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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lift Your Eyes To New Horizons

Having a right focus is so important in this day.


Watching the news daily on TV is not such a good focus to have.

Looking to the Lord is the correct focus we all must have.

This lesson shares with us what having a right focus means.


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'Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’?


 I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! 

They are ripe for harvest. 

 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 

 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.

   I sent you to reap what you have not worked for.

 Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

John 4:35-38

  This seemingly irrelevant remark is tacked on, in a sense, to the account of the great miracles of the New Testament.

The Lord miraculously discerned the depth of the Samaritan woman's heart and the details of her past as she came to draw water from the well.

He brought her into a real knowledge of life and salvation.

Because of her testimony, many of the Samaritans came out of the city to see what she was talking about.

They were greatly moved by it and believed in Him.

We will bypass the story itself and consider primarily the little parable that is added on to the story.

  Why did Jesus say, "Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white for harvest?"

The disciples probably were passing through certain grain fields, which in the natural would not be ready to harvest for four months.

But He said, "Lift up your eyes and look. The harvest is white already.

The grain is ready to be harvested."

We still do not understand fully how to take the initiative to come into a ministry of worldwide effectiveness in the Kingdom of God.

We do not know our part in it yet.

This little phrase, "Lift up you eyes," is used many times in the New Testament.

At that time, it must have been the idiom of the day.

Since it has been passed down to us by literal translation, we do not fully sense its true meaning.

  When He said, "I say, lift up your eyes," He was not talking about lifting them up to take another look at the grain field.

He was talking about an elevation to another realm.

He was telling them to look around and see the reality, to open their hearts to see the spiritual harvest that they were to have.

  A person fails to develop a ministry if he continually focuses on a lower realm.

He does not see the golden opportunities around him because he is not looking for them.

His vision is not elevated to the proper realm to see what is happening.

  Some people can walk into a room and become aware of certain things.

When visiting a friend's home, some women need to exercise great restraint to avoid putting a pillow in place here, adjusting a chair there, and straightening up the room.

Have you ever seen anyone like that?

Have you been trained that way yourself?

Some people can walk through a room, see what needs to be done, and automatically do it.

Other people can walk through the same room, look right at the job, and never see it.

People are conditioned to look at things differently.

  The Lord is telling us to lift up our eyes.

We are focused on the harvest that will come in the future, but He wants us to see the harvest that is ready right now.

We often do not see what other men have done in preparing many hearts.

If we enter into it, the Lord will bless our eyes to see it.

  In Proverbs 29:18 we read Where there is no vision, the people perish.

That Scripture is often used by preachers with interpretation that where there is no great vision for worldwide service, the people will die,

Actually, the literal meaning in Hebrew is this:

"Where there is no prophetic vision...."

The Scripture is speaking about the seer-prophet.

In other words, "Where there is no seer-prophet, the people perish."

  We yearn for God to raise up people who can walk through a church and see what needs to be done to set it in order.

The spiritual ministries must not be elevated to such a place that the people are not prepared for the alertness and the focus on their own part which opens up the door to spiritual perception.

We should not look at a man to see whether or not he has trimmed his mustache; we should look at him to see what is behind the mustache.

What is his need?

If we look for it, we can find it.

  Today the Lord is telling us the same thing that He told the disciples when they came back from the city with food ( John 4:31-34 ).

When  they said, "Master, we will give You some food," Jesus was lost in another realm.

He replied, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of."

Had someone brought Him something to eat?

No, for he continued, "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work."

He had something else that He was eating, something else of which He was aware.

Because he was alert to it.

He was living in another realm.

He said, "I always do those things which I see the Father do" ( John 5:19 ) .

He never looked at a man without seeing what the Father was trying to accomplish in that man's life and without trying to help him with it.

  Once, when He saw a man coming, He said, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile."

  "How do you know me?"

"I saw you when you were sitting under the fig tree."

  "Then You must be the Messiah!"

  "Do you marvel at this?

You will have your eyes opened.

You will see the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Other things are happening, about which you know nothing, but if you lift up your eyes and focus upon the Lord, you will start seeing a realm which you have never seen before.

You will become alert to something that did not seem to be thee before" ( John 1:47-51 ) .

  Do you want a ministry?

Then begin by lifting up your eyes.

Take your eyes from the low level of the passing scene.

Remove them from the human plane.

Lift your heart a little.

Lift your eyes a little.

If you raise your own spiritual level, you will start seeing things that need to be done and people who need to be met.

You will see what needs to be done in the church.

