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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Healing by faith today

Author: Mark Replogle

Jesus has shown us how you choose to be healed is just as good as another person’s chosen method. The Bible says so.

But you already knew this, right?

No?! Ok....here is what I mean. Mark 5:21-43 tells that one woman was miraculously healed because of her touching the hem of Jesus’ cloak. While another woman was raised from the dead by Jesus’ touching her hand and commanding her to get up.

The first woman chose how to be healed by Jesus and didn’t even ask Him. She took her healing and felt His power go through her body (verses 28, 29).

The second woman had her father ask Jesus to heal her of her sickness. Obviously this took place before the daughter died.

POINT: You can choose how you want God to heal you.

TAKE ACTION: I can’t heal you but I do know a person who is still alive and has experienced supernatural healing. Let me encourage you to read his e-book. Apply what he has learned to your own life situation.

After you get healed — please email me to share your testimony.

Go now to: http://www.kingofprayer.com/healing.php

1) Read his book

2) Apply his ideas and scripture in your life

Mr. Replogle is the author of numerous books and articles on faith, prayer,
and politics. He is a licensed Californi attorney specializing in
personal bankruptcy, and veterans benefits law.
He served 14 years in the United States Marine Corps. His last tour was
with the general's legal staff in Hawaii (Marine Forces Pacific, Staff
Judge Advocate).

God Meets Us in the Most Banal Ways

By Steve Wickham

Riding a bicycle is not only good exercise, an excuse
to enjoy God's green earth, and good for the environment; it's also a
way to be touched by God... let me continue.

As I rode
one Saturday morning recently, having barely warmed up, I noticed as we
occasionally do, a wheelie bin with its contents strewn over the
roadway--it was mainly a mix of magazines, junk mail, old cartons, but
with some perishable waste. Someone had had some 'fun' messing up
someone's day!

Something within me, which nowadays I associate as
the Spirit of God, caused me to get off my bike and do something to
neaten up the roadway; call it my 'good deed for the day.'

As I
commenced this little 'recovery' project I noticed across the road, two
little girls (each around 5-6 years of age) who'd noticed what I was
doing and wanted in.

I barely had time to consider this when
they'd already charged across the road (without looking out for
traffic) toward me. Being rather conscious of stranger-danger, apart
from seeing them take a risk like crossing the road without looking,
left me feeling cautious and distracted. I greeted them and gave them a
gentle lesson on the "whys" of looking before crossing the road.[1]

next thing that grabbed me was the fact they were so willing to
help. Even when I said it was safer for them not to help because it
entailed crossing the road, they were still keen and came up with an
innovative suggestion all their own... 'You give us the rubbish and
we'll put it in the bin for you,' was their idea. I agreed so as to
encourage their altruism.

As we worked together to clean the mess up we worked as a team, and they even warned me
to watch out for cars and trucks passing by! After we finished,
prompted again by the stranger-danger voice within me, I ascertained
where these girls lived and kindly introduced myself to the parent
there as the 'stranger' the girls might later refer to me as.

I continued on my morning ride I reflected. All I did was obey the
Voice within me. I think now of the amount of times I'm hardly aware of
the Voice or times when I choose not to obey--I'm a little hard of
hearing at times.

In this, God showed me so saliently how he
could 1) use me positively, and 2) how the most ugly jobs and
experiences can turn out beautifully. He also showed me to back my
instincts with these little girls and allow them to help me--they showed me how to be generous-hearted. The legalist 'me' would have seen their suggestions of help negatively. 

God's Spirit filled me again to overflowing as I reflected; I'm so
thankful that he gives me these leadings and experiences.

Copyright © 2009, S. J. Wickham.  All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

A key to unlocking the heart of a child toward behavioural obedience is
to explain the "whys" in ways they can identify with. I asked them what
could happen if they were hit by a car i.e. they could be killed, and
how their Mum and Dad would feel about that--how their parents would be
upset. Then I said I'd also be upset to see this happen too; all the
while maintaining (and watching for) eye contact and attention. This is
something that was reinforced for me during a recent session of a Growing Families Australia course. More information, www.gfi.org.au

Wickham is a safety and health professional (BSc, MSIA, RSP) and a
qualified lay Christian minister (GradDipDiv). His passion in vocation
is facilitation and coaching; encouraging people to soar to a higher
value of their potential. Steve's key passion is work / life balance
and re-creating value for living, and an exploration of the person
within us.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Woman Sees Jesus in Her Cheese Toast

A woman in Inman, South Carolina says she just wanted a piece of cheese toast but, she received an image of Jesus in her latenight snack.

