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Getting Wrecked!

March 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Wreck us, ruin us, make us wretched!
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Other practitioners of the presence of God include Maria Woodworth-EtterJohn G LakeSmith Wigglesworth
William Branham

Why would we want to pray such a prayer?

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`The acts of the will count for more than acts of understanding. Knowledge without acts of will does not result in enjoyment of God` from Second Conversation, Brother Lawrence, 1666

We would want to fervently pray such a prayer because, we need to be submitted! And it may be that we need wrecking and ruining before we can be properly whacked! J(I mean, whacked=filled with the Holy Spirit)

We try with our minds to understand, to use common sense, to use wisdom even. Yet as Brother Lawrence says it is the acts of the will that really count! We can only enjoy God, and have joy, by acts of will! Simples eh?

In the early days of the Pentecostal movement from about 1906 onwards, people would seek to humble themselves and ‘die’ in order to get the Holy Spirit, or what was sometimes referred to as the, `second blessing’. No laying on of hands for these guys, oh no! They would spend night after night, week after week, months even, trying to `die’. All in order to get the blessing of the filling of the Holy Spirit! And just what are we prepared to do to be filled and filled again?

In addition to rebellion (ie thinking too much and wanting answers), there is allowing ourselves to be over come by doubt, there is fear, emotional shame, afflictions of various kinds, etc, etc! Yet there is hope, so let hope arise there is joy (and peace) available, it is possible to enjoy God (because, after all, He enjoys you!) So may not seem simple, yet it is, we must be prepared to confess, humble ourselves and open ourselves (ie make ourselves vulnerable to His gentle touch). We may need help from others, so seek it seek that help with all your heart. May hunger and thirst awaken in us!

Philipians 2:8-118 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point ofdeath, even the death of the cross.9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. http://bible.us/phil2.8.nkjv

By the way, in the verse above it says, ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow’, so use the name of Jesus! Everything must bow when you pray n the name of Jesus!. Quote scripture in your prayers! For example, say, “it says in Philippians chapter 2 verse 10 `that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow’, so listen here fatique/astma/or whatever, you can stay here and bow the knee with me or you can flee!”

Psalm 33:18-22 18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,19 To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.20 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.http://bible.us/ps33.18-22.nkjv

Let’s get low, let’s start dieing, let’s start seeking Him and be willing to pay any price, Amen!


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Your Daddy bless you in Jesus name!
Andy

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I’m Thirsty! Feed me!?

March 7, 2012 Leave a comment

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Or do you know whether it’s drink or food you need? Jesus invites us to drink, at other times He invites us to a banquet, do we really know how to drink?

Do we really know where to go to drink?

Read: John 4, the Samaritan woman at the well

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Apparently when we first start to become thirsty we can mistake this for hunger . . . .

Apparently when we first start to become thirsty we can mistake this for hunger. We can even go and eat something to satisfy this thirst. It`s only later, as we get more thirsty, that we realise we need a drink of water!

This lady tells Jesus about the deep well and how Jacob made and used the well. She and her community are proud of this well, their heritage. This deep well was how they had always satisfied their thirst. Being a deep well, this was obviously a very good well and had been and remained a real blessing to the people that used it. My question is:

Do you sometimes mistake the need for water with the need for food? Or another way of looking at it, what well or wells are you drinking from? Where do you turn when you are thirsty? Where do turn when you are hungry? Just have a ponder, sometimes when we are hungry we eat chocolate instead of a good healthy meal. Think . . . in times of need, when things get too much, to what/whom do I turn . . . do I just go with where the mood takes me? Maybe you do read your bible and/or pray, yet you have no real peace, no increase in joy, so, you just labour on trying to do what`s right . . sorry to be so depressing here! I`m not asking we give ourselves a hard time. This is meant to get us thinking. Once you have some of your own thoughts, make a mental note, or better still write them down, so we can be ready to move on to the next step

This woman, had always done things a certain way, she was rightly proud of her people`s heritage, her well, etc. What Jesus did was to point out that this had fundamentally failed her in certain areas of her life(She had had a series of `husbands`, for example). She already knew that, `the Christ` was the answer she and her people were waiting for. She says, `the Christ`, would tell them all things! So she was saying, `look, once the Christ get`s here, everything is going to be ok for me you know, and not just for me, but for all of us`. So whilst labouring on with what she had, in some areas blessed, in others almost cursed, she had a hope. She had a thirst and a hope. (Do we have a thirst and a hope?)Jesus was saying there is a new way, a way which builds onto and adds to the old ways, a way that will really, really satisfy. She could drink without effort! Or drink and drink and ever be satisfied! In fact this drink is so good that just one sip will address any need! Drink deeper and we find peace, deeper still, real joy! Keep on drinking and before long you are tipsy and if you carry on, you can become drunk with it! Is there anything wrong with that? Don`t we want it? Shouldn`t we yearning for all that?