You will see it, not critically, but in a way that enables you to enter in and do something about it.

  The beginning of the ministry of a prophet or a man of God may come through the same type of instruction that Saul received while he was still a gangling youth looking for his father's lost donkeys.

He prepared a small offering for the prophet Samuel and went into the city, asking, "Is the seer here?"

Because Samuel knew that Saul was going to be a king, he had a feast prepared for him.

When Saul met him, Samuel said, "The asses that you are worried about have already been found, and now your father is wondering where to find his son."

Then the prophet continued, "Now today, you will hear the word of the Lord."

Saul just stared.

Samuel said, "Now stand still and I will give you the word of God."

So the lanky youth stood there while Samuel told him what he had seen.

This boy was to be a king.

He was to walk in authority over all of Israel.

He had not seen it before ( I Samuel 9 ) .

Do you see what is in store for you?

Do you know where you are going?

Do you look at your brother and see who he really is?

Lift up your eyes.

Are you waiting for someone to show you, to tell you?

On one occasion Jesus was talking to His disciples, and He said, "Where I go, you know, and the way you know."

Thomas replied, "We do not know where You are going; therefore, how could we know the way?"

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.

If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have  seen Him."

Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." John 14:6-8.

Are you still saying, "Show me, show me?"

Just lift up your eyes.

Open them a little.

Anoint your eyes with eye-salve that you may see ( Revelation 3:18 ) .

Come up to a higher plane of vision.

Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me Philip?

He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, "Show us the Father?"

Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me?" John 14:9-10.

  What was Jesus saying?

There were people who ate with Him and lived with Him and walked with Him, year in and year out; yet they still did not have a revelation of the Father.

Why?

Because they did not open their eyes to see it.

Perhaps above everything else, you need to have the elders lay hands on you, bless you, minister revelation to you, and help you to open your eyes to see what is happening.

Too many people who love the Lord do not have the real vision which they could have if they were not so earthbound in their focus and in their living.

Are you one of them?

Are you so continually occupied with the present scene that you never have a vision or a revelation, that you never look at a person and see the Lord in him?

Do you come to church for a blessing to minister a little life to you, all the time hoping that you will get just enough so that you can go back to live in the realm of your problems?

  The man who is concentrated on this life does not do a very good job of achieving anything worthwhile; however, the man who has the vision of a higher realm does a good job in this one too.

A good illustration of this is Daniel.

Three times a day, Daniel opened his window toward Jerusalem to pray.

His enemies passed all kinds of laws against it, but that did not matter.

Even a den of lions could not discourage that practice.

He continued to pray because his focus was, above all, upon the Lord and upon the spiritual realm.

He was on his face seeking God about Jeremiah's prophecy that the exiles would be going back to Jerusalem, to the land from which he had been taken captive when he was about seventeen years old.

Now he was in his nineties, wondering when it would be fulfilled.

  Do you understand what type of man Daniel was?

Although he was focused on another realm. he was one of the finest administrators, second in authority only to the king, in one of the largest kingdoms in the world.

Even without any modern facilities of communication, he was still able to rule wisely and to hold the empire together.

He could do all of that because he was focused on the Lord.

  Delight yourself in the Lord, and the desires of your heart will be met.

Commit your way unto the Lord, and He will bring it to pass ( Psalm 37:4,5 ) .

Seek first the Kingdom, and the other things will be added ( Matthew 6:33 ) .

Everyone should pray for a higher spiritual level in his walk with God.

You can tell when people suddenly break into it.

They look around to find some way to minister to the house of God.

You are not looking for a thank you, nor are they blind to the need; but they meet it and fulfill it.

The Lord is always trying to lift us up.

Jesus said, "Lord, I want these people to be with Me where I am, in order that they may see My glory" ( John 17:24 ) .

You will not see His glory until you come up to it.

You will not even see the needs of the people, or what God is doing in the Body.

You will not understand anything until your focus is set upon something higher.

Than nothing else matters.

  Would you agree that the apostle Paul was one man whose heart was truly focused on the Lord?

Because his focus was set upon the Lord, he was able to see clearly the needs of almost every church.

His epistles are filled with deep insight and perception.

Paul had eyes to see the need.

Was he concerned about the passing scene?

Was he concerned about the economic conditions in Ephesus when he went there to make tents?

Did he worry about how he was going to make a living?

Did he worry about all the robbers on the way?

Did he worry about the perils that he was going to face while doing the will of God?

No, none of this bothered him.

