Prayers, and what to pray for..



 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish"

(John 10:27-28).

I feel I needed to witness from my spirit, how I have learned how to pray, and what to pray for. This has always been a challenging task I think, for all of the believers in Christ.

The bible tells us that the Holy Ghost makes intercession for us through moanings and utterings. Romans 8:26 & 27

Sometimes we may pray in the spirit, speaking in tongues, but that should only be done in the privacy of our own prayer closet.

If speaking in tongues is done in the church, whether by one, two or three as the spirit leads, there should be interpretations. So, with that being said, you need to know that it is really God ushering you to speak, out loud, in an unknown tongue, before you open your mouth.
  Acts 2:4, 1st Corinthians 12:10, 14:22,23,26-33.

The Lord's prayer again is a marvelous example of the components for prayer as it was given to us from Jesus himself. I will not expound upon that now as I have another page that covers that briefly. But, I want to tell you on a personal level what my experience is.

I used to think I had to be in the kneeling position, have a certain spot that I prayed at, and have a regimented methodology. Later, I learned these are all non-important things. We are to be as spontaneous as we would be in anything else. Praying anytime, anywhere and in any position.

How do we pray in these situations?

God knows our hearts, so whatever is in your mind and gut at the time, it is probably OK to let it fly toward God. He was once as human as us, and knows exactly how the human spirit works, not to mention He created us so intricately complex. I recently asked God to show me how to deal in a Godly way, as Jesus would have, with the humanistic emotions and feelings that are usually mixed into any stressful and reactive situation.

When we are confronted with diverse situations, how do we react vs. how should we react?

Some of us have grown to the point where we are not offended by others inabilities to communicate on a non-confrontational spiritual realm. And we are most always in a state of mind that allows us not to react in a harmful and humanistic way. However, that is rarely the case with most.

And we react differently to family than we may to friends and strangers. So praying about this is important, as we are the examples of God's son's and daughters.

You know, our prayers need some preparation first, and that involves a couple things.

1st, we need to ask for forgiveness before we even consider praying, like anything else, we need to lay the ground work for the ability to be heard. So that may involve a couple of layers. On the surface, it will entail an immediate sense of whether the Holy Spirit convicts us of any recent offenses say within the last 24 hours that we need to ask for forgiveness about.

2nd, on a deeper lever, we need to really listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit when it comes to the long term divisions that have separated us from God. These may be past relationships that we just ignored or set aside because thinking about them are too stressful or hurting. These are the internal and often subconscious things we ignore or put on the back burner, procrastinating about, because it takes too much effort and emotion to work through them.

Here's the problem, these are the exact things we need to clear out of our unforgiveness basket. Maybe some of us have turned our basket into a locker, and yet again some may have turned that locker into a warehouse. After a while, we are so adept at ignoring sins and offenses toward God we just take it for granted that no matter what happens, we can ignore our carnal sins, and think God is going to treat us the same way all the time and answer our prayers, as if nothing has ever happened.

My dear friends, you are totally mistaken. Forgiveness comes in the form of repentance on our part first, and then answers to prayer will follow our ability to clear the air and break down the walls of sin that have so easily beset us.

As a simple example, think of it this way. When you offend a friend or a family member, how does that affect your friendship or relationship? Do you often find you have to apologize to them, or say your sorry? What makes you think God is any different? Our Lord gave us the written Word to guide us, He's a loving and just God who expects us to maintain our intimate relationship with him in the same way we would do it with those closest to us whether a family member or a spouse.

So once we have a clean slate before God, he is more than happy to answer our prayers according to His will, and in His timing.

So here is some of the content that could be included in our prayers whether we pray with enough time to do it, or we pray suddenly under pressure.

Thank Him for all the small things that He has given to us.

Thank Him for all of the small things He has allowed to work out in our everyday walk in the world.

Thank Him for the medium sized and big issues He has smoothed out and also allowed to go our way in life.

Thank Him for the things, that, although they didn't go in our best interest, we got through them and came out with a new attitude of obedience.

Thank Him and ask Him to allow us to learn from the harder lessons in our personal circumstances that we just went through, so we can grow spiritually more mature, and become more aware of our everyday walk, and have the ability to be more obedient.

Thank Him for saving us and allowing us to have the salvation we are guaranteed through the death of His precious Son Jesus Christ.
Ask Him to bring to our remembrance any sin that we have forgotten, or laid aside through our own negligence, so we can deal with it.

Ask Him to give us better discernment when being led by the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.

Ask Him to allow us to walk in more obedience each and everyday.

