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A FRIEND

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You Have A Friend In Jesus

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak,  And to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary,  And the young men shall utterly fall,  But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,  They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The poor and needy always have a friend in Jesus, whose understanding is unsearchable. Having lived as a man and was in all points tempted as they are, yet without sin they have some one who sympathize with their weaknesses, and understands all that  they are going through.  And being God the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, He has more than enough power to move and act on their behalf. He who walked the shores of the sea of Galilee is still the same healing and miracle working Jesus. God’s word is unchanging:

And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.   Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”  Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”  As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” testimony to them.”  However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.Mark 1:39-45

Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more.  He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you. Isaiah 30:18-19

For those who come to Jesus Christ and touch Him by faith He is able to do for them exceedingly abundantly above all that they ask think or pray just like Jesus promised, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23). “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:24). But for some people the whole process is a complete waste of time because they don’t mix the word of God with faith and it doesn’t profit them. God’s word is unchanging:

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.  For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.  For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:1-3

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. “Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  “But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.  “Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. “But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:11-15

Yes there are those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved or healed or delivered. Then there are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Then there are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But then there are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Faith is our friend and unbelief is our enemy.

Unbelief if unchecked robs us of all the things that God has for us just like it robbed the children of Israel who were miraculously delivered from their Egyptian captors and spoils with the wealth and riches of Egypt from going into the promised land. Only Joshua and Caleb who  had a different spirit in them and has followed the LORD fully, did He bring into the land where they went, and their descendants  inherited it. God’s word is uchanging:

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13

Just because the Holy Spirit has been poured out on all flesh doesn’t mean that everybody is saved or healed or delivered. And the number of deceived fools that we have in the world is proof of this!

There are two sides to this issue: the legal and the experiential. Legally, by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. Experientially, most people have not entered into the experience. In faith, we must appropriate in experience all that is already ours by legal right through our faith in Christ.  The same is true with salvation. Derek Prince in his book “BLESSING OR CURSE YOU CAN CHOOSE!” brings out the following truths:

In John 1:12—13 the apostle says, concerning those who have been born again through receiving Jesus, that God has given them “the right to become children of God.” The Greek word translated “right” is exousia, usually translated “authority.” That is what a person actually receives at the new birth: authority to become a child of God.

Authority is effective, however, only insofar as it is exercised. The potential of the new birth is unlimited, but the actual results depend on the exercise of the authority that goes with it. What a person will become through the new birth is determined by the extent to which he exercises his God-given authority.

There is a close parallel between the experience of believers entering into the blessings of God in the New Covenant and that of the Israelites entering into Canaan under the Old Covenant. In the first covenant, under a leader named Joshua, God brought His people into a promised land. In the second covenant, under a leader named Jesus (which is another form of Joshua), God brings His people into a land of promises. Just as the land of Canaan was the physical inheritance appointed for Israel, so the promises of God, offered through Jesus, are the spiritual inheritance appointed for Christians in this dispensation. The same principles that applied to Israelites then apply to Christians now.

In Joshua 1:2—3 God gave Joshua instructions on how the Israelites were to take possession of their inheritance:

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and this entire people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.”

There is precisely the same contrast of tenses here as in Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.. In verse 2, the Lord uses the continuing present: “I am giving”  summed up in Revelation 21:7: “He who overcomes shall inherit all things.”

To further strengthen and encourage us, God has also set before us the example of Abraham, who is called “the father of us all.” Through Abraham, God did not merely establish the measure of the blessing He has prepared for each of us, which is “in all things.” He also marked out ahead the path that leads to that blessing. The life of Abraham is both an example and a challenge in three main areas: his prompt obedience, his complete confidence in God’s word and his stead- fast endurance.

In Hebrews 11:8 the writer emphasizes Abraham’s prompt, unquestioning obedience: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”

Abraham did not ask for any explanation of why he should go, or any description of the place he was going to. He simply did what God told him to do, promptly, without questioning. The same kind of obedience characterized his entire life: for instance, when God required him and all his household to be circumcised (Genesis 17:9—14, 23—27); and even when God asked him to offer up his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:1—14). At no time did Abraham ever hesitate in his obedience or question God concerning what he was asked to do.

In Romans 4:16—21 Paul points out that when God called Abraham “a father of many nations,” he had only one son by Hagar, a slave woman, while Sarah, his wife, had been barren for many years. Yet he reckoned God’s description of him as true from the moment it was spoken. Because he thus accepted God’s word without questioning, even against the evidence of his own senses, ultimately there came a physical fulfillment that was confirmed by his senses.

Actually, about 25 years passed from the time God first promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars, until the birth of the son who was the promised heir. Through all those years he had nothing to hold onto but God’s promise. He must have faced endless temptations to discouragement. Yet he never gave up or abandoned his faith. Finally, the reward of his steadfastness is summed up in Hebrews 6:15: “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

In Romans 4:11—12 Paul tells us that we are children of Abraham “if we walk in the steps of Abraham’s faith.” This is the scriptural requirement for entering into “the blessing of Abraham,” promised in Galatians 3:14. Like Abraham, we must accept God’s Word as the one sure, unchanging element in our experience. All the variable opinions of men, and all the fluctuating impressions of our senses, are just “grass that withers.” “But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

Our acceptance of God’s Word, however, must not be purely intellectual or theoretical. We must demonstrate it in our actions just as Abraham did: by prompt, unquestioning obedience and by steadfast endurance in the face of all discouragement. In this way, we shall find that God’s Word will ultimately be proved true in our experience. We shall come to know God’s blessing—just as Abraham did—”in all things.”

