reply to post by OldThinker
Thanks for the compliment OT but I have to give credit to my mother she was a minister in her younger days.
First off before I give my thoughts let me make a statement. I do not believe there is any one totally right religious faith or any one totally wrong
religious faith. I also believe you find lots of simlarities in the different religious beliefs even the new age beliefs. We change names, switch
the words used but yet keep the same meanings so they can claim they are different. I'm talking about whats the real importance in religion not the
things that really don't matter in long run.
The holy spirit I have heard called by many names. For this thread we'll call it the holy spirit. Yes I do believe it will lead you and guide you.
If you let it. If you have faith. I don't mean the lip service faith either. I believe we have to show our faith and the more we show our faith
the more the spirit will lead us and guide us. The more it will teach us and show us.
I also believe what we are (the condition of our spirit) on the inside does manifest itself on the outside (our physical body and our brain). The
mind and the brain are two different things to me.
I also believe there are wonders and marvels that most people never get to see that the spirit helps bring into our lives or shows us. To many times
I've heard the days of miracles and signs and wonders are over. The days of the prophets are gone. This I don't agree with. When you are close to
the spirit things will happen in your life you can't believe. You see the work of the spirit in those around you. And yes the spirit does talk to
you. If you only learn to be still long enough to listen and believe what it says to you.
I noticed in the article the person talks of Paul saying if you pray. Well thats a problem. People have forgotten how to pray. Oh I don't mean
they just forget to pray. For many of those that do pray have forgotten how to pray. We pay to much lip service in pray. We schedule it at certain
times for certain deeds. We think about what we are going to say in that prayer. We memorize and use the same prayers over and over. We forget one
thing we forget the prayer should come from the heart. It should be filled with our emotions happy, sad, thankful, even angry..at least you are
putting some feeling from the heart in that prayer.
The art of prayer has been lost so many can't see the works of the spirit in their lives because their prayers aren't heart felt prayers. The
spirit will give them the same effort they put out for it. Have you ever noticed that when a child really really wants something to happen for them
they pray with so much emotion. Ever notice those prayers are usually answered in some way. The holy spirit is trying to teach us something from
those childrens prayers. Thats one reason I say if you want to know something about God ask a small child they seem to understand how this all works
better than us adults.
I do agree with help from the spirit anything is possible door will open in life. Whats inside you becomes even better. But I also think that
because many don't see the work of spirit in their lives and their lives getting better they give up. If they were taught how to pray not when or
what words they might find what they feel they lack the closer they would then feel to God.
Oh gee not sure if I got side tracked here..sometimes I just start rattling.
One question..does it really matter if there is a rapture or not? I mean if your in the right place in life won't God take care of you?
I love to read those rapture no rapture debates.
I figured I'm covered either way thats what counts.