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PALESTINIAN PASTOR RECALLS PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS THAT LED HIM TO REPENT OF HATRED FOR JEWS

Steve Warren

Bassam Adranly was born a Palestinian and grew up in the Greek Orthodox Christian tradition.  

In a recent interview with Revive Live, he says he often criticized Jews. While in his 20s and attending a university in Tel Aviv, he turned to atheism.

In 1995, he says he had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ that turned his life around. 

“Every night I was dreaming of Him, all night through,” Adranly says. “Going with Him and His disciples everywhere. … and all day through, I couldn’t get His words out of my mind.”

Adranly said at the time he had a hatred of Jews like many other Palestinians. 

“I was wrestling with this and I knew it was wrong. So I gave myself to the Lord to change it,” he told the television program. 

Adranly said God touched his heart and his prejudice was gone. 

Today, he is an Arab-Christian living in Israel and pastors a congregation in the city center of Jerusalem.

“The Lord showed me very clearly that nationality is not something I receive. It’s not something that I just take from my old life,” Adranly explained.  “The Word of God in 2 Corinthians 5:17 says ‘Who is in Christ is a new creation. Old things have passed away,” and it includes our nationality. So we have to come to the Lord and ask to receive from him what he wants to teach (me) about my nationality, about my people.”

Also read 👉🏼ARCHAEOLOGISTS CLAIM TO DISCOVER EVIDENCE FOR BIBLICAL ACCOUNT OF EXODUS NEAR JORDAN RIVER

Watch Pastor Bassam Adranly’s interview with Revive Live on Youtube. 

EFFECTIVE PARENTING (saving the souls of our children)

Lack of parantal responsibility can cause disaster to the family and the entire nation. Example in the Bible is the case of Eli’s family, 1 Samuel 2:27-36, chapters 3 &4 where the children of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas due to the lack of parantal responsibility brought disaster to the family and entire nation of Israel.

Also read BEN CARSON SPEAKS: PART ONE

The two children died on the same day, Eli died, the daughter in-law died during child birth, Israelites lost the battle and the Ark of the Lord captured. O! What a disaster!
The Bible has placed high responsibilies on parants for the good upbringing of the entire children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it

Family is the bedrock of the society. When the family is well founded, the society will be solidly strong, peaceful and good.

Many families have left their in the hands of house helps, Aunties, Uncles etc. to pursue wealth. In most cases the children are sexually abused, physically abused, maltreated, malnurished and even used for ritual purposes as can see in most media.

MY ADVISE TO PARANTS

There us need to take care of the family needs. Yes I agree with that, but only the physiological needs which most parants tend to focus on. Also, other needs like spiritual, psychological, emotional, social etc. must be met in order to bring up a total child.

TIME MANAGEMENT

Parants should create time to meet up with the 3 Ties of the family:
·Home
·Job
·Church (Religious Activities)

The family should be given priority because that is the first foundation and the first school of the child. If the family is sick, the entire society will be sick and in disarray. So the 3 Ties must be balanced.

Parental roles should not be delegated to house help or any care giver who has little or nothing to offer.
Children should be closely monitored by their parants, what they watch on TV, internet, social media, what they wear, places they they visit, the type of friends they keep. Etc.
Make out time to listen to them, they want to share their experiences with you. If you don’t create time, someone out there will teach them the wrong thing or mislead them.
Parants should be role moldels to their children. Most times, children tend to copy what they see their parents do.
There is an adage that says.  “When the mother-goat is chewing the cord, the young one is watching.”
(Proverbs 18:10)

INVOLVE GOD

Make God the head of the family by constantly communing with Him through prayer. He is the strong tower the rightous runneth unto him and he is saved.

St Augustine says, “A family that prays together stays together.”

Joshua 1:8 says, “Be sure that this book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet.  and a light to my path.”

Read, study, and meditate on the word of God with your children always. Lve the word and you will prosper..

