God’s Word

Am I a friend of God?

Friendship

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By Charell Anderson

Scripture Reading

Matthew 26:50- But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.

In the Bible, Jesus knew He was going to be crucified. He knew of the plots and trickery the chief priests, the scribes, and Judas had planned against Him. Jesus was aware of everything, because He is God. He is the Creator, the Most High God, the only True God, and an Intelligent God. He carried a love for the people who had a scheduled day to betray and kill Him.

Even today, He (Jesus) loves us although we continue to not recognize the order He established for us to live by. The Creator reaches out His hand to each of us, every day. God is saying to us, “Friend, why are you rejecting me?” When Jesus recognized Judas as a friend, He was offering Judas His friendship and giving him a chance to turn away from his wicked ways. My husband and I would like for you to envision this in your mind. Jesus was facing Judas while Judas had a multitude of soldiers behind him to capture and kill Jesus. However, Jesus still called him friend. That’s powerful.

There are everlasting benefits of being a friend of the Most High God. Abraham experienced those rewards when God said, “Should I hide what I am doing from Abraham” (Genesis 18:17). In this verse, God allowed us to know his love for Abraham. When you are obedient to God and seek God, He will reveal things to you that you need to know. Through Abraham’s obedience he was able to save his nephew, Lot, from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. This is what God desires to do for us today.

If you’re feeling discouraged or maybe you don’t know of God or maybe you just need strength, we ask you to take that step of faith and allow God to be your friend. God already acknowledges you as a friend; He is just waiting on you to answer Him by saying yes on today. Allow God to show you how it feels to have peace of mind by casting your worries on Him. God cares for you. God forgives you as He did Judas. It doesn’t matter what sin you have committed, because God still has His hands reaching toward you, saying “friend”.

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, forgive me for all the days I have betrayed you. Teach me how to walk according to your word; I am willing to be your friend. I desire to have a close relationship with you by reading your word. In Jesus name, Amen.

I currently live in Mississippi. I have been writing since I was approximately fourteen years old. When God stepped into my life at the age of 23, God transformed my writings into devotions to Him. My husband also inspires me each day to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through my devotionals.

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7 Pictures Of The Word

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By Pastor QT Nyathi

Pictures are powerful. From still photos to motion pictures, they paint gripping images in our minds. God’s word is likened to many things in the Bible. Here are seven loaded metaphors of the Holy Scriptures.

Picture #1: Water

Husbands love your wives…that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word…
Ephesians 5:25-26

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In the

Bible water for washing represents the word while drinking water represents the Holy Spirit.

The word of God is a powerful detergent that removes every stubborn stain of sin from our lives, thus ensuring that we become sparkling clean.

When was the last time you refreshed your weary soul by standing under the shower of God’s word?

Jump into the Jacuzzi of jets of heavenly water by allowing the word to massage your battered spirit, soul, and body. Don’t let a day go by without taking a bath; if you skip your bathing time you’ll soon offend many by emitting an unpleasant odour.

There is a freshness that only those that bath consistently exude.

The water of the word plays a vital role in our sanctification process making us more like Jesus in our character, conversation, and conduct.

Picture #2: Lamp

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

Candles

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With the bright lamp of God’s word in our hands, we don’t stumble over things in life.

God’s precepts are a reliable guide in the maze of life. As long as we hold fast to the lamp, confusion will be dispelled from our lives.

It’s interesting to note that a lamp doesn’t show you too far ahead; you always have to carry it with you in order to benefit from its illumination.

Since light travels in a straight line a word-filled life ensures that we live straight lives (as opposed to crooked lives) not straying from the narrow path of the kingdom.

With our lives crammed full of the light of the word we are the most switched on people on the planet.

Picture #3: Fire

Is not my word like as a fire says the Lord?
Jeremiah 23:29a

Flames of Passion

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Fire had five main purposes in the ancient world.

It was used to cook food, provide warmth, scare off wild animals, for smelting in tool making, and as a purifier in mining.

