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  • Prayer Power | The Family International
    certain ball into a pocket until its number comes up and of course the One who created the game numbered the balls As one of the players you don t control where on the table that numbered ball or the cue ball are going to be when it s your turn to shoot Those factors are determined by the way the balls were scattered in the first place and what s happened since then You have to wait until the cue ball and your target ball are in good positions in relation to one of the pockets and then you must shoot just right to get the target ball to go where you want it to The lead player is God He made the break shot that scattered the balls originally Shot by shot He and you and the other players keep changing the position of the balls The only difference is God is not trying to beat you He s actually trying to help you win if you re on His side It s like playing doubles Your partner is God and your opponents are the Devil and his ilk Your partner God tries to set up your next shot for you But of course it doesn t matter how good God sets things up if you don t shoot straight it won t do any good And no matter how good your aim is that target ball the person or situation you re praying about has to be in a certain position for you to be able to hit it right You may be doing everything right but if the path to the object of your prayer is obstructed your prayer is not going to get through A lot depends on the recipient of your prayers too To get the benefit of your prayer you have to be in the right position and he has to be in the right position Let s take radio waves for another illustration Say you re going to send a radio message via satellite for someone on the other side of the world to pick up First of all your transmitter won t have any power unless it s plugged into the current Next your transmitter has to be in good condition If it s faulty or out of whack or tuned to the wrong frequency it won t transmit properly and it won t get the message through clearly Also the antenna has to be aimed so that the message is beamed in exactly the right direction to hit the relay satellite In this illustration you are the transmitter and antenna the Holy Spirit provides the power and God s will is the satellite God controls and limits the direction of your prayer in a sense because if you don t beam it in the general area of His satellite it will miss altogether The satellite of God s will is on a fixed orbit that you can t change like

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  • Falling Upward | The Family International
    the Egyptians Acts 7 22 NIV but God couldn t yet use him to lead His people to freedom for he was too full of the ways of the world Moses had to be humbled first so God allowed him to become a fugitive from Pharaoh and spend 40 years in the wilderness doing nothing but tending sheep before he was finally ready for God to use him for the task He had designed him for Exodus chapters 2 3 And consider King David the greatest king that Israel ever had When he fell in love with Bathsheba purposely had her husband killed in battle and then tried to lie and cover up the entire crime God had to completely expose him humble him and severely judge him And later his own traitorous son Absalom drove David from the throne for a time 2 Samuel chapters 11 12 15 Was David s fall really a fall downward Or was it a fall upward God s way up is sometimes down usually in fact Just the opposite of what we think David was humbled and the whole kingdom was humbled and they were all reminded that it was only the Lord who made them great From that squeezing and twisting of David s life came forth the sweet honey of the Psalms and the fragrance of his praises to the Lord for His mercy Or consider the great apostle Paul He was an up and coming Jewish activist then named Saul who had taken it upon himself to put an end to the fast growing sect of the followers of Jesus of Nazareth As he journeyed by horseback to Damascus where he intended to capture imprison and execute as many Christians as he could find God had to knock him off of his horse and blind him with the brilliant light of His presence Trembling helpless and blind Saul had to be led by the hand into the city and was so astonished by what had happened to him that he was unable to eat or drink for three days A disciple of the Lord then came and prayed for Saul and Saul regained his sight was converted and became the apostle Paul God had to break him and make him a new man before He was able to use him to help many Acts chapter 9 So even if you don t always understand why you re going through tests trials hardships and breakings remember that God has a purpose and He knows what He s doing God gets some of His greatest victories out of seeming defeats victories of yieldedness brokenness humility and utter dependence on Him So take heart from these examples from the Bible and don t be discouraged when everything seems to go wrong and your hopes are disappointed Everyone who has ever been of any real use to the Lord had to first be broken humbled and brought virtually to the end of themselves Otherwise

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  • Lovelight | The Family International
    planets the way He did in part to help us better understand our relationship with Him God is a Spirit and the Bible also says that He is light John 4 24 1 John 1 5 If He is both of those things and if light can be powerful energy as science has proven then the Spirit of God can also be powerful energy spiritual energy Without the light of the Sun we d be in total darkness except for starlight Even the Moon wouldn t shine without the Sun because the Moon has no light of its own it only reflects the light of the Sun Just so if it weren t for the Lord we would be in almost total spiritual darkness Without the warmth of the Sun s rays we d also freeze to death In fact we d freeze solid Without the Lord we d all be dead cold spiritually Without the Sun s rays there would be no food and without the Lord to feed us spiritually our spirits would die of hunger Finally without the Sun s gravitational pull instead of staying in its well planned orbit Earth would go wandering off through space and probably crash into some other astral body eventually Without God s guidance His gravitational pull on us in the spiritual world we too would certainly get out of the well planned orbit of His will our proper spiritual orbit and we d go wandering off into the darkness of spiritual space and probably crack up somewhere Wandering off in spiritual darkness is like being out of orbit having no direction no guidance lost in space That s what people who don t have the Lord are like They re lost in spiritual space spiritual darkness Cold hungry people are wandering around in darkness without God just as Earth would be without the Sun God even calls the wayward angels the rebellious angels and spiritual powers of the Devil wandering stars Jude 6 13 They ve tried to run away from His control They ve left their center and gotten out of orbit In their rebellion they re wandering off lost in space That has the most horrible sound to it lost in space wandering off through the vast darkness of space so alone It s just like people without the Lord freezing starving blind and lost Let it shine God is our sun we are His moon We merely reflect His light And when should we reflect His light the most When does the Moon shine brightest At night when the Sun is out of sight As the world slips deeper and deeper into spiritual darkness so we must keep on shining and lighting the world with His reflected light We are also like the Sun s rays Each of us who has received Jesus as our Savior is like a sunbeam a little ray of sunshine coming from the Lord Each of us has become part of His