When we pray for others, we shouldn't need to pray for their personal problems, we should be praying for them to be brought into obedience in His will. Now of course it isn't going to offend God if you ask specifically for the healing of someone, whether physical or spiritual, but God knows the past, present, and future already so remember that.

God knows each individual's circumstances already, so each person, if they are a born again believer, really only needs to be prayed for that they would be able to hear God's corrective voice of reasoning and br brought into a oneness in HIS will.

We can pray for those we don't know whether they are believers or not, to have someone sent into their path to plant more seeds or harvest the already growing seeds that have been planted.

We can pray with intercession for those in our immediate sphere of influence to be forgiven from their sins according to James 5:14-20 and also,
Philippians 4:4-7.

Last and just as important as the rest, we should be asking everything in the Name Of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus sits at the right hand of God making intercession for us and petitioning the Father on our behalf.
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Now let me share with you a most recent personal situation I have experienced and prayed for!

AFTER I BECAME UNEMPLOYED THE END OF JUNE OF LAST YEAR, JUNE OF 2014. I HAD SAVED AS MUCH MONEY AS I COULD AND MOVED TO THE CHEAPEST PLACE I COULD FIND. BECAUSE I AM A VERY DEVOTE BELIEVER, AND I WAS NOT GOING TO BREAK HONG KONG IMMIGRATION LAWS BY WORKING ON A VISITORS VISA, SO I REFRAINED FROM LOOKING FOR WORK. I DON'T QUALIFY NOW FOR A WORKING VISA. BUT BECAUSE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HK. AND THE USA, WE AMERICANS CAN RENEW A VISA EVERY 3 MONTHS SO THAT'S WHAT I HAVE BEEN DOING NOT FEELING LED TO GO BACK TO THE USA! GOD BROUGHT ME TO HONG KONG AND I ALWAYS SAID I WOULD NOT LEAVE UNTIL HE TELLS ME TO!

IN JUNE OF 2012 I HAD TAKEN A TRIP BACK TO MICHIGAN TO SELL MY ENTIRE 10 X 30 STORAGE LOCKER OF BELONGINGS I HAD BEEN PAYING 150 USD EVERY MONTH FOR FOR 4.5 YEARS, ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH. I DECIDED I WOULD PRAY ABOUT IT AND LOOK FOR WORK TOO....JUST IN CASE IT WAS TIME TO RETURN TO THE USA.

NO OPPORTUNITIES BECAME AVAILABLE, AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS OF CONSTANT PRAYER I FELT GOD SAYING GO BACK TO HONG KONG!
AS SOON AS I GOT BACK TO HONG KONG, I HAD A JOB WITHIN A WEEK!

BACK TO PRESENT....AS MY MONEY HAS DWINDLED, I HAVE BEEN PRAYING LIKE CRAZY FOR A LEADING OF WHAT TO DO. I WAS IN FACEBOOK AND HAPPENED TO CONNECT WITH A PASTOR FRIEND OF MINE AND WE WERE HAVING AN INSTANT MESSAGE CHAT IN FACEBOOK. SOON HE WAS SAYING, HEY, I HAVE A BROTHER IN TEXAS AND LET ME CALL HIM AND TALK TO HIM BECAUSE HE HAS THIS FOUNDATION COMPANY ETC. ETC.

KERBY CAME BACK A FEW MINUTES LATER WITH GOOD NEWS, HIS BROTHER SAID HE COULD HAVE ME COME TO TEXAS, HE HAD AN EXTRA ROOM IN AN EXTRA HOUSE HE HAD BOUGHT IN WHICH A COUPLE OTHER WORKERS WERE STAYING IN AND I COULD RESIDE THERE AND START WORKING FOR HIM. HE EVEN SAID IF SOMETHING DIDN'T WORK OUT I COULD STAY THERE WHILE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER JOB. THIS ALL SOUNDED LIKE A GOD SEND!

THE NEXT DAY, DENNIS, KERBY'S BROTHER CALLED ME AND WE CHATTED, I FELT REASONABLY SURE THIS WAS THE OPPORTUNITY GOD WAS PRESENTING TO ME...

ABOUT THREE MORE DAYS WENT BY AND AFTER SENDING DENNIS MY CONSTRUCTION RESUME AND SHOWING HIM I WAS A CURRENTLY LICENSE MASTER ELECTRICIAN IN MICHIGAN AND EXPLAINING ALL OF MY EXPERIENCE AS I HAD HAD A MICHIGAN STATE BUILDERS AND ALTERATION AND MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS LICENSE ALSO, ANOTHER DAY WENT BY AND HE CALLED ME AGAIN. HE WAS EXPLAINING EVEN MORE ABOUT THE JOB, IT WAS A COMPANY THAT ACTUALLY DID A WIDE VARIETY OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND IT SOUNDED LIKE I WOULD FIT IN WELL AND PROBABLY EVENTUALLY BE A CREW LEADER WITH MY EXPERIENCE...........  ALL THIS SOUNDED TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE....BUT YET, I STILL HAD TO PRAY TO MAKE SURE IT WAS GOD'S WILL!

