YOU ARE GOD’S TEMPLE

By Sue Darling

1 Corinthians 3 v 16. Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst.

This is going to be tricky to explain but here goes. Notice when you are filled with anger, jealousy, selfishness of all kinds you do not feel good inside, because that is not the Spirit of God inside of you. To me it is like choosing what kind of company you want to keep. It is basically between love and hate. If you are filled with evil you are in bad company, but if you choose what is holy and good you are keeping beautiful company within yourself. To be in a state of evil all the time there is no way you are going to feel peaceful or like yourself. If you choose the things of God such as love, kindness, generosity, acceptance of others etc. then you will experience a beautiful spirit inside of you and you are going to like yourself and other people will like you too. Now if you are suffering from a mental illness like bipolar disorder, it is your sickness that is making you depressed not you. Inserting your faith in the love of Jesus and try to pray regularly will help you deal with illness. You are not alone in your illness, Jesus is in you, suffering with you and He can give you the knowledge and courage to find ways how to deal with it if you keep asking Him. If we live as Jesus tells us to we will be filled with the Holy Spirit and He gives us peace, strength, courage etc. even in hard times.

2 Timothy 1 v 17. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
So when we are filled with God’s Spirit we put on the nature of Jesus accordingly to how much room you have allowed the Spirit of God to dwell in you. The more closely we walk with Jesus the more we will be like Him. We will have His nature in us such as peace, mercy, compassion, love, joy, courage, wisdom humility and much more. To be one with Jesus is the most prized way to be. But before this happens there is a lot of work to be done. God allows sometimes for the devil to test you like he tested Job in the bible, so that you can learn to die to selfishness and therefore be reborn and become Christ like. The more we die to our selfish nature, the more beautiful you will feel inside. And your prayers and deeds will be greatly be blessed by God, because it will be God’s Spirit working through you.

I believe that Christian don’t often think just how powerful their prayers can be, so they pray for small things and only for people they know.  I believe in praying big because I know God wants to do great things through us.

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Victory in the Cross of Christ

By Toni Babcock

Every Christian should make it their habitual practice to put on the whole armor of God and stand firm on the foundation of Christ.  Here are a few strategies in seeking to maintain victory in the cross of Christ.

1.)  Don’t fight the wrong battles.  As believers in Christ, we stand in defense of the gospel and the honor of our Savior.  We are not called into the Lord’s army in defense of ourselves, our opinions, or our reputations.  His will is to be our will, His example our example.   Reckoning ourselves “crucified with Christ” means being willing to bear His reproach in this world, keeping in mind Jesus never deserved the reproaches he endured, so we undeserving sinners have nothing to complain about when called upon to suffer reproach for the Savior.

2.)  Immerse yourself in the Word of God.  Jesus stands in our defense.  It is enough that God is on our side.  Believe what He says about who you are in Christ.  Study passages such as Romans chapter 7 and 8 and the book of Ephesians.  We are approved of God through faith in the gospel.   Don’t stop being a witness for Christ simply because you imagine people “don’t believe in you”.  People don’t need to believe in you, they need to believe in Jesus.   “What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 KJV).

3.)  Honor the Lord by choosing weapons that are “mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”  Spiritual victories cannot be won when bitterness or anger are part of the equation.  Practice overcoming evil with good, being tenderhearted and forgiving.  We are called to captivate people with Jesus – not with ourselves;  to captivate with His power, His love, His obedience, His sacrifice.  In doing so, we work toward the goal of “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,”  (II Corinthians 10:4-5 KJV).

3.) Recognize the triggers.  What is it that triggers your wounded self and makes you reactive?  More than likely it is someone else defending their own wounded self.  Once you understand the triggers, you will be better equipped to break the cycle.  In other words, don’t take an adversarial role toward people who seem to oppose you.  Instead, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you,” (Matthew 5:44 KJV).  This is not sage advice, it is Jesus’ command.

4.)  Stand on the solid ground of the gospel.  Satan will attempt to knock us off the solid ground of the gospel. This is always the devil’s scheme. To foil his tactics, “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” (Ephesians 6:10-11, 16-17 KJV).

