The People Around You are People Like You

Written by Jesse S. Somer

Wake up and realizerepparttar people around you, are people like yourself.

Most people inrepparttar 132174 world these days are living in cities, some upwards of 30 million individuals as inrepparttar 132175 case of Tokyo, Japan. Chances are you are in a city right now, as this type of living has becomerepparttar 132176 prominent choice for those of us on Earth, especially in developed countries. That is not to say that there aren’t many other ways of existing in our world, but for now this seems to berepparttar 132177 structure that we adhere to. In tribal times we lived at one with nature surrounded by trees, plants, and animals within a close-knit community where everyone was very familiar with everybody else. Now, we are still surrounded by aspects of nature, but it isrepparttar 132178 people that mainly representrepparttar 132179 living energy around us in daily life. One imperfection that I have become aware of within this social scenario has to do with how humans now see and treat each other.

O.K., you are surrounded by people in suits and business attire rushing to get to their jobs. There are so many faces that admittedly if you tried to takerepparttar 132180 time to connect with all of them you would either go crazy or be completely drained of all your available mental energies. However, we have reacted to this situation in quite a questionable manner. We have begun to treat each other like we treat our livestock, (also a questionable relationship) as if we are just a mass of faceless, nameless bodies. In many moments of our modern technological lifestyle we are now being faced withrepparttar 132181 prospect of talking to machines on phones, being referred to as a customer number rather than our given names, and having conversations with each other that are totally devoid of all real meaning and caring.

Take for instancerepparttar 132182 last time you bought groceries atrepparttar 132183 supermarket. You stand in line, a sheep being let out to pasture. Finally it is your turn. You stack up all your food (energy source) onrepparttar 132184 conveyor belt andrepparttar 132185 checkout clerk ‘beeps’ allrepparttar 132186 items with their magical laser that will tell how many energy credits (money) you are to trade. Now ask yourself honestly, how often do you speak torepparttar 132187 cashier? Not just, “Hello, how are you?” to be polite, but really speak to them as fellow human beings, fellow spirits with dreams and loves like your own. How often do you see these people as equals, as creatures ofrepparttar 132188 same form as yourself, made up of exactlyrepparttar 132189 same light energy molecules? How often do you realize that they are a person that deserves respect and attention as much as any other family member or friend that relates to you in any moment of your life?

Why some hate more than others...(F)

Written by Terry Dashner

Why do some hate more than others? (F)

Terry Dashner…..Faith Fellowship Church in Broken Arrow, OK 74013

Inrepparttar early 1990s Dr. C. Peter Wagner wrote a book entitled, Breaking Strongholds in Your City withrepparttar 132173 subtitle, How to use spiritual mapping to make your prayers more strategic, effective and targeted (Regal Books). To finish out my series on why some hate more than others, I’m going to highlight some of Dr. Wagner’s insights, which atrepparttar 132174 time ofrepparttar 132175 book’s publication were prophetic but, nevertheless, unproven; however, today these insights are being employed worldwide with great results. I believe you will benefit from this brief study.

Inrepparttar 132176 book’s introduction Dr. Wagner answers this question: What good is spiritual mapping? Says Wagner, “As many of our contributors stress, we do not regard spiritual mapping as an end in itself. However, we do believe it is God’s desire for us to pray, ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ (Matt. 6:10). We also see a cause-and-effect relationship betweenrepparttar 132177 faithfulness of God’s people in prayer andrepparttar 132178 coming of His Kingdom. When God’s will is done on earth we see lost people saved; sick people healed; poor people with sufficient essentials; and end to wars, fighting and bloodshed; oppressed people liberated; just governments; fair and equitable business practices; harmony among races, just to mention some ofrepparttar 132179 benefits.”

Then Dr. Wagner tacklesrepparttar 132180 big question: Is spiritual mapping Biblical? Again Dr. Wagner writes, “An example of spiritual mapping is seen in Ezekiel 4: 1-3 where God instructs Ezekiel to make a map ofrepparttar 132181 city of Jerusalem on a clay tablet, then ‘lay siege against it.’ Obviously, this refers to spiritual, not conventional, warfare.

“I mention this because some research has turned up what is regarded by archaeologists asrepparttar 132182 first known map of a city,repparttar 132183 city of Nippur,repparttar 132184 ancient cultural center of Sumer. It is on a well-preserved clay tablet, undoubtedly similar torepparttar 132185 one Ezekiel used. The features onrepparttar 132186 map, drawn around 1500 B.C., constitute what we today would call spiritual mapping. Inrepparttar 132187 center ofrepparttar 132188 city is written ‘the place of Enlil.’ It is said that inrepparttar 132189 city ‘dweltrepparttar 132190 air god, Enlil,repparttar 132191 leading deity ofrepparttar 132192 Sumerian pantheon.’ We would identify it asrepparttar 132193 territorial spirit over Sumer.”

With any activity that targets one phase of ministry over another, one must be cautious and aware that Satan is very deceptive. He can take believers torepparttar 132194 extremes and bury them there if they do not “watch and pray.” When a believer maps out a spiritual territory over which to intercede and bind uprepparttar 132195 “strong man,”repparttar 132196 believer must stand firm in prayer andrepparttar 132197 Word of God. The believer’s authority overrepparttar 132198 devil isrepparttar 132199 name Jesus andrepparttar 132200 power ofrepparttar 132201 Holy Spirit. When this is understood, spiritual warfare becomesrepparttar 132202 work of God through us and not because of us.

How does one know if spiritual warfare over an area is working? For one,repparttar 132203 entire spiritual climate will give way to changes. Again Dr. Wagner writes, “Whenrepparttar 132204 children of Israel were preparing to takerepparttar 132205 Promised Land, God gave themrepparttar 132206 law of warfare. This is important for us today when we realize that God was preparing them for spiritual warfare, not conventional warfare. What conventional army ever defeated a city by marching around it X number of times and blowing horns? I believe these laws of warfare as recorded in Deuteronomy 20 are valid today.

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