SINS OF THE MIND – FROM WHICH TO TURN

by Mary A. LaClair

Ever notice the Ten Commandments deal most entirely with actions, until the end when it deals with thoughts?  “Thou shalt not covet”?  To covet is a thought –

In this life on earth, actions primarily define a person, while thoughts may be the primary defining element in the after-life. Perhaps this is why the devil likes to put bad thoughts in our minds, he tries to contaminate our spirits, that part of us which lives on.

 As a child, I can remember hearing my Grand-Mother uttering the words:  “Lord, perish the thought”.

God can be, and is, quite displeased with the thoughts we allow to stay in our minds…which we allow to stay in our minds…which we allow to stay in our minds.

Ezek 8:12

Then the Lord said to me: “Son of dust, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in their minds? For they say, ‘The Lord doesn’t see us; he has gone away!'” TLB

Ezek 8:12

“And he said unto me, Hast thou seen, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every one in his chambers of imagery? for they say, Jehovah seeth us not; Jehovah hath forsaken the land.”  Darby

Ezekiel 8:12 (my paraphrase) ‘Mortal man, have you seen what the church leaders (..and church members using My Name..) are doing in their minds?’

….   For it is to the CHURCH God says …  turn from your wicked ways,…and He will heal our land.

 Rev. 2:23   “…and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts.”

 In heaven. Our physical bodies will be gone but our spirits will live on –  we will communicate using our thoughts.  Other people, including Jesus, will hear our thoughts.  So if this is true we should do our best to clean up our thoughts while here on earth, with the additional side effect of healing our land. Let us ALL do our part and see for ourselves how important our thoughts are to God, either pleasing or displeasing:

In the NIV, there may be found 57 references to the word THOUGHTS and 37 references to the word MIND.

So that the Lord may work with each reader individually, the partial lists may be found here. “search me O God, and see if there be any wicked way in me”    

Ps 139:23-24

 “Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in the everlasting way.GNT (Good News Translation)

…is a good prayer to say before reviewing this list. It may be different for everyone. Good luck and may The Lord open the heart and mind of God to each of us.

“IF my people who are called by My Name….will turn from their wicked ways…I will heal their land.”

The healing of our land, the land allotted to the righteous, depends upon God’s people being righteous and turning from the ways which God considers wicked, and it begins with our thoughts.

Let’s see what He says:

57 references to ‘thoughts’ :

                                                                                                                                                                                               Genesis 6:5

The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. NIV

    1 Chronicles 28:9

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” NIV

     Psalms 10:4  In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. NIV

    Psalms 13:2  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me NIV

    Psalms 55:2  hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught

    Psalms 92:5  How great are your works, O Lord, how profound your thoughts!

    Psalms 94:11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile.

    Psalms 139:2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

    Psalms 139:17  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Ask God to give you His thoughts)

    Psalms 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. NIV

    Proverbs 1:23  If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. NIV

    Proverbs 15:26  The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him. NIV

       Ecclesiastes 10:20  Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

        Isaiah 55:7  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

    Isaiah 59:7 Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways. NIV

   

    Jeremiah 4:14  O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts? NIV

Now, let’s see what Jesus and the New Testament say about our thoughts. Are our thoughts really all that important? Let’s see for ourselves if the New Testament confirms the Old Testament on this issue:

   

    Matthew 9:4  Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . .” Then he said to the paralytic, “Get up, take your mat and go home.”  And the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men.

    Matthew 12:25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

    Matthew 15:19  “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.'”

    Mark 7:21 He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ 21 For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.'”

    Luke 1:51  He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts

    Luke 2:35  The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

    Luke 9:47 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all — he is the greatest.” 

    Luke 11:17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebub. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

Comment: Jesus knows our thoughts in this life; how much more in the afterlife…!

    Romans 2:15  All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15 since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

    1 Corinthians 2:11 The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:

    1 Corinthians 3:20  Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”  

    Ephesians 2:3 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.

    Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

   

Some select Scriptures sorted by using the word MIND.

    Deuteronomy 11:18   Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you. 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.  NIV

    Psalms 7:9   O righteous God,who searches minds and hearts,bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure. NIV

Comment: Let us pray this Psalm 7:9 for our Nation. Search hearts and minds, O Lord, and put and end to the violence and thoughts of the wicked and make the righteous secure. Thank you Lord, because with clean hearts and minds, we pray this according to Your will, as stated in the Scriptures.

    Psalms 73:7  From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. NIV

    Proverbs 12:8  A man is praised according to his wisdom, but men with warped minds are despised. NIV

    Isaiah 44:18  They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. NIV

    Jeremiah 14:14  Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatriesa and the delusions of their own minds….   I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve. NIV

           Jeremiah 31:33  “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. NIV

    Luke 24:38  They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”  NIV

    Luke 24:45  Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”  NIV

Comment: Oh, Lord, we ask that you open the minds of your readers here, to understand the Scriptures…. Thank you, Holy Spirit

    Acts 14:2 At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders.  

