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Now, is the time for prayer, for our families, our society, our nation so God will heal the land.
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Faith is a committed belief in something or someone and while many people have faith in “luck” not as many have faith in God.
In the lesson about the fig tree, we see in Mark 11:22—Jesus telling His disciples to have faith in God. Now, if we have faith—that committed belief in God, we should not doubt Him—for if we doubt Him, we nullify our faith in what we ask.
“…if anyone says to this mountain and does not doubt in their heart, but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25 NIV
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14 NIV
And the consequences of doubt—wavering or teetering on the brink of faith:
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:6-8 NIV
Of course, regarding faith—the writer of Hebrews leaves us with an indelible image of those who are considered in the “Hall of Faith” according to their actions, based upon their beliefs.
Going back—for a moment—to Abraham and his faith (though some have claimed otherwise), but when he takes his son—the son of promise—to sacrifice as he believes the Lord has told him to do, we know—without question—that his faith remained in God and he never doubted that God would preserve his son. How do we know? He told his servants that he and his son would return even though the sacrifice of that day meant to kill and burn the object. We get many sermons and messages about God having a “ram in the bush” meeting our needs in unexpected ways, but the ram’s presence and entanglement in the bush was part of God’s plan from the beginning. So, if we know God has promised us something, why would we think—after giving it to us—that He would take it back? Whatever God has for us, is for us and nothing we see others receive has anything to do with His promises for us—individually and corporately.
In the previous segment on prayer, I shared when I went back to school. Now, after I prayed, I had to do something for faith without works is dead. I had to believe the timing for my going back to school was really my answer to my prayer. There are many instances I could discuss, but I’ll just mention this one.
Taking a foreign language course is part of the curriculum for almost every college in the nation and certainly part of the curriculum—a requirement for a Bachelors Degree—at the college I attended (Wayne State University). At any rate, in the last semester before I graduated, I remembered the requirement and since I didn’t have three terms to take the class, I enrolled in an advance class of French. I had thought about testing out, but it had been over 25 years since I’d been in a French class and silly me, I thought I had it altogether—until the first quiz.
I should have known from the first day that I was going to tank the class and if that wasn’t enough of a clue, the first failed quiz was and the second failed quiz as well. The poor instructor was confounded. She suggested that I take the “previous courses” (beginning), but since I planned to graduate in December, I told her I had to pass her class and with no less than a B for a grade. She looked at me as if I was crazy. But something—I don’t know what—prompted her to tell me she would help me any way she could.
From the point of the second failed quiz I made a decision—failure was not an option. I bought post-it notes and covered my house with them and the equivalent of everything in French. I listened to French tapes in my car everywhere I went and found a television station that broadcast in French (en français) and watch it every chance I got. For the rest of that semester—from September until December, I studied French 20 hours a week and that was just one of my five classes. I wrote letters to my friend in French, we kept a diary in French and had to respond to readings in French. My final exam—translating French to English and vice-versa and I must have aced it since I ended with a “B” for the class. This is how I put my faith to work.
So when we read in scripture that “faith without works is dead,” we understand that if we say we believe something and “do” nothing, we won’t see our faith work. If a person believes they will obtain a job, but never apply for one, will they get it? Not likely. There are not too many people out there in our society that will have companies knocking on their door without them ever applying for a job. It’s possible—with God anything is possible—but highly unlikely. I know that if our belief aligns with The Word and then we do—all this is our power to do, we shall have what we believe.
We have established that prayer is communicating with God and though there are many people who profess that we must be in certain positions in order for God to hear us, none of that was discussed by Jesus. What He emphasized regarding talking to God was faith and Paul later added “action”. If we’re not going to do anything, we are wasting our time in talking to God. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
We are given the “model” prayer in Matthew in which Jesus teaches how to pray (not the what to pray). If we look at the model and analyze the context we can understand (later) why we must know the elements of prayer.
