OF WHAT BENEFIT IS THIS SALVATION?

Why should I get born again? Why should I receive Christ and give Him my life instead of I myself keeping it? You too might be wondering why everywhere you go evangelists are always persuading you to get born again.

There are many benefits to serving God. David lists some of them in Psalm 103:1-6. These are God’s paycheck with a bonus for being a blood washed, born-again child of God. Oh yea, the world and the Devil offer benefits as well, but the paycheck is woe, misery, sickness, depression, death, and, oh yes, don’t forget about the bonus — an eternal hell fire. Satan and the world will whine and claim that there is nothing to this, but God has given us a wonderful salvation for all to see and it is free of charge to anyone that is willing to come and humble themselves before a holy and righteous God.

 

The benefits of serving our wonderful God include, but are not limited to:

  1. He forgives all our iniquities. If we confess that we have sinned he is faithful enough to forgive us. (1 John 1:7-9) When our sins are forgiven, we are able to approach His throne of grace in our times of need and ask for help. When we are full of sin, this favor is denied. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. (John 9:31). The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
  2. He heals all our diseases and we enjoy good health. How can a child of the Most High suffer these common ailments? Never, for He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the deadly disease. (Psalms 91:3) By the stripes of Jesus we are not only saved but we have access to divine healing. Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. (Jeremiah 33:6).
  3. Our lives are redeemed from eternal destruction. Now every redeemed soul can sing with confidence, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). We are saved from the death and destruction that we deserved.
  4. He crowns us with loving kindness and tender mercies. God is love and we as His children get to enjoy the full measure of His love to the point that on the day of judgement we shall be confident to stand before Him. His perfect love that casts out fear. For we are not given a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
  5. He renews our youth like the eagles. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
  6. The LORD executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. When the enemy (Satan and the world) comes in like a flood God answers the cries and prayers of those that call upon Him because of the oppressor. He is too righteous and just to close His ears to their cry. When you become a child of God. He quiets the oppressor so that he is never heard of again.
  7. He satisfies us with good things. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:11). Be it financial provision, be it peace of mind, He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can think of or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

What are you waiting for? Receive Christ today as your savior and begin a journey of personal faith in Him. For sure you will never be disappointed.

Say this prayer and believe if you wanna be born again:

Heavenly God, with understanding I confess that I have not lived to the mark. I have been lost in sin and worldly ways. Today I pray that you may forgive my sins. Search me Lord, and see my anxious thoughts, lead me to your way everlasting. Thank you for giving your son to die for me and my sins. I give myself to you. Take me and reside in me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

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There are a bunch of passages in scripture that I used to ignore, mostly because I didn’t know what to do with them.  I’m guessing that you’re possibly like me; you know that certain passages are there but you’ve never really tackled them satisfactorily.  In a discussion I had with a noted prosperity preacher (who shall remain anonymous), one specific passage came up and I got thinking about how he twisted it.  He seemed to be making a fairly simple observation, but it was a text that I knew I had never sorted through and now I was forced to deal with it.

The text was Matthew 17:20.

What does a person do with Jesus teaching on faith in Matthew 17:20?

“…if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be…

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Being a virgin is NOT enough!

“It’s 2:57 am and I can’t sleep. God has placed some things of great significance on my heart as it pertains to relationships and emotions and how these things affect Christian men and women. I am a 22-year-old Christian woman. I have never been in a relationship. My lips remain untouched. I am a virgin. Yet, I am not owner to that sense of wholeness and purity that should come with my chaste status.

During the past couple of weeks, I spent some time talking to God about that nagging feeling that stalked me; that feeling said, “Chadia, being a virgin isn’t enough.” For others, it would read that being celibate isn’t enough. I found out that there was great merit to this uncomfortable feeling and the disconcerting thought which it bred, and I will share with you why.

I’ve never been in a relationship, but I’m not exactly the type of woman who shies away from men. I shy away from relationships, but not men. My personality is one that revels in winning. As such, I became a master of the game. I enjoyed mind games and the sense of conquest that came with them, and the man who was the quintessential flirt was my perfect prey. I took pleasure in my ability to make a man fall, but remain detached. By the time I was 17, I had read so many books that explained the psychology of the man in contrast to the psychology of the woman that I had gleaned an understanding of men, well beyond my years. I understood things about them that they themselves were yet to become aware of. What I thought was fun, would taint something that I deemed very valuable: my purity.

