Climate change is a devilish problem for humanity with scary forecasts. It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually.
Parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century, distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today. They expect 200 million climate refugees in the world by 2050.
Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. The world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime.
Because humans are responsible for the problem, they must be capable of undoing at least some of it. It sounds the alarm at a time when immediate action must be taken. The responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation: your generation!
Stimulus and automatic stabilization are still able to place a floor under economic collapse. But they are not able to bring about a return to high growth and full employment. Exercising caution over warning signs is tantamount to complacency.
The book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming depicts the most horrendous catastrophes that will wreak havoc and death on the earth if the people and nations do not immediately undertake major serious programs to halt global warming – if it is not already too late.
Global warming is wreaking havoc now. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Five of the 20 worst fires in California’s history blazed in 2017; the deadliest incinerated the town of Paradise last year. Floods are becoming wetter, droughts drier and hurricanes fiercer. Such calamities mark “the end of normal”, as climate change tips Earth beyond the conditions that allowed humans to evolve in the first place. And that is with barely 1°C of man-made warming since the industrial revolution.
Things will get much worse. The world is on course to become at least 3°C hotter than in pre-industrial times. Even if warming did not exceed 2°C, as stipulated in the Paris climate agreement of 2015, rising seas may engulf $1 trillion-worth of American property.
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming.
Is the 2017 Hurricane Season worse than usual?
Short answer: Yes. When compared to past Atlantic hurricane seasons, this year is shaping up to be a doozy.with 7 named hurricanes by the end of 2017. That’s twice the pace of a typical season. It may be normal for six storms to develop in a month, but it is “very unusual for two Category 4 and two Category 5 hurricanes to do so. It is also rare (and wildly tragic) for three major hurricanes (Irma, Jose and Maria) to charge through the same area (the northeastern Caribbean) in such a short amount of time (three weeks).
Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Rockport, Texas on August 25. Then came Irma, Jose and Maria: all Categories 3 or higher, and all within a month. It would be shocking if we didn’t get at least two more hurricanes. Estimates for this year are putting damage from Harvey and Irma at around $290 billion. The two storms alone are twice as expensive as four in 2005. Coastal counties account for nearly 40 percent of the total U.S. population. As more development occurs in harm’s way, the more likely the damage will grow.
We know there will be more storms—not just more storms forming but more storms threatening” populated areas. The four latest hurricanes hit along similar direction toward landfall all within a month. For the continental United States in the Atlantic Basin, models project a 75 percent increase in the frequency of category 4 and 5 hurricanes
“…Could you not keep watch for one hour?” Mark 14:37
Do you have problems with commitment to prayer? How about short five minutes segments in an hour? You can also just pray at a few spokes of the wheel.
It’s wonderful to start the day with the Lord, praying in the early hours before work begins. Having a set time and place for prayer has positive benefits, whether it is morning, noon or night.
Consider the “Miracle Hour” as an intensely loving “power encounter” with your heavenly Father. The more you can personalize them, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you spontaneously in your own words, the more meaningful it will be.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?Psalm 42:1-2
Let us pray!
People of praise are people of faith. Praise draws us into the abundant life in which God created us to live. When we praise God we acknowledge His supremacy in our lives. Praise draws us into His presence even when we don’t feel like it.
Let us praise God in all things. For the next five minutes just forget about yourself and concentrate on God. Between each segment you may wish to say the Our Father prayer or pray in the charismatic gift of tongues.
LITANY OF PRAISE
Praise You, Jesus; You are the King of kings.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the King of creation.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the King of the universe.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Almighty.
Praise You, Jesus; You are Christ, the King.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Lamb of God.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Way for our life.
Praise You, Jesus; You are only Truth.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Wonderful Counselor.
Praise You, Jesus; You are Prince of Peace.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Light of the World.
