Success is Knowing and Obeying God, Even When We Suffer

As Christians, we need not be dismayed when we suffer in this life. Those who love the Lord are the enemies of the evil one and his demons. Because the real battle is unseen, we can be blind to the oppression inflicted against us. Satan often prefers that we do not know that it is him who is attacking us. He wants non-believers to be oblivious to the help and hope available to them through Jesus Christ. He wants us who believe in the Lord Jesus to see ourselves as undeserving victims of God, or as foolish and doomed martyrs in the cause of Christ. He assigns the demons to attack us in the ways that we are most vulnerable. The evil one even uses people who, with or without knowing it, are controlled and manipulated by him to hurt us. He tries to convince us that unpleasant or painful dilemmas are evidence that the Lord does not really love us and is not really good.

Especially when we do not have the answers about why we are suffering, the evil one attempts to convince us that God is punishing us. His accusations, of course, are filled with deception. He will do anything in his power to try to stop us from using every situation for the glory of God—even what appears, in human wisdom, to be failure. Satan wants us to blame ourselves or blame God for what we experience as painful because he knows that God’s plan is good for each who believes in Him through Jesus Christ. Each and every circumstance that God allows, whether we perceive it as good or bad, and as a success or a failure, has an eternal, good purpose.

If you are in a painful situation, Satan is either hoping to keep you from knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or he is maneuvering to impede you as you serve God. Jesus is our only protection from the evil one and his demons. They are in fact terrified of Jesus. Jesus Christ has authority over everything in heaven and on earth. Satan does not want you to know this and remember this as you are suffering. He wants you to focus on yourself through what you think and how you feel about circumstances. He wants to distract your attention away from our Lord so you will not seek and receive the strength, power, courage, and wisdom that is in Jesus Christ and revealed by Him to us through the Holy Spirit.

Sometimes, when we suffer, we do not understand that the reason for the difficulty is to bring glory to God. We can become discouraged by struggles, and see ourselves as failures when we forget to trust the Word of God rather than how we feel, the perceptible challenges that face us, or what we are thinking. Everything God allows is to be used to further His Kingdom. We do not fail as long as we obey Him.

Our Lord is faithful. At the right time, He will reveal the specific reason that He has allowed oppression by the evil one. Perhaps God is speaking to you through these words you are reading. Maybe He is calling you to Him through Jesus Christ. Maybe He is confirming that what you are experiencing is to draw you near to Him so that you can fully know His purpose for allowing your circumstances. Listen to His whisper to your heart. God wastes nothing. He will make known to you what you are to do with your situation.

If you are suffering for the Lord, what can you do? Praise Him for the opportunity to serve Him. Be diligent in reading His Word and dwelling on it. Ask God what you are to know and to do for Him. Ask God what the evil one is trying to accomplish or prevent. We can persist, overcome, and succeed by obeying what God tells us to do with whatever we face. Suffering for the Kingdom of God is a tremendous honor from our Lord. The works to which He calls us, as the result of serving Him through difficulties, are more important than anything we could treasure in this world. Suffering for the Lord brings us closer to Him. It gives us a greater appreciation of what He has done for us. It permeates us with reverent awe of His love and provision for us. And, one day, when we see Jesus face to face, we will know that persisting with faith and through obedience, when we suffer in His will, is the epitome of success. Further, what we do for the Lord, in and through suffering, is success that lasts forevermore.

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:17, NLT

For He is good; His love endures forever

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. ∽Psalm 106:1

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Psalm 106 starts out Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Why is God good; because His love endures forever. God’s people Israel saw God’s love first hand when they left Egypt. God worked through Moses and Aaron to do multiple miracles so that Israel could go into the wilderness to worship their God, Yeshua. God’s love was shown through each plague that the Egyptians endured for holding onto the Israelites. God said ‘let my people go’ but Pharaoh continue to hold the Israelites. The Psalmist knows these miracles first hand and is giving God honor in his Praise the Lord. Let us all ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.’ We also have stories we can tell of God’s love for us. Recently, the Lord has blessed me with furniture but it was somewhere else and I needed to pick it up. So, I call my church and arranged the getting rid of one couch and picking up another couch. We have a plan and then the Lord has a plan; well, I like the Lord’s plan better. My plan wasn’t going anywhere and it was snowing each of my plan days so I gave up and God came through and I just opened doors for two guys. Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. ∽Psalm 106:1