Comment: Oh, Lord, don’t let our minds be poisoned…

    Romans 8:5  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful manis death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. NIV

    Romans 16:18  I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. NIV

    2 Corinthians 3:14  Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. NIV

    2 Corinthians 11:3  But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  

Comment: Protect our minds, O Lord, that we not be led astray.

    Ephesians 4:23  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. NIV

    Philippians 4:7  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. NIV

Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. RSV

    1 Peter 1:13  Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  NIV

    Revelation 2:23  Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): 25 Only hold on to what you have until I come. NIV

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P.S. Dr. Tony Evans has an excellent sermon on ordering our thinking. This is a sermon which is Part 2 of Overcoming Emotional Strongholds.

If you like Part 2, you may find Part 1 and other messages from Dr. Evans by googling his name: also on Alexa by saying: “play Dr. Tony Evans The Alternative from One Place”

May you, dear readers, conquer the negative and become an over-comer through Christ Jesus and His Holy Spirit…to become your best you.

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IS GOD OBLIGATED? IF MY PEOPLE…WILL TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS…

  This was published two years ago on 3/9/18, it is being re-posted again here now, two years later, because the need for the knowledge of its content still seems to exist

Is God Obligated to Answer ALL of Our Prayers?

                                                                                                 —   Mary A. LaClair

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2 Chron 7:14-15

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  RSV          (emphasis mine)

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Because our land needs healing, let’s unpack this often quoted verse to its fullest.  This verse is often heard with emphasis on the words “pray”.  But that is not all this verse is saying. Not to be overlooked or diminished, which I think is happening, is the equally important phrase, “and turn from their wicked ways”.

How many times have we heard that part emphasized recently?  The emphasis has been mostly on the word “pray”.

What happens if we do in fact pray, but do not in fact turn from our wicked ways?

Is God obligated to fulfill His part of the bargain …….if we do not meet or fulfill the ‘and’ words?

pray …AND seek… AND turn ….They are verbs – action words, if you will.

Who needs to take these actions? We need to know to whom this is addressed.  Is it addressed to all people in general? Is it to God’s people?  Who are God’s people?  It tells us who they are. The ones ‘called by His Name’. The ones claiming to be ‘Christian’.

Can you see that we are the ones who carry the power to get our land healed?  Wow!  What power with God!

Why, then, is our land not being healed faster than it is?

We can pray, but unconfessed sin is a hindrance to our being heard. Three translations put the same verse this way:

Ps 66:18   “If I had ignored my sins,  the Lord would not have listened to me.” TEV

Ps 66:18-19He would not have listened if I had not confessed my sins. But he listened! He heard my prayer! He paid attention to it! ” TLB

Ps 66:18   :…the Lord would not have listened; if I cherished sin in my heart.” NIV

 This seems to deal with thoughts.

Ps 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”   NIV

 Jer 23:24 “Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. ”   AMP

Do church leaders need to strain at gnats and swallow camels ?

gnat 2                       camel 1

No. I believe there are large camels of sin in our churches.  Where does one start?  Well, because of all the sexual harassment claims, let’s start with lust. It is big in the world today and has even crossed lines into the churches. Several high profile pastors have admitted they have been delivered from pornography, many more probably have not; and it is not limited to pastors. Anyone who wants answers to prayers needs to consider themselves. Getting pornography removed from the internet would go a long way to curbing these sins in the Nation and in the church. In view of much sexual misconduct in Congress ; and in view of disrespect for human life via numerous mass murders, whether by vehicle, bombs, guns, or infanticide (abortion at birth),  now would be a good time to express the need to respect life. I suggest this may be done by re-criminalizing BOTH porn AND abortion.  We did not have these problems when those laws were in effect.

Now may be the time to cite some causes for these national problems and correct them:  lack of respect for women and for human life . These are problems for which this Nation should find solutions, and as Christians we should be able to offer them those solutions, but not just for benefit of the church, for the benefit of our government and our country. In solving their problems we might just also be solving our own.

Teaching proper respect for ourselves and for the opposite sex would go a long way, but the Lord says the action itself needs to start with us.

God can’t clean up the world until He first cleans up His church. There are secret sins and not-so-secret-sins hidden within the church.

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According to the opening Scripture, which holds a promise: We need to get rid of these sins in God’s people if our prayers are to be answered. Will it start with you and me?  If it does, maybe then God can clean up the world a little faster. And God knows we need it.  Our prayers won’t get ready answers until we first clean up the church. We can’t expect the world to be cleaner than the church.

1 Peter 3:7  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. ” NIV

 

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WORK ON THE SOLUTION !   ……..

 Ps 19:12-14

Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer. NIV

Pastors:

Encourage your flock to ask God to reveal to each individual any unconfessed and unknown sins which may be hindering their prayers. We should encourage repentance of sins while avoiding condemnation or even public confession. Blanket forgiveness of active sins without repentance is not God’s way. Jesus preached repentance. God can identify sin in those who ask, without producing excessive guilt.  Repentance still needs to be preached today. Jesus is able to identify sin and convict individuals without condemnation.  Let Him do it —  but do encourage God’s lambs and sheep to seek God’s help in identifying their sin. Then, when you have cleansed yourself, pray for others to find the same courage of self examination and repentance.

praying outdoors                          cleaning self

Rom 8:13-14

Blessings upon all!

