Monthly Archives: December 2014

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE THINK OUR PRAYERS ARE UNANSWERED

All of us have had experiences when it didn’t look like our prayers were answered. But is that really what happened? The Bible says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Is that true? Well, many people say it couldn’t mean what it appears to say, because they can cite experiences where they asked for something and didn’t receive. But you’ve got to make the decision stated in Romans 3:4, to “Let God be true, but every man [or in this case, every circumstance] a liar.” God’s Word is true, not our experiences.

 

This is one of the reasons so much doctrinal division has come about. The Word is clear in its doctrine, but when someone tries the Word and doesn’t see the promised results, rather than admit that they could have failed, they say something like, “That must have passed away with the apostles” or “It must not have been God’s will,” etc. God is not the one who failed to answer, but rather we are the ones who have failed to receive.

What actually happens when we ask in prayer is that God moves immediately and gives us the answer in our spirits. We are responsible for believing that, and  acting accordingly to bring the answer into the physical world. God is a spirit (John 4:24), and He always supplies our answer to our spirit man. Through faith, we then give physical substance (Heb. 11:1) to what God has done.

We are like a spiritual transformer. Spiritual power has to be converted to physical power just as radio signals have to be converted into frequencies audible  to our physical ear. You don’t hear the actual signal broadcast by the radio station, but rather a signal that has been picked up by a receiver and translated  into an audible sound. For a person to say that there aren’t any radio signals where they are, just because they cannot hear them, is not true. They are there,  but they are on a higher frequency than the human ear can hear. They have to be “demodulated” into a lower frequency which we can hear.

This is the way our answers to prayer come. God moves in the spirit world and gives us our answer by faith, and we convert it into a physical reality through our actions. That is not to say that we are the one who produced the answer by our own power. It is God who works the miracles, but they do come through us. Without Him, we can do nothing, but He has made us joint heirs together with Christ so that He does nothing without us. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKETH IN US” (emphasis mine). We have a part to play in receiving from God. Ignorance of this has been our greatest problem.

Now you can understand much more clearly what Mark 11:24 means, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” You receive in your spirit by faith immediately, and it shall come to pass in the physical later. It may be one minute, one day, or one year, but you cannot waiver in your belief that God has already answered your prayer. The time that it takes for God’s answer to be manifest in the physical is dependent upon many things, but it is not God who determines that. God answers immediately. Remember, it says you must believe that you receive WHEN YOU PRAY. God isn’t asking you to believe something that isn’t true. You do receive instantly in your spirit, then it is manifest in the physical later.

An example of this is in Daniel 9 and 10. In chapter 9, Daniel prayed a prayer, and while he was still praying, his answer to prayer came in the form of Gabriel giving him “skill and understanding” in the thing he desired. That’s a quick answer to prayer, but in verse 23, Gabriel says that God had sent him forth at the beginning of his prayer. God moved instantly, but it took about 3 minutes for the answer to appear in the physical realm. In Daniel chapter 10, he prayed another prayer, and his answer took three full weeks to manifest. What a difference!

Most people would say, “I wonder why God answered that first prayer in three minutes, and the second prayer took three weeks. But in Daniel 10:12, we find that God answered the second prayer instantly too. Praise God! The Lord was not the variable. In this case, it was a demonic force, “the prince of the kingdom of Persia,” that had hindered the answer to Daniel’s prayer.

Whether it be Satan or people’s wills or unbelief or any of a number of other possible hindrances, it’s important that you know that it’s not God who seems so unpredictable (Ps. 102:27, Mal. 3:6). In fact, this is a fundamental truth that you must be established in before you can even begin.

By: Andrew Wommack, from Wommack Ministries, posted December 28, 2014.

ONE WAY TO FIGHT DEPRESSION, WITH THE BIBLE:

OVERCOMING DEPRESSION GOD’S WAY: (  Written By Daniel Sweet, God’s Word First ), International Biblical Research & Teaching Ministry:

 

Do you ever get that feeling that everything is going wrong? The whole  world seems to be against you and no matter whatever you do, you’re going to fail anyway, so why even bother to try?

I’ve been there, it’s not a fun place to live (emotionally  speaking of course). And you know what? Time for some tough love here… If  you feel that everything in your life is all wrong then you are absolutely  right! You create your own reality. That may be a hard pill to sallow while you’re  wallowing in your own emotional muck but it’s the plain truth.

As born again believers, we carry a tremendous amount of  power to command into existence just about any reality that we desire. Now it  doesn’t always appear at the snap of our fingers, it takes some time to come to  pass… but it will always comes to pass. That which we believe in our hearts and  speak with our mouth will truly, sooner or later, come to pass. Good or bad.