God’s love endures forever. God’s love endures, withstands, suffers, stands, bears, perseveres, remains, carry on these are some of the adjectives for endure. God love is not short live for when I am good but forever. Israelites had a history of forgetting what God had done and did not wait for his counsel. ᶦ⁴In the desert they gave in to their cravings; in the wasteland they put God to the test. ᶦ⁵So He gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease upon them. (Psalm 106:14-15) Sometimes the Lord’s love will give us what we most want but it will be a cost to our freedom or life. For example eating too much caffeine for some of us could cause debilitating illness now or later on in our life; giving us a man or woman that is not right for us because we want them could cause misery for years on end; the job of a lifetime that is within reach but still unavailable we want it and in the end it’s not what you thought and it destroys your family life; and finances are in the red and you don’t want to give up that house even though the Lord says too and you want it. Sometimes, we need to go through the valley so that we can have the mountain views with the Lord. We think we know better than the Lord and we fall like the Israelites because we want control at any cost; the cost of your spouse, children, finances, health, and relationship to God.

When you become blind and deaf you have made an idol for your selves like the Israelites. At Horeb they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal. ²⁰They exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull, which eats grass. We also exchange our Glory (God’s visible presence) for designer clothes, sports teams- TV programs (when we arrange our day around our TV), money, credit cards, electronics, toys, and etc…They become our gods and we exchange them for God. God says bulls eat grass. In Romans 1:22-25 says: Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools ²³and exchanged the glory of the immoral God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. ²⁴Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. ²⁵They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator ⎯ who is forever praised. Amen. God is forever praised but gods are not.

We forget God and the miracles He did at the Red Sea where He parted the water and let Israel walk on dry land. So He said He would destroy them ⎯ had not Moses, His chosen one, stood in the breach before Him to keep His wrath from destroying them. Moses stood in the breach to take the wrath on behalf of the Israelites and saved them. Who is standing in your breach before God?

But the people continue to complain and despise the pleasant land. God’s wrath burned again…²⁶He swore to them with uplifted hand that He would make them fall in the desert, ²⁷make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter them throughout the lands. ²⁸They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods; they provoked the Lord to anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them. ³⁰But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked (stopped). ³ᶦThis was credited to him righteousness for endless generations to come. (Psalm 106:26-31) Who is standing in to intervene for you?

One of the commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Horeb was “You shall not have no other gods before me.”  (Exodus 20:3) Israel was to serve God only and we are commanded to obey the same command. We are to worship God alone…There will be no seeking, praying, worshiping any spirits, the dead or ‘other gods’ but worshiping the true God. (Lev.17:7; Duet. 6:4; 32:17; Ps. 106:37; 1Cor. 10:19-20)

Israelites mingled with their neighbors and adopted their ways. ³⁶They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. ³⁷They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. ³⁸They shred innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. ³⁹They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves. (Psalm 106:35-39)

We also mingle with our neighbors (world) and want what they have. We buy the best homes and cars and go on better vacations. We marry our children off to pagan spouses and fellowship with pagan friends. We adapt to their pagan holidays and begin to worship their gods of fun. We forget that God is a jealous God and that He desires a relationship with you and that church is not enough to breach the gap in your relationship. Who will stand and intervene for you?

God became angry because His chosen people were out of control and He had to bring them back so He handed them over to the nations to be oppressed. Many times the Lord wanted to deliver them but they were bent on rebellion. Does that sound familiar to you? We are like the Israelites that we want our way. The Lord will hand us over to our self and we will destroy ourselves. Or like the Israelites we will call out “Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord.” (Psalm 106:47-48)

Who will intervene for you? Are you calling out to God to save me?

God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Believe on Jesus Christ for He carried our sins and pay the price on the cross…Repent of your idols…surrender your control and ask Jesus Christ to come live inside you so you can reflect God’s glory.

Thank you, Jesus that you stand in the gap so that the wrath of God is extinguished. Thank you, Father that your grace is efficient for us.

