What Is The New Birth | Regeneration | Being Born Again – Spiritual Reading

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What Is The New Birth | Regeneration | Being Born Again – Spiritual Reading.



Many speak of the New Birth or of Regeneration without any definite conception of just what the New Birth is, and so are never sure whether they themselves have been born again or not.


As plain and clear a definition of the New Birth as we can find in the Word of God is given in 2 Pet. 1:4, “Whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.” 


From these words of Peter it is evident that the New Birth is the impartation to the one who is born again, of a new nature, God’s own nature. By being born again we become actual partakers of the Divine nature. We are all born into this world with a corrupted intellectual and moral nature.


The natural man, or unregenerate man, is intellectually blind, blind to the truth of God, “the things of the Spirit” he cannot see or receive. “They are foolishness unto him, and he cannot know them” (1 Cor. 2:14). His affections are corrupt, he loves the things he ought to hate and hates the things he ought to love.


A definite description of the affections and tastes and desires of the unregenerate man is found in Gal. 5:19, 20, 21. He is also perverse in his will, as Paul puts it in Rom. 8:7, “The mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” This state of intellectual spiritual blindness and moral corruption is the condition of every unregenerate man.


No matter how cultured or refined or moral he may be outwardly, his inner life is radically wrong. In the New Birth God imparts to the one who is born again His own wise and holy nature, a nature that thinks as God thinks (“He is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”Col. 3:10); he feels as God feels, loves the things that God loves, hates the things that God hates, wills as God wills (1 John 3:14; 4:7, 8).


It is evident then that regeneration is a deep thorough-going change in the deepest springs of thought, feeling and action. A change so thorough-going that Paul says in 2 Cor. 5:17, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature (more exactly, Creation): the old things are passed away; behold they are become new.” 


To use the inspired language of the Apostle John, regeneration is a passing “out of death into life.” John says in 1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed out of death into life.” Until we are thus born again we are in a condition of moral and spiritual death. When we are born again we are “quickened” (or made alive), we who “were dead through our trespasses and sins.” (Eph. 2:1).


There is a profound contrast between regeneration and mere conversion. Conversion is an outward thing, a turning around. One is faced the wrong way, faced away from God; he turns around and faces toward God. That is conversion. But regeneration is not a mere outward change, but a thorough-going change in the deepest depths of one’s being, that leads to a genuine conversion or genuine outward change.


Many an apparently thorough conversion is a temporary thing because it did not go deep enough, but regeneration is a permanent thing. When God imparts His nature to a man, that nature abides in the man. When he is born again he cannot be unborn, or as John puts it in 1 John 3:9, “Whosoever is begotten of God doth no sin, because his (God’s) seed abideth in him.” A man may be converted a thousand times, he can be regenerated but once.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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1. The first of these results is found in:


 1 Cor. 6:19, where we read: “Know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have from God?” These words were spoken to believers, to regenerated men, and they plainly tell us that when one is born again, the Holy Spirit comes to take up His permanent dwelling in the man and that the man who is born again thus becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit. It is true that we may not always be conscious of this indwelling of the Holy Spirit, nevertheless He dwells in us.


2. The second result of the New Birth is found in:


 Rom. 8:2-4, where we read: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” 


In the 7th chapter of Romans, we have a picture of the man who is awakened by the law of God which he approves after the inward man, which he sees “is holy and just and good,” which he tries to keep in his own strength, but utterly fails to keep, until at last he comes to an end of himself and is filled with despair of ever being able to keep the law of God outside of him, because of the law of sin and death inside him, which law of sin and death says, “the good which you would do you cannot do, and the evil which you hate and would not do, you must keep on doing.”


When a man is thus brought to a consciousness of his own utter helplessness and turns to God and accepts Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus Christ gives to him who dwells in him, sets him free from this law of sin and death so that by the power of the indwelling Spirit he is enabled to obey the law of God and to get the victory over the evil things that he would not do and to do the things which he would do.


Whereas in a man merely awakened by the law of God, “the law of sin and death” gets a perpetual victory, in a regenerate man, the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” gets the perpetual victory. Doubtless many of you here to-day are still struggling to keep the law of God and utterly failing in your attempt to do so.


What you need is to be born again, and thus have the Holy Spirit come to dwell in you, and then to walk by the Spirit, and by the power of this indwelling Spirit to get victory every day and hour over the law of sin and death that wars in your members against the law of God.


3. The third result of the New Birth is found in:


 Rom. 12:2, where we read, “And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” From this it appears that the third result of the New Birth is in outward transformation of our lives by the inward renewing of our minds so that we no longer are fashioned according to this world.


Of course the regenerated man does not at once manifest perfectly that of which he has the germ in himself. He begins the new life just as we begin our natural lives, as a babe, and he must grow. As Peter puts it in 1 Pet. 2:2, we must “As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that we may grow thereby.” 


This new life must be fed and developed. It is irrational, and unwarranted by the Word of God, to expect one who has just been born again, and who is consequently a babe in Christ, to be as perfect in character as one who was born years ago and who has grown to maturity. But the moment we are born again [we receive in germ all the moral perfection that is to be ours when this germ is fully developed within us and comes to its perfect manifestation.


4. The fourth result of the New Birth we find in:


1 John 5:1, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God.” The fourth result of being born again is that the regenerated man believes that Jesus is the Christ. Of course this faith that comes from the New Birth is a real faith. The faith that John here speaks of is not a faith that is a mere opinion, but that real faith that Jesus is the anointed of God that leads us to enthrone Jesus as King in our lives.


If you are not making Jesus King in your heart and life you have not been born again. But if you are making Jesus King in your heart and life and absolute ruler of your thoughts and conduct, then you are born again, for “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is Christ is begotten of God.”


5. The fifth result of being born again we find three verses further down in this same chapter:


1 John 5:4: “For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world.” The fifth result of being born of God is that the one thus born again overcomes the world. The world is at variance with God, “The whole world lieth in the Evil One” (1 John 5:19). It is under the dominion of the Evil One, ruled by his ambitions and ideas.


The world is at variance with God in its commercial life, social life, domestic life, and all the phases of intellectual life and educational life, and is constantly [exercising a power over each of us to draw us into disobedience to God (see 1 John 5:3); but the one born of God by the power of the faith that comes through being born again, gets the victory over the world. He gets the victory over the world’s ideas, purposes, plans, ambitions. He gets the victory over the world in his personal life, domestic life, commercial life, political life, intellectual life every day.


6. The sixth result of being born of God is found in:


1 John 3:9, R. V.“Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin; because his (i.e., God’s) seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin (rather, cannot be sinning), because he is begotten of God.” The sixth result, then, of being born of God is that in the one born of God the seed of God remains; and, therefore, the one born of God is not making a practice of sin. 


Some one will ask, just what does this mean? It means exactly what it says, if we look carefully at the exact force of the words used and give due emphasis to the tense of the verbs used. First of all, let us look at the exact force of the word translated “Sin.” What does sin mean? John himself has been careful to define it in the verse itself and in the context in which our verse is found.


The first thing that is evident from 1 John 3:9 is that sin is a something done, not merely a something left undone, and not merely sinful thoughts and desires. What kind of a something done it is defined five verses back in verse 4. “Everyone that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” 


Sin here by John’s own definition (and we have no right to bring the definition of any one else into the verse we are studying) is “lawlessness,” i.e., such acts as reveal conscious disregard for the will of God as revealed in His word. So we see that sin, as used here, means, a conscious intentional violation of the law of God.


The regenerate man will not be doing that which he knows to be contrary to the will of God. He may do that which is contrary to God’s will, but which he does not know to be contrary to God’s will. It is not therefore “lawlessness.” Perhaps he ought to have known that it was contrary to God’s will and when he is led to see that it is, he will confess his guilt to God.


Furthermore, we should note the tense of the verb used in this verse. It is the present tense which denotes progressive or continuous action. A literal translation of the passage would be, “Everyone begotten out of God, sin is not doing, because His (God’s) seed in him is remaining; and he cannot be sinning, because out of God he is begotten.”


It is not taught here that one born of God never sins in a single act, but it is taught that he is not going on sinning, not making a practice of sin. Of what he is making a practice appears in 1 John 2:29, “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that everyone also that doeth righteousness is begotten of him.” 


The result, then, of being born again is that the one begotten again does not go on consciously day after day [doing that which he knows to be contrary to the will of God, but he does make a practice of “doing righteousness,” i.e., doing that which is conformed to the will of God as revealed in His Word. The new nature imparted in regeneration renders the continuous practice of sin impossible and renders the practice of righteousness inevitable.


7. The seventh result of the New Birth is found in:


1 John 3:14, R. V.“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death.” The seventh result of being born again is that we love the brethren. We should note carefully what the thought of “love” is as brought out in the context. It is not love as a mere sentiment.


It is love in that higher and deeper sense of a desire for and delight in the welfare of others, the sort of love that leads us to make sacrifices for those we love, or as we read further down in this same chapter, verses 16-18, “Hereby know we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s goods, and behold his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.” 


This makes it very evident that what the Holy Spirit here means by love is not a mere affection or fondness for others, not a mere delight in their society; it means that deep and genuine interest in [their welfare that leads us to go down into our pockets when they are in need and supply their need; it leads us to sacrifice our own interest for the sake of their interests even to the point of laying down our lives for them. 


The objects of this love are “the brethren,” i.e., all those who are begotten of God, as we read in 1 John 5:1, “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God: and whosoever loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” 


Any man who is born again will love every other man who is begotten of God. The other one who is begotten of God may be an American or a German, or an Englishman, or a negro, or a Chinaman, or an Indian. He may be educated or uneducated; but he is a child of God and a brother, and as such if you are born of God, he will be the object of your love. This is a searching test of whether or not one is born of God.


8. The final result of being born of God that we will consider this morning is found in:


2 Cor. 5:17, R. V.“Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): the old things are passed away, behold, they are become new.” 


The ninth result of being born again, including all the other results that we have been considering, is that in the regenerate man, old things are passed away, they are become new. In the place of the old ideas, old affection, old purposes, old choices, are new ideas, new affections, new purposes, new choices.


Excerpt From – The Fundamental Doctrines Of The Christian Faith By Reuben Archer Torrey.



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In a world that brags, it takes strength to be humble. Most people think humility is weakness but that is not true. Humility is powerful because it requires one to push against their flesh and ego.


Battling the ego is not an easy feat and it is a war we have to wage everyday.


Humility is a very important attribute because it helps to keep us in check so that we don’t go overboard and fall. There is a common adage that pride goes before a fall. Well, humility helps to make sure, we don’t fall. Humility helps us to soar.


Humility brings rest and peace of mind. The world is always pushing us to do more and to be more. There is continuous pressure to acquire things and then show these things off in guise of increasing our self esteem and self worth in the eyes of the world. Well, a humble and gentle spirit helps us to avoid falling into this all common trap.


“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

Jesus is the most powerful force to reckon with in the universe and yet he is also the most humble person in history.


Jesus is lord and master and yet he humbled himself and washed the feet of his disciples and servants to demonstrate to them the importance of being humble.













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“I believe that entertainment and amusements are the work of the Enemy to keep dying men from knowing they’re dying; and to keep enemies of God from remembering that they’re enemies.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“He had everything, but he possessed nothing. There is the spiritual secret.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“To be effective the preacher’s message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Teach us to know that we cannot know, for the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Let faith support us where reason fails, and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We can afford to follow Him to failure. Faith dares to fail. The resurrection and the judgment will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” 

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its faith not in the living God, but in dying men.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination, and the divine sovereignty. The best and safest way to deal with these truths is to raise our eyes to God and in deepest reverence say, “0 Lord, Thou knowest.” Those things belong to the deep and mysterious Profound of God’s omniscience. Prying into them may make theologians, but it will never make saints.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” 

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Teach us to know that we cannot know, for the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Let faith support us where reason fails, and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men. This she has not done deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Millions call themselves by His name, it is true, and pay some token homage to Him, but a simple test will show how little He is really honored among them. Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who or what is ABOVE, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time. Those other things will be exalted above. However the man may protest, the proof is in the choice he makes day after day throughout his life.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Any faith that does not command the one who holds it is not a real belief; it is a pseudo belief only. And it might shock some of us profoundly if we were brought suddenly face to face with our beliefs and forced to test them in the fires of practical living.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The heart of the world is breaking under this load of pride and pretense. There is no release from our burden apart from the meekness of Christ.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Rules for Self Discovery:
1. What we want most;
2. What we think about most;
3. How we use our money;
4. What we do with our leisure time;
5. The company we enjoy;
6. Who and what we admire;
7. What we laugh at.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion… I want all that God has or I don’t want any.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“I remind you that there are churches so completely out of the hands of God that if the Holy Spirit withdrew from them, they wouldn’t find it out for many months.”

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“Philosophy and science have not always been friendly toward the idea of God, the reason being they are dedicated to the task of accounting for things and are impatient with anything that refuses to give an account of itself. The philosopher and the scientist will admit that there is much that they do not know; but that is quite another thing from admitting there is something which they can never know, which indeed they have no technique for discovering.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“God wants the whole person and He will not rest till He gets us in entirety. No part of the man will do.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The cross where Jesus died became also the cross where His apostle died. The loss, the rejection, the shame, belong both to Christ and to all who in very truth are His. the cross that saves them also slays them, and anything short of this is a pseudo-faith and not true faith at all.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The best book is not one that informs merely, but one that stirs the reader up to inform himself.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.”

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“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”

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“Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Religion today is not transforming people; rather it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society; it is descending to society’s own level, and congratulating itself that it has scored a victory because society is smilingly accepting its surrender.”

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“Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“True faith is never found alone; it is always accompanied by expectation. The man who believes the promises of God expects to see them fulfilled. Where there is no expectation, there is no faith.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Many people are caught up with the toys of contemporary society. Because of great advancements in our culture, some have cultivated an attitude of “comfortability.” They may be going to hell, but it is going to be a comfortable ride for them.”

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“The burden borne by mankind is a heavy and a crushing thing. The word Jesus used means a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion. Rest is simply release from that burden. It is not something we do, it is what comes to us when we cease to do. His own meekness, that is the rest.”

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“We wonder why we don’t have faith; the answer is, faith is confidence in the character of God and if we don’t know what kind of God God is, we can’t have faith.”

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“Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Acquaint thyself with God.”

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“God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.”

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“A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s heaviest grief.”

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“Holiness, as taught in the Scriptures, is not based upon knowledge on our part. Rather, it is based upon the resurrected Christ in-dwelling us and changing us into His likeness.”

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“Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightest word in any language is its word for God.”

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“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.”

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“Hardly anything else reveals so well the fear and uncertainty among men as the length to which they will go to hide their true selves from each other and even from their own eyes.”

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“Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.”

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“An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Secularism, materialism, and the intrusive presence of things have put out the light in our souls and turned us into a generation of zombies.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Nothing is complete in itself but requires something outside itself in order to exist.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“There is today no lack of Bible teachers to set forth correctly the principles of the doctrines of Christ, but too many of these seem satisfied to teach the fundamentals of the faith year after year, strangely unaware that there is in their ministry no manifest Presence, nor anything unusual in their personal lives. They minister constantly to believers who feel within their breasts a longing which their teaching simply does not satisfy.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The greatness of God rouses fear within us, but His goodness encourages us not to be afraid of Him. To fear and not be afraid – that is the paradox of faith.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We can afford to follow Him to failure. Faith dares to fail. The resurrection and the judgment will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Any faith that does not command the one who holds it is not a real belief; it is a pseudo belief only. And it might shock some of us profoundly if we were brought suddenly face to face with our beliefs and forced to test them in the fires of practical living.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The man who has God for his treasure has all things in one.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church. Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God, just as her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid, for her silence is often more eloquent than her speech.”