Praise You, Jesus; You are our Redeemer.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Messiah.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Anointed One.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Good Shepherd.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Lord of hosts.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Savior of the World.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Bread of Life.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Font of all holiness.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Living Water.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the True Vine.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Deliverer.
Praise You, Jesus; You are our Salvation.
Praise You, Jesus; You are our Righteousness.
Praise You, Jesus; You are our Wisdom.
Praise You, Jesus; You are our Sanctification.
Praise You, Jesus; You are our Justification.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Door.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the great I AM.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the great High Priest.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Cornerstone.
Praise You, Jesus; You are our Joy.
Praise You, Jesus; You are our Covenant.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Most High God.
Praise You, Jesus; You are my Defense.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the (my) Bridegroom.
Praise You, Jesus; You are my Provider.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Resurrection and the Life.
Praise You, Jesus; You are the Beginning and the End.
Praise You, Jesus; You are worthy of all praise.
SING TO THE LORD
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord and extol him with music and song. “Psalm 95-102:1, 2
Anointed music has a great power to open our spirits. You may also wish to hum in tongues if you are released in that gift. There are a host of Christ-centered songs: the eight-fold Alleluia, “I love you, Lord”, etc.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
At times in our lives we may have inadvertently opened our spirit to some negative spiritual forces. It’s time to close those doors. It is important when we pray to place ourselves specifically under the protection of the Lord’s protection and take authority over any powers of evil.
SPIRITUAL WARFARE PRAYER
I place myself now under the cross of Jesus Christ and cover myself with the Precious Blood of Jesus.
In the name of Jesus Christ I seal this room and all members of my family, relatives and associates in the Blood of Jesus Christ.
I renounce all openness to the occult, all false worship and all benefits from magical arts. I renounce every power apart from God and every form of worship that does not offer true honor to Jesus Christ. I specifically renounce ___________________(for example, astrology, fortune telling, crystals, tarot cards, Ouija boards and any occult games.)
In the name of Jesus Christ, I break any curses that may be coming against me or my family, and stop the transmission of those curses through my ancestry.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind you spirit of _______________ (anger, unforgiveness, fear, insecurity, illness trauma.) Lord Jesus, fill me with Your love to replace the fear; fill me with strength to replace the weakness, fill me with your health to replace the illness.
Loving Father, let the cleansing, healing waters of my baptism flow back through the generations to purify my family line of contamination.
A PRAYER OF SURRENDER
Our healing and empowerment begins when we surrender to Jesus. People generally find that He is the strongest in them when they surrender, and are in a position of weakness before Him. The more we open up, yield, and simply allow ourselves to be drawn deeply into the Lord’s love, the more our lives will come into right order. Pray from your heart. Pray it in your words, spontaneously, not as a ritual, but with an opening of yourself to God. “… may Your will be done” Matthew 26:42
Loving Father, I surrender to You today with all my heart and soul. Please come into my heart in a deeper way. Jesus You are Lord of my whole life. I believe in You and receive You as my Lord and Savior.
Lord, I surrender my entire life to You, the past, the present and the future. In sickness and in health, in life and in death, I belong to You. I surrender my emotions, my fears, my insecurities, my sexuality. I especially surrender______________,________________.
RELEASE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Come Holy Spirit, and baptize me with the fire of Your love. I have surrendered to the best of my ability, and now I want to be filled with Your Spirit. I yield now to receive Your sanctification gifts of Isaiah 11:2: wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.
I yield and ask You to release Your manifestation gifts of: faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation of tongues1 Corinthians 12.
I need them to witness to a hurting world. Only in Your power, guided by Your Spirit, can my life be fruitful. Holy Spirit come. I want it all, wrapped in “the greatest of these: love” 1 Corinthians 13:13.Thank you for reminding me that the love of Jesus is always there, filling in the gap between the love I needed and the love I received.
I want every purpose God has for my life to be fulfilled, and I need You, mighty Spirit of God, to bring that purpose to fulfillment.
