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Any Seat is the Best Seat in the House of the Lord


One Sunday afternoon, I watched the Periscope of a pastor I had never seen before. Every word of his message was powerful and ministered to me greatly. It was just what I needed, when I needed it. From time to time, the person who was recording the scope panned the sanctuary. I noticed there were about nine people sitting in the first two pews. But the three pews in the back of the church were packed. And there were seven or eight rows of empty pews between the front and the back. I got so distracted by these empty pews that I decided it would be best to listen to the sermon and not watch it.

The presence of God was truly in that sanctuary. By the time the pastor was coming to the close of his message, everyone was standing and praising the Lord. And people came to the altar for prayer. I dare not reason why the physical distance in that particular congregation was so pronounced. But I think about those “back of the church” seats I occupied throughout my Christian walk. Here are a few reasons why I sat in the back:

— Before I accepted the Lord in my life and couldn’t say no to invitations from friends.
— So I could tip out at will for other appointments.
— To be seen clocking in and out.
— Whenever I yielded to sin, felt guilty and/or unworthy to be in the house of God.
— When I was bound with depression.
— Mad at God for not fixing my stuff on my schedule.

One time I sat so far in the back of the church that my seat was in my car in the parking lot. But the day came when I changed my mind about the need to occupy the back seat. I was a new Christian dealing with an emotional challenge and had skipped church for a few weeks. I was nursing and rehearsing that episode with a lack of faith. Then when I felt some conviction and decided to go to church, I sat on the last row, end seat. I figured I could tip out after I felt I had fulfilled my Christian duty and due diligence of “forsaking not the assembling with other believers.” But the presence of the Lord hung in the sanctuary long after praise and worship. So much so that I can’t even remember the pastor’s message. I experienced a constant, overwhelming joy and all I could do was weep and thank God for touching my heart. I couldn’t wait until there was an altar call to seal the deliverance.

Now I will sit in the last pew, last seat in the sanctuary if I HAVE to. But I like to sit as close to the altar as possible. I pray that in the future, the people in that Periscope, the members of that body of believers, will honor the shepherd of the house by sitting closer as he delivers the Word of the Lord to them. But I know that when the Spirit of the Lord is in the house of God, He fills every inch of the room. God won’t force you to receive Him, or praise and worship Him. People can purposefully sit in the back seat, last row, whatever, and put on a spiritual haz-mat suit if they want to. But when you are willing to receive from Him, He can touch and heal you of whatever, whenever and wherever you are.

“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God,
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Psalm 84:10

Areli MediaWorks  |  2016
http://www.praywhatgodsays.weebly.com

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Guest Interview with “SCRIPTURE WORKS!” author, Rali Macaulay


Rali Macaulay

Rali Macaulay

I am pleased to introduce Rali Macaulay to the Pray What God Says blog for a guest author interview.

Rali is an international bestselling Christian author, with a desire to bring the lost to the Lord, empower believers, and strengthen their relationship with God through her writings.

ScriptureWorks

 

 

Earlier this year Rali’s debut book entitled “SCRIPTURE WORKS!” became a bestseller within days of its launching. She is passionate about the Word of God, and lives her life on the principles of God’s Word.

PWGS: What is your book all about?
RM: The full title, “SCRIPTURE WORKS! Effectively Praying God’s Word over Life Situations” is about prayer based on God’s Word, the Bible.

What inspired you to write this book?
RM: Many years ago, I started to pray with the scriptures; but then I would encounter similar situations in the future and completely forgot what scriptures I used in the past. As a result I would need to do my researches afresh and find appropriate scriptures to pray. I later decided to start journaling the bible verses I was using, at first in no particular order. Later I started to categorize them. After several years of doing this, I began to sense the Lord leading me to share these scriptures with others because there are many people struggling to pray, or know what scriptures to use in prayers. Some don’t even know they can or need to pray the scriptures.

How did you decide to do what you’re doing today, that is, become a published author?
RM: First, without any doubt, the grace of God. I also reached a point where I realized no matter how much I prayed or fasted, God was not going to do my part for me, which was to start writing. I needed to start putting whatever the Lord was placing in my heart on paper. So, with that knowledge, I made a decision to get serious with my calling and do this first book that I had been working on for too long. So I set a deadline even when I had no idea how to publish or how to get a book cover done! But God is ever faithful. Once you trust Him, and take that first step, and commit to doing your part, He will begin to bring in the people, resources and even skills you need to complete the assignment he has placed in your hands.

How long have you been writing?
RM: Since elementary school. I used to write short sentences on paper cut into little squares. I would staple those together and proudly pronounce I had a book. My writing continued in high school, however my first published work was a little over 20 years ago when I wrote an article for my local church magazine.

Can you describe a typical day in your life where you are able to fit writing into it?
RM: My typical day is very busy. Presently I work full time, and I’m a wife and mother of three little kids 🙂 However, the Lord taught me to use what used to be a concern/pain to my advantage. I travel long hours to and from work; and fortunately I get to take the train. So these are the hours I do my writings the most — while commuting to and from work. I also try waking early Saturdays before my kids, so I can spend some hours writing.

What do you enjoy most about what you do as an author?
RM: Seeing lives transformed, and people re-committing to spend time with their Maker. I’m also blessed when I hear testimonies of people arising to take their rightful place in Christ and living victorious Christian lives. I also, obviously, enjoy writing. When I write, I experience joy and peace. I feel deep satisfaction; and right then forget about any current issues that should have been a concern. It’s like being translated from the present to the heart of God.