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“The man who would truly know God must give time to Him.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.”

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“The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its source.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Did you ever stop to think that God is going to be as pleased to have you with Him in Heaven as you are to be there.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The Bible is a whole series of highways, all leading toward God. And when the text has been illuminated and the believer of the text knows that God is the end toward which he is moving, then that man has real faith.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“It is God which worketh in you.” He needs no one, but when faith is present He works through anyone.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We now demand glamour and fast-flowing dramatic action. A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals…The tragic results of this spirit all all about us: shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies…the glorification of men, trust is religious externalities….salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit. These and such of these are the symptoms of an evil disease.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“What we think about when we are free to think about what we will – that is what we are or will soon become.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Justice is not something God has. Justice is something that God is.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The Bible is a supernatural book and can be understood only by supernatural aid.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The fact of God is necessary for the fact of man. Think God away and man has no ground of existence.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Whatever God felt about anything, He still feels. Whatever He thought about anyone, He still thinks. Whatever He approved, He still approves. Whatever He condemned, He still condemns. Today we have what they call the relativity of morals. But remember this God never changes. Holiness and righteousness are conformity to the will of God. And the will of God never changes for moral creatures.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“We can be in our day what the heroes of faith were in their day – but remember at the time they didn’t know they were heroes.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“God never uses anyone greatly until He tests them deeply.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Now, if faith is the gaze of the heart at God, and if this gaze is but the raising of the inward eyes to meet the all-seeing eyes of God, then it follows that it is one of the easiest things possible to do. It would be like God to make the most vital thing easy and place it within the range of possibility for the weakest and poorest of us.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence.”

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“God must do everything for us. Our part is to yield and trust.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Jesus Christ came not to condemn you but to save you, knowing your name, knowing all about you, knowing your weight right now, knowing your age, knowing what you do, knowing where you live, knowing what you ate for supper and what you will eat for breakfast, where you will sleep tonight, how much your clothing cost, who your parents were. He knows you individually as though there were not another person in the entire world. He died for you as certainly as if you had been the only lost one. He knows the worst about you and is the One who loves you the most. “

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“Faith creates nothing; it simply reckons upon that which is already there.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“The man that believes will obey; failure to obey is convincing proof that there is not true faith present. To attempt the impossible God must give faith or there will be none, and He gives faith to the obedient heart only. Where real repentance is, there is obedience; for repentance is not only sorrow for past failures and sins, it is a determination to begin now to do the will of God as He reveals it to us.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer


“If you are out of the fold and away from God, put your name in the words of John 3:16 and say, “Lord, it is I. I’m the cause and reason why Thou didst on earth come to die.” That kind of positive, personal faith and a personal Redeemer is what saves you. If you will just rush in there, you do not have to know all the theology and all the right words. You can say, “I am the one He came to die for.” Write it down in your heart and say, “Jesus, this is me—Thee and me,” as though there were no others. Have that kind of personalized belief in a personal Lord and Savior.”

Aiden Wilson Tozer



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Today, I asked a little girl, “What is love?”She responded, “Love is not giving up on someone even when you want to.” Her wisdom, stunned me. See, first, I didn’t expect such an insightful response from a child and secondly, today, I was thinking of leaving my wife and giving up on my marriage.


After years of feeling unloved, disrespected and unappreciated, today, I just felt like hanging up my gloves. The unrequited love and one sided affection had finally gotten to me.
I was exhausted from giving my all and getting nothing back.My marriage felt like an empty shell. Most days I couldn’t recognize the woman beside me. She rarely ever spoke to me. Preferring the company of her friends over me. And when I tried speaking to her, most times it felt like she was deaf.



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After years of endless fights, arguments and a situation that felt like it would never improve, I was ready to hang up my boots and throw in the towel. I just felt weary, exhausted and burdened.


But on my way home today, rehearsing the speech I was going to give my wife, and making plans about what to do next etc, I chose to stop by the park to meditate and just spend time with my thoughts. At the park, with the sun out, after days of endless rain, I met a beautiful little girl playing.
I decided to chat her up since I had the time. And at the end of our short tit a tat, is when I asked her the big question, “What is love?”
Her response, “Love is not giving up on someone even when you want to,” sounded like a message from Jesus to me.


Indeed this scripture is true:
And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise?” Matthew 21:16


I thought long and hard about her answer. As I was thinking, something strange started happening. My previously hardened heart, due to the pain I had gone through over the years started to soften.
I started remembering that I had promised to be with my wife for eternity. We were going to heaven together. We were going to do life together. And yet somewhere in the middle of the journey I wanted out?



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Thinking further about my dilemma, I realized this was a challenge too big for me to handle. I couldn’t change my wife. Lord knows I had tried for years. But then I also remembered that there was someone bigger and greater than me. Jesus Christ! I remembered that Jesus changes people. Jesus is the greatest behavioral therapist of all time. So, instead of trying to change my wife, me or my marriage, I figured I might just as well try giving the challenge to Jesus.


Yes, I was giving up on my marriage. But I was giving up my marriage to Jesus. Yes, I was finally throwing in the towel. I was finally allowing him to take charge, allowing him to lead the way. Allowing him to teach me and my wife what marriage was all about.



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And so, while I sat in the park, still wowed by the insightfulness of this little angel, I decided to say a prayer. I decided to surrender and give up my marriage to Jesus and that is when another strange thing happened.
After my rather short prayer, I didn’t feel like leaving my wife anymore. Suddenly hope started bubbling in my heart that was once full of despair. Jesus was going to take care of my marriage, me and wife.


As I kept contemplating on these strange occurrences, thoughts and feelings, the deep, gnawing wounds in my heart started healing. The exhaustion and weariness I had felt for years started lifting. Suddenly these words came alive.



“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30



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In the name of Jesus, 
In place of loss, I speak gain.
In place of hate, I speak love.
In place of death, I speak life.
In place of bad, I speak good.
In place of war, I speak peace.
In place of hell, I speak heaven.
In place of evil, I speak holiness.
In place of grief, I speak healing.
In place of fear, I speak courage.
In place of suffering, I speak joy.
In place of despair, I speak hope.
In place of division, I speak unity.
In place of pain, I speak pleasure.
In place of disbelief, I speak faith.
In place of strife, I speak stability.
In place of hunger, I speak plenty.
In place of tears, I speak laughter.
In place of noise, I speak stillness.
In place of desert, I speak waters.
In place of hardship, I speak ease.
In place of darkness, I speak light.
In place of atheism, I speak Jesus.
In place of curse, I speak blessing.
In place of blindness, I speak sight.
In place of sickness, I speak health.
In place of chaos, I speak harmony.
In place of injustice, I speak justice.
In place of ugliness, I speak beauty.
In place of confusion, I speak order.
In place of lack, I speak abundance.
In place of turbulence, I speak calm.
In place of bondage, I speak release.
In place of deafness, I speak hearing.
In place of thirst, I speak satisfaction.
In place of muteness, I speak speech.
In place of lameness, I speak mobility.
In place of poverty, I speak prosperity.
In place of mourning, I speak rejoicing.
In place of weakness, I speak strength.
In place of iniquity, I speak repentance.
In place of fighting, I speak reconciliation.
In place of complaining, I speak gratitude.
In place of depression, I speak happiness.
In place of wandering, I speak settlement.
In place of stolen goods, I speak recovery.
In place of captivity, I speak breakthrough.
In place of homelessness, I speak housing.
In place of destruction, I speak redemption.
In place of dissonance, I speak consonance.
In place of idolatry, I speak worship of Jesus.
In place of un-forgiveness, I speak forgiveness.
In place of brokenness, I speak wholesomeness.
In place of unrighteousness, I speak righteousness.
Glory, honor, power, majesty and every blessing be to Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 

Amen.




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“When God gave Christ to this world, He gave the best He had, and He wants us to do the same.”

Dwight L. Moody


“There is no better evangelist in the world than the Holy Spirit.”

Dwight L. Moody


“God will honor our faith.”

Dwight L. Moody


“No man ever sought Christ with a heart to find Him who did not find Him.”

Dwight L. Moody


“In Proverbs we read: ‘He that winneth souls is wise.’ If any man, women, or child by a godly life and example can win one soul to God, his life will not have been a failure. He will have outshone all the mighty men of his day, because he will have set a stream in motion that will flow on and on forever and ever.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Christians should live in the world, but not be filled with it. A ship lives in the water; but if the water gets into the ship, she goes to the bottom. So Christians may live in the world; but if the world gets into them, they sink.”

Dwight L. Moody

“Excuses are the cradle … that Satan rocks men off to sleep in.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy flows through persecution and opposition. It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in the heart; a secret spring the world can’t see and doesn’t know anything about.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It is a good deal better to have life in Christ and God than any where else. I would rather have my life hid with Christ in God than be in Eden as Adam was. Adam might have remained in Paradise for 16,000 years, and then fallen, but if ours is hid in Christ, how safe!”

Dwight L. Moody


“Faith is an outward look, not an inward look.”

Dwight L. Moody


“When a man is not deeply convicted of sin, it is a pretty sure sign that he has not truly repented. Experience has taught me that men who have very slight conviction of sin sooner or later lapse back into their old life.”

Dwight L. Moody


“God doesn’t seek for golden vessels, and does not ask for silver ones, but He must have clean ones.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I find that many Christians are in trouble about the future; they think they will not have grace enough to die by. It is much more important that we should have grace enough to live by. It seems to me that death is of very little importance in the meantime. When the dying hour comes, there will be dying grace; but you do not require dying grace to live by.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Our Faith must be tested. God builds no ships but what He sends to sea.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Earth recedes….Heav en opens before me.”

Dwight L. Moody


“God commands us to be filled with the Spirit, and if we are not filled, it is because we are living beneath our privileges.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Ministry need not be an office; it’s a lifestyle devoted to attracting the lost to Christ and encouraging other believers in the faith.”

Dwight L. Moody


“A Christian in the world is one thing, and the world in a Christian is quite another thing. A ship in the water is all right, but when the water gets in the ship, it is quite a different thing.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I am glad there are things in the Bible I do not understand. If I could take that book up and read it as I would any other book, I might think I could write a book like that.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I believe hundreds of Christian people are being deceived by Satan now on this point, that they have not got the assurance of salvation just because they are not willing to take God at His word.”

Dwight L. Moody


‘The tendency of the world is down – God’s path is up.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody; forty years learning he was nobody; and forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody.”

Dwight L. Moody


“God doesn’t expect the impossible from us. He wants us to expect the impossible from Him!”

Dwight L. Moody


“God stands in no need of our strength or wisdom, but of our ignorance, of our weakness; let us but give these to Him, and He can make use of us in winning souls.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I have never met a man who has given me as much trouble as myself.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The man that is popular with the world is not a friend of Jesus. You cannot serve two masters. The world hates Christ, and if you are a friend of the world you cannot be a friend of His. You may be sure that something is wrong with you when everybody is your friend.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If our circumstances find us in God, we shall find God in all our circumstances.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The law stops every man’s mouth. God will have a man humble himself down on his face before Him, with not a word to say for himself. Then God will speak to him, when he owns that he is a sinner, and gets rid of all his own righteousness.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Light for every darkness, life in death, the promise of our Lord’s return, and the assurance of everlasting glory.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Would you be free from the condemnation of the sins that are past, from the power of the temptations that are to come? Then take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the grave, let the judgment come, the victory is Christ’s and yours through Him.”

Dwight L. Moody


“A man to be converted has to give up his will, his ways, and his thoughts.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Dr. Bonar once said that he could tell when a Christian was growing. In proportion to his growth in grace he would elevate his Master, talk less of what he himself was doing, and become smaller and smaller in his own esteem, until, like the morning star, he faded away before the rising sun.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”

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“Temptations are like tramps. Treat them kindly, and they will return bringing others with them. Temptations are never so dangerous as when they come to us in a religious garb.”

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“Man is born with his face turned away from God. When he truly repents, he is turned right round toward God; he leaves his old life.”

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“The moral man is as guilty as the rest. His morality cannot save him.”

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“My friends, look to Christ, and not to yourselves. That is what is the matter with a great many sinners; instead of looking to Christ, they are looking at the bite of sin.”

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“Go through John’s Gospel, and study the “believes,” the “verilys,” the ” I ams; “and go through the Bible in that way, and it becomes a new book to you.”

Dwight L. Moody


“We are not fountains ourselves; but the Word of God is the true fountain.”

Dwight L. Moody


“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.”

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“The fact is, we are leaky vessels, and we have to keep right under the fountain all the time to keep full of Christ, and so have fresh supply.”

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“More depends on my walk than talk.”

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“We may easily be too big for God to use, but never too small.”

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“Give your life to God; he can do more with it than you can.”

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“God will not accept a divided heart. He must be absolute monarch. There is not room in your heart for two thrones. You cannot mix the worship of the true God with the worship of any other god more than you can mix oil and water. It cannot be done. There is not room for any other throne in the heart if Christ is there. If worldliness should come in, godliness would go out.”

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“I cannot convert men; I can only proclaim the Gospel.”

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“God has nothing to say to the self-righteous. Unless you humble yourself before Him in the dust, and confess before Him your iniquities and sins, the gate of heaven, which is open only for sinners, saved by grace, must be shut against you forever.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If you don’t enter the kingdom of heaven by God’s way, you cannot enter at all.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Someone has said that there are four things necessary in studying the Bible: Admit, submit, commit and transmit.”

Dwight L. Moody


“True will-power and courage are not on the battlefield, but in everyday conquests over our inertia, laziness, boredom.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The Gospel of John opens with Jesus Christ in the bosom of God, and closes with the sinner in the bosom of Jesus Christ.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.”

Dwight L. Moody


“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”

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“I prayed for Faith, and thought that some day Faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But Faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, ‘Now Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God’. I had closed my Bible, and prayed for Faith. I now opened my Bible, and began to study, and Faith has been growing ever since.”

Dwight L. Moody


“So few grow, because so few study.”

Dwight L. Moody


“We may not be able to do any great thing; but if each of us will do something, however small it may be, a good deal will be accomplised for God.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Faith takes God without any ifs. If God says anything, faith says, “I believe it”; faith says, “Amen” to it.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Whitewashing the pump won’t make the water pure.”

Dwight L. Moody


“At a certain meeting two and a half people were converted to Christ. A friend asked if he meant, two adults and a child. The facts were just the opposite two children and an adult. When a child is led to Christ, a whole life is saved!”

Dwight L. Moody


“We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Death may be the King of terrors… but Jesus is the King of Kings.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It does not take long to tell where a man’s treasure is. In fifteen minutes’ conversation with most men, you can tell whether their treasures are on the earth or in Heaven.”

