Breaking the Power of Delay

Kynan Bridges says breakthrough is when God’s power, purpose and Presence move against delay!

Kynan Bridges says breakthrough is when God’s power, purpose and Presence meet discouragement and delay. Angels of breakthrough are waiting to make it happen!

Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. My guest says expect unusual miracles beginning this year. Like a raven with money in its mouth, dropping this money into your hands, this actually happened to a woman and she was continually struggling with finances and the supernatural raven money gift which was verified by her friends that were present, from that moment on she has never struggled financially. Are you ready for your unusual miracles? Next on It’s Supernatural!

Is there a supernatural dimension? A world beyond the one we know? Can we tap into ancient secrets of the supernatural? Can our dreams contain messages from heaven? Is God ready to bring a tsunami wave of healing on to planet earth today? Sid Roth has spent over 40 years researching the strange world of the supernatural. Join Sid for this edition of It’s Supernatural!

SID: You know, there’s a popular word and it’s almost … it kind of bounces off of you but it’s an important word. It’s called breakthrough. Tell me what breakthrough means based on the Bible, based on what God has shown you.

KYNAN: You know, breakthrough is a very powerful concept in the Bible. I believe that a breakthrough is when the power, purpose and presence of God bursts forth in someone’s life and transforms their lives forever.

SID: Well, you not only teach from the word of God, but from hands on experience.

KYNAN: Yes.

SID: You desperately needed a breakthrough when you were starting in ministry. How bad were things?

 KYNAN: Very bad. I even questioned whether or not I was supposed to pastor. Because you know, sea bites sometimes. I had a lot of sea bites and I was wounded and hurt and a lot of times, ministers don’t … they’re not honest with themselves when they’re burnt out, but I was burnt out and I said, “God, I don’t even know what I’m supposed to be doing anymore.” I can remember coming home after a very tough time evangelizing and my wife and I were in the living room and she looks at me and I didn’t realize that she was as prophetic as she is, but she said, “What do you see?” I said, “I see you.”

SID: I would have done the same.

 KYNAN: I mean, what do you mean what do I see? She said, “No Kynan. What do you see?” I said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” I was discouraged, I was frustrated. She said, “What do you see?” I said, “I don’t know.” Then finally the light bulb came on. I began to prophesy. I said, “I see women and children getting saved. I see young people coming to the Lord. I see nations being discipled. I see crack addicts coming off the street.” What was happening in that moment is that God’s purpose was breaking through in my life. I was getting a revelation of what heaven intended for my life, which looked different from my situation.

 KYNAN: As I began to prophesy, the atmosphere began to shift and all of a sudden, I tapped into that breaker anointing which I’ll talk about in a moment. That next Sunday, we had the largest service we had ever had in the history of our church because things shifted. A lot of people are waiting for as shift to happen in heaven, but heaven is already open. The earth needs to shift because when your mind shifts and you tap into what God has already promised you, then you enter into the place I call manifestation.

SID: Talking about breakthrough, tell me about a healing breakthrough with the person with cerebral palsy.

KYNAN: Yeah this is a very powerful testimony. I was in California doing a revival meeting. It was a lot of warfare leading up to that meeting and we were in the night meeting and a woman comes in with cerebral palsy of course from birth and she’s had her whole life, has not been able to function normally her whole life and they bring her into the sanctuary. Now one of the things I think is important Sid is that if we’re going to see the miraculous, we have to have an attitude of expectation. Because the attitude of expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles. So, what happens is that this woman comes in and she comes to the altar. Her son brings her and she said, “What do you want God to do for you?” She’s like, “I want God to heal me. I want him to touch me.” I could feel her faith.

KYNAN: I know what Jesus meant when he said he saw their faith. You can see people’s faith. As I was praying for the woman, all I did was this. I said, “You know what? You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” I didn’t realize it then but I was activating the anointing that was already on the inside of her. See, Christ lives on the inside of us. See, when we want a breakthrough, when God can breakthrough in you, he can breakthrough for you. This is so important.

 KYNAN: As I’m whispering this in her ear, I said, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Every time I said that she took a step. When I would say it again she would take another step and then another step and eventually she started running throughout the sanctuary and the faith of the people just exploded. Sid, the glory came into that building and that was the beginning of many miracles that night.

 SID: You also talk about putting a demand on heaven.

KYNAN: Yes.

SID: Explain that what that means to you.

 KYNAN: You know, just like in economics there’s supply and demand. God has an economy. Heaven is a system, not just a place and when we look at the kingdom of God, that’s why the Bible says ask and you shall receive. In other words, when I ask, I’m placing a demand on heaven’s supply. I was praying one day and as I was praying I saw a vision. In this vision, there were two golden double doors and in the vision, I pressed through the double doors and as I pressed through the double doors, there was an endless storehouse. I mean there was gold, there were rubies, there were all kinds of precious metals. There were four angels guarding this storehouse.

KYNAN: As I came out of the vision, the Lord spoke to me. He said, “You just stepped into the treasury of heaven where there is unlimited supply. Heaven has no restrictions. Heaven has no limitations.”

SID: Boy there’s such a presence of God on the statement you just made.

KYNAN: Yes. Heaven has no limitations. The only thing that limits us is the demand that we place. I just feel this so strongly. I feel like there’s somebody watching right now you need to place a demand on heaven. Listen. You’re not waiting on God. He’s waiting on you. He has already made it available to you. That transformation, that miracle, that salvation, that healing, it’s yours. You need to go where the table is spread. The Bible says…..

SID: So, when someone, Kynan, says “I’m expecting. I’m waiting on you God. I’m waiting. I’m waiting,” there’s a more aggressive stance than that passive stance of waiting on God.

KYNAN: Yes. : Go ahead.

KYNAN: Okay Matthew 11:12 says that the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force. Christianity is not a spectator sport. You can’t see the kingdom manifested from the bleachers. You have to engage heaven. You have to engage the realm of the spirit. Let me give you an example. Imagine if you found out that there was $5 billion behind the door in your back room that you never go in to. Would you stand at the door and say, “Lord, open this door if it be your holy will.”

SID: No, I’d knock it over.

KYNAN: You would knock it down because why? What’s behind the door is more valuable than the door itself. What God has on the other side of your hindrance, on the other side of your wall is greater than the limitation and it’s time for the church to burst through and see the manifestation of what God has planned. Yeah.

SID: I tell you what. I’ve been a believer a long time and what you’re saying with the presence of God on it, I’m ready to knock that door down. Now, we read about unusual miracles in the Bible like God sending a fish with money in its mouth but these unusual miracles are once again erupting. I want to learn about the raven giving money to a woman and supernaturally she never struggled with finances again.

We’ll be right back. We’ll be right back to It’s Supernatural. [music] [commercial] [music] We now return to It’s Supernatural.

SID: I don’t know about you, but my expectancy is up. I’m expecting unusual miracles, but this takes the cake. Tell me about the supernatural raven.

 KYNAN: You know, you can’t make this stuff up. One of the precious sisters in our ministry, she was going through kind of a challenge at the time and she went to the store and a supermarket and spent pretty most of what she had buying some things, but there was a few things she needed to get at another store so she left that store and went to another one. As she’s pulling up in the parking space, a raven comes down in the parking space. When the raven comes down in the parking space, they notice that he has something in his mouth. As they get out of the car, they go toward the raven, he doesn’t fly away. This a bold raven, Sid.

SID: This is.

KYNAN: He starts walking toward them. As they get closer, he gets closer. They get closer, he gets closer. They reach down and they realize that he has money in his mouth and he just stands there. When they get closer, he drops the money and he flies away. It was $50. The exact amount she had just spent at the store before. Now here’s the part that’s so interesting. These were fresh crisp bank notes like they had just come from the bank.

SID: Brand new printed.

KYNAN: Brand new crisp bills in the raven’s mouth. This miracle changed her life. You see, it only takes a moment to change your world. It only takes a moment to manifest a miracle, but we have to learn how to maximize our moments.

SID: Tell me about the breaker anointing.