5.)  Exercise a double-faith.  If you believe Christ died for your sins, than believe He died for your enemy’s sins as well – even if they have not yet believed the gospel of Christ.  The Bible says Christ died for us while we were ungodly (Romans 5:6 KJV), while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8 KJV) and while we were enemies (Romans 5:10 KJV).  We don’t set the standard for who  deserves God’s forgiveness or not, or who has the right to believe the gospel.  And since none of us earns the salvation God imparts by our own goodness, and we are all undeserving, therefore, we should extend the grace of Christ’s call to repentance to all, while maintaining belief in the promise “He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world,” (I John 2:2 KJV).  Who knows but a believing faith in God’s promises can be a catapult for someone else’s.

6.)  Finally, make the Apostle Paul’s testimony your testimony: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me,” (Galatians 2:20 KJV).

Toni M. Babcock is a Christian writer and author of The Stone Writer, Christian Fiction for Young Readers and Teens.

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Forgiveness

‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespasses against us.’ When I say the Lord’s Prayer and come to this part I always get a little nervous. I can understand why people have such great difficulty to forgive people who have been cruel to them in some way. I pray for my enemies to be forgiven, but it is not always easy. But I know God accepts my efforts of trying to forgive, because He knows I am doing my best, it is when I let hate enter into me without a fight, I know God is quick to be angry with me. I know because one day I did let hate enter in me and I did get into trouble with God. So I then realized that I never get into trouble trying to do His Will. Does not matter how imperfectly I try to do His Will. I get into trouble when I do not try and let the sin of hate enter in me, without a fight that is when I displease God. When I think of the price Jesus paid for my sins and how readily He is willing to forgive me, makes me feel ashamed of myself for not forgiving as I know I should. But it does encourage me to keep trying and also the knowledge that I will be forgiven as I forgive others makes me work harder at forgiving others too.

I believe that Christian don’t often think just how powerful their prayers can be, so they pray for small things and only for people they know. I believe in praying big because I know God wants to do great things through us.

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How To Prepare For A Most Fruitful And Successful New Year

By Ngozi Nwoke

Do you desire a better new year? Every New Year comes with new things attached to it, both challenges and success. But if you desire to see more of success then you need to earnestly prepare for it. A wise man said, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. This article talks about an important aspect of preparing for a fruitful and successful New Year.

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him – 1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)

How you start this year will, to a great extent, determine how you will end it, and what you do with the first month of the year will determine what you will get by the end of the year. It’s all about foundation. If the foundation is faulty what can the righteous do? – Psalm 11:3

Every product is best fixed by the manufacturer, so also a new year is best fixed by the creator. Therefore to have a most fruitful and successful year, you need to consult the Almighty God through prayer and fasting. Leaving the year to chance is an invitation to the enemy to do with you as he likes.

God says you should commit your ways to Him, trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass – Psalm 37:5. It is great wisdom to commit the year into the hands of God in prayer so that He will bring it to pass. God, being the Alpha and the Omega, knows the end from the very beginning and so is in the best position to guide and direct you throughout the year, but not without your permission.

It is through prayer that you give God the permission to guide and direct you. And because it is for the whole year, it is very important that you set out some time to seek God’s face concerning the year. And it’s best when you couple your prayers with fasting. Fasting certainly doesn’t change God but it does prepare you to hear and receive more clearly and accurately all that God has for you. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct you on how long you should fast.

When you prepare spiritually, you conquer physically. Taking charge of the year spiritually at the beginning gives you rest throughout the rest of the year. In prayer, you fortify yourself, family, business, career, finances, health, and relationships against any assaults of the devil. The scriptures didn’t say the enemy won’t gather against you but that all that gather against you shall fall for your sake (Isaiah 54:15), and this is fulfilled when you are well guarded spiritually.

In prayer, you receive what to do to enjoy a fruitful and successful year, and also the steps to take in order to achieve it. God is a God of details and if you will wait on Him in prayer and fasting, He will deliver the nitty-gritty of the year to you. Don’t be in hurry; wait to conquer the year on your knees.

Call on God and He will show you great and mighty things you don’t know about the year – Jeremiah 33:3. Furthermore, when you pray according to the will of God, He hears you and if you know he hears you, then whatever you ask you know that you have the petitions that you asked of Him – 1 John 5:14-15

When you are sure of what to expect for the year and you see the otherwise, you will not accept it. You would stand your ground and demand for what is yours as God had shown you. But if you are not sure you will accept it as your lot when it is only the devil trying to steal from you.

