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We are dedicated to the Word of God as we allow the Holy Spirit to become our teacher and guide into all truth. This is an encouraging resource of scriptures, prayers, confessions, and quotes to edify and inspire victorious living! God’s remnant warriors are emerging and growing more determined to DEMONSTRATE their knowledge and by faith and conviction are transforming their talk about God into a walk with God! The Almighty is ready to ANOINT, EMPOWER and give His REVELATION to the ones that are hungry and thirsty for His presence. Every hour we all stand in the crossroad that requires the response to the question; who will lay down their life and take up their cross? Let us continue moving forward with reverential fear and a broken and contrite heart that we may we embrace the divine reality that dying to self is the path to spiritual living. Our relationship with Christ is our highest treasure and obeying His voice is our calling and purpose .“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God is not dead – HE IS ALIVE! Faith is being able to see God’s holy light when your mind and heart can only see darkness and hopelessness. Ask Him right now to open your spiritual eyes and He will surround you and saturate you with His glorious presence. God loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die for you and now Jesus Christ is RISEN and is working in the lives of all those who will surrender their lives to Him. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! God’s Word cannot fail and there is no greater spiritual power or authority. God is from the beginning, thus no one created Him. He is truly the God above all other gods. Seek Him today and you will find eternal salvation and the meaning and purpose of your existence. “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
Please contact us anytime, as we would really love to know more about you, to hear your testimonies, your questions, and pray for you. The unity of the faith can become a reality when we allow the Holy Spirit to fill our heart with the character of Christ. We offer our resources to you who are interested in knowing God or maybe you are already a Christian but are trying to draw closer to Him. Whatever the case, we pray that you will abide under the shadow of the Almighty forever. God loves you so much and we want to be friends with you as you progress in your spiritual journey with God. (Is this picture cute or what?)
Special word about the virus:
FEAR AND FAITH ARE CHOICES
The virus is now affecting nearly everyone in the world. There is nothing wrong with being cautious if we can prevent our emotions from leading us into fear, but the follower of Jesus Christ has been given a new spirit, a new way of thinking, along with Godly wisdom and discernment in order to help us be overcomers in this life. When we are holding God’s hand, there is no need to fear. He is light, and darkness always surrenders to the light. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” If we are filled with panic and anxiety, we obviously cannot also be filled with the Holy Spirit’s peace at the same time. Fear and faith are choices and now is the time to decide which one you will embrace. The idea of us decreasing and Jesus increasing is so that we can abandon our will and allow Him to be our Lord and Master. The concept of Lordship unto Christ is for there to be more of Him and less of us. The question today is, “where are we in our spiritual journey with Him?”
Whenever anyone’s life is in danger we are called to pray and ask God to please stop the destruction and now is certainly the time to do that. Even though His people live in this earthly realm, we are truly citizens of heaven. God is our KING, His kingdom is our government, and His Word and the Holy Spirit are given to guide us into His perfect will. The Lord is our security – not man and we will follow Jesus until the end. What an encouragement to know this temporary life is not all there is. We can rest in His presence because we know He is in total control. “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.” When we are overwhelmed with fear and feel as if the walls are closing in on us, we can know that God is with us and will always take care of us. Listen to this word for you today – Yielding ourselves into His care is a deliberate act. Inviting Him to become our Lord means submitting ourselves completely under His authority, wisdom, and mercy, as we are directed by His will alone. We cannot always control what is happening on the outside, but we can control how we react on the inside. In this light, faith or fear do not force themselves into our lives – we choose to invite them in as a welcome guest.
The Bible remains an unfailing source of hope and comfort in the seasons when we are discouraged and perplexed. Psalm 46:1-3 declares that even in the darkest times, we can be confident in God because we are trusting that His promises are true. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Rest in God during this time of trouble, and use this opportunity wisely. Do you really want to know what is happening and what He wants you to do? Fast and pray until you have heard His still small voice. There is a flood of deception in the world in this hour and much temptation to listen the Sea of voices. Pull away from the world and focus your attention on Christ. We should not be surprised with seeing the world going through birth pangs. We have been told in God’s Word how the end times will be filled with tribulation and suffering. We know the anti-christ is coming and there will come a time when the mark of the beast will be enforced. We know that Christians will continue to be persecuted and that sin will grow more arrogant and aggressive. However, this is the hour of grace, and mercy and a time to draw near to Jesus. Today is the day to tell everyone about the love of God and to demonstrate the nature and character of Jesus. Now is the time to prepare your heart for Him and to give Him ALL of your love. Will you stand for God’s truth, or will you compromise and hide in fear? Will you allow your life to be infected with faith or fear? Will you be led by doubt and hopelessness, or will you walk in faith and peace as you declare that Jesus is the Lord and Master of your life?
