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What Is the Sixth path? Did jesus talk about it?

Neither Jesus nor any other writer of scripture used the phrase "Sixth Path." But Jesus said "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." Paul wrote, "Pray without ceasing" and "walk by the Spirit." The "Sixth Path" is a term that I use to help communicate those and other express teachings of scripture about intimate fellowship with God through scripture, prayer, the Holy Spirit and pain. 

Chapter one reveals Five Paths: five degrees of intimacy and intensity as we read scripture. The chapter on prayer reveals the Endorsed Prayers... the prayers we pray as we "walk by the Spirit." The chapter on the Holy Spirit reveals how God responds to our prayers through the Holy Spirit. The chapter on pain reveals how we interact with God as we suffer. 

Taken together these chapters reveal what fellowship with God looks and sounds like. Chapter two (The Sixth Path) brings these many facets together. Fellowship with God is a two way conversation in the spiritual realm, as we Follow Christ, bearing His yoke in the world. Many 

Then, the chapter on Paradise reveals how our interaction with God will change in the eternal state of the coming age. Paradise is the Seventh Path.

And on behalf of our Bible study group I send a prayer request to consider us of receiving your teachings and welcoming you to visit us as well as conduct a seminar in our church here Africa Kenya when His right time. 

Isaac,
It gave me great joy to hear your story and I am honored by your request that I come to Africa Kenya. I published your story in the feedback section of this site.  From the time I received your request some days ago, I began to pray. Now, I have awakened in the middle of the night to respond.

The scriptures say that we are to "Always rejoice. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

So, I will respond with a prayer:
Yahweh... My Lord, Creator, Savior, King, Comforter, Father, and Judge who lives within me, I thank you... that you, by your Spirit, are sending your word throughout the whole world. In just a few months, people from 189 nations have read some part of this book. I thank you for Isaac's desire to draw near to You. Isaac has expressed his request that I come to Kenya and his hope for a Spiritual guide. I am willing to do as you wish, for you are Lord of all. I understand that my present calling is to reach the world through this book and by adding to this book. And the purpose of Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path is to call hungry souls to interact directly with Your Spirit and Your word. Many are misled by human teachers today. But no one has ever been misled by Your Spirit or Your word. But if you want me to travel, I am open to that.

I pray for Isaac and those in his church that they will hear the leading of Your Spirit... for your word says:

"the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don't need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him" (1 John 2:27).

Your anointing (Your Holy Spirit) has taught me that the battles for the souls of men are won on our knees. You win the battles. So, I pray that your Holy Spirit will teach Isaac, his small church and all hungry souls around the world to pray the scriptures (subchapter 1.2) and to make disciples of all nations by the simple two step method that your Son and the apostles demonstrated... Repeat the words of the Father and pray (subchapter 2.3).

I ask you... for all the hungry souls... that you multiply their faith and love one thousand fold. I ask you to multiply their faith and love one thousand fold again and again and again. I prayed daily for three years that you multiply my faith and you did. You changed me from within me, in Your grace, by Your power and for Your glory. Oh my Lord, I thank you and praise you. Faith feels so good! Even in disaster and pain, faith feels so good!

I know that we are not to place our trust in man for Your word says "Yahweh says: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man, relies on strength of flesh, and whose heart departs from Yahweh" (Jeremiah 17:5). But You have appointed shepherds and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). You do speak through men as Your words in subchapter 3.3 reveal. Enable all the hungry souls throughout the world to discern the difference between truth and falsehood, by asking this question in Your Spirit and with love:

Where in the Bible does it say that?

You deserve all praise!

Amen

Isaac, my spiritual brother, you now have the response from my heart.

May Yahweh bless you as you walk with Him! By the way, I call Him Yahweh because that is the name He instructed Israel to address Him by. This is explained in the appendix.

Your brother,

Jim

How do I get spiritual gifts?

Amy's Question:
Do you have to pray and then meditate to delevope spiritual gifts... I have a strong faith in Jesus, and why can't I get it. Do I have to meditate on that
Amy

Response:
I have prayerfully considered your question and asked our Lord to remind me of scriptures which speak to your question.

As you PRAY scripture, you will recognize the spiritual gifts which the Holy Spirit has chosen for you. 

The acronym PRAY is described in subchapter 1.1.

By God's grace, I will answer from the scriptures.

Romans 12:1-8, chapters 12-14 of 1 Corinthians, and Ephesians 4:7-12 are the primary scriptures revealing spiritual gifts.

A prayerful meditation on those passages would be profitable. Dwell on those scriptures for as long as the Holy Spirit draws you into them. This could be an hour or several months. Subchapter 1.1 reveals how to read them.



Please prayerfully consider the following words from the Father, along with my prayerful explanations:


1) How to develop spiritual gifts: 
"8 For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit; 10 and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages. 11 But the one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires" (1 Corinthians 12:8-11).

Everyone doesn't get the same gifts (v 8). The Holy Spirit chooses who receives each gift (v 11). If you read the passage beginning from verse 3 you will see that "Spirit" in verse 11 refers to the Holy Spirit. So, we don't do something to "develop" a spiritual gift. They are gifts. Gifts are received. Spiritual gifts are not aptitudes. They are supernatural. If you look at the list it is evident that they are supernatural. The first two gifts mentioned are the word of wisdom and word of knowledge in verse 8. These two spiritual gifts are gifts of "words". So, verse 8 revealed God's supernatural placement of words into the heart of one member to minister to another.


2) Do spiritual gifts exist today?
"8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages (tongues), they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:8-12).

This is part of the longest section of scripture about spiritual gifts in the Bible, chapters 12-14 of 1 Corinthians. Spiritual Gifts will "cease" (v 8) and be "done away with" (v 10) when the "complete has come" (v 10), when we see Christ "face to face" (v 12), at which time we will "know fully" instead of "know in part" (v 12), knowing as we have been "fully known" by God (v 12).
We will not "know fully" as God has "fully known" us (v 12) until we stand before Him in the next age. 1 John 3:2 states "we know that when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is." We will be like Him when we see Him. So, scripture explicitly states exactly when spiritual gifts will end. That day has not come for those of us who are alive in this world. It will come in the next age.