Satan will continually oppose us with mental and emotional pressures: doubts, fear, guilt, confusion and so on. He may also assail our bodies with various forms of physical infirmity. Against all this God has provided us with one supremely effective weapon: His Word. In Ephesians 6:17 Paul directs us: “Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

This requires the interplay of the human and the divine. The sword is the sword of the Holy Spirit, but it is our responsibility to “take” it. If we take it, the Holy Spirit will wield it. But if we do not take it, the Holy Spirit has nothing to wield.

…Faith  …reckons God’s promises as effective from the moment they are apprehended. We do not wait for confirmation from the senses. By prompt, unquestioning obedience and patient endurance, we move from our legal rights in Christ into the full, experiential enjoyment of them. We meet all satanic opposition with “the sword of the Spirit”: the spoken Word of God.

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SOWING AND REAPING

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 TV EVANGELISTS LIE

But Sid Roth isn’t taking any chances with the fiscal health of his ministry, so he’s added a dash of the prosperity doctrine into his cauldron of Judaeo-Christian apostasy. He writes “…no matter what happens to America, people who sow into the salvation of Jewish people will be extravagantly blessed. In the midst of judgment, watch God supernaturally protect you, your family, your income and health”  http://www.christianmediaresearch.com/sidroth.html

Fraudulent preachers and TV evangelists including Sid Roth, Richard Roberts, and Benny Hinn love to use any method to raise money and make all kinds of stupid outlandish promises which never come to pass including “sowing a financial seed for a miracle” or “sowing a financial need to get God’s wealth transfer!

But where in the bible does it say to sow a financial seed for a miracle? It doesn’t! God doesn’t do things for money but out of love and mercy, the seed is the word Mark 4:14

Oral Roberts who founded the International Charismatic Bible Ministries propagated to other ministries the idea of sowing seeds to a ministry for financial and other blessings. The board members of ICBM were:

  • Oral Roberts; Chairman of ICBM; Prophet
  • Kenneth Copeland; Secretary of ICBM; Prophet, Teacher, televangelist
  • Charles Green; Exec. Dir of ICBM;
  • Billy Daugerty; Vice Chairman of ICBM;
  • Carlton Pearson; Member-at-Large of ICBM; Bishop, megachurch pastor, vacillates bet. WOF &Prophetic Movements
  • John Hagee; Member of ICBM; megachurch pastor, televangelist, TBN regular
  • Thomas F Reid; Member of ICBM; Latter Rain Proponent, WOF

https://discernmentdirectory.wordpress.com/2008/10/04/international-charismatic-bible-ministries-who-is-on-board/

Hence Richard Roberts who took over his dad’s ministry would write about sowing seeds against your need:
PS. The miracle-working power of our unlimited God is available for you…Today…in whatever circumstances you and your loved ones may be facing. Reach out in faith to Him, sowing seeds against your need and expecting His miracles in your life. I’ll pray with you for your needs to be met as soon as I receive your Prayer Request, so send it in as quickly as you can. ( July 2012 Partner Letter | Richard Roberts :: Oral Roberts Ministries)

Sheep are so dumb and have no discernment because anybody with brains would know that Oral Roberts who was a very good friend of the scoundrel Benny Hinn  was a deceiver and thief who deceived and stole money through the concept of seed faith which was propounded by Eugene Ewing,  often known for making his mark by setting up “scam” mailing campaigns.

Most of Oral Roberts most successful campaigns (including telling audiences “God will kill me if I don’t get 6 millions dollars”) are credited to Eugene Ewing. These mailers — similar to scam Nigerian emails you may receive today — made false claims and sly promises that (according to Trinity Foundation Investigators) were the, “cleverest financial deception of the time.” Ewing had apparently gotten his mailing lists from US census records. He is said to have specifically targeted those who marked themselves as Christian, low-education, but also had medium income. The Ghostwriter of the Prosperity Gospel? http://iamthetruthcenter.blogspot.ca/2012/03/ghostwriter-of-prosperity-gospel.html

Richard Roberts, the drunk and embezzler, who was forced to resign as President of ORU is a man devoid of integrity and cannot be trusted. He is deceived and is a deceiver. In His book “When It Seems All Hope Is Gone: Discover How to Regain Your Faith And Restore Your Life,”  Richard Roberts writes on page 114 about his encounter with the Holy Ghost Bartender, Rodney Howard Browne, another deceiver, and states that the LORD told him something that never happened ” you’re going to laugh while I pay off your $56 million debt.”

