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Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
1 Peter 2:24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
With God, nothing is impossible.
John 9: 1-3
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!]
With love, sincerity, and hope for your future,
Last night I practiced the technique from Will You Hear from God Part 2: How to Hear from God for YOURSELF!
The Lord took me on a bunny trail which began at 1 Peter 3, and ended with my meditating on the differences between condemnation and conviction. Hop down this trail with me a little ways.
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3: 14-17)
Every so often a mini-attack is launched my way, and it often comes through a believer. I’ve learned to deal with the person as gently as possible and to never to get into a debate, so the verses above really spoke to that situation. I often to ask the Lord why would a believer come so strongly against another, and He said “Because of their own heart issues.”
See… God points out our heart issues in one way, and that is through conviction. The enemy works in the heart of a believer (and nonbeliever) through condemnation. I didn’t get this in a sermon, you understand. He spoke this to me last night, so walk with me.
Imagine if you will, two packages. One is a ragged, misshapen box with outdated, torn wrapping paper. The other is neatly and attractively wrapped with a beautiful matching bow on top. Both boxes are handed to you.
Let’s take a look at the differences between the contents of the two boxes and their affect on our lives.
Condemnation does the following…
Conviction does the following…
If you struggle with condemnation (i.e. feeling cursed, incompetent, worthless, destined to fail) in your walk with Christ, you will not get far! You must send away the bad feelings and accept Christ’s love for your shortcomings. This is one of the MAIN reasons people do not even come to Christ in the first place! They don’t think they deserve to be forgiven of their sins, and so they won’t be. Let this unbelief not be among those of us who call ourselves Christ followers. Read Romans 8 until you get in your spirit that your walk in Christ is not all doom and gloom!
The message of the cross is heal, set free, deliver, proclaim good news… any doctrine outside of this is NOT the Gospel of Christ. Yes, we have to tighten up some areas of our lives to become free in our spirits but those things should never come through control or manipulation. As a last point, be careful who you allow to feed you spiritually. Many preachers in this time share their personal preferences and opinions which are NOT the Gospel of Christ. Don’t allow others to bind you up over their personal issues.
We all slip up from time to time. Which box do you choose?
The Father’s conviction which heals and delivers or the enemy’s condemnation which brings a curse?
With love, sincerity, and hope for your future,
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My Father Who sits in Heaven,
You look down upon the Earth, not as a God who is distant or uncaring, but as one Who longs for reconciliation to Your creation. You made me because You desired companionship, and though I’ve turned my back on You, You’ve loved me and longed for me still. The blood Your Son shed is the only way I could be restored to You. I thank You for giving Your Son because now I can come boldly before Your throne in prayer.
My Father, You are Holy. There is none like You! In You there is NO evil, and because You are so good, You must judge what is wrong in me. Judge me, Lord. Judge my heart and cleanse me from any thing that is not like You. Your ways… Who can know them? How can I ever understand Your thoughts toward me? You are highly exalted above the Earth, yet Your presence rests on me and within me. You promised to never leave me, and I will never leave You.
Lord, I ask You to bring your kingdom to this Earth. In Heaven, there is no sickness. In Heaven, there is no grief. In Heaven, there is no lack. I don’t believe I have to leave my physical body to live in Heaven. I can have it now! So God I ask you to bring Heaven to Earth in my life and in this world. So many suffer, Lord, because they don’t know You are the answer. Use me to meet their need. Use me to bring Heaven to Earth. Let Your will be done in Your servant and in the Earth You created.
Father, Your presence is my daily bread. Food alone cannot sustain me. Some days I feel as if I’ll die if I can’t hear Your voice. Lead, guide, and direct me in my dreams and speak to me during the day. Your voice satisfies my soul. Nothing else matters if I cannot hear You. I trust You to provide everything I need for the day… not just money, but peace, guidance, wisdom, and joy. I thank You for the new mercies that will greet me when I open my eyes every morning. I don’t take Your grace lightly. I won’t use it as license to sin.
My Lord, forgive my debts as I forgive those who owe me. I owe far more that I could ever repay, but I trust You to meet my need. And, Lord, I ask You to forgive me of the things I’ve done, said and thought about others that displeased You. Lord, I forgive those who have wronged me, and I ask You to bless them abundantly.
