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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Prayer Slows You Down

Righteous prayer is powerful. It avails much in the spiritual realms. But when misused, prayer slows you down. Sadly, most prayers in born-again Christian churches today are dead because prayer has been misused.

Take this for instance. How do you measure effective prayer? You'd likely say, if it's answered. And how do you tell an answered from an unanswered prayer? You'd likely say, if you got what you asked for. Hence, we hear them say, "Answered prayer" when they get what they asked for.

But most "answered prayers" are really general blessings. You'd get them with or without prayer. Some church people conclude that a moneyed person or church is thus because of a powerful prayer life--every prayer is answered. But if you look closely and are aware of Kingdom principles in the bible, you'd see that the so-called "answered prayers" are all general blessings--blessings God give to both the righteous and the wicked. 

In fact, if we use their basis for an "answered prayer" we'd find that non-Christians seem to be more "blessed" than most Christian churches. For instance, a born-again church has been praying for years for funds to buy a small property and build a small chapel. One day, at last the funds come and they say it is "answered prayer." If asked why they think it is God's answer to their prayer, they'd say they got what they asked for.

Then here comes an atheist saying he just had his third townhouse built after just 3 months, plus matching 3 cars, and he didn't even pray for them.

And then here comes a church cult saying they prayed for funds for buying a property and a church building and in 4 months the property and church building happened. And man, how it looks grand and majestic! They claim, "answered prayer." In fact, religious buildings of cults are bigger and better looking and people there are more moneyed. They claim, "answered prayer."

Gauging Prayer Effectiveness Materially

You know why many christian churches are weak spiritually? Because their religious prayers slow them down. They're raised up trained to see the effectiveness of a prayer in material terms. That does NOT build faith that moves mountains. When you are trained to rely on what is seen in the physical and not what is seen in the spirit, your faith dies and your prayer slows you down.

You claim "answered prayer" simply because you got in material form what you asked for. Keeping up with this belief will drain your faith and eventually kill it so that you no longer "see" in the spirit how God works behind the scene. Seeing the "unseen" in the spirit is what builds up faith and empowers righteous prayers. 

Abraham believed God about the descendants as numerous as the stars. Abraham got an "answered prayer" though all he saw in the physical was Ishmael and Isaac. He died without seeing the nation God promised. But he "saw" it in the spirit though it didn't happen in his lifetime.

If born-again churches today saw him then, they would have concluded that Abraham had weak prayers and didn't have God's favor because he "never got what he asked for." Today, Christian churches measure everything through what the human eyes see, what is appreciated in material form, never in the spirit. 

Thus, if you belong to such churches, your every prayer slows you down (though you think you get "answered prayers"). Later, it will kill your faith so that you begin seeing and talking just like everyone else--everyone whose faith is dying, if not dead already--though they boast of getting "answered prayers."

When Prayer is Replaced By Spiritual Sensitivity

If you stop seeing prayer as a way to benefit your religious (or "Christian") flesh and stop defining answered prayer as getting in material form what you asked for, your prayers will be empowered. Real things begin to take shape in the spirit and your mouth declarations begin to build powerfully in the spirit realms.

Then your prayer life begins to transfigure. Instead of the usual "prayer" that man's Christian religion reformulated from the true prayer my Jesus taught (very much like how Frankenstein was experimented by a smart man), you begin to understand Jesus' prayer parable.

Jesus said, there was a man who banged on the door of a neighbor because he needed to ask for food--a guest had come to him late at night. The neighbor said he couldn't get up from bed because he was already in bed with his children. Later, however, due to insistent door banging, the neighbor got up and gave the man food.

People who define answered prayer as getting in material form what you asked for would see the man banging on door repeatedly and later getting in material form what he asked for as the main gist of the story. They won't see the children inside the house already in bed with their father.

There's a higher form of prayer--spiritual sensitivity. You don't need to utter a word--your intimacy with the Father develops sharp sensitivity in the spirit so that you get your words across through mere gestures or emotions that words cannot convey. The Spirit of God utters the meaning of the emotions and gestures for you, and the Father gets what you mean and you don't need to shout or bang on the door.

You get amply supplied for without uttering a prayer. It's because you seek Him first and His Kingdom (in fact, you're not just living in the Kingdom daily, you sleep in the Father's very bed with him!). Everything just gets added to you by His favor--not as general blessings given to saints and sinners.

