Understanding Forgiveness and it’s Importance to My Growth in the Lord.

Originally posted on Psalm 91:9-11:

459499509_e2072eb1c1 Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things are written to you that your joy may be full.  God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  He who says, “I know Him,” and does  not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  I write no new commandment to you.  He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness.  

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“As I was Praying The Lord’s Prayer”

ME:        Our Father who art in heaven

GOD:     YES?

ME:        Don’t interrupt me.  I’m praying.

GOD:     BUT – YOU CALLED ME!!

ME:        Called you?  No, I didn’t call you.  I’m praying, “Our Father who art in heaven.”

GOD:     THERE – YOU DID IT AGAIN! images2

ME:        Did what?

GOD:     CALLED ME.  YOU SAID,”OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN.”  WELL, HERE I AM.  WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

ME:        But I didn’t mean anything by it.  I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day.  I always say the Lord’s Prayer.  It makes me feel good.  Kind of like fulfilling a duty.

GOD:     WELL, ALLRIGHT – GO ON.

ME:        Okay, “Hallowed by thy name.”

GOD:     HOLD IT RIGHT THERE.  WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

ME:        By what?

GOD:     BY “HALLOWED BE THY NAME.”

ME:        It means, it means, good grief, I don’t know what it means.  How in the world should I know?  It’s just a part of the prayer.  By the way, what does it mean?

GOD:     IT MEANS – HONORED, HOLY, WONDERFUL.

ME:        Hey, that makes sense.  I never thought about what hallowed meant before.  Thanks.  “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

GOD:     DO YOU REALLY MEAN THAT?

ME:        Sure, why not?

GOD:     WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?

ME:        Doing?  Why, nothing, I guess.  I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control of everything down here like you have up there; we’re kind of in a mess down here, you know.

GOD:     YES, I KNOW, BUT HAVE I GOT CONTROL OF YOU?

ME:        Well, I go to church.

GOD:     THAT ISN’T WHAT I ASKED YOU.  WHAT ABOUT YOUR BAD TEMPER?  YOU’VE REALLY GOT A PROBLEM THERE, YOU KNOW AND THEN THERE’S THE WAY YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY… ALL ON YOURSELF.  AND WHAT ABOUT THE KIND OF BOOKS YOU READ?

ME:        Now hold on just a minute!  Stop picking on me!  I’m just as good as some of the rest of those people at church!

GOD:     EXCUSE ME.  I THOUGHT YOU WERE PRAYING FOR “MY WILL BE DONE.”  IF THAT IS TO HAPPEN, IT WILL HAVE TO START WITH THE ONES WHO ARE PRAYING FOR IT.  LIKE YOU, FOR EXAMPLE.

ME:        Oh, alright.  I guess I do have some hang-ups now that you mention it.  I could probably name some others.

GOD:     SO COULD I.

ME:        I haven’t thought about it very much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things.  I would like to, you know, be really free.

GOD:     GOOD.  NOW WE’RE GETTING SOMEWHERE.  WE’LL WORK TOGETHER.  YOU AND ME. I’M PROUD OF YOU.

ME:        Look, Lord, if you don’t mind I need to finish my prayer.  This is taking a lot longer than it usually does.  “Give us this day our daily bread…”

GOD:     YOU NEED TO CUT OUT THE BREAD.  YOU’RE OVERWEIGHT AS IT IS.

ME:        Hey, wait a minute!  What is this?  Here I was doing my religious duty; and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.

GOD:     PRAYING IS A DANGEROUS THING.  YOU JUST MIGHT GET WHAT YOU ASK FOR.  REMEMBER, YOU CALLED ME … AND HERE I AM.  IT’S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW.  KEEP PRAYING.

ME:        … Pause …

GOD:     WELL, GO ON.

ME:        I’M SCARED TO.

GOD:     SCARED? OF WHAT?

ME:        I know what you’ll say.

GOD:     TRY ME.

ME:        “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”

GOD:     WHAT ABOUT CAROL?

ME:        See!  I knew it!  I knew you would bring her up!  Why, Lord, she’s told lies about me, spread stories … she never paid back the money she owes me.  I’ve sworn to get even with her!

GOD:     BUT … YOUR PRAYER – WHAT ABOUT YOUR PRAYER?

ME:        I didn’t  … mean it.

GOD:     WELL, AT LEAST YOU’RE HONEST.  BUT IT’S QUITE A LOAD CARYING AROUND ALL THAT BITTERNESS AND RESENTMENT, ISN’T IT?

ME:        Yes, but I’ll feel better as soon as I get even with her.  Boy! Have I got some plans for her.  She’ll wish she had never been born.

GOD:     NO.  YOU WON’T FEEL ANY BETTER.  YOU’LL FEEL WORSE.  REVENGE ISN’T SWEET.  YOU KNOW HOW UNHAPPY YOU ARE?  WELL, I CAN CHANGE THAT.

ME:        You can?  How?

GOD:     FORGIVE CAROL.  THEN, I”LL FORGIVE YOU AND THE HATE AND SIN WILL BE CAROL’S PROBLEM – NOT YOURS.  YOU WILL HAVE SETTLED THE PROBLEM AS FAR AS YOU ARE CONCERNED.

