bless the jews
hands anointing

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4836 Jan 21, 2013
literally,‘ascent’- S5930, M1624c and M1624d) and was accepted as a ‘pleasing odour’, gaining Divine favour for the nation (Lev 1:9).

Therefore, the lifting up of the hands is used to symbolise the offering rising to God and it being accepted by Him as pleasing, gaining Divine favour for the individual but dependent upon the attitude of the heart of the individual concerned. All actions aren’t mechanical ways to obtain favour before God but expressions and extensions of what’s in the heart.
This action has often been understood to mean that the modern day praiser simply sticks their hands in the air while they sing the choruses being played in the congregation, but it’s important to note that it’s in the lifting of the hands towards God that the evening sacrifice is being paralleled and not simply by lifted hands. That is, it’s the action of bringing lowered hands into the position of raised hands that David’s writing about.

This, of course, very rarely happens in the churches that I’ve attended. Motion is certainly not something that’s always either encouraged or expected but movement seems to be the bottom line.

In praise, then, hands rising upwards towards God are a symbol of the individual offering up their praise to God by an action, the contents being the words of the mouth which reflect the contents of the heart.

Notice also that, in Ex 30:8, the incense was burnt at about the same time where incense is used as a symbol of prayer in the NT in Rev 5:8, 8:3-4 and in the opening phrase of Ps 141:2. We should, perhaps, take care to note that prayer is linked with praise in this verse and that, according to David, the two were meant to be integral parts of the one expression towards God.
I mention this because the present day Church has often tried to make a clear division between both prayer and praise which may not always be correct. Prayer and praise seem here to go hand in hand and the believer shouldn’t be limited by thinking the time of praise is not also the time to petition God - what must be safeguarded against, however, is the injection of prayer into praise when it pulls away from the natural outworking of the expression of devotion.
After all, a prayer shopping list tends to destroy praise rather than to be its companion.
worship GOD

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4840 Jan 21, 2013
The angel stated that his name is "Breakthrough" and he has been assigned to the United States. That is what was articulated to Bob Jones in one of the most significant visitations he has ever received.

Over the past 12 years I have watched the revelatory realm open to Bob in profound ways. It was quite astounding for him to tell me that he has recently had the second most powerful visitation of his life. The only one higher came directly from the Lord Jesus Himself.

On Friday, March 24th, as Bob was preparing for prayer, he immediately went into an Acts 10:10 type of trance. Bob's highest revelations come in this way. As the visitation commenced, Bob saw what appeared to be 12 ordinary "men" approaching him. Although they had the appearance of men he knew they were angels. The one in front seemed to be the most prominent and served as spokesman for the group.

He said, "My name is 'Breakthrough' and I have now been assigned to the United States." For approximately 30 minutes the angel shared with Bob historical accounts of past revivals that transpired to God's glory that he was involved in. His job is to release breakthrough and awakening to initiate a wave of harvest by extracting all obstacles to God's plans while the other angels gather the harvest...
thousands of thing

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4841 Jan 21, 2013
God's Holy Spirit can do thousands of different things all at once in the same room.

One worshiper may have a Throne Room visit beholding God's majesty and submitting to His sovereignty while the next person may be exchanging his weakness for the Lord's strength in the Holy of Holies and another may be visiting the Lord's Office-Place just to be held for a while in the arms of the Lord.

It may be that the Holy Spirit desires to take the whole congregation into one of these manifestations of the Lord's presence all at once during the music time.

It would be wonderful for an entire sermon to be a visit to the Holy of Holies. Remember these models are merely illustrations.

They are clay in the hands of the Holy Spirit to be molded by Him to reveal Jesus to us.

Our role as worship leaders is to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's wishes when we plan and execute the service.
praise worship God

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4842 Jan 21, 2013
CONGREGATIONAL PRAISE AND WORSHIP MUSIC

Terminology is important. Will we have a "song service" or a "praise and worship" time? Will the leader be a "song leader" or a "worship leader?" What is the difference? A song leader leading a song service is this:

* a person leading other people singing songs and
* instrumentalists accompanying them.