Thank you for washing and cleansing any wounds and scars from the past that still have the power to dominate my thoughts and suppress my physical and emotional freedom.
Thank You for coming and drawing out the uncried tears, the unfinished grieving, the pain of loss, the traumas, the fear, the emotional hurts so painful that they were “buried alive.”
Thank You for coming into the root cause of any chronic failures. (Scan you life for any hurtful memories that need to be healed. When they surface, say simply “Holy Spirit I surrender that event to You for healing. Thank you for bringing Your good out of the hurt. Thank you especially for ________________”. Come Holy Spirit Song
As you pray the following prayer, it is not recommended that you delve into all your sins and failings, but let the Holy Spirit guide you. Don’t get bogged down in the details of the prayer, but use it to stimulate an active conscience.
PRAYER OF REPENTANCE
Loving Father, I am sorry for all the ways I have offended You, knowingly or unknowingly. I have sinned in thought, word and deed. I have sinned in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do. I come before You and ask for the grace of a deeply repentant heart. You know my innermost secrets. I open my heart to You today and ask You to show me the ways I have blocked the flow of Your love.
I ask forgiveness for sins against my purity; lust, fornication, adultery, unclean books, movies and videos and sexual fantasies, especially _________________.
I turn away from all those activities and I turn to You. I deeply repent of having an abortion or encouraging someone to have an abortion.
Forgive me, Lord. I repent of any compulsive, addictive behavior: drinking, drugs, gambling, sex, food and all addictions especially _________________.
Thank you, Father, for setting me free. I repent for not taking care of my physical and emotional health: lack of balance in nutrition, rest and exercise; perhaps the unhealthy suppression of emotions. I make a commitment today to take care of myself.
I’m sorry for the times I have hurt other people. I repent of any stealing, lying, deceiving and defrauding. I regret any lack of affirming others, brushing people off, coldness, unloving and inconsiderate behavior. I’m sorry for gossiping, betrayal of confidences and all breaches of faith.
I repent of any envy, hatred, resentment, unforgiveness, jealousy, criticizing or judging other, not receiving love in the way it is offered, and withholding expressions of love. I especially ask for forgiveness for______________________.
I bring before You now those areas that I am the most ashamed to bring to You; areas that I have hidden, such as certain personal habits, secret guilt, dark areas I have previously refused to bring to You. I bring You all areas about which I am the most ashamed, especially __________________________.
Loving Father, what else should I bring to You? For these I beg pardon today. I accept Your forgiveness and now share Your forgiveness with others. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Make a decision to be reconciled with the people in your life. Life is too short and too precious to waste being trapped and bound in the chains of unforgiveness. Let it go, today. You won’t be sorry. Forgiveness begins with a decision; the emotions will follow.
Loving Father, I choose to forgive everyone in my life, including myself, because You have forgiven me. I forgive myself for all my sins, faults and failings, especially _____________________. I forgive myself for not being perfect, I accept myself and make a decision to stop picking on myself and being my own worst enemy.
I forgive my MOTHER for any negativity and unlove she may have extended to me throughout my life, knowingly or unknowingly, especially _________________. I release her from bondage and make peace with her today.
I forgive my FATHER for any negativity and unlove he may have extended to me throughout my life, knowingly or unknowingly, especially ___________________.I release him from bondage and make peace with him today.
I forgive my SPOUSE for and negativity and unlove extended throughout our time together, especially __________________________. I release my spouse from bondage and make peace between us today.
I forgive my CHILDREN for any hurts, especially ______________________. I release them from bondage and make peace with them today. Bless them. Lord.
I forgive my SISTERS and BROTHERS for any negativity and unlove especially ___________________.
I forgive my BLOOD RELATIVES for any abuses, especially ________________________.
I forgive my ANCESTORS for any negative actions that affect my life today. I release them from bondage and make peace with them today, in Jesus’ name.
