Greetings Brethren:

The awkward and superficial appeals to God are not of any utility. Throughout the landscape of the world there are men of the cloth that carry a heart of Devilish desires. This is noted in the established Christian hierarchy of leadership. Thus, these people have no counsel with God. We bear witness that the prayers of those that have come to distort the scriptures and gain riches and wealth from the Word of God are ungodly and Doomed.


Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal October 3, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.




In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

The Christian is blessed with the Promised Holy Spirit. This is the finest installment on our inheritance that is revealed in the following scripture passages.

Ephesians 1: 11. "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"

The word inheritance in this passage has reference to the honorable work of extending the knowledge of the Gospel to all of mankind. The Apostles were thusly predestined to carry out this work. God also has the power to "worketh all things." Counsel means purpose and advice. God formed his purpose concerning the plan of salvation through his Son. Therefore God is sovereign and in charge. Thus as He planned long ago, his purpose is to offer salvation to the world.

As we turn to Paul's letter to the Romans, we see that the Jews were proud of the fact that they descended from Isaac whose mother was Sarah and not Ishamael who was the illegitimate son of Hagar.

Romans 9: 11. "For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to the election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth."

Paul teaches that no one can make the claim that they are called by God because of ethnic origins or works. God saves as to his will. Thus, God's goodness and mercy save us not our own merit. Paul notes the two brothers, Esau and Jacob. Here God made the choice before they were born before they could have done anything, good or evil.

As we turn back to Paul's letter to the Ephesians, we see him on a special mission to the Gentiles. In Ephesians 3: 14-21 Paul reveals the magnitude of God's love.

Ephesians 3: 14. "For this cause I bow my knees unto the father of our Lord Jesus Christ,"

3: 15. "Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named."

3: 16. "That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man:"

"For this cause" is also mentioned in the first verse in chapter three. Paul was under house arrest for Preaching and teaching about Christ. This was the cause noted in this passage. "Bow my knees” is revealed as a position for prayer. However, prayer is noted in other positions. For example in Matthew 26:39 Jesus fell on his face and prayed. In Luke 18: 13 we see an acceptable prayer by the publican although he prayed standing up. Also, in Luke 22: 14-17 Jesus gave thanks while sitting.

Therefore, the validity of prayer is more dependant on the condition of the heart. Thus, the position of the body has little to do with the power of prayer and its being acceptable to God. Hence the ungodly could pray in any position, but an insincere heart renders a worthless prayer.

The extensive family of God is made up of believers who believe in the past, present and future reality of God. Also, believers have something in common. We all have the same father. As a body there is strength in the family of God.

In verse 16 we see the beginning of the prayer Paul proposes to offer to the father. "According to the riches of his glory," identifies the vast and awesome riches of God the father. One should not ask for favors greater than the possessions of the person. Here the divine family receives favors from the agency of the spirit that fills the church.

3: 17. "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love."

3: 19. "And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God"

The love of God is total. It reaches all of our being. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. (see Romans 10: 17). Therefore when we receive the word in our hearts we have the teachings of Jesus constantly with us. Here we see the meaning of the Apostles thought that He is to dwell in your hearts by faith.

Finally the love of Christ is so great that it far surpasses human knowledge. However, this fact should not prevent man from having some knowledge of it.

Cont. Part 51: The Holy Spirit & Prayer




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