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It is better to get hurt by the truth than to be comforted by a lie. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child (Heb. 12:6 NLT).

God’s words are not only there to correct, encourage, guide and teach you. His words are also there to convict you, so that you do not fall into sins and destroy your lives and souls. When you are convicted, you are aware of your sins and are compelled to admit the truth and repent.

For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7 ESV). A person can hide what is in their heart from others, but not from God. The condition of one’s heart will reveal itself in one’s actions. Therefore, if there are lust, hate, jealousy, bitterness, unforgiveness, greed, pride, strife, and other sins in one’s heart, it is time to sincerely repent before the Lord.

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness (1 John 1:9 NLT). Although God’s grace is there so that you can be forgiven, his grace should not be taken for granted. Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace (Rom. 6:1 NLT)?

Jesus is coming back to judge this world (Matt. 25:31-46). Important to realize, he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent (2 Pet. 3:9 NLT).

Steps To Salvation

These four R’s will guide your steps to salvation.

  1. Realize that you are a sinner. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:10; 23; Rom. 5:12; Eccles. 7:20).
  2. Recognize that Jesus came to this earth, died on the cross for your sins and rose from the dead (Rom. 5:8; Rom.10:9; John 3:16; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Cor. 6:14).
  3. Repent of your sins and be baptized (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; 1 John 1:9; Luke 5:32; Matt. 4:17).
  4. Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior (John 1:12; John 3:3-5: Rom. 6:23; Rom. 10:10; Mark 10:15).

Are you in a battle today, and it’s taking more than just a physical toll on you? Are you finding it difficult to find the words to tell the devil to be gone? Spiritual warfare is crippling, real, and troublesome, but Jesus has already won us the victory! Pray along with these words now and let the Lord break the chains of fear and bondage!

Jesus, sometimes I can almost sense the heaviness of pressure mounting and the ominous presence of darkness around me. I recognize my enemy is at work again. Whether he’s trying to discourage me to get sidetracked, to fall into temptation, to give up, or to take my eyes off you, he’s always hanging around.

I need your supernatural power, Lord, to stand strong and not surrender. Physical force won’t help, because you’ve said the weapons of our warfare are different from those in this world. As believers, ours are powerful and can demolish strongholds and lies. These supernatural weapons originate from you. By your precious name and blood, Jesus, I’m asking you to confuse Satan and cancel his attempts to shut me and my influence down. Help me not to become discouraged or to give in when heavy times of testing come.

When I’m tired and weak, you are strong, Lord, and you are my only source of help. I cannot fight without you. Teach me how to pray and to trust you to pull down those strongholds that keep me or others helpless. Guard me from isolation that leaves me exposed and vulnerable. I believe you destroyed the power of my enemy by your death and resurrection. But like a bad penny, my enemy keeps showing up, whispering lies, twisting the truth, and attempting to inflate my selfish pride. He never gives up.

I am declaring the devil and his demons liars today, Lord. Through the power of your precious name and blood, I agree with your Word and the truth that you are in me and that you are greater than my enemy who wants to rule the world. You, your Word, and prayer, Lord, are my secret weapons. I belong to you, and that fills me with a powerful God-confidence. I want to constantly dress in the spiritual armor you give me. Help me use it to defend others from Satan’s fiery darts as well. No one and nothing can snatch me away from your hand.

Strengthen my faith, Lord. Forgive my sins, so that I may be clean in your righteousness. Make me brave, so I can stand and fight the spiritual battles in my life and in our world. Give me your wisdom and discernment so I won’t be caught off guard. Together, Lord, we’ll win, because in truth, you already have.

In Jesus’s powerful name before which every knee shall bow, Amen!

Courtesy: Rebecca Barlow Jordan – Crosswalk

What is sin?

Sin is a transgression of the law of God. It is a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God (Merriam-Webster).

We were all born as sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 8:23). However, God loved us so much that he sent his only son to die for our sins; so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9). Do not let sins keep you away from God. Let God keep you away from sins. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4).

Sins destroy your relationship with God and hinder your prayers from entering the throne room of God. If you cherish iniquity in your heart, the Lord will not listen (Ps. 66:18). This is because God is holy, and you also need to be holy (1 Pet. 1:16). The devil will stop at nothing to keep you in the bondage of sin, so that you do not have a relationship with God. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

Love One Another

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you (John 13:34).

Hate is an evil seed that the devil allows one to abhor in their heart. If that evil seed of hate is not eliminated, it continues to grow. This is what the devil wants, because hate will not get one into Heaven (1 Cor. 6:9). Moreover, having hate or other sins in one’s heart hinder your prayers and relationship with God (Ps. 66:18). Hate also causes too much pain in one’s heart, and this is not a healthy way to live.

Jesus is Love

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 John 4:20).

Some people may hate others because they have harmed or caused hurt to them. This is very difficult to fathom when someone caused another person harm or hurt in any way. However, Jesus understands your hurt and pain. He had been through terrible hurt and pain from others for no apparent reasons. He was treated horribly and hung on a cross to die for our sins. But Jesus did not abhor hate for his persecutors. He instead asked God to forgive them (Luke 23:34).  

