AN EXERCISE IN PRAYER BY THE HOLY SPIRIT ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


IMG_4667.jpgAs we grow in Christ, as we grow in prayer.  There are just some things, we should do in the Holy Spirit.  

Repentance, always clears the slate, I believe.  When we come to Christ humble, repentant, for perhaps those things we think, or have allowed into our spirits, that could corrupt us.  We need to be careful.  Things that are sin in His eyes.  

But I just had a sense, that when we pray, we really need to see with our “spiritual eyes.”  We need to see Jesus, there, when we pray.  

Christ told us, He would not leave, or forsake us.  He told us, that He would never leave us.  

I believe the Lord, gave me this thought, to help us in our faith.  To help us see.  Sometimes, we ask for things, and we are not sure, He has heard us, or we are not sure, if  there is a way.  

But Christ told us, He is the way, the truth, and life.  John 14:6.  He told us, if we asked in His name, the father would grant it.  He told us if we believed it would be ours.  He told us, that He would give us the desires of our heart, as we delight in Him.  Oh yes, give God the glory, honor, and praise, as you approach His throne.  

How can we delight in our Lord?  Well, one way, is when we pray, actually open your spiritual eyes, to see Christ there, listening.  

Let me repeat that.  Look at Christ there, when you close your eyes, to pray.  See Him, attentive to your need.  Because again, He is there, He will not leave or forsake you.  See Him, in the spirit, the Holy Spirit. 

Quiet your spirit, to just hearing His voice.  Read a King James scripture, that is Holy, and anointed, and let Him, counsel you.  I cannot even count the many times, that God has spoken to me, in need of an answer, and I just opened up my King James Bible.

He says, He knows our desire, even before we speak it.  So, think, and ponder on Him, when you go to His throne.  See Him, in His majesty.  See Him, as you seek His Kingdom, and all things will be added unto you.  

Sometimes words do not come to us.  We may be hurting, we may be distracted, but as a disciple of Christ, we do need to discipline ourselves.  Just look for Him, in the spirit.  Beware of counterfeits though, in the spirit, and beware of the enemies voice, who always tries to be deceptive.  This is why repentance, is so important.  

And never, ever, set up an idol, or a symbol, that would grieve Him.  He hates idolatry.  So get rid of such things, even in prayer.  Now I know many might disagree with that thought, but Father, is very jealous in these matters.  And wants us to search for Him by the spirit, not by a graven image, that is even a commandment that tells us not to set up.  

THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE, ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, OR ANY LIKENESS OF ANYTHING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, OR THAT IS IN THE EARTH BENEATH, OR THAT IS IN THE WATER UNDER THE EARTH.  EXODUS 20:4  KJV.

YE SHALL MAKE YOU NO IDOLS NOR GRAVEN IMAGE, NEITHER REAR YOU UP A STANDING IMAGE, NEITHER SHALL YE SET UP ANY IMAGE OF STONE IN YOUR LAND, TO BOW DOWN UNTO IT:  FOR I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.  Leviticus 26:1.  KJV.

We have to try and learn and know, what pleases our Lord.  Anyway, Christ, knows by the spirit, what you need.  Know, that He is listening there, searching your heart.  Knowing the mind of the spirit.  Because He makes “intercession” for you according to the will of God.  

AND HE THAT SEARCHETH THE HEARTS KNOWETH WHAT IS THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT, BECAUSE HE MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR THE SAINTS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.  ROMANS 8:27  KJV.

When you know He is there, when you know He is seeing you, it just makes your faith, easier.  It makes your prayer have a sense of accomplishment.  Because He sees you, He is there.  Just see HIM with your spiritual eyes.  Try to please Him, humble, when you pray.  

I share this, because as an intercessor, I have learned some things, in trying to understand what works, and what does not.  What pleases God.  But if we are humble, if we are taking the whole word of God, that is King James word, and we are not using anything counterfeit or corrupt, that the enemy would use to deceive.  I believe our chances in prayer, can make a difference.  And every one knows, that I only recommend a King James Bible because it is holy.  It is anointed.  It is preserved in Heaven and earth, and I believe when you use it, your on the same page with God.  And thats always the goal….