Finally, to be a parent is a great responsibility trusted unto you by God which you must give account to Him.
Dear parents, please, let us live up to our responsibilities, to protect our children from all forms of vices that ravaging the society and have eaten deep into so many families.
Let us say NO to this canca worm.

Mat God Almighty give us the grace to live up to expectation in Jesus Name. Amen.

Sis. Jimaimmah Ogbu

TRUE BEAUTY OF HOME

From Christian Encourager Magazine (Soft Copy)

A house is just a building while a home is a garden of love and peace.

It’s heart breaking when marriage designed to be enjoyed turns out to be endured.  It hurts a lot when a house molded to be a home turns out to be a dreaded zone, even when it is a mansion with its high level of comfort. The question is, what in God’s name can make two lovers giggling on their wedding day suddenly despise each other to the extent of willingly signing divorce papers?

Africa is a beautiful continent with enviable cultural heritage but it’s quite unfortunate that some Africans do not value what they have. Civilization is one of the best tools anybody can work with when positively used but it can also be a very dangerous tool when negatively used. In this part of the world, there are some cultures that are so beautiful and important that changing them means fermenting trouble. As an African man or woman, please be careful with what you read on internet because it can make or mar you. Refined African marriage is very beautiful and I am very happy to be a partaker of it. Beautiful people, let us learn to appreciate and respect our unique cultural values. If there is any need to borrow culture, it should be for the good purpose of building ourselves and not consciously or unconsciously destroying ourselves.

Meanwhile, before you think of marriage;

1. Know your value.
2. Find your purpose
3. You must understand that Marriage is by choice. Ensure that you’re not under pressure  to get married. Never marry to satisfy the society. Go into marriage because you choose to get married.
4. Understand what marriage is. What exactly does marriage mean to you as an individual? Your personal definition of marriage is exactly what you’ll get in your marriage.
5. Why do you want to get married and why have you chosen him or her? How exactly can you describe yourself? Will you be willing to marry yourself if you were the spouse you’re looking for? Do you really know the person you want to walk down the isle with?
6. What kind of home do you want to build? What kind of home exactly do you always imagine? How’s your family vision, core value and constitution going to look like?
7. Seek Knowledge : knowledge is highly needed in marriage. Knowledge makes it understandable that man/woman is identity but husband and wife are roles. So do you really know the roles of husband and wife and are you ready to play the roles?

At this juncture, I’ll like to ask you a question. Have you ever wondered why some good men and women still end up in broken marriages? It takes more than good man and woman to enjoy marital bliss because man/woman is just identity while husband and wife are roles. For spouses to enjoy marital bliss and happy homes, they must be intentional about it because happy home doesn’t just happen. Somebody must intentionally work it out. No matter how we shy away from the truth, there are UNIQUE roles meant for husband/wife and father/mother. That is to say that husband/wife and fatherhood/motherhood are roles. Before anybody will think of marriage, he/she needs to answer this question, “Are you ready to fit into that role?” After tying the nuptial knot and you want to have children, whether biologically or by adoption, you also need to be very sure that you want to play that role of fatherhood or motherhood very well. When these unique roles are neglected, Mr. Trouble comes in. The things that break homes most times, are the little foxes that are unconsciously and gradually fed, until they grow to become wolves that tear down homes.  When a husband and wife or father and mother fit in to their respective roles perfectly, the little foxes that roam about seeking for homes to destroy, will be starved to death.

Before I continue, I emphatically want to let you know that every happy home you see around has God as the pillar. Our relationship with God is a paramount factor in everything (marriage inclusive) we do in life. If at this juncture, you are yet to give your life to Jesus Christ, I advise that you do so now and not later. Go ahead and confess your sins to Him and ask for forgiveness. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, decisively determine to worship God in truth and in spirit. If you have done that, congratulations for you are a born again, a new creature and old things are in the past. •Also read👇🏽

Christian Encourager Magazine Editorial (soft copy)

Thanks.

Now, what are these unique roles husband and wife or father and mother must embrace to build a happy home?

