Prayers, we've all been hearing about it, not only do we hear, it has become the habit of many, well not everybody, but most of us, even a criminal prays before he goes on a heist.
Prayers are good, it is a very important aspect of a man's life here on earth, as long as you are born of flesh you must pray, even Jesus the son of God prayed when he came down and wore flesh, why? because though we are flesh, in order to be connected to the spiritual there are barriers, thick clouds that needs to be breached, and unless with prayers you cannot be connected to the Father.
Whatever manifests in the physical, already has been in the spiritual, and you cannot receive anything from God except you become spiritual through prayers, because God is spirit. That's why although Jesus was all powerful but when he came to the flesh He was restricted and has to follow the natural spiritual principle to break the flesh, to manifest that which God has given Him.
In this we say; prayer is communion with God, not just for our earthly desires but more importantly for the crossing of our spirit man to be connected back to the Father. We can also say prayer is;
- journey to God
- Running to God
- Walking with God
- Being in God's presence and glory.
No matter how we put it, it all sums up as relationship between God and man. Prayer is the spiritual key to restore us back to our relationship with God which we had lost because of sin.
I see so many people pray today, though they thought they are praying, but they're not. Everybody prays, but not all that prays, pray. God wants us to pray to be restored back to Him, He doesn't wants us to just pray about blessings, healing, all these are good, but our heavenly Father knows what we need. He said;
" Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear."
God does not want us to pray for blessings, yes! It's good if the time calls for it, if he gives you a revelation you should, but if not, you shouldn't, because only the obedient are blessed, why ask him for blessing when he already knows He'll bless you, just thank Him. We should focus on our spiritual growth, we've demanded too much from God, it's time for God to demand from us. Why should you neglect your spiritual growth and continue praying selfish prayers of blessings, you want the Father to give, but you don't want to pray to receive His spirit so you can live and carry out His business.
He that is born of God doesn't need to pray about all these, because already the promises of God's word stands sure, and He has spoken and written that whoever obeys His word shall be blessed in all his ways. So many promises He has given, why then should you pray for blessing when God already knows you need blessing. All you need is obedience to His word and all His promises and blessings shall follow.
Today, everybody wants to pray, even an unbeliever prays why? because it has become a traditional being born in a church, they pray selfish prayers and continue in their sin. It is terrible for a corrupted man to pray, because it is an abomination in the sight of God. The prayers of a saints are like a sweet fragrance offering unto God, but when a sinner prays it's like an offering with such a terrible smoke that will make your eyes tear up and cough out your internals.
It is also dangerous for an unbeliever to pray, because he is challenging his father the devil, and when the devil sees who is trying to command him, he'll so deal with him and his conditions will be worse than before.
Church goers aren't spiritual, they don't have the spirit of Christ in them, and so they cannot pray because of their evil ways. It is the holy spirit that prays in a man, not the man. If you pray on your own strength, arranged and planned prayers, then know you do not have the spirit that prays, if you have the spirit that prays then you don't need to plan, He gives you a revelation or topics and then he prays through you even for hours, he gives you what to say.
Everybody wants to pray, but nobody wants to study the scripture, most people wake up every morning, they pray their selfish prayer, but don't want to study the scripture. Prayers without the substance word of God dominating a man to back it up is without power and authority. The measure, the degree the word of God dominates your heart, to that extent the power of God is released when you pray.
I have said before that prayer without the word is useless, the two can't walk alone, without the word dominating your heart which is Jesus you cannot pray, because it is His spirit that prays in a man and if His spirit is not in you how then can you talk to Him. You now see why the devil cut many off who are church goers, even some born again, from taking up the word.
Have you ever wondered why the devil allows one to pray, but he never allows him to study the scripture? when I say " study " I don't mean to cram, i mean; meditating on it slowly, attentively and repeatedly, for it is food for your spirit man growth. You don't study it to peach it, you study it for your growth for it is food for your soul.
Except you do this you can't have the spirit of Christ and this is why most people aren't born again, because they don't have the word in them which is Jesus and except you have His spirit you can't enter God's kingdom, because His spirit in us given through His word is our identity as children of God. Though you can be saved by grace, but unless you pay the price, going back to the word to attain the spirit of Christ, surely you'll fall back into your sin, because it is the word that strengthen by His spirit.
You now see why the devil stops a man from study the word, because he know the power in it, he knows that it is life, for the word is life and that life is Jesus, if you don't have that life in you how can you give life, this is why most prayers aren't answered. You cannot give what you do not have, how can you breath life into a dead plant when you don't have life in you, but the man who does can make it happen. Go back to the word, for it is the power of salvation of our soul and our restoration unto God to manifest His spirit.