Lord Jesus you who carried our infirmities and carried our sorrows to the cross let us laid our burdens down and pick them up no more. I pray that you will be our all and all that we will not have other gods before you but cling to the desires of your heart. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord. In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.

You Just Have to Do It!

risk taking

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Robert F. Kennedy

Every day people take risks that could ultimately provoke danger, mishap, or loss, all for the chance to win at this game called ‘life’. Some do indeed have victory, while others are defeated, only to get back up and try again.

How many of you can say, you’ve taken risks? Have a dared to start a new business venture, write a book, or close a potentially big deal that made you lots of money? Or is what you dream about only that…a dream?

No one has the opportunity to succeed unless they were willing to fail first. And to be honest, they may have failed many times. But the key is to NOT QUIT!

Try these strategies when you decide to take the next leap of faith: 5 Ways to be Better at Risk Taking

And let me add my own advice to you:

1. Always know that if God sent you to it, He will bring you through it.

2. God always makes provision for the vision He has given you.

3. There is nothing new under the sun. Remember what you have thought about others may have already tried, failed, and quit! The difference is: Don’t you quit!

4. Each risk will bring you further and further to the promise. Keep etching away!

5. One day you will look back at how far you’ve come and you’ll say, ‘I Made It!’

Prayer:

Lord help me to learn to follow you. As you say ‘YES’, I will go. I won’t run from risks because if it’s truly of you, you will direct and guide me into all truth. Keep me from the path of the enemy and allow my steps to be ordered by you. After I’ve done all I can, you will prosper me and let me look back, if only for a moment, to see from whence I came. And I will be sure to give You the glory. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Victory comes when you trust and rely on Jesus Christ!

Life in the world is full of problems of which people are desperate to find solutions. No matter what terrible situation we face in the world we can get solution through our Lord Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can fix any problems that are impossible for a mere human. When we rely on the word of God which is Jesus Christ, submit and surrender ourselves in all areas of our life by being obedient to his commandments and laws, we live a victorious life.

When family doesn’t understand you, and when your friends don’t seem to care remember Jesus Christ understands and cares for you. Jesus alone is the answer to all kinds of problems.

When no one stands by you when you face any troubles or crises, remember Jesus Christ will stand by you and give you strength.

When you have lost your path and direction remember Jesus Christ will direct your paths, guiding you through out your life.

When relationships fail to support you, remember Jesus Christ, he has all the support you needed.

When you are going through some of the worst crisis period of your life remember Jesus Christ stood by you like a firm rock offering you unbound support showing you the ray of hope.

When your time get so rough and your heart feels like its breaking, remember the only person you could ever trust whole heartedly is Jesus Christ.

When no one else seems to share your sorrow and trials, remember Jesus Christ shares your sorrow and trials and get rid of your pain.

When you need something, remember to ask from Jesus Christ because he will supply all your physical needs.

When people let you down in your life, remember Jesus Christ will never forsake you but encourage you with his powerful words.

When you are in trouble and cry out for help remember Jesus Christ is on his way to help you at the time of your need.

When you do something wrong remember Jesus Christ, he will forgive you and set you straight.

When you are in fear and despair, remember Jesus Christ, he will strengthen you; he will help you and uphold you with his victorious right hand.

When you wanted someone who is loving, caring and understanding remember Jesus Christ who will accept you for who you are.

When you Have loneliness, frustration, and fear taken control of your thoughts, pain is too much to bear and there is no one on your side remember Jesus Christ he will take your pain and give you rest and peace.

When your loved one stabs you from the back remember Jesus Christ he will love you with unconditional love.

When you have hopeless situations and could see no way out remember Jesus Christ to see His loving hands moving upon your situations, and soon you will be out of the troubles.

When you do not have a good friend remember Jesus Christ is a good and best friend who cares for you and He knows all about you, even knows your thoughts and the number of hairs on your head.

When you are hungry and there is none to feed you remember Jesus Christ he is the provider for He is the bread of life and He meets all your needs.

When no one is there to listen to you remember Jesus Christ, he is waiting patiently to welcome you. He wants you to come to Him about everything that concerns you.

When people did not hear your requests or concerns or prayers, remember Jesus Christ, in His perfect timing he will grant your request.

