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Mar 29, 2023·edited Mar 29, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

You ask a lot of really great questions. I rely on God's Word for answers and I look to the whole counsel of it and not just the bits and pieces I pull out for a specific question. I do look to wise teachers sometimes but always weigh their answers against the Word itself. Then I rely on the Holy Spirit to confirm truth.

John 16:13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come."

Faith in Jesus is a very simple concept and yet it's hard to explain to someone why you can be so sure of who you have placed your faith in if they don't accept Scripture as truth. Often they rely on their own wisdom or others who sound like they have wisdom. But trying to prove you are right as opposed to just loving them where they are never works. Love gives us the opening to speak truth, just as Jesus lived out.

That view from the pier as morning begins to break! What a beautiful place for a prayer walk.

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Mar 29, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

What a beautiful location for a prayer walk. Thank you Donny. I was fortunate, I grew up in a Christian home. I attended A country church with my mother every Sunday. My dad never attended church in the morning, he always went at night though and for special events. And I always remember my parents tithing. I accepted Jesus as a young child, about seven or eight, and re-dedicating my life when I was in my mid 20s. I remember my mother reading her Bible, and she was always telling me that the answers to life could be found in the Bible. I don’t remember her praying in the spirit, but that doesn’t matter to me. I pray in the spirit sometimes but not at all times. I do Bible studies when I can And and attend a good church. But I did grow up in a country Catholic neighborhood. And my friends were mostly Catholic, and I knew they didn’t believe like I believed, but it didn’t matter, because I was taught to love and respect them and their families. I today have many friends of many faiths and religions. They know how I believe, and I know how most of them believe. And it’s not for me to judge them, but to love them. And that is what I try to do. Thank you Donny For this beautiful walk in the wee hours of the morning. Thank you for loving us, and thank you for being our friend. Many blessings to you.

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🙂🙏🏼 it is my absolute pleasure to be part of this community.

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Donny, I don’t have all the answers but I have at least one. Back in the 70’s my father had a bicycle shop. Technically it was my first job. My mother had one of her friends who would come by just to visit. One day she was there I expressed my total faith in Jesus. She was quick to respond to me she didn’t believe my way. I loved that lady in spite of her rejection of my Jesus. I watched her life unfold. It wasn’t a pretty show. She had resentment from her mother’s comparing her to her sister and her own son did not live up to her expectations. The woman died alone, denying she had a son at all. Trusting God my might not work for someone else. The point is I look for Jesus to be reflected in anothers eyes. That is all the proof I look for , I’m their friend not their guide. Even if I don’t understand I pray in the spirit because He knows and understands. I will continue to pray 🙏 for you my friend.

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thank you for your prayers

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Praying is sometimes easy it’s the waiting that is hard. The test God gives He is silent.

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Mar 29, 2023·edited Mar 29, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

Morning, Donny ~ I really appreciate today’s Prayer Walk. I had an ah-ha moment. Over the first part of my life, I studied psychology, philosophy and religion. I made my choices (how? -- well, that's still a good question) and then lived accordingly. There have been ups & downs, but generally life has been fulfilling and meaningful.

Recently, I have joined some online groups where I don’t seem to fit or feel comfortable. I was starting to wonder what was wrong with me. Now, I realize why. Many of them are still searching, looking for meaning; and I am only trying to verify or confirm what I already believe -- in my later years.

I don’t know if that is very clear (probably sounds a bit goofy) Ha! but thanks again for being God’s messenger for me. ~ Jan xoxo

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thank you for sharing. that didn't sound "goofy" to me.

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Mar 30, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

Where do I go for answers? I seek God and His Word! There are times I bring in trusted friends to help confirm truths.

I grew up Amish; a very cultic religion that is hard core steeped in their traditions and any one who walks away is rejected in every way. Well, let’s say 20 years ago when I was saved and walked away it was rejection to the core. Now some aren’t quite as bad; they’ve grown lax. Why did I say all that? Cause of how do I show someone who doesn’t believe as I do my Jesus?? By loving them and accepting them cause it’s the exact opposite of what they do when someone does something differently then they do! My Jesus loves every one and accepts them as they are. I now have hope; He lives within.

Many thought provoking questions that I want to study more!

Love the scenery! I would love to visit Canada some day but this will suffice till that day comes, if it ever does!

God bless!

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Thank you for sharing. I don't know much about the Amish but they make really good food.

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Mar 30, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

That most of them can do! They need salvation so bad; they are steeped in their name as their god; most being so brainwashed that they don’t realize what they’re doing.

