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APOCALYPSE PARADIGM

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The Apocalypse is a common theme in movies, TV series, etc. The world imagines that the world could easily end because of environmental issues, wars, meteors, zombies, aliens, etc. Human error is a strong feature in the end-of-the-world stories. But what if it is not human hands that bring an end to the world, as we know it? What if the Apocalypse is the act of a Creator tearing down the old to bring about the new?
Every story of survival in popular culture relies on human unity and the will to overcome in its battle against rogue robots, climate change or nuclear holocaust. The present day tale and the post-apocalyptic story both feature mankind as the ultimate saviours. We are our own worst enemy but we will find a reason to live more humanely and survive every worse case scenario. We will not be overtaken—we will join together in our fight against the invasion of power-hungry enemies.
But that is a different storyline than Christ returning to rule. The human-centered stories do not…

HOW YOU CAN ANSWER SOMEONE'S PRAYER

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Matthew 7:9   "Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
10   "Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
11   "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! 12   "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.


God answers your prayer appropriately with the best, possible solution. There is not a more appropriate responder to human need than the One who created us in the first place. Isn’t this at the heart of justice-- appropriate and fair treatment?When we pray, God desires to act justly towards us.
In light of God’s good nature to respond appropriately as a loving Father to us, it is not surprising that Jesus’ very next words focus on how we are to treat each other.
If you want people to treat you fairly and justly,…

COMING UNDER

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C.S. Lewis said, “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.” [1]
Eliminate competition when you pray. Stop comparing yourself to the success or failure of others.
John the Baptist saw something in Jesus that he wanted to emulate.

John 3:27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”

In the same way that John saw Jesus’ humility in coming to be baptized, he was able to see himself in a truer light. I must decrease and Jesus …

THE DEVIL'S GREATEST FEAR

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Why is the Devil afraid of humility? It is the polar opposite of Satan’s being full of himself. Jesus maintained a mindset of humility. He depleted himself or let himself be lowered to a lesser role in order to bring the fullness of God to empty, humble people.
Every example of Jesus’ prayers to the Father reflected a great self-awareness and a forward thinking hope. He knew who He was and resisted the Devil’s temptation to exalt himself beyond who he was to be in his earthly mission.
His very life was an emptying out that the theologians entitled ‘Kenosis’. This simple Greek word kenoo means emptying and depletion. In the temptations Christ faced in the wilderness, Satan resisted Christ’s humility and appealed to a false sense of arrogant pride.

Philippians 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing by taki…

PRAYING EMPTY

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If someone is arrogant and self-indulgent or if their only language is ‘Me-talk’, we say they are ‘full of themselves’. There is no room in their perspective to value another being to the same extent. All of the attention is focused on self-evaluation and self-promotion.
In the matter of prayer, God has encountered many people of whom it can be said, they are ‘full of themselves’.

Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble …

STICK-WITH-IT PRAYERS

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When you pray, keep hanging on until you are sure of the answer.You may have heard the old saying ‘God always answers prayer.Sometimes it’s yes, sometimes no and other times it is wait’.
The important thing is to persist until you have heard from God or at least have resolve.Ask, seek, knock…there is a growing intensity.
There may even be times to persist in prayer after you’ve gone all the way and knocked on a door that won’t open.

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

How do you know if your persistence in prayer is for a just cause or not?
Because God is just and wise, He will help you with the right answer.He knows when you’re asking for something that will destroy you.He is careful not to answer some of our prayers, because Father knows best.
James 4:2-3 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight…