Friday, December 30, 2011

A Prophetic Word From Hilda

Prophetess hilda arredondo

 Covetousness--The Hidden Sin Of The Heart

In I Kings 21:1-2, it reads, “And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.  And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house:  and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.”  Now Naboth had some land and Ahab, the king of Samaria, his neighbor, looked over unto his vineyard and coveted after this choice piece of land and asked Naboth to name his price for that piece of property or if he wanted, the King could give him a better vineyard in exchange.  But Naboth answered Ahab, “…The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.”  I Kings 21:3.  In other words, Naboth refused the King’s offer.  He was not interested in parting with his land for money or for that matter, any kind of deal that Ahab would try to make would not sway him or change his mind to part with his vineyard. Then in verse 4 we read, “And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him:  for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers.  And he laid him down upon hid bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.”  Ahab became depressed, losing his appetite and motivation because he could not have what belonged to another man!  As a matter of fact he got sick and went to bed and turned his face to the wall.  Ahab had a problem with an evil spirit of covetousness. What is coveting?  Coveting is an inordinate desire to obtain and possess, greatly wishing and longing for some supposed good.  
In Exodus 20, we read that the Ten Commandments of God were given to Israel, and today those same commandments are given unto us as the people of God here in AMERICA.  The first stone tablet given to Moses at Mt. Sinai listed the  first  five commandments  which instruct and teach us on how to keep a right standing relationship with God so His blessing, protection, peace, and goodness can flow into our lives.  Without God’s blessings and the Blood of Jesus upon our lives we will wander aimlessly in this life on a course of destruction.  The second set of the five commandments teach and instruct us on how to keep a right standing relationship with our neighbor or fellowman so we can live a harmonious and peaceful life with others.  On this second tablet of stone along with thou shalt not kill, commit adultery, steal, or bear false witness against thy neighbor is another commandment which we tend to easily overlook.  “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbors.”  Exodus 20:17.  To covet thy neighbor’s house, his wife, his man or maidservant, his ox, or anything that is thy neighbor’s is to desire that which is unlawful to obtain or possess because it does not belong to us, but rather to our neighbor!

Coveting after what belongs to a neighbor is an evil desire and will lead us to the sin of breaking another commandment, thou shalt not steal.  COVETOUSNESS, THE HIDDEN SIN OF THE HEART, works right along with the SIN OF ENVY and JEALOUSY.  It will subtly drive the individual to work evil of the heart to acquire something that does not belong to him.  Depending on the measure of this sinful iniquity in a person’s heart, covetousness works along with “EVIL EYE”, and will pull like a magnet and end up with something that belongs to someone else - a form of witchcraft.  Some will go as far as praying an evil travail to get what they want.  Please, read carefully this next sentence.  Yes, the Lord teaches us in His word that He will give us the desire of a pure heart, but that desire should stay within the boundaries of righteousness and godliness and in no way break the tenth commandment or for that matter any commandment given to us by Him. Let us read on about Naboth in verses 5-7 “But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?  And he said unto her,  Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money;  or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.  And  Jezebel  his  wife  said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel?  arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry:  I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”  
 Now we see that Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, stepped into the picture and really knew how to stir up that husband.  She looked at him lying in the bed, moping and depressed because he couldn’t have his way.  In disgust, she reminds him to not forget that he is the King of Israel and he can have whatever he wants, even if it means taking Naboth’s vineyard by force.  She tells him to get out of that bed, eat, and be merry because she is going to get that land for him.  We began to see here that Jezebel works right along with the sin of covetousness and will work and weave her plan until she gets what she wants.

Today, we can say that the Spirit of Covetousness works in conjunction with the Spirit of Jezebel and it is not necessarily always a female, but can also work in males.  Control, covetousness, envy, jealousy, and witchcraft work with the Jezebel spirit.  Jezebel also hates the true Elijah prophets and will try to hunt them down and kill them.  Why?  Because the true “Elijah Anointing” will confront and expose Jezebel and Ahab’s schemes.   
Today, these evil spirits of Covetousness and Jezebel run rampant in our nation and in our churches.  Because of this Evil Spirit of Covetousness, families, homes, marriages, businesses, friendships, Pastors, and Churches are many times destroyed every year.  Jezebel is allowed to sit comfortably and work her “Evil Schemes” cleverly and secretly while she overthrows, takes, and steals without firing a shot that anyone can hear.  Although Jezebel is clever and slick, she cannot hide from the God of Heaven or the True Prophets of the Lord.