It’s interesting that it was Richard Roberts $56 million dollar debt largely due to his thievery and it was only paid off in part after Richard resigned as President of Oral Roberts University

REFERENCES
Oral Roberts Tragedy http://www.moriel.org/articles/discernment/church_issues/oral_roberts_tragedy.htm
BENNY HINN THE SCOUNDREL http://www.scribd.com/doc/17673980/
ORAL AND RICHARD ROBERTS https://www.scribd.com/doc/17098294
Walter hosting blog radio on Jan 31 exposing Benny Hinn and the Roberts http://cdn5.blogtalkradio.com/show/1/461/show_1461365.mp3

For the record, On October 17, 2007 Roberts asked for and was granted an indefinite leave of absence from the school by the university’s board of regents, citing the “toll” the lawsuit and attendant allegations have taken on him and his family.[21] In a statement Roberts said, “I don’t know how long this leave of absence will last… I pray and believe that in God’s timing, and when the Board feels that it is appropriate, I will be back at my post as President.”[21] Billy Joe Daugherty of Victory Christian Center was named executive regent of the board of regents and interim president.[22] Chairman of the board of regents George Pearsons noted the temporary resignation was not an admission of guilt.[22]
Note: Billy Joe Daugherty of Victory Christian Center died November 22, 2009

Roberts, has dedicated his life to ministering the saving, healing, delivering power of Jesus Christ around the world. He said that God put a dream in Roberts’s heart of reaching the nations of the earth for Jesus. Since 1980, he has ministered God’s healing power in 34 nations spanning six continents. In his miracle healing rallies, Roberts has ministered to crowds of up to 100,000 people in a single service. Often as much as 50 percent of the audience stand for prayer to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Hundreds of thousands more said they received healings and miracles as Richard ministers God’s Word and moves in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially the word of knowledge.

In a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the university on November 21, former ORU senior accountant Trent Huddleston claimed he had been ordered to help Roberts and his wife “cook the books” by misclassifying nearly $123,000 in funds allegedly spent by the university on remodeling the Roberts home.[20]

The board of Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma passed a vote of no confidence in him after it was alleged he used college money to buy a fleet of expensive cars, keep horses, convert a study into a wardrobe for his wife’s designer clothes, employed academics to do his children’s homework and used the university jet to fly his daughter to the Caribbean.

Roberts tendered his resignation to the university’s board of regents on November 23, 2007, effective immediately. In an emailed statement he said, “I love ORU with all my heart. I love the students, faculty, staff and administration and I want to see God’s best for all of them.”[21]

United Church of Christ Bishop Carlton Pearson, a former protege of Oral Roberts, said Richard Roberts was “born into privilege… What others may call extravagance he may not see it as extravagant.” According to CNN, Pearson said he was disappointed but not surprised by the allegations, explaining, “These kinds of things are common among family-owned and operated businesses and ministries. They don’t cross every T and dot every I.”[13]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Roberts_(evangelist)

Roberts: Lord said don’t fight it
By BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer – 5/30/2010

Richard Roberts broke a 2 1/2-year silence this week to defend his wife’s honor.

A lawsuit filed against Roberts in the tumultuous period before he resigned as president of Oral Roberts University in late 2007 implied that Lindsay Roberts had an affair with a teenager later identified as her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Media nationwide published the allegation.

“This is the first time I’ve ever spoken out on it. Maybe it’s time,” the 61-year-old televangelist said Tuesday in a wide-ranging 90-minute interview in which he discussed his departure from ORU, the loss of his father and his flourishing Tulsa-based healing ministry.

“My wife was accused on the front page of the paper of a horrible thing. Not a word of it was true,” he said. “People rushed from everywhere to defend her, but that never made the media.”

“I can’t think of anything more despicable to accuse a woman of. It hurt my wife, it hurt me, and it hurt my children very badly to have someone say that about an honorable woman to whom I’ve been married for 30 years and who has been faithful all of her life.

“The Lord said, ‘I want you to resign, and not defend yourself. If you’ll resign, I’ll send someone in to pay off the (ORU) debt,’ ” he said.

“Well, I resigned, and (a few) days later they came in and paid off the debt.”

The Mart Green family of Oklahoma City, founders of Hobby Lobby and Mardel, donated $70 million to the university at that time and have made additional donations.

Roberts said the crisis hurt him and his family deeply, but “I held on to my faith, and I held on to my family.” His wife and their three daughters now all work with him in the ministry.

With the weight of ORU off his shoulders and a prospering healing ministry, Roberts appeared relaxed as he talked in his spacious, well-appointed office in the former Tulsa Scottish Rite Center at 6355 E. Skelly Drive.

Only one piece of furniture in the office appeared out of place, a small, plain wooden desk used by his father, Oral Roberts, early in his ministry.

Roberts said he did not regret his nearly 15 years as president of ORU but had accepted the job reluctantly.

“I didn’t ask to be president of the university,” he said. “I said yes because my father asked me to.” Four other men had turned down the post, he said.

ORU was $60 million in debt when he took over, a burden he says no one can fully appreciate.

“Very few people know what we went through to keep the doors open. We stayed on our faces in prayer but we never missed a payroll, and we never missed paying a bill.”

He described universities as black holes of financial demand.

In retrospect, he would have done some things differently, including stepping down two years earlier, he said.

“I’m glad I’m no longer president. I wanted to resign earlier, but I was afraid it would hurt my father.”

He said he is happy that the Green family bailed out the university and that Mark Rutland is the new president.

“He and I talk frequently,” Roberts said.

Does he miss anything about his ORU days?

“I miss seeing those young freshman on campus, eyes wide, about to step into a new world.”

Roberts said the demands of the university took time from his true calling, preaching the gospel and praying for the sick.

“It’s very difficult to ride two horses at the same time.”

After his resignation, ORU was separated from the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association ministry.