This, then, is how you should pray. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name ,Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today, our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we Have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil, [for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Forever, Amen]. Matthew 6:9-13 NIV
First of all, acknowledging to whom we pray—Our Father in Heaven.
Why? Before the resurrection, we’re looking for His kingdom to come—a time when all will accept Him as Savior. We’re submitting to His will—on earth as it is done in Heaven.
We should be thankful on a daily basis for what we have. All our needs are met (Matthew 6:33)
Asking forgiveness for all the wrong we’ve done and forgiving all the wrong done to us. We have been forgiven (Colossians 2:13)
Now, we know (through James) that God does not lead us into temptation, but we are led by our own lusts.
We have been delivered (have the power to choose right) through Holy Spirit.
Finally, praise—acknowledging that all power and glory are His.
There are some churches who believe the model prayer is the only one that should ever be prayed, but we know that’s not true because of what Jesus says, later. But before going there, let’s look at the ingredients for getting prayers answered:
Repent—we need to turn away from wrong doing entirely. (Ezekiel 14:6, Acts 2:38, and I John 1:9,10).
Forgive—we need not hold onto grudges or constantly remind others what they have done. (Matthew 6:14, Mark 11:25,26, and Ephesians 4:32).
Believe—we must have uncompromising faith in Him to do what we request. (Matthew 21:21,22, Mark 11:25,26, and I John 5:14,15).
Be Sincere—we must understand that God is omniscient—all knowing. (Proverbs 5:21, John 7:4, Romans 8:27,28 and Ephesians 4:15).
Be Righteous—we must be in right standing with God (John 14:34,35, Ephesians 5:2, James 5:16).
Be Selfless—we must intercede on behalf of others and pray with others. (Matthew 19:19,20, Philippians 1:4, and 2:4).
Praise God—We must praise Him for all He has done, is doing and will do on our behalf. (Psalm 150).
Remember that Matthew 6:9 is the model prayer and not “The Lord’s Prayer” for if it was, Jesus would have repeated that prayer when He was in the garden of Gethsemane. He didn’t and we see that in John 17—which should be called The Lord’s Prayer—for it is the prayer, He prayed.
At any rate, we know the model prayer is not the only prayer we should use because of what Jesus said in Matthew 21:21,22 and Mark 11:25,26—we just have to believe.
In 1993, my life took a downward slide—I was off work for two months recovering from surgery, found out my mother was dying of breast cancer (In June I was told she had two weeks to live, but she held on until November), and I was rear-ended by a drunk driver and ended up giving up my job because I could no longer do it. About three years, I knew I had to do something to take care of myself and I couldn’t rely upon the fact that I’d gotten a good job without a prerequisite Bachelor’s degree (prayer works), but that wasn’t going to happen again. So, knowing I only had about a year and half of study to complete a Bachelor’s degree, I prayed and asked God what to do and then I prayed—seeking His wisdom to get me through it. Not only did I complete the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree, but I made the Dean’s list for the first time. After that, I kept going—completing courses for a Master’s Degree and then went forward and completed classes for a Ph.D. However, analyzing the direction of my life and how it would be impacted (or not), I stopped short of completing a dissertation. So now, my graduate status is officially, ABD—All but dissertation.
For some—that status wouldn’t mean much, but it means a great deal to me. I decided not to complete the dissertation in Curriculum and Instruction (teaching teachers) because I didn’t see much of a future for anyone entering the teaching field. That decision—made in 2010—was the best decision I’ve made and I made it because of what The Lord showed me—then about the direction of teaching careers.
Now, I know some will disagree and they certainly have a right to do so, but I’m convinced that my constant conversations have kept me wasting time and money in pursuit of a degree that eventually wouldn’t mean much. That’s the power of prayer.
The second excerpt may put some on guard and elicit much comment–that’s okay–bring it on! Thanks for reading and commenting!