You can reach out to Jesus right now and talk to Him from your heart, “Jesus, I desperately need you to help me believe in you. Like Thomas, I have doubts, I’m afraid, I’m not sure about my life, help me to trust you. I call on you this moment to please come into my life and save me. Forgive me and wash me clean and pure with your blood. I receive you into my heart to be my Lord forever. I believe you are God and I accept your truth into mind and my soul. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and transform me into your child. I thank you and praise you, amen.” If you sincerely prayed this simple prayer, God has heard your cry. You are now His child and He is your God. Continue seeking Him, study His Word, worship Him, serve Him, and as you develop a constant relationship with Him, you will discover the great joy which comes from walking with Him and knowing Him personally. Praise His name forever!
THE CANVAS OF LIFE – (Poem) – William Holland
I was overwhelmed with emotion as I stood today
In the office of a friend who recently passed away
How much time had he spent there alone?
Visions and ideas that will never be known
Letters and awards proudly declare his name
Pictures and clippings with much more of the same
Energy and passion with a unique expression
Dreams and thoughts from a vivid imagination
Through the years his creativity and wisdom grew
As these walls tell a story that only God knew
Every frame and phrase a cherished memory
A collection of experiences we call a legacy
It was his identity, the deepest part of his core
Now just piles of clutter with no room to store
As the dust is settling on the desk and shelves
I consider the image we paint of ourselves
We begin with a fresh canvas, a brand new spirit
Then steadily with our decisions, we proceed to fill it
Eventually, our brush will rest in silence
Leaving our words and deeds for guidance
A life’s work remembered for all to see
The beauty of respect and integrity
What is the worth of a spiritual obsession?
Or the eternal value for a lifetime of expression?
Will the labors of our journey be thrown away?
Or will they be used to help light the way?
Perplexed, yet I desire to learn more
Pondering my own canvas, I slowly close the door
WHEN LOVE FOR SIN BECOMES GREATER THAN FEARING GOD
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” John 3:19.
In today’s world, it’s common among men and women to profess faith in Christ while embracing their sin. One of the problems is the majority of the religious world have never realized the danger of being in love with the world. We cannot worship the world and partake of its delicacies and walk in the obedience and holiness of God’s presence at the same time. It’s impossible to walk with the devil and God. “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” Luke 6:13. To be deceived means that you do not comprehend what you are doing. Deception is being blind to your error and rebellion is being filled with arrogance to reject heavens correction. In case you’ve not noticed, Christianity is now being remodeled into a new and improved version of religious enjoyment. The new presentation of the gospel includes the opportunity to decrease the focus of man’s carnality, while offering an exciting adventure of grace, mercy, kindness, and understanding. Instead of teaching that God desires to transform us into His image, we are now told the Lord loves and supports our depravity exactly the way we are. This drastic change of the meaning of our redemption and salvation is the result of mans decision to live in the pleasures of fleshly independence. It is the age-old temptation where the love for sin becomes greater than our reverential fear of God.
We know the unbelieving world does not care about offending God with their sin, but the religious community also has a long history of living in denial when it comes to nurturing their personal depravity. The church is only as holy as its members and sadly it’s become difficult to tell the followers of Christ from the heathens. For those who attend religious services but also are active in wicked practices, this is blatant hypocrisy and explains why a true Christian is now nearly extinct. The plague of fake Christianity is widespread and is a key reason why many churches have become more liberal and have drifted away from the divine attributes of sanctification. Holiness has gone from a valid pure lifestyle unto God, to a laughing mockery of tolerance and compromise. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” II Corinthians 6:17. .Sadly, we have declined in our spiritual awareness of God and now live in a spiritually lukewarm environment where serving Christ is living however we want without any conviction or need to repent. The world and the religious masses do not want to be told what to do and unfortunately this growing rejection of God’s truth will continue. Religion talks about the cross; a disciple of Jesus carries it. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, they despise those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” II Timothy 3:1-7.