A worship leader leading a praise and worship time is so much more:

* people praising and worshiping God with and without songs;
* instrumentalists praising and worshiping God with the sounds of music;
* people praising and worshiping from their hearts while the instrumentalists play (which may be what "selah" meant);
* gifts of the Spirit in scriptural operation;
* "Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs" flowing;
* the Lord indwelling the praise of His people and finding our praise worthy to be His Throne;
* the Lord using our worship as His Office -place;
* the River of Life flowing from His Throne to our restoration and the healing of the nations;
* Heaven and earth coming together at Mt. Zion in the unity of praise and worship to the Lamb on the Throne;
* the call of God going forth to those He has anointed to specific areas of service;
* the church moving forward in unison in the will of God;
* the testimony of the church that Jesus is alive validated by the manifestation of His presence; and
* unbelievers falling down and worshiping God with us, saying that God is in us "of a truth."

Given a choice of these two things, a song service or a praise and worship time, we would certainly desire the latter. This is exactly the choice we have. It takes leadership to transform a song service into a worship service. God is always the same. God is not on a circuit whereby He only visits us once in a while. He wants to tabernacle with us every time we gather to worship! The River of Life is always flowing from His Throne. If there are inconsistencies they must be ours, inconsistencies in the way we lead worship. We need to closely examine the leadership of the praise and worship time within the service.
roy fields

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4843 Jan 21, 2013
About Roy Fields

Raised as the only child of a single mother in upstate New York, Roy Fields was surrounded by ministry and music throughout his formative years. His first practical musical experience came when he was in a good old fashioned house meeting. There were five guitarists leading worship and the presence of the Lord was very strong. As an 11yr old boy, Roy felt the Lord call him into the ministry at that moment, and he knew this is what he would do for the rest of his life. From there he went on to play the acoustic guitar, drums, bass guitar, and piano.

Nearly 2 decades later he is drawing on all those musical skills and more as the founder of Run with Fire Ministries International and the president of Roy Fields Music, Inc.

"I always had a desire to lead people in worship," Roy says, "I love it when people get caught up in worship. There are times when we are worshipping that I sense his approval-and that's what it's about- doing what is pleasing to the Lord. It's during these intimate times with the Lord that people's lives are being transformed."

Looking back on his early days as a budding musician and worship leader, Fields is still surprised by the orchestrating hand that God carefully prepared him for his current position. "I had no idea how far and where the Lord would take me in this journey, especially knowing some of the difficulties that I had encountered. But, I realize that there is no limit with God. Not knowing is actually becoming a comfort to me because I know it allows God to be the ultimate director."

In the winter of 1995, Roy went on a mission's trip to Africa with a good friend of his named Rudi Louw (from South Africa). He traveled abroad to Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, & Zambia. There he ministered in several villages and cities. He saw signs, wonders, and miracles happen. It changed his life forever.
roy fields

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4844 Jan 21, 2013
There was a school of 1,000 students that by the end of the week were attending these meetings that Roy was having on their campus. God told Roy through a prophet of the Lord 2 years prior to this trip that he would do this with Roy to show him that he is no respecter of persons. He can use anyone. Roy did not have a guitar or piano at these meetings, only his voice and a whole lot of expectant youth who were in anticipation to see God move. And, God moved mightily.
Roy began leading worship at age 14 and had a couple of bands that he had formed. One was called "REVELATION" and the other was called "SELAH" The band scene never really worked out for Roy as his heart was really worship, not performance.

At 21, Fields was spending part of his time playing the guitar & piano with worship leaders such as Nick Coetzee and making frequent trips to the Brownsville Revival where world renown worship leader Lindell Cooley would lead. Roy was very taken in by the passion that Lindell had for the Lord in his worship. It really changed everything about the way Roy worshipped. Fields and Cooley are great friends today.
Within 2 months of moving from upstate New York and moving to Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Roy met his wife Melanie. He went on to lead worship in a local church located in Niceville, FL and from there, Fields and his wife stepped out into fulltime ministry in the summer of 2005. They moved out of their house and gave everything away because they knew that God had called them. After traveling for close to 4 years down the east coast of America from Maine to Florida, Roy found himself in Lakeland, Florida in the summer of 2008 ministering to a global audience of over 100 million viewers by way of the Internet and television as well as over one hundred thousand people attending those meetings. In just 3 years Fields has independently sold over 30,000 copies worldwide of his music albums WE ARE THE GENERATION & LESS OF ME along with his other studio cut CDs.