Whenever you have a bad news from doctors, remember Jesus Christ is the Great Physician who ever came to heal the sickness of the world.

Whenever you feel broken hearted, remember Jesus Christ, He is very close to you for he is your greatest encourager, motivator and the biggest supporter.

Whenever you are in danger remember Jesus Christ, for He is your refuge and fortress and his Blood has the power to heal you, to free you, to protect and cleanse you from all dangers.

When people have rejected you, remembers Jesus Christ, he waits for you with open arms to accept you.

Whatever problem you may ever face in the life remember Jesus Christ for he is the answer. Trust in Him and rely on Him in everything, you will never go wrong anywhere.

When people mislead you and bring you shame remember Jesus Christ, he will never mislead you for He is the way, the truth, and the life.

When people do not have time for you, remember Jesus Christ, he longs to spend time with you .He never cancels your appointment in His appointment book.

When people are trying to harm you physically and mentally, remember Jesus Christ, he will protect you from all harm and watches over your life, he watches over your coming and going   both now and forevermore.

Whenever you face terrible dangers, accidents remember Jesus Christ; His divine protection has saved you from many physical dangers.

Whenever you love and surrender yourself humbly before Jesus Christ, there is no evil or danger that could come near you.

 Whenever People make promises and then don’t follow through, remember Jesus Christ, he will  never fail you nor forsake you

for he  is the same yesterday and today and for ever.

Whenever you are addicted to destructive bad evil habits and you think you can’t overcome it, surrender to Jesus Christ, he will wipe your tears and make you whole again.

When your friends let you down and never care for you again remember Jesus Christ, he  is the only totally reliable ,flawless ,all-satisfying friend for you.

Whenever you get cheated, remember Jesus Christ he will protect you against being deceived by cheaters if you walk in his light, truth and the way.

Whenever the law fails in the world, remember Jesus Christ his law is righteous, even Earth may pass away but his law never fails for he is the Judge of All the Earth.

Whenever your family and friends have closed their doors for you, remember Jesus Christ for He is the door the one who opens and closes doors in your life for he is Door of Opportunity, Door of Salvation, Door of Deliverance and Door of miracles.

 Whenever you lose sleep or have difficulty in sleeping remember Jesus Christ, he is the one to help you and give you the peace you need to sleep and find rest.

Whenever you face financial problems turn to Jesus Christ fear God, walk uprightly in his commandments he will give you financial blessings .Wealth and riches shall be in your house.

Whenever you desire to have children but you are unable, pray and have faith in Jesus Christ, for he said all things are possible with God and God is still working in the lives of people.

Whenever you are living in a broken family relationship remember Jesus Christ and turn towards him, he will heal and restore your relationship because he is the prince of peace Comforter, and Counselor.

Whenever you are in broken marriage remember Jesus Christ, he can fix all your problems in the marriage for he alone can change the most hardened heart and dead marriage.

When you are poor and needy remember Jesus Christ, he loves you; he defends you and blesses you abundantly with all your needs.

Whenever you are possessed by devil or attacked by devil or evil people, come to Jesus Christ, his mighty name and by the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ you are redeemed out of the hands of devil and evil people and get saved and protected.

Conclusion: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor heights, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD, which is in CHRIST JESUS, our LORD. –Romans 8:38-39

Sweet Offerings

My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord Almighty. ~Malachi 1:11

When we come to the Father and offer ourselves up to him when we come to the altar. We repent and believe on Jesus Christ we become a sweet offering of pure delight to our Father; from them on we are pure in his sight. Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead carrying all our sins and diseases to the cross so that we do not have too. We have a clean slate and in his sight we do not sin no more because He conquered sin and death in our place so we can live a victorious life in Him.

When we worship Him our worship is pure and untainted because as children of God we are now free of all filth. Why, because of the blood of the cross washed away all our sins and diseases that hinder our walk to the throne. We claim alleges to the Jesus Christ and stand and proclaim that Jesus Christ is King in our lives.

