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Handling Unanswered Prayer

10/4 /2018: I recently was reviewing a prayer list from a few years ago.  Upon review, all the prayers were legitimate and conforming to scriptural requirements.  However a certain group of them went unanswered and not likely will be answered. So I decided to apply the Word to the problem and it satisfied me.  It is no surprise that I am not sovereign, so I defer to the loving sovereign God. The Word says that God will not withhold any good thing from me. (Psalm 84:11)  I accept that truth, even though I may disagree and think that He was.  He was not, therefore  I will make my actions agree with His Word and not my opinion.  End of story.

Faith Healing; Really? By what power?

9/24/2018: The present day practice of faith healing is a concern of mine.  There are several powers that can appear as faith healing. Placebo Effect: Every form of treatment, even surgery has the benefit the placebo effect. This is because the patient believes it will help them or they would not have agreed to it in the first place.  One does not have to be a Christian to have the placebo benefit. Power of Persuasion. This is a mental force by which a person can convince themselves or be convinced by others. Deceptive Power: There is deceptive power that will convince some there is a healing, yet without any valid evidence. There must be convincing proof.  The Bible standard is many convincing proofs.  Jesus told those that were healed to go show themselves to the priests of the day for confirmation. (Luke 17:14)  In this age, we must get proof from qualified medical professionals to confirm validity. Holy Spirit Power: This is possible in this day and age.  However, if it is the miracle of healing then by definition it is infrequent.  This type of healing will have many convincing proofs from the medical profession (the priest of our day).  It problem will have been well documented, even by a pathology report in the case of cancer.  The result will have been confirmed by medical evidence not by hearsay. This BLOG entry was prompted by a news release recently where parents withheld their newborn from medical treatment and submitted the effort to prayer alone and the child died.  The child could have lived with a well-known common treatment of the new born.  The parents were so foolish and naïve that when the authorities came they and others of like mind were praying for the dead child’s resurrection.  A burial followed, not a resurrection.  The parent’s statement was that “God does not make any mistakes.”  That is likely true.  The problem was that the parents made a big mistake.  They have been arrested and are facing jail time. Naïve and Stupid: How does something foolish like this happen?  In this case the parents had been subject to cult like teachings on faith healing by a so-called minister of the gospel.  These cult teachers are not uncommon in what appears otherwise to be mainline conventional Bible teaching.  However, the teachers are working by the power of persuasion and result is death and destruction.  The later two events are the work of the devil.  The parents were naïve.  The Bible says let the naïve go on to their own destruction.  Unfortunately, in this case the destruction included their own child. Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. Proverbs 14:18 The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you gullible people love being so gullible? How long will you mockers find joy in your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge?” Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. Proverbs 22:3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 1:32 For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. The opposite of naïve is prudent.  One must be able to discern between Fake healing and Faith healing.  We must know the faith healer has credible history.  There are not many with these credentials.  There must be many convincing proofs and that evidence is rare. The Remedy: There is safety in many counselors. (Proverbs 11:14)  Always get a second opinion from qualified pastor and or medical professional.  The secret to healing is to do everything naturally (qualified medical doctor) and everything supernaturally (prayer, laying of hands, confession of sins) that one can be restored to health.

Trials and Errors

9/23/2018: Life, like science is often a series of trials and errors.  In life, all my trials have been due to my errors.

Ain’t My Problem. Really?

9/20/2018: Dear Christian: What is going on is not the world’s problem, it is our problem.  Allow me to explain where the responsibility rests.  What is wrong with America rests directly upon the shoulders of the American Christians.  That is the truth and there are two principles that support the contention that the problem is ours. #1: According to 2 Chronicles 7: 14, the truth is as follows: If My people (Christ speaking) who are called by My name (Christians) will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Note that it did not say that the non believers needed to repent, although that may be true.  It said you and I must allow the light of Christ to shine on our hearts and see what wickedness rests therein.  Notice it did not say think about it, since this allows rationalization to enter into the conversation. #2: According to Hosea 4: 6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Note that this says that Christians know little of God’s Word, which happens to be synonymous with His being.  (John 1:1)  This is quite an indictment which is defined as “a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime”. The solution is to read the Word regularly.  Agree with the Word.  Allow the Word to dwell richly in your heart. Be doers and not hearers only but by agreeing with the Word to the extent you will act upon it.  

