructive legislation. I hope they defend the whole constitution, rather than picking and choosing what fits their agenda. And mostly I hope that the American people will realize that without God we are at the mercy of sick people who want to destroy us. Yes, I hope America finds God again and learns to love and serve Him as much as He wants to love and serve us. I simply hope that America becomes sane again.
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A wisp of smoke, a vapor

James 4:13-15 “13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[a] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

Tonight I looked up into the dark sky, and watched as vaporous clouds drifted over a full moon. The clouds were visible, but so thin that they barely dimmed the moon as they passed over it. I wondered if that was how our I lives are – visible but too vaporous to affect anything around us. I thought of my parents who have died. I thought about my son and daughter, and I thought of other friends and family that had gone. And I thought of my dogs Dolly and Calley who meant the world to me. They had all been so real and vibrant to me, yet one day they were gone, like a vapor that vanishes away without a trace. The pain of losing them came back to haunt me again tonight, and tear at my heart one more time, and I wondered if the pain would ever end.
Vapor? Are we no more than a vapor traversing an endless sky? No. It is our bodies that are vaporous and disappears – dust to dust and ashes to ashes. But our soul shines forth from us as we seek to serve our God by serving our fellow man. The vapor is our bodies, and our souls are like the moon, that reflects the light of God. Yes, our bodies pass in front of us and then are gone, like thin clouds passing across the moon. But we will shine on, forever reflecting the love of God to all the world through His Son Jesus Christ. Let your light shine. Let the world see the real you as your God created you to be.

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Faith, hope and charity

Any of these qualities are admirable but to learn that a person you look up to and rely on has the quality that sets them head and shoulders above others is truly a beautiful thing. With love there is compassion. These qualities are not superficial. They reach down deep into the soul of a person, And last week these qualities revealed themselves in a person I already admired, but now more deeply. God places blessings in our path, sometimes to teach us and other times to bless us. I believe I received both, and have already thanked the Provider.
1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 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 the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a 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.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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Jesus washes his disciple’s feet

At the last supper just before Jesus was arrested, He washed the feet of the twelve disciples. Washing the feet of another was an act of humility and love. He demonstrated to his disciples that he had the heart of a servant and not of a master. He demonstrated that one’s pride should never prevent anyone from serving anyone in any capacity necessary. He was, also, demonstrating that a person must be humble if he expects God to exalt them.
The interesting fact is that he washed the feet of all his disciples that were in the upper room. That included Judas, the disciple that would betray him and bring about his death. Yes, he humbled himself before the disciple who betrayed him, and on the cross, he asked God to forgive those who had whipped him, beat him, humiliated him, and put him on the cross to die.
Despite his power and identity, he rejected arrogance and pride; and was humble even to the end.
Humility, then, is not an emotion that should be avoided, but rather an attitude that must be sought after and nurtured if we are to please and serve God.

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven..” Matthew 18:3
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Dying man gets a miracle in an abandoned church

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I am nobody

Oh, I used to think that I was somebody. IQ tests showed me to be highly intelligent, and maybe even gifted. I was reasonably good-looking, good body, good health. I thought that my thoughts were right-on, and my abilities unlimited. Then reality set in. I found that, although my thoughts were well-founded according to man’s wisdom and understanding, they didn’t consider how victory in the long term, could be affected by failures or defeat in the short term. It was impossible to see the future that only God can encompass. I had to get my abilities and intellect out of the way in order to complete His perfect plan. My short-term plans, formed by man’s limited intellect and ability, was interfering with God’s long term, and perfect plan. I learned that I had to subdue my egotistical plans, formed by an inferior mind and ability, and allow God to lead the way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes unto the Father except by me.” He, also, said, “If any man comes to me, he must take up his cross daily, and follow me”. He didn’t ask us to lead, or to supplant his authority with our own ideas. He said that we must follow him.
The Bible tells us to “Humble yourselves under the might hand of God, that He may in due time, exalt you.” Jesus said, “Whoever would be first, will be last. And whoever would be last, will be made first.” The Apostle Paul said that we should “relate to fellow believers with love and humility.” Wherever we look in the Bible we find that those who thought of themselves to be “somebodys”, were proven to be “nobodys”. Jesus did not come to Earth to prove his superiority over man. He came to serve man, and he reiterated that over and over. His last voluntary act with his disciples, was to wash their feet, which was always done by the servant, if it was done for the person at all. He portrayed himself throughout his ministry as a humble servant. When Jesus was finished washing the disciples feet, he said, “Do ye this to one another.”
We can do nothing in arrogance. No one will listen to us, or be led to Christ when we approach them in arrogance. Arrogance or an air of superiority simply angers and puts the other person on their defense. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Yes, we can do all things through him whom we follow, through him whom we humbly worship.
Present yourself as a “nobody”to God, so that you will become His child, and a “somebody”.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will HUMBLE themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins, and heal their nation.”

Forget your talents, abilities and intellect. Humble yourself – to God and to others – and become a somebody. Humbly follow Him and find the total victory. for which you have for so long, strived. Thrive in humility, or wither in arrogance. It is the choice that each of us must make. I have chosen to accept being a nobody, in order to become His somebody, and to live in victory.
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Attitude creates or perpetuates circumstances

There are examples all around us that we just take for granted. We see that successful people seem to be happier, more patient, more compassionate and never carry a grudge. The less successful seem to feel, because of their status, that they deserve to be angry, to blame others, to be short-tempered and to be concerned only in their wants and needs. Those of lower status believe that if they had money, they would be happy, patient, compassionate and never angry. But the truth is that attitude creates the circumstances. We can see that by those who have escaped abject poverty and become successful. Their attitude was always positive and considerate of others, even from the beginning. Their refusal to blame others, to lash out at others, but always to be humble and considerate of others carried them to success.
Circumstances can influence attitude, but that just perpetuates the attitude and passes it on to following generations. Attitude is more important than race, intellect or even education. There is, however, one proven way to break out of one’s situation in life. That way is God. If we surrender our will to Him and follow His commandments, He will change us, change our attitudes and change our circumstances. Not all successful people are religious, but they live by the rules that bring or nurture success.
Jesus said that the greatest commandment was: “Love your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” He said that the second greatest commandment was: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” That means that we are not the greatest authority on life. God is. And that we should treat everyone as we would want to be treated. Jesus, also, said, “Whatever you would have done to yourself, do to another.” How we treat others determines how we will be treated. But the greatest truth is to humble oneself in the knowledge that God has our answers and our futures, and through Him and with Him we can do all things.
Circumstances don’t make attitudes. Attitudes determine our circumstances. I pray that you will build a bright future for yourselves, as you walk with your creator each day.
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God’s pearls of wisdom – God Vine

God’s Pearls of Wisdom
You say: “It’s impossible”
God says: All things are possible
(Luke 18:27)

You say: “I’m too tired”
God says: I will give you rest
(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: I love you
(John 3:16 & John 3:34)

You say: “I can’t go on”
God says: My grace is sufficient
(2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out”
God says: I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: “I can’t do it”
God says: You can do all things
(Philippians 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able”
God says: I am able
(2 Corinthians 9:8)

You say: “It’s not worth it”
God says: It will be worth it
(Romans 8:28)

You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage”
God says: I will supply all your needs
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(2 Timothy 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)

You say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(Hebrews 13:5)

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