On the other hand, some people may hate others for no apparent reasons. It may be for the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their religious beliefs, or because of jealousy of another person’s accomplishments.

Notwithstanding, it does not matter how one person feels about another. This does not give anyone an excuse to abhor hate in their heart for that person. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).

Keep your heart pure for out of it are the important things of life (Proverbs 4:23). Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8). Let your heart bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

A Pure Heart With Fruit Of The Spirit

It contains love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

 

An Impure Heart Without Fruit Of The Spirit

It contains hate, jealousy, bitterness, adultery, fornication, hostility, impatience, unfaithfulness, among other evilness.

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you can repent, by asking Jesus to forgive your sins and transform your heart. If you have been saved, but still struggling to maintain a pure heart, you can ask the Lord to help you to keep your heart pure, by filling it up with the fruit of the Spirit.

Are you in a battle today, and it’s taking more than just a physical toll on you? Are you finding it difficult to find the words to tell the devil to be gone? Spiritual warfare is crippling, real, and troublesome, but Jesus has already won us the victory! Pray along with these words now and let the Lord break the chains of fear and bondage!

Jesus, sometimes I can almost sense the heaviness of pressure mounting and the ominous presence of darkness around me. I recognize my enemy is at work again. Whether he’s trying to discourage me to get sidetracked, to fall into temptation, to give up, or to take my eyes off you, he’s always hanging around.

I need your supernatural power, Lord, to stand strong and not surrender. Physical force won’t help, because you’ve said the weapons of our warfare are different from those in this world. As believers, ours are powerful and can demolish strongholds and lies. These supernatural weapons originate from you. By your precious name and blood, Jesus, I’m asking you to confuse Satan and cancel his attempts to shut me and my influence down. Help me not to become discouraged or to give in when heavy times of testing come.

When I’m tired and weak, you are strong, Lord, and you are my only source of help. I cannot fight without you. Teach me how to pray and to trust you to pull down those strongholds that keep me or others helpless. Guard me from isolation that leaves me exposed and vulnerable. I believe you destroyed the power of my enemy by your death and resurrection. But like a bad penny, my enemy keeps showing up, whispering lies, twisting the truth, and attempting to inflate my selfish pride. He never gives up.

I am declaring the devil and his demons liars today, Lord. Through the power of your precious name and blood, I agree with your Word and the truth that you are in me and that you are greater than my enemy who wants to rule the world. You, your Word, and prayer, Lord, are my secret weapons. I belong to you, and that fills me with a powerful God-confidence. I want to constantly dress in the spiritual armor you give me. Help me use it to defend others from Satan’s fiery darts as well. No one and nothing can snatch me away from your hand.

Strengthen my faith, Lord. Forgive my sins, so that I may be clean in your righteousness. Make me brave, so I can stand and fight the spiritual battles in my life and in our world. Give me your wisdom and discernment so I won’t be caught off guard. Together, Lord, we’ll win, because in truth, you already have.

In Jesus’s powerful name before which every knee shall bow, Amen!

Courtesy: Rebecca Barlow Jordan – Crosswalk

Holy Week Treasure Map

In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no other way.

Yet many people think that they can be saved through other ways. Religion is not the way; your pastor is not the way; baptism is not the way; church membership is not the way; doing good things is not the way. There is only one way to be saved: Jesus.

As a well-known song proclaims: There is only “one name under heaven whereby we must be saved” — Jesus!

Salvation comes down to this: Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him (John 3:36).

Similarly, 1 John 5:12 says, He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. It is clear that Jesus is the only way.

Contributed: Christ Notes

Last night in a vision, I encountered a young girl, who was singing some songs that were not reaching her audience. I then directed her to sing the following song, which resonated well with her audience. I will include the first few lines along with the video of the song itself.

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

As I re-directed this young girl in my vision to switch to this song, I woke up realizing what this song means. This is a song that depicts how Jesus came into this world, because of the love that God has for us. His birth was for a purpose – a purpose to save mankind from sins and to give us hope and peace. Hence, I definitely believe God gave me a word in season, to share with others, that no matter the circumstances of life and what you have been through; because He lives, you can face tomorrow.

If you are struggling to find your way to Jesus, remember He came to love, heal and forgive. Therefore, as we approach the new year, you have a choice – a choice to renew or direct your life into His hands. Forget the failures of 2013, and trust God to lead you into 2014. He is more than a conqueror.

I just want to remind you that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14). With that being said, you know that you are not just here by chance. God created you with a purpose in mind, so you have to press to pursue your purpose.

The question you need to ask yourself as you are preparing to say goodbye to 2013, is: How many of my God-given purpose(s) have I accomplished in 2013? If you have faltered along the way, don’t worry; you are alive, and that means you still have hopes and a purpose(s) to accomplish.

So be proactive, and press to pursue your purpose(s) in 2014!

God bless you!

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