In the beginning—when God created all that was ever created—He spent time talking to Adam and Eve in the garden, until they disobeyed Him. Their disobedience created a disconnect with their fellowship and God left them to their own devices, after He told them what would happen next. What was the next? From the bottom to the top—the serpent to the man—the snake would crawl on his belly (a hint that snakes once walked upright), the woman would have pain in childbirth (a hint that prior to the disobedience—there was no pain, just joy with every child born and there were many), and the man would have to work to eat (no more garden paradise) by working up a sweat and toiling to make things work. All this is a result of broken communication—God no longer talking to them and there was no point in them talking to Him.
That is until Cain and Abel—the two children born after the break from God’s communion with Adam and Eve. Now, to gain a greater understanding of what’s coming, we must understand that Cain and Abel were not the firstborn children of Adam and Eve; they were the first discussed after they were kicked out of the garden. How do we know?
Well, after Cain killed his brother out of jealousy (God didn’t accept his sacrifice), God again spoke with His creation—Cain. Even though Cain tried to lie, God knew and He always knows what we have done and are doing. At any rate, God spared Cain’s life and Cain went to live in another land.
“Then Cain went out from the LORD’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain was intimate with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to Enoch. Then Cain became the builder of a city, and he named the city Enoch after his son.” Genesis 4:16, 17 HCSB
Notice, Cain was intimate with his wife! For those who only believe the Kings James Version is the only “correct” version of the bible to read, it is not, but that explanation is forthcoming. The point here is that all translations produced by inspiration of God imply the same thing—even if they don’t say it—verbatim. So, now if Cain was the firstborn and Abel the second-born, where did the wife come from?
This is really too simple for anyone to complicate. The wife—was a distant relative—sister or niece—we are not told which, but we know they were related. How do know? Because the instructions given to Adam and Eve from the beginning were to be fruitful and multiply! And they did. They multiplied enough times for the children to move out of the garden and inhabit the surrounding land. And this is how towns developed—when the children moved away from their parents. The anthropological process is still evident today.
Now, about the version of the bible—specifically the Kings James Version—people need to get over themselves. The King of England—(before the Queen ruled) hired scholars to translate writings from Hebrew, Greek and Latin into the then “King’s English”—primarily so everyone who could read, would read with understanding. Prior to that time, only the elite had access to education and could understand other languages and (speculation here), the King was probably tired of listening to other people (the church leaders) tell him what to do—especially since he couldn’t prove or confirm what they were telling him. The point being made here is—this was the first English version of the bible, not the only translation of God’s Inspired Word to mankind. Therefore, once access to education was possible, there were Spanish versions, French Versions, Italian versions, and whatever version needed for the benefit of those who were reading it—in a language form they could understand. Hence, the “correct” translation is the version that people understand—they are the only ones who can decide that—not restrictionists who think they are the only ones who have a say in what people read.
Having said that, one other thing must be clear. Not every version of the bible is an accurate one. In particular, those versions which have removed references to God’s gender as male, what is considered sin, and hell as an eternal place for sinners. Though we can change the language to conform to the reader’s ability and interest, we have no right to change the intent or context of God’s Word. He will judge that when we stand before Him on that great day!
Getting back to the communication, notice that after sending Adam and Eve from the garden, we have no record of any verbalized communication between God and anyone else until Cain offered God a sacrifice from the produce of the ground He had cursed [Genesis 3:17-19]. We can conclude that if Cain had not offered God a sacrifice from the cursed ground, God still would have not communicated with any of the immediate—first family!
For the next few days or weeks–however long it takes, I will post excerpts from a Work-in-Progress about the power of prayer. Your comments and suggestions (constructively) are welcomed.
Too many times—as we continue to live life—we ask ourselves, “what’s the point?” We ask this question because we don’t always understand—why we do what we do when we do it. This is particularly true for those who don’t understand the power of prayer or the point of living a life that’s pleasing to God. For those—who say, “there is no God” or “they’re not sure they believe in God,” it is exasperating watching those of us who do—express our faith in God, through social media and other public forums. They see our expression as an infringement of their rights—simply because they don’t believe.