It is no wonder why divine truth which opposes certain social and political issues have now become too difficult for the flesh to bear and are now openly rejected as hatred and bigotry. Church leaders are afraid to teach against sin for fear of losing their entire congregation and their salary. Many ministers would rather emphasize the blessings of God and how He is filled with goodness and understanding. These aspects of God’s nature are true, but selecting all the delicious deserts without serving a spiritually balanced and nutritious meal of God’s truth is the result of a powerless and anemic human agenda. The anointing from heaven which falls upon a messenger and a congregation, is activated when there is reverential obedience to the Holy Spirit. This is the atmosphere of miracles which releases God’s power to change lives and is also the major difference between walking in God’s Spirit and living in the denial and deception of a religious ritual. A new god of leniency and exceptions who winks at sin, has been accepted for the masses to worship, but it is a path which leads to death and destruction. Leonard Ravenhill is quoted as saying, “I find it intriguing to contemplate the fact that while mankind considers what place to give Jesus Christ in history, He has already decided what place to give them in eternity.” I cannot overemphasize to you who are reading this today, pull away from the love of the world and prepare your heart for the coming king. You have a window of time right now to draw near to God and to seek His help to endure the persecution that is coming. The day to build faith and trust in God is today. You will not have time to learn how to live in His presence when tribulation comes. I plead with you to please reach out to Jesus right now and give your heart to Him completely. Surrender your will and allow Him to fill your mind and soul with His Spirit. It is the true meaning and purpose of this life!
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, insolent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” Romans 1:18-32.
THE WAKE UP CALL OF GOD’S MERCY
“All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [he may see nothing wrong with his actions], but the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth]. Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], and your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]” Proverbs 16:2-3.
Obedience is an important word in this last hour. I am humbled at the foot of the cross and I worship God for His grace and mercy. I will not go into great detail at this time, but the last few months has been one of the greatest personal spiritual experiences in my life. Jesus has been speaking to my heart and has given me the opportunity to open my eyes and receive His views about the more meaningful picture of salvation and the Christian life instead of trying to build and trust my own beliefs and opinions. I use the term opportunity, because WE CAN BE AS CLOSE TO GOD AS WE CHOOSE. Yes, we will be hindered, but nothing can stop us from continually leaning on His bosom, communing with Him, and becoming all that God has called us to be. His presence is all around us but He does not make us pay attention. Matthew 7:7 reveals that our initiative and enthusiasm is critical to finding His truth. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” I must include that spiritual revelation is difficult to understand all at once, because our brain and our carnal nature are always ready to interfere, challenge, and even argue. We believe we know what is true, but much of the time we are trusting in our interpretation. Can we be wrong? Of course we can! These speculations can actually become huge distractions which prevent us from knowing what we need to focus on.
I have read, studied, taught, and written about God’s Word since I was a young man, but only in the last few years have I experienced a more meaningful encounter with Him. It’s truly a privilege beyond words to be tapped on the shoulder by God, so to speak, and to be given a merciful wake up call. Through the decades I have embraced basic Bible truths and have also wondered about a lot of opinions and ideas pertaining to subjects that are not exactly crystal clear. We can look back through history and see wars where millions of people have been slaughtered over doctrinal differences. However, since many of our beliefs are simply reference points within our journey, and we are left being no more knowledgeable or confident about who was right and who was wrong than when we started. In the end, beliefs are a dime a dozen. Only truth matters. The most important issues involve allowing God to balance the equations within our heart and this comes with constant repentance and being forgiven. So, how can we know what is true? It has everything to do with the condition of our heart. We can be filled with knowledge and do many good works, but if we have ignored repentance and obedience unto the Lord, we have become like a religious pharisee. These individuals were blind similar to those who will appear before God and declare all the great and wonderful works they accomplished in God’s kingdom on earth, to which He will reply, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” Matthew 7:21-23.
