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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 5.7.18 ♥

Tonight after watching Sammy Hagar‘s new tv show, I realized Sammy is a good man all around. His faith, his music and being a philanthropist. ( http://www.axs.tv/programs/sammy-hagar/ ) Here’s a lesson straight from the lips of the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar himself, don’t you wait for things to happen, you need to make them happen on your terms.

🎶 Don’t wanna wait til tomorrow,
Why put it off another day?
One more walk through problems,
Built up, and stand in our way ,ah
One step ahead, one step behind me
Now you gotta run to get even
Make future plans, don’t dream about yesterday, hey
C’mon turn, turn this thing around…..Right Now🎶

“Right Now” is about living in the moment. It’s about making something happen now. It’s not a song about waiting but of turning something around. It’s a motivation song. It’s an action song. It’s a doing song. It’s not a song about playing it safe, but a song of risking all to make it happen. As Believers we like nothing better than playing it safe. We are those who when we are confronted by the risks of life first gather as many facts as possible, view the options, and make choices so that we are in control and reasonably certain of the outcome. Abraham did not gather the facts, view the options, was not in control and could not forsee the outcome. He took a risk. At times we tend to label risks as “undesirable” because in the end we do not trust and we believe that it could end up causing loss and heartache and trouble for us and others, we fear unwanted results as much as we dread missing out on our dreams. That would be enough to have us stay at home. We are also afraid of looking foolish or incompetent, incurring financial difficulty, or facing physical danger. From a human viewpoint, eliminating uncertainty makes a lot of sense. At times this attitude is not the perspective YeHoVaH has for you. Our Father’s perspective is that there are times for the followers of Yeshua to take risks! To launch out and be the change. There are times that we are encouraged to say yes despite what we can see in front of us. When He is the one asking us to step out of our comfort zone we can consider ourselves safe in His hands and safe under His direction. ( http://biblehub.com/kj2000/hebrews/11.htm ) Just Like Abraham in the passage. From YeHoVaH’s viewpoint, there is no uncertainty, because He has control over all things and He will never fail to accomplish His good purposes. ( Eph. 1:11 http://biblehub.com/kj2000/ephesians/1.htm ) Facebook friends, spiritual growth is stunted when we refuse to obey Him. Sometimes that involves leaving what is safe or familiar and like Abraham taking a journey into the unknown and doing it now. Abraham did not wait he made it happen, he caught that magic moment and did it “RIGHT NOW”. Amen? https://youtu.be/rMV-fenGP1g

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To Those Left Behind: Where Did They All Go?


If you’re a Christian concerned about family or loved ones not being Raptured at Jesus imminent return, this letter may help.


If you’re wondering why millions of people have come up missing all at once around the world, this message is for you. They have not been abducted by Aliens or anything else. What’s actually happened is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has Raptured His Bride…or the Christians that were ready. The letter below will explain everything. God bless.



Dear Loved Ones,
The reason that I (Mandy) write this letter to you is because I care for you and because I want you to know what will happen or has already happened. This letter shall be read by 2 groups of people:
those who read it before the rapture and those who read it after the rapture. The focus will be on those who read this letter after the rapture. For anyone reading this material before the rapture, I highly recommend that you ponder the negative consequences of being left behind and seriously consider committing your life to Yahushua (Original Hebrew Name for Jesus) if you have not done so already.
To all the ones who have known me, I want to say that I have prayed seriously for your salvation and I shall do this till the day of the rapture. I have tried to tell you the gospel. Heaven is a paradise, full with pure nature, animals, beautiful mansions and if you spend your eternity there, it will be pure joy, no more sickness and death.
The Bible tells that God has prepared a house for us and everything will be like we like it. He knows the desires of our heart. Hell on the contrary, is as real, but as delightful as heaven is, the more awful is hell.
Isolation, darkness, a huge stink, and people will be tortured continually by demons. Here also there is no death, so this is suffering for eternity and you never ever come out of it.
The choice is yours where you will spend your eternity. In this letter you can read how you can make a choice for Yahushua (Jesus Christ) and therefore also for heaven. PLEASE do it now, if you die, it will be too late and you never know when your last moment is there. People are dying continually on this earth.
PLEASE don’t wait any second longer, life on earth here is nothing, eternity is what matters. Your body dies here on this earth, but your soul lives for eternity. The choice is yours: where?
You can also look at the following websites if they are still available:
http://www.thelordshour.com