Dwight L. Moody


“There will be no peace in any soul until it is willing to obey the voice of God.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The object of the Bible is not to tell how good men are, but how bad men can become good.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Some say if only my fears and doubts will leave then I will get to work. But instead you should get to work and then your fears and doubts will leave.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I have noticed this, that when a man is full of the Holy Ghost he is the very last man to be complaining of other people.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”

Dwight L. Moody


“We talk about heaven being so far away. It is within speaking distance to those who belong there. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.”

Dwight L. Moody


“When I first became a Christian I thought I would be glad when I got farther on, and got established. I thought I would be so strong and there would not be any danger; but the longer I live, the more danger I see there is. The only hope of any Christian…is to keep hold of Christ.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible, the other 99 will read the Christian.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Use me then, my Saviour for whatever purpose and whatever way thou mayest require. Here is my poor heart, and empty vessel; fill it with Thy Grace.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I look upon this world as a wrecked vessel. God has given me a lifeboat and said, ‘Moody, save all you can.”

Dwight L. Moody


“What we want is men with a little courage to stand up for Christ. When Christianity wakes up, and every child that belongs to the Lord is willing to speak for Him, is willing to work for Him, and, if need be, willing to die for Him, then Christianity will advance, and we shall see the work of the Lord prosper.”

Dwight L. Moody


“To be tempted is not to sin. The strongest attacks are made on the strongest forts.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I believe the religion of Christ covers the whole man. Why shouldn’t a man play baseball or lawn-tennis? … Don’t imagine that you have got to go into a cave to be consecrated, and stay there all your life. Whatever you take up, take it up with all your heart.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Everybody wants to enjoy heaven after they die, but they don’t want to be heavenly-minded while they live.”

Dwight L. Moody


“God has called us to SHINE, just as much as Daniel was sent into Babylon to shine. Let no one say that he cannot shine because he has not so much influence as some others may have. What God wants YOU to do is to use the influence YOU have. Daniel probably did not have much influence down in Babylon at first, but God soon gave him more because he was FAITHFUL and used what he had.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If I walk with the world, I can’t walk with God.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church…is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found that I would have to go against the current.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Every true work of God has had its bitter enemies – not only outside, but also inside – just as in the days of Nehemiah.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I hunted all through the four Gospels trying to find one of Christ’s funeral sermons, but I couldn’t find any. I found He broke up every funeral He ever attended! Death couldn’t exist where He was.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Be humble, or you’ll stumble.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The work of the Spirit is to impart life, to implant hope, to give liberty, to testify of Christ, to guide us into all truth, to teach us all things, to comfort the believer, and to convict the world of sin.”

Dwight L. Moody


“There is no greater honour than to be the instrument in God’s hands of leading one person out of the kingdom of Satan into the glorious light of Heaven.”

Dwight L. Moody


“There is no use in running before you are sent; there is no use in attempting to do God’s work without God’s power. A man working without this unction, a man working without this anointing, a man working without the Holy Ghost upon him, is losing time after all.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It is our privilege to know that we are saved.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The best definition I can find of faith is the dependence upon the veracity of another. The Bible definition in the 11th chapter of Hebrews is, ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ In other words, faith says amen to everything that God says. Faith takes God without any ifs, If God says it, Faith says I believe it; Faith says amen to it.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Those who say they will forgive but can’t forget, simply bury the hatchet but leave the handle out for immediate use.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it.”

Dwight L. Moody


“A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next 6 months, nor can he inhale sufficient air into his lungs with one breath to sustain life for a week to come. We are permitted to draw upon God’s store of grace from day to day as we need it.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I have come a hundred miles,” said a minister, “to get some of Mr. Moody’s spirit.” ” You don’t want my spirit,” was the reply. “What you want is the Spirit of God.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It is clear you don’t like my way of doing evangelism. You raise some good points. Frankly, I sometimes do not like my way of doing evangelism. But I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Real true faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God’ (Rom. 10:17). That is whence faith comes. It is not for me to sit down and wait for faith to come stealing over me with a strong sensation, but is for me to take God at His Word.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If God did not want us to understand the book of Revelation, He would not have given it to us at all.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?”

Dwight L. Moody


“There cannot be any peace where there is uncertainty.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If God tells us to do a thing we are to do it; if He tells us to believe a thing, we are to believe it; we are to have faith in God. Have faith in God, and if God tells you to believe a thing believe it, and then you will have peace and confidence and joy.”

Dwight L. Moody


“God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a ‘No Fishing’ sign over the spot.”

Dwight L. Moody


“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to Him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal-a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.”

Dwight L. Moody


“No one can sum up all God is able to accomplish through one solitary life, wholly yielded, adjusted, and obedient to Him.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The best way to revive a church is to build a fire in the pulpit.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Is there any reason why you should not have faith in God? Has God ever broken one of His promises? I defy any infidel or unbeliever to place a finger on a single promise of God ever made and failed to fulfill.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It is better to be a little too strict than too liberal.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The valley of the shadow of death holds no darkness for the child of God. There must be light, else there could be no shadow. Jesus is the light. He has overcome death.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Satan is willing to have us worship anything, however sacred – the Bible, the crucifix, the church – if only we do not worship God Himself.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Let us expect that God is going to use us. Let us have courage and go forward, looking to God to do great things.”

Dwight L. Moody


“No man can resolve himself into Heaven.”

Dwight L. Moody


“When a man thinks he has got a good deal of strength, and is self-confident, you may look for his downfall. It may be years before it comes to light, but it is already commenced.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It is the only happy life to live for the salvation of souls.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If you were to spend a month feeding on the precious promises of God, you would not be going about with your heads hanging down like bulrushes, complaining how poor you are; but you would lift up your heads with confidence, and proclaim the riches of His grace because you could not help it.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Earth recedes, Heaven opens before me. If this is death, it is sweet! There is no valley here. God is calling me, and I must go.”

Dwight L. Moody


“A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Character is what a man is in the dark.”

Dwight L. Moody


“This lost world will never be reached and brought back to loyalty to God, until the children of God wake up to the fact that they have a mission in the world. If we are true Christians we should all be missionaries.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Faith gives us living joy and dying rest.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in money and you may have it taken from you, but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.”

Dwight L. Moody


“David was the last one we would have chosen to fight the giant, but he was chosen of God.”

Dwight L. Moody


“When God wants to move a mountain, he does not take a bar of iron, but he takes a little worm. The fact is, we have too much strength. We are not weak enough. It is not our strength that we want. One drop of God’s strength is worth more than all the world.”

Dwight L. Moody


“A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I’d rather get ten men to do the job than to do the job of ten men.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Every one ought to study the Bible with two ends in view: his own growth in knowledge and grace, and passing it on to others. We ought to have four ears,- two for ourselves, and two for other people. My Bible is worth a good deal to me because I have so many passages marked that, if I am called upon to speak at any time, I am ready. We ought to be prepared to pass around heavenly thoughts and truths, just as we do the coin of the realm.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Verily I say unto you, he that heareth my word and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.” My friend, that is worth more than all the feeling you can have in a life-time.”

Dwight L. Moody


“You might as well try to hear without ears or breathe without lungs, as to try to live a Christian life without the Spirit of God in your heart.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Many of the Bible characters fell just in the things in which they were thought to be strongest. Moses failed in his humility, Abraham in his faith, Elijah in his courage, for one woman scared him away to that juniper-tree; and Peter, whose strong point was boldness, was so frightened by a maid, as to deny his Lord.”

Dwight L. Moody


“When a man is filled with the Word of God you cannot keep him still, If a man has got the Word, he must speak or die.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If God has given you a message, go and give it to the people as God has given it to you. It is a stupid thing to try to be eloquent.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If we have Christ with us, we can do all things. Let us not be thinking how weak we are. Let us lift up our eyes to Him and think of Him as our Elder Brother who has all power given to Him in Heaven and on earth. He says, ‘Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!”

Dwight L. Moody


“I am walking toward a bright light and the nearer I get the brighter it is.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Salvation is worth working for. It is worth a man’s going round the world on his hands and knees, climbing its mountains, crossing its valleys, swimming its rivers, going through all manner of hardship in order to attain it. But we do not get it in that way. It is to him who believes.”

Dwight L. Moody


“When we find a man meditating on the words of God, my friends, that man is full of boldness and is successful.”

Dwight L. Moody


“You cannot find, I believe, a case in the Bible where a man is converted without God’s calling in some human agency–using some human instrument.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The best work usually meets the strongest opposition.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If Jesus bore the cross, and died on it for me, ought I not to be willing to take it up for Him?”

Dwight L. Moody


“He is the Rock, His work is perfect: For all His ways are judgment: A God of truth and without iniquity, Just and right is He.”

Dwight L. Moody


“There is the joy of one’s own salvation. I thought, when I first tasted that, it was the most delicious joy I had ever known, and that I could never get beyond it. But I found, afterward, there was something more joyful that, namely, the joy of the salvation of others.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I never saw a fruit-bearing Christian who was not a student of the Bible.”

Dwight L. Moody


“When a man gets up so high (spiritual mountaintop) that he cannot reach down and save poor sinners, there is something wrong.”

Dwight L. Moody


“God had one Son without sin, but He never had a son without trial.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The resurrection is the keystone of the arch on which our faith is supported. If Christ has not risen, we must impeach all those witnesses for lying. If Christ has not risen, we have no proof that the crucifixion of Jesus differed from that of the two thieves who suffered with him. If Christ has not risen, it is impossible to believe his atoning death was accepted.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The grand question of life is, Is my name written in heaven?”

Dwight L. Moody


“The Son of God passed by the mansions and went down in a manger that He might sympathize with the lowly.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Seeking to perpetuate one’s name on earth is like writing on the sand by the seashore; to be perpetual it must be written on eternal shores.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I believe Satan exists for two reasons: first, the Bible says so, and second, I’ve done business with him.”

Dwight L. Moody


“How easy it is to work for God when we are filled with His Spirit! His service is so sweet, so delightful; He is not a hard master. People talk about their being overworked and breaking down. It is not so. It is [over-worry] and care that wears people out.
Why do so many workers break down? Not from overwork, but because there has been friction of the machinery; there hasn’t been enough of the oil of the Spirit. Great engines have their machinery so arranged that where there is friction there is oil dropping on it all the time. It is a good thing for Christians to have plenty of oil.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The Bible without the Holy Spirit is a sundial by moonlight.”

Dwight L. Moody


“As a dead man cannot inherit an estate, no more can a dead soul inherit heaven. The soul must be resurrected in Christ.”

Dwight L. Moody


“If a man gets drunk and goes out and breaks his leg so that it must be amputated, God will forgive him if he asks it, but he will have to hop around on one leg all his life.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Remember, a small light will do a great deal when it is in a very dark place. Put one little tallow in the middle of a large hall, and it will give a good deal of light.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The monument I want after I am dead is a monument with two legs going around the world-a saved sinner telling about the salvation of Jesus Christ.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Attitudes determine our actions, for good or bad.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The first thing a man must do if he desires to be used in the Lord’s work, is to make an unconditional surrender of himself to God.”

Dwight L. Moody


“There is no harder lesson for man to learn than the lesson of humility. It is the rarest of all gifts. It is a very rare thing to find a man or woman that is following closely the footsteps of the Master in meekness and humility.”

Dwight L. Moody


“I know the Bible is inspired because it inspires me.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Christ came down to save us from a terrible hell, and any man who is cast down to hell from here must go in the full blaze of the gospel, and over the mangled body of the Son of God.”

Dwight L. Moody


“What we need as Christians is to be able to feed ourselves. How many there are who sit helpless and listless, with open mouths, hungry for spiritual things, and the minister has to try to feed them, while the Bible is a feast prepared, into which they never venture.”

Dwight L. Moody


“Life is very sweet to me, and there is no position of power or wealth that could tempt me from the throne God has given me.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It is a favorite thing with infidels to set their own standard, to measure themselves by other people. But that will not do in the Day of Judgment. Now we will use God’s law as a balance weight.”

Dwight L. Moody


“He that overcometh shall inherit all things. God has no poor children.”

Dwight L. Moody


“It is the greatest pleasure of living to win souls to Christ.”

Dwight L. Moody


“The trouble with a great many men is that they spread themselves out over too much ground. They fail in everything. If they would only put their life into one channel, and keep it in, they would accomplish something. They make no impression because they do a little work here and a little work there….Lay yourselves on the altar of God, and then concentrate on some one work.”

Dwight L. Moody


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How To Avoid Religion And Start Succeeding – Faith Versus Religion

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How To Avoid Religion And Start Succeeding – Faith Versus Religion.


​I will stand with my assertion that men/women of faith have failed Jesus.
They are the ones who have witnessed his miracles and refused to share about those signs and wonders when it mattered most.
They are like Peter who denied Jesus three times before his death.


Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.” 37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.” 38 Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.

John 13:36-38

Men and Women of faith keep failing Jesus. Through the centuries. Everyday. They deny and fail Jesus everyday. Someone might then say; “Some men have everything in their favor. They are destined to succeed.”


Well, my response would be that people born with everything destined to go their way are not men/women of faith. They are men of religion.
I will give examples.


  • Jesus is a man of Faith. Not a man of the religion.
  • Jacob was a man of Faith. Not a man of the religion.
  • Nikola Tesla was a man of Faith. Not a man of the religion
  • Isaac Newton was a man of Faith. Not a man of the religion.
  • Donald Trump is a man of Faith. Not a man of the religion.

Let me explain further.


The natural laws say, a virgin can’t give birth to a child and yet it happened. The spiritual laws say, God can’t be man. And yet he was. The Jewish laws says, a man can’t work on the Sabbath and yet Jesus was caught countless times healing on the Sabbath.


See, thing with religion is that the more times we keep trying to live by it, the more entangled we become. I’m not saying that religion and the law don’t work. They work to a certain extent but they are doomed to fail eventually. They are not solid. They are fools gold. They are fakes. They are not the real thing. They promise you that if you put in so much, you will get this much.


Religious law makers and keepers promise you heaven if you keep all the commandments. They will promise you all sorts of great things in this life and thereafter if you keep the law. However they will not tell you that you can get the same things and even more if you know Jesus and believe in him. They don’t teach about Grace and love.


See the deception?
Okay … Lets go slow… I understand this is a dangerous road I’m trending.
You will go see your Doctor. They will tell you not to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol because you will get cancer and pancreatitis.

Aha!


But haven’t we seen people who have never smoked their whole life die of cancer? Haven’t we seen non-alcoholics die of pancreatitis?
So, if you have been someone who has been following your Doctors law, what happens when you get cancer the next day?


Will your Doctor have failed you? Told you a lie? Will you stop going to the Doctors? I will tell you what failed you. Not the Doctor or his rules. The law and religion failed you.


The man of Faith will probably be the one who smokes his pipe until he is 80, never gets cancer and if you ask his secret, he will tell you that he believes God protects him. When he tells you this, you will probably refuse and not believer him. Because your religious dogmatic mind can’t comprehend how that can be possible.


We think, to succeed or make it in life, we need religions and laws. We are all men of religion and we sell it to each other. In different spheres of Life. Everywhere you look, you will find it.


But the men who beat the odds and make it in this life, are not men of religion. The geniuses and miracles of our time, are not men of religion. The men we hate the most because of their success, the ones into whose faces we spit, are not men of the law and religion. They are men of Faith. We don’t hate them for their success or ambitions. We hate them for their audacity to win despite the odds.


