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What Are You Doing With What God Gave You?

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Be encouraged today in Jesus Name ❤️

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The Blind Man

This poem was written by a dear Brother in Christ concerning his awakening in God.


THE BLIND MAN, by Joseph Arthurs

My eyes have been shielded
Too many years by now
My heart of rock not yielded
Remaining made of stone.
Why have I ignored this
Letting life pass wearily along
Did I not see the answer
Shining clearly all day long
My arrogance and pride misled me
Telling me I was doing fine
I just decided to let things be
Submitting my heart each time
Til the day He nudged me
Riding on my high horse
My eyes blinked open slowly
As I saw I was at a loss
Now let me say to you clearly
I hope those days are past
It was His grace shocked me
To learn,to pray..but fast
May God now maintain me
Keeping me on His path
With Jesus’ love redeeming
The Spirit too has my back.

©Joseph M. Arthurs, 2015
“I felt compelled to write this today and I have chosen this community to have the option of reading my mini testimony. I thirst for more knowledge and counsel. Ty, Be Blessed sisters and brothers in Jesus.”

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This is Really Happening

So…today I heard somebody speaking in excitement, saying “RFID!!!” on the television in my mom’s living room. I had to look back and make sure it was real. This was the FIRST time I’d ever heard that on regular television. It was an ad for a magnetic wallet.

I am very much in the know with world news and what’s up…but I guess I was absent that day concerning RFID blocking wallets.

For example, check out this one on Amazon.com

Ohuhu® Aluminum Wallet Credit Card Holder With RFID Protection, Pink

One of its key benefits:

  • Blocks RFID scanning of your cards by thieves, and excellent protection of data chips in the cards from electro-magnetic radiation

Product Description:

 No more bent business cards, or bent and damaged credit cards, as long as you own this Ohuhu? aluminum wallet. This Ohuhu? aluminum wallet is able to effectively block RFID scanning of your cards by thieves, meanwhile protect data chips in the cards from electro-magnetic radiation. It is easy to use and a good assistant to organizing all your cards together in one place. It creates a solid impression on your business colleagues.

This wallet is barely over the price of a fast food Value Meal.


I have seen that there are human beings that have already had an RFID chip implanted in their bodies (hands) to make life easier and what not…


According to idstronghold.com

“Radio Frequency Identification, is the technology that lets you simply wave your credit, debit, transit, identification card, passport or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic stripe through it. It’s a fairly simple concept. The electronic scanner sends a signal that an antenna in the card receives and uses to activate the RFID chip. Unfortunately, criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own RFID readers with a few simple supplies. These devices can steal your private financial information quickly and silently—all the perpetrator needs to do is come near your wallet with the hidden card reader. And the worst part is the cards don’t have an off switch.”

There’s a security risk with these cards…so maybe the actual implanting of the chips will soon be pushed on the public for true security or whatever?

Growing up in the nineties I recall rumors of some chip being implanted in the human body as the future Mark of The Beast (as referred to in Revelation in the Holy Bible).

Revelation Chapter 13

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six.

I’m just amazed! I see Bible Prophecy jumping right off the pages! Most of the world is spiritually asleep or unaware of what’s taking place right now and what’s coming. The story of Man and God’s Creation on earth is coming to a close.

Do you know Jesus?

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Child of God, Beautiful Daughter You Are!

Things that sparkle don’t shine like you when you smile…naturally. There’s no sweeter music than that of your unique laugh, so don’t stop. God planted you right where you are with a mission in mind, a life to lead…only your shoes can fill!

There’s nothing prettier than being the special “you” our Father in Heaven created! You can cover up too much skin, but, daughter of God, don’t cover up who you are. Don’t forget. He loves you. He wants to hear from you too! Miss, you’re walking this earth with Royal Blood flowing in your veins. You are cherished. Held dearly.

Don’t forget.

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Where’s God When I’m Afraid?

Susie Davis By Susie Davis

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.” Psalm 22:1-3 (NIV)

Susie DavisI lay flat on the floor, pounding my fists in desperation.