Over the years I’ve seen the tenth commandment broken by the Jezebel spirit of the world and in churches.  In one particular incident that I can recall, a divorced Christian woman entered a church and everyone loved and sympathized with her unfortunate circumstance of being a single mom.  At this time, there was a happily married couple in the church.  The husband was a loving, affectionate man with his wife.  This woman began to eye that relationship and began first to only desire an affectionate husband like that church woman.  But church, that evil spirit of covetousness, a hidden sin of the heart, has no pureness nor knows no boundaries when entertained and given room in our mind and heart.  
Something happens to that mind that causes the person to become deceived into thinking that they can take someone else’s property.  The Pastor of that flock began to see her eye that couple in excess and then he noticed that she began to hang around more and more with that couple.  Then, this Pastor began to see her look at this brother with a lusting desire.  This Pastor knew that there was a “Spiritual Danger” and he could not allow this marriage to be broken up right under his nose by Jezebel.  This was his flock, and his responsibility was to protect the flock and confront this Jezebel wearing the cloak of covetousness.

As he exposed the evil schemes of this woman and confronted her about her secret motivations, she glared at him with such hatred and would have struck him if it had not been for the protection of the Holy Ghost that restrained her. She angrily shouted, “I’m entitled to some happiness and God wants me to have a mate and I love this man – he’s mine!”  
 Somehow the evil spirit of covetousness had taken over her heart, blinding and convincing her that the evil desire to take a husband away from a good wife and the father of those children was justified because she was entitled to happiness. She had been standing and singing songs to the Lord, fellowshipping with the saints, gaining everyone’s support while breaking the tenth commandment:  thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife (or neighbor’s husband).   
The Pastor spoke firmly, informing her that, yes, we are all entitled to happiness in the kingdom of God but not at the expense of breaking up a marriage and stealing another woman’s husband and shipwrecking the lives of innocent children.  She was asked to repent and change her heart; but she would not and left.  Church, Christians do this all the time and the spirit of covetousness goes undetected by leadership, not knowing that this kind of sin will cause them to miss heaven and inherit hell.

I’ve also seen the Evil Spirit of Covetousness tear up and split churches.  A good example of Jezebel in action – Someone coveted another man’s pulpit and before long that pastor lost his zeal for teaching and preaching the Word of God.  He gets up in the pulpit one Sunday morning and suddenly announces that he is leaving the ministry.  Some will wonder what happened – covetousness, evil travail, and Jezebel worked hand in hand to put him out.   
Yet another example – And then there is someone with a covetous heart that eyes the tithes and offerings of a particular church – pretty soon there is a split and church members leave to follow the new leader.  We ask, what happened?  Again, covetousness and Jezebel just killed a shepherd’s dream and stole the sheep entrusted to him by God. With no shame, remorse, or compassion, Jezebel walks away happily to start her work with the “Stolen Goods” that belonged to another shepherd.  Or if Jezebel can’t take it from you, you can be sure she will tear it up before she leaves, unless she is exposed.  
 Saints, our Lord Jesus taught us the way of HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS and WILL NOT BLESS EVIL.  Covetousness works along with an evil eye and WE MUST REPENT and GET RID OF THIS SIN and NOT ALLOW Satan TO USE US as a pawn in his hand.