  In Acts 28, Luke describes an incident that happened after the shipwreck.

On pieces of the ship, Paul and his companions made their way to shore.

Not one soul had been lost, because God had promised, "I will give you all of them to sail with you."

When they landed on the island, they gathered wood for the fire, and a viper bit Paul.

Can you picture the apostle Paul?

His focus was upon the Lord.

He was rejoicing in the Lord.

He was building a fire for their warmth so that they would not be chilled, or catch a cold or pneumonia.

He was thinking of other people all the time, but his heart was set upon the Lord.

Suddenly a viper came and fastened itself to him.

He did not say, "Now we must rebuke the viper.

Oh dear, the whole work of the Lord will perish because I am bit by a viper!"

It was of no consequence.

He shook it into the fire and went on his way as though nothing happened.

  Some of the things that come against you only have validity and a force if you recognize them.

We do not want to think on the human level.

We want to be the sons of God, focusing on the Lord.

We want to be alert to the needs of the Kingdom, rather than our current problems and circumstances.

To us, the wilderness is an area to be passed through and the Canaanites are a problem to be extinguished; but the land is to be possessed for the Lord.

  Some people look at the paper dragons that Satan sends and are always fearful, because they do not see the situation as it actually is.

Open your eyes to a new vision.

Open your eyes to something higher.

Then you are not going to be afraid of the vipers that come after you.

Just shake them off.

They are of no consequence at all.

Shrink down your problems and magnify the Lord instead.

You will be surprised by the peace of mind you have over many problems that disturb you deeply right now.

They are of no consequence when you walk in the heavenly realm.

Friday, September 23, 2016

August 1968

We all piled  into Tony Meston's Shelby GT350
Mustang and drove up to Hollywood to go and get the advance sale of the new Cream album at Licorice Pizza.

(Actually, now that I think about it, we all were in his VW van.)

It was their third album.

We were stoked to obtain one of the last copies available that day.

It was a flashy foil printed cover.

 It "strobed" when you rocked it back and forth.

This album fast became the number one album in the United States, becoming the first platinum-selling double album.

Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker.

This was Cream at their best before disbanding.

I truly loved the late 60's!


"Some Men Need Killing" quote of Louis L'Amour in one of his western novels.

These people clap out of fear of death
South Korea has elite troops on standby ready to assassinate Kim Jong Un if the country feels threatened by North Korean nuclear weapons, the country's defense minister revealed this week.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/23/asia/south-korea-plan-to-assassinate-kim-jong-un/index.html

I often wondered why the free world tolerates a man who has done what this man has done.

Apparently the world is starting to take notice:

GENEVA: 
The United Nations human rights investigator called on Monday for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and senior officials to be prosecuted for committing crimes against humanity. 
 
Mar 14, 2016
 
 

Senate Panel Authorizes Money For Mission To Mars (usatoday.com)

With a new president on the horizon, a key Senate committee moved Wednesday to protect long-standing priorities of the nation's space program from the potential upheaval of an incoming administration.


 Members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed a bipartisan bill authorizing $19.5 billion to continue work on a Mars mission and efforts to send astronauts on private rockets to the International Space Station from U.S. soil -- regardless of shifting political winds.

 Under the Senate bill, NASA would have an official goal of sending a crewed mission to Mars within the next 25 years, the first time a trip to the Red Planet would be mandated by law. 

The legislation would authorize money for different NASA components, including $4.5 billion for exploration, nearly $5 billion for space operations and $5.4 billion for science. 

Beyond money, the measure would: 

Direct NASA to continue working on the Space Launch System and Orion multi-purpose vehicle that are the linchpins of a planned mission to send astronauts to Mars by the 2030s. 

The bill includes specific milestones for an unmanned exploration mission by 2018 and a crewed exploration mission by 2021.

 Require development of an advanced space suit to protect astronauts on a Mars mission. 

Continue development of the Commercial Crew Program designed to send astronauts to the space station -- no later than 2018 -- on private rockets launched from U.S. soil.

 Expand the full use and life of the space station through 2024 while laying the foundation for use through 2028.

 Allow greater opportunities for aerospace companies to conduct business in Low Earth Orbit. 

Improve monitoring, diagnosis and treatment of the medical effects astronauts experience from spending time in deep space.

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Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes


Ya lets throw away taxpayer money on unrealistic endeavors that do nothing to actually help our own people.
 
Just like during the last economic crisis, homeless encampments are popping up all over the nation as poverty grows at a very alarming rate.  