I forgive FRIENDS for any actions of negativity and unlove, especially __________________________. For any time they abused our relationship or led me astray, I do forgive them. I release them from all bondage, and pray a blessing on them today, in Jesus’ name.
I forgive all SCHOOL TEACHERS for any negative, abusive actions, especially ___________________. I forgive LAWYERS, DOCTORS, NURSES, and other professionals, especially ___________________. I forgive CLERGY and all representatives of the church especially _____________________________.
I release them all, in Jesus’ name. I forgive every member of SOCIETY who has hurt me in any way
Heavenly Father I now ask for the grace to forgive the ONE PERSON IN LIFE WHO HAS HURT ME THE MOST. The one who is the hardest to forgive, I now choose to forgive, though I may still feel angry and hurt.
Thank You, Lord. I praise You. Amen.
As you begin this section just say simple, “Lord, please speak to me through Your word today.” Open your Bible, browse through it, allow a word or phrase to catch your attention. Once something catches your eyes, stop there. If, for example, the word, “hope,” catches your eyes, ponder the meaning of it. Ask the Lord why that word captured your attention.. Ask, “Holy Spirit, what do You want to teach me through this word?” Write these reflections in your notebook and continue to meditate on them later. This is a very important record of your spiritual walk.
Scripture is one of our most important avenues of interaction with the Lord, along with the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As we feast on the Bible we come to know the character of God. We are infused with faith, hope and love as we spend time in the Word of God.
9. WAIT FOR THE LORD TO SPEAK :
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him …” Psalm 37:7.
Often it helps to close your eyes. He wants to speak to us more than we want to listen. He is a God of love, and love longs to communicate. Have a pen and note pad handy, and expect Him to speak. ” Speak, for Your servant is listening”1 Samuel 3:10
As words or thoughts begin to come into your mind, write them in your notebook. Most probably, it will be the Lord giving you a word of loving encouragement, hope and healing.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” 1 Timothy 2:1
One of the greatest gifts we can give each other is the gift of prayer. This is the time to pray for other people. Pray for nations and leaders, pastors and those in authority.
Pray for the homeless, aborted babies, the sick and the dying. Pray for those who have no one to pray for them. Pray for your enemies. Pray for your family, friends, and associates.
Most important, ask the Holy Spirit to bring people to mind. He surely will. Their names probably will continue to come to mind throughout the day, once you make yourself available, because the Lord is always looking for someone willing to pray.
You might ask, “Lord, what does this person need?” Often an area of need will come to mind. He prompted you to ask, so you can be sure that He will do something about the need!
The prayer of a righteous man [and woman] is powerful and effective” James 5:16.
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” Hebrews 4:16.
This is a time for you to ask the Lord to meet your own needs. Do you have a health concern? How about the long term goals for your life? Be specific. It helps to write down intercessions and petitions, as well as goals, so that when they are answered faith will increase.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8.
“Let us be thankful, and so worship God …”Hebrews 12:28.
Thank you, loving Father in heaven, for the amazing grace of this “Miracle Hour” with You. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to teach, guide and counsel me. Thank You for the fruit of the Spirit working in me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control.
Thank You for the grace to listen to You, believe in You and come to You. Thank You for all the ways You have helped me and intervened on my behalf. Thank You for Your plan for my life, for creating me with a high purpose in mind, for giving me a sense of worth. Thank You for loving me unconditionally.
Thank You for Your living Word that strengthens and empowers me. Thank You for enabling me to rise out of discouragement and walk in joy. Thank You for keeping me in perfect peace. Thank You for making all things work together for good as I place my trust in You. Thank You for enabling me to dwell in safety, and protecting me from the snares of the fowler.
Thank You for giving Your angels charge over me, to guide me in all my ways. Thank You for guiding me and giving me wisdom. Thank You for abundance of Your love that casts out all fear.
Thank You for supplying all my needs in accordance with Your riches in glory. Thank You for freeing me from sickness in body, mind and spirit, and bringing good out of the times when trouble comes. Thank You for giving me a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know the great hope to which I have been called.