Our Lord Jesus pointed out unto us in Mark 7:21-23, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”  Covetousness is a Sin that defiles a person.  Jezebel made her evil plans to get the vineyard for her husband by hiring two men who were the sons of Belial to murder Naboth, an innocent man.  We read in I Kings 21:15-16, “And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money:  for Naboth is not alive, but dead.  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.”  
Yes, Jezebel delivered to Ahab the vineyard of Naboth, his neighbor whom she had murdered.  There was just one thing that Jezebel and Ahab had not counted on.  “And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.  And thou shalt speak unto him saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession?  And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.  And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?  And he answered, I have found thee:  because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.  Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity…”  I Kings 21:17-21.  Further in verse 23 it reads, “And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.”  Yes, Scheming Jezebel had not counted on the Mighty God looking down from heaven on her “Evil Doings”.  In other words, the God of Heaven sent a message to Ahab and Jezebel – You have spilled innocent blood and I saw you murder Naboth. You will reap what you have sowed and your judgement shall be death.  Today, in the kingdom we have to Kill the Spirit of Jezebel and Covetousness through Sincere Repentance.

Jezebel hates the true prophets of the Lord and wants to kill them, but as we read the complete account of Jezebel’s story we know that she was killed by the wall of Jezreel; just as God had said, the dogs licked her blood.  Today, much is preached about evil, controlling Jezebels (women) who are called into the ministry.  Now we know that Jezebel was an evil woman, but not every woman who is called to the ministry is a Jezebel.  Just because a woman is called with the gift to administrate, govern, and lead does not make her a Jezebel in control.  
Let us quickly look at Deborah, the Prophetess, who was raised up not by man but rather by God’s Hand, as an executive leader over Israel.  She was a holy woman, a ruler (gift of rule) or judge over Israel.  The Bible says that Deborah judged Israel from under the palm tree.  It does not say that her husband sat next to her under that palm tree to properly cover her.  This tells us something about her Godly character.  Out in the open, in full view of all, she judged Israel.  She was not going to bring any reproach to the name of God or her husband.  Deborah was the wife of Lapidoth, but that’s all we know about her husband.  He is mentioned only once in Judges 4:4, “And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.”  
Deborah was a married woman called of God with a nation at heart – a nation that was being oppressed by Sisera and his nine hundred chariots of iron.  Deborah went out in the battlefield, not with her husband, but rather with Barak, her brother in the Lord and peer, who was another of Israel’s commanders and together they fought the battle.

As a matter of fact, Barak told Deborah that he would not go out to the battlefield without her.  Did this make Barak a coward, less of a man?  No.  Did this make Deborah insubordinate to her husband and out of his covering as a wife?  No.  What this tells us is that Deborah had her husband’s blessing and he had also recognized her God-given call and released her up to that call.  Deborah was officiating as God’s Warrior and Prophetess directed by the Spirit of the Lord.  He obviously loved his wife and there was perfect trust between them. I truly believe that in the role as wife she was covered by her husband because they were in unity about her call.  But her office as Prophetess was covered by God who initially called her from her mother’s womb.  All Prophets are sanctified and called from the mother’s womb.  It is not something they find along the road of life or choose as we would choose a career today. Her accountability in her office was to God and then earthly peers such as Barak, who also was a God-called military leader whom she worked with for the purpose of saving Israel.  
Now women should be covered by their husbands (if married) which means that they are in submission to those husbands.  If Lapidoth would have not blessed his wife and released her up to the Lord, she would then have been out of order and could be compared to a “Controlling Jezebel” and insubordinate to that husband.  What would we have said about Deborah in our modern day church thinking?  Would we say – Deborah your husband should be the head and you are out of order - because she was doing the commanding related to her position in the ministry and office of prophetess?  Would we have thought she was also running around in the field with a man that was not her husband?  Remember, Deborah was a Mature, Proven Prophetess and a Holy Woman entrusted by God as His Oracle and Leader.

