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HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES: DO NOT SEE THEM AS ENEMIES

Spiritual intuition, patience, and an earnest sense of God’s provision for each of His children ...

I found this beautiful example on my favorite 'healing' website www.spirituality.com:

"A couple from out of state made a full-price offer on a house we had built, but with pages and pages of conditions. We accepted these conditions, but not happily. As we neared the closing date, they had problems with their mortgage lender and became even more difficult to work with. The deal seemed destined to fall apart. I was praying with Paul’s admonition to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness” (Eph. 5:11). At first I thought it meant we were to have no fellowship with the other people, the buyers. But then a riveting angel message turned my thought around 180 degrees. I realized that the “unfruitful works of darkness” are all the mortal thoughts that seem to disturb and muddy the waters, such as distrust, criticism, annoyance, fault-finding, etc. These are unfruitful, nonproductive. So I made a vigorous effort to have no fellowship with these, and to prayerfully include everyone involved in the impartial and universal love of God. Immediately, I was led to make a personal visit to the buyers’ attorney, and the result was that all the difficulties were resolved in a fair and harmonious way, and we did conclude the transaction." Christine, Illinois, United States

I love this sentence: "I realized that the 'unfruitful works of darkness' are all the mortal thoughts that seem to disturb and muddy the waters, such as distrust, criticism, annoyance, fault-finding, etc. These are unfruitful, nonproductive."

Our enemies are our thoughts about our enemies: thoughts of fear, suspicion, bigotry, distrust, disgust, intolerance, worry. In fact, the minute we stop seeing our enemies as enemies, we heal the rift.

Our enemies can also be our thoughts about ourselves, including our fears of financial insecurity, accidents, disease, terrorism and all sorts of fears of losing what we have or not getting what we want.

God came alive for me after studying metaphysics when I was very young. Later, after working a 12-step program, God became a force that was powerful, tangible and real. I experienced so many absolutely undeniable "miracles" I could no longer pretend spiritual power was an accident. From there, I deepened my spiritual study.

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Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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Good post.

This is something that if fully implemented will help you discern the truth from fear.

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"Your thoughts are what frighten you. Choose to change them, and the fear is gone. Your thoughts are what cause you to be frustrated, angry, disappointed, impatient and uncomfortable. And your thoughts can also take you far away from all those things.For your thoughts can transform anger into forgiveness, disappointment into determination, discomfort into inspiration, and fear into love. The choice is always yours".

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