Never underestimate prayer, but do what you can to make sure your prayer is heard.  Sin, will separate us from God, and He will not hear.  But the sweetest, simplest prayers can be heard, even in our child like faith.  

Looking for Him, to be there, when you pray, is just an exercise in prayer.  In faith….

Blessings, and love Elena Ramirez 

 

WHEN GOD IS JEALOUS FOR YOUR SOUL ~ By Christian Author Elena Ramirez


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if interested in reading my books via Smashwords, go to this link. My latest book. BEHAVIORAL CURSES THAT CHANGE INTO BLESSINGS WITH CHRIST. This book brings attention to the behaviors, one may have that can contribute to a curse. But by Christ it can change into a blessing. A must read for someone wondering about generational curses etc. And why we do some of the things we do….
“HOW TO HAVE FAITH” This book is a self-help book to bring insight to your faith, and to know what pleases God. Both are on SMASHWORDS…..
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If interested in ordering the Paper Back go to this link. http://howtohavefaith.wordpress.com

FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE, EVEN A JEALOUS GOD.  DEUTERONOMY 4:24.

God is jealous for your soul.  He created you, in His image, and so when any of us, get off course, and we do not realize the error of our ways, He sees with jealousy!

I have seen in my own journey of life, where God has prompted to correct me here and there.  But He has done it sometimes in jealousy….

He is such a gentleman, to me, but He has been known to teach me some hard lessons in life.

It grieves me, that sometimes, I have not had good judgment.  It grieves me, that I made Father jealous.

I did not do it intentionally, but stupidly, being naive, being foolish, about not knowing His ways, His truth….For life.  For He is the way, the truth, and the life.

Oh how I love my King James Bible.  For there, I hear His voice.  There I know the content is not corrupted, there, I find truth.  His commandments.  Not someone else’s voice, that would make Him jealous…

I remember one time, I got Father jealous, because of my fascination with angels.  I had been collecting figurines of them.  One time, I went to a good will store, and I found one, and she had a lantern, so I bought it.

That same night, I dreamt of her.  She came alive.  She was evil, and she was trying to steal my soul, the light of who Christ was.  Her lantern was symbolic, to taking my light, and putting it in that lantern.  I woke up, terrified.

And I immediately opened my bible.  This scripture was immediately in view.

THOU SHALT HAVE NONE OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.  THOU SHALT NOT MAKE THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE, OR ANY LIKENESS OF ANYTHING THAT IS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, OR THAT IS IN THE EARTH BENEATH, OR THAT IS IN THE WATERS BENEATH THE EARTH.  THOU SHALT NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF UNTO THEM, NOR SERVE THEM, FOR I THE LORD THY GOD AM A JEALOUS GOD, VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON THE CHILDREN UNTO THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION OF THEM THAT HATE ME.  AND SHOWING MERCY UNTO THOUSANDS OF THEM THAT LOVE ME AND KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS.  DEUTERONOMY 4:7-10.

I repented.  I broke it, and smashed it into tiny little pieces.  There was something attached to it, in the spirit, that I did not want even anybody else to have.  So I broke it, and threw it in the trash.  It was a lesson, I will never forget.

You see, God saw my fascination, but even as a child, He was teaching me not to have any idolatry, before Him.  For as a child, I asked my mother, when we went to mass, why did the people bow down to the statues?  She had been teaching me the ten commandments, so I knew.  We went to different churches, so I know the difference.  

But here I was caught up in the spirit of just collecting, but it offended God.

So I am always careful now, to stop and see, what I like, what I give attention to, and why?  Even people…  Does it become idolatry?

You see, I don’t want to offend God.  I know He is jealous.  That scripture says he will visit the iniquity of the fathers, upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

Generational curses, one wonders, so I want the slate clean…..

Idolatry, can also come in the form, of loving one self.  Did you know that?  Remember the devil was an angel of light, who disguised himself.  He can come into position by showing himself as beautiful.  But behind his spirit, that ugly spirit will show up, as pride, and as conceited.  He was jealous of God, but God won that fight and kicked Him out of heaven.  