Spiritual preparation is not something that you should overlook because the physical realm is totally controlled by the spiritual realm. When you win in the spiritual realm, you have won in the physical realm.

Christ and the apostles all needed to pray and fast; waiting on God before fully commencing their assignments. They did great exploits, the kind of success that is still speaking till today.

Christ fasted for forty days and forty nights before beginning His Galilean ministry. The devil tempted him from all angles: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life, but He defeated him in all areas (Matthew 4:1-11). Afterwards the bible recorded in Luke 4:14-15, that Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out throughout the entire region and He was glorified by all.

Also, after Christ’s ascension, the apostles and the other disciples all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication in the upper room (Acts 1:12-14) till the day of Pentecost. They were filled with the Holy Ghost and Peter who denied Christ before a little maid, preached to multitude and three thousand people gave their lives to Jesus. And afterwards the apostles did many more exploits for Christ – Acts 2:1-47.

You need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit for you to experience a most fruitful and successful year. And prayer and fasting will secure it for you.

What do you desire for this New Year? You can have it even beyond your expectation (Ephesians 3:20), if you are ready to pay the price of fasting and praying for some time. Your future this year is in your hands, choose well and you will celebrate this year.

Ngozi Nwoke Is a teacher and a counselor. A product and distributor of love. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy God’s love and fellowship for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com

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Pray for Terrorists

 – by Michael Edwards

While we always need to pray for and protect innocent lives, Christians are called to an even higher level. But I say to you, Love your enemies and PRAY for those who persecute you. Matt 5:44 ESV.

The truth is that killing terrorists in response to their acts of terror will never eliminate terrorism. It has not and will not work. So what if the entire body of Christ obeyed God’s instructions in the Bible and prayed for our enemies in a massive way around the world.

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28 ESV

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rom 12:14 ESV

Some may initially recoil at the thought of praying for a terrorist but Jesus demonstrated it first. Crucifixion was designed to instill terror in the hearts of his followers and put an end to Christianity. Yet Jesus said, “…Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…” Luke 23:34 ESV

Do we believe Jesus words are always true?

A couple of years ago the FaithWriters website underwent a large attack from hackers. In the midst of the attack when we thought the entire site mightbe lost, God told me to pray for the hacker’s salvation. I did and asked site members to do likewise and to post their prayers. A couple of days later the attack stopped and I received anemail from a man from Algiers. He told me that he had accepted Jesus as savior and was finished with hacking and identity theft. Read his message. Jesus was right, prayer worked!

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Stones of Remembrance

Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Maria Egilsson

Psalm 105:5 (NIV) Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles…

It is so easy to forget what God has done; even those pivotal moments that change us forever. They begin to fade as other things crowd out their importance. This is why God instructed the children of Israel to build a memorial of remembrance after the crossing of Jordan in Joshua 3 & 4. Twelve stones were laid, one by each tribe, as a permanent legacy to what God had done for them.

I too have stones of remembrance. Yes, I write on stones. These stones are my visual reminder of God’s promises to me. They represent ages, stages and life events where the word of God has been an anchor holding me fast during storms. On these stones are scriptures that represent a fresh work in my life; a new turning point. They are tangible reminders that I can touch and hold. Their words bring comfort, strength and hope. I read these stones and I remember all what God has done. They remind me of all that He will do and all that He has promised.

How do you remember what God has done for you?

Maria Egilsson is from Manitoba, Canada. She is a coffee lover & Jesus follower. Contact

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go

- by Karen White

Happy New Year! It is a brand new day, month and year, the time each year when one thinks about resolutions. Some resolve to lose weight, exercise more, break bad habits, get organized…sound familiar? Unfortunately, most people start out well then over the course of a few weeks revert to previous behaviors. Such is the life of humans!

So how does one succeed in mastering their resolutions? The professionals will tell you to set realistic goals, write the goals down, keep them in sight, focus on you achieving the goals, and take one step at a time. All of these things may help you achieve your goals but for the Christian, prayer is also important.

The Lord knows our desires as well as our needs, but He also expects us to come to Him and ask for His assistance. We need to pray, asking and believing that He will help us with our desired goals. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. Unfortunately, God is not a fairy Godmother, who waves a magic wand fulfilling all our desires. We also have to do our share. That means we may have to push away from the table, take that walk around the block, and or clean the kitchen sink. Are you ready? Go!

