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Decatur Community Workshops - Hearing From God

This video provides highlights from our recent workshop "Hearing From God". This event was a production of Decatur Community Workshops and was hosted at The Body Church, 3009 Rainbow Drive, Suite #142, Decatur, GA 30034.

Our faith-based group hosts monthly workshops in the Decatur area that are free, interactive and open to the surrounding community. Topics include leadership, personal finances, investing, professional networking, career advancement, real estate, grant writing and many more. We are open to suggestions and are always interested in welcoming new people. If you love to learn new things especially for free, this group is for you. For more info, visit www.meetup.com/decaturcommunityworkshops

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Prayer: Why We Pray In The Name of Jesus

Every time we pray, we pray in the name (authority) of Jesus. In other words, we don’t expect God to answer our prayer because of who we are or what we’ve done to deserve the answer. If that was the case, we would pray in our own names. We expect The Father to answer our prayers because of who Jesus is and what He did on the cross. That’s why we only pray in the name of Jesus.

Date - October 2nd, 2016

The Body Church

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

**Located in Building 3009 in South DeKalb Office Park, 3015 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034**

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays - 9:00 AM

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Prayer: God Sees What We Can't See!

If we see through spiritual eyes like God does, we will always be in agreement with God. Without that perspective, suffering, sickness, persecution, loss, afflictions and other things like it will make absolutely no sense to us. Why do they have to happen? What’s the use? We will never know until we see it from a spiritual viewpoint. When we pray we have to understand that God sees all and knows all. As a result, we have to trust His perspective on every issue we bring before Him.

Date - September 25th, 2016

The Body Church

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

**Located in Building 3009 in South DeKalb Office Park, 3015 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034**

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays - 9:00 AM

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Prayer: Understanding God's Eternal Perspective

God knows what’s really going on. When we pray we are not introducing new information to God. We’re positioning ourselves for Him to introduce new information to us. He already knows everything so it’s in our best interest to find out from Him what we don’t know.

Date - September 18th, 2016

The Body Church

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

**Located in Building 3009 in South DeKalb Office Park, 3015 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034**

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays - 9:00 AM

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Prayer: Understanding God's Broad Perspective

God knows what’s really going on. When we pray we are not introducing new information to God. We’re positioning ourselves for Him to introduce new information to us. He already knows everything so it’s in our best interest to find out from Him what we don’t know.

Date - September 11th, 2016

The Body Church

3015 Rainbow Dr,

Suite #142,

Building #3009,

Decatur, GA 30034

**Located in Building 3009 in South DeKalb Office Park, 3015 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034**

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays - 9:00 AM

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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July 27, 2016 Posted by admin in Prayer

Observer, Commentator or Intercessor?

Observer, Commentator or Intercessor?

Ezekiel 33:1-6(NKJV) - Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’

This is the second of a series of blogs birthed out of a Word from The Lord we received over the weekend when we were given a simple instruction, "Prophesy again!" The first blog was published a few days ago. If you haven't taken the time to read, "Misdirection and Distraction - Effective Tools of Deception in the Last Days" do so now. There are things you will read in there that you probably won't find anywhere else.

Furthermore, something quite unusual happened when we published the blog. Within a short period of time our website disappeared and a strange landing page showed up to replace it. For a moment, we had no idea what was going on. Thank God for putting some great people in our lives. It took the expert help of a great friend and his team to undo whatever was done to hijack the site.

We thank them for getting us back up and running properly by the next day. So again let me put it this way, it's important for you to read that article. There's a reason why we went through so much trouble just so you could have access to it.

Nonetheless, let's get to what really matters. Things are changing in the world around us in many crucial areas. There is considerable angst in the US concerning the upcoming Presidential election in November and with good reason. The rise of terrorist attacks on innocent people around the globe has put considerable fear in people's hearts. The global economy seems to be recovering but in disproportionate ways. We know something's going on that we cannot understand but there's a sense of hopelessness and helplessness when we consider our options.