God does not share His glory with anyone.  So it is wise, to watch out for anything that becomes idolatry, or that tries to take the place of our relationship with our Lord and savior.  Because He is jealous…

I have learned lessons in that as well, though it is hard for me to articulate into words, I pray, not to give myself that attention, in these kind of matters. For it can turn into vanity.

I just want to please God.  I just want His peace, in my life.  I just want answers to prayer, and I do not want anything in my life, that is sin, that would take priority, or hinder my prayers.  I want His protection.  I just love His presence….

I want to see Him glorified, though, because of all of this. I want Him to know, and the world…so I speak it.  I don’t want to make Him jealous.  And I want for Him to receive any glory, or honor, or prestige, concerning anything, I prosper in. Because if you think about it, our lives are in His hand.  Our health, our wealth, our blessings…..small and large.  

It takes deliberate thought, to make sure when I come before Him, even in prayer, that I know, that I know who I am talking to.

He is the King of Kings, He is the Lord of Lords.  He is the healer, the provider, the creator of Heaven and earth, and so much more.  I do not want to make him jealous, by giving someone, or anything more priority then I do him.

So I want to be careful.  Do you think about that?  Are you aware He is jealous for your soul?  Food for thought, I pray this blesses you…

In Christ, Elena Ramirez

AN APOLOGY TO MY FACEBOOK FRIENDS AND SUBSCRIBERS ~ BY CHRISTIAN AUTHOR ELENA RAMIREZ


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To whom it may concern:  This may include my Facebook friends, people who may be on their list, or anyone, who is a subscriber, in a group or just even someone, who may be a bystander.  This can also include Twitter.

Facebook, is a wonderful, way to communicate the gospel.  It is a great vessel, that God can speak to someones heart, to know truth.  I understand the great potential of social media.

It can be used to speak truth to someone, who needs to see truth.  It can open up dialogue, that cannot always be made available even in relationships.

Something about being behind our computers, though can give us strength to speak our minds, and speak truth, but with that ability to hide, behind our computers, it can be used in a destructive way  for it can also be used to fight someone, or to just throw darts at someone.

And that is not cool.  That is not wisdom, nor is it love, and we are all called to love one another.  There does have to be a sense of the power of our words.  And how to use them, and we are responsible.  In the sight of God.  Our words are recorded in heaven and not just Facebook.

I suppose that is why I am writing.  And yes, apologizing.

You see, I am a servant of God.  I cannot speak for anyone else but for me.  And because I am a servant of God, I need to try and be a good example.  I need to see the error of my ways.

I am also a truth seeker, and because I am a truth seeker, I do look to see, according to my King James Bible, truth.  And when I see the lack of it, I do sometimes speak my mind.  I do so, because if it can bring light, to a situation, or to someone, then I am called to speak the gospel.

Now I don’t want to get personal with people, or judge them, but sometimes, when you see the deception in something, you see that the fruit, that may be planted, in that persons life, can hurt them.  So you say something…..because you want to spare them, you want them to know truth, and to see the light.  It is also perceived as being judged.

You also want to see them make heaven.  And there in just that, is the boldness, that I can sometimes speak, that may be harsh, but I know God.  I know my Lord, I know His truth. I also know, how the enemy deceives.

And because I know my Lord, and His warnings, His commandments, I know what His word says, and so many people do not know His truth, and they are so misled.

And yes I get angry with some of those in leadership, and they hide truth, cowardly, or do not tell someone the error of their ways, just so they can be popular.

I never was popular, and I may never be.  But I especially do not want that title, if it means going against Gods truth, to please people.  No thank you.  I want them to see Jesus, not me.

But to someone, who does not see that my intention is to bring light, into a situation, will see it as argumentative, or combative.  And I understand that.  It grieves me, when I have been in spiritual battles, and I am perceived as argumentative.  But it does go with the territory.

I do not apologize for who I am in Christ, but I do apologize, if I do not use, discretion, or grace, or I am harsh, or I am even sometimes rude.  That is never my intention.  But I am human.  And sometimes, when people have hurt me, or been mean to me, I call it like it is.

That is not always good.  I don’t want to return evil for evil.  But I have called someone out on it, and given them the same taste that they may have given me.  Its not good.

I grew up fighting.  Physical fights, when I was young, and I learned to fight.  Now I am a Christian, and I am called to love, forgive, and walk in peace.