KYNAN: In Micah two, it talks about the breaker anointing. That word breaker actually comes from the Hebrew word (Hebrew) and it means to break through. It’s the same in Genesis 38 when the baby broke out. It’s the same word. That breaker anointing is being released in the earth to break off limitations of all kinds. To break off financial limitations. To break off family limitations. To break the brick walls that people have. The people that are saying, “You know what? Why haven’t I gotten my miracle?” Because there’s a spirit of prevention arresting the manifestation of what they’ve asked for. But the good news is that this anointing that has been released not only in the believer, before the believer is stronger than the limitation on the believer. I believe that this is a season where we’re going to see mass breakthroughs in the body of Christ.

SID: Give me a hands-on example in your own life.

KYNAN: Yeah.

SID: With the breaker anointing.

KYNAN: I’ve seen it so many times. I went through some of the most difficult seasons I’ve ever been in ministry. I remember being in this place where this darkness was in my life and I just wasn’t really feeling God, hearing God. I just wanted to just stay inside all day. One day the Lord came into my room and he said this to me. He said, “How long are you going to tolerate this?” I said, “What do you mean?” He said, “I’ve given you the authority. I’ve given you the authority.” I said, “Lord, you know what? I want to change. I want something to happen in my life.” All of a sudden, Sid, I experienced supernatural breakthrough. Something lifted off of my life. Something was released off of my life and I’ve never been the same since that day. I’ve seen it so many times.

SID: When we return, I want Dr. Kynan to explain how to reverse the spirit of delay in your prayers, dreams and destiny and break this spirit once and for all of delay off of your life.

SID: Angels of breakthrough are here now.

KYNAN: Yes.

SID: Example.

KYNAN: There are angels in the earth right now. In fact I go preach all the time and one of the angels that accompanies me is called Breakthrough. His assignment, the assignment of this angel is to arrest the spirit of delay in a believer’s life. I’ll give you an example. I was preaching in England and we had this activation where I said, “You know what? It’s time to receive. Receive.” Right? So I had everybody reach up prophetically and receive what the father had already supplied. When we did that, the atmosphere shifted. People started getting healed, but that wasn’t the kicker. The kicker was the person co-hosting the event with me, their daughter called them and around the same time, this person had lost a pair of earrings about a year earlier.

KYNAN: Couldn’t find them for a year or whatever it was and all of a sudden, during this same time, they’re walking up the steps and the earrings are perfectly set on each step. One two. Perfectly aligned with each other. I said to the host and she said to me, “Kynan, I believe that an angel delivered those earrings.”

SID: How could that be though? People have walked there for a year.

KYNAN: Because it’s angelic. It’s supernatural. It’s naturally supernatural, Sid. One of the things is that this is what the Lord told me. He said, “We have to partner with the angelic realm.” How do we do that? Psalm 103 says that the angels harken to the voice of God’s word. Which means they can not operate in their assignment until the word of God is spoken. So, one of the ways we partner is that we have to align our earthly conversation with the heavenly conversation concerning our lives and we have to speak. I’ve seen this so many times, Sid. I’ve seen people be healed. I’ve seen people be delivered as they begin to engage the atmospheres that they were in with the words that they were speaking.

KYNAN: We have to give a voice to God’s word. God’s word is written. It’s settled in the heavens, but when we speak it, that’s when heaven begins to invade the earth.

SID: Can you pray for those viewing right now and break the spirit of delay?

KYNAN: Yeah. You know you’re watching right now. You may be going through discouragement, delay. In fact, delay has a couple cousins that he always operates with. One is called distraction. The other one is distress and the other one is discouragement. Right now, by the power of the blood of Yeshua, we take authority over the spirit of prevention operating in your life. Just like it was with me when my wife and I prayed and we saw a net, a spider’s web with all of our blessings caught in it, we spoke to that web and we said, “Be broken in Yeshua’s name. I declare over your life right now by the power of the Holy Spirit that everything that’s held up, hindered, everything that is stagnant, everything that has been arrested by the enemy, that right now from this day forward, it must come back to you in Jesus name.

KYNAN: That you must receive the restoration of everything that the locusts have stolen, that the cake worms have eaten. This is your season of restoration and reconciliation. May the power of the blood of Jesus accelerate every promise in your life that Isiah 43:19 will be your portion, that behold he does a new thing and it shall spring forth. He will make a way in the wilderness and rivers shall spring up in your desert right now in Jesus name.

SID: Yeah. Kynan, you’re a prophet. You have seen things that are going to begin this year that are so wonderful. Tell me one or two.

KYNAN: One of the things that’s going to happen beginning this year is the increase of angelic activity. Another thing that’s going to happen this year is the increase of the prophetic anointing. Because it is prophetic declarations that release breakthrough. If you don’t believe me, ask Daniel who in Daniel 9 and 10 when he proclaimed over Israel angels were dispatched. We’re also going to see, Sid, the manifestation of unusual miracles and guess what? It’s not going to be from pastors. It’s not going to be from clergy. It’s going to be from ordinary people who have the audacious faith to believe that what God said is going to be reality in their lives and they’re going to walk in miracles, signs and wonders like we’ve never seen before.

KYNAN: The glory, the latter ring glory is hitting the earth so that the glory of the latter house will be greater than the former. Our churches are about to explode. You not going to have to beg folks to come to church. You’re going to have to push people away because the capacity is not big enough to contain them. I see churches leaving sanctuaries and going into soccer fields, to stadiums. To all kinds of open fields where we’re going to see creative miracles, instant miracles and ultimately mass salvations that will shift the culture around us.

SID: That’s what my next question was. How is this going to change society?

KYNAN: Because you see the Bible says this. The Bible says the children the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders. As we begin to walk in the power of the kingdom, Mark chapter 16 will become our reality. The Bible says they went about proclaiming the kingdom. The Lord working with them confirming his word with signs and wonders. I believe what happened in the book of Acts is going to happen in this generation. We’re going to see millions of people come to the Lord. We’re going to see people come out of addictions and bondages and immorality and come into the kingdom of God and know that Yeshua is the name above all names.

SID: You shared another word that God gave you. Now. Now! Now!

KYNAN: Amen.

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Keeping the Faith in College: Advice for Students

A 2013 Barna survey shows nearly 6 in 10 (59%) of young people with active Christian backgrounds walk away from their faith or the church at some point in their first decade of adult life.

This article is based on content from ‘How to Stay Christian in College’ by J. Budziszewski.

High school graduation … check. Freshman orientation … check.

It’s time for college—your biggest adventure yet. But have you thought about the spiritual challenges you might face?

Even when you’re smart enough to avoid risky situations, Christian students often have their faith tested during college in ways they haven’t considered.

In his candid book How to Stay Christian in College, author J. Budziszewski writes, “From the moment students set foot on the contemporary campus, their Christian convictions and discipline are assaulted.”

Understanding this hidden spiritual darkness can help students remain on course and even increase their faith exponentially over the next four years. Here’s how you can be prepared.

>> Anxious about college? Read Billy Graham’s advice.

Get Social—In Person

Leaving home and living on your own means it’s up to you to decide how to manage your time and who you spend it with. It’s important to be intentional about making good friendships.

“There’s no such thing as a solitary Christian. If you go into the world alone, you’ll be swallowed,” Budziszewski writes.

Try these tips for finding Christian community in college:

“Most students intend to stay with their faith but they’re surprised at what happens to them,” explained John Decker, director of partnerships for Campus Ministry Link. “Suddenly, they’re not surrounded by Christians, and their roommate comes in and invites them to a party.

“They start bonding with these people just because of the culture shock of college,” Decker continued. “It’s human nature to have this high need for friends, and they bond with the wrong people.”

>> ‘Why can’t I just have a good time in college?’ Read Billy Graham’s Answer.

Try several different organizations if you need to, and don’t worry if it takes awhile to fit in, Budziszewski writes. Students may not be comfortable on their first or second visit but the more they participate, the quicker they’ll feel at home.

If students don’t click with everyone at first, that’s OK. It’s normal to like some personalities more than others.

  • Take on a leadership role. It’s a great way to meet people and use your passion for Christ to help them grow.
  • Attend a summer project. Choose a short-term mission trip or one that’ll keep you traveling around a couple months. Stay in the U.S. or go abroad. Serve God and experience new places with like-minded friends.
  • Find a ‘real’ church. It’s important to attend church in addition to joining a campus organization. Ask older students in your group for suggestions, and make plans to go with a friend. Some churches may offer a shuttle from campus.