How about the infringement of the rights of the Believers? Every time we are subjected to television shows and movies that are more interested in depicting lifestyles contrary to God’s Word, our rights are violated. And yes, we can always change the channel or not pay to see the movie, and by the same rationale—those who don’t want to see our expressions of our faith can do the same. Now, if we all just turned—off, turned down, or avoid what we don’t believe—would we solve the problems of infringement of another person’s rights?
In America, where freedom is supposed to be “key” to the liberty of all who reside within the borders as citizens, should we not all have the same freedoms to express ourselves—wherever? From a purely logical position that makes sense. The problem is—with the freedom to express ourselves wherever, where are the boundaries that keep us from infringing upon another person’s freedom? We know that our legislators and the judicial system can be bought and paid for—by the laws that are written and decisions rendered through the court system. It would appear that everyone in this country has rights but the Believers in the Most High God.
Now some would attempt to counter this statement by looking at how the judicial system has changed to support the rights of minorities in the past. Well, let’s take a look at those rights decided by judges with biases.
The right to be treated like a human being rather than an animal—legislated by lawmakers against slavery and enforced (reluctantly) by our Supreme Court Justices who are not exactly supreme—in anything. Here’s a question—why would it take written laws and a court system to establish that all human beings are just that—human—not animal and they should have inherent rights as human beings—not animals. Sidebar—animals in this country still have more rights than some people which is a travesty by itself. Proof of this statement—look at how often we see PSAs on television for the protection of animals, but so very few for children—living in this country (aside from those organizations trying to feed the world, but overlook the needs of children right under their noses). In most of the “humane animal shelters” people have to have a background check to adopt an animal, but babies are sent home with unfit, negligent parents every day. They didn’t have a background check and in most cases, they never receive instructions on how to care for an infant and then we wonder why so many kids end up being abused and killed at the hands of their parents. What happens to the rights of the child to have the freedom to live and prosper?
The above-statement is not support for the pro-life group nor is it against them. Since God gives us “choice” in all we do, Believers should take the same stance that God takes with the understanding that every choice we make has consequences.
How about the legislation which barred, “interracial marriages” because black people were not considered human beings? Or how about the inequities of education—first laws barring black people from learning to read and then restricting them to learning from torn and worn books provided to them after the “elite white people” were finished with them. Don’t think for a minute that this book is about racial bigotry, but it cannot be ignored if we’re honest about our history.
Let’s see—first this nation was established on the premise of being freed from the English rule and then the forefathers—those who came to this country on their own—knowing primarily the Bible as a source of all desired information, created a constitutional foundation—using biblical principles. Now, according to the legislators and the judicial system—the bible has no place in our society for any other than the religious fanatics. We legislate laws that are contrary to the same bible on which we founded a nation and then say—the constitution was written based upon religious beliefs. Well, that’s true enough since the bible is not a religious belief, but a book (more than ancient myths) on which Believers have established a basis for their faith in God. And the bible is no different from any other document used by people as a basis for faith—in whatever they believe. The Jews have the Torah, The Muslims have the Quran, and almost every denomination in the world has its own version of a document by which people establish the principles of their beliefs. There is nothing inherently wrong with the process, but when the process infringes upon the rights of the very group of people who were responsible for the existence of our nation—there is something—inherently wrong.
Sometimes, I think I’m living on the other side of reality–and it has nothing to do with a fantasy.
I look at our society–in the United States of America–the land of the free–and wonder–what does freedom really mean when:
People are targeted and killed because they choose to live a lifestyle that many don’t condone, but tolerate.
People are hated when they dare to exercise their freedom of speech and openly disagree with popular opinion to demonize others.
People think they have a right to dictate what another thinks or how they act simply because they want to rule others–systematically.
This is the United States of America and we’re supposed to be united as a culture of human beings–acknowledging the diversity as a given and embracing all with love and compassion–not hatred and animosity against any who dare to defend the rights of others to do and be what they choose to be.