Now hold on a minute brother, how can this be? We are talking about some of the most religious people anywhere and they have done wonderful deeds. But wait, wasn’t the Pharisees also the most religious people of their day? It’s true, they both have the same spirit, the same attitude, the same deception, and the exact same problem…they have serious heart issues. They all had “belief’s” but their heart was not clean and evidently they were NOT walking with God! How can that be? There is a huge difference between religion and relationship and a huge difference between knowledge and revelation! In other words, it would be better to have a spoonful of revelation than a wheelbarrow filled with knowledge. Remember, Jesus said they wash the outside of the cup and they look good, but they are dirty on the inside? This is why it’s critically important to embrace our responsibility and constantly examine our heart. For those who consider themselves truth seekers, it would be wise to make a list of topics that we know are definitely true and to see if we are living within these divine realities. Self-discipline is not popular but much needed. Anyone can talk about right and wrong, but how many realize that we will be accountable for what we believe, what we say, and how we act?
We can also make another list of things that we are not really sure about which by the way, this list is much longer than we might think. Teachers of the scriptures are much like lawyers as they build and present their case. They reveal as much evidence as they can to prove their point as they try to convince the “jury” and any listener they are correct. Of course, all scholars, Bible teachers, and pastors, will be glad to share their personal speculations about any doctrine or subject even if they only have a small amount of evidence and many are easily angered and upset when someone disagrees. Sadly, it’s easy to see how “beliefs” have destroyed the love and unity within families, friends, and even the body of Christ on earth since the beginning of time. Why? Arrrogance.
The devil and human carnal nature are the ones we can point to for tempting and disrupting the world, the church, and distorting the views of God’s salvation. However, the real blame goes to our rebellious and carnal flesh for willingly taking the bait. Yes, but aren’t people deceived? Yes, but with the Bible and the Holy Spirit available, there is is no excuse for not studying, praying, and learning God’s truth for our ourselves. The masses (including the religious) have accepted the concept that you can believe and live however you want, serve God in your own way, and everything will be alright. This is a lie. Alarmingly, in the last 70 years, there has been a subtle increase of a false gospel and in turn it has promoted and established a false spiritual security within people’s minds. We are living in a time when ministers who choose to teach about spiritual purity and holiness is rare. Why? People do not want to be convicted or in short they do not want anyone including God to tell them how to live. Humans want the Creator to accept them as they are. Urgent news – God demands that we change. The message today is turning toward seeing God as a generous and lenient caretaker who wants to bless everyone. This is much more popular and less offensive than telling the truth. God’s plan is for us to repent constantly as transformation and sanctification is what allows us to have an intimate spiritual relationship with Him. Verse 17 of I Corinthians chapter 5 is short, but profound, “Pray without ceasing.” The call here is to have God on your mind at all times. We are what we think. There is an endless list of petitions we can bring to His throne and we should, but unless we keep our heart pure and clean, we are only going through a religious ritual. How do we keep our heart clean? Obedience.
Yes, we all have tons of questions about certain doctrines, and controversial mysteries within the faith, and we can present some very strong cases about what we think about them, but I have learned that we can be wrong. I beg your pardon brother, I’m right about everything…alrighty then. May I ask, are all these interpretations and opinions really important? No, they are not. Remember, beliefs are just reference points we pass through in life. I’m not talking about foundational topics like Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead, but the other 90 percent of questions that the Bible does not clearly answer. Personally, some mysteries that I felt fairly confident about through the years, I now see differently. Again, most of these are only reference points in our search for balance. Honestly, the one question which is the most important and yet seldom pursued is, “Have I always acted on what Jesus has told me to do?” This is one of those questions that might need some extra pondering. In our rational reasoning, we assume that if we do all the things we want to do including our good works, that this replaces us falling on our face and asking, “Where have we failed to follow you Jesus?” It does not. The focus of our life in this late hour is to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, “Is my heart pure and clean?” Do I have unrepentant sin in my life?” “Have I asked Jesus to forgive me and allowed Him to balance the equation for me?” “Am I ready to meet God this very moment, and what do I need to to do to make sure my relationship with Jesus is as close as it can be?” This will separate those who are truly and thirsty for righteousness from the ones who think that singing the National Anthem confirms their salvation.