Knowledge & Politics

This milestone of turning 18 often comes with a sense of self-discovery or a desire to express your ideas and beliefs.

But look out.

“Colleges and universities are magnets for extreme beliefs, ideologies and cults,” writes Budziszewski.

Some students protest or support a cause without fully understanding the issue or politics involved.

About his own college experience, Budziszewski writes, “I had my own ideas about redeeming the world, and my politics became a kind of substitute religion.”

If Doubt Creeps In

In conversations with friends or perhaps in class, be prepared to hear people make blanket statements, such as: “Christianity is judgmental and intolerant,” “The Bible is just mythology,” or “Everyone must find his own truth.”

>> ‘If Christianity is true, why doesn’t everyone believe?’ Billy Graham’s response.

A professor himself, Budziszewski warns that professors might patronize Christianity or imply the Christian faith is historically inaccurate.

In response, ask your professor to explain his or her statement. Don’t be afraid to respond, but be respectful and, most of all, be confident in what you know to be true.

Above All

Keep up your daily spiritual routine. Start your day with God. Spend time in prayer and study God’s Word between classes or whenever you can.

“College may be a turning point in your walk with God—a time when your relationship with Christ either deepens or weakens,” explains Budziszewski.

A person can be committed to a personal relationship with Christ but they also shouldn’t go through college alone.

“Fellowship is necessary to your relationship with Christ. It’s also the best place to form rewarding friendships and find a suitable person to marry,” he writes.

“Spending time with Christian friends makes the greatest difference.”

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J. Budziszewski By J. Budziszewski

J. Budziszewski is a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, speaker and has authored over a dozen books. As a Christian who lost his faith in college—then eventually rediscovered God—he knows firsthand how students lose their way.

You Are Who God Says You Are

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)

He sat alone with pigs.

Not long ago, he dressed in fine clothing, drank the finest wine, and laughed with what he called his friends. He smiled at women who smiled back, before he learned that friends could be bought and love could be rented. When the money was gone, so were they. When he needed them, they gave him nothing (Luke 15:16). Now, he sat covered in mud.

If you would have joked that he, a Jew, would be working as a pig-feeder, he would have said he preferred death first. But here he was, envious of what the unclean swine ate. He wondered how much longer he could take it. He missed home.

He grimaced. How shamefully he had treated his father. He asked for his inheritance before his father died — slapping him in pursuit of his pleasures. As he saw his father’s house disappear upon the horizon, he had smiled. He thought he was heading into freedom, into joy, into pleasure. Now, he lived to feed pigs. He reasoned, “How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!” (Luke 15:17).

A Son Appears on the Horizon

There it was, just as he had left it. He rehearses his lines in his mind, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants” (Luke 15:18–19). But as doubts begin to cloud his mind, a figure appears from the house. There his father is, just as he had left him.

But something happens that he doesn’t expect: his father begins to run to him. Had he ever seen his father run? He always composed himself with such dignity, but here he is, an elderly Jewish man, running to him. Is he coming to chase me away?

The wayward son braces himself for a slap but receives an embrace. He expects banishment but is met with kisses. His mumbling apology and thoughts of unworthiness are swallowed up by the love of a Father who will not call his starving son a servant. A ring is placed on his finger; the best robe is placed upon his back. Sandals adorn his dirty feet. The fattened calf is slaughtered, and the celebration begins. The son who was dead, has come alive again; he was lost, and is found (Luke 15:24).

Life is where this Father is.

A Son Died on the Horizon

You may wonder, given all your past and remaining sin, Who am I that the highest King would welcome me? You recite your unworthiness to yourself, you sit in the pigsty of an old sin, and not only wonder how you got there, but how your King can receive you. The answer is not found in your inherent worthwhileness, nor in God’s neediness for you. You are celebrated, crowned, kissed, and loved because your true elder brother, the one who does not moan when you are welcomed home, went into the city after you and paid off your debts with his own life. He suffered for our sin, and purchased our acceptance.

The ring you wear is his. The best robe that now covers you is his. His sandals, which John the Baptist was unworthy to untie, now rest upon your feet. God isn’t so cheaply sentimental as to forget all your crimes, but he is so loving as to sacrifice himself for all of them.

I Am a Child of God

If you have been reborn, if you are repenting of your sin and believing the gospel, you are a child of God. And this status comes with authority: “To all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave authority to become children of God, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12–13).

You may not feel particularly childlike, you may not be enjoying his word every morning, but do not let the Liar convince you that you are not a child of the King. The question can never be, “Who are you to go to God in prayer?” The question now is, “Who are you to stay away when the King has invited you?”

You are chosen, not forsaken. You are free, not a slave. He is for you, not against you. You are his child, not an orphan. That is who you are. Because that is who he says you are. And that is who he died for you to become.

He loves you. He embraces you. He crowns you. Never settle for living in the mud, feeding pigs.

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Desiring God partnered with Shane & Shane’s The Worship Initiative to write short meditations for more than one hundred popular worship songs and hymns.

Greg Morse is a content strategist for desiringGod.org and graduate of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He and his wife, Abigail, live in St. Paul.

PRAYER IS HARD WORK

(Don’t let anyone deceive you)

A dear friend of mine emailed me and said:
“I am losing faith in God.  I’m struggling through tough times and I don’t see God anywhere around me. I keep fighting and praying and I still can’t get any answer. I notice people who don’t even pray to Jesus are well-off and having an easier life. All my life, I have prayed and, fasted and yet still, I live in poverty and misery. How long, how long, will God see me like this? I am a single mum struggling hard to raise my child and can’t find enough money to survive…where is God? And why me?”
“I’ve been separated from my husband for 5 years. He is enjoying his life and doesn’t take up any responsibility of our little child. He never cares, he never gives a penny and I’m still struggling. He is running away from his responsibility. How long, how long will I keep on asking? Where is God, why God can’t do anything…?”

I really felt sorry for her. Believe it or not, there was a time I almost lost faith in God too! It seemed I had more problems than one person could handle. Many Christians today are facing similar situations.
Unknown to me at the time, God was preparing me for my ‘fight’. Thankfully, He did not allow me to give up… even as things went from bad to worse. If I had given up, you’ll probably not be reading this now.

As I thought of what to do with the email from my dear friend, the Holy Spirit nudged me to have a chat with her. I found out that she had some marital and financial challenges and needed help. The problems started 4 years back and have gotten worse.
I double-checked her background and noticed that time, she had not joined or made any commitment to any local church or prayer fellowship. She is fighting alone and standing alone. This is dangerous to be found alone without any support.

She should joined a Bible-based Church or prayer based ministry in her community which could have help her through a time of prayer and deliverance as well as instructions in the Holy Scriptures.

I wish I could have just said a few words and to let her problems disappear. But it does not work that way.
Prayer is HARD WORK, especially, the kind of prayer that brings answers. Developing great interest in Bible study and applying scriptures into your everyday life is a hard work and demands personal spiritual discipline. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

But the rewards, in terms of answered prayers and God interventions make this whole process worthwhile. The testimonies that would come out of it alone are outstanding.

Prayer is a hard work but it produces fruits that last a life time.

Sometimes, the challenges in your life are used by God to train your hand for war, your

fingers to fight. (Psalms 144:1-2)

Most often it takes consistency, commitment, perseverance and determination in

PRAYER to deal with stubborn problems that confront our way to Victory. God sends us

Breakthroughs whenever we come before him in prayer. In such time, it calls for hard work, always looking ahead and never backwards. Let no one deceive you or tell you otherwise.
Praise the LORD.

 

Talking about prayer; it’s a spiritual warfare, dealing with unseen forces of evil in high places, as Apostle Paul said:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the

devil.”

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high

places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in

the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of

righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery

darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which

is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and

watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”; 

(Ephesians 6:10-18) (KJV)

This scripture passage tells us that, prayer is not an easy job for the lazy, idle and careless people but a call for well prepared and well armed soldiers of Christ, always ready to go to war, to confront the attacking force of darkness in the spiritual realms which have been assigned to harm the children of God.