Thank You for all the blessings of life: godly ancestors, spouse, family, friends, professional people, clergy and church. Thank You for all who have helped me along the way.
Thank You for the wonderful gift of my life, exactly the way it is. And I thank You for the greatest gift of all — Your Son Jesus.
I especially thank You for ________________________ .
“Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift” 2 Corinthians 9:15.
Jesus is the greatest teacherand role model for prayer: He gave us the LORD’S PRAYER found in Luke 11.2-5:
“Father, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”
Prayer is a two-way street. We talk to God and He talks to us. Yet, it isn’t a question of equal time. We should spend more time listening to God than in speaking.
We also discover that prayer is a journey that is deep and intense, yet at the same time, simplistic. God most loves the simple prayer from the heart, our attempts to please and reverence Him. This is why we have to be sensitive to God’s glory and not our own joy or pleasure, as part of our own will. So give God a word of praise!
Prayer is an ongoing and growing love relationship with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the growth process, faith enters unto the stage. Without faith, prayers remain unanswered. We must firmly believe that our prayers will be answered WHILE we are praying it. We must develop “heart” knowledgeand not simply “head” knowledge. We must learn to PRAY the prayer.
Unanswered prayers occur for a variety of reasons:
We ask for things that are not in our best interests.
Our prayer is contradictory. For example, “Lord I need patience quickly.”
We are not prepared for what we have asked.
PRAYING FOR HEALING
A cry for healing is among our most urgent prayers. When we are in pain, we can turn to the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, for healing. During his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ said many prayers for healing, miraculously causing the sick to recover.
So God arranges a divine appointment on behalf of those who have been praying for healing. God can heal by Himself, but He almost always requires His disciples to heal with Him.
So there are those disciples who actually do have a gift of healing.This author has been blessed with such a gift. This came about late in life when I made a decision to become a Christian Lay Missionary. One does not simply travel to the other side of the world only to wish people good health. God provides the tools in order to make a difference: a laying of healing hands.
“Thou hast given me dominion over the works of His hands; thou hast put all things under my feet” Psalm 8:6
“Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses. By His stripes I am Healed.!” Matthew 8:17 1 Peter 2:24
During the intervals while still at home, this author prays daily to be sensitive to any divine appointment that God has placed in his path. This happens very regularly: at least once every few days. Part of the healing is usually immediate which gives the healed person more faith. The faith which is necessary comes from a BREATH PRAYERthat must be said whenever one thinks about it and a minimum of once daily until all the healing is complete: “Lord Jesus, I praise you and thank you for Your healing!”
Most people don’t know that God want to heal them:
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. ” 3 John 1:2
Healing is often overlooked today.
Our culture has little place for such experiences. People do not understand the concept of a “divine breakthrough” into our little world. “
If a person does not appear to be healed after prayers, one should not be anxious; the healing minister will have followed exactly what God requires. The healing is done in heaven: these are only delayed healing. God wants us to depend on Him– not a technique.
Man’s most basic need is to know that he is loved. Let us contemplate the important part love has in the healing process. At Lourdes, some people are healed and others are not, but all leave with a sense of peace,convinced that the Holy Spirit has touched them and that God loves them.
When you go to a doctor for healing, you don’t try to justify our asking for help, e.g. Help me because I can be a better parent, a better worker, a better spouse. Yet this is what many people do when they pray for healing from God: they even try to bargain with God:I will do this if only you heal me. These people have a fearful relationship with God.
The real truth is that God is Love and He wants to see you healedwithout your justification. Healing is an ordinary, not an extraordinary sign of God’s mercy and compassion. “But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Jesus cured not just to prove He was God, but because He was abounding in love. God is more than willing to save and heal all who come to Him with open and contrite hearts. Healing can be a test of faith, but also a natural response to God’s generous love. The minister of healing, who is nothing more than a human channel, says the prayer of healing and then steps aside.