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GOD’S PRESENCE NO LIMITATIONS NO BOUNDARIES

 

In the presence of God, there’re no limitations and there’re no boundaries. Any good thing can happen!

Paul and Silas by the order of the magistrates in Philippi were stripped, beaten with rods and severely flogged, and finally thrown into prison.

WITH WOUNDS AND PAINS

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. Did you get that? They were beaten with rods for the sake of gospel of Jesus Christ. And now with wounds, pains and blood all over their bodies they could lift their voices in praise and worship to God whose assignment brought them suffering and imprisonment.

Also read GOD’S INFALLIBLE WORD WRITTEN FOR US (PART 2)

The Lord responded to their praises and worship with awesome manifestation of His presence and power. As a result of the manifest presence of Jesus, Suddenly ‘there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.’

‘AND EVERYONE’S CHAINS CAME LOOSE’

Whenever you find your way into God’s presence, and you are prepared in your heart to meet God, the grace of Jesus’ presence covers you and any good thing can happen to you at that moment. It does not matter who you were before entering into His presence. What matters is that you are now in His presence and any miracle could happen to you.

All the prisoners under the open-heaven’s atmosphere of Paul and Silas got their miracles of release and freedom -even the Jailer and his household got eternal salvation. Even as you read through this article, I pray for you; may the presence of Jesus who sits besides you right now set you free from any kind of chains and oppression in your life in Jesus’ name. Any spiritual magistrate that gives evil orders over your life has lost his authority in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Always find your way into God’s presence.

(Read Acts of the Apostles chapter 16)

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CHINA TAKES EXTREME MEASURES TO WIPE OUT ALL TRACES OF JESUS, CHRISTIANITY


Goins-Phillips, Faithwire- CBN

A massive crackdown on religious freedom has for years been underway in China, where churches are being demolished, Bibles confiscated and posters of Jesus replaced with imagery of President Xi Jinping.

In China, the communist government sees the spread of the Christian faith as a Western threat to their culture and way of life. In 2016, Xi said, “We must resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means.”

The Chinese government wrote religious freedom provisions into its constitution in 1982, but that hasn’t slowed the oppression of Christians living in the restrictive country.

According to a recent report from The Sun, Xi’s regime has gone so far as even barring children from visiting churches.

The most recent crackdown has reportedly been in the Xinjiang province, along the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Government officials have called the region “not Chinese enough.”

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As a result, Xi’s administration is requiring “Chinese characteristics” to be incorporated into all activities, religious beliefs and cultural traditions, a large part of which is adherence to the communist ideology.

Xi began his push for the “sinicization” of the Catholic Church in particular in 2015, when he said the Church must be free of any “foreign influence.” Earlier this year, bishops in China jumpstarted an effort to bring the Catholic Church in the Asian country more in-line with the native culture.

And despite its claims of religious tolerance, in June, officials with the Chinese government tore down Christian imagery of Jesus from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in China’s Henan province, which has served as a popular pilgrimage for Chinese Catholics since the very early 1900s.

One religious source on the ground told the Catholic News Agency at the time that the Communist government would “allow Catholicism to exist but not develop.”

The Chinese government also destroyed the Liangwang Catholic Church in July, according to Asia News, even though the building was owned by the community and had been registered since 2006

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 As for unregistered Protestant house churches, according to The Associated Press, Xi’s government once seemingly tolerated them. But that’s no longer the case. Now the Communist regime is taking a tougher approach that leans heavily on “thought reform,” a kind of political indoctrination.

In November 2017, Christian residents of a rural township in the southeast Jiangxi province were convinced by the government to replace posters of the cross and Jesus with images of the Chinese president.

“Xi is a closet Maoist — he is very anxious about thought control,” Willy Lam, a Chinese politics expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told the AP. “He definitely does not want people to be faithful members of the church, because then people would profess their allegiance to the church rather than to the party, or more exactly, to Xi himself.”