http://www.choothomas.org/

http://www.rapturewatcher.org/

http://www.rapture‐soon.net/index.html

http://www.spiritlessons.com/

http://end‐times‐prophecy.com/blog/

What has happened?
Right now, I’m sure there’s a tremendous battle going on, with people offering various points of view and trying to explain why much of the population has suddenly disappeared into thin air.
It’s likely that the media is steeming with possible explanations for the disappearances. I will boldly say that the cause of this event was supernatural. The mass disappearance of all these people was the result of the Lord Yahushua removing from the earth all believers who were spiritually ready. This catching‐up of the Christians into heaven is referred to as the rapture of the church.
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive (and) remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessal. 4:16‐18 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:51‐53

Why didn’t He take me?
If you are reading this after the rapture, you need to realize that you have been left behind. It means that you were not ready for heaven. At this time, you may be feeling rejected by God. You might be saying to yourself: ‘Why didn’t He take me?’ or ‘I don’t understand. I’ve led a good life?’ ‘I was a good person, wasn’t I?’ The problem isn’t that God rejected you, the problem is that you rejected Him. By not committing your life to Yahushua and by declining to follow Him, you have left Him no choice but to leave you behind.
People always want to blame God for their bad choices. If you are left behind, it’s your fault, not God’s. God has been telling everyone this day was coming. You just chose not to listen. Look around, the message has been everywhere. (Bible, movies, internet, dreams and visions about the rapture that God gave to many people and even young children). You couldn’t miss it if you tried. God is merciful and gracious.
He did not try to take anyone by surprise. He gave everyone a warning and a chance to repent. “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21
“For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother.” Matthew 12:50 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
Is there still hope for me?
Depending on when you read this article, you may have heard people say, ‘Because we’ve missed the rapture, we are lost forever.’ That assumption is totally wrong! The only way you can find yourself eternally lost is by receiving the Mark of the Beast on your right hand or forehead. Barring that, as long as you have breath in your lungs, you can gain salvation by trusting in Yahushua as your Savior.
“Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out!” John 6:37 “Come unto Me, all (ye) that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, (even) to them that believe on His name.” John 1:12 According to the book Revelation, a huge number of people will be saved during the tribulation.
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.” Revelation 7:9
“And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:14
Now the 7 years of tribulation has started. You’ll probably want to try to hide away and not come out till the seven years of tribulation is over. There will be nuclear wars, earthquakes, storms, and total devastation.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places.“ Matthew 24:7
For more info about the tribulation, see Revelation chapters 6,8,9,16.
Why do I need Yahushua (Jesus) to be my Savior?
To be allowed to pass through Heaven’s gate, you need to have all of your sins removed. The only industrial strength cleanser strong enough to thoroughly remove sin stains is the blood of Yahushua.
First, admit your sinful state. Next, ask Yahushua to forgive you of your wrong doings. Finally, make Yahushua Lord of your life by surrendering your will to Him. Ask Yahushua to come into your heart and to forgive your sins (at the end of this article I will add a salvation prayer which you can pray loudly with an honest heart towards God).
By dying on the cross, Yahushua made it possible for each of us to be granted a full pardon from the punishment of eternal damnation. The reason so few people accept this pardon is that they don’t think they need a Savior or they want to find their own way of salvation. When God looked at your soul He saw a sinner. God judges your heart, your thoughts, your attitude and intentions. God looks at the part of you that is not seen with the naked eye. When you are saved and forgiven of your sins, God looks upon you and sees the blood of Yahushua making you pure and clean.
Only the blood of Yahushua can take away your sins. Without the blood of Yahushua cleansing you of your sins you are not worthy to stand in the presence of Almighty God and enter into heaven. Once Yahushua covers you in His blood, God accepts you as one of His children. God took all His children straight to heaven when we were raptured. If you didn’t accept Yahushua as your Lord and Savior, that is why you are still here. Yahushua is the only way.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:24‐26 “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9‐10 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Changing your direction
After making Yahushua the Lord of your life, you need to change the direction of your life. Once you realize you have been heading in the wrong direction, the only option that makes sense is to turn right around and start heading in the right direction.
You cannot just say a few words and then continue on your merry way. You need to make a full commitment to Yahushua by reading His words and following His examples of holy living. Try to have a bible. Ask Him to help and lead you.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13‐14
There will be strong delusion