In the Christian realm we often view purity as something having to do only with the physical; only as it pertains to sex. But I am fast learning that emotional integrity is a big part of purity. God started to reveal to me how we as young men and women give off pieces of ourselves to others who are not our spouses.

As a young woman, I shouldn’t be doing for another man what only my husband should experience. Too many men have experienced the care and affection that only my husband should experience, too many men have heard me say words that only my husband should hear, and too many men have received the affirmation that only my husband should receive. Too many men have seen and experienced the power behind the woman that I am; the power that only my husband should experience.

As a young man, too many women should not have experienced the care and affection that only your wife should experience, too many women should not have heard you say the words that only your wife should hear, and too many women should not have received the affirmation that only your wife should receive.

When you’re young, armed with knowledge but not enough wisdom, the attachment (the individual to you) that comes with giving away these pieces of yourself deceives you into believing that you are in a position of power. You believe that these other people are getting hurt, but you have it under control. Trust me when I say that you have told yourself a big lie.

To young women, I say to you that you are compromising your emotional wholeness, which is unfair to both you and your future husband. To young men, I say to you that you are compromising your emotional wholeness which is unfair both to you and your

future wife. We become nothing but robots of the game. The game was not created for us. We are Christians. It is not ours to play.

I asked myself if God were to allow me to meet my husband today, would I be in a place of emotional integrity that he is worthy of? How many men am I emotionally attached to? How many “friends” do I need to redefine my relationship with? Will I be able to love him as I should? Would I be as open as I could be? How unfair would it be to him, that another man has experienced what is his? This is why I say that we simply become robots of the game. All my game playing has left me in a place of emotional brokenness. I shouldn’t be afraid to become attached to someone if he is serious about me, and has created an atmosphere of trust and comfort, but I am. I shouldn’t be afraid to share certain things with someone if he has created an atmosphere of trust and comfort, but I am. It is important to guard one’s heart, but mine is in a maximum security prison.

Despite still having some unattached pieces from the puzzle of emotional wholeness and integrity, God has allowed me to put many of the pieces back together again. I don’t flirt anymore. It is a dangerous and unfair game. I watch how I give compliments. There is a compliment and then there is the deliberate stroking of the ego. I understand that it is not my job to make a man who is not my husband or intended husband feel like he is Superman. You affirm a man too much, he either becomes attached if he’s not averse to the idea of a relationship or runs if he is averse. Affirmation is a powerful thing to a man, and if you can make him feel like he’s Superman he also recognizes that you can become his kryptonite; meaning he recognizes that you are a force to be taken seriously.

I’ve learnt to set boundaries, and I’ve learnt to ask questions. I ask from the get go what a man’s intentions are where I’m concerned. If you are not serious about me, then we shouldn’t be having certain conversations, we shouldn’t be sharing certain jokes and information, and you probably shouldn’t be taking me out to nice, cozy dinners and giving me gifts.

I’ve also taken note of the things that I value. I understand that giving gifts is a big part of how I demonstrate love, so I don’t give gifts to all and sundry. It may be a normal way of life to the man, but to me it’s a big deal, and somewhat alters the way I feel about an individual.

I don’t know how to guide a young man along the path of emotional integrity, but I can say this: I believe that God has called the young men in the body to stand apart from the young men of the world. They stand apart by understanding that their rightful place is the place of leadership. They stand apart by understanding that theirs is a role of protection, and subsequently demonstrating this comprehension by guarding and protecting the emotions of the young women with whom they interact. They stand apart by operating in integrity when pursuing a woman in the Body.

Gentlemen, it makes absolutely no sense pursuing women when you know that settling down is afar off for you. It is not your job to flatter a young woman that you have no intention of taking seriously, and you should feel absolutely no guilt about it. It doesn’t matter how much you say that we are “just friends.” If your mouth is saying one thing but your actions are saying another, the woman will most likely go with what you are doing. Do not be alarmed that even after you’ve said a million times that we are just friends that a woman falls for you, if you’re treating her like only someone who is her man should.