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  • Mountain Men | The Family International
    You see things that the men in the valleys can never see or even comprehend In the valley people get so caught up in the multitude and the little make believe world of materialism that they can t see anything but time and creatures of time and things of time which are soon to pass away But if you thrust your head above the multitude you become like a mountain in their midst and they will resent and resist and fight you because they can t understand you and don t want you They don t even want to know that there are mountains They don t want others to hear there are mountains nor to have a breath of fresh air from those crystal peaks They want to keep everyone shut in down in the valley in the mud and mire They don t want it to be known that there is any other place to go than the valley and they will do everything they can to discourage you from climbing the mountain Man dominates the valley but only God dominates the mountain and the men living on the mountains know this But men living in the valleys think they are God because they dominate themselves They have become so secure that they think they don t need God They have forgotten there is any God for they can t see the sky any longer Beaten paths are for beaten men but mountain peaks are for the mighty pioneers What do you hear on the mountain Things that are going to echo around the world What do you hear in the stillness Whispers that are going to change the course of history The greatest laws ever given to man whereby most of the world is still ruled were given to one man alone on a mountain Moses came down from a mountain with the Ten Commandments and the Hebrew nation was never the same nor was the world The greatest sermon ever preached the Sermon on the Mount was given to a handful of mountain men by the greatest mountaineer of all Jesus who finally climbed His last mountain Mount Calvary Golgotha and died alone for the sins of the world That was a mountain that only He could climb for you and me but He made it After Jesus disciples heard His Sermon on the Mount they came down and changed the world They were never the same What changed them that changed the world They heard the voice of God teaching them things that were completely contrary to what was being said in the valley In the valley they were saying Blessed are the Romans the proud and the powerful Look what they ve done They ve conquered the whole world But on the Mount Jesus was saying just the opposite Blessed are the poor in spirit the humble for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven Matthew 5 3 Simple little illiterate fishermen were listening to

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  • Flatlanders | The Family International
    in the land of the Flatlander who can only understand his own little world of two dimensions with no depth whatsoever He can t see anything else And as I look at this card edge on I can t see anything else either If I were a Flatlander I would insist that there was no other world beyond my two dimensions just because I couldn t see it But as I move in a direction unknown to the Flatlander so that I m looking down on the postcard from above I find myself in an amazing world indeed because this is a three dimensional postcard Suddenly it seems to have an altogether new dimension depth I seem to be able to see into the picture and observe some objects in front of others A reed is growing in front of a lovely red coral fish are swimming in between and the pebbled bottom fades away into the distance even beyond my new 3D vision So now we have entered a new world beyond the scope of the poor Flatlander who can only see two directions if he could exist at all and we are looking in a new direction which opens a whole new beautiful world to explore We have become like a god to the Flatlander a being entirely beyond his comprehension We are now above his lowly plane of only two dimensions and because he can neither look up nor down we have passed completely out of his sight Unless we stoop to his lowly level he cannot see us at all much less understand our new dimension For him to be able to see us we have to get on the exact same plane as him the moment we vary the slightest fraction out of his plane we are truly out of sight Our 3D world is one of almost unlimited space so much larger and greater than his that he could not possibly begin to understand it or us Ours is a whole new world marvelous and magnificent that the Flatlander does not even know exists simply because he cannot see it Even if it were possible to show it to him it would be so beyond his two dimensional understanding that he would probably be like the old country farmer who the first time he saw a giraffe said There just ain t no such thing The fact of the matter is that the dear little Flatlander in his pride hates to admit that there s anything beyond his level Poor fellow How limited his vision how narrow his realm how restricted his scope of operation Since he can t go anywhere else he just hates to admit that there is anywhere else And he is particularly furious with anyone who claims to have been lifted up into that other world and caught a glimpse of what is beyond his own little domain But just because he doesn t believe in a realm that is