But I also see, how God has groomed me, given me courage, and taught me, to be strong.  And that nature of being a warrior may always be in me.  I believing in fighting for good causes.  I believing in fighting for truth, and speaking for love, and kindness, and compassion.

I believe in speaking for others, who do not know how, to defend themselves.  I believe in my King James Bible, and sometimes, I get into debates over that.  I believe in the Holiness of it, the anointing, and it is not always received, so sometimes, I am engaged in a spiritual battle with others over that.  I will always promote it, because I believe in the authenticity of it.  But I also know what Gods word says, and He says do not fight about the law.  BUT AVOID FOOLISH QUESTIONS, AND GENEALOGIES, AND CONTENTIONS, AND STRIVINGS ABOUT THE LAW; FOR THEY ARE UNPROFITABLE AND VAIN.  TITUS 3:9

I am not backing down, even here, to say I am not going to be in battles.  I may very well be in more.  But, I do not want to be perceived as a trouble maker either.  I do not want to be perceived either as someone though, who will hide truth.  Or back down from truth.

But why should I debate truth, when I know it is truth?

I am just trying to find the balance, in who I am in Christ.  I am trying to be humble, and transparent for my Father to use.  I am trying to see, the error of my ways.  I am trying to get my own breakthroughs, in my life, and ministry.  So I humble myself, and apologize, if you misunderstood me, or if I have come across as being argumentative.

I am trying to refine who I am in Christ.  That is all I am trying to do.  Because the truth of the matter is, I want to grow.  I don’t want to stay in the same mold.  I don’t want to hurt myself, so I do not produce fruit, or bring fruit out in others.  But I don’t want the devil to hurt you.

I am not saying I will never speak up again, or I will deny truth.  I am just saying, I am going to be very careful, because I never want to turn people off, from God.  I am just communicating all of this, because I want you to know God.  And He may use me to do that.

But I just have to say this.  Because I want my ministry to be real, not phony, and not bold enough to say, truth.  Fathers truth.  There are so many who distort His truth.  That it grieves me.  And I do pray, to speak it when I have to.  To expose the darkness.

Recently, I broke off a friendship with someone.  Someone I knew for a long time.  And I thought we were friends, but when I saw what she believed and what I believed it was not the same.  And it made me think, how can we really be friends, if we do not agree?

Like scripture says.  CAN TWO WALK TOGETHER, EXCEPT THEY BE AGREED.  AMOS 3:3  

And because of this, falling out so to speak, that really did hurt me in a lot of ways, I am soul searching.  Trying to dispel any darkness in my own life.  And I don’t want to be friends, with people who do not see the truth of God in this, that can be called darkness.  AND HAVE NO FELLOWSHIP WITH THE UNFRUITFUL WORKS OF DARKNESS, BUT RATHER REPROVE THEM.  EPHESIANS 5: 11

I probably hurt this person.  But I had to speak truth, and I had to try and spare her, hell.  I did it because I love God, and yes I loved her.  I will miss her friendship, but when things like this happen, you choose God. And this is where my loyalty always has to be.  Above friends, or enemies.  I choose to please God.  

It was not perceived well.  With this person. And I do wish her well.  But I had to do it. I broke the ties, spiritual and in friendship, and I planted the seed, of His truth, so she will see, but I will not water it.  And so, it was hard.  But it had to be done.  

And so after a battle like that, I am trying to get my bearings.  I am trying to clean the slate.  I am trying to see the error of my own ways.  I am trying to walk in humbleness, and love.  But I am also asking others, are you really my friend in Christ?  I don’t want “frienenemies”.

I am doing this so that my tree, of who I am would produce true fruit of Christ, in love, and yes truth.  We all are so vulnerable, and if we don’t know Gods truth, we can hurt ourselves.  So I am trying….

I am trying to grow.  I never want to limit God, but I can limit myself, and I don’t want to.

So I humble myself, before you all.  And I say I am sorry, if I was misunderstood, or if I even misunderstood.  And we had a difference in opinions or words, were exchanged, or whatever.  And you saw that, and you know, its not right.  I apologize.  