THAT NIGHT AFTER THE CALL, I SENT DENNIS AN EMAIL AND TOLD HIM I WOULD TENTATIVELY PLAN ON TAKING THE NEXT TEN DAYS TO PRAY ABOUT IT AND IF EVERYTHING WAS POSITIVE I WOULD BOOK MY FLIGHT ABOUT FEBRUARY 7TH AND ARRIVE ON MARCH 6TH OR 7TH. HE EMAILED ME BACK AND OF COURSE WANTED ME TO COME SOONER, BUT THEN EMAILED ME AGAIN AND SAID MARCH WAS FINE.    THAT NIGHT, I CLIMBED IN BED AND STARTED TO READ  MY DAILY DEVOTIONAL...   THIS WAS IT....

Look Again and Consecrate
01 - 26 - 2015

If God so clothes the grass of the field…, will He not much more clothe you…? —Matthew 6:30

A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us because we will not be simple. How can we maintain the simplicity of Jesus so that we may understand Him? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, and obeying Him as He brings us the truth of His Word, life will become amazingly simple. Jesus asks us to consider that “if God so clothes the grass of the field…” how “much more” will He clothe you, if you keep your relationship right with Him? Every time we lose ground in our fellowship with God, it is because we have disrespectfully thought that we knew better than Jesus Christ. We have allowed “the cares of this world” to enter in (Matthew 13:22), while forgetting the “much more” of our heavenly Father.

(RIGHT HERE IS WHERE IT GOT ME, "THE CARES OF THIS WORLD")  I DO NEED TO WORK FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR BEFORE MY RETIREMENT STARTS. BUT I HAVE BEEN DEDICATED TO SERVING GOD EVERYDAY AND USUALLY HAVEN'T WORRIED ABOUT WORK.

“Look at the birds of the air…” (Matthew 6:26). Their function is to obey the instincts God placed within them, and God watches over them. Jesus said that if you have the right relationship with Him and will obey His Spirit within you, then God will care for your “feathers” too.

“Consider the lilies of the field…” (Matthew 6:28). They grow where they are planted. Many of us refuse to grow where God plants us. Therefore, we don’t take root anywhere. Jesus said if we would obey the life of God within us, He would look after all other things. Did Jesus Christ lie to us? Are we experiencing the “much more” He promised? If we are not, it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us and have cluttered our minds with confusing thoughts and worries. How much time have we wasted asking God senseless questions while we should be absolutely free to concentrate on our service to Him? Consecration is the act of continually separating myself from everything except that which God has appointed me to do. It is not a one-time experience but an ongoing process. Am I continually separating myself and looking to God every day of my life?


http://utmost.org/look-again-and-consecrate/
 
I AM ALWAYS SEPARATING MYSELF UNTO GOD. I WOULDN'T EVEN BE IN HONG KONG IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM. HE BROUGHT ME HERE! MY FIRST GUT FEELING AFTER GETTING THIS WAS THAT I NEEDED TO STAND ON FAITH AND NOT WAVER. I NEEDED TO STAY IN HONG KONG.
                                                   
I WAS VERY UPLIFTED YET SUSPICIOUS BECAUSE THE DEVIL LIKES TO PLAY GOD! SO WHILE I HAD BEEN CONVINCED THIS WAS GOD SPEAKING TO ME...I NEEDED MORE... SO AFTER THIS ONE SPIRITUAL SLAP IN THE FACE I FELT GOD WAS GIVING ME, I WAS REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT DOING HIS WILL.... 3 DAYS PASSED AND THEN THAT NIGHT, AFTER I GOT IN BED AND STARTED PRAYING AGAIN, I FELT PROMPTED TO OPEN MY DEVOTIONAL AGAIN AND TO MY SURPRISE I GOT THIS...

How Could Someone Be So Ignorant!