When we come to the Lord we are raw and have to allow the heat of the word to cook us and make us edible to the hungry world.

The word also warms us up our lives making people love to be around us. As part of the melting process the word softens our hearts thus allowing the Holy Spirit to shape us into the image of Christ.

Wild animals or demons are scared of fire; so the bigger the fire the more secure we become. Finally the word as fire turns up the heat in our lives and removes all the dross leaving us as pure gold.

Allow the fire of the word to complete its cleansing work in your life.

Don’t move an inch, no matter how intense the heat gets if you want to reap the five-fold benefits of the word as fire.

Picture #4: Hammer

Is not my word like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Jeremiah 23:29b

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A hammer is power tool used for driving nails, hitting hard materials and breaking tough substances.

God’s word breaks our hard or callous hearts, giving us a soft heart of flesh that God can easily touch and shape.

A heart that has been hammered by the word is moved by the needs of the community.

It also breaks our rigid attitudes, prejudices and stereotypes leaving us with the all-embracing mind of Christ.

The hammer gives the enemy a severe pounding tearing him to pieces; no wonder why he fears the twelve pound hammer of the word.

Jesus hammered the devil into submission with the word when he tempted Him three times in the wilderness.

Use the hammer for heavy duty tasks in your life.

Picture #5: Food

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.
Jeremiah 15:16a

Wheat

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Just as natural food sustains us, so does the word which is our spiritual food. Without it we live weak and ineffective lives.

Once we stop eating the word we die spiritually.

Under the broad category of foods the word is also likened to honey (Psalm 119v103), meat (Hebrews 5v12-14) and milk (1 Peter 2v2) showing us that it offers all the variety of nutrients needed for us to live healthy lives.

Word-eaters are balanced people not given to extremes.

Isn’t it amazing that one of the last things people on death row are allowed to do is to have a sumptuous meal of their choice?

Why?

There is nothing that releases joy and happiness like a good plate of food- the idea is to allow the person to experience joy one last time.

People’s faces light up and they chat nonstop when they are having food at home or at their favourite restaurant.

If natural food does all this, how much more spiritual food?

Take sumptuous bites of heavenly food and enjoy at your leisure.

Picture #6: Sword

And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17b

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A sword is a lethal weapon that pierces through the enemy’s defence lines.

The word is the sword of the spirit world.

The sword was the Roman soldier’s primary weapon without which he could not dare step into the battlefield. A soldier without a sword was a toothless and useless civilian.

A modern day equivalent would be to have a soldier face the enemy without a gun-it’s unthinkable.

Similarly a believer without the word in his heart cannot hurt the enemy in any way.

As a soldier of Jesus Christ wield your sword always thrusting it deep into the enemy’s vital organs. It’s instructive that a sword is a very personal weapon; no one can carry your sword for you, you have to carry it yourself.

No one can take the word and use it on your behalf all the time, you have to bear that responsibility yourself.

Strike the enemy with your sword again and again until it cleaves to your hand like Eleazar the son of Dodo; that way you will win many great victories for the Lord. (2 Samuel 23v10)

Picture #7: Seed

Now the parable is this; the seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:11

Life after Death

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Oh the amazing power of a single seed.

One seed can produce a forest.

A single seed can produce countless edible fruits. One small seed can grow into a big tree. In short a seed speaks of great productivity.

God’s holy word results in productivity in every area of a believer’s life. Note however, that a seed only works its magic when it is sown.

A seed in your lap or pocket won’t do you any good until it is sown.

Sow the word by applying it in every area of your life. If you do so you will reap a massive harvest that will amaze many.

While a natural seed rots, the supernatural seed of the word is incorruptible and will always germinate and produce results no matter how long it stays on the ground.

So don’t be discouraged if you have been sowing precious seed and it seems as if nothing is happening.

Your seed will eventually pierce the ground because supernatural seed never fails.

