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KEEP A THANKFUL HEART

Richard Wurmbrand was a Romanian who lived from 1909-2001. His testimony of the sufferings and torture he endured for his faith in Jesus Christ has been well documented and can be easily found and read on a Google search. He was imprisoned in Romania by the then Communist regime for publicly declaring that Communism and Christianity were not compatible. In later years when his freedom had been bought, he often traveled to encourage the persecuted church. On one occasion when he was being taken to minister and testify in the U.S., he asked the brother who was helping take him around a question. As he leaned his physically weakened body on him, he enquired, “How is it that I share all over the world the fact that when you come to Jesus, it may cost you everything. But here in the west, I hear a different gospel preached that when you come to Jesus, you can HAVE everything?” In some of our western churches we have such a wrong idea of what it may cost to follow Jesus. Thankfully, at this present time, we are not imprisoned or tortured for our faith. Our challenges in the western world are different to the persecuted church, our brothers and sisters in Christ, in other parts of the globe, but nevertheless, we all have challenges in our walk of faith. We have...

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DO I TRUST IN MY EXPERIENCE….OR CHRIST?

If I accept what the word of God says about the depravity of a human heart and the depths I can sink to, without God’s grace and mercy on me, then I do not have to prove it. It does not have to be my experience. Do I believe that without the Lord’s hand upon me I can be capable of any sin? We all need a Saviour and a Redeemer. After receiving salvation from Jesus Christ, we discover He is also our “Keeper” as the great Shepherd of our souls. God’s word declares, “As it is written; There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” God’s word is plain, in our own flesh and standing, we cannot reach the mark of His righteousness, but hallelujah!…..He has made a way, a plan to bring us all in, if we choose to receive and follow Jesus Christ, His Son. This gospel is a “whosoever” gospel, (John 3:16), made available to all who will humble themselves to recognise their need of a Saviour, and receive Him into their heart. Here is where the divine exchange takes place: By receiving Jesus as my Saviour by faith in His finished work at Calvary, I become the righteousness of God. Now my standing is in His grace alone. I...

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WHERE IS MY BLIND SPOT?

A life without order displays chaos. Our God is a God of order and His purpose is to bring divine order to every Believer’s life in the Body of Christ. Life is a journey. We are all at different stages on this journey, none of us have reached our final destination, as yet. We may not have “arrived”, but by God’s grace, we have “left” and have left many things along the way that no longer hold meaning or attraction to us. As I yield to the power of the greater attraction, the Indwelling Christ, ungodly desires fall away. When the Holy Spirit inspired men to write the holy scriptures in the Bible, He did not cover up men’s feet of clay. He allowed us to see that there are no wonderful men, but only a wonderful, Almighty God, our Heavenly Father. In spite of this, many people have the Apostle Paul on a pedestal, as a “wonderful” man of God, but like all men, he too, had a blind spot. When Paul was converted on the Damascus road the Lord gave him a commission. Acts 9:15 records the order of his commission as told to Ananias by God, speaking of Paul: “But the Lord said unto him, ‘Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings and...

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THE TRIUMPHANT LIFE

2 Corinthians 2:14 “NOW thanks be unto God, which ALWAYS causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in EVERY PLACE.” When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He answered in reply: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God'”. (Matthew 4). We understand that the written word, (the Bible), is only a “logos” word until the Holy Spirit quickens it to me as a “rhema” word, (living). However, there are written words that are constantly living words. In the word quoted above, (2 Cor. 2:14), the word NOW is always in the present tense. I cannot move it into the future or back into the past. NOW is NOW and is emphasizing that a thankful heart to God will ALWAYS cause us to triumph in Christ. It does not matter what situation I find myself in, nor what circumstance comes my way, whether a challenge in my physical body, my finances, relationships or any other difficult challenge – NOW is NOW. When I give thanks to God, it ALWAYS causes me to triumph in Christ. In this one verse there are three constants which, if applied, causes us to triumph in Christ: NOW, ALWAYS and EVERY PLACE. I cannot slip out of this....

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THE POWER OF CHOICE

CONSIDER……How important it is to consider right thoughts. The highest is to consider the greatness of our God! The problem arises when I consider the greatness of negative circumstances instead of worshiping the God of my circumstances. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God,” Matthew 5:8. God rewards heart purity with the peace of His presence. On the other hand, if I “kick against the pricks”, judge or blame God for my situation instead of “seeing Him in all things”, then I am in rebellion. No good thing comes out of that. Unless I humble myself and repent, I will suffer the consequences of a hard heart: deaf ears to the word of God and blind eyes, unable to see God in my situation. Ezekiel 12:2 describes a rebellious house, “….you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see and see not, they have ears to hear and hear not, for they are a rebellious house.” This house holds no appeal for a peaceable life in Christ and yet, our choices can take us there. Consider this simple statement: KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE. NO GOD, NO PEACE. When God created man, He gave him the power of choice. Choice governs. My wrong choices can limit the Unlimited One, Almighty God. Psalm 78:41 speaking of the waywardness of the...

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