01-29-2015

Who are You, Lord? —Acts 26:15

“The Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand…” (Isaiah 8:11). There is no escape when our Lord speaks. He always comes using His authority and taking hold of our understanding. Has the voice of God come to you directly? If it has, you cannot mistake the intimate insistence with which it has spoken to you. God speaks in the language you know best— not through your ears, but through your circumstances

MY FIRST TIME THRU I WAS CONCENTRATING MORE ON THE FAITH ISSUE THAN LOOKING AT MY CIRCUMSTANCES.  NOW I FEEL THAT THE JOB OPENING CONTAINS EVERYTHING NEEDED TO GO BACK TO THE USA, EVEN THOUGH I REALLY HATE THAT PLACE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY, READ THE PAGE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE. THE USA IS TURNING INTO SODOM AND GOMORRAH. AFTER SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED, THE OFFER OF THE TICKET ETC. I HAVE GONE BACK THRU AND EVEN WENT AS FAR AS READING EACH REFERENCE VERSE IN THE DEVOTIONAL AND SOME SPEAK VERY CLEAR TO ME LIKE ISAIAH 8:11. IT DOESN'T GIVE YOU ALL OF THE VERSE IN THE DEVOTION.

God has to destroy our determined confidence in our own convictions. We say, “I know that this is what I should do” — and suddenly the voice of God speaks in a way that overwhelms us by revealing the depths of our ignorance. We show our ignorance of Him in the very way we decide to serve Him. We serve Jesus in a spirit that is not His, and hurt Him by our defense of Him. We push His claims in the spirit of the devil; our words sound all right, but the spirit is that of an enemy. “He…rebuked them, and said, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of’ ” (Luke 9:55). The spirit of our Lord in His followers is described in 1 Corinthians 13.

Have I been persecuting Jesus by an eager determination to serve Him in my own way? If I feel I have done my duty, yet have hurt Him in the process, I can be sure that this was not my duty. My way will not be to foster a meek and quiet spirit, only the spirit of self-satisfaction. We presume that whatever is unpleasant is our duty! Is that anything like the spirit of our Lord— “I delight to do Your will, O my God…” (Psalm 40:8).

I WAS SLIGHTLY TAKEN BACK AND HAD TO READ IT A COUPLE MORE TIMES FOR IT TO SINK IN. IT SEEMED THE LORD WAS STILL TELLING ME TO STAY PUT AND HAVE FAITH...OH MY GOODNESS, I'M RUNNING OUT OF MONEY AND JUST BORROWED SOME TO STAY AFLOAT FOR ABOUT 3 MORE MONTHS BEFORE I WILL HAVE TO CASH IN SOME FOREIGN CURRENCY TO PAY THE LOAN BACK AND HAVE MONEY TO FLY BACK TO AMERICA JUST TO LIVE IN A HOMELESS SHELTER...  BECAUSE BY THAT TIME UNLESS A JOB WOULD BE AVAILABLE, THAT WOULD BE MY ONLY OPTION.

THIS MORNING, FRIDAY, JANUARY 30TH. I AWAKE ABOUT 8:30 AM AND I AM LAYING THERE AND SEVERALLY DISTURBED...THINKING I KNOW WHAT GOD IS TELLING ME, BUT YET REFLECTING ON THE COMPLETENESS OF THE TEXAS JOB OFFER, WHICH IF I SOLD ENOUGH OF MY CURRENCY I WOULD HAVE MONEY TO GET A CHEAP CAR AND HAVE MY OWN WHEELS TO GET STARTED IN THIS JOB, WITH EVERYTHING ELSE PRETTY MUCH TAKEN CARE OF!

AS I LAID THERE AND SAID WITHIN MYSELF, LORD, YOU MUST HAVE OPENED THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY IN TEXAS FOR ME BECAUSE IT SEEMS SO COMPLETE IN IT'S SUPPORT FOR MY NEEDS, SO ON THE 7TH OF FEBRUARY I'M GOING TO BOOK MY TICKET AND FLY THERE!

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT JUST ASTOUNDED ME AND EVEN AS I TYPE NOW I AM BEING FLOODED WITH GOOSE BUMPS! I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I WAS LITERALLY GROANING IN MY SPIRIT NOT FEELING COMFORTABLE AND ASKING GOD FOR CLARITY AS I FELL BACK ASLEEP.

I DIDN'T LOOK AT THE CLOCK, AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS A VISION OR A DREAM, ALL I CAN SAY IS I FOUND MYSELF BACK IN THE JOB I USED TO WORK WITH TRAVELING STATE WIDE IN MICHIGAN FOR THE STATE HANGING TRAFFIC SIGNALS. MY BOSS HARRY AND THE OTHER 2 GUYS HAD JUST STOPPED BY AND PICKED ME UP TO GO TO BREAKFAST, THAT WAS OUR USUAL SCHEDULE. I GOT IN THE CAR AND WE DROVE OFF.