“…but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  NIV

One final word:

Phil 2:13  “For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.” TLB

Is God in you?  Pray the sinners prayer, admit sin, ask for His help, ask Jesus into your heart then seek His Holy Spirit more fully.

“Lord Jesus, I admit I’m a sinner, I need your forgiveness, please include my sins with those sins for which you died. Come into my life, help me to be all that you want me to be, come into my heart and let my spirit be born again into Your Holy Spirit, put my feet on the straight path and always guide me in thought word and deed. Thank you Jesus.”

If you prayed that prayer with sincerity, you may now claim the Scripture:

Phil 2:13 For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.” TLB

What do you say Pastors:  will you preach self-examination and repentance to our church families?

Individuals:  are we ready to seek God’s help in this?

God’s blessings be upon us as we work through things with Jesus!

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CAN WE ACTUALLY ABORT A NATION OUT OF EXISTENCE ?

ARE WE ABORTING OUR NATION OUT OF EXISTENCE?

405 words                                                                                      — Mary A. LaClair

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This article was first published here in 2012. It is being re-run here, with some updated information. Updates are found in italics


In the 1960’s, progressives advocated that married couples limit offspring to three; two to replace themselves with only one to grow on, or as a spare. This is the thinking which I believe set the stage for decriminalizing abortion and homosexuality, anything went as long as we didn’t multiply ourselves.  We couldn’t risk becoming an over populated country like China, or like India with their opium dens. (popular at that time).   Coat hangers are their montra in 2018

The fear-mongering, counter-culture activists in the 1960’s once spread the poison idea that normal and natural reproduction would create a population explosion that our land could not handle.

They claimed there wouldn’t be enough trees to clean the air and provide fuel, or enough pasture land to feed the cattle and grow crops necessary to feed our growing masses.

  
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The results are in. Illegal immigration brings into our country, foreign speaking people with no regard for legalities; and in numbers rapidly equaling exceeding that required to replace our own aborted Americans.

And guess what?  There ARE still enough trees to clean the air, wood to burn, and there IS enough pasture land to feed cattle and grow crops.

The fear-mongering activists were wrong. And we believed them.

A group called Californians for Population Stabilization, (www.cap-s.org) (no longer found) which contends that high levels of immigration are ruining the quality of life in that state, released a report with studies that estimated there are from 20 million to 38 million illegal immigrants in the United States. THAT was back in 2012.

“While various sources place the number of abortions anywhere between 40-48 million, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention would approximate the number of abortions performed since 1973 to be 40,944,029.” (1973-2012)   Source;  Centers for Disease Control and prevention: Abortion Surveillance – United State 2003 Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Vol 55, o.ss-11  November 24, 2006.

Lessons that should be learned?  Beware of activists, even politicians, who cry ‘no more status quo’, and beware the ‘counter culture’, even those who peddle ‘hope’, thus implying there is no current hope. Will we believe hype again?  Beware the unknown or we may become exiles in our own land because we once again believed a lie (the many lies).  

How much longer can we murder Americans and favor illegals?

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SOMETIMES GOD SPEAKS TO US IN THE SIMPLEST OF THINGS

SOMETIMES GOD SPEAKS TO US IN THE SIMPLEST OF THINGS

By — Ruth Anderson

( It is with great pleasure that Ruth Anderson has granted permission to have this article posted here. Ruth is a teacher, has long been active on church ministerial teams and church leadership. I appreciate being able to share her wisdom with you, my readers. )

I attended an event this past Sunday. In my heart of hearts I really believed that there would be a move of God on that day. I reached out to churches and groups and church leaders and those with giftings and abilities to attend the event with me. I was hurt and bewildered why some with a calling on their life couldn’t see the potential in this opportunity to reach thousands of people and hundreds of children. Church leaders and evangelists and Prophets all told me this was for me. I didn’t understand at the time.

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At the event there was a bear, a living breathing creation of God. The Game Commission had trapped it. This bear, when it was brought out of the trap had a problem. It had mange. Now mange is a little mite that gets on the bear and causes the bear some problems. For this bear the little mite had caused it to lose hair on the bear’s face and shoulder. It also caused the bear to be underweight for its age. Because of the mite the Game Commission would not let anyone touch the bear so that this mite would not spread to people.

As I look back on that day, I am reflecting on what I learned. I believe it was a day that the Holy Spirit would have something to say. Perhaps He did and I was there to get the message.

As I looked on the bear, God’s creation, it brought tears to my eyes. To look at one of the creatures the Lord put here on the earth.  As I looked at the body of the bear, I could see its claws, I could see its shape, itsbear cub fur, its eyes, since it was sedated I was unable to see its strength but I know a bear can be powerful. Yet I could see the effects of the mange, how one little thing could affect the whole bear and since the bears own body was fighting against the little mite, the appearance of the bear showed the battle.

