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Jesus Saves and convicts false religions!

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Are you a “doubting Thomas” Christian – unless I see Jesus work and can touch Him, I will never believe? If Jesus gave you the evidence you were demanding I can promise your world will be rocked. But this is not how faith works. It’s not how Jesus works. He says: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5: 11-12

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Though you have not seen, will you believe?

Jesus’ identity stirs something deep within your soul. His Gospel cuts through false religions and pierces the heart. If the Spirit is convicting you of sin and convincing you of the truth about Jesus, turn towards Him in repentance and confess:

Confession

Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, born to save God’s people. You are the perfect pattern who mediates between God and man and provides an example to follow. You are the sacrifice in our place who offered Yourself for the sins of the world. You are the sinless Son who rose from the dead in vindication of Your identity. You will return to judge the living and the dead. I repent of my sin. I repent of my pride in trying to fix my own brokenness. I repent of looking to other people and things to save me. You alone can rescue me. I believe You lived the life I couldn’t, died the death I deserved, and rose to life for my sin’s forgiveness. Please save me from the evil one, sin, and death. Lord, I desire to empty myself, to die to myself, to find true life in You. I place my faith in You. Give Your resurrection life to me that I might triumph over the powers of darkness and walk in Your light. Empower me for Your will to make disciples of all nations until that final day when I will be fully redeemed. 

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Be Still my restless heart

Advertisements Watching the storm with a restless heart The roaring thunder The strong winds A flash of lightning The storm rages on In it, I hear God’s voice say: Be still. Psalm 46:10 God is Omnipresent 7 Where can I go from your Spirit?    Where can I flee from your presence?8 If I go up to the heavens, you areContinue reading →

Laziness Ruins Happiness

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Release Your Regrets

Advertisements Once you have recognised your regret for what it is, you are then ready for the next step: release your regrets. Ask yourself these five questions: Do you regret committing a sin? Your regret may have been something you did that put distance between you and God. Letting go of that regret will requireContinue reading →

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When you need to move a mountain!

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Do you need to move a mountain? God invites you, through intercessory prayer, to speak to Him what His Spirit imparts on you in prayer. We have access to the secret places of God’s heart so that we can bring kingdom values down to others.

17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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Prayers to Break Strongholds

What seeds have you been planting into the soil of your life? At times I’ve planted the wrong seeds into my heart and allowed woundedness, wrong thinking, bitterness, and even sin to take root, not realising an unwanted harvest would result. Other times I thought I was planting good into my life, yet I allowed bad things to take root, with not great results. Then there were the times the enemy himself sprinkled seeds of doubt and faithlessness into my seeds of faith, hope, and love. The resulting crop was unexpected, because I hadn’t realised the enemy had been in my garden, and I soon discovered the enemy’s tares were difficult to weed.

Maybe you can relate. As you look at the state of the garden of your heart, maybe you see that unwanted weeds, or strongholds, have taken root. This is not the garden you intended to plant, and now you are at a loss about how to repair your crop. Paul, in Galatians 6:7–8, talks about this problem. He says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” 

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A stronghold is when the enemy’s seeds of anger, self-pity, a poverty mindset, lies, shame, depression, grief, confusion, addiction, lust, laziness, and pride result in a harvest of sin, ineffectiveness, endless struggles, failures, and even fatigue, pain, and illness. Some of these strongholds we planted ourselves through ignorance, bitterness, hate, woundedness, or confusion. Other strongholds have taken root through the work of the enemy, who sowed trauma, difficulties, grief, and wrongs committed against us into our lives.

However these strongholds came to be, we can use prayer to weed them from our hearts. In fact, prayer can act as a spiritual weed killer to poison their very roots. When it comes to our hearts, we must protect the flowers and kill the weeds.

Abba Father, demolish any stronghold that holds captive my heart and mind and place within me the seeds of Your choosing. I desire my life to be used to bring forth the goodness and majesty of Your Word. In Jesus’s name and through the power of His blood, Amen. 

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Recognise Your Regrets

Advertisements I have been thinking of regrets lately and I hope to take my experience with empowering you to respond constructively to any type of regret. Recognise your regrets for what they are. What exactly is it that you are feeling badly about? Have you either underestimated or overestimated how serious it is? What powerContinue reading →

Loving Your Regrets

Advertisements Regrets. We all have them. It may be something you wish you hadn’t done, or a missed opportunity where you didn’t take action and wish that you had. It might be something that was done to you; you were the victim, yet you still feel regret. The Sorry Cycle Whether it’s something from lastContinue reading →

Smite me, oh Mighty Smiter

Advertisements Oh mighty smiter! Smite me! Oh wait, you keep doing it! Bring it on. I can take it! Remember that line from the movie “Bruce Almighty”… “smite me oh mighty smiter”. Well… I got some questions for God, some questions for fellow believers. God makes promises throughout the Bible. Are those promises meant forContinue reading →

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Dance with the Spirit!

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what does it looks like to live as one who is free in Christ? It is not a freedom to do whatever feels good. It is not a freedom to simply indulge in trying to satisfy all our sinful desires. True salvation — and freedom from the Old Testament laws — is freedom from being controlled by our sinful desires. Just as we needed an external source, Jesus, to pay for our sin, we also need an external source of power, the Holy Spirit, to overcome our sinful desires and lead us in the right direction.

25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25

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The Holy Spirit is to us who Jesus was to the twelve disciples

This happens when we walk by and are led by the Spirit. This is not possession in the sense that the Spirit takes us over and does whatever He wants. We are not spiritual robots, or puppets who suddenly lack free will. As Christians we must choose to use our will to allow God’s Spirit to set the direction we will go.

It’s a mysterious idea than no one fully understands – living by the Spirit involves keeping in step with the Spirit. It involves adjusting our pace to match the pace and direction the Spirit is leading. It’s allowing one’s partner to lead in a dance. In other words, it involves submitting to God’s way, but we are still the one taking each next step.

This will not happen automatically. It is something we must choose from day to day. In fact, we must often choose to give the lead to the Spirit moment by moment as we follow after Christ.

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God’s Spirit gives those in Christ the power to serve others in love. But we must allow the Holy Spirit to lead. When we don’t, our selfishness will lead us into all kinds of sinful lifestyles. When we live by the Spirit, on the other hand, we gain more than just being able not to live in sin. What comes out of us are a collection of powerful, positive characteristics.

In The Garden

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Psalm 23 – The Great Shepherd

Advertisements The great Shepherd, The Lord  In Him I do not lack I rest in His presence in pastures green, and I am given the water of life Water refreshing my soul My guiding light on paths right Valleys are darkest – I fear nothing    For the great shepherd is nearest A rod and a staff,Continue reading →

Late Mother’s Fight Against Cancer

Advertisements Hi brothers and sisters in Christ Donate here I am making a personal appeal for your help for my financial recovery. Why am I in financial distress? My Mom was diagnosed with esophagus cancer in December 2017. As a family, we pulled together what immediate money we had available to start her radiation treatmentContinue reading →

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