The ministry, headed by Roberts, relocated to the large, three-story building on Skelly Drive. The building houses the offices, television studio, prayer center, mail processing center and a 650-seat auditorium. The Roberts family moved off campus into a home in Tulsa.

Roberts said the ministry is prospering.

He and Lindsay tape a show every morning that airs at night. She does a live women’s show every afternoon, “Make Your Day Count.” The ministry receives 3,000 phone calls a day.

The couple’s oldest daughter, Jordan, heads the ministry’s “Hunger Needs a Voice” program that has sent $3.2 million in food to Africa, Haiti and Central America since 2008. They also are building a school in Nigeria.

Roberts travels widely conducting healing crusades. More than 200,000 people attended the last night of his January crusade in Kenya. Four African presidents have invited him to do crusades in their nations. He has more invitations to speak than he can accommodate.

He has just completed a new book, “He’s a Healing Jesus.”

At 7 p.m. Friday, he will hold the first of what will be a monthly healing service in the ministry’s auditorium, where he will lay hands on the sick. He announced the meeting on television, and it already is packed, he said. Overflow rooms are being prepared.

On June 8, Roberts will begin a new Trinity Broadcasting Network program that will appear two or three times a week on its Church Channel featuring his healing ministry and vintage footage of Oral Roberts’ healing ministry.

Richard Roberts said life for him is better after leaving ORU. He has more time for his family; his health is perfect.

“I’m happy,” he said. “I’m happy I’m alive. I’m happy I’m serving God. I’m happy about his calling on my life.”

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 WHAT DO YOU HAVE?

What do you have in your house? – 2 Kings 4:2 NIV

When you pray, God can answer in two ways:

(1) He can use somebody you know. Who do you know? Who knows what you don’t know? Jesus said, ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.’ (Luke 6:38 NIV) Note: ‘given to you’. When God blesses you, He often gives His blessing through people. So who should you be listening to and walking with? ‘He who walks with wise men will be wise.’ (Proverbs 13:20 NKJV) Observe the word ‘walks’. Wisdom comes when you’re moving forward, not resting on your laurels. You must be teachable, discerning, relational, and responsive.

(2) He can use something you have. In 2 Kings 4 a minister’s wife was in trouble. Her husband had died, the bills were piling up and the creditors took her sons to work off the debt. When she turned to the prophet Elisha for help, he asked her, ‘What do you have in your house?’ She answered, ‘Just a little pot of oil.’ He told her to find every empty pot she could and to start pouring oil into them. He reassured her the oil would flow until she had enough to pay off her debts and live well. (2 Kings 4:3–7) With God you always have enough to create what you need! He can do ‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.’ (Ephesians 3:20 NIV) Where’s the power? Within you!Your resources are in your gifting, your tenacity, your relationships and your connection to God. So the word for you today is: What do you have?

THE TEACHER OF ALL THINGS IS IN YOU …

John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things…

If you are asking whom or where you can go to to get the help you need, ask no more. Just turn to God who has already promised you the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom He has sent in Jesus’ name to dwell in you.

The Holy Spirit will teach you all things. Yes, teach you all things! Do you really believe that? Or are you like some who believe that you seek God’s counsel only for spiritual things, but consult “professional” help for all other things in your life?

God does not want you to run to and rely on worldly wisdom. Now, there is nothing wrong with going to a doctor or engaging a financial consultant, but God wants you to come to Him first for counsel and direction. That is why He has sent the Holy Spirit, the Counselor (John 16:7, NIV), to teach you all things. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and He will guide you into all truth. (John 16:13)

The apostle John said, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things… the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things…” (1 John 2:20, 27)

So the way God teaches you is through the anointing within. It is a continuous anointing. In any particular situation, He is anointing you from within, teaching you by the presence or absence of His peace.

For example, a deal you are considering may sound very reasonable. But if you don’t have the peace in your spirit, don’t sign on the dotted line. Sign only when you have the peace. Be led by His peace and you will find that your heart will not be troubled, neither will it be afraid. (John 14:27)

When you follow that peace which only God can give to you as an inward witness, good things and even miracles will come forth!

SLEDDING AND PRAYING

Now it came to pass in those days that [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. —Luke 6:12

When the snow flies in Michigan, I like to get my grandkids, grab our plastic sleds, and go slipping and sliding down our backyard. We zoom down the hill for about 10 seconds, and then climb back up for more.

When I travel to Alaska with a bunch of teenagers, we also go sledding. We are hauled by bus nearly to the top of a mountain. We jump on our sleds and, for the next 10 to 20 minutes (depending on levels of bravery), we slide at breakneck speeds down the mountain, holding on for dear life.

Ten seconds in my backyard or 10 minutes down an Alaskan mountain.

They’re both called sledding, but there is clearly a difference.

I’ve been thinking about this in regard to prayer. Sometimes we do the “10 seconds in the backyard” kind of praying—a quick, spur-of-the-moment prayer or a short thanks before eating. At other times, we’re drawn to “down the mountain” praying—extended, intense times that require concentration and passion in our relationship with Him. Both have their place and are vital to our lives.

Jesus prayed often, and sometimes for a long time (Luke6:12; Mark 14:32-42). Either way, let us bring the desires of our heart to the God of the backyards and the mountains of our lives.

