Faith

Are you in love?

All You Need is Love

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By Hannah Idowu

When a man or a woman is in love its easy to tell. They can’t stop thinking about each other, they constantly exchange phone calls, love letters, gifts and the list is endless. When i met my Mr love or rather when my Mr love met me, my goodness he could call me almost 50 times in a day and when we tied the knot, the number of times he calls me in a day and vice-versa hasn’t reduced not because we don’t trust each other but we have gotten into the habit of not doing without each others company and guess what- this is exactly the same way we are supposed to fellowship with God.

God loves us so much that He yearns for a love relationship with His children. He doesn’t just want to be referred to as God, as a friend or as a confidant but He wants us to give our time to Him in fellowship, He wants us to spend quality time with Him, thinking about Him, yearning for intimacy, some alone time with Him to talk as lovers and share secrets with each other.

God does not want to play just God, He does not want you to just see Him with the eyes of a judge, God is tired of us relating with Him as though He is a magician that we only come to when we can’t handle our problems and expect Him to perform a quick trick and when the issue is resolved, we discard Him like an old furniture or an expired mobile contract.

God is simply tired of the lies we tell Him through our so called songs of worship “I surrender all”, “You are my everything”, “You are my all in all”, “I adore you”…….offering songs through your lips while your heart is far from Him fixed on something else! The part i detest most is when we are in church lifting so called holy hands to the Most High God during the 15 minute praise and worship session and i see people walking about carelessly whilst worship to the King of Kings is going on, what an insult to the Ancient of Days!

A time is coming says God “when the TRUE worshipers” – people who are madly in love with God, people who have submitted to God like a wife submits to her husband who will not approach Him because of what they want from Him but because they just enjoy being in His presence. People who have developed intimacy with God daily and don’t wait till Sundays or special programs to publicly display a show of love so others will think they are connected.

Who are you deceiving with that fake show? Some worship God to bribe Him to act on their behalf. You know you have worshiped because you are in a tight situation and it is your problems that has moved you to come into His presence and by the way, God does not come and go, you are the one coming and going out of His presence, why don’t you just remain in His presence? Gods mind is full about you, why don’t you fill and set your mind constantly on God too.

The TRUE lovers of God remain constantly in His presence 24 hours a day!

H IDOWU
25/01/14

I enjoy reading motivational books and the bible hence as i am inspired i find myself either composing a song or poetry. I call them my moments of intimacy with the Most High God. I am not ashamed of God or the things of His kingdom. http://pleasuresinhispresence.blogspot.co.uk/

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The Door Opener

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By Steve Countryman

I never thought of being a Christian this way but this sums it very well.  A king of a great country would not be expected to open doors for himself.  No matter where he goes there is always someone there who will open the door for the king.  That is what we are to be, God’s door opener.  For God to enter a room, to enter a situation, to enter an answered prayer, to come to the rescue, to be the healer and deliverer is all based on the obedience of the door opener.  The requirements placed on us is not asking much,  The job seems pretty insignificant but in reality carries a heavy responsibility.  God will not enter unless someone opens the door for Him.

Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  It starts at the time of salvation and continues through out our Christian walk.  God will never force His way into our lives, our will or our decisions.  It is all about our faith and obedience to Him.  But we make it so much harder than it is supposed to be.  Our job as the door opener is not to judge those whose room we are opening the door for God to enter.  Our job is not to check and see if they are worthy or righteous enough.  Our job is not to decide if we should open the door or not depending on if we feel like it.  Our job is not to place requirements on the King of Glory or advice Him on how to enter the room and what to do once inside.  Our job is not to place conditions or restrictions on those who need God’s healing touch, His deliverance, His presence, His peace and joy.  We make it harder than it supposed to be.

The job is a simple but important one.  It is one that we get more wrong than right.  It does take faith, trust, courage, boldness and obedience to be a consistent door opener.  It starts with a listening ear and caring heart.  God will place opportunities in your path for you to be a door opener every day if you will but hear them.  People will tell perfect strangers about their problems but what will be your response?  Will you open the door for your God to show up and do the miraculous?  It takes you to offer to pray for a person.  You ask then, “Is it okay for me to pray for you?” or “Would you like me to pray for you?”  Then you declare God’s Word over their problems and let God do the rest.  That is how you open the door for God to enter in.