Becoming Born Again: What Exactly Is The Process?

There are three distinctly different levels of salvation of which becoming 'Born Again' is the first!

Becoming born again means you have your spirit regenerated or recreated by the power of Almighty God. It means having your very nature changed from mere human to incorporate the divine!

The following verses from the Bible help substantiate the concept of men sharing in God's divinity.

"I, the Most High God, say that all of you are gods and also my own children." (Psalms 82:6)

"Jesus replied: In your Scriptures doesn't God say, "You are gods"? (John 10:34). (CEV)

The purpose of becoming 'Born Again' is to regain something that was lost to the Human Race in the beginning of time.

Man was originally made in the image and likeness of God and connected to God through his spirit but when Adam sinned against his Creator the result was disconnection from God and a loss of identity.

This disconnection is called spiritual death, which is a separation from the life of God and a corruption of the nature of God.

Now, because of God's unchanging love for His children He created a way for us to be once more reconnected to Him and receive His divine nature. This happens through the process of becoming 'Born again.'

How exactly is a person 'Born Again'?

It happens like this. First, you hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

What is the Gospel?

It's the good news that even though you were born spiritually separated from God and on your way to becoming permanently separated from Him in Hell, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took the judgment of Adam's sin upon Himself and died in the place of every human being. He then rose from the dead three days later so that we could receive His righteousness in place of our guilt and be reconciled and reconnected to God, thus receiving His divine nature in order to live with Him forever in Paradise.

That's the Gospel in a nutshell!

You hear it and when you do, God grants you the grace to receive it! You receive the message and it becomes a Seed planted in your spirit.

That Seed is the word you heard.

This Word-Seed contains the very nature of God because God and His Word are one; they cannot be separated. They are identical in nature. The bible says, "...The word was God." (John 1:1)

Now, because the nature of God is inherent in His Word this means that His Word shares in His omnipotence; in other words, the Word of God has the power to create something out of nothing. This is confirmed in the first chapter of Genesis when God was present and the Holy Spirit was moving upon the face of the waters but nothing happened until God spoke! The divine power inherent in God's Word created everything we see.

So, the nature of God in the form of a Seed is planted in your spirit!

Now, God gives you the faith to act upon that Seed.

You act in faith by confessing out of your mouth the very thing He promised to do, believing He will do it, while you totally submit to His will!

This is the application of your faith! Your confession (prayer) might go like this:

Prayer of Salvation:

Lord Jesus, you said in Revelation 3:20 that you're standing outside the door of my heart, my life, and knocking for me to let you in. I now make a decision to open the door of my heart, my life and let you in. Please come in Lord Jesus and take complete control, forgive me and cleanse me from my sin and make me a child of God! I am sorry for every sin that I have ever committed. I believe in you and accept you alone as my Lord and Savior! Amen!

When you say these words from your heart totally believing they are true, it acts as a catalyst, germinating the Word-Seed or God-Seed if you will, releasing the life of God within you.

This process is such that the faith you apply acts on the God-Seed cracking it open, allowing the life of God to flow out into your spirit. The same thing happens when you plant a grain of corn into the ground. The heat and moisture of the earth creates an environment that causes the corn seed to burst open releasing the life of the corn within and you have a brand new creation - A corn plant

In this case your spirit is the earth and your faith and words are the heat and moisture, which creates the environment for the God-Seed to crack open releasing the life of God within you.

As this new life flows out, it completely pervades and engulfs your spirit transforming it. Where there was death there's now life. Where there was old, now there's new. "...When this has taken place, then that which was said in the Writings will come true, Death is overcome by life," 1Cor 15:54. (BBE)

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new," 2Co 5:17.

Your old spirit ceases to exist and your new spirit lives! You have become a new creation!

Now, the life of God is synonymous with the nature of God, so as His life flows into you His nature is released. Receiving the life of God therefore, is the same as receiving the nature of God!

So, you now have a new nature. "...He has given to us the greatest and precious promises, that through these ye may become partakers of [the] divine nature," 2 Pet 1:4 (Darby Translation)

The nature of God is Holiness, which means to be unique, other than everything else, sanctified, consecrated and set a part as extremely special. This is what God is and this is what you have become when you share in His nature.