There are also several instances in which the government confiscated Christian literature and Bibles. One such raid occurred in May, when government authorities stole more than 1,000 Chinese Bibles from five house churches in the Shandong province, claiming it was part of an effort to quell the spread of pornography in the sprawling country.

All of this is part of the government plan to “Sinicize” churches, both Protestant and Catholic.

“Only Sinicized churches can obtain God’s love,” the government stated.

According to a recent report from The Sun, Xi’s regime has gone so far as even barring children from visiting churches.

The most recent crackdown has reportedly been in the Xinjiang province, along the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Government officials have called the region “not Chinese enough.”

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As a result, Xi’s administration is requiring “Chinese characteristics” to be incorporated into all activities, religious beliefs and cultural traditions, a large part of which is adherence to the communist ideology.

Xi began his push for the “sinicization” of the Catholic Church in particular in 2015, when he said the Church must be free of any “foreign influence.” Earlier this year, bishops in China jumpstarted an effort to bring the Catholic Church in the Asian country more in-line with the native culture.

And despite its claims of religious tolerance, in June, officials with the Chinese government tore down Christian imagery of Jesus from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in China’s Henan province, which has served as a popular pilgrimage for Chinese Catholics since the very early 1900s.

One religious source on the ground told the Catholic News Agency at the time that the Communist government would “allow Catholicism to exist but not develop.”

The Chinese government also destroyed the Liangwang Catholic Church in July, according to Asia News, even though the building was owned by the community and had been registered since 2006.

As for unregistered Protestant house churches, according to The Associated Press, Xi’s government once seemingly tolerated them. But that’s no longer the case. Now the Communist regime is taking a tougher approach that leans heavily on “thought reform,” a kind of political indoctrination.

In November 2017, Christian residents of a rural township in the southeast Jiangxi province were convinced by the government to replace posters of the cross and Jesus with images of the Chinese president.

“Xi is a closet Maoist — he is very anxious about thought control,” Willy Lam, a Chinese politics expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told the AP. “He definitely does not want people to be faithful members of the church, because then people would profess their allegiance to the church rather than to the party, or more exactly, to Xi himself.”

Also read Persecution of Christians

There are also several instances in which the government confiscated Christian literature and Bibles. One such raid occurred in May, when government authorities stole more than 1,000 Chinese Bibles from five house churches in the Shandong province, claiming it was part of an effort to quell the spread of pornography in the sprawling country.

All of this is part of the government plan to “Sinicize” churches, both Protestant and Catholic.

“Only Sinicized churches can obtain God’s love,” the government stated.

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GOD IS GOD AND YOU REMAIN A HUMAN

 WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT GOD

God is God, and does what only Him can do as God. He is the Almighty. He is the reason we live. Every living creature depends on Him.  He made and owns the earth and everything in it.(Psalm 24:1)

The wealth and riches of the nations and individuals belong to Him. (Haggai 2:8) Everything revolves around Him. Everything has it’s being in Him.  Apostle Paul states, “In Him we live, and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28.

Without Him nothing was made that has been made. Without Him there is no you and me. You are because He is. The beauty of the universe, the order of life-events, the consistency of times and seasons, and earth’s activities are clear evidences that God exists and does what only Him can do as God. He has set times and seasons in their moving order, and they work perfectly well. And He also changes times and seasons (Daniel 2:21

Geneis 8:22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.’ 

He sets up kings to rule, and deposes them when they become proud and arrogant. He picks up one rejected and belittled by men, and makes him their king and prince. He picks a poor man and makes him a wealthy man. He chooses the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (Daniel 2:21, 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

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HE LOOKS BEYOND YOUR APPEARANCE 

God doesn’t consider your size or height to use you. Nor does He consider one’s academic, financial, social or cultural background to use one.  He is not motivated by one’s beauty or ugliness. He’s moved by what He sets to accomplish through you for His own glory, and your willingness and readiness to obey Him.

Physical deformity of any kind is not a limitation when God steps in. He makes one fit and able for any assignment. He does not depend on the strength of the strong, the wealth of the rich nor on the wisdom of the wise(Jeremiah 9;23).