I imagine that on the Sunday immediately following the rapture, every church on earth will be filled to overflowing. Suddenly, all those left behind will discover a need to renew their faith.
Yahushua foretold that the false prophets would arise using ‘great signs and wonders’ to trick people into believing satanic lies.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if (it were) possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24
During the next years, a world leader – whom the bible calls the antichrist – will arise. At first, he will seem like the most benevolent leader who has ever held office. However, by the end of the tribulation, his real nature will show up. The lies of the antichrist and false prophets and media will be so pervasive; your only source for the truth must now exclusively come from the bible. (Keep an eye out for Pope Francis & Obama, those 2 in mind)
“And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one that maketh desolate; and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out upon the desolate.” Daniël 9:27
Enduring to the end
Now comes the unpleasant news. Most of you will likely have to choose martyrdom if you wish to maintain your commitment to Yahushua. There will be no middle ground. During the tribulation hour, you will have to choose between two masters – the antichrist or Jesus.
Your decision to follow Jesus will not be a popular one. The majority of the world’s population will soon be falling captive to the antichrist’s hypnotic words. Because true believers will refuse to join the chorus of praise, the antichrist will demand that all nonconforming Christians be put to death.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any many have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
Revelation 13:7‐10
“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” Revelation 6:9‐11
At first, it may seem rather easy to secretly be a follower of Yahushua. Unfortunately, very soon the antichrist will be requiring everyone to receive a mark in his or her right hand or forehead. This electronic implant will be the means by which everyone will buy and sell goods and services. If you do not have this implant, it will become quite obvious.
“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.” Revelation 13:17
Because the bible says that everyone who receives this implant (Mark of the beast) will be eternally lost, I’m going to strongly advise you to decline the offer when the government informs you that it has your implant ready for insertion. If you do receive this number anyway, you will doom your soul to hell forever. If you don’t receive it, you shall be killed and beheaded, but you will come straight into heaven.
“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:11
“Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six.” Revelation 13:18
In the coming persecution, you will probably face some of the greatest trials that Christians have ever had to endure. How long will you have to endure? From the time the antichrist declares himself to be God, there will be only 1.260 days (or 3,5 years) until Yahushua returns to earth.
As time passes and the suffering caused by the tribulation grows more severe, your desire to see Yahushua should grow all the stronger. Most of the saints (Christians) will not live long enough to see the conclusion of the tribulation. If you are facing a situation that requires you to lay down your life, I promise you that the brief moment of pain will be nothing compared to the pleasures of an eternity in God’s glory. It doesn’t matter whether your body dies or not. Just continue to praise and thank God for saving your soul and giving you eternal life in heaven. Heaven is where your real life is any way. You will spend eternity in heaven.
“And ye shall be hated of all (men) for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22
You’re not going to be able to go out shopping casually like you are now. You’ll probably have to live quite primitively if you do not have the mark of the beast. No electric or water or a lot of luxuries you are accustomed to. Gather all the food, water, medicine, antibiotic, tools, artificial light (candles), clothes, shoes, blankets and a bible and hide yourself. If you remain out in society and not except the mark of the beast, you will be killed, beheaded. If you hide away, there’s still a change you will be killed by people, natural disasters or a deadly plague. Make sure that insects, like mosquito’s and wild animals cannot reach you. You will have to have an awful lot of food and water stored that will last without going bad, like dry beans and rice.
You’ll also need supplies to have a fire for cooking and for warmth during the winter. You’ll need supplies to keep your hideout area clean and sanitized so bacteria won’t kill you. Take a lot of camping supplies.
Keep a calendar. Don’t come out of hiding for any reason. It might be best not to listen to a radio or any kind of news from the world, because it will be easy to be deceived by all the lies that will be told. Satan is a master deceiver and liar. You know the day when we were all raptured. Don’t come out till it’s all over. The bible says that many will come and say they are Jesus. Yahushua will not come back to this earth until the end of the 7 year tribulation period at the battle of Armageddon. The antichrist and the false prophet will be here deceiving people and killing those who refuse to worship them. Do not believe their lies.
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29‐31
Don’t give up hope. Don’t communicate with anyone. DON’T ACCEPT THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST! Hide, pray and wait till Yahushua comes back.
I know all this sounds extreme. The tribulation is going to be extreme.
PRAYER FOR SALVATION if left behind:

‘Dear Lord Yahushua, I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You came to earth 2,000 years ago. I believe You died for me on the cross and shed Your blood for my salvation. I believe You rose from the dead and ascended on high. I believe You are coming back again to earth. Dear Yahushua, I am a sinner. Forgive my sin. Cleanse me now with Your precious blood. Come into my heart. Save my soul right now. I give you my life. I receive You now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Master. I am Yours forever, and I will serve You and follow You the rest of my days. From this moment on, I belong to You only. I no longer belong to this world, nor to the enemy of my soul. I belong to You, and I am born again. Please Lord baptize me with your Holy Spirit, In Yahushua’s Name, Amen!’
“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall dwell with them, and they shall be His peoples, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God: and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away.” Revelation 21:2‐4
I love you. Don’t forget what you’ve learned.


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It’s Time to Tell Someone

T. Suzanne Eller By SUZIE ELLER

“I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NLT)

They showed up at my door when I was 14.

Because they went to my school, my mom let them in. They stumbled into my room, standing awkwardly with their youth pastor behind them. One invited me to come to church. Another teen shuffled from foot to foot and asked if she could tell me about Jesus.

I didn’t want to hear it. I was angry at God, if there even was one.

I didn’t grow up in church, so I didn’t know a lot about the Bible. All I knew is that life was hard, and I didn’t want anyone to fix me.

Thank you very much, now here’s the door.

I can only imagine the scene afterwards. A bunch of teenagers clustered on the sidewalk outside our home on Latimer Street, wondering what in the world just happened.

I’m sorry. I really am.

Wherever you are, I want to thank you for trying. I don’t know why you picked me, but I love the fact that you wanted to tell me about Jesus.

That day you didn’t find fertile soil, but a small seed was planted. Jesus eventually rooted His love in my heart and changed not only me, but also generations after me. I wish you knew that the angry girl in the bedroom became a woman of faith who loves nothing more than telling others about Jesus.

In today’s passage, Paul and Apollos had faithfully planted seeds of teaching in a new church body. We see the newness of the church as members debate about who is the most important, Paul or Apollos.

Paul diverted the attention away from himself to remind them of a simple truth: Telling others about Jesus is not about one person or another. It’s not about recognition. It’s not even about success or failure.

It’s about faithfully planting seeds, watering them and allowing God to grow them.

If someone were to look at those teens standing in my room, they might think that their words had little effect. One day in Heaven I plan to thank them. For every person, including them, who bravely shared the truth with me planted a seed of faith in my heart.