Lord, please challenge us to pray constantly—both in short sessions and long. As we face the valleys, hills, and mountains of our lives, may we lift our hearts and minds to You in constant communication.

The heart of prayer is prayer from the heart.

DO YOU HAVE ROOM FOR GOD?

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalm 46:10, NIV

Being fruitful means being productive and excelling in everything you do. When you’re fruitful, life isn’t a drain, it doesn’t wear you out and you don’t have to force things to happen. When you confuse fruitfulness with busyness, you can head down a path that wears you out and robs God of His glory. You can be content when you’re being fruitful because you know you’re living a life that is pleasing to God. A fruitful life blesses others and receives God’s blessings in return. This is how God intended your life to be!

SETTLING OUR DOUBTS

John 1:46, “And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.”

Nathanael suffered from a skepticism that afflicts many people today.

However, it is to his credit that he came to the Lord and gave Him a chance to prove who He was.

We can only speculate what it was that Jesus saw Nathanael doing under that fig tree (v. 50), but it is very clear that it was something that proved beyond a doubt that Jesus was the Christ.

Jesus didn’t rebuke Nathanael for his doubts, instead he removed them. The Lord has an answer for every doubt that we have. We need to be without guile before the Lord as Nathanael was (v. 47) and come to Him when we are plagued with doubts instead of running from Him or avoiding Him.

Jesus knows our frame. He remembers that we are but dust (Ps. 103:14). It is not a sin to doubt, but it becomes sin if we harbor those doubts. We should do as Nathanael did and bring our doubts to the Lord. Let’s allow Him to deal with them.

 GRACE TO DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST

The apostle Paul “worked harder than any of the other apostles.” But he attributed his success to the favor or grace of God in his life.

My friend, God’s grace will never provide you with reasons to just sit around and wait for a miracle to fall into your lap. No, it will give you faith to believe that God is working in and through you despite your limitations. It will give you a get-up-and-go-for-it spirit. It will make you say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)!

So in whatever role or position you find yourself right now, see the Lord’s favor empowering you to do what you need to with extraordinary diligence, creativity and effectiveness. The more you lean on His grace in all that you do, the more you allow Him to make you an excellent and extraordinary employee, manager, business person, parent or minister. That’s how you allow Him to work in and through you to bring you from one level of success to another!

FOCUS ON WHAT IS ‘ABOVE’ …

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2 NIV

Today we’re big on the concept of instant gratification and acquiring more stuff. But ‘earthly things’ lose their appeal once the bill arrives and the interest on your credit cards starts piling up. When that happens, blessings can turn into curses and rob you of the joy of living. ‘Materialism doesn’t satisfy because it’s tyrannical, and human beings were born to be free… We find we don’t own the house—the house owns us. We’re married to a mortgage. We become slaves to gadgets and garments. After they’re purchased, delivered and installed, we enjoy a fleeting sense of pleasure, but they still dominate, dictate and demand, “Press me, polish me, patch me, paint me, prune me, plaster me!” We spend our best years and the bulk of our money working for “things” until…we’ve no time left to pursue life’s really enjoyable vocations: visiting friends, having fun, and going to church…no time to do good deeds, see places, or visit the people who give us the greatest inner joy. Paul says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6 NIV) And to experience that contentment you need to count your blessings every day and thank the One who made them all possible.’ Jon Walker writes: ‘Assume there’s an imaginary line dividing what you can see from what you can’t see—the temporal from the eternal. Our objective in Jesus is to look upon the things “above”, so we can understand that what we see and feel is not a full and accurate measurement of God’s reality…people are eternal beings, and decisions that seem insignificant now, when seen in the fullness of reality, are of eternal significance.’

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pastor-bob-coyWOLVES INSIDE THE SHEEP PEN

Many Christians understand that cult religions such as the Sacred Name Movement, Jehovah Witness, Mormonism, Christian Scientist, Third Wave, Jesus Only, Manifested Sons of God, creepy Third Wave, and Prophetic Movement, etc. These damnable doctrines of Devils, Twisted Word, witchcraft doctrines, witches, wizards, etc., is going to cause the greatest massacre in the Church of Jesus Christ has ever experienced in the History of the world.

CHURCH FILLED WITH INFILTRATORS

The NWO order church is filled with infiltrators and wolves dressed like sheep and dark charlatans seeking to soul-scalp sleep Christians. My word to true believers is stop praying for the wolves to repent and receiving them as Christians who are in error but see them as wolves that are invading the sheep pin to steel God’s people for the Devil. They are not harmless and we must pray for the sheep who are deceived.

Millions are now seduced and facing an eternity of hell because Christians do not want their “peace disturbed or the Body of Christian divided.” May I suggest to you, these backslidden preachers who are living double lives and secretly serving the devil are not part of the “the Body of Christ.”

As the Apostle Jude warned the Church to be aware of false ministers, we must also be alert to discern them by their fruits. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit. Their fate has been set since the beginning of time; God knew them and warned His people to stay clear of them. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of  charity,  when  they  feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit  withered, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 Raging waves of the  sea,  foaming  out  their  own  shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever,” (Jude 10- 13).

Some so-called Christians go as far to accuse people trying to alert the Body of Christ that there is a wolf inside the sheep pen as slanders and gossipers while totally ignoring those who are teaching another Gospel.