You have become a different type of human being; one of God's new creation!

You are unique, different, changed from natural to spiritual, from death to life... You are Born Again!

Now, here's the key to this whole experience, if you miss this, YOU MISS EVERYTHING!

The catalyst that activates the power of God to work in you to bring to pass this miracle is faith but the Bible says faith without works is dead. (James 2:20) So what are the works, which accompanies this faith to make it alive?

In one word, it is REPENTANCE!

If you repeat that prayer of salvation above without giving up something there's no power released... They're just empty words.

You must surrender something in order to receive this precious gift from God. This doesn't mean that you earn or buy your salvation - You cannot - but the concept is this: If your hands are already filled with something then you cannot grasp anything else can you? Even if that new thing is absolutely free you've still got to let go of whatever's in your hands before you can grasp what's being offered to you.

This is what repentance is; it is a letting go of one thing to receive something else or a turning away from one thing to embrace something new.

In my case 20 years ago it was a belief in reincarnation, my belief in reincarnation was my spiritual support, it was the thing that gave me a sense of security, order and structure in my life.

So, when the Gospel of Jesus Christ was explained to me and the truth of it dawned on me, I found myself having a decision to make. Was I going to continue holding on to what I felt comfortable with or was I going to let go of that false doctrine and embrace the truth?

This is what every one of us MUST face sooner or later. Whenever we're presented with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we must choose whether we're going to let go of whatever we're holding on to for spiritual support and fully embrace Jesus Christ or continue in the same direction we're going, holding on to whatever spiritual crutch we're holding on to.

So, to sum this up, the power of God to effect miraculous change is activated only when we act in faith and acting in faith to receive salvation means turning your back on whatever you've been holding on to for spiritual support and embracing Jesus Christ Himself as your total means of salvation. This, my friends is what activates the power of God and causes a person to become 'Born Again.'

As I said at the beginning, this is only the first level in a three-phased process but certainly the most important for it provides the foundation upon which the entire Christian experience is built.

This is why Jesus said, "You must be born again." (John 3:7).

By: Everest John Alexander

Everest John Alexander is a Minister/Author/Entrepreneur in public
ministry for over 17 years, Pastoring for 4 years. He's married to his
best friend, Loraine and together they have two children, Andrew and
Jade. His first book is called, "Understanding The 3 Levels of
Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body". You can listen to his Voice Blog,
read his Articles and download his free Ebooks at: www.Kingdomlearning.com

Responding To Atheists: The God I Know

In my travels through Cyberspace I've had the opportunity to engage in fervent discussion with several fellow travelers of the, shall we say Atheistic persuasion. And the one thing most of them seem to have in common is an arrogant disdain for anything Christian.

Why is that I wonder?

I am a Christian. Have been for 20 years actually August 11th 2008 was my 20th anniversary of receiving Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. It happened in my living room on a Thursday evening surrounded by my wife and three other really great friends, but that's another story, for another time.

I recently wrote an article and published it online, it's entitled, "Speaking in Tongues: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Pt 2" and is the second part to an article written to help Christians who may want to experience Holy Spirit baptism and begin speaking in tongues, but don't know how to go about it.

This article has spawned close to 100 comments so far, a lot of which were written by my fellow Atheist Cyber-pilgrims.

Why do Atheists feel they have to respond to everything Christian on the web? That's the question needling me in the back of my head for a while now.

I wasn't thinking about it consciously but this morning as I began waking up these thoughts were swimming around my mind and I decided to put pen to paper or more accurately, finger to keyboard and share my thoughts with the Cyber-community and especially with my God-denying comrades.

So, here in my own words is a little bit of info about the God I know; the God with whom I have been sharing a personal and intimate relationship for the past 20 years.

You cannot prove God exists!!!

I've heard that famous Atheistic challenge spewed more than once.

The thing is, I don't feel the need to prove anything to anyone. Believe what you want, that's your funeral.

However, for the record, I don't just believe God exists, I know He does! He's my friend, we have a relationship.

I've been walking and talking with Him for 20 years. If I were to stand here and tell you I only believe but I'm not totally sure He's real I'd be a crazy man.

Whom have I been speaking with every day for 20 years of my life? Whom have I been having daily conversations with ever since I was first introduced to Him on Thursday August 11th 1988 at about 4:30PM in my living room?

I know exactly who He is, He is the Lord Jesus Christ, God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth! He is the Holy Spirit who lives inside me imparting eternal life moment by moment, He's God the Father who shows me daily what a real father is supposed to be like.

