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Who you are in Christ

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As a Christian, as a believer, when you give your life to Christ and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, you get many benefits from doing this! How awesome is that! Our Lord is such a loving God, that when you accept Him, He rewards you. How does He do reward you? Stick around and find out.

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For me, in these unprecedented times, we can get so consumed in the busyness of life and the constant bombardment of information available in the news and media that we can lose focus on Jesus.

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In The Garden

Advertisements “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…and the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses…And he walks with meand he talks with me…and he tells me I am his own…and the joy we share as we carry there…no other has ever known……HeContinue reading →

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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Why God Allows a Crisis!

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I’m sure you’ve asked yourself this question – Where are you God, I’m in a crisis? I know I have! The truth, He hasn’t gone anywhere. God can do great work in the darkness, even though you think He isn’t doing anything at all. Your response to God can turn a crisis into calm and pain into power!

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

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In a Crisis God is a way-maker

It’s a easy thing to say that God is a healer when you are not sick. It’s a different box of toys when you or a loved one are sick. To know that He is a way-maker when you are not lost is a different kind of knowing for those times when you are lost. It’s one thing to say that God is a provider when your fridge is full and your bank account is sufficient. It’s a whole other type of knowing when your fridge is empty and you’re flat broke.

Discovering God in a crisis

God allows crisis situations in our lives because in them we discover God in a way we have never known Him before. When He wants to move you to a new level of intimacy with Him, He will typically use a crisis. For example, when the Israelites fled Egypt on their way to the Promised Land, God allowed them to run into what seemed an impossible situation in their path—He allowed them to get caught between the pursuant Egyptians and the Red Sea. But in allowing them to reach the end of themselves, He also allowed them to witness what He could do when there seemed to be no more options available.

He can do the same for you. He will, if you trust Him. God does some of His best work when your back is up against the wall. Let Him use the crisis you are in to show you His power, His presence, and His ability to turn your situation around.

Knowing God

The purpose of trials and crisis in your life is to get you to cry out to God and then see Him come to your deliverance. When this happens, you get to know His power, His presence, His purpose at a higher level than ever before. You come to know God in ways you could never know Him when life is simply comfortable. 

While most of us assume all blessings include favour and things going well, God tells us and shows us that He can also bless us through pain. A downturn in your situation can actually be a blessing that puts you on the path to an upturn. It was in the added stress on the Israelites’ work,  as slaves in Egypt, that caused them to cry out to God. This  caused Him to respond to their cry and ushered in their eventual freedom and establishment as their own nation.

Hebrews 12 tells us that God will often shake things up in order to usher in something new – The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:27-29

Never look at your crisis as merely a negative thing that you must endure. Many crises are positive things disguised as pain. They are God—reaching in and placing you on a pathway to your purpose. 

What could you change to be thankful to God for putting you in times of crisis?

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Learning from Christian Persecutions- Radical Faith!

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The soil of Your Heart – God’s Voice

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Pride Or Humility?

Advertisements by Hazel Straub How many times have we let pride, self exaltation, self absorption or arrogance consume us? We rely on ourselves and think we have to solve all our problems by ourselves, with our hard work. We use our own intellect, resources and religious formulas. However, we fail to trust God and don’tContinue reading →

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The Full Armor of God!

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Ephesians 6:10-20 – The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

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The Full Armor of God

The Apostle Paul wrote this letter while he was in prison in Rome. As you will see when you read Ephesians 6: 10-20, there is a sense of power. Purpose to Paul’s writing. He’s not saying to try on the armor of God and see how it goes. He’s telling us to put on the armor of God and shows us the benefit of each piece.

I don’t know about you, but if I were in prison, I’d have a hard time writing with purpose. However, Paul sets a great example that no matter our situation, we have access to God’s provisions for our life.

Our focus verse drives home the point of while yet still in chains, Paul says. “I’m an ambassador for Jesus in chains, and I declare it boldly.”

How many of us have opportunities to speak boldly about Jesus but don’t? Not only did the word “boldly” stand out to me. So did the word “ambassador.” It spoke to me because we are a reflection of Jesus. In our thoughts, words, and actions and while our situation may change, our approach should not.

Declare God is Good!

What kind of ambassador are you when times may not be going the way you want? Most of us won’t be declaring our faith from a prison cell. But you may have moments that feel like you are in that very same situation.

I know many of you are going through broken marriages, addictions, employment issues and maybe even health problems. None the less…cry out, my brothers and sisters!

Remember, the Lord is your shepherd.

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The soil of Your Heart – Prayer

Advertisements It is vitally important for ever Christian to grow spiritually. We ought to seek growth in our relationship with God. We do this by preparing the soil of our hearts. That is the theme of this post – prepare the soil of your heart. Today, we look at Prayer and how Prayer helps prepareContinue reading →

The soil of Your Heart – The Body of Christ

Advertisements It is vitally important for ever Christian to grow spiritually. We ought to seek growth in our relationship with God. We do this by preparing the soil of our hearts. That is the theme of this post – prepare the soil of your heart. Today, we look at The Body Of Christ and howContinue reading →

Protest + Prayer

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