3) Do we have to pray and meditate to receive spiritual gifts?
"Therefore let him who speaks in another language pray that he may interpret" (1Corinthians 14:13).

Here Paul specifically instructed some to ask for the spiritual gift of interpretation. So, asking for specific spiritual gifts is appropriate. It would be appropriate to say "if it be Your will" when you ask for a specific spiritual gift, since the Holy Spirit distributes them "as he desires" (1 Corinthians 12:11). Conditions for effective prayer are presented in subchapter 4.11.


4) Do we get to pick our gifts?
1 Corinthians 12:28-31 says "Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all miracle workers? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with various languages? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts." From the context of the passage, the answer is "no". No particular spiritual gift is received by all believers.

Remember 1 Corinthians 12:11 which was quoted in paragraph 1 above. "But the one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires." The Holy Spirit decides who receives which gifts. The Holy Spirit has been granted authority over the distribution of spiritual gifts. 

Regarding the gift of tongues, 1 Corinthians 14 has much to say: "he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries" (14:2) So, tongues is prayer in another language. The verse says "he who speaks in another language (tongues in most translations) speaks not to men, but to God;" Speaking to God is prayer so tongues is prayer. Mysteries are spoken in this prayer. The mysteries are for the building up of the church (14:5). 

One who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret (14:13) so that the result will be that he may pray with the spirit (tongue) AND the mind (14:15). Then the ungifted (without the gift of interpretation) can understand and say "amen" on hearing the prayer prayed in both tongue and mind (14:16). So,  speaking in tongues and one's prayer language are the same thing because tongues is prayer. "But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God" (14:28). So, we see again that tongues is prayer ("speak to himself, and to God"). Prayers in tongues are to be prayed silently if no interpreter is present. Then verse 39 says "don't forbid speaking with other languages" (tongues). 

I must pray: "Father, make us one. Please repair the schism that exists in the body of Christ over tongues. I know that you are not pleased with this division. Only You can bring unity!" Amen. 

I prayerfully request that all who are reading these words will join me in this prayer.


5) Does possession of gifts mean that we are spiritual?
Paul's letter to the Corinthian church indicates that possession of spiritual gifts doesn't mean that we are spiritual. In that letter, he indicated that the Corinthian church had various spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:26-29), but was not "spiritual" (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). To the contrary, they were "babes in Christ" and fleshly. 

Paul wrote that the Corinthian church was not spiritual:
"Brothers, I couldn't speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly, as to babies in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not with meat; for you weren't yet ready. Indeed, you aren't ready even now, 3 for you are still fleshly. For insofar as there is jealousy, strife, and factions among you, aren't you fleshly, and don't you walk in the ways of men?" (1 Corinthian 3:1-3).

Although not spiritual, here are some gifts the Corinthian church had:
"26 What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, or has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up... 29 Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the others discern." (1 Corinthian 14:26-29). So, we see that the Corinthian church had the gifts of teaching, tongues, interpretation and prophecy. "

So we see that a church may be fleshly and unspiritual while possessing and exercising spiritual gifts. So, while we are to desire spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1) we must "walk by the Spirit" as described in subchapter 4.7.

By the way, "Revelation" could have referred to "word of wisdom" or "word of knowledge" from chapter twelve. And a prayerful reading of 1 Corinthians 12-14 will reveal that the gift of prophesy in the New Covenant is different from what was done by Old Covenant prophets. Various attributes of this gift are mentioned in those chapters, none of which were foretelling of the future.)

At this point, I would like to address the possible misuse of spiritual gifts before I explain how to identify your gifts in section six below. The misuse of spiritual gifts can drive seekers away from the church who might have been greatly blessed if the gifts had not been misused. "If therefore the whole assembly is assembled together and all speak with other languages, and unlearned or unbelieving people come in, won't they say that you are crazy?" (1 Corinthians 14:23). I know of seekers were being greatly blessed in a congregation until everyone began speaking in tongues simultaneously. After that, they never returned. They actually had the response that 1 Corinthians 14:23 prophesied they would have. They thought that the worshipers were "crazy". No congregation is perfect or even near perfect. But errors do have consequences. There should have been at most three who prayed in tongues but only if an interpreter was present: "If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret. 28 But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God" (1 Corinthians 14:26). 


6) How do we recognize the spiritual gifts which the Holy Spirit has chosen for us?

First, let's look at a list of spiritual gifts:

From 1 Corinthians 12:1-12: Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Distinguishing of Spirits, different kinds of languages (Tongues), Interpretation of Tongues.

From 1 Corinthians 12:28-31, the following are added: apostles, prophets, teachers, helps, governments (administrations).

From Ephesians 4:7-12 the following are added: evangelists and shepherds.

From Romans 12:1-8 the following are added: service, exhortation, sharing, leading and mercy.

As we PRAY these passages in context, it is clear that spiritual gifts are granted to children of God, that children of God may participate in God's eternal plan to "draw all men to himself" (John 12:32). Spiritual gifts are all used in making disciples, either towards the growth of existing disciples or conversion of unbelievers into disciples.

So, what does prayer and meditation have to do with recognizing our spiritual gifts? Chapter 4 reveals how the Endorsed Prayers are our first step in our part in the disciple making process. As we pray the Endorsed Prayers, with knowledge of the workings of the Holy Spirit (chapter 3), we will see how the Holy Spirit works through us to make disciples. We will see which spiritual gifts are operating in us. Small group meetings are one of the primary avenues to exercise spiritual gifts (subchapter 4.13).


7) Authority to do Kingdom Work
"Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest" (Matthew 9:38).

We do not have the authority to take kingdom work upon ourselves. We are to ask. In Matt 9:38, Jesus instructed his disciples to ask "the Lord of the harvest" to "send out laborers into His harvest". Then He sent them. Jesus instructed them to ask. God decided who to send, when to send them and where to send them. Peter understood that he was under authority when he said "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." We ask Him to command us to the work. When He commands, we go. We are under authority. We are to obey His spirit (Hebrews 3:7-8). You may pray for years that God will send you before you recognize His response. Subchapter 3.1, titled "Spiritual Authority and the Spiritual Realm" reveals powerful and eye opening scriptures regarding authority. These passages may be received through prayerful meditation.