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we can pray and love

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Mar 31, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

Yes! That’s why I’m grateful for any chance I get to see my family that is still Amish; praying that whatever they see and hear will speak them. I pray it’s Jesus they see and hear!

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Laura -- that took a lot of courage to walk away from your Amish family. Your faith must have been really strong & you must have wonderful friends. Are you still estranged from family after all these years?

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I am still estranged from some of my family, but some have become open to me being around them. It has put me in a place where I’ve had no one but God so that at this point I would not/could not live without Him. I did not have much of a support system when I left; I do now! It was definitely a decision you count the cost before you do it! Thank you for responding!

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Mar 29, 2023·edited Mar 29, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

Thank you Donny for this prayer walk packed full of thoughts and questions that challenge me to think deeper, bigger and broader. Where do I go for answers? I go where I get results, get answers, where I truly believe my requests will be heard. I have no doubts that Jesus listens to me, hears me, answers me, although not always the way I want. I am very grateful to have this assurance in my life. It is natural to question and search throughout our life. I have used historical accounts, apologetics and logic but eventually I have to rely on faith to complete my search. Hebrews 11:1 “now faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” The most effective witness of my faith to others is when the love and peace of my faith shines through me, not in a superior way but in a way that leads them to desire to know more about that peace, fulfillment and assurance. Because I am human I do not always succeed, but a Godly witness is always my desire. God bless you Donny on your journey and thank you for being a witness for your faith.

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Donny thank you for taking the time for these walks, you are appreciated for all the time and knowledge you pour into this community 🙏 Obviously first I go to God in prayer for answers but at times it’s laid upon my heart to reach out to friends & family that I know will “shoot is straight”, often people satisfy you with what you want to hear. I reach out friends because I know their answer will be honest even if “the truth hurts”. I pray often for the knowledge and wisdom to help me with things I don’t understand and can’t control and this community has prayed often for me to help with that. I recently felt the Holy Spirit grasp me and felt it from my head to my toe, and this I know was confirmation of God telling me to be still because even when I can’t see him his presence is felt and he IS walking with me🙏 thank you Donny for always challenging us with these questions :)

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Donny - Thank you again for a prayer walk that makes us think and seriously look as to how or what we base any decision we make. Earlier in life and especially during the times I call it "back-slidden," I based my decisions out of fear and pride. 99% of the time those decisions either back fired or the outcomes may have worked out like "I" wanted, but it wasn't necessarily the best thing for me. To gain acceptance and make me feel or think better about myself, I made decisions that made temporarily "feel" good about myself, but most of the time, they would not work out. I can think of one decision in my life that I made during college that nearly cost me my family and not graduate from college. Long story short, my boyfriend at the time was domineering and I thought I "loved" him, but to be honest, I was more infatuated with the idea of having a boyfriend. Trying to prove to myself that I was "cool" in having a boyfriend. Praise God for my mother's "tough" love that she saw the light and basically told me to choose him or them. Fast forward to today and especially this past year, God has taught me what "love" really is and finally I can honestly say I'm still learning and accepting God's unconditional love each day, but God has instilled me the sincere passion for loving others and accepting them with all their flaws and imperfections as we should. God's word, His truth along with fervent prayer is literally what I personally try and base any decision on. I do my best with failures of course to try and really listen to how and when God speaks to me before I attempt on making any decision large or small. Depending on the decision, I will enlist prayer warriors to help me pray through it. This past year has taught me so many things, how to truly accept people, love them, love myself and know I'm only worthy because God truly loves me for who I am as He created me. He created all of us and we are his masterpiece. Little long, but I truly pray and hope what and how God has used you and others in this community to bring me to this point in my life will sustain me through the rest of my years on this earth until my death or when Jesus comes whichever occurs first. I am so grateful to how God has used and worked through you and this community to where I am today. It humbles and blesses me so much. We all can be used as His vessels to encourage others but only through His love and grace.

One Bible verse I read this morning about God and no longer living in fear is 1 John 4:18 - Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgement, and this shows that his love has not been perfected in us.

God's love is unconditional and is so vast and amazing, and I choose to place my trust in Him and Him alone.

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Anne, I relate totally to what you are sharing. Oh my, especially in my teenage young adult years, I relied on my relationships to 'fix' broken me. What a mess I was. I was so thankful when I was les to the Lord. Those depth of those insecurities were gone. Oh yeah, I have made many mistakes and turned off the narrow path, but then I realize Jesus really is the only way, truth and LIFE. I am so thankful for the living word of God.