Except a man is spiritual, he cannot pray, if not his prayer will be meaningless, and often times destructive. Prayer is by the spirit of God, just as worldliness is a fruit of the devil, so also prayer is of the Holy spirit, how then can you say you have the spirit of Christ and cannot pray in spirit.
Drop your fake speaking in tongues, if you do, and let's see if you can pray for over an hour, not on blessing , but concentrating only on spiritual growth issues. Then you'll see that any one who doesn't meditate on the word of God as a food for his souls daily, day and night is not of God or is a weak Christian.
Jesus said; " unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood you have no life in you."
In other words; except you meditate on His word in obedience, letting it dominant your heart you cannot drink of His blood, which is the holy spirit. You cannot have His spirit without the word, for after the word cometh the spirit, and this is where most church goers have failed.
I'll always talk about the spirit of Christ for this is the age of the spirit and excepts the holy spirit dwells in a man he is lost in the last generation. The holy spirit will always speak through me and he'll always give a remedy for the treatment of our spirit man wounds, only if we let him treat us.
Nights like these are very difficult for me to endure. My mind races as memories come pouring out and lies come floating to the surface. Abroad comes what once was hidden and broken again becomes my heart. Realizing these truths that stayed hidden deep in the depths of my mind to protect me until I was strong enough to bear it. It cripples my emotions and sets my body in agony as one pours after another. Lights turn on and reality strikes as the present becomes riddled with new bouts of information. Changing my perception, my reality and my understanding of what life once was and now is. I ponder at my new found freedom and understanding that is imprisoned in my mind.
As I am pulled into the past I cannot leave so vastly the present. My heart lies strongly here as does my loyalty. I am a wife a mother and a friend and I love those I call family. My heart does not know friend or foe therefore I am overwhelmed by false instruments of this world. For now my heart lies still. Awaiting the answers to come from the only Source. Until the end I will stand firm in truth, word and spirit.
If a kingdom is divided against itself it cannot stand, so is the kingdom of God.
You see God cannot oppose what is of Him, He cannot stop someone from knowing His word more, neither will He prevent one from praying or wanting to know Him more. In essence what I'm trying to say here is ; its not the will of God to prevent one from meditating on His word, it is the spirit of God in a man that drives him, giving him the desire and hunger to want more of His word, more of Him.
The devil knows how much me need God's word in our lives, he knows the delivering power, he knows it is the source of our salvation, he knows that when we grow in God's word we become more like God in His wisdom, His power, His nature and so he frustrates a man from spending time with God in His word. If you can't pick up the scripture to study, if you don't enjoy the word of God, know then that you're not born again, because it is the holy spirit in a man that gives him such desire. And except you're born again of the spirit of Christ you cannot have his spirit.
Have you ever wondered why the devil never stops a man from praying but will do everything in his power to hinder a man from God's word. Although some of us have the spirit of God in us but, still not meditate on His word day and night, why? Because, the holy spirit has not yet taken hold of our heart, your heart is not yet filled with the property of Christ giving the devil chances to deprive you of His word. It's just like when one buys a remote control, if he puts two battery in it, one being the right size the other not, will the remote function properly, that's how it is, as long as the wrong battery is in it, which is a property of the devil in your heart, you can't fully do God's will, or desire him.
The word of God is power, the word is life anyone who does not have God's word in him does not have life because that life is Jesus.
Jesus has come and gone physically but still, He has always been with us and the only way we can have access to Him is through His word in the bible. No one can come to the father except through Jesus. Some people pray and pray but God doesn't answer because of sin. But still some born again pray according to God's will, still their prayers don't get immediate answer, it's not like God isn't hearing, it’s because of how much the word dominates their heart.
If two people pray the same prayer, one will get his prayer answered fast compared to the other, why? because of how much he has fed on the word, for example ; if one meditates on the word with all his heart three times a day and the other once a day, the former will get his prayer answered faster than the latter. The more you study his word the more you draw closer to God, the more the power of God grows in you. Jesus said
" run to me and I'll run to you."
The one who meditates three times run's faster than he who meditates once a day.
" unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of his blood, you have no life in you."
This flesh is the word, the bread of life which " Jesus " and the blood is the spirit of God, " the holy spirit." If you feed on the word always which is Jesus , you grow continually and it'll get to an extent when the life you live, you're no longer the one living, but Christ living in you. The word of God is life, if Christ is not dominating you how can you speak life unto a dead plant and tell it to grow. But a man who meditates on the word and in obedience, once he opens his mouth to speak, he speaks life into any situation because he's no longer the one speaking but Jesus the source of life in Him.
