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Making a choice   Leave a comment

Making a choice:

I was thinking about how so many allow past hurts from others cause them to see everyone else in the same way. Whether the hurt was from family, friends, at work, church, etc. I’ve done that to others and others have done it to me. In a normal conversation I would say something that would remind them of what happened to them in the past; and them I’m judged just as if I’m the one who hurt them. Even though my intents was not to hurt, but I was just having a normal conversation. Like I stated before, I’ve done the same to others. The person didn’t know what they said hurt me but I judged them and held it against them. Do we realize we do this? Some people are aware of their behavior but are so blinded by the hurt they don’t care or may not know how to change. I believe most people don’t realize they are doing this. Today, I got a lesson from from the Holy Spirit. A good lesson and wake up. He just merely spoke to me and taught me that while I was bothered when others do it to me, I was doing it to others. I honestly didn’t realize it. Thank God for giving us such a loving Holy Spirit to teach and guide us to truth. Because He told me of my behavior, I can now seek my Lord God for help. With His help I made a decision to be free from this judgmental behavior. Actually, I’ve been on this road for freedom for sometimes. Some areas I’ve become free and now in this area I’m free. One area I became free is when I was a younger (around 7 or 8) I was molested. I took that to my adulthood and that caused me to act in ways that wasn’t right. Then I began to be ministered by the Word of God and realized I was still a prisoner of that molestation, even though it happened years ago. I was allowing that to make me who I was. So with the Lord with me and guiding me I was able to decide not to allow that tragic event to make my choices. I was allowing it to determine my identity. My true identity is now in Jesus Christ. I’m in no way downplaying that type of tragic event; but I didn’t want to continue allowing it to guide me. As long as I was using it as an excuse, it was guiding my life in negative ways. The only one is meant to guide us is the Lord God. The only true Guide is ONLY meant for my Heavenly Father. Because I let go, today I’m a better person. I’m not in bondage any longer. There are still some areas that needs addressing, but I’m free to be changed when the Holy Spirit shows me; Like He did today. Our hurts don’t have to determine our identity. They don’t have to be our guide in how we treat others. Do you think it’s fair to make someone else suffer for something that happened before they met you? To be honest, accepting my true identity, gives me a life of freedom. Once I accepted my true identity, I was actually able to forgive the man who molested me. How about you? Is there something that happened to you that causes you to make others suffer? You may think you’re free, but you’re not.

When we continue making excuses for why we are the way we are, it’s hinders us. Excuses are only band aids that covers hurts. When I was younger and would get a sore I cried for my mother to put a band aid on it. But mama said that would only make it worse and that the sore needed to be exposed. I was scared because I was afraid the sore would get hurt again. And that band aid gave me comfort. The truth is, when that band aid was on the sore, it never healed. That band aid only made it stay wet until pus came out of it. As soon as I let the band aid stay off, the sore eventually got hard and it fell off (or I’d pick it off). Just like band aids never healed the hurts. Excuses don’t either. Jesus is our Healer. No matter what a person does to us now or what happened to us in the past, Jesus is our Healer, if we expose that hurt to Him. We don’t have to allow that hurt to control who we are. The only way out is through Jesus Christ. There is no other way. He is right here waiting. No matter what you’ve done, He is not looking to judge you or beat you down. He is here just waiting for us to accept His unconditional love. He doesn’t love us based on what we do. He just loves us.

Deuteronomy 30:19; I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

John 14:6; Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.

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Freedom From Temptation   Leave a comment

FREEDOM FROM TEMPTATION – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 10:19 – "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

Although these are examples of God’s protection from harm caused by the physical creation, this scripture is also speaking of mastery over the spiritual realm of the enemy (i.e., satan). This Scripture does not say that satan cannot inflict any harm. The scriptures abound with examples, and warnings of the enemy’s damage on the godly and the ungodly alike (2 Cor. 2:11, 2 Tim. 2:26, 1 Pet. 5:8-9). However, he cannot harm us when we are walking in faith in Christ’s redemptive work.

There are no unique temptations. The devil likes to make us think there are. If he can convince us that no one understands, no one has ever had this problem before, then he can isolate us and take away our hope. But any temptation we face is just some variation of the same old thing. It may come in a different sized box, be wrapped in a different paper, and have a different bow, but the contents are the same. Understanding this diffuses much of the power of temptation.

Even though temptation is universal to mankind, we are not left on our own. God is faithful. Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, and yet He overcame every time (Heb. 4:15). Part of His ministry is to specifically aid us in overcoming temptation (Heb. 2:17-18). Most of us have experienced times when we thought we couldn’t resist another minute. Either we were wrong, or we were on the verge of a breakthrough. The Lord promised that He would not allow us to be tempted above what we are able to bear. So, at those times when you can’t stand another minute, stand two and this promise will pull you through.