He chooses you the way you are, and makes you into what He wants. He designed you the way He wants to use you. God is not limited by what surround you. Your family background cannot stop Him to use you.  It is only you that can stop you-when you say, “No!”

GOD’S TIME IS THE BEST 

He makes all things beautiful in His time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

We are living in the timetable of God. Nothing happens outside the timing of God. There is time for everything, (Ecclessiastes 3:1-8) including the plans of God for His creatures.

God has set time on every plan He has for us. He works with time frame. He has set the time for every miracle yet to take place.

All the awaited future prophecies are set on time; none of them will miss. The answers to your daily prayers have been fixed on appointed time.  The timing of God does not miss or fail.

He arrives at the right, perfect and proper time. Whenever He comes is the right time. He does not come late.  It does not matter how deep the pain, or how long it has lasted, what matters is the blessed assurance that He will surely come.  (Isaiah 55:10-11, Matthew 24:35, Habakkuk 2:2)

 

GOD IS ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU

God is God and cannot change. He is God over your life as your Maker. And as your Maker He takes much delight in you, to get the best out of you, and smiles looking at your beauty, ability and intelligence.

He furnished you with unmatchable ability to solve earth’s problems.

He gives you divine covering and protection. He steps in where your ability is limited. He saves you a thousand times without you knowing it. He constantly rembers He made you in His own image and likeness. He spreads His love over you like a canopy.

When you displease Him, despise Him, reject Him and turn away from Him, He looks forward to having you come back home. He sends you messangers to encourage you, and show you pathway to your destiny.

No matter who you are, and who you take Him to be, he simply cares for you as His creature, the one He loves beyond words. He is always there for you, even when you feel you He’s not.

He loves you more than you can believe. He knows you are a man, meaning flesh and mortal, liable to fall away anytime.  He Appoints you a prophet to instruct you before you were born.

He knows that the devil has singled you out as his target, (Revelation 12:17) and so provided you with a Mighty Name-JESUS to bound him, and keep you safe. (Philippians 2:10-11)

 He knows how bad or good you are going to become tomorrow, how many times you were going to fall and rise, and how much shame and disgrace you would bring to His name. But it never stops Him from keeping you till tomorrow and beyond.

Already, He has made enough provision to accommodate all the falls you will have to experience as long as you are ready to rise again. And when you dare to rise again, what pulled you down cannot hold you down.

What a mysterious GOD our Creator is!. His ways and thoughts are different from our ways and thoughts.

(Isaiah 55:8-9 ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. 9As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

He sees something about you that you don’t see. He knows something about you that you don’t know. He knows your afflictions and why they are there right now. And He has set your season of victory to bring Him glory if you don’t give up.

He knows everything about you. Even what you are yet to know, He already knows it. He knows the very secret thoughts of your heart. He knows what your worries are and how to remedy them. He equally knows the plan He has for you, it is to bring you into a hopeful tomorrow. (Jeremiah 29:11) In fact, God has complete knowledge of you. Just submit and surrender your life to Him.

You see, despite the fact that you have done too many bad things like me, that displeased Him as your Maker, He hasn’t given up on you. It is difficult for Him to give up on you.  That’s why you are still drawing His breath.

GOD HAS COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF YOU 

Please, just spare two minutes to read this psalm. 

There is no written or yet to be written book on the above topic that can best explicitly explain or describe it better than the book of Psalm chapter one hundred and thirty nine.

PSALM 139:1-18

1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me

2 You know when I sit and when I arise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.

5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand on me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

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

15 My fram was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand- when I awake, I am still with you.

Have you now seen the reason why we should trust, rely and give ourselves wholely and unreservedly to God.  I usually tell people during ministration that “there is no loss in Christ.” It is impossible for anyone who follows Christ to lose. No one who put his/her trust in God will ever be disappointed or put to shame. For He has not called us to seek Him in vain. (Isaiah 45:1) He had already made available what we seek from Him. And He is always and ever ready to give to us when we earnestly seek HimIt is His nature to give, and do great and mighty things.