 According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half a million people are homeless in America right now, but that figure is increasing by the day. 

And it isn’t just adults that we are talking about.

 It has been reported that that the number of homeless children in this country has risen by 60 percent Poverty USA says that a total of 1.6 million children slept either in a homeless shelter or in some other form of emergency housing at some point last year.
since the last recession, and

 Yes, the stock market may have been experiencing a temporary boom for the last couple of years, but for those on the low end of the economic scale things have just continued to deteriorate.

Most of the time, those that establish tent cities do not want to be discovered because local authorities have a nasty habit of shutting them down and forcing homeless people out of the area.

 Universal housing wouldn’t have much chance of passage in Washington.
 
Perhaps they want to one day send all of them to Mars...they certainly have the money for that...

You have the Scripture, you have the prophecy. Now pray.

 This teaching will help you to understand how you can start getting more results in your prayer life and how to become more tuned into the Lord as well.

How many of us just pray every now and then and really have no prayer life per say?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could become more focused and start to see things that we thought were impossible take place as a result of our prayers?

 

Here is a little guidance in starting us out on a good path towards obtaining a healthy prayer life.


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Have you noticed that the biggest factor in your walk with God is that you fail to wait on the Lord, you fail to read the Word and you fail to pray?

It is those three things that really bother you, and if you could have something that could start you on track- if somebody in the morning could give you a little push so that at least you got started, you know that the day would be all right.

But as it is, you get to hurrying around and the first thing you know, it's the middle of the afternoon and you think, "I haven't prayed."

Evening comes, and before you go to bed, you read the Word and pray, feeling a guilty conscience, "I should have been praying; I should have waited on the Lord.

All day long I didn't do what I should have done."

This is very common.

But I can give you a key so that each day can be lived in the Spirit, and that day will see you walking along in at least a measure, if not all, of what God has for you.


  Take five minutes- five minutes as soon as you're wide awake.

Five minutes won't hurt you: you can brush your teeth in that time, but in five minutes you could do something that would help you all through that day.

Suppose you start out with a verse of Scripture, maybe something predetermined the night before, or planned for a whole week, so you don't go leafing through the Bible.

The verse that you are going to use is priming the pump, so that you get the water started in the morning.

One verse of Scripture, then you pray and open your heart to the Lord very simple.

Just a couple of minutes of prayer, and then you pause, and open your heart, "Lord, I open my heart to You to lead me today."

This is the way you start.

Now you may know that in the next ten minutes you're going to come back and read the Word for half an hour.

You may be prepared to spend two hours in prayer; but on the other hand, the unexpected may come to wipe you out.

Or, you may find that there's a schedule to keep.

If you have an appointment in the morning, you've got to move.

But you've started something: now you won't be going to the appointment or to school with self-condemnation, thinking, "I didn't start right: I didn't get to pray this morning. I didn't wait on the Lord," approaching the day with something less than faith.

You've taken five minutes and stirred your self into the realm of the spirit.

You have opened your spirit to God.

You will do your exercises to get yourself in shape, eat your morning oats or rice, swallow your wheat germ oil or something- you feel like you've got to get yourself going- but you fail to remember that your spirit has to wake up too, and your spirit has to be activated for the day.

Some people wake up physically, right away.

Other people are slow to do it.

But whether you wake up quick or late physically and mentally, you still can awaken your spirit to God and you've given your spirit something of the Word of God to reach into.

Then it's very easy the rest of the day to develop a hunger.


  You can take your Bible, a little sermon- something that you are going to read- with you to work, or wherever you are.

Put it in your lunch, if you take a lunch.

Remember now, it is just as necessary to sustain your spirit as your body, so you take something to feed your spirit.

Make always that opportunity when you get the coffee break, a little rest period, the rest room, or when you get any time during the day where you can stop.

It is surprising how you can meditate at a stop light.

Nothing in the world can interrupt you until they start honking behind you!

  It's almost like a thing of spiritual isometrics, because already you have started; you are beginning to look for places to make that contact with God, times in which you can almost dial out the conscious level and reach through to that sweet fellowship with the Lord.


Isometrics is motionless exercise- you strain against an immovable object and it is beneficial for the muscle tone of your whole body.

Suppose you do the same thing spiritually?

Would you like to know how to let your faith grow?

Would you like to know how to begin to exercise yourself spiritually and really grow?

Spirit's don't have muscles; they move entirely through authority, not through your muscles.

The physical man moves through muscles, but the spiritual man moves through the authority and as he submits to the Lord, he moves into greater authority.