My eyes have become heavy, and the clacking sound of the keys of my keyboard is no longer appealing. I have church in a few hours, but I would hope that this post would open the discourse on emotional integrity amongst young men and women of God, and even those who are in the world. After all, He came that we would all have life more abundantly. I’m off for now. And it is possible that you will hear more on this topic from me. Shalom!”

Originally written by Chadia Mathurin(Author of the book, “Being a Virgin is not Enough.”) for chadiamathurin.com

 

A Comforting Truth

Now this is what the Lord says. He created you, people of Jacob; he formed you, people of Israel. He says, ‘Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you. I have called you by name, and you are mine.’” (Isaiah 43:1, NCV)

How comforting to realize that God knows us by name. He has created us, formed us, and even fashioned our hearts individually. “He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” (Psalm 33:15, NKJV) 

Each of us is unique and special, created for fulfilling a specific purpose. 

Our priority must be to discover what we have been designed for, so we can find God’s purpose for us. Then we can be busy doing the works he has prepared for us. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT) 

When we are used for our designed purpose, we can live the abundant life.

 We must listen for the voice of the Shepherd, “The one who guards the door opens it for him. And the sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” (John 10:3, NCV) 

By delving into the Word of God, we listen for what he has to say to us individually. His Spirit will prompt us and lead us in into the works he wants us to do.

Most comforting is the thought of his return for us. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2–3, NIV) 

When he returns for us, we want to be busy doing the work we were designed for in his vineyard. We know he will be pleased with us, if we are focused living a life that will echo into eternity.

Today, ask yourself: 

Do I know how special I am to God, believing that he created me, formed me, fashioned my heart, and knows my name?  Am I looking forward to his return so I can be with him

THE WORD OF TRUTH

People understand things differently and I bet the definitions we have for spiritual growth are also different, depending on one’s point of view. But, all in all, spiritual growth is the process of replacing the lies, myths and misconceptions in us with the truth. Jesus in John 17:17 prayed and asked God, “sanctify them with the truth, your word is truth.”

The word of God is the truth. Through it we are put together and shaped for the great tasks God has for us. John 6:63 says it better, ”…the words that I have spoken to you are the spirit and the life.”  The Bible is not just a doctrinal guidebook, it is God Himself speaking to us through it, a word that generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the devil, causes miracles, heals, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy overcomes adversity, defeats temptations, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses us and guarantees us life eternal. It is just impossible for us to live without the word of God. We have to treasure it even more than our daily bread (Job 23:12)

“…that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

-2 Timothy 3:17

Well, statistics show a significant increase in the number of bibles in print today than ever before, but a Bible in the shelf is as good as nothing- it is worthless. Because of not reading the bible we starve and even die of spiritual malnutrition. To be healthy disciples of Jesus, Consistent Bible Reading (CBR) should be our priority. Jesus said, “if you abide in my word then you are truly my disciples.”

“Of His own will He brought us forth the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”

-James 1:18

What then must we do to fully abide in God’s word? We have to observe the 3A’s explained here:

Accept its authority. Human beings have for so long based their choices on unreliable authorities, culture, traditions, reasons or even emotions. These have in several occasions mislead us. However, the Word of God presents us the perfect standard that will never ever lead us astray. Why then can’t it be the authoritative standard for our lives? It is the compass we should rely on for direction, the counsel we should seek in every situation for making wise decisions and our benchmark for doing all our evaluations. It should be the first and the last word in our lives. (Proverbs 30:5, Acts 24:14)

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness…”

-2 Timothy 3:16

Assimilate its truth. Just listening to the Word and believing it is not enough. We have to go an extra mile and fill our minds with it so that the Holy Spirit can transform us by it. We therefore are charged with the responsibility of receiving the word, reading it, researching it, and reflecting on it at all times.

We should take care of how we listen. Not once I have heard people complain of how boring the speaker of the day was. I believe what matters most in most cases is how humbled and receptive WE are to God’s word. God can use even the most boring and ineloquent speaker to address us. So, any time that feeling comes, it should not be a time to complain. It instead should be a time for you to check your attitude (James 1:21)

“Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has, will more be given and from him who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.”