I am just truly trying with all my being, and I don’t know what else to say, but I pray God use me, for His glory.  But I will not compromise His truth, for popularity, or to be a people pleaser.

Thank you, if you took the time to read this.  God bless you,

Elena Ramirez 

WARNING! IS YOUR PRIORITY IN GOD OR MONEY? (Looking through the Prosperity Message) ~ BY CHRISTIAN AUTHOR ELENA RAMIREZ


THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT, CONVERTING THE SOUL:  THE TESTIMONY OF THE LORD IS SURE, MAKING WISE THE SIMPLE.  THE STATUTES ( not statues) OF THE LORD ARE RIGHT, REJOICING THE HEART, THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD IS PURE, ENLIGHTENING THE EYES.  THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS CLEAN, ENDURING FOR EVER; THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS ALTOGETHER.  MORE TO BE DESIRED ARE THEY THAN GOLD, YEA, THAN MUCH FINE GOLD:  SWEETER ALSO THAN HONEY AND THE HONEYCOMB.  MOREOVER BY THEM IS THY SERVANT WARNED:  AND IN KEEPING OF THEM, IS GREAT REWARD.  Psalm 19:7-11

The goal, of my writing this, is to “warn” the body of Christ.  It makes me sad, to do so, but I must be obedient to the Lord.  I am sad, because recently, I received a notification, on Facebook, to attend a “Millionaires Seminar.”  From a very, prominent, ministry.

I could say, the name, of the ministry, I could even point fingers.  And go so far, to “warn” one specifically.  But, I do not feel led to be the accuser, of the brethren.  Thats something, the devil, would do.  Revelation 12:10. By pointing out, and marking them publicly.  I am not into trying to hurt anyone.  Quite the contrary, because I am in fear of God, and I am concerned for the body of Christ, I am writing about this.

But what bothered me, was the advertising of this particular seminar, they were having.  It was a seminar, for “millionaires.”  But, it came from a prominent ministry.  The hairs on my neck rose, and I admit, I got angry.  God is not a respecter of persons.  Millionaires?  Your kidding right?

This logo, graphic, did not advocate, anything about Christ, or God, or love, or that it was a ministry.  And from the perspective, of not knowing who this ministry was.  The person, if not acquainted, with this pastor, who would see this particular graphic, would not know, it was from a ministry.  It had the markings of something from the perspective of the world.

In other words, because it was so blatantly specific, about the millionaires seminar, how could it be identified with a ministry?  Yet it was.  It was sent out from the ministry, with this pastors photo, for the whole world, to know, they were having a seminar.  A millionaires seminar, to be specific.

I admit, I am tired, of the “prosperity” message going out as strong as it does.  I am not against prosperity.  I am not against, giving, or supporting ministries.  I am sad, and upset, because, the prosperity message, is no longer, making God the priority.  It is no longer, making the priority of the gospel, to save souls.

You can ask anyone, especially non-Christians, and they will say, they do not listen to pastors, because what they hear, from the pulpit, or on television, is send in your money.  I know ministries, need money to send the message out.  But the message of the gospel, is not going out.  Souls are falling, by the wayside.  They are being lost, because no one is truly telling them about Christ.  About God, and obeying Him.  That He loves us all.  That if we seek Him, we can find our way, and that all things are possible.  But instead, the focus is on the giving, and the prosperity.

So, I will tell you here, seek God. For who He is, and not what He can give you!  Do this first, before you ask Him, for anything.  Make Him the priority, for just His presence.  For His sweet fellowship.  Wanting to please Him.  He gave at the cross, that was the greatest thing, He could give any of us.  The rest is icing on the cake, but its not about that, its about knowing Him, loving Him, developing your relationship with Him.  Because His sacrifice was so great, that He took the penalty of sin, for us.  And we all sin, do not be deceived.  He is a person.  A good, and Holy person.  The son, of God.  My savior.  And I don’t know of anyone, who wants to be friends with someone, just because of what they can give, or get!

I watch plenty, of Christian television, and there are a few, who share the gospel.  They make “God” the priority.  There is a balance, in asking, for money.  Or making an emphasis, to give, to be blessed.  Sharing truth, about tithing, offerings etc.

