THE INNER ROOM - "Learn and Grow - to Maturity". Please read the 1st Post.

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So all my posts about believing and faith and such.. it doee work

WE JUST NEED TO OPEN OUR EYES, EARS AND HEARTS.

So today I am praying about my move, my confidence, my faith and such. I even read scripture out loud with the Human Resource director today.

Short version,
I go to Walmart tonite to get cleaning supplies, I cannot find a bucket, so I decide I will just grab a bathroom trash can to use.. then I decided $ 4.00 was not worth it.. so I set it aside and told myself I would just get one a the dollar tree for $ 1.00 tomorrow. On the way home I see the Dollar store.. so I stop. On my way in I see Taco bell. told myself I would have dinner there aftwards. On way out of store, I smell something good. so I go to the little restararunt next to Taco Bell.

I sit in the back. Waitress took my order. I started to pray.. I heard God say you need to give her $ 20.00 I thought what!!!! I need to pay $ 1,000 for moving on Monday! .. anway as she was waiting on another table she gave them bill, said God Bless. She came to my table to check on me. I told her it was awesome to hear that.. I needed that .. I said where are you from? she said Olean!!!!! the town I am moving from.. she had moved here a bit. ago. . I asked what church she went to here.. she is searching for one.. She went to the same church that I did in my old town!!!!! The one that has really helped me on my faith walk!!!!! She knew the pastors and such... I could not believe it! I wrote my cell phone number done, gave her the slip of paper and the $ 20.00 and told her it was from the Lord.. she is working 2 jobs waitressing , trying to make a living and she had just finished up school.. she exchanged her number with me.. We are going to get together when I get settled.

The moral of this story is.. keep on believing! Keep having that Faith! Walk with confidence.. KEEP YOUR EYES, EARS, AND HEARTS OPEN.. Follow him.. he led me to put the wastebasket back, he led me to the dollar store, he led me to change my agenda for dinner..

I bet if you really started walking and believing and started listening, you will see things happen in your life each day!

Hugs to you all.. I just had to come back to work tonite to use the computer to share with all of you.. Ok..so now that the lesson from the most recent message got through to me.. what's next Bondman?

Robin

I couldn't agree more that we need open EARS, EYES, and HEARTS!!

Because of your faith you have what could easily be called a holy boldness. Holy cos it's of God, and any boldness stems from Him and being surrendered to Him. The recipients of this are blessed because of your commitment in Christ, and it sure is lovely to see you just walking with Him, guided by the Spirit, and taking the day as it comes, ready and willing to do, go, say whatever He says.

This is such a great platform from which to continue to learn and grow towards being mature in Jesus. Thankyou so much for sharing, dear one!

(Hmm... 'what's next' is coming... hee!)
 
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PRACTICAL NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY


MESSAGE #68

CHALLENGE!!! - Part 1

I realized that the cost of following Jesus in anything could very well be persecution, hostility, derision, alienation.
Yes, all of these. And depending on where you may be: comfort and ease, money, materialism, a rich life-style, and more. That is, GOD IS CALLING ON US ALL TO BEAR THE COST OFCHANGING OUR WAY OF LIFE AND OUR ATTITUDE TO ALL OF THOSE!!!

However, the $64,000 question is:

Are We Listening?

What's your answer? And if God took you home today like He took Fluffy's Dad (life is SHORT - VERY short!) what are you gonna say to Jesus at His Judgment Seat when all of us will give account of ALL OF OUR DEEDS, then receive and/or most especially LOSE REWARDS! You want to LOSE a pile of rewards in heaven?? Well, it's almost certain you will!! - unless you decide to get really drastic, start considering and praying, AND make the decision that you are gonna give up living and thinking such overwhelming WORLDLINESS as we Westerners do!!!

Please, I'm not trying to offend or upset anyone here, or be 'bossy', or anything like that. I'm trying to HELP - because I LOVE you, alright!!