After welcoming the presence of Jesus, and giving Him praise and thanksgiving, we turn to laying of hands, which is biblical: “They will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well“Mark 16:18 Along with a prayer of faith, the value of touching the sick person in any way possible provides a channel, where power is transferred more readily and far, far more effectively. There seems to be a current of healing power that flows from the minister of healing to the sick person. But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.” Luke 8:46
The prayer of healing is more like a prayer of command,“Be healed.”and ” It is done. Thank you, Lord.” The sick person may also wish to ask God’s help during prayers silently: “Come Lord Jesus, Come and heal me”
Those who pray in tongues, turn the prayer over to the Holy Spirit, when they are not sure precisely what to pray for. Even in a foreign country, laying of hands on a head or shoulders, and praying in tongues will suffice, when you do not know the language.
The most powerful time for healing is immediately after the Eucharistic Celebration.This is a time when Jesus Christ is most especially with us.
A FAITH PRAYER
The person delivered and healed must continue to thank Godfor the spiritual healing every day until the total deliverance and healinghas taken place and to thank Him whenever he or she thinks about it (a minimum of once a day) by a FAITH breath prayer until the healing takes place; it is only 12 words:
LORD JESUS, I PRAISE YOU AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR HEALING.
Thanking God, before the healing happens, strengthens your faith.
GOD HAS ALREADY ANSWERED OUR PRAYER
Our problem is that we terribly under-estimate the incredibly magnificent thing He has done in sending the Lord Jesus to us. He has sent Jesus, and given us the authority to use that Name, the Name above all Names, as our infallible weapon against sickness and torment.
Jesus never refused healing to anyone. All who came to Him were healed, without exception. None were told to come back later after they had “suffered for God” or “learned a lesson.”
OUR FEAR OF MAN
We are also positioned“far above” all other authority in the Universe, including Satan. Everything under God is also “in subjection under our feet” Ephesians 1:22. God knows it, Satan knows it, the unclean spirits know it and tremble James. 2:19, but we apparently don’t believe it. And so the tragedy is that we cower as Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”1 Peter 5:8
We don’t do what Jesus did because, frankly, we really don’t believe what He said, and we’re way too timid to give it a try. We are comfortable with Christianity. We are not comfortable with Jesus. In fact, He apparently embarrasses us.
Unfortunately, we have a slight problem. Frankly, it’s just too embarrassing to lay hands on people, to speak healing out loud with conviction, and to cast the denizens of hell back to the pit from which they emerged to afflict us. Someone might laugh at us. After all, we are respectable people.
FAITH IS THE FINAL INGREDIENT.
The key to the gifts of healing is one’s faith. People’s persistence proves their faithfulness. They believe that God has the answer to all their prayers. Persistent prayer is answeredbecause those who believe actually expect to be healed by God, so they continually ask until they receive.
So here it is again, that most important prayer that should come second nature to you:” Lord Jesus, I love You; I believe in You; I trust You. In the beginning you will need memory pegs to remind you to use this prayer, such as when you first enter your car.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know?Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17(1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
Jesus is alive today!He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions,when you ask God for it earnestly.
Who is This Jesus? How Reliable is the Information about Christ?, and Can a Dead Man Come Back to Life?
Lee Strobel is a famous atheist who turned Christian when working for the Chicago Tribune. He sought to disprove God and discredit Christianity, and yet his journey brought him to faith. Yes, Strobel became a Christian while writing The Case for Christ.
This book demonstrates that Christianity is not just another religion to choose from, but a belief based on facts, history, and logic.
I believe anyone with doubts about Jesus Christ will view Him differently after reading his book. The Christian layperson will also benefit by learning answers to support her beliefs.
