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My Filthy Rags

Some of you already know what I’m about to dive into.  Others of you may be wondering what dirt I’m going to dig up from my past to share with you, and why. Others of you may be thinking of your own “filthy rags” right now… perhaps things you’ve done in the past that you’re not very proud of.

imageYou may be surprised to learn that God uses this term- “filthy rags”- in the Bible not to describe our sinful acts, but our “righteous” ones! Read Isaiah 64:6:

“All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”

When held up to God’s Perfect Holy Standard, even our most “righteous” human works look dirty.  NONE OF US is clean and holy before Perfect God.  You may feel you’re cleaner than the next guy, but you’re still filthy by God’s Standard because you still have sin- you may not stumble at the point that guy does, but you stumble.  We ALL do.  And by sinning just ONCE, we are considered lawbreakers!  Consider these verses-

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.” – James 2:10-11

We “… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23

“There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” – Ecclesiastes 7:20

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12

imageNo one does good- not even one!   No one is righteous and never sins!  If we can swallow our pride and get our head around this truth, we may come to understand why submitting to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is not only the Key to Salvation, but why we were created in the first place.

Contrary to one of the popular notions that it is our own human goodness that gains us entrance to Heaven, God makes it clear that NO ONE IS GOOD in His Perfect eyes- Our BEST works cannot erase our sin nature!- they are like filthy rags to God!  Only God’s Son Jesus Christ is perfect, and since perfection is required for admittance to Heaven, it is Belief in His Son Jesus Christ alone that opens the door to eternal Life with Him!   For Perfect Christ was the Only Sacrifice acceptable to God to pay the price for our sin.  We could not pay our own debt, but HE DID for us!  He is our Perfect High Priest Forever! —

“but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.” – Hebrews 7:24-28

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

Yes- Heaven is a GIFT from God Almighty!  We ALL deserve Hell because every one of us has sin!  God knows that even the best we can do is like filthy rags to Him- nothing even close to His Glory- so He provided us with the Perfect, Stainless Covering to atone for our sins…. His Son Jesus Christ- the Perfect Lamb- the Only Acceptable Sacrifice! The ONLY WAY to Heaven!  Consider the following verses.–

image“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:14-16

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” – John 3:36

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” – John 10:27-28

“…God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – 1 John 5:11-12

Whoever does not have the Son of God does NOT HAVE LIFE!  God leaves no room for question on the issue of what happens once we die.  There are only two possibilities for each of us- Heaven (Joyous Eternal Life through Christ) or Hell (eternal punishment/death with Satan).  God gives us the Key to Eternal Life through His Son Jesus Christ!  The alternative is unimaginable, but God gives us a glimpse of what the place of eternal punishment is like.–

“The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” – Matt 13:41-43

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“He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matt 24:51 [context: v.45-51]

“And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ” – Matt 25:30 [context: v.13-30]

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” – John 15:5-6

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” – Rev 21:8

With these descriptions, should anyone NOT be concerned about where they will spend eternity?

We also see in these verses some clear descriptions for THOSE BEING SENT TO HELL– They are those who “reject the Son,” “do evil,” are “hypocrites,” a “worthless servant,” “cowardly,” “unbelieving,” “vile,” “murderers,” “sexually immoral,” “practicers of magic arts,” “idolaters,” and “liars. — Now you may spot yourself in just this handful of descriptions by God!… I can tell you that I see my “old self” clearly in almost every category!!  Here is the beautiful amazing thing that happens when you accept Christ into your heart and surrender your life to Him– HE MAKES YOU A NEW CREATION!!!  2 Corinthians 5:17 says,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

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No longer a slave to sin, Christ is our Master!!–

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” – Romans 6:6-7

“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” – Romans 6:14

“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:22-23

NOW we have a righteousness that is FULLY ACCEPTABLE to God- based on our FAITH in His Son Jesus Christ!!–

