Where is your God now; our enemies ask?


Hi:

The word of God is our sword but there are times when certain situations are just so heavy and consuming, you have no strength to breathe the word. You hear people saying God is going to come through and make it better and you think I know He is working for our good but when.

When God? When?

I have been battling with a certain situation or circumstance for so many years and one minute I feel strong enough but then the next I feel like it is vacuuming my every last breath. I just can’t do it; I can’t win this one. I have tried and tried and tried but it is too strong for me. I am tired and sore from the beatings it has inflicted on me for so many years. God You say I am more than a conqueror but right now I am in retreat mode; running and hiding from those boxing gloves of my enemies. He is out to kill, steal and destroy me; I see him closing in for the kill and I am too weak to lift up my shield of faith. Satan asks where is your God now? See, He is not coming through for you: He is coming through for everybody else but you. Your life situations are pathetic and that means so are you; if you don’t believe that; you are living in denial.

To add: you feel as if there is no one to talk to because they might look down on you because they think that you should have past this place and be more matured by now. Which makes you feel even more defeated and conquered. You can see the disappointment in their eyes and you feel the lack of confidence they have in you because you are still struggling with certain situations.

Well people, this by no means mean that God is not God; no matter what our problems are; He is still the Almighty God and He truly is working it out for our good. Jesus Christ is Lord.

Check this message out from Joyce Myers:

Shalom and Hope those who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful day.

Hugs everyone.

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Soldiers of the CROSS


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Hey everyone,

I read this very encouraging article and I had to share it with you.

In our lives there are so many distractions or what can become distractions, for instance: the economy, families, horrible jobs, great jobs, survival or friends etc.. Now for those of us who are trying to live to please God, by trying to follow all His commandments, it gets hard sometimes. For some of us we: cry, complain, curse, lock ourselves away, keep malice with God (poor us), sulk like children, become jealous and envious of those who are not having it as hard as we think we are, pray more, spend more time in God’s presence, meditate and speak God’s word over our lives and in our situations and sadly some of us becomes impatient, forget our purpose and turn away from God.

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1 Corinthians 16:13-14

(13) Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (14) Let all that you do be done with love.
New King James Version

Are we not in a spiritual fight? Do we not face an adversary that wants to destroy us? Have we not committed ourselves to give our lives, if necessary? Matthew Poole, who published his commentary in 1685, makes a good point when speaking of “quit ye like men” (“be brave”, NKJV):

. . . you are as soldiers fighting against the world, the flesh, and the devil; do not behave yourselves like children, whom the least opposition will terrify and throw down; but like men, with a spiritual courage and fortitude, becoming such who have so good a Captain, and so good a cause.

The “captain of their salvation” (Hebrews 2:10) is our commanding officer in battle. Our Captain has given us the equipment we need to carry out our duties: these four imperatives. All of them—watching, standing firm in the faith, acting like men, and being strong—can be considered as masculine traits due to the military analogies; but they are not limited to men, nor should they be.

Satan has perverted the minds of today’s world to the point that these traits are regarded negatively. Feminists might concede that men are strong and courageous, in some cases, but foolishly so. We are told that women are loving and nurturing and these qualities are to be preferred. So much so that homosexuality is considered normal and a man that truly acts like a man is abnormal—a Neanderthal. It is a mixed-up world indeed.

However, these traits are not mutually exclusive! Notice what Paul says in verse 14: “Let all that you do be done with love.” Verse 13 is not for lumberjacks, and verse 14, for women and sensitive, new-age males! Not at all. As Christians, we are to “be men” and do all with love. Is not love showing concern for others? In the Christian fight, are not watching, standing in the faith, exhibiting courage, and being strong—in order to protect their loved ones and their way of life—showing love? Certainly!

The entire book of I Corinthians is, as Henry Halley says, “Mainly about Certain Church Disorders.” Brethren met in their homes and small halls in one of the largest, richest, and most important cities of the Roman Empire. The brethren there were faced with decadence, temptation, and vices of every sort. They experienced corruption on a grand scale. There were factions and competing groups. Sound familiar? Truly, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Our lives to this point have been difficult, and more tough times lie ahead. We know that God will provide. God is faithful (I Corinthians 1:9), and we do not need to worry about how He will do it. Instead, we need to take care of our end of the deal: to be ever-vigilant, standing firm in the faith, courageous and strong, doing everything in concern for others. All this is summed up by andrizomai: quit ye like men!