ME:        Oh.  You know; you’re right.  You always are and more than I want revenge I want to be right with you … (sigh) Alright … Alright … I forgive her.

GOD:     THERE NOW!  WONDERFUL!  HOW DO YOU FEEL?

ME:        Hmmm … Well, not bad, not bad at all! In fact, I feel pretty great! You know I don’t think I’ll go to bed uptight tonight.  I haven’t been getting much rest, you know.

GOD:     YEAH, I KNOW.  BUT YOU’RE NOT THROUGH WITH YOUR PRAYER ARE YOU?  GO ON.

ME:        Oh, alright. “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”

GOD:     GOOD!  GOOD!  I’LL DO THAT; JUST DON’T PUT YOURSELF IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN BE TEMPTED.

ME:        What do you mean by that?

GOD:     YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

ME:        Yeah.  I know.

GOD:     OKAY, GO AHEAD – FINISH YOUR PRAYER.

ME:        “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen”

GOD:     DO YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BRING ME GLORY – WHAT WOULD REALLY MAKE ME HAPPY?

ME:        No, but I’d like to know.  I want to please you now.  I’ve really made a mess of things.  I want to truly follow you!  I can see now how great that would be.  So, tell me … how do I make you happy?

GOD:     YOU JUST DID!

 Let’s just not repeat “The Lord’s Prayer” but let’s mean it – line after line – from our heart!

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Written by Julio Castaneda in September 2014
Student of “Understanding Prayer”

Standing on the Fence

 

A Vision/Dreamby R Williams

I was standing on a fence and there was an incredibly large group of people assembled around it.  On one side of the group stood a man, Jesus.  On the other side of the group stood another man, Satan.  Separating them, running through the group, was the fence I was standing on.  Both Jesus and Satan began calling to the people in the group and, one by one each having made up his or her mind, went to either Jesus or Satan.  This kept going on and eventually Jesus had gathered around him a group of people from the larger crowds as did Satan but his people left and disappeared.  So too did Satan and his people and I standing on the fence)was left alone, standing on the fence.  As I stood there, Satan came back.  He appeared to be looking for something that he’d lost.  I said, “Have you lost something?”  Satan looked straight at me and replied, “No, there you are. Come with me.”  But I said, “I stood on the fence, I chose neither you nor Him.”  “That’s okay,” said Satan, “I own the fence.  You belong to me.”

 

Written by Raymond Williams
Raymond is a student in “Understand Prayer”. This is a dream/vision of His
August 2014

(My Best-Friend)-His Name is Holy Spirit

The following paper is from a student ready to graduate from our Understanding Prayer Class.

(My Best-Friend)-His Name is Holy Spirit

           Some people consider the Holy Spirit to be some invisible force of spiritual nature or an entity that can’t be seen.  But to me He is far beyond that.  He’s my Helper, Healer, Comforter, Encourager and above all else, He’s my Best-Friend.  Not a best-friend in a worldly sense, but someone who without a shadow of doubt I can put my full confidence and trust in.  Amidst this cold and dark world, He is my go to beacon of Light, the very essence of Christ Himself.  Even though life has dealt me a very difficult course of circumstances, I now know I have someone who is constantly by my side.  I picture Him as my weapon of defense against anything Satan or any other dark-force may conspire against me.  He’s also like a Big Brother, in the sense that He’s there to protect me against things I wouldn’t be able to face on my own.  Now that I truly understand faith I realize that “me plus Him” are the majority everywhere I go.  He provides me with the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual strength and energy I need to conquer each day.  The strength and energy that comes directly from the Father, through the Son!  If there was one word to describe the Spirit of Truth it would have to be “Amaaaazing!!!”  He feels my pain and fills my heart and soul with an abundance of passion, fire, love, peace and joy and put a new song of praise in my mind each and every day.  As Scripture says, “Though my father and mother may have abandoned me, the Lord will take care of me,” and I believe He did that in the form of my one-true Best-Friend and His name is Holy Spirit.

Christopher L. Clay

September 2014

Beating Children and Adrian Peterson what the Bible says:

Hebrew 12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;6FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” 7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

Proverbs23:12 Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge. 13Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. 14You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol… AKA. . . Hell.
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Proverbs 19:18
Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.+

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Is Adrian Peterson guilty of switching his child?  I say NO.  He may been guilty of going about it the wrong way.  But correcting our children is essential for their growth and well being, as the Lord has said this in His Word.  I will contribute to Mr. Peterson’s defense fund if necessary, we are losing our freedom at every level and our homes are becoming more and more volunerable.

