For the New Testament believer, prayer is not just a means of religious communication with God; it’s a fellowship. Some people pray because they’ve been brought up to think it’s a religious obligation they must fulfill. True, the Lord Jesus said, “…men ought always to pray and not to faint” (Luke 18:1), letting us know prayer is a spiritual obligation for every believer. But that’s not all that God intended prayer to be.
In Luke 18:1, the Master said we ought to pray. So we know one of the reasons we pray is that the Lord Jesus said we should. Beyond that, however, we need to understand the subject of prayer; the things to pray about and how to pray about them. Prayer is more than merely talking to God. Many people pray and yet many don’t, but among the many that pray, a lot don’t have answers to their prayers because they pray without understanding. We need to understand that when we pray, we’re making contact with the divine essence within us. This contact strengthens our relationship with God. Prayer is one sure way of getting yourself focused on God and getting a “rub-off” in His presence. Prayer also has its place in bringing God’s Word to pass in our lives. There are certain things we see provided for us in God’s Word, but we need to do more than merely confessing to possess them.
Someone may say, “I’m full of the spirit of wisdom and revelation,” but it doesn’t come just by confessing it, otherwise Paul wouldn’t have prayed for the Ephesian church that God would grant them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17). You’ve got to pray for that Word to take root in your life. To order a copy please visit Christ Embassy online Store; http://goo.gl/lHf6xl
God is more willing to heal us than we are willing to be healed. So why do Christians fall sick? Why do we find a lot of God’s children suffering and in pain? There are several reasons for this, but thank God, there’s no situation that cannot be brought under the control of God’s Word.
Lack of Knowledge
Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” This is the principal reason a lot of God’s people are in sickness: lack of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God concerning them. The word ‘destroyed’ has as its synonyms ‘suffer’ and ‘perish,’ so we might as well say, “God’s people suffer because of lack of knowledge.” A lot of Christians have perfect understanding of every issue of life except that which is most vital – the Word of God, what God has said concerning them, who they are in Christ, what they can do and what they have in Him. Only the Word of God can reveal this to us. We need to know who we are, what we can do and what we have. When you know who you are you will know how to live. You will realize there are certain things you don’t need to pray about. We were born into the rest of God, but too many Christians don’t know this. If you’ve entered into God’s rest, you’ve ceased from your own works like God did. But if you don’t know this, you’ll struggle in life.
Hebrews 4:10, ”For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God
did from his.” That’s why it’s so vital that we have an understanding of the Word of God. Understanding of God’s Word will reveal your identity to you. Then you can live accordingly, because if you don’t know who you are, you can never act accordingly.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Through the Scriptures, God reveals Himself, His Kingdom, His will, nature, and character to us. In addition, He lets you know who you are through His Word. You can’t know yourself better than God does. So, whatever He says about you—His description of you in His Word—is the reality.
Our lives are influenced by what we hear every day. The things you hear and give attention to control your happiness, your joy, the decisions you make, and everything about you. That’s why God wants us to rather hear, and give attention to His Word only, because that’s the only information guaranteed to make your life better; change you from glory to glory! The Bible says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Hallelujah!
It’s the reason studying and meditating on God’s Word is of great value. The Word is like an album; you just keep seeing pictures of you, and it gets better all the time. But if you take your focus off the Word, you start looking like everything else that you see around you.
Never take your focus away from the Word of God, because your glory is in the Word. Refuse to give attention or consideration to the negative circumstances which you can see with your natural eyes, for they’re subject to change. Rather, fix your gaze on the eternal realities in God’s Word.
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19).
In our study today, we’ll examine two vital thoughts, relating to God’s dream for you. First is that as a Christian, you must realize that you’re vitally the house, the living tabernacle of the almighty God. You’re full of God as Jesus was when He walked the earth. God isn’t any less in you today than He was in Jesus Christ. This isn’t something you’ll have to grow into as time goes by, no; it’s a reality you have to wake up to. You’re the temple of the living God.
1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” What God wants is that you become God-inside-minded. He’s filled you with Himself. This became possible with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His resurrection made it possible for us to have and live the God-life.
Secondly, God wants you to know and walk in the full and exact knowledge of His will. He doesn’t want you to ever be in confusion about His will over anything at any time. Jesus was never in doubt of the Father’s will; so, why should you be? When you’re filled with the knowledge (“epignosis”—Greek) of His will, you’ll be able to apply the wisdom of God in fulfilling it. No wonder the Spirit prayed through the apostle Paul in Colossians 1:9 that this becomes a reality for the Church: “…that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” He wants this to happen here on earth, not when you get to heaven. It’s His dream for you now. This is one reason attending Church services is very important for you as a Christian.
In the Church, you’re taught the Word of God to build you up spiritually, and to build your faith strong. The Word of God is the will and wisdom of God. To be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom, is to be filled with His Word; and when that happens, Colossians 1:10 says you’ll be fruitful in every good work. What a life!
The Holy Spirit of God is not some smoke or cloud, nor is He a light. He is not a thing! The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. Why do we call Him the third Person of the Godhead when, in fact, He’s the first Person to be revealed in the Scriptures? This is because He’s the last of the Trinity to be known by us. When you study in Genesis chapter one, it says, “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth”(Genesis 1:1).
‘Elohim’ in Hebrew, is plural for ‘God.’ We are then told that the Spirit of God moved over the face of the deep. Thus, even though the Holy Spirit is the first to be revealed from ‘Elohim,’ He is the last that we get acquainted with, because Jesus said to His disciples in John 14:15-17, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not,neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
The Holy Spirit is exactly like Jesus. He does not receive power from God. In fact, He is the POWER of God! The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth which proceeds from the Father. He is not less than the Father, nor is He less than Jesus. He proceeds from the Father. If you went to heaven, you wouldn’t find the Holy Ghost outside the Father, for He is in the Father. On earth, you’ll find Him everywhere! Why is this so? It’s because everywhere you go as a child of God, the Holy Ghost goes with you and His presence rubs upon everything that concerns you. Hallelujah…!
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