THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER

 

Part 44:  Praying Hearing & Listening to God, The Obedient Spirit (Hebrews 3: 17)

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In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth

 

Editors Note:There was once more than once a one-headed man. He had also two ears and one mouth to speak. He moved in the Spirit. But there was also a two-headed man who also had ears and a way to speak through a mouth and tongue. Walking in the Spirit John the one-headed man could hear God. He also stayed in prayer because he was obedient as he listened for his instructions realizing that this was where he found his way. He also found out that those that dug shallow ditches for him and those that loved the Lord wore a broad sign that displayed:  lost fools.

Meanwhile the two-headed man heard nothing although he had 4 ears and a mouth that was doubled as was his tongue. He played with the wind as he bent and broke as the wind blew. He also cared nothing about love as this was only a four letter word to be used when thought to be appropriate. Compassion passed him by and he did not comprehend the essence of peace in one head and not two.”

 

 

In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth

 

 

Greetings Brethren,

 

Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.

 

Our prayer is to always be obedient. However we must pray and listen to the Lord. How can we hear God? Follow us beloved now as we look at the scriptures that reveal to us how we can hear from God. Just what is obeying the Spirit?

 

At the 3rd Division of Hebrews verses 7-19 we find some scripture that reveals the dangers of hard hearts regarding God’s Laws. At this place in scripture it is written that we must listen to the Lord. Those that had/have hardened hearts were/are against the teachings of Jesus. In the Old Testament the Jews had hardened hearts all through the times of ancient Israel as they constantly provoked God to punish them. We are also warned not to make the same mistakes that our forefathers and ancestors made.  Therefore we should learn from the mistakes of others. We also need to look to the Bible for answers as therein the scriptures are many lessons sent by God for the salvation of the saints of God.

 

Meanwhile we can see that all of the charges committed by the Israelites in the wilderness were because of unbelief. This unbelief also noted a lack of faith. Our prayer life is lost without faith. We also come believing and leaning on God as He is the Creator and the fixer of all problems.

 

Hebrews 3: 7: “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice,”

 

The writer (Paul) quotes from Psalms 95-7-11. However he qualifies his quote with the notation that it is the Holy Ghost (or Spirit). Does this mean that David was inspired to make the statements rendered at Psalms 95? What is the difference in the Spirit of the Old Testament (inspired writers of Old) and the Holy Spirit as we see it in the New Testament? What does the phrase “hear his voice” mean? His refers to God who speaks through His son Christ Jesus our Savior. We will first look at Psalms 95 as a cross reference. There are only 11 verses in this Psalms and we suggest that you read and study all 11. However our primary verses are 7-8 we will begin there.

 

Psalms 95: 7-8: “For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice,”

 

95: 8: “Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:”

 

David reveals that the relationship between God and man means that we should kneel before God in prayer. We are in the hand of God as are sheep in the hand of the shepherd. Here we also see the same scripture noted back at our primary verse in Hebrews. Thus an Old Testament reference to the children of Israel that wandered through the wilderness. Throughout that period the Lord was provoked as the leaders were moved in unbelief and a lack of faith. What caused the people to rebel? As they continued to look to self they consistently were in the stage of revolt.

 

At II Samuel we see another word on our subject regarding the inspiration and Holy Spirit in prayer. At the 23rd Division of II Samuel we see the last words of David noted at verses 1-7. Our primary verse is verse 2.

 

II Samuel 23: 2: “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.”

 

This verse makes a clear statement regarding the fact that David spoke by inspiration. During the times in which we now live all are not inspired but we all have access to the Holy Spirit if we stay in the Spirit.

 

For a final scriptural reference follow us to Acts the 1st Division. At verses 15-26 we see the appointment of Matthias to replace Judas.  Our primary verse is verse 16.

 

Acts 1: 16: “Men and brethren this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.”

 

Although the Holy Spirit had not come down the proceedings of Peter and the other Apostles were ordained by God.  Here Peter refers to Psalms 69: 22-25 pertaining to the conduct and fate of Judas. Has the Holy Spirit during the times in which we now live allowed us to see through miraculous eyes? Will we always in time know those that come to deceive the true saints of God? Will the enemies of God’s people tell on themselves and look to a way out like Judas?

 

Cont. Psalms of Prayer and Praise Part 45: Psalms 100: Serve The Lord A Psalms of Praise

 

Peace and Paradise,

Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 6 December 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

 

Cont. Part 45: Psalms 100: Serve The Lord: A Psalms of Praise

 

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