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Only One Truth can Change You!

Only One Truth can Change You!
In the story of the prodigal son, the critical elder brother related to his father based on his performance, as did the Prodigal Son.  One believed he deserved his inheritance and the other knew he was undeserving of ever being a son again.
While one son boasted he had kept and obeyed his father’s laws and commandments, the other son confessed his sins and failures.
You aren’t accepted by God based on how holy and good you have been or rejected by God based on how sinful you have been.  It isn’t your performance, positive or negative, that earns you anything from God.  it is all about the Father loving you as you are.  The incredible thing about God’s love is it never leaves you in the same condition it found you.   
Ed and Laurie Elliot

God is a Practical God – by – Joseph Prince

God is a Practical God
 Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
    Matthew 6:31-32
Our God is a practical God, who is interested in providing for your practical daily needs.  Take a look at Jesus throughout the four Gospel accounts.
To those who were hungry, He provided food by multiplying the loaves and fish.  To the fishermen who toiled all night and caught nothing, He gave them more than a boatload of fish.  Jesus didn’t stop there–whoever encountered Him received from Him what they lacked.  He healed the broken hearted and gave sight to the blind.  The sick  who came to Him were all healed.  Even the dead received His resurrection life!
My friend, Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever!  He is still providing.  So whatever you need today, whether it is wisdom, favor, healing or diving strength, go to Him.  HE IS A PRACTICAL GOD.
                                              Joseph Prince

Behold thou art made whole by Andrew Wommack

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, ‘Behold, thou art made whole: sin not more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.’                    
     In saying this, Jesus shows that sin causes the tragedies that come into our lives.  The reason for holiness in the life of the believer is that when we obey sin, we yield ourselves to Satan, the author of that sin.  Yielding to sin is yielding to a person–Satan.  God doesn’t impute the sin to us but the devil does.  Our actions either release the power of Satan or the power of God in us.
                                  Andrew Wommack

PURPOSE OF PRAISE!

PURPOSE OF PRAISE!
                                                         Ed Eliot
Some teach that praise and worship are the pathway to the presence of God for the believer, but the truth is praise and worship bring you into the awareness of God’s presence in you.
Praise isn’t going on a journey to find God but living in the reality you and God are one.  That truth alone is worth praising and worshiping God all day long.

REMOVING DISTRACTIONS by Joyce Meyer

REMOVING DISTRACTIONS
   Joyce Meyer
One of Satan’s more cunning weapons is distraction.  He knows if we become sidetracked by the cares of the world that, more than likely, we will begin to neglect our time with God.  
To keep us faithful and in close fellowship and communion with Him, sometimes God wants us to remove distractions that are separating us from Him, even if it hurts.
For example, if our career or desire for money or social status are more important to us than pleasing God, we need to get our priorities straight.  Or maybe a relationship is keeping you from spending time with God or you’re looking for that person’s attention and approval more than God’s.  The bottom line is, any situation or desire in our life that keeps us from being led by the Holy Spirit or living for God is an unhealthy distraction that’s not good for us.
God wants to be moved by His Spirit, not by distractions.  So today, set aside all of the distractions of life and purposely focus on God.  When you seek God first with your whole heart, you will find HIm.  He’s always there waiting for you.
 PRAYER STARTER:
Lord, I ask You to help me remove all of the distractions in my life, even if it hurts.  Help me to seek you above all else and be led by the Holy Spirit in my daily life.  I want to live for You.

The Secret to Supernatural Strength 

                                             Ed and Laurie Elliot

 The Secret to Supernatural Strength 

                                             Ed and Laurie Elliot

When Peter walked on the water, as long as he kept his focus on Jesus, he could do the impossible.  But as soon as he lost his focus and concentrated on the storm, he became overwhelmed and started sinking.  When his focus changed, so did his circumstances.  He left the realm of the miraculous and returned to what was normal.

Law, aka legalism, keeps the focus on you.  Grace keeps the focus on Jesus.  Paul was adamant about not mixing law with grace because he knew it changes the believer’s focus from Jesus to himself.  You will either draw strength or fear from whoever you focus on.

Peter became fearful when he saw the storm’s power, but when he looked at Jesus, the storm was never the focus; only Jesus was.  Don’t lose your focus.  The lens of grace will keep you focused on Jesus, not the storms of life around you.  

