SWC Life

Why Doesn’t God Answer?

Oh, but he does.  If he doesn’t initially he will eventually.  He said ask, SO when has He not been true to His word?  If He is answering why are we not hearing?    The hearing part is where we need instruction, correction, encouragement and patience.

When you prepare your heart to talk to the Lord and find the place of comfort in His presence, enjoy Him for who He is for you, knowing that He loves and cares for you  and the problem you are about to bring to Him, you can thank Him for the input and advice before  He even gives it.  Then you are ready to listen.  Ask for help to discern what part of this situation is your responsibility and what part should you expect Him to take care of.   So often we want a quick fix to a situation that took a long time developing.   Some of the greatest   hindrances to hearing Him speak are fear, anxiety or impatience.  It’s hard to comprehend that in the spiritual realm, time is not part of the equation.  He may have already answered your prayer it just hasn’t manifested yet.  Or the Lord may be waiting for someone involved to be obedient to something He has already spoken.

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Relationship

I have heard that every successful relationship needs to be visited or rather upgraded every 3 to 5 years.  Relationships operate on relating (duh).  If we’re not careful, time and lack of investment can erode a relationship.  We wake up one day and find that “we are growing apart” (how many times have we heard this in couples contemplating divorce) A relationship is a living breathing entity. It needs to be fed, watered and cleaned up after.  Most of our relationships are probably, God designed. They help us grow and become better people, even the difficult ones.  Then there’s the special ones, the person that you may not have seen for a long time but when re- united it’s as if you were never apart.  People enrich our lives and provide our need to be loved and appreciated. (mostly)  The ones that do not are prayer projects and will help us grow as well.

Two girls talking.
Pastor has been talking about “Fresh”. We need to be looking at “what is fresh about my relationship with Jesus?”  The Holy Spirit is great at helping us when we want to refresh and be refreshed, just ask Him.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me.”

Ephesians 1:16-   I ask, the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory – to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasping the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him – endless energy, boundless strength!

What are your thoughts?  How do you enrich your relationships?

RS

Holy Spirit

I am so grateful for the Body of Christ, especially those who have walked this walk before me. Those who have had a hunger and thirst for more of the Christ life and have pressed on even when it wasn’t  what most of the other believers were experiencing at the time.  I was one of those that just associated the Holy Spirit the symbol of a Dove, or a gentle wind, but had no idea that He is a wonderful  being with all the attributes we associate with a living, breathing person.  He loves and adores Jesus and the Father and He is involved with everything that They are doing.  Jesus is in heaven with the Father but the Holy Spirit is here on earth with the Church, (The Body of Christ)

I have been blessed with mentors that have a lively relationship with the Holy Spirit and they have introduced me to a person with a wonderful sense of humor.  Most religious people will have a problem with how much fun it can be to get to know the Holy Spirit.  He loves to be involved with everything we do.  He is interested in helping us make the right choices.  He knows all my shortcomings and stubborn areas.  He loves to remind me that it’s ok to be me.  He knows all about working with people like me, He has been doing it “forever”.  He knows why and what led up to the choices I have made and understands the hurt and pain, but doesn’t except them as excuses not to grow and trust Him to love me into another way of thinking about myself and my situations..  With the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, (the infilling), I can have the awareness of His presence all the time.  It is a relationship like every other we need to spend time with Him and other believers that have enjoy His fellowship.   He is a true friend that is only a thought away.

RS

As we lift up our prayer requests…

As we lift up the prayer requests let’s remember we are talking to the Lord who knows our every need and is even now speaking to the Father in our behalf.  Take a moment to enjoy His presence receive His Peace.

Open our eyes Lord so we can see your open hand of invitation welcoming us into your presence, where you will comfort, heal and instruct.  Father we bind the power of the enemy that would try to cloud our understanding and trust.  Open our hearts to your love and desire to minister to each need.  Help us to receive and embrace your instruction and provision, body, soul and spirit for ourselves and for those for whom we pray.  Reveal to each of us the value of personal  intimate fellowship with you and that in a single moment you can move mountains, divide the seas of our fears, worries, and concerns.  One smile from your heart can heal  anything.  Father, help us to remember that trust and respect are the building blocks of faith, that pave the path to fulfilled promises.

Majestic Savior, Lord and Master of Everything, Lover of my soul, Eternal Beloved Companion we worship you, love you, trust you……

RS

The Wind of the Holy Spirit

The Wind of the Holy Spirit moves as a gentle breeze and is readily accessible to enjoy at any time. The breeze refreshes and empowers as sweetly as a mothers kiss. Why do you fear what was designed to build you into the man and woman of power, faith and provision? I only want to enhance the gifting and talents that I have invested in each of you. All I want is your attention, your desire to know me and my perfect plan for your days. I come in peace not judgment. I want to be the friend that sticks closer than a brought. I delight in seeing you full of joy and health. I want to comfort and restore all that the enemy has stripped from you. Why is it so hand to believe I am only interested in your good, your welfare. If you could just taste and see.
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Refreshment of the Holy Spirit.

Refreshment of the Holy Spirit.

> > Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
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> > Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard , even Aaron’s beard that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Blessings.

RS

Why do we ask others to pray for us and our concerns?

Why do we ask others to pray for us and our concerns?  Doesn’t God hear my prayer?  Does having more people praying give me a better chance of an answer?  Good questions.  What does the Word tell us?
Matt.18:19&20 (Message) “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes I heaven, a no on earth is no in heaven.  What you say to one another is eternal.  I mean this, when two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action.  And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”

Psalm 133:l (KJ)  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Ephesians 4 (Message) “In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do.  While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master,  I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel.  I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands, I don’t want anyone strolling off down some path that goes nowhere.  And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.  You were all call to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly, you have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all.  Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.  But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same.  Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.”

As I prayed I felt like the Lord said “It’s not the much speaking (praying) that gets Father’s attention It’s the unity and agreeing in prayer.”  It seems unity is a precious commodity to the Lord.  Prayer is an exercise in growth and maturity that develops, sensitivity, unity, the art of asking, believing and receiving.  It develops personal fellowship,  “That they may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us;  that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”(John 17:21)
We don’t have to know anything beyond what has been asked.  We agree and invest our love, faith and expectations.  Sometimes we make prayer too difficult.  It’s just fellowship with the one who knows and loves us the most.

Happy Praying

RS

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