As I think about the body of the bear I reflect on the body of Christ, the church. Are we as strong as we could be? Are we as full grown as we ought to be? Are we as powerful as we should be? What battles are we fighting? Are we fighting the things that are in us and on us that are preventing us from growing into the powerful body the Lord has called us to be?

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Reflect on this a little and consider what the Lord might speak to you through this.

 

A PASTOR’S REPLY – name withheld

Ruth , 

the truth will not set us free?  it is the truth that we know , Jesus said the truth you know shall set you free . Until you know truth, that truth cannot set you free. Below are just three examples of that truth. 

 

Regarding the bear , it is symbolic of the church. See the church has been shot with a dart from the devil, just like the tranquilizer. Why was the bear shot ? Because he was sick.          

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THE CHURCH TODAY IS SICK. It HAS LET, PERMITTED, THE LIES, AND FALSE TEACHINGS TO CREEP IN AND GIVE GROUND TO THE ENEMY. 

 

THE CHURCH ” SHOULD BE ” big like bear, strong, bold, and beautiful……………………… now it has let a little leaven, leaven the whole lump………………..the leaven of the Pharisees has crept in, little by little lie after lie…………………. How can we have 3 full days and 3 full nights from Friday evening till before sunrise Sunday? WE CAN NOT .

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  why do people accept lies , strain at gnats, while swallowing camel loads of sin. that bear is symbolic of the state of the church today , it needs to be healed , arise in its strength, and prepare for what is about to happen.  Why were there so few that supported the event? that is the issue with the church today. They just want to support themselves, i , me , and mine.  ME my four and no more!  they will say they want to support others, but all the while they just want to steal from other ministries…………….. or because of the fear of someone stealing theirs they do not support others. The church like the bear is sick right now and needs a great awakening.

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thanks for thinking of me, I hope this helps ……………. this is what came to me exactly as I read it from you !                          

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 Post Script;  by Ruth Anderson:

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IS GOD OBLIGATED?

    Is God Obligated to Answer ALL of Our Prayers?

                                                                                                 —   Mary A. LaClair

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2 Chron 7:14-15

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  RSV          (emphasis mine)

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Because our land needs healing, let’s unpack this often quoted verse to its fullest.  This verse is often heard with emphasis on the words “pray”.  But that is not all this verse is saying. Not to be overlooked or diminished, which I think is happening, is the equally important phrase, “and turn from their wicked ways”.

How many times have we heard that part emphasized recently?  The emphasis has been mostly on the word “pray”.

What happens if we do in fact pray, but do not in fact turn from our wicked ways?

Is God obligated to fulfill His part of the bargain …….if we do not meet or fulfill the ‘and’ words?

pray …AND seek… AND turn ….They are verbs – action words, if you will.

Who needs to take these actions? We need to know to whom this is addressed.  Is it addressed to all people in general? Is it to God’s people?  Who are God’s people?  It tells us who they are. The ones ‘called by His Name’. The ones claiming to be ‘Christian’.

Can you see that we are the ones who carry the power to get our land healed?  Wow!  What power with God!

Why, then, is our land not being healed faster than it is?

We can pray, but unconfessed sin is a hindrance to our being heard. Three translations put the same verse this way:

Ps 66:18   “If I had ignored my sins,  the Lord would not have listened to me.” TEV

   

Ps 66:18-19He would not have listened if I had not confessed my sins. But he listened! He heard my prayer! He paid attention to it! ” TLB

Ps 66:18   :…the Lord would not have listened; if I cherished sin in my heart.” NIV

 This seems to deal with thoughts.

Ps 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”   NIV

 Jer 23:24 “Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. ”   AMP

Do church leaders need to strain at gnats and swallow camels ?

gnat 2                       camel 1

No. I believe there are large camels of sin in our churches.  Where does one start?  Well, because of all the sexual harassment claims, let’s start with lust. It is big in the world today and has even crossed lines into the churches. Several high profile pastors have admitted they have been delivered from pornography, many more probably have not; and it is not limited to pastors. Anyone who wants answers to prayers needs to consider themselves. Getting pornography removed from the internet would go a long way to curbing these sins in the Nation and in the church. In view of much sexual misconduct in Congress ; and in view of disrespect for human life via numerous mass murders, whether by vehicle, bombs, guns, or infanticide (abortion at birth),  now would be a good time to express the need to respect life. I suggest this may be done by re-criminalizing BOTH porn AND abortion.  We did not have these problems when those laws were in effect.

Now may be the time to cite some causes for these national problems and correct them:  lack of respect for women and for human life . These are problems for which this Nation should find solutions, and as Christians we should be able to offer them those solutions, but not just for benefit of the church, for the benefit of our government and our country. In solving their problems we might just also be solving our own.

Teaching proper respect for ourselves and for the opposite sex would go a long way, but the Lord says the action itself needs to start with us.

God can’t clean up the world until He first cleans up His church. There are secret sins and not-so-secret-sins hidden within the church.

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According to the opening Scripture, which holds a promise: We need to get rid of these sins in God’s people if our prayers are to be answered. Will it start with you and me?  If it does, maybe then God can clean up the world a little faster. And God knows we need it.  Our prayers won’t get ready answers until we first clean up the church. We can’t expect the world to be cleaner than the church.