“When I am weak, He is strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

START TODAY EXPECTING GOOD!   Joseph Prince

START TODAY EXPECTING GOOD!   Joseph Prince
“As you have believed, so let it be done for you.” Matt. 8:13
Wake up every day expecting good.  Keep your thoughts and mind positive, full of joy, full of hope, and full of anticipation of all the good things God has in  store for you, His beloved!
Spring up from your bed, stand in front of your mirror and boldly declare, “I am the disciple whom Jesus loves.  I am the apple of His eye.  Everything I do and touch shall be blessed!  The Lord’s wisdom, favor, and provision flow mightily in and through me.  Amen!”
When you do this, you are accessing the Lord’s abundant provision for you, and all the stress, negative emotions, and anxieties will fade away.
Perhaps today, you have to make an important presentation to your biggest client, or go for the final interview for a job you really want.  Perhaps you are way behind the curve in completing an important project at work.  Whatever the demands on you, start the day expecting good and to see His provisions flow!

GOD’S LOVE HATES SIN!    Ed and Laurie Elliot

GOD’S LOVE HATES SIN!    Ed and Laurie Elliot
God’s love in manifestation is not only unconditional, it also hates the sin that kills, steals, and destroys people’s lives.
Actually, God hates sin with the same passion and intensity that He loves because of the immense damage it does to those He loves so passionately.
Occasionally I run across people who choose to live in sin.  They claim they know God loves them as if that justifies their lifestyles.  Unarguably, God loves them but evidently, those people are clueless what it means to know and trust in God’s love.  My two boys don’t question my love for them.  Whenever they were afraid, they would run to me knowing I would protect them because I loved them.
Believers who entertain sin and see nothing wrong with it, have yet to grasp God’s love for them because we all know God hates sin.  He is love.  So the God-kind of love flowing from our hearts will also teach us to hate sin because sin is death..  God does not want you to live in sin.  It will destroy you and harden your heart to Him.  People who know and experience God’s love will, like God, hate sin, too.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;  I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”  (John 10:10).”

Shielded from Every Device of the Enemy Joseph Prince

Shielded from Every Device of the Enemy
                                     Joseph Prince
“His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4
Psalm 91:4 starts with “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge:” and ends with this proclamation:  “His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”  What is the shield and buckler?  A buckler refers to a small, round shield used for close-contact fighting.  A shield is much larger, one you can dig into the ground and hide behind when spears, arrows, or rocks are being launched at you in a bigger attack.  So whether it is a small or big attack, His truth–your shield and buckler–covers you completely!
In Ephesians 6:16, it tells us to, above all, take the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.   Why?  Because the shield of faith will cover you all around.  Amen!  That is why the devil is after your shield of faith–he wants to make you doubt God’s Word, which is His truth.  Once you take up the shield of Faith, his attacks against you cannot prosper.  So lift up your shield!
As you listen to messages about Jesus’ finished work and your faith is being built, your shield is also being built.  Even if you are found in the wrong place at the wrong time, the Lord can protect you when His shield of faith surrounds you and you are placed under the shadow of His wings.

Eastern Meditation vs. Biblical Meditation

Eastern Meditation vs. Biblical Meditation
Often the Holy Spirit inspires me to meditate on a particular verse or verses for a few days or longer.
Some believers get creeped out by the term meditation and think you have replaced Jesus with a guru.  The truth is God’s Word instructs us to meditate on His Word.
This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, and you shall read (and meditate on) it day and night, so that you may be careful to do (everything) in accordance with all that is written in it;  for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.  (Joshua 1:8) AMP.
The difference between eastern meditation and biblical meditation is where we focus our attention.  Eastern meditation advocates that you empty your mind.  One way it does this is by getting you to repeat a word or mantra over and over again.    Biblical meditation is the complete opposite.  God doesn’t want us to empty our minds but fill them with His words.  When we fill our thoughts with God’s Word, those words will enter our hearts, shape our thinking and emotions and give us vision and direction for our lives.  Eastern meditation opens you up to influences you don’t want in your life.  This is why Paul describes God’s Word as the believer’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-17).  It guardes our thoughts–the helmet.  It protects our hearts–the shield, and it gives us a solid foundation to take a stand on –the shoes.  We are surrounded by truth wrapped in truth.  The sword drives back our enemies from messing with us.
There are so many amazing benefits to meditation on God’s Word.  If you haven’t made it a spiritual discipline in your life, what a way to start off the New Year!

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SPIRITUALLY MATURE?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SPIRITUALLY MATURE?

Spiritual maturity doesn’t come from what you know, but who you know.  Paul’s greatest desire was to know Jesus intimately.  

Spiritual maturity is simply measured by love or knowing God who is love.  I know a lot of people who have a wealth of biblical knowledge; a few have masters and doctorates in theology, but they are not very loving or even friendly people.  Some are downright prideful.  They perfectly exemplify what Paul says about knowledge that isn’t tempered by love.

