Monday, June 21, 2010
To pray and receive clear answers, not once or twice, but daily, this is the sure test, and the gracious point of our vital connection with Jesus Christ. To get unquestioned answers to prayer is not only important as to the satisfying of our desires, but is also the evidence of our abiding in Christ. When prayer is answered, it is such, which glorifies God. Answer to prayer is the convincing proof of our right relations to God. We are rich good and holy by answer prayer. It is the answer sent directly from God. Answered prayer is the mark of God in our praying. Answered prayer is the exchange with heaven, and it establishes and realizes a relationship with the unseen. By the answer to prayer all holy principles are matured, and faith, love and hope have their enrichment by answered prayer. The answer is found in all true praying. It is the fact of the answer, which makes the prayer, and which enters into it’s very been. Our lord Jesus Christ is most fully committed to answering prayer.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010
First it was weeks, and then months and months while your seed in growing on the inside of the family’s body. You listen to the sonogram and gently massage her stomach in the midnight hour. You went along with the doctor’s visits. Then it was the ninth month. Here comes the manifestation of the seed that was sown. However, that was the easy part, which was the beginning stage into father hood.
After hours and hours in the delivery room, you were waiting patiently to become a father. Suddenly the cry from a baby, which said you are now the father of a healthy baby boy, or maybe it was a girl, o well, doesn’t matter. However, your pray have just been answered, a baby boy. The glow and the smile on your face revealed that you are happy and proud. This was a good beginning.
Then comes the early stage of providing for you son, you still hanging around, that’s good. Changing his pampers and rocking him to sleep was no problem. His first and second years was not bad at all, you could handle it. As years pass by, them your son reaches the teenage age. This is the time he needs you the most, but you neglecting to do your most secret duty of the work. This is when you teach and directed him in the right direction of a young man.
Teenage years are the prime time to impart life integrity into young men, thus, they makes their own decision. Fathers must take responsibility for the young men who are lost due to neglecting father duties. It’s never too late to do the work, so kept this in mind; life is what you make it. Go a head and start now.
This article was written by Carl Mathis
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
1: Expectation 2: Listen 3: Action.
When it comes to pray and getting result, your expectation is important. Do not expect anything natural from the spirit, or anything spiritual from the natural. Each one is different from each other. The natural things are the evidence of what occurred during the spiritual encounter. If you master this concept, you are on your way to seeing result.
Prayer has been called old fashion and out dated, but to the one who has experience the wonderful result of seeing it’s worked in their life, it’s a working ability that changes lives in a dramatic way when it is use correctly. The first stage to experience result is your EXPECTATION. Expectation is the combination of faith and believes. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). When you kneel down to pray, you must first have faith in what you believe will occur when you pray.
Pray is like the coming of a storm. At first there is a clam in the air like nothing is going to happen, all of a curtain you begin to feel the effect slowly. A little breeze and a cloudy sky will signify that you should raise your expectation. In other words something is coming. Don’t be misinformed by the quietness before a storm. This is not the time to let down your guard or your expectation.
The purpose of a storm is to bring change, although the change may not be in the form of good news, however, it brings change. For example, a removable result occur when a powerful storm arrive. Now picture the after effect of a powerful storm. Devastation and destruction is the right words to describe what a storm could do. But at the same time, the things that were there before the storm is surly not there anymore, change is occurring.
Here is where you are challenged to take a good look and visualize the purpose of a storm. Yes, it is true that tragedy do occur during a storm. However, there is another side to a storm. You must look at the bigger picture in a spiritual way. The old things pass away and a collection of new things about to appeared.
Now, the after effect from a storm is for the purpose of building something new, just like pray comes to change and remove. As a result, you now are building something different to what was there before.
This is how it works. If you pray, at all times, according to the Bible, result is eminent. In other words, result will come. However, there are a few problems that seem to always occur when pray is being conducted.
Just before a storm or any kind of devastating occurrence about to happen. The authority will give warning advised about what to do in preparation for the storm. Some people do it and some don’t, this brings us to the second stage, which is, LISTEN. This is where most of the mistake is made when it comes to pray, because pray is not a natural thing; you would not feel or see the natural effect with the natural eyes. If pray was a natural thing, Jesus would not instruct us to “go into out private place and pray. And when we pray, our father (God) who here in secret would rewards openly”.
If you listen carefully when a storm is about to come, although it will be very quiet with a clear outlook in the sky, you will here a distinguished sound. This is just like pray, the quiet and silent moment that you encounter after you finish praying is for you to listen carefully with your spiritual ear, and you will here something/instruction from the Holy Spirit. This is very important. If you do not do this, this is what will happen.
You will begin to say thing like I give up. I am tired of praying for the same thing with no result. Why does God answer him/her prays and not minds? Then you will find yourself asking this question, does pray really work. But I say to you, do not give up or give into the silent period of pray. There is a purpose for this period, listen and you will here. Then after you concurred the silent moment and you here what the spirit said to you. You now enter into the third stage, which is ACTION. Simply said, follow the direction of what was said by the Spirit.
At this stage is where the enemy will begin to play tricks with your mind. As you start to act, kept in mind that disbelieve is also present. The enemy will try its best to discourage you and plant a seed into your mind that what you’re doing is a waist of time. This is wrong. Do not believe his words. Let’s not forget that he is a liar and an accuser of the brethren. So why would you listen to a liar. The only thing that a liar could tell you are lies. Don not let him discourage you and change your mind, pray does work, so keep on doing what you are doing.
Just as there is good and bad in the natural world, there is good and bad in the spiritual world. In other words, God and the devil, two forces will challenge you to believe and trust them. This is why the calm before the storm (silent moment) is so important. If you do this right and listen to the Holy Spirit, when the enemy comes and attempts to play tricks with our mind after you decide to act. You already know what to except because you listen when you had to. Now you could ignore the enemy and he will flee.
This will not be easy; some of the negativity from your past might surface and try to make a seen. Many attacks will be throws into your direction by the enemy. He will come in like a flood and try to over power you. However, this is just part of the procedure that you must go through. In the end, you will experience result.
This article was written by Carl Mathis, for further instruction and information go to www.carlmathis.com.