The Journey Thoughts

November 10, 2016

I can do nothing more than speak that which is in my heart.  Even though I
pray for myself and my family, my prayer is that we be kept from the
influences of the world. That we all be kept at the altar of God, seeking
His favor, His direction, and His purpose for our lives.  I know that some
things I write may make some people angry, but my hope and my prayer is that
it stimulates all who read, to seek His Spirit, and to read His word.  Let's
face it, there is only one Holy Spirit, One who is directing the lives of
the saints, through prayer and petition.  If there are two who disagree, God
has not been split, He is not showing favor for one brother over another,
but His love is for all.  His desire is that we seek Him, and He will teach
us what the truth is all about. He will put in our hearts the words that
need to be said.  But His direction is true!  His purpose is clear! He wants
us all to come to the full knowledge of Him, and that is to seek Him in
every way.  When we pray that God will grant our desires, what is the
motivation of our hearts, His will, or our wants? James says, "You desire
and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.
You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don't receive because
you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your evil desires. "
Adulteresses! Don't you know that friendship with the world is hostility
toward God? So whoever wants to be the world's friend becomes God's enemy.
Or do you think it's without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit who
lives in us yearns jealously? But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says:
God resists the proud, but give grace to the humble. Therefore, submit to
God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and
He will draw near to you."   " 4:2-8  I have not been given the gift of
prophecy, and I don't know the future, but I know who holds the day, so for
today, I will petition God, not for my wants, but for my wants to line up
with His desires.  I have learned in this life that the trials we go through
are happening to believers as well as non-believers, and just because
something bad happens to a believer, does not mean that he is not a
believer.  It is how the person responds to the trial that makes him a
witness for Christ, or just another confused individual. I must say that God
knows the hearts of man. He knows my heart, and He knows yours.  I will not
complain about the trials I have had to face, because I know that it was the
conditioning by the Spirit, who helped me and my family through many trials.
Yet, today, many believers, think that God is somehow against them when they
don't have the results of the prayers they use to petition God.  What are
you praying for?  For His will, or your wants.  He wants to give us the
desire of our hearts, but it's just that He would like the desire of our
hearts to be for Him and His will.  That takes a total emptying of ourselves
of self, and to be filled with the Spirit.  To walk in the Spirit,
regardless of the trials we seem to be heading in. Those who are suffering
right now, do we pray for God, to take away your suffering.  Of course, but
the heart should want what God wants, and that is to trust Him through
whatever trial we are going through. So stay on your knees, but search your
heart to see what the motivation of it is, and if it is the desire to have
what you want, more than the desire to know what God's will is, then I pray
that you will consider seeking what His desire is for you, for if it is His
desire for you to stay afflicted, then He will give you the strength to do
so. Seek what the Holy Spirit is teaching you, and rest knowing that His way
is best.  As Paul would learn, "My grace is sufficient for you." And His
grace is sufficient for us.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father,  I pray for You to pour out Your Spirit on this nation and
heal.  Lord, there is such a sharp polarization of the masses, and I know it
is because You are not the focus of our love and attention. Forgive us that,
and make our heart renewed with a passion for You. I pray for strength for
those who suffer through circumstances and illnesses. I pray for all of us
to draw closer to You.  So please hear my prayer for them, as I lift up: Our
nation! Our churches, our leadership.  Don, Dwight, Jim, Vanessa, Becky, the
Markle family, Travis, Virginia, Eric, Eva, Max, Rita, Pastor Berkey, Nancy,
June, JT, Candace, Meredith, Carolyn, Mike S., Ramona, Loren, Judy, Ben, the
Young family, Robby, Kathy, Terri, Becky, Montella, Charlie, Kim, Nada,
Angie, Isabel, Terry and his dad, Tim and his mom, Shelly and her mom, Pam
and her son, Kelly and her son, Richard and his dad, Julissa and her friend,
Ellen's friend, Kristena, Abby, Malachi, Corbin, Ryan, Olivia, Jeremiah,
Joanna, Tom, Evelyn, Joy, Ruth, Ada, JV, BJ, Ida, Betty, Briggs church,
Jackie Ann, Tonia, Todd, Liam, Aiden, Alan, Fisher, Tuly, Betsy, Michelle,
Trevor, Maria, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, Andrea, Shannon, Robert, Pat,
Ryan, Tyson, Wendy, Joyce, Betty, Gus, Lisa, Alice, David, Phyllis, Devon,
Cindy, Marliana, Cynthia, Betty, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn,
Laurie, Heather, Codi, Ron, Deane, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet,
Fred, Dotty, James, Scott, April, Craig, Hunter, Betty, Asher, Lynette,
Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick, Abe, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley,
Marc, Macy, Jade, Bob, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Matt, Liz, Matt,
Bethany, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura, Carmello, Kaitlyn, Tim, Michelle. Lord
please help us to seek only You and not our wants I pray in Jesus name.

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