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America: Down the Path of Destruction

american flagAuthor: Lori Carter

Everyone wants to know what has happened to our country! Why are there so many violent episodes, so much crime, and so much poverty? Why in this country, “The Land of the Free”, are we seeing so much civil strife, riots, sexual perversion, murder, robberies, rapes and abductions?

Why does it seem like everyone is against their neighbor, everyone is in dissension with someone, some group, or some organization. What happened to the “good old American Apple Pie Days”? Why are we suffering so many violent changes in this country, the country that only a few decades ago was looked up to by all the rest of the world?

Take a trip back to biblical times and look at what happened in the bible. First, realize that these people never had any of the advantages we had. They were nomadic at the beginning and traveled from place to place. Look at the trip that Moses’ group made. They wandered around for forty years before being allowed into the land God had given them. Until that time, they wandered around with their flocks and families and all their worldly possessions.

They would stop in different seasons in different areas to grow and harvest certain crops. They never settled in one place until much later, after they entered the Promised Land and even then lived in mud or stone huts with thatched roofs, often living in squalor as they had no plumbing and their animals often live in the same shelter the people used.

Even then, the bible tells us there were wars where God instructed his people to completely annihilate whole cities and villages, man, woman and child. In some cases he instructed them to kill all the animals and burn the structures to the ground. Yes, there is violence mentioned in the bible, but it was Gods judgment against those tribes, those people who had fallen away from him to idolatry.

They didn’t have any automated modes of transportation. They didn’t even have horses and wagons.. They didn’t have any of the conveniences that we consider normal, like running water, electricity, phones, or television. But, they felt that they were blessed of God, as long as they obeyed his laws.

When they adhered to his commandments on how to live, how to think, how to act and worshiped only him, they were blessed beyond measure. He gave them land, he increased their crops, he enlarged their flocks and he allowed them large families and long lives. It was not unusual for many people to live to be 600, 700, or even up to 900 years old.

What happened when the people didn’t obey? God took away their blessings, their riches and even their freedom and sometimes their lives. He allowed them to be taken over by other tribes, other civilizations, other governments. He allowed them to be enslaved and forced to follow the rules that others set forth. He sent his angels to destroy some of the very towns that were absorbed in sin. At one time he was so angry, that he destroyed all but a select few of humanity.

When his people turned back to him, he would restore them, most often with more than they had before, but once they strayed again, they would be punished and each time the punishment might be harsher and longer. This is what happened when the people were forced into slavery for generations.

We have life so much easier. We have better shelter, easier modes of transportation and just about every convenience you think of. We have trained doctors and nurses, emergency personnel and the drugs and medications to fight almost any malady, injury or disease. We have services and organizations set in place to help those that need it, just for the asking.

We were a country that everyone envied. We had a strong economy. We were protected and we were rich. But, back then we also adhered mainly to the teachings of the bible. When the pledge of allegiance was said in the morning in class, a prayer usually followed. We were taught good, moral rules to live by in school as well as at home.

Neighbors watched out for each others kids. Neighbors talked to each other and didn’t envy what the other might have. People worked hard for what they wanted, and as long as they were honest, upright individuals, they usually attained their goals, and the Ten Commandments were posted in or on most governmental buildings.

Sure, we had some poor, mostly children and widows, but each community had services, benefits, churches and the like that helped them live. We also had some poor that were transients from one area to another, but only because they chose to live that way, but nothing like the poverty and homeless we have now.

So what happened to us? Well, some people decided they wanted things their way and pushed for what they considered their rights, and the majority of the Christians accepted or turned a blind eye. By misinterpreting the Constitution and the Bill of rights, people were able to convince others they were right. They were able to appeal to the sympathy of different types and get just about any reform pushed through that wanted.

Our country is such a mess because there are so many people that have turned away from God. To a lot of the population, the Ten Commandments no longer mean a thing. Many people worship the goods we can buy or receive from others and it never seems to be enough. They want to be rich, but they want to be famous also. They want everything their own way and will do almost anything they can to get it.