We know that “We all possess knowledge.”  But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. (I Corinthians 8:1)

In 1 Corinthians 13, which is often referred to as the love chapter, Paul teaches that though great faith, in-depth knowledge, and the ability to operate in the spiritual gifts are essential, the fruit is greater!  What matters is love!  A spiritually mature individual is simply someone who understands God’s love and walks in the reality of it.  Paul closes Chapter 13 by saying, “abide faith, hope, and love but the greatest of the three is love.”  Why is love greater than faith and hope?  Simply because you can trust or have faith in someone who is able to love you perfectly.  When your heart is established in God’s love for you, faith and hope are rooted deep in the ground that produces an abundance of fruit. Knowing Jesus reveals His Father to us and knowing God is always expressed in how we love people.

                                 Ed and Laurie Elliot

PRACTICE JESUS’ PRESENCE IN YOUR CAREER

PRACTICE JESUS’ PRESENCE IN YOUR CAREER
“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12   
Wherever you are, whatever it is that you do, with the Lord’s presence and His unmerited favor covering you, there is no way you will not be a success.
Whether you are a chef, driver or consultant, it doesn’t matter. God is on your side to bless and make you a success.  Of course, you understand that I am referring to only morally upright professions.  You cannot depend on  God’s unmerited favor if you are in an industry that requires you to compromise on your Christian morals.  If you are involved in a morally corrupt industry or a job that expects you to lie, cheat or deceive, my advice to you is to get out!  You do not have to depend on a job that puts you in a morally compromising position for your income.  God loves you intimately and He has something so much better in store for you.  Trust Him.
God is here to save you from destroying yourself.  He wants to give you good success and He loves you too much to see you remain in a job that forces you to compromise.  The Bible says, “ A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and god.”  ( Proverbs 22:1).  God has a higher way and better plan for your life.  You can walk in it today by depending on His unmerited favor to provide for and prosper you!     
Joseph Prince
 

HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THE PERFECT LOVE OF GOD?

HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN WE HAVE EXPERIENCED THE PERFECT LOVE OF GOD?
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness on the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world” (I John 4:17).” 
One amazing truth that will resonate in your heart when you begin to walk in the reality of how much you are loved by God, is your life will reflect a boldness or confidence in who you are.  John points out to believers that when we experience the perfect love God has for us, we  will never be the same again.  Why?  Because we know “as Jesus is, so are we.”  If we can have that type of boldness on judgment day, we can have that boldness every day.  Our boldness doesn’t come from who we are or what we have done or not done. It comes from who we are in Christ.  As He is,  so are we!
I encourage you today to speak to yourself over and over again as a reminder, “As He is, so are you.”  He is righteous, so are you.  He is loved perfectly, so are you.  He is full of glory, so are you.  I could go on and on, but I think you see my point. YOU ARE AS HE IS!   Live in the truth and your life will be filled with boldness because as Jesus is,  So are you!    Ed Elliot  

The gospel isn’t about your past!

The gospel isn’t about your past!
One of the great truths revealed in the story of the prodigal son is that the gospel is not about our past but our present and future.  The happiest person at the party wasn’t the newly restored and forgiven son but his father. The critical fault-finding brother missed the homecoming celebration because he was busy working for what the Prodigal was receiving and experiencing freely through his father’s unconditional love.
Legalism blinds and distorts the true nature and character of God.  It is only love that unveils the heart of God and can change the heart of one who chooses to trust in God’s love personally.  Don’t miss out on what God has for you because of guilt and shame from your past.  Why remember what God has forgotten?
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12).  “God does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10).
                                         Ed Elliot

Ready to receive your deliverance by Kenneth Copeland   

Kenneth Copeland                                                         
According to Isaiah 53:4-5, Jesus’ sacrifice covered every area of man’s existence. He bore spiritual torment for our sins, mental distress for our worry, care, and fear as well as physical pain for our sickness and disease. The stripes He bore were for our healing. With His stripes we are healed. God gave everything He had to redeem mankind from the curse.
Matthew 26:26-28 “Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” When we receive Communion, we are receiving His body and His blood. 
When the first Passover was instituted, God instructed Moses to kill a lamb, to spread its blood over the door, and then roast a lamb and eat all of it. Any that remained was to be burned away. That sacrificial lamb was completely consumed! Jesus, as the Lamb of God, was the supreme sacrifice under the Abrahamic Covenant. When you partake of His sacrifice, do not take only part of it. Take it all! Consume it completely! When you receive the Lord’s Supper, do so like the children of Israel. Exodus 12:11 says, And this shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s Passover. The children of Israel were ready to go. They ate in faith. They were ready to receive their deliverance before they ate! No matter what you may be faced with – sin, sickness, drugs, a weight problem, worry, strife, old habits – you can be delivered through properly receiving the Lord’s Supper. The body and blood of Jesus covered every area of your existence. By discerning His body and judging yourself before Him, you can receive your deliverance. Place yourself before God and receive Communion as the children of Israel did – ready to receive your deliverance