Do you proclaim Jesus Christ is King in your life? Are you a sweet offering to His name or has your complaining reach the throne of God as a bitter sweet offering. Do you proclaim God with your lips but your heart is far from God? The Lord says in his word “so, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold. I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)

Children, your Father calls you do you hear His voice you who are in the wilderness he calls to the sinners and not to the self-righteous. (Matthew 9:13)

We who are sinners desperately need Jesus Christ when we come to the Lord we become a sweet offering to Jesus Christ. We proclaim his name Jesus Christ throughout the world with our confession because once we were lost now we are saved.

Once my burden was so heavy and now I’m at rest. (Matthew 11:28) Everything in my being is harmoniously working together for the good of all. I am not warring inside myself because I have Jesus Christ living inside of me and I am satisfied.

Once I was dead and now I am alive again, I was lost but now I am found because Jesus Christ brought me home. (Luke 15:24) It was nothing I did but it was all Jesus Christ doing. I was dead in my trespassing, my sin and when God brought me to himself and I repented and believe on Jesus Christ I was made alive in Him. I became that sweet aroma that pleasing sacrifice to God. When I was lost I was without God and when my Father found me He joyfully puts me on his shoulders and He took me home. (Luke 15:5, 6 NIV) I live in Him now. He is my home.

God sacrifice Jesus Christ as a pure sacrifice without blemishes so that we can enter into the throne room of God and repent and believe on Jesus Christ so that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

We thank you God for sending your son to be that sweet offering of praise for us. We thank you for the freedom of accepting you into our hearts when you call to us. Thank you Jesus Christ that you love us that much to give your life for us. Thank you. Thank you. We could not do this on our own we needed your help.

I pray that you would crucify the pride in our hearts that thinks we are better than we are. I pray that you will bring to their knees the lost and hurt children that feel that they don’t need you. I pray you will woo them with your love until they have no more excuses. In your hands I give this pray in Jesus Christ name. Amen.

Never Give Up!

Life is seems to be very-very difficult for me and my family right now. I just lost my job because of financial crisis caused obviously by the global economic downturn. Not only me actually but also my wife. The school where we used to work with faced monetary problem due to the decrease of the number of students enrolled this particular school year; which I believe is brought about by the worldwide economic turmoil. The school management was left with no other choice but to go on cost cutting. Unfortunately, we were included in the list of people to be slashed from the roster of its manpower. My heart can’t simply agree with it, but what shall I do? Yes, I’m greatly troubled; but need to calm down. Think and think and think again.

We’ve been trying to look for a quick and doable solution to our present condition, but can’t find immediate positive result. I almost lost hope, but wait a minute; why should I feel this way? Am I forgetting that there is God? Do I need to be reminded again that my “CREATOR” is always able to provide me of all my needs? No, I don’t think so!

My son be still“, most probably be the message of the Lord for me. Oh, thank you so much most gracious and loving Heavenly Father; because you’re always there to rescue me and all of those who are weary.

(Matthew 6:28-30)

Sickness: Not An Act Of God!

Daily Devotional

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38).

A lady gave birth to a child that was blind and started crying, ‘’Oh God, what has this innocent child done to be born blind? Oh God, why did you do this?’’ She held God responsible for such a misfortune out of her ignorance. Many people ignorantly attribute every mishap to an act of God; this is wrong! God is not the author of the pain, sickness and misery in the lives of many. Rather, He’s the healer, restorer, and mender of broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships.
Our opening scripture reveals God’s character and nature of love, kindness, and compassion, while revealing Satan as the one who oppresses people with sickness, hardship, pain and misery. It tells us that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him. Notice, it wasn’t God who made the people sick; but it was God who sent Jesus to heal them.
The case of blind Bartimaeus readily buttresses this. The Bible says he was born blind; not satisfied with his condition, he cried out to Jesus for help, and the Lord restored his sight (Mark 10:51-52). In this case, the man was born blind, and then Jesus healed him, proof-positive it wasn’t God who made him blind. A similar case was when Jesus and His disciples met another man who was born blind. His disciples asked Him, ‘’Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?’’ (John 9:2).
The Lord responded, ‘’…Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the word of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.’’ The devil’s work was manifested in the man’s life, which was the blindness, but the Lord Jesus went on to say, ‘’…but that the works of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of Him that sent me,’’ (John 9:3-4) and healed the man.
Evidently, God is the healer while the devil is the oppressor responsible for all the sickness, disease and misery that people suffer from! Nevertheless, thanks be unto God; He’s given us power to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out devils (Mathew 10:8). Like Jesus, you ought to go about doing good. Healing those who are oppressed of the devil, for God is with you.
Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, blessed be your Name forever for your light that shines brightly in this dark world, bringing healing, deliverance, preservation, and strength to the oppressed and afflicted, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study
1 John 3:8
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GOD, the WORD…