All these amazing pictures can be summed up this way; the word is everything in the life of a serious believer.

So whatever you do child of God get into the word, you’ll reap the benefits and your progress will be obvious to all.

Become a word-addict.

If you do, you will become a fascinating movie of God’s goodness in the world.

Pastor QT is a published author, copywriter and speaker. His sincerity, wit and candid style have endeared him to many hearts. His book DELIVERANCE UNPACKED has been warmly received globally. He conducts spicy marriage and singles seminars with his feisty wife Bonani.

Email:pastorqt@gmail.com

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Names Have Been Changed to Declare the Righteous

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By Abby Kelly

“I love everything about her life!”

The barista’s comment startled me as I left Starbucks. I knew she was talking about me. We had just been giggling together, discussing our dogs and exchanging first names.

I almost turned around said, “No you don’t! You don’t know anything about my life!” But instead, I just smiled to myself and walked into the sunshine. I think I know what she loves about my life, it’s what she can see. I pray she can see that God has blessed me with joy and a peace beyond understanding.

It hasn’t always been this way. I used to spot a girl across the room and wish to trade her places. I used to pray each night that God would just kill me because I didn’t want to do my life anymore. In the midst of a 15 year battle with anorexia and a troubled marriage, it seemed as if my life couldn’t get any worse. I even feared that my loved ones had given up on me after pouring thousands of dollars into my treatment, only to still see a starving, depressed woman.

Looking into my heart, I hated what I saw. I perceived my identity as intrinsically linked to my long list of failures.

Maybe Jacob did, too. The Biblical character of Genesis lived up to his given name, “Deceiver”. In fact, when God asked him in chapter 32, “What is your name?” Jacob was forced to reply, “I am Deceiver.”

At that point in Jacob’s life, he believed the end was near. In mere hours, he would be face-to-face with a man who once wanted to kill him. Already, Jacob had a long list of mistakes to feel guilty for. I wonder if Jacob hated who he had become.

But God is in the business of changing identities. Over and over throughout the Bible, when God did a massive work in someone’s life, He also changed their name, giving them a new identity, a new way to refer to themselves, a new way to see themselves and a new way to present themselves to the world.

For Jacob, God told him, “Your name will no longer be Jacob. You have wrestled with God and with men, and you have won. That’s why your name will be Israel.”

Another definition of the name Israel is, “Prince of God”.

According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, our identity changes too, when we accept Jesus as our salvation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Isaiah 62 tells us that God changes our name to reflect the new identity that we receive when we accept the sacrifice of Jesus for us and the gift of His righteousness to us.

“The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married.”

As I sank into a chair on the patio at Starbucks, the sun’s afternoon rays painted my feet a soft yellow, then shadows encroached and swept me into the early evening hours. I smiled again. I love who I am. I love the one who gave me His identity in Christ, and I dearly love the name, Jesus.

I am a Christian blogger and freelance writer living in Georgia. My husband is an Army officer, so our frequent moves pepper my writing with a wide variety of experiences and observations.

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Living Under the Influence

Radical Living

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By Steve Countryman

Driving under the influence means that your ability to operate and maneuver a motor vehicle is greatly impaired.  Those who try believe a lie and are deceiving themselves.  Trying to drive while under the influence will cause you trouble.  It will hurt you, those around you and those close to you.  It will bring destruction, destroying your life, your job, your finances, your family, your friends and perfect strangers who get in your way.

Living under the influence refers to those things that influence your daily life and decisions either good or bad.  The sinner lives under the influence of the ruler of this world, Satan.  All decisions the sinner makes are affected, one way or another, by the influence of sin and temptation.  Even when it seems to be a worthy cause or good intentions there always seems to be a hidden reason for the decision.  For example expecting something in return for doing a good deed if only recognition.  Or being deceived into thinking that by doing good deeds they will qualify to enter into heaven.  Driving drunk or high is an indicator that the person could have an addiction problem and is living under the influence of the kingdom of darkness.