When this country was founded and we made claim to freedom of religion, our forefathers meant it was the Freedom to worship Christ the way you wanted and not the way the Church dictated. Our forefathers were people who had gotten tired of the “rules and laws and rituals” that the church was forcing on them. Although we opened our country to others that were oppressed  or had different beliefs, we in no way gave them the right to change the basic principles that we were founded on.

Our laws have changed to allow just about anything, even when it is against everything the bible has stood for. Gay rights, unpunished criminals, catering to other religions, changing our buildings and rules to accommodate these other religions while ousting the ones who still hold to the Christian faith, teaching our children about other religions but not allowing them to have bibles in school are just a few hair raising changes.

Parents allowing children to walk around showing off their bodies, allowing children to act like adults, using electronics like DVD players, i Pads, computers, cell phones and the like as babysitters, not enforcing the principle of respect with them, and doing away with disciplinary measures are just some of the other problems we have.

Remember how god punished the Israelites every time they turned away from him? They lost all that they had and were oppressed by other governments?  Remember how Rome fell, how Jerusalem was taken over? Remember what God did in Egypt because Pharaoh wouldn’t let his people go?

Maybe what we are experiencing in this country, at this time is just the beginning of the wrath of God. We all need to get back to the Christian ideals, the commandments given us by God; the teachings of Jesus, then just maybe our country can be healed.

If we quite catering to every Tom, Dick or Harry that comes from another country or doesn’t like our laws, if we lay our rules out there and commit to keeping them, if we stand up for our rights and not allow others to be trampling them, then maybe our country can be healed.

If we quite catering to everyone who cries “Injustice” without proving it, if we arrest anyone who starts a riot or leads in a violent event and the let the law take its course, then maybe our country can be healed. If we stood up against other religions on our rights, and didn’t make compensations that were unfair to Christians, then maybe our country’s wounds would heal.

If we banded together in Unity, “Under God” against terrorism threats and attacks from other countries and reinforce our military establishments and our border, then maybe we can hold our heads up high once again and say “We Are America” and we will no longer put up with aggression from inside our country or outside it.

If we went back to the Ten Commandments, put prayer back in school, started disciplining our children again, took back the rights that educators think they have on what they teach our children, start re-teaching our children the concept of respect and love, take away all the unnecessary things that draw our attention and theirs from God, then maybe we can be the true “America” again.

Praying for America

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Indian Gum

Author: Richard Carter

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There were always woods near our homes. They were patches of trees a boy could escape into, connected to corn fields in Missouri or long forgotten, old mining operations in Illinois. Even thick, stretches of trees, maybe only a few hundred feet wide, were running through the suburbs that were a necessary part of our life.

The trees, weeds, grasses, and stone all were alchemist’s tools to a boy. Even the baked soil full of mysteries and ties with the past were part of this. My first homemade bow was pulled from a thin branch of Osage Orange tree, it’s string, a piece of masons cord, it’s arrows the straightest, sharpened sticks I could find.

But, to the spindly boy, for that afternoon, burnt brown by the sun, they might as well have been magic weapons, offerings of the lady of the lake. The sun, not a subject to complain about , the dirt and dried grasses I squatted in as much a part of my childhood as the three meals I was forced to come in for.

There were canes in the woods, especially near areas where water pooled. Some were quite thick. When they were old and dried out, they were great for imaginary spears, at least until they shattered from throwing and they quickly did. Inside the fragile, outer layer of these cane was a puffy, spongy, white stuff. My mother called it Indian Gum. She said, as kids, they’d chewed it, and that her parents told her Indians had done the same.

It’s tie to real Indian practice, may be questionable, most probably, though, she had, and if the stories of how poor her family were are true, which they doubtlessly were, it was more a practice dreamed up for children without the money for its store bought equivalent.

Flavorless, it was interesting still. I once chewed a piece of bubble gum with a large chunk of Indian gum, I guess thinking I might double my pleasure. Instead it merely ruined the pink stuff and soon both were spit out in a loss.