The problems and challenges we face are either out of disobedience to God or caused

by activities of the powers of darkness to make life miserable, bitter and to cause harm.

Their purpose is for the children of God to question God wrongly, doubt, disbelieve and

reject God.

These forces of darkness’ prime aim is as the scriptures put it

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:” But Jesus said

“I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly”. (John 10:10) (KJV)

 

God is still God, no matter the struggle in our lives. Total victory always comes from the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. Our dependence on God and obedience to his Word matters a lot if we are to overcome.

Bible says:
“See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaks from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. – Heb 12:25-27 (KJV)

No matter the struggles and challenges you are going through today; let me remind you that “Jesus is Lord over all”. Trust in him and never give up on your faith. Keep on talking to him in prayer, never doubt or be unbelieving. It is a dangerous path to take.

Dear friend, have HOPE in thy God. He is more than able to turn our bitterness to sweetness and make our curses a blessing. God is able to turn our disappointment to divine opportunities in a trickle of an eye. HE IS GOD ALMIGHTY, rest upon his Word and trust in Him.

Dearly beloved, Jesus loves you more than you can imaging. He gave his life for you and me, and died for you and me so that we may live and have eternal life in him alone. Today if you hear his voice calling never harden your heart, choose to respond in total obedience and whole heartedly surrounded and you will find complete rest of your soul. What you and I need is to throw our life fully into his hand and rest in him. He will take our burden and break off the yoke on us forever. He will give inner peace and eternal life, he alone has to give.

Dear friend let me remind you that Jesus is Lord of all. He always hears us when we pray and do answer when we call on him. Don’t allow the present challengers makes you doubts God and his power to help you today. The God we serve today is all powerful, all knowing and ever presence all the time. He has not forgotten you and will not leave you alone to suffer for nothing. The Prophet Isaiah says”

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel”. (Isaiah 41:10-14) (KJV)

My dear friend, don’t live in fear and be wounding in your mind, you are not alone. The presence of God is with you even though you fill sometime lonely; the truth is that you are not alone. God is with you and me all the time. Trust him and rest upon his Word. Jesus is our savoir and Lord.

 

PRAYER: Say aloud; Lord Jesus today I give my life to you and rededicate myself unto you today, be merciful to me and forgive all my sins. Come into my heart and give me eternal life. Be my Lord and savior, I surround all to you alone. Amen.

Be Blessed and Overcome in Jesus’ Mighty Name.

REMEMBER: JESUS IS LORD.

By Rev Ed Arcton

 

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Living a Good and Righteous Life Before the Lord

The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:1 that as we start approaching the end times, that the love of many will grow cold and that lawlessness and immorality will start to abound. It also says in this verse that men will become lovers of self and money, along with becoming unholy, blasphemers, unloving, unthankful, disobedient to parents, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, traitors, headstrong and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

As bad as the moral state of man is right now, believe it or not, it is going to get a lot worse in the coming years according to the above verse.

When it comes to the real big picture with our Lord, the age old question is simply why – why did Satan and one third of the angels have to choose with their own free wills to go against God and His holy and righteous ways?

Why couldn’t they just do the right thing and stay loyal to the Lord and choose to live good and righteous lives before Him?

And then when God decides to create a second race of beings, the human race, again, why couldn’t Adam and Eve have chosen with their own free wills to obey one simple little command from the Lord to stay off one forbidden tree?

And then when they couldn’t pass their one simple little test, and then the rest of the human race is created and born into a now fallen and cursed world, we now once again still have the same old problem. Again, why does a certain percentage of the human race still have to choose with their own free wills to go against God and all of His holy and righteous ways just like one third of the angels managed to do?

As you will see in the verses I will list below, God has written His basic laws into the heart of every created being.

We all know basic right from basic wrong, and yet so many of us still choose to this day with our own free wills to do the wrong thing at certain times, with some of the more evil people in this life doing some really bad and evil things that a normal person would never consider doing like robbing, raping, killing, kidnapping and torturing.

There is not a day that goes by that we do not see some kind of extreme evil being committed on some kind of a regular basis across the entire world.

With all the advancements in technology, and with the world now becoming a much more smaller and closer space due to how inter-connected we all now are, many still have not learned from the history lessons of our past, and we still have many people who are out there acting out on their evil and fleshly impulses with no regard as to who they hurt, kill, or destroy. Some people are as primal now as they were 5000 years ago.

  • Many people who have had some type of evil crime committed against either them or one of their close loved ones have always asked themselves why when it happens to one of them?
  • How can some people commit such horrible and evil acts on another fellow human being?
  • Why can’t we just all live in peace and harmony with one another?

And not only can man not get along with his fellow man, but we also have nations always wanting to stir up trouble with other nations, as the Bible tells us that as we approach the end times, that there will be wars and rumors of wars, and that nations will be going against other nations and that kingdoms will be going against other kingdoms.

When you step back and look at the real big picture, it is just heart-breaking to see all of this kind of carnage play itself out every single day across much of the world.

And again, why can’t most of the human race just get it right with the Lord and learn how to follow His holy and righteous ways so we can all learn how to live in peace and harmony with one another?

God has given all of us a free will, and we all have the ability to choose between the good and righteous side of this life or the evil and dark side of this life.

Even though we still have demons who are still roaming in the air trying to get us to do their evil bidding, God will still hold all of us personally accountable for any kind of bad and evil acts we will end up committing in this life.

Though Satan was the one who tempted Eve to disobey one simple little command, God still held both Adam and Eve totally responsible for what they did in the Garden of Eden, even though it was Satan who was the one who put the pressure on them to try and get them to do it.

For most of us, the excuse that “the devil made me do it” will not be washing with the Lord once we die and cross over and meet Him head on for all of our own personal judgments.

As we have said before in many of the articles in our Spiritual Warfare section, for the most part, demons cannot make you do anything against your own free will, as God will not let them violate that space that you have within your own being.

All demons can try and do is persuade you and tempt you to do evil things.

But the choice will always remain up to each one of us as to whether or not we will fall for their evil suggestions. Just because a demon plants a thought and a desire in your head to go out and kill someone does not mean you have to actually try and do it.

Unless you are mentally ill to any serious degree, God will watch your response to these demons just like He did with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – and He will then hold you personally accountable if you decide to act out on any of their evil suggestions.

If you decide to act out on any evil thoughts or desires that are playing in your mind, your day of judgment will eventually come before the Lord, and you will then have to pay the full price for your sins if you do not get saved and get those sins fully forgiven by the blood of Jesus before you die and cross over.

Even the apostle Paul, who I believe was the greatest of all of the New Testament apostles, had a problem in controlling his flesh and dark side. Here is the verse straight from this man’s mouth on he himself having some problems controlling some of his own thoughts and actions. This statement is a classic statement on the sin nature that we all have in us.

“For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.” (Romans 7:15)

In other words, Paul is finding out like the rest of us that we all end up doing things in this life that we know we should not be doing. We can all witness to this classic statement, as we all have problems from time to time in doing things that we know that are not right in the eyes of God.

As we have said before, no man, no woman, and no angel is ever going to become the 4th person of the Divine Trinity. Only God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are completely and totally perfect in Their divine personalities. They are completely and totally perfect all the way down the line in every single one of Their personality qualities.

However, this now leaves God with a bit of a dilemma. This means that every single being that He will ever create is not going to be perfect like He is and they will now be capable of malfunctioning to the dark side.

With one third of the angels malfunctioning to the dark side, and a good percentage of the human race now doing the exact same thing, there is simply no other conclusion that we can come to.

We are simply all fallen and sinful creatures and only the blood of Jesus Christ can make us righteous and clean enough before God the Father to get us into heaven, as the Bible tells us that all men and women have sinned and fallen way short of the glory of God.

As you will see in the one of the verses I will list below, we are actually born into this world through our mother’s womb in sin and iniquity. In other words, we are all born doomed and damned right off the bat unless we receive and accept the free redemptive pardon that Jesus Christ is offering to each one of us through His sacrificial death on the cross.

