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WHEN YOU KNOW GOD, YOU KNOW YOU KNOW GOD!
Do you know Him?
Something God has shared with me recently, in the last couple of months, is that His Word, the Bible, is a system, an automated system on earth, activated by praying and reading His Word, and, also, by our own thoughts, words spoken, and our own actions or deeds.
The words in the Bible are not just words. They are active and alive. If we meditate on His word, worship Him, give all glory, praise and thanksgiving to Him, day and night, every day, it will activate enormous blessings in our lives.
Not only have I experienced His system in my life, personally, as I have written about in these blogs recently, but this is also what He tells us to do in His Word.
"So then, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of [our great] God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God!
Whatever you do :::::
6 "Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
7 And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"In everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition"
WHATEVER YOU DO! By prayer and petition ... and receive the PEACE of God that passes ALL understanding! God's System!
James 4 goes into God's System of Prayer even further, and tells us specifically to pray before we move or change jobs.
13 "Come now [and pay attention to this], you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and carry on our business and make a profit.'
14 Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapor [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air].
15 Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and we will do this or that.'
16 But as it is, you boast [vainly] in your pretension and arrogance. All such boasting is evil."
Now, I know people will say to themselves, I have a job and a family. I don't have time for meditation, prayer and worship, day and night! And, God says to you, Yes, you do! Yes, you do have time, even with your hectic schedule and being pulled in 50 different directions, you have time!
You know why you have time? First of all, because God said you do LOL Amen? But, also, because meditation, prayer and worship can, and should, be done all day long, every day. When you are driving down the road, just say to yourself, or out loud, Praise God! Thank you, Jesus! All Glory and Honor and Praise to God, Most High! Thank you thank you thank you. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Amen! Easy peasy, right? It really just takes a conscious effort, and eventually it becomes a habit, a good habit!
Waiting in the drop-off line at school? Heavenly Father, thank you for my many blessings. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins. Watch over my children and my husband today, keep your word and your will in their hearts, and make their paths straight. Amen!
Prayer system activated!
Start talking to God, reading His Word, and listening to His answers. Watch the enormous benefits that start to roll into your life.
Now, what does God say about His system of prayer for healing?
GOD'S SYSTEM OF PRAYER
FOR HEALING OURSELVES AND OTHERS
13 "Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray.
Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God].
14 Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with [c]oil [the presence of God, the Holy Spirit] in the name of the Lord [Jesus Christ];
15 and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God--it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings], and he prayed intensely for it not to rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months.
18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its crops [as usual]."
(c) James 5:14 The oil symbolizes the presence of God.
Definition of "dynamic": always ACTIVE or changing.
Prayer is 'dynamic,' always active (alive). Hallelujah! Amen!
So, according to James 5:13-18 above, whom is called to pray for the sick?
First, the elders, or spiritual leaders, of the church are to pray over them, and anoint them with the presence of God, which is the Holy Spirit, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Second, as righteous men and women, we are called to pray for them and ourselves (that we may all be healed and restored), and we are specifically told that we can accomplish 'MUCH' through prayer!
Now, what does "righteous" mean. If anyone is like I was, I really did not understand what it meant until recently. I remember not that long ago, looking at my husband and saying, Am I righteous? Are you righteous? What does that mean?
So, I looked up the definition of "righteous": from wordnik: Morally upright; without guilt or sin.
I was like, wow, that really does not describe me, even though I was living as sin-free as humanly possible at that time (within my limited knowledge of God's Word), so the whole concept of righteousness went right over my head. Then, of course, a light bulb went off (God spoke), and I realized that 'righteous' means saved by the grace of God, and having our sins washed away by the blood sacrifice of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ.
In other words, we are saved from sin, or death (we are righteous), because God wanted to save us, and he sacrificed His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that our sins could be washed away, once and for all, forever. Amen! But do not abuse God's system, because with blessings come curses. Plus, we (believers) will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give account to God! Romans 14:11-12. Praise God! Thank you, Jesus!
Further, Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19 that if just two of us agree on earth on anything, it shall be done for them!
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 18:19 God's System!
So, these are the reasons I started attending Saturday night prayer meeting at church, because I know firsthand that prayer works in my life. I think I was driven (by God) to come to the church physically, and pray with other people in the chapel.
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20
It was almost like a feeling of selfishness on my part, because I knew miracles could happen, and I was not doing what God's Word instructed me to do to help effectuate those miracles in other people's lives, as well as my own.
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." James 5:16 - God's System!!
Remember, Satan is like a roaring lion looking for whom he can devour. The one Saturday night I did not attend the prayer meeting, I knew immediately that Satan had won that round, and I vowed to not let that happen again. Praise God!
So, maybe you will be called (by God) to attend prayer meetings at your church for healing of others, or you and/or your family and friends, or possibly a stranger!
Regardless, cover all your bases, activate ALL of God's blessings and walk with Him all day long, every day. You will activate God's system in your life, and then you will fully understand what I mean when I say, When you know God, you KNOW you know him!
I pray God gives everyone the peace that passes all understanding!
Hallelujah! Praise God! Amen!
Faithful and humble servant to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.