Children that do not fear their parents in a respectful way will not fear the Lord or any authority. It is essential that we punish our children in the appropriate way. My personal use of corporal punishment are: After two stern warnings about inappropriate behavior, I would send the unruly child to their room and tell them they had a spanking coming. Later after I thought on their transgression, maybe an hour or so, I would enter the room and talk to them (in the presence of their mother when possible), and explain why they were being punished and show them where God instructed me as a father it insure their obedience.  After the mother left the room, I would administer the punishment and then hold them and love on them until all was good between us. This was the primary and I might say seldom used order of corporal punishment.  The spanking would be strong enough that they did not want another one and the memory of it lasted for long periods of time.  The Child would mind very well for extended periods.  I don’t recall spanking any of my children more than four times in their entire life.  One of my sons lied to me when he was 16 and I called him in and reminded him of our standing rule on lying and informed him he had an option to take 16 licks or he could leave my household and go live with his mother or some other relative but if he did not want to pay for his transgressions as a man then he was not going to live under my roof.  He took the licks.  We are best friends today and at 45 years old he has a wonderful wife and three of the best behaved children a man could want.

When one of my daughters was 16, driving her own car and out with her friends, she came home with alcohol on her breath.  She also received a good spanking at 16 years old.  She is a mother of two grandsons, ages 5 and 7, and teaches school. The apple of any dad’s eye.  When her two sons, came to visit this summer on vacation, they knew of grand dad’s belt.  I went out to the oak tree and cut a switch, I cleaned it and made it smooth then called them in and sit them down and told them how proud of this switch.  I told them it was oak and just the right weight, I showed them how it was smooth and how I thought it was my best switch ever.  I told them I made it just for them and I could not wait to use it. I swung it through the air a few times. . . Swoosh, Swoosh, Swooch.  Then I said, “I would appreciate it if they would go and do something wrong because I can’t wait to use it.”  They said in unison OHHH NO Grand dad we don’t want you to use it. To which I replied, “Oh pleeeeeeese,  Pluzzzzzzeeeee, Plezzzzz do something wrong.  I need it, I have to have it. I can’t wait to use it.  They started screaming and running around laughing and playing hide and seek.  We had a great time on their visit and I did not have any problem with them.  They knew what was expected, and they knew I loved them. We set boundaries without any animosity or fear.  They knew the limits.  If one was picking on the other or if they were generally being boys at the expense of the adults I just walked to the fire place and swooshed my switch a couple of times and that was enough said, we had a great time.  Children need to know you love them even if you have to correct them. If you communicate love and boundaries to them and give them a chance to get it right before you have to punish them, it all works out just like it works out with us and God.

Let’s rethink this government controls all concepts of our life and get back to family values and love for our children.  Sometimes tough love is the best love.

 

Proper punishment is essential if you want your children to respect authority. This is one of the major problems of our society today, children with no respect for authority or God. In Mr. Peterson case, we should let the law handle it, this is a family matter and the authorities have a handle on it.
I do not condone excessive punishment or punishment in public but I personally think the government is trying to take our freedom away and raising a child is our most important obligation. The government should have nothing to say about it in public,  a private consultation with the parent and warning on excessive force should be the first action when child abuse is suspected. The government is undermining our rights at all levels and I refuse to consent to the intervention by government officials at my family level.
Public beatings however should be outlawed.
Your Child deserves the same respect you expect from others, if you respect them they will respect you.
God Bless our country.

Teaching a Class and Writing a Manual

Hi folks, I am teaching a class for 3 hours two times a week while writing a manual for the Class as we go.  Sorry I have neglected my post; hopefully I will have more for you soon.  Here is the First Class Scriptures for understanding Prayer.  I hope you use them often.

 LESSON I –  PRAYER THAT BRING RESULTS

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Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours Matthew 21:21-22 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

 

  1. Prayer that brings results must be based on God’s Word. Start with the answer which is the Word John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you 1st John 3:22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 1st John 5:14-15; This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. Isaiah 55:8-11 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

 

  1. Begin the application of faith.
  2. Confession: Believe you receive when you pray. Hold fast to your confession Hebrews 4:11-16 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need
  3. Act as though it was already done: James 2:14-24 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone

 

III.        Refuse to allow doubts and fear to enter your consciousness.

 

  1. Satan works in the area of suggestions, dreams and visions. Visions, dreams, etc., must agree completely with the Word. Refer to Point I.
  2. You are the establishing witness; Satan, doubt, etc. is on one hand saying that you don’t have it; the Word is on the other hand saying that you do.
  3. 2nd Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Control your mind with the Word.

  1. Dwell on the answer instead of the problem.
  2. `Refuse to accept anything against you and your receiving! Most people will try to talk you out of your stand of faith on the Word!

 

  1. See yourself succeed, not fail.
  2. Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
  3. Matthew 6:22-23 The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
  4. Romans 13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh Make no provision for the flesh to fail. Prepare to succeed!

 

  1. Testify of what you believe-the Word. Revelation 12:11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
  2. You are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. You have a right to all Jesus can do.
  3. Add your testimony to what you have received by the blood.

 

  1. Get involved helping someone else. Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
  2. Get on the giving end. Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  If you need healing, pray for someone else. James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
  3. The way you measure out is how it will be measured back to you.
  4. The Word says God is love.

 

  1. Theology magnifies the power of God rather than His love, compassion.
  2. The Word magnifies His willingness to use His power more than the power itself.

3.            Never doubt God’s willingness to use His power to set us free!