But, when you see a logo, or graphic like I did, that eludes, to millionaires, that is the prosperity message, that is exclusive, for those who want to be millionaires.  That bothers me.  Again, God is not a respecter of persons.  Because, it gives the gospel, a bad name.  I don’t want to be identified, with those kind of ministries.

Years ago, in fact, I had wrote to this pastor.  I was seeking help.  Because as a Christian writer, I so related, to what this pastors message was, at that time.  He had a phenomenal anointing, to be honest.  But his message, was not on prosperity, then.  It was wisdom, that I related to.

In any event, I wrote this pastor, and sent him, many examples of my writings, asking for guidance, help, prayer, support, and I was totally ignored.  I did not receive, any help.  I did not receive, even the courtesy, of acknowledging me, and my dilemma.

Instead, I was put on their mailing list, and asked to give.  To make an offering.  I guess, it bothered me, because I had actually made my mailing a registered letter.  I did not want to get lost in the flow of general mail.  I wanted to be recognized, to receive the courtesy, of a specific answer, to the specific request I had made, for help in my letter.  I learned a lesson from that.  I do not ask anyone to help me.  I ask God, and only God.  If He brings someone to help me, so be it.  If it is His will, it will happen, but if it does not its o.k.  Why? Because my relationship with Him, is my first priority.  My walk has to be clean, and not distorted, because of money.  If He blessed me, I believe, I know who I am in Christ first, but I will not make the emphasis, of serving Him, as to what He gives me, its about truth.  His truth….

So am I holding a grudge, because I am bringing it up here?  No, I am not, or I pray I am not.  But the proof is in the pudding.  I walk in love, and I understand again, giving, but the balance, is so way off, with some of these ministries, and that is why I am warning the body of Christ.

To be careful, in who you support.  To be careful, that the motive from yourself, and the ministry, is not based on what God can give you.  But who God is.  In other words, get to know who God is by His word.  What he expects of you.  Of me.  Develop your relationship with God, by Christ.  Remembering what Christ has done for us.

Do you remember, Christ himself, went into the temple, and turned the tables, on those who had used the temple, for the sole purpose of getting money? And they come to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.  And He taught, saying unto them, IS IT NOT WRITTEN, MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED OF ALL NATIONS THE HOUSE OF PRAYER?  BUT YE HAVE MADE IT A DEN OF THIEVES.    MARK 11:15-17.  

This infuriated Christ.  And it should infuriate us, as well, so much that we tell our pastors; Hey, your talking too much about money, and not enough, about souls.  About salvation, about seeking God, to please him.  By obeying Him, by honoring Him.

So yes, I wrote on that post, that it was wrong.  Did it go well?  I don’t know, I was challenged there, I was even judged, that I did not honor God, or that I did not tithe.  They totally missed the point, that I tried to bring, that the advertising said it all.  This was for millionaires.  A millionaires seminar.  And that is just wrong!

I think if Christ, was here on earth right now, he would have told that ministry;

I am turning the tables on you.  How dare you make it about millionaires?  When I gave my life, on the cross, for you, and the world, and this is the focus you make?  This is your advertising?  How dare you, taint, the gospel, for the sake of money, and for millionaires only.  The world needs me, and you have distorted the truth, for the sake of money.  You have lost, why you have come to me.  You have lost, the focus, in pleasing me.  You have made this dirty, as your emphasis is on money.  You have given the devil a place, by making money, your idol.  And turned from my truths.   

These prosperity messages, all have a method to them.  A system, that yes, does use truth, but twisting it, and when they take scripture, and they only elude to prosperity, but not what Christ is sharing, about obeying God, about loving Him, and others, I am telling you.  Walk away from this kind of church.  Walk away.

We need to find pastors, who are willing, to put God first, not the prosperity message.  This is my warning, because I truly believe we are in end times, and the devil, has made camp in the body of Christ.   Sad to say, but its true.  There are so many people in ministry, who are truly wolves, in sheeps clothing.  I am constantly testing the spirit, of ministries, and those who I come in contact with.  And I do extend grace, but when I see, something wrong, its hard for me, to accept them, when they know not the truth, of the gospel.