Lost in grief so deep, I didn’t even think about the fact I might wake my babies, ages 4 and 9 months, napping in the rooms right next door. I wanted to snap myself out of it and return to folding laundry and picking up scattered toys. Instead, I lay pressed to the floor, drowning in a sea of horrible memories.

I flashed back to a boy, a gun and my teacher dying on the classroom floor. Mental images of the horror of what had happened a decade ago invaded my life as a young wife and mother, instantly engulfing me in post-traumatic stress.

Although I loved God, I’d stopped trusting Him long before this moment. The fear landscape of my life seemed preferable to trusting a God who could allow such a terrible thing to happen. Yet all the years I spent trying to pack down the fears of what I had witnessed as a child came flooding to the surface. With it came the exhaustion I felt from working hard to make my world, and my children’s world, safe.

The endless hours I expended trying to manage, control and protect my little family finally fractured my body, soul and spirit. I was a broken woman, falling apart.

And then in the middle of my meltdown, a verse, really nothing more than a quiet whisper, came rushing in.

“Yet You are holy …”

For those of us who struggle with fear, there may be no more important word in the Bible than the word yet.

Yet tells us the story hasn’t fully been told.

Yet tells us a page is about to be turned.

Yet tells us God has a different perspective.

In our key verse, we see how David felt like God was distant and unfeeling, like He was not listening. And David, like you and me, struggled greatly with fear. But despite all this, David followed his feelings with a powerful yet. And it’s a big one. “Yet you … are Holy.”

Here’s the thing: God never uses fear as a tactic to make us holy. His ways are higher than stooping to that level. If that’s true, there’s no need to panic. No worrying that God has lost control of things. No anxiety over things unknown. Just the calm, confident confession that God is still holy.

And in that holiness, God manages the details of the whole universe … including you, me and the people we love.

God isn’t just the God of the calm and peaceful. He isn’t just God in the happy and safe. He’s God in the chaos. He’s God in the courtroom, the emergency room, the waiting room and the viewing room.

He is always holy. Even now.

Trouble may abound but God is holy still. His sovereignty takes the pressure off of us to control our sometimes scary circumstances and hold tightly to the things we think will bring us comfort. Because God shows up, we can live our lives unafraid.

When the pressure overwhelms, when we’re broken on the floor or feel like we just can’t handle what the world may hand us … may we find God holy after all.

God, I am frightened of far too many things. Things that overwhelm me and cause me to believe You’re really not in control. And You know how I often try to become the savior of my little world, hyper-managing my children and the people I love, because I’m terrified You won’t show up. Regardless of how dark my circumstances feel or how terrifying my personal problems, You are holy. Thank You for being holy — and for being in total control. Let me rest in the peace of that knowledge. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Luke 12:31-32, “Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.” (MSG)

RELATED RESOURCES:
If you struggle with fear and anxiety, check out Susie Davis’ new book, Unafraid: Trusting God in an Unsafe World.

You can also visit Susie’s blog, where she regularly writes about the creative ways God rescued her from being a fearful wife and mother.

Enter to WIN a copy of Unafraid by Susie Davis. In celebration of this book, Susie’s publisher is giving away 5 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 5 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, June 1.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What are three areas of your life that currently overwhelm you? Write out a prayer in blue or black pen, starting with an honest confession of your circumstances.

Then, finish by choosing a bright colored pen and underneath; write a Scriptural promise from God’s Word reminding you He is in control. Whenever you feel frantic and anxious during the day, look back at your prayer and remind yourself that God is holy still.

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Do You Believe?

By Olabisi Obideyi

Whether or not a person acknowledges the truth as a fact or considers it as a fictional fib, the truth will always remain the truth. Therefore, the truth can never become a lie irrespective of people’s disbelieve, opinions or amount of antagonistic information or materials presented as evidence against the truth by none other but the actual disbelievers of truth. The fact remains, that whether a person believes it or not, there are invisible spiritual forces behind the scenes of the seen world that are working overtime to deny mankind the benefit of the truth. Every human being in the natural world is a spirit being. As spirit beings that are living in the world as human beings, the reality of the status of our existence is actually a spiritual matter and not physical. At the very heart of our human existence is our beliefs. Our beliefs dictates our ways, reasonings, actions, behaviour, character, and, what we consider as wrong and right. Belief is at the heart of practice of human cultures, traditions and religious practices. People are in fact generally passionate about their beliefs because belief is actually seen as the very source of our identity. Therefore, when a person feels attacked on his or her beliefs, that attack is more or less equivalent to an attack on his or her identity. And if indeed as human beings our number one priority is to protect what we see as our identity, it is obvious to see why people are generally so passionate about their beliefs and often prepared to do just about anything to preserve it and, also to make the belief a popular one in the world by grafting other people into.