Dear Lord, as I enter into a new year, I ask that you give me the strength I need to accomplish the goals I have resolved to do this year. And I will give You the glory and praise. In Jesus’s name, amen.

Karen is a Christian writer, wife, mother of three, and grandmother of five. Contact

 

LEN’S LINES — A Little Religion On A Positive Note

By Len Granger

Here on our small farm, we have a flock of chickens consisting of 20 hens and a very protective rooster. The legs on this rooster are strong and have two inch spikes which he knows how to use. When the weather was nice, before the rains, we would let the chickens out in the back yard to explore and gather insects. When I would feed them twice a day, the hens would run to meet me as I went to the chicken house.

The rooster on a recent day decided I was getting too much attention, so he attack me. As I tried to kicked him away, he spiked my left leg and my pants did not protect me. A large varicose vain over the lower part of my left leg bleed from the wound for some time. I cleaned and bandaged the wound and a few days later it was healed.

When I went to my Christian doctor for a foot problem and as he treated the foot, I showed him that the large varicose vain on that leg was gone. After I told him the story of how the chicken attacked me, he said that will make a great story. He mentioned his fellow doctors will enjoy hearing how the Lord healed your leg from a chicken attack and it did not even cost a dime.

We see in the Bible where David writes in Psalm 6:2, ” Have mercy on me. O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.” Yes, Our Lord heals us in mysterious ways. Let us put our Hope, Trust, and Faith in our gracious and loving Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as only he can heal our physical body here on the earth. For the child of God, He gives us a Spiritual Body, at the end of this age on the day of resurrection. Our Spiritual Body we will have for eternity and will not be in combat with roosters on the rampage.

Trust we will all be in the church of our choice this Sunday worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God Bless America

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Considering the Heavens

- by Richard McCaw

As a young man, I considered carefully the exquisite design of the human body. What would life be without hands and feet? When I learned that the muscles of the heart contract down on the contained blood 60 to 70 times a minute, night and day, year in and year out,throughout my whole lifetime, I could not believe that it was all an accident.

My eyes were wonderful cameras. The pupil of my eye dilates and contracts according to the amount of light needed for vision. Every camera comes with a light meter in order to adjust the camera to the light rays. My eye has its own built-in light meter. Did the parts just come together by mere chance? Hardly so! From a very early age, whenever I gazed into the clear blue sky and at the beautiful mountains and hills of my native land, or watched the waves of the Caribbean sea as they crashed upon the shores, awe and amazement overwhelmed me. I thought, “What would life be without beauty?” Thank God, He gave me eyes to appreciate His wonderful creation.

As I contemplated these things I asked myself questions. “Is there not a cause? Could so vast and wonderful a universe have originated itself?” Scientists and philosophers agree that something cannot appear from absolute nothingness. Any opposing conclusion violates a basic scientific principle: causality! Without this first law, science is impossible! The Psalmist David wrote: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained , what is man, that You are mindful of him?”(Psalm 8:3 NKJ) Richard has been an evangelist, pastor and musician for over 40 years, ministering to teens and young adults. Contact

What CHRISTmas Is ~

Originally posted on CHRISTian ~ poetry by deborah ann:

~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann ~Salvation to All- IBible Verse

CHRISTmas . . .

. . . is joy immeasurable,
the perfect gift of love . . .
it’s serenity and harmony
God’s grace sent from above

It’s forever life changing,
it makes all things new
it’s freeing and liberating
it restores and renews.

It’s hope for the future,
the wiping away of tears
it’s strong and powerful
the remedy,  for all fears.

It brings inner healing,
it’s like a refreshing rain
it soothes and eases
it’s the cure, for all pain.

It brings forgiveness,
deliverance from sin
it provides the only way
to have true peace within.

It’s comforting and calming,
the end  to worldly strife
it’s cleansing and purifying
it brings everlasting life.

It’s love immeasurable,
it’s heavenly elation
for the birth of Christ Jesus . . .
brings eternal salvation!

~~~~~~~~~~

Titus 2:11

“For the grace of God
that bringeth salvation
hath appeared to all men,”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

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By blackeybaptistchurch Posted in Faith