And you better know what Gods word says.  You better know, truth, according to the word of God. Get in your Bible.  Do your own research.  When someone says, oh thats not what the word of God means, and they try to justify sin, or totally are off balance, from what God says, I get concerned.  I am so concerned now for the body of Christ.  And as I said, I am in fear of God.

For the record, I have learned, and I am grateful, where God has led me.  I am grateful, for each and every one of my blessings.  But I do not seek God for what He gives me, I seek Him, because He is Holy.  He is God almighty, He has power, to give me life, or take it away.  He is the final judge, to determine, whether I go to heaven or hell.  Do, I want to play around with that?  You would have to be nuts spiritually, to just let that go. But thats why it is so important, to get the mind of Christ, for any kind of sin, will take it away.  If one does not repent.  I fear God, because I never want His presence to leave me, because I would make something else, like money, a priority.  Thats why I ask, in this title, Is your priority in God or money?

I admit, I was lost.  I was naive.  But, one could be naive, like I was, and trusting, these ministries, pastors etc.  But greed, is evil.  And one needs to see, this, to be forewarned.

In the United States, we are blessed anyway.  But for how long?  God is not mocked.  And,when ministries reach out to other, countries, and they start preaching the prosperity message, so many say, you mean, if I give, I can drive a nice car?  I can have a house?  I can feed my family?

And they give people hope, as they implement this method.  But instead, they are missing the whole picture of who we are, in Christ, and the way, we are to seek God.  The word of God says, Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33.

Not seek how to give, to get rich.  To become a millionaire. My husband, put it in perspective this way.  That many of these ministries, are only trying, to build their castle.  To maintain, their way, of living.  As they hop along in jets, and live in lavish castles.

You know, any of us would like to be rich.  Thats why it is scary.  But making that the priority, in seeking God, for wealth only, is opening a door to the devil.  Remember, when Christ was tempted by the devil, and the devil said, serve me, and I will give you the riches of the world.  Matthew 4:9-19.  And saith unto Him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto Him, GET THEE HENCE SATAN; FOR IT IS WRITTEN THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.  Jesus, even there, reminds us its the word of God we need to know, and He bound the devils words.  We have that authority too….

To miss truth, to miss, what Christ did, by making money a priority…..It actually would scare me.  Because I want my relationship with my Lord, to never be tainted.  I want to be delivered from temptation, thats why I take this scripture to heart.  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  James 1:14.

Money can be enticing.  I have come so far, from who I was, to recognize, greatly what Christ did, on the cross.  My salvation….It is sacred, it has to be protected.   Our wants, our hopes, must be in Christ, first, and foremost.  The body of Christ needs to open their eyes.  Remembering those who fell even Judas, betrayed God for thirty stinking pieces of silver.  Do you want that kind of spirit, upon you?  Times are short.  We will all stand before God.  What will He say?  Please, take this to heart.  Please, be careful.  Please, see, truth…..Please be warned.

Blessings, and love, in Christ,

Just my thoughts….

Elena Ramirez

Father, obedient I write this, obedient I share it.  Obedience, I long to be obedient, to please you.  For who you are.  For Love, for fellowship, with you.  I am so grateful for my blessings, but I do not want to make anything an idol.  I do not want to lose my perspective.  Help us Lord, help us, the body of Christ, needs to open our eyes.  To see, its about souls.  Its about your truth, many are lost, because your shepherds, have lost their focus.  They are caught up, in the prosperity message.  They have lost their way, and that being by Christ.  Lord, share this message, with who you will, may it bring perspective, and truth, to seek you again, with all our hearts, our soul, and to save the lost, for hell is real.  What will you tell us, when we stand before you?  Lord, have mercy.  Deliver us from shams, for this is shameful.  Have mercy, and help us all, remind each other, you are not mocked.  And to share truth, from your gospel.  Help the body of Christ Lord.  In Jesus name.  Amen

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WHATS YOUR IDOL?


idolatry |īˈdälətrē|nounworship of idols.• extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone : we must not allow our idolatry of art to obscure issues of political significance.

I am not too thrilled with this definition of Idolatry, from the dictionary, because it does not mention, that it is offensive to God.  We don’t talk too much about “Idolatry” in the church, or on Christian television.  But it is something that is mentioned quite often in the Bible, with examples, and it offended God.