Are there any people and/or books that have inspired you along your journey?
RM: Definitely the bible takes first place 🙂 I love reading that Book; and the Author is my Father:) I just enjoy God’s word. It’s ever fresh, ever relevant, ever powerful! I read books by different authors that I really love; but early in my life as a believer, I really enjoyed reading Max Lucado’s books, when it comes to getting an assurance of God’s love for me, and His total acceptance of me. I also enjoy Yonngi Cho’s books on prayers. But all in all, I have been blessed to have been under the teachings of several anointed men and women of God either directly or indirectly; and these have been used by the Holy Spirit to shape (and still shaping) my life.

Can you share something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
RM: I love to crochet, and have done so since I was very little.

What do you expect your readers to gain from reading your books?
RM: I want my readers to cease being defeated in life! I want them to know that they have help in God through His Word, and that His Word is most reliable. In addition, I want them to experience how to turn scriptures into prayers, and help them to actually pray those scriptures through the sample prayers and faith declarations provided. I also want them to know that the Word covers EVERY situation in their lives. No matter what it is, God’s got it covered! That is what the book “SCRIPTURE WORKS!” is about.

If you are working on any new book projects can you give us a sneak-peek?
RM: Yes. I am currently working on a series entitled “Secrets to Empowered Lifestyle.” I recently published the first book in the series “7 Days of Power.” The purpose of this book is to provide a daily devotional for the week, with scriptural prayers/faith declarations. It also includes a bonus section on goals because “…faith without works is dead…” –James 2:17.

Thank you Rali for being my guest author here at Pray What God Says. I hope you will continue to stand by your motto and that is to inspire others to live fulfilled, empowered, and victorious lives in Christ — so they will be enabled to know and walk in God’s plans.

Rali MacCaulay’s titles are available at Amazon.com

SCRIPTURE WORKS!

SCRIPTURE WORKS!

SCRIPTURE WORKS!
Effectively Praying God’s Word over Life Situations

ebook:
Paperback

7 Days of Power

7 Days of Power

Secrets to Empowered Lifestyle:
“7 Days of Power” (1st in the series)
eBook
Paperback

Connect with Rali MacCaulay at:
Website: www.wellspringinspirations.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/ralimacaulay
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WellspringInspirations
Google+: plus.google.com/111802034522858674366
Email: wellspringinspirations@yahoo.com

Areli MediaWorks  |  2014

BEING in Relationship with God


Are you having doubts about your relationship with God? It is important to pray and congregate with other believers but we have to be careful that we don’t judge our relationship with God based on how much we engage in traditions, formalities and rituals.

The devil condemns but the Lord convicts by His spirit. When the devil condemns, he makes you feel bad about yourself, but when the Lord convicts, it is a gentle nudging that is loving and kind. He also shows you how to make necessary corrections. If something or someone is keeping you from doing the right thing, then He will make changes, open the doors of opportunity for you to do what is right. The scriptures say “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” It also says “For every temptation, he will make a way of escape.”

Your relationship with God and your mate or loved ones is not just saying and doing things. It involves Being. Being in relationship with God and others is listening, feeling and observing. Relationship involves the 5 senses (see, hear, smell, touch, taste) and includes the spiritual sense–your inner most being and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. When you truly pray, you don’t just say everything on your mind then get up and go about your business. If you did that to your mate or others, they would not appreciate your not giving them the opportunity to express themselves.

Prayer is two-way conversation. Yes, you can tell God what is on your mind and heart, but it is also waiting to let Him minister back to you. Sometimes, you don’t have to say a thing because He is all knowing. The scriptures say that He knows what you have need of before you ask. And since He is all knowing, you can just spend time being quiet with Him (that’s prayer). Then wait to see what He says to your inner most being (your spirit).

Sometimes He won’t show you anything. That’s OK because you spent time with Him waiting (that’s prayer). Then sometimes He will show you things in nature or through other people that will give you an answer or better understanding for what you need to know or do. That’s prayer also because you spent time with Him observing other things and people while you waited. Moses asked the Lord “Show me your face.” In other words he wanted to know God. But to know God is to learn how to just BE in each moment with yourself and BE with Him.

You know how to BE with your mate or loved-ones. You can be in the same room but don’t have to talk. Being in the presence of each other can be gratifying because you get to observe and listen. It is the opportunity to observe all the beautiful, goofy, quirky, even annoying things about a person. The scriptures say, taste and see that the Lord is Good. That is having a consciousness that God is all around you and you have the opportunity to experience Him as He reveals Himself level upon level to you. He is omnipresent. He never leaves nor foresakes you. The Holy Spirit is always with you.

Being in relationship with God is allowing yourself to rest in the Lord. He says “Come to me all ye who labor and are heavily burdened and I shall give you rest.” Rest doesn’t mean you have to NOT be doing anything, but it is coming to an assurance that no matter what you are doing and not doing, you have everything that He is with you. It is love, peace, joy, happiness, goodness, grace, compassion, mercy….everything, every virtue, the Great I AM.

You don’t have to strive or work hard to make yourself look or seem “religious.” The scripture says “Let your light so shine among men that they will see your good works.” When you learn to just BE with the Lord, there is the presence of His glory that will surround your life. That’s the light that the scripture is talking about. That light will be so evident in your life that it will cause changes to your relationships, circumstances and environment.

A suggested book to add to your library is “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. It is a devotional that gives a daily scripture with the practical application of that scripture for your life. The book will show you how to BE in relationship with God and everyone else. If you can’t purchase a copy, it is available to read online at http://utmost.org.

The Bible is your greatest tool to learn how to BE in relationship with God.

Christine Brooks Martin, author
“Pray What God Says”
“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith”
“He That Healeth Thee”
“Christine’s Short-Shorts”

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