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There is a Way

There is a Way

 – Karen Pourbabaee

“I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Thine ordinances before me.” Psalm 119:30 NAS

Earlier in Psalm 119, the psalmist pleas with God, “I am a stranger on the earth. Do not hide Thy commandments from me.” (v.19) The words of a desperate, lost soul. One begging for direction and consolation, just like the rest of us, millennia later. The road map for us sojourners is God’s Word so eloquently elevated in this psalm. These are the treasures found along the faithful way:

Purity (v.9,11): God’s Word woos us toward His way, the way of holiness and purity. Read it daily.

Counsel (v.24): He speaks to us through His Word…it is living and has a Voice. Listen for it.

Revival (v.25,40,50,93,107,149,154,156): Open your mind and heart to God’s Word in your season of languishing. Those times in the valley, determine to read God’s message of revival, then receive it.

Strength (v.28): Need courage to step forward? God has a specific Word for your journey and it will strengthen your soul. Pray for it.

Lovingkindness and salvation (v.41): God’s lovingkindness always gifts us with salvation. Unwrap it.

Hope (v.49): Hope is the anchor of the soul. It stabilizes our lives that we may advance in living hope. Reach for it.

Comfort (v.52): In fears and tears, His Word whispers solace into our hearts. We can go on with one Word from Him. Seek it.

The faithful way begins with God’s Word. It’s not a passive way. Notice the verbs…read it, listen for it, receive it, pray for it, unwrap it, reach for it, seek it. But “it” makes all the difference in this world.

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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Faith

 

State of our Heart

State of our Heart

by Jennifer Woodley

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead, and all kinds of filth.” (Matthew 23:27 NRSV)

It was a custom amongst the Jews that every year in the month before Passover, the tombs of those who were buried on the hillsides or near the highways around Jerusalem, were painted white with a type of chalk. This prevented pilgrims on the way to Passover, from accidentally coming into contact with the tombs and becoming contaminated and defiled, as was the belief according to Levitical law (Numbers 19:16).

Once ‘white,’ the graves appeared beautiful, but within contained the bones and corrupting bodies of the dead. Jesus compares the scribes and Pharisees to these tombs. He said their outward conduct appeared well–clean and immaculate. But their hearts were full of hypocrisy, bitterness, anger, greed, pride, lust and jealousy.

Our inner life must be cleansed first, and then the purity of the exterior life will follow as a matter of course. There can be no real Godliness or righteousness unless the inward man is first renewed. Conversion of heart precedes sanctification. We may train ourselves to observe the outward show of right speech, correct conduct, and virtuous behavior, but unless there is a change of heart all this is in vain.

Jesus is the transformer of our hearts (2 Cor 3:18). No good intentions or resolutions will bring about lasting, effective change to our sinful hearts, only the work of God’s Spirit. Let’s surrender to His work, so that others might witness Jesus living in us.

Jennifer lives near Toowoomba, Queensland with her family and enjoys encouraging others on their Christian journey through writing. Contact

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Posted by on April 29, 2016 in Faith

 

How to be Filled with The Fullness of God

freedomBy:  Michael Edwards

The Bible is very clear about the great love the Father has for the Son.

…“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matt 3:17 ESV

“This is my beloved Son; listen to him” … Mark 9:7 ESV

I also knew God loves me, but I always assumed there was no comparison to how much he loves Jesus, until I actually studied the Bible. When I did, I discovered the following words directly from Jesus.

“I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” (John 17:23 NLT) Wow!

God wants us to be rooted and grounded in His love for us. Once we are, he tells us we will be filled with the fullness of God.that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph 3 17-19 ESV

I don’t know about you, but being filled with the fullness of God is something I desire.

But God (The Father), being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…. Eph 2:4-6 ESV

Father, I fully believe Jesus words, you love me as much as you love him. Help me to be rooted and grounded in your love for me so I will be filled with your fullness. Amen

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Posted by on April 15, 2016 in Faith

 

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS

 By: Deepika Emmanuel Sagar
‘Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!’ (Philippians 4:4 NIV)
As children of God, we all are blessed with fullness of life. There must be some of us who are in need of resources, and there must be some who have things in plenty. But God showers his blessings on each one of us impartially.
No matter what the situation, God’s assurance is always with you, protecting you from every tactic of the devil. Satan wants you to be sad and unhappy regarding your life and the tough times that you are going through. He wants you to curse God, feel bad about yourself, and sulk. God wants you to boldly come near, especially in your time of need. If you believe that all things work for the good of those who love the Lord, you will see the blessing of trials as you come to an even closer relationship with Him.
Be still in the Lord, follow His plans. They will never be for your harm. Even during times of distress, you will be able to feel His powerful presence in your life and circumstances. To laugh in the midst of trials, because you know God’s presence is there in your life, is a very big blessing.
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:6-7). May the Lord’s peace, be your armor against all the anxieties.
Lord, I place all my worries in your hands today. Fill me with your powerful peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.
Deepika lives in India and loves to write for the spread of His glory. Contact
 
