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 No Midnight Conversion
 

Luis was an angry young man involved in gang wars as far back as he could remember. He stabbed so many rival gang members in fights he loss count at 20. He was abandoned by his parents when he was 10 years old. He got into too much trouble and they gave up on him. Jesus never gave up on him. Luis wanted nothing to do with Jesus even after that fateful night… He found solace and acceptance in his gang family.

Luis was a tall, good-looking Puerto Rican who exceled in athletics. He was wiry, strong and a very fast runner. His skin was dark brown and shone like bronze under the New York sun. He spent most of his young life on the streets of New York City scraping out a living by stealing and working at the local market part time. He was induced to join the gangs at a very early age. He was a natural leader having a bent toward violence being filled with rage from being abandoned by his parents five years earlier.

Unfortunately, Luis took to the gang life like pancakes and syrup blend together. Unlike pancakes Luis left a bad taste in the mouths of many people especially his parents, who abandoned him because he was out of control.  He became a seasoned drug addict by age 15 and his choice of weapon was a black-handled switchblade. The blade of the knife was 6inches long and sparkled brightly when the noon sun reflected off it.  He kept that blade as sharp as a razor. This knife was Luis’s prized possession and it was like a brother to him. Everywhere he went it went right along with him. His knife was well known to the police and rival gang members. He had punctured many young men while actively fighting with his gang. He became so successful in gang warfare that he started his own gang.

He called his gang” Luis’s Loners.” His gang became so prominent that they controlled about 20 blocks of prime New York City turf. Luis was known for pulling his weapon out and let it talk for him. He had become a very skilled street knife fighter with all the gang wars he fought. He always managed to avoid getting sliced by other gang fighters. He was extremely quick with his hands and feet and instinctively he ducked, dodged and weaved to avoid being stabbed by an opponent’s knife.

Joey was the only bright spot in Luis’s life. Helen, his girlfriend, was of no help to him she was always high and worlds away from reality. Joey was his younger brother who had been a formidable gang member as well. Jesus took Joey off the streets about a year earlier when Joey became a Christian. Ever since then Joey had been imploring Luis to turn his life over to Jesus before it was too late. Luis wanted nothing to do with Jesus or that religious trash. Luis was heading into his 1000th gang fight this evening a record he was quite proud of.

This night Luis was especially bold and feeling very angry. He had pumped his system with amphetamines all day in preparation for his big occasion. Luis displayed his usual fighting prowess avoiding knife blade after knife blade. He slashed right and left never missing a body within his reach. Then the unthinkable happened … a knife blade flashed out of the dark alley slicing Luis’s jugular vein in half!  He crumpled to the ground grasping his throat and gasping for air. Everything spun around him faster than his mind could perceive. He woke up in the hospital with tubes entering and exiting out of his body every way imaginable.

He lost so much blood doctors had little hope he would live through the night. He drifted in and out of consciousness. Joey was at Luis’s bedside waiting for the right time to have one last talk with Luis. The time came. “Luis can you hear me?” He nodded his head yes.  “John 3:16 says For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. I am asking you for the last time-Do you want to accept Jesus as your Savior?” Luis nodded his head violently no! At that moment Luis slipped into eternity, Joey laid his head on Luis’s bed and wept like a baby. There was no midnight conversion this time.

 

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16

Author Admin  Added On 05/03/2015
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The Bible talks about the instance when Jesus Christ crosses over to the other shore  of Sea of Galilee a large crowd follows him there.

Jesus had been performing numerous miracles, healing the sick, delivering the demon possessed and raising the dead. No one coming over to Jesus with humbleness and the right mindset would return empty handed.

Although the crowd was not fully aware of the divinity of Christ, but they had come to respect him as an amazing teacher or Rabbi who could also take care of their needs which other spiritual leaders could not. They had come to see him as someone with some supernatural powers and sent from God. For most it was a short term relationship based what they had observed or heard.

John 6:2

and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick.

Jesus was a wonderful host who cared about the worldly needs of the people while also taking care of their spiritual and physical needs. In Verse 5 says he says Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”

Imagine feeding a large crowd of 5000 people when they did not have catering, and off-course the kind of money it would require. That’s when they find this boy who’s mother had probably given him a “packed lunch” of 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. They ask him to hand over the 5 loaves and 2 fish, he gladly hands over to them.

John 6:9

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

The result is amazing, Jesus turns the 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish into thousands to be able to feed 5000 people.

Here is what we can learn from this passage:Meal of Bread and Fish copy

1. The Boy was ready to part with the 5 loaves and 2 fish:Sometimes we tend to hold back, because we feel “it is just enough for me”. Be open to sharing your talents and blessings with others – God can turn into to multi-fold blessings. Yes your needs will be met in addition to many others.

2. The Boy probably had a good training from his parents: Care for others and share your blessings, the boy was taught to be open to share what he had. Teach your children to care about others needs, and get into others shoes so they understand what challenges other may be facing and do what they can. And if you are a leader teach about the blessing of giving and sharing.

3. Don’t limit the results based on what you can do, or whats in your hands: The boy knew deep in his heart that Jesus who could heal the sick, deliver the demon possessed, and raise up the dead could solve the hunger problem. Many times we limit what God can do by limiting our faith based on what is “humanely possible”, release your faith today and trust in God who can do great things and there are “no limits”.

Are you ready to part with your “5 loaves and 2 fish” today, God has a great plan for you, he wants to use those to make it a greater blessing for you and many others. You may be thinking the loaves are too small – my talent is not good enough for God. Or even I don’t have any talents, but God can use anyone- he is looking for your “availability” much more than your “ability”.  He can turn those 5 into 5000, you just need to be ready to offer your 5 loaves and 2 fish in his hands.

Author Anil Daniel  Added On 08/11/2015
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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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