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  • God Still Speaks | The Family International
    from God Whenever you hear words in your mind that you believe are from God and you say them or write them down you are prophesying You can hear from Heaven Put God to the test See if He will not open to you the windows of Heaven and pour out such blessings on you the treasures of His Words for you personally that you will not be able to contain them all How Prophecy Works Once you re open to the idea that God can speak to you what next Here are the basic ground rules 1 Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ If you ve received Jesus as your Savior you ve already met the first and most important requirement When you opened your heart to Jesus you began an intimate relationship with Him not only as your Savior but also as your friend teacher and counselor 2 Be filled with the Holy Spirit Jesus told His disciples shortly before He was crucified that after He was gone He would send the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Truth to teach them all things and guide them into all truth John 16 7 13 14 He has promised to give the Holy Spirit to you too if you ask for it Luke 11 9 13 3 Pray for the gift The ability to receive messages directly from God commonly referred to as the gift of prophecy is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are explained in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 God is more than willing to give you this or whatever other gifts of the Spirit you ask for Matthew 7 7 8 See God s Gifts from the Get Activated series for more information on the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit 4 Talk to Jesus Prayer is not meant to be a religious ritual but a living relationship Jesus wants to speak to you as openly and freely as your best friend or spouse would but it s a two way street It may be awkward at first if you aren t used to speaking to Him personally but it gets easier once you begin to do it regularly He understands and loves you as no other can He wants you to tell Him your deepest thoughts your innermost feelings your secret dreams and longings 5 Read God s Word In order to correctly apply the words that Jesus speaks to you personally in prophecy you need a certain understanding of God s already recorded Word Knowing the Word also helps you to have faith that the message you are hearing is from the Lord The Bible is your foundation Read it study it memorize it let it become a part of you 6 Have faith The Bible tells us that having faith is being certain that what we hope for is waiting for us even though we cannot see it right now How do you get faith Simple Faith comes

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  • Temple Time | The Family International
    beautiful music We d find peace and rest for our soul It would totally renew us and refresh us and give us new vision and fresh inspiration new strength rest and peace and joy Have you been there Have you taken time to get quiet before God as you slip into the temple of the Spirit Have you been there to get a fresh breath of air from Heaven If you haven t you ve really missed something You ll get awfully tired and weary and upset and fearful and doubtful and discouraged and worried and flurried and hurried You ll get out of touch with the Lord and run out of strength and wisdom and love and patience all because you haven t come into the temple to be refreshed and renewed by His Spirit Are you too busy Are you in too big a hurry Is your work too important to stop for a few minutes of inspiration and refreshing from on high spiritual renewal physical rest a little love feast with the Lord You ll never make it if you don t stop for a while under the dome If you don t get in there and catch a little of His light you re not going to reflect much of it to others All you have to do is get alone with the Lord and look up at all His beauties and breathe His heavenly air and hear His heavenly music and see His heavenly visions It doesn t have to be at any set time You can look up through the dome any time of day anywhere wherever you are whatever you re doing Just take a few quiet moments with the Lord Anytime anywhere you can come swiftly out of the wings and enter the temple in spirit 1 Look and live Look up Make a temple of your heart See what God can do in that beautiful realm of the spirit You just can t do that very well in the midst of the other voices and the clamor of business Those other things may be necessary but you have to keep coming back into the rotunda in spirit to get your batteries recharged You can t do it without Him You ll never make it without His power You may run for a while but unless you come back and get hooked up to the current again you ll run slower and slower till you have nothing left and are just plumb flat It can be downright hard work out in the wings and you ll never have the strength or the vision or the inspiration that you need to do that work unless you keep coming back in under the dome He can solve all your problems in one little glimpse He can refresh your whole spirit with one deep breath He can clarify all your thoughts with just one sweet strain of heavenly music He can wipe away all your

