Who Am I?

By Cinda Carter

“Who Am I?”

The question presents itself…
I am, calls for a very tall order for one to delve,
Into sharing the truth about who you really are.
Looking back at my past life with many scars.

I really never cared about anyone but self…
I was impatient to the point of the regrets I felt.
I looked upon myself as an inadequate being,
Believing that I didn’t  know by leaving.

I took out on a journey that made me feel accepted…
Leaving my family behind with no feelings of rejection.
Self absorbed in my own little world.
Why in the world was I even given birth?

Life was empty and unsure…
Facing my fears I could not endure.
A lost soul groping for more.
Sinking into a pit of remorse.

Then someone heard my cry for help…
Not really believing that in life there was much worth.
Then it happened, someone heard my cry,
He took my hand and this was His reply.

Your sins are as scarlet, crimson red…
You are living a life as if you were dead.
Dead to those around you.
Those who you have hurt, live in remorse by you being crude.

What can I do to make things right?
Ask for forgiveness in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Tell Him, you are truly sorry for the  wrong you have done.
Repent of your sins and believe that in Me you belong.

Looks can be deceiving…
It is in the heart of man that God sees.
He does not look at the outer shell.
Where beauty is vain through all that she tells.

No longer pretending.
In, who I am…

For without Christ I am nothing…
My identity is in Him, you see.
For, He has given me a new life’s plan.
Through the “Great I Am”…


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10 Reasons to Hold a Quiet Time With God

By Tai Ikomi

1. It is an opportunity to fellowship with God. Your primary fellowship is with God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. God desires to fellowship with you on a personal basis (1 John 1:3)

2. It puts you in an atmosphere to hear the voice of God. As you read His Word, God will speak to you through it. It can also give you direction or counsel that you need right now. You are privileged to enjoy the counsel of “the only wise God” (Isaiah 20:31).

3. It gives you strength to resist the temptations of the day. Those who stay in God’s presence have the strength to overcome their weaknesses. A consistent Quiet Time with God is a great deterrent to sin because of your knowledge of the Word, and the strength to carry it out (Isaiah 40:10).

4. It helps you to know more about God. You know more of His character, His views and His heart (Isaiah 54:13).

5. It increases your knowledge of the Bible. Each day reading of God’s Word, increases your knowledge of God’s promises, His commandments and His person (2 Timothy 3:15).

6. It helps you to be more like God when you learn more of Him. Without fellowship with Christ, you cannot conform to His image (2 Corinthians 3:18).

7. It gives you joy. As you fellowship with God, your joy life increases. In God’s presence is fullness of joy. In crisis, Quiet Time is indispensable for the presence of God is your source of joy, calmness and comfort (Psalms 16:11).

8. It imparts peace. The fellowship with God and His Word give peace (Isaiah 26:3).

9. It helps you to know more about God’s love for you. In His presence, the love of God is more real because you are daily in contact with God (1 John 3:1).

10. A good consistent Quiet Time is also a safeguard from backsliding. It keeps the fire burning (Isaiah 43:22).

Tai Ikomi

Dr. Tai Ikomi lost her husband and three children to a drunk driver in Missouri. She preaches and conducts seminars on forgiveness as the ground for our own forgiveness and emotional and mental healing. She has written over 34 books.

Dr. Tai Ikomi

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Are You Overwhelmed

By Stephanie Reck

Are You Overwhelmed?

Is your life out of balance? What are you chasing after more? Time with God, money, people, or possessions? When you begin to experience stress, fatigue, and a feeling of being burdened, it’s time to pull back and reevaluate why.

Oftentimes, we take on too much that God has not called us to, and we take on the responsibilities of others; this is called a false sense of responsibility. When we are living in God’s Divine plan, there is peace and order. When we don’t place God first, our lives become unmanageable. We have a sense that we cannot handle all of life’s problems. Let’s face it, life is tough and without spending time with God to hear His voice and direction; we will get burdened. The enemy has a plan to create as much havoc and chaos is our lives, and keep us distracted. Just because something seems good, does not mean it is good for us. We are not to copy what others are doing either. So many times, people get frustrated and overwhelmed because they are trying to mimic what someone else is doing.

You are not meant to do everything and be everything to everybody, this can lead to people-pleasing. If you please man more and not God, you are going to be weighed down. God has specific tasks for each one of us, but you will not know what those are unless you spend time with God. Our busyness, is not Godly or Holy, but a tactic of the enemy to wear us out. Don’t try and follow what the crowd does, but know what your unique plan is from God.