ONLY A SHORT TIME PASSED AND AS WE NEARED THE RESTAURANT, I LOOKED UP IN THE SKY AND POINTED OUT THE CAR WINDOW AND SAID, OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THAT, AS I LOOKED UP IN THE SKY, THERE WERE SEVERAL SMALL AND BIG COMMERCIAL PASSENGER JETS, CRISS CROSSING IN MANY POSITIONS, BUT THEY WERE ALL FROZEN IN THE CLOUDS LIKE A BIG ICE-CUBE IN THE FREEZER!

MY BOSS AND THE OTHER GUYS SAW THEM AND HE STOPPED THE CAR. AS I LOOKED UP, I SAW THE BIGGEST AIRPLANE OF ALL RIGHT DIRECTLY OVER TOP OF US AND I YELLED AT HARRY SAYING, KEEP GOING KEEP GOING, WE'RE RIGHT UNDER A PLANE AND I'M AFRAID IT'S GOING TO FALL ON US AND CRUSH US. THEY YELLED BACK AT ME SAYING, SETTLE DOWN, SETTLE DOWN, AND HARRY DROVE OFF AND SHORTLY PULLED INTO THE RESTAURANT PARKING LOT.

AS WE LOOKED OFF IN THE HORIZON BEHIND US, WE SAW A COUPLE OTHER PLANES, FROZEN IN SOME SCATTERED CLOUDS, NOT AS DENSE AS WHAT WE JUST SAW, BUT YET IT WAS SO VIVID AND REAL! THEY GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND WALKED IN AND I WAS LOOKING FOR MY CAMERA TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THIS PHENOMENON AND AS I PUT ON MY JACKET AND COAT, I WOKE UP AND REALIZED I WAS IN HONG KONG AND THERE WERE NO FROZEN CLOUDS!

I WAS STUNNED TO SAY THE LEAST!

AS I WALKED AROUND MY FLAT THIS MORNING SINGING AND PRAISING GOD, I FELT AN ONRUSH OF CONSISTENT GOOSE BUMPS LIKE NEVER BEFORE...      DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS ME TO STAY IN HONG KONG??

NOW LET ME ADD THIS, I AM STILL LOOKING FOR DIRECTION IN THIS MATTER AS I WRITE THIS BECAUSE I WAS TAUGHT THAT DREAMS ARE NOT FROM GOD! SO I WILL SEE IF IN THE NEXT 8 DAYS IF I GET ANOTHER 1 OR 2 DIRECT AND SIGNIFICANT ANSWERS!

ONE DAY WENT BY AND WELL GUESS WHAT, GOD SHOWED ME THAT DREAMS ARE FROM HIM WHEN HE GAVE ME ACTS 2:17 AS A REMINDER!
WHICH SAYS THIS:

(KJV) 17)
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

WELL GUESS WHAT, ALL I CAN SAY IS GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD. I LEFT OFF ABOVE SAYING: "I WILL SEE IF IN THE NEXT 8 DAYS IF I GET ANOTHER 1 OR 2 DIRECT AND SIGNIFICANT ANSWERS!"

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. IT WAS SUNDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 1ST, 2 DAYS AFTER MY AWESOME DREAM. I WOKE UP EARLY AND LOOKED AT MY CLOCK AND IT WAS 8:12AM. I FELT LIKE SOMETHING WAS TELLING ME, MARK, YOU REMEMBER THE ICA CHURCH DOWN THE STREET? YOU CAN MAKE IT TO THE MORNING SERVICE NOW BECAUSE YOU HAVE TIME FOR COFFEE AND TO GET READY.

NOW MIND YOU, I HAD NEVER BEEN TO THIS CHURCH IN THE PAST, BUT HAD THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE TO CHECK IT OUT SOMETIME AND I HAD ALREADY CHECKED TO SEE WHAT TIME THEIR SERVICES WERE. SO I PROCEEDED TO DO MY MORNING THING AND I SHOWED UP AT THE CHURCH FOR THE 9:30AM MORNING SERVICE. AFTER ABOUT 3 OR 4 WORSHIP SONGS THE MINISTER CAME OUT AND PROCEEDED WITH THE SERMON. TO MY SHOCK, IT WAS ABOUT FAITH...
NOW MIND YOU, THIS HAD BEEN THE MAIN FOCUS I FELT GOD WAS TELLING ME TO HAVE, ABOUT STAYING IN HONG KONG PAST MY COMFORTABLE DEADLINE!