I encourage you to ask, knock, and seek God about these questions with all of your being and just become determined to spend some time with Him. There is no doubt it’s difficult to stand up to our carnal nature and this decision to exercise self-discipline will also most likely open the door to spiritual warfare. At the same time, honesty and sincere repentance restores our proper relationship with Jesus and brings perfect harmony and balance into our life. This is the key to deliverance from sin and healing within our soul. You may think you do not need deliverance from sin, but do not deceived. There are many hidden rooms within the chambers of our conscience and this where we find spots and wrinkles we have forgotten about or have become attached to along with the hardly ever considered sins of omission. One of the tragedies of our day is how Christians are becoming numb to all types of trespasses and are not sensing the conviction from the Holy Spirit. What happened to weeping and being broken over sin? What happened to fasting and praying for those who are lost? How many are satisfied with drinking milk and have no desire for spiritual meat or to advance into the deeper levels of His Spirit? How many believe they are saved and yet have never understood what it means to take up their cross and follow Him? We cannot imagine the blindness and deception that is covering the world, and yet here we are in the last moments before Jesus comes to take His bride. Are you a wise virgin whose lamp is filled with oil and are you prepared in every way to meet the bridegroom if He were to come tonight?
My brothers and sisters, I plead with you, whoever said that continual willful sin is accepted by God, was selling snake oil. Sin is poison and the wages of death. Until we come to the point where sin makes us nauseated, we have not come to the place where Jesus has called us to be. I’m not referring to legalism; I am talking about genuine holiness and sanctification. I do not believe there can be confusion about this passage in I Peter 1:15-16, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” This very moment is the time to awaken from lukewarmness! I plead with you to examine your heart and make sure that all is well with your soul. May we have ears to hear the urgency of His voice, may we develop a passion to receive His refining fire into our heart until we bow down before Him and surrender our will to Him. Forgiveness and cleansing through His blood is available, but He demands that we act on His will. When will you accept that, “Go and sin no more” is not just a warning for all the other sinners in the world, but also an urgent wake up call from God to you? Amen.
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). It is wonderful news that we are not on our own in this world. Jesus promised in John Chapter 14 that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide us and comfort us as we travel through this world. “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive because it cannot see Him, neither knows Him: but ye know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you” (Verses 16-17).
“Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that discovers understanding: for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and ALL the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace” (Proverbs 3:13-17).
“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of thy mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring honor when thou dost embrace her” (Proverbs 4:9).
This is an early sermon by Billy Graham for you to enjoy. Those who are younger will probably not be as familiar with this evangelist which is why I wanted to share this audio clip. I respected this man and his family and I know he will be greatly missed. I recently wrote a newspaper column about him that included several quotes and some facts about his ministry. It is said that no one has preached the gospel to more people than him. He had a relentless passion and a heavy burden for the lost. It seems this concern is waxing cold today and I believe it has to do with a lack of genuine love. You are welcome to copy this and send it out as the Lord leads.
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:20-23).
“That I may know HIM, and the power of HIS resurrection, and the fellowship of HIS sufferings, being made conformable unto HIS death. If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto HIS glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” Philippians 3:10-11, 20-21.
Philippians chapter two and verse nine says, “And being found in fashion as a man, He (Jesus) humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” This picture of the shepherd and the sheep reminds me of how Jesus is always willing to carry us through this life. I am weak, I make mistakes, I’m rebellious and stubborn, and sometimes I’m sick and just cannot go any further. This life is ALL about God’s love, grace, and mercy and He is waiting for us to respond. All He is asking is for us to give Him our heart and trust Him with everything.
John 8:12 reminds us, “Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall NOT walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
God Almighty is the highest authority! He was from the beginning; He rules upon the throne, and is the infinitely wise Creator of ALL things! He is the Omnipotent King above all other kings, the Alpha and Omega and the author and finisher of our faith. He is the Lord of all and the only judge of human destiny. Revelation 5:13 says, “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying; Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.”
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, trouble, distress, persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in ALL these things we are more than conquerors through HIM that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, 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 8:35-39.
It is good to be saturated with prayers, confessions and the scriptures because they empower and encourage our souls with the LIFE and ENERGY of God Himself. Just as our bodies need water, food, and oxygen, our spirit needs the constant intake of God’s nourishment to maintain our balance and direction in order to accomplish His perfect will for our life. We find in the book of Proverbs a collection of beautiful promises concerning wisdom and how vital God’s Word is to our life.
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God has given you wonderful gifts; thank you for sharing them with us.
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