Sometimes it is hard for us to change where we go to drink. We may even be trying to go to the right place, getting our bible out, doing our reading, saying our prayers, yet not satisfied! This water we are meant to be drinking is so satisfying that it will fill us right up and then spill out everywhere. We become like a fountain or a stream, so full that we just overflow!

1. Let`s pray that God awakens our thirst, this may involve confessing where we have been turning to `drink`. Relying overly much on our own resources perhaps? (as good and useful these may be). Awaken us, Lord, to our need for you! Awaken hearts! Awaken hearts!

2. Go somewhere different. Perhaps try the Psalms. For example, read a short section of a Psalm slowly, several times. Wait for a verse or phrase to kind of jump out at you, or catch your eye. Stay with that verse or phrase. Determine in your mind to return to that phrase throughout the day. Ruminate, turn it over, come at it from different angles at various times during the day. See if God gently whispers something to you, like, `you are highly valued`, for example. The phrase could be from elsewhere, eg a song, `I`ll provide the sacrifice, you provide the fire`, `You provide the spirit, I will open up myself to you, Lord` Jesus Culture, `Awakening, live album here

3. When we provide space for us and your Father, He will not fail to communicate something significant into our hearts and minds. `Christ dwells richly in you`, for example. He dwells richly in us, for us, then for others. Because Christ dwells richly in us, others can receive, `Christ`, from you. All the things that we receive from our Daddy, affirmation, encouragement, wholeness, healing, provision, we can also give!

Finally, be with Him and you will be Him to others. And let`s not forget, when we enjoy being with Him, we just won`t be able to keep it to ourselves! Never the less, lets pray For courage to share as well . . .

Andy

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Let`s say YES to what our Father has for us!

March 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Say, Yes Lord!

Matthew 9: 27 -29
27 As Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed Him, shouting loudly, Have pity and mercy on us, Son of David!28 When He reached the house and went in, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, Yes, Lord. 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you (Amplified version)

When Jesus asks us if we believe He can do something, do we say, “Yes Lord”

“Yes Lord. Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in me] be it done to you”

How many of us know that, because of who we are in Christ, power is also invested in us? We can ask people if they believe their Father will bless, heal, rescue, etc. We can reach out and touch. Then the mighty power of God will flow through us, just like it flowed through Jesus! Faith rises up to receive what has already been provided through grace. Jesus does not turn round to them and say, ‘well now, I’ve decided to have mercy and pity on you and heal you’, no He already has that! Instead He says, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this? `. A simple, `Yes, Lord`, is all that is required.

We need to know that only God is the answer. The two blind men relentlessly followed Jesus, because they were poor enough in spirit to know they needed only what Jesus could provide. Let’s throw ourselves on the mercy and pity of Jesus and as we learn to do this, invite others to do the same. We have a Father that is always on our side and on the side of those we meet. Let them know by an offer of prayer this week!

Take it one step at a time, may be at first make the offer of prayer to take away to your quiet time. Then find them later in the week or whenever and simply ask how they/things are. A day will come when you are able to take it a step further and offer to pray with them there and then

Practical help:
Briefly find out what is wrong
`Can I pray for you`
`Can I pray for you now`
Follow with a simple and short prayer asking God for what is needed
If it is something you can know about, there and then, ask, for example, do you feel ayd better? Or get them to try and do what they couldn’t before. For example, lift their arm, turn their head, flex their hand, etc
If there is no result and you feel a prompting, ask permission to pray again and use a command, so instead of asking in Jesus name, command in Jesus name. For example, ‘we command this migraine to go in Jesus name’
You can also involve them more by saying, we agree together in Jesus name that . .

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