-Luke 8:18

Daily reading of the word will keep you in range of Gods voice. (James 1:25)

“…His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. But they will never follow a stranger: in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

-John 10:4-5

Apply its principles. We do listen, we do read the Bible on our own but it is all null and void if we do not put into action what the Word instructs us. We have to cultivate a culture of being doers of the word, and not just readers and listeners.

 

“…but he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.”

-James 1:25

Attending all Bible study sessions and reading the word daily will never worry the Devil. Only our application of the principles taught therein will worry him, and keep him far from us. Blessings come by obeying the word, not just knowing it.

“…and anyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”

-Matthew 7:26

Jesus said, “now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:17)

Application of the word is not easy- it is actually difficult and even painful. This is why so many people tend to avoid it. We forget that the truth has been given to set us free, but first make us miserable. Resistance is human nature and this is what makes it hard work to do as the word instructs.

Reading the Bible and applying its principles is one thing we MUST develop if we want to get closer to God. How close we get to God is our choice, shown by how much time we give to Him.

“The word of God was not given to increase our knowledge. It was given to change our lives.”

-D.L. Moody
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Jesus Through the Bible

 

We believe in a Christ-centered Bible. The salvation that was expected in the Old Testament is exhibited in the Gospels and then explained in the rest of the New Testament.

From Genesis we learn that Jesus is the seed of the woman who will crush Satan’s head, and the son of Abraham who will bless all the nations of the earth. From Exodus we learn that Jesus is the Passover Lamb whose blood saves us from the angel of death, and the wilderness tabernacle where God dwells in glory. From Leviticus we learn that He is the atoning sacrifice that takes away our sin. From Numbers we learn that He is the bronze serpent lifted up for everyone who looks to Him in faith. From Deuteronomy we learn that He is the prophet greater than Moses who comes to teach us God’s will.

So much for the Pentateuch.

What do we learn from the historical books? From Joshua we learn that Jesus is our great captain in the fight. From Judges we learn that He is the king who helps us do what is right in God’s eyes, and not our own. From Ruth we learn that Jesus is our kinsman-redeemer. From 1 and 2 Samuel we learn that He is our anointed king. From 1 and 2 Kings we learn that He is the glory in the temple. From 1 and 2 Chronicles we learn that He is the Son of David — the rightful king of Judah. From Ezra and Nehemiah we learn that He will restore the city of God. From Esther we learn that He will deliver us from all our enemies.

Then we come to the poetic writings. From Job we learn that Jesus is our living redeemer, who will stand on the earth at the last day. From the Psalms we learn that He is the sweet singer of Israel — the Savior forsaken by God and left to die, yet restored by God to rule the nations. From Proverbs we learn that Jesus is our wisdom. From Ecclesiastes we learn that He alone can give us meaning and purpose. From the Song of Solomon we learn that He is the lover of our souls.

This brings us to the prophets, whose special mission it was to prophesy about the coming of Christ. Isaiah tells that He is the child born of the Virgin, the son given to rule, the shoot from the stump of Jesse, and the servant stricken and afflicted, upon whom God has laid all our iniquity. Jeremiah and Lamentations tell us that Jesus is our comforter in sorrow, the mediator of a new covenant who turns our weeping into songs of joy. Ezekiel tells us that the Spirit of Jesus can breathe life into dry bones and make a heart of stone beat again. Daniel tells us that Jesus is the Son of Man coming in clouds of glory to render justice on the earth.

These are the Major Prophets, but the Minor Prophets also bore witness to Jesus Christ. Hosea prophesied that He would be a faithful husband to His wayward people. Joel prophesied that before He came to judge the nations, Jesus would pour out His Spirit on men and women, Jews and Gentiles, young and old. Amos and Obadiah prophesied that He would restore God’s kingdom. Jonah prophesied that for the sake of the nations, He would be raised on the third day. Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. Nahum prophesied that He would judge the world. Habakkuk prophesied that He would justify those who live by faith. Zephaniah prophesied He would rejoice over His people with singing. Haggai prophesied that He would rebuild God’s temple. Zechariah prophesied that He would come in royal gentleness, riding on a donkey, and that when He did, all God’s people would be holy. Malachi prophesied that before He came, a prophet would turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children.