“For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” -Romans 1:17

[Abraham’s faith] “..was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” – Romans 4:22-25

imageWe no longer have filthy rags to offer God!- for NOW our good works are the result of God’s Own Grace, Preparation and Empowerment!– Perfectly spotless, beautiful and acceptable to Him!! —

“being confident of this, that he [God] who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6 [context: v.1-6]

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:8-10

Beautiful Bottom Line- Our Marvelous God does NOT LEAVE US in our futile state of sin!!!!  He does NOT DESIRE TO CAST US INTO HELL, but to wrap His loving arms around us and rescue us from our tragic condition!!!

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And when we make that most important decision of our lives >>> accepting God’s Incredible Gift of Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ>>>, our sins are washed away by His Blood of Forgiveness!…EVERY LAST ONE of them!!!  Contemplate–

“Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” – Romans 4:7-8

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2 [context: Rom 7:21-8:4]

“…he [the Lord] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9b [context: v.9]

Yes, THE CHOICE IS OURS!  God gives us THE FREE WILL CHOICE to be rescued by His Mighty Hand through Christ Jesus and be made new by His Spirit- which is a deposit GUARANTEEING US HEAVEN (2 Cor 5:5)- or to continue walking in the sin-stained ways of our flesh- offering up our filthy rags to God- which GUARANTEES US HELL .

There are TWO CHOICES.  Which one will YOU choose???

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All I Have Is Yours

imageAs I consider more about Eternity, I must immediately acknowledge that the State of Eternity is the State of God.  It might be easy to think that God appeared on the invisible intangible line of Eternity, but that would place even the concept of eternal “time” outside of God’s Domain.  Has anything come before Him?  Is anything outside of His Domain? God was not created.  God always was, is, and always will be– from everlasting to everlasting.  Eternity is God’s Condition– God is Eternal.  Thus, when God grants Eternal Life, He is granting His Own State of Being, that we might share in all of Him- the One Who created all things (Isa 44:24b, John 1:1-3, 17:20-23, 1 Cor 13:12, Col 1:15-17).
Thirsting for the first mentions of God as eternal in the Bible, I went to the Orthodox Jewish Bible, which is an English language version that applies Hebrew cultural expressions to the Messianic Bible.  I have highlighted in bold some of the places I found where the term, “eternity,” or “eternal” appears in the Hebrew.  Take your time, and savor the beautiful Verses below:
For unto us a yeled (child) is born, unto us ben (son) is given; and the misrah (dominion) shall be upon his shoulder; and Shmo (his name) shall be called Peleh (Wonderful), Yoetz (Counsellor), El Gibbor (Mighty G-d), Avi Ad (Possessor of Eternity)*, Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace).  – Yeshaya (Isaiah) 9:6
 
But Yisroel (Israel) shall be saved in Hashem (YHWH) with a Teshuat Olamim (an everlasting salvation); ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded ad olemei ad (for all eternity). – Yeshaya (Isaiah) 45:17
 
But thou, Beit-lechem (Bethlehem) Ephratah, though thou be little among the Alphei Yehudah (Thousands of Judah), yet out of thee shall He [(Messiah)] come forth unto Me [Hashem] that is to be Moshel Yisroel (ruler in Israel); whose goings forth (i.e. origins) have been mikedem, (from everlasting; see Chabakuk 1:12), mimei olam (from the days of eternity).  – Michoh (Micah) 5:2
 
I was set up [to reign] me’olam (from eternity), from the beginning, or ever eretz (the earth) was. – Mishle (Proverbs) 8:23
——- and from the Authorized King James Version of the Bible for the New Testament (original translation from Greek-Tyndale Press):
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness (use the wealth of this life); that, when ye fail (earthly possessions gone), they may receive you into everlasting habitations (an eternal home). – Luke 16:9

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they [men] are without excuse. – Romans 1:20

who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. – 2 Thes 1:9

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. – 1 Pet 5:10

in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began (days of eternity).  –  Titus 1:2

