Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Sometimes You Just Have To "Be Still"

This concept appeared in my dream last night. This blogpost could be subtitled as follows:
The Beauty of Being Still
The Rewards of Being Still
What It Means To Let Go

Now, when we hear of "be still," we usually think that it means do absolutely nothing and the Lord does everything. I don't know about you, but I used to think that. Yesterday, my spirit was troubled and I believe the dream last night shed light on what I'm about to talk about in this post. 

I don't know where you are in your life right now, are you carrying a burden that you think is too hard to cast over to the Lord? Are you afraid of what He may think when He takes it from you? I've been there and I'll admit I'm dealing with some loose fragments. Here's one more question: do you think when He takes it from you, that you will not see what you dreamed of come to pass? Allow me to take a step back because that's a heavy one for me. 

I want you to stop where you are. I want you to "be still," so you can be ministered to right at this very moment. 

When we typically hear "be still," we usually think of Psalm 46:10 - "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" 

A few other passages that speak on "standing still," - another way of saying "be still."

Exodus 14:13-14 (when the children of Israel were crossing the Red Sea) - And Moses said to the people, "Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent." 

2 Chronicles 20:17 (when the Moabites & Ammonites were coming against the children of Israel) - You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand still, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you." 

In the Exodus passage above, you'll find that the Lord had them be silent. What this tells me is that total faith is required as the Lord fights for you.

In the 2 Chronicles passage, I didn't include it in this blogpost, but if you were to read a few more verses down, you'll find that they were to sing praise to the Lord. What this tells me is that praise and thanksgiving is required as the Lord fights for you.

So we have faith, praise and thanksgiving. These are required as you "be still." So whatever trial or challenge you have, be still and watch the Lord come through (show Himself strong) in your situation. Let me say that another way: Whatever mountain that's in your way (childhood pain, abuse, financial issues, marital issues, relationship and/or friendship issues, physical illness, mental illness, etc.), stop carrying that burden. What good has it done for you carrying it (or rationalizing why you want to carry it with your strength alone)? Not only does He want what you're going through, He wants to fight for you, deliver you, and make you whole. But you have to be still. As you are being still (standing still, letting go of the fight that's in you and/or around you, have faith that He's fighting for you in all areas and as you're waiting and trusting Him for the manifestation, give Him constant praise and thanksgiving. And please, please, please don't get discouraged when you don't get see the manifestation on your timetable. Be moved by what you believe and not what you see.

Many blessings:

The Mayne Man

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Anatomy of Prayer (by Min. Adria Carpenter)

One of my friends wanted to be featured on my blogpost, so this is a brief expository on my friend's study on prayer/intercession. Without further ado, here's Minister Adria Carpenter.

The Anatomy of Prayer deals with prayer as a whole. My name is Adria Carpenter and as a minister and intercessor, I don’t want to just be doing something, but I want to be aware of what it is.  2 Timothy says study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly diving the word of truth. “The Anatomy of Prayer”, was birthed to stimulate people to understand the power that prayer carries.  I pray that this will give you spiritual insight on what an intercessor is.  First, let go to Webster and see what an intercessor is? An intercessor is a person who intervenes on the behalf of another, especially by prayer. I want you focus on the word especially, which means to a great extent, very much. In other words when you think about the word intercession, the first thing that comes to mind is prayer!!!   Prayer is an essential part of an intercessor, but there are many roles that an intercessor can possess.  As I began to do my study on intercessor, I asked God what is an intercessor? The name that was dropped in my spirit was Adam. I was puzzled with this for some time, because I didn’t understand why Adam came to me.  But I was reminded in Matthew 6:33 that says seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and these things shall be added unto you.  I sought God because I knew He wanted to reveal the mystery of His word unto his servant pertaining to my asking what is an intercessor? I studied the book of Genesis focusing my attention on Adam and his role in the beginning of time.  Adam was created from dust of the earth. Genesis 2:15 says The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. However, Genesis 3:1-4 says “now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God has made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, You must not eat fruit from the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it or you surely will die.’” This was the first sign when the spirit manipulation took place. Let’s continue in Genesis: When the woman saw that the good for food and pleasing to eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom she took some and ate it. She also took some and gave it to her husband, who was with her and ate it. 

Adam was responsible for being attentive and watching the garden. When you study the scriptures, you don’t see anything about God telling him to pray, because he gave him dominion over every living creature in the earth. Adam was obligated to cover and stay in covenant with what God authorize him to do. Cover- put something such as cloth or lid on top of or in front of in order to protect or conceal it.  

Covenant- an agreement

What are they saying??  Intercessor, Prayer Warrior, Gate Keeper and Garden Watcher the Nation is in need and soliciting the prayer from you.  There will be a continuation of The Anatomy of Prayer Blog to give additional information pertaining to prayer.

I pray that this Revelation was useful and that it blessed your life.