WHAT YOU MUST KNOW AS A HUMAN

You must know that you are a man and not God. Don’t try to act as God. Don’t desire to be God. Don’t take His place in your life and endeavors. Desire to be more of the man He made you to be. You are very much limited in power and authority. You are limited in knowledge and wisdom. There are spiritual and physical boundaries you can not cross. Even satan’s power is very much limited.  But with God your ability knows no limitations.

You are governed by spiritual and natural laws and principles. And you must abide by them in order to survive. As a matter of spiritual law that governs you, you will be in constant need of divine assistance. And as a matter of natural law that governs you, you must sow in order to reap, you must eat and sleep to be healthy. Jeremiah 33:25 This is what the LORD says; ‘If I have not establish my covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth….

You must understand that God has fixed the laws that govern heaven and earth. And failure to abide by them will result to self destruction. It will result to physical and spiritual malnutrition. These laws are of only two dimentions;

(1) LAWS OF HEAVENSpiritual laws: 

What are spiritual laws?

Spiritual laws are the orders given by God to man through wish mankind spiritually relates to God, and physically relates with man.

All the “Thou shall not…” and “Thou shall” as they concern God and man are spiritual laws.  As a human, know that you cannot live and be fulfilled and satisfied without obeying the SPIRTUAL LAWS as ordained by God. When you violate the spiritual laws, it has direct effect on your physical life. It has a way of having negative effects on the positive results of your natural laws.

(2) LAWS OF THE EARTH- Natural laws

What are natural laws? It could be defined as divine decrees pronounced by God over His creation and creatures which enables their physical existence and development on earth.

For example; if you don’t sow a seed, you will have no harvest to reap. If you don’t work, you won’t earn money and as a result, you won’t probably eat. If you don’t eat, you will die of hunger. When God sends you a destiny helper who gives a certain amount of dollars, He lives you with responsibility of investing and growing the money. It goes on and on.

Know that you are a human, you cannot live and be fulfilled and satisfied without obeying the natural laws as ordained by God.

When you violate the natural laws, it equally has very quick direct effect on your physical life and development. It also has a way of having negative effect on the positive results of your spiritual life.

Don’t violate the spiritual and natural laws of God, in them is encoded your earthly and heavenly inheritance.

Haven settled with this, it is very important you know that what nourishes your physical life is of the spiritual. And what stabilizes your spiritual life is gotten through physical applications.

Your physical being is the channel through which the spiritual laws are obed.  Further more, your physical being is the channel through which your spiritual being is nourished. You must get both sides balanced.

You can’t be physically stable if you are cut off from the spiritual. Likewise, you can’t be spiritually stable if you are unable to physically apply the spiritual laws. The spiritual laws are both spiritually and physically applicable. Example; when you pray to God, you have obed the spiritual law.  And when you assist your neighbor, you have also obed the spiritual law of God.

GOD IS ALL YOU NEED TO BE FULFILLED AND SATISFIED IN LIFE AND ETERNITY

What makes you a living being is the breath of God Almighty- your Maker. Job realized this and exclaimed, “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)

Without Him, you are simply a clay. With Him, you are a living being. With Him, you are spiritually and physically alive. Without Him, your life is not complete.

 Life makes no sense and no meaning without Him. Things get more tough without Him. Without Him, sickness seems incurable, life seems not worth living, everything becomes meaningless, and suicide becomes an option. Truly, what you must know as a human is that, we all need God to survive. We are in constant need of divine providence and intervention. 

Do you know your enemies would have taken you away before now? Do you realize how tough a spiritual battle the devil wages against you?  And what unspeakable secret victories God gives you? Whether you believe it or not, it is true that God works for us much more than we can feel, see, notice, understand or testify about.