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We see clearly from first writings of the Old Testament that God is Eternal- forever was, is and forever will be.  We see all the more clearly from early writings of the New Testament that God desires to give this Eternal Life to US- His creations! —
 
Consider the passionate prayer of Jesus to His Father on our behalf-
All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. – John 17:10a
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  – John 17:20-23
 
And Paul’s words to Believers in Christ-
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.  – 1 Cor 13:12
 
At Present, we have a fleeting mortal life, however God gives us the KEY to Eternity– which we can have at ANY TIME!!  Please read the following excerpt* from John J. Parsons, an author and Messianic Jew who gives a most beautiful description of how God brings Eternal Life to mankind.— (Please forgive my formatting!)
The ideas about Olam Hazeh and Olam Habah are cosmic and metaphysical – they pertain to the universe outside of ourselves in terms of the LORD’s overarching goal and plan for His creation. From the point of view of the human soul, these are experienced as Chayei Sha’a(fleeting life) and Chayei Olam (eternal life), respectively.
  1. Chayei Sha’ah — Fleeting life; life in this world (Olam Hazeh). This mode of life is absorbed in this world and its physical and social structures: working, eating, pursuing pleasures, etc. Chayei Sha’ah is the life of “vanity of vanities” and is a vapor that soon dissipates in the winds of time. It is sometimes called Olam HaSheker (עוֹלָם הַשֶּׁקֶר), “the false world.”
  2. Chayei Olam — Eternal life; life in the world to come (Olam Habah).
Yeshua and Eternal Life
The Brit Chadashah identifies Chayei Olam as the knowledge of the one true God who sent Yeshua into the world as the Mashiach:

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)

umah chayei olam asher yed’u otkha ki attah l’vadkha
el emet v’et Yeshua Hamashiach asher shalachta.

Chayei Olam, eternal life, is a conscious relationship with God through Yeshua the Messiah. Since God inhabits eternity, this means living in the mode of life that apprehends (by faith) the reality of the eternal in the here and now. In other words, faith sees the Olam Habah and prepares us to partake of its reality even in the Olam Hazeh.But practically speaking, how do we experience Chayei Olam? How do we come to “know the only true God” and the one He sent, namely, Yeshua the Messiah?Ultimately this relationship is created by the Yeshua Himself, for the glory of God. Consider the context of the foregoing verse of scripture:These words spoke Yeshua, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify your Son, that your Son also may glorify thee: As you have given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him.And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Yeshua the Messiah, whom you have sent. (John 17:1-3, KJV)
Chayei Olam is a gift of revelation — from the Messiah directly to you — that ultimately derives from the will of the Father to be chosen as one who will know the truth of God’s love and redemption. This is summarized by the famous verse found in John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

ki-khen ohev elohim et-ha’olam ad-asher
natan ba’ado et-b’no et yechido v’khol hama’amin
bo lo-yovad ki vo yimtsa chayei olam.

In other words, eternal life is the Person of Yeshua the Mashiach — He is the Source of all life and is the One who alone bestows redemptive life to chosen individuals. He is the Initiator of the relationship that heals us, for if He should choose to keep Himself hidden, how would He be disclosed? [END of Reproduction/See copyright* information at bottom]

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Are you asking, “What do I take from all this???” 
 
ETERNAL LIFE IS THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST!  HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE!  HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO THE KINGDOM!  HE ALONE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO GRANT ETERNAL LIFE!  THERE IS  NO OTHER ENTRY POINT! COME TO HIM NOW!  —
 
 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  
–  Matthew 7:7-8
 
“ALL I HAVE IS YOURS!!!”   Love, God
 
 
 
 
 
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Present Eternity

imageI am fearful to write this article.  Fearful because God gave me many thoughts at once this morning, and they all have to do with time and eternity.  The subject is too big for me, for both what I am able to comprehend and write.  My very last post touched on this subject… why am I hearing more now?  I don’t know, but I do know the thought crossed my mind this morning that I need to turn my plans over to God each day, and not keep asking Him to sign off on mine.
 