SO I SAT THERE AND I'M LISTENING TO THE SERMON, AND TO MY SURPRISE, THE FIRST REFERENCE VERSE HE USED FOR THE FAITH FOCUS WAS HEBREWS 11:1, NOW ORDINARILY THIS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN UNUSUAL, BUT IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT I HAVE BEEN BEING BOMBARDED WITH THAT PARTICULAR NUMBER SO MUCH, I HAD TO DO THE RESEARCH ON IT. IT SEEMED LIKE FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS, I STARTED OUT BEING BOMBARDED WITH 11:11 AND THEN JUST RECENTLY IN THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS IT SEEMS TO HAVE CHANGE AND I HAVE SEEN 111 MUCH MORE OFTEN, BUT HAVE STILL BEEN SEEING 11:11 ALSO!

NOW MOST CHRISTIANS DO NOT AGREE OR SUBSCRIBE TO FOLLOWING NUMBERS OR USING THEM AS A SORT OS SIGN OR WHATEVER. BUT I'LL TELL YOU, GOD USES NUMBERS, IF HE DIDN'T, WHY ARE THE NUMBERS LIKE 7, 14, AND 40, SO CONSISTENTLY SHOWN TO HAVE BEEN REPEATED THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE? AND THOSE AREN'T THE ONLY ONES. I READ A BOOK BY A PROMINENT PASTOR YEARS AGO ALL ABOUT BIBLICAL NUMBERS AND I BELIEVE!

THE NUMBER 111 MEANS TO BE ENCOURAGED, HAVE HOPE AND STAY FOCUSED. SO WITH ALL OF THIS TRANSPIRING THE WAY IT HAS THROUGH CONCENTRATED PRAYER, SPIRITUAL ANGUISH ON MY PART BECAUSE FAITH IS NOT ALWAYS EASY, GOD HAS SHOWN ME THAT HE IS IN CONTROL AND HE ANSWERS PRAYERS. THEN I HAVE BEEN BEING BOMBARDED WITH THE NUMBER 1111 TOO AND THIS HAS SIGNIFICANT OTHER MEANINGS!

I HAVE NEVER PRAYED FOR SIGNS, IF YOU READ MY OTHER COMMENTARIES YOU'LL SEE THAT I ALWAYS ASK FOR DIRECTION AND THE ABILITY TO DISCERN IT!

THERE'S ONLY BEEN ONE OTHER TIME THAT 1111 HAS SHOWN UP IN MY LIFE FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT THREE MONTHS AND IT WAS BUGGING THE HECK OUT OF ME. SO MUCH SO THAT I HAD TO DO THE RESEARCH ON IT. THAT WAS WHEN I DISCOVERED A WEBSITE CALLED ANGEL NUMBERS. I HAD NO IDEA AT THE TIME THAT IT HAD TO DO WITH ME MOVING AND LIVING HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD LIVING IN HONG KONG BUT AFTER  ARRIVING HERE IN JANUARY OF 2009 THE 1111 STOPPED.

IT DIDN'T START AGAIN UNTIL SHORTLY AFTER JANUARY 28TH 2011. THERE WAS AN EVENT THAT CAUSED IT, BUT I AM NOT WILLING AT THIS TIME TO EXPOUND UPON IT. I BELIEVE THIS ALL WILL CULMINATE HERE VERY SOON, AND THEN I WILL PROBABLY COME BACK AND FINISH MY POST!

NEW INFORMATION. ON FEBRUARY 8TH, THE DAY AFTER I WAS ORIGINALLY GOING TO BOOK MY TICKET AND FELT GOD SAYING STOP, DENNIS FROM TEXAS SEND ME A MESSAGE IN SKYPE SAYING THIS.

[2/8/2015 4:54:42 AM] dennis Rials: I'm gonna need some help asap.
[2/8/2015 4:55:01 AM] dennis Rials: Willing to pay your plane ticket if you can speed it up.
[2/8/2015 4:55:09 AM] dennis Rials: desperate.

NOW MIND YOU, I WAS ORIGINALLY PRAYING ABOUT WHETHER I SHOULD EVEN GO TO TEXAS FOR THE JOB. NOW I HAVE BEEN REVIEWING ALL OF MY DIRECTIONS I'VE GOTTEN FROM PRAYER AND ASKING GOD IF HE WANTED ME TO STOP FROM BOOKING THE TICKET WHEN I HAD THAT DREAM BECAUSE IT WASN'T THAT HE DIDN'T WANT ME TO GO. IT WAS THAT HE WANTED TO SAVE ME MONEY KNOWING DENNIS WOULD OFFER TO PAY FOR IT.

IT'S BEEN A DIFFICULT DETERMINATION FOR ME AND I'M STILL ASKING MYSELF AND GOD QUESTIONS. AT FIRST IT WAS ABOUT FAITH, THE JOB IN TEXAS DOESN'T TAKE MUCH FAITH BECAUSE IT SEEMS FOR SURE AND EVEN IF IT DIDN'T WORK OUT DENNIS SAID I WOULD BE ABLE TO STAY IN HIS HOUSE UNTIL I FOUND A JOB. HOWEVER, WHAT WOULD TAKE A LOT OF FAITH IS STAYING IN HONG KONG NOT KNOWING WHERE THE MONEY WOULD COME FROM SINCE IT'S VERY HARD IF NOT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET A VISA SPONSORED!

