So much of my teaching on earth referred to awareness. It was after I spoke to the people rather than before that I said let he who has ears to hear, let him hear. Wouldn’t you expect me to say this before my message? But you can hear things and not really hear them. The same concept applies to vision and I declared some to be blind who could see the light of day (but not the light of the Son). Have you ever had the experience of not being able to see what is right in front of you? You are immersed in an invisible spiritual realm.
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My word tells you to rejoice evermore. So is it a sin to be sad? This verse was not written to condemn you and there are experiences in life for which being sad is a reasonable response. Emotions are an inherent part of life and your ability to experience them is a gift from me. Your emotions are a reminder that you are alive. Some cultures and faith traditions discourage the display of emotions, but they are mistaken. Consider my own life, how I rejoiced openly, got angry, and even wept as appropriate for the occasion.
How do you regard the Bible passages about the Pharisees? Are you glad that you are not like them in the same way that the Pharisee was glad that he was not like the humble sinner in prayer? You may not have applied to become a Pharisee. This was a short-lived sect and there are no longer any called by that name. Yet they were the dominant religious force in their generation as you are in yours. Those in the same positions are prone to the same faults and errors. On this basis, is there anything in my remarks to the Pharisees that could serve as a cautionary note for you?
Do you like to have the last word? Everyone else feels the same way. This leads to arguments that go on without end, until one party realizes that the cost of continuing the debate is greater than the value of winning. I have called you to follow me. Can you see the example I set on this issue? I answered some of the accusations against me, ignored others, and in the ultimate challenge I refused to speak in my own defense. Even if you are prepared to speak words of eternal truth and wisdom there is no advantage to declaring them to those who will not hear them.
Do you like direct answers to direct questions? Do you prefer them to be quick, clear, and concise? Then you would not like the way that I taught. For I gave answers in abundance, but they were indirect, being embedded in stories called parables. The scriptures report that this was the method I used to teach the people. My own disciples struggled with this and frequently asked me to explain the parables to them. I still use this method to teach. Are you attentive to and aware enough of the stories in your own life to see the embedded answers in them? He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Do you understand the concept of imputed righteousness? This is like righteousness on credit and is central to the Christian faith. Abraham believed me and righteousness was imputed to him as a result. This is not the same thing as apparent righteousness. You also received imputed righteousness when you believed. Would the people you know say that your righteousness is obvious? I said that if you continued in my word you would know the truth and the truth would make you free. This is not the only effect of following me.
Do you like my promise that with every temptation you face that I will also provide a means of escape, that you may be able to endure it? Would you like it better if it referred only to escaping and not enduring? Does it seem like a contradiction to you the way it is written? It is if you look only at the temporal, material world, but this passage points to something beyond that. For I always offer you refuge in a transcendent place. I said that my Kingdom is not of this world, and comes not with observation, but it is within you. It is as close as shifting your awareness, and you can go there any time you like.
Do you know that you can give me all the insults, rejections, and abuses that you receive? Do you know that they are too great a burden for you to carry but I can bear them so they will not crush you. Are you eager to do this? What about all the compliments and honors and affirmations you receive? Are you eager to receive and accept them yourself? But can you bear them and still walk in contrite humility? These will not crush you but they may inflate you with pride. Do you see this as just as great a danger as being crushed by rejection?
I tell you not to judge others that you may not be judged, for you shall be judged by the same standard by which you judge others. Does this mean that you must go through life oblivious and unaware? Yet I also commended awareness in that I wanted my followers to have eyes to see and ears to hear. How can these things be reconciled? I want you to be discerning in that you comprehend reality both visible and invisible. Can you do this and stop short of invoking the condemnation that is involved in being judgmental? Then I can give you discernment for my redemptive purposes in the lives of those you meet.
Do you like to receive correction? Yet my word promises that you need it and will receive it. Do you think of it as the same thing as punishment? These are separate concepts. Punishment is the penalty for wrongdoing. It looks to the past and imposes judgment. Correction means to make correct. It addresses things that are wrong for the purpose of making them right. It doesn’t imply judgment and it doesn’t look to the past, but rather to the future for improved performance. Do punishment and correction feel the same to you in the moment?
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Bring the principles of how to hear God's voice to your prayer meetings with the ideas recommended in this guide. As your prayer group encounters the spirit world, there are no limits to where God may wish to take you. He may fill your hearts with visions and burdens of needs half-way around the world. He may take you into the heavenlies to reveal the activity of spiritual forces surrounding you. He may reveal to you a vision of His future purposes and draw you into calling them forth. The possibilities are as limitless and varied as is the Spirit of God.
This top seller for 30 years from Bridge Logos provides a narrative, right-brain presentation of the principles of how to hear God's voice. Especially enjoyable for personal use, it makes a great gift for introducing a loved one to the voice of God. This book teaches the four keys to hearing God's voice in readable style, and also devotes two entire chapters to moving samples of people's journaling (i.e. their two-way dialogue with God).
Does God speak to us today? Are dreams an agency of relationship with God? How do we understand our dreams and what do we do with them? Dream Dreams does an outstanding job at exploring these important questions, leading the reader of this book into deeper intimacy with the Father through the understanding of dreams. This book offers a biblical perspective on the importance of dreams and visions, teaching responsible use and interpretation to those wanting a more intimate relationship with the Father-God and others.
Discover how you can take charge of your own health — keeping yourself young, energetic, attractive, and free of degenerative diseases! Discover the biblical injunctions on diet and health, and the amazing correlations between them and modern scientific research.
by Sherrie Rice Smith, R.N. (Retired)
"The amazing versatility of God’s gift of EFT stands out in this fourth installment in the EFT for Christians series. Sherrie Rice Smith’s latest book EFT for Christians – 52 Tapping Devotions helps believers incorporate Emotional Freedom Techniques into their everyday lives. In these weekly devotionals Sherrie clearly demonstrates how to connect Scripture and tapping in a practical way. Don’t just read this book; apply the principles and release God’s healing power in your life today."
by Charity Virkler Kayembe and Sherrie Rice Smith | 208 Pages | Published 2016
Scripture tells us that we comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received (2 Corinthians 1:3–5). To the degree that we are healed and comforted, we can offer those same gifts much more freely to others
by Timothy Paul Jones, PhD | 364 p. | c2011
This is an outstanding book, which clearly and simply lays out four differing views of end time prophecy, providing scriptural support for each, showing the unique approaches each view takes, and encouraging you to understand and not judge those who disagree with you. Finally we can honor and love all people (1 Pet. 2:17) as we consider various views of interpreting end time prophecy. What a gift to the body of Christ. Thank you, Timothy Paul Jones!!!
This book explains how to turn small group meetings into times of dynamic sharing of revelation concerning the real life issues we face daily. It addresses how to get everyone involved, how to limit the naturally talkative, and how to keep things on track.
This book guides you in doing original research in any area in which you are seeking the supernatural release of divine power through your life. For example, one sample project recorded in this book is entitled, "Healing a Chronic Illness Through Receiving and Acting Upon a Word of Knowledge."
Though the economic system (mammon) of this world is under a curse, we have received instructions for how to move out from that dominion and into the blessing of the Kingdom of God. God’s promises to His children have not changed with the whims of government or Wall Street, nor have His directions for how to walk in those promises. We can “choose not to participate” in the economic recession that is around us if we instead choose to obey the logos and rhema of the Lord and enjoy the blessings that result.