Interesting Analogy between Patent Law and Prayer

9/14/2018: I found this analogy interesting.  First a little background.  I am working on various patent submissions.  My perspective is that of a medical doctor and how those in my profession think.  In addition, we have rules about scientific investigation and validation of the results. Now I enter the world of patent submission.  It is virtually impossible to do this absent a patent lawyer in that the language and rules of submission make it impossible for an unskilled person to make such a submission. I start with a foundation in fact that I believe should qualify for patentability.  However, the criteria for being granted various patent claims are not the same as one in medicine would think.  Therefore, I use a patent attorney.  I tell him my argument and he says that he cannot present my argument as it does not fit the conditions of submission by the US patent office.  In short, my submission must fit the patent law and the rules governing allowability by the examiner who is reviewing my petition. Now to the revelation I received today.  As a Christian we are taught to pray, even without ceasing.  We are instructed to make our requests to be made known.  We are told that if we have not it is because we have asked not.  We are told that if any two of you here on earth agree on anything the Father will do it from Heaven.  However, there is this one overriding cavet.  The prayer petition must conform to the law of God, the general will of God and specifically the will of God for you as a Christian in your God given assignment or calling. We are also instructed to make our petition in the Name of Jesus, who in effect is our advocate or attorney.  The mechanics of this are like my patent application and are as follows.  We come up with a prayer we think makes sense.  We want the Father God to hear our prayer as the Word says he answers every prayer He hears.  However, He may not hear every prayer we make and for good reason. Well how could that happen if I just made the prayer in good faith.  We made the prayer in the name of our attorney, Jesus.  But here is the process.  Jesus reviews the request and filters our request, reshapes it in a form according to the Government of God and in a form that the Father God is willing to hear the request.  So, in this case, just like in patent application, it takes one knowledgeable with the law to present our prayer requests within the will of God and according to His statutes.  If the prayer is so far from the laws of God or the will of God, your attorney Jesus will not be able to present your petition.  He will come back to you with how you might make a conforming petition or prayer in accordance with the will of God. When constructed in the proper form and within the will of God for you, then God hears the prayer and answers.

Deception does not always require a lie

4/2/2018: There can be a deception without there being a lie. The best example I know of is the following. A person may say that god spoke to them to take a certain action. It could be true, but they need to know what god was speaking. For instance the devil is the god of this world. He is legitimately so. (2 Corinthians 4:4) One of his roles is to deceive. Therefore, it is not a lie if the devil delivers a message indicating it is god speaking. It is a spiritual impression, but not the Holy Spirit, the God of the Universe, the Lord of Hosts or Jesus. This is commonly seen when a person murders their family and says god told them to do it. It was the god of this world, the devil. It does not match the Word of God that says not to murder. So what ever we believe we hear from god, must match the Word of the one True God. There will be a biblical match. Also, we must use the Spirit of Discernment to consistently do the right thing.

Is your Bible Holy only because you Cut Out Scriptures?

3/14/2018: This is a very common example of excising a portion of Scripture. It is very common to hear this scripture quotation from Revelation 12 as a prescription for solving one’s present problems. “And they overcame him (devil) by means of the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” The implication is “just plead the blood and say some Bible verses out loud” and you will win in spiritual warfare. However the last line is never mentioned by TV pastors. The verse 11 goes on to say “for they did not love and cling to life even when faced death”. (Amplified Bible) This later sentence is discussing the death of self, our goals, our ambitions and our very being. In this sense, we do not matter when it comes to winning spiritual battles. We must be willing to sublimate our often preconceived ideas and ambitions to achieve the greater good of the Kingdom of God. The enemy embraces this concept very readily, although not in the Biblical sense. In World War II, the Japanese had kamikaze pilots who sacrificed their life for the greater cause. Today we see the ISIS warriors and Muslim radicals doing the same thing for what they consider a greater purpose. It is very hard to defeat such tactics. God wants us to embrace the same concept for Holy Spiritual warfare. We can invoke the benefit of the covering of the Blood of Jesus and quote scripture all we want, but until we are willing to fight to the death of self, not much will happen.