8) Miraculous Healing, Signs and Suffering

All of the spiritual gifts are miraculous. But the obviously and visibly miraculous gift of healing is a sign rather than God's working to remove the suffering of the world. Micro-subchapters 4.6e through 4.6j present scriptures on this issue. Suffering will not be removed until Paradise as shown in chapter 6, "Fellowship with God in Paradise: The Seventh Path." Chapter 5 "Fellowship with God in Pain" presents a Biblical view of suffering.


My Prayer:
Lord of Heaven and earth, Creator of all that is good and pure, grant Your gifts through Your Holy Spirit into Amy and into all Your children throughout the world, removing all obstacles, demolishing all strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4) to accomplish the objectives of Your will in each nation, in Your appropriate time, which You have chosen, for Your glory and our benefit.

Amen

Jim

I'm looking for a spouse... can you help me?

Amy's Question:
Hi, I'm looking for a spouse. But don't know who he is, I know that God wants the best for us. Does he want me to be with someone so special, I trust in Jesus... In Jesus name can you please help me, love and God bless... Amy 

Amy, 
I have prayed for you.

I do not know what God has chosen for you, or the days ordained for you during the times you will live in this age (Psalm 139:16, Ephesians 2:10). 

I do know this:
"We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).  

My wife's aunt was a good woman... a person of faith. She grew up in hard, difficult times, working on a farm using horse drawn farming implements and with no electricity. She told of the West Texas sand storms cutting her skin and of barricading herself in her childhood home with her family as they tried to breathe through cloths which they held over their mouths to keep the sand out of their lungs. When she grew up, she became an accomplished business woman, very high up in a large internationally known company. She worked directly with the founder and CEO for twenty-five years.  When I met her she was forty-eight. She had such excellent qualities that I was surprised that she hadn't married. I expected that she never would. But when she was sixty she met Ben. They married. She was happily married to Ben for twenty-seven years until Ben died.

A few months after Ben's death, her doctor told her that she had two months to live. She had no children, so I invited her to live with us until she crossed over into the next age. But after the two months had passed, she was still alive. She had actually improved steadily. About this time, she walked into my den and said with a strange smile on her face "I'm supposed to be dead now." We laughed. She died one month later in my middle bedroom... full of faith and gratitude. She is now with Ben in the unimaginable ecstasy of God's presence that continues forever and ever. 

She was really amazing. I miss her. She lived with us for three months as she died, never thinking of herself, a joy to be with as she died. We actually had fun and laughed often in those months. I was working in my home at that time, so I was her primary caregiver until my wife came home from work. She was so careful to avoid disturbing me as I worked. I was amazed at her faith and thoughtfulness and gratitude to God. She had no fear of death. My death was on my mind since I was in poor health, had lost forty pounds and had recently been diagnosed with Cancer. I asked God to allow me to see her face at the moment of her death and He did. She exhibited no fear in all of her three months in our home. She was a light. Her name is Hope.

If you want what God wants for you, you will get what you want.

Jesus said, "If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you" (John 15:7). Subchapter 2.5 titled "How Intimate Can This Fellowship Be?" will put you on the correct path. John 15:7 is explained, in detail, in that subchapter and in greater depth in subchapter 4.11, titled "Conditions for Effective Prayer." 

I will repeat the passage. Jesus said, 
"If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you" (John 15:7).

There are two keys. The first is to remain in Him (abide in or live in Him). Second, is to remain in His words (abide in or live in scripture). Subchapter 1.1 titled "Learning to Read: Five Paths" is dedicated to helping hungry souls to abide in His words. The purpose of this book is to bring those souls who want Him into real experience of remaining in Him.

It is essential to "walk by the Spirit" (subchapter 4.7). One who walks by the Spirit will pray the Endorsed Prayers (chapter 4). The Endorsed Prayer to "be filled with knowledge of His will" (micro-subchapter 4.2c) will be especially helpful.

If you will spend several months praying the scriptures presented in the subchapters I have mentioned and if you will then "follow the lamb (Christ) wherever he goes", you will have joy in what He has chosen for you. You will have joy, with suffering (2 Timothy 3:12, John 16:33). Painless joy will not be a permanent state until the eternal Paradise (chapter 6). Your part is to pursue intimacy with God. God does the rest. Many questions will be answered as you pray the scriptures as I suggested. 

It is appropriate to ask God to provide a spouse with the addendum, "yet not my will but your will" (Matthew 26:39). In this way you are asking for a spouse but wanting God's will more than yours. 

Your husband should be a believer:
"Don't be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship do righteousness and iniquity have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?" (1 Corinthians 6:14).

Here is my prayer:
"Lord of Heaven and Earth, full of all mercy, grace and power, draw Amy into intimate fellowship with You through your Holy Spirit in Your word, so that she may walk with You, in Your presence and in Your joy... to be a light, pointing to You."

May God Bless you Amy!

Your brother in Christ,
Jim

Am a born again Christian how do I communicate with the holy Spirit I do o have intimacy with him.

Jennifer N, 
I have prayed for you... that our Lord will draw you into a deeply intimate relationship with Himself. 

Fellowship with God is a two way conversation in the spiritual realm, as we follow Christ, bearing His yoke in the world. 

Man's side of this conversation is prayer. God's side of this conversation is scripture and the Holy Spirit. Subchapter 4.2 is titled "Endorsed Prayers for Spiritual Communication." This chapter provides the prayers endorsed by scripture for receiving communication from the Holy Spirit. In these prayers we ask for wisdom, knowledge of His will, revelation and etc. 

Subchapter 3.3 is titled "Spiritual Communication." This chapter reveals some of the Holy Spirit's responses to those prayers. So, we communicate through prayer. Micro-subchapter 4.2a reveals that prayers offered in faith and without doubt result in communication from the Holy Spirit. For example, He will provide wisdom to those who ask in faith and without doubt. 

At the most basic level, the path to intimacy with the Holy Spirit is to ask for it. Micro-subchapter 4.3j reveals this prayer for intimacy from the Song of Solomon. 

