Yes they do! According to Jesus in Matthew 12 He says this, “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless […]Do Social Media Posts Matter to God?
This question has brought about great discussion and debate over the years, and various answers have been given for it. But today I am going to share a testimony of a prophet of The Lord I once heard him share, what Jesus said about this unforgivable sin and the entire passage in which it is […]What is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
Many Christians are taught from a young age to protest against sin on college campuses, in front of government buildings, at gay pride parades, on social media, and so on. They are taught that there is some reward for “casting out demons” or “prophesying” (normally destruction) in His name. Believe it or not Jesus did not say this Himself. We are called to good works, not rebukes and prophetic destruction. Here is what Jesus actually said about judgement day in Matthew 25:31-46.
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left.
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Do flowers choke out the weeds, or do flocks of doves make war with birds of prey? No they do not. So why do we as followers of Christ practice such things when we are told to be harmless as doves, wise as serpents, to be peacemakers, not pass judgment on others through name calling or condemnation, to forgive others, and pray for and bless those that curse us.
So often we see kind and loving people come to Christ, then forget how to be kind and loving to others. It’s the most backward thing we will probably ever witness among followers of Christ. It is as if the heart and mind decide to find anyway to sabotage a believer and cause them to be in a worse state of being than they were before their conversation to The Way.
So today in an effort to correct this about ourselves…
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In this group no world subject is allowed. It exists to glorify God by posting only about Him, and is based on the Scripture:
And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:2-3 ampc
It exists to serve, love, encourage, edify others. It exists to give a safe space to those who want to fellowship, a place to share our burdens and joys. Don’t forget, clean humor is permitted cause our God has a sense of humor!!!
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I never shared my whole testimony because of bad experiences in churches where I have been falsely accused and very judged. I will try to make this as short as I can.
I was born with Bipolarity and ADHD, when I was 4 years old the genalized anxiety appeared. At 4 years old also happened the first time that my brother hit me, well tried to hit me, cause I was leaning on a door and his fist came I had the reflex to move my head and his fist went all all the way through the door. My brother was not a big violent person, he hurt me yes, terrorized me yes, but he never hit me in the face or sent me to the hospital and managed to be able to keep his violence towards me unknown to my mom. That went on until I was 16 years old
My earthy father is a sociopath manipulator who started to verbally abuse me every time we were alone in his car, telling me over and over again that my mother was frigid, that she didn’t want to wash his clothes, that she didn’t love me, she only loved my sister and my brother, etc. I never got the feeling he loved me like his daughter, he was physically attracted to me, especially when I hit my teenage years and the whole time I was living with my parents. Of course those things he was saying we’re all lies. This went on from 3 to 17 years old when I finally had enough of him and left my parents house.
At 4 years old I knew something was not alright with my brain therefore I asked them repeatedly to bring me to a doctor but my mom was too proud and said bringing me to a doctor would follow me all my life, in other words, she didn’t want to tarnish the image of the family, my father said yes but never brought me. In any case back then the doctors didn’t know about Bipolarity, and even now doctors are very hesitant to diagnose a child with Bipolarity. It never happens unless the child has a total break from reality in a manic phase. At 4 years old I started to wanted to die, and the suicidal thoughts never left me until I gave my life to Jesus.
In high school I was so messed up from the sickness and abuse I started to get involved in witchcraft. I thought it was white magic therefore it wasn’t bad but now I know that all kinds witchcraft comes from demons. I thought doing this would fill the whole in my soul but it so didn’t! I did this until I turned 15 years old then started to hang out with a few Haitian girls who were all born again in Christ. There was one of them who was terrified of me (because of what I did) but every time she would tell her aunt how afraid she was of me her aunt would always respond “Don’t stop hanging out with her, the Lord Jesus wants her”. One day I was sitting with her in the bus and I saw she was reading a book and I suddenly got really attracted to the cover image of the book so I asked her if I could borrow it. She gave it to me right away: it was the book of Rebecca Brown called He Came To Set The Captives free. It was about Rebecca rescuing women from withcaft cults and satanic clubs. I the second page I closed the book and repented of my sins right then and there. Next Sunday I attended their church.
Although I didn’t get medicated until I was twenty something and my life was total hell, I hung on to God with everything I had, every day. I was literally asking Him to help me every single minute and He did. And He kept saying to me: This is for My glory. No matter what I went through after that I had found Everything I needed. I found Jesus. He is the only thing that can fill the whole in every person. He is my Everything. Every bad thing that ever happened to me He made it work out for my good because I love Him.
The second most important thing is I forgave everyone who has ever hurt me. This is crucial because if we do not forgive, even our abusers, God will not answer our prayer and our growth in Christ will never happen. It is our job to forgive and it is God ‘s job to take vengeance. Sometimes it was not easy to forgive some people but I just told God “I make the decision to forgive that person. Now please make it become a reality in my mind and in my heart” and He did. He healed me of all my psychological traumas, He healed me of many physical sicknesses. I am a living proof of it doesn’t matter how badly you messed up in your life, if you give your life to Jesus, repent and truly follow Him, You will be transformed, healed and made whole! Our God is Awesome!!!!
By now most people online )or those that still watch the news media) have already heard about the tragic elementary school shooting that took place in Uvalde Texas in May 2022. From childhood friends to family members of the shooter are interviewed by reporters we start to see what motivated him to murder, as well as the type of personality he had.