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Amen Deborah! Through the years, I’ve let pride take over and then I would what I call back slide in my relationship with God. My mistake but I only seek Jesus’ way now. Pride still peeks his head now and then but not like it used too’

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Mar 30, 2023·edited Mar 30, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

Thank you Donny for another great Prayer Walk. I have put my faith in Father God, Jesus my Saviour and Holy Spirit my comforter, teacher and guide in all things. Having said that it can be a hard road and one that often raises lots of questions. I really find it hard when other Christians judge what others are doing without even asking what path God has them on, or not even wanting to listen to what they have to say. My insecurities often raise up and make me think that when people do certain things or don't do certain things that they are mad at me for something and so I try to work out what I may have done wrong or maybe haven't done something I should have. I am learning to give these over to Holy Spirit and let him fill me with love and his presence and truth. Probably not making sense here but I do put my faith in the Triune God and trust I will grow more and more each day into the person He created me to be,

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My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. I have learned to 'test the spirits' Jn 4:4. If a source does not believe Jesus died and then rose again, in the flesh it can not be true.

We have an enemy that constantly schemes to deceive and all must be aware. Christ consciousness is not Jesus incarnate and will fall. Christ consciousness is empty and ultimately leads to eternal bondage, and it ain't pretty.

As the old hymn, I need Thee oh I need Thee, every hour.

I am so very thankful He is here, He lives in me and as I remain in Him, the vine, my life will be fruitful.

So thankful He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion.

Thank you for the White Rock Pier prayer walk. Love, love that and grew up going to White Rock almost every Sunday in the summer to visit our cousins. (Decades ago!)Had many wonderful picnics on the beach and swims in the ocean.

Look to the Lord, the author and perfecter of our faith.

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Mar 29, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

There is none other than the God who mysteriously and graciously reveals himself in the trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! It is in this God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit that I seek answers and in Him I find peace and understanding, despite my sinful nature and all the faults I commit as a human being.

God is emphatic in the scriptures about whom and where we should seek answers, that is, nothing can or should be put in the place of our Lord God, nor compared to Him! There is no other 'god' who does what He did for all mankind, by sending His son, Jesus Christ, to live the sacrifice of Calvary!

I love what Jesus says in Matthew 22:37-40, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and challenging commandment, because our human nature can lead us in the opposite direction.

The second commandment is: You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. In his ministry on earth, Jesus gave importance to the issue of love for others, this is evident when we observe that Jesus did not use his power and authority to meet his own will, Jesus does not kill his hunger, Jesus feeds the crowd, Jesus does not heal your pain, Jesus heals the sick, Jesus does not free himself He frees the captives.

Thanks for the walk and message!

This new Prayer Walk submission schedule is great! Thus, she will be part of my devotional.

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Mar 30, 2023Liked by Donny Mac

My first thought in answer to the question, "where do you actually go for answers" is The Word. But on reflection, I have to admit to often going to friends and seeking out their thoughts. Over the years attending Bible study groups, I have to say there have been times when the answers to uncomfortable questions were a shrug of the shoulders, and putting aside the question.

My church is one where The Word is taught every Sunday, with Bible open, cross references explored, Greek or Hebrew defined, and context given.

A bible teacher once said, "Go to The Throne (meaning God), not the phone". Digging through the word and meditating on it has to be primary for me. Friends and teachers in discussion groups help motivate me to dig deeper in the word, but as wonderful as friends are, sometimes they are wrong.

Thanks to all here who keep pointing us to God's Word.

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I apologize Donny as this is my second post on this prayer walk but I want to commend you for bringing together a community that is so good about celebrating and sharing love. The more I read of the faith and love of the members of this community the more I am blessed and humbled. Job well done Donny.

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Praise and Glory to the God in heaven.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

He Came to Free Us

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“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.”

—Luke 4:18

No doctor can heal a broken heart. He or she may be able to do other things for your heart, but a doctor can’t get to the source of your emotional problem. Only Jesus can heal a heart that has been broken.

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free” (Luke 4:18 NLT).

Here are Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18 in the New King James Version: “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.” Jesus came to heal brokenhearted people. Even when we pray fervently, for God to heal someone close to us, He heals in His way, not ours. My heart has been broken in the loss of my husband, but I know He is healed and with Jesus. Maybe your heart breaks from the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, or perhaps constant failures. Maybe your family has let you down and it seems like no one cares. I have let Jesus Christ heal my broken broken heart.

He came to “proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.” Are you crushed by life? Jesus can bring deliverance, but you need to want it. He came to free us—if we will go to Him, ask Him to forgive our sin, turn from it, and begin to follow Him. So my answer to your question is I go to God for everything.

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