Several weeks ago, I was traveling through an airport and over heard harsh words being screamed at a small child. Stressed out parents, frustrated with poor behavior, were yelling at and calling their child names. My heart went out to the small child, maybe 3 or 4 years old. When I looked in her eyes I saw, hurt, fear and anger. My immediate thought was, “This child won’t want a relationship with you in a few years.” Read the rest of this entry »
Originally posted on The Pursuit of God:
There are two types of spiritual surrender. One is based on human faithfulness—this we call “daily surrender”. The other is based on God’s faithfulness—this we call “permanent surrender.”
In the church, we talk a lot about daily surrender. We’ve yet to hear anyone preach on the power of permanent surrender. Sadly, many Christians don’t know or believe such an option is available. But it is, and it can change your whole life. If you are hungering for more of God and at the same time plagued with worries that you might somehow stray away, you need to discover permanent surrender.
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For some reason, the word “Repent” has lost its meaning within The Church. We much prefer to view our God as a kindly Grandfather type who simply winks at out sin, and says, “I understand. Everything is okay.” Give this read and see if your opinion has changed any.
Originally posted on Sara's Musings:
In the maze of Christian lingo exists a word that is not used very often today, yet it is foundational to the Christian faith. That word is “repent.” John the Baptist, forerunner to Jesus Christ, first used the word “repent” with his listeners in preparing the way for Jesus Christ by stating (see Matthew 3:2-3):
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he [John the Baptist] who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”
Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and…
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STOP LIVING LIKE A PAUPER
by David Wilkerson | August 16, 2011
Are you tired of living like a pauper when everything you need has been provided? Perhaps your focus is wrong. Do you tend to dwell on your weaknesses, temptations and past failures? When you look inside your own heart does what you see discourage you? Have you allowed guilt to seep in?
Beloved, you are to be looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your faith! When Satan comes and points at some weakness in your heart, you have every right to answer, “My God already knows it all and he still loves me! He has given me everything I need to attain victory and keep it.”
“For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things” (1 John 3:20). He knows all about you—and he still loves you enough to say, “Come on in and get all you need. The storehouse is open!”
The doors to his storehouse are wide open, and his riches are full to overflowing. God is urging you: “Come boldly to the throne of grace, that [you] may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
How many years have you been on the outside? You have a Father who has been laying up a great treasure of provision for you and yet you have left it unclaimed.
The parable of the Prodigal Son shows us that by going in and enjoying his father’s treasure, the Prodigal had it both ways. He could live his earthly life with the abundant forgiveness, joy, peace and rest that were his and when death brought him into his eternal inheritance, he would fully enjoy what he had already known on earth.
Indeed, the greater sin was committed by the older brother—the one who stayed home, walked obediently and never failed his father. Yes, it is a sin to waste our Father’s substance on sensual living and a runaway spirit, but it is an even greater sin to rebuff God’s great love—to leave unclaimed the bountiful resources he gave to us at such a great price.
The Prodigal was not chastised, rebuked and reminded of his sin, because God would not allow sin to be the focus of restoration! There had been true repentance and godly sorrow and it was time to move on to the banquet table—to the feast. The father said to the older son, “He was lost, but now he is in the house again. He is forgiven and it is time to rejoice and be happy!”
Pastor J.D. explains the prophetic significance of persistently denying that the Islamic State is Islamic and consistently referring to them as I.S.I.L.
Originally posted on The Muslim Issue:
In 1793, Muslim Barbary pirates captured the U.S. cargo ship Polly. The ship was plundered and the crew was imprisoned. The Muslim captain justified their brutal treatment: “for your history and superstition in believing in a man who was crucified by the Jews and disregarding the true doctrine of God’s last and greatest prophet, Mohammed.”
“The precept of the Qur’an is perpetual war against all who deny that Mahomet is the prophet of God… The vanquished may purchase their lives by the payment of tribute…” John Quincy Adams
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