I can recall years ago, when the Lord began to prepare me for ministry.  Oh, what a Fiery School of Holiness He put me in.  The Lord began to send me out to minister and I was terrified to be labeled by the Christian Community of that day as a Jezebel who was trying to usurp her authority over the men.  But my God was calling and I had to obey.  My husband gave me his blessing and released me to go do the work of the Lord. I remember one day I was going to my first speaking engagement.  My husband was just coming into the things of the Lord and I kept waiting for him to come into the bedroom so he could pray for me and give me his blessing.  I wanted everything to be in perfect order.  I was getting a little frustrated because he was not coming to do what I thought he should do.  As I looked out the window of my bedroom, his head was under the hood and it appeared that he was checking the oil in the car; therefore, I said, “Okay, Lord, you bless and anoint me,” and I knelt down, bowed my head, and raised my hands to the God of Heaven.  
As soon as I was finished I heard the front door slam and Jose, my husband, called me and said, “Wife, come let us pray that God be with you this day and bless you.”  God settled a matter with me that day – that only God can call an office, and only God can anoint that position, and an earthly husband’s rightful role is only over her as his wife.  Yes, I submitted to him as my husband, but his authority was not over the office of God that the Lord had placed me in.  At that time, my husband was just coming into the things of the Lord and had very limited knowledge of the Word of God; therefore, God gave me several precious brothers who were Pastors and Brother Baraks to me, so to speak.  These Pastors were my Friends, Ministry Advisors, and later one of them became my Pastor until my husband grew in the Lord enough to know about spiritual matters.  
Today, Jose, My Husband is a Pastor, Ministry Advisor to the Ministry and we have become co-workers together in the Gospel!  Today, there are women still called as Deborah’s, Warriors, and Commanders with the Pure Motive of a Nation at Heart.  To God be the Glory!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Prophetic Word From Hilda

Prophetess Hilda Arredondo

"Praying, The Will Of The Father"

Dear Praying Friends, What is the will of the Father in a given prayer situation?  How can you be sure that you are not praying your will and off into soulish praying?  What is soulish praying?  Sometimes when a vessel is not thoroughly clean and lacks heavenly wisdom, he will begin to pray out of lusts, wrong motives, and selfish desires.  He will pray out of the soulish (mind) realm and not from the heart of the Father.  He will begin to pray his will in a prayer situation and not stop to seek the Father's will.  This tells us that this is not a Holy God’s way of accomplishing His will in us.  God will never violate a man’s free will.  He showed us frankly and openly His Word of truth, either through the Bible or through a servant that told us about salvation, deliverance, etc., and we were allowed to choose freely.  If we are to be His true representatives, then we need to walk in His statutes and commandments and that includes righteous motives in our life of prayer.  Sometimes without much thought, it is easy to set up ourselves as an authority over that situation and feel that a particular outcome would be the best way for the Father to handle that situation, and we begin to pray in our will.  Being on the end of receiving dozens of prayer calls and asked to pray and agree with prayer needs, I feel that the Lord is directing me by His Spirit to admonish you with some truth, so that we can be corrected in an area that is sometimes easily violated by pray-ers, either by the lack of knowledge or plain ignorance.  Some prayer examples are as follows:


A pray-er called and said, “I believe my oldest daughter’s time has come to marry, but the boy she is now dating is not the one for her.  The Lord has shown me who she is to marry.  Let’s pray that God break up this relationship.”  As a parent we may see things in our children’s lives that are a hindrance; and it is our duty to pray, direct, and guide them with words of wisdom and love.  I don’t believe; however, that we have to try to force God’s hand and pray for Him to break up the relationship.  Is He not the God that fashioned the heavens, great in counsel, and mighty in work; “…for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men:  to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”  Jeremiah 32:19. Righteous Praying #1 – “God bless, direct, and guide my daughter.  Give her the young man of your choice.  Father, I commit this situation to You, to work out what is best for her and this young man.”  Let’s not be guilty of meddling with the will of the Father.  

A pray-er called and wanted prayer for someone on their job who was causing them much discomfort.  The request was to pray the someone causing them the discomfort out of the job so the pray-er could work in peace.  Now this seems like the easy thing to do.  I am sure this other person has a family, children, wife, and bills to pay.  The answer is never praying the problem away, but dealing in the love of Christ with the problem.  All successful relationships are based on love, harmony, and good communication skills in Christ.  Could it be possible that the person is in our path for a reason?  Possibly to smooth out the rough edges of our character?  Sometimes the very things in our path that are uncomfortable will be the very things needed for us to grow up in the stature of our Lord Jesus Christ – like loving the unlovable.  Matt. 5:44 says, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”  Here, the Word of God says “do well”.  Are we doing well when we try to pray someone out of a job?  Righteous Praying #2 - Our prayer could possibly be Father, bless my co-worker and work your kindness and love into his heart.  Make me patient and enduring and let him see the love of Jesus in me.”  