What do I do with this, Lord?  This is a first… that I have heard clearly from You, yet not known what to do.  I feel you’ve given me the pieces, but I have no idea how to put this together.  I recall immediately, John 3:30: “He must become greater; I must become less.”  I am less, Lord.  Write.
 
The Present is all that we have.  It is immediately connected to Eternity.  The Present is the Only Time of Value.  But Wait!, you say- history holds great value and so will the future, for posterity’s sake!  Listen closely- the Past only has value because it once was the Present- which granted it the right to become the Past.  The Future only has value if it becomes the Present- if it does not, it is only a thought, not a reality (keep that in mind as you make Present decisions!).
Picture a timeline of 3 doors.  The Present is the Door through which we see Eternity.  The Door of the Past is closed and locked on millions upon millions of Present moments gone by.  The Door of the Future might not ever be opened.
Do you see how invaluable the Present is?… How ETERNAL the Present is?  There is no Time in Eternity as we know it here in our finite earthly lives.  Earthly time consists of past+Present+future earthly moments.  Human history had a start point (Adam and Eve) and it will have an end point (End Times).  Eternity, however, consists of Entirely Present Moments!  No beginning (past), no end (future).  That is why our Earthly Present so closely resembles Eternity.  As C.S. Lewis said, “…the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.”
Here is my hand-sketch of how I see our Present in relationship with Eternity (3 doors above).  Sorry, it’s crude.:
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And here is why we humans even think at all about life beyond this finite earthly experience:
“He [God]… has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds, yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”  -Ecc 3:11b AMP
Wow!  I consider Eternity because God planted that desire in me as His special creation!  God reminds me that I existed in His Infinite Mind long before I physically came to be, in the Words of the psalmist~
 
“My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.   
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”    -Psa 139:15-16
…and in Paul speaking to followers of Christ Jesus at Ephesus~
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”  -Eph 1:4-6
Now, as I ponder the state of no beginning and no end, knowing I am created as an Eternal being, I am hit with the realization that I am living Eternity AT PRESENT!!!   Does this make sense to you?  Is your mind blown like mine?!!
Believe me, folks, I am becoming aware of things as I type- I spoke of my fear and apprehension upfront and not knowing where God was taking me… or those brave enough to come along! 🙂
I believe this is a perfect place to segue to my previous article, “Today Salvation is Yours!”  So- Go there!  Read!!  Know that you are walking in Eternity at Present, and NOW is the Time to call on the Name of The Lord and be saved from an unspeakably horrible Eternity without Him!  Christ saved you from Eternal torment for a Reason- to dwell with Him Forever in Eternal Joy!  It is YOUR choice, but don’t wait to make it… Tomorrow is an uncertainty, Eternity is NOW!
 
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord [Jesus] will be saved”   -Acts 2:21, Rom 10:13
 
“Salvation is found in no one else [Jesus], for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”   -Acts 4:12
 
“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”   -2 Cor 6:2b
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”   -John 3:16
God bless you!!!
Nancy
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The Choice Is Yours

imageI was thinking in my quiet time this morning, that the Soul is not the Choice. The Soul has been accounted for by God- each and every one- the blood ransom paid by Christ. God would desire that every soul CHOOSE Him! The Choice, however, is ours- given as a gift of free will by God Himself.

Observing the big picture, the Choice to sin (do wrong in God’s eyes) is not really what separates us from God- for God has reconciled us to Himself through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ…He has done the work of paving the Way to heaven by His Own Hands, by His Own Mercy, by His Own Love.

>What really separates us from God is not acknowledging this Truth.