There's one other thing I find consistent with most Atheists. For the most part they seem to be highly educated and intelligent people. They can carry their own in almost any conversation and debate the issues with relevant points of reference.

I like that.

What I don't like is when they assume that Born Again Christians are by definition mindless religious drones that have all been lobotomized and need to be viewed with patronizing scorn and treated with veiled contempt.

That rankles me - Especially when the Christian world-view is infinitely more sensible than the Atheistic.

It's interesting to me that most of the Atheists I've spoken with seem to think there's something inherently foolish in one believing in and worshipping God and believing in the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ when many of earth's foremost scholars share these very beliefs.

For instance, when asked the question: "Do you accept the historical Jesus?"

Here's what one noted scientist answered:

"Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."

This same scientist further stated:

"In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views."

Who was this scientist?

You may have heard of him, he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to Quantum Theory and for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.

He is one of the founders of modern physics and the author of the Theory of Relativity. In December 2000 he was named "the personality of the second millennium."

His name is Albert Einstein; arguably the smartest man that ever lived, after King Solomon and Jesus, of course.

My Atheist friend, the next time you're tempted to call a Christian by some derogatory name, make a snide remark about his faith or insinuate that he or she is not playing with a full deck, I advise you to think carefully before speaking.

There's a saying that goes, "It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt."

"Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance"

"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of His dominion He is wont to be called Lord God."

This is the God I know, the same One who wakes me up every morning, the very One who protects me when I don't even realize I need protecting. He's also the same God with whom I get angry at times when I think He's being unfair or moving too slow to bring me something I desperately want.

He's the same God who sees me with all my human weaknesses and inconsistencies and loves me in spite of it all, He's the One who respects me even when I don't think I deserve respect, who always lifts me up and encourages me especially when I don't feel like going on.

This is the God I know.

This is the same God who died for you and I so that each of us might have a chance at redemption.

This God is real and has a plan for each of our lives, one that if followed will reap for us both temporal and eternal benefits.

This is the God I know.

By the way; that entire quote above from the words, "Atheism is so senseless" to "He is wont to be called Lord God" aren't my words.

Those words were actually spoken by Sir Isaac Newton.

In case you don't know who he is, let me introduce you.

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian. He's the founder of Classical Physics and Infinitesimal Calculus.

His "PhilosophiƦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica" published in 1687, is said to be the greatest single work in the history of science. In this work, Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, laying the groundwork for classical mechanics, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries and is the basis for all modern engineering.

He's the one who said, "Atheism is senseless!"

What do you think about that? Is Sir Isaac Newton a mindless drone who can't think for himself and needs religion to comfort his feeble mind? What say you?

Call me stupid for being a Christian and believing the Bible but if I were you my Atheist friend, I would pay attention to who's agreeing with Christians, before I open my mouth.

By: Everest John Alexander

Everest John Alexander is a Minister/Author/Entrepreneur in public
ministry for over 17 years, Pastoring for 4 years. He's married to his
best friend, Loraine and together they have two children, Andrew and
Jade. His first book is called, "Understanding The 3 Levels of
Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body". You can listen to his Voice Blog,
read his Articles and download his free Ebooks at: www.Kingdomlearning.com

Seek Safe Haven Under God's Umbrella

By Jean Dewitt

According to Psalm 91:9 (NLT), "If you make the LORD
your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will come
near your dwelling."

What happens when you're caught out in the
rain? You run for shelter, right? That's the natural instinct when
we're about to be pelleted! So why don't we RUN to God's Word when
we're being pelleted by life? Why don't we sprint with great spring in
our step, leaping with expectation as to what he will do on our behalf?

your response when you face a challenge? Do you worry about it? Do you
complain about it to anyone that will listen? Do you cry? Do you fret?
What pattern or habitual response do you have to those raindrops that
fall upon you?

I believe this is a key question that leads to a
key thought. What if you were to run to the Word of God, find a verse
that brings peace to your mind about that challenge and spend a moment
praying about it? It would not only give your mind a detour--it would
bring your mind to a safe haven. The Most High would become a shelter
on that issue!

Bad thoughts (thoughts contrary to God's blessing
thoughts) can't conquer you if you RUN to God to find shelter. Yes, if
you counter attack bad thoughts with good thoughts you're sure to turn
in the right direction. After all, "faith comes by hearing God's Word."
So the faith that you'll receive in those moments will be your umbrella!

forget, further down in Psalm 91:14 (NLT) the LORD says, "...I will
rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer. I will be with them in trouble. I
will rescue them..."