Again, here are 7 very good verses showing us that we have all been born into this world as sinners in the eyes of God – but if we accept what Jesus Christ has done for all of us on the cross, then His very own righteousness can then be imputed upon all of us where God the Father will then take us back and grant us entrance into heaven once we die and cross over.

The first verse I will list below will perfectly spell this out for us. The rest of the verses will then show us how we have all been born into this world as sinners, and that there is absolutely no one in this world who is truly righteous and holy before the eyes of God the Father.

  • “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5)
  • As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one …” (Romans 3:10)
  • “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God …” (Romans 3:23)
  • “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
  • “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned …” (Romans 5:12)
  • “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind.” (Isaiah 64:6)

Once you really think about and meditate on these specific verses, it just blows the human mind to think that God the Father would allow the very own righteousness of His Son Jesus to be imputed upon us so we can all be made righteous enough before Him to be able to cross over into heaven when we die and cross over – especially when we ourselves have done absolutely nothing to be able to earn or achieve any of this on our own.

This is all simply a free and holy gift that is being given to us by the Lord.

The last verse above says that even if we did try to be as good and as perfect as we possibly could before the Lord, that all of our good works would be nothing but as filthy rags before Him because we simply do not have the ability within our own natural makeups to attain His state of perfection and holiness.

If we are really honest with ourselves, we can all see how we are really sinners before a holy and righteous God, and that no matter how hard we try, there is simply no way we can ever achieve any state of true perfect holiness that would be pleasing enough to God. And again, the apostle Paul in the above verse perfectly sums up that reality even for himself.

However, as Christians, we now have something that the unbeliever does not have on himself.

Not only are we born again with the Holy Spirit, who is now residing in our human spirits, but we are now also clothed with the very righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself, which will now be good enough to grant us entrance into heaven once we die and cross over.

However, there is now one more thing each Christian must get a real grip on after they have fully realized this astounding fact and revelation.

Even though we are now all fully clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself, and we have now been given a free ticket to heaven once we die and cross over, this does not mean that we can try and abuse or take advantage of this grace and righteousness that we now have upon us from the Lord.

We still have to make every concerted effort on our end to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord.

This new found righteousness that we now have in Jesus Christ does not give us the liberty, the right, or the excuse to be able to keep on sinning.

We should all still be doing our best to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord and staying out of any unacceptable sins.

And when we do find ourselves falling short or having a hard time in staying out of certain sinful activities, we now have the Holy Spirit Himself, who can now give us His divine power to be able to pull put of any heavier sins that we may have fallen into.

Bottom line – once we have become saved and born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we should all do our best to allow God to start the sanctification process within us.

And once God the Father starts this sanctification process within each one of us, we should then do our best to live this life the way that He will want us to live it, not the way we or the world will want us to live it.

The Bible very clearly lays out all of the ways and commandments of our Lord, and exactly what He wants all of us to do, and exactly what He wants all of us to stay away from in this life.

We also have the Holy Spirit on the inside of each one of us whose job is to not only guide us and teach us in this life, but to also convict us when we do start to stray and get off into any sinful activities that the Lord will not want us engaging in.

Again, no one person will ever become the 4th person of the Holy Trinity. We will never become perfectly holy like God is, but we should still make every effort on our end to try and live good and righteous life before the Lord so that we can become well pleasing to Him, and so that He will then approve of the way that we have lived our lives down here and conducted ourselves among our fellow man.

Before I get into the actual Scripture verses on how God wants all of us to have a good and righteous walk with Him, here are two good definitions on what the word righteousness means from some of the different Bible Dictionaries and Commentaries:

  • Without guilt before God, acting in accord with God’s laws
  • Inherent or imputed guiltlessness before God

Now I will give you some very good verses from Scripture on the importance that we all try to do the best we can to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord once we have become saved and born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

The Scripture Verses

I will break these Scripture verses down under 4 separate captions so you can fully grasp what the Lord is trying to tell us on this topic. All of these verses mean exactly what they are saying and they do not need any kind of fancy interpretation.

1. Jesus Did Not Come to Destroy the Law – But to Fulfill It

This first verse I will now list will completely set the stage as far as the law is concerned and what God is expecting from all of us. Though the Bible says that we are no longer under the law, but under grace – this does not mean that we are to fully do away with all of God’s moral laws, which are His direct commandments to us on how we are to live in this life.

Granted, there are some laws back in the OT that would not apply in the kind of environment we are now living in. But many of what I call the basic moral laws are still in full play today such as all of the ten commandments, God’s laws on not engaging with anything having to do with the occult.

In the OT, they did not have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of them. They thus did not have His power available to them in which to help them overcome some of the sins they were engaging in.

Now all NT believers have the Holy Spirit on the inside of them and they thus now have His divine power available to them in which to help them overcome the temptation to sin, or if by chance they have fallen into any type of bad sin, the power of the Holy Spirit to actually pull them out of it and set them free.

Here is this first very powerful verse direct from Jesus Christ Himself:

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20)

Notice that this is Jesus talking in the New Testament, not God the Father talking in the OT. Jesus is flat out telling us that He still wants all of us to still abide by His Father’s basic laws and commandments and that He will expect all of us to do so until “all is fulfilled” – which is when we will get the New Heaven and the New Earth after Jesus’ millennial rule has ended.

As you will see in the verses that I will list below, all of these basic moral laws and commandments from God the Father are all being given to us for our own good and for our own protection, as the Bible tells us that the wages of sin will be death.

As such, we should all do our best to try and abide by them and keep them as best we can, and when we do run into any problems with any specific sin areas, we have the Holy Spirit Himself to help us get victory over any specific sins that are starting to drag us down.

2. God Now Has His Basic Laws Written Into Man’s Hearts

Not only did God the Father lay out the basic laws and commandments that He wants all of us to live by, but He has even gone one step further. He now has His basic laws actually written into the hearts of men, along with causing their conscience to actually bear witness to all of it.

In other words, we all have God’s basic laws written into our hearts and we all know basic right from basic wrong when we are old enough to fully understand what it is all about.

This is why the unsaved sinner will have no excuse on his day of judgment with the Lord. He will know, without any shadow of a doubt, that all of his sins were wrong and that they were going against the will and ways of God. As a result, he will not be able to plead any type of ignorance on his day of judgment with the Lord.

Here are 6 very serious verses about God’s laws and why we are to take all of them very, very seriously in this life. The first verse is the one that will tell you that God the Father has His basic laws written into the hearts of men.

  •  “… who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness …” (Romans 2:15)
  • “… I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:7)
  • “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
  • “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.” (John 15:22)
  • “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live …” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
  • “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

First notice that God has to give us His laws. If He does not tell us what He will be expecting from us, then we will not know for certain what real sin is.

But once we do have these laws from God, then we will know for certain what sin is and then He will expect all of us to stay away from it and abide by His commandments. That is why no one will have any type of excuse on their day of judgment with the Lord, as we will all know for certain what is wrong and sinful before the eyes of God.

The second last verse from Deuteronomy is another in-your-face type of verse. In this verse God is telling all of us how it is going to be in this life whether we like it or not.

Bottom line – God is setting before each one of us a choice to make in this life. Either we choose to follow God and His ways and commandments for our lives, or we choose to disobey Him, go our own way, and then end up reaping eventual death when it is all said and done.

In other words, it is either God’s way or the highway for each one of our lives. There are no middle or neutral grounds with the way this specific verse is being worded by the Lord.

The very last verse will then put the icing on this entire cake. This last verse seems to be talking about our salvation in the Lord. If it is, then the majority of people who have lived on this earth are not going to be making it into heaven.

We obviously will not know for sure what percentage of the human race is going to end up making it into heaven until we get there, but with the words in the last verse stating that “there are few who find it,” this leads me to believe that the majority of the human race is not going to end up making it into heaven when it is all said and done.

This last verse in particular has been one of the most bothersome and troubling in all of Scripture for me, as I cannot see how to interpret this verse any other way other than God is referring to our salvation in Him and what is awaiting all of us at the end of our lives.

God is flat out telling us that many people will be choosing the wide and broad way in this life, which is obviously a life of sin and going against the will and ways of God. The straight and narrow road represents the road that God wants all of us to travel on, which is the road of His perfect will and ways for our lives.

