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Monday, September 22, 2014

Let Us Get Into The Garden Of Our Lives&Start Doing Some Significant Weeding

The spiritual nature that has been given to us because of the sacrifice of Jesus produces in us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  We have to ask ourselves; Is that what my life look like, is my life full of these things?  These are the characteristics we want, the fruit of the spirit in our lives. If we don not have these things in our lives, if we get retrospective and get serious we can trace down the origin of all kinds of things that are stealing that, we can trace down the origin of all kinds of posture of heart and all kinds of action of mind, body and will that destroy the fruits of the spirit in our lives. We plant things that are going to yield crops opposite to the fruits of the spirit and we are going to harvest whatever we plant.  That's just how it works, what you plant is what you reap, that's how it works across the board, plant corn, raise corn, plant potatoes get potatoes, you don't plant carrots and get cabbage, ever, like that has never happened, we don't have any historical records throughout history where the farmer who plants carrots and somehow got cabbage; so what you plant you're going to harvest.  What you are harvesting now in your life, we are always planting, everyday we are planting.  So if what we really want and what we are made for is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control, we have to plant those things, we have to do these things in the face of whatever else we have planted and are harvesting.  It forces us to take a look at our lives, the direction that we are headed in and also the circumstances that surround our lives right now, the things that box us in and very quickly we realize that I don't need all of this in my life.  I literally do not need all of this obligation and activities, all of this responsibility and all of these circumstances that I have overtime built up around my self. So may we carve out some time in our over busy over obligated life to take some stock prayerfully and intimately with God to inquire about where it is that you would like to end up.  Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to the things that are inhibited and deeply exercise the ways that we've following a corrupt nature, a corrupt path that won't lead anywhere. Let us get into the garden of our lives and start doing some significant weeding and ending some seasons so that new seasons can begin.  Stop being afraid, we are free, free, free, freedom is ours and we have a heavenly Father, the God of all, the sovereign God of all who is present to walk with us in the way that we should go.  It's time to make some changes, may we invite God to lead us into all truth and freedom.  Help us God, we need you so desperately now.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Today It Has Been Harder Than Ever To Discern Truth

Today, it has become harder than ever to discern truth.  The Internet has unleashed a world filled with blogs and chat rooms, where highly biased opinions are spread as fact.  While many journalists remain committed to high standards, some writers and reporters intermingle their personal views with their news reports.  As a result, millions of people form their opinions based on biased, subjective reporting, coupled with gossip and unfounded rumors.  In this environment, we need to remember that God wants us to place our trust in Him as the only infallible source of truth.  Jesus is "the truth" (John 14:6), and the Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of Truth." who "will guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13). Ask yourself what sources you are using to form your opinions.  Beware of biasing your life on rumors, gossip, or the things you hear in the secular media.  Make a commitment to base your life on the timeless Word of God. When we refuse to view, listen to, and read Scripturally unacceptable material, we are in effect saying: “Go away, Satan!” Father, open our eyes and ears and speak to us.  Help us to recognize deception and not base our life on worldly opinions.

Most People Today Are Willing To Adopt Any Teachings or Beliefs

In results recently released by CBS, most Americans acknowledge that religion is important to them.  But most people are willing to adopt any teachings or beliefs that satisfy their personal interests.  Today, the influences from Eastern religions, New Age philosophies, and other non Christian beliefs have become pervasive in our society.  These worldviews are encouraged by famous personalities and incorporated into many movies and books, often in very subtle ways.  As a result, millions are being "corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."  as Paul warned the church of Corinth.  You, too, need to be on guard against the pull of these influences.  Jesus said "I am the way and the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6).  There is no other Gospel.  There is only one true and living God.  We must commit our life to Him without reservation, and don't allow anything to draw you away from the simplicity of your faith in Christ

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Lion of Judah. Ever Wonder Why A Lion Can Be So Relaxed?

The Lion of Judah: Read these two chapters & verses. Isaiah 31:4-5, Revelation 5:5. Because God is in control, we have nothing to fear. The lion serene appearance is deceiving, however.  The reason they can be so relaxed is that they have nothing to fear-no shortage of food and no natural predators.  The lion look lazy and listless, but they are the strongest and fiercest of all.  One roar sends all other animals running for their lives. Sometimes it seems as if God is lounging.  When we don't see Him at work, we conclude that He's not doing anything.  We hear people mock God and deny His existence, and we anxiously wonder why He doesn't defend himself.  But God "will not be afraid of their voice nor disturbed by their noise". (Isaiah 31:4).  He has nothing to fear.  One roar from Him, and His detractors will scatter like rodents.  If you wonder why God isn't anxious when you are, it's because He has everything under control.  He knows that Jesus, the Lion of Judah, will triumph. Anything under God control is never out of control.