With that being said, The Lord asked me the following question in the midst of a conversation with my wife; "Will you be an observer, commentator or intercessor?" Observers see what's going on and are completely satisfied with simply seeing it. They pride themselves in being "in the know" and feel good about their awareness. Yet, that's the full extent of their involvement.

Commentators however, take it one step further. They see what's going on and speak up. They post their opinions on the issues to their social media accounts. They talk to their friends and families. When they see something they say something to those around them.

Yet, intercessors are the ultimate respondents. When they are privy to important information they get actively involved in changing the circumstances. They don't want to just be informed. They also have no pleasure in simply talking about situations as they unfold. They don't only want people around them to be impressed by their informed perspective but they do something meaningful about what they know. They get in the middle of the situation with the express intention of seeing change. Here's a perfect example.

Genesis 18:16-33(NLT) - Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to send them on their way. 17 “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. 18 “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. 19 I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.” 20 So the Lord told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. 21 I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.” 22 The other men turned and headed toward Sodom, but the Lord remained with Abraham. 23 Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked? 24 Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? 25 Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?” 26 And the Lord replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.” 27 Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose there are only forty-five righteous people rather than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And the Lord said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five righteous people there.” 29 Then Abraham pressed his request further. “Suppose there are only forty?” And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it for the sake of the forty.” 30 “Please don’t be angry, my Lord,” Abraham pleaded. “Let me speak—suppose only thirty righteous people are found?” And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it if I find thirty.” 31 Then Abraham said, “Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue—suppose there are only twenty?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.” 32 Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.” 33 When the Lord had finished his conversation with Abraham, he went on his way, and Abraham returned to his tent.

God just couldn't keep Abraham out of the loop because of the depth of their relationship. God thought about it first then chose to reveal to Abraham His intentions to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. If Abraham was just an observer He would have taken the information from The Lord and went back to his tent to continue his personal business. If he was just a commentator he would have taken the information back to his wife and let her know what was going on. They may have discussed it at length and felt sorry for Lot and his family. However, that would have been the extent of their involvement.

However, Abraham was an intercessor and his response remains the blueprint for intercession. He didn't waste any time with the information. As soon as Abraham knew of God's intentions he got to work interceding. In fact, he probably could be credited for the salvation of Lot and his family while the rest of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.

To put it simply, that's the example we all need to follow. When The Lord allows us to be privy to important information, instead of ruminating on it or talking about it, we need to intercede. For example, when you are shown dreams and visions about things that are coming, always pray because that's one big reason why God opened your spiritual eyes in the first place. Also, if you see something in the spirit you don't want to happen in the future, make your request for a different outcome known to The Lord.

Philippians 4:6-7(AMP) - Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

The Word of The Lord in Philippians 4:6-7 is that our most important response in every circumstance and situation is prayer. It's when we pray that we involve God in our situations and position ourselves for Him to respond with a miracle in our favor. So instead of fear and panic we can have the peace of God which goes beyond our natural ability to understand. In other words, God expects us to pray even when we totally understand the reality of a bad situation and our understanding should result in a natural response of anxiety. If we would just pray specific prayers and thank God for who He is, what He's done and what He will do, He will respond with supernatural peace to replace our natural panic.

Christians are called to be intercessors. When we see the news and don't like what we see we can't simply be passive observers or even commentators. By simply seeing things, we don't change them. By simply talking about things, we don't change them. By simply worrying about things, we don't change them either. Our most effective and primary response has to be prayer. Our human strength is limited so we can't depend on it to make things happen but God's strength is unlimited and when we pray, that's whose strength becomes available to us.

James 5:16-18(NLT) - Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

Are you an observer, commentator or intercessor? Observers look, commentators talk but intercessors pray. It's time to make prayer a priority again. It really works.
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How Do We Evangelize? - Pray: Be led by The Holy Spirit

How Do We Evangelize? - Pray: Be led by The Holy Spirit

Written By: Dr. Angel

Welcome to Part 14 of our current blog series; "Evangelism". Click here for Part 13, "How Do We Evangelize?".

