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"...will be encouraged to trust God and know that their past does not have to dictate the outcome of their future. They can be victorious and live full of faith and confidence." - W. Veronica Lisare.
Has it ever crossed your mind that your existence on this earth is pointless? That you are nowhere near the thought, you should be in life. Everyone had expectations that you still needed to meet. You become too focused on becoming a version of yourself that everyone else wants, and you constantly compare yourself to others who have already dived into the next chapter of their life. As human beings, people can spend a lot of time being anxious about anything, especially their relationships with other people. But, in reality, the only relationship valuable in life is the one with yourself.
The only person who journeys with you through your entire life is you. Yes, you and only you right from birth to death. Do not take this as something morbid; this is only meant to emphasize the importance of knowing yourself and your relationship with yourself.
According to W. Veronica Lisare, in her book, The Other Side Of Fear, she wrote that accepting God's unconditional love and understanding His grace set her free from condemnation, self-hatred, and shame. She no longer believes that she is unworthy of love and would expect rejection because Veronica found her confidence in knowing her true identity. Fear now is losing its grip on her as she embraces her true identity as a daughter of the King of kings.
The Four most essential reasons for Self-knowledge
1. Self-love. If you know yourself, the bad, the good, and the unpleasant, you can start to accept who you are (exactly as you are). Taking some aspects of your character that you do not see as positive can feel like a challenge, such as being lazy.
However, it is vital to honor that instead of denying it if that is part of you. It is still there, even if you decline it. Learning to see the benefits of laziness, savoring it, and not letting it go against you will usher you to cuddle it as part of who you are and, thus, love it. You can move from love to nurturing, growing, developing, thriving, and flourishing.
2. Independence. Having self-knowledge makes you independent of others' opinions. It is irrelevant what others advise and might think if you know what works for you (what is not suitable for you and what is).
You are the expert of your being. You are your personality, and you are in charge of your thoughts. Self-awareness and independence are also linked to confidence. Knowing what you stand for in life and who you are can help to provide you with a strong sense of self-confidence.
3. Clear decision-making. As you know, with knowledge comes insight and confidence - which can make the decision-making process (for complicated and simple choices) much more straightforward. There is no little space for doubt as soon as you gain that complete insight. People all speak two (2) languages: the language of the head and that of the heart. It is easy to decide if they are aligned. But if they are not, it just depends on your mood and what you think is right or wrong.
For example, you are buying a house, and you find the one that ticks all the boxes (in your head). However, there is something about the place that does not sit well. Having two different dialogues in your system makes it impossible to be precise. Today, your head is ruling, and you want to buy the house. Tomorrow, your heart tells you otherwise. Aligning your heart and head will give clarity, which supports easy decision-making.
4. Belief in your path. There will be obstacles when you begin figuring out what you want. Do not let anything or anyone discourage you from continuing. Believe in your decisions and believe in yourself. Stay positive and keep moving forward.
The essential thing to bear is that you are worth it; you can be happy and go another day. Life will not give you anything you cannot overcome or handle. Once you accept and love yourself and your desired path, the smoke will clear, and you will breathe again easily. Be kind to yourself, and life will be a whole lot brighter.
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This article will dig deep into God's Word and answer why prayer is essential. These seven reasons will show you and clarify the importance of prayer for believers.
Have you ever wondered why you should pray? Or why is it vital to your walk with God? Prayer is an integral part of the Christian life and a way to pour your hearts into God as His children. When you pray, you communicate with God; you worship God and let Him know what you would like.
Humanity is to pray all the time, not only when they need something from God. He is your Father, and your joy comes before Him in awe and tells Him how much you love and adore Him.
The Importance Of Prayer
Prayer is seen throughout Scripture. In the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Jesus often hides away to pray; He even taught His disciples about prayer. Jesus wanted them to learn how to pray the right way. He knew the importance and power of prayer and wanted His disciples to know this.
God answers prayer (at times, it takes time), but that does not mean He has not responded. If people are patient, they will see the answers to their prayers.
Wendy Veronica Lisare's The Other Side Of Fear implied the importance of praying with power and authority. Through prayer, the author has discovered courage, joy, hope, freedom, and fulfillment as she embraces her authentic identity as a daughter of the King of kings.
Now, read more and look at the seven (7) reasons prayer is vital in a Christian's life.
Why Is Prayer Vital?
1. Prayer Is Vital Because It Provides Solutions. You pray when in trouble because you want God to intervene on your behalf. You want Him to give you a solution to your problem. Also, being children of God does not exempt humanity from trials and challenges in life, but through prayer, they can invite God to help them deal with them.
2. Prayer Is Important Because It Helps You Overcome Temptation. You are to pray and watch so that you will not fall into temptation because your spirit is willing, but your flesh is weak. Sometimes people get disappointed in themselves because of giving in to the temptation and doing things they are not proud of. They probably only sometimes remember that they can pray for themselves beforehand so that when temptation comes knocking, they can overcome it and avoid sin.
3. Prayer Is Important Because It is Obedience to God. When you pray, you obey God's command to pray for everything and everyone you can think about in your surroundings and worldwide. Prayer is part of your walk with God, enabling you to go before God with your needs and those of others. Sometimes others cannot pray for themselves, and your prayers give them the necessary breakthroughs.