We become religious men every time we hate. Every time we choose hate over love, for whatever reason, we become men of religion. Every time we refuse to let go of our prejudices and we become dogmatic then we become religious people. Religion happens to all of us. It’s an everyday struggle for every human being. It’s our flesh.


Humans love laws. It’s the human mind. We teach it everywhere. To our children. To our parents. To ourselves. We sell it to each other everyday.
From time immemorial. We have never learnt that to survive and thrive we don’t need religion but love.


Therefore, when religion fails us, we default to hate and fear.
Faith, which is different from religion sets off our panic buttons. We see Faith win and because we are human, we hate Faith because, it reminds us of our weaknesses as humans. It reminds us of the time, religion failed us. Religion said that it was only those who studied for the test who passed. Religion said those who didn’t study, didn’t succeed in life. Until religion failed us. Religion told us that Trump couldn’t win an Election because his curriculum vitae didn’t read right and yet Faith proved us wrong.


We say, “Religion helps give us knowledge and guidance to survive.” It starts from birth. Religion is not scary because it is the known. And we therefore hate anything that would dare tamper with those comforts. And in holding onto false things, we end up missing the real thing.


Can we go back to the real thing? Can we go back to faith? Can we become men/women of Faith? Faith wins every time. Faith beats the odds. Faith can move mountains. With Faith we are sure of success.


So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Mark 11:22-23

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Hebrews 11:1-3


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Jesus, Faith, Christianity, Religion And Spirituality Quotes – John Bunyan

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Jesus, Faith, Christianity, Religion And Spirituality Quotes – John Bunyan.


“If my life is fruitless, it doesn’t matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn’t matter who criticizes me.”

John Bunyan


“And, indeed, this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world; namely, that a righteousness that resides in heaven should justify me, a sinner on earth!”

John Bunyan


“Christ is the desire of nations, the joy of angels, the delight of the Father. What solace then must that soul be filled with, that has the possession of Him to all eternity!”

John Bunyan


“Nothing can hurt you except sin; nothing can grieve me except sin; nothing can defeat you except sin. Therefore, be on your guard, my Mansoul.”

John Bunyan


“The difference between true and false repentance lies in this: the man who truly repents cries out against his heart; but the other, as Eve, against the serpent, or something else.”

John Bunyan


“Hope is never ill when faith is well.”

John Bunyan


“If people really see that Christ has removed the fear of punishment from them by taking it into Himself, they won’t do whatever they want, they’ll do whatever He wants.”

John Bunyan


“Without the Spirit man is so infirm that he cannot, with all other means whatsoever, be enabled to think one right saving thought of God, of Christ, or of his blessed things.”

John Bunyan


“No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures.”

John Bunyan


“It gave me no pleasure to see people drink in my opinions if they seemed ignorant of Jesus Christ and the value of being saved by Him. Sound conviction for sin, especially the sin of unbelief, and a heart set on fire to be saved by Christ, with a strong yearning for a truly sanctified soul-this was what delighted me; those were the souls I considered blessed.”

John Bunyan


“Nothing can render affliction so insupportable as the load of sin. Would you then be fitted for afflictions? Be sure to get the burden of your sins laid aside, and then what affliction soever you may meet with will be very easy to you.”

John Bunyan


“What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.”

John Bunyan


“Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have each of them the dew of heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other’s roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.”

John Bunyan


“He that is down needs fear no fall.”

John Bunyan


“If thou hast sinned, lie not down without repentance; for the want of repentance, after one has sinned, makes the heart yet harder and harder.”

John Bunyan


“Their bodies will be raised from the dead as vessels for the soul-vessels of wrath. The soul will breathe hell-fire, and smoke and coal will seem to hang upon its burning lips, yea the face, eyes, and ears will seem to be chimneys and vents for the flame, and the smoke of the burning , which God, by His breath, hath kindled therein, and upon, them, which will be held one in another, to the great torment and distress of each other.”

John Bunyan


“All that the Father giveth me SHALL COME… Here, therefore, the Lord Jesus positively determineth to put forth such a sufficiency of all grace as shall effectually perform this promise. They shall come; that is, he will CAUSE them to come, by infusing of an effectual blessing into all the means that shall be used to that end.”

John Bunyan


“I was never out of my Bible.”

John Bunyan


“Though the world disregard the society of God’s children now, yet there is a time coming in which they would be glad to have the least company with them.”

John Bunyan


“Dost thou understand me, sinful soul? He wrestled with justice, that thou mightest have rest; He wept and mourned, that thou mightest laugh and rejoice; He was betrayed, that thou mightest go free; was apprehended, that thou mightest escape; He was condemned, that thou mightest be justified; and was killed, that thou mightest live; He wore a crown of thorns, that thou mightest wear a crown of glory; and was nailed to the cross, with His arms wide open, to show with what freeness all His merits shall be bestowed on the coming soul; and how heartily He will receive it into His bosom?”

John Bunyan


“The man that takes up religion for the world will throw away religion for the world.”

John Bunyan


“The law, instead of cleansing the heart from sin, doth revive it, put strength into, and increase it in the soul, even as it doth discover and forbid it, for it doth not give power to subdue.”

John Bunyan


“Fear, lest, by forgetting what you are by nature, you also forget the need that you have of continual pardon, support, and supplies from the Spirit of grace, and so grow proud of your own abilities, or of what you have received from God.”

John Bunyan


“At the day of Doom men shall be judged according to their fruits. It will not be said then, did you believe? But, were you doers or talkers only?”

John Bunyan


“There is a warning here for true pilgrims. Beware of the talker, but also be careful not to judge too quickly those whom God has blessed with both genuine grace and a fluency to speak of divine mercy in ways more eloquent than others. The proof is in the life-not a perfect life, but a life that both delights in divine truth and magnifies God, the only giver of the sovereign grace that always produces the truly fruitful, fragrant life.”

John Bunyan


“He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.”

John Bunyan


“Man indeed is the most noble, by creation, of all the creatures in the visible World; but by sin he has made himself the most ignoble.”

John Bunyan


“Humility is the light of the understanding.”

John Bunyan


“As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place, where was a den; and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and as I slept I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back. I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and as he read, he wept and trembled: and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry; saying, ‘What shall I do?'”

John Bunyan


“To seek yourself in this world is to be lost; and to be humble is to be exalted.”

John Bunyan


“He that comes to Christ cannot, it is true, always get on as fast as he would. Poor coming soul, thou art like the man that would ride full gallop whose horse will hardly trot. Now the desire of his mind is not to be judged of by the slow pace of the dull jade he rides on, but by the hitching and kicking and spurring as he sits on his back. Thy flesh is like this dull jade, it will not gallop after Christ, it will be backward though thy soul and heaven lie at stake.”

John Bunyan


“There is no way to kill a man’s righteousness but by his own consent.”

John Bunyan


“The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and they that lack the beginning have neither middle nor end.”

John Bunyan


“Riches and power, what is there more in the world? For money answereth all things-that is, all but soul concerns. It can neither be a price for souls while here, nor can that, with all the forces of strength, recover one out of hell fire.”

John Bunyan


“It is profitable for Christians to be often calling to mind the very beginnings of grace with their souls.”

John Bunyan


“Though it be said that faith cometh by hearing, yet it is the Spirit that worketh faith in the heart through hearing, or else they are not profited by hearing.”

John Bunyan


“Run when I can, walk when I cannot run, and creep when I cannot walk.”

John Bunyan


“To lay hold of and receive the gospel by a true and saving faith is an act of the soul that has been made a new creature, which is the workmanship of God… Wherefore whoever receiveth the grace that is tendered in the gospel, they must be quickened by the power of God, their eyes must be opened, their understandings illuminated, their ears unstopped, their hearts circumcised, their wills also rectified, and the Son of God revealed in them.”

John Bunyan


“The man who does not know the nature of the Law, cannot know the nature of sin.”

John Bunyan


“Our sins, when laid upon Christ, were yet personally ours, not his; so his righteousness, when put upon us, is yet personally his, not ours.”

John Bunyan


“I will stay in prison till the moss grows on my eye lids rather than disobey God.”

John Bunyan


“Let dissolution come when it will, it can do the Christian no harm, for it will be but a passage out of a prison into a palace; out of a sea of troubles into a haven of rest; out of a crowd of enemies, to an innumerable company of true, loving, and faithful friends; out of shame, reproach, and contempt, into exceeding great and eternal glory.”

John Bunyan


“An idle man’s brain is the devil’s workshop.”

John Bunyan


“Doth Jesus Christ stand up to plead for us with God, to plead with him for us against the devil? Let this teach us to stand up to plead for him before men, to plead for him against the enemies of his person and gospel.”

John Bunyan


“Old truths are always new to us, if they come with the smell of heaven upon them.”

John Bunyan


“See how ye Pharisee in the Temple stands, And justifies himself with lifted hands. Whilst ye poor publican with downcast eyes, Conscious of guilt to God for mercy cries.”

John Bunyan


“This hill though high I covent ascend; The difficulty will not me offend; For I perceive the way of life lies here. Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear.”

John Bunyan


“He that doth righteousness; that is, righteousness which the gospel calleth so, is righteous; that is, precedent to, or before he doth that righteousness. For he doth not say, he shall make his person righteous by acts of righteousness that he shall do; for then an evil tree may bear good fruit, yea, and make itself good by doing so; but he saith, He that doth righteousness is righteous; as he saith, He that doth righteousness is born of him.”

John Bunyan


“Words easy to be understood do often hit the mark, when high and learned ones do only pierce the air.”

John Bunyan


“It is sad to see how the most of men neglect their precious souls, turning their backs upon the glorious gospel, and little minding a crucified Jesus, when, in the meanwhile, their bodies are well provided for, their estates much regarded, and the things of this present life are highly prized, as if the darling was of less value than a clod of earth; an immortal soul, than a perishing body; a precious Saviour, than unsatisfying creatures.”

John Bunyan


“The road of denial leads to the precipice of destruction.”

John Bunyan


“He that is down needs fear no fall. He that is low, no pride; He that is humble, ever shall have God to be his Guide.”

John Bunyan


“The kingdom of heaven is for the heirs – and if children, then heirs; if born again, then heirs. Wherefore it is said expressly, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. By this one word, down goes all carnal privilege of being born of flesh and blood, and of the will of man. Canst thou produce the birthright?”

John Bunyan


“There can be but one will the master in our salvation, but that shall never be the will of man, but of God; therefore man must be saved by grace.”

John Bunyan


“If you release me today, I’ll preach tomorrow.”

John Bunyan


“Faith receiveth the promise, embraceth it, and comforteth the soul unspeakably with it. Faith is so great an artist in arguing and reasoning with the soul, that it will bring over the hardest heart that it hath to deal with. It will bring to my remembrance at once, both my vileness against God, and his goodness towards me; it will show me, that though I deserve not to breathe in the air, yet that God will have me an heir of glory.”

John Bunyan


“The spirit of prayer is more precious than treasures of gold and silver.”

John Bunyan


“Therefore, I bind these lies and slanderous accusations to my person as an ornament; it belongs to my Christian profession to be vilified, slandered, reproached and reviled, and since all this is nothing but that, as God and my conscience testify, I rejoice in being reproached for Christ’s sake.”

John Bunyan


“I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.”

John Bunyan


“The greatness of God, of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is that, if rightly considered, which will support the spirits of those of his people that are frighted with the greatness of their adversaries.”

John Bunyan


“Humility is the light of understanding.”

John Bunyan


“Wherefore, though the Christian, as a Christian, is the only man at liberty, as called thereunto of God; yet his liberty is limited to things that are good: he is not licensed thereby to indulge the flesh.”

John Bunyan


“Grace can pardon our ungodliness and justify us with Christ’s righteousness; it can put the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us; it can help us when we are down; it can heal us when we are wounded; it can multiply pardons, as we through frailty multiply transgressions.”

John Bunyan


“Beware of resting in the word of the kingdom, without the spirit and power of the kingdom of that gospel, for the gospel coming in word only saves nobody, for the kingdom of God or the gospel, where it comes to salvation, is not in word but in power.”

John Bunyan


“I have often thought that the best Christians are found in the worst of times.”

John Bunyan


“Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that reared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them.”

John Bunyan


“Whatever contradicts the Word of God should be instantly resisted as diabolical.”

John Bunyan


“To run and work the law commands, but gives us neither feet nor hands. But better news the gospel brings, it bids us fly and gives us wings.”

John Bunyan


“It could be a sign of pride in your life if a word of reproof or admonition is not able to be received with the same grace, whether it be given by the poorest of saints or the most educated person.”

John Bunyan


“The Lord uses his flail of tribulation to separate the chaff from the wheat.”

John Bunyan


“Look how fears have presented themselves, so have supports and encouragements; yea, when I have started, even as it were at nothing else but my shadow, yet God, as being very tender of me, hath suffered me to be molested, but would with one Scripture or another, strengthen me against all; insomuch that I have often said, Were it awful, I could pray for greater trouble, for the greater comfort’s sake.”

John Bunyan


“The Swamp of Despond is that place set before the narrow gate where true and false pilgrims alike are assaulted by their own internal corruption and pollution. The dirt and scum that has attached itself to our hearts and minds is agitated and revealed by both the workings of a guilty conscience and the devouring avarice of the enemy of our souls.”

John Bunyan


“As your faith is, such your hope will be. Hope is never ill when faith is well, nor strong if faith be weak.”

John Bunyan


“I would say to my soul, O my soul, this is not the place of despair; this is not the time to despair in. As long as mine eyes can find a promise in the Bible, as long as there is a moment left me of breath or life in this world, so long will I wait or look for mercy, so long will I fight against unbelief and despair.”

John Bunyan


“Our heart oft times wakes when we sleep, and God can speak to that, either by words, by proverbs, by signs and similitudes, as well as if one was awake.”

John Bunyan


“One leak will sink a ship: and one sin will destroy a sinner.”

John Bunyan


“I saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor my bad frame that made my righteousness worse; for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, the same yesterday and today and forever.”

John Bunyan


“No child of God sins to that degree as to make himself incapable of forgiveness.”

John Bunyan


“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the Man Christ without, and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the word of God.”

John Bunyan


“Men, even the elect, have too many infirmities to come to Christ without help from heaven; inviting will not do.”

John Bunyan


“Temptation provokes me to look upward to God.”

John Bunyan


“Such is the effect of the grace of God in the heart of a pilgrim; while on one hand he sees the propensity of his evil nature to every sin which has been committed by others, and is humbled; he also confesses, that, by no power of his own, is he preserved, but ever gives the glory to the God of all grace, by whose power alone he is kept from falling.”

John Bunyan


“He hath given me rest by His sorrow, and life by His death.”

John Bunyan


“It is possible to learn all about the mysteries of the Bible and never be affected by it in one’s soul. Great knowledge is not enough.”

John Bunyan


“Though there is not always grace where there is the fear of hell, yet, to be sure, there is no grace where there is no fear of God.”

John Bunyan


“Just as Christian came up to the Cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, fell from off his back, and began to tumble down the hill, and so it continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre. There it fell in, and I saw it no more!”

John Bunyan


“Sleep is sweet to the labouring man.”

John Bunyan


“God, as I may say, is forced to break men’s hearts, before he can make them willing to cry to him, or be willing that he should have any concerns with them; the rest shut their eyes, stop their ears, withdraw their hearts, or say unto God, Be gone.”