Over the next few weeks we will spend time reviewing a few practical keys to effective evangelism. The first practical key is "Pray: Be led by the Holy Spirit." One of the first things we need to do is pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us when evangelizing. The Holy Spirit is always speaking and He is eager to help us. If we invite the Holy Spirit to direct us to whom to speak, what to say, and where to go, we will never be disappointed. He knows who is ready to receive The Gospel, where they are, and when is the proper time to present it to them.

John 6:44(NKJV) - No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us to WHO we should share The Gospel with. Jesus is the one who draws people to Himself. Without Him drawing us, we would not have been willing to come to the cross on our own. He has promised that if He is lifted up from the earth, people would be drawn to Him. Every person may not be open to hearing The Gospel at exactly the same moment. Really?...so how can you know who to approach? 🙂

John 12:32 (NLT) – “And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to led you to who He wants you to minister to. The Holy Spirit knows who Jesus is drawing to Himself at any given time. Therefore, it is important for us to pray and depend on the Holy Spirit to show us who to approach with the message of The Gospel or a prophetic word.

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us in WHAT we should say when sharing The Gospel. As previously stated, the Holy Spirit is always speaking and is desiring to move in the earth. He loves people and longs for them to hear God's voice through prophecy. The prophetic is such a precious and vital gift to the Body of Christ because it has the ability to change the entire trajectory of a person's life.Therefore, praying and seeking to hear the Holy Spirit concerning what to say when sharing The Gospel with unbelievers is paramount to effective evangelism. Revelation 19:10 reminds us that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 14:24-25 (NLT) – “But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”
Revelation 19:10 (NASB) "Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

When we pray, the Holy Spirit will lead us to WHERE we should go to share The Gospel. The Holy Spirit knows all things, including where we should go to share the gospel. For one it may be a mission field across the Atlantic Ocean, for another it may a mission field on a mountain top, and yet another it may a mission field in their neighborhood or workplace. Wherever you are seeking to go to share The Gospel, pray first. Hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and go only at the sound of His voice.

The Holy Spirit knows where He desires to send you and what you will encounter along the way. Trust in His leading and depend on His divine direction. Paul and Silas depended on the Holy Spirit’s leading for where to go and share The Gospel. There were several times when they had intentions of ministering in one region, but were diverted to another place by the divine intervention of The Holy Spirit.

Acts 16:4-10 (NLT) – “Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day. Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia. Then coming, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia,but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there”.

Prayer is vital to the success of evangelism. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us through the entire process. He will direct our steps by showing us who to approach, what to say to them, and where to go when we ask. Today, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you as you share The Gospel! You will not be disappointed if you obey the Spirit's voice.

Hebrews 3:15 (ESV) "As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."

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May 27, 2015 Posted by admin in Prayer

Worry Changes Nothing; Prayer Changes Everything!

Worry Changes Nothing; Prayer Changes Everything!

Today's blog is a continuation from yesterday's; "Don't Waste Today Worrying About Tomorrow!"

Philippians 4:6-7(NKJV) - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

In Matthew 6, Jesus made it clear that worrying is not an option for His children. Since that's perhaps the most natural response anyone can have in a hopeless situation, what then are we supposed to do? The Apostle Paul provided the perfect antidote to worry or anxiety and it's prayer, supplication and thanksgiving. In other words, your response in trouble should be threefold;

1) Prayer: Bring Your Situation Before God

Luke 18:1-8(NLT) - One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, 'Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.' The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, 'I don't fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!'" Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?"

Jesus told this true story to His disciples to reinforce the importance of prayer. This widow was in a bad situation but instead of worrying about it, she went directly to the judge for a resolution. That's how He expects us to deal with our issues. If you have a problem don't complain about it, don't talk to people about it, don't worry about it. Go to The Lord in prayer and get Him involved.

2) Supplication: Ask Him for exactly what you want.

Matthew 7:7-8(NKJV) - "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Since God is Sovereign which means He can do whatever He chooses and God is omniscient which means He knows everything why do we need to pray? He'll do what He wants to do anyway and He already knows my situation. So why do we pray? It's simple. We pray because He said so! If you have a need, knock on the door of His heart and ask Him for His help. He wants to act in your favor but He wants to hear you ask Him to get involved.