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  • Stop! ... Look! ... Listen! | The Family International
    much dependence on God They have to leave so much up to the Lord In many countries people are moving off the farms in droves God s too much in control It s too quiet too dead no action they say But if they took time to really look around and listen to watch the animals the trees and the storms and to listen to the thunder they d see and hear a lot Some people have to be in motion all the time they ve got to be doing something I think one reason for this is that they don t want to think That s why they have so many amusements Do you know what that word means Away from thinking People are terrified of the quiet and stillness because they know the voice of God might come through So the Devil keeps their minds eyes and ears filled with noise and violent sights and sounds That s one reason why large cities are such a curse so much noise and confusion They re largely man made environments with hardly a tree or a blade of grass Many people live and work where they can t even see the sky the sun the moon or the stars The noise is continual traffic sirens and screeching trains and subways Children raised in large cities often develop hearing problems because they live in an atmosphere of constant noise whereas children who live in the country usually have very keen hearing Just so if you live in an atmosphere of spiritual and physical confusion you ll eventually develop a hardness against the voice of God because to hear Him you have to learn to block out all the noises around you But if you live in a quiet peaceful environment your ears become more sensitive to the few sounds around you very keen and sharp and it s also easier to hear the Lord when He speaks to your heart or mind Think of the years Abraham the father of faith 10 spent out in the fields watching flocks No wonder he heard from the Lord He had time to listen Lord forgive us we get so busy If you re too busy to pray you re too busy If you re too busy to get alone with God and pray you re too busy It s as if a servant told his king I m sorry I can t come and listen to your orders today I m too busy serving you The most important job you have is listening to the King to stop look and listen You need to learn to listen to the Lord most of all It s not up to the king to go chasing after his subjects screaming and hollering at them to try to get them to follow his instructions Rather his subjects should come to the king with quietness and respect present their petitions and then wait silently for the king s answer You need to respect and reverence the Lord and treat Him like the King He is Sometimes Christians can get so familiar with the Lord and His Spirit that this familiarity breeds contempt The Lord is so sweet and close to them that they don t respect Him like they should A lot of Christians start playing with the gifts of God or the gifts of the Spirit and neglect God Himself It s like parents coming home with gifts for their children and the kids grab the presents forget to greet and thank their parents and start playing with the toys It also reminds me of the story of the little girl who wanted to make her father a present for his birthday Each evening instead of spending her usual time with her father she worked on making him new bedroom slippers and she nearly broke his heart God may appreciate the bedroom slippers you re making for Him but He d rather have you And the truth is you ll probably make an awful mess out of those slippers if you neglect your time with Him My mother used to tell about how she had gotten so busy with the Lord s work that she wasn t listening enough to Him so He had to let her get so sick she had to give Him her full attention When she was flat on her back sick in bed that was the only direction that she could look straight up She summed up that lesson in the following poem FIRST PLACE I was longing to serve the Master But alas I was laid aside From the busy field of workers In the harvest field so wide They were few yes few in number And I could not understand Why I should be left inactive It was not as I had planned I was longing to serve the Master And the need indeed was great For me it was easy to labor But oh it was hard to wait To lie quite still and be silent While the song was borne to my ear From the busy field of workers In the harvest field so dear I was longing to serve just to serve the Master But He led to a desert place And there as we stopped and rested His eyes looked down in my face So full of tender reproaching They filled me with sad surprise Did He think I had begrudged my service Or counted it sacrifice Oh Master I long to serve just to serve Thee There are so few at the best Let me off to the fields I pleaded I care not to stay and rest I knelt at His feet imploring I gazed in His face above My child He said don t you know Your service is nothing without your love I was longing to serve to serve my Master Oh this was my one fond thought For this I was

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  • Faith | The Family International
    the better you know where to find it You just open your spiritual eyes and see it and reach for it Faith is the hand of the spirit which reaches out and receives It is the part that you do your spiritual effort After the nipple is in the baby s mouth he automatically starts nursing When you ask God for spiritual nourishment He puts it there for you but if you don t start sucking you ll never get it You have to have the faith to begin to receive You literally have to draw God s nourishment If you don t suck you won t get anything The child sucks because God has put that automatic reaction in him to do it A lot of times he has to suck for a while before he gets anything but if he doesn t give up eventually he will Faith is a type of drawing power It is you drawing power from God What is it that brings the mother s milk out of her breast How is this explained in scientific terms When the baby sucks he creates a vacuum inside his mouth which pulls the milk out Similarly you have to create a vacuum in your spirit Lord here is an empty space Please fill it When you reduce the pressure in one area what fills that vacuum In the case of the nursing child it s his mother s milk All the child does is create the vacuum He reduces the pressure inside his mouth which then becomes lower than the pressure inside his mother s breast so the milk flows out into his mouth That sucking on the part of the baby is his effort the mother does all the rest In prayer you create a vacuum and the Lord s pressure fills it Every time you open up your spirit every time you create a low pressure area His Spirit will flow in in all His power What if the baby took one big suck and got discouraged Well I didn t get anything so I ll just quit Sooner or later he would get so hungry that he would start sucking again and not give up When you start sucking for dear life and really desire that spiritual nourishment with all your heart you ll get it You have to believe that when you create that vacuum in your spirit the first thing that comes into your mind is from the Lord and you must go straight on from there If the baby didn t swallow the first mouthful he couldn t get any more His mouth can only hold so much at once He gets a mouthful and swallows it and then he gets another mouthful He s got to swallow each mouthful as it comes or he won t get more and it s the same with receiving messages from the Lord He gives you a little to start with but then