For, if we really think about it, we can relate it, to what God sees.  And he sees, that we place a lot of things above him.  Even now….Lord, help us to see this, even here as I pray, in my Prayer of Hope.

This “Just My Thoughts” posting, is not, to condemn anyone.  Because if anything, it must start with me, to write something, that will express, just an awareness.  But not condemnation, There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ.  Romans 8:1.  But if it convicts us, to open our eyes, to be aware, to see where we might be going wrong, to turn away from that, then I am doing my job.  And so, I must even say here, that I myself need to be careful of this, in my walk with my Lord Jesus.

When I was just a little girl, I was aware of this.  For in our searching for a church, (see in my posts, “Its not Religion its Relationship,” ) I was introduced to a church, that would bow down to statues.  As a young little girl, my mother had been teaching me the Ten Commandments.  Something, I recommend, we teach all of our children…… The Bible also tells us that we should do that…Deuteronomy 6:7

Anyway, the first commandment, God gives us,  is “Thou shalt not have any other Gods before me.” Deuteronomy 5-8.  Then right after that scripture, another commandment, Thou shalt not make thee any graven image or any likeness, of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth.  Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them…. Now I know this may offend some people, but I need to say this, because this is something, we need to look at further, and as I under lined it, because God mentions this.  I have to ask….Is there something you bow down to?  Of an image of someone?  Even a photo….or a graven image, like a charm or something.  Another thought though is….One could, have an idol, I guess,  and relate it to someone who is dead, or someone who is in heaven who did good works…saints etc.  And then, there are some people, who are really into their angels and I believe in angels too, But I don’t pray to my angel, and I certainly do not bow to them.  That scripture is pretty specific, and we need to take it to heart, and in obedience.

See, we have to be aware, and see who is in charge, and that is God.  And he says in that same chapter, that he is a jealous God.  (See my post on “Why God is jealous”)   So is there something we have turned into an idol?  Anyway, the thing, I want to do here, is just make us aware of what we are spending our time on, our energy, our resources, and yes even our money.  Are we making these things into idols, and they take time from God?  Are we putting them before God?  Do we insist, on doing these things, especially if they are hurting our spirits?  The thing is I believe, we need to know, and make note of these things, and ask God, to help us, and to turn from them.  And I am not saying all of these things are bad.  Some would be, if it controls you, like substances, drinking, smoking, etc.  Drugs.  These would be idols, that have you in bondage.  But it is bad, if it stops your blessings, and your relationship from God flowing.

But I am also talking about things that we may normally do, that take the place of God.  For an example….in the morning, what is your first action?  Do you turn the television on, or do you pray?  Do you spend your tithes and offerings, before you give?  Would you rather go to a sports event, then to church?….

I think if we really study ourselves, we can find ways to improve, in our walk with God, to see if there are things, that are taking priority, that we are turning into idols.

Something to think about….Just my thoughts, and in his love,  Elena Ramirez

FOR OF THIS YOU CAN BE SURE:  NO IMMORAL, IMPURE, OR GREEDY PERSON-SUCH A MAN IS AN IDOLATER-HAS ANY INHERITANCE IN THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST AND OF GOD.


EPHESIANS 5:5


A Prayer of Hope….

Father, I pray, that we would look at this, and see, if there is anything we are spending so much time, on that it is turning into an idol.  Strangely, I am even thinking of worry, how we can get consumed in the habit of it, and it becomes an “idol”  Lord, I pray this for myself as well, to be oh so careful, not to put anything above you.  In my relationship with you.  Yes, I know you are a jealous God, and you are teaching me what you like and do not like, in your beautiful personality.  I do not want to offend you.  That is why, I am so glad for your word, your truth, the holy gospel, the Bible, that teaches us all what you like, what your commandments are, and I know, as we take to heart, this, in obedience, it is only for our good, and does us all good.  Lord, I pray, never to offend you in this, thank you for teaching me your commandments, even at an early age.  To not have any idols before you.  Thank you, that my relationship with you, is based on what Jesus Christ did, and by his blood, I have access to your throne, in relationship with you.  I do not have to go through any rituals, but your love, and truth.  In Jesus name,  Amen

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