So you see, he actually guarantees you that
he'll respond to you when you run to him for the answer versus leaning
on your own understanding regarding the problem. His protection,
direction, and favor will be poured out to you liberally, and that is a
rainfall that you won't need an umbrella for!

At http://gloryjean.com
you'll find inspiration to help you find "your place" in this life. I
believe in the power of words. They have the ability to frame your
world and fashion your thoughts! So the poems, essays, articles, and
eBooks found on my site can cause you to think, dream, explore, expand,
envision, and create.

Thriving During Tough Times - Keeping the Faith

By Jon L Iveson

When we are in the midst of the storm, it is
sometimes hard to maintain high levels of faith in the ultimate outcome
of our situation.  But this is precisely the time to cultivate our
faith and persist.  Faith will allow us to find peace in the storm and
find the next right action for our situation. 

Courage is often
defined as action in the face of fear and doubt.  We must have the
courage during the storm to cultivate our faith even when it seems
lacking.  This cultivated faith will then allow us to take positive
action when we are in the middle of the storm.  This faith will not
only serve us well during these prolonged tough times but it will also
serve us well at all times in the future.

When you lack faith
during the challenges of these tough times, consider the following
examples and then take the three specific actions below to cultivate
your faith to overcome any of your challenges!


  • When
    Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, it took over 2,000 experiments
    to get it right.  When a reporter asked how it felt to fail so many
    times, he said "I never failed once.  I invented the light bulb.  It
    just happened to be a 2,000 step process."
  • Richard Bach
    completed just one year of college, spent just twenty months as an Air
    Force jet fighter pilot before resigning, and worked as an editor of an
    aviation magazine as it went bankrupt.  Life simply became one failure
    after another.  When he wrote Jonathon Livingston Seagull, he couldn't
    think of an ending.  The manuscript went unfinished for eight years
    before he finally came up with an ending.  It was then rejected by 18
    publishers.  When it was finally published, it sold more than 7 million
    copies and made Richard Bach an internationally known and respected
  • A young Canadian named Terry Fox had his cancer
    ridden leg amputated yet vowed to run on one leg from coast to coast
    through Canada to raise $1 million for cancer research.  Although he
    was forced to quit halfway through the attempt because the cancer had
    spread to his lungs, he did raise the funds and his foundation has gone
    on to raise ten of millions of dollars for cancer research.
  • Victor
    Frankl survived a longtime capture in Nazi concentration camps even
    after suffering the loss of his father, mother, brother, and wife in
    those same concentration camps. He lost his loved ones, every
    possession and suffered from hunger, cold, and brutality.  Yet, he kept
    his faith, survived, and made a significant impact in this world.
  • Admiral
    Jim Stockdale survived an eight-year imprisonment during the Vietnam
    War in which he was tortured over twenty times.  He went on to say
    about the experience, "I never lost faith in the end of the story.  I
    never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would
    prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of
    my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade."  Jim Collins coined
    the Stockdale Paradox on the basis of Admiral Jim Stockdale's
    experience.  The Stockdale Paradox is to "Retain faith that you will
    prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties AND, at the same
    time, confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, wherever
    they might be."

Cultivating Your Faith:

1. Remember that the only people who don't have any problems are dead
Consider that to give your situation perspective and begin creating an
attitude and mindset to address all problems with true appreciation for
the life you have been given to live (to its fullest).

2. All problems are just misdirected energy. 
The problems of a down economy are just different than the problems of
a booming economy.  They are all problems of misdirected energy.  We
are all suffering from the general misdirected energy of greed and
entitlement right now but these problems can be overcome.  Ask yourself
how can I re-direct the energy of my situation to create solutions,
peace, and abundance?  Then, take action to move the energy around you
in that direction.

3. Become an inverse paranoid! 
This is Principle #6 of Jack Canfield's Success Principles and it means
to believe that the universe is working to enrich, empower, and advance
your causes.  If you need help thinking like an inverse paranoid,
consider the following biblical verse:


yourself if you are aligning your thoughts and actions with your higher
power.  If you are, you should immediately find peace and be motivated
by right action.  If not, re-align your thoughts and deeds to gain
peace during your storm and begin looking for the ways that the
universe is conspiring in your favor! 