But, this entire book, Fellowship With God in the Sixth Path, is dedicated to the communication and intimacy which you seek. 

Jesus said "If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you" (John 15:7). 

His will and our will can become so similar that we want only what He wants and He grants everything that we want. That verse is explained in detail in subchapter 2.5. So a very intimate relationship is available to God's children in this life... a union of wills. 

But notice that the condition for receiving everything we desire is two-fold: "If you remain in me, and my words remain in you". His words must remain (abide or live) in you. So, what we do with God's word is critical. The very first subchapter, subchapter 1.1, titled "Learning to Read" is the stepping stone to intimacy with God. Subchapter 1.1 is designed to transform what happens in that moment when we come into contact with God's words. This transformation does not come quickly like learning to ride a bicycle. It is more like learning to be a good parent or rising to the highest levels of a particular sport. It takes a very long time for this transformation to take place. 

I suggest that you ask God for intimacy (micro-subchapter 4.3j). Plan to continue in this prayer for months. Then continue in this prayer until you fully have what you are asking for. I am still praying this prayer. I am confident that He will grant deeper and deeper intimacy with Himself, with sufferings, until I am in His visual presence, ruling with Him forever. 

Spend a lot of time in subchapter 1.1. I have prayed for you and others who desire intimacy with the Holy Spirit. He will lead you into a deeper, intimate joy with the Holy Spirit who is within you! In subchapter 1.1 you will change from reading the Bible to learn about God to actually interacting with God in His scriptures. It is from this interaction that we come to know His will, to bear His yoke and to follow Him wherever He goes. 

God Bless you my sister in Christ, 
Jim


I love God but it seems like I'm getting farther and farther away from God..I keep giving in to sin and I keep drawing away from him..I love being in Gods presence, So how do I fellowship with God intimately.

Ayoola,  

Thank you for reading Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path at fellowshipwithgod.org and for sending me your request.

When I saw your request, I immediately began asking God to provide an answer for you.

In broad terms, the answer to your question is scriptural prayer... In other words, prayerfully meditate on scripture and pray the prayers endorsed by scripture. Intricate details of how to have intimate fellowship with God are provided in Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path.  That is the purpose of every chapter in the book. 

It is also important to practice scriptural prayer with another believer. Just set aside an hour with one or more who follow Christ. Take a book of the Bible, Ephesians for example. Read the first few verses and answer three questions: 

1) What does it say about God? 
2) What does it say about man? 
3) What does it say that we can pray? 

Then pray the prayers that you discussed. 

Next time you meet, pick up where you left off and pray through the entire book of Ephesians from beginning to end.

Here are some more detailed suggestions to help you get started:
To learn how to prayerfully meditate on the scriptures in the Bible read subchapters 1.1 – 1.3 of Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path. Ask God to draw you into a particular book of the Bible. 1 John and Ephesians come to mind. You could turn to 1 John and prayerfully meditate on the first four verses. Talk to God about these verses with questions and praise for as long as He draws you into those words... possibly for half an hour... possibly for three months. Instead of prayerfully meditating through a book of the Bible, you could also begin by prayerfully meditating on the scriptures in the introduction and subchapter 1.1 of this book.

Next, I suggest that you pray the Endorsed Prayers.  These are presented and explained in chapter 4. Chapter 3 explains the invisible spiritual realm so you can understand how the Holy Spirit and the unholy spirits are interacting with you.

As a first step into the Endorsed Prayers, make the Endorsed Prayer of faith and the Endorsed Prayer of obedience a permanent part of your daily prayer life. In these prayers, you ask God to multiply your faith (subchapter 4.3a) and you ask God to grant obedience to you (subchapter 4.3f).

The two Endorsed Prayers regarding Temptation are also particularly helpful (subchapter 4.3g and 4.3h).

Nine prayer acrostics are provided in subchapter 4.8. The acrostic PRAY reminds us of what to do when we read scripture. Another acrostic tells us who to pray for. Seven acrostics tell us what to pray. Since there are seven, you can pray a different one on each day of the week. So, you can pray KINGS on Monday, FOLLOW CHRIST on Tuesday, THE WAY on Wednesday, POWER on Thursday and etc. 

My first suggestion above was that you prayerfully meditate on scripture as described in subchapters 1.1 – 1.3. I will quote a portion of subchapter 1.1 below. It is helpful to keep these words in mind  as you read scripture:

"But please do not do one thing. Please do not read alone. He is within you. In your spirit turn to Him who is within. As you read, turn. If your heart is distracted from Him, turn again. Turn again and again and again. Over time, your times of intimacy will lengthen. Your times of reading alone will shorten. Its a growth process. You will be reading scripture in fellowship with God who is within.

 

Over time, reading scripture in fellowship will spill over into other areas of life. You will find yourself working in fellowship, talking to a friend in fellowship, sharing your faith in fellowship. It has been a very slow process for me. But turning in your spirit, to Him who is within, will become spontaneous, natural and powerful over time. 

 

The closing words of the introduction to this book were:

"To enter into this fellowship, the heart must touch what the eye cannot see. It all depends on what happens in one particular moment... in that very second when we come into contact with the word of God. That moment is the foundation of this book. It is from that moment, which this fellowship with God unfolds. Chapter 1 will focus on that moment."
 
Ayoola... In closing, I offer this prayer for you:
 
Lord of Heaven and earth, I offer you praise for who you are and what you have done. You are full of wisdom, power, grace, love and justice. I lift up Ayoola to you and on Ayoola's behalf make this request. Out of Your great power and grace, please multiply faith, intimacy, insight, strength and power, all for Your glory and for Your glory alone! Amen.


If you have other questions or comments, please contact me again!


Your brother in Christ,

Jim   
 

What Christian church or denomination are you affiliated with?

My current fellowship is in a non-denominational church. But, over the 50 years since my conversion, I have also worshiped in three very different denominations. 

I have no allegiance to any confessional or denominational tradition of man... be they Calvinist, Armenian, Dispensational, Covenant Theology, Catholic, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, etc. However, I have been taught by, worshiped with, or read extensively from Armenian, Calvinist, Catholic, Dispensational and Charismatic traditions. And I have benefited greatly from each tradition. From each I gained understandings that I did not receive from the others. In my experience, the voice of any one of those traditions was insufficient. But what was lacking in one, was supplied by another. Glory to God! 

