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Have You Receive the Holy Ghost Since You Accepted Jesus Christ? [14 Nov 2012|06:57pm]

aleahkate_4ever
There are many people that believe with all sincerity that all you have to do is say a sinner's prayer and you're in. However the Bible teaches differently. Repentance is a beautiful gift. We would not be able to stand before God washed without that ability. However, true salvation is turning away from your sin. If you are living a sinful lifestyle and using grace as excuse then this is wrong because the Bible says to be washed by the renewing and regeneration of the Holy Ghost. I have heard some say you can have sin in your life and still go to Heaven but this is not Biblical. The Word says no sin shall enter in. I am not saying that the Cross hasn't removed both our past and future sins. Surely He has! However the Word says to pick up your cross and follow Him. Paul said "I die daily." Repentance is to be taken advantage of daily! The Bible has always required a change in a believer's life.

After repentance, we should be willing to be baptized in Jesus' Name and not the titles. Most of Modern Christianity teaches it is not essential but it is! Jesus Himself told us to go ye therefore & teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost! As Christians, we recognize the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is Jesus. (Read Isaiah 9:6, Col. 3:17 and John 14:8-9). The same Paul that wrote Romans 10:13 stated baptism is a circumcision made without hands (see Col. 2). The Word also states he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. It is not just a sign, it is to complete remission your sins. Yes, Paul wrote that those that call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved but he wrote to the book of Romans. He wrote this to a church who had already received a salvation experience. Please don't turn me off! Bear with me. Please! I understand people say you don't have to do all that. I know that the Bible says you for by grace are ye saved and not through works but remember the Word also says faith without works is DEAD. James said if you believe Jesus is God, thou doest well but even the devils believe that. We must find out what the Word says and be willing to be obedient!

In the house of Cornelius, after they received a gift from God, Peter asked "Should we forbid any man water that these should not be baptized? And straightway, he commanded them to be baptized." That wasn't a suggestion. It was a commandment. Jesus said to go and teach all nations and baptize. That wasn't a suggestion, it was commandment. Is it any coincidence that Jesus Himself was baptized by John? No, He was saying "Follow me."

The Bible shows us clearly how to be saved. As a matter of fact, some asked the Peter how to be while they witnessed others speaking in tongues.
"Men and brethern, what shall we do?" Acts 2:37
"And Peter said unto them Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For this promise is unto you and your children and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Acts 2:38

What was that gift? The gift was the Spirit of God moving upon them just as it had on the Apostles! Abraham received a promise that he would bear a nation and God gave that promise to him. Anything God promises in His Word, will be given to us! There are people that teach that speaking in tongues is not for today but the Word says this promise is to as many as the Lord our God shall call! Has the Lord stopped calling people?? Certainly not! I myself as well countless of others have experienced this Biblical phenomenon. It's still for us today. But don't take my word for it, find out for yourself according to God's Word. The Holy Ghost is not just for those that have done good enough or even for just a select few. It's a promise for everyone so we can receive power to be witnesses, to overcome the sin in our lives, to be rewashed and regenerated because we can't make it without God's presence! It is neither mass induced nor self induced as some teach, it the evidence of the power of God working in your life! If it wasn't real then why would God even have it in the Bible?

Okay, I'm going to hit on a few popular misconceptions about tongues. Paul was not misinterpeting when he said not all speak in tongues. He meant not all have the gift of prophecy through speaking in tongues. 1 Corinthians 12 has been used to point out that not everyone has to speak in tongues because of this verse. However, you have to realize what Paul was addressing. Paul was writing to a group of new found believers that didn't know how to have complete order in their church services. Wives were yelling to their husbands, "What does that part mean in the sermon?" when they should have been quiet during the sermon. People were even spontaneously speaking in tongues loudly while a preacher was speaking. Nothing wrong with speaking in tongues it's just there is a time to do it. Also, while someone was trying to prophecy, no one would know to be quiet! It wasn't very orderly. The only way I can describe to you about the order of church services is explain what happens sometimes in my church.