— Mike Ford
http://www.theberean.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Home.showBerean/BereanID/8165/1-Corinthians-16-13-14.htm

God never promised that life serving Him would be a bed of roses on this earth, in fact He said in John 15 that we would be hated, BUT…. But what you may ask, well I think you should go for you BIBLE and get to reading to find out the answer. For new believers start with the book of John.

Love you all in Christ.

Shalom

How to rewire/renew your mind Pt. 3


HERE IS THE KEY TO REWIRING/RENEWING OUR MINDSbible_read_me

Well this is the first step: start reading the bible daily; know what it says especially about the areas in our minds that needs rewiring/renewing. In the old testament the people said that they wrote the word on their hearts so that they would not sin against God. (rephrased psalms 119:11)

Second step: plug into the word of God by meditating on the chapters and verses that you need.
Plug into His word
med·i·tate
/ˈmedəˌtāt/
Verb
Think deeply or focus for a time for spiritual purposes or to relax.
Think deeply or carefully about (something).
Synonyms
contemplate – think – muse – ponder – reflect – cogitate

Replace the negative thoughts that hold us back in the past with the words of truth. Those negative thoughts separates us from God and creates openings in our lives for Satan and His forces of darkness to work in our lives.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Satan comes to KILL STEAL AND DESTROYS US.. HE AND HIS DEMONS HATE US!! Jesus Christ came that we may have life and have it abundantly.

Why does Satan attacks our minds more than anything else? Well, the real battle takes place in our minds and if he controls our minds then he controls us…. The word of God says: as a man thinketh so is he. Lets go back to Eve, when the serpent went to her he played with her mind. He caused her to rethink what God said and she wrongly entertained him….Genesis 3: 1-4 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

TAKING IT FURTHER: How could an adult look at a baby/child and have sexual desires for them? How can parents sell their eight year old daughters to men five times their age into marriage. How can someone hack another human being limb from limb? How can people go on church pulpit and scam the people? How can we hate others and say we love God? How can we envy or be jealous of our brothers because we are not pleased with our own lives.

The bible says, submit to God then we can resist the devil (rephrased). We can not resist the devil on our own. Satan has been around for a long time before us; he studies us, he knows our weakness and he will milk it.

THIRD STEP: Speak the word of God over our lives. Say it!!! The bible says we have life and death in our tongues.. Speak it over, over and over again, speak it until you have total freedom over the wrong mindsets that you have. It is like this, I have been learning to play the keyboard for over ten years (HAHA) and I still need lessonsplaying keyboard. Why you may ask? Well, I have not been persistent, I have never practice until I mastered it hence, each time I resume lessons I am still at level 2, when I should be at mastery. Also, remember that it is not by our might or power but that it happens by the Spirit of the Lord our God.

CHECK THIS OUT: For instance, you struggle with rejection. Satan says you are a reject, right BUT God says IN John 15: I chose you, you did not choose ME. God says, you are predestined and called, by Him. Another one: Maybe most of your life people have said you are worthless and no good. God says in Jeremiah 29:11 for I know the plans I have for you says God, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.

These are just a few ways our minds can be renewed. God did not create us to stay under the thumb of Satan. He says that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. God warned us that we would go through hard times, read John 15 but He says that His grace is sufficient for us. He says in our weakness He is made strong.

STEP FOUR: worship, praise and pray to God. Listen as He speaks as well and be obedient to His leading.

These are just a few steps that will help us to rewire or renew our minds from wrong mindsets.

Listen, if God sent His Son to die for our salvation and resurrect Him for our justification, why would He want to harm us. After all He is God, He can do whatever He wants.
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How to rewire/renew your mind Pt. 2


ThinkethShalom friends,

I am continuing on the topic rewiring/renewing the mind.

What is mindset?
According to Web definitions: mindset is an habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations.

In my last post I shared a clip from a christian’s view and his experience of having his mind/brain rewired/renewed. In this post I will share an article from http://www.mind-sets.com/html/mindset/when_your_mindset_was_formed_created.htm
This article informs us how mind-sets are formed and how the mind can be rewired the website above.