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Posted by on April 13, 2016 in Faith

 

Victory in Being ME

By: Tracie E. Morrison

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Phil 1:6 ESV

Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, states: “We have learned to live by other people’s points of view because of the fear of not being accepted and of not being good enough for someone else.” Every person wants to belong and to be accepted by others. In an effort to fit in, we sometimes find ourselves changing who we are in order to be accepted by others. As Christians, we belong to God. He accepts us for who we are – just as we are – a work in progress. So take time to celebrate you, the battles you’ve fought, and the victories you’ve won. Don’t worry about what others think, feel, or say about you. In the end, God’s point of view is the only one that really matters!

Prayer: We give thanks unto You, O God, because we can approach Your throne, at any time, with freedom and confidence! Father, we thank you that we are Your workmanship and our identity is found in You. We are grateful that we were chosen before the foundation of the world, that you adopted us, that you love us, and that we belong to You. When we are tempted to worry about what others think or we are afraid of how others see us, God remind us that You have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. We are no longer condemned; we are forgiven. We are delivered. We are healed. We are set free. We are overcomers by the Blood of the Lamb! We are Your sons and Your daughters. Hallelujah! We are victorious. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Christian Living, Life

 

Let God be God

By: Toni Babcock

“By faith Abraham, when he was called….obeyed, and he went out, not knowing whither he went,” (Hebrews 11:8 KJV).

Envy, and its suspecting cousin suspicion, can present themselves in a reluctance to acknowledge the gifts and calling of another Christian. Take the astounding story of Bruce Olson, who embarked on a harrowing journey to reach a fierce tribal group called the Motilone. His adventure began when at nineteen years of age, he boarded a plane to Venezuela with seventy dollars in his pocket and no official backing.

Before his trip, Bruce applied for missionary backing, but he was not considered qualified. Still, he felt it impossible to resist the call of God to “GO” in spite of his rejection.In the fall of 1959, Olson enrolled in Penn State, transferring to the University of Minnesota a year later to study linguistics. In the mean time, Olson applied to several missions boards, but was rejected as a missionary candidate. But in early 1961, at the age of 19, and over the objections of his parents, Olson left college, bought a plane ticket to Venezuela. At the time, he spoke no Spanish, and had only a few dollars in his hand.In the fall of 1959, Olson enrolled in Penn State, transferring to the University of Minnesota a year later to study linguistics. In the mean time, Olson applied to several missions boards, but was rejected as a missionary candidate. But in early 1961, at the age of 19, and over the objections of his parents, Olson left college, bought a plane ticket to Venezuela. At the time, he spoke no Spanish, and had only a few dollars in his hand. His initial reception from certain missionaries on the field was negative. He was shunned, and frowned upon by those critical he was moving ahead without official backing. Yet his faith held firm as he continued to do what he was convinced God had called him to do. The rest is history.

If we truly have faith in our sovereign God and King, we can trust Him when he calls and equips the most unsuspecting people. We can refrain from jumping to judgmental conclusions, and graciously surrender our strict methodologies for ministry. In other words, we can let God be God.

(Bruce’s incredible story of faith and survival appears in: Bruchko And The Motilone Miracle: How Bruce Olson Brought a Stone Age South American Tribe into the 21st Century by Bruce Olson and James L. Lund).

Dear God, thank you for remaining higher than the highest authority, existing above and beyond our strict human parameters, and never ceasing to amaze through your divine working of faith and love.

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Posted by on April 9, 2016 in Christian Living, Wisdom

 

Detrimental Thoughts

By: Pam Ford Davis

How do we deal with detrimental thoughts?

The devil is the accuser of God’s children. Either we take thoughts captive or he holds us captive.

“since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ ( 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 HCS).”

Self-condemnation is one of Satan’s snares.

“Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death (Romans 8:1-2 HCS).”

The devil also bombards our minds with fears.

Fears of terrorism threats grow globally. Will we succumb to satanic intimidation as he uses violence to terrorize our minds?

“You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4 HCS).”

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Posted by on April 7, 2016 in Faith

 
 
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