John‬ ‭10:14-15

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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In The Garden

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Psalm 23 – The Great Shepherd

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Late Mother’s Fight Against Cancer

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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.

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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Life-changing power!

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Life- changing power. With a frequency that is amazing, the Bible affirms the fact of the bodily resurrection of Christ. 

For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. Romans 14: 9

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life-Changing Power

Perhaps the most direct of all its statements is Luke’s account in the book of Acts, where he reports, “After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3). What are we going to do with these “many infallible proofs”? Ask some people how much they know about God. Some may say: “I don’t know much, but what I do know has changed my life.”

We may not be able to take all of this evidence into a scientific laboratory and prove it; but, if we accept any fact of history, we must accept the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead with Life-changing power!

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The soil of Your Heart – Prayer

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The soil of Your Heart – The Body of Christ

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Protest + Prayer

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