The streams were always inviting. You could lounge with half of you lying on the warm pebbly powdery, soil, and with your legs submerged to the knees in the cool water. It was a way of getting out of the sight of the buildings and houses, each step further out , not to grab a quick smoke, or any of the other sheltered secret practices of boys, but instead to get away from loud voices, to be absorbed in sound of buzzing ,clicking insects, or the breeze moving through the grass .

It was a refuge, a place to think, to dream. It was a balance in a social life spent with family, friends at school, or in church. Some of my friends, as I got older, kidded with me, saying “when are your parents going to let you cross the street?” Well, of course they had. I went most places that they did. The difference was, I think, that my parents didn’t want me to become a child who relied on the crutches of society.

By that, I mean, they wanted me to know another world besides the quick trip, or the theatre, or the drive in restaurant. They wanted me to be, not uncomfortable, but friendly with the experiences of quiet moments, ones in which we, on a much more basic level, can be thoughtful and introspective.

Dissatisfaction is the source of many tragedies in our world. It drives the young and the old to acts of crime, and infidelity. We feel that we must be constantly satisfied by some product or practice, and when these mini luxuries, the daily requirements of all our friends are withheld from us by circumstances, financial or physical, some of us actually feel wronged, feel this condition gives us a right to strike out against society, as we seek to take what we believe is ours.

“What have you done for me lately” is an appropriate phrase for many, totally out of touch with the question “what have I done for myself lately”. Attention to self, in our day and age, should be thought a purifying moment, a clarifying one, taking a step back away from it all long enough to really think .

Our children, for the most part, grow up inside minds that are turned on only with the help of an instrument of some kind. If they are smarter at their age than we were, they are just as well, more removed from the natural.

It’s the reason kids fifteen years old talk like adults finally burned out from hard living, that little girls exposed to the media of adults, are beginning to see themselves as sexual objects instead of kids, enjoying the short term of innocence our society allow . Some are driven to self-destructive feelings and actually claim they have nothing to live for with the enormous span of near infinite possibilities still ahead of them.

As a species, we grow further and further out of touch with our world and with ourselves, with the center the calm that should be looked at as a birthright. The basics of life, the lesser things, are really the base, the foundation for all that follows. Some claim the world we’re born into is the one of media driven needs, but I think that’s wrong. The world we’re born into is separate. Imagine the world as an empty house, and society as the half mad family that has moves in. Strip away our wealth, our property, our crutches, and many have little then to live for, will rob or even kill to replace it, even using the excuse it is done for their family. Surviving, in most cases, calls for neither.

Life is growing harder. The population that the earth supports continues to grow with conditions of mismanagement bringing conditions of poverty to more and more of us. This may or may not be a situation that we, at this point, have any power over, but what we can do, though, is to impose a state of damage control in our own lives.

We can slow down the spiral of our personal responses to it all and in the process show our children a better example of how to survive change. We, the generation who carried transistor radios not computers in our youth, surely understand what I’m saying. Just as water and foods must be regulated to protect us from harmful elements, knowledge, also, should come into each of our homes in a more similarly stringent fashion. Our choices as adults, as individuals are ours alone, but children should be allowed a more sheltered period than they have. The benefits of these pleasurable advancements come to us at a yet fully unrecognized cost.

Are my reminiscences of childhood just another form of long worn out memorabilia of another, more naive time, or are there elements of value we can draw from our memories, that may still be integrated into our lives, ones that may help to create a balance we seem to have lost?
Originally posted on “Positive Mornings”  9/25/2012

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To God be the Glory

Author: Lori Carter

Drawing of Angels taking Jesus off the cross by Richard Carter

Drawing of Angels taking Jesus off the cross by Richard Carter

To God be the Glory, Great things he has done. So loved he the world that he gave us his son, who yielded his life, an atonement for sin and opened the life gate that all may go in. (Refrain) Praise the lord, Praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice, let the people rejoice. O come to the father thru Jesus his son, and give him the glory, great things he has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, to every believer the promise of God; the vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus pardon receives. (Praise the lord…)

Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son, but purer and higher and greater will be our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see ( Praise the Lord…)

I love this song,  it has always touched my heart, but I wonder among all those who claim to be Christians, how often do you actually give God the glory, how often do you give credit where credit is due.