It all depends on how much you let his word dominate your heart. That's why a Christian will pray and get his answer late but when he meets a prophet or another of his brethren grounded in the word of God, when that prophet or brethren prays it happens immediately. These prophets are no different from you, though some of them were called like John the Baptist who was filled with the holy spirit right from birth, but still, what they do, you can do also, all you need is yielding to the holy spirit, it just takes sacrifice, losing your life, your pleasure and all to follow Jesus. After all Jesus said; Mark 16:17
" And these signs shall accompany those who believe; in my name they shall cast out demons; they'll speak in new tongues; they'll pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they'll get well. "
He's not talking to pastors or prophets only, He is talking to us. People these days don't meditate on the scriptures, the only time they pick it up is on a Sunday, they just take it as one of their accessories so they won't feel awkward. There was a friend of mine, he brought out his bible and surprisingly, roaches came crawling out of it.
People run after the riches of the world neglecting Jesus, the devil you're running after for blessing, who created him and gave him the power. Have you ever heard Jesus being a poor man, have you ever heard him lack, even when he didn't have money to pay the temple's tax he commanded peter to catch a fish, and in the mouth of the first fish he would find two drachma coins. Now you see if the word of God dominates your soul which is Jesus living in you, how then will he let you lack when he himself cannot lack. Jesus will only bless you to your contentment, he won't give you too much and neither will he give you too little, and his blessings comes with peace.
It doesn't mean you must be a billionaire first, God will bless you in such a way you won't runaway from His presence. It's only the counterfeit blessings of devil that draws man away from God or probably if it is Gods blessing and the devil gives him too much pride, making him forget God is the giver.
" Are not five sparrows not sold for two pennies? yet, not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed the very hairs of your hair are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
People should think again, men makes lots of business plans but they always neglect the first priority, the first in the scale of preference which is his word has been forsaken. Meditate on his word henceforth, and you'll see a change in your life, a life without fear and worry and a life that draws you closer to God to hear from Him more clearly. God wants to speak to men, but we just like occupying our hearts with the things of this world.
Meditate on, and obey His every word, I tell you no mountain will be too great for you, you can bend any situation for you favor, if it pleases God that is.
I actually really dislike typing in WORD, which I am doing now. It has such a technical feel. I am a designer you see. I have been a designer for as long as I can remember. I wanted nothing better, when I was a child, to be able to paint beautiful colours, and draw exceptional, detailed graphic illustrations. My granddad was an opera singer and artist. His ‘Alley’s Room’ – named such after a great big, shaggy Alsatian we had as a child, that a neighbour eventually had to shoot, when Alley was too blind and weak to move anymore – I remember my father’s tears as Alley’s body lay under a green sheet, spread out on the lawn, on the front garden, outside our farm house. Granddad's Alley’s room was filled with paintings, work’s in progress, illustrations, pots of brushes, pastels, oil paints and the like. Another room held the pottery and clay, and if I am not mistaken, there may have been a kiln, but that is really too far in the past now for me to remember. I was so little you see. We were surrounded by art, dance & singing, that I really could not imagine doing anything else with my life, other and create beautiful things. It’s a funny thing though, as out of all the cousins and family members, I must be the least talented of everyone. I have always looked at my cousins in awe of their abilities, and my brother, who can paint a detailed ship at sea, from memory.
However, this is not why I am writing. I am writing as I cant help it. I am compelled to write, even though, I am aware, that this too, is something I struggle with. So if you are looking for prose and poetry, correct spelling and grammar, this is not the place for you. But if you want a story about faith, hope, life, struggle, deep waters, defeat and a determination to trust and hold onto something I cant see, but need every day, then maybe we can read together. Maybe something will speak to you. Maybe He will speak to you. Maybe somehow, in the story, of on-going struggle, determination & hope there is strength for you and me?
I am a single mommy now. It’s been at least 30 years since Alley’s room and our beautiful farm, with the green lucerne fields and massive mulberry trees, where my brother and I spent the first few years of our childhood. All of that is gone now. Now it’s just me, and my 3 little children. The oldest 2 are adopted, you must know. My ex-husband and I could not have kids, and I could not imagine my life without children. And then, Rosie was born. From nothing she appeared and I have been gifted with the most incredible children anyone could ask for. They are the air I breathe. Now it’s just us. And, then there is God. He is stepping up you see. There is no-one else to help me look after this family – so he is everything right now, infused in everything I do. He sustains me everyday, as I stumble through the challenges of this world.