God's word is perfect. But none of the traditions are perfect. Although there is much agreement between them, there are also areas of disagreement. And proponents of each tradition sincerely believe that they have the correct interpretation. 

Jeremiah 17:5 says "Cursed is the man who trusts in man." If I were to trust the teachings of any tradition to be perfect, it would influence my interpretation of scripture. As I read scripture, I would be searching for a way to interpret the passage so that it didn't contradict my man-made tradition. I would be replacing God's perfect word with the imperfect teaching of man.

  • Jesus said "You have made the commandment of God void because of your tradition. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 'These people draw near to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me'" (Matthew 12:7-8).

I am distinctly Berean (Acts 17:10-11). So, with respect to teaching from any tradition I ask the question, "Where does it say that... Where may I read in scripture about that"? If I don't see a scripture which proves their teaching, I do not accept their teaching as a doctrine of God.

I do not teach each any of the traditions of man. Instead, I focus on quoting scripture. My book is full of scripture. I repeat the words of the Father and pray. I follow the example of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the apostles. Neither Jesus or the Holy Spirit spoke from their own ideas. They only repeated the words of the Father. 

Jesus said, "For I spoke not from myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak... However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak" (John 12:49, 16:13). 

I pray that all who read this page will follow in the example of Christ, the Holy Spirit and the apostles... Repeat the words of the Father and pray.


God Bless,
Jim

What let other people not able to understand the word of God and the same time argue.

SAKARI,

I have prayed much about your two questions over a long period of time. It took a long time because I added new material to this online book, because of your question. I pray for you and all of God's children that He will grant understanding1 and unity2


FIRST QUESTION:
What let other people not able to understand the word?

Understanding is granted or withheld by God according to conditions which He has ordained. Subchapter 1.6 presents scriptures which establish these truths. Subchapter 1.6 is titled "Conditions for Understanding the Word."


SECOND QUESTION:
What let other people not able to understand the Word of God and the same time argue?

The solution to the problem is not simple. It requires more than words. It requires prayer and action. I will present three solutions for your prayerful consideration.


First:
I wrote and published another subchapter in the appendix to deal specifically and scripturally with arguing. It is A8 in the appendix and is titled "Church Unity: Make Us One!" Click here to read it.


Second:
You may need to change the way in which you conduct your Bible study. 

Please consider the Four Step Bible Study method which was published after you asked your question. It was designed, in part, to deal with both of the questions you have asked. 

This method provides detailed steps, along with a Leader's Guide. It is designed to increase understanding... and also to reduce arguing3 and fruitless discussion.4 The four steps integrate prayer into group Bible study. If you will read the introduction to the Four Steps Bible Study and the Agenda, you will understand how it works. That should take about ten minutes. Basically, you gather your group and text them a link to the agenda page. Then all of you follow the four steps together from your phones. Click here to read the introduction to the Four Step Bible Study.

Third:
Pray the Endorsed Prayers as presented in chapter 4. All of the prayers focus on your concerns in some way or another. Pray those prayers in your meeting. Then you will be praying prayers that Christ and the apostles prayed or instructed the saints to pray. If you are not praying them, then the words of the apostle James may apply. "You don't have, because you don't ask" (James 4:2). Click here to read the introduction to the Endorsed Prayers. 


I pray that you will receive power and grace from our Lord through His Holy Spirit within.. to make disciples of all nations5

God Bless!
Jim


1)  2 Timothy 2:7
2)  Romans 15:5
3) 2 Timothy 2:14
4) 1 Timothy 1:6
5) Matthew 28:19

For the first chapter you start with the heading 'Alone'. I guess this to imply" just me, reading without God's help ?

Lili's Question: 
Hi Jim, what timing to find your writings on this day of Pentecost. Thoroughly enjoying reading slowly and re-reading your words of wisdom. For the first chapter you start with the heading 'Alone'. I guess this to imply" just me, reading without God's help ? Blessings to you dear Brother in Christ. 

Lili, 
Thank you for your message. I am thankful that you are benefiting from the book and have prayerfully considered your question. First, I will answer your question. Then, at the bottom of this page I will present some scriptures in footnotes for your prayerful consideration. 

Your question was: 
"For the first chapter you start with the heading 'Alone'. I guess this to imply" just me, reading without God's help ?" 

In subchapter 1.1, I use five paths to help readers experience increasing levels of intimacy and intensity with our Lord while reading scripture. They represent five levels intimacy in worship. 

The five paths are: 
Path 1: Alone 
Path 2: Heart 
Path 3: To Him 
Path 4: Within 
Path 5: Pray in the Secret Place of the Heart 

In Path 1(Reading Alone), I am addressing the consciousness of the reader: 

Reading alone would include any reading where the reader reads without a persistent consciousness of God's presence as each word of scripture is being read. 

Even if I ask God for illumination before I read, I can still read in this solitary way, with no awareness of the presence of my personal and living God as I read His "living and active" words. 

Reading alone has ceased when we fix our attention on our Lord1 in the invisible spiritual realm and are reading Christ2... reading the living words3 of our living God, being taught by His Holy Spirit4, in His presence5 in the now6. When we read the Word, we read Christ because Jesus is the Word2

In Path 2, seeking the heart of the passage, the reader seeks God's heart in God's words, making an intimate connection with the heart of the person of the Holy Spirit. Paths 3, 4 and 5 involve reading God's words to God, as if we are a child reading to our father8. These three paths all involve an intimate interaction with God that reading alone lacks. They involve gentleness, affection and a taste of the ecstasy foreseen in the Song of Solomon. 

Reading alone is a delusion... a lack of consciousness of the reality of the event. God said that His words were "living."1 So, they are the living words of a living person. If any portion of our reading lacks this consciousness, that portion of our reading is reading alone. That portion is far less profitable, often fruitless to me. Some call it dry. Reading in paths 2 – 5 is never dry. They can't be since they involve intimate interaction with the one who spoke the universe into existence! 