In the beginning (before time began) was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him (the Word) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

The Word became flesh (a human being, Jesus) and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-3 & 14

Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. (God) The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. (when you look at Jesus, you are seeing God)  John 12:44-45

My sheep (believers throughout all generations) listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can
snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”  John 10:27-30

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  1 John 5:11

Thank you Jesus!!!

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Who are you?

Firstly, a Christian is a NEW CREATION. ‘’therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.’’ To walk in the newness of life as the Bible declares is to understand that we have become new creatures with new kind of life. This life is not human. It is ZOE, The God kind of life.

We are not talking about a change, behaviour or refurbished character. We are talking about a brand new man who has never existed before. Paul says that in God (Galatians 6:15). (Ehesians 4:22-24). The new creation is a new man created in God’s divine nature of righteousness and holiness. They are his attributes. (2 Peter 1:4).

Secondly, a Christian becomes the son of God when he becomes born again. This time of a different father. Not the earthly father but the heavenly Father through his seed. ‘’Which is born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.’’ (John 1:13) behold, what manner of love the father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the SONS OF GOD’’ This is why we cry ‘’Abba Father,’’ John 1:13, Romans 8:16-17.

 

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Prosperity In Christ

What is prosperity and what does the Bible says about it? 2 Cor. 8:9, Joshua 1:7-8 prosperity is success, influence and riches. It does not only have to do with money but also health, spiritual and physical. Prosperity is God’s will. God desires for us to prosper. 3 John 2

Purpose of prosperity Deuteronomy 8:17-18

To establish Gods convert on earth

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Not many believe that Christians should be wealthy and prosperous in material things. But Apostle John clearly states that, it is God’s foremost desires for his Children to live in prosperity. ‘’Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in HEALTH, even as thy soul prospereth.’’ (3 John 2). Jesus did not only suffer for our sins and sicknesses. He also suffered for our prosperity. He paid all the necessary penalty for our freedom from poverty. 2 Corinthians 8:9. God has reason why he wants his Children to prosper.

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Why We Pray

Prayer is such an important part in our lives as Christians. First of all, we must recognize prayer as a privilege as well as an honour. Every moment of prayer is an investment in eternity and true prayer is a romance of righteousness. Our fellowship is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Through prayer we participate in the communion of the God-kind; it’s a throne-room caucus rendezvous: Jesus made it so! Oh, that the eyes of our understanding may be enlightened to see this awesome truth and that we may walk in the light of it! What a time of rich communion with the Lord prayer provides us!

Prayer is primarily our communication with the Lord. Communication has purpose, and the purpose usually determines the mode and relevant details for the communication to be effective.

The disciples of Jesus were Jews and they knew how to pray religiously. After walking with Jesus for a while, they realized that Jesus didn’t pray as they did. He actually had results continually in a way that startled them. They finally said to the Master, ‘’Teach us to pray.’’

Many have had their understanding of prayer distorted by ‘’religion’’ and wrong teaching. As a result, they have difficulties changing their misconceptions on even fundamental truths about prayer.

Scripture enjoys us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer helps to season our spirits as a receptacle for God’s Spirit and power. Then we can connect with His ideas, visions and leadings more easily in order to change the world.

When we pray, we make tremendous power available, dynamic in its working, causing changes in our favour. Certain prayer sessions are specially designed by the Lord to help straighten our things in the spirit-realm regarding our immediate or later future as individuals, families or ministries. How wonderful that we can change circumstances and alter destinies in His Name through prayer! We serve a kind, loving, great and gracious God who daily loads us with benefits (Psalms 68:19). During times of prayer, we can meditate on His goodness and appropriate these benefits to our life’s circumstances.