Do not allow Satan to steal your moment with those thoughts of doubt and fear that God won’t show up or nothing will happen.  He will try to shut your door to keep you a powerless Christian but don’t let him.  You open the door with prayer and the rest is up to God to fulfill.  No pressure on you, it is all on God to do the God thing!  This is what being a Christian is all about, letting God be God to all those around you everywhere you go every day!  A proactive Christian doesn’t wait for someone to ask them to pray for them but jumps in and offers first!  I’m not there yet but I want to be!  We will all give an account for those opportunities that we allowed to get away by leaving the door closed.  God is still and always God and if you will not open the door for Him to work in someone’s life then He will find someone who will be the door opener that He requires!

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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FREE AT LAST!

Set Free

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By Tesh Njokanma

It’s interesting the way Jesus often used natural things to explain some deep spiritual truths. For example, when He taught about people’s understanding and response to the Word of God, He used agricultural terms to drive home His point.  We see this in Matthew 13:1-9 where he mentioned different kinds of soil and different kinds of seeds a farmer plants.

From all that Jesus taught while here on earth, it is clear that a lot of things we see in the physical are a reflection of what actually happens in the spiritual realm. Just like we have physical prisons where prisoners are locked up or detained, there are also spiritual prisons the enemy uses to detain or lock up a person or the person’s virtue, glory and blessings.

Just because a person can walk freely and go anywhere he wants anytime he wants does not necessarily mean that the person is absolutely free. The person could be locked up in a spiritual prison of poverty, failure, stagnation, or sickness. And until the person is delivered and set free, he or she may never get to the level God has destined the person to be or enjoy the blessings God wants him or her to daily partake of and enjoy.

To fully understand what it means to be in a spiritual prison, let’s quickly look at what happened to the Israelites while in Egypt. A lot transpired between the time the Israelites started settling in Egypt and the time they eventually left Egypt. The years they spent in Egypt which spanned about 430 years, was a period of severe suffering, torment and oppression (Exod. 1:11-14, Exod. 2:23-25). They were sad, bitter and miserable. Nothing seemed to be working for them; nothing good seemed to be happening in their lives. Then God intervened. He sent Moses to deliver them from the wicked and oppressive clutch of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. After many years of torture, they were eventually set free from the most cruel, harsh and unjust treatment anyone could face (Exodus 12:31-41).

In Exodus 6: 1-8 where God promised deliverance to the Israelites, we get a clear picture of what it means to be delivered and set free from every spiritual prison.  Deliverance from spiritual prisons or captivity involves the mighty hand of God working wonders in your life. It is about God remembering you; God hearing your cries, God seeing your pains and shame and God remembering what He promised you – a life free from oppression; a life of victory, a life loaded with all manner of blessings. Deliverance is about God breaking every yoke or heavy burden you have been carrying. It is about God releasing divine judgment on your enemies and tormentors. It is about God lifting you out of bondage and placing you in the centre of His will for your life. Deliverance is God using His outstretched arm and mighty acts of judgment to break every hold of the enemy in your life and bring you into your promised land. This shall be your portion this year, in Jesus name, AMEN!

True freedom from every form of bondage and captivity begins with the knowledge and understanding of God’s word. John 8: 32 says “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”. The reason why so many Christians today are in spiritual prisons is because they don’t know the truth. Until you know who you are in Christ Jesus and what God has promised you, the devil will continue to play all kinds of wicked tricks on you.  If there’s anything Satan doesn’t want to see you do, it is spending time to read, study and meditate on God’s Word.

Enough is enough. Enough of the oppression, enough of the bondage. It is time to be totally and completely free from every evil hold, it is time to know the truth that can set you free, it is time to discover the awesome power in the Word of God. It is time to be filled with an intense passion for God’s Word. As you devote quality time to the Word of God, all chains, fetters and shackles the enemy has used to tie you down be will be completely broken off and you will be free at last to live and reign as an ambassador for Christ.

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Tesh Njokanma is a lawyer by training whose heart is in writing. She is a prolific writer with over 15 years experience as a magazine Editor. She is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God with a prayer and teaching ministry. Tesh is married with children. She is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Grace to Overcome

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By Faith Noles

There is no question about itlife is hard. We live in a world of sin that brings death, poverty and sickness. Rich or poor; No one is immune to the effects of sin in their life. Our struggle through the torrential hardships of life often leave us feeling helpless.

The helplessness you feel may stem from a recent loss of a loved one or a change in your financial situation. David cried, “Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. (Psalms 33:20, KJV). The book of Psalm is such a comfort when one is distressed. David had more than his share of problems, for King Saul hunted him down like an animal. In desperation David, along with his companions, spent many days hiding in a dark, dank cave. David was in trouble, but he trusted God for his deliverance. In Psalms 27:5, KJV, David declares, “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock”.

John Calvin, a prominent Theologian during the Protestant Reformation, said, “Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.”

