Originally posted by Greenx06
He doesn't simply through his hands up when things go bad, and you should not expect only good things to come just because you pray to him, that is not how it works.
OUR NEED TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP HIM
In the Bible, when people wanted to hear God's Voice directly, they spent hours (sometimes days) on their faces before God worshiping and praising Him. Sometimes, but not always, they fasted. Reverend Hayes takes you through scripture and reveals that the proper atmosphere in which God speaks and moves is one of BIBLICAL praise and worship. Acts 13:1-2 states, "Now there were in the church that was in Antioch certain prophets and teachers...as they ministered (praise and worship) to the Lord, and fasted, THE HOLY GHOST SAID, 'Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work where unto I have called them.' "
Now notice, they did three things: They came together with other believers. They praised God. They fasted. And what happened? God SPOKE to them. In Matthew 16:21-28 a woman comes to Jesus and wants her sick daughter healed. Jesus ignores her and refuses to talk to her. Then she comes to Him again, and it says "Then came she AND WORSHIPED Him, saying, Lord, help me" and Jesus delivers her daughter.
Praise and worship is the Biblically proper way to approach God. Psalms 100:4 tells us how to approach God: Have thanksgiving in your heart, and praise, express your thanks to Him, and bless His Holy Name. The reason? Because His Mercy endures FOREVER!
God told Norvel Hayes the church is sadly lacking. We do not worship Him enough. You have to get alone in the privacy of your home and get on your knees and just worship Jesus, telling Him how much you love Him and appreciate Him. So I did. And after a few weeks, suddenly, God began to speak. The first time God spoke to me He warned me a person's life was in danger. I thought I was just hearing voices, so I ignored it. Later, the very person God had mentioned almost died. I repented and vowed to believe and obey when He speaks.
After a while, Jesus began to appear to me. He would just walk in my room like an ordinary person and sit and talk to me. This happened every day at 6 PM on the dot. I would often tell a Christian woman at my work place what He said. She would always says, "Oh, that's Romans Chapter 8" or "That's Timothy the 2nd chapter," or "That's John Chapter 7." I told the Lord, "What is she talking about?" He told me to look in my Bible. The Bible is separated into books, each book has a title, each chapter and verse has a number. Hence, John 3:16 is John (the Gospel) the third chapter, the 16th verse: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoseover believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." I looked it up. He was right.
The very next day 6 PM came and no Lord. I waited till 6:05 and began to wonder. At 06:07 I began to pray. God spoke to me and said, "You have no need I appear to you. You now know all I ever did say and ever will say is what the Bible says. The Bible is My Holy Word. It is YOUR responsibility to read the Bible and find out what it says."
To this day, if I have a vision or appearance, and IT DOESN'T AGREE WITH THE BIBLE, I reject it. Period. God stays in line with the Holy Word. Jesus Himself said the scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35, Matthew 5:18.) If you want God to speak to you, read your Bible. The Bible IS God talking to you. And yes, stick with the 1611 King James version. Spend time in praise and worship so you can discern what the Bible is saying.
Testimonies - Bud
Originally posted by Greenx06
reply to post by Cuervo
go through a really hard hard break up, well that is actually a success to God because he planned for that to happen for he wishes you to learn, which in time, you will learn to appreciate and except everything that happens to you
Originally posted by 03Smoker
So where do I start? I love to read. Been reading ATS for years. Read books since I can remember. The Bible leaves me baffeled. Do I start at the beginning or do I go straight to the gospel? Or the end? The Bible is a lot of books right? So I can just start anywhere I want?
There are things you can do to strengthen yourself. First, don’t stop praying in tongues as you go about your daily business. As you do so, you are praying God’s perfect will for your life and everything that Christ is in you and has for you. Second, spend much time in private worship. God is calling you into His Presence, for that is the only place you will find fullness of joy–His joy–which will be your strength. And, finally, learn the process of assimilation that causes the meditation of His Word.
Entering into times of assimilating the Word of God fills and occupies your mind with what God is saying instead of what the devil is saying and doing. Give your mind over to the truth that helps you defeat the enemy; focus on bathing your mind in God’s Word and let His Word fortify your emotions with His strength.
But remember this: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God–not by your preconceived ideas of what the Word says. Faith doesn’t come through your victories, nor does it come through your defeats. It only comes one way: by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Trust me when I say that I wouldn’t hesitate to fill up my mind with the Bible. I wouldn’t wait one second!
The truth is, one of the greatest things you can ever do is to assist the Holy Spirit, your Teacher, in assimilation–by offering your soul on the altar of God’s Word. When you learn to offer your soul on the altar of God’s Word for assimilation, your soul will work for you instead of against you, and a “day-and-night” kind of meditation will begin to take place that will astound you. People will begin to ask you, “How did you learn the things you know about the Word?”
To this end, I recommend that you start by reading the book of First John fifty times. If you will read this little book once a day, it will only take you fifty days to accomplish your goal. Then one day you’ll glorify God that the truths of First John are the thoughts that are planted in your mind instead of the ones the devil is trying to put there!
I want to stress this point one more time: You can strengthen yourself and maintain your victory over a defeated devil by praying in tongues, spending time in private worship, and filling your mind with God’s Word. So don’t wait on anyone else to begin his preparation, and don’t wait to understand all the reasons why you should do it. Just begin by reading the book of First John fifty times. This is the way you prepare yourself for assimilation.
This book of the Bible is worthy of so much more than a quick scanning or the selecting of a verse out of context to favor one’s debate. This is 105 years of wisdom recorded in five chapters.
People have asked me, “Should I play the whole Bible all the way through?” You can do that, but I recommend that you focus on one book at a time. Listen to a small book of four to six chapters, such as First John, Galatians, Ephesians, or Colossians.
Assimilate the Word - A Key to Victory
I drank every night 7 days a week. It was Christ based. I balked and fought the whole way there but settled for it for 30 days instead of 60 days in jail. Not a hard choice. At the home I found God. I met a lot men there that had had their lives truly changed thru the power of Jesus Christ. I wanted to be one of those men.
I do see His works in my day to day life, but if anything goes wrong like it does in life for anyone, I can't see the point of giving God the glory. It seems He wants the praise for the good things but if something goes wrong He throws his hands up saying "Not my fault". Why is that?
I want people here to help me and reaffirm my faith. To let me know that the changes I want in my life are the right things. How am I to know? What if I'm doing this all wrong and I just don't know it. While I was at the home and praying 6-7 hours per day I felt like I could hear God speaking to me.
Now that I'm back to my hometown and I honestly don't pray like I did and I feel lost