John Bunyan


“Faith is a fruit, work, or gift of the Spirit of God, whereby a poor soul is enabled through the mighty operation of God, in a sense of its sins and wretched estate to lay hold on the righteousness, blood, death, resurrection, ascension, intercession, and coming again of the Son of God which was crucified without the gates of Jerusalem, for eternal life.”

John Bunyan


“Then I saw that there was a way to hell, even from the gates of heaven.”

John Bunyan


“Then said he, ’I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder.’…. So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.”

John Bunyan


“I have given Him my faith, and sworn my allegiance to Him; how, then, can I go back from this, and not be hanged as a traitor?”

John Bunyan


“The God in whose hands are all our days and ways, did cast into my hand (one day) a book of Martin Luther’s ; it was his Comment on the Galatians! … I found my condition in his experience so largely and profoundly handled, as if his book had been written out of my heart … I do prefer this book of Martin Luther upon the Galatians, excepting the Holy Bible, before all the books that ever I have seen, as most fit for a wounded conscience.”

John Bunyan


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Questions And Answers About The Menorah – Lights And Candles

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Questions And Answers About The Menorah – Lights And Candles.


How does the menorah work?

The first candle is lit on Erev Hanukkah, the night before the holiday starts. One inserts the candles into the Hanukiyah from right to left, one candle for each day of the Hanukkah miracle (for instance, on the second day of Hanukkah, there are two regular candles and a Shamash candle in the Hanukiyah).

People 

How do you use a menorah?

– Light the candles with the shamash. After you finish reciting the blessings, pick the shamash candle up with your dominant hand. …
– Place the shamash candle back in its slot. …
– Place the chanukiah in the window. …
– Let the candles burn themselves out.

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What religion uses a menorah?

The menorah is among the most widely produced articles of Jewish ceremonial art. The seven-branched menorah is a traditional symbol of Judaism, along with the Star of David.

Wikipedia 

What is the significance of the menorah on Hanukkah?

Hanukkah means it’s time for the menorah, dreidels, and gelt. The centerpiece of theHanukkah celebration is the hanukkiah or menorah, a candelabra that holds nine candles. Eight candles symbolize the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed; the ninth, the shamash, is a helper candle used to light the others.

BHG

What is the difference between a Hanukkah and a menorah?

The high priests known as the ‘Kohanim’ used to light the menorah in the temple every evening, using olive oil to burn. The Menorah is known as a symbol of the Jewish Faith and Religion. … The difference between the Hanukiah and Menorah is that the Hanukiah is lit on the festival of Hanukkah and the Menorah is not.

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What is menorah used for?

The Hanukkah menorah, also chanukiah or hanukkiah (Hebrew: מנורת חנוכה‬ menorat ḥanukkah, pl. … On each night of Hanukkah a new branch is lit. The ninth holder, called the shamash (“helper” or “servant”), is for a candle used to light all other candles and/or to be used as an extra light.

Wikipedia 

Where is the golden menorah?

The golden menorah is located in the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. The menorah was constructed by the Temple Institute and is based on extensive research carried out by the Academic and Biblical researchers.

All About Jerusalem 

How many candles are on a menorah and why?

Eight of the Hanukkah menorah’s candles are level with each other, to symbolize the eight days that the oil lasted. The ninth candle, which is either elevated or shorter than the others, is used to light the other eight candles, and referred to as the Shamash.

Candles 

How do you light the Hanukkah menorah?

At nightfall, on the first evening of the Hanukkah holiday, put a candle into the holder at the far right of the menorah as you face it. Light the shamash, the candle used to light the others, and recite the three Hanukkah blessings. Never use the Hanukkah candles to light each other.

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What do the 9 candles on a menorah represent?

On the Chanukah menorah, eight of the arms are for the candles which representthe 8 miracle days, and the ninth arm is for the candle used to light the others. … Only the 9 branch menorah can be used for Chanukah. Also, please note: Sometimes the 9th or “shamash” arm is removable.

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Which candle on the menorah is lit first?

At nightfall, on the first evening of the Hanukkah holiday, put a candle into the holder at the far right of the menorah as you face it. Light the shamash, the candle used to light the others, and recite the three Hanukkah blessings. Never use the Hanukkah candles to light each other.

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What color are menorah candles?

Candles in a menorah are most commonly white, but any color can be used. Hanukkah lasts for eight days, and each night one lit candle is added to the menorah. So, on the first night, the first candle is lit using the ninth candle. The next night, two candles are lit.

Candles 

What do each of the Hanukkah candles represent?

The centerpiece of the Hanukkah celebration is the Hanukkiah or menorah, a candelabra that holds nine candles. Eight candles symbolize the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed; the ninth, the shamash, is a helper candle used to light the others.

BHG

Who uses a menorah?

The Talmud (Menahot 28b) states that it is prohibited to use a seven-lamp menorah outside of the Temple. The Hanukkah menorah therefore has eight main branches, plus the raised ninth lamp set apart as the shamash (servant) light which is used to kindle the other lights.

Wikipedia 

Is a Menorah a candelabra?

Menorah, also spelled menora, multi-branched candelabra, used in the religious rituals of Judaism, that has been an important symbol in both ancient and modern Israel. … An eight-branched menorah modeled after the Temple menorah is used by Jews in rites during the eight-day festival of Hanukkah.

Britannica 


Why do some menorahs have 7 candles and others 9?

On the Chanukah menorah, eight of the arms are for the candles which represent the 8 miracle days, and the ninth arm is for the candle used to light the others. … Only the 9 branch menorah can be used for Chanukah. Also, please note: Sometimes the 9th or “shamash” arm is removable.

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Why does menorah have 7 branches?

The shamash is the candle lit first, and the flame is used to light all the other candles, hence the name. The 7 branch menorah was the menorah found in the Temple – if you’d like to know why it has 7 branches, see Seven Branches, Seven Truths by Chabad.

Quora 

What is a 7 candle menorah for?

Synagogues have a continually lit lamp or light in front of the Ark, where the Torah scroll is kept, called the ner tamid (eternal light). This lamp represents the continually lit ner Elohim of the menorah used in Temple times.

Wikipedia 

What is the Star of David and what does it symbolize?

The symbol thus generally represents the merging of the male and the female, and, the elements of fire and water, respectively. The Star of David also appears in the architecture of Mormon places of worship, where it symbolizes the union of heaven and earth, with God reaching down to man and man reaching up to God.

Haaretz 


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Jesus, Faith, Christianity, Religion And Spirituality Quotes – John Wesley

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Jesus, Faith, Christianity, Religion And Spirituality Quotes – John Wesley.


“God does not love men that are inconstant, nor good works that are intermitted. Nothing is pleasing to him, but what has a resemblance of his own immutability.”

John Wesley


“Faith is the divine evidence whereby the spiritual man discerneth God, and the things of God.”

John Wesley


“We should be continually laboring to cut off all the useless things that surround us; and God usually retrenches the superfluities of our souls in the same proportion as we do those of our bodies.”

John Wesley


“He who governed the world before I was born shall take care of it likewise when I am dead. My part is to improve the present moment.”

John Wesley


“If we suffer persecution and affliction in a right manner, we attain a larger measure of conformity to Christ, by a due improvement of one of these occasions, than we could have done merely by imitating his mercy, in abundance of good works.”

John Wesley


“The person who bears and suffers evils with meekness and silence, is the sum of a Christian man.”

John Wesley


“It is good to renew ourselves, from time to time, by closely examining the state of our souls, as if we had never done it before; for nothing tends more to the full assurance of faith, than to keep ourselves by this means in humility, and the exercise of all good works.”

John Wesley


“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.”

John Wesley


“As no good is done, or spoken, or thought by any man without the assistance of God, working in and with those that believe in him, so there is no evil done, or spoken, or thought without the assistance of the devil, who worketh with strong though secret power in the children of unbelief. All the works of our evil nature are the work of the devil.”

John Wesley


“I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England.”

John Wesley


“I preached on the righteousness of the law and the righteousness of faith. While I was speaking, several dropped down as dead and among the rest such a cry was heard of sinners groaning for the righteousness of faith that it almost drowned my voice. But many of these soon lifted up their heads with joy and broke out into thanksgiving, being assured they now had the desire of their soul – the forgiveness of their sins.”

John Wesley


“There is no faithfulness like that which ought to be between a guide of souls and the person directed by him. They ought continually to regard each other in God, and closely to examine themselves, whether all their thoughts are pure, and all their words directed with Christian discretion. Other affairs are only the things of men; but these are peculiarly the things of God.”

John Wesley


“To abandon all, to strip one’s self of all, in order to seek and to follow Jesus Christ naked to Bethlehem, where he was born; naked to the hall where he was scourged; and naked to Calvary, where he died on the cross, is so great a mercy, that neither the thing, nor the knowledge of it is given to any, but through faith in the Son of God.”

John Wesley


“You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most it is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.”

John Wesley


“And indeed, there is no little sin, because there is no little God to sin against. In general, what to (humans) seems a small offense, to Him who knows the heart may appear a heinous crime.”

John Wesley


“Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame, if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.”

John Wesley


“One of the principal rules of religion is, to lose no occasion of serving God. And, since he is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve him in our neighbor; which he receives as if done to himself in person, standing visibly before us.”

John Wesley


“True humility is a kind of self-annihilation; and this is the centre of all virtues.”

John Wesley


“The sea is an excellent figure of the fullness of God, and that of the blessed Spirit. For as the rivers all return into the sea; so the bodies, the souls, and the good works of the righteous, return into God, to live there in his eternal repose.”

John Wesley


“If we were not utterly impotent, our good works would be our own property; whereas now they belong wholly to God, because they proceed from him and his grace: While raising our works and making them all divine, he honors himself in us through them.”

John Wesley


“The readiest way to escape from our sufferings is, to be willing they should endure as long as God pleases.”

John Wesley


“I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship and the whole world for my mission field.”

John Wesley


“Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”

John Wesley


“If, after having renounced all, we do not watch incessantly, and beseech God to accompany our vigilance with his, we shall be again entangled and overcome.”

John Wesley


“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to cast off his trust in riches.”

John Wesley


“Oh that God would give me the thing which I long for! That before I go hence and am no more seen, I may see a people wholly devoted to God, crucified to the world, and the world crucified to them. A people truly given up to God in body, soul and substance! How cheerfully would I then say, ‘Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.”

John Wesley


“As the most dangerous winds may enter at little openings, so the devil never enters more dangerously than by little unobserved incidents, which seem to be nothing, yet insensibly open the heart to great temptations.”

John Wesley


“Tell me how it is that in this room there are three candles and but one light, and I will explain to you the mode of the divine existence.”

John Wesley


“Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.”

John Wesley


“The bottom of the soul may be in repose, even while we are in many outward troubles; just as the bottom of the sea is calm, while the surface is strongly agitated.”

John Wesley


“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!”

John Wesley


“The first priority of my life is to be holy, and the second goal of my life is to be a scholar.”

John Wesley


“A constant attention to the work which God entrusts us with is a mark of solid piety.”

John Wesley


“The best helps to growth in grace are the ill usage, the affronts, and the losses which befall us. We should receive them with all thankfulness, as preferable to all others, were it only on this account, — that our will has no part therein.”

John Wesley


“It is hardly credible of how great consequence before God the smallest things are; and what great inconveniences sometimes follow those which appear to be light faults. As a very little dust will disorder a clock, and the least sand will obscure our sight, so the least grain of sin which is upon the heart will hinder its right motion towards God.”

John Wesley


“My fear is not that our great movement, known as the Methodists, will eventually cease to exist or one day die from the earth. My fear is that our people will become content to live without the fire, the power, the excitement, the supernatural element that makes us great.”

John Wesley


“God is so great, that he communicates greatness to the least thing that is done for his service.”

John Wesley


“We are to bear with those we cannot amend, and to be content with offering them to God. This is true resignation. And since He has borne our infirmities, we may well bear those of each other for His sake.”

John Wesley


“When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.”

John Wesley


“The words of St. Paul, ‘No man can call Jesus Lord, but by the Holy Ghost,’ show us the necessity of eyeing God in our good works, and even in our minutest thoughts; knowing that none are pleasing to him, but those which he forms in us and with us. From hence we learn that we cannot serve him, unless he use our tongue, hands, and heart, to do by himself and his Spirit whatever he would have us to do.”

John Wesley


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Finding Your Life’s Purpose, Vision And Mission

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Finding Your Life’s Purpose, Vision And Mission.


Often times I find many people searching for their purpose in life. Some even take whole sabbaticals just to figure things out. But I think there a few things we should consider when we consider purpose.


When Paul was still a Pharisee, his purpose was to kill the followers of Jesus Christ but the day he had a Damascus moment, his purpose changed.


When Moses was a runaway, his purpose was to hide from the Egyptians but the day he had a “burning bush moment”, his purpose changed.


When David was a shepherd, his purpose was to take care of sheep but the day he met a Prophet Samuel, his purpose changed.


When Balaam was a seer, his purpose was to mostly curse and divine for others but the day he had his “Donkey moment”, his purpose changed.


When Abram was still a childless old man, his purpose was to live in the land of his fathers but the day he had a “God moment”, his purpose changed.


When Peter, Andrew, were still fishermen, their purpose was to catch fish but the day they met Jesus, their purpose changed.


We as humans can’t determine the best purpose for our life. Yes, we might choose based on free will but our choices will pale in comparison to what God has in store for us if we decide to follow his leading instead of our own egos.


If we want to get the best out of life, instead of focusing on purpose, how about we focus on the solid and assured rock of ages? The one who has never failed and will never fail? Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the sure steadfast rock and foundation.


Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. 

Psalms 127:1

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Matthew 7:24-27

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How You Can Experience A Deeper Spiritual Experience With Jesus Christ

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“A man decides to be a lawyer and spends years studying law and finally puts out his shingle. He soon finds something in his temperament that makes it impossible for him to make good as a lawyer. He is a complete failure. He is 50 years old, was admitted to the bar when he was 30, and 20 years later, he has not been able to make a living as a lawyer. As a lawyer, he is a failure.”


“A businessman buys a business and tries to operate it. He does everything that he knows how to do but just cannot make it go. Year after year the ledger shows red, and he is not making a profit. He borrows what he can, has a little spirit and a little hope, but that spirit and hope die and he goes broke. Finally, he sells out, hopelessly in debt, and is left a failure in the business world.”


“A woman is educated to be a teacher but just cannot get along with the other teachers. Something in her constitution or temperament will not allow her to get along with children or young people. So after being shuttled from one school to another, she finally gives up, goes somewhere and takes a job running a stapling machine. She just cannot teach and is a failure in the education world.”


“I have known ministers who thought they were called to preach. They prayed and studied and learned Greek and Hebrew, but somehow they just could not make the public want to listen to them. They just couldn’t do it. They were failures in the congregational world. It is possible to be a Christian and yet be a failure.”


“This is the same as Israel in the desert, wandering around. The Israelites were God’s people, protected and fed, but they were failures. They were not where God meant them to be. They compromised. They were halfway between where they used to be and where they ought to be. And that describes many of the Lord’s people. They live and die spiritual failures.”