Ask yourself, how can I
use this experience to my advantage?  Then, take action.  If that
action does not lead to your expected outcomes, learn from it and know
that God has something better in store for you.

About the Author:

L. Iveson, Ph.D., The Champion's Coach, is a Gazelles Certified Coach
who helps individuals and companies produce champion results and build
champion relationships. Access Jon's FREE 21-page e-Book on "The 8
Steps to Thriving during Tough Times" and other valuable resources at http://www.ThrivingduringToughTimesToday.com

Proverbs 31 Women Have No Thorns

By Kathryn Lang

Becoming a Proverbs 31 woman means that I have to
find a way to get it better than Paul got it. Sure, he may have written
a large portion of the bible. Paul may have spread the news of Jesus
Christ all over the known world. But Paul couldn't handle something as
simple as a splinter the way the Proverbs 31 woman handled it.

talks about a thorn in his side and scholars have debated over what it
might be for years - probably even since he first wrote it. Tonight I
think I uncovered what it was. It was a thorn ;). It was an irritant
that if left alone would just fester, get infected and cause more
trouble than should be possible.

The Proverbs 31 woman had no
thorns or if she did she simply removed them and then cleansed the area
where the thorns were located. It seems rather obvious that Paul either
left the thorn alone and tried to ignore it or else he simply kept
getting back into the same sticker bush time and again.

I faced
my thorn tonight. It was just a minor irritant, but I can see how it
could get bigger if left to its own devices. The idea of it being a
thorn didn't even cross my mind until I was recounting the evening to a
good friend.

After I said the words "it's just a thorn" I began
to think about how my son's splinter got infected because he left it
alone and now he's having trouble bending his thumb. At the same time
his brother let us pull the thorn out of his hand that he had gotten
and then that brother just washed the spot and it's fine.

Ways the Proverbs 31 Woman Stays Thorn Free

Being a Proverbs 31 woman means rising before sunrise which give you
plenty of time to spend with God. Time with God means it is easier to
hear directions and avoid the thorns in the first place.

• The
Proverbs 31 woman was always busy doing something for God. Spending
time doing the things that are suppose to be done means there is no
time to do the things that shouldn't be done (which is where you will
find the thorns most of the time anyway).

• It takes wisdom and
understanding to know how to deal with thorns and the Proverbs 31 woman
has more than enough of that to go around.

Avoiding thorns is not
always possible, but the Proverbs 31 woman is proof that with the right
words and the right understanding it is possible to get rid of any
thorns that you do encounter and live thorn free.

Kathryn Lang is a freelance writer working for several companies around the globe. You can view some of her links at http://www.kathrynlang.com. She also has a website with tips, stories and suggestions for living a Proverbs 31 life at http://www.proverbs31life.com

God's Power in Us

By Angela Mwema

When we pass through trials and tribulations, most of
the times, we wonder if God is still with us. During this period, it is
very easy to get out of the will of God. When we have demonic attacks
in our lives, most of the times, we panic. We think about God or seek
him as the last option. Let me give you an example. You are a parent of
a one month old baby.

This is your first baby. In the middle of
the night, she develops a fever and has difficulty breathing. What do
you do? Do you pick up the Bible and start looking for verses that
declare that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed or do you pick up
the phone to dial 911 for an ambulance?

I know that most of us
would pick up the phone and much later start praying and declaring the
word of God in the situation. This is not how it ought to be. As
Christians we have God's power in us by the fact that Jesus Christ
lives in us. We have power over the devil. Why let him come and triumph
over your life. Why let him still your joy while with just one word you
can drive him away.

When you start trusting the word of God in
your life, you realize that situations and issues don't rule you but
you have power over them. Just have more faith and you will be
astonished at what you can do in the name of Jesus. As a Christian, you
have power over death. There is nothing that should put you down as
long as your walk with God is pure.

Mwema is a messenger to the world with the true and living word of God.
Please visit her site for more spiritual nourishment.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Faith, Hope, Love, and Peace - Gain More Faith and Peace in Christ Jesus

By April Fitzgerald

What is the definition of faith, and why should we
have faith.  "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen" - Hebrews 11:1.  We have faith in God when
we put our life in the Lord's Hands, and realize He is in control.  No
matter what or how bad the circumstance is, we must remember to put our
trust in God knowing that He is going to work things out for the best. 
We should have faith in God because He is God.