God is bigger than any mountain; He’s greater than any foe.
God reigns with might and power for from him all life flows;
His eye is on the sparrow. Don’t you know He sees your tears?
He knows your every thought and he sees your inner fears.

God longs to break the chains and from your fear set free;
By the precious blood of Jesus, we have sweet liberty.
Give your all to the Fathernot just a portion or part;
To be an overcomer, you must give Him all your heart
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Don’t’ trust in your own goodness or might;
Let God be the Captain of your soul; Let Him your battles fight.
For in God’s perfect love, you’ll find grace to overcome;
Victorious in Christ Jesus so He will speak the words “Well done”.

There is no circumstance in heaven or earth that can separate us from the love of God. We must always remember we serve a Mighty God: John 1:3 (KJV) “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made”. One man and God make up the majority!  I Samuel 2:9 (KJV) declares, “He will keep the feet of His saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail”. We must always depend upon the Lord to lead us through every valley and to give us strength to climb every mountain.

Paul sought the Lord three times to remove his ‘thorn in the flesh’; yet, God responded, “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” My prayer is for our trust in Jesus Christ to grow to fullness so that we would depend on Him for all our needs.

Faith Noles is a Registered Nurse, mother and grandmother who is passionate about spreading the gospel.

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Kindness

Excellencies of Christ

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By louis gander

(based on a true story)

A stranger asked if he could help.
I said, “…not going far.”
(I’d tie this big old cab’net down
on top of my old car).
Insist, he did, that he should help.
He saw that I was stuck.
Twelve miles he drove out of his way.
He hauled it in his truck.

He backed up to my little shack.
He helped me take it out
and then said “God will bless you too”
without an ounce of doubt.
I said, “Thank you” repeatedly.
I had no cash that day –
but he just waved with widest smile
as he drove off, away.

When someone new in Christ is met
joy’s tears begin to flow,
for kindness is the only gift
that some will ever know.
Aside from grace, his kindness was
the best that I’ve been given,
and pray again, another time
to thank him up in Heaven.

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Good Stewards

By Faith

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 – by C D Swanson

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)

We are called to be good stewards in all that we do through the course of our lives. It is the work we do because of Him that ultimately determines our eternity, which has been ordained and given to us by the grace of God, who has saved us through our faith.

God has a purpose for His children comprised of numerous factors, including sanctification, stewardship, and our services. Our continuous growth in holiness is essential to drawing near to God. When we surrender and submit to the Holy Spirit, our character will transform and become more like the Lord’s. And, our Stewardship-managing according to God’s priorities-will take on new and profound depths as we work according to His will. Our time, talents and treasures are precious gifts created by Him and for Him.

We lovingly serve our Father through obedience and ministering to others, as did Jesus (Matthew 20:28). Our service for the kingdom is to mark our life in a righteous and Christ-like manner. During our “walk” we may come across road blocks- several in fact-but the Holy Spirit and His divine presence will encourage and support us in ways that man cannot. Remember, with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

C D is an advocate for the elderly, married, the author of fifteen books, a devotional website, and contributes to various online magazines and sites. Read her newest book Faded Memories Anew . Contact

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Just A Prayer Away (Poem)

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~ By Deborah Ann Belka

Feeling a little depressed,
having a hard day
remember this one thing
hope ~ is just a prayer away.

Prayer is the key,
that unlocks our doubt
when we trust Jesus
to figure all things out.

Life in a turmoil,
can’t stand the commotion
just turn to Jesus
with prayer and devotion.

You can always tell Jesus,
about your wants and needs
whether you are standing
or down your knees.

Not sure what to do,
or the way you should go
just tell Jesus all about it
in prayer let, Him know.

It doesn’t matter where you are,
or the time of the day
so remember this one thing
Jesus ~ is just a prayer away!

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Psalm 55:17
King James Version

“Evening, and morning, and at noon,
will I pray, and cry aloud:and he shall
hear my voice.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka
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TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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Will the Real Spirit Man Please Stand Up?

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By Rochelle Arnold

We are spirits that live in a body.  The real essence of who we are is the spirit man. Our spirit man lives inside our body.  We possess a soul which is our ability to make decisions.  God is a spirit, therefore, it is necessary to understand the nature of the spirit.  The natural mind is unable to understand spiritual matters, because it doesn’t make sense to the carnal man.  The Bible says that spiritual discernment is impossible without being born again.  To the fleshly man things of the spirit seem like nonsense.

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

We are born once of our mother into this natural world.  We are born with original sin which is the result of Adam’s fall in the garden. As children are developing, we notice that often times they don’t want to share.  A child’s inclination is to be stingy. We don’t have to teach them to be stingy. We may also notice that our children develop skills very early on to manipulate our behavior. That’s why some experts recommend that you do not immediately pick up a crying baby.  Especially if we are trying to get the child to sleep. My point is that we are born with an inclination to sin.  Our parents have to teach us right from wrong.