Even Christians live under the influence of this world to some degree because we live here surrounded by sinful influences daily.  It is when you allow those influences into your thinking that trouble begins.  Romans 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Allowing the little things is where it starts.  Your friends start complaining about their job, their spouse, their sickness, their finances you name it and the next thing you know you are doing the same thing.  Seemed harmless enough just blowing off steam right?  Wrong!  Your words carry power and by confessing with your mouth your complaints you are pronouncing curses over yourself and your situation.  Take your concerns to the Lord not to your friends.

Fear, doubt and worry are all opposites of faith in your God which leads to complaining and murmuring that leads to poor decisions, more curses and more trouble!  It shows a lack of trust in God’s ability to provide for you and is contrary to being a child of the Most High God.  You must choose to put on the mind of Christ daily and ask God for wisdom.  James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But you say you don’t have enough faith Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.   Being a Christian is not an honorary title but requires commitment and dedication to God and His Word.  You have to spend time with God daily and develop an intimate walk to know Him better.  Spending time with God and in His Word will build your faith.  Like anything else you only get out of it what you put into to it, like what is means to be a child of the Most High God as revealed in your daily walk.

You can’t have the victory in your life trying to survive on the prayers of others.  You can’t have the victory over your problems, troubles and fears by going to church every once in a while.  You can’t have the victory if you can’t forgive others who have sinned against you, your family or your friends.  You can’t have the victory by going on the words of a preacher and not read the Word of God yourself.  You can’t have the victory by listening to the advice of this world and ignoring what God’s Word says.  You can’t have the victory if you don’t know who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you.  You can’t have the victory in your life without faith in your God.  Faith is the bridge that joins the known of this world to the unknown of God’s kingdom.

Being a Christian is more than wearing a cross around your neck.  Being a Christian is more than being a Sunday pew sitter.  Being a Christian is more than carrying a Bible.  Being a Christian is more than having a Christian bumper sticker.  Being a Christian is more than being just a survivor, more than an over-comer, more than a warrior and more than a conquer.  Being a Christian means that your life brings glory to God.  Being a Christian means that you are a child of the Most High God and you represent His kingdom everywhere you go.  You proclaim His goodness in your life instead of complaining to others.  Your decisions, actions and words all reflect His influence in your life as you conduct yourself daily with the mind of Christ.  By doing this you bring glory to your God.

It is His will that is manifested in you, with you, to you, for you and through you.  It is His will that you are healed and in good health.  It is His will that you prosper as your soul prospers.  It is His will that you walk in ALL power and authority of heaven.  It is His will that all spiritual blessings and spiritual gifts are made available to you.  It is His will that you have abundant prosperity in every part of your life.  Think about it, how does it reflect on God for one of His children to be sickly, complaining, grumpy, sinful, hateful or destitute?  Where is the glory of God in that person’s life?  How do they bring God glory?  What kind of testimony is that?  We are God’s witnesses and He is our testimony.  “If I can only hang on until Jesus comes back” is a defeated shameless statement that too many Christians use.  Where is their victory and how do they bring glory to God?

The fullness of Christ lives and dwells in us at the time of salvation.  We Christians spend years grasping what that all entails.  We have what no other powerful men and women of God had in the Old Testament.  When God worked through them the Word said that the Spirit of the Lord came upon them.  Because of the finished work of the cross of Jesus we have the Spirit of the Lord in us always!  That is why His Word says that the latter house will be greater than the former house.  And why Jesus said that we would do greater things than He did.  We are the latter house!  Knowing who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you is found through faith.  The fullness of Christ is made known through your faith.  It is through faith that you are able to do all things through Christ who strengthens you.  It is through faith that you walk being led by the Holy Spirit.  It is through faith that your salvation is made possible.  It is because of your faith that God is pleased with you.  And it is by studying the Word of God that your faith is founded, perfected, put into action and grows strong.  By faith the influence of God’s kingdom is manifested in your life daily.  Living under the influence of God’s Word, commands and love will impact your surroundings and those around you everywhere you go!  The time is ripe!!