4. Prayer Is Important Because You Communicate With God. When you pray to God, you communicate with Him, which is how you build your relationship with Him. Just like your earthly relationship. Communication is vital for the growth and health of a relationship.
5. Prayer Is Important Because You Gain Wisdom. You need God's wisdom to navigate the issues you face, especially those beyond the comprehension of the human mind. With God's divine wisdom, you can acquire spiritual insight into situations and know how to deal with them effectively. God imparts His wisdom to you when you ask and pray for it.
6. Prayer Is Vital Because It Changes Your Perspective. You often enter prayer with certain feelings and emotions towards a situation or person. Prayer can bring you into God's presence and change your perspective on those situations and people.
7. Prayer Is Vital Because It Allows You to Hear His Voice. Prayer is about communication, and that communication brings you closer to Him. This is how prayer works. It brings you closer to Jesus so you can hear Him more clearly. This does not mean you do all the talking the entire time in prayer, but you give Him room to speak in His presence.
People Need To Pray
Prayer is essential, and the above seven (7) reasons highlight this truth. To know the right way of praying, learn the principles of worship from the Word of God. You can be sure that God will always answer your prayers, and if there are any hindrances, you can identify them when you read the Scripture.
To have a vigorous walk with the Lord, prayer has to become an everyday practice for you so that you can always know His will for your life. When you pray, things change! edit.
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How does one move along the spiritual journey to the experience of the Father's loving presence?
Common sense tells humanity that the precondition for experiencing the lovableness of others is the presence of love in their hearts. In so far as love is in your hearts, you can experience, you might say, touch, taste, hear, and see love in others. People can be surrounded by love, but if love is not in their hearts, they remain blind, deaf, and insensitive to its presence in others. Only love in your heart awakens you to the lovableness in your surroundings. And only perfect love can awaken humankind to the perfect love of God.
God Is Love
God is love: perfect, eternal, infinite, pure love. The face-to-face encounter with God involves the experience of perfect love. The primary internal change that Christ must effect in humanity, therefore, is that which makes people capable of experiencing pure love.
To repeat, the love in one's heart allows him to recognize and experience – to hear, see, smell, touch, feel, and celebrate – the love he meets within others. Absent such love in your heart, you can be surrounded by wonderful, loving, and lovable persons, but you will remain deaf, blind, and insensitive to the presence of their love. What is true of the love you meet with in this world is equally valid of the experience of the company of God's love.
If people cannot recognize and respond to the lovableness of those they can see, hear, and touch, how can they recognize and respond to the invisible presence of divine love? Jesus puts it that If He has told you earthly things, yet you do not believe, how can you possibly believe if He tells you heavenly things? If you do not respond to the love you see around you, how can you respond to the love of God that you cannot see?
In Wendy Veronica Lisare's book on her Journey Into Perfect Love through spiritual growth, she shares the intimate details of her journals from an unhappy childhood, through a loveless marriage, a divorce, the loss of a granddaughter, and a battle with cancer to a rewarding nursing job and a second career as a minister of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The testimony of the author and the spiritual tools she learned along the journey will inspire all who read her book to move through their challenges to God's perfect love and the other side of fear.
The Way Of Love: 7 Practices For Jesus-Centered Life
Below are the seven (7) practices to achieve a Jesus-centered life. Read on.
Turn (pause, listen and choose to heed Jesus). Jesus calls humanity to follow the Way of Love like the disciples. With God's help, you can turn from the powers of sin, fear, hatred, injustice, and oppression toward the way of love, truth, hope, justice, and freedom. In turn, you reorient your life to Jesus Christ, falling in love again and again.
Learn (reflect on Scripture daily, especially Jesus' life and teachings). By reading and reflecting on the Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, you draw closer to God, and God's word dwells in you. When a person opens his mind and heart to Scripture, he learns to see God's story and activity in everyday life.
Pray (dwell intentionally with God daily). Jesus teaches humanity to come before God with humble hearts, offering their concerns and thanksgivings to God. Whether in word, thought, or deed, individually or corporately, when a person prays, he invites and dwells in God's loving presence.
Worship (gather in the community weekly to praise, thank, and dwell with God). When you worship, you gather with others before God. You hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, confess, give thanks, and offer the world's brokenness to God. As you break bread, your eyes are opened to the presence of Christ.
Bless (share faith and unselfishly give and serve). Jesus called His disciples to give, forgive, teach, and heal in His name. The Spirit empowers people to bless everyone they meet, practicing generosity and compassion and proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ with hopeful words and selfless actions. You can share your stories of blessing and invite others to the Way of Love.
Go (cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus). As Jesus went to the highways and byways, He sent people beyond their circles and comfort to witness God's love, justice, and truth with their lips and with their lives. You go to listen with humility and join God in healing a hurting world. You become a Beloved Community, a people reconciled in love with God and one another.
Rest (receive the gift of God's grace, peace, and restoration). From the beginning of creation, God has established the sacred pattern of going and returning, labor and rest. Especially today, God invites people to dedicate time for restoration and wholeness - within their bodies, minds, souls, communities, and institutions. By resting, you trust God, the primary Actor who brings all things to their fullness.
There is no specific order you need to follow. If you keep a Rule or spiritual discipline, you might reflect and discover how that path intersects with the above practices. By entering into reflection, discernment, and commitment around the practices of Turn - Learn - Pray - Worship - Bless - Go - Rest, humanity will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His path has the power to change each person's life and to change this world.