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  • Condemnation And Remorse | The Family International
    See also Pslam 51 17 Psalm 38 4 6 9 18 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me 6 I am troubled I am bowed down greatly I go mourning all the day long 9 Lord all my desire is before Thee and my groaning is not hid from Thee 18 For I will declare mine iniquity I will be sorry for my sin Psalm 51 3 10 For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me 10 Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me Psalm 73 21 23 Thus my heart was grieved and I was pricked in my reins conscience stricken 22 So foolish was I and ignorant I was as a beast before Thee 23 Nevertheless I am continually with Thee Thou hast holden me by my right hand Proverbs 28 13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy Isaiah 55 6 7 Seek ye the Lord while He may be found call ye upon Him while He is near 7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return unto the Lord and He will have mercy upon him and to our God for He will abundantly pardon Jeremiah 3 12b 13a I am merciful saith the Lord and I will not keep anger for ever 13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God Jeremiah 4 14 O Jerusalem wash thine heart from wickedness that thou mayest be saved How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee See also Jeremiah 18 8 2 Corinthians 7 11 For behold this selfsame thing that ye sorrowed after a godly sort what carefulness it wrought in you yea what clearing of yourselves yea what indignation yea what fear yea what vehement desire yea what zeal yea what revenge In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter See verses 8 11 2 Chronicles 7 14 Believe and accept that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from every sin by faith John 3 17 18a For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved 18a He that believeth on Him is not condemned John 5 24 Verily verily I say unto you He that heareth My Word and believeth on Him that sent Me hath everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death unto life 1 John 1 7b 9 The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin 9 If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness Once we ve confessed and repented God doesn t remember our sins neither should we Psalm 103

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  • Choice And Decision Making | The Family International
    which are seen are temporal but the things which are not seen are eternal Colossians 3 2 Set your affection on things above not on things on the earth Hebrews 11 24 26 By faith Moses when he was come to years refused to be called the son of Pharaoh s daughter 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward 1 Kings 3 5 9 14 God always blesses unselfish choices The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night and God said Ask what I shall give thee And Solomon answered 9 Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people that I may discern between good and bad for who is able to judge this Thy so great a people 10 And the speech pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing 11 And God said unto him Because thou hast asked this thing and hast not asked for thyself long life neither hast asked riches for thyself nor hast asked the life of thine enemies but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment 12 Behold I have done according to thy words lo I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart so that there was none like thee before thee neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee 13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked both riches and honour so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days 14 And if thou wilt walk in My ways to keep My statutes and My commandments as thy father David did walk then I will lengthen thy days The Lord always chooses the best for us Psalm 25 12 What man is he that feareth the Lord Him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose Psalm 32 8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go I will guide thee with Mine eye Psalm 37 4 Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart Psalm 84 11b No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly Proverbs 10 22 The blessing of the Lord it maketh rich and He addeth no sorrow with it Jeremiah 29 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you saith the Lord thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end Luke 12 32 Fear not little flock for it is your Father s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom Romans 8 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them who are the called according to His purpose One of

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  • Appreciation | The Family International
    be any praise think on these things The Apostle Paul s letters to the brethren were good samples of showing appreciation to others Romans 1 8 First I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world Romans 16 1 2 I commend unto you Phebe our sister which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea 2 That ye receive her in the Lord as becometh saints and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you for she hath been a succourer of many and of myself also 1 Corinthians 16 15 18 Paul made mention of the family of Stephanus and his companions who were faithful in their missionary work 2 Corinthians 8 1 5 Paul honored the church at Macedonia for their extreme generosity and devotion to Paul s leadership See also Philippians 4 14 16 2 Corinthians 8 16 23 Paul commended the faithfulness of Titus and his travelling companion who administered to the material needs of the Church Colossians 1 3 4 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ praying always for you 4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which ye have to all the saints 1 Thessalonians 1 all Paul wrote to the brethren in Thessalonica 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labour of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of God and our Father 7 Ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia 2 Thessalonians 1 3 4 We are bound to thank God always for you brethren as it is meet because that your faith groweth exceedingly and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth 4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure Other examples in the Bible of showing appreciation Genesis 41 39 41 Pharaoh showed his appreciation to Joseph for interpreting his dream and for Joseph s wise counsel And Pharaoh said unto Joseph Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this there is none so discreet and wise as thou art 40 Thou shalt be over my house and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled only in the throne will I be greater than thou 41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph See I have set thee over all the land of Egypt See also Genesis 41 1 43 Exodus 2 11 21 Reuel the priest of Midian scolded his daughters for not showing appreciation to Moses who had helped them draw water 20 And he said unto his daughters And where is he Why is it that ye have left the man Call him that he may eat bread Ruth 3 10 Boaz expressed his appreciation to Ruth

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  • Photo Gallery: Croatia | The Family International
    Home About The Family Mission Statement Worldwide Work Children Viewpoints Contact Email Us Sitemap Home Worldwide Work Europe Central East Croatia Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Croatia Page 2 of 2 Previous page Tweet Europe Central East Albania Croatia Romania Slovenia

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