Roy has appeared on Several Christian Television Programs speaking on the subject of revival, & Radio Stations such as GOD TV, DAYSTAR, TNT, 700 CLUB, CTN, BBC RADIO, to name a few. Fields and his team have ministered in several countries around the world holding revival meetings sometimes months at a time in one country. England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Jerusalem, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, & close to 25 states in the USA to name a few.

Roy and his wife along with his 2 children still remain traveling on the road today globally to the nations and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship.

The heart of Roy's ministry is really to make Jesus famous.
worship leader

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4845 Jan 21, 2013
A worship leader is a man or woman who is called of God to lead in worship. If we want the power of God to flow in our worship, the leader must be a person GOD has selected.

The anointing is as essential to this ministry as it is to any other ministry. Those whom God calls, He enables. Without this enablement the worship time will be mired in imitation and fleshly effort. Many congregations are waiting, week after week, for song leaders to become worship leaders or yield the position to a worship leader. Anyone who is so prideful of the "song leader" position that he will not share leadership with other anointed leaders is probably not called of God. Leaders who are anointed of the Lord hold their positions among men with a light grip.

They have no trouble making way for others who are anointed. However, those who have been placed in a leadership position by the hand of man must hold tightly to it with their own strength.

Musical skill and understanding are essential. Music must be handled properly or it will inhibit the flow of God's Spirit. A skillful musical mind can release the powers of music to support the expression of God's people. On the other hand, unskillful handling of music can spoil the sacrifice of praise of the whole church, the Holy-Royal Priesthood.
The worship leader must be broken before the Lord and remain broken. Through Isaiah, the Lord makes it clear that He visits His presence upon those who are humble before Him.

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.(Isaiah 57:15 KJV)
worship leader

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4846 Jan 21, 2013
WHAT IS WORSHIP?

The relationship between praise and worship has to be held clearly in the mind of the one who plans and leads a worship time. Praise (thanksgiving and exaltation) should precede worship (adoration and communion). This praise-worship sequence is the reasonable order of worship referred to in Romans 12:1. This is not to say that a sovereign God cannot short-circuit this order and visit us with His manifest presence in times when we have not praised Him. We all may have experienced such astounding times of visitation. But, the goal of the worship leader is not the occasional sovereign move of God, but the pattern God's Spirit has given us in Scripture. God has also sovereignty chosen to move in the logical, praise-worship sequence. If we are to lead worship, we must understand and submit to this.

Praise is an action of soul and body, a time of thanking the Lord for what He has done and exalting His name, His character, and His deeds. Here are the gates to His presence and the outer courts of His dwelling place. This is wading ankle deep and knee deep into the River of Life. It is ascending the hill of the Lord where the Tabernacle of David is found. This is the presentation of our bodies to Him. By these things we establish His throne as we minister to the Lord with our Living Sacrifice of Praise. Through praise we prepare ourselves for the revelation of His glory.

Worship is a response of the spirit, a time of expressing our adoration and devotion to God, giving Him an exclusive place in our hearts. Communion is abandoning ourselves to His presence, contemplating His glory, dwelling inside the veil, and drinking in His righteousness. It is the solemn sovereignty of His Throne Room, the holiness of the Holy of Holies, the deep waters of the River of life, the tenderness of His Office-Place, the renewing of the mind, and the glory revealed. True worship transports the worshiper out of time and into eternity. There is a timeless quality to these spiritual destinations.

The worship leader must be careful not to stop with praise. Our goal is to enter His presence with praise so that we may respond to Him in worship. Of course it is always proper to thank and praise the Lord. We begin these expressions in the outer court and bring them with us into the inner court.

These differences can be seen in the music itself. The music of thanksgiving and exaltation can be either upward in direction, thanking and praising God, or it can be outward in direction, speaking to others about God, encouraging them to praise. The music of worship is almost exclusively upward in direction, speaking directly to God. The pronouns in the text signal the direction of the song. A song of mine illustrates.