“I am glad God is good and kind. Failures can crawl into God’s arms, relax and say, “Father, I made a mess of it. I’m a spiritual failure. I haven’t been out doing evil things exactly, but here I am, Father, and I’m old and ready to go and I’m a failure.” Our kind and gracious heavenly Father will not say to that person, “Depart from me—I never knew you,” because that person has believed and does believe in Jesus Christ. The individual has simply been a failure all of his life. He is ready for death and ready for heaven.”


I wonder if that is what Paul, the man of God, meant when he said:


[No] other foundation can [any] man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he should receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire 

1 Cor. 3:11-15

I think that’s what it means, all right. We ought to be the kind of Christian that cannot only save our souls but also save our lives. When Lot left Sodom, he had nothing but the garments on his back. Thank God, he got out. But how much better it would have been if he had said farewell at the gate and had camels loaded with his goods. He could have gone out with his head up, chin out, saying good riddance to old Sodom. How much better he could have marched away from there with his family. And when he settled in a new place, he could have had “an abundant entrance”


An excerpt from ― A.W. Tozer, The Crucified Life: How To Live Out A Deeper Christian Experience


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Questions And Answers About Wedding Ceremonies

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Questions And Answers About Wedding Ceremonies.


What is the purpose of a wedding?

But it’s the third purpose of a wedding that is the most valuable of the three. It’s to provide a ceremony of spoken promises. Before God and witnesses, a bride and groom recite their vows to each other.

Marriage Builders

Why is it important to have a wedding ceremony?

It’s a declaration to the whole world of your unquestionable affection to your spouse. Building a great home starts with choosing your partner for life. And this is officiated in a ceremony called wedding. A marriage rite is important because it binds you to a lifetime commitment.

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Why is it important to marry?

Marriage is the beginning—the beginning of the family—and is a life-long commitment [Tweet This]. It also provides an opportunity to grow in selflessness as you serve your wife and children. Marriage is more than a physical union; it is also a spiritual and emotional union.

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What does white wedding mean?

white wedding is a traditional formal or semi-formal wedding originating in Great Britain. The term originates from the white colour of the wedding dress, which first became popular with Victorian era elites after Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress at her wedding.

Wikipedia 

What is a traditional wedding?

wedding is a ceremony where two people are united in marriageWeddingtraditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. … Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception.

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What is a typical traditional African wedding?

traditional wedding is a last step after lobola negotiations have been finalised. This kind of wedding involves different cultures. Sometimes traditional weddingscan be between two different cultures, so those cultures will be represented on that day although the bride will end up following her husband’s culture.

Ulwazi

What do you pray for in a marriage?

Pray for one another. …
Pray for this day (today). …
Pray to be the presence of Christ in your marriage. …
Pray that your marriage will be a positive influence on others. …
Pray for your partner’s dreams. …
Pray for your children. …
Pray that you will be a better husband.

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What is the blessing of the marriage?

Blessing of the Marriage. The Blessing of the Marriage is the conclusion to a wedding ceremony and comes just before the bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife.

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Who says vows first bride or groom?

Traditionally all of them have the Groom say his vows first, followed in turn by the Bride. In some cases the couple may choose to say them in unison to each other. Usually the couple will face each other and join hands for their vows. There are advantages and disadvantages for each kind of vow.

Chicago Marriage 

How long does a wedding ceremony last?

So how long should your wedding ceremony be? Here’s what our experts have to say. Wedding ceremonies usually last between 20 and 30 minutes, which is ample time to cover the basics (words of welcome, a few readings, your vows, the ring exchange, and the final pronouncement).

Brides

How do I plan a wedding?

Start a wedding folder or binder. …
Work out your budget. …
Pick your wedding party. …
Start the guest list. …
Hire a planner, if desired. …
Reserve your date and venues. …
Book your officiant.
Research photographers, bands, florists, and caterers.

Real Simple




Who walks in first at a wedding?

The maid or matron of honor walks alone. The ring bearer walks alone, followed by the flower girl, or the children can walk together. The bride and her father proceed, with the bride on her father’s right arm.

Bridal Guide 

Who walks down the aisle before the bride?

Bridesmaids may enter one by one or accompanied by the groomsmen, in pairs, arm-in-arm style. Maid or matron of honor walk down the aisle and take their place on the altar, right next to the bride. Next come the ring bearer with the ring and flower girl(s) with flower baskets. Last is the bride.

Ever After Guide 

What happens after the wedding ceremony?

The Cocktail Hour. After being pronounced husband and wife, you’re often the first to leave the wedding ceremony, heading off (with photographer in tow) for pictures together before the partying gets under way. Your guests will head to the reception site for cocktails.

The Knot




How long is the average wedding reception?

How long each event lasts depends on your party—is it a simple cocktail wedding reception or a seated dinner? (The average reception with full meal lasts for about four hours.)

The Knot 

Who pays for the wedding rings?

The groom is traditionally expected to pay for the marriage license and officiant’s fees, and buy the bouquet for his “date” (the bride), as well as her engagement and wedding rings and a gift; he should also purchase boutonnieres and gifts for his groomsmen.

Martha Stewart 

Who is invited to the rehearsal dinner?

The rehearsal dinner guest list can include just the two of you, your immediate families, the wedding party, and the officiant and his spouse. Or, it can be a larger event, including all the out-of-town guests (or at least all those who will have already arrived in town for the wedding).

The Knot 

Who pays for the rehearsal dinner at a wedding?

Traditionally, the groom’s parents are the hosts of the rehearsal dinner, since the bride’s family customarily pays for the wedding. But given the more relaxed standards of modern times, other relatives, close friends, or even the couple themselves can plan and pay for the event.

Martha Stewart




Who pays for what at a wedding?

Bride and family pay for floral arrangements for the ceremony (including a chuppah if it’s a Jewish wedding ceremony) and reception, plus bouquets and corsages for bridesmaids and flower girls. Groom and family pay for the bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres for men and corsages for mothers and grandmothers.

The Knot

What does the groom’s parents pay for?

A: Traditionally, the parents of the groom take care of a few of the expensesincluding: the marriage license, officiant’s fee, corsages, boutonnieres, the bride’s bouquet, groomsmen gifts, liquor, and the reception DJ, band or other musical entertainment. And the bride’s parents pay for everything else.

The Knot

Who pays for the honeymoon?

Traditionally, the groom and the groom’s family pay for the honeymoon, but in this day and age the traditional rules don‘t apply. I often see the parents of both the bride and the groom paying for the wedding and allowing the couple the freedom to organize and pay for their honeymoon together.

Huffington Post

What do I wear to a wedding?

Don’t wear white… …or off-white, or really, really pale blue. …
Leave the sweats at home. …
Denim = no. …
Say bye to shorts, guys. …
Cover your shoulders when applicable. …
Cargo pants are not OK. …
Don’t go against the dress code. …
Rips and holes, even intentional ones, do not belong.

Cosmopolitan 

How can I send good wishes for a marriage anniversary?

“Wishing a perfect pair a perfectly happy day.”
“Here’s to another year of being great together!”
“Anniversary cheers!”
“Happy [21st] anniversary, you old lovebirds!”
“Hope you find time to look back on all your sweet memories together.”
“Always knew you two had something special.”

Ideas 


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Mother’s Day Gifts For The Mother Who Is Sick, Ill Or Feels Unwell

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Mother’s Day Gifts For The Mother Who Is Sick, Ill Or Feels Unwell.



Sometimes, at whatever age we find ourselves in, life throws us a difficult curve. Health turns into sickness. It’s not something any of us wishes or looks forward to.



Old age also comes with it’s own set of challenges, health may start to deteriorate despite our best intentions , new pains may begin and a general wear and tear process sets in.



In these circumstances, sometimes, we don’t know what gifts and presents to get mothers who are suffering from one ailment or another.



This list of ideas is to help you choose an appropriate gift for your mother that she will appreciate greatly during her challenging time.



I strongly believe that Jesus heals spiritually but on the other hand, I also believe that Jesus gives Doctors and Scientists (Though some have abused this blessing) the intelligence, knowledge and wisdom to diagnose and manage disease but also to research and develop new drugs and technologies to aid in the therapeutic process.



“Jesus was going all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” 

Matthew 4:23



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Prayer:



I pray that Jesus heals any mother who is sick or going through any health challenge in the precious powerful name of Yeshua our savior and king.



Hannah



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Mother’s Day Gifts For The Health And Wellness Conscious Mother

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Mother’s Day is around the corner. It’s that time of the year when we get to celebrate the blessing of Motherhood that God almighty bestowed on females.



It’s important to honor and gift your mother while she is still alive. It’s also helpful to give your mother a gift that relates to her interests.



So, if you have a mother who is health conscious, loves wellness and is always looking for products to improve her health, then these gift ideas maybe an ideal choice for a mother’s day gift for her.



Take your pick and delight that special woman who mothered and keeps mothering you.




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Will Time End – And If Time Ends, When Will It End – Faith Versus Science

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Will Time End – And If Time Ends, When Will It End – Faith Versus Science.

Will time end?

Yes time will end.

But I need to define what time I’m writing about. I’m speaking of Man’s time. Human time, Physical time. Man’s time will end.

However, God doesn’t operate at the same level as man. While most of the time, Man lives in the Physical, God is Spirit. God dwells in eternity. Therefore God’s time will not end but Man’s time on this current earth will end.

Science predicts that time will end in five billion years according to the Multiverse theory and the Eternal Inflation theory.

Multiverse theory in basic terms postulates the existence of multiple universes or as has been seen in movies, it’s the idea of parallel universes.

Eternal inflation on the other hand postulates that our universe will expand forever and it is a further extension of the Big Bang theory.

Faith according to the Bible says there is a last day. Prophet Micah said this about the last days:

“In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s house
will be established
at the top of the mountains
and will be raised above the hills.
Peoples will stream to it
Micah 4: 1

This generation is living in the last days and the end of our time and this earth is soon. In Matthew Jesus said this about the happenings in the last days which we are witnessing now.

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:4-14

Science says our universe has existed for nearly 14 billion years.

Faith according to the Bible says, Man has lived on the Earth for about 6000 years. Answers in Genesis illustrates this in a brilliant mathematical explanation in this article, “How Old Is the Earth?”

Will time come to an abrupt end?

Time will not come to an abrupt end. The Bible doesn’t say so. The Bible tells us there will be signs and warning which we shall see and witness before the end.

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:
Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
Acts 2:17-21

The series on Harbingers of the End times tries to elaborate on some of these signs which are happening though they might not be visible to the carnal mind. Only by the leading of the Holy Spirit, careful study of God’s word and keeping abreast with the news can one be able to make the correlations.

Is the end of Time inevitable?

Science says the end of time is not inevitable.

Faith according to the Bible says, the earth and heavens will pass away therefore the end of time is inevitable.

“In the same way, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.”
Luke 21:31-33

So, unfortunately for scientists and physicists. The end of the world is inevitable. And it will not happen in 5 billion years like Professor Ken D Olum of Tuft University says in this statement, “There’s no need to go off and sell your stocks because the universe is going to end in five billion years,”

Jesus knew the world would end, that is why he encouraged his followers to store there goods where moth would not destroy it.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Matthew 6:19-20

The Apostle Peter gently reminds us that:

Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer. 8 Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:7-8

I pray we can make Peter’s words a constant prayer.

Zlata

The Powerful Things That The Blood Of Jesus Can Do – Faith In Jesus Christ

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The Powerful Things That The Blood Of Jesus Can Do – Faith In Jesus.

Have you ever felt like the devil is viciously after you? You are probably a “good christian” and believer who does what is supposedly right and yet for one reason or another, the devil seems to be attacking you.

I have felt that way. As the devil and his agents pelt accusations at me. Reminding me of past sins, transgressions and iniquities.

For a long time I struggled with this. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong to be so attacked and malingered. Then one day as I was reading through the scriptures, I came across a powerful passage in the book of Revelations.

The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah have now come, because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown out:
the one who accuses them before our God day and night.
11 They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death.

Revelation 12:10-11

They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death. Revelation 12_11 Bible Verse Instagram Post

This Bible verse opened my eyes on how believers defeat the enemy.

It also revealed to me that believers were under utilizing the Blood of Jesus.

Many believers do not know much about the Blood of Jesus and how they can use it to break the enemy’s strong holds in their lives.

During the last supper, Jesus told his disciples that his blood was part of the New Convent for the forgiveness of sins.

Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:27-28

Don’t allow the devil to guilt you and shame you for past sins. The blood of Jesus is able to make new and cleanse completely. If you are struggling with sin, go to the father, ask to be washed in the blood of Jesus and repent of your sins.

And if the devil ever dares to start accusing you and reminding you of the past or your shortcomings, just give him your testimony and plead the blood of Jesus.

The blood of Jesus will render all the power and wiles of the enemy powerless.

If you need to know more about the blood of Jesus and what it can do, please read the  brilliant and expository article on the Blood of Jesus by Anomalous Darling.

If you’ve been reading Anomalous Darlings for an extended amount of time, you probably know two things to be true (in addition to my love for Jesus, family and cupcakes): 1) I, too struggle with surrendering to God and 2) I enjoy mystery murder T.V. shows and books. It’s an unlikely combination, but let me […]

via Jesus’ Blood — Anomalous Darlings

Tikva

God Will Open Your Closed Doors And Deliver Your Gifts In Difficult Times – Encouragement

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God Will Open Your Closed Doors And Deliver Your Gifts In Difficult Times – Encouragement.


What do you do when doors lock in your face?
What do you do when doors that were previously open abruptly close? What do you do when doors that are supposed to stay closed open?
What do you do when you are too weak to open closed doors?
What do you do when you are too tired to close open doors?
Open doors that have allowed in a barrage of issues and challenges that flood your life?
What do you do when your anxieties flare up?
And insecurities keep gnawing and eating at your soul?
What happens when you have no one to share all these things with?
And you feel alone because the door to everyone is shut? 


These varied questions remind me of Mary and Joseph. Mary pregnant with baby Jesus and traveling with Joseph to Bethlehem for the Census which had been decreed by Caesar August. She was probably in Labor with pains ripping through her body as she and Joseph moved through Bethlehem (The City of David) looking for a place to spend the night since there was no room in the inns for them. I can imagine that as they kept knocking at inn doors, the innkeepers kept saying, “No, sorry we are too full, we don’t have any space left. We can’t take any more people in, Go and look elsewhere.” I wonder what Mary might have felt as she went inn to inn with Labor pains and all the exhaustion that comes with carrying a pregnancy to term while all the doors kept closing in her face.


Was she tempted to doubt the promises of God like many of us sometimes do? Did she wonder about the validity of what the Angel Gabriel had told her about the divinity of the child she was carrying? The Angel had told her some really amazing things: 


The book of Luke gives us a lovely narrative


And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” he would be the savior of the world. 

Luke 1:31-33


Yet on that special and starry night in Bethlehem there seemed to be no room for the Savior to be born. She must have felt like all the forces were against this miracle happening. She must have felt like her baby wouldn’t have a decent place to be born. But glory to God, after much searching, weary and tired, they found a Manger.


Now back to our times:


Even if all the doors to the inns in your life are closed off I need you to know and understand that if you are of the Lord’s, he has an adequate manger somewhere for you. A provision prepared specially for you so that you can give birth to your miracle. It may not be trendy.It may not be glamorous. It may not be luxurious. You might not see it now. You might not feel it now. You might not understand it now. But he has it already prepared and ready. Because he knows everything. He created everything. He is the way marker. He is the strong tower. He is the miracle worker. He is the first and last. He is the Alpha and Omega.