Everybody should have their little isometric spiritual list.

Would you like to know how to make a list of spiritual isometrics, so that through the day you can begin to test yourself or exercise on them and find that spiritually you begin to grow?

It's very simple: only one little principle to follow.

Make a list ahead of time, carry it in a notebook, write it on a little three by five inch card: or, if you have a good memory, remember it.

(With all of the aerial sprayed aluminum powders being released in the sky through chemtrails today, most people find that their  memories are being impaired.)

But on this list, if you list the impossible things, things that you have not been able to believe for- for the church, for the pastor, for yourself- some circumstances or problem that to you seems impossible.

You could list something that you want for yourself, in this walk with God, that you've never been able to have.

All of these are possibilities.

It would even be better to stay away from yourself and stop and think, "Now who is the most impossible character in the church?

Who is the most difficult one to help?"

Then you write down what they need, as far as you can understand it.

You may have five or six things, maybe more.

But don't get too many; just tackle the hard ones.

And every time you have a break, worship the Lord and then get some Scripture, some promise ( do it originally each time), and say, "Lord, I'm going to believe for this."


You set your heart to believe it and exercise it, and you're claiming it.

You're straining at the immovable object according to your spirit, and it's surprising how your spirit keeps drawing from the Lord, appropriating it, and the impossible is done.


  I'm giving you keys on how to walk with the Lord, how to be a spiritual individual.

Write down the Scripture that you started out with in the morning on a three by five inch filing card, with the reference on the other side.

You're going to memorize both of them during the course of the day.

You have started out to open your spirit up to God through that verse.

All day long stand on that promise and pray over it and meditate on it.

  Paul wrote to Timothy and told him to remember the prophecies over him that by them he might war a good warfare.

( Does your church or fellowship exercise prophecy?)

If you'd like to war a really good warfare, make a little capsule summary of what God has said about
you.

Sometimes just a few words will remind you: "I'm going to be a handmaiden of the Lord."

"I'm going to be a prophet ( or a prophetess) of the Lord."

"I'm going to have a discerning of spirits," "I'm going to prophesy", or just write "prophecy," or whatever it is you are to do or be.

Jot down also the prophecies.

Then whenever you have a free minute, do what Paul told Timothy, "Meditate on these things; give yourself wholly to them and your profiting will appear to all."

Make a business of being spiritual, and every time you get the chance, turn your eye away from the passing parade, the consensus orthodoxy of the world around you.


Look back to that which is important, the prophecy over you, the Scripture, the verse of Scripture, and reach into the Lord.

Don't say, "Forget that! I pray when ever I feel like it."

When you don't have a plan or have a simple course, you say it, but you don't do it.



  Anybody, for a few bucks, can buy a set of dumb-bells or a bar-bell set and a few exercises to do.

Thousands upon thousands of people buy those sets, and they sit in the garages or attics or wherever they've been stored, and they're not growing muscles on anybody.

But if a man pays for a years membership in a gym and he's going to get specialized training, he is taking on an extra load.

He has to come home, get whatever he's going to work out in, make a trip to the gym through the traffic.

He has to change, he has to work out, then take a shower, redress and drive back home.

It's a lot more complicated than coming home and going out into the garage and running through a few exercises.

But he'll do that, rather than work out with something simple.

Why?

Because he'll think, "well, I'll work out tomorrow."

But something is demanded: "This is my gym day; this is my day to work out."

It's the same way with school; anybody can get a good book and sit down and read it and probably get more out of t than they'll get out of a college course, using the same book as a text.

But because it's required to be there at a certain hour and certain days and they have to pass the examination, they bone up on it.

An average high school graduate in a year's time could have a college education, if they were a good reader and had nothing to impede their progress.

Four years of college could be cut to less than twenty-five percent of the time , with lasting benefits and knowledge that could be applied, because much of that is just wasted time when they're in college.

But they won't, because they don't discipline themselves.

Now the same thing is true in the spirit.

If you say, "Well, I'll do it when the mood hits me," you'll never do it.

But set yourself to do certain little things systematically.

You have your promises, you've started yourself off for the day, you have a prophecy, you have a little resume', you have some spiritual isometrics, impossible things that you're testing your faith on.

Let yourself come into a full focus.

A good way is to get mad about something.

Write down something that your really angry about.

Tackle something that stirs you up- something that you can get your teeth into.

Is there something in the church that is irritating you?

Would you say, "There's something in my home that aggravates me?