I cannot condemn anyone for neglecting to do this for I must confess that I have been guilty of not giving him the credit for the things he has done. How often do you pray for healing, financial blessings, spiritual insight and more and when the prayers are answered, you try to dissect the events that led to the answer? Do you give all the credit to scientists and doctors, or your own intuitive and logical mind functions? Do you say “I thought of the solution myself” or “the doctors knew the right medicine or procedure to use”?

If this is you, step back and take a close look at what happened. How do the doctors diagnose, prescribe, operate or treat? Where did they get this knowledge? Only by the grace of God and his willingness to allow our doctors, researchers and scientists to discover these medicines and procedures do we get immediate, miraculous results.

Don’t be guilty of neglecting to give credit where credit is due.  “I will give back your health again and heal your wounds. Jeremiah 30:17 

So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.” (Exodus 23:25)

If you prayed for your finances and all of a sudden find everything dropping into place or receive an unexpected amount of money, do you give yourself or another person the credit? The way the human mind functions, the ability to see problems and search for resolutions comes from God, because he created you.

James 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“To God be the Glory, Great Things he has done”

GOD IS GOD ALL THE TIME. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD.

Be Blessed, Lori

(originally published on PositiveMornings.wordpress.com on 10/15/2012 / I am in the process of changing all articles from “Positive Mornings” to “More of Positive Mornings”)

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A Changing of Seasons

Author: Lori Carter

the four seasonsYes, fall is coming in quickly. I remember that we were warm well into October last year, but the temps are dropping rapidly at night now. Hopefully, all the rumors about a very bad winter are false. Even so, we take it one day at a time for that is the only way you can really take it. We do not have control over the weather, even though it is rumored that our government, among others have tried to change/control the weather at times.  In the end, God is in control.

It is the same as you go through different seasons in your life. Sometimes it is out of your control. Sometimes, no matter how hard you work to change something, it remains the same or goes in the opposite direction.

I’ve had a lot of different seasons in my life, probably too many to accurately describe, but I have learned along the way that there are only certain things I can accomplish. I can change myself, my habits, my behavior and my attitude, but I cannot change those around me. I can try to encourage, good, healthy changes in those that are close, but in the end the decision has to be theirs.

Are you in a new season in your life today? Are things rapidly changing and you aren’t sure which way to turn or what the final outcome will be? Praise the lord for the blessings you have every day, and step out in faith that he is control.

Change yourself in the areas that you know you should, and encourage healthy, Christian change in those around you. Do not be discontent, angry or upset if they don’t follow your lead, for you are not in control. The final outcome will always be up to God.

Enjoy the good seasons, praise the lord and thank him for the trials and tribulations you go through for they build your character, your strength, endurance and compassion. They allow you to learn valuable lessons and let you feel first-hand some of the sufferings of others.

In all things, every day, remember that he is God, he has the final say, and the very best that you can do is take one day at a time, keeping faith in him, following his laws, and trusting him for the best results, no matter what they may be.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing
Genesis 8:22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease

Be Blessed, Lori

GOD IS GOD ALL THE TIME. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD

Originally Published on “Positive Mornings” September 15, 2012

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Are Your Reservations Confirmed?

Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Author: Lori Carter

When I was a new Christian, I ended up being very confused. I heard sermons that said you were to go out and spread the world. I heard sermons that gave off a whole list of things you should be doing for other people. Then I heard the commercial sermons where you were promised a gold star from God or a confirmed reservation in Heaven if you sowed a monetary seed into this cause or that cause.

In the early years I was confused a lot. I read my bible, but I have to tell the truth, I found it very hard to understand, and still do today. Many preachers offered their interpretations or those of their church leaders to the congregation.