Denying that He is Who He claims to be and that He has gone to the most unimaginable length to save us. To be handed the gift of Eternal Life by God Himself, and hand it back unopened, is to separate oneself from God forever. And yes, you will go on sinning without concern-you are human.

To accept God’s Gift of Eternal Life, however- to open that package and receive it- is to accept fellowship with God forever! You will not intentionally go on sinning, for God indwells you now!- you are human and will fall, but it will concern you when you do and you will run back to Him trusting in His Mercy and Guidance as your Father! You have accepted His Gift of Salvation- repentance is a staple of your life. You are becoming more and more like Him as time goes on- being molded into the image of His Son! What a beautiful thought!

Acknowledging I am a sinner in desperate need of God’s Saving Grace is the key…the key to humility, the key to submission before Him, the key to wisdom and everlasting life! The work has been done for me! The Path cleared by God! All praise and thanks to Christ the King! All glory, honor and praise belong to Him, now and forever!!!

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Being Filled With The Right Thing

imageHave you ever tried to moderate something in your life, when really it needs to be obliterated? Some of us may think of our daily infusion of Coke or coffee, cigarettes, sweets… For others, alcohol, drugs, sex/porn may come to mind. Whatever it is, we can’t seem to “moderate” it; even a little of it in our veins seduces us all over again. I myself have naively said in the past, “Everything in moderation!!” In reality that does not always work. We are human beings, in need of being filled! …So what are we filling ourselves with? Is it truly benefiting us, or does it just feel good? Lets be honest here… not everything that feels good is good for us… in fact it can be destroying us until we wake up to its destructive power over us. We may even justify with, “We’ll this isn’t hurting anybody….,” when in truth, in our limited human vision we just don’t see that it really is. I myself struggled with something for years, and until I got rid of it COMPLETELY from my life, it still had its claws of power imbedded in me. I praise God Almighty for freeing me! Only Jesus had the power to do win a battle I couldn’t.

May I encourage you today that if you are struggling with something controlling you, to get the help that you need. Make the personal choice to let go of it COMPLETELY. Moderation is just away of keeping a harmful thing in you. If you need professional help, get it, and from a reputable source. ~~I have to say that I personally believe that at the core of every addictive battle is a spiritual one. In my case, it was only by acknowledging the spiritual core of the issue that I was able to be set free from it. I needed more than earthly tools to overcome, I needed the supernatural power of God Almighty, which He joyfully gave to me!

Some of you need to understand this as well… that at the heart of your physical/mental/emotional battle is a spiritual one… that there is an Enemy out there who prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Satan delights in your struggle, he feeds your addictive behavior. He is a thief and he comes to steal, kill and destroy your life (John 10:10a). Until you acknowledge this, you may always feel the tinge of his claws in your skin.

I pray that you come to know the great love of God for you in Christ Jesus, and that His Power is greater than any earthly power over you! Jesus came that you would have life, and life to the FULL! (John10:10b). Fill yourself with Christ and know what true life is (1 John 5:20)!

 

 

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Choosing To Walk In the Spirit

imageFamily of God in Christ: Reading this morning’s devotional about living in the Spirit led me to Romans 8:1-17. After reading these verses again, I am amazed that God has given us this incredible gift of free will. Indeed in Christ we are controlled by the Spirit of the Living God! …But we can choose to submit our minds and bodies to His Spirit or we can live according to the flesh,.. yes? Even as Christians, we sometimes make self-driven, not God-driven choices. God has given us this indescribable gift of freedom in Christ, so why would we EVER choose another way? Out of the mind controlled by the Spirit comes life and peace! But out of the mind controlled by the sin nature comes death.

Abba, Father! I pray that you would help and empower your children to walk in Your Way, the Way of Your Spirit, the Way of Truth and to reject all things that come from the sin nature. For Christ suffered and died to set us free from bondage to that nature that brings death! You gave it all for us, Lord; Help us each day to set our minds not on our own desires, but on the desires of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

 

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