Topics today include divine answers to prayer, and the operations of GOD that provide assurances, nourishment and promise.  The “Yahoo! Answers“” fighter using the ID “X” (Level 3 with 1,008 points, a member since February 21, 2013) posted the following:

 

Christians: How are you answered by God? When you say you pray for answers, how does God give you those answers?

Does he literally talk to you? do you take things that happen in your life as signs?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:  Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.  And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.  (Hebrews 5:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Saved by a Prayer? (10/31/2014); Is Prayer an Act of Faith? (11/01/2014); Perfection and Prayer? (08/27/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); The 2nd Prayer Death (02/22/2014); Intercession (12/27/2013); Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013); Why GOD Prayed to GOD (09/07/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); Unanswered Prayers? (09/11/2012); When You Pray (09/12/2012)

 

“X”, Christian believers are not given “answers” so much as assurances, nourishment, and promises.  Here are a few points that may clarify the assurances shared by many Christian believers:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth material beings to  whom he appears using abstract and physical forms, events and objects within the various spheres of life that allow both existence and duration.  (Thus, even a human body may exist that is not alive; divinity has appeared using flesh and incarnate as Jesus Christ; mind is abstract, brain is physical; and mortality has limited duration.)  The most complete and correct communication, the most intimate revelation of eternal GOD to finite created beings and living creatures is accomplished through endowments of divinity within their own inner substance.  We say, believers must be born again to operate having a fresh deposit of divine content from the makeup of Deity.  Inseparable aspects of divinity must be received such as faith, holiness, righteousness, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  Simply put, the intent or purpose of divinity is to be, and continue emanating (we say, breathing, putting forth, shining out) sacred substance.  However, the operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the full Creation dependent upon sacred law for divine order.  Because sin may dominate intelligence and self-will in finite creatures, relationship with the Creator is only possible by GOD carrying out and completing multiple sacred events and process to fulfill divine commitments and  eternal purpose.  Included are atonement, forgiveness, salvation, death, rebirth, resurrection, sanctification, and final judgment.

(3.)  The broad range of tools employed by divinity to reveal divine presence and sacred will now include the written word; the imparted inner spirit (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) that may direct and focus consciousness in the living; exchange and fellowship with those who are now the body of Christ, for those having the Holy Spirit serve as spokespersons for divinity; sacred events (we say, miracles); the challenges and natural life events that establish maturity; and life experiences through the practice of sacraments.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Where believers offer prayer as a matter of self-expression, rather than a response inviting divine expression, they operate as “strangers” ignoring or not knowing the character, person, and process of divinity.  Many do not agree, or correctly understand, that GOD will only respond to prayers that acknowledge and fulfill divine intent.  So to speak, we must ask from GOD what only GOD may supply.  The prayers of those expressing desire, lust and selfish need have to be their own answers.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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