Ultimately, this
world we live in can be very harsh and cruel.  But, there is a certain
peace and joy when we don't worry about anything and lean on Jesus. 
Jesus loves you and wants you to be dependent upon Him.  Jesus Christ
is MUCH BIGGER than any situation or problem that may seem unbearable. 
Remember, God will never put more on you than you can bear.

you may say to yourself, "Well, every time I try to trust God, doubt
always creep in."  The Lord says that all one needs is the faith of the
size of a mustard seed.  "So Jesus said to them, 'Because of your
unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard
seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it
will move; and nothing will be impossible for you' " - Matthew 17:20. 
All you need is a little bit of faith to conquer a situation.  Also,
praying and fasting will help your situation even more. 

faith is more than just sitting around waiting on God to move a
problem.  We have to make moves when we are burdened down with things. 
This simply means that we have faith, but are not going to be lazy, but
instead, trust in the Lord that He will lead us in the right
direction.  The Bible states, "But do you want to know...that faith
without works is dead?" - James 2:20.  Faith is realizing that God will
lead you in the right direction.  You know you can't sit around waiting
on the Lord, but you trust in Him to guide every aspect of your life. 
Remember, sometimes we can only see a piece of the picture, but God
sees the whole picture.

So, be confident and assured that the
Lord Jesus knows what He is doing.  Put your life in His hands, and let
Him lead you.  Keep your faith and don't lose heart; there will be the
GREAT REWARD OF ETERNAL LIFE waiting for you.  Never lose hope in Jesus
Christ, but realize His love and peace sustain all.

My name is April Fitzgerald. I'm a loving mother, wife, and entrepreneur. My goal is to spread knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Also, visit my site at the following link: http://www.scentbyGod.com

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Get Closer to God by Realizing That You Are Deserving

By Dr. Robert Henry Schwenk

Sometimes our parents teach us that we are not
deserving. In the raising of children the word "No" is heard usually
far more often than the word "Yes." This may be a natural consequence
of raising a child and trying to teach the child what is right and what
is wrong. But over time the "Nos" add up to such a great discrepancy
against the "Yeses" that a child may develop low self-esteem. When one
has low self-esteem one does not feel deserving.

This is a
general non-deserving feeling. With the "Nos" echoing in our head
everything we turned our desire upon, the first thing that came to mind
consciously or unconsciously was a denial of that desire. This desire
or holding off or away came to feel like it was God holding us off or

And then some of us were in churches that told us that we
were unworthy of God's love. We were to gain God's love by believing a
certain way and or living a certain way. If we did not do this, we were
outside of God's love. Being outside of God's love we felt as if we
were un-deserving. Obviously, this did not engender a close feeling
with God.

You've got to come to realize that you are accepted by
God. And part of acceptance means that you are loved by God. And when
you are loved by God as a daughter or son, then all that God has is
yours as well. And if you are loved by God as a daughter or son you are
deserving. It cannot be any other way. You must decide to believe this.
This decision to believe is an action step that you can and must take.
You need to take back control of how you feel about yourself.

When you feel you are deserving, and you are, you will feel a closeness to God returning.

can you do to demonstrate to yourself and that you are deserving? This
is working from the inside out. When you truly feel you are deserving
on the inside, what would you do on the outside to demonstrate that to
yourself? Certainly you can treat yourself to a special food. But don't
overdo that and come to feel bad about yourself another way. How about
helping another person whom you know feels undeserving? Wouldn't that
be a way to reinforce and demonstrate to yourself how deserving you are?
How about volunteering some time at a place where needy folks gathered?
You are honoring other persons as deserving though they are down on
their luck - - and this shows honor to yourself. Think about what you
can do to honor the deservedness you find within yourself. Do it today.
Do it now.

Robert Henry Schwenk (Dr. Bob) is a retired clergy person who spent
more than 38 years in full time service. His has been a lifelong quest
to discover what makes individuals tick. He holds the Doctor of
Ministry degree (D.Min.) from United Theological Seminary in Dayton,
Ohio. His newest booklet "You Deserve To. . " is at https://www.createspace.com/3372045.
Most of us grow up feeling undeserving--as if nothing we truly desire
we have any right to. But we can break this habit and find ourselves
believing that we deserve every legitimate thing or person in our
lives. That we even deserve to be happy. You Deserve To . . . helps you
discover ways to change you life for the better in this instant and for
all your days.