The understanding of scripture is not acquired by intellect. Understanding is granted or withheld6 as a supernatural, personal act of God for those who meet spiritual conditions which God has ordained. This was explained from the scriptures in subchapter 1.5 titled, "Conditions for Understanding the Word". 

I read in all five paths. My goal is to never read alone, but after practicing the intimate reading methods for nearly a decade, I still slip back into reading alone. I consider reading alone to be the opposite of reading "in the Spirit." So I think of reading alone as reading "out of the Spirit." For years I read or listened to His words mostly in Path 2. Now I spend most of my time in Path 3. 

When one practices the intimate reading methods, one is trained to live the life Paul admonished us to live when he wrote "Pray  without ceasing" (1Thessalonians 5:17). In your intimate readings of scripture, your reading becomes prayer. You read prayerfully. This is the starting point for thinking, speaking and living prayerfully... in His presence.

In Conclusion:
If you will read scripture in the way of Paths 2 and 3 for a long time... until the awkwardness is gone and you pass into real experience, you will have a clear understanding of what it was to read alone. This is similar to a person who was born blind but received sight long after becoming an adult. After receiving sight, and seeing all that had been hidden from him, he fully understood what it meant to be blind. For the present, ask God to draw you into the path He has chosen for you at this time. 

Jesus is God. Jesus is the Word. The Word is alive. Jesus and the Word are in us. So, when we read the Word, we are reading a person. It is a personal interaction. If we only read information (read alone), we are not having fellowship with God as we read. 

Lili,
My prayer for you: 
Lord of Heaven and earth, I pray that you will draw Lili deeper into Your intimate presence as she interacts with You in Your word... to read prayerfully, think prayerfully, speak prayerfully and live prayerfully... to walk by the Spirit. 
Amen!

Lili, please join me in praying for a great awakening to be led by laymen, who repeat the words of the Father and pray. 

God bless you sister!
Jim


Footnotes: 
1) Fix our attention on our Lord in the invisible spiritual realm: 
  • "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). 
  • "17 Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). 


The first passage speaks of being still. The second scripture is the end of a long passage about "a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit ". It began in verse 6. It ends in verse 18 with "seeing the glory of the Lord" in the present tense. When we behold the Lord, we fix our spiritual eyes on His spirit within. Its a spiritual action. Its supernatural. As we behold Him, we may feel affection for Him. We may offer words of praise. We may call His name repeatedly. We may wait for Him to respond to a prayer... perhaps a prayer to reveal His will... perhaps a prayer for understanding of scripture. 

2) When we read scripture, we read Christ. Jesus is the Word of God: 
  • "The Word became flesh, and lived among us" (John 1:14). (Jesus is "the Word." See also John 1:1.)
  • "His name is called 'The Word of God'" (Revelation 19:13 speaking of Jesus). 
  • "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me. Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life" (Spoken by Jesus in John 5:39-40). 


So, all of scripture testifies about Jesus. His name is "The Word of God." The Word became flesh in the incarnation of Jesus and dwelt among mankind.

3) The Word of God is alive: 
  • "having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever" (1Peter 1:23). 
  • "For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12). 


4) The Holy Spirit teaches from within: 
  • "the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don't need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things" (1 John 2:27. The anointing is the Holy Spirit.) 


5) God is Present, Within: 
  • "...it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20). 
  • "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn't have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his" (Romans 8:9). 
  • "Or don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own" (1 Corinthians 6:19). 


6) The Holy Spirit Speaks in the Now (In the present):
  • "Therefore, even as the Holy Spirit says, "Today if you will hear his voice, don't harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, in the day of the trial in the wilderness" (Hebrews 3:7-8).


7) Understanding is Personally Granted or Withheld by God:
  •  "But their eyes were kept from recognizing him" (Luke 24:16). 
  • "Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures" (Luke 24:45). Note: Luke 24:16 doesn't say who kept their eyes from recognizing Jesus. But since it is God who opens our minds to understand scripture (Luke 24:45), it is God who decides to open or to not open. To not open is to withhold. So, God both reveals and conceals justly, based on spiritual conditions which He has ordained (subchapter 1.5).


8) Reading as a Child to your Father:
  • Jesus said... "3 Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  (Matthew 18:3,4).


So, one must become childlike to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (verse 3). And once one has entered the Kingdom of Heaven, greatness is also achieved by being childlike (verse 4). So, if we are to mature to greatness in Christ through reading God's words, we must do it "as little children... like this little child."

I've been suffering from negative intrusive thoughts...  fears , doubts etc...  SEEKING TO KNOW GOD INTIMATELY... Cos I badly need deliverance... how to go about it? 

Amabel's Question:
I've been suffering from negative intrusive thoughts and OCDs etc. I followed several teachings and all boils down to seeking to know God Intimately. In such a situation where fears , doubts etc have become a pattern, how I go about it. Cos I badly need deliverance.i have been told if I cry out to him, he'll reveal himself.

Amabel, Thank you for sending me your request. I am praying for you and have asked our Lord to guide me in my answer. If you cry out to Him, He will reveal Himself to you. He will deliver you. Both revelation and deliverance take place at a point in time. Both take place over time as well... over our entire lives. 

I agree with you, knowing God intimately is the key. This book is titled Fellowship with God in the Sixth Path. It is about fellowship with God... the whole book is about intimacy with God. 

To be intimate with God, we must follow Him. We must do what He is doing. We must take up the yoke of Christ. If we do, we receive rest, intimacy with God. If we don't take up His yoke we are what Jesus called "lukewarm". Being lukewarm is not fun. I know from experience.

What you want will probably take time. It has been a process of a lifetime for me. I asked God to multiply my faith every day for three years. He did. Then when my doctor told me that I had cancer, I laughed. 

You are asking how to go about developing intimacy with God. Here it is: 

The three ingredients for intimacy with God are Prayer, Bible Study and Disciple Making. Prayer and Bible Study are not two separate things. They are one thing. We pray scripture. In Bible Study we have a two way conversation with God. Disciple making takes place when we allow another person into that two way conversation. Disciple making is basically this: Repeat the words of the Father and pray. Prayer and scripture are the two basic ingredients in disciple making. 

