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GodMake BeautifulGod loves you.

Yes, God does care about your happiness. God wants you to be happy.

Philippians 2:18  So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

There are many other verses in the Bible that show that God wants Christians to be happy. I find a lot of people believe it is somehow pious to trudge through life without any joy. This is not godly at all. It is not what God planned for you.

If you have ever had a child that you loved dearly, you want the child to be happy. God loves you even more than you love your child. He loves you more than you love yourself. He wants abundance and good things for you even more than you do. But when bad things happen some people blame it on God. Actually, many times we bring about bad things to ourselves. Let’s not blame it all on God. Romans 8:28 says that if you are a Christian, bad things are blessings in disguise. You have the power to be happy. That is God’s will for you. The Holy Spirit living in you is more powerful than you can ever imagine and will give you that power.

God wants the best for you

I have met many Christians who have bad self images. They don’t serve God because they feel they are not good enough. That is exactly what Satan wants. He wants you to be discouraged, to feel insignificant so that you won’t be a powerful force for the kingdom of God. Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Romans 12:12  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 14:7 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Roman s 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Marriage

At a marriage conference recently, I heard one of the attendees say that God did not make marriage to make us happy but to learn difficulties. I don’t agree. If a person truly loves his/her spouse, he will find happiness in that.

Suffering

I’m not saying that you will never suffer. The Apostle Paul suffered because he wanted to suffer. Phil 3:10. Jesus suffered, that was his reason for coming to earth. However, what one person considers suffering might be the best thing ever for someone else. For example, if i had nothing to eat but a little bread or rice with vegetables and some fruit three times a day, I would consider that suffering. But over one fourth of the people in the world would think that is the best thing ever because they normally don’t get three meals a day.

The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven. ~ John Milton (Paradise Lost)

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MiracleContinued from 4/4/2015

2. Ask God for it in faith.

Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him

who knocks, the door will be opened.

Simply put, ask God for what you need. Another “A” in our FAITH acronym

might be “Agree.” It is good to find other people to agree with you in prayer.

Matthew 18:19 tells us, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree

about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

3. Imagine the answer to prayer in your mind.

Imagine it like you already have it. If you are praying for a relationship to

get better, imagine that it is. Your optimistic attitude will help change the

relationship. That is the way God created faith. On the other hand, being

pessimistic, lacking faith, and thinking about negative things, will cause

problems in the relationship. When a person thinks about the negatives of the

relationship, he will be more likely to get angry or do other things that are not

good for the relationship. I have seen this happen many times in my own life

and in the lives of others.

It is important to imagine you have already been given the answer to your

prayer, because if you have faith and you pray in God’s will, you do already

have the answer. I will explain this more in the chapter on Daniel.

4. Thank God for it.

In Mark 11:24 we read, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you

have received it, and it will be yours.” Notice it says “…believe that you have

received it…”. This means that at the moment you ask God for it, you receive

it. However, it may take some time for it to materialize or to become substance

Some translations of Hebrews 11:1 read, “Faith is the substance (my emphasis)

of things hoped for…” Daniel prayed in Daniel 10, but the powerful angel that

came to give him the answer to his prayer was detained by Satan or a demon.

There was apparently a wrestling match in the unseen world. Paul said we

wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the powers in the heavenly

realms. These powers will do everything possible to damage our faith and

prevent us from getting an immediate answer to our prayer.

God could have answered Daniel’s prayer immediately if He wanted to, but for

some reason, He allowed the struggle in the heavenly realms to continue for

days before the angel was able to reach Daniel. Romans 8:28 says that in all

things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according

to His purpose. God is certainly powerful enough to answer your prayer

immediately if He wants to, but usually He takes some time before He answers

it. God is more concerned about us growing spiritually strong than getting

everything we want right away. Just as our parents did not give us everything

we wanted because they knew it was for our best, God also sometimes does

not give us what we want when we ask for it. Every parent has probably had

a child who wanted to eat ice cream for supper; however, the parent knew it

would not be good for the child and did not permit it.

See the books on prayer.


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Real faith means taking action. We have faith that a chair will hold us up when

we sit in it because we have experience with chairs. If our experience told us

that blue chairs usually broke, it would make us wary of blue chairs. We would

probably test them a bit before putting all our weight on them.

On the other hand, since we don’t know when God will answer our prayers, it is

often not a good idea to take certain actions. We can pray for health, but should

not quit taking medicine until we discuss it with our doctor. Maybe God chooses

to heal us through the medication. Keep taking the medication but pray and

then thank God that He is healing your body.

Often God will answer our prayer even if our faith is weak because it is His will.

In the book of Acts, Peter got out of jail when a room filled with believers prayed

for him. When he came to the very door of the house where they were praying

and knocked, they did not believe the servant girl when she told them it was Peter.

 

Now that we’ve established the critical component of faith in powerful prayer,

let’s look at an acronym that is a simple way to remember the five steps

to powerful prayer. Each of these steps will be explained more fully in later

chapters, but for now, let’s look at the acronym FAITH.

 

F Faith and Find a Bible verse to stand on.

A Ask

I Imagine the answer

T Thank God for it

H Hold on to your faith and be Happy while you wait

 

1. Faith. Have faith when you pray and Find a Bible verse to stand on.

Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith will it be done to you

Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Mark 11:23, 24 “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received

it, and it will be yours.”