Where’s Your Focus   Leave a comment

WHERE’S YOUR FOCUS? – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Matthew 27:4 "Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that."

These Jews, who had courted Judas’ favor to obtain his cooperation in arresting Jesus, cared nothing for Judas. They had simply used him. The devil’s crowd may flatter as long as they can use you, but you can be assured that when there is no longer anything in it for them, they will forsake you just as the chief priests did Judas.

The serpent didn’t come to Eve in the garden threatening to bite her if she didn’t eat of the forbidden fruit. Instead, he came with deception, presenting himself as being concerned for her welfare. Satan’s greatest weapon is deceit.

Just as a football player, a boxer, or military man’s success depends partly on how well he knows his opponent(s), so believers must not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. Jesus stripped Satan of all his authority (Mt. 28:18). The power that Satan uses against us now, is deception. Those who ascribe other powers to him have already fallen prey to one of his lies. The devil deceives us and uses our own power and authority against us. The thing that makes deception so deadly is that those who are deceived don’t know it. Once they realize they are deceived, they aren’t deceived any more.

The best defense against the devil is to be so God-centered that you give no place to Satan. People who are very sensitive to the devil’s presence usually are so at the expense of being sensitive to the Lord’s presence. David said, "If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there" (Ps. 139:8). Anytime Satan’s oppression is present, God’s presence is there too (Heb. 13:5). It’s just a matter of where our focus is. Focusing on the devil is a trick of the devil. Choose to focus on God.

Freedom from Punishment   Leave a comment

Just want to share a great Word Creflo Dollar spoke this morning. It’s titled "freedom from punishment". So many are held up because of religious thinking.  Recently had a dream the Lord Jesus gave me. At the end of the dream there was an open door to freedom. I didn’t take it (at first) because I didn’t know I was free because I believed the lies of satan and I was in fear of him. But in the end, the Lord reminded me that I was free and I went through the door to freedom. Just yesterday, the Holy Spirit was speaking this Word to me then I hear it from Creflo Dollar. After I watched the program I began to tell Jesus I accept my freedom. A couple of seconds later I heard the angels rejoicing and the Lord told me I am accepting the Truth. He is the way, the truth and the light. He is the ONLY way to the Father. He is the ONLY way to freedom. He isn’t like man who tells us to do this and do that to get God’s love or His blessings. I use to hear my last pastor say "God is going to get you". The Lord IS NOT out to get us. He came to the world to save us. His grace causes us to want to follow His Spirit and not the laws. The law couldn’t save us. ONLY Jesus can save us. Also, I’m posting this message that’s on youtube and the Bible study notes from Creflo Dollar website.

Veronica

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcHXyXA01xU

Freedom from Punishment – Author: Creflo Dollar

Summary: Whenever any type of disaster or tragedy occurs, there is a tendency to blame God. However, God is not cruel and He is not the destroyer. There are many factors we should consider when calamity takes place. Satan, the works of the flesh, and the world’s way of doing things are often behind calamity. Therefore, we should never blame God for the bad things that happen in this world. He is a loving God who sent His Son to die to save the world.

A. Many Christians think God punishes them by allowing tragedy in their lives. However, the punishment for sin was taken care of when Jesus died on the cross.

1. The punishment for sin was eternal death.

2. As Christians, we don’t have to fear eternal death because heaven is our home.

a. Although we’re saved from eternal death, we should realize that our sinful actions can cause negative consequences and circumstances in our lives.

b. For instance, if we neglect or fail to take care of our bodies, disease and illness is often the result. We cannot blame God for what we do to ourselves.

c. When we do something wrong and that wrong action causes a negative consequence, we cannot blame God for it.

3. As a loving Father, God disciplines us through His words.

a. He chastens us by speaking to us in both our good times and bad times.

b. He disciplines us to preserve our future, not to condemn us or punish us.

4. God is not cruel to us; He does not inflict pain upon His own children.

a. Instead, He seeks to comfort and encourage us when we are going through trials.

b. He is not the author of pain, but He is the author and finisher of our faith.

c. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

B. Jesus died a horrible death for us. He was beaten until He was unrecognizable.

1. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.

a. "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world" (John 12:47).

b. God wants the world to come to Him; He’s not destroying people (2 Peter 3:9;

1 John 2:2; Acts 26:18).

c. God wants people to understand that He is restoring us to His favor (2 Corinthians 5:19, AMP).

2. As Christians, we should make receiving Jesus appealing by demonstrating the love of God.

a. Unconditional love does not judge, condemn, or destroy people.