We need to do prayer, Bible study and disciple making individually. But we also must do them in a group setting, like a Bible study / prayer group. Chapter 7 is dedicated to intimacy with God in a group setting. 

You may think that you can't do those things and you are right. But God can do them in you. "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:1). 

I will briefly touch on the three components of intimacy with God, one at a time, from the scriptures. Then I will share some of my story and pray for you and others like you who are reading this post. This will get you started, right now.... I am serious, the time to start is now. 

The three components are all easy. Jesus said that it is easy, and it is. I have found it to be painful, but it's easy. And, I don't believe that there is any other way to move from fear to faith, resentment to love, darkness to light. 

Bible Study
  •  "long for the pure milk of the Word, that with it you may grow" (1 Peter 2:2). 
  • "I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation" (Psalm 119:99, as Psalm of David). 

David had greater insight than all of the priests and prophets who taught him. So can you... if you meditate on scripture. Subchapter 1.1 shows various ways to do that. 

One prayer to pray now: 
Ask God to open your eyes to understand His word (from Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1:16-19, micro-subchapter 4.2d). 

Please pause and pray this prayer now. 


... pause for prayer ... 


If you have prayed, then continue reading. If you did not pray, none of these words will help you. Scriptural prayer is the key. If you did not pray, then pray now. Only after you have prayed, then continue reading. 


Prayer
  • "Pray without ceasing" (1Thessalonians 5:17). 



Every time is prayer time (subchapter 4.12). Subchapters 4.1 – 4.6 show you how to pray as Christ and the apostles instructed. After reading those subchapters, you will know what to talk about when you talk to God.

One prayer to pray now: 
Ask God to multiply your faith and love (micro-subchapter 4.3a,e). These prayers deal with your doubts, fears and many inner conflicts. God may use suffering to bring about great change in you (subchapters 5.1, 5.2). 

Please pause and pray this prayer now. 


... pause for prayer ... 


Disciple Making
  •  "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls . For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30, explained in subchapter 2.3).


The yoke of Christ is to make disciples. It is written: "the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Jesus also said, "I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Jesus did not come to remove the suffering of this world. Chapter 5 of this book shows that suffering is a device used by God to draw men into life. Christ came to give life to the dead, in a world full of trouble (John 16:33), until He someday returns to take God's children to Paradise.

As I said before, the yoke of Christ is to make disciples. You will receive rest as you lay your burden down and pick up the yoke of Christ to make disciples. Notice to whom He called to this yoke and this rest... "all you who labor and are heavily burdened." That is you and I. This is explained from the scriptures in subchapter 2.3. 
Making Disciples is not something that only elite Christians are supposed to do. All Christians have been commanded to make disciples. This is presented in the appendix (A5).


To be intimate with God, we must follow Him. We must do what He is doing. We must take up the yoke of Christ. If we do, we receive rest, intimacy with God. If we don't take up His yoke we are what Jesus called "lukewarm" The lukewarm path is one of misery. But the yoke of Christ results in rest. But we experience suffering whether we are lukewarm or bearing the yoke of Christ. Suffering will not end until the age to come. So, essentially, I suggest that you lay down your burdens and pick up His. I know that it seems crazy to receive rest by bearing the burden of Christ. But that's the way it is. The Yoke of Christ and the perils of the lukewarm path are explained from the scriptures in subchapters 2.3 and 2.7, respectively. 

Prayer to pray now: 
Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the harvest (Prayer from Matthew 9:38, micro-subchapter 4.4a). 

When He is ready, he will send you. This is not something that you decide on your own. You must follow spiritual authority in the spiritual realm. You ask, He sends. It will happen at the time He chooses. This is explained in subchapter 2.3. 

So, ask the Lord of the harvest to send  workers into the harvest. 

Please pause and pray this prayer now. 


... pause for prayer ... 


Pray this prayer daily until He sends you. I don't mean that He will send you into another country. Praying this prayer is your obedience until He brings you into a disciple making situation... wherever you may be at the time. When He does this, you repeat the words of the Father and pray. You will ask God to give you words to speak. Then you will speak the words that He gives you (Ephesians 6:18,19, micro-subchapter 4.4b). That is how you make disciples.

That is the end of Part 1 of my response to your question. Please read the next discussion post for Part 2.

Part 2 of My response to amabel

Part 2

Join a Bible Study and Prayer Group 
It is vital is to be in Bible study and prayer with other Christians who will pray for you and with you. 
  • "Now there are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are various kinds of service, and the same Lord. 6 There are various kinds of workings, but the same God, who works all things in all. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith, by the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, by the same Spirit; 10 and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discerning of spirits; to another different kinds of languages; and to another the interpretation of languages. 11 But the one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing to each one separately as he desires" (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). 


Spiritual profit awaits you as you gather with other believers. You will use your gifts for the benefit of others and other will use theirs to your benefit. You may not think that you have a contribution to make in the group, but you do. Notice that in verse 7 it said "to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the profit of all." This is not accomplished by listening to a teacher in a group. You need to be in group where the individuals in the group interact with each other prayerfully and scripturally. All of this is explained in detail from the scriptures in subchapter 7.3. 

If you don't have a group to pray and study scripture with then start one. You only need one other Christian to form a group. Ask God to lead that first person to you. Chapter 7 shows you how to lead a group. Subchapter 1.2 shares some other methods. Click here to learn how to lead a prayer meeting. 

Now you have prayed the prayers I asked you to pray. What now? I suggest that you pray through the introduction and first chapter of this book. Do this as many times and for as many years as our Lord draws you into it. 

In that regard, I will share my experience with you and then pray for you. 


MY EXPERIENCE: 
Some years ago, I was frustrated by my poor performance as a follower of God. I had been a Child of God for some forty years. I had faith and was exerting much effort into growing closer to God. I memorized and studied scripture and read numerous Christian books. I had hundreds. But I was not growing in my faith. I was not becoming a better person. I concluded that God would not be pleased with me on judgement day. 

So, I began to search for writings of those who had suffered for their faith. Was there something in their faith that was so precious and powerful, that they would never let go of it... even in intense persecution? Maybe such a person could guide me. 