SO NOW I'M BACK TO PRAYING MORE. GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS! MORE TO COME... I HAVE FELT GOD TELL ME TO RESEARCH THIS FROM ALL ANGLES. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT PROVISIONS, IT'S ABOUT FAITH. AFTER RESEARCHING THE JOB MARKET IN TEXAS, AND KNOWING WHAT THE MARKET CAN BARE CONCERNING CERTAIN EMPLOYMENT OCCUPATIONS. I'M READING ON THE INTERNET THAT MOST AREAS OF WORK IN TEXAS IN PARTICULAR ARE DOING GOOD EXCEPT CONSTRUCTION AND THE OIL INDUSTRY. THIS WORRIES ME.
MY RESEARCH CAME UP WITH THIS IN JUST 2 SEARCHES. 

Exclusive: Halliburton to cut thousands of jobs in Texas, globally (Video)
Feb 10, 2015, 2:32pm CST Updated: Feb 11, 2015, 6:05am CST

Indeed, several companies already have announced job cuts totaling tens of thousands in Texas and other states as well as reduced corporate spending. Despite recent rise, oil prices have fallen about 55 percent since last summer.

I'M THINKING MY FIRST SPIRITUAL FEELINGS WERE CORRECT TO STAY IN HONG KONG! AS A MASTER ELECTRICIAN AND MASTER ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR IN MICHIGAN BEFORE THE HONG KONG MOVE, I EXPERIENCED FIRST HAND THE SUPPRESSED CONSTRUCTION MARKET. WITH THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOB CUTS BEING PREDICTED, THE HOUSING IMPROVEMENT MARKET WILL COME TO A HALT VERY SOON I'M AFRAID. SO ALL THE PROMISES OF WORK ARE ONLY WORDS. THE IBEW DID THE SAME THING TO ME YEARS AGO, AND THEN WE HAD 9/11 AND THE WORK CAME TO A CRAWL.

SO, TODAY AS OF FEBRUARY, FRIDAY THE 13TH I CAN'T MAKE A DECISION AND I TOLD DENNIS THAT ON MONDAY THE 16TH OF FEBRUARY I WOULD GIVE HIM A SOLID YES OR NO.

MONDAY, THE 16TH OF FEBRUARY, D DAY YOU COULD CALL IT. IF YOU EVER EXPERIENCE FEELINGS OF UNCERTAINTY AT THE LAST MINUTE IN A SITUATION, DON'T MAKE A DECISION. NO MATTER THE DEADLINE, NO MATTER THE SITUATION. GO WITH THE SPIRITUAL LEADING YOU GET, ESPECIALLY IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN BEING LEAD BY GOD FOR YEARS AND YOU HAVEN'T HAD YOUR OWN GOALS IN LIFE ANYMORE. THIS IS MY LIFE IN A NUT SHELL. SO AS I AWOKEN THIS MORNING, I FELT I NEEDED TO GLANCE AT MY DEVOTIONAL TO SEE IF THERE WAS ONE LAST CONFIRMATION TO CONFIRM MY DIRECTION. SURE ENOUGH, THE LAST FEW DAYS HAD PROVIDED NOTHING IN MY DEVOTIONS, YET, BECAUSE I DON'T PEAK TO SEE WHAT'S AHEAD, I COULDN'T HAVE KNOWN THAT GOD WOULD STIR MY CONSCIENCE WITH ONE MORE DEVOTION, BUT HE DID! AND THIS WAS IT!


The Inspiration Of Spiritual Initiative

02-16-2015

Arise from the dead. — Ephesians 5:14

Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you – "Get up, and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat, throw it overboard-just do what needs to be done!" That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, "Get up, and get going," suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.

We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young, but sooner or later we realize we have no power to accomplish them. We cannot do the things we long to do, so our tendency is to think of our dreams and aspirations as dead. But God comes and says to us, "Arise from the dead..." When God sends His inspiration, it comes to us with such miraculous power that we are able to "arise from the dead," and do the impossible. The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power comes after we "get up and get going." God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says – "Arise from the dead," we have to get up; God will not lift us up. Our Lord said to the man with the withered hand – "Stretch forth thy hand," (Matthew 12:13). As soon as the man did so, his hand was healed, but he had to take the initiative. If we will take the initiative to overcome, we will find we are inspiration of God, because He immediately gives us the power of life.