“You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.” 1 Peter 3:15-16
Strobel defends the historical reliability of the New Testament. He considers: (a) the eyewitness evidence, (b) documentary evidence, (c) corroborating evidence,
When people begin religious movements, it’s often not until many generations later that people record things about them” For almost a century Christianity went unnoticed by most men and women in the Roman Empire. Non-Christians saw the Christian community as a tiny, peculiar, antisocial, sect of the lower strata of society
The books of the New Testament originally existed only as oral tradition. The disciples lived in an “oral culture, in which there was great emphasis placed on memorization”
The four gospels were in fact written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and therefore the canonical gospels are eyewitness testimony. This fact is confirmed by Papias (writing circa CE 125) and Irenaeus (writing circa 180); the authorship of the gospels was never in doubt among early Christians. If this claim were false, hostile witnesses would have happily shouted that fact from the mountaintops.
We have far more ancient copies of the New Testament than we have of, say, Homer’s Iliador Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome.
The early church adopted three criteria in evaluating documents for inclusion in the New Testament:
(i) Was the book written by an apostle or by a follower of an apostle? (ii) Did the book conform to what Christians already believed? (iii) Had the book been continuously accepted and used by the church at large?
These criteria may have been “loaded from the outset, like dice that are weighted so they yield the result that was desired all along” Does that not speak of the direction from the Holy Spirit.
God has commanded us to not change His Word. As He is the author, He holds the eternal copyright. He allows us, nay, commands us, to copy and spread His Word to the entire world. However, He strictly forbids the addition or removal of anything from His Word.
“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” Deuteronomy 4:2
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” Revelation 22:18, 19
AGNOSTIC: a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.
AS TO THE GODS, I HAVE NO MEANS OF KNOWING EITHER THAT THEY EXIST OR DO NOT EXIST.• PROTAGORAS 410BC
Are there NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE in which an agnostic encountered God?
Dr. Atwater is an international authority on near- death states as well as a person who experienced near death. She is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978. More than 3,000 people are registered at her discussion form site, and we understand that they have one of the largest databases on near death experiencesin the world.
Where arguments arise amongst various people and groups is over the interpretation of that light and any form it make take, and how to regard it.
Scientists say it is endorphins; Muslims say it is fantasy; religious fundamentalists of any “stripe” say it is Satan (Lucifer). People of faith say it is either of God or of emissaries from God.
The spiritual images began to ooze large quantities of olive oil. Other secular pictures on the wall like diplomas were not affected. Many sick people were healed by the application of this heavenly oil. The most prolific source of this oil comes from the above statue of Christ on a cross. Notice the small pail at the bottom of His feet.
The pictures on the wall bear a multitude of holy patterns that look like Jesus’ face and other such things when you look closely. An example: a rose petal with an image of Jesus on it fell right on her. The petal is encased in glass and featured on postcards she gives out.
They have a daughter with Down’s Syndrome. Maureen says people report to having holy visions of the girl. They make miraculous recoveries from grave illness after witnessing this vision.
They welcome bus loads of visitors from the United States and Canada and give away vials of the heavenly oil. They accept no donations.
The Marollys, a devout Catholic couple from Pakistan live in a home in the West Island full of statues which get inexplicably covered in oil all day long. The thick, clear oil descends off the figures in such quantities that they require a small drain pipe to catch the viscous fluid into a glass jug at the end of the coffee table. Scientifically, it is true olive oil. The drain pipe is affixed to the coffee table that holds many statuettes that each ooze oil.
There are those holy people who also have a holy chapel in their home. These holy people trade their statuettes with those “sweating” statuettes on the large coffee table. The traded statuettes continue to sweat in their new holy environment.
Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind anyone whom you need to forgive. Respond to His prompting and specifically name each person. Remember, the ones that you find hardest to forgive are the ones you most need to forgive. You can use these words:
I forgive all who have harmed me or wronged me in the past. In particular, I forgive (name those who you need to forgive). It is done in heaven.
Forgiveness is a decision. It is not an emotion. Yet, psychologically, you may still find it difficult to forgive someone who really harmed you. This is when you take it upon yourself to pray a short prayer for that person including the above prayer every day for ten days. It will also be done in your mind.