3) Thanksgiving: Worship Him

John 9:31(NLT) - We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.

In Philippians 4:6, the Greek word translated into "thanksgiving" can also be translated into "gratitude; as an act of worship." In other words, when you make a request known to God be sure to do it from a posture of worship. Why? The answer is in John 9:31. God hears those who worship Him and do His Will. In other words, if you want God to hear you when you pray be sure to worship Him.

Philippians 4:6-7(NKJV) - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

When you respond to every situation you face with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving what happens? God responds with supernatural peace. Pay close attention to that. It doesn't say He changes your situation immediately. It says He gives you peace right where you are. This type of peace passes all understanding. In other words, it's not always logical or natural for you to have peace in the midst of a situation that should cause you worry but that's what happens when you present it to The Lord. He will put up a wall of peace through Christ Jesus to protect your heart and mind from worry.

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Ask Donnell - What does the phrase "go before God" really mean?

Ask Donnell - What does the phrase

We received the following question from Carleen;

"I need to hear from God about some things in my life, some decisions I have made and some I need to make, I need some very clear directions. I heard of going before God when you need answers like this… I also heard of some ppl spending weeks or months before God. My question is: very practically… what does it mean? How do I “go before God”?"

Carleen, this is a good question. A few years ago, I wrote an article, "Ask Donnell - Does Repetitive Prayer Work With God?" Take some time to read it to better understand what you need to do when the answer to your prayer takes a long time. I won't repeat any of it here but I'll share some quick thoughts. Let's go straight to The Bible.

James 1:5-8(NKJV) - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

God distributes wisdom freely to those who request it. However, The Apostle James makes it clear that God's response comes with one condition. He only gives wisdom freely to those who ask in faith. What does that mean? Well, it starts with a proper understanding of what faith really is. An easy way to look at it is through the following three scriptures.

Hebrews 11:1(KJV) - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is complete trust in invisible evidence.

Romans 10:17(KJV) - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Faith comes from The Word of God.

James 2:26(KJV) - For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Faith requires action.

So what is faith? Faith is complete trust in the invisible evidence provided by The Word of God confirmed by commensurate action. As a result, for you to have faith that God would do anything you must have The Word of God which states exactly that. You can't have faith in anything else but a Word from The Lord. That's the only stable foundation your faith can stand on. In addition, if you have faith, your actions should directly coincide with your faith. Hence, when you find what The Word of God says concerning the situation you are dealing with, you should do whatever you read and be prepared to do whatever else The Holy Spirit reveals that's based on what you see in The Bible.

Every step of faith is really a step of obedience to a Word from The Lord. Every Word from The Lord is really an instruction inspired by The Holy Spirit that can be substantiated by scripture. That's it! Anything else will get you in trouble or at the very least, leave you disappointed. God stands behind His Word and will do whatever it takes to bring His Word to pass. It would behoove you to put His Word into action so that He'll back you up in whatever it is you're doing.

So.. how do you go before God?

1) Prayer

Philippians 4:6-7(NKJV) - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Start by asking God in prayer for whatever it is you need. However, as you learned from James 1:5-8, your prayer only has real power when it's a prayer of faith. What you must not forget is that the time between your request and God's response may be long. (Hopefully, you finished reading the article I linked to at the beginning of this blog because it explains all of that.) As a result, if you don't have faith that He'll answer your prayer you won't have the patience to wait for the answer. This leads to the next point. Without a Word from God you have nothing to hold on to, even in the place of prayer.

2) The Word of God

Psalm 119:105(KJV) - Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Let The Word of God be your guide. Whatever you're dealing with is addressed in some way through the scriptures. Make the effort to look in The Bible for everywhere it addresses your situation. Use modern tools like Bible Gateway. It's one of the tools I still use when I need to find a quick scripture on anything. If you can find directions in The Bible you are on your way to answered prayer.

3) Seek Godly Counsel

Proverbs 11:14(KJV) - Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

God speaks through certain people that He places in your life. When you need an answer from The Lord, in addition to praying to God for yourself and seeking through the scriptures, it is important to ask for counsel. Don't ask ungodly people because according to Psalm 1:1 you won't be blessed. However, it's actually a good thing to seek God's wisdom through people who have God's wisdom. Also, if you're wondering, it's easy to find out if someone has God's wisdom.