AFTER READING THIS ONCE, I WASN'T ABSOLUTELY SURE WHAT MESSAGE I WAS GETTING. SO I HAD TO REVIEW THIS BLOG WHERE I JOURNALED MY PRAYER ANSWERS, AND THE FEELINGS I HAD HAD AFTER EACH ONE. GOD IS FAITHFUL, HE WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME AND SO AS I READ ON, MY DIRECTION BECAME CLEAR. I THEN REREAD THE DEVOTION FOR TODAY THE 16TH AND IT BECAME AS CLEAR AS A BELL RINGING. I WAS WILLING TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP IN FAITH FIRST, EVEN THOUGH I FELT RELUCTANT AFTER ALL THE DIRECTION GOD HAD GIVEN ME. THEN, THE WORLD ENTERED IN AND SAID, Get up, and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat, throw it overboard-just do what needs to be done! I FELT THAT, I FELT I NEEDED A JOB THAT WOULD IMMEDIATELY FULFILL MY NEEDS. BUT THEN AS FURTHER ANSWERS CAME TO PRAYERS FOLLOWING THE FIRST COUPLE, I WAS BROUGHT TO A DIVIDING POINT, AND THIS WAS IT, GOD SAID, IS THIS A WORLDLY THING, OR A SPIRITUAL THING? OF COURSE MY ANSWER WAS SPIRITUAL, GOD IS NOT WORLDLY AND HE WANTS US TO ALWAYS LIVE IN THE SPIRITUAL FIRST AND DEPEND ON HIM, BEFORE OUR WORLDLY NEEDS COME INTO FOCUS. IT'S A FAITH THING.

WE HAVE TO, "GET UP AND GET GOING," SPIRITUALLY WHEN GOD CALLS AND GOD DIRECTS! IN MY OTHER PAGES I HAVE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT THE SPIRIT VERSES THE FLESH. AS PAUL SAID THERE IS A WAR GOING ON AND OFTEN THE FLESH WINS AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS QUENCHED AND GRIEVED. AT ANY MOMENT WE ARE EITHER WALKING IN THE FLESH, OR WE ARE WALKING IN THE SPIRIT. IT'S ONE OR THE OTHER. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE VERSE SAY. WE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON!

I WILL END BEFORE I END UP IN ANOTHER COMMENTARY LOL! JUST KNOW THAT I SENT DENNIS AN APPRECIATIVE MESSAGE FOR HIS HOSPITABLE OFFER BUT I SAID I HAD TO BE OBEDIENT TO MY GOD.

It's February 18th, 2015 and since yesterday, I told God, I said, well Lord, you have got to show me what's next, because I am now living halfway around the world from my normal place and you're going to have to take care of me. I have no idea how this is going to turn out. I slept late today and had been feeling a sense of despair because I am living just a cheaply as possible now to preserve funds and waiting on God. After watching a night and day full of the Korean drama, Stairway to Heaven, I have to admit, I've felt quite hopeless in many ways looking back over the past, and in not seeing any future for myself. With not much money, you can't do anything. Anyways, this evening, I felt prompted to glance at my regular daily devotional. I can't believe how on time the Lord is speaking to me thru the ways he knows how I will listen. I am flabbergasted at the clarity in how he  speaks to my heart. Here's what today's devotion was.

I mean can you believe it. I just passed up a job offer that would have gotten me back to the states. I know there would have been some real challenges to that and I don't want to blog the truth in what God showed me to avoid incriminating anyone. But this was my devotional... 
    
                                                                                          

Taking the Initiative Against Despair

02-18-2015

Rise, let us be going. —Matthew 26:46

In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now; what’s the point in trying anymore.” If we think this kind of despair is an exception, we are mistaken. It is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize we have not taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity, we are apt to sink into despair. But Jesus comes and lovingly says to us, in essence, “Sleep on now. That opportunity is lost forever and you can’t change that. But get up, and let’s go on to the next thing.” In other words, let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him.

There will be experiences like this in each of our lives. We will have times of despair caused by real events in our lives, and we will be unable to lift ourselves out of them. The disciples, in this instance, had done a downright unthinkable thing— they had gone to sleep instead of watching with Jesus. But our Lord came to them taking the spiritual initiative against their despair and said, in effect, “Get up, and do the next thing.” If we are inspired by God, what is the next thing? It is to trust Him absolutely and to pray on the basis of His redemption.

Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step.

How much clearer could God have spoken to me. It mentions doing something irreversible. It talks about not having taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity. Oh my goodness! I feel so blessed to hear from my God this way!


December 14th, 2012 - 18 rev.

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