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Do you ever feel like a failure? Joe was well past fifty and grew up with a negative self- image which set his mind into a negative mindset that ultimately poisoned every home repair project he ever attempted. He was a mature Christian who was learning that God loved him as he was and not what he did. Find out in Joe’s own words how he was learning how to stay positive and in peace even when the outcome of his repair project did not turn out as how he hoped.

You have got to be kidding! How come this darn saw is not cutting down the wood in a straight line. Joe yelled, feeling pressured as time quickly slipped by him. “Boy I started at 1:00 p.m. and now I turn around and it’s 2:00p.m.” Joe wiped his brow with his sopping wet handkerchief where his hair used to be. He could feel the worry lines pressed in his forehead from years of frowning over the negative mindset he had developed over all those years from failed repair projects.  His negative self-image was weighing him down like a cement block tied to his shoulders. Joe was now on his fourth piece of wood trying to cut that ever elusive straight line down the piece of wood. “Joe you have to stop and go pick up Stephen from work it’s time to go.” “O.k. honey, I’m stopping I’ll just have to pick it up when I get back.”

Joe realized he was not feeling so bad about the failed attempts he had just made to make that perfect cut. He was actually feeling calm and remaining positive and not reeling into a pit of despair because the repair was not going how he imagined it would. He was aware that his thinking was not as negative as it once was; he did not have to perform the perfect repair job. Yes, he wanted it to look good but it did not have to be precise and absolutely perfect. So Joe went on his way and picked up Stephen from work and they quickly returned home. Joe was feeling his middle section noticing he had put on some weight.

Joe went right back out to work on his home repair project feeling that it would work out well and would be presentable when the job was completed. Joe fired up his saw and cut away on the wood. The cut was not perfect but the wood would fit into the space and would fit in well with the rest of the boards comprising the deck. He hammered a few nails into the board and called it quits. He stepped back and surveyed the repair he just completed. Joe saw that the board was not a perfect fit in the space but it would serve its purpose.

The old perfectionist mindset tried to rear its ugly head and overshadow Joe’s positive attitude. Joe started feeling that familiar negative poison rising up in the pit of his stomach. This time Joe determined to trust God and stay in a positive frame of mind. He shot up a quick prayer and the Lord helped him finish the repair job. Joe was at peace with the result of his work which was a vast improvement from his old tired way of thinking.

 

Brothers, continue to think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. Philippians 4:8

Author Admin  Added On 04/28/2015
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 At Death’s Door
 

Sheila was at her wits end. Her husband had just left her for another woman and now she had to take care of two little children. You see this was a major drawback, she never held down a job and furthermore, she had no education. She did not have any marketable job skills and she needed money quick. Her husband was not about to pay alimony because he had to support his new girlfriend’s extravagant lifestyle.

The idea of prostitution abhorred her but her kids not having food to eat bothered her even more. She had only been intimate with her husband. What about with other men and getting paid for it?

With her kid’s lives in jeopardy she had to turn to prostitution to make fast money. She hooked up with the most successful call girl agency in the city. This “business” served only the best and wealthiest clientele in the state and surrounding states. Sheila was a beautiful woman with long flowing blonde hair and blue eyes and a figure you couldn’t beat. The sad part was she was in her early 20’s with her whole life ahead of her. She felt she had no choice so she went ahead with this awful career choice. She should have pursued her education and she regretted never taking any marketable job skills  classes in high school. Alimony was nowhere in sight.

She lied to her mom telling her she had found an office job and she needed her mom to watch the kids while she was at “work.” Sheila proved to be to be very talented at her new profession. She quickly built a reputation for being extremely pleasing and courteous with the men she had paid sex with. She became the most popular prostitute in the organization and came at a very high price. The customers didn’t seem to mind paying the higher prices for her services. She was the girl with the most repeat business.

Her earnings sky rocketed enabling her to move her kids into the finer part of town, making their lives much better. She would pick and choose her clients; she became that influential among the company’s clientele. Shelia was on top of the world and her future looked bright not from a professional point of view but from a financial angle. Her children were too young to understand what she was doing to earn the money; she was not about to tell her mom what her occupation was.

Tragedy struck the city of Davis, as dead prostitutes started appearing all over the city. The killings followed a definite pattern: the women were stripped of their clothing and their bodies were riddled with bullets. Detectives found the bodies typically had eight gunshot wounds in them. The bodies were always dumped in remote locations strategically placed around the city. The murder victims were always in their early to late twenties which was Sheila’s age. Was Sheila’s world about to coming tragically crashing down? The murder count grew to 20 with no end in sight.