Pray on Staying calm

Pray on Staying calm
There it is knocking on your door 
The thing that you thought would never happen but it did
Don’t  allow the enemy to whisper in your ear if God said – now what will you do 
Yes he wants you to question why when you have prayed, believed and stood
Fear looms near its breath you feel 
Suddenly you hear a rustling as faith is raising up 
This faith that reminds you God is near and you are not alone
My precious sister-my precious brother don’t be discouraged 
It is not what you did or did not do
God is faithful, all his promises are true and his love everlasting just for you
Pray on and staying calm     Pastor Shirley

Step Out by Faith into Your Field of Provision

Step Out by Faith into Your Field of Provision
“And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, ‘Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.  Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.’” Ruth 2:15-16
She saw plenty of grain in the fields and she picked it all up.  It was the much needed provision for herself and her mother-in-law.  What Ruth didn’t know was that the owner of the field, Boaz, had actually commanded his men to “let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her”, because she had found favor in his eyes.
My friend, isn’t it cool when Jesus, our heavenly Boaz, purposely commands the blessings on us, and tells His angels to drop them along our way?  All we have to do is to go out into the fields and “pick them up.”
Beloved, because you have found favor in His eyes, the Lord is purposely dropping His blessings upon your path every single day!  Like Ruth, all you have to do is to step out into your field of provision.  With eyes of faith, see doors of opportunities opening before. Have the courage to apply for that job you have always dreamed about.  Prepare and equip yourself, and go forth and pick up these blessings our Lord already laid before you. 
Your future is bright!         Joseph Prince

CONTEMPLATE ON THE NARRATIVE BELOW OF AN ELEPHANT AND A DOG

CONTEMPLATE ON THE NARRATIVE BELOW OF AN ELEPHANT AND A DOG
An elephant and a dog became pregnant at the same time.  Three months down the line, the dog gave birth to 6 puppies.  Six months later, the dog got pregnant again and nine months on, the dog gave birth to another set of 6 puppies.  This happened continuously and then on the 18th month, the dog approached the elephant and asked the elephant, “Are you sure you are pregnant?  We got pregnant at the same time and I have given birth 3 times, yet you are still carrying your baby. Are you very certain that you are pregnant?”
Then the elephant looked at the dog and smiled and said, “There is something I want you to understand.  You see, what I’m carrying is not a dog, but an elephant.  I only do this once every two years.  When my baby hits the ground, the air feels it.  When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop in admiration and awe with fear.   What I’m carrying draws attention and because of that , it takes time to develop.”  
Precious saints of God Most High, the same thing goes with life:
     -Never lose hope when you see other people receiving answers to their prayers.
     -Never give up on your dreams when you see others having their breakthroughs and moving on in life, for you have no idea what you are carrying.
     – Never, ever be envious of good testimonies of other people.  If you have not received the answer to your prayer or if you dream has not become a reality, never lose hope,
Do not be despaired because what you are carrying is prepared by God Almighty in progress for a greater impact.  When the time comes, God will magnify Himself in your life.  So say to yourself,   “My time is coming and what God is about to do through me, will make the whole world to stand in admiration to give Glory to God, Adonai Yahweh!”
“All the promises of Adonai Yahweh in Him are ‘Yes And in Him ‘Amen’, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).                                 Dr. Daniel O.C.   

HOW DO PEOPLE SEE YOU? by Ed Elliot

HOW DO PEOPLE SEE YOU?
                             Ed Elliot
Sinners saw Jesus as their friend.  The Pharisees saw Jesus as a sinner.  Legalism blinds people from seeing people as God does.
When we see people as Jesus saw them, we are connected to the heart of God as Jesus was.
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (I John 4:8).
“Phillip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known me, Phillip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;  and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (John 14:8-9)

HOW WE SPEAK THE TRUTH MATTERS TO GOD by Ed Elliot

HOW WE SPEAK THE TRUTH MATTERS TO GOD

“But speaking the truth in love (in all things– expressing His truth), let us grow up in all things into Him (following His example) who is the Head–Christ” (Ephesians 4:15, AMP)

We should never speak the truth sarcastically, in a condescending way, or in pride and arrogance.  We should only speak the truth in love.  If you don’t know what love is as defined by God, you don’t know what the truth is because the truth is all about His love.

The truth” is heard better delivered in love, and it is received easier in love.  Remove love from speaking the truth, and it is like drinking sand. Add love, and it is like enjoying the sweetest honey easing down your mouth.

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth”  (Psalm 119:103, ESV).

                              Ed Elliot

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