Some pray-ers called and stated that they felt the leadership in their church was not doing what they thought they should be doing.  Again the prayer request was a request to get the leadership to do things their way – dominating and manipulating in prayer was evident.  When God raises up a man or woman in authority, He gives them a mantle of authority.  God gives this man or woman His plan to accomplish His purpose and goals to bring His kingdom work to pass.  When you start coming against a person in authority in soulish prayer, you are on shaky ground; they are God’s representatives.  Even David would not come against evil Saul, he had enough compassion and wisdom to not touch this man who at one time had been God’s anointed Righteous Praying #3 - If you feel those in leadership are in error or sin, begin to pray and ask God to bring them into the truth.  Have mercy upon them.  There is no need to pray our will upon them.  God who is Almighty and sees all will deal His measure of correction to their disobedience.  II Samuel  22:25-28 says, “Therefore the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.  With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.  With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.  .And the afflicted people thou wilt save:  but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.”

A pray-er needed prayer agreement to speak destruction by fire on a worldly bar building that was a sore thumb in a particular community.  Did we ever stop and think about the person who owns this work of darkness?  The reason that he is involved in the works of darkness is because he is a lost person.  He is a human being with great potential for salvation and prayer.   Righteous Praying #4 - Would it not be better to pray for that man’s salvation so that he can come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ?  What if people were hurt inside the building while our “destruction of fire” prayer came to pass?  Would it not be better to pray that God turn the building into a church for the Glory of God?  In Luke 9:54-56 the apostles were upset because Jesus was not received by some; they said let us call fire down from heaven and destroy them.  Jesus told them He came to save men’s lives not to destroy them.  This was a lack of maturity on the apostles’ behalf, yet at a later date these very same men were used mightily by God.

A pray-er calling for prayer needed someone that could touch the throne of God with prayer power and was calling us for prayer.  In this situation God had showed the pray-er a particular house for rent and told him it was his – the present people living in it were not moving out and the pray-er needed someone to agree with him that this was his house and help him pray the present occupants out so that he could move in.  If God has told us something and we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is His voice; why do we need to help God out?  If He has said it, then He will do it in His time.  If we have to keep trying to force God’s  hand through prayer to make something happen that God has already spoken, then it’s possible you heard wrong or you are ahead of God and not resting in God.  Righteous Praying #5 The prayer in this case could possibly be:  “Righteous Father, I need a place to live and I feel you have showed me a particular place; I now place this request in your hands and know that you will bring your perfect will to pass in your time.  Bless the man and family presently living in this house.”   Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” When a person is in this kind of deception (wrong praying) and can find another person who is in the same error and deception to agree, they begin to pray soulish prayers in agreement, they will see some results, but the power tapped into is in the soulish realm (mind power) and they are deceived that it is God answering their prayers.  I have observed several things about individuals involved in soulish prayer – they are in much confusion, they don’t understand why their lives are in such a mess and out of balance.  They mistakenly discern self’s voice as the Holy Spirit’s voice.  They are usually strong, self-willed individuals with beautiful gifts from God, but will not submit to any kind of authority or training.  They will try to dominate, manipulate through prayer their ways of thinking.  They always have a scripture to justify their action of prayer.  There is limited power in soulish prayer.  The thing or situation prayed for will not last or the time will come that the pray-er will wish he had never prayed his will and will begin to pray something else that he now thinks will bring the solution.  This puts the pray-er in an endless cycle of having to constantly pray soulishly to keep and control what he thinks is best for him or others. The Lord is looking for vessels of prayer that He can move through so He can demonstrate His prayer power and glory.  He does not want to be a chess piece in our life that we can move as we see fit, but He wants us to be a chess piece in His Holy Hand so He can direct our lives for His Glory.  In the book of Malachi there are thirty-two sins mentioned:  some are irreverence, dishonoring God, disrespect and deception.  When we bring God down to our soulish level and try to manipulate His power of prayer for our own selfish means or desires we are dishonoring a Holy God. We are also in deception and showing disrespect by trying to undermine God’s ways and principles for our selfish desires.  Who are we to dictate to God our methods and ways?  Is He not the God that created the heavens; hangs the sun, moon, and stars in the sky?  He created the intricate anatomy of our physical bodies.  Isaiah 40:12, 15, says, “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance.”  V 15 “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance:  behold, he taketh up the isles as very little thing.” Your question now can be how do we pray?