In my church's services, there have been times where the Spirit has been moving so beautifully that God wants to speak a word to the church after a sermon is preached. The Spirit will move on one or more and they will speak in tongues. If there are two people, they will speak in tongues one at a time while the whole congregation is silent. After that, God will gently send the interpretation of the message to another person. God's message will be given to the church in that fashion. So this passage is saying not everyone has the gift of giving tongues for interpretation. Paul was addressing how church should occur in 1 Corinthians 12. He cleared up the confusion. Yes, Paul asked do all speak in tongues? But in the next few strokes of the pen he said I thank God I speak in tongues more than you all. He then went on to write, Forbid not to speak with tongues.

It helps to note is Paul's conversion. He was sent to Ananias after being on the road to Damascus. There, Ananias healed his blindness and baptized him in Jesus' name. Does it say he ever spoke in tongues? No, not in that passage of Scripture. However didn't Paul write that he thanked God that he spoke in tongues? It wasn't added because eventually he did. When people tell you that the Roman jailer or man on the chariot did not speak with tongues, it is important to remember the foundation of how the Apostles were saved. Remember Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are records of Jesus' ministry and Acts is the birth of the church. The rest of NT books are letters to those churches. Remember too that the disciples wrote that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Jews then to the Gentiles. This was the salvation experience of the early church! If you write a book, you shouldn't add the same thing over and over. It would be too redundant! They didn't add the speaking in tongues part all the time because they didn't have to. The disciples knew they would receive it. If the writers knew the foundation of salvation from the beginning of Acts, the authors didn't need to repeat how it happened over and over again. Make sense?

The salvation experience consists of:

1. Sincere repentance
2. Baptism in Jesus' Name
3. Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost through the evidence of speaking in other tongues.

Why the Holy Ghost part? Well in Acts 10, the Bible says that Cornelius was a devout man of God and his prayers came as a memorial before God. However, God had something more for Him. God sent an angel to Cornelius to tell him to wait for Peter. Peter came and the Holy Ghost fell on them. How did he know the Holy Ghost fell on them? Because Acts 10 states "

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God."

After that, Peter commanded them to be baptized. The Lord saved Cornelius and his house because he was faithful and waited upon God. In Acts 19, Paul asked a group of John's baptism if they have received the Holy Ghost since they believed. They answered probably something like what you have said. "I haven't really heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." It says they gladly heard the Word and was baptized. Then Paul laid his hands on them and they received same experience the disciples experienced in Acts 2! This is the salvation experience of the early church! Why is it that can't we believe this same Jesus can do for us what He did for them? If you're a believer then you have a few promises if you're faithful!

Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Let me close with this question: Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed and accepted the Lord as your Savior? If you haven't my friend, I promise there's more God has for you. It's a beautiful experience. Just prayerfully consider this post. I know what I have written is controversial but it's not about what most religion teaches, it's about what the Bible teaches Again, it's about what the Bible teaches. If it's in there, don't doubt God's promises for you just because someone has told you you can't have it today. He said on the day you seek Him with your whole heart then on that day, you will find Him. As we all know, God never disappoints. He is always faithful.
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is this bad music for my christian cousin? [28 Apr 2009|04:06am]

movehalfaninch
my 16 year old cousin asked me to give her some music that i like because she's interested into getting into new thing. however, while my cousin is christian, i am not. but, i don't wish to upset or disrupt her life in any way and so i would like the help of some of her peers.

there's this group called Meg & Dia that i really love. i want to give her their CD but there's this song on it and i'm not sure if it's an anti-christian message or not. your help would be amazing. thank you!!:



Their album, Here, Here, and Here is out now and available here on iTunes incase you want to decide from the other songs. thank you!
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Liberate Yourselves My Brothers and Sisters [03 Oct 2008|03:56pm]

movehalfaninch
With the InnerPartySystem:
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Prayer for Baby [10 Jun 2008|01:07pm]

singinragamuffn
[ mood | sympathetic ]

Dear Daddy God,
My sister in Christ is pregnant yet again. I'm surprised that You allowed that to happen, but You did. And I'm sure You have Your reasons and everything. All I ask is this: Please please please let it go to full-term this time. Please don't let the devil steal her joy! Please don't let him take this away from her! Please bless and protect her baby. Please don't let this end like all the other times. I know that all of her aborted babies are in Heaven with You and that she is going to get to see them one day and that everything turns out for the best and everything, but I really do think that she should be a mother here on earth as well. So please, Daddy, please hear my cries and allow her to be a mother. Thank you.
Love,
Me