“For if he that cometh preached another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel,  which  ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him,”  (II Cor. 11:4).

FALSE TEACHERS

Never before has wrong teaching and beliefs about God been more widely proclaimed than in our day. In a continuous, 24/7 river erroneous teaching about God flows around the world: on radio, TV, cable, webcasts, podcasts, simulcasts, books, magazines, and everywhere in between—our world is increasingly filled with lies about God. And to this growing cauldron of darkness and lies comes the triumphant truth that—

Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the  prophets,  and  they  shall  be  all taught  of  God.  Every  man  therefore  that  ha th  heard,  and  hath  learned  of  the Father, cometh unto me.

Jesus warned “The thief cometh  not,  but  for  to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the g ood shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the  sheep.  12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the  wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and  fleeth:  and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know  my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my  life  for  the sheep,” (Jn. 10:10-15).

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know we the Spirit of God, every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God and this is that spirit of antichrist whereof you have hear that it should come and even now, already is in the world,” (I Jn. 4:2).@

The Bible in (II Cor. 11:14-15) warns of Satan’s counterfeit: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; ”

PASTOR BOB COY CALVARY CHAPEL

Another Pastor falls because the Church will not clean the fish by casting-out demons!

Former mega church pastor Bob Coy spoke candidly about his drug, alcohol, and sex-filled past in his sermons and that information is fueling the media frenzy around his resignation.

The ex-Calvary Chapel leader vacated his position on Sunday citing a “moral failure,” leaving congregants devastated. Coy admitted to church leaders that he cheated on his wife, Diane.3
Coy never claimed to be without sin. He openly discussed his cocaine addiction, past employment at a Vegas nude club, and his philandering past. Coy also allegedly has a long-time problem with pornography.

“He’s always said from the pulpit: ‘Don’t follow me. I’m just a person like you,'” church member Mitch Guertler told NBC. “You could relate to his struggles, to his past. He’s human. He’s made a bad decision— or a few.”4`

PASTOR BOB COY WHO IN THEORY REPENTED HAD BECOME A SEXUAL PERVERT FOR MANY YEARS. FORGIVENESS IS ONE MATTER BUT DEALING WITH HIS ROOT PROBLEMS AND DELIVERANCE FROM DEMONS HE HAD ALLOWED TO COME INTO HIS LIFE IS ANOTHER. NO HAS ADDRESSED HIS DELIVERANCE BECAUSE MOST CHURCHES INCLUDING CALVARY CHAPEL DO NOT OPERATE IN THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT! 5

Bob Coy, the founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, continues to generate headlines. He resigned last week from his position at the 20,000-member congregation after an unspecified “moral failing.” Many members of his congregation are understandably hurt. For them, and for all of us who have been wounded by a minister, I’d like to highlight five biblical facts.6

(I Tim. 3:2) and “blameless” (I Tit. 1:7). As Paul noted, “those who have been given a trust must prove faithful, ” (I Cor. 4:2). Ministers are to “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in faith and in purity ” (I Tim. 4:12).

Two: Satan attacks ministers. He tries to defeat and discourage all Christians, attacking us “like a roaring lion, seeking so meone to devour,” (I Pet. 5:8). But pastors, because of their public profile, are especially targeted by our enemy.

Three: Every minister fails God’s standard. I was a pastor for 25 years and have been preaching for 38 years. While I have not sinned in the ways Rev. Coy apparently did, I have likely committed sins he has not. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), pastors included.

Four: God redeems all he allows. Scripture teaches: “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him  gently”  (Gal. 6:1).  We are to be “kind  and  compassionate  to  one  another,  forgiving  each  other,  just  as  in  Christ

God forgave you” (Eph. 4:32). Note that we should also call for repentance, as Paul did when a person was engaged in sin (I Cor. 5:1-5). But if the sinner does repent, we should “forgive and comfort him” and “reaffirm your love for him ,” (II Cor. 2:7, 8).7

Calvary Chapel pastor Bob Coy resigns over ‘moral failing’
April 8, 2014|By Robert Nolin, Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE — Thousands of parishioners attending a special Sunday afternoon meeting at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale were stunned to learn that the megachurch’s popular founder and leader, Pastor Bob Coy, had abruptly resigned.

The reason given by church elders: “a moral failing.”

“Most people were shocked,” said congregant Robert Milne, of Wilton Manors, who attended the standing room-only meeting that drew an estimated 7,500 parishioners. “A lot of people were hurt, a lot of people are disappointed.”

Coy, 58, and his wife Diane founded the Fort Lauderdale church nearly 30 years ago. Today, it consists of the main campus and six affiliated churches in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, West Boca, Plantation, Hollywood and the Keys.

Pastors read a letter from Coy at the special meeting saying he was sorry for his transgressions and that the church will continue to flourish. Coy did not return calls to his cellphone Sunday night.

Church elders said Coy was not present Sunday at the main church, which occupies a large tract in the 2400 block of Cypress Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale.

“Of course I forgive him,” said Milne. “We’re all sinners and we’ve all slipped here and there.”

In a statement released Sunday, church elders said Coy, of Coral Springs, resigned Thursday as senior pastor of the 20,000-member church “after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role.”

Coy’s Active Word ministry on radio, television and digital media has also been suspended, the church said.

