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 No Compromise on the Campaign Trail
 

George knew running for Governor would be challenging to His Christian witness, but he never knew it could cost him the election. George found himself in an uncomfortable issue of conscience. Will he serve the Lord in integrity or compromise so he can win the election? Read George’s story here:

The Lord had called George to run for, Governor of Iowa, but George knew that he was supposed to run a campaign of integrity not compromising any of his biblical principles on any issue.  Now, he was in a situation that either he had to compromise his conservative stand against abortion or lose the backing of the state’s most powerful Senator. Senator Nelson’s backing of any candidate meant that candidate would win the election as the next Governor of Iowa. George was the leading contender in all the polls up to this point. Senator Nelson had asked for a meeting with George.

Senator Wilson began, “George I want to give you my full backing in this upcoming election. There is one thorn in my side stopping me from giving that nod to you.” “Senator what is the obstacle?” “You have actively campaigned against abortion in any form since you announced you were running for Governor.” “Yes I have Senator because being a Christian I believe in the sanctity of life; every baby not born (no matter what stage of development) is a living, breathing person who has the right to live.” “Well, George I think as long as the fetus is still in the womb, it’s not defined as a life. Furthermore the mother has the right to determine if the baby should live or not.” George’s very handsome features turned beat red as he attempted to check his anger.

“George if you want my support for your campaign change your position on abortion from pro-life to pro-abortion!” George could not believe he was hearing this. His bushy eyebrows furrowed as his icy, blue eyes stared at the Senator in utter indignation. “Are you going to let this issue of conscience cost you being elected Governor?”

“I will do everything in my power to get you elected if you honor my wishes and change your stance on this sensitive issue of abortion.” Senator do you know what you are asking me to do?” “Yes, just acknowledge that you were wrong about being against abortion and say you are in favor of it after all.”  No, Senator it goes much deeper than that. You are asking me to violate one of my core beliefs that abortion is wrong. You are telling me to compromise my witness before the Lord.”  “Well I would not go that far George.” Senator this is how I read your proposal: Either I agree with your thinking on abortion or you will not give me your endorsement. If I do not get your support, I will lose the election.” ” You hit the nail on the head George.”  “You know Senator; I will not compromise my belief on abortion being evil and wrong. So you can forget giving your support to my campaign. I will lose the race for Governor before I will change my position on abortion being right. I will never agree that abortion is right. God and only God, the Giver of Life, decides who lives or dies.”” Senator our meeting is over.” “It sure is George!” “You would have made such a fine Governor to.”

 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

Author Admin  Added On 04/28/2015
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 OVERCOMING DEPRESSION BIBLICALLY
 

God designed our hearts, minds, and bodies in His perfect image. As we live in an imperfect world, we are confronted every day with interactions that shape our thoughts and behavior. 

A wide range of emotions are built into our physiology that help us relate to our surroundings. Love, fear, anger, compassion, grief, joy, and depression are all normal emotions. Even Jesus experienced the gamut of emotions as He lived on earth as a man. Depression is a normal emotion that helps us relate to our environment just as any other emotion does. However, when depression becomes an all-consuming emotion, it creates a problem.  

For example, a patient of mine had recently lost someone close to her. For months I could see a noticeable change in her physiology. Mourning the loss of her friend created powerful feelings of depression and loss. Her depression was affecting her at work, at home, and with her family relationships. Her doctor even recommended she start taking an anti-depressant. As unpleasant as it was to watch her go through this, her body was responding the right way at the right time. Depression was serving a purpose in her life; however, too often we label depression as a bad thing and try to cover up the symptoms.

It is very easy in times like these to cover up the way we feel with a distraction. Distractions can come in many forms such as antidepressants, working overtime, abusing alcohol, or getting lost in hours of TV. While these diversions may temporarily make us feel better, the problem always manifests itself elsewhere in our life.  

To gain perspective on depression, you first have to ask the question, “Why am I depressed in the first place?” You may already know why you’re depressed; at other times you may have no clue, and that’s okay. God always has a direction for our lives, so we need to seek His wisdom and guidance through good times and bad. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 -NKJV).

Although things may be difficult, Christians can avoid deep depression. Think of how hard it must have been for Jesus in the midst of the persecution He faced. Remember what the apostle Paul experienced, yet he remained focused on the eternal rather than the temporary. When we maintain faith and keep our focus on God’s love and the hope He has given us for eternity, Christians can weather the storms of life.  

Here are some tips that may help if you’re struggling with depression:

• Seek help from trained Christian counselors. (If you’re not sure where to go, ask your pastor or church staff.)

• Force yourself to be around other people—being alone can intensify feelings of depression.

• Rely heavily on prayer and Scripture.

• Watch your diet. Avoid high sugar diets consisting of grains, sugary foods and fruit.  Make sure to eat plenty of high-quality animal fats rich in Omega 3s.  (Your brain is made up of about 80% fat.)  

• Get outdoors and exercise!  Exercise is as effective as antidepressants and has no harmful side effects.  Published at Journeychristiannews.com

Author Anonymous  Added On 09/13/2013
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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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