Our best example is to look at Jesus in Chapter 17 of John and see how He prayed.  Verse 9 “I pray for them:  I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.”  Verse 11  “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee.  Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”  Jesus prayed for the keeping and oneness of all believers.  He also prayed in much respect.  If anyone could have been in a chummy relationship with the Father it could have been Jesus, yet with much respect He said, “Holy Father”, and then He prayed for close communion between us and the father.  In verse 13 He prayed that they might have joy.  In verse 15 He prayed for the Father not to take them out of the world, but to keep them from all evil.  You know Jesus could have prayed that God keep them from all the evil.  He could have said, “Father, I want them with me so we can be in glory land together.”  Let us not be hasty to pray a person in or out of a situation.  Let us pray in wisdom like Jesus did.  Let us not try to pray all the mountains away from that person, but on the other hand let us pray that God give him the strength and wisdom on how to remove mountains in Jesus’ name.  Someone once said, “Do not pray for easy lives, but pray to be stronger men.  Do not pray for tasks equal to your power, pray for power equal to your tasks.”  In verse 17 Jesus prayed for their sanctification, Verse 21 He prayed for the unity, and in verse 25 He prayed that true love dwell in them.  In Matthew 26:39 Jesus prayed, “…Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt.”  What is God’s will?  The word of God tells us it is God’s will to meet our physical needs as well as give us our daily bread, save us, heal, and deliver us.  But how God chooses to do this is His will and His methods are better than ours.  If we limit God by dictating to Him every detail of the answer we are going to limit God in what He can do for us in that situation.  I know that we have had much teaching to pray the answer, don’t pray the problem, be specific with God when you bring your needs to Him, but if you are not seeking the Father’s will and discerning the voice that is speaking to you – much confusion and heartache may come our way.


Let’s remember that His ways are higher than our ways.  The Holy Spirit impressed on my heart one day the following thought:  “I’ve become a pawn in some of my people’s hands – they say this is my desire and now you bring it to pass.  God, you perform for me.”  They don’t stop to consider that what they are wanting might be harmful for them or others.  I know the beginning and end of every situation.  They look at my word and say this promise of scripture will apply the magic formula needed to bring this to pass.  Beloved of God, some of you have shared and counseled with us that you don’t understand why your life is in confusion and turmoil.  You’ve prayed for something, but that only brings more confusion, heartache, and error.  There is no fruit to your prayers.  Beloved, before you utter another prayer before the God of heaven stop and ask the Father what is His will in the prayer situation, then listen quietly and pray His will. Let me share these words of wisdom with you – they are not my words of wisdom – but they brought much fruit to my daily walk in prayer.  Miracles and answered prayer should be distinguished from the works of magic.  In magic the wonder worker himself possesses the formula which causes the alleged result – the alleged supernatural power is controlled by the performer.  Compare Exodus 7:11 & 8:7.  In miracles and prayer the results depend wholly upon the divine will, and the one who works the miracle is simply an agent for the Lord.  If we are guilty of wrong praying let us repent (turn away) and ask God to forgive us of dishonoring Him, irreverence, disrespect, and deception and because we serve a God of love and mercy, He will make us to be in right standing with the father.  1John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Praise be to God…His servant hilda arredondo  

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