But it will be exactly what you need to birth your miracle. And just like Mary, you will birth your miracle. The Bible doesn’t say whether midwives helped Mary give birth or she did it on her own. However, in that manger, she brought forth her Baby Boy. Our Savior. Our King of Kings. Our Lord of Lords. The Messiah!


When he was just born, I wonder if he screamed hungrily and had to be fed immediately. I wonder if he cried a mighty cry. I wonder about many things but oh I’m glad she had a manger to push the baby. And in that Manger, many decades ago, after the savior of the world was born, the country shepherds came and paid tribute to the King of kings. They didn’t find a baby dressed in expensive outfits. They found a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes.


“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:11-12


After the shepherds had paid their tributes to the king and had gone around to spread the good news, in came the wise men from the east. During those times, there was no GPS, no Satellites or NASA and yet the wise men were able to find Jesus Christ. Well, just like the wise men were able to locate Jesus, your own wise men that God has prepared to give you gifts will find you. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are. It doesn’t matter how deep the pit is. It doesn’t matter how high the mountain is. It doesn’t matter how dark the circumstance. It doesn’t matter how complex the situation.


“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 

Matthew 2:10-11


Your gifts from God will search for you and they will find you and your provisions will be delivered. God is not a man that he should lie. The word of the Lord is true.


“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? 

Numbers 23:19


And he is faithful even when we are not faithful. He is trustworthy and honorable. Let his name be praised forever more. Your gifts are coming. Your provisions are coming. It doesn’t matter whether you are in a barn or manger. It doesn’t matter if you are homeless with no roof over your head. It doesn’t matter if you are on the street with nowhere to go. It doesn’t matter where you are. God is going to deliver your gifts. God is sending his wise men and shepherds. Jesus is sending exactly what you need. And he will add more to it. So hang tight! Hold on! Don’t stop believing. Don’t let your faith go.


Prayer:


Jesus, we are so grateful and honored that you were born for our sakes. Jesus, we so deeply moved and thankful that you could leave your kingdom and come down as man and accept to be born in a manger. Not in luxury but in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. We are humbled by your humility. Help us follow your example. Help us be like you. Humbling ourselves. And we are so grateful to Abba for the gift of you. You are the best thing that ever happened to humanity. In Jesus’s name, I have prayed. Amen.



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The New World Order – Is Facebook Part Of The Plot – Harbingers Of The End Times

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The New World Order – Is Facebook Part Of The Plot – Harbingers Of The End Times.

With Mark Zuckerberg in the United States Senate answering questions about his brilliant invention known as, Facebook some thoughts come to mind.
 
Facebook has changed World History and life as we know it. Facebook is very powerful and the tentacles of its influence and dominance far-reaching and wide.
 
With about 2 billion users of the about 7 billion people in the world, (Approximately 30% of the world population) Facebook and it’s influence can’t be ignored.
While considering these numbers, I’m reminded of Alexander the Great. He was the King of the ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedon and a Member of the Argead Dynasty who went out to conquer vast lands and kingdoms.
With the way Facebook is growing and increasing, I’m pushed to feel like they are on the same path as Alexander in seeking to conquer the world.
Further meditation on these in addition to other facts led me to consider the role of Facebook in the New World Order and the End Times.

A few months back, I  listened to a very powerful sermon by Pastor Charles Dawson titled, “10 Ways We’re Being Tracked, Traced & Data Based.” He preached this sermon a few years back. Yet the relevance of his teachings with the happenings in the world today is quite startling.

While some of the events and forces playing out in the world maybe disturbing, it gives me assurance that my Lord and savior Jesus Christ is coming back. Consequently, the hope I have that Jesus will be coming for his Church very soon makes every suffering and uncertainty in this world worth enduring.

The Prophet Daniel said these words many decades ago. When he said these words, many of the innovations and inventions we enjoy today were not yet created but it’s amazing just how much it all correlates with current happenings.

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever. 4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
 

Daniel 12:2-4

Indeed we are living in, “The Time of the End” and Modern Age where knowledge keeps increasing at an alarming rate.

The technological advances we keep witnessing are mind-blowing.
 
The ingenuousness of the Human mind is growing with every invention and innovation.

 

  • As one watches world events,  some days it feels like the Bible story of Human beings trying to build the Tower of Babel to reach the Heavens. [Genesis 11: 1-10]

 

  • American phenomenon like Black Friday have spread to other Nations around the World where people never really bothered about such days.

 

  • British Prince Harry decided to get a Wife from America. A beautiful woman, Meghan Markel who is also part Black breaking common British tradition.
 
  • Various couples meet on Facebook, Twitter, and other Social sites and go ahead to get married and start families. 
  • You can call anyone in the world with an internet connection and a Facebook account at anytime free of charge.

 

  • People are pushing for a new religion called Chrislam which is supposed to merge and unite Christians and Moslems worldwide and bring them together as one.

 

  • Amazon is slowly by surely extending its services to reach every country in the world.

 

  • You can send funds in a flash with Western Union, World Remit, Google to many countries in the world.
In view of these few observations, I collected a number of articles that give a deeper understanding of the role of Facebook in the New World Order.
 

Which New World Order is already here for those who think it’s something yet to happen.

1. “Facebook and the Coming New World Order.
 
2. “New father Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook leading towards a New World Order.
 
3. “Facebook’s Zuckerberg Lobbies for New World Order.
 
4. “Facebook changes mission statement to ‘bring the world closer together’.”
 
5. “Facebook and the New world order.
 
6. “Time’s up for the Ticker? Facebook appears to axe feed for tracking your friends’ activity.”
 
7. “Silicon Valley In 2016: A New World Order Begins To Arise.”
 
8. “Behind Facebook—A New World Order Agenda?”
 
9. “Facebook Founder calls for creation of New World Order Global Superstructure to control Humanity.”
 
10. “Mark Zuckerberg Vows To Create ‘Global Superstructure’ To Advance New World Order.

Zlata

How To Become A Better Husband – Blog Of The Day

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How To Become A Better Husband – Blog Of The Day

With the high divorce and separation rates in our world  and many wives lamenting about how unloved and uncared for they feel, it seems like many husbands today need some education on how to be better husbands and how to love their wives.

Most literature out there is about how women can treat their husbands better. A cursory look at many pinterest boards and most are filled with advice on how women can be better wives but very little on how men can be better husbands.

Paul, the apostle encouraged husbands to love their wives, the same way that Jesus loved the church.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word.”

Ephesians 5:25-26

There has been a lot of debate in regards to this, as earlier in the chapter, Paul also encourages wives to submit to  their husbands.

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.”

Ephesians 5:22-24

Unfortunately, some ungodly and unrighteous men have taken this verse and misused it to mistreat their wives.

In his blog series titled,  Becoming A Husband of No Reputation, Travis who blogs at Jesuslovesyou32 brilliantly explores the topic of being a great and godly husband. He masterfully delves into the topic and shares a lot of great insights.

If you are a married man who wants to become a better husband to your wife, and to improve your marriage, this is a must read series.

Becoming A Husband Of No Reputation (Part One Of Three) [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.Philippians 2:7-8, NKJV […]

via Becoming A Husband Of No Reputation (Part One Of Three) — My Beginning. My Forever.

Becoming A Husband of No Reputation (Part Two of Three) [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians […]

via Becoming A Husband of No Reputation (Part Two of Three) — My Beginning. My Forever.

Becoming A Husband of No Reputation (Part Three of Three) [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians […]

via Becoming A Husband of No Reputation (Part Three of Three)  — My Beginning. My Forever.

I hope you the insights that Travis has shared help men become better husbands and strengthen family structures for the glory of God.

Tikva

Growing And Increasing – Faith In Jesus Christ

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Growing And Increasing – Faith-in-jesus-christ/">Faith In Jesus Christ.


Today a friend asked me these questions:“How can I grow, increase and build my faith in Jesus Christ?For one reason or another, I seem to be stuck in this one place and I feel like I’m unable to move forward.”After hearing her question, my mind immediately rushed to the famous and popular scripture found in Romans chapter 10 verse 17. That says:


“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

Romans 10:17


This scripture shows that if we are to grow and increase our faith in Christ Jesus, then we have to listen to his word.


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But this scripture goes deeper than just hearing the word of Christ.Several times, when this scripture is quoted by people, they will stop at saying, hear the word of God and you will develop your faith. But I feel this is superficial and the verse goes much further than this:We can see this by reading further in Romans 10:


“But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” 19 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.” 20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.” 21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” 

Romans 10:18-21


Verse 21 is where I want us to focus: Hearing the word of God alone is not enough. It’s not enough to just listen to the preachers and to read the Bible. You have to be obedient to the word that you hear. You have to follow the commandments of God and you have to do what he asks of you to do. You have to live in righteousness if you are going to build your faith and if it is going to grow, increase and develop. The Apostle James goes deeper with this:


“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 

James 2:14-17


So this clearly illustrates to us that you can have a Faith that is dead and useless.But Faith is supposed to be alive. Faith is supposed to be powerful. Faith should be able to move mountains like Jesus said.Dead Faith can’t move things since it has no life and is thus useless. For Faith to have Life, you have to be obedient.


You have to walk the talk. You have to do what God asks of you to do. You have to live in righteousness and godliness so that just like Abraham, you can be called a friend of God having being justified by your Faith accompanied by works.


“And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.”

James 2:23-23


By works, James is saying, actions! Living in righteousness. Doing what the Word says after you have heard it. In the world that we live in today, most of us want to do what we want, when we want it and how we want it. It has become so bad, that we have become worshippers of self. People worship themselves and they have turned their ears and hearts away from listening to the word of God.


Obeying God and doing his will has become very difficult for most people. I do understand that we can only walk by grace but how many people are willing to pray for the Grace to walk upright?


Another burgeoning trend is people quoting scriptures and posting gospel songs on social media like Facebook and Twitter for the sake of it. Many post these words from the Bible but they never live by these words. I pray that we start living by the words of Christ in deed and not just in speech. Our lifestyles and character should be reflective of his words and teachings. When people observe your behavior and how you live, they should see Christ and not you.


So, how do you build your faith in Jesus Christ?


  1. Hear his word: This could be through reading the word of God, listening to preachers, Bible Study, Gospel Music etc. 
  2. After hearing the Word, putting the word in action by obeying and living righteously. I pray the Lord gives us the strength and courage to obey his word and live our lives for him and not for ourselves.


Zlata



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Emunah – Faith That Makes The Impossible Possible

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Emunah – Faith That Makes The Impossible Possible


In Hebrew, Faith is Emunah and it’s written as אֱמוּנָה .


It is true that faith as defined by the writer of the Biblical book of Hebrews as; “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” is a very powerful phenomenon that is able to turn impossibilities into possibilities.


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Jesus once said, “faith even as small as a mustard seed could move a mountain.” When you compare the comparisons between a mustard seed and a mountain, the differences in proportions are quite mind boggling. Faith is therefore a very powerful force to be reckoned with that can only be compared to Hope and Faith.


“Because of your little faith,” He told them. “For I assure you: If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. 

Matthew 17:20

In Chapter 11 of Hebrews, the writer does a splendid job of providing us with various examples of Faith in action. Each of the stories shared, of ordinary men and women who were able to accomplish extraordinary feats is very inspiring and motivating.


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Below is an excerpt of Hebrews 11.


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, So that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Hebrews 11:1-8

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By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:9-16


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Is God’s Love Conditional Or Unconditional – Exploring Love In The New Age

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God’s love is Conditional, it is not unconditional!

WHAT?

I think I just had a nightmare I immediately reasoned when I woke up one cheery morning a few days ago and the first thing that came to my mind, wasn’t how lovely the weather was, but that God’s love is conditional.
It sounded almost like hearsay and blasphemy!
God’s love is not unconditional?

After everything the Televisions, Newspapers, Magazines, Novels, Hollywood, a hoard of Pastors, Priests, Popes, Prophets etc had been preaching and screaming for years?

How could God’s love be Conditional? The thought alone started causing me Cognitive dissonance.
I started remembering all the times I had advocated for blindly unconditional love.

I was really having a difficult day with these thoughts that stubbornly refused to leave me however hard I tried getting them out of mind. And where had this thought come from to occupy my mind?
How could this be?
Where was I going to put 1 Corinthians 13 and all the other love verses I believed?

All these thoughts led to emotions and feelings that felt like daggers to my soul and heart. In fact I started going through the 5 stages of Grief in no particular order.

During the anger phase, I felt like screaming, ‘God this feels like sabotage, Why are you doing this to my long held beliefs?’ But that day it felt like God was pin drop silent.

Soon my Anger had turned into denial. This could not be possible. God’s love could not be conditional. So to help calm myself, I started bargaining with Jesus. But despite all the  negotiations and arguments that went in my head with God, the thoughts just grew louder and louder.

Anyhow, as with every time I get cognitive dissonance, to ease my mind of the pain of conflicting thoughts, I often research and that is what I did. I got my tools and went to work to explore whether God’s love is truly conditional.

I started by praying and then I proceeded to open my Bible. I went to re-read John 3:16 the famous and widely quoted Bible Verse that speaks of the greatness and largeness of God’s love.

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:16-18 (NKJV)

Indeed God loved the world so much! He loved the world so much, he left his glorious kingdom and showed up himself to redeem the world himself, BUT, in verse 16 there is that catch phrase WHOEVER which doesn’t sound at all like ALL. If you don’t accept Jesus and his perfect sacrifice, like verse 18 says, you are already condemned.
Now, that sounds conditional.
Either accept Jesus or be condemned.

Let’s stop deceiving ourselves and taking God’s Love for granted. God love’s us very much but he also expects belief from us. Plus it’s time for a mindset change too because we have held onto these deceptive and manipulative thoughts for a long time.

And to all those who have been blackmailing other’s to manipulate them into giving unconditional love in the guise of God’s love is unconditional, so if you are a Christian you have to put up with my evil and wicked behavior etc … Think Again! Yes! Please THINK AGAIN.

Jules

Music Made By Kings – Poem

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Music Made By Kings – Poem.



I love music!
Music is a language to me
It’s a language that speaks to my bits and pieces
It speaks to crevices in my soul
And shards of my mind
It speaks to the scars on my body
And the unknown planes in my spirit
When I hear the right music.
And yes, there is a right kind of music.
Not all music will do for this soul.
I go through transformation
I go through renewal and healing
Of late, I started listening to a new kind of Song
A song made by Kings!
The Psalms & Songs of Songs.
Songs of victory, faith, hope and love.
And what a swell time I’m having
By listening to Music



Bible Verse:


Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.

1 Chronicles 13:8



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What Is Stopping You From Receiving And Giving Love

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What Is Stopping You From Receiving And Giving Love.

What is stopping you from giving Love?

What is stopping you from receiving Love?

What is stopping you from enjoying Love?

What is stopping you from indulging in Love?

What is separating you from experiencing Love?

What is preventing you moving forward and leaving your hurt behind?

Is it fear?

Is it pain?

Is it rejection?

Is it shame?

Is it guilt?

Is it the Past?

Is it sickness?

Is it poverty?

Is it suffering?

Is it withchraft?

Is it the future?

Is the present?

Is it persecution?

Is it persecution?

Is it lack of opportunity?