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my mom is such a BICH!!!!!!!!! JHOW can i make her pay [05 Jun 2008|12:28am]

winkeldorfer
last nihgt i went 2 chantals house her mom said it wuz kewl with her and we didnt do nothin right like we wacthed a movy and like THATS IT right

then i go home rihgt and my moms all like chantals dad call and he say i look like a slut and i made him hard but i wasnt wareing nothin but my useual clothes

i told her i aint no slut im 14 and i dont need her i aint a babby right and she say when ur dad come home hees gonna show u wut a slut is good 4 or sum thing like dat i duno i didnt lissen lol

she cant yel at me just cus chantal dad a perv right so i tell her i aint no skank and dad he can find a new slut not me no more and seh tell me she gon cut off my hair

why she got 2 b such a bicth i wnana make her to pay and it aint my fualt chantal dad think im hawt lol

this my dad acount if i post on my lj they gon find out so dont send me msgs or nothin lol
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Prayer for Catherine [05 Jun 2008|12:40pm]
gipsy08
Today I would like to invite you to pray for a very special person who brighten my day last week.
Her name is Catherine.

My best friend had a hard time to quit drug and I was looking for help on internet. I was looking too for any place I would be able to post a prayer request for him. Then I discovered the website of Catherine who proposed to people to change the world by the power of simultaneous group prayer. I had no money at this time to be a part of her Christian initiative (because to be able to contact all the member at the same time to pray together, she use text message technology... and its not free of course) but I sent her an email about my friend.

She contacted me right away and because she was sensible to my friend's problem she told me that she will exceptionally send a text message to all the members of her United in Prayers website to propose them to pray .

I don't know how many people are part of her Christian movement but one week after, my best friend was doing a lot better , he decided by his own to go to rehab far away from all those people that were keeping him down and open finally his heart to Jesus Christ.

For that Catherine, God bless you and God bless www.unitedinprayers.net and all the members!
I already subscribed to United in prayers website and I'm looking with impatience to receive my first text message next Sunday to pray with all the other members and start together to change the world.

Catherine, you are right "We are the solution" and God gave us the power to act or react.

A friend in Christ
Gipsy
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[31 Mar 2008|04:09pm]

slugg00
The Imitation of Christ

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESEX:IT&item=120240408187&_trksid=p3984.cSELL.m315.lVI


I am selling another copy.
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Urgent Prayer [30 Mar 2008|11:56pm]

random_melly
Hello I'm Michele and I come to you all tonight, in desperate need of prayer.

Please lift up my step father Michael Wreyford into your prayers. He is currently in the hospital following massive heart attacks, and surgery, and is currently on an artificial heart device that is aiding his heart. His chest still remains open due to swelling and the extent of his heart, and leaves him at risk of infection. We talked to the doctors, and the lastest results of Michael's ct scan has shown that he had another stroke. They are unsure at the extent of the damage but they are lowering his sedation and pain medication and said they should be able to tell within the next 48-72 hours.

Please pray that the Lord can heal Michael completely. Mind,Body,Soul. I know that to some degree Michael is aware of his surroundings because his blood pressure always goes down when he hears my moms voice, or when she holds his hand. He also shed some tears today when she read him some scripture out loud.

Please pray in whatever way the spirit leads you. I will not stop praying, and know that the Lord is near to us.

Right now we need a miracle, and I keep reminding myself that the Lord is the ultimate phsyican. Even when doctors say his odds are not good, and that there is not much hope, the Lord supplies HOPE. Please stand with me in prayer, let us get this miracle, and may it be a great testimony to the glory of God!

Please pray for my mom Lori as well to have strength and faith. She is starting to lose hope and I know that the enemy is waiting to step in because we have been so strong in our faith. Please pray that the enemy can have no power in our family or michael's health

Love,
Your Sister In Christ
Michele
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[22 Mar 2008|12:15am]

slugg00
I am selling The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis and I was wondering if anyone wanted to purchase it. If you haven't read it, you really should. It is such an inspiring, great read.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESEX:IT&item=120236166175&_trksid=p3984.cSELL.m315.lVI


Peace
Jessica
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[21 Mar 2008|01:35pm]

slugg00
Hello,

I want to pass along a wonderful book I read. "The imitation of Christ" by Thomas a Kempis.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESEX:IT&item=120236166175&_trksid=p3984.cSELL.m315.lVI

check it out. It's a really good book and it is in good condition.

peace. 
Jessica
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we need a miracle [20 Mar 2008|10:53am]

random_melly
it has been quite some time since anyone has posted here, but i am finding various lj communities for prayer and felt led to post here anyways. I pray that someone will either stumble upon this, or see it on their friends list. If that happens, would someone please stand in agreement with me for my step dad Michael?