Like Apollos and Paul, one planted. Another watered.

And then, at just the right time, a seed sprouted and broke the crusty soil of my angry heart.

Why am I telling you this?

Maybe you’ve sensed for a long time that you’re to talk to someone about Jesus. You’ve hesitated because you don’t know how or you don’t want to fail. Perhaps you even experienced someone like I once was, and it made you think twice about trying again.

But I want you to know something.

When you move beyond your fears to tell someone that Jesus loves them, it may be exactly what they need to hear that day even if they don’t know it yet.

I want a front seat one day in Heaven when those teens discover that their bravery wasn’t in vain. I want to hug their necks and thank them. In fact, there will be a lot of seed sowers I want to thank, because all of them together made a difference.

They sowed. Some watered. God grew me.

If God is leading you to tell someone about Jesus, don’t miss that moment. There might be someone in your path — a woman, a girl, a friend, a loved one — who doesn’t know Jesus loves them and His love changes you forever.

Lord, thank You for allowing me to plant a seed, or water a seed or perhaps to even watch a seed come to fruition in the life of another. Lead me. Guide me. Show me what to say and when to say it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
John 17:20, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.” (NLT)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Is God calling you to plant seeds of faith with your words? Join us this summer when Proverbs 31 Ministries hosts She Speaks, our annual conference for writers and speakers, July 23-25, 2015 in Charlotte, N.C. It’s a unique combination of spiritual inspiration and practical application, and we’ll save a seat for you!

What if the next big step God wants you to take is actually small? Wherever God has called you, you can take the first step. Registration for the P31 Online Bible Study of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa TerKeurst is open, and the study kicks off next Monday, April 13.

Join Suzie Eller on her blog today to share your story and for a giveaway.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Sharing about Jesus doesn’t have to be formal or scripted. Just share your story.

Consider the following as conversation starters:

  • Tell about the day you became a believer.
  • Tell how that changed you.
  • Share ways you have found strength or joy in your relationship with Christ (perhaps even in a similar struggle).
© 2015 by Suzie Eller. All rights reserved.


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The Pillar and Ground of the Truth

“These things write I unto thee, hoping to come into thee shortly: But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” (1 Timothy 3:14-15)

The church has been ordained by God to be the primary instrument through which His work on Earth is to be accomplished. Here Paul uses three phrases to describe three aspects of the church:

The house of God: The Christian family with husband, wife, and children performing their God-given roles, provides a beautiful picture of the relationship of the church (the “bride” of Christ) to the Lord. The household of God consists of a family of believers where love controls and where He is honored. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

The church of the living God: The ekklesia, or “called-out ones,” serve the living God. “The blood of Christ [shall] . . . purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14).

The pillar and ground of the truth: A facade pillar of a building is not used for support, but rather for display by elevating or calling attention to something else. The ground provides the support. The church should function to support and display the whole truth in such a way that all men can see and believe it.

It should be a family of believers exhibiting brotherly love, individually and corporately serving the living God out of a pure conscience, defending the truth, and displaying it to the lost. May each of us as church members enjoy and support such a church. JDM

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“The Crucial Point”

The Crucial Point

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

Whenever people speak of “the crucial point of the issue” or “the crux of the matter,” they are inadvertently acknowledging the centrality of the cross of Christ, for these words are derived from the Latin crux, meaning “a cross.”

The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ is right at the very heart of Christianity and also at the very heart of the opposition to Christianity. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

It was at the cross, and on the cross, that Christ defeated Satan. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:14-15).

And it is at the cross that we also must be crucified, spiritually, if Satan is to be defeated in our own lives. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24). “Our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6).