This is the United States of America where people have come to enjoy the freedom of religion–whatever that may be–and to work together to keep this a great nation–not in destroying, but in building–relationships, not walls, that solidify us as a nation.
This is the United States of America where one is “supposedly” guaranteed the freedom of expression in speech while acknowledging that we don’t have the right to disrespect others in an attempt to make them respect us.
In the United States of America there is diversity of race, ethnicity, religion and …whatever one wants to call it. We are not clones and God did not intend us to be. Had He wanted clones, He could have made us such, but then where we would have the freedom to choose–which He gives liberally?
In the United States of America why is it that only one group of people gets to define a horrific tragedy by their own “buzz words,” when in actuality, the most recent massacre is not indeed the greatest that ever occurred on this side of the Atlantic? But then that would mean we would have to review history to understand that Black people have been massacred by the hundreds to the thousands and there was no outrage–that changed the course of events–but created a wall between reality–theirs and ours–their history versus our history, but interwoven by being in the same place at the same time.
In the United States of America we have orange people pitting themselves against everyone else because of their limited understanding about anything that is real as it concerns how government works, but then again, if government truly worked, the orange would be recognized as another color used to fuel hatred and bigotry and understood as a flame-builder.
Why then–in the United States of America–a country that is supposed to be concerned with the humane treatment of all human beings have we allowed inhumanity to be spread and overflow the shores and borders of every state until we will soon no longer recognize who we are because of the “select few” redefining biology, anthropology and theology?
We are indeed living on the other side of reality–at least the reality of living as God has outlined in His Word and though many may disagree, they cannot refute the signs of the times–unless of course, they haven’t read what He said with understanding.
Sitting here–shaking my head–not understanding the hatred, the bigotry, the insanity that exists in this country, called the United (but is actually divided) States of America.
Sometimes, I cannot explain the hows and whys as to how my mind wanders, but every now and then, something specific gets my attention. And this week, it’s acknowledging that many women–choose to believe lying men–especially those who profess–leaving their wives for them.
Let’s face it–that is one of the oldest cons in the history of mankind for a man to get next to a female–other than the one he’s married to. Seriously, ladies–think more highly of yourself than to believe the lie. There are men out there who simply want a “side-lay” without any of the responsibility. They want what you have, but have no desire to obligate themselves to you. How do we know?
Looking at what has caused the death or abuse of a number of women, by those scheming, lying, low-lifes–who tell women they will leave their wives for them, we know!
I guess it’s part of their nature to just “lie” about any and every thing, just to convince a woman to drop her pants. And they know who will fall for their lie. We can’t change their nature, but how about changing how we view ourselves.
Married men–who will cheat on their wives–can detect a desperate woman a mile away. They know who is insecure and needs to be persuaded–about looks, value, worth–and they know when to make the move. They’ll lie about how miserable their lives are and why they can’t leave a marriage–right now. They’ll lie about their financial situations, the kids, their careers, and how leaving their wives will affect them, but as soon as they can “make some changes” they’ll leave and live with you forever.
Now, how many women have been vulnerable or foolish enough to fall for this line of pahlooty (I’m trying to be nice)? Far too many to detail in this blog, but let’s make the changes we can and avoid the lies.
Ladies–know your own worth–from within and not from without–needing others to validate who you are. Go to The Word and see yourself as God sees you–“more precious than jewels.”
Know that God has a man for you–one who will love and cherish you just for who you are. All you have to do is wait for him–don’t let feelings and other people convince you to move ahead of God. And one thing is for sure, another woman’s husband is not who God has planned for you so don’t even try it.
Here’s a question to ask yourself: Am I worthy of receiving God’s best in and for my life? Yes–you are; no matter how life has treated you, no matter how many setbacks you’ve suffered or abuses at the hands of others in situation over which you had no control–you are worthy! So don’t settle for second-best–the lies of a cheating man because if he’ll cheat with you, he’ll cheat on you.