Speaking about us READING the WORD as we were in Message #67, let's go to some very pertinent Scriptures:

1 John Ch 2
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Whoa, How STRONG is THAT!!!

If you love the WORLD and the THINGS of the world, then what? GOD'S LOVE IS NOT IN YOU! Did you get that??? Can you see why this is something I'm always speaking about? THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS STUFF, MY DEAREST FRIENDS!!! NOT something to mess about with! Here are the next two verses for you to READ and STUDY, and mark and inwardly digest - and that's for NOW, and also for YOUR WHOLE FUTURE in eternity:

16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever [lives, continues on forever] .

Nowhere even NEAR everyone will continue on forever. Be comfortable in this world, and you're then WITHOUT THE FATHER'S LOVE!!! Could you get to heaven without His love being in you? I sure wouldn't want to try!!!! Be warned by Jesus as He says this:

Matthew Ch 7
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father [who is] in heaven.

A prime part of His will is that we NOT be worldly, but Spiritual. Because:

Mark Ch 8
36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

Who Would Want THAT?

Trust me, no one should really WANT to gain THE WHOLE WORLD - by living just like THE WORLD, and being a part of THE WORLD we live in. But if we don't or won't CHANGE, then that's EXACTLY WHERE WE'LL STAY, AND THUS WE WILL LOSE OUR SOUL! What we really SHOULD want is to be Seriously SPIRITUAL PEOPLE! NOT exhibiting all these aspects of carnality. NOT CONFORMING to the patterns of LIVING and ATTITUDES just like the people of this world who live all around us.

IT'S TIME!! This is your CHALLENGE! Time for your commitment to GOD to become FIRST in your life, ahead of love of THINGS and COMFORT and CONFORMING to the world! I shall be in prayer for you. Our prayer partners will be too. Together we can do this! We can CHANGE! We can TRULY BECOME ALL HIS!!!

Part 2 continued here...


With much love!!

- BM, with his Beloved
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Thanks for your post.How I wish to always read your post. I am really blessed.
gbemiga
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A big Welcome from me too, gbemiga! Wow, we haven't had anyone from Nigeria here before, I don't think!! We are blessed also to have you with us.

What are you studying at University?

Love in Jesus!

- BM

 
Adding to the Challenge

John Ch 2
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

I must say it is ironic, this was on the board tonite... As I was driving to my friend's house tonite to do my 2 weeks worth of laundry, I pulled into a beautiful new housing development.
I looked at the house on the corner, and thought wow what a beautiful home, someday I may have one of those.. (fleshly side talking here) , then I said outloud, Lord you know what plans you have for me and what I will have, what you Lord want me to have.

It then struck me that this beautiful home, is only a shell. What really counts is what is on the inside of the home, more importantly what is on the inside of the folks that live in the home.
What is in their heart? Is Jesus in their heart? It is so sad to think that there are so many lost souls within shells. Our bodies are our shells, what is inside of yours? I am finding on my spiritual journey that the things of the world are really starting to bug me.. Praise the Lord.. I have found that I am getting better and better at Not Living a Second Rate Life.. I mean really! The Lord wants us to have a victorious life.. we are the ones who ruin it all with our fleshly wants and desires..

Is it easy searching what is in our shell and living totally for the Lord? No.. I have struggles each and every day, as I am sure so many of you do.

The Lord has blessed me abundantly in so many ways lately, and I am not speaking financially here, no in many ways.. What I am really learning is that God is putting me through the refining fire lately, I just keep praying and asking him to continue to give me the strength.

This is a very busy week for me. I have to pack up my current apartment in 2 days, which is a huge apartment, and the movers come 6:00 A.M. on Monday to move me to my new town. To my new apartment the Lord blessed me with. Yes it is smaller, yes I will have to downsize some of my worldly things, but oh man it is so worth it.. The ultimate home the Lord has for you and for me.. is with him.. Are you ready to give it all, and live with him? I am telling ya.. it is so much more peaceful and calm living in his home. Take some time to see what is inside of your shell.

Hugs
Faithwoman:groupray::groupray:

 
I must say it is ironic, this was on the board tonite... As I was driving to my friend's house tonite to do my 2 weeks worth of laundry, I pulled into a beautiful new housing development.
I looked at the house on the corner, and thought wow what a beautiful home, someday I may have one of those.. (fleshly side talking here) , then I said outloud, Lord you know what plans you have for me and what I will have, what you Lord want me to have.