I struggle sometimes, Father, with worry and daily stress. My body wants to do the opposite of my spirit, and so I fight to do right. My desires are not always Yours, but God, I ask You to protect me from myself. Let me not sin against You and grieve Your Holy Spirit. The enemy wants my life. He wants my children’s lives. Let your angels guard us in our ways of obedient service to you. Protect me from those who’ve set themselves against me. You promised to defend me from my enemy and to cause them to be at peace with me. Quiet my enemies, Lord, and those who refuse to be quieted, I ask you to break their teeth so that they come against me no more.
For this is your Kingdom and in it resides Your power and Your Glory forever….
In Jesus’ name,
How can you make the Lord’s prayer your own prayer?
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Two weeks ago I wrote about personal rights and righteousness, but this time I want to discuss our legal rights as they pertains to our freedoms and liberties. This post is political in nature, and though I hate politics with a deep, burning passion, I will blog on the matter while my rights to do so are still in tact.
Here’s what I won’t do in the post.
So what the heck am I going to do?
I’m going to remind you of WHO YOU ARE in Christ and WHY it’s of the utmost importance for you to take your faith to the polls.
Being a person of faith, regardless of which faith, requires more than just weekly attendance to your house of worship, prayer, and reading of a holy text. Regardless of whether you’re Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu… to be a good *insert religious affiliation here* you have LIVE according to your belief system. And your belief system infiltrates EVERY area of your life right down to voting.
As a Christ-follower, I believe fully, completely, and totally the doctrines that Christ taught and lived. What’s more I believe that the Old Testament God and New Testament God are one and the same even though His covenant with us has changed. Therefore my Bible dictates every aspect of my life included finances, relationships, business, and politics… This is not a mark of weakness or inability as some would assert. Keep your negative opinions to yourself until you’ve read all of what I have to say.
I strongly believe that faith and politics do mix. After all, if you don’t take your belief system to the polls, who will? Who will represent your God?
Not convinced? Ok… walk with me.
People often ask how God, if there is a God, could let such horrible things happen in the world. The scripture very clearly states that God has given the earth to MEN (Psalm 115:16). If we permit injustices to happen in the earth, He will also. So that means the depravity, sickness, poverty, etc., that so heavily grieves us is our own fault. We KNOW that God’s will is good, acceptable, and perfect so we have a twofold duty…
The purpose of this clause is to prevent any religious organization from dictating the laws of a nation and the rights of a people. It seems to me we’ve only used this clause to remove the rights of a set of people so as to not offend others. I guess we all have a right not to be offended, but is that a reason to remove prayer from schools or to stop kids from wearing an American flag to class? Ugh… that offends me!
Don’t try to dictate what I can and should do in my own nation when you are not a citizen. I know being a “global citizen” is popular right now, but there’s something to be said for patriotism. America was founded on strong Christian principles, and not those “watered-down, wimpy, let’s be friends with everybody” sentiments that I’m seeing in my Facebook news feed.
God knew me before the foundation of the earth. He knew you too. He chose your Black/White/Asian/Hispanic parents for the purpose of building His kingdom, not to give you a limited perspective of life from which you would vote. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Before anyone fought for my rights to vote as a Black person or woman, Christ DIED so that I might live. My loyalty is to Him first!
This statement, as common as it used to be, rings true! Christians often say they accept things that are contrary to Word of God because they don’t want to IMPOSE THEIR BELIEFS ON ANYONE ELSE. I really don’t understand this mindset… at all. It’s hard for me to even formulate an argument because of the gross fallacy represented here. But here’s my attempt…
Standing up for what you believe is hardly an imposition on others. Don’t be so naive. Let the other side squirm, squeal, and cry… You stand and speak out, or else their whinings will eventually silence you. In case you haven’t noticed, our freedom of speech is being taken away little by little.
When President Obama took the office, White Christian America went slammmmmmm off! Whether he is or isn’t the man God wanted in office was a moot point after the election… The Bible makes it very clear that we are to pray for our leaders so that we may have peace. Agreeing with him or her is not a requirement. Pray God’s will be done! (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
After all is said and done, God still reigns. And you and I will have to answer to Him. My earnest prayer is that God will say to us “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into my rest.” I know this piece doesn’t address the obvious challenges in our system and that no one candidate represents all of what we’d like, but I wanted to, at the very least, stir up your faith and remind you of what’s really important.
Let us reconsider our position on these critical matters.
Are you who you say you are?
Do your actions line up with your beliefs?
Do your beliefs line up with Christ’s?
With love, sincerity, and hope for our nation’s future,
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