Crucifixion, of course, is exceedingly painful, and therefore there is a very real “offense of the cross” (Galatians 5:11). Many Christians resist the demands on the life and the mind and the body that are entailed in such total identification with Christ. They would rather glory in earthly things. But how much better it is to glory, as Paul did, only in the cross, crucified unto the world. HMM

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I Want a Do-Over

Wendy BlightBy WENDY BLIGHT

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2a (NLT)

Before blogs, Facebook and Pinterest, we actually used cookbooks. Old-fashioned cookbooks, with pages that you turn, not swipe on an electronic device. I opened one of those folded-down, tattered pages and found an old favorite. I labored throughout the day, creating a magnificent meal featuring one of my grandmother’s treasured recipes as the centerpiece.

I couldn’t wait for my family to gather around the table that night. My husband usually arrived home at or before 6:30 p.m., so that was our appointed time to eat. The kids and I sat down for dinner at 6:30 … but no husband.

6:40, still no husband.

6:50 … no husband and no call. Where was he? How thoughtless. Not even a call.

At 6:55, when the phone finally rang 25 minutes later, I was fuming! So what did I do? I ignored it, and told the kids to eat.

When my husband finally walked in at 7:05, I narrowed my eyes and gave him the silent treatment. Not just for that moment, but for the rest of the evening. I was furious. How could he be so rude? I worked on this meal all day. How hard is it to call?

That night, I allowed my emotions to override any and all rational thoughts. I was frustrated, and just plain mean.

I look back now and think how differently this night would have ended had I prepared my heart for the disappointment, anger and hurt feelings. But I hadn’t. I had nothing but my emotions from which to pull … and they ran wild.

But what if I had more than just my fickle feelings? What if I had God’s Word stored in my heart to renew my mind, to speak truth over my emotions, to rein in my tongue, to soften my eyes? What if I acted in accordance with our key verse so that I thought differently and responded differently? “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Romans 12:2a).

What if I got a “do over”?

Let’s replay the night, but with a different scenario. In this one, I have readied and renewed my mind with God’s Word.

Well, 6:30 arrives, but Monty doesn’t. The thoughts creep in: Where is he? Why hasn’t he called? He knows we eat at 6:30 every night. He always calls when he is going to be late.

As the minutes tick away, my anger escalates. But suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I see pink sticky notes over the kitchen sink. Three Scriptures that I had not only memorized but also personalized. I walk over and drink in the words:

Wendy, a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)

Wendy, a fool gives full vent to her anger, but a wise woman keeps herself under control. (Proverbs 29:11)

Wendy, be kind and compassionate to your family, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.(Ephesians 4:32)

In this scenario, I was open to God as He interrupted my angry thoughts and replaced them with fresh thoughts … with His powerful, life-giving, life-transforming, mind-renewing words. Words that are a gift from the One who only wants the very best for me, my marriage and my family. When I read them, God reminds me of who He is and who He wants me to be. The Holy Spirit softens my heart.

So this time, when the phone rings at 6:50, I answer it. I hear my husband’s sincere apology and accept it. He walks in the door at 7:05, after a long day’s work, forgiven and ready to enjoy a wonderful meal with his family … experiencing grace, love, forgiveness and joy.

Which is the better scenario?

Heavenly Father, fill me with the riches of Your Word. Give me a heart that loves and seeks after Your Truth. Guard my heart. Interrupt my thoughts. Renew my mind so that I can live ruled by Your love and Your Word, not by my emotions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Proverbs 29:11, “Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.” (NLT)

RELATED RESOURCES:
To gain wisdom on how to make more faith-filled choices, check out Wendy Blight’s latest book, Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life.

Stop by Wendy’s blog for more guidance on how to personalize and pray God’s Word. She is also offering a FREE devotional, “Five Days to a Faith-Full Life.”

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Pray and ask God to reveal an area where you might need a “do-over.”

Then open God’s Word and find one or two verses that address the area you chose. Personalize the verses, and ask God to renew your mind. Invite Him to give you the strength and the power to accomplish a “do-over” in that area.

© 2015 by Wendy Blight. All rights reserved.

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The Son will Shine

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

1 Peter 4:13

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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)

Lysa TerKeurst

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.

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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.