1 Peter 3:7  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. ” NIV

 

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WORK ON THE SOLUTION !   ……..

 Ps 19:12-14

Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer. NIV

Pastors:

Encourage your flock to ask God to reveal to each individual any unconfessed and unknown sins which may be hindering their prayers. We should encourage repentance of sins while avoiding condemnation or even public confession. Blanket forgiveness of active sins without repentance is not God’s way. Jesus preached repentance. God can identify sin in those who ask, without producing excessive guilt.  Repentance still needs to be preached today. Jesus is able to identify sin and convict individuals without condemnation.  Let Him do it —  but do encourage God’s lambs and sheep to seek God’s help in identifying their sin. Then, when you have cleansed yourself, pray for others to find the same courage of self examination and repentance.

praying outdoors                          cleaning self

Rom 8:13-14

Blessings upon all!

“…but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  NIV

One final word:

Phil 2:13  “For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.” TLB

Is God in you?  Pray the sinners prayer, admit sin, ask for His help, ask Jesus into your heart then seek His Holy Spirit more fully.

“Lord Jesus, I admit I’m a sinner, I need your forgiveness, please include my sins with those sins for which you died. Come into my life, help me to be all that you want me to be, come into my heart and let my spirit be born again into Your Holy Spirit, put my feet on the straight path and always guide me in thought word and deed. Thank you Jesus.”

If you prayed that prayer with sincerity, you may now claim the Scripture:

Phil 2:13 For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants.” TLB

What do you say Pastors:  will you preach self-examination and repentance to our church families?

Individuals:  are we ready to seek God’s help in this?

God’s blessings be upon us as we work through things with Jesus!

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GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM

GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM    –Mary A. LaClair

Ever hear of the saying, “If it ‘ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

Remember when our schools were a safe place and were NOT broken?

In case some can’t remember, it was when prayer and the Ten Commandments were present daily in our schools.

There is nothing wrong with having THOU SHALT NOT MURDER posted in our classrooms.

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If they were there when the young perpetrator attended school, perhaps things would have been different.

There is nothing wrong with asking God’s protection “upon us, our teachers, our parents and our Nation”

Then, someone purported to ‘be offended’.  Others purported to be ‘holier than thou’ by not offending – and removed God.

They ‘fixed’ what wasn’t broke, by taking prayer and the Ten Commandments out of the schools,  and now it is broken.  Yet, many wonder why.

Removing something leaves a space to be filled with something else. And that has happened. It is time to ‘reclaim’ our schools for God.

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We Need To Go Back To This    Jesus on water

 

GOD is a Supreme Being – Creator of all things.  He is not owned by a denomination.  The prayer was objected to on the grounds of ‘separation of Church and State’.

Humbug…. In case it isn’t easy to notice:  God is NOT a CHURCH.  See if you see church or denomination in this, the prayer which was removed:

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.“

GOD is the Supreme Being, Creator of all things, as such, we do ourselves and our school children a favor by acknowledging God as the Supreme Being and asking His blessing and asking His protection.

It is no longer speculation. The proof is in.  The choice is obvious.

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Jer 6:16      scrollshepherd 2

16 This is what the Lord  says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is, and walk in it,         

and you will find rest for your souls.

But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’   NIV

Let US, in the USA, indeed walk in it… and let others who want to be here fully assimilate and accept;  otherwise they are not welcome here.

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America, it seems, has jumped out of the Lord’s arms; it is time for us to return to His loving care.

If you have a moment you may wish to take the time to click on these links, or read the additional article below: “The Devil Smiled.” by Todd Starnes

http://www.wnd.com/2018/02/media-ignoring-1-crucial-factor-in-florida-school-shooting/

http://superstore.wnd.com/Hearts-of-the-Fathers-Leaving-a-Legacy-that-Lasts-Hardcover

http://www.wnd.com/2005/05/30312/   How Judge Not Is Destroying America

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IT’S NOT JUDGE MOORE THEY’RE AFTER; IT’S REALLY THE TEN COMMANDMENTS THEY’RE AFTER

They are NOT after Judge Roy Moore, what they are really after is THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

Judge Moore is the one who put the monument of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS in the rotunda of the Court House. Liberals caused it to be removed to a back room with a black cloth over it; making people request to see it.

Ten CommandmentsNot soon thereafter, Moore was forcefully removed from office for standing up for proper moral convictions and God, and that of his people; in spite of that, Moore was elected to a better post by the electorate of his district.

No, it is not Moore they are after, it IS the TEN COMMANDMENTS and morality and God that they are after. Are they actually wishing to see how the right might try to justify any conceived immorality in order to clear themselves?

But then, as Bill Clinton once said when being questioned in court in the Lewinski matter:

“It all depends on what the meaning of IS, is.”

Or are they asking, how dare we claim to accept the Apostle Paul of the Bible when in his younger days  — as Saul — Paul killed people. Does that disqualify his ministry?

I am surprised at Fox News for not picking this up in a proper manner.

How soon the press forgets the good. May we all remember.

Moore has proven that he knows the importance of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and morality and God.