Think about it. How much time do you spend each day  proclaiming how bad things are? Have you ever said with indignation “Somebody  should do something about that!” Well guess what… you are that somebody. So  stop and think, what are you doing about that? “That” is whatever it is in your  life that causes you  anger, pain, anguish, bad feelings,  loss of control,  whatever.

Now think about this: how much time do you spend each day  proclaiming that which is good and has gone right with your day? No really,  take the time to ponder it and count them. Do you think on and talk about more  bad than good? Strong dose of reality here my friend.

You know, they say bad news travels 10 times faster than good news.  Why do you think that is? Have you read a newspaper, seen a gossip rag or watched  the evening news lately?

Its all about the bad things people are doing or have  had done to them. Then MAYBE for 15 seconds at the very end they might leave us  with a small glimmer of hope and report on something someone did that was good  and righteous.  How sad! We have been  conditioned from an early age to be of a negative mind set. It’s no wonder  depression runs rampant in our country! It’s the only way we’ve learned how to  think and process information.

So what do we do about it? We take drugs of course, lots of  them. Some legal, some not. Some prescribed by well meaning doctors, some self  prescribed at the liquor store. How’s that working out for us? Do we seem to be  personally and as a nation getting better or are we getting worse… much, much  worse? Obviously drugs are not the long term answer.

But wait… there is hope.

There’s a book we’ve all heard  about (and some of us have even read) that teaches us how to think positive,  overcome depression and live a victorious and prosperous lifestyle. Let’s see…  what was the name of that book… Oh I know, it’s called THE BIBLE!

If your reality is one of depression, loss and loneliness  then you can change it to whatever you want it to be simply by changing your  mind set. I know, I know… easier said than done. But I’m living proof that it can  be done. It’s not always easy going every day, but the payoff of a rewarding  life that’s worth living is well worth the effort.

Here’s how I do it: Next time you start to profess something  negative, stop yourself and say nothing. Hard to do for a big mouth like me but  if I can do it so can you. Next, if you feel up to it, say something positive  instead.

Need an example? Okay. Let’s say you just accidentally  stubbed your toe. Ouch! is your first reaction. That’s okay but what you say  and do next is what’s very important. Before shouting out an explanative followed by  “that always happens” try saying “God Bless It!” or maybe “that sure hurts but  good thing god has blessed me in that I didn’t break it” or even one step  further… if your dare… “well next time I’ll be more careful and THAT will never  happen again!” Do you see where I’m going with this?

Here’s another one: Let’s say someone wrongs you,  intentionally or not, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is how YOU react to  it. Instead of saying “I knew they were going to do that” say instead, “What  could I have done differently to prevent or avoid that from happening to me?” Now is the time for you to be in control of your emotions and take control of the situation, instead of the situation controlling you.

I know it seems strange but just try it, it really works. If  you say “oh why does this always happen to me?” then it will most assuredly  ALWAYS happen to you. Turn it around! Say instead “oh that will never happen to  me again!” and you’ll see that it probably won’t. Believing is a powerful tool  that God has given us through the gift of holy spirit (1 Cor 12:9) and it does  work in both directions: good and bad, so make sure you send it in the right direction!

So that’s the adjusting the mind set part, thinking and  speaking from a positive point of view instead of from a negative one. So now  you might ask “What about overcoming my depression?” Well that’s almost all  there is to it. When you think positive, there’s little to no room for the  negative. Light dispels darkness right?

The last part is prayer. Why is prayer the last part and not  the first? Curious, am I insane? No! (well maybe a little crazy depending on  who you talk to but that’s a different case study;)

Changing your mind set FIRST before praying to God to help  lift your depression is crucial because God won’t change your mind for you… you have to  do it, then He can help you.

It’s your free will to believe what you want to  believe. But remember that God can’t do good works with negative believing. Sometimes if it behooves Him He’ll work a miracle and turn around a bad situation into a good one. But that’s on rare occasions under unique circumstances. Generally He operates from a positive mind set within normal parameters. He needs you to believe and profess positive  thoughts before His power can regularly come to pass in your life.

If you find all of this daunting and a little out of reach  for you please don’t despair. Know that God is there for you, all you have to  do is reach out to Him. Pray that he helps you to find the strength inside yourself to have one positive thought. Want to know a secret? If you believe that  God can and is willing to help you, then you have already taken that first step  toward positive believing! Yes, it’s just that easy.

God has already given you the power of believing within the  gift of holy spirit. It’s inside you, it’s part of you so use it. Once you take  that first step, all the others after it get a little easier until before you  know it, you are walking, then jogging then sprinting in God powerful Word!

Posted By:  Edith L Tunsil, December 7, 2014.