PRAYING EFFECTIVELY

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Scriptures teach us that not only are we to pray feverously but we are to pray effectively. That is by praying according to scriptural guidelines. Jesus said “in that day you will ask me nothing but all that you ask the Father to do in my name will be done for you.”

So we can see from what Jesus taught about prayer that we are not to pray to Jesus or to the Holy Spirit. We are to ask the Father in Jesus name.

Jesus is the mediator between God and man. He said, “The Father is greater than I” (John 14:28).

Jesus is the mediator, which means that He is the go-between God and men. You must pray to the Father in Jesus name for effective prayer.

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 1 Timothy 2:5

John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

John 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

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Faith Obtained

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Scriptures tell us that salvation is a gift but did you know that faith is also a divine gift?

Therefore if faith is a gift as scriptures tell us then it is also, like salvation, not earned but divinely given through God’s grace and mercy. Having said that then if faith is obtained and given based not on merit then faith is obtained not by free will but by divine election. (Which scriptures also attest)

What does obtained mean? According to the English language it means: Obtained – get, acquire, or secure something and according to the Greek language it means:
λαγχάνω lagchanō
to receive by divine allotment.

“SIMON PETER, A SERVANT AND AN APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST, TO THEM THAT HAVE OBTAINED LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH WITH US THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD AND OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.” 2 PETER 1:1

There is nothing that you can do of your own recognizance to increase your level of faith but by asking God for an increase. Faith is no more earned than salvation is. No matter how much you confess the word or read your bible, unless the Lord gives you divine revelation and an increase of faith, you will go no further than the faith you have obtained by God’s sovereign will. You can however, ask for an increase in faith but again that is still up to God’s divine will, not ours. Let me show you this truth through scriptures.

Salvation is obtained through faith.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Eph 2:8
Jesus obtained salvation for us.

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hbr 9:12

“For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.” Acts 1:17

According to the Bible, faith is OBTAINED. Faith is not the function of one’s own mind or an activity of the will. Rather faith is obtained as a divine gift bestowed by God from his own word, rhema, living word made flesh, according to his will and is measured out according to his will.

So as you can see, to obtain salvation and faith is to receive it through divine allotment, not by human ability or will. Faith comes by God’s word, or rhema, living word.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

“Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come.” Acts 26:22

“What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. “ Romans 11:7

“For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:” Romans 11:20

“Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.” 1Corinthians 7:25

“Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:10

Faith is given to all God’s elect. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Eph 4:4-5

The sum and substance of the faith of GOD’s elect is the “righteousness of CHRIST” manifested in HIS redeeming work at Calvary. This faith, however, is bestowed upon God’s elect according to the measure allotted to his elect by God’s mercy and grace.

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Rom 12:3)

“Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,” Hebrews 11:33

The faith we each receive as born again Christians is allotted to the elect according as God sees fit and we use this faith to stand against the powers of darkness. Man’s belief cannot defeat Satan, but God’s mountain moving faith can.

Remember that Jesus said that “to him who has (exercises and uses responsibly) shall more be given.” Be faithful and God may give you greater things to do and add more measure of faith to you to fulfill your divine call which he has given to each of his own.

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Ephesians 6:16

“ In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:” Ephesians 1:11

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Knowing the True from the False

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When we have received Jesus Christ as Saviour we will also then recieve him as Lord. If Jesus is not Lord of our lives and we are not becoming by the working of the Holy Spirit, slaves to righteousness as the bible teaches, then our salvation is not true salvation but a counterfeit. The Bible teaches that there are false brethren, false teachers, and false prophets. All these confess Jesus and some may even believe in his saving power but unless there is fruit consistent with biblical teaching in a person’s life the conversion may actually be a false one, or in other words, a counterfeit.

Let us examine what counterfeit means exactly. A counterfeit is a fake replica of the real thing. An imitator, a copy of, false and pretentious. How can we know the false from the true ? Well, it can be actually very hard sometimes to tell until the harvest. Jesus said, “Let both grow together until the harvest and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Mark 4:30

Of course we know that cults are false but did you know that sitting in churches are false brethren? Even whole ministries can be false. Is there a way to tell? Jesus did tell us a few things that we can do….test, prove, examine, and judge but even then sometimes we have to wait until we stand before God’s throne one day to know some false brethren out there because they are imitators. They look and act like Christians but God knows the hearts of all people and he knows the true motivation of all.

While we are saved by grace through faith we must according to the Bible bare fruit of the righteousness of Christ in our lives who is the hope of glory that dwells within the born again new creature in Christ. That is we will be walking like Jesus, and we need only to read the Bible to find out what that all requires.

If there is one thing that a fake Christian cannot do is imitate true humility. Satan hates it! Now false humility is another thing, but even that can be seen when it elevates the ego. You see the Bible tells us that Jesus humbled himself and became a servant even unto death. He lived his whole life to give and even though he was God he made himself of no reputation. That is he took a low position in life! Now how much of that do you hear preached in churches today from all the power seeking ego displaying money grubbing exploiters behind some pulpits?

Paul said that every day he died to self……he died to his pride, his ego, his reputation, his very love of his own life, for the sake of proclaiming Jesus Christ. You see the root of all sin is pride. What exactly is pride? According to the dictionary it means “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements. ”

Satan fell because of pride and all his seed in the sin nature have the same problem. They are full of themselves! Pride in the heart is a sure fired way to spot false brethren. The true Christian who really knows the Lord will be a servant. That is one who lives to serve others. Now that may be done in different ways but by the Same Spirit of Christ. Those who seek to be justified by their works are also in pride for they distain the righteousness of Christ and prefer their own! What EGO !

The Bible tells us to test the person! Do you see a big fat ego? Someone who is showy, likes to display themselves, is a numbers person, out for kudos, likes a big name, gives long pious men pleasing prayers and sermons? Demonstrates showmanship, wears flashy expensive cloths, has to be known by a title, builds big mansions and lives like a king in this world….this is all anti Christ or non Christ like behavior! A false brethren, simple as that! Do you think that I am judging? Yes, I am ! Scriptures tell me to judge righteous judgment and make sure there is no beam in my eye when I do it !

Every day Kim is confronted with her ego that has to be taken to the cross! Every day I have to die to what I want and bend my knee to my master Jesus and submit to his will instead of having my own way. This is not an easy thing but you see the born again Christian has Christ living in them and this life which is lived in the flesh is lived by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave his life for us. This mind of selflessness which is in Christ Jesus is in the true Christian and that is what separates the true from the false. The false can never imitate Christ’s humility because the false is full 0f the sin nature which is rooted in pride.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11

“Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are counterfeits?” 2 Corinthians 13:5

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