Strictly speaking, no one in his or her own right mind would rather have a lie as his or her truth. If belief is at the very heart of who we identify ourselves to be and also how we relate to others in the human society, then each person in his or her own mindset of belief must clearly believe that his or her beliefs are indeed the only truth. The fact however is, that if every belief is an absolute truth then it clearly means there is no absolute truth. Truth in this regard will be more or less subjective and not objective. One person’s truth will of course be another person’s lie and if everyone is right in his or her belief of truth then it means none is wrong and all is right. The fact of the matter is this cannot be right! And if the truth cannot simply be, that everything believed in as truthful by man is in fact truthful, then the question remains what is truth and how can we find the truth in a world whereby every belief is arguably presented as the absolute truth?

Interestingly enough, the exact same question Pilate asked Christ during the trial of Christ is: What is truth? Christ of course had already previously answered this exact question as follows:

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6)

Christ clearly as emphatically stated in His answer in the above Scripture, by no means suggest, that the truth is separate from Him or that it is anyone or anything else but that He is in fact the truth! Therefore, if we were as believers of Christ to only preach just this one verse of the Bible, what we will in effect be saying to the world is that all other beliefs, ideas, doctrines, etc, that are suggested to be the truth are actually false and not the truth at all! And in a world whereby everyone would very much like to believe that his or her truth is the absolute truth, it is clearly obvious to see why a believer of Christ in this respect will be passionately hated and deeply persecuted.

The question however is, are the genuine believers of Christ after setting up a monopoly belief ideology in the world that is meant to wipe out other beliefs of truth, therefore rightly hated and persecuted? Or, are they wrongly persecuted and hated for spreading the message that Christ is indeed the only truth in a world whereby several lies are in fact masqueraded as truth by the hidden evil forces, and passionately believed to be so by many to the detriment of their own souls? If Christ is indeed the truth and, the one thing people who consider themselves to be right minded people are after is indeed the truth, why then are people so anti any message of Christ as being the only truth? The fact of the matter is, if we go by our human emotions and rely on our carnal mind of reasoning it will be impossible to end up with the right answer to these thought provoking questions. Our only means of ending up with the correct answer is not by information only but, when information becomes translated into revelations.

Revelations does not come by the processing of information with our ordinary minds. It only comes by the revealing of the hidden mysteries of this world to us by the one who knows all and sees all, which is believe it or not God. As human beings, we are indeed on a discovery journey and the greatest discovery a man can ever make is not scientific but supernatural. Supernatural life is reality realm and the natural is in fact controlled by the supernatural. The ruling Head of the supernatural, which the natural is subject to is God. Therefore, our only means of finding the final answers to the mind boggling questions we endlessly ask in the natural world can only be if we enter into the supernatural presence of God, through the only accessible door into His presence. The supernatural is inarticulable by the natural mindset of reasoning. Indeed man’s number one hindrance to understanding the supernatural is actually to do with his natural beliefs. Therefore, in order for a person to understand why Jesus is indeed the only truth, and as the only truth the only door of entering God’s supernatural presence, he or she must first and foremost do away with his or her natural mindset of thinking and reasoning (John 10:1-18).

It is of course easier said than done for any human being to simply do away with his or her natural human beliefs. And the main reason for this is simply because beliefs are not just something that takes its root and foundation in the natural, but a conviction stemming from the spiritual supernatural world, and embedded deep in the soul of the spirit man as being the truth even though it might be for all intent and purposes a spiritual lie. The fact that belief is actually a soul conviction and not just a natural ideology means that, a belief rooted and sourced from the evil foundations of the evil forces fallen angels can only work to keep the spirit man firmly in bondage of sin, and in sin death, which is the consequence for sins. The only belief that can work to liberate a spirit man from sin, and spiritual death as consequences of sin, is the belief that is of the truth. And it is for this exact reason that the invisible hidden forces of the spiritual world whose main objectives are to keep man’s soul bound in death, always present their lies to human beings in the world not as outright spiritual lies but, as a lie that is masqueraded as absolute truth.

