Monday, February 20, 2017

BIBLICAL MEDITATION -What Does It Mean?

The first question we must consider concerns the meaning of meditation and what meditation involves. This is particularly important to the Christian because of the great and growing emphasis on meditation in eastern religions. Transcendental meditation, as it is often called, is not biblical meditation. It is dangerous and actually opens up one’s mind for Satanic attack as it is found in New Age thinking. My purpose here is to deal only with the meaning and blessing of biblical meditation and to point out that eastern forms of meditation and biblical meditation are miles apart.
The Actions of Meditation
Meditation means “the act of focusing one’s thoughts: to ponder, think on, muse.” Meditation consists of reflective thinking or contemplation, usually on a specific subject to discern its meaning or significance or a plan of action. Some synonyms would be contemplation, reflection, rumination, deep thinking, or remembering in the sense of keeping or calling something to mind for the purpose of consideration, reflection, or meditation. Compare for instance the following verses of Scripture:
Psalm 63:6 When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate on Thee in the night watches,
Psalm 77:11 I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.
Psalm 78:42 They did not remember His power, The day when He redeemed them from the adversary,
Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy doings; I muse on the work of Thy hands.
The Objects of Meditation
In Eastern forms of meditation as in TM there is an attempt to empty the mind. Biblical meditation, however, is an attempt to empty the mind of the wrong things in order to fill it with what is right and true according to the index of God’s inspired Word. All Eastern forms of meditation stress the need to become detached from the world. There is an emphasis upon losing personhood and individuality and merging with the Cosmic Mind… Detachment is the final goal of Eastern religion. It is an escaping from the miserable wheel of existence… It is merely a method of controlling the brain waves in order to improve your psychological and emotional well-being.

Monday, January 16, 2017

How You Can Prophesy and Move in the Prophetic

This article explores how you can move in the prophetic.  The Greek word for “prophesy” is propheteuo which Thayer’s Lexicon defines as “to utter forth, declare, a thing which can only be known by divine revelation”.  To prophesy is simply to speak forth a revelation from God.  So, how we can exercise this gift?  Below are six keys that will help.
1. Know that you can prophesy
Paul explicitly state that all believers can prophesy in the following verse.  Knowing that you can prophesy is the first step to moving in the prophetic: For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. (1 Corinthians 14:31) Whilst not every believer is called to be a prophet, each believer can prophesy.
2. Desire to prophesy
Once we know that we can prophesy, we must actively desire to do so: Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1)
Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:39) Desire is the magnet that attracts the prophetic anointing. If you don’t desire you to, you probably won’t!
3. Look for vision
Have you ever been praying or worshipping and had a picture appear in your mind’s eye? Don’t ignore those pictures; God may be speaking to you, even if the image that appears seems insignificant. A very important key to receiving prophetic revelation is to look for visions in your mind’s eye, and then to interpret them by the Spirit. Let’s look at some biblical examples:
  11 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”  And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” 12 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” (Jeremiah 1:11-12)

Friday, January 13, 2017

WHAT TO DO WHEN GOD SEEMS TO BE SILENT

We may earnestly seek God, but in return only sense His silence. And this silence can be difficult, frustrating even excruciating.
God answers prayer. But sometimes, God is silent.
As believers we've all been there -- or will be there. We may earnestly seek God, but in return only sense His silence. And this silence can be difficult, frustrating even excruciating. The Bible tells the story of a man named Job, who was well acquainted with God's silence. In his pain and suffering, he cried out to God. He asked for answers. And he kept asking.  But for the first 37 chapters of the book of Job, his cries for God's help and relief were met only by God's deafening silence. As Christians, we are not always going to hear God's voice, but from Job we can learn a few practical things to do when God seems silent.
1. Examine your life.
Begin by asking yourself the question, Is there any unconfessed sin in my life? Make sure nothing is blocking you from being able to hear God's voice. Psalm 66:18 says, "If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened" (New Living Translation). This requires looking deeper than the obvious. Ask yourself: Do I have wrong motives? Is there anything (or anyone) that I love more than God? As God brings things to mind, quickly ask for His forgiveness. And remember, there's no shame in repentance. This act of faith pleases God and restores our fellowship with Him.
2. Accept God's Sovereignty
Recognize that God can be silent. There is no obligation for God to answer you, inform you orw anything.
"God is said to be absolutely free," says A.W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy, "because no one and no thing can hinder Him or compel Him or stop Him. He is able to do as He pleases always, everywhere, forever."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Things You Should Avoid In Prophetic Ministry.

       
God is concerned for the character of the prophet as He is for the truth of His word. God is more concerned about the purity of His Prophets, than the accuracy of their prophecies: He values the men and women themselves and their motives as much as their message and ministry. There are several pitfalls, which prophets, young and old, must be careful to avoid.
1. A Critical and Harsh Spirit
Prophets have high standards. They see things in black and white. This can sometimes result in the prophet being over critical, which makes their words seem harsh, even if they are true. If we enjoy giving hard words we may have a critical spirit. If we find it easy to give negative words, then we have no understanding of the grace and goodness of God (Graham Cooke - Developing Your Prophetic Gifting p.76). Moreover we tend to judge others in the areas of our own weaknesses.
Sin produces in our heart a critical, negative spirit, which makes us despise whole categories of people. But the sin we hate the most in others, we are sensitised to by our own guilt. We are measured by our own value judgements of others, and our criticisms of them reveal what we really do not know about ourselves.
2. Frustration and bitterness
All prophets experience rejection, if their words are not always accepted and obeyed. If this happens frequently, the prophet can become frustrated, and frustration can lead to bitterness. Words spoken out of frustration and bitterness will be contaminated by these things and will not come out pure. This is one of the most serious problems faced by prophets. They must learn to deal with rejection without going into frustration and bitterness.                   

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What Are Thé Signs That You Have A Prophetic Gift?

A prophecy is a message from God brought through a Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:17-18) The spiritual gift of prophecy is a special ability given to some Spirit-filled Christians to receive and share a message from God that will bring people closer to Jesus and help move them towards His future purpose for them. Prophecy is one of the gifts God uses to help build and grow the church (1 Cor 14:4).
Signs You May Have A Gift Of Prophecy
So—if you believe that you may have a prophetic gift, but are not sure, what are some signs that will help you identify it and move forward? You may not identify with all of the following points, but if you do have a prophetic gift, you will recognise many of them in your life:
1. Desire to Help People Through Prophecy (1 Cor 14:3)
You have a desire for God to use you to bring a message from Him that will encourage your leaders or church. If a person is in trouble, needs guidance, or to connect with God, you find yourself wanting to pass on an encouraging message from God
2. You Pray in a Prophetic Way
After praying for people, they comment that you ‘prayed the right thing,’ or they ask, ‘How did you know that?’ When praying for a person, group, geographical area, or for your church, you sense that the Holy Spirit is directing your prayers about God’s purpose for the situation. You seem to know what Bible verses apply to a situation that you are praying for; symbolic pictures or words may come to mind when you pray.
3. Attraction To Prophetic Ministry (1 Cor 14:1)
You have a keen interest in prophetic ministry, You are attracted to prayer meetings or any meetings where prophetic gifts are being used and find yourself drawn to prophetic people. You may feel that you have a call from God to prophetic ministry but sometimes experience doubts.