 If you were enlightened to know that God did  ten things for you, multiply it by ten thousand.  There is nothing you need now but God. He is number first. When you have Him, you’ve got everything you need.  No one succeeds without His approval.

In JOB 12:10 it says, “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”  

 

GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE

God’s plan and purpose for your life is your life, and is your purpose of living.

The plan and purpose of God for your life is to KNOW HIM, LOVE HIM, WORSHIP HIM, AND LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER. 

All these can only take place when we know Him. It is when you know Him that you can love Him. It is when you know Him, and love Him, that you can worship Him. And it is when you know Him, love Him, worship Him, that you can live with Him forever.

To know God is to love and submit to Him and worship Him alone.  To express your love and submission to God is to act in total obedience to His will at any given moment.  To express your worship towards God is to maintain absolute dependence on Him, irrespective of what befalls you. See Him in everything.

God’s plan for your life supersedes your plan for your life. Your personal plan for your life is enwrapped in God’s plan for you. If God’s plan for your life does not unfold, your plans will automatically not succeed.  Your success is hidden in God’s plan for you. Remember, Proverbs 16:1 “To man belongs the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongu.”  Also verse 9 states, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”

Endeavor to seek to know more of your Creator. It is in knowing more of Him that you know better of who you are. It is in loving Him more that you discover what you are living for, what problem you are created to solve, and what course you will be willing to die for.

CONCLUSION

Any accomplishment made outside God’s signature does not stand the test of time, and it creates more space for discontentment and un-satisfaction.

Heaven and earth awaits your manifestation. It’s time you got up and start living your real life. Trust only in God and carry on. Don’t condemn yourself when He hasn’t condemned you. No matter what name people have given you, or what they have said about you, it makes no meaning. Only God has the final say about your life.

He does not give up on you, till you draw your last breath on earth.

I want to believe God has used this article to bless you. You can refer it to someone else. God bless you

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“I HAVE MONEY, A WIFE AND CHILDREN, BUT I HAVE NO PEACE. I WANT PEACE. THAT IS MY ONE BIG WISH”

SOURCE OF PEACE

Five Christian students were walking home from an open seminer in east Africa and passed a young Muslim man walking in the bush with a rope in his hand.

He tied the rope around a tree. The students asked, “What are you doing?”  “I want to kill myself,” he replied. “Why?”

I say my prayers five times a day and I read the Quran. I have money, a wife and children, but I have no peace. I want peace. That is my one big wish.

The students applied what they have learned and witnessed to this man named KEDER. They told him that Qur’an teaches that Jesus is a prophet but He is also the Saviour of everyone who accepts Him as Lord. He is the Prince of Peace. KEDER left the rope in the tree and decided to give this Saviour a try. The students took him to the church and after prayer KEDER said,  “I’ VE FOUND THE PEACE I WAS SEEKING.”

The following day  KEDER showed up in the seminar. A stranger wearing a Muslim hat scared the teacher at first but he continued. In the afternoon, KEDER asked to give his testimony. “Until now, Islam was the only genuine religion for me because it was straightforward. I studied the Qur’an for five years and I perform my rituals daily but none of that gave me PEACE. That is why I decided to kill myself.  Then I met five of you Christians yesterday.

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I used to hate Christians, but when you witnessed and prayed for me, everything changed. Muslims are hurting without the knowledge of the Scriptures, therefore, pray for them.”

KEDER is secretly studying the Bible and attending church.  His Bible study leader says that he attends regularly and arrives early to talk about Jesus before the Bible study starts. Jesus’ peace makes him unafraid and he wants to witness. He is even prepared to die for Jesus.

Source: Bible Gateway

 

IT’S YOUR TURN TO TESTIFY

Jesus remains the only ultimate solution to our troubled life. He remains the only source of peace.  He says in John’s gospel 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Remain in the peace of Christ and worry no more.  The tide will soon turn.  The Lord has got you engraved in the palm of His hand, He knows your ups and downs, He has an appointed time for your miracles.  Wait in patience, He will never fail you. Soon, you will testify.

 

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