To be convicted in lies and believe those lies are in fact absolute truth is to have a spiritual identity that is rooted in lies. A person whose spiritual identity is rooted in spiritual lies will only identify his or herself with lies and as such, he or she will be passionately angered by the spiritual truth, that goes to highlight that the spiritual foundation is of a rotten one of lies. In addition, he or she will not only passionately despise spiritual truth but, will see it as his or her primary human life mission to antagonise the truth by any means that is humanly possible in order to protect and preserve his or her spiritual identity, which unknowingly are rooted in nothing but lies. The truth, which is the only means by which the spirit man can be delivered from the foundation of lies into reality of truth, is entirely a matter of spiritual determination and not just a physical outlook matter. Jesus of course in regards to the question of what is truth, not only claim to be the truth but also emphatically stated that He is the Resurrection and the life itself (John 11:25-26). No other before Christ came to this world and, since His death and resurrection has claimed to be the resurrection and the life itself. And, even if there were to ever come another making such claim, those who are supernaturally awake in the true Christ will know for certain that the claimant can only be nothing but an imposter antichrist spirit.

The conviction that we have as believers in Christ, that we will in fact have eternal life through Christ is a supernatural conviction that is understandably inarticulable by anyone operating in the natural mindset of reasoning. But, for any believer that is fully covered by the blood of Jesus, and through Christ reconciled with the supernatural Holy Spirit of God, our conviction of eternal life through Christ is not a hoax idea but a living hope truth, guaranteed in our soul mind as an unfailing promise, which is assured to come to pass as it is already sealed by the covenant eternal life promise blood of Christ. However, for an unbeliever that is in a state of spiritual unconsciousness in the supernatural, and operating only in the carnal mind of the flesh all these things will of course be considered as nothing more than an unbelievable mysterious hoax concept!

The supernatural is indeed a hidden mystery for the mortal man and believe it or not unlocking this hidden mystery is only by having the right belief. The right belief according to Christ, is to believe that He is the only truth, and as the only truth, man’s only way of having eternal life. The issue for consideration therefore for every human being is simply one of belief. The question remains, do you believe He is who He says He is, and if NO, can your disbelieve by any chance change who He says HE IS? The simple answer of course is that, if Christ is the only truth, then your disbelieving Him as truth does not render Him a lie. Instead, the eventual discovery of Him as the only truth will in effect reveal to you that what you believed to be the truth outside of Him all along is in fact the lie.

Do I believe Christ is the only way of having eternal life? You’ve guessed right: Yes! I believe without a shred of doubt that He is who He says He is. Why? My supernatural answer is, that I know I am alive as a spirit being and assured of eternal life through Christ as life itself in me not just because the Bible says so, but because my soul man testifies and bear record daily of His indwelling presence as life itself in me (Galatians 2:20-21).

The fact of the matter is that, Christ did not come to this earth simply to teach us some doctrines that we can practice or observe as means of earning some good deeds browning points from God. In essence, He came from heaven to earth to reveal to us that He is in fact as the Resurrection and life itself the only door to God’s eternal life presence. And His question for you today in order for you to enter into Him as the only door to everlasting life, that can bring your spirit man to awakening, and in awakening access to the perfect revelation that you need in order to begin articulating God’s kingdom innermost sanctuary supernatural world of heavenly mysteries is: Do you believe He is who He says He is?

Your answer believe it or not is what makes a difference between your spirit man having eternal life and eternal death. Eternal death of the souls is not a scary monger ideology but indeed a supernatural fact of life if indeed Christ is the truth, the resurrection, and the life itself that He says He is and you disbelieve who He says HE IS, when as the truth itself, His words are actually entirely truthful!

John 11:25-27

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

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Hope for When You Feel Squeezed and Broken

Ruth SoukupBy Michelle McKinney Hammond

“But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” Genesis 39:20b-21 (NIV)

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When I was a little girl growing up in Barbados with my grandmother, I loved to watch her make sausage.