After much reading, I settled on the book "Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ", written in 1685 by Jeanne Guyon. This book has had greater impact on my life than any other, except scripture. She spent many years in prison for writing it. 

Before reading Guyon's book, I had approached the Bible as a source of knowledge. But Guyon approached scripture as a point of contact... a point of contact for fellowship with God. Her approach tapped into power. Mine did not. 

I have read Guyon's book for many years. So far, I have read the first three chapters over forty times. My thought processes underwent many reversals as I studied her experience of "fellowship with God" through scripture. Through many years, I compiled scriptures which prove this "fellowship with God". Then I condensed them into a form that can be distributed inexpensively and read quickly. These scriptures are in this book. They are authoritative. 

I believe that the reason for which this book has been written is to bring about a Great Awakening... that this awakening will spread through laymen... laymen who walk by the Spirit... laymen who repeat the words of the Father and pray. 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU: 
Oh my Lord, consider your servant Amabel. Hear her cry. Draw her into the prayer that never ends... into that intimate walk in Your presence. Give her to drink from Your joy and power, in Your Spirit, from Your words, in her prayers, and through Your people. My Lord, I pray this prayer not only for Amabel, but for everyone with Amabel's desire for intimacy with You... for everyone who reads this post, from all over the world. All praise to Your name, Yahweh! Your are King of Kings and Lord of Lords! You are master, savior, creator and the quiet voice within. I ask all these things for Your glory and Yours alone.... I ask these things for her benefit. Praise your name! I praise Your name for what You have done... and for what You will do! 
Amen!

Amabel,
If you have other questions, please contact me again.

Your brother in Christ,

Jim Phillips

How to start a bible study prayer group on facebook?

Dear Armstrong,

Your Message:
I want to say thank you, God's servant for answering the call of God of your life and yielding yourself to the Holy Spirit as instrument of viable transformation therewith for this dying world. 

The way I stumbled into this kingdom master piece, "FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD IN THE SIXTH PATH" is categorized as God's orchestration; a friend inquired of me on how he could start an online prayer group and after waving the thought of ignoring him or asking him to search the web, I did the searching myself, thus stumbling into this wholesome master piece of God's heartbeat; and just by perusing over it I got stuck with chapter 2, and that alone seemed to have restructured my inner recesses as I learnt that "reading the Bible is not having fellowship with God, though one step of doing but falls short of fellowship with God"; so prayer and Bible study must be "concurrently done ,rather than sequentially " 

By this, i'm already having the push to start a Bible study Prayer group in Facebook even though I don't fully know how to get started. I shall endeavor to go through the entire free book . Thank you, Pastor and God bless you for this kingdom work.



My Response:
As I read your message I praised God for His work in you and asked Him to give me a response. 

I have used Facebook very little. But after thinking prayerfully, I believe that the following is worth a try. 

Basically, post a short scripture and let participants know that you will be answering three questions about it: 
  • What does the scripture say about Man? 
  • What does the scripture say about God? 
  • What does it say that we can Pray? 

  • Then you pray those prayers!



After the three questions have been answered by various participants, then the participants will pray those prayers by texting them into Facebook. This is an adaptation of Step 3 from the Four Step Bible Study in subchapter 7.1. The Leaders Guide in subchapter 7.2 provides some guidance regarding this step. 

I suggest that you begin the meeting with prayer (Opening prayer and also prayers for individual needs). This is adapted from Step 1 in the Four Step Bible Study. You could open by texting a prayer of praise along with requests that God would open your hearts to respond to His word. Then you could ask participants to text their prayer needs. All participants could pray silently as needs are being texted.

FINAL STEP AFTER THREE MEETINGS:
After your group has had several meetings as I have described above... and after they are comfortable with them, you could add another step to the end of your meeting. The Group leader could read God's words to God while offering prayers pertinent to the passage. This is Step 4 in the Four Step Bible Study. The Group leader could do the first verse and then let others do the remaining verses.  

If you read the introduction and agenda for the Four Step Bible Study in chapter 7, you will see that I included Steps 1, 3 and 4, but did not include Step 2 in my suggestions above. I did not include Step 2 because I thought it would be difficult to do that step by text on a Facebook page with participants who are participating by phone. Now Step 2 plays a critical role in engaging participants intimately with the living God. But I believe that a group leader, who becomes comfortable reading God's words to God, can accomplish the goals of Step 2 by leading the group to do the FINAL STEP AFTER THREE MEETINGS, as described above. 

WHAT SCRIPTURE SHOULD YOU USE FOR YOUR MEETINGS?
I have already prepared Study Arrangements for most New Testament books. Just open subchapter 7.5 and select a book from the list.  Use the Context Passage for Meeting 1 for your first meeting. Use the Context Passage for Meeting 2 for your second meeting, and  so on. Continue that way until your group has prayed through the entire book.  

 In this way, you will be better equipped to understand each passage. Here is why. When you begin to pray through chapter 2 of Ephesians, for example, you will have already prayed through all of chapter 1 in previous meetings. So, you will have the proper context to understand chapter 2. You will have interacted with the Holy Spirit in every sentence of chapter 1, before you interact with chapter 2. And just as important... the Holy Spirit will have interacted with you in every sentence of chapter 1, before you interact with Him in chapter 2. 

By the way, the activities of the Holy Spirit are described, in detail, from the scriptures, in chapter 3.


Conclusion:
Armstrong, my brother in Christ, please prayerfully consider and prayerfully adjust my suggestions as His Holy Spirit leads you. This book is read in 190 countries and 50 languages. Each nation has different traditions and different ways of interacting. If you find something that works better in your culture, please let me know!

I pray that God will fill you with His Spirit, to hear His voice... to walk by His Spirit... to make disciples of all nations... to the praise of His name... and all this for His glory, and His glory alone!!! Amen!


I am one who points to Him...  Creator, King, Comforter, Savior, Judge, Father and Brother. He perfectly pours forth love, mercy, grace, loving discipline and justice! 

I am one who prays for God to bring life to the dead... for a Global Great Awakening... to be led by laymen... who repeat the words of the Father and pray!

I am your brother in Christ,

Jim Phillips

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