Other people will not like it when you tell them, “No,” be prepared for this. You must know what YOU are supposed to do. Stop looking around at everyone else for direction. God has not called you to be a copycat. You will find that others will want you to do what they are doing, but you must step away from the desire to please man.

To get your life back in order and free from the pressures and demands of people and life, pull away and be with God alone, especially when you are exhausted. Being tired and overworked is not God’s plan for you. It does not matter what other’s expect from you, but what God desires for you.

Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-30

Some questions to reflect on?
1.    What do you need to cut back on or cut out of your life to be free from over-responsibility?
2.    What do you crave and desire most from your life? Are you pursuing God first?
3.    Are you a people-pleaser? How do you know? What can you do differently?
4.    Do you feel overwhelmed, burdened? If yes, why? Do you believe this is God’s plan for you?

Stephanie Reck, LMSW, LBT,BCCC. Christian counselor, author, speaker, and teacher. Stephanie has a passion to bring hope and encouragement and to see people made whole.
Contact Stephanie @ http://www.christianhopecounseling.com
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Seeing the Unseen

– Ken Barnes

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (II Cor 4:18 NLT)

It is easy in the light of the present cares of this world to become overwhelmed and lose our hope. The antidote for this is seeing the unseen God.

It is what we gaze upon that shapes us. If we dwell only on the temporal or transitory aspects of life, the things that we can see, feel, or touch, we will always be disappointed. As the Scripure states, “For the things we see now will soon be gone.” We must be able to look at our troubles with a backdrop of God’s sovereign eternal goodness.

God is always enough. What enabled Moses to preserve when he asked Pharaoh to let his people go and resulted in them being in a more precarious situation? (Exodus 5&6) He saw this invisible God finishing the task. And what about Joseph when was betrayed by his brothers in Genesis 37? Or when he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39, or forgotten by the chief baker in Genesis 40. Joseph saw this seemingly distant God as one who brought good out of bad. If we see this unseen God, it will always be enough.


Ken was a missionary with YWAM and is the author of The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places. He lives in VA with his wife Sharon. Contact

5 Reasons to Forgive Quickly

By Tai Ikomi

1. Forgive quickly to avoid forgetting
People often ask if it is possible to forgive and forget. In this case, the opposite becomes reality. We can indeed forget without forgiving, which is a much more serious problem. Perhaps someone behaved snobbishly towards us a year ago, but we did not deal with it or we felt it was not really that important. Unfortunately, before we knew it, the offense had become embedded in our heart.

Maybe we did not want to deal with the pain or the humiliation, and we put it out of our mind. When we see him again, we find ourselves unable to connect with him without really knowing why.

To avoid forgetting without forgiving, we resolve to forgive almost as soon as we are offended. We deal with these situations by relying on God’s grace and putting them safely behind us.

2. Forgive as quickly as possible in honor of God and His Word

Another reason to forgive is because it is the commandment of God.  We do not wait long to forgive because it is our duty and our joy to carry out God’s commandment.  Delayed action or procrastination of obedience to God may constitute disobedience.  God says He will honor people who tremble before Him and are eager to carry out His word.

Delayed anger may actually be unforgiveness and the longer we stay in it the more likelihood we may not want to obey especially when the offense is repeated or the offender does not show remorse.  God is pleased when forgive quickly because we want to honor Him.

For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word (Isaiah 66:2).

3. Forgive quickly to avoid eruption of past hurts

Unfortunately, our emotions suffer when we do not forgive. Our emotions  continue to pay for our inability to forgive. Many offenses pile up in our hearts, including the ones we have forgotten.

The interesting thing is that we may not even know we are hurting. We may think we are fine because we are used to existing in this unhealthy emotional state.

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever (Isaiah 32:17).

4. Forgive quickly to prevent undesirable social issues
Forgiving quickly curbs the need to retaliate or display other signs of unforgiveness. Our Lord Jesus saw rancor brewing among His disciples after the mother of James and John came to Jesus and requested that her two sons have two seats on His right and left hand sides in His glory. The ten disciples displayed their annoyance in some way or another.

Jesus Christ quickly nipped this reaction in the bud by addressing it. They were to curb their anger.

And when the ten heard [it], they began to be much displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them [to him], and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them (Mark 10:41.42).

