Inappropriate Prayer

Our lives are made up of times we are unsure. We lack certainty about the best direction to take, or the right decision to make. As we seek wisdom for such days, I believe it is inappropriate to pray the Gethsemane prayer, “Not my will but Thine be done.”
Now, that’s a pretty bold statement considering that those are words that many sincere Christians pray a lot. But, I have an explanation and a better way to pray in my latest book, “Finding God’s Will 3.0” It’s currently on promo sale for .99

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The 3.0 Method of Finding God’s Will

Many sincere Christians are frozen in their tracks by the fear that they may miss God’s Perfect Will for their lives.

Some are afraid that they have already “missed it” and can hope for nothing more than His “second best” life…if that.

In my new e-book, I’ve combined over a generation of life and ministry and presented a “3.0” method of “Finding God’s Will” that promises to set the reader on a practical, new journey of joy, peace, and freedom with God.

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Stretch For Abundant Growth

We look forward at 2017 as a greater year for good.  Expansion in our lives and for our friends and loved ones.

But, we’ve been here before.  Fresh anticipation that this year will be better than the last one.  Yet, like a hamster on it’s wheel, the story begins again.  Fresh hope.  Little progress.

What Am I Missing?

A few years back, a prophetic voice that is proven to be legitimate, spoke a vision that he saw for me.

He said, “I see a ruler between two large hands being stretched.”

As I pondered the statement, I realized that the Lord was communicating something very important to me.

He was visually saying, “I am going to be stretching the way you measure things.”

In the years that have followed, the vision has proven to be a true word from the Lord.  The way I have measured what I considered fact and truth has been stretched.  I have become less judgemental and more considerate of other expressions of truth.  The result has been a largely expanded heart that has received many rich deposits of gold in my relationship with God and His Kingdom.

Willing To Be Stretched

It hasn’t always been easy.  Sometimes I’ve wondered if I was becoming a heretic (or hairy tic).  I grew up in such a rigid idea of what was determined as Scriptural, or Biblical.

Referring to the Bereans in Acts 17:11 Paul said, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with allreadiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily to see whether those things were so.”

What I discovered about myself is that I actually searched the Scriptures to see if something I questioned was false or not.  Not whether it was true.  The difference in the motivation is actually significant.  If a person is searching for “falseness,” they are actually looking for evidence to support their pre-established positions and opinions.  If they are searching for “trueness,” they are looking, without judgement, for confirmations of truth.  In other words, they are leaving their own prejudgements on the side for the moment.  They are desiring to be enlarged.

Without question, we need to take care that error is avoided, but we also need to be humble enough to realize that there is a great likelihood that we don’t already “know it all.”  It’s just possible that we only have a part of the picture.  Our doctrine may contain truth but be incomplete…even when the new thoughts seem to challenge pre-established ones.

This is not easy.  It hasn’t been for me, anyway.  But, when applied, this method of truth seeking has proven very beneficial.  In fact, in my opinion, this kind of humility is a major key in “Seeking first (as highest life priority) the Kingdom of God and His right ways.

I Challenge Myself…I Challenge You

We are in the first days of 2017.  We all have hopes for it being a blessed year.  An important part of that happening will include the humility and willingness to have what we think we know, stretched.  Jesus is door.  There is no other; but relating to Him is truth that contains many facets for growth.

Gary

Let’s Talk

Do you wish things were clearer in your life?  Are you stuck wondering “Why?”  What’s the solution?  Where’s some wisdom and peace of mind?   The “Jesus Story” reveals a very important principle.

In Luke 3, Jesus was baptized.  The story continues, “While He prayed, the heavens were opened.”

While He Prayed…The Heaven’s Were Opened

We do a lot of thinking about issues in our lives.  We try to reason things out.  God gave mankind a brain to use; But to be a servant of the human spirit.  When we are “born from above” we have access to superior laws. Unfortunately, we put most (if not all) of the weight on inferior laws.

The superior law is referred to as “the mind of Christ.”  Our natural powers of thought will always be in play (unless we’re dead).  However, we can “super-size” the power of our natural reasoning by appealing to the Lord for His thoughts on the matter.

If truth be told, there are many things that we are not actually conversing with God about.  We’re not taking advantage of one of our greatest connections to solutions.  We’re not actually talking things over with the Lord.

He’s standing right there at the door knocking.  He wants to fellowship with you about your life and the things that concern you.

Remember Jesus’ example:  When He prayed…the heaven’s were opened.

Gary

 

What’s Wrong With Me?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What’s wrong with me?”  You’ve probably asked the Lord that question, sincerely.  But, have you ever gotten a really satisfactory answer?

I prayed that prayer several years ago, and the Lord immediately responded.  His answer has helped me a great deal over the years.  That’s why I wrote the book.  As an digital e-book (which can be read on any digital devise like phone, pad, or computer, it’s currently on sale for only .99  To find out more about the contents and how they may bless you, too, just click on the image.   Be Blessed, Gary

The Kingdom of God and the United States Election

handsflag-280x595I have great hope for the Glory of God’s Kingdom and the United States 2016 Election.  

I didn’t say that I have great hope for everything to turn out according to my opinion of what is best.

I said, I have great hope for the Glory of God’s Kingdom and the United States Elections of 2016.  Not because of what is happening politically or from other natural factors.  But because I know that God is orchestrating many things in front of the scenes and behind the scenes.

I have great hope because God has made a promise to His people. “If you humble yourselves, pray, and turn from your wicked way…I WILL heal your land.”
I have great hope because God’s people have increasingly has been taking instructions and promises like that seriously.  It’s been happen.  It has already been happening – with ever growing numbers – for the past few years.
Too many of God’s own sons and daughters are stressing because they don’t have eyes to see what has been happening in prayer in and all over the world for America.

I have great hope because Tuesday’s Election doesn’t decide the truth. God’s promises do! The wheels are already in motion whether it’s the size of a man’s hand or in the mighty storm cloud releasing it’s rain.

I have great hope for the glory of God’s Kingdom and the United States of America!

Gary

What Is Reality?

glassesGod’s Kingdom on earth has the same nature as God’s Kingdom in heaven.

The atmosphere of God’s Kingdom is hope.

Not as in “wishful thinking.”  But as in confident anticipation.

There are two kinds of people in the way they approach living.  Glass half full people and glass half empty people.  Optimists and Pessimists.  Which are you?

The glass half empty folks (the pessimists) don’t like what I’m about to say, but faith and hope is more of a mental emotional challenge for them than it is for the glass half full people.

On the other hand, the glass half full folks can tend to sweep legitimate challenges under the rug and not give them the thought they are due.

Hope comes more naturally to a glass half full person.  They anticipate good more easily.  Glass half empty people lean toward seeing the possible problems.  They call it “being a realist.”

So, let’s look at that for a minute.  The only way that a person can define something as real is if there is proof. Proof isn’t possible until something has literally occurred.  Now, the realist will argue that they are looking at past evidence to draw a future conclusion.

However, that is a kind faith in operation.  That is applying Murphy’s Law (which is the opposite of hope),  The opposite of hope can only summon up fear.

Confused yet?

The point is that people who a pessimists and call it “being a realist” doesn’t understand what reality actually is and therefore they are constantly struggling and stressing over all the things that could go wrong.

To enjoy the abundant life of God’s Kingdom, one has to be thinking about all of the things that could go right.  That’s hope.  That inspires faith.

Be a true realist.  The true…the actual…the authentic realist is the one who believes, “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

May your life be saturated with the half full glass of water!

Gary