First, she would take big chunks of meat and slowly squeeze them into a machine known as a sausage stuffer. Before long, the meat would break down and come out the other side all gushy and floppy.

I used to feel so sorry for that meat.

Next my grandmother would add zesty spices and meticulously squish the meat into encasements. And you know what happened? Some of the best sausage you can imagine was formed. It had a wonderful flavor and a long shelf life.

As you can see, sausage making is quite the process! But the process had a purpose.

Have you ever felt like that sausage? I have.

The process of being squeezed and uncomfortable can break us down, making us feel helpless, alone and sometimes even good for nothing.

We can question, God, where are You? Or, Let’s hurry this discomfort along, OK? (I’m famous for that!) Or even wonder, God, I thought You loved me. What did I do wrong?

Let me remind you of something, friend. Being squeezed by outside pressure doesn’t indicate God’s rejection, abandonment or that He made a mistake. Sometimes in His great sovereignty and love, God allows for our character to be refined. God reminded me of this recently when I was studying the life of Joseph.

You may remember Joseph and his coat of many colors. As a teenager, Joseph had big dreams; however, a series of unfortunate events seemed to circumvent those aspirations. He faced difficult and disappointing times — more than once — and was even sold into slavery by his very own brothers.

Can you imagine going from favored child to slave? I wouldn’t have had a very good attitude about that. “I’m supposed to mop this floor? Don’t you know I watched people mop the floor of my house?” Dear God, get me out of this mess!

But not Joseph.

Time and time again Joseph’s plans went differently than expected, yet he ultimately chose to follow God every step of the way. Regardless of outside pressures and demands — slavery, slander, abandonment or imprisonment — Joseph chose to be excellent. The Bible tells us he advanced because of his positive attitude, and he experienced God’s kindness and favor in the midst of struggles and disappointments.

In our key verse, Genesis 39:21 tells us, “The LORD was with him; He showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”

Let’s be honest. The refining process isn’t easy or comfortable. Prison was a dark place, a place where Joseph really didn’t want to be … a place where he saw no way out.

But throughout Joseph’s story, God reminds us, very diligently, that no matter how awful and appalling the circumstances, He was still with Joseph.

Want to hear some good news?

He’s still with us, too.

So, friend, if you feel like my grandmother’s sausage, squeezed and broken down, please remember, our God has great purpose in His refining process. He uses whatever He can to form the character He desires for us, His dearly loved kids.

In many ways God works like my grandmother — squeezing and squishing until there’s nowhere else to turn but up. And when God adds the fruit of the Spirit to our lives, then encases us in the shell of holiness, purity and sound character, we too will have a longer shelf life … a life that glorifies Him.

Dear Lord, sometimes my days are hard and I feel squeezed in every way. Thank You for the reminder that You will never leave my side, even when it’s uncomfortable. Please help me to experience Your kindness today in a fresh new way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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TRUTH FOR TODAY:
James 1:3-4, “You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” (MSG)

1 Peter 4:12-13, “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” (MSG)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Joseph: Waiting on God’s Timing, Living in God’s Plan by Michelle McKinney Hammond can help give you insight into the power of your choices as you wait on God while pursing your dreams. Watch the first session of Joseph free here.

Visit Michelle’s website for more encouragement.

Enter to WIN a copy of Joseph Study Guide with DVD: Waiting on God’s Timing, Living in God’s Plan by Michelle McKinney Hammond. In celebration of this Bible study, Michelle’s publisher is giving away 5 study guides with DVD! Enter to win by leaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 5 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, April 27.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What situations have proven to be uncomfortable for you? How have you responded?

In what ways can you see God at work in your life today?

© 2015 by Michelle McKinney Hammond. All rights reserved.

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For All The Fatherless looking for aproval. For all the daughters who’ve Never Heard they’re beautiful

God is hope. In Him is everything we need or will ever need. God is love. He fills the empty hole in our hearts that only He can fill. God is rest. In Him is the much needed assurance and all the strength we don’t have. Because of God, It’s okay. I’m okay. We’re okay.

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