From Genesis to Malachi, the Old Testament is all about Jesus. But of course it is in the New Testament that Jesus actually comes to save His people. Whereas the Old Testament gives us His background, the New Testament presents His biography.

The gospels give us the good news of salvation through His crucifixion and resurrection. The Gospel of Matthew is that Jesus is the Messiah God promised to Israel. The Gospel of Mark is that He is the suffering servant. The Gospel of Luke is that He is a Savior for everyone, including the poor and the weak. The Gospel of John is that He is the incarnate word, the Son of God, the light of the world, the bread of life, and the only way of salvation. But all the gospels end with the same good news: Jesus died on the cross for sinners and was raised again to give eternal life; anyone who believes in Him will be saved.

Then the New Testament turns its attention to the church, which is still about Jesus because the church is His body. The book of Acts shows how Jesus is working in the church today, through the gospel, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Then come all the letters that were written to the church — letters that tell about Jesus and how to live for Him. In Romans Jesus is righteousness from God for Jews and Gentiles; in 1 and 2 Corinthians He is the one who unifies the church and gives us spiritual gifts for ministry. In Galatians Jesus liberates us from legalism; in Ephesians He is the head of the church; in Philippians He is the joy of our salvation; in Colossians He is the firstborn over all creation. In 1 and 2 Thessalonians Jesus is coming soon to deliver us from this evil age; in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus He shepherds His people; and in Philemon He reconciles brothers who are separated by sin. This is the gospel according to Paul.

Hebrews is an easy one: Jesus is the great high priest who died for sin once and for all on the cross and who sympathizes with us in all our weakness. In the epistle of James, Jesus helps us to prove our faith by doing good works. In the epistles of Peter He is our example in suffering. In the letters of John He is the Lord of love. In Jude He is our Master and Teacher. Last, but not least, comes the book of Revelation, in which Jesus Christ is revealed as the Lamb of God slain for sinners, Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the great Judge over all the earth, and the glorious God of heaven.

The Bible says that in Jesus “all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17) and this is as true of the Bible as it is of anything else. Jesus holds the whole Bible together. From Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God is all about Jesus, and therefore it has the power to bring salvation through faith in Him. It is by reading the Bible that we come to know Jesus, and it is by coming to know Jesus that we are saved. This is why we are so committed to God’s Word, why it is the foundation for everything we do, both as a church and as individual Christians.

We love the Word because it brings us to Christ.

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What are you waiting for? Get born again today.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Christian? Some people believe that they are Christians because they have joined a church. Others think that following certain rules or standards is what’s required. But in reality, Christianity is not about membership, or adopting a code for living, it requires total transformation. Everything must become new.

Jesus explained the process to a religious leader who came to meet with him secretly one night. He told him, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3, NLT)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV

In order for you to begin the journey that leads to heaven you must be born again — this time spiritually. Physical birth produces physical life. Spiritual birth creates spiritual life.

Spiritual new birth is the gateway to a new beginning — the start of your journey with God.

When you are born again, all things become new:

  1. New Citizenship-You are transferred out of Satan’s Domain of Darkness into God’s Kingdom of Light.
  2. New Relationship with God-Your Heavenly Father adopts you as His child. Then you are also a coheir with Jesus Christ to all Kingdom blessings.
  3. New Nature-Your old sin nature is crucified with Jesus and you are given a new nature that is clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
  4. New Family-You become part of God’s heavenly family, brothers and sisters in Christ, who make up the Body of Christ.
  5. New Purpose-Your focus for life becomes glorifying God through worship, obedience and service, rather than pursuing self-centered, worldly interests.
  6. New Freedom-You are set free from the power of sin so you can live righteously.
  7. New Hope-Meaningless and futile existence are left behind as your future is filled with promise and blessings.
  8. New Destiny-You have been on a path that will eventually lead you into the very depths of hell where you would spend a horrific eternity apart from God. But instead, you can look forward to the joys of heaven, living in the presence of God forever.
  9. New Power-Your capabilities are limited to self-effort, but you will be filled with the resurrection power of Jesus through his indwelling Spirit.