From Psalm 29:1, 2 comes a song of praise:

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty.
Give unto the Lord, glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.*

From the Revelation comes a second part, still in praise:

Give Him blessing; Give Him honor;
Give Him glory; Give Him power!
Give unto the Lord the Glory due His name;
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.*

To use this song in a worship time, after we have praised the Lord, I would adapt the lyric:

We give You blessing; We give You honor;
We give You glory; We give You power!
We give unto You, Lord, the glory due Your name:
We worship You, Lord, in the beauty of holiness.*
secret place

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4847 Jan 21, 2013
Secrets of the secret place and the life of prayer, part 2.

Stephen R. Phifer
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matt 6:6 NKJV
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18 NKJV
We all need to pray. Some of us need to pray more, others need to pray more regularly and others need to make a new start at the whole enterprise. We are sharing eight secrets of the Secret Place and we continue now with secret number four.

4. Spirit: Follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer grew in form and power under the New Covenant. Under the Old Covenant, Jew prayed with two modes of prayer:(1) they recited Scriptures as prayer, and (2) they simply conversed with God. The New Covenant brings an additional mode of prayer: prayer in/by the Holy Spirit. As Pentecostals, this is more than a denominational distinctive, it is a daily source of the power and character of God. The Holy Spirit helps us pray.

When we are alone with God, and have quieted our souls and rehearsed the revelation of Scripture, the Holy Spirit is ready to lead us as we pray about whatever and whoever He brings to mind. It is good to keep a prayer list and we should be careful to pray for those who are counting on us. But we should also listen for the voice of the Spirit calling us to pray for names and situations not on our list. As the Spirit leads, we can pray passionately from our spirit, weeping for the lost, feeling the pain of the injured and thus sharing in the fellowship of Christ's sufferings. Such praying makes a difference. James said the effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous person has great effect, it "avails much" (James 5:13-18). In addition, such prayer spiritually strengthens the one who is praying (Jude 20).

5. Sincerity: Humility is essential.

True prayer and pride are mortal enemies. There is simply no way to fool God. If we speak a lie when we are praying we are not really praying. And the Spirit tells us so. In these cases, prayer will be a process of peeling back layers of deception until we finally speak the truth. In this way the Refiner's Fire and the Launderer's Soap the prophet Malachi writes about, do their work. Humble, soul-deep honesty in prayer cleanses the human spirit (Malachi 3:1-4). In the Secret Place, "God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble." (Read Peter's exhortation in 1 Peter 5:5-7.) Humility is genuine. There are no mixed motives. According to James 1:5-8, a mixed motive in prayer removes the possibility of answered prayer!
secret place

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4848 Jan 21, 2013
6. Speech: Pray out loud, not just inwardly.

While God certainly hears the silent cry of the heart (see the story of Hannah!) in the daily discipline of prayer, we need to speak out loud. That's why we need to be alone with God. Each of us has things to say that only God should hear. Abba Father can take whatever His child needs to say. Perhaps private prayer becomes therapeutic at this point. There is no reason to carry unexpressed pain in our hearts. Get it out! Let Abba Father deal with it! He knows all about it anyway. This is why the Psalms are important to us as prayers. Like the Psalmists, we may need to question God. We may need to complain or lament. While these prayers may not be appropriate for the community of faith, they are vital in the Secret Place! Our inner healing awaits the catharsis of prayer.
7. Song: A key to releasing faith is the prayer song.

When Jesus strode into the Temple, whip in hand and a stern rebuke on His lips, the issue was prayer in His Father's House. Not just any prayer, but songs of prayer. The word Isaiah used in the passage Jesus was quoting was tephillah, the Hebrew word for hymn. To Jesus and the disciples, hymns were not old songs in hard bound books. They were songs or chants of prayer, usually the Scriptures themselves. Like our forebears who rode this country on horseback with their Bibles and their hymnals, we need to use great hymns and contemporary songs as prayers and we need to use the Psalms as prayers. Somehow in the plan of God melody and prayer are meant to flow together.