THAT is what the left fears.

THAT is what the left is trying hard to eradicate.

 

 

 

 

 

Does It Matter What We Call God?

DOES IT MATTER WHAT WE CALL GOD?

THE NAME OF GOD DO WE NEED TO GET IT RIGHT?

by – Mary A. LaClair

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Let the name of God not be profaned or adulterated as salt which loses it flavor by mixing with  other things.

http://www.charismanews.com/us/58128-presbyterian-church-usa-caught-praying-to-allah

Leaders in the PCUSA church had better get it right and stop setting a bad example.

Is the world supposed to influence the church; or is the church supposed to influence the world?   I think PCUSA and similar churches can see another mass exodus comparable to the mass exit over same sex marriages in these same old mainline churches.

Local pastors under leadership of churches of this kind, if they don’t want to scatter and lose their flock, should seriously consider going independent. Better to please God rather than man.                                                                          name is Lincoln

Over the years people have told me they think as long as their intent is to talk to the Creator, that God honors their intent and it doesn’t matter what we call Him.

As long as the image is right in their own minds, “What does it matter?”, they ask.

How would you react if you were the one being addressed? Would you care, indeed would you even answer, if you were called by someone else’s name? You would, in effect, not even listen because it would not get your attention.

Yet, in spite of this, some people think it is merely their own personal belief that counts.

Thus, they are actually putting more faith in their own thoughts…. than they are putting faith in God’s thoughts. And this is being done in some churches! Well, God understands, they may continue… trying to get God to think the way they think instead of the other way around.   Wait, isn’t that manipulating God…?

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2016/07/presbyterian-church-usa-offers-prayers-to-allah-acknowledges-muhammad-as-prophet

http://amredeemed.com/end-times-news/presbyterian-church-usa-prays-allah-calls-muhammad-prophet/#.V3v0bFIluAg

Apparently the PCUSA does not know who their God is. But we should know.

FROM: Gen 1:3-26

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.”

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation:

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures,

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,

“GOD SAID” EQUALS WORD OF GOD — WORD OF GOD EQUALS CREATION

 John 1:1-5

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. NIV

 John 1:14    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. NIV

 “GOD SAID” EQUALS WORD OF GOD — THE WORD OF GOD, THE WORD MADE FLESH JESUS, EQUALS THE CREATOR

Deut 4:24   “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. “NKJV

When God speaks to the churches, here is something He saya:

Matt 5:13   “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”   NIV

How does salt loose its flavor? Salt can lose its flavor if it is mixed with other impurities; if it dissolves and re-crystalizes with other elements; if one’s own taste buds are not working; and, if taste buds are in need of healing. In other words, it loses its flavor by adding things to it; mixing it with other things; watering it down; adulterating it with other things.

Some churches are committing spiritual adultery by trying to mix two opposing religions together. They each think they will convince the other. But who knows who will convince whom. And what does God say about salt which loses it flavor? Note well, it is the churches which He compares to salt losing its saltiness.

Sounds like dire consequences. We should consider what God cares about how He is addressed. It is possible to be sincere yet be mistaken and God does not take that lightly. We should know Him, not pretend we know Him.

Here is a quote from Rev. Billy Graham:

“As a matter of fact, God takes His name very seriously, and the Ten Commandments include the command that we must not take the name of the Lord in vain. We are to use the names God has given for Himself, and we are to recognize that God takes His name seriously because He desires to be rightly known by His human creatures. We cannot truly know Him if we do not even know His name.”

http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/december-2013/do-christians-and-muslims-worship-the-same-god/

Perhaps we should see what else God tells us in Scripture about how He feels about how He is addressed.

A computer search was done in the NIV for “my Name” (case sensitive) and it resulted in the following list:

Ex 23:21; 2 Sam 7:13; 1 Kings 5:5; 1 Kings 8:16; 1 Kings 8:18; 1 Kings 8:19; 1 Kings 9:3; 1 Kings 9:7; 1 Kings 11:36; 2 Kings 21:4; 2 Kings 21:7; 2 Kings 23:27; 1 Chron 22:8; 1 Chron 22:10; 1 Chron 28:3; 2 Chron 6:5; 2 Chron 6:6; 2 Chron 6:8; 2 Chron 6:9; 2 Chron 7:16; 2 Chron 7:20; 2 Chron 33:7; Neh 1:9; Jer 7:10; Jer 7:11; Jer 7:12;Jer 7 :14; Jer 7:30; Jer 25:29; Jer 32:34; Jer 34:15;        (printed out below in end notes)

In these Scriptures God talks about how He feels about His Name. Some of these are quite interesting, some revelatory, and some even surprising, to say the least.

To save you the time and effort of looking up each of these Scriptures, end notes below are a sample of how He reveals what His Name means to Him; and the benefits we may receive by honoring Him by His correct Name….the Name He prefers and the Name and titles which will get His attention.

Additionally, there are some very beautiful sites on the names of God in the links below.