The Washington Post reported this about the shooter, “In middle school and junior high, Ramos was bullied for having a stutter and a strong lisp, friends and family said. Stephen Garcia, who considered himself Ramos’s best friend in eighth grade, said Ramos didn’t have it easy in school. “He would get bullied hard, like bullied by a lot of people,” Garcia said. “Over social media, over gaming, over everything.”
His grandfather, who Ramos lived with due to a fight with his mother said his grandson was quite and…
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Over the last four decades of my life I have seen a great deal of the good and the bad practices of todays Christians. The good they do in acts of service and presenting the love of Christ, and the bad things they practice as well as the non scriptural teachings they hold fast to. Today I am going to address the non scriptural teaching of lengthy prayers.
Many churches have nights each week that they devote to praying for various things together. Sometimes this could be an hour to several hours long. There are others outside the church walls that will call for a day of prayer for the nation, a single person that may be in the hospital, or someone just in need of help spiritually to gain or regain their faith in Christ and return to Him. Of course there are other things they spend their prayer…
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Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
Waiting is not everybody’s strong suit. Waiting for a red light to turn green is easy, because we are aware of the fact that the light will turn to green. But in what state are we when we are waiting for things like a job, a spouse, a child, a miracle, a healing…and God is virtually silent? When we feel like God is not cooperative or even too late for our taste? First of all we have to get out of me-thinking and realize once and for all that God does not exist to serve us…it is more the other way around:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].
1 Corinthians 15:58 ampc
As born again followers of Jesus our lives have a purpose and this purpose is to serve God and walk in the good plans He has for us:
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Ephesians 2:10 ampc
It does not mean that God does not want to bless us, on the contrary, He longs to bless us!
And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! [John 14:3, 27; II Cor. 12:9; Heb. 12:2; I John 3:16; Rev. 3:5.]
Isaiah 30:18 ampc
But we have to seek God and serve Him first and He will provide for our needs in His timing, the way He wants to. Of course, when He is silent the first human thought is that He left us in our waiting, and doubt starts to settle in. But a silent God is not an absent God. He is always present. A waiting season is never a waisted season! Know that God works in us, our circumstances, and others while we are waiting. Let’s say that you are praying for a spouse and it is a long and somewhat painful waiting period for you. In this very moment of waiting and of God not speaking, He is working on you because he is using this time to teach you patience (which is very important in a marriage) and prepares you to be a spouse, He is working on your future spouse the same way. Every waiting period has a definite purpose. Most of the time it is more complicated than the example I gave you, it is God working on all little detail concerning our future before our prayers are answered.
Sometimes God will not give us what we are praying for because He has something better in store for us. The best way to wait is to act like we are not waiting and to just behave like we always do, serving Him, praying without ceasing and spending time in the Word everyday, thanking Him because He will come through for us and He is always good no matter what we are going through. Finally we must remember that when we pray for the promises of God in His Word it is always a Yes and He always provides for what we need as the Word says:
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 ampc
And keep in mind He provides for all our needs, but for our wants we have to ask Him for His will to be done and accept His it.
I pray this article will help you, blessings!
Every follower of Jesus Christ sometimes sin. No one can say they are perfect, no one can say they stopped sining completely forever because God made them stop. This is what the Bible has to say about that:
-If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts]. If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]. If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].
1 John 1:8-10 ampc
Now, not one follower of Jesus Christ can ever say they were tempted by God, it is impossible:
-Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one. But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
James 1:13-14 ampc
But the good news is God gave us a complete toolkit to avoid falling into sin!:
– But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).
Galatians 5:16 amp
Walking through the Holy Spirit is a decision we have to make every day. We do so by a simple prayer, we must tell Him that we choose to walk through Him today, and ask Him to make us sensitive to His voice (His voice will guide us) .
-So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 ampc
By choosing to submit ourselves completely to the authority of God every day it will help us to resist the devil and resist temptation. Again we do so by a simple prayer; we must tell God that we choose to submit ourselves completely to His authority. It does not only help us avoid sin, it is His will that we submit ourselves to Him because of Who He is. When we submit ourselves to Him it pleases Him and gives Him all the glory He deserves.
-Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes.
Psalm 119:11-12 ampc
We have to remain in God’s Words. This is the only way to know the Truth. The Truth is very important because when we have thoughts that are not according to God’s will, we can counter them with what the Truth says about those thoughts. Like our Lord Jesus answered the devil in the desert with the Word of God so must we.
-I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
Philippians 4:13 ampc
Jesus is more than willing to share His strength with us. Anytime we need to resist temptation we can ask Him to infuse us with His strength. We cannot resist temptation with our flesh very long; we will burn ourselves out and eventually give in. This is why we must never hesitate to ask Him!
-I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Galatians 2:20 ampc
Relying on the Lord is a way of living we must all learn. We must never trust and rely on ourselves, the Word says there is nothing good in us:
-The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]? [Matt. 13:15-17; Mark 7:21-23; Eph. 4:20-24.]
Jeremiah 17:9 ampc
By always relying, trusting and having faith in Him, it will help us to avoid sin because our heart and thoughts will be directed on God and not on ourselves and it will help us avoid sin.
And finally, this is the Awesome reward for resisting sin:
Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 ampc
I pray this article will help you live in victory, blessings!