There's something in my family that aggravates me.

There are some things in me personally that aggravate."

Those are the things that you write down for your isometrics.

Lose your temper over losing your temper.

Do something like that.

These are the things that you are putting your faith to.

Find the thing that has wiped you out the most often, where you've been defeated so often.

That's where your going to put your isometrics.

Every day you're going to believe on that thing.

This is the wisdom of Solomon.

It is practical teaching.



  Now this will help you to develop one deep underlying feeling in your spirit that will get you away from the deadliness of saying, "Well, I'm going to start walking with the Lord tomorrow.

Next week, things are going to change, I'm going to work some things around and I'm going to start walking  with God."

Isn't that what people feel?

Instead of that, think, "Oh, I contacted the Lord! I'm started."

It took only five minutes, you've started and your working at it all day.

All day long, you've got the good little feeling "I am walking with God!

I am a part of this church, a part of the thing that's functioning and moving."

And in that little prayer in the morning, you could say one thing, "This day, today, Lord, I open my spirit up that I'll be a participating member.

Whatever is happening in the whole place- if there's anybody under a burden, Lord, just lay it on me and let me pray with them, too."

Suddenly, you will sense the Body.

You'll come to church, to the house of God and look around thinking, "Isn't it wonderful?

This is what I'm part of.

I'm living in it, I'm walking in it, every single day.

Oh, how delightful!"


  You can be out in the business world so much, that before you realize it, you've adjusted yourself to it's thinking.

If you're in a world of red, after a while you are not aware of red.

If you're in a world of blue, after a while  you're not aware of blue.

But if you keep coming back to the spiritual world you will always see the contrast.

Your discernment will be ten times sharper; you'll quickly sense what is wrong.


If you don't, you get swallowed up with the thing that it has overwhelmed you and you miss seeing; you don't have the sense of contrast between the spiritual things and the things that are not of God.

It will keep a business woman or man really sharp, if they keep going to the Spirit.

This will help anyone who might be snowed under in their desire to conform to the business world.

They get trapped.

They get taken in, they become oppressed.

Constantly going back and forth through the realm of  spirit keeps you from becoming a business man during the day and a man of God and a family man at night.

It keeps the whole thing in balance.


 Image result for prayer As you are praying and remembering promises that have come over people, write them down and your faith becomes definite.

 God didn't say, "Keep on praying and lots of things are just bound to happen."

He said, "whatsoever you ask."

Writing out, "this is what I believe for that person; this is what God said," makes it definite.



Writing out, "this is what I believe for that person; this is what God said, " makes it definite.

"Whosoever" boils down to a specific individual.

"Whatsoever you shall ask" boils it down to a specific promises.

Sometimes it's good not to be praying about everything.

You can be bogged down in tedious detail.

Did you ever notice that a service becomes nonspiritual where you throw it open to a lot of prayer requests?

Why?

The people have lost their focus.


They're not tackling the things that count, but are just praying about little things that count, but are just praying about little things here and there.

It's just like buck shot, scattered all over everywhere and it isn't doing anything.

But when you get right down in your prayers, aim at something that is really important.

Ask yourself, "What's the most important prayer that I could make in this church?

What's the impossible thing to believe for?

And stay with it.

It's like the old kingpin, you hit that and everything else falls.


  Write this down: "First thing in the morning, take a little step."

Not a big one, take a little step.

That makes you a self-starter, just a little Scripture that starts you, just a little prayer, "Well, I have to get things going, get the kids off to school, then I'll settle down and I'm going to pray an hour."

How many times has that backfired?

So take a little step and start yourself in the spirit and you can ward off everything else, the inertia, becoming self-centered.

Take one little step.


  Have you ever heard someone say, "Boy, have I had a big Thanksgiving dinner!

I'm not going to eat anything for a week."

Probably before sundown you were back at the table for more, because you started something in motion.

These notes that you have taken down about what you are going to do the first thing in the morning will do that- start everything in motion.


  This is very important: start out with a thought in the conscious mind that opens the spirit.

By repetition of this promise and prophecy through the day, the thought becomes an attitude.

Attitudes are in the subconscious as well as the conscious.

By repetition the thought becomes an attitude.

You want to get to the place where you don't have to stop and think when you are under pressure, "Well, how do I react?"

You react according to the attitude of heart which is one of faith.

You have the Scripture, you have the prophecy.

By constant repetition, that thought becomes an attitude.

You don't work at that very many times until your spirit, in every situation, will respond right.