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Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Inspirational | 0 comments

Time of Testing

Time of Testing

Then Jesus returned from the Jordan, full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for 40 days to be tempted by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over, He was hungry. The Devil said to Him, “If  You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread – Luke 4:1-3).

Prior to Jesus’ temptation, He was baptized by John, and as He was being baptized, the Holy Ghost (Spirit) descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him. He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted. Sometime we think or feel that if the Holy Spirit lead us, it will always be “beside the still waters”, but that is not necessarily true, that’s our thoughts and not God’s. The Spirit led Jesus into a desolate place to be tempted by Satan. Just as the Spirit led Jesus in a desolate place, He will also lead us into difficult times of testing, as well as difficult situations.

While Jesus was in the wilderness, He didn’t eat or drink, He fasted. Whenever we’re going through a test, the first thing we must believe , that God is going to bring us through the test with the victory as we follow His instructions. Secondly, we need to place the plates face down on the table and fast. Fasting doesn’t move God, it doesn’t make the situation better or remove it, but it strengthen us to withstand the test as well as remove impurities in our spirit and heart.

When facing trials or testings, first make sure you haven’t brought them on yourself through sin or unwise choices. If you find no sin to confess or unwise behavior to change, then ask God to strengthen you for the test. Fasting will make your spirit sensitive to the Holy Spirit as well as Satanic spirits that will  try to influence you to doubt God, or make you believe He has forsaken you while you’re being tested. It’s good to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, but its also wise to be sensitive to Satanic spirit to know whose doing the leading.

Jesus didn’t hunger until after the days was completed of His testing, then the Bible states, He hungered.  Yearly, churches call for the member’s to fast, and when you example the character of  the people, they are the same  spiritually, behavior hasn’t  changed, nor has their character, the fast is a tradition.  Many times we call a fast, and the fast didn’t come from God and we’re wondering why we couldn’t complete the fast or we’re having complication during the fast. When God gives us a fast, we change spiritually. Whenever God gives His children a fast, He will enable them to complete the days He has set forth for them to fast. Giving ourselves a fast and assigning days  to consecrate ourselves for the Lord is different. Christians should have days they present themselves before the Lord with fasting.

Satan chooses the times for his attack and its usually when we’re vulnerable. This is why we have been instructed to put on the “whole armor of God”. The armor enables us to stand against the attack without blaming God, without loosing faith, it enable us to stand in confidence that our God is able to bring us through with the victory. Testing allows us to see what’s in us, God already knows what’s in us. Testing will be build your faith or make you loose your faith. God never allows us to go through a test or trial He has allowed without giving us the victory, when we fail a test or a trial, it’s because we haven’t strengthen ourselves through prayer, fasting reading the Word and applying it; accompanied with our faith in God and not in our fast or prayers, but knowing that God’s Word is Him, and He is His Word.

Without tests and trials, many Christians would never take the time to fast and pray or read the Bible. Many attend church, but if you would ask for a show of hands who read the Bible through the week, the majority would be none. The Bible is our spiritual food, its our ammunition. As a Christian, we will have days of testing as long as we’re living, but when the test comes, make sure you wasn’t the cause, make sure your faith is in God and not what your going through.  As Jesus was our example, be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God living within our physical being. We’re His sanctuary, be prepared to pass the test and not fail the test.

 

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Word of the Day | 0 comments

God’s Word Can Be Trusted

God’s Word Can Be Trusted

As for God, His way is perfect, the word of the Lord is tried. He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him – Psalm 18:30.  In life things and people will come and go. The world is forever changing and so are the people. People you thought would never hurt you, they did. The things you said you would never do, you did, but when it comes to the word of God, it never changes. In order for God’s word to be manifested on our behalf, we’re going to go through things in order for His word to come into manifestation. Tried means to be tested, proved and trustworthy. How many times have we promised God we will be faithful in praying or reading the Bible only to find ourselves not keeping our word?  When God says He’s faithful, we can believe Him. When were not faithful to God, He stays faithful to us. His word says “He will keep them in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him”. No matter how tough the trial maybe, we can trust the word of God that He will bring us through the trial when we place our faith in Him, when we continue to seek His face, is when we find rest in our mind, heart and spirit.  Buckler is a shield, God will shield you from the darts of the enemy. He will protect you when harm comes your way,

In order for God to defeat our enemy, indicates in this life, we will have people that will not like us for whatever reason they tell themselves the reason they don’t like us. The ditch they dig is the  opportunity for God to show Himself strong in our behalf. Don’t think because you’re a Christian everybody is going to love you, and think well of you because they will not. Joseph loved God, but his brother threw him in a hole and God brought him out with the victory. Whatever hole you maybe in, God can bring you out as you allow Him to bring you out the way  He wants to bring you out.