 

Well, I’m writing to let you know that you can lay down whatever has been preventing and stopping you from accessing love at the foot of the cross of Jesus.

Take the baggage and burdens to his cross.

Leave it all there and exchange it for his Love.

The love of Jesus will do this for you:

  1. Make you whole
  2. Help you learn to love yourself
  3. Help you learn to give others love
  4. Help you learn to receive love.

Let nothing in this world, the sky, the sea or anywhere ever stop you from accessing the love of Jesus.

38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life,
angels or rulers,
things present or things to come, hostile powers,

.
39 height or depth, or any other created thing
will have the power to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Romans 8:38-39

Jules

The Pharisee – Poem

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The Pharisee – Poem.



Haha
You never seem to amuse me
Quiet they say you are
But you are so cunning
You are nothing but a Hypocrite
Pretending to be who you are not
You seek my help
But after I have given it to you
You go behind my back
And slander me to others
You never seize to keep me puzzled
Keep slandering my name
Keep backbiting me
Keep gossiping about me
Keep on pretending
As you do,
Someone else will do to you
Your dishonesty won’t last my friend
Nothing is hidden under the sun
Someday your Hypocrisy
Will cost you everything
It will cost you, your dignity, honor and respect
You might not care about anything as yet
You might keep offending and hurting others
That’s okay!
Keep on keeping on
But I warn you friend,
If you continue this way,
You will lose everything
And you will be left with no one to lean
Not even yourself!



Bible Verse:


“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Matthew 23:25-28
 



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Whispers – Poem

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Whispers – Poem.



The whispers keep ringing in my head
With a garble that is quite hard to explain
They keep me seeking and searching
Because I need to know where they originate
Whispers with such vibrancy
Who knows where they really come from?
Some say from no where
Perhaps that’s why I can’t find where they come from
However hard I search
Sometimes though,
When I listen hard enough,
They sound like a reflection of our lifetimes
As soft as they may seem to sound,
As hard as they seem to reflect us
And whether you can hear them or not,
Yet, will they always be around
The whispers keep getting louder in my ears
They are so hard to ignore now
They are not afraid to heard loudly anymore
Now, instead of being shy,
They are not afraid to speak up
They are not afraid to be heard loud and clear
Now, the whispers demand to be acknowledged
And it’s up to you, to listen or ignore
As softly as they may give your ears a tickle
As hard as they will manifest in your life
And if you don’t pay heed,
The wind will carry them away gently
But they won’t be gone forever
They will find a way to come back
Bigger! Louder! More ominous!
But don’t fret
They are just Whispers!
or
Maybe Not
 



Bible Verse:


He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
8 He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
9 He covers the face of His throne,
And spreads His cloud over it.
10 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters,
At the boundary of light and darkness.
11 The pillars of heaven tremble,
And are astonished at His rebuke.
12 He stirs up the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.
13 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens;
His hand pierced the fleeing serpent.
14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways,
And how small a whisper we hear of Him!
But the thunder of His power who can understand?”

Job 26:7-14



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Mustard Seed – Poem

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Mustard Seed – Poem.


The master said,
All you need
Is Faith.
Yes!
It doesn’t have to be a hill
It doesn’t have to be a forest
It doesn’t have to be a garden
It doesn’t have to be an ocean
It doesn’t have to be mountain
It doesn’t have to be gigantic
It doesn’t have to be spectacular
It doesn’t have to be picturesque
No!
Just the size of a seed
And not a big seed either
Just the size of a mustard seed
Yes!
That’s all the Faith you need
As tiny as a mustard seed
 



Bible Verse:


Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

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You Asked Me For Peace – Poem

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You Asked Me For Peace – Poem.


You asked me for peace.

Your request left me perplexed.

Before asking me,

Have you given yourself peace yet?

You have been seeking peace

for a very long time now and:

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in a bottle.

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in a syringe.

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in impulsive buys.

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in between the legs and thighs of others

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in binge watching movies, series and T.V

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in binge eating all kinds of food

And you hadn’t found it yet.

The last time I checked you were seeking

peace in video games, sports games, all sorts of games.

And you still hadn’t found it yet.

I thought by now, you would know and realize

that the world can’t give you peace.

The world may give you a false sense of peace.

But it’s only fleeting and temporary.

Only Christ can give everlasting Peace.

For he says;


“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.”

John: 14.27


Jules


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People – Poem

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People – Poem.



They come
They go
Some fill
Some empty
Some give
Some take
At times they’ll give a hand
At times they’ll give a leg
At other times you will give the hand
At other times you will give the leg
Through laughter or tears
They make us change
Some our style
Some our view
Some our character
Soon enough you find
That while you need them
They need you too
Strangers
Friends
Family
Enemies
It matters not
In all shapes and
hues they come
Angels, demons
Saints, sinners
Accepting them
Is easier than
Trying to understand them
Each will provide a lesson
And never expect perfection
Because soon you will realize
All people err
No fault of theirs
They are only people
 



Bible Verse:


A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:6

Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.

Ecclesiastes 4:9

 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Gabriella Opifini



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On The Floor – Poem

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On The Floor – Poem.


She is on the floor
Doubled over
Her body going through spasms
Not of pleasure but of pain
She is wailing
But you wouldn’t be able to tell
See, she doesn’t make a sound,
But if you take time to watch closely enough
You will know she is breaking
And if you keep watching long enough
You will finally see the pain kill her
Suffocating the breath and life
Out of her body until she becomes
Just another dead soul walking around
And if you keep watching long enough
You will see a man
A man who knows about broken people
A man who knows about dead souls walking around
You will see this man come to her
You will see this man hold her hand and raise her from the dead
You will see this man put her broken pieces back together
And if you keep watching long enough
You may even find out the man’s name.
Jesus!



Bible Verse:


“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Isaiah 61: 1-3


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A No And A Yes – Poem

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A No And A Yes – Poem.


For somethings,
No can’t be turned to Yes
Not only because of their
Letter differences
But also their meaning
When one says no,
They do not mean yes
When one says yes
They do not mean no
But can a no become a yes?
If so,
How would it happen?
When would it happen?
Who would make it happen?
What would make it happen?
 



Bible Verse:


For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God,
22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22


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Mama Was My Greatest Teacher, A Teacher Of Compassion, Love And Other Quotes – Mother

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Mothers are often our primary care-takers and from birth and even during adulthood, there is so much we learn from our Mothers. The famous people below share some of the nuggets of wisdom they learnt from their mothers.


“My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet.

Dame Edna Everage


“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more intelligent and more educated than college professors.”

Maya Angelou


“Men can’t be all just brute force and just male energy, they have to be sensitive and understanding. That’s the biggest lesson she taught me how to be myself, how to be in touch with every part.”

Jaden Smith


“The best advice my mom has ever given me is to never give up. She believes when one door shuts, another door opens. Always, always move forward. I admire her tenacity and her generosity and her ability to do 17 things at once.”

Melissa Rivers


“My mother’s philosophy was ‘If you get yourself in trouble, you’ve got to get yourself out of trouble.’ There was always this awareness that you have to be responsible for yourself in order to have what you want.”

Charlize Theron


“My mother told me when I was a kid that each time we get to what feels like the edge of a cliff, we have two choices: to turn around and run, or to jump. I have learned over time to jump and though it is scary, I know somewhere inside me that I will be caught.”

Maria Bello


“Only my mum could have taught me how to cook the food I love, like homemade lasagna and her amazing roast chicken with potatoes and gravy and her pavlova with cream and berries and apple cake”

Jacqueline Lee


“I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you’re going. That’s family values.”

Al Sharpton


“The most important thing she taught me was to never want to look like someone else or be someone else. She was a ballerina, and she made me dance, and if I danced in a certain style or copied a specific person, she would tell me to dance like myself. She felt that if you knew how to own and respect what you’re given naturally, there’s nothing more beautiful.”

Tracy Anderson


“Mom always tells us how beautiful we are. She embraces our differences and tries not to make us cookie-cutter kids.”

Khloé Kardashian


“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

Abraham Lincoln


“My mother was a feminist. She would have slapped you if you said she was pretty. And she was pretty, but she wasn’t very much into looks or anything like that. She taught me about the mind and the meaning of life. I learned about being a strong woman, and I think that’s more beautiful to me.”

Julie Delpy


“She taught me not to fear being the butt of the joke, taught me not to worry about being likeable or perfect, and to lovingly go for the kill.”

Melissa McCarthy


“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”

Stevie Wonder


“From the time I was little, my mother told me, ‘We’re all just a product of our choices.”

Sissy Spacek


“She always told me to smile with my eyes. I learned that by watching her. And what that meant to her and now means to me is: To feel beautiful is to be beautiful. If you felt good, and you felt confident, you could put that through your eyes in a picture. And that would be beautiful.”

Josie Maran


“The best advice my mom ever gave me was that you have to talk about your emotions.”

Diana Krall


“Remember this: When you cross my doorstep, you have already been raised. With what you have learned you know the difference between right and wrong. Do right. Don’t anybody raise you from the way you have been raised. Know you will have to make adaptations, in love, in relationships, in friends, in society, in work, but don’t let anybody change your mind.”

Maya Angelou


“My mom has taught me how to be both a gracious host and guest, the importance of keeping my commitments, how to be the bigger person and most importantly to ALWAYS wear sunscreen!”

Mara Soldinger


I think my mother is my biggest influence. There are so many things I hate about her but at the same time I’m thankful for her. All I know is that when I’m a parent I want to be just like my mom. I can talk to my mom more than any of my friends could talk to their parents.

Nikki Reed


“My biggest hero is and always will be my mother. She has taught me about caring for others, working hard and working smart,”

 

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter


“Hearts will break and people will hurt you, darling.” Her mother said. “But when you let those people control your outlook on the life, you only allow them to have a greater hold on your happiness. Once you accept the fact that every day is a new day to begin again, life becomes a much easier path to walk.”

Courtney Giardina


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What Age Is It – Poem

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What Age Is It – Poem.


What age are we living in today?

With no love

With no peace

With no joy

With no patience

With no loyalty

With no gentleness

With no faithfulness

With no self-control

With no generosity

With no charity

With no Humility

All we care about is ourselves

Our name

Our desires

Our wants

Our needs

Me! Me! Me!

What about others?

What about our neighbors?

So many unanswered questions

Why?

Are we afraid?

Afraid of what we shall find

If we take a moment

To look inside?

Afraid of the decay

Found in ourselves?

A signal for change?

I wish we could do better

Give a hand

Give help

Give support

Give encouragement

Give Inspiration

Make tomorrow better

For us and our neighbors

But, that’s just me amusing

I slowly realize that it’s only God

Who can make it all better

But my question still stands

What age is it?


Bible Verse:


“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

Luke 17:26-30


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In Defense Of Pastors, Church Leaders, Musicians, Celebrities – Their Wealth And Prosperity

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In Defense Of Pastors, Church Leaders, Musicians, Celebrities – Their Wealth And Prosperity.


Imagine little unknown, me singing and exciting the masses on stage with my lyrical voice. No! I’m no singer with a lyrical voice. And that is why, I’m here writing in celebration of these servicemen. Not Doctors, Nurses, Firemen, Cleaners, Policemen or Army officers.


I’m writing about a different set of service people. I’m speaking of celebrities. I don’t think many people can actually handle the stress and hard work it takes to be a celebrity. The long hours of rehearsals, dressing up, makeup, smiling when you don’t feel like it, trying to appear perfect when you are just as imperfect as everyone else.


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Friends, it’s hard work. Being a celebrity is not as fancy as many imagine it. Today I’m celebrating our Mega Pastors, Reverends, Priests, Music stars, Movie actors/actresses, Sportsmen and women. The people who put themselves out there. The people we judge and ridicule (we tend to use a different judgment scale for them separate to our own).


We think just because they have talents and are willing to share those attributes with the world, they are not human. Just as a by the way, every human has talents. Some are just too lazy to do anything with theirs. They are just much more comfortable hating others when they succeed and living with envy and jealousy.


But enough with the digression and back to our servicemen.We often think it takes little or no work to appear on a big movie screen and appear perfect. I’m here to tell you that it takes a lot of toil, labor and grease.
Much more energy than sitting in front of the Telly, popcorn in one hand and tea(my favorite) or soda in the other hand, and grinning side to side.



It takes a lot of work and effort. To get up in the morning (more than once a week in most cases), wear a nice suit or cassock and get in front of a congregation and give hope, inspiration and encouragement. It takes a lot of work and calories to go visit sick people in homes, hospitals, to hold frail hands and give time even Doctors and other health workers are too busy to give.


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To visit orphanages, and stand in the hot blazing sun with Bible in hand and thirst in the throat. Friends! It takes a lot of hard work and calories. More hard work than we ever imagine.


And it doesn’t make any of our servicemen men any less human. These people who entertain us, fill our screens, make us laugh, give us joy. They still use the toilets, they still need to eat, they have the same biology, chemistry and physiology like the rest of us.


They feel pain, they have flesh, they have red blood, they have feelings and emotions. You think I’m kidding? Well, next time you see your pastor, ask him if he does any of the above things. The only difference (and differences are human. No two people are ever the same) is that they are more courageous! Yes! They are fearless!


Some or if not all of them are more broken than us but it never stops them from sharing their divinity with us. And instead of appreciating their efforts what do we do? We judge them. We call them names. We accuse of them numerous sins. We abuse them.


As if they should sin any different from us.As if they were suddenly transported out of our world into another universe or planet. It’s as if they don’t feel the sun, rain, and other natural elements. We are so full of ungratefulness and self-righteousness. We have really become so unfeeling and hardhearted.


We even call some of them evil and after we have convicted them, we offer punishment by sending them straight to hell. I’m telling you, on Judgement day, many of us will be surprised who gets to heaven and who goes to hell.
I tell you we are going to be in for shockers!


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Let Mega pastors have their jets. They have worked for it. Let Priests have their wine and food, they have earned it. Let Movie actresses and actors have their mansions, they deserve it. Let Sportsmen and women have their luxurious cars, they sweat for it.


These people pay and sacrifice so much more for their wealth. Let’s explore what the Bible has to say on reward for work. The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.


For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

1 Timothy: 5. 17-18

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

2 Thessalonians: 3: 10-12

Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

Ephesians: 4.28

Finally, friends let us not spend our time judging and judging and judging. We don’t know the whole story! No one ever tells the whole story. Only God knows all the details. Our Pastors, Priests, movie stars and celebrities deserve all their wealth because they are working for it.
And don’t come telling me about scheming, excuses and justifications etc.


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Those of you who put money in Church baskets, do it willing. Those who pay money in movie theaters do it willing. Those who pay for stadium space, do it smiling. Stop acting like anyone deceives you into paying, spending, giving, sowing.


If you are relying on pastors to read your Bibles for you, so that they come and share on Sunday, to bless you and lift you up, shut up and stop spreading negativity around for your own laziness in devotion to God. You forget that you are the same person who is first to run to Church for counseling when a life storm hits you.


People please, please! Let’s spend more time loving and helping and less time doing frivolous and hateful things.


Disclaimer:
My voice is terrible. It’s so terrible I don’t even dare sing in the shower lest I scare off the neighbors so I stay away from singing but I do enjoy listening to others.
 I’m a regular girl with minimal talents who is on a journey of knowing Jesus and his great love. 


Jules


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