8. Supplicate: Ask, seek, knock.

Jesus teaches us to stay with it; to keep praying and never give up. We must be careful why we keep praying. It is not to impress God or to wear Him down. Jesus taught prayer as an exercise based on the sterling character of God. Heathens prayed with much repetition to appease a hostile God. Abba Father already knows what we need. Our prayers are repeated for a different reason, and one not at all "vain". Prayer is spiritual warfare. While we cannot see the warfare at work in the spirit-realm when we are praying, it is happening. There is a record in the Old Testament of twenty-one days elapsing between the answer being sent and the answer being received--twenty-one days of angelic warfare (Daniel 10:12-13).
secret place

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4849 Jan 21, 2013
The fact is, we don't know why answers to prayer are sometimes delayed, but we know what we should be doing: asking, seeking, and knocking with confidence in a God who hears and answers.‘If my words abide in you," Jesus said, "You shall ask what you will and it shall be done." (John a5:7) When we have God's will ("my words") in a matter, we can confidently keep on asking, seeking and knocking in prayer.

The Life of Prayer

It is time to make a new commitment to prayer. First we need to expand our definition of prayer beyond petition and crisis to relationship and discipline. Next we need to expand our time in prayer from maybe once a day, to morning and evening; to start and end each day in prayer. Finally we need to expand our skill in prayer. We need to learn and practice these eight secrets. I recommend forming your own services of prayer. I use morning and evening services of private worship that I present to the Lord. Just like in public worship, these private services help me pray.
I see four vital ministries of the Holy Spirit available to the believer as a result of effective private worship:(1) The character of Christ is imparted to us in the secret place as it is here the Refiner's Fire purifies and the Launderer's Soap cleanses (Mal. 3:1-3).(2) In the secret place the call of the Father can be heard (Isa. 6:1-6).(3) Since secret place worship is an exercise in hope, the compassion of Christ is imparted to the worshiper in private worship. "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Rom. 5:5 NKJV).(4) In private worship, the Word of God dwells in us (Col. 3:16) and the power of the anointing of the Holy Spirit is acquired (Eph. 1:15-21; 1 John 2:20, 27). In the secret place, the world is changed because it is here that we are changed.
secret place

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4850 Jan 21, 2013
Secrets of the secret place and the life of prayer, part 1.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matt 6:6 NKJV

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18 NKJV
Some columns are written to leaders and others are for those we try to lead. This one is for all of us. We all need to pray. Some of us need to pray more, others need to pray more regularly and others need to make a new start at the whole enterprise.
The words of Jesus and Paul challenge us and stir our hearts. Jesus says, "The Father is in the Secret Place of Prayer." Paul adds, "Pray without ceasing." But how? Where do we find the Secret Place? How do we even attempt a life built around prayer

These words have challenged believers since Jesus spoke them and Paul wrote them. In this column and the next I want to share principles on the Life of Prayer that I learned while writing my doctoral thesis, Experiment In Prayer: The Convergence of Fixed Prayers with Extemporaneous Praying.

A Biblical Overview
I believe Jesus' teaching on prayer in the Secret Place is the heart of the Sermon on the Mount. And, to me, the Sermon on the Mount is the constitution of the Kingdom of God. Jesus spoke of believers who, when they were sued for a shirt would surrender a cloak as well. They would go two miles when only one was demanded and would turn the other cheek when struck hard in the face. Private prayer, The Secret Place, is the furnace that would forge such lives of steel. This is not the power-mongering prayer of the religious leaders of the day or the market place praying of the hypocrites or the theatrical giving of alms, but this is Secret Place prayer, where no one hears or sees but the Father in Heaven.

Paul has the authority to instruct us in the Life of Prayer. He was a man of continual prayer. He was schooled in Jewish prayer and, when he became a Christian, found a new, more intense and effective form of prayer when he learned to pray in/by the Holy Spirit. We see in the book of Acts the various crises of his life. We see him praying in jail at midnight, aboard ship in a storm, and in public ministry with great power and effect. In his letters to the churches we get a glimpse of his private prayer life: with understanding and with the spirit, without ceasing, with great revelation, and with an expectation of signs and wonders. His powerful public life sprang from a power private life of prayer.
secret place

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4851 Jan 21, 2013
Jesus brought a new era of relationship with God because he brought an understandable revelation of God the Father, a real forgiveness of sin through the cross and a real helper in the Holy Spirit. He said that worship, which includes prayer, would not be in ceremony and tradition alone. These can be performed outwardly with no sincere action of the heart. New Covenant worship, on the other hand, would be done in spirit and in truth. This spirituality is internal before it is external. This is an inner spirituality of integrity, honesty and humility formed by the Word of God, the truth that sets us free, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This cannot be faked for God Himself is the object and He cannot be fooled. Now, to the first three of the eight secrets I discovered.