Find a verse in the Bible that applies to your prayer request. At first, that

seems restrictive and difficult, but there are so many promises in the Bible, you

will surely find one if your desire aligns with God’s will. For example, if you

are praying for money, get a concordance and look up verses that speak of

wealth or prosperity. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1 and Psalm 112 are a few of many

good verses about wealth. If you are praying for a relationship, look up verses

on love. If you are lacking something, think of Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my

shepherd, I shall lack nothing.”

Find scriptures that promise you an answer to your prayer. It is a good idea

to memorize a verse or two of those promises. Many times you will not find a

specific verse that promises you what you are asking. That is okay. Just have

faith and pray for it.  See the books.

More in a few days about this.


world-map-in-retro-style-design-913-2129aAn amazing story from the book No Longer a Slumdog by KP Yohannan:

I was born and brought up in a Dalit society where we were very much oppressed and downtrodden by the higher people. There are a lot of people who practice untouchability here (India) who won’t share a bench with someone from a low caste or share food with them or anything.

I went to school up to the third grade, but I had to discontinue when my father became ill. Suddenly there was no one to support the family, so I, being the eldest son, had to start working. My dreams were all shattered. I worked in house construction, making and carrying bricks or cultivating wheat fields.

We didn’t have breakfast, and we didn’t have lunch all that we had was dinner. I was so hurt and very sad when I saw that we worked hard the whole day but only made enough for one meal while others who didn’t work as hard had more than enough. We were sometimes paid late, and then there was no food at home.

Sometimes we would take a debt to pay for our rent and then we would have to take more. You know, it is kind of a cycle. You get debt and you work. You are not able to pay back and so you keep working for them. And that is what used to happen to us.

Even when my father became well enough to work, we still could not afford school for any of us. Our family and our needs had grown. He went to the neighboring state to look for a job and took me with him.

While we were there, he came to know the Lord Jesus and became the first believer in our village. My father used to pray and read the Bible and take me to church. But I was not interested at that time and went back to my home village.

Later I was married, and we both were working for the landlords. I always wondered, when are we going to improve this situation? I have to get liberated from all this kind of bondage.

And it is a bondage. But the problem was, even though I wanted to get freedom from this, I could not because we were not educated. I didn’t understand how to get liberated. I wanted freedom, but there was no way to get out. In the society that I grew up in, it is destined. I could not become a higher caste person because the cycle is always there, and this is what I believed. It was all normal life for us.

After some years I became sick and could not tell east from west, and I could hardly stand. My family did all sorts of pujas and rituals for my healing, but nothing worked. My father came, and for six years he prayed for my healing, shared the gospel with me and encouraged me. But then one night, he asked some other Christians he knew to pray for my healing. My family who did not know the Lord said, “If Jesus can heal him then we will accept Jesus as our savior.” That was the challenge they set.

As my father prayed, I felt a strange kind of feeling. The next morning, I was able to ride my bike again. I was completely healed. The whole village was shocked. They had not known Christ could do such a thing.

Because of this miracle, I gave my life to the Lord. I understood that I was freed from the bondage of the caste system. In Christ, there is no high caste, no low caste. And when the barrier is not there, I am no longer under bondage. I am free only in Christ.

And this is what I love. My main desire is to go and make people here in the village realize that we can be freed. If people can realize there is no difference in a person, whether from a Dalit society or from high society, their bondage will be broken. Their eyes will be opened. So I always pray, every day, that the people in my village we are all the same in Christ.

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num 6This is a short story from history with an application that can change your life:

Ancient history tells us of four outcasts who were sitting outside the wall of a city. The city had been surrounded by enemy soldiers and all the food supplies were blocked off. It was the custom to conquer a city this way so that they would not lose as many soldiers in battle.

People inside the city were starving to death, even eating their own children. The four outcasts sat outside the city because they had a contagious disease called leprosy. To prevent it from spreading to other people they were prevented from entering the walled city.

One night the four outcasts began discussing the situation. They said “If we stay here, we will starve to death. We might as well go to the enemy camp and ask them for food, maybe they will have mercy on us.”

So they went. But when they arrived in the camp, they found that the enemy had been scared away and had left in such a hurry that they didn’t bring their food, horses or gold.

You can imagine what a wonderful time that was for the outcasts. Suddenly they had more food than they could eat and wealth beyond their wildest dreams. They found the finest foods and began eating. But then they said to themselves “If we stay here and don’t share this with our people, we will surely be punished!” So they went back to the city to share the good news.

I’m sure the four outcasts were heroes after that. Undoubtedly they were the most loved people in the city for a long time. This story can be found in the ancient holy Jewish texts (2 Kings chapter 7).

Isn’t it interesting that God used the lowest of the low, the outcasts, the dregs of society to save all the people of the city? The Apostle Paul said that he rejoiced in his weakness because God gives great power to weak people.

Do you have an addiction or bad habit that makes you feel like an outcast? Jesus promised you can overcome it. Do you feel your finances are eating you alive? Matthew 17:20 says that if you have faith, nothing will be impossible for you. It takes a lot of time and determination, unwavering devotion to your goal to make it happen.

One way to strengthen your faith is to be grateful. If you are not grateful for what you have now, you probably won’t be happy after you get more. Thanking God for the good things he has given you, listing them one by one, makes you much stronger and increases your faith. Not only that, but psychologists tell us that grateful people can accomplish more because they are not dragged down by sadness.