Is Prayer Enough?

Do you ever get that feeling that you’re not doing enough to draw near to God, or feel like you’ve done something wrong despite not clearly remembering what it is (if anything)? I get that feeling sometimes, even though I pray daily. Sometimes I will think that maybe I should be doing something more, you know? So the question today is, is prayer enough?

The answer: Yes and No.

Yes, in that God hears you and understands that you are trying to have a connection with Him. He appreciates that. You can pray for forgiveness of sin, you can pray for your dreams to come alive, you can pray for others, or even just talk to God about what goes on in your life that particular day.

But at the same time, prayer is not enough for entrance into Heaven. Many believe that just simply believing Jesus Christ is God automatically gives them forgiveness of sin. While it’s true Christ came into this world and died for our sins, and because of our sins, He didn’t do that so people could just do whatever they wanted and gain a definite savior. He did it so those who go through oppression, and sin due to suffering can be saved; namely the saints.

I see it so many times; people go to church, but don’t fully accept God into their lives. The whole point of church is to open you up to God and His ways so that you live a Godly life, not to automatically make you Godly just because you go. You can go to church all you want, you can profess God with your tongue, but if you lie with your hands, you haven’t done yourself any favors.

Yes prayer is good, but actions speak louder than words as they say. Your actions need to be Holy. What is a man who prays, if he then goes and kills or steals. You must learn from your sin, allow it to evolve you; make you a better person.

Saying that, It’s important to remember nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes, do things we regret, which is why it is important to continue praying for forgiveness even if most of your actions are holy. God will forgive if you simply ask.

To wrap up, prayer is enough to draw close to God, however it is not enough to be saved. It helps, but it is not the only deciding factor to where you’re going after this life.

 

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Satan in Revelation – what it means and why it matters

So I’m going to start this out by saying these are my beliefs. I don’t know them as facts, but if you’ll bear with me I will try to quote the Bible to back up my beliefs. Satan is mentioned in revelations several times, under several different names. He is mentioned as being the first beast, and he is also the second beast (I will get to that in a minute).

 

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Revelations 13:1

As you can see Satan is mentioned in the very first line in Revelations 13, and in fact the whole rest of the section is devoted to him since he is a very important figure in the Bible (being the god of demons; god not God). It says he has seven heads, when in fact his soul has six (his favorite number) and the seventh comes from the stolen body of the Anti-Christ. I will explain how I came to this realization when we get to the second beast.

 

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.  Revelation 13:2

The only part I could make out from this is “the mouth of a lion”. He is a very proud being, but that is not what this verse is signifying. It is that he is the father of Lies. Lion, Lying. Word play from our ancient friends.

 

 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 Revelation 13:12-16

As I said before his seventh head is his body. The second beast is Satans body, the first beast is his soul. Satan came into this world a very long time ago. Before you or I were even born. however he has yet to take a body for himself. I know this is rather confusing, but bear with me.

beast rise up out of the sea” -first beasts entrance

The first beast “rose up out of the sea”. Meaning he came from the center of the earth (which is how it works, if you are going to Hell, God makes Earth’s gravity affect you, so you are literally sucked into the center of the earth falling in every direction “see: bottomless pit” until you can break free) Side note: hell being a lake of fire signifies the molten lava at the center of the earth, however being on the physical plane and not the astral one, demons cannot feel it nor does it even touch them. I’d imagine it would be a very blinding light though.

coming out of the earth” -second beasts entrance

Meaning coming from the earth, being a part of. Word play again. The second beast is a body, which is made from the earthly materials.

So Satan will take a body one of these days and the second beast will appear. It will make people worship the first beast and will exercise all power of the first beast (being the first beast in a body). He will literally turn himself into a fake god ,and he will deceive many.

 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast

In other words the second beast is a body, which will give breath to Satan’s soul. He will be in a body breathing like you and I.

Thank you for reading, and God bless!