But this new life all begins with spiritual birth. Have you been “born again?” If not, what are you waiting for? God has an amazing life planned for you — one that will last forever!

WE SHALL REJOICE WITH OUR LORD JESUS.

The human life is full of ups and downs, peaks and off peaks. It is common to all people to face hard times and also good times. But in all these, God walks with His chosen ones. I just wonder how those who have not yet acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and have not yet allowed Him to be Lord and savior over their lives manage to walk through these tribulations- the refiner’s furnace, with all that heat and pressure. I bet its supper terrible!

But still we have some who claim to have acknowledged Jesus as the savior and call themselves ‘saved’ yet they expect a smooth life – a life of abundance, a life of victory in everything, a life of happiness, a posh lifestyle, with all the great vehicles, best clothes and all you can think of. Well, they might justify themselves by scripture, which is still right anyway. Whenever one gets saved, he ceases to look forward to the things of the flesh and behold, he gets transformed to focus on the things of the spirit. His desires go in line with God’s expectations which are not material in any way.

But is it not the same God that said seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness and then all the other things will be added to you that also says ‘I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering’? (Isaiah 48:10)

Is it not the same God that tells us to commit our ways to Him and He will fulfill the desires of our hearts (Psalms 37:4) that also promises us a life of war?

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

As Christians, our life is hard, let’s call a spade a spade and not a big spoon. We are in a struggle of living a righteous life in an environment full of evil all the way from what we watch on television, to what we listen on radio, to what we read on newspapers and social media, and even to what we see happening around us every second. We therefore must stand strong in prayer, for all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to us (Matthew 28:18) and its only in prayer that we shall take captive the devil’s plans, bind them, destroy them and send them back to hell, where they belong. Whenever there is a man to pray, believe me or not, there is always a God to answer. Our God is a faithful God and He answers the prayers of His people.

For God says so clearly that no weapon fashioned against us (His chosen ones) shall prosper. And that every weapon sent to us in one way He shall scatter in seven ways. And every ill word spoken against us, whether on dry land or under water shall not prosper in Jesus’ Mighty Name (Isaiah 54:17)

So, this very moment, this very hour, this very minute, this very second rise up and claim your territory in prayer. Possess it for it is written that the devil shall not oppress you anymore. By the death of Jesus on the cross it was all taken away…it is over in Jesus name! There shall be no more suffering in our lives. And even as our refiner God passes us through His furnace of affliction so that we may develop perseverance and be mature, not lacking in anything, we shall find peace even in that too. We shall not be troubled for God is molding us and fashioning us for His work. For the Bible says “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand”(Isaiah 64:8)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding shall keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

May the Lord’s peace be with each of you in your many tribulations and struggles of life. This earth is not our home. We may suffer here but let’s keep pressing on towards that which we are called to heavenwards. We shall rejoice with our Lord Jesus. Amen

 

 

Your brother in Christ:

Kavulavu M. Briton

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What do you know about the April Fools Day?

April Fools’ Day also known as All Fool’s day is rooted in the ancient pagan customs of this world. It is literally a day for fools!

But God is the Author of wisdom FOR THOSE WHO ARE SAVED, not foolishness. He expects His servants to seek His wisdom (James. 1:5 ), not play the fool.

In Proverbs 24:9 , God’s Word says, “The thought [devising] of foolishness is sin.” And sin is the breaking of God’s spiritual laws (I John 3:4 ; Rom. 7:14 ). God condemns even foolish talking and jesting ( Ephesians 5:1-4 ). Christ stated, “…whosoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” ( Matthew 5:22 ).

Christ also condemned engaging in foolishness: “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornication, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:21-23 ).

Also, God commands His people to “Learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain [futile]” ( Jeremiah 10:2-3 ). He also commands, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate” ( II Corinthians 6:17 ).

Foolishness is sin. Christians must not engage in it. They must separate themselves from the pagan customs, practices and traditions of this world—including April Fools’ Day