About the Author:
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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Word of God

Rays of Roses

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By: Lisa Burks

The other day I went outside to weed around my roses, when I noticed beetles all over the shrubs. Normally they produce big beautiful, pink and red flowers that I enjoy looking at, instead they were unsightly to me. I knew what had to be done. I retrieved my bug killer and drenched the roses from top to bottom. In no time the bugs were falling to the ground, a week later the roses were back to their old selves.

While spraying the rose’s God gave me a thought, people are like roses if you let bugs, (anything not of God) into your life it starts to show from the inside out. Instead of soaking in pesticides we arm ourselves with the word of God. Luke 10-19 states I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions, and to overcome all the power of the enemy nothing will harm you however do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Hebrews 4-12 for the word of God is living and active sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow it judges the thoughts, and attitudes of the heart.

If we let the devil in, even though we may not see it with sinners eyes he starts to change us. We can become bitter, negative, abusive, worried, hopeless, helpless etc. We are hard to look at or be in the presence of, just like a beetle infested rose, but if we use the word of god to overcome evil, we can be an inspiration for others, and a pleasure to be around.

If your heart and mind are empty there’s more room for the devil to occupy. Filling that empty space with scripture is a good way to ensure he doesn’t move in. As Christians we should stop negative thoughts, feeling or actions as soon as they begin, remember the word of god is sharper than any double-edged sword, when the devil makes a visit, send him packing with the word of God.

Philippians 4:8-9

8 In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. 9 Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.

Your Word (Poem)

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By louis gander

Why can’t I write one poem, Lord,
that gathers people ’round,
that opens eyes and opens hearts
to all Your truths I’ve found –
among the pages of Your Book,
which tells me how to live –
which tells life’s truths, both good and bad –
and how I should forgive.

Why can’t I write one poem, Lord,
that brings the people ’round,
and opens hearts so they forgive
so that Your peace is found –
Your peace of dulcet harmony
which flows from day to day,
which brings us closer to Your Word –
and shows us how to pray.

Why can’t I write one poem, Lord,
that calls all wicked, wild,
the selfish men, bad women too –
and every sinful child –
who desecrate Your garden, Lord,
who desecrate Your laws,
who desecrate Your truth and love…
and then wait for applause.

Why can’t I write one poem, Lord,
that brings the people ’round,
so they’d forgive the other folks
and hopefully be found –
sitting on the many pews
inside these hallowed halls,
inside our humble churches where –
a still, small voice still calls.

Lord, You are so much greater than
my sorted words can brag,
coming from this shaky hand
attached to this old rag.
But maybe this reminder here
can make us humbly look –
at not a bunch of rhyming words,
but rather at Your Book.

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Christian Wannabe or Christian Ought To Be?

Reality is not a Show

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By Steve Countryman

I have to be honest here, as I write this it is painfully clear to me that I have a LONG way to go to be the Christian that my God wants me to be.  I could use that right there for an excuse to quit trying.  But all I have to do is take one look back and see how far my God has brought me from the guy I used to be to His servant today and I am totally in awe!

A Christian wannabe is someone who wants to be a Christian but on their terms not God’s.  Going to church, being active in church, having a Christian bumper sticker, wearing a cross, having some religious tattoos or just keeping your Bible on the coffee table at home doesn’t make you a Christian.  Most of today’s Christians don’t read the Bible even if they own one.  If your Bible sits in your car from Sunday to Sunday doesn’t mean that you are armed with the Word of God.  Watching television evangelist or listening to a preacher quote the Bible doesn’t qualify as you reading the Bible.  There are so many churches out there where the Bible isn’t quoted at all for fear that it will offend someone or it is considered to be anti-seeker friendly church material.  The Bible is too exclusive to a church who is ALL inclusive!