Names, plural? Well if you are a Mom or a Dad, you have several names to which you reply: Honey (hopefully), Dad, Grampa, Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Uncle, but if you call out Grandma and expect to get Dad’s attention…. you get the idea, some names are titles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R-larVvuTg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmenSliTvJU

Deut 6:13-15  You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.  You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you  (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth. NKJV

 Heb 1:1-3   In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.  NIV

The universe made through the Son. The SON is the Creator. The Son is Jesus — NOT Allah. Refer back to John 1:1

Heb 1:8   But about the Son he says,”Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever,” NIV

Here the Son is called GOD   Allah has no Son. Allah is not God.

Isa 40:28

The everlasting God, the Lord ,

The Creator of the ends of the earth, NKJV

 Here we see that The Lord is God the Creator –

Rom 10:9-10  That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  NIV

Jesus Christ is Lord – He is the Creator NOT Allah

Ex 20:5“…you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,…” NKJV

“…In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths…” Prov 3:5-6 – acknowledge allah? How foolish! Allah is NOT the God of the Bible, he is the god of the Koran.

Let the name of God not be profaned or adulterated as salt which loses it flavor by mixing with other things.

Again, Local pastors under leadership of churches of this kind, if they don’t want to scatter and lose their flock, should seriously consider going independent. Better to please God rather than man.

On the other hand, the outgrowth of evangelical churches taking their places is encouraging.

Selah…

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WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD PRAY

bible with handsprayer armor ChristArt Why Christians Should Pray
– by Mary Adele La Clair
– 1535 words 1/8/10

“The purpose of prayer is not to persuade or influence God, but to join forces with Him against Satan – that is the main thing to keep in mind in prayer.” From the classic: QUIET TALKS ON PRAYER by S.D. Gordon.

What is prayer? At first, prayer, to me, was simply talking to God. However, as I mature spiritually, prayer takes on new depths. Now, in addition to talking to God, prayer to me also means invading the spiritual realm. I find this picture also fits in with Gordon’s above statement. “Quiet Talks on Prayer” is a classic work still available today although it was written over a hundred years ago, in 1904.

Here are a few key reasons why it is in the best interest of Christians to pray:

#1 How do we join forces with God against Satan? Scripture tells us to pray according to the will of God. (1 John 5:14) The will of God is found in Scripture. When we pray according to the Scriptures, I believe we vocalize into the spiritual realm the will of God because we use the words of God which, when spoken by us, actually exercise authority into the spirit world where they become an active force of power against the enemy. Our prayers then create the effect Gordon pictures for us – that of joining forces with God against Satan.

And that is one good reason why it is so much in the Christians best interest to pray; to joint forces with God against Satan.

#2 With the picture of this winning battle, it becomes clear why it is so much in our best interest to know and to speak the will of God; for it gives more strength to the winning side. As in physical battle, if the winning side is strengthened, there are fewer losses, and quicker, more numerous, happy victories!

And that is another good reason why it is so much in the Christians best interest to pray; to shorten the battle.

#3:
1 John 5:14-15 NKJ

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us; and if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

‘Prayer then is not a means for us to persuade a reluctant God to do something against His better judgment; but rather coming to God for the fulfillment of His will. It is a working together with God. It is our announcement of His will and authority into the spiritual world, where we become the heralds of His will into that world.’ John Walvoord, Dallas Theological Seminary, summer ’78 issue of KINDRED SPIRIT.

Addressing born again believers, the Bible at Luke 10:19-20 tells us:

“I have given you authority … to overcome all the power of the enemy, nothing will harm you. However do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Notice to whom that authority is given: the believer. Notice whose authority it is: God’s. When you give something, do you still have it? Sometimes, no. Sometimes, yes. Sometimes you still have a part of what you have given. i.e. cash or one candle lighting another.

We need to pray because we have a piece of God’s pie. Something given, is to be used. Authority given is of no use unless it is exercised. If His authority has been shared with us, we please God when we use what He has given.
God and man working together, is what brings it all together!
Let us not faint in doing our part.

*And that is a third reason why it is in the best interests of Christians to pray; to use the power which God gives us and to use it as He instructs.

#4
On the February 22 page of the larger daily devotional “SPARKLING GEMS” by Rick Renner who is one of Christ’s Key Ambassador’s to Russia, Renner gives an effective explanation of the ‘double edged sword’ as mentioned in Scripture.

“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword.” Heb. 4:12
“And He had in His hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a two-edged sword; and His countenance was as the sun shineth in His strength.” Rev. 1:16

Renner tells us the Greek for ‘two-edged’ is the word distomos: di-meaning two, stomos meaning mouthed. Distomos meaning two-mouthed!
Rick Renner says of the Revelation sword:
“First, that word came out of the mouth of God. Next, it came our of your mouth! When it came out of your mouth, it became a sharp, “two-edged” – or literally, a “two-mouthed” – sword. One edge of this sword came into existence when the
Word initially proceeded out of God’s mouth. The second edge of this sword was added when the Word of God proceeded out of YOUR mouth!”

So again we see that when we pray Scripture, we actually partner with God, that ‘thy will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.’

And that is a fourth good reason why it is in the best interests of Christians to pray; that we partner with God.