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  • Flesh or Spirit? | The Family International
    As a young Christian I too was deceived for a time by the delusive doctrine of on and off now its here now its gone eternal insecurity taught by some churches and works religions But then one day as a teenager I was thrilled to discover the simple truth of John 3 36 After years of discouragement and defeat and lack of assurance of my own salvation I found that all I had to do was believe That was enough Jesus said He who believes in the Son has everlasting life right now No ifs ands or buts about it No providing you re a good boy or girl and go to church every Sunday and none of this sinless perfection business I just hadn t been able to make it on my own and I knew it It seemed that the harder I tried to be good the worse I got As the apostle Paul lamented O wretched man that I am Who will deliver me from the body of this death I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord Romans 7 24 25 That was all there was to it There was nothing else no other way no righteousness of my own none of my own good works None of these could keep me saved any more than they could save me in the first place Only Jesus could do it Not only had He had to save me but He also had to do the good works through me It was all Jesus and nothing of myself or my own goodness or self righteousness just Jesus I was so relieved to learn that as I knew I could never make it otherwise It had to be God I just couldn t do it so He did The trouble with many Christians today is that they re still living in the Old Testament Their Christianity is a works religion Years ago I remember hearing about some missionaries who had gone overseas Upon arrival they were asked by the local people Are you Old Testament or New Testament Christians At first the missionaries didn t understand what they meant but they soon found out that Old Testament Christians referred to those who placed a great deal of importance on church buildings ceremonies formalism and tradition those whose religion was primarily a works religion A New Testament Christian was one whose major emphasis was not on things that are seen buildings and pomp and circumstance but rather on the unseen things of the spirit and the simplicity of everyday Christian living like that of Jesus and His disciples What a comparison and how true In the Old Testament God had a hard time getting the children of Israel away from the idolatry of Egypt He used the Mosaic Law as their schoolmaster to teach simple truths through object lessons and rituals the Tabernacle the Ark of the Covenant and animal sacrifices These were types and shadows analogies mere pictures of

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/relationship-god/42/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Holy Spirit Power--It Can Happen to You! | The Family International
    lot of Christians are They have just a little bit of God s Spirit Being baptized with the Holy Spirit is like filling the glass to overflowing Jesus said He who believes in Me as the Scripture has said out of his heart will flow rivers of living water John 7 38 In the next verse John explains But this He spoke concerning the Holy Spirit whom those believing in Him would receive John 7 39 Tap into the power The primary purpose of the Holy Spirit is to help you share God s message and love with others Being filled with the Holy Spirit also helps you greatly in your personal relationship with the Lord It gives you a stronger contact with Him and better communication through prayer as well as much deeper understanding when you read God s Word And one of the most wonderful things about it is that you too can be filled with the Holy Spirit of God right now All you have to do is ask Like salvation you can t earn it or be good enough to deserve it It s a gift Then whether you feel any change or not you will know that you have received it because of His promise See Luke 11 13 Receive the Holy Spirit now by praying this simple prayer Dear Jesus please fill me to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit so that I can love You more follow You more closely and have greater power to tell others about Your love and salvation Amen Tweet All Topics Views on Issues The Future Reflections on Life Relationship with God Hearing from God Bible Studies What are Viewpoints These articles are a small sample of our literature which covers a wide variety of spiritual and practical topics

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  • The Man of Love | The Family International
    who were hungry healing those who were sick cheering and comforting those who were sad and brokenhearted He loved everybody even those whom everybody else looked down on He never had any religious buildings denominations or formal congregations He simply went out and met people on the streets by the seashore in the market places wherever He could reach them and shared His message of love with all who would listen to it He befriended even the most despised and rejected members of society tax collectors drunks prostitutes and sinners His religion of love was so simple that He said that you must become as a little child to receive it Matthew 18 3 He never preached or taught any complicated ceremonies or difficult rules All He did was preach and show love Matthew 22 36 40 He didn t have to die But not everyone liked what Jesus said and did In fact the Saducees and Pharisees the rich and powerful religious leaders of His day became infuriated at Him because His teachings undermined their authority by setting the people free from their traditions and dictatorial control His self righteous foes finally forced the authorities to arrest Him on trumped up charges condemn torture and cruelly execute Him by crucifixion Jesus didn t have to die on that cross He said All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth Matthew 28 18 He was the Son of God and all the powers of the universe were at His disposal at His command He told His captors You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you by My Father and I could lift My little finger and thousands of angels would immediately deliver Me from your hand John 19 11 Matthew 26 53 He could have called on all the forces of Heaven to slaughter His enemies conquer Rome take over the world and force all men to fall down and worship Him there and then But instead He chose to lay down His life for you and me So why did He die Why would the Lord of the universe God in the flesh allow Himself to be captured falsely accused tried and condemned whipped stripped and nailed to a cross like a common criminal The answer is simple Because He loved you and me All of us at times have done wrong and been unloving and unkind to others The Bible says All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3 23 The worst thing about our sins is that they separate us from God who is absolutely sinless and perfect In order to bring us to God Jesus the sinless Son of God took the sins of all mankind upon Himself He took the punishment for our sins and suffered the horrible pain of death by crucifixion He died the death of a sinner that through His sacrifice we might find forgiveness and

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