As we look out upon this world and all of the people we can see, we can easily see who is trying to travel on the straight and narrow road that God wants all of us to travel on, and those who are out there traveling on their own wide and broad roads.

The people who are traveling on their own wide and broad roads are out there doing anything and everything they want in the flesh, and they do not care who they end up hurting or running over in the process.

But sooner or later all of their wide and broad roads will eventually end, and then they will have to face God Almighty Himself for their own final judgments and final fate.

Again, this last verse could not be more scary, more alarming, and more in your face with how God wants us to live in this life. That is why I had the title of this article to read, “Living a Good and Righteous Life Before the Lord,” so you will know exactly how God wants all of us to live in this life and what He will be expecting from all of us as we journey through this life.

3. God Still Wants All of Us to Practice Righteousness

As you will see in the first verse I will list below, God still wants all of us to continue to practice righteousness in this life, even though we now have the righteousness of His Son Jesus already imputed on us.

And again, this verse is coming from the NT, showing once again that we still have to do the best we can in obeying all of God’s basic laws and commandments, which will include some of the basic laws and commandments that were back in the OT.

The rest of the verses will really drive home the point on how important it is that we all seek to walk in the ways of our Lord, and that trying to live a good, holy, and righteous life before the Lord will help bring us true “life” in this life.

Here are some very good verses on how powerful of a thing it can be for all of us if we try to live a good and righteous life before the Lord. Being good, holy, and righteous for the Lord may not be cool with the rest of the world, but it is definitely cool with the Lord – and that is what we will eventually be rewarded on once we enter into heaven and God then hands out His rewards based upon the good works we have done for Him down here, along with how we have lived our lives for Him.

  •  “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (1 John 3:10)
  • “In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.” (Proverbs 12:28)
  • “But to him who sows righteousness will be a sure reward. As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.” (Proverbs 11:18-19)
  • Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness … blessed is the man who does this … and keeps his hand from doing any evil.” (Isaiah 56:1-2)
  • “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves him who follows righteousness.” (Proverbs 15:9)
  • “The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin. He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses reproof goes astray.” (Proverbs 10:16-17)
  • “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3)
  • “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” (Proverbs 20:7)
  • “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness, than vast revenues without justice.” (Proverbs 16:7-8)
  • “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:33-34)
  • “All unrighteousness is sin …” (1 John 5:17)
  • “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17)
  • “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on … But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:14-19)
  • “It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:12)
  • “Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.” (Proverbs 20:28)

Notice how many times the Bible says that righteousness will lead to “life”and that any kind of unrighteousness is actually considered sin in the eyes of God.

This means that real righteousness is all black and white. There is only God and the devil, heaven or hell, and good and evil when you really sum everything up.

It now becomes up to each person as to which side of the fence they are going to walk on in this life. Again, Joshua could not have said it any better when he said that you must choose this day who you will serve.

You will either decide to serve and follow God and follow His ways and live, or you will choose to follow yourself, other people, or the devil and eventually die.

There are no middle or neutral grounds as far as God is concerned.

God has made it as easy as He possibly could. But we only have one lifetime, and a very short lifetime at best, to make that one final and fateful decision which will then determine what the rest of our eternal life will be like once we die and cross over to the other side, which will either be heaven for the saved or hell for the unsaved.

All of these verses are short, quick-to-the-point, and very easy to understand. God simply wants all of us to walk in His righteous ways and again, when we start to run into trouble with certain types of sins, we have both Him and His Holy Spirit to help pull us out of any sins that He will not want us to be getting caught up in.

4. Keeping the Commandments of the Lord

Part of having a true righteous walk with the Lord is to make sure that we simply obey all of His basic laws and commandments as best we can. These next set of verses will really drive this point home.

Many in the world today want to scoff and make fun of the ways, laws, and commandments of our Lord. They want to be able to live in their flesh, doing anything they can that will feed their flesh.

They do not want to be told that adultery and other alternative forms of spirituality are not acceptable to the one and only living God.

As a result, they will either try and make up their own little gods to worship, or they will try and say that they are a god and an island all unto themselves and that they do not need to answer to any type of Higher Power.

This is all done so they can rationalize and explain away all of their sinful behaviors before the Lord.

Again, our Lord could not make things any more simpler and any more easier than with the way that He has everything set up.

All we have to do is accept the fact and reality that we are all fallen sinners and that we all need the shed blood of Jesus Christ to be able to receive eternal salvation from God the Father.

From there, we are to walk out the rest of our earthly life serving God in the divine destiny that He already has set up for our lives, along with trying to live a good and righteous life before Him.

But so many people still to this day cannot see this simple and obvious truth, or if they can, they are still refusing to be told that they have to serve anyone, even if it is God Almighty Himself.

Just as pride and major stupidity took out one third of the angelic race, I am afraid that same kind of pride and stupidity is going to be taking out a much larger percentage of the human race when it is all finally said and done.

Again, these next set of verses are really going to drive home the point that we fully appreciate the basic laws and commandments that God has set out for all of us.

These laws and commandments from the Lord will be telling us what is right and what is wrong in this life. They will act as a compass and a guide for us so we will know how to live and act in this life for the Lord.

These laws and commandments are again, all being given to us for our own good and for our own protection, for without them, we would just keep falling into one pit after another.

  • Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him … “But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:16-17)
  • “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” (John 15:10)
  • “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.” (2 John 1:6)
  • “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:2-3)
  • “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” (1 John 2:3)
  • “For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” (Proverbs 6:23)
  • “He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.” (Proverbs 19:16)
  • “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who keeps his way preserves his soul.” (Proverbs 16:17)
  • “My son, do not forget My law, but let your heart keep My commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.” (Proverbs 3:1)
  • “Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 12:28)
  • “My son, keep My words, and treasure My commands within you. Keep My commands and live, and My law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 7:1-3)
  • “Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” (Isaiah 48:18)
  • “Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.” (Psalm 119:92)
  • “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries.” (Psalm 81:13-14)
  • “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
  • “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of skekels of gold and silver.” (Psalm 119:71-72)
  • “Open my eyes, that I may see the wondrous things from Your law. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times.” (Psalm 119:18-20)
  • “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.” (Psalm 119:165)
  • “Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes … I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statues; I will not forget Your word.” (Psalm 119:10-16)
  • “I will run in the way of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.” (Psalm 119:32-35)
  • “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true ad righteous altogether, more to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)
  • “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)

When you read each one of these verses one right after the other, it is a real mouthful. God is simply trying to drive home the fact that we seek to obey all of His ways and all of His commandments. If we do, then note some of the incredible blessings that we can receive from the Lord:

  • We will receive life
  • We will keep and preserve our soul
  • We can have a long life here on this earth
  • Great peace will be given to us and it will be like a river
  • It will go well with our children
  • It will keep us from perishing
  • God will subdue our enemies
  • Our way will be made prosperous and we will have good success
  • Our heart will be rejoiced
  • Our eyes will be enlightened
  • The law will warn us and keep us out of harm’s way

Again, all of God’s ways and commandments are all being given to us for our own good and for our own protection. These commandments are not meant to stunt our spiritual growth or steal our joy in the Lord.

They are all meant to increase our spiritual growth and increase our peace and joy in the Lord.

As earthly parents, one of the first things we will do with all of our children as they are starting to grow is to tell them what they can and cannot do in this life.

We know that if we do not give them fair warning ahead of time as to what they should be staying away from in this life, that we risk them getting seriously hurt, if not possibly killed.

We thus give them the basic commandments they are to abide by in this life so we can keep them safe and out of harm’s way.

It is the exact same way with God the Father. Except with God the Father, He has full knowledge on exactly what we should all be staying away from in this life since He has absolute perfect knowledge on all things.

As such, we should all listen very carefully to what God is trying to tell us in these basic commandments, as they are all being given to us for our own good and protection. God is not trying to hurt us or harm us with all of these basic commandments, He is trying to help us and protect us.

If you really want to see how important it is that we seek to obey all of God’s laws and commandments, just take your time and meditate on some of the above verses.