Sheila would not be moved by the murders and kept right on working as a prostitute to support her children and give them the life she never had. One afternoon the agency received a phone call; the man specifically asking for Sheila. The owner did not recognize the mechanical sounding voice on the phone; but being the profit minded person she was she did not think twice about sending Sheila out to the client.

 Sheila arrived at the destination she was instructed to go to. The odd thing about the place was it was not in a suburb or any industrialized part of the city. It was in a remote park in the south part of the city. The client was nowhere to be found which should have struck Sheila as odd. She also did not connect with the fact that the murder victims were found in REMOTE locations! She stepped out of her Corvette and started walking toward the shaded area of the park. “Hello, Hello Mr. Johnson are you here? This is Sheila from the call girl service.”

Shots rang out from the distance hitting her in the arm, back and in the forehead. Everything seemed to turn into slow motion as Sheila fell forward to the ground. A man dressed in a Green Beret uniform and wearing a black ski mask came running out of the trees to the north of where Sheila fell. He stood over her and didn’t say a word; he just looked at her with cold, steely blue eyes. Sheila had lost a ton of blood and was fighting for her life. She barely whispered “Help me please.” The serial killer just looked down at her and laughed walking away. Sheila died within minutes from her wounds. She never dreamed her life would end so tragically like it did.

 The greatest tragedy of all was at the age of 15 she went to a teen bible camp and heard the gospel for a week straight. But she thought Christianity was too confining and controlling. She was a very independent thinker and was not about to give Jesus control of her life during that bible camp. Now it was too late! She was at Death’s door and passed through it.

 

 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.                                             Matthew 21:31-32

Author Admin  Added On 08/14/2015
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 LET GOD BLESS YOU OUT OF YOUR BITTERNESS
 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Have you ever read the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, about how his brothers sold him into slavery, which resulted in him being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years?  When Joseph saw his brothers again many years later, he then had the power and authority to put them to death because of what they had done to him. Instead, he told them something incredible.  He told them not to be worried or afraid (Genesis 45).  Even more amazing was that Joseph didn’t blame them and told them that God had actually ordained what they had done in order to bring salvation and deliverance to them (Genesis 45:5-8)!  And then he blessed them for it (Genesis 45:10-11)!  That’s quite astonishing after all they had put him through.

How was Joseph able to so freely forgive?  He was able to do so because somewhere during his sufferings, he came to the revelation that it wasn’t about all the wrongs that had been done to him.  It was about all the rights that God could do!  Joseph didn’t focus on the labels placed upon him (i.e. slave, rapist, liar, prisoner, etc.).  Instead, he focused on the goodness of God and the belief that God would make everything right.  In other words, Joseph had faith God would make it up to him for every unjust sorrow he endured.  

Joseph also no longer looked at his brothers or his Egyptian captors to make amends for or to heal his wounds.  He solely looked to God, and God saw Joseph’s heart and literally blessed him out of his bitterness.  That is why, when Joseph saw his brothers again, he was no longer hostile or angry.  In fact, he was tearfully joyful, and he gave his abusers comfort and compassion.

If you have suffered much and labels have been placed upon you, I want to encourage you.  Rather than entertaining thoughts of revenge or vindication on those who have victimized and wounded you, to instead, think and meditate upon the amazing things God will do for you to make it right.  When we don't see our destiny and the greatness of God, we can stay stuck in our wounds.  Our God is bigger than that.  He can, and He will rescue us, but first, we must choose to let go and to forgive.  Give it all to Jesus. 

Will you pray this healing prayer with me?

“Heavenly Father, I give to You today every hurt, wound, every bitter thought, all resentment and anger toward those who hurt me.  I expectantly look to You to catapult me into my destiny, a destiny that You prepared for me before You created me.  I look forward to becoming a leader and great influencer of my generation like Joseph for Your glory, and I look for Your reconciliation and Your faithfulness in making all my wrongs right.  Thank you, Father. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Victory and blessing awaits you!

Author Sandra Roberts  Added On 02/17/2018
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 The Muddy Rivers/Semi-Truck Dreams
 

The following dreams are significant to my life but also the Body of Christ as well.