5. Forgive Quickly to Avoid the Need for Retaliation
Unless we release and forgive the one who hurt us, the tendency is to want to hurt them as well. Perhaps your friend just called to tell you she would not be able to help you as promised. Preempt the development of a grudge by forgiving her quickly. You may think the offense is so insignificant that it will not bother you, but that is not always true.

The evidence could very well show up the following day when you react to her presence in a different way, often a sign you have not forgiving her. Or you may find yourself hatching a plan to retaliate in small ways. Forgiving quickly by canceling her debt enables you to avoid the negative symptoms of an unforgiving heart at a later time. (1 Peter 3:9)

To recap, forgiving quickly will spare us from hurt and deeply embedded pain. When we learn the art of dealing with the offense quickly, we will be happier for it. God’s commandments with regards to forgiveness are not harmful; they are good for us. They lead us to a life of joy, peace, and freedom.
Dr. Tai Ikomi lost her husband and three children to a drunk driver in Missouri. She preaches and conducts seminars on forgiveness as the ground for our own forgiveness and emotional and mental healing. She has written over 34 books.

Dr. Tai Ikomi

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The Wind of God’s Spirit ~

Originally posted on CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann:

The Wind of God ~ CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

The wind of God’s Spirit,
is constantly blowing
in the lives of believers
it’s continually flowing.

It’s powerful and mighty,
it’s character changing
in the souls of believers
it’s behavior alternating.

The wind of God’s Spirit,
is constantly reforming
in the minds of believers
it’s attitude transforming.

It’s quick and it’s strong,
it’s deep and penetrating
in the hearts of believers
it’s profound and regulating.

The wind of God’s Spirit,
blows as it pleases . . .
for it’s the very breath of God
that governs the breezes!


John 3:8

“The wind bloweth where it listeth,
 and thou hearest the sound thereof,
but canst not tell whence it cometh,
 and whither it goeth: so is every one
that is born of the Spirit.”

King James Version
by Public Domain

Copyright 2015
Deborah Ann Belka

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By blackeybaptistchurch Posted in Faith

Young Church People

By Gregory John Monroe

Sitting in church, I was once again struck by some of the young ones’ love for and commitment to the Lord. The group that most impresses me is the teenagers and the twenty-somethings. Mostly, I’m impressed with their refusal to bow to what’s got to be tremendous outside peer pressure. Yet there they are, involved in not only the church service, but in other church activities throughout the day and week.

Their beaming faces convey enjoyment with each other as they serve the Lord. That they know Him and need Him and want to be with Him is obvious.

They make me wish I had known the Lord when I was their ages. Unfortunately, when I was; all my time, energy, and intellect, was poured into things that, like the Apostle Paul, I now consider rubbish.

I wish that time would’ve been devoted to the Lord. If it had, perhaps those who knew me then, and looked up to me, would’ve been influenced to seek the Lord. But the fact is I didn’t know Him, and was dead to Him. It is my biggest regret in life that I didn’t come to Him during those early years.

However, the young ones I speak of today do know Him and are reveling in their relationship with Him. I pray in the name of Jesus that will never change.

May they always remember who they areGod’s chosen in Christ Jesus. May that always be more meaningful and important to them than conforming and following the ways of the world.

May they maintain their courageous convictions to stick to godly principles; knowing that makes them the head, and not the tail among their secular friends.

May my prayer be used as a weapon to come against the enemy who wants to come against these young people. May he fail in all his attempts to take away their excitement for the opportunity in their lives to let God lead and grow them.


Restoring biblical truth is a passion of Gregory John Monroe. Read his other articles that return the Word of God to its original meaning and intent. Provocative and controversial, he spurs you to seek the truth. Go to his blog My Christian Mind at http://www.tinyurl.com/6tgl5yj,/I&gt;

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Casting the Devil From Our Lives

By Jerry Ousley

It was around 11:00 PM.  This was back during the time when I lived with my grandmother and Debbie was just a dream of mine.  I had mentioned before the incident in which I had been awakened by a heavy weight laying on top of me.  This was the same type of feeling only it wasn’t a weight and I was wide awake, reading in my room.  The room was filled with the presence of evil though I could see nothing.  I knew that an evil spirit had entered my bedroom.  The temptation to be afraid was all around me.  It wasn’t the first time this had happened.

Now folks, this may sound a bit fantastic but it is true.  It really happened.  Once again I began to pray nearly begging God to make this evil presence go away.  This time, the more I prayed the stronger the evil became.  It was nearly as if a dark mist was filling the room.  I didn’t know what to do and I was beginning to give in to the fear.