Oh precious Jesus hear my cries to you, hear my prayers (psalm 61:1) I come to you finding rest in you, hope in you, and hope that you can do a great miracle in the life of my step dad Michael. Lord you know the details, and I pray that you can pass on this request to those that can help me. Lord, please give Michael rest after many stressful and trying surgeries. His body is very weak, and I pray for a complete physical healing over his body. May you take him in your loving arms and comfort him as he much be in a great amount of physical distress and pain. I pray that you can help us to cast our cares to you oh Lord because you will sustain us and bring us through this difficult time (psalm 55:22) Lord, yestrday the doctors could not seem to wake Michael from his sedation and they are talking that he may have had a stroke. I pray Lord that they can find that this is not the case and that you are taking care of Michael , in ways that are not are ways that defy our own understanding. I pray that future tests will show that he has normal brain activity, and that you can work behind the scenes. Lord I pray for the machines that are keeping him alive, and for the artificial device that is working as his heart. May the doctors be able to help him, and administor care that is necessary for his improvement. I pray Lord that he can improve his strength and the doctors can be amazed at his progress. I pray that a miracle can be done, and that you can keep us driven to pray for your will to be done. Lord I stand strong in my faith, and you tell us in Matthew about believing and having faith. Lord, just as you healed the blind men that had great faith (matthew 9:29) I pray you can heal Michael's heart, and mind and bring him through this. In Jesus most precious name. Amen.
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prayer request [23 Sep 2007|03:07pm]

raelaine_rose
 Can you please pray for my brother Marc.  He was in a very bad relationship and this person beat him,  broken his foot and cut him very badly.   My Mom went to AR to get him and take him home.  So please pray for safe travel too.  Thanks so much.
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serious prayer needs [22 May 2007|02:08pm]

forevereternity
A family i know that is dear to me is going through some rough times. they lost a daughter around christmastime when she was hit by a car while riding her bike home, claire, she was 19.

now they're approaching her birthday for the first time since her death.

her father, steve, discovered this afternoon that he has a cancerous tumor on his lymph nodes, they could be life threatening. they want to do surgery and radiation.

its been a really tough time for them, please pray, and ask for prayers at your churches
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New here [10 Nov 2006|12:29am]

christian_83
Hi everyone I am new here just thought I would say hi. Feel free to add me.
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[06 Jun 2006|01:33pm]

forevereternity
I have a prayer request. My Uncle was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. It is stage four, and he is expected to one have 7 months with chemo and other treatments. His daughter is expecting a baby, the first grandchild in the family, and my Uncle, Jack, is a man of faith. He is a wonderful man, and we're praying for a miracle.

I would like to ask you all to pray for my Uncle, but I would also like to ask, if you could, to ask for prayer for him in other religious arenas such as church or bible group. My family and I believe strongly in the power of prayer, and as much prayer power we can have, we need. I would greatly apprieciate it.

God Bless You,
Katie B

(x-posted in various communities)
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[07 Feb 2006|01:00am]

jaynine
please pray for the healing of my aunt
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[18 Jan 2006|11:15pm]

jaynine
my dog is really sickly and can't even move her legs. she didn't eat or drink anything in the past 24 hours because she refuses. she can't get up and she's been laying in the same spot all day. we're taking her to the vet first thing tomorrow. please preay for her healing. her name is Brittany Rose.
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[19 Dec 2005|12:10am]

missdemeanor
jesus wept.
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LJ FOR THE WIN! [14 Dec 2005|05:01pm]

jaynine
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank all who prayed for my grandmother last week & for all of those who always pray for me whenever I need one. Everything was just fine, which is crazy because of the circumstances, but i know that God is awesome & prayer is awesome & you guys are awesome! so thank you everyone, you all deserve massive ammounts of high fives!

Bless you all!
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[05 Dec 2005|04:25pm]

jaynine
my 89 year old grandmother just fell down a flight of steps and landed on her back and head on a ceramic/concrete floor, the ambulance just took her away. please pray for her health!!!
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