WHEN MIND-SETS ARE FORMED

For most of us, our mind-sets were CREATED FOR US, at an early age. Whether though parents, teachers or friends, we readily absorbed what we were told. As we had little or no other point of reference we eagerly accepted new offered knowledge and were not in the best position to critically evaluate what we were told. If reinforced, either verbally or through experience this new knowledge became deeply rooted and embedded within us and began to form our beliefs about how the world operates and our place within it.

Later in life we may have experienced events and circumstances that contradicted what we thought we already knew, even on occasion allowing us to modify slightly a deep rooted belief or mind-set, but mostly we are stuck with what we were told early on and what has been our reference point for much of our lives.

Research across many disciplines including physics, neurology, psychology and education have shown that your mind-set is formed by the combined interaction of habitual thoughts and the corresponding images and emotions they elicit. More importantly it appears that once your thoughts and emotions have become habitual, they form a neural network that keeps the mind-set habitually in place. Keeping you, literally, on automatic.

Your mind-set and its associated neural network will continue developing and become stronger the more you REPEAT and PRACTICE the mind-set. The more habitual your thoughts, the stronger the neural network. The stronger the neural network, the stronger the mind-set regardless of whether your thoughts are positive OR negative.

If you are locked into a negative mind-set about something then you are likely to keep repeating to yourself the negative self-talk surrounding it and to continue to ‘see’ things a certain way. This becomes self-fulfilling until you totally believe it. On the other hand if you have a positive mind-set regarding something then this is usually reinforced also. In effect we see what we want to see. Hear what we want to hear and ultimately BE what we think we should be. Whatever we believe, we tend to prove ourself right – over and over again.

LETS DIG DEEPER – Lets go to the book with all the answers,The bible

PART 3 COMING SOON

How to renew/rewire our minds


Hi all,

The church I attend has presently embarked on a study about renewing our minds. What does God’s word says about that, what does the world says about it, how is it done and can it be done.
Rewiring the brain

I am so grateful that we are on this topic because there are some very hurtful memories that Satan uses to plague me from childhood to present. Sometimes it is so bad that I would pray some ridiculous request to God, asking that these memories or thoughts would be permanently erased. I finally prayed the right thing, which was to ask God for help. He instructed me what to do, which is to: study, meditate and speak His word. This method would help but then I would get impatient with myself because I was not being healed fast enough. I then believed that they would never go away, that they were always going to be a hindrance in my life ( 😦 ). Thanks be to God my hope has been renewed that I do not have to live in defeat to these memories longer and you dont have to live a defeated life either. God’s word say in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Check out this testimony of how God can help us and has help Dr. Paul Hegstrom:

Scripture references:

Joshua 1:8-9

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful 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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Ephesians 4: 22-23

To put off your old self which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

What does the non-christian scientists say?

TO BE CONTINUED

Float by Faith


The fact also is that it does not take much from us; for instance Luke 17:6 says: … “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
I think this post” hit the nail on the head” about faith and your analogy of learning to float was on target. continue to allow God to speak through you. Shalom

From the Inside Out

Years ago in my hometown, when the community pool was built, Dad often took my brother and me swimming.  I marveled at the way my father could slice the water with a smooth dive, roll over on his back, and float.  Without even moving his arms and legs, he could remain on top of the water.  Amazing!

When I tried it, I sank–immediately.

“Daddy!  Show me how to float!” I cried.

First, he helped me to lie flat-out on top of the water.  His hand gently supported the middle of my back.  And then Dad said the strangest thing.

“Now, relax.”

What?!  Every fiber of my being was tense.  I just knew that if I relaxed, my nose would instantly fill up with heavily chlorinated water.

But I trusted Dad.  He wouldn’t trick me into a catastrophe.  So I tried to relax.

Easier said than done.  Try as I…

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


Faith in GodHey everyone,

I want us to look at our faith in God. What does it mean to have faith in God. How important it is to have faith in God and what the repercussion is for not having faith in God.

According to dictionary.com faith is:
1 – confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2 – belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3 – belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4 – belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5 – a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.

FAITH ACCORDING TO HEBREWS 11
New International Version (NIV)
FAITH IN ACTION IS:

1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d]

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again.

I deliberately left out a couple of verses for the flip side to having faith. It is by faith that we are saved; those of us who believe that Jesus is the Christ and have asked Him to be Lord of our lives. The bible also says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Therefore faith in God is crucial to our survival and growth in God!?

To be continued….