Then it happened.  My grandmother was fast asleep.  But suddenly I heard a voice.  She was singing, faintly at first but then right out loud she sang the words of an old Andrea Crouch song, “Jesus is the answer for the world today ”  As quickly as it had come that evil presence seemed to run from the room.  I’m not kidding folks; this was real.  The next morning I asked my grandmother if she remembered singing that song and of course she had no recollection of it at all.  She was singing in her sleep.  But I believe that it was the Lord prompting her in her dreams to sing that song.

From that day forth I have never felt that evil presence of fear just like that again.  It was driven not only from my room that night but completely out of my life.  At that time I had been a Christian for five or six years.  I had been intensely studying for ministry and I had no idea that kind of fear lurked in my life.  It had been a strong hold that the devil had refused to let go when I came to the Lord.

There are those going around claiming that Christians can be demon possessed.  I find no such teaching in the word of God.  In fact we are told that the devil and the Holy Spirit cannot occupy the same space.  So if we have been saved and the Holy Spirit lives in our lives the devil can only come back if we send the Holy Spirit out of our lives.  I’ve talked to a lot of Christians who live in fear of a demon spirit taking them over.  I always tell them, just as I’m telling you, if we stand fast in the Lord that cannot happen.

However, just like I had that fear of evil spirits lurking inside of me even when I was not aware of it, we can have other things that are there, and most of us do.  I firmly believe that it will most likely take the rest of our lives to weed it all out.  I’m speaking of those weaknesses that the devil most often tempts us with.  I’m talking about things that are un-Christ-like some of which we know about and some we don’t know about yet.

I also believe that if the Lord wanted to rid us of all those things when we get saved that He could but it would so overwhelm us that I’m not certain we could take that kind of change.  So one by one the Lord will reveal them to us and allow us to cast the devil out of that strong hold.  Some are fierce battles and it may seem that we will never overcome.  But if we hold true to the Lord, and never fail to ask His forgiveness when we yield to that particular temptation, one day our victory will be won.

We may also wonder, “I thought that we were to be perfect just like God is perfect.”  I’ve studied long and hard on that one.  Though I am not an authority I can tell you what the Lord spoke to my heart regarding this subject.  When we get saved, the Holy Spirit takes up His abode and our spirits are made perfect.  But we are still housed in a body of flesh with bad habits and thoughts.  It will take the rest of our lives to make our imperfect bodies, climb the ladder to where our perfect spirits are.  Armed with this knowledge, along with the word of God and the mighty Holy Spirit, we can cast the devil from our lives!

Jerry D. Ousley is the Author of five books, “Soul Challenge”, “Soul Journey” “Ordeal” “The Spirit Bread Daily Devotional” and his first novel “The Shoe Tree.”  Find out more by visiting http://www.spiritbread.com
or email us at jousley@spiritbread.com

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What Does Being A Christian Mean To You?

By Steve Countryman

There should be a simple answer to that question.  I wonder how many different answers you would get if people would bother to respond.  There are over 9000 different religions that call themselves Christian.  I guess that means that there are more than 9000 possible answers to that question.  Amazing that Jesus created “The Church” while man created over 9000 Christian religions.

“I believe that God exists so that makes me a Christian.”  So do demons and the Devil but they’re not Christians.  “My Mom and Dad are Christians so I must be one too.”  That’s like saying that my Dad is an electrician so that makes me one too.  “I go to church every week and am active in church activities so I am a Christian.”  Just like that saying goes…”Sitting in church doesn’t make you anymore a Christian than sitting in your garage makes you a car.”  Besides Satan and his demons attend church all the time and they’re not Christians.  “But I wear a cross around my neck and have a Jesus bumper sticker on my car.  That makes me a Christian.”  I have seen crosses on jewelry worn around the necks of rock stars and movies stars like Madonna and Black Sabbath and I sure don’t consider them Christian.  In fact more often than not they wear it simply as costume jewelry or a fashion statement but not as a profession of faith!

“I am a Christian because I always try to do a good deed or help someone every day.”  “I have good ‘karma’ and I’m friendly to strangers so I am a Christian.”  “I always give money to the poor people on the corners and put money in the red kettles at Christmas time so I am a Christian.”  “I don’t steal, rape anyone, murder, cheat or get into fights.  I always try to live right and do right so that makes me a Christian.”  Even all of the good deeds that Mother Teresa did in her entire life, she could not earn her way into heaven!  Just because someone is a Bible scholar doesn’t make them a Christian.