The Secrets of the Secret Place

1. Solitude: Get alone with God.

The first secret of the Secret Place is to be absolutely alone with the Father. Being alone with God bars any possibility of performance praying. If another person can hear our words, this affects the way we pray. Find a time, a chair, a room, a corner, a couch in your home and let every body know of your time and place, your personal appointment with Abba Father. Most likely your family will be happy to help you pray more!

2. Silence: Quiet your spirit before God.

Silence is the searchlight of the soul. The voice of the Lord is heard in the human spirit when we quiet our souls. Noise is the enemy of the Secret Place. I avoid music with word associations as background. If I am inwardly singing, I am not being silent. Our culture hates silence and our souls have been shaped in its image.
secret place

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4852 Jan 21, 2013
But our spirit was created in the image of God and craves the silence of creation wherein is heard the voice of God.

Together, these two secrets imply a schedule, set times of prayer each day. From age to age in the history of worship these times ranged from twice daily to up to seven times a day. The biblical and historical minimum seems to be twice daily: morning and evening. The idea is to frame each day in prayer. My doctoral thesis project attempted this schedule and, predictably, found it almost impossible. Yet, in our busy lives, events that are not scheduled tend not to happen. One of the advantages of attempting morning and evening prayer was the chance to do one if the other was missed. The people in my study group ending up praying more often than when they attempted one prayer time each day.
3. Scripture: Recite the Word of God

Prayer is so much more than asking God for things. Crisis praying doesn't have to be taught; it is an automatic impulse born in the emergency before us. Daily private prayer, however, must be learned. It is a spiritual exercise for the inner person, peformed in daily obedience to prepare us for the crisis. Praying the Scriptures has a vital role in this strengthening discipline. Many of us hold to traditions formed in the modern age,(from the 17th to the 20th centuries) and we have not learned to pray the Scriptures. But Jesus and His disciples prayed the Psalms and other passages as a matter of course. This was the normal practice of devoted Christians until the second wave of the Reformation, the 1600's, when the Puritans and other like-minded groups reformed the Reformation. Because recited prayers were so terribly abused in the Medieval church, the whole concept was thrown out. Today we need to reclaim this powerful discipline.
In the ancient church the leaders formed an axiom: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, est--"The Rule of Prayer is the Rule of Faith." In other words, what we pray reveals and forms what we believe. Great theology (right beliefs about God) springs from great doxology (proper praise of God). Another truth from the ancient church was lectio divina--the prayerful reading of the Scripture in which one hears the voice of God in the spoken words of Scripture. Today we also need to rehearse the revelation in Scripture of who God is and what He has promised. This is not "vain" repetition, but a purposeful rehearsal of truth so that it can go deep enough into us to set us free.
only trust God

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4854 Jan 21, 2013
...Don’t place an absolute trust in people —“Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD”(Jer. 17:5).
Come to terms with the fact that everyone
is human and will fail you at sometime or
another. Even the pastor will make mistakes.
The only one you can trust entirely without fail is God.
Realizing that any human can fall short,
the degree of trust we place in people
must be limited and will depend on their
track record. The more we get to know
a person’s character and the history of
their behavior, we’ll be able to determine
how trustworthy they are. This is one of t
he reasons why the scriptures tell us to
get to know our pastors and spiritual
leaders — so from their godly lifestyle,
we’ll be able to trust their leadership.
“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize
those who labor among you, and are over
you in the Lord and admonish you.”
(1 Thes. 5:12).
There’s a difference between “love”
and “trust.” It’s possible to love and
forgive someone, without placing an
absolute trust in them. To illustrate this,
let’s say there’s a school bus driver
who has a drinking problem. One day
while transporting a load of children
he becomes intoxicated, wrecks the
bus and kills all the children. As the
lone survivor of the crash, he turns
to the church to seek God’s
forgiveness for this horrible act of
irresponsibility. If he repents of his sin,
will God forgive him? Absolutely.
Should the church love and forgive
this person? Of course. And what if
he would then like to volunteer to drive
the church bus for us? Do we trust him?
Absolutely not! It would be unthinkable
to put a person in the driver’s seat who
has shown such recent negligence.
Certainly, we love and forgive him,
but because of this man’s poor track
record, we could not risk the lives of
our passengers. Over a long period of
sobriety and safe driving, this person
may be able to prove that he is again
reliable or trustworthy.
only trust God

