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The Key to Answered Prayer!

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Have you been praying about something for a long time but have not received the answer? 

Take a look at what the Apostle John said about prayer. I hope you are ready for this, it will change your life forever! 

John said, "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." 1 John 3:22
Take a moment to meditate on the verse. Is your lifestyle pleasing to God? 

This is not a time for presumption and false modesty. You must be truthful with yourself. If you are living in sin your prayers will be hindered.

 Scripture says, "Behold the Lord's hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear." Isaiah 59:1-2 (NKJV)

Scripture also says, If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. Psalms 66:18 (NKJV)
Albert Barnes Notes on the Bi…

Cheer Up He's Calling You

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My daughter has a closet filled with name brand clothing  One day last Summer she decided to clean out her closet to make room for more. I asked her to give the unwanted clothes to a young lady in the neighborhood. I hadn't officially met her but had seen her a few times as she walked to the bus stop. I thought about how excited she would be to receive the clothes, some with tags still on them!

When I saw her, we were some distance apart, so I beckoned with my hands to get her attention. After I got her attention someone else started calling her. She simply looked at me then looked away and went inside her home. She ignored me, she did not say a word or motion to say "just a moment" she went inside, totally ignoring my call.
I was surprised by her response but quickly thought about our response to God's call. So often we ignore his beckoning because the world is calling us. Like the young lady we may miss out on special blessings because we choose to ignore Him. 

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The Power of Hope

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Living a life filled with hope will help us live by faith and not by fear. If we view situations and circumstances with fear we may try to solve problems by implementing our own plans and ideas.  This  creates a false peace and dependence on natural hope.
Natural hope is based upon what we perceive with our five senses.The ideas and plans developed with natural hope offers a temporary solution and makes matters worse.
Supernatural hope is based on trust in the one who possess the ability to change circumstances with the words He speaks. This is the One who defied natural law over and over again. Imagine a virgin having a baby! Virtually impossible,but God!
Imagine feeding 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread! Virtually impossible,but God! Imagine being dead in a tomb for four days, wrapped in grave clothes and the Son of the living God’s calls your name, telling you to come forth. You hear his voice and begin to walk. Given a second chance you bow down in humble adorat…

What the Bible Says About Prosperity

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God the Reliable Promise Keeper:
Numbers 23:19 says, God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
What is a Promise?
Yes, God will make good on his promises but what is a promise? Webster’s dictionary says, "a promise is one's pledge to another to do or not do something. It is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act. That which is promised to engage, to do, give, make or obtain."
God’s promises are the ground for hope and expectation!
Important Promises Regarding Our Well-Being:
John 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
3 John 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Philippians 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ…
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Scripture says, the "Just" shall live by faith but what is faith? Harper's Bible Dictionary says faith is:
An act or state of acknowledging the existence and power of a supreme being and the reality of a divine order.The acceptance as real or true, that which is not supported by evidence of the senses or by rational proofs. An affirmative response of the will of God as revealed, especially by Jesus Christ. It is thus a compound of belief, trust, and an attitude of mind, will, or spirit.
What Jesus revealed about faith:

Matthew 9:27-29   When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you."
Notice in verse 27 the men were following Jesu…

It's Time to Think Yourself Happy!

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In Acts 26:2 we see the Apostle Paul experiencing very trying circumstance but we discover by his own words he is not discouraged but actually finds himself to be quite happy. 
What's the key to such an attitude? The key is to keep your eyes fixed on the good things in your life. Unfortunately, the good things aren't always visible! Sometimes the good things in life are spiritual and can only be seen with spiritual glasses (the word of God).
Paul had his eyes fixed on Jesus and the benefits of Salvation. He realized his sins were many and he was happy to have them forgiven. Because Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, he had avoided the pit of hell and was granted access into God's kingdom. 
Like Paul we too can be happy if we keep our eyes on the benefits of salvation. This will keep us from worrying while God is working on our problems!

We can be happy our sins are forgiven.

Psalms 32:1-2 (NKJV)Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.

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Are You Praying Properly?

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