Since the bible was put together by men, I truly believe that the first church left a lot of important information out, on purpose to sway people toward what they determined they should know, since they, in fact, incorporated pagan elements into the church to sway people to attend.

Every sect has its own interpretations of the bible, so it can get very confusing trying to figure out who is right, who is wrong, and if anyone is even anywhere close to the truth.

My deceased husband was a minister for twenty years before I met him. I asked him one day, how to determine who was preaching the right word. His simple answer was to let the Holy Ghost tell you.  He said if you open your mind to the whisperings of the savior, you will know in your heart what is right and what is wrong.

I interpret the bible differently than many of my past church associations do. I believe that God is so much bigger than this, one small compilation of his word.  I also believe that churches only take part of the gospel to teach their members. I have found so much in this book that has never been spoken about or taught in the 17 years that I have been a Christian.

He built such an expansive universe. He put life on this world of ours, and even though some believe he no longer interacts with us, he still performs miracles. A god this big has to have a great big heart to love so many sinful people.

None of us are perfect. Even as Christians we struggle each day against temptations and problems. I truly believe that the Ten Commandments are a great recipe for living, and that showing God’s love can often be the best way to preach his salvation.

Sometimes being an example and trying to live his word is the best sermon anyone can see or hear. God knows the heart. He knows what we are capable of and what we are incapable of. He judges our true heart and not the physical actions we do because we think they will please him.

You can give tons of money away (if you have it), volunteer at a soup kitchen and feed the hungry and homeless or offer your time in a group or ministry at church, but if you are doing it to impress others and score brownie points with god, your future is bleak.

I guess the main point I want to get across, is the fact that we, none of us, are perfect, nor will we ever be. I believe that god sees the heart. He sees our struggles, our responses and our attitude.

He knows we struggle each day, but I believe as long as we have a heart that seeks after him, as long as we try to be the examples, the people he wants us to be, we will have our reservation in his mansion when we leave this temporary earth. What’s in your heart?  Are your reservations confirmed?

Matthew 6:1-4“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

GOD IS GOD ALL THE TIME. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD

(Article originally published in “Positive Mornings”, my other blog – 2012)

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Being a True Christian

Author: Lori Carter

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Many arguments continue about the validity of the bible. I have even read opinions that state if you don’t accept the bible as being “wholly God’s word” you cannot classify yourself as a Christian. I don’t agree with this statement.

The bible holds many writings that have been passed down since the beginning of time. To say all of it is exact would be in error, since it has never all been put together in one source. The bible that we read today has many books and writings that were left out. If you read through the history of the first churches you can see where they changed doctrine to fit what they wanted or needed at the time.

Many Hebrew and Jewish writings and books were left out because they were not considered Christians, however they did/do believe in God and their earlier writings, before the time of Jesus should all be included. It is just part of history.

My honest opinion is that since the books of the bible were gathered together, read, edited and combined by “men”, there is room for errors, inclusions and exclusions. For those who don’t quite understand this, there were many different bibles written by scholars, popes and other theologians before the King James Version was finally determined to be the most accurate.

If we are to believe that our God is the one and only true God then we have to believe that he is really omnipotent, omnipresent, Omni-everything. We have to open our minds that a being this great would have made many different creations, of which we are just one. Don’t believe it? Then just take a look at the Universe.

There is great information to live by in the bible. If you read it through, you will also see that from time to time God changed his mind. This is his right as our God, but can you just imagine him sitting in heaven, looking down on his children and wondering when we are going to wake up to just how great and awesome he is?

During my years as a Pentecostal Christian I have noticed a difference, even among the preachers of this denomination, in the interpretation of God’s word and in the stated belief system common to this church. I have observed changes in doctrine every few years in some of them. When I first started the one Church, they believed that only members of their church would make it to heaven. That line of thinking has since then changed.

I believe that as long as you live the way God intended, act the way he has directed, believe on his son Jesus and basically follow the Ten Commandments as set forth, you are a Christian, no matter what others may think. As long as you avoid the elements that you know are wrong, repent of your sins, show the love of the lord and pray, then you are a Christian.as

I think this a verse that many Churches need to remember “Mathew 7:5 :Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye”. I think this says a lot about many of the churches today and their need to judge others.