There is now a gay-friendly Bible called the “Queen James” version that has removed ALL scripture references to homosexuality.  Another new Bible just released by Thomas Nelson Publishing called “The Voice Bible”.  This version has removed the name of Jesus Christ, angels and prefers to use emissary instead of apostle.  Changing the Bible to accommodate sinful lifestyles, groups of people, false doctrines or eliminate the Trinity is to make a mockery of church and God’s Word.  Church is no longer church but a social club of political correctness.

To be a Christian means to be Christ-like!  You can’t be a Christian if you support abortions.   You can’t be a Christian if you  believe in evolution.  You can’t be a Christian if you support or condone any sinful lifestyle ie couples living together, sex outside of marriage, homosexuals and gay marriage.  To support any sin as acceptable is contrary to God and His Word and that is sin and not Christ-like!  If it is not Christ-like it is not being a Christian.  To believe in God and Jesus doesn’t make you a Christian.  Even demons believe in God and Jesus and they are not Christians.  But there are people out there that spend their lives doing “good deeds” and going to church but they are not born again believers.  They are trying to earn their way into heaven by works of the flesh.  To be a born again believer the Bible says in Romans 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

The seeker friendly churches and the wannabe Christians have one thing in common.  They both have sacrificed their beliefs and the Word of God for worldly thinking.  They have compromised away their righteousness for political correctness, social acceptability and “feel good” Christianity which is not being a Christian at all but having the appearance of being a “Christian”.  These people are self-righteous, arrogant, prideful and “know-it-alls”.  “Super Christians” who do more, act more, give more, judge more and criticize more than regular Christians.  They think that they know the Bible better than any average Christian and will make up stuff so as not to be embarrassed when confronted.  They want to be noticed and the center of attention in church and are jealous and critical of truly gifted Christians and the work they do.  Some are false prophets who think that God ONLY speaks to them and no one else!

Compromising worldly beliefs with Bible facts is very common in these churches.  Some time ago I met a man who told me that him and his wife were retired school teachers.  He also is currently on the board of a local church.  He told me that he and his wife both believe in evolution.  When I started to quiz him about it he told me something that I have just recently heard about.  Today over 60% of those who call themselves Christian believe that evolution was helped along by God and not ALL things were created directly by God.  No matter how hard I search I can’t find anything in scripture where evolution is ever mentioned.  But they call themselves Christian.  That is God on man’s terms not God on God’s terms!  Evolution either fully or partially believed is a LIE and an insult to the God of creation!  Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”  It doesn’t say that man is descended or related to the ape or that God helped creation along when He created man in His image!

Because the Bible is in direct opposition to such worldly beliefs, the “modern church” has decided not to quote those scriptures or in some cases discarding the use of the Bible all together.  Any church that removes God’s Word cannot expect God to show up there.  To attend a church where the Spirit of the Lord is not present is a waste of time!

“Christian ought to be” is a born-again believer who loves the Lord and seeks His face daily!  I know that this statement sounds simplistic but Father God has designed it that way.  Not to be as complicated as religion has tried to make it.  Jesus created the church while man created religion.  Most all religions have added to God’s salvation plan by making salvation something that you have to earn instead of the free gift that God created it to be!

When you earnestly seek God daily in His Word and in prayer you allow the Holy Spirit to work in you, with you , to you , for you and through you.  When you seek God daily you seek His perfect will for you and you seek His perfect love to you.  2 Corinthians 3:18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. (AMP)  Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he, (God), who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  One thing is for sure that as a “Christian ought to be” you will never be the same person again for God loves you too much to let you stay as you are!  A “Christian ought to be” isn’t content with being just a “pew sitter”.  They are the ones who are led by the Holy Spirit, believe the entire Word of God, has the manifested presence of God active in their daily lives and is lovingly obedient to God’s will.  There is no limit to what God will do through a man or woman of God s who is sold out to God and always gives God all the glory!  Ephesians 3:20-21 20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams] 21 To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it). (AMP)

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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