King David especially was able to see how important it was that he try and learn the ways of God so that he could continue to spiritually grow in Him. That is why some of the above verses are telling us that we will find true life in this life if we can learn how to live righteous lives before the Lord.

Conclusion

As I said at the top of this article, it is just heart-breaking and gut-wrenching to see so many people in this life choose with their own free wills to walk on the dark side of this life instead of the good and righteous side of this life.

Since God has given each man and each woman a full free will to make their own choices in this life, He really has no other alternative but to sit back and watch this horror show unfold with the people who will end up rejecting Him, His ways, and His message of eternal salvation through His Son Jesus.

To think that a good percentage of the human race is going to end up in the most horrible place imaginable when they die and cross over, when they could have easily chosen the Lord and His message of eternal salvation for them, is enough to break your heart into a million pieces.

I do not believe there is a day or an hour that goes go by where God and Jesus are not crying and weeping for the souls who are descending down into hell with no chance of ever being able to make it back out again.

God initially created all of these lost souls for Himself, and He now has to watch all of them choose with their own free wills to reject Him and His Son Jesus during the course of their earthly lives.

And then when they do die and cross over, He has no other alternative but to let them descend down into the pit of hell itself, as they now have to be held fully accountable for all of the horrible choices they have made in this life.

As Christians, we do not have to worry about this kind of horrible and final fate. We will all be given full entrance into heaven the minute we die and cross over.

But until that final and glorious event actually occurs with each one of us, we should all be doing our best to try and live a good and righteous life before the Lord so that He will be well pleased with us when we do meet Him for our own personal judgments at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

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LET THE GOD OF PEACE GIVE YOU THE PEACE OF GOD IN YOUR MIND

Written by Ed Arcton 

There are four reasons why we lose our Peace of Mind and why we need the Peace of God in our Minds.

  1. WE TRY TO CHANGE THE PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES.

 As you grow wiser you begin to realise that you can’t change other people, only God can! And He does when you back off, and love them as they are. This doesn’t mean you agree with everything they do. It means committing to love them regardless, claiming God’s promises on their behalf and allowing Him to deal with them in His own way. In His own time, and for His own Glory. And you stay out of it, let God have His own way. The reason you are stressed out is because you keep trying to do something about something you can’t do anything about. It is better for you to commit yourself to God in Prayer. For it is written.. “Pray without ceasing” (1Thessalonians 5:17) and again “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the PEACE OF GOD which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 6-7) KJV. Chose to spend time alone with God in your quiet time devotion, than to get yourself worried about thing only God can handle.

 

  1. WE TRY TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN WHEN IT’S NOT THE RIGHT TIME.

The Holy Scriptures declares “There is time for everything”….. (Ecclesiastes 3:1). NIV. If you’ve raised children you know one of their main characteristic is impatience; they can’t wait for anything because they do not understands why they must. God want us to outgrow our childishness so He makes us wait, trust, and mature. A man of patience understands the times and opportunity in life, but never rush in doing thing he knows only belongs to God. Never force yourself into situations to do anything you know you can’t. Know what you have to leave in the hands of God. And don’t think you can make thing happen by force or at all course. There is always an appointed time for everything under the sun, so be patient and learn to wait, you will not burn out or be left behind. God is in full control. Trust and obey Him.

 

  1. WE GET UPSET BECAUSE WE’RE NOT PROGREEING FAST ENOUGH.

Who told you so and how did you know that you are not progressing?  You can slow down your spiritual growth through neglect, but ultimately, “We all …. Are being changed… by the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18) NCV). So learn to enjoy your life while God works on your problems, for you will always have problems to face! The Lord Jesus said “in this world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Scriptures says “……. We through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God”.  (Acts 14:22b). Again scripture say “….. but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us”. (Roman 5: 3-5). If you love God nothing shall “separate us from the LOVE of CHRIST” ……. Instead “we are more than conquerors” (Romans 8:35-37) KJV. In the Book of Romans 12:12 the Scriptures declares “Rejoice in Hope; patience in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (KJV).  Again we were admonished not to be discouraged because of suffering that we goes through in everyday lives, it is for our glory not shame. (NIV).

 

  1. WE PUSH OURSELVES HARDER AND HARDER.

We do what we think God wants without consulting Him as to what He actually wants, or how He wants it done. As a result we wear ourselves out. What‘s the solution? “You will keep him in perfect PEACE, whose Mind is FOCUSED, STEADFAST, STAYED on You, because he trusts in YOU” (Isaiah 26:3). Are you focusing in life or total confused, is your Mind steadfast or wondering in the desert. Do your Mind stay always on the Lord and the Promises in His Word or your mind are on the things around you and the problems that surrounds your life every day. You always want to fight your ways out according to your own strength and wisdom. You cannot continue that way all the time. Turn and tune your mind to God and rest in his faithful promises in the Word of God. If you chose to give Him your everything, the God of Peace will take your everything and rule your Mind with The Peace of God that transcends everything you can imagine because your Minds stayed on Him alone. To push ourselves always hard and hard will one day break you down and you will not be able to rise up again. It’s better to rest in the Lord and let your mind be at peace and steadfast on the Lord no matter what you see around, feared or trouble about. Remember the battle is the Lord’s. Don’t get trap in duty waters, if you do you wore out and faint on your way. Remember His name is Prince of Peace.

CONCLUSION

To be well FOCUS you need the God of Peace to give you the Peace of God to stay on track in the race set before you, or whatsoever you are committed to do. Don’t ever think you can help God in anything to succeed; neither thinks without you God can’t accomplish His plans and Purposes. The truth is this “God don’t need us, we need God in every area of our lives. Whatever God does for us, it’s for His Name sake and for His own Glory sake, nothing less.” Miracles happen when God is around and in Full control of affair. Let God rules your mind, your heart and your total Life for you.

Written by Ed Arcton

 

Let God rule your life

Written by Ed Arcton

Matthew quotes Isaiah 40:3 “ A voice of one calling in the desert prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God” (NIV) and applies it to John, the Baptist (vs. 1-3). John’s simple food and clothing (vs. 4) showed a disciplined lifestyle he grows up with. Prophet Malachi wrote about the Lord’s messenger “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire will come, says the LORD Almighty”. (Malachi 3:1)NIV. “See I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse”. (Malachi 4:5-6 NIV) and the angel who announced John’s birth had said he would be the Lord’s forerunner (Luke 1:13-17). Zechariah the Father of John, the Baptist also confirmed this and said “And you my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him”. (Luke 1:76).

Repentance was the Message of John.

“Repent” in (vs. 2) means to have a change of mind that leads to a radical change of lifestyle. The result of repentance should be seen in one’s life. Unless there is fruit in keeping with repentance (vs. 8), it is empty. That was John’s challenge to the religious leaders (vs. 7-10). Baptism is a symbolic act that signifies an inner repentance (vs. 11). When accompanied by confession of sin (vs. 6), it opens the door for the Holy Spirit to enter a person’s life and make it completely new. I call it born again by the Spirit of God or regeneration or the new Birth. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17). Such persons have yielded their lives to God’s rule.

Why was John reluctant to baptize Jesus (vs. 13-14)? Unlike all others, Jesus had no sin to confess. In baptism, Jesus identified with human sin and failure. He submitted to baptism as our substitute. What happened immediately after Jesus’ baptism (vs. 16-17)? What would this mean to Jesus and for us? Medicate on this today as you walk through your daily activities.

Remember John the Baptist was born and called a Prophet of the Most High. What about you? Do you know what you were born to become tomorrow?

Before you were born, God had already planned your lifelong and also programmed and design your destiny for you “what you will become tomorrow”. Go to God in prayer, seek His face and he will unfold unto you what the future hold for you today. And you will know the end of your journey right from the beginning of your first step. God is faithful to all His promises. Forever his Word is established and stands forever.

God is always ready to take charge of your life if only you are willing to let Him. He will give you His Plan, show you His purpose and you will know his design and objectives he has outline for your life. Stop chasing after your own self planned programmers you cannot tell how the end will look like and never live by law of chances; it will never favor or blessed you in anyway. Chose to live your life in God’s world and in God’s Word. Not in your own or another person’s own. Don’t let man rules your life and controls your destiny, let God do that for you. When He does your life will be full of fruitfulness and will be called the Blessed of the Lord. Why not place your life right now in the hands of the Living God. You will not be disappointed and He will not fail you in anyway. Remember He is the SOVEREIGN GOD.

