Growing Pains By Sue Darling
God is calling us all to grow in faith like never before, I believe. Every time you face a difficulty you are force to grow in faith. If you refused to grow, you will always end up dropping your standards and before long you are lukewarm and going with the rest of the world. I believe the reason for this massive moment is obvious. Jesus is getting His church ready for a spiritual war like never before. Without the gifts of the Holy Spirit for example, I don't believe we will survive. I believe we are going to be needing miracles on a daily basis. I remember reading a prophesy ages ago and it said that it is going to be normal for people to have the gift of casting out devils, because this gift is going to be so much in demand. I want to point out that you don't have to be a bad person to be oppressed by demons. In some cases it is almost like catching a cold. They can enter into you through, excess fear or you may be too overcome by grief, for example. There is so many people who have been deeply hurt and are badly in need of healing. One way to look at it, the spiritual gifts are no longer a luxury for a few. It is now a necessity for the whole church to start calling on God, to help them grow in this area of service. Even if it is only to help out your own family and friends. You never know when you are going to be in need of them.
By living in each moment with our Lord and just putting one foot in front of the other, you will be surprise what is around the corner. Just following His lead, something big can come out from something so small, you didn't consider it was of any value. I have mention in another article that I have written, that I am making a very deliberate effort each day to put aside a time to pray in tongues, and I am finding it a challenge. It is not my favourite way of praying, but I know I would be mad not to. The Holy Spirit has been so kind to give me an English word over and over again. I thought at first to keep me satisfied. I have just found out today, He has not just been giving me an English word, but a word of knowledge. This is a brand new gift for me. I wrote down what I thought it meant in my journal and I had a full length page and a half of information that flowed out of me. When God speaks to you they say it just flows out of you. That happens to me when I am writing sometimes. So you can have gifts from God already and because there is no education out there, you are none the wiser. In other words you have a gift to help yourself and others, but haven't been taught how to.
How I got into self-deliverance was a matter of urgency. I had to find a way to get sleep someway, and since the doctors, counsellors and etc. couldn't help me. I had no choice but, to turn to God to learn how to do faith healing. The only means to learn, was from books and there are YouTube shows on the subject. Trial and error for some is the only way to learn that is available. I believe we all should start trying now whether you can find somebody to teach you or not.
Hebrews 4:16. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace.
I had no one to help me, and if you are in the same boat, which I believe many are, why don't you ask God to open your eyes to what gifts He wants you to have. Then start praying for it. Also find opportunities to use the gift. Ask God to train you to use it wisely for His glory. Faith is not always an easy grace to receive for some people. At one point I was asking for a miracle to happen and it wasn't happening, then I thought well I will repent to God of my stubborn pride that refuses to believe in a child-like faith. So I did and the very next moment the pain went.
I often use other people's prayers and then re- arrange them to my liking. I got this prayer original from a Catholic prayer book called 'The Pieta Prayer Book.' You can get it on the internet. My version of it is;
Eternal Daddy, I love you, I offer up the Sacred Heart of Y'shua. With all its love and all its sufferings and all its merits for (You make your request, I usually keep it very simple, to the point and I say the whole prayer over and over again using the rosary beads. It is entirely up to you how you want to do it.)
I know God loves this prayer and highly approves of it. He has shown me a vision of God the Father looking down on His Son's Heart and He doesn't even look at the request. It is automatically answered. Now of course Jesus would never offer His Heart to anybody, especially to His Father if it is not in keeping with the Will of Our Heavenly Father. If you asking something that doesn't honour God's nature, then you know it will be a no. Sometimes you have to just keep it up. And if you want a prayer answered quiet often you also need to do your bit. Somebody I knew had the gift of prophecy and she told somebody they will get a job. The man just laid down on the lounge expecting a phone call, without any effort on his part and of course the phone never rang for him. He end up going out and looking for a job, which he did find. So you do usually have to do your bit as well.
We need to pray for the church and everybody more than ever.
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