Not What You Think…

There is a lot I would like to share although I cannot at this time. I will write more about it all when I feel comfortable with it. I can only say I am an avid researcher and biblical student; in the process over these 40 plus years I have been on many, many paths of which I believe were leading me to where I am now. I can only say I am shocked and astounded by where this search as brought me. Truth is stranger than fiction for sure…

Prayer of Prayer

Rev 8:3-5

Oh Eternal God, Help me. Help me to comprehend, know, realize, trust and believe that the prayers I offer up to You today and even all the past days prayers, have been heard by your Gracious ears, Your compassionate, understanding, loving heart, and Your Infinite Mind. You Lord, know the very thought and intent of my prayers whether I verbalize it correctly or not. You still have them all; I can trust, relax and believe in Your active response even now and from now on. I can know and be confidant that my prayers have not been, and will not be forgotten by You.

I believe in You,
I can Trust You,
I do trust You,
You Oh Lord, have an eternal memory You will not ever forget what I’ve expressed; whether it was with my voice, heart, mind or emotions. I can believe in your Grace, Love and faithfulness to me as You have already revealed to us clearly portrayed in Jesus Christ.

You My LORD, my God, and Savior will always have before You the request I have laid at your feet, on your alter or put in Your hand even from all past prayers, you have not forgotten. I can believe You know all about it all, and I can trust You with it all, and be confident You are working on it all even right now.

I believe in You,
I can Trust You,
I do trust You,
Almighty Sovereign Lord God.  My prayers are not tossed aside like a discarded paper to-do list crumpled and thrown in the trash as if a worthless thing. On the contrary; they are precious to You and bring you pleasure. You keep them before you as incense on the altar of the fire of Your Love, a sweet smelling aroma before You at all times. My name, and my new name are written in Your Book and my prayers are all noted alongside it.

The magnetic force of Your Love holds my request to the door of Your Heart as my notes on the door of my refrigerator with all the good things inside I see as the light comes on. As portraits of Loved ones and pictures of places of significance; my appeals hang on the walls of Your Throne Room in clear sight on every side at all times as your tender gaze looks upon them in thoughtfulness of me and my life. It all matters to You, You care, You see, You know, You understand like no one does or possibly could.

I believe in You,
I can Trust You,
I do trust You,
You Oh Lord God of all time and events are working for my, and everyone’s good, salvation, deliverance, healing, and provision. As each second passes, Your sovereign providential movement of life, people, situations, and things are evidence demonstrating your working in all; the answer to my prayers and theirs. Even Now, Your Spirit is steadily, consistently, meticulously at work in the background of the circumstances and events of life to bring about the Goodness of God; I will initially perceive it in my spirit, and then in fact witness and receive it. I believe I will receive from Your Good hand the best of my heart’s desire.

I believe in You,
I can Trust You,
I do trust You,
In Your omnipotent omniscient sovereign providence and omnipresence at all times; in every circumstance, situation, and dimension. I know all things are working in perfect order and harmony with Your good will. I can and do trust You. Yours, Almighty LORD of all, is the entire Creation and Universal Kingdom, All the Power, the Sovereignty and all the Glory throughout all Ages. For Your Universal Kingdom is a perfect Kingdom, working flawlessly, for our supreme good. Help me grow and be established unmovable in my love, faith, faithfulness and trust in You Oh Lord and God of Heaven and Earth, Ruling in every realm and dimension.

I believe in You,
I can Trust You,
I do trust You,
As I ponder the unfathomable perfect plan you are working out for all your creation; the peace of God that pass all understanding floods my soul. Brilliant light illuminates my mind as the Anointing Spirit of the Anointed One – Christ and my spirit merge, unite and amalgamate into a new creation, born from above in the heavenly realms; yet wonderfully experienced in the here and the now, praise God! I cannot see how the wind blows or the Spirit moves, tho I experience it knowing it is You there working in me and through me the answer to my prayers. My voice does not have to reach to the heavens; For in You we live and move and have our being, You are not far from any one of us. I walk by faith and not by sight.

I believe in You,
I can Trust You,
I do trust You,
I am established in this Truth: That you always hear and remember what I ask for, You understood what I said. If I ask you for an egg, You would not give me the serpent. You have answered, You are answering, and You will absolutely answer all my prayers past, present, and future, you know and have not forgotten these prayers according to your predetermined plan in Your unlimited Grace, immeasurable Love, incalculable wisdom, and unsurpassable power. Even if the answer is No, you are working out a far superior answer in your boundless Grace, wisdom and Love; Over-Ruling my present shortsighted request from my human worldly point of view.