Types Of Prayer

The prayer of faith
The prayer of petition
Praying with the Spirit
The prayer of agreement
The prayer of intercession
Praying for the Saints
Praying for the material needs
Prophetic prayer
The prayer of worship, praise and thanksgiving.
It is God’s earnest desire to have a rich, vibrant and enduring fellowship with His children.

 

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The Value Of Your Existence

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36).

The most important thing in life is to discover God’s purpose for your life and fulfill it. Life isn’t about material gains. If you were to be the sole owner of everything in the world, that’ll be nothing compared to the value of your soul. Jesus said, ‘’…A man’s life doesn’t consist in the abundance of his possessions’’ (Luke 12:15). Your primary reason for being isn’t to amass wealth or become famous. You might then want to ask, ‘’why am I living?’’

There’re two primary reasons you’re living today. The first is that God wants you to learn His Word and understand how His kingdom functions so you’d function affectively in the world to come. He wants you to be a master over circumstances in this life so you’d be a giant and a champion in the world to come, ruling over nations: ‘’And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations’’ (Revelations 2:26).

Scondly, He wants you to bear witness of the reality of the kingdom and be a testimony of His salvation. Jesus gave us a charge to go ‘’…into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature’’ (Mark 16:15). You’ve got to witness to the fact that Christ has brought salvation to the whole world. There’re people who may never hear the Gospel except through you; those in your sphere of contact, and the regions beyond.

2 Corinthians 3:6 says: ‘’who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament…’’ The Lord has called you, and made you an able minister; you’ve been chosen and sent to preach the Gospel. These are the primary reasons for your life; therefore, channel all your energies and zeal on a daily basis in these directions, and be sure to fulfil God’s purpose for your life.

Prayer

Dear Father, you’ve made my life beautiful, glorious and exciting; and for this I worship you! Thank you for making me an able minister of the Gospel, and the wisdom you’ve granted me to teach those around me the kingdom-life! I’m growing in grace and in the knowledge of your word, being thoroughly positioned to live the transcendent life here on earth, and to see that the Gospel goes to the regions beyond, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Further Study

Hebrews 6:5; 1 Peter 4:13

 

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There’s Hope For You In Christ!

Jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23).

As Jesus told of the signs of the end times in Luke 21:26, He explained: ‘’people will be so frightened that they will faint because of what is happening to the world…’’ (CEV). The events we see in the world today are indications of the gross darkness that has enveloped the world: Economic meltdown, health epidemic, wars, natural disasters and terrorism. These and more have taken their toll on many, with whole nations becoming bankrupt and completely at sea as to the way forward.

Though the scriptures declare that perilous times will come upon the earth, the believer in Christ is enjoined not to fret: ‘’These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world’’ (John 16:33). Refuse to allow your heart to be troubled by the many ills plaguing today’s world, for you’re not of this world! God has separated you from the world and give you a live beyond this world.

You’ll live victoriously and triumphantly above sickness, disease, inflation and all other negative influences if you’d simply live by God’s principles; His Word. That’s all He ask; that you only believe and live by His Word. His power is always available in His Word; and when you believe and act your faith, that power is activated to produce the results you desire. It therefore doesn’t matter the extent of the hardships in the world today; see them as opportunities for you to shine in a dark world.

Job 22:29 says, ‘’When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up…’’ There’s lifting up for you in Christ; so cheer up, for Christ in you is your hope of glory. When life looks dark and things seems impossible and difficult, hold your hand up high and declare, ‘’Christ in me, is my hope of victory in this situation!’’

Confession

Christ in me is my hope of a triumphant and glorious today, and an excellent and successful future because in Him I live, move, and have my being; my life is secure in Him who causes all things to work together for my good! Praise the Lord.

Further Study

Mark 5:36; Mark 11:23

 

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Asking The Right Questions- Does God Care

Does God Care About Our Problems?

Watching the 2011-2012 NFL season, there was one player who spiked major debate. People everywhere were focused on Tim Tebow. If you don’t know who he is by now, he’s the Denver Quarterback famous for praying and praising God on and off the field. For a Christian like myself, I was so inspired to watch someone “famous” live out their faith without compromise. I loved that he was a player who my nephews looked up to. But not everyone felt the same way. The better Tebow did, the more questions, and frankly outrage, arose. People wanted to know if God really cared about football. Didn’t He have better things to do? Did God play favorites? I can’t tell you how many articles I came across with authors posing these questions and putting in their two cents. Now that the season is over, America has settled down a little on the Tebow-mania, but these questions still remain, and not just about Tim Tebow. People want to know if God really cares about them, personally, and why bad things are happening and no one is fixing them.