Why is the important? God offers to forgive your ten million dollar debt to Him if you forgive a ten thousand dollar debt for someone is owed you. If you persist in holding on to this debt, God will hold onto yours. It becomes merely enlightened self-interest.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
BLESSING AND CURSES Derek Prince
The root cause of unforgiveness is bitterness and hatred towards the person who has offended us.
“Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated Me!
“You have cheated Me of the tithes and offerings due to Me. Bring all the tithes (and) “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in!” Try it! Put Me to the test!Malachi 3:8, 10
This refers to living consistently in the blessing of God, not just a one shot healing.
Healing is a free gift, but we must fulfill the conditions that God sets out including releasing your finances to Him. You have to give to God what is rightly His. You cannot rob from God and expect Him to consistently heal you.
So you say that this biblical reference comes only from the Old Testament. Yet, the New Testament goes even further in the Acts of the Apostle, where Jesus asks a young man to sell everything he had and follow Him.
We still feel our desire to make a positive difference to others (because of our capacity for empathy and conscience) even if we don’t acknowledge or act on it. Similarly, we still feel a desire for the transcendent and spiritual (because of the five transcendental desires and our awareness of the spiritual) even if we refuse to believe in the transcendent.
These unfulfilled desires have a curious consequence—they make us feel empty.
We not only miss the satisfactions of contribution, love, transcendence, and spiritual life, but our self-consciousness comprehends that we are only fulfilling part of ourselves. “Existential emptiness” refers to this complex of self-alienation and self-negation.
Thus, if we are to overcome dominant Level One and Level Two identity, we will have to replace it with dominant Level Three and Level Four identity.
Many of us will try to block it out by increasing our pursuit of Level One and Level Two desires. “If two scotches won’t make me feel better, perhaps five will.” “I feel a sudden need to have another twenty pairs of shoes and three Armani purses.” I am going to take a big risk and leave the town in which my family is most comfortable, to take an even more prestigious job.”
They truly manifest Augustine’s recognition of his own journey to God—“Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”
The need to cover over our sense of emptiness, guilt, and tragedy becomes more and more acute, and we take greater risks—more alcohol, more drugs, more base pursuits on the Internet, more ego highs, more accumulation of possessions, more exaggerated claims about accomplishments, and even ethically questionable behaviors to keep the upward momentum going.
This leads to either the positive one (to move toward dominant Levels Three and Four) or the truly negative one (sinking into a sea of emptiness, depression, and despair).
What happens if we take the “low road”? It manifests itself somewhat gradually. We find ourselves wanting to sleep more, watch more television, play more games on the Internet, spend more time at the club, and so forth. We always have a justification for this: “Sleep is restorative.” “That movie is a real classic, and by watching it for the fifth time it will really give me a new perspective on life.” “The Internet games are helping my mental agility.”
The depression is turning into despair, and if it is not treated, it could become tragic.
ESCAPING YOUR PERSONAL HELL
We will look at “Level Three replacement therapy”
Some people will feel more naturally inclined to pursue Level Three methods first, and then Level Four, while others (like myself) are more naturally inclined to pursue Level Four methods first, and then back into Level Three methods. I would submit that both Level Three and Level Four are essential for moving out of a dominant Level One-Two identity.
Alternatively, if Level Four is unaccompanied by Level Three, then it can lead to a superficial faith that does not seek to make a contribution to people, the common good, and the culture—it is a faith without charitable love (agapē). Moreover, Level Three contribution and love reinforces Level Four faith, while the grace of Level Four faith reinforces Level Three contribution and love.
Our dominant view of happiness determines what we are looking for, and this in turn determines what we are living for (our life’s purpose), and when we live for a particular purpose long enough, it becomes our identity (the definition we give to ourselves).
It is important to find a path to Levels Three and Four before they hit “rock bottom”.