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4855 Jan 21, 2013
Remember that love and forgiveness is
granted unconditionally, but trust must
be “earned.” Trust is the acquired
confidence in a person’s actions.
We certainly can, and should trust
persons who show trustworthy
behavior, but because all men have
the potential for failure, we should
never put an infallible sense of trust
in anyone but God.
Focus on common ground —
“Now I plead with you, brethren,
by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you all speak the same thing,
and that there be no divisions among
you, but that you be perfectly joined
together in the same mind and in the
same judgment”(1 Cor. 1:10).
Avoid becoming highly opinionated.
Opinions are the interpretations and
ideas of men, which if constantly
pressed on other people, can cause
division or promote sinful debates
and quarrels (Rom. 1:29).
Opinionated people are prone to
get hurt when others disagree with
them.
The Bible teaches for all Christians
to “speak the same thing” so that
there will be unity in the body of
Christ (1 Cor. 1:10). The only way
such unity is possible, is for Christians
to focus on the common ground of
Christ and His Word. That is, we need
to “say what the Word says,” to let the
Word speak for itself and not try to
promote divisive opinions about it.
In scripture, we see that Paul
instructed Timothy to “Preach the Word,”
not his opinions (2 Tim. 4:2).
A preacher is intended be a delivery
boy of God’s message, not a
commentator of the message.
That’s the Holy Spirit’s job (1 John 2:27).
Similarly, at one time the news
media was required to comply
with a very strict code of ethics.
They were to report the facts of
the news accurately without
adding their opinion or commentary.
However, as time has passed,
news reporting has become less
factual and more opinionated —
corrupted with rumors and gossip
rather than real information.
Reporters have evolved into
commentators which manipulate
what people think about the news.
Like reporters, preachers need to
stick with the facts.
Naturally every believer has his or
her own convictions about a great
many things, but if you continually
try to push your opinions on others,
conflict will eventually emerge.
Avoid controversy over scriptures
which are vague and foster many
interpretations — stand fast upon
those common, basic truths —
Jesus, His life, death and
resurrection — and don’t add to what
God’s Word says.“Every word of God
is pure; He is a shield to those who
put their trust in Him. Do not add to
His words, lest He reprove you,
and you be found a liar”(Prov. 30:5-6).
no one

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4856 Jan 21, 2013
No one can be a true
worshipper of the Lord
without the presence of the
Holy Spirit living inside of
them (Phil 3:3).

Jesus said in (Jn 4:23-24),
"true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit
and truth." We need both the
HolySpirit AND truth, which
is God's Holy Word in the Bible
(Jn 17:17)(Ps 119:160)
(1 Kin 17:24). Only born again
Christians have both of these
essential elements needed to
be a true worshipper of God.

It is said that everyone worships
something. People idolize and
worship Hollywood and sports
stars, television, money, jobs,
houses, etc... making them more
important than idolizing and
worshipping God. In fact, if we
are putting ANYTHING ahead
of God, we are making it an idol
and worshipping it. The Bible
calls this a sin, saying it is
worshipping created things more
than the Creator (Rom 1:25).

Many people even worship
something they consider God,
but it is not the God of the Bible
(truth), nor are the being lead
by the Holy Spirit (spirit). Without "spirit
and truth," worship is unacceptable to God.

There are many churches that
do not worship in "spirit and truth."
The Bible says that God wants things
done in a proper and orderly way
(1 Cor 14:40), and God is not the
author of confusion (1 Cor 14:33).

Many churches abuse and misuse
spiritual gifts in an attempt to worship God.
This is disorderly and wrong and
OFTEN causes confusion among both
believers and non-believers who witness it.