It then struck me that this beautiful home, is only a shell. What really counts is what is on the inside of the home, more importantly what is on the inside of the folks that live in the home.
What is in their heart? Is Jesus in their heart? It is so sad to think that there are so many lost souls within shells. Our bodies are our shells, what is inside of yours? I am finding on my spiritual journey that the things of the world are really starting to bug me.. Praise the Lord.. I have found that I am getting better and better at Not Living a Second Rate Life.. I mean really! The Lord wants us to have a victorious life.. we are the ones who ruin it all with our fleshly wants and desires..

Is it easy searching what is in our shell and living totally for the Lord? No.. I have struggles each and every day, as I am sure so many of you do.

The Lord has blessed me abundantly in so many ways lately, and I am not speaking financially here, no in many ways.. What I am really learning is that God is putting me through the refining fire lately, I just keep praying and asking him to continue to give me the strength.

This is a very busy week for me. I have to pack up my current apartment in 2 days, which is a huge apartment, and the movers come 6:00 A.M. on Monday to move me to my new town. To my new apartment the Lord blessed me with. Yes it is smaller, yes I will have to downsize some of my worldly things, but oh man it is so worth it.. The ultimate home the Lord has for you and for me.. is with him.. Are you ready to give it all, and live with him? I am telling ya.. it is so much more peaceful and calm living in his home. Take some time to see what is inside of your shell.

Hugs
Faithwoman:groupray::groupray:

Hmm... interesting indeed, hon! - our "home" here, or our "home" up there? We sure GOTTA LOOK SERIOUSLY AT THIS - cos if our home and all the other stuff here is too important to us, we could completely miss out on our true Home in Heaven! (because if we love the world the Father's love IS NOT IN US!! 1 John 2:15)

And wouldn't that be worse than TRAGIC!!!


Thinking of you and praying as the big shift day arrives!
 
A big Welcome from me too, gbemiga! Wow, we haven't had anyone from Nigeria here before, I don't think!! We are blessed also to have you with us.

What are you studying at University?

Love in Jesus!

- BM
Thanks very much. I am study Geography.
 
Thanks very much. I am study Geography.

What's your purpose in studying Geography, gbemiga? What sort of work will this allow you to do later?

I have to admit I liked History more than Geography when I was at school many decades ago! Today we have a good Atlas close by all the time, because there are so many countries in the world that it's hard to keep track of where they are, their capital, and so on. For example, I'd have to use it to find what your capital is!
 
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PRACTICAL NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY


MESSAGE #69

SOME PRAYER GUIDES - 2

Part 1 is here


FOR BELIEVERS

Personal prayer can mostly be you and the Lord spending time together. Just talking, i.e., formality is NOT needed. You don't necessarily have to address Him - He knows if you're speaking to Him! (but it's okay). You don't need any 'Amens' or even 'In Jesus Name' to finish - praying has to be in His name anyway, by definition!

If you PRAY ALOUD, whether normal or quietly you'll find this so much better. Try it! It can be good to talk to Him about things you've read in the Word, or that you've learnt here. Talk to Him as to a friend - cos that's Who He is!!


"Please increase my faith. I need more faith, I really do. I want to trust YOU always!"

"I don't want to be conformed to this world. Help me to put You first."

At wake-up time: "Lord, bless this day to YOUR glory!"

"Thankyou that every time a bad thought comes into my head when I press 'Delete' straight away, You then stop it because I've chosen NOT to allow it to go further into my mind - to actually start thinking about it. Your power is so awesome, Lord Jesus!"

"Help me to put You ahead of all the self-centered things I want in this life..."

"Thankyou for helping me! I DO appreciate that lots."

"God, I need Your Spirit's power for today. I know He's with me and in me. I truly trust You for this - and here I go!"

- BM, with his Mrs
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"God, I need Your Spirit's power for today. I know He's with me and in me. I truly trust You for this - and here I go!"

Boy I needed that today! great reminders.
I need to keep on talking.. may my motor mouth not stop running with thanks, praises and guidance today!

Faithwoman
 
I liked that prayer too, Bondman.

