C'Mon, guys, let's get it back together. Our numbers seem to have been "shrinking" lately. I know I'm just as guilty. I also know it pains me to read on MB often, cause there's so much sadness, so much "woe is me.....my life is so awful, my S hates me and left, and now I have nothing........"
I can't deal with that. It brings me down. And that's not good. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="images/icons/frown.gif" />

But today? I had an AWESOME day at church today!!!

Our associate pastor spoke, and he's so great. He has a *terrific* heart for God, mostly for missions, but he's such a student of the Word. I ALWAYS get fed such MEAT when he preaches.....

So, OK, I think we all needed to hear this, so here's today's sermon:

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Why is it that Christ, and His disciples and the followers of the early church were able to heal the sick, raise the dead, do miracles daily, and we are not? Were they MORE SPIRITUAL, closer to God? More anointed? What?

Well, yes, actually, they were more anointed. No, not by God, but by their own actions! Follow me here. According to pastor, there are three "anointings."
The first anointing is the "Leper's anointing." It's the anointing of salvation. We all get it when we are saved..........we are anointed by being covered by the Blood of Christ.

Second anointing is the Priestly anointing. We are anointed and commissioned to preach the gospel. We have a testimony. We are "...preach the gospel to the ends of the earth...." We have this anointing, also. Once we are born again, we HAVE a testimony, and we are to preach it! We are commissioned to do it daily, although we don't.

The third anointing is the "kingly" anointing. We move in authority when we are anointed with the Kingly anointing. So how do we get it?
We get it by laying down our self and taking up our cross and "becoming LIKE CHRIST....

Christ daily walked closely with the Father, and emptied Himself of His own earthly desires, so that He was empowered to perform all the actions the Father wanted. He walked in the Kingly anointing, by not letting His own emotions get in the way.......</font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">This is a lesson we all need to learn. What I took away from this sermon is that *I* need to get closer to God. NOT let the "problems" of this world get to me, (really, not even CARE about them!), and only do what God has for me to do.

I am "empowered by God" to do His will for me. That means I need to FORGET about the *itch at work who is trying to belittle me, undermine me, and scratch and claw her way above me to boss me around. I need to FORGET about the loneliness I feel when I come home and there is no one here to share all this with (about how terrible work was). I need to FORGET about what my xH is doing, whether he's "happY" - or coming to the "end" of himself, looking at the mess he made of our lives with his selfish want of a div. I need to just relax and know that God understands my fears about my ailing dog, my aches and pains, and fear of growing old alone.....

I need to be IN HIS WORD daily, NO - every minute of every day. I need to empty myself of my needs. I need to LOOK TO CHRIST for my strength, the JOY of the Lord, and LOOK TO CHRIST for my anointing so that I can walk in POWER every day to accomplish His will for me, through me, and those around me, by exercising the authority I have been given as one of His Children, anointed with the Holy Spirit.

I need to remember that as His anointed one, I have the authority to tell satan to GET OUT OF MY LIFE, and my business and HE HAS TO.

I have been given the power to raise the dead, to heal the sick, to move mountains, etc. and I need to see that, and WALK IN THAT AUTHORITY. How can I do that? STAY IN HIS WORD, & let it fill me constantly, while the cares of this world are emptied out of me.

I hope this excites everyone else as much as it excites me!

Let's get this Prayer Request forum back to what it should be. Let's share what God is teaching us. Let's start Praising God. Let's start lifting each other up again. Let's start seeing more answers to prayer. Let's BE what God intended for us to be. Let's LISTEN to Him, and obey Him, so our lives will CHANGE THIS FORUM, and our individual worlds.

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