In order to receive of God, we must experience something for His word to be manifested. Know that your life belongs to God, know that He’s in control of your life since you dedicated yourself to Him, and He will never allow anything to come into your life to destroy you when you have placed your life and trust in Him. There is victory in your life because of God and His Word. He exalts His Word above His name! Don’t allow the circumstances of life to beat you down, but bow in your heart and in your mind in prayer and allow God to exalt you and bring you into His glory! Trust His Word, submit to His Word, and allow the Word to bring you victory.

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Inspirational | 0 comments

Expectation

Expectation

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing  I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always so now also in Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death – Philippians 1:20

Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome, awaiting his trial. He knew he would either be released or executed, but whatever the outcome would be, he was placing his trust in the Lord. As Christians, we  need our faith to rise to another level. Too many times we place our expectation in what we see, hear and feel. Concerned about what people think of us; afraid to be tested to get the best worrying about being brought to shame.  When God has promised, those that wait on the Lord will  not be brought to shame.Those who don’t believe in God, life on earth is all there is, so it’s natural for them to strive for this world’s values, money, popularity, power and prestige. As Christians, if we do it the way God has instructed, (Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you) we wouldn’t strive for the world values, when we do it according to Bible principals. We cannot lose our focus, Jesus is on His way back for His church, and what we have accomplished in worldly values will not enables us to enter to Heaven.

There is nothing wrong with desiring to live a life without having to live pay check to pay check or a monthly income, it becomes sin when we place our values more on money,  popularity, prestige rather than the things that would build the kingdom of God. Jesus asked His disciples, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ?       Mark 8:36. If we live according to the Word of God, it’s His responsibility to supply our needs, and as we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. It’s God’s pleasure to see His children’s joy being fulfilled.

The reason why many Christians don’t have their expectation in God, but their expectation is in worldly values is because they spend more time pertaining to the things of the world rather than seeking God in prayer and taking the time to read God’s word and allow Him to speak to them through His word. If the word of God is not residing in our spirit or mind, how would one know when God is speaking to them? Our expectation should be from God, not in people; this is why God has instructed us not to place our confidence in men; that’s including female too when the Bible speaks of man. People are limited in what they can do, and because of the selfishness of people, they would rather see you fall than to see you excel. When we have the Spirit of God living within our being, we become as our Father, desiring the best for all mankind.

When we pray, we should have expectation that God heard the prayer, and He will answer the prayer. It may not be when we desire it, but the prayer will be answered when the time is needed according to the will of God. Stop placing your expectation in what people say, and start reading the Word of God, and place your expectation in Him. God can open doors no man can open, He can close doors no mancan open. He’s greater than any doctor or the medication they prescribe. He’s the CEO over all businesses whether they know it or not. He’s a counselor, joy and peace. Provider and protector, He’s King and He will dominate everything we allow Him to bring His will into. Place your expectation in the God that speaks, builds, destroys and the giver of life!

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Inspirational | 0 comments

Mind of Christ

Mind of Christ

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus  (Philippians 2:5).                                                                                                                                                  Mind – To obey, be under the authority, to do as one is told. To give one’ attention,  to be attentive. Jesus mind was to please the Father, He didn’t come to earth with His own agenda, but came to do the will of the Father. Jesus was our example of how we should be as children of God. Some may say, living as a Christian is hard, but that’s opposite of what the Word of God says, the bible instructs the way of  a transgressor is hard (Good understanding giveth {gains} favor: but the way of a transgressor is hard – Proverbs 13:15).If living as a Christian according to the Bible is hard, it’s only because the individual hasn’t made up their mind and they have a poor understanding of scripture.

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