We are in England now. Just got here. We have had a blessed time all the way from Iowa, making every flight we needed to make in order to get here in time to stay a good amount of time. Thank you, Jesus, for ordering our steps all the way.
 
I liked that prayer too, Bondman.

We are in England now. Just got here. We have had a blessed time all the way from Iowa, making every flight we needed to make in order to get here in time to stay a good amount of time. Thank you, Jesus, for ordering our steps all the way.

Oh, I bin wonderin' where you were in the world! So glad all went well for you, hon!

Have an absolutely wonderful time!!
 
Yes everybody neeeds hat prayer for successful christian journey.
Father let your Spirit's Power always be with me, I pray.
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Good morning to you, gbemiga! I reckon that your prayer:

"Father let your Spirit's Power always be with me, I pray."

is one for ALL of us!! Without that we are going to get absolutely nowhere in our Christian walk with the Lord!


(BTW, I get an error when I click on www.gbemiga1.tripod.com)
 
Low Self Esteem- YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE MISTREATED

Taken from The Word for you Today:

"We were like Grasshoppers in our own Sight
When Moses sent 12 spies to check out the Promised Land 10 came back saying "We saw.. giants. and were were like grasshoppers in our own sight. Israel had repeatedly witnessed God's power, why now were they intimidated? It's a perception problem called low self-esteeem , and IT'S HOW THE ENEMY PREVENTS YOU FROM WINNING. The Israelites quickly forgot their Red Sea deliverance and instead remembered Egypt where they'd lived as slaves. Be careful. HARD TIMES MAKE YOU THINK YOU DON'T DESERVE TO BE BLESSED! ANYTIME YOU HAVE SOMETHING OF VALUE, THE ENEMY WILL ATTACK YOU. In the Old Testatment we read: "When the Philipistines heard.. David had been annointed king.. they went up in full force to search for him" (2SA 5:17)

UNTIL YOU CAN CLAIM YOUR RIGHTFUL PLACE IN CHRIST, SATAN WILL TELL YOU THATYOU DESERVE TO BE MISTREATED. SO STEEP YOURSELF IN GOD'S WORD TILL IT BECOMES SUCH A PART OF YOU THAT YOU STOP DOUBTING YOURSELF. GOD MADE YOU IN HIS IMAGE, REDEEMED YOU, INDWELLS YOU, AND THAT MAKES YOU VALUABLE!

A man in the Prairie observed an eagle fatally wounded by gunshot. He writes" With his eyes gleaming.. he slowly turned his head, giving one last.. longing look towards the sky. He'd often swept those starry spaces with his wonderful wings.. the sky was the home of his heart. There he'd displayed his strength a thousand ties.. played with the lightning and raced the wind. Now far from home, the eagle lay dying because..
just once- he forgot and flew to low .. My soul is that eagle.. This isn't it's home. IT MUST NEVER LOSE ITS SKYWARD LOOK!

How true! We must never lose that skyward look. Just remember.. I am learning .. none of us deserve to be mistreated.. We are beautiful, God made me.. he redeemed me.. he indwells in me.. and I AM VALUABLE AND SO ARE ALL OF YOU!

Hugs
Faithwoman... whoo hoo it's Friday!
 
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PRACTICAL NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY


MESSAGE #70

A PERSONAL STORY


THE GREAT TRUTHS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

About a decade ago a well-known preacher from a large church denomination was making major promises to us and many others around the world - He consistently and very authoritatively put forward his claims, based on New and Old Testament verses and passages - and specifically in the TWO areas of life that had been SO INCREDIBLY HARD for us for a number of decades - promising us HEALTH and HEALING and MONEY.

We followed his promises to the letter, with strong faith and high expectations. Most others in this denomination preach these same claims - but the promises FAILED IN BOTH AREAS!! Inevitably this left us seriously damaged, hurt, and confused. (It was a major error of judgement on my part to have allowed this to happen - but he was very charismatic and persuasive with claims that were incredibly appealing to us in the terrible state we were in.)

The end result of all of this is not hard to understand: QUITE SIMPLY, HIS TEACHINGS AND THE TEACHING OF THIS CHURCH WERE, AND ARE (very sadly) W-R-O-N-G, WRONG! VERY WRONG!! Result: we ended up totally bombed-out and washed-up Spiritually - which was a major, major shock to me I can tell you! And also A POWERFUL WAKE UP CALL from God!!!