“Pastor Bob will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship with God and with his family,” the statement said. “The governing board of the church is providing counselors and ministers who will help guide him through the process of full repentance, cleansing and restoration.”

Assistant pastors will take responsibility for upcoming services, the church said, and will continue to “make disciples” through its many ministries. The statement said the church serves “a God of second chances” and that members will pray for Coy and his family.

“The main thing is he’s confessed and he’s into the healing process,” Milne said.

In the past, Milne said, Coy cautioned church members not to place too much faith in humans, himself included, who are subject to moral weaknesses. “He said, ‘Don’t put your trust in me, because I’m going to let you down,’ ” Milne recalled.

Coy, who in recent years sported a beard and longish hair, was a familiar figure in South Florida religious circles, known for his charm, enthusiasm and ever-present smile.

The Calvary Chapel denomination was established by Pastor Chuck Smith in Costa Mesa, Calif., in the 1960s. It grew from 25 members to 850 churches in North America, with another 200 churches across the world.

Coy left a position in the Las Vegas music industry at age 24 to become an associate pastor at that city’s Calvary Chapel. He came to South Florida in 1985 and founded Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.

In a 2010 news article, Coy discussed sin and redemption.

“An evangelist is supposed to preach repentance and get people to the place where they want to find forgiveness for their sins through repentance,” he said.

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He Vanquished Them

“And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings; so will the LORD do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. ‘You must not fear them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you.’ Deuteronomy 3:21-22

I will love You, O LORD, my strength.  The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;  My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;  My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;  So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3

The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe,  Lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. Psalm 18:13-14

King David, whom God took from following the sheep be ruler over God’s people, over Israel, knew from first hand experience that the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty belongs to the LORD and all that is in heaven and in earth is His included the kingdom, and He is exalted as head over all. He knew from experience that both riches and honor come from the Lord who reigns over all. And in whose hand is power and might; in His hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. Hence David the anointed one, before he became king, told cowardly and fearful king Saul about the mighty Goliath “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

King Saul said to him, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,  I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.  “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”  Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!” (1 Kings 17:33-35).

David made his confession of faith and put his faith in God and went and took on the Philistine in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom he had defied. The bible records:

And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”  Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  “This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  “Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S, and He will give you into our hands.”

So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hastened and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.  Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.  Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 1 Samuel 17:44-51

Victory comes from the LORD through the method of His choosing for those who confess and stand on His word. David used one stone, not a sword, and brought the mighty enemy down. He then had to take Philistine’s sword to kill him and cut off his head with it.  David’s vanquish over Goliath was only one of many battles that he was to fight in his life until the  LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around (2 Samuel 7:1); as well Saul’s house and Saul’s wives into his keeping, and gave him the house of Israel and Judah (2 Samuel 12:8). David discovered the secret of victory for himself. The bible records:

Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.” So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim. And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.

Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. “And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.  Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations. 1 Chronicles 14:9-17

David secret was that in time of trouble he would inquire of God what to do. And God would tell him what to do to have the victory. As a result of his obedience and faith, something supernatural happened on that battlefield. David described it as the power of God or the anointing of God coming on the scene like the breaking forth of waters. It was like a flood that could not be contained.

And similarly if we will inquire of God what to do in the time of trouble and distress, He will tell us and He will be for us the “God of Breakthrough” for just like Jesus was for others. Jesus told the blind man “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” and to his Simon, Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” and they received their needed breakthrough. The bible records for our profit and instruction:

When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. John 9:6-7

So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”  And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. Luke 5:1-7

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:3-8

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AAGOD IS FOR YOU, NOT AGAINST YOU

Romans 8:31 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Are you faced with challenges in your life right now? Are you having marital problems and financial woes? Maybe your child is going astray or an old illness has returned. What then will you say to all these things?

Do you know what God wants you to say? He wants you to say, “If God is for me, who can be against me?”

If you knew that the President or the Prime Minister was for you, you might believe that everything will be okay. But you have an even better backing! The Bible tells us that God, the Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, is for you! What problem can fasten its grip on you when the Almighty God is for you? Can the devil come successfully against you with God on your side?

If God is for you today, if God is for you right now, you don’t have to moan, “If only I had this…If only I didn’t say that…” And you don’t have to worry about the future: “What if this happens…What if we don’t have enough…” My friend, regretting the past and worrying about the future won’t change anything. Look to your heavenly Father, instead. Because He is for you at this present moment, you can be confident that He will help you and provide for you.

Beloved, God sent His Son to die for you. And Jesus gave you a blood-bought right to an abundant life full of meaning and purpose! He gave you a blood-bought right to walk in divine health all the days of your life! He gave you a blood-bought right to His supply even when the economy goes down!

You have all these things not because you deserve them, but because Jesus shed His blood and gave you the right to have them. All these blessings are yours today because God is for you! And if God is for you, who can be against you!

Thought For The Day …

All blessings are yours today because God is for you!

 OUR SOURCE OF HELP

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. —Psalm 121:2

Twenty-year-old Lygon Stevens, an experienced mountaineer, had reached the summits of Mt. McKinley, Mt. Rainier, four Andean peaks in Ecuador, and 39 of Colorado’s highest mountains. “I climb because I love the mountains,” she said, “and I meet God there.” In January 2008, Lygon died in an avalanche while climbing Little Bear Peak in southern Colorado with her brother Nicklis, who survived.