I believe I will see the Goodness of God in life even while I wait for the answer while it comes; and for sure, it will come at the proper and perfect time. I Thank You and Praise You ahead of time regardless of my circumstances for the answer to my prayers. Thank You Oh LORD, GOD THE ETERNAL ALMIGHTY for hearing my prayers and for what You are doing in my life even NOW at this very moment.
As I have received these words in the Spirit, in accordance with Jude’s inspiration I build myself up on my most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.
I believe these words,
I receive these words,
I possess this truth now.
In my spirit and the Spirit of Christ
and the Name of Jesus,
I declare it is so,
and so be it. Amen.

Jesus said: Mk 11:24 (NIrV)
24 “So I tell you, when you pray for something, believe that you have already received it. Then it will be yours”
[even though you do not see it now – believe now]

Mat 21:22
“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Psa 5:3
In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Psa 139:1-6 O LORD,
You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Php 4:6
Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have.

In closing, I try not to forget one of Jesus Christ’s most telling parable teaching on prayer.

““Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”” (Luke 18:9–14, NLT)

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Praise Be To God,

Daniel W Isrite

Trick or Treat and Fake Apples

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This Halloween has inspired me to think about all the little ghouls and goblins that were out scurrying around the neighborhood last evening; frantically running from door to door excitedly anticipating the next hand full of fancy wrapped delicious treats being dropped in their little bags and pumpkin head buckets!

A question came to mind. What would you think if someone dropped a handful of fancy wrapped treats in your child’s little pumpkin bucket only to find that it was fancy wrapped FAKE candy! You’d be upset wouldn’t you. Besides your little goblin being emotionally disappointed as well. I’m sure it wouldn’t set well with you or the little goblin as well as engendering a less than desirable opinion of the one giving out this fancy fake candy.

This brought to mind when I once mistakenly picked up a plastic apple from a bowl on my mother’s table, only to realize it was fake. It looked exactly like an apple but by the feel and weight of it upon picking it up I immediately realized it was made of plastic, hollow and empty, lacking any real substance. Also realizing by the same token it had no life-giving nutritional value whatsoever. Although on the outside it did look just like an apple.

This reminds me of an immensely important lesson I had to learn in my Christian life and bible study. Which is expressly, trying to please God by doing good works is useless. Let me be completely clear, self-effort to produce good works or good standing with God is totally, utterly, entirely useless! It achieves absolutely nothing as far as our relationship with God is concerned. Furthermore and even more shocking is the that this is even offensive to God! So offensive that a scripture expressing God’s opinion of it is lets say; not even suitable for all ages in the original language…

“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6,)

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– Quite graphic in the original language isn’t it… –

Speaking of his past religious good works the apostle Paul wrote:

“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.” (Philippians 3:7–9, NLT)

The good ole King James Version brings out one particularly offensive word here in this same text which is descriptive of good works by self-effort more clearly and bluntly.

8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but DUNG,”

(Philippians 3:8 KJV)

Yes the Bible uses some extremely harsh yet clear language defining God’s opinion of our man-made good works! These have never pleased God and never will. In fact, according to the writer of Hebrews, it’s IMPOSSIBLE! – It doesn’t matter how full or pretty your righteous bag is. Just try eating a plastic apple!

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NLT)

Absolutely Nothing but faith in Christ Jesus pleases God and the good fruit that WILL RESULT from this faith as it grows from the inside out. This will be good works you probably won’t even give any thought to doing. (Matt 25:37-39) You most likely will not even be aware you are doing these, because it will become part of your new nature in Christ and naturally flow out from within. Self-effort only produces fake fruit which is hard to discern from an outward view.

“Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”” (John 6:29, NLT)

= Think about it; does God like tricks or treats? =

Put your complete faith in Christ and be sure you don’t take any plastic apples.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

God Bless,

Daniel W Isrite

The Muddle Man

Thru the eye of the fog

Thru the eye of the fog

THE MUDDLE MAN

I feel I am living,

In a dream state,

How long has it been,

Since I’ve been awake?

I’m trying to rise,

How long will it take?

My mind is so muddled,

I can’t seem to think.

It’s all out of sorts,

All out of sync.

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew,

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do!

How long has it been?

I really don’t know.

Time seems it’s racing,

And then it’s so slow.

What’s going on?

Where’s my mind,

Where’d it go?

In this fog I am living,

My mind tends to wander,

The haze grows heavy,

As I sit and ponder.

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew,

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do.

Things all around me,

Are moving so fast.

I can’t keep up,

How long will this last?

I want to wake up,

From this dream I am living!

Disarray and derangement,

So many misgivings.

This is not where I thought,

I would be at this age.

I should be more sure,

And clear at this stage.

Yet here I am in this state,

Of darkness and haze.

Is this how I’ll spend,

The rest of my days?

Oh Lord I’m so tired,

Confused and askew.

Please help me Oh Lord,

Tell me what I should do!

I was once so sure, so clear and exact,

I was a standard of steadiness,

On each point and fact.

Where’d I go wrong,

And get so off track?

So now tho I travel,

A land of film-flam

I keep trusting You Lord

Tho I know not where I am

Daniel W Isrite

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