Life Lessons


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The Guiltiness of Pleasure


A phrase used in our society today is "guilty pleasure".  If you google the meaning of this phrase, various interpretations are found.  I think this one is the best: "something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt".  It's usually something you wouldn't tell someone else about.

Oh, how our flesh wants what it wants. And all "guilty pleasures" starts with a thought: I think I'll watch such-and-such tonight.

We are forewarned in Scripture in many places.  I'll mention only one:  Prov. 25:28 says, "Whoever has no rule over his own (body & mind), is like a city broken down without walls."

Guilty pleasure.

Guilty.  Pleasure.

Guilty.  Pleasure.  =  Sin.  Against.  God.  


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Prayer for Our Own Needs


I have been contemplating as to why we NEED to have OTHERS pray for us.   Why is it that we feel OUR faith alone is not sufficient to bring forth the answers we need or the miracles needed?

I understand what it says in James 5:14-15 about calling on the Elders.

I understand that sometimes our circumstances are so overwhelming or that we've stood for so long with no results so, therefore, we seek "power help" from others.

But should going to others be the norm or should it be the exception? 

      Could it be that we are putting our faith in other people's faith
      rather than in God, Himself?

      Could it be that we don't read The Word of God consistently and  
      therefore we don't know God's Covenant Promises to us?

      Could it be that we are clueless as to how much God loves us and 
      desires to answer us?

   What kind of parent would we be if our child cried out to us for help
   but we ignore them?  That is NOT the kind of parent God is.  Just the
   opposite is true of God.

      Look at the account of Manasseh as recorded in 2 Chronicles 33:1-
     13. Look at what God - THE Father of fathers, The Ultimate Parent -
      did for him.

When you pray a prayer of agreement with ONE other person, it is answered by God.  Read Matthew 18:19.

      We don't need many people.  We need ONE trusted, Spirit-led
      Believer to stand in agreement with us.

Our Abba, The Father, desires to answer us!  We do NOT need to be asking for prayer from many.  Read Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24;       John 16:23-24; 1 John 5:14-15.

      But, if we do ask many for prayer, then ALL need to be in agreement
      as to what we are asking for and believing the answer to be.

If we need to have someone else's faith added to ours, then that one Godly, Spirit-led person's faith, coupled with our own, will be sufficient.

What human beings do need is to not feel so alone when we go through trials and tribulations.  We need to connect so that we are loved on and supported.  But, THAT is a whole different subject. 

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