When her parents discovered her journals, they were deeply moved by the intimacy of her walk with Christ. “Always a shining light for Him,” her mother said, “Lygon experienced a depth and honesty in her relationship with the Lord, which even seasoned veterans of faith long to have.”

In Lygon’s final journal entry, written from her tent 3 days before the avalanche, she said: “God is good, and He has a plan for our lives that is greater and more blessed than the lives we pick out for ourselves, and I am so thankful about that. Thank You, Lord, for bringing me this far and to this place. I leave the rest—my future—in those same hands and say thank You.”

Lygon echoed these words from the psalmist: “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:2).

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Still be our guard while troubles last
And our eternal home.

We can trust our all-knowing God for the unknown future.

Forget The Past, See Jesus Do A New Thing!

…but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13–14

Despite having repented and getting saved, Apostle Paul could have dwelled on his serious past mistake of persecuting the early church. He could have chosen to live a life of regret and thus fail to fulfill God’s call on his life. But he didn’t. Instead, he chose to forget the past, “reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”

My friend, don’t live in the past. Whether it’s a failed marriage, a huge mistake you made, or a hurtful remark from someone, leave them all in the past and move forward. By all means, learn from your mistake. But look to Christ as your success, wisdom, comfort and strength, and see Him do anew thing in your life by His unmerited favor.

See Him giving you stronger and blessed relationships through His wisdom and grace. See Him giving you a better job with better benefits. See Him restoring your health sevenfold. Consider not “the things of old,” but consider or meditate on His better promises (Hebrews 8:6). That’s how you move forward into His good success!

THE GRACE TO HANDLE IT

He will empower you with inner strength.’ Ephesians 3:16 NLT

Lois was a secretary who battled cancer for 15 years and for every one of them she served God faithfully. Her boss wrote: ‘I don’t think I ever met anyone more courageous. Some days she was so ill…getting out of bed took all the strength she had! She’d deliberately fall out of bed, walk on her hands and knees to the bathroom, reach for the sink and pull herself up. She’d force herself to get dressed, stumble into the kitchen, drink some water, eat a dry piece of toast, search for her purse, and walk to the door. Perspiration pouring off her forehead, she’d look at her husband and say, “Well, Ralph, I think I can make it now.” Then she’d get into her car and drive to church. She was always there before me, and when I arrived with my usual greeting, “Good morning, how are you?” she’d always smile and say, “Great!” I never knew until after her funeral what she went through… Only God can give you that kind of courage.’ The Bible says, ‘From his…unlimited resources [God] will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.’ There are many ways to say it, but none more eloquent than the hymnist Annie Johnson Flint, who put it like this: ‘When we have exhausted our store of endurance; when our strength has failed ere the day is half–done; When we reach the end of our hoarded resources our Father’s full giving has only begun. His love has no limit…His grace has no measure…His power no boundary known unto men. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.’

MATURE RIGHTEOUSNESS

2 Timothy 2:22 (KJV) Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

An important part of growing up in learning the wisdom of doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done. The better part of maturity is understanding the value of doing the right thing, and that means living in accordance with God’s instructions.

God’s Word teaches us to be faithful, honest, generous, disciplined. loving, kind, humble, and grateful. When we do these things, we’ll be rewarded with the comfort and peace God gives to those who trust Him completely and follow His path.

Would you like to experience God’s comfort and abundance? Then don’t look for shortcuts, and don’t expect impulsively or immaturity to bring happiness. Instead, determine to act and think like a mature, thoughtful, obedient adult. Then get ready to receive the rewards God bestows upon His children, who act like grown-ups.

Have a Blessed Day & God Bless you to all!!!

SEE THE FAVOR OF GOD MULTIPLIED IN YOUR LIFE …

2 Peter 1:2 – Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

If you would like to walk in a greater measure of God’s favor, 2 Peter 1:2 says that grace, which is the undeserved favor of God, and peace, can be multiplied to you. Peace is the word “shalom” in Hebrew. Its definition includes wholeness, health, safety and provision. So when you walk in divine favor and peace, you will walk in blessings in every area of your life!

But how do the undeserved favor and shalom of God increase in your life?

It is not by your laboring or toiling to earn it. The Bible says that it comes as your knowledge of Jesus and His finished work increases. It comes as you learn more about and believe that through Jesus’ one sacrifice at the cross, God removed all your sins, gave you His righteousness as a gift and put you in Christ to enjoy everything Jesus has. God’s favor is multiplied in your life when you simply believe that the favor of God that is on Christ is also on you because of what Jesus’ work at the cross has accomplished.

Today, you don’t have to struggle for favor. Just release it by speaking forth God’s Word in faith. On your way to work, say, “God’s favor surrounds me as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12) As you continue to speak God’s favor over your life out of a revelation of Jesus’ finished work, you will see more of it being released.

When I first entered the workforce, I began to declare the favor of God in my job. Every time I was given a new assignment, I proclaimed that the divine favor of God was on me. The company began to prosper and I was blessed financially. By the time I left the company to serve God full-time, my income had increased so that I was in the top 15 per cent of earners in my age group in Singapore.

Today, in your workplace or at home, begin to declare the favor of God by faith. Expect to receive preferential treatment wherever you are. Say, “I am surrounded with the favor of God because of Jesus’ finished work. I have favor before God and man!” And see God’s favor work for you!

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