In the Lord, my response was pretty strong and immediate: I decided to completely throw out all the doctrines - including the errors and rubbish - that he had taught us, get it all OUT OF MY HEAD and RELEASE MY SPIRIT FROM IT - and just for good measure I decided at the same time to throw out all the other things I'd EVER been taught for over 40 years by other different people and churches!!

Yes, rather drastic, I agree! But we were so hurt and left in such a mess that I said to the Lord: "I WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY what the New Testament REALLY teaches! Whatever it takes, Lord!! I'm starting with an open mind and a clean slate here. Please REVEAL to me and teach me THE TRUTH! - by Your Holy Spirit!!"

Obviously this took time, a lot of reading, trusting, and waiting on the Spirit to shine His light on what I was studying. And as I went along, from time to time I chose to just check what He was revealing to me AGAINST the CORE DOCTRINES of the great men of the Protestant Church over the past 300-400 years.

As I progressed I got more and more excited at how much I was learning and understanding!! And the further I went on TWO specific things happened: what the Holy Spirit was showing me got clearer and cleared AND it was incredibly wonderful to find that it was all tallying exactly with the core doctrines of the greats of the Protestant Church!!! Man, what a thrilling and exciting time it was!!

What I teach here today directly stems out of that major life experience. I can't explain how what I read in the New Testament is so incredibly clear to me. There are seldom any queries or uncertainties - it's all just there and somehow I 'get' it. I'VE THEN PUT IT ALL INTO PRACTICE IN MY LIFE! AND GUESS WHAT? THE MOST THRILLING PART OF ALL THIS IS THAT IT WORKS!!!

THUS I TEACH HERE IN THE INNER ROOM WHAT I'VE LEARNT FROM THE WORD OF GOD, AND KNOW BY THE SPIRIT!! THERE IS NO THEORY HERE!! So those who choose to ACT upon what I share with you and challenge you on, profit from my experiences and what God has directly taught me. So is He a wonderful God or is He a wonderful God?!!! Hallelujah!

- BM, with his Lady
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THUS I TEACH HERE IN THE INNER ROOM WHAT I'VE LEARNT FROM THE WORD OF GOD, AND KNOW BY THE SPIRIT!! THERE IS NO THEORY HERE!! So those who choose to ACT upon what I share with you and challenge you on, profit from my experiences and what God has directly taught me. So is He a wonderful God or is He a wonderful God?!!! Hallelujah!

Praises to the Lord tonite! I am thankful for your teachings and your challenges, I have profited greatly from the sharing of your experiences.

The Lord blessed me tonite! Big time! I drove back to my old apartment and 4 of my girlfriends showed up to help pack.. my daughter came up to! brought me a really nice Mother's day gift.

The only sad part of the nite is as she was going through a box from the attic, as I was at the computer, she came into the room bawling her eyes out.. she found a letter I had kept that my ex husband wrote to me when I had asked for the divorce.. she said Dad was even trying to work it out mom and you still did not go back. .. you even kept the letter mom.. well that was a tough one .. I explained to her that I was going through alot back then.

As I reflect upon those days back then, I was lost in my faith.. One of the biggest things I continue to learn is that when someone says they are a Christian really observe their walk.. this tells a great story.. as I am still learning and being more aware of.

My parents come tomorrow. still lots to do in the next few days, but we are getting there!
Hugs to all
Robin
 
I know I need to get back to where I once was. You have continued to grow so much, FW. I am wandering again. I just told someone that I started getting my eyes off Heavenly Father when I started spending too much time with Norm and lost my time alone with God. That is no excuse. I know my fear of this brought me to where I find myself. I need balance. I will try and find a Spirit-filled woman to go places with and spend time with so I can stop flitting around listening to doctrine like BM says. Sometimes it is better to be alone and be with God if the person you are with does not understand your desire and hunger for the Word.

I stayed up until 3 am this morning to just study in John. I found some other scripture that spoke to me also. Thanx for your prayers. I am spent.
 
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