Being a Christian is to be Christ-like.  To live, act, walk, talk, behave and think like Jesus Christ.  Christianity or to be a Christian is not being part of a religion.  It is not who you are related to or who you know.  It is not what church you go to or who your pastor is.  It is not who your friends are or where you “hang out”.  It is not just knowing of Jesus and His Word.  It is not trying to live a sin free life that makes you a Christian.

Calling yourself a Christian does not make you a Christian.  Too many people today call themselves Christian but have no good fruit.  You can’t call yourself a Christian and believe that abortion is okay.  You can’t call yourself a Christian and believe that gay marriage is a good thing.  You can’t call yourself a Christian and live, “shackedup”, with your lover.  You can’t call yourself a Christian and take the Lord’s name in vain.  You may be a born-again believer but back-slidden.  If so, you have abandoned your God for the deceptions and lies of this world.  A real Christian examines every part of their daily life to see if any area contradicts God’s Word in the New Testament.  Then you must address that area of your life.

A Christian is one who believes and has excepted Jesus into their heart as Lord and Savior.  That Jesus died on a cross for all your sins.  Because being a Christian is not about religion or just showing up for church on Sundays.  It is a daily lifestyle and life long commitment!  To be a Christian is to be Holy, “set apart”.  Leviticus 19:2 “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.”  If the world sees you as one of their own then your fruit is not good.  Its like that saying goes”If you were arrested and tried for being a Christian, would they find enough evidence against you to convict you?”

There are those who call themselves Christian because it gives them an air of respectability and morality.  But their lives do not reflect Christ’s life and they deny His Word and power.  If you are a real Christian then you don’t get to pick and choose which part of the Bible to believe in and which part you don’t.  It is either God’s Word in full or its not!

What does it mean to be a Christian today?  Closet Christianity is a lie of the Devil!  Those “so-called” Christian who condone the actions of the wicked out of fear of speaking up.  Not wanting to be called names.  Not wanting to draw attention to themselves.  Not wanting to get involved in government and the law making process.  Not wanting to help take back America for God.  Not wanting to “upset the apple cart” in the hopes that they will be left alone in their homes.  The Lord gave me a message at church the other day, “A day is coming when those Christians will get a knock at their door and they will have to decide whose side they are on!”

The wicked of this world have their own agendas and there is no room in it for Christians.  So they use “political correctness”, “diversity” and “tolerance” to control Christians.  Its how they want ALL Christians to act and behave; quiet, stupid, accepting without question, unopinonated, totally gullible, non-critical, cowardly, fearful, weak minded and weak willed.  It’s sad that the world is full of those Christians!  Those are the ones and the churches that they attend that end up on TV when the media wants to get the “Christian perspective”.

This is how Jesus describes a Christian John 14:23-25 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.”  All others who call themselves Christian are only CINOs, Christian In Name Only!  Matthew 7:16 “You will know them by their fruits.”

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona.  In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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Stop beating me.

By Toni Rittenhouse

Time is one of life’s best teachers. But even time can’t change some people. I use to think that pointing out the sin in others lives was my way of helping. How wrong I was, I saw the effect it had on them, they ran from me. The Holier than thou attitude does right the opposite of what Jesus intended. Look at the woman they brought before him for adultery. He didn’t jump and grab a stone to hit her, instead he made those who were about to stone her aware of their own failures. Then he said, neither do I condemn you. The story of the shepherd leaving the 99 to go find the one stray sheep says it all! We’re not to worry about those inside the church, but those outside. Those whose life has been turned upside down by choices and circumstances.

The world has dished out enough pain and sorrow, folks who don’t know God don’t need a sermon. What they do need is love, compassion and understanding. They don’t need judgment, they need to know that there is a seat reserved for them beside you at church. They don’t need to worry about what they have to wear or to drive. Jesus didn’t invite just those with fine things to come follow him, as a matter of fact, many of his followers were thieves, murderers, adulterers etc. They were people that society would have looked down on. Jesus saw their true value.

The only job we have is to lead others to Jesus through love, the condemnation should not even be found in our mouths. Sermons are to be taught at church by a man called of God. We can share what we know if asked, but we shouldn’t shove it down anyone’s throat. Jesus knows best how to bring the truth to them without hurting feelings. So let’s just get them to church and let Jesus do what he does best, love them and teach them.

I am a Sunday School teacher and run three websites for different ministers. I am a mom of two boys and married to a wonderful, loving, forgiving man. I am blessed.

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