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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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 There is a Person in Here
 

Louis was a misunderstood human being who was quite different from everyone else. He looked, walked and acted different from the rest of the human population. His family thought he was mentally handicapped. He was born in a time when people did not understand about diseases like they do today. He was labeled “terrible” and “cold” because he lived in his own silent world. The daily verbal accusations flied like bullets piercing Louis deeply bringing him pain and discomfort. Who’d know it? He didn’t know how to respond to the attacks. No one knew the inner workings of Louis’s mind, not even Louis, simply because he did not have the ability to communicate to the outside world. Louis had what today is called “autism”.

 Life was not easy for Louis Cornwell, here was a human being trapped in his body who could not reach out; he lived a lonely, isolated existence. If he hurt, loved or felt any of the many emotions other people felt no one would know, He could not communicate because his brain would not allow him to. He would try to talk with his family or other people but he never could. He was gangly teen well over six feet tall, with long legs and long arms, ungraceful in his movements and so awkward in social settings.  He would freely express his bodily functions anywhere at any time. He could not comprehend that you did those types of personal things in private not public.

People would pretend like he did not exist in public outings because they were so ashamed of his unusual behaviors. His classmates would slap him and kick him. Throwing him to the ground like a piece of wadded up trash in public. They treated him like some kind of a freak who didn’t belong with the rest of the “normal” population. One time a young lady alerted a nearby policeman screaming “Get this cold, terrible animal away from me he’s bothering me and touching me in the wrong places.”  Louis was just being Louis and doing nothing to endanger the young woman; but the policeman brutalized him right there on the street and arrested him for being a public “pervert”.

He ushered him to jail then proceeded to beat him to within an inch of his life. His excuse Louis molested that young lady on the street and he has to pay for it. Louis was taken to the hospital for emergency care and he almost died from his injuries. Nevertheless, when Louis’s family rushed to the hospital and interrogated the police about the beating the police had a fabricated excuse all ready.  Their excuse: He attacked the arresting officer and he had to “defend” himself so Louis would not jeopardize his life. Louis was incapable of violence he didn’t even know how to defend himself. The time Louis was born in these types of abuses were tolerated because there was no public awareness about the plight of people like Louis.

Louis recovered from his injuries never realizing what had happened to him because of his “mental illness”. He had no advocates in his young life and seemed destined to be treated like an animal the rest of his life. Fortunately, the Lord hadn’t forgotten Louis and sent one of Louis’s teachers into his life while he was recovering from his beating in the hospital. The young man’s presence calmed Louis and a very special bond developed between them. The teacher treated Louis like a human being for the first time in Louis’s life. Eventually, the young man taught Louis how to communicate by writing. The young man spent hours reading the bible to Louis, through the reading, Jesus, opened Louis’s heart to his love.  Louis came to know the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. The Lord was the only One who could break into Louis’s life and what a breakthrough He made!

 

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm149:14

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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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