God gave us our spiritual gifts to build up
and edify others. He did not give
us ANY gift to edify ourselves.
When these gifts are misused
(not according to "truth") in an attempt
to worship God, that worship is not
honoring to God and
I believe he rejects it.


In addition, there is a great problem
in the church today of "emotion
driven" worship. People are basing
their relationship with the Lord
on feelings,in worship, and in other
aspects of their lives as well.
Their lives go up and
down based on how close they
"feel" at any given moment.
Much could be said
about this, but we will simply focus
on how this affects worship.

When we are worshipping God to
"get something out of it" or make us
"feel better," we are missing the
whole point of worship.
It isn't about US, it is about HIM.

Being uplifted may be the result
of offering praise and worship,
but we should not be entering into
praise and worship seeking to build
ourselves up. Often,
when this is carried to the extreme,
people will run from church to
church to church, seeking to find
an "anointed" church that will give
them an "experience." When we
allow emotions to dictate our
relationship with Him,
our relationship becomes chaos.
When we "feel" close, we are happy.
When we don't "feel" close, we are
miserable and empty. Over and over,
I have seen people who are
depressed and sad because
they haven't "had" or "felt" an
experience with God in a long time.
no one

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4857 Jan 21, 2013
On the other hand, many churches quench the spirit in worship, and this
is wrong too (1 Thess 5:19). When people are not allowed to worship (in an
orderly fashion) with some emotion, that church is dead. One cannot be a true
worshipper of God with no emotion. Can we imagine David or any of the great
worshippers in the Bible showing no emotion in worship?

I believe God also rejects the worship of those churches who
ritualistically repeat the same mantras and prayers week after week in their
services, including the Lord's prayer... I have experienced this in my own
life, and I know that they just became words to me. I just recited them week
after week without even thinking about what I was saying. The Bible explicitly
tells us this is wrong in regards to prayer (Mt 6:7). It is not wrong to be
persistent in what we pray for (Lk 11:5-13)(Lk 18:1-8), but it IS wrong to
just pray the same things over and over without pouring our heart into it.
This also applies to worship. When we give without giving our whole heart, it
is not done in "truth."
what was that

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4858 Jan 21, 2013
Immodesty is Destroying America!

The bottom line is that pants on women cause people to lust with sinful adulterous thoughts (Matthew 5:28). Do you think it's a mere coincidence that homosexuality, child molesting, rape, and all sorts of other sexual sins have become prevalent in the United States within the past couple decades? It's our sex-crazed American society. That's why condoms are being passed out to public school children. That's why President Obama put the founder of GLSEN in charge of the Safe School's effort in public schools. And now ObamaCare will bring Planned Parenthood into public school too. What a hellhole our nation has turned into! What a sad thing!

According to a study released in December of 2010 by the Parents Television Council (PTC):“Hollywood is shockingly obsessed with sexualizing teen girls, to the point where underage female characters are shown participating in an even higher percentage of sexual situations than their adult counterparts: 47 percent to 29 percent respectively.”

If I had my way, I'd burn every pornographic magazine. I'd burn every Sports Illustrated. I'd burn every women's lingerie catalog that husbands are tempted to look through. You can laugh if you want, but God is on my side. The carnal, and unsaved man laughs at such high moral standards—as they also scoff at God's Word, make light of salvation, and curse the name of the Lord. It's all a big joke to so many people today; but they won't be chuckling when they stand in judgment before their Creator. They'll be urinating on themselves in fear. They'll be weeping in regret and shame. I fear God, do you?

If you are a born again Christian, then behave like one, for you and I will have to give account to God for everything in our life (Romans 14:12; 2nd Corinthians 5:10-11).

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”—1st John 2:15-17

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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4859 Jan 21, 2013
God knows what we watch on TV. It's just as bad to watch adultery on TV as it would be for us to be in same room with them. The TV has a desensitizing effect on its viewers. Sin is not shocking anymore but rather becomes commonplace (no big deal). This is why many people have become lackadaisical and acceptant of the wicked sin of homosexuality. The following reads like a synopsis of hellivision and unholy-wood:

Romans 1:28-32 -"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:"

Verse 32 describes TV perfectly, i.e., a window which allows people to have pleasure in the sins of others:

"Who KNOWING the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, BUT HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM."

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"That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" —2nd Thessalonians 2:12



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