#5
Paul urged the Thessalonians,

“pray continually: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, do not put out the Spirit’s fire…” 1 Thessalonians 5:18-19

…and to the Ephesians:

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” Eph 6:18

That there is a great conflict on, in the upper spirit world, seems evident. The above examples of Scriptures tell us how to pray for ourselves and for our missionaries at home and all over the world.
When we don’t know how to speak as we should, we are able to appropriately ask that our minds be alert, and that whenever we open our mouth, words be given so that we may speak things of God with confidence and peace (fearlessly). We are able to pray this for ourselves and for others, in any and all situations.
And that is a fifth good reason why it is in the best interests of Christians to pray; that we and our missionaries be effective.

#6
A more modern, contemporary writer on the topic of prayer, Dutch Sheets says it this way in chapter seven of his book INTERCESSSORY PRAYER How God Can Use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth:
“Taking hold of together with against:
“Another tremendous way the Holy Spirit aids us in intercession is hidden in the meaning of the word ‘helps’. “And in the same way the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Rom 8:26). The Greek word is sunantilambanomai. It is a compound word made up of three words. Sun means “together with”, anti means against, and lambano means “to take hold of”. Putting them together, a very literal meaning of the word would be ‘take hold of together with against’.”
And that is a sixth good reason why it is in the best interests of Christians to pray; to take hold of together with against.

#7
Seven, seems a significant number, let us close with a seventh good reason why it is in the best interests of Christians to pray.

In the 1800’s, early 1900’s, E. M. Bounds (1835-1913) wrote “Power Through Prayer’ and “Purpose in Prayer”. Today they may be found bound together in one volume as a classic.

Purpose in Prayer closes with these words:

“The place of revealing and of equipment, of grace and of power, is the prayer chamber, and as we meet there with God we shall not only win our triumphs but we shall also grow in the likeness of our Lord and become His living witnesses to men.
“Without prayer, the Christian life robbed of its sweetness and its beauty, becomes cold and formal and dead; but rooted in the secret place where God meets and walks and talks with His own, it grows into such a testimony of Diving power that all men will feel its influence and be touched by the warmth of its love. Thus, resembling our Lord and Master, we shall be used for the glory of God and the salvation of our fellow men.
“An that, surely is the purpose of all real prayer and the end of all true service.” – E.M. Bounds

And that is a seventh, but by no means final, reason why it is in the best interests of Christians to pray; that our life not be robbed of its sweetness and beauty.

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GO AWAY, I NEVER KNEW YOU

GO AWAY, I NEVER KNEW YOU, EXPLAINED

– Mary A. LaClair

Isa 10:15

“Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?

Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?

That would be like club wielding those who lift it,

Or like rod lifting him who is not wood.        NASU

It is important in God’s eyes that we acknowledge Him.

We should applaud athletes, sportsmen and others who find themselves in the public eye when they openly acknowledge God for they are setting an example of the secret of success which America’s leaders need to implement within Government, just as our forefathers have. It has been an ingredient to America’s success. The removal of the acknowledgment of God is leading to the downfall of America.

Again in the New Testament, is a Scripture which still puzzles people today (Matthew 7:23). It is where some of those who work miracles will be told by God “Go away, I never knew you” – and it is not because they work miracles, it is because they “self-exalt” wishing to take credit for themselves by saying, “Didn’t WE do many miracles in your name?”,  when it is God who actually works the miracles – as we  follow His plans. There is a price to pay for taking to one-self the credit for God’s works and for down-playing God.

The axe is not more important than the man who swings it.

Matt 7:22-23

 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’   And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’  NKJV

The axe spoke to God and said ‘..have WE not done many wonders’.   Yes, God may have honored His Name; but He will not let the axe take the credit.

Num 20:10-11

 “Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?”   NASU.

Did you catch the WE in this one also?

“Shall the axe vaunt itself over him who hews with it,                                                       or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?                                                          As if a rod should wield him who lifts it                                                                             or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!                                                            Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts,                                                                          will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,                                                     and under his glory a burning will be kindled, like the burning of fire.”                                                              Isaiah 10:15-16 (RSV)

Are YOU doing God’s work; or is God doing the work through you, using you as a tool in His hand? Will we be like an axe which stands before the man who swings it, saying, “Look, see what I, the axe, have done by my power”?     Food for thought here.

If you were the lumberman, and the axe spoke to you like that, what would you say or do to that type of axe?

Will God be justified when He says ‘Go away’ to those who claim the credit for themselves for what God Himself did using their hands or their money?

Let us ask ourselves where we fit in that picture.

Do you think a good reply to a compliment we receive might be, “To God Be The Glory!” ??

Or might we just say, depending upon our works;  “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”;    “We can plant a seed, God makes it grow”;   “An axe is not greater than the man who swings it”;   and thus decline the glory for ourselves, rendering it properly to God.

Look at the sportsmen who do this so well, and have their works prospered, when God knows He gets the credit. God and man working together is a powerful combination.

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Something, dear reader, I hope we will all think about.

Thanks for reading, and may God bless and prosper YOUR work as you give Him the honors for making it possible.