Share what you know to be true, pray for those you are convinced are following the wrong path, and live as you believe God intended. He only asks that we are faithful, believe in him and follow his commandments. How much simpler can it be?

Over the centuries, all the different denominations have made it difficult to choose what to believe. Follow your heart, your conscience and take from your own experiences where you have seen God work and forget all the rules, laws, and rituals that mainline churches incorporate into their teachings, after all, if your read the history of the “Church”, you clearly see that early on, rules, laws and teachings were changed to fit their wants and needs.

It is a Glorious day in the Lord, Be Blessed, Lori
This article was originally published 7/15/2012 on my old blog page “positive mornings”. I have added and corrected a few things on it.

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True Worshp Comes From the Heart

(Originally published 10/25/12 on “Positive Mornings”. I am working on transferring everything over to “More of Positive Mornings”)

Author: Lori Carter

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I am not a seasoned Christian, or at least I do not consider myself one. I am not perfect. I make mistakes, I get angry, I get depressed and sometimes, more often than I would like to admit, I let my tongue override my brain. Even though I was married to a Pastor for a short time, before God took him home, I do not know all there is to know about God either.

I have struggled during the early years of my “Christianity” on the right way to worship. I have attended many churches during my 18 years as a Christian, and even though some of them follow the same general belief system, each church has its own ideas on the way to worship. Over the years I have discovered that true worship comes from the heart. It is a personal experience with God and different for each person.

Sadly, I have seen pastors change their services to try to match those of other churches that may be going through a great time of the outpouring of the spirit. I saw one pastor couple, who took over a church that had been used, abused and beaten up by former leaders, try to change the way the congregation worshiped overnight. It was obvious in the services, even though many were willing to follow their suggestions that the worship was forced and did not come from the heart.

When you stand on the stage, as I did because I handled the overheads for the worship songs, and look out at the congregation, seeing older men profusely sweating, having trouble breathing and turning red in the face from trying to hop around or dance, because the pastor says to, then you know immediately that the worship is not from the heart, but more from people wanting to please their pastor, wanting to be part of whatever is happening in the service.

It is the same when it comes to the outpouring of the spirit in speaking in tongues. I have been blessed many times, but I wasn’t boisterous about it, nor did I, in any want to draw attention to myself, but have observed others who have. I was even asked by a woman one day if I practiced speaking in tongues, and when I told her “no” she was adamant that I needed to practice every day.

I was taught, and even the bible indicates, that speaking in tongues is a spur of the moment blessing. It is not something you practice or study for like you do French, German or Spanish. It is instantaneous when the Holy Spirit decides it is to be. I know many people who have never had the blessing of speaking in tongues, but this does not make them any less a Christian. It is not a requirement, but a blessing being poured out when the Holy Ghost decides.

Just as God made each one of us different, so our worship is different. I have been blessed as many times in a quiet service as I have in a louder service. I have felt Gods hand on me in silence, and in open, verbal prayer. True worship comes from deep within us, within our hearts, whether we choose to do it quietly or less than quietly.

Unfortunately many people do not understand this. Many people want so badly to be accepted and be part of those around them that they feel they need to “follow” the pack, act like others, and worship like others, that they actually end up losing out on blessings God has for them.

True worship comes from the heart. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to dance in the spirit, wave your arms in the air or talk loudly in tongues to truly worship God. This will happen instantaneously, without any effort if it is the way that God wants you to worship.

It doesn’t matter what the person standing next you, the woman in the front row or that guy across the room is doing. All that matters is that your heart and soul truly holds worship for God. When you are truly worshiping God, everyone around you disappears and you are alone with him. You won’t notice the woman jumping up and down next to you, or the man crying at the altar or the person in the back row who is trying to be heard over everyone else.

True Worship Comes from the Heart

Be Blessed, Lori

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