 

When I was on vacation, I dreamt of a baby and the baby was drowning in a muddy river. The baby had green moss in its mouth and was choking, near death. I was trying to save the baby so I cleared its mouth and got it to breathe again. I just looked up the interpretation in Ira Milligan's: Understanding the Dreams You Dream: Biblical Keys to Hearing God's Voice in the Night. Baby means new beginning, new idea, new work in the Church. A muddy river equals spirit of the world; religious traditions of man; sin, wickedness. Stagnant, muddy, or polluted water equals man's doctrines and ways, iniquity, haughty spirit, unkind. I believe that this dream is referring to the new thing, the new work that the Lord is bringing to the Church. However, it is being suffocated and drowned in the muddy rivers, dirty waters of the religious traditions of man. So we need to purify the water and I had a dream later that I was trickling in like an IV into a pool of water purity and infusing purity into the water. Little by little the muddy, murky waters will be cleared.

Dreamt I was driving a semi-truck (tractor trailer) last night. Dream book says: Large burden: Ministry; powerful and/or large work in the Church! Truck size is often in proportion to the burden or size of the work. For every man shall bear his own burden (drive his own truck, do his own work, natural or spiritual) Galatians 6:5

Author Rochelle Arnold  Added On 10/17/2017
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 The Hand Than Never Lets Go
 

Do you know there is a love that is so awesome that we don’t have to worry about being separated from it? A love that is pure and without mixture. A love that promises to stay by our side and never let go. A love that never leaves nor forsakes us. It’s beyond what the human mind can comprehend. There is a love that is divine and with perfection casts out all fear.  The love of the Father who loved us even when we were still sinners. When we were lost, before we were even born, Jesus died for us. This love reached down through time and saved us from eternal darkness. Jesus took upon Himself the sin of humanity. God is a spirit and He is also love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.  (John 10:28-29)

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8) We are not saved by anything we can naturally do. In other words, we cannot earn our salvation. Since we cannot earn it we cannot lose it either. Once we invite Jesus into our life and our genuinely saved we become born again, which means our spirit is changed and made new. The spirit of a man or woman is the true person. You see we live in these earth suits (our human bodies), which eventually physically die. The spirit continues to exist after it departs from the body. As a believer in Jesus Christ and a student of the Holy Bible, I believe in heaven and hell.

The Bible says whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) There are multitudes of Scripture that confirm salvation is forever. It’s not something you just walk away from and even if you try to you will never be able to release yourself from the firm grasp Jesus Christ has on you.

Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died and rose again, who is at the right hand of God, and who also is interceding for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? (Romans 8:34)

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38)

So, nothing can separate us from the love of God and since God is love we cannot lose our salvation! I think that is crystal clear from the above Scripture. Nothing can separate means just that, nothing! The blood of Jesus is the glue that holds us together with the Father. For we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)

For example, if you take the hand of someone much stronger than you and that person has promised to never let go, you will not be able to release yourself from that person no matter how hard you try to let go. If this is physically true in the natural, how much more is this true with God the Father who is the strongest being in the world.

 

 

 

He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:8-11)

 

There is no higher authority than Jesus Christ! He cannot lie for the Word of God is infallible. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit. First, we hear the message of the gospel of truth, the gospel of salvation and we must believe. Once we believe we become sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. The Holy Spirit is the Father’s pledge to us that we are redeemed. (Ephesians 1:13-14) For example, if you have a coupon that is valid and you take it to the grocery store you can redeem a product with it. Once our spirit is sealed it is up to us to take the steps necessary to grow and mature as a believer.

Our physical bodies are not redeemed until the second coming of Christ when we are changed in a twinkling of an eye. The mortal puts on immortal. The corrupt flesh becomes incorruptible. Does that give us a right to live anyway we want? No, it just assures us that we are redeemed. Once we are saved and sealed with the Holy Spirit we are changed from the inside out.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

When interpreting the Bible, we must first study it to show ourselves approved, but we must also not take Scripture out of context and build a whole theology around it. Unfortunately, man has the inclination to live by traditions and denominations. Everything needs to be proofed in the fire of the Word. “Is not my Word like as a fire? says the Lord; and like a hammer that shatters the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)

The Word is also described as a double-edged sword that separates soul (or man) from (spirit) God. “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) In conclusion, it is important to exercise your discernment and not receive every spirit that teaches the Bible. We are to tests the spirits because there is so much mixture out there. (1 John 4:1) Mixture is when part of the teaching is correct and then part of the teaching is incorrect.

Let us study and show ourselves approved rightly able to divide the Word of God and don’t just blindly follow a wrong doctrine or theology because someone or some denomination has chosen to adopt that teaching. Beloved, I assure you when you are sealed by the Holy Spirit you are saved eternally. Don’t let anyone put doubt in you concerning this. In Jesus Holy name. Amen.

Author Rochelle Arnold  Added On 10/16/2017
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