You would think though, as I have seen His provision again and again, and as I announce Him to everyone as the best husband ever, as I have dedicated my days to listening and hearing and giving what I can to be more like Him, that I would stand stronger. That I would know better. But I don’t. The thing is, it’s not God that will let us down in the challenges of life – its us. He is faithful in all he does. It’s the fear that I will let the team down. That I wont hear correctly, that I wont follow His guidance, that my fears and selfishness will steal away the promises He has for me. And I think, that this is something many believers struggle with. Not that God is going to let us down, but that I am going to bring about self destruction.
And so, each day starts in a panic. Which is strange don’t you think? I did not go to bed in a panic. In fact, most evenings I am up late, working, trying, building, coping. Then the morning comes, and a dark fear grips my heart – what if I wont make it. What If I cant look after us? What if I let the children down. What if … it brings such doubt and silent hysteria to my mind and incredibly, returns every morning to taunt me. These demons of self-pity and doubt. It takes a good 20-30min of prayer and strong coffee to get me going and my prayers feel distracted, lost and unclear. I yearn for encouragement from His word, like the desert needs water. I cling to Psalms and stories of God’s favour and victories for His people. I try and memorise scriptures to be ready for the day’s battle – reminding me all day of his promises to protect, love, provide – a hope and a future, plans to prosper and not to harm, for His spirit to be poured out of my descendants, that in this world, the one gift I could leave my children, is the gift of faith, beyond anything else. And here I am, in tears, in front of my computer. Self doubt clawing at my ankles and whispering in my ears. Have I let the team down today? Will He come through despite all my weaknesses and failings? Please Lord, work despite me.
Lately, to help get the kids out of bed early, we take an early morning walk just down the road, to feed Bella. Bella is a donkey, living in the middle of an abandoned prickly pear field. The kids ride their bicycles, while I try and jog next to them, holding a bag with apples. When Bella notices us on the way, she bellows and bleats and trots determinately to the old barbed wire fencing, pushing her great big head through the fence to fetch her juicy apples, that the kids delight in feeding her. She always allows us to rub her neck and pat her about her long, pointy soft ears until it’s time to go. So far, this has been the most effective way to get the kids up early. I feel much better too afterwards. The fresh morning air, the time spent with my children and the pretty sunrise, always seem to bring a new kind of hope. This is day the Lord has made, after all – it is a gift.
A friend of mine was shocked when I told him no matter how you look at it the population of human in heaven are greater than that of hell. Yes thousands of people troop into hell each day, but no matter how much they are, they can't be compared to heaven even though people do stroll into heaven, I mean they are few who enters everyday. You'd wonder why I still say heaven's citizens is more.
God is not a loser, He can't and will never loose to his arch enemy Satan, He is the Almighty, and will never lose at anything. The devil knows that, but still tries even though he knows, why won't he try when he has nothing to do. Back to the subject.
Here was the deductions, explanation I gave him;
I think I've said this before, Humans have been living in this world for millions of years.
According to UNICEF, 29,000 children under the age of five dies daily, approximately 11,000,000 children annually. Little children will enter the kingdom of God, though I don't know the age limit, but I'm sure Children under the age of five will get to the Kingdom when they die. Now if 11,000,000 children enters the kingdom for;
2000 years you have = 22 billion children
6000 years = 66 billion children
1,000,000 = 1 trillion children
Then the million of years not recorded man has been on earth, hasn't that account for trillions of humans in heaven. Then add the number of grown ups which are in heaven now how much do you think it would give. You now see that trillions of humans are in heaven right now.
Even though most grown ups who died are sinners, about 55.3 million people die each year, including children. If you subtract children from this, it'll give less than this figure, 44.3 estimate, Then subtract the few saints let's say one million, still the value of sinners is much. No matter how you look at it there'll always be more death rate in children compared to adults.
The body of Hell is always expanding, and will continue to expand to assimilates more souls, but it can not be compared to heaven, having trillions of angels and trillions of humans and all of God's creation we don't know. Spirit beings can move at speed faster than sound in heaven but still not get to the end of heaven on time ( i don't know if heaven has an end, I'm only trying to express something )to show how vast and glorious it is.
In summary, God will never play a game He will lose, no! He can never lose at any game. Even when He made a bet with the devil on Job's soul, He didn't lose. There'll always be more people in heaven than in hell. Just because you want to go to hell that doesn't means everybody will follow you.
Those of you who keep thinking people aren't entering the kingdom of God, keep deceiving yourself, just because you have considered yourself not worthy of the kingdom doesn't mean others aren't entering. There is a bell ringing continually in heaven, and when that bell rings, it signifies a soul has repented from sin. Whether you don't repent, others will and will enter.