Prayer (Pray this with holy anger)

  1. I kneel before you today and confess Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Rule over me as I yield my life to your control, no matter the cost in Jesus name. Amen
  2. Let the Word of God plant and establish the garden of my destiny in the mighty name of Jesus Christ
  3. Spirit of the Living God breath into me the Fire of Holiness of God in Jesus name.
  4. Let every root and every fruit of the old nature hiding anywhere in my life be consumed by the fire of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name.
  5. Holy Spirit fill me with your Power and strength to live a new life in Christ Jesus my Lord, Amen

Remember: Jesus is Lord

Lay Aside the Weight of “Not Feeling Like It”

What do you not feel like doing today?

You know what I mean. It’s that thing that’s weighing on you, which you know would honor God because it obeys his law of love (John 15:12), or is a work of faith (2 Thessalonians 1:11), or puts “to death the deeds of the body” (Romans 8:13). You know it would be good for your soul or body or family or vocation or neighbor or church.

But you don’t feel like doing it. You know that God promises you more blessing if you do it than if you don’t. But you’re struggling to believe it because it feels difficult. It’s like you have weights on your ankles. You don’t want to muster the energy, and every distraction glows with attraction.

The Strange Pattern of Progress

While it’s true that this is our indwelling sin of which we must repent and fight to lay aside (Hebrews 12:1), the experience of “not feeling like it” also can become for us a reminder of a gospel truth and actually give us hope and encouragement in this battle.

“If we want true joy, we must walk by faith in a promised future and not by the sight of immediate gratification.”

Think about this strange pattern that occurs over and over in just about every area of life:

  • Healthy, nutritious food often requires discipline to prepare and eat while junk food is convenient, tasty, and addictive.
  • Keeping the body healthy and strong requires frequent deliberate discomfort while it only takes constant comfort to go to pot.
  • You have to make yourself pick up that nourishing but intellectually challenging book while popping in a DVD is as easy and inviting as coasting downhill.
  • You frequently have to force yourself to get to devotions and prayer while sleeping in or reading the sports or checking Facebook is almost effortless.
  • Learning to skillfully play beautiful music requires thousands of hours of tedious practice.
  • Excelling in sports requires monotonous drills ad nauseum.
  • Learning to write well requires writing, writing, writing, and rewriting, rewriting, rewriting. And usually voluminous reading.
  • It takes years and years of schooling just to make certain vocational opportunities possible.

You get the idea. The pattern is this: the greater joys are obtained through struggle and difficulty and pain, while brief, unsatisfying, and often destructive joys are right at our fingertips. Why is this?

Why the Struggle and Difficulty and Pain?

Because God, in great mercy, is showing us everywhere, in things that are just shadows of heavenly realities, that there is a great reward for those who struggle through and persevere (Hebrews 10:32–35). He is reminding us almost everywhere to walk by faith in a promised future and not by the sight of immediate gratification (2 Corinthians 5:7).

“Greater joys come through struggle and difficulty, while brief and often destructive joys sit at our fingertips.”

Understood this way, each struggle becomes an invitation by God to follow in the faithful footsteps of his Son, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Those who are spiritually blind only see futility in these struggles. But for those who have eyes to see, God has woven hope (faith in his future grace) right into the futility of creation (Romans 8:20–21). Each struggle becomes a pointer saying, “Look ahead, past the struggle itself, past the temptation of the puny, vapor joys to the great, sustained, substantial Joy set before you!”

Endurance, Not Indulgence

So today, don’t let “not feeling like it” reign as lord (Romans 6:12). Rather, through it see your Father pointing you to the reward he has planned for all who endure to the end (Matthew 24:13). Let it remind you that his call is not to indulgence but endurance.

Then lay this weight aside and run with faith the race he has set before you.

This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17–18)

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How Long Have You Been Waiting?

                          The Gift of Unanswered Prayer

I have been praying the same prayer for healing for more than twenty years.

If you’ve been praying for one particular thing over months or years or decades, then you know how exhausting and difficult it can feel to keep returning to God with the same petition.

I was just a child when I developed trichotillomania — a hair-pulling condition — and while it’s not a life-threatening condition, it has been life-altering for me. Imagine not being able to stop pulling out your own hair, even though you hate how it makes you look — and feel. That’s been my daily experience for more than half of my life.

“I have been praying the same prayer for healing for more than twenty years now.”

I’ve been asking God to do what no doctor, therapy, or medication can: heal me. I have tried various therapies and supplements, and I continue to seek to walk in healing, but there’s no clear “cure” for trichotillomania. I know that if I’m going to be healed, I will need a gift of grace from God himself. And while I wholeheartedly believe in God’s ability to heal me, I also know that he hasn’t healed me over these last two decades. Not yet.

Therefore, I wait.

Why Waiting Hurts

If I’m honest, waiting is something I would prefer to avoid on any level, from waiting for a prayer to be answered all the way down to waiting in line at the grocery store. Why? Because waiting elicits the feeling of helplessness — of having to rely on someone else to act on my behalf.

Waiting forces me to come to terms with my own weakness. It’s what waiting does to all of us: when we can’t work harder to get what we want, or when we can’t manipulate life to turn out the way we want it to, or when we can’t pay enough money or get enough help to achieve what our heart desperately desires, we are left with the truth of our own insufficiency: we are weak.

“God is with you in your waiting: he has heard every prayer, listened to every cry, kept track of every sorrow.”

And we aren’t in control. Not even a little bit. We have to rely on someone else — on God — to act on our behalf.

It’s difficult and humbling to come to terms with our own inability to make anything happen. When we have prayed and longed and hoped and begged and done all that we can and still — still — there is no change in our circumstances, we are forced to stop our striving and simply wait, in large part because there is nothing else for us to do. We must stop and pause and look to God to act. And in that waiting, at the end of our proverbial rope, we will become aware of our inability to attain anything of lasting value on our own.

Gift of Insufficiency

Although I never would have chosen these decades of waiting for myself, I can honestly say that being forced to come to terms with my weakness and my inability to change my own circumstances has ultimately been a gift to me. This loss of the illusion of control has been one of the best and hardest things I have had to accept. And while trichotillomania is the thing that set this journey in motion, the truth is that it’s just a microcosm of my whole existence: no matter what aspect of my life we’re talking about, I am unable to fix myself, heal myself, or save myself.

In my waiting, I have come to terms with my complete insufficiency in all things, and I have flung myself at the feet of Christ and asked him to do what I cannot. I have asked him to accomplish all that I need — not only the healing of my body, but also of my soul.

And he has healed me. He has healed my soul through his life, death, and resurrection, and one day my body will be healed, as well. I don’t know if he will heal me physically anytime in the next decade or two, but I do know that a day is coming when he will make all things new (Revelation 21:5), when my body will be just as whole as my soul.

Communion with Christ in the Waiting

In the meantime, I am grateful for this long season of waiting, as difficult as it continues to be. Waiting has pushed me to the edge of myself, and it has been there that I have been given the opportunity to see that only Christ is capable and able and in control. This is a treasure — to be able to see clearly that Christ is the only strong one, and that he does not despise or turn away from my weakness (Hebrews 4:15). In fact, he views our weaknesses as opportunities for his glory to be displayed in our lives (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“In our waiting, we have the gift of knowing God is strong in our weakness and present in our sorrow.”

And so, in the waiting — in what may even feel like languishing — we are given the treasure of communion with God. He is with us in the waiting: he has heard every prayer, listened to every cry, kept track of every sorrow (Psalm 56:8). One day, all of our waiting will come to an end in his glorious return. Until then, we have the greater gift of Christ himself — and of knowing that our Savior is all-sufficient, no matter how insufficient we may be. We have the gift of knowing that he is strong in our weakness and present in our sorrow.

Even if we wait until his coming for the answer to our prayers, we will still be a rich people. For if Christ is all that we have, he is more than enough for every need, every prayer, and every season of waiting that we face.

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Lord Of Our Life And Our Salvation

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