Prayer slows you down. Just seek Him and His Kingdom. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

When God Tells You to be in the "Wrong" Place

It's easy to say, "Stay in God's will," or even in the center of God's will. The problem is, our concept of what "God's will" is always fits what our ego or flesh craves for. We imagine that will to always make "things work together for good." And work together for good to our minds means we'll "live happily ever after." We often forget that God's will and best place for his beloved Son was the cross. If that was God's best for the Son, how about for us?

When my Jesus found himself nailed on the cross, he shouted, "Why have you forsaken me?" He was then in the center of God's will in the very true sense of the term. Some folks would say that being in God's will makes everything go well for you. It will give you money and convenience and favors in the world. Well, it didn't for Jesus. Because most times, being in God's will makes you cry, "Why have you forsaken me?" When my Jesus was born in a smelly, grimy, filthy manger and grew up in a very poor family, he seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nobody believed that Jesus was blessed and in God's will. Pilate asked doubtingly "You are a king then?" 

In fact, in those times it was Pilate and the Pharisees and the law teachers who seemed to be in the center of God's will--they were living comfortably and abundant with money. They had all the favors of people from high society. They had the biggest churches--I mean temples. What did my Jesus have? He even borrowed John the baptizer's disciples. He had nothing to show for it.

Churches today have the same mentality. They think churches with high incomes and posh buildings and packed with people are in God's will, while poor, small ones are out. They find something wrong when you don't have money, and find everything right if you do. Church growth to them is in terms of what is seen physically and what the world appreciates. They never bother to ask if that's what God commends. They're like unthinking robots, programmed to do what their human traditions have been dictating to them.

The fact is often, God tells you to be in the "wrong" place--wrong that is in the eyes of the world. Wrong because your place is not comfy for the flesh. Wrong because it's not getting you any money. Wrong because the place or situation does not translate to more money and possessions. Sometimes, it becomes "wrong" even to your eyes, and you start crying, "Yeah God, why did you put me here and left me to rot?" Why hast thou forsaken me?

But to God, you're in a perfect place. And if he tells you to stay, you better stay, even if your flesh is not comfortable. Even if all others around you are getting rich and more successful in the eyes of the world and luring you to quit and get out of your situation and join them, stay. God's will is where the flesh and ego are uncomfortable. That's why deceived people say you're in the wrong place and doing everything wrong.

Jeremiah was Always Wrong

First, God told Jeremiah that the Israelites should surrender to the Babylonians. God said, in effect, that the best place to be was in Babylon. What? Leave Israel, God's chosen land where the temple of God was? They couldn't believe it. Jeremiah didn't know what he was talking about. There was no better place to be in than God's chosen nation, where God's sacred temple was.

Later, they found out that Jeremiah was right. Jerusalem was flattened to the ground. And because of their stubbornness, the Israelites were all forced to go to Babylon--the hard way--except for a few extremely poor people who were allowed to remain in Jerusalem.

Imagine--God's chosen land was the wrong place and a pagan and idolatrous country (Babylon) was "God's will"? It was crazy! The bible-based people of God could not believe it. If you were there, how would you be able to tell which was which? Who'd you believe? My Jesus said, you will know them by their fruit. Look at their characters and life testimony. In Jeremiah's time the priests and the prophets (except Jeremiah) all had a worldly heart. They were not living God's LIFE. Always look for the LIFE.

After the exile, this time, God's present Word to Jeremiah became "Stay in Jerusalem." Before the exile and fall of Jerusalem, the present Word had been "Leave Jerusalem and go to Babylon." But now it was "Stay in Jerusalem." Again, they thought Jeremiah was wrong. Jerusalem--burned down and flattened to the ground--was definitely the wrong place to be, they thought. Anything ugly and wrecked and unprofitable cannot be God's will. So they thought of going to Egypt. Egypt then was like the US today--land of promise. A nice and rich country like that must be God's will.

That's why many pastors are pastoring abroad and wouldn't want to stay in the Philippines. That's why a lot of people think being able to travel abroad is a big favor from God and feels superior than those who aren't able. The rich and arrogant, and even the misguidedly ambitious, cannot be counted on to stay in God's will, so HE chooses the despised and poor remnants to stay with Him in His will. It seems to be the wrong place to be, but you better stay there when God tells you to be in the "wrong" place.

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