Scripture References

• Romans 8:28

• John 12:47

• 2 Peter 3:9

• 1 John 2:2

• Acts 26:18

• 2 Corinthians 5:19, AMP

RECOGNIZE THE REAL ENEMY   Leave a comment

RECOGNIZE THE REAL ENEMY – From our Lord Jesus given to Andrew Wommack

Mark 8:33, "But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men."

MARK 8:30-33

Jesus was not implying that Peter and Satan were one-and-the-same, but was referring to the fact that Satan had inspired Peter’s statement. This type of metaphor was used elsewhere in scripture such as when God spoke to the serpent in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15) as though addressing Satan. The serpent was merely the vehicle of communication Satan used to tempt Adam and Eve, while Peter was the vehicle Satan used to tempt Jesus. Ephesians 6:12 reveals that our warfare isn’t with people, but against the spiritual powers who inspire and use people. Jesus recognized that Peter’s reaction to His prophecy about His death was motivated by His enemy, Satan, so He went right to the source.

Every Christian is at war. There is a perpetual struggle against Satan and his kingdom from which there are no "leaves" or "discharges." Our enemy goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Those who resist the devil will see him flee (Jas. 4:7).

Some of us believe that anger will put others in their place. But "the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God" (Jas. 1:20). Anger against people makes us play right into the hand of the devil. The way to overcome the spiritual powers that come against us through people is to turn the other cheek (Mt. 5:39). This makes the demons flee in terror. We cannot win a spiritual battle with carnal weapons. We must realize who the real enemy is and fight with the spiritual weapons the Lord has given us. It is supposed by many that the higher echelons of the devil’s spiritual authority take more power to rebuke or remove. That’s not true. There is no demonic power, including the devil himself, that will not flee at the name of Jesus when faith is put in that name. What a wonderful name!

THE SECRET PLACE WITHIN   Leave a comment

YOLANDA BALLARD – AT THE FATHER’S FEET – Melbourn, Florida

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THE SECRET PLACE WITHIN – April 26, 2013

Keep instructing the brethren to trust Me no matter what they may feel or see that they may have abundance in life, and freedom, and the liberty to serve Me above all things.  Yes, that they may have life and life abundantly.

Choose this day who you shall serve whether it be serving the desires of your own will or whether you would put My will above your own.  For these are treacherous times, and you must develop that secret place within you where you shall dwell.  It is a secret place that is full of My love, and My peace, full of My strength and My power.

I have made you a power house of dynamic strength for it is I who dwells within you, and the same Spirit that raised Me from the dead dwells in you, and I will quicken you if you stay close to Me feasting upon My word and basking in My presence.

This is how you are made strong.  There is no other way.  You must come before Me as a way of life for I am your life breath.  Yes, I am the air that you breathe.  You must not quench this life flowing within you by shutting Me out by putting other things before you.

I stress the importance of this time of preparation to store My word within you, to develop your shield to be able to quench the fiery darts of the evil one, and to ignite your sword that it may glisten with the strength to be able to cut off the head of the giant that may come against you.

I have called you My mighty warriors, and I have given you time to rest, to prepare, to get built up, but you must take advantage of it, and give high value to it.  Come before Me now that I can build you up.

Your Father’s Heart   Leave a comment

Your Father’s Heart

Matthew 7:11; If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Let me tell you a true story I heard. There was a pastor whose young child was diagnosed with cancer. The day his boy was scheduled for an operation, this father cried out to God, “God, I’m almost 30 years old, but my boy is only about three months old. Why don’t you just take some years off my life and give them to my boy?”

Then, from deep within him, he heard the voice of God say, “I am not like that.” When the man heard that, he realized immediately that his son’s sickness was not from God. He also realized that if he, who has faults, could want his child well, how much more his heavenly Father. So he changed his prayer and said, “Father God, I come against this sickness and I ask you for healing for my child.” That day, on the operating table, the surgeons could find no trace of cancer in the child!

Today, God wants you to know that He is not the kind of Father who wants you sick and defeated, keeps you poor and wanting, refuses to provide for your needs and denies you your blessings.

When my daughter Jessica was younger, I bought a beautiful teddy bear for her. Teddy bears are her favorite toys and I could not wait to see her joy when she saw it. My joy is to see her happy. When she is sick and has difficulty sleeping at night, it hurts me to hear her cry. When she is crying, I cannot ignore her cries. I enter into her discomfort and pain even though I know that her sickness is something that will pass shortly. When she is in pain, I feel the pain too. When she is sad, I am sad too.

I believe that God gives us children to help us understand what His Father-heart is like. His joy is to enter into your joy and see you happy. If you, in spite of your faults, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to you when you ask Him! My prayer today is that you will know just how much your Father loves you!

Joseph Prince Daily Grace Inspirations

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