Build your self-esteem by seeing yourself differently. You are not desperate, there are more than enough real men in the world that God has reserved at least one of them for you. You don’t have to listen to the societal rhetoric that attempts to tell you what to do or how to think of yourself. See yourself as God sees you!
Stay in The Word and know the people with whom you’ve surrounded yourself are Godly people (not Godless). People who don’t know God will have you believing everything they believe and keep you from receiving God’s best because God doesn’t think the way think and for those of us who know Him, we should think like He thinks. We can only know how He thinks by getting and staying in The Word and discovering His Will for our lives.
Here’s the thing–we can never find joy and peace with others until we know joy and peace within ourselves. Living a Jesus-Centered life gives us all the joy and peace we need to be assured of a life worth living and the person with whom we’ll live it.
Marriage–God’s first institution–established to provide us with tangible love and security, while insuring the continuation of mankind–is between two people–man and woman–and they need no outside interference from a “side-lay” no matter who that might be.
Truth–no matter how you slice it or who you choose to believe. Celebrities don’t have a truth, a heaven or hell in which you can trust or reside in for all eternity. Now–you have choice to make–choose truth over the lie–no matter who’s telling it.
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I am exactly who God has determined I should be and quite frankly, I don’t have a problem with that. When people don’t understand me, I pray for them. When they misjudge my intent, I pray for them. When they don’t care about my writing style, I shrug it off and pray for myself–to keep hearing God and to keep writing as He gives it to me.
What others think of me–is what they think of me. It is not necessarily how God sees me or what He thinks of me. I care more about what He thinks of me than I’ll ever care about people–those mere mortals, flawed and imperfect beings who are just like me!
Though I love to share what I write, I’m not going to lose myself in trying to amass followers just to appease people. People don’t have a heaven or hell for me so–think what you will. I’ll survive!
For those reading this and know who they are–in Christ–or out of Christ–kudos to you for standing firm in who you are. I not only know who I am, I know whose I am and I will not compromise my faith in Him in order to please people or to get rich. Riches on earth cannot compare to the inheritance awaiting me in heaven and no one, absolutely no one is going to hinder me from receiving what’s mine.
Have I answered the question or have I raised other questions?
In order to succeed on this side of heaven, we must know–without doubting–what He has called us to do and then do it–even when popular opinion rises against us. Thank goodness for His righteous judgment which surpasses popular opinion–any day of the week!
Dare to be who He has called you to be without concern about what others think!
For the past few days, I’ve been sitting here wondering how to regain my motivation to write–something–anything–that will help others–in a concrete way.
I know–writing to entertain takes more effort than it’s worth (at least that’s where I am right now), but I love writing. The critics–who claim they are reviewers–tend to forget that everything they read is from the writer’s perspective, not theirs. All literature helps to broaden the minds of all who read from the various perspectives of the writer–not the reader, but we hope to engage the reader on our level, since we don’t know who the readers are.
Then–those who have either never read a bible or at the very least–have no understanding of one–always seem to have the most to say about those who write to encourage others to stay in The Word.
Everyday, I get more followers on social media, but that following has not resulted in a significant change in readership. People follow–why I don’t know–but they are apparently not interested in reading what I write. That I don’t understand.
I guess what I’m getting to is the fact that followers don’t necessarily impact readership and that most of us should not count on developing a readership base from those who follow us.
Whatever…that’s why I’m sitting here wondering.
Red Rain Media Kit
17-year-old Philadelphia has been imprisoned most of her life because of her Christian beliefs. When her father is sent to Mars against his will to work on a mysterious science project and a benevolent official allows her to accompany him, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to prison on Earth. But when she stumbles into the wrong hallway and accidentally learns too much, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer: the choice between returning to Earth—or destroying it.
Aubrey Hansen is a pink-haired, caffeine-fueled twenty-something. She’s a writer (obviously), barista, dog trainer, and the co-founder of Penoaks Publishing. She shares her house in Kansas City with three cats, a pit bull, a snake, a ferret, and a husband.
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