Listen carefully to what the person says. If it lines up with The Bible and it's confirmed by the peace of God in your heart you can accept it. The Holy Spirit in you acts as an umpire by giving you peace when you're going in the right direction. In addition, before you ask anybody for advice look at that person's life. Does he/ she show the type of results that you want in yours? If he/she can't follow his/her own advice you don't want to follow it either.

4) Worship

John 9:31(KJV) - Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

God doesn't hear sinners but He hears worshippers. If you want God to hear you, be a worshipper and do His Will.

John 4:24(KJV) - God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Revelation 1:10-11(KJV) - I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Do you want to know why John heard God's Voice? He was in the Spirit! What does that mean? He was in a posture of worship because worship takes place in the spirit and in truth. When you're in the presence of The Lord in worship it gets really easy to hear His Voice. As a result, if you're pressed for an answer from God, press into worship because it opens your spiritual ears. Find ways to enter into God's presence when you're alone through private times of worship and definitely enter in when you're with others at church. I have a special CD in my car strictly for that purpose. It takes me straight into the throne room. You should find one or two for yourself. You'll need them. 🙂

5) Approach God with boldness.

Hebrews 4:14-16(KJV) - Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10:19(KJV) Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

You can't expect God to answer you if your faith is shaken because of sin in your life. You have to always be sure that guilt, shame and feelings of regret are not getting between you and the answer to your prayer. If there's sin in your life, repent of it according to 1 John 1:9 and move on with your prayer, worship and time in God's Word. However, even after you repent, feelings of guilt and shame can still linger. Depending on what you've done, they can be hard to shake.

With that in mind, your only option is to walk boldly into God's presence with the righteousness you receive by the grace of God through your faith in Jesus. In other words, you don't expect God to answer your prayer because you deserve an answer. You expect God to answer your prayer because of Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life and He stands before God as your high priest. So when you approach God you say, "God because of Jesus I ask for you to help me in this situation. I don't deserve it because of anything I've done. I deserve it because I'm in Jesus and He deserves everything. Thank you for your grace and mercy toward me through Jesus."

6) Do what God has already said.

John 10:27(NKJV) - My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Sometimes we're asking God for new instructions before we've completed the old ones. That's a big "no-no". Have you done what He's already asked you to do? Did you follow Him the last time you heard His Voice? If not, what exactly do you want Him to say to you now? The Will of God is progressive, one step leads to another. If you get off track anywhere you can't keep moving forward in the wrong direction. If there's anything God will tell you when you're in disobedience, it's obey what He's already said.

7) Wait

Isaiah 40:31(KJV) - But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Hebrews 10:35-36(KJV) - Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

You can't rush God. If you are going before God you have to do it on God's schedule. Even after you've done God's Will you still need patience. God doesn't have to respond the moment you ask Him to nor must He respond the moment you obey His Word. He'll respond when the time is right. Your job is to do what He says for now and do it quickly. Let God do His part on His schedule. He's God so He has that prerogative. Just be sure that if your situation is being prolonged, it's not because of you. Finish your part of the deal and let Him do the rest.

In sum, if you're ready to go before God you've just received some practical steps that you can follow. We believe along with you that God will provide the answer to your prayer according to His perfect Will.

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The Body Bible Study - Speaking In Tongues?

Next Session - Saturday, November 9th, 2013

You are personally invited to join us in Atlanta (Vinings), GA for our exciting, new monthly bible study; "The Body". Our mission is to bring people into The Body of Christ, help them to discover where they fit and show them how to execute their purpose with a burning passion for Jesus! Join us every 2nd Saturday as we address Biblical steps toward discovering and executing The Will of God for your life.

If you're out of town, you're invited to join The Body Online where you will receive access to the same interactive information from anywhere in the world. By the time we're finished you will be well on your way to fulfilling your destiny. Contact us for more details and to RSVP. Invite a friend. Visit us at www.thecrackeddoor.com for more info.

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