The spirit is what brings life into the body.  In the beginning God breathed life into dust to create Adam.  Without the breath of God, Adam would not have existed.  In the same way when the body dies, the spirit exits the body, leaving only the flesh.  Where the spirit goes depends on whether or not the person has made Jesus Christ Lord of his life.  For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)  If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Romans 10:9)

Our soul is our mind, which gives us the ability to make decisions.  In other words, you are a spirit that lives in a body and possesses a soul.  You can either be controlled by your fleshly mind, or you can be controlled by your spirit.  For example, if you are constantly watching violent films and looking at pornography, you are feeding your fleshly mind.  If on the other hand, you are reading the Word of God, you are feeding your spirit.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, this is why there are preachers and teachers.  The Holy Spirit gives believers the ability to understand and rightly discern the Word of God.  So when someone asks Jesus Christ into their life, it is because the Holy Spirit has revealed Jesus to them.  It is the responsibility of believers then, to share the Word of God with people they come in contact with.

The spirit of man can also be referred to as the heart of man.  “Is not my Word like as a fire?  Says the Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock (stony heart) in pieces?  (Jeremiah 23:29).  In order to be saved, a person must have a soft heart.  When we speak the Word of God it softens a man or woman’s heart.  The Word of God is like fire and like a hammer that breaks through the hardened heart.  The heart must be ready or prepared to receive the Word of God.

So if you are ready to receive Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, repeat the following prayer:

Dear Jesus,

Today I invite you into my life.  I recognize that I am a sinner and I also realize that you came to die for me.  Father God sent you to this earth to show us the way to heaven, and there is only one way, through Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit, come into my heart and change it so that I may be born again of the spirit and able to have eternal life.  Teach me from your Word and order my steps in the way that I should go.  I believe in my heart that you died on the cross, and I confess with my mouth that you are my Savior.

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Faith

Child Like Faith

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By Michael Hume

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6 This is the sum of life. The purpose and the rewards all hinge on this.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews11:6 Before I began a day by day personal friendship with Jesus, I did not know how to reach God and to hear from Him actively. That came after I accepted Jesus as Saviour, started praying and began reading the Bible. I did not know how to please God, but now I know that when He opens up a season of faith, and I go forward with Him, He is pleased with me. Before my faith life, at no point did God ever say that He was pleased with me.

“We walk by faith not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7. Natural sight is prone to a lot of input. It can be confused by Satan, by telepathic messages from the deceiver and worldly, it can be afflicted by unbelief and doubt, or self can clutter our view. Satan always tries to put his view into your mind and heart. The only thing to look at is what God is saying and doing. By reminding yourself of what God said before, His promises to you and how to go about the faith life. This makes faith active and real in the present.

Abraham “Did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20,21. Abraham was given promises by God and even when unbelief came, at another level was his faith. He believed what God said would come true, and chose to ignore the unbelief. That is what we also should do. Constantly remind ourselves of God’s promise, give Him glory all along the way and even more when the promise materialises.

Michael Hume. Christian since 1987. Believe the Bible in original form is true, and in a daily personal relationship with Jesus. A freelance writer. Copyright belongs to author.

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Are You Persuaded?

All You Need is Love

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 – by R. Marie Thompson

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 NKJ

This passage of scripture reminds me that no matter what, God loves me! It also reminds me of how much I love Him! My favorite words, “I am persuaded.” I am persuaded that I am a conqueror in times of tribulation because I know that He loves me and He is with me! I am persuaded that I am a conqueror when I am distressed because I know that He loves me and He will help see me through! I am persuaded that I am more than a conqueror during persecution for His name sake because I know that He loves me and that He honors those who honor Him! I am persuaded that I am a conqueror in times of famine and nakedness because I know that He loves me and ‘He knows what I have need of’ which means He will provide for all my needs. I am persuaded that I am a conqueror in times of peril because I know that He loves me, He is my sword, ‘my shield and my buckler.’

There is nothing that can separate us from His love for us. It is constant and ever present. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His love for us, His creation, never changes. His love is the lifeline that sees us through and it is the one thing that we can always count on! His love for us is more powerful than death, life, angels, principalities, powers, heights, depths, or any created thing.

I too, am persuaded that nothing can separate us from His love and so – me and my house, we will LOVE the Lord!

R. Marie Thompson is a Youth Pastor from New Hampshire who has a love for God and a passion for sharing His Word. Contact

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