Does God Care About Me?

I read a great book once by Sonia E. Isaacs called “Angry Conversations with God.” In the book she offers up some really raw insights about her relationship with God. Something that has stuck with me, even a year after reading the book, was a line where she also wondered if God cared about her, despite there being other, bigger, important things to worry about.  I think the way she put it was that she had “middle-class white girl problems”…but she was a middle-class white girl. Her problems were relevant to her life. God has formed each one of us individually and He knows everything about us. It says in Psalm 139:13 that God knit us together. If there are any knitters out there, you know how much attention you have to pay to each stitch. That’s how much God pays attention to us, how invested He is in us. So to say that you are just a middle-class white girl, or that you are just a guy who throws a ball for a living, is not saying enough about yourself. You are God’s creation, His beloved. He cares about you and your problems, even the “silly” ones. So the question is not “Does God care about me?” because that is a resounding “YES!” The question is “Do I care about God?”

Do I Care About God?

Sometimes we can look at our problems and think “God, how could You let this happen?” But God isn’t to blame. He is holy and blameless. We are to blame. If you stop and think about it, when was the last time you did something, anything, for someone else? Sometimes, we get so caught up in what God “isn’t” doing, that we don’t realize that we are the ones who are doing nothing. We forget that we are all called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) to bring light into the darkness. Maybe you can’t cure AIDS, but you can donate to organizations that are helping educate people on how to stop the epidemic from spreading. Maybe you aren’t in the financial position to donate to a cause, but you can start a fundraising page to raise awareness in your community. When we think of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, we often think of it as formulaic, but if that were true, God would have just used a “cookie-cutter” to form each of us. We all have a specific purpose in fulfilling God’s purpose. He loved you enough to do His part, do you love Him enough to do yours?

Asking the Right Questions- Introduction

Are You Asking God the Right Questions?

So many times I find myself asking God questions. I ask Him if I’m important, if He has a plan for my life, if I’m living out my purpose. So many of those questions are about myself. It’s important to know that God loves each one of us and knows us better than we know ourselves, but should our focus be merely on ourselves? Is the motivation behind our seeking merely to stroke our egos?

Many times people turn to the verse Jeremiah 29:11 where God tells us that He has good plans for us. We get so encouraged that we often stop reading. We feel like we’ve found the answer to every question we have about ourselves. God says that He has a plan and we know His plans never fail, so we can just relax and keep on living our lives now. Crisis averted… But if we would keep reading, we would see in Jeremiah 29:12-13 that God wants us to seek Him. He wants us to know Him. How sad is it that even when we are seeking His plan for our lives, we stop listening when His answers no longer are about us?

I’ll give you another example. Question: How do you know that God loves you?  Answer: John 3:16. But do you know that this verse also answers the question “What is God’s plan for me?” Probably not. You see, it says that God so loved the world that He
gave His only Son so that none should perish, but all should have everlasting life. Did you see that “so that” part in there? I used to rush right past it, until I started asking God the right questions.

The Bible holds so much truth and wisdom for each of our lives, but we never seem to find it. Sometimes we wonder why God is so elusive and why He won’t just tell us what to do. We don’t see that He has already told us what to do. He wants us to seek Him. When we do that we will find Him, and when we find Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts. That seems impossible. How do we get the desires of our hearts if we can’t find it unless we seek God with all of our hearts? The answer is that God should be the desire of our hearts.

In the coming weeks, I will be writing on some of the biggest questions we ask God. I think it’s important to look not only at what we are asking, but how we are asking and why we are asking. Sometimes we want to blame God for things we aren’t doing ourselves. Sometimes we’re only looking for God to give us the answer we want. Hopefully this will be helpful in your search to know God more, and to see that He doesn’t always show up where we’re expecting Him. If He only did that, we’d never have to seek Him and we’d never truly know how great He is.