Our culture is experiencing great turmoil because we are living in confusion and have succumb to the tricks of the adversary. We live in world that's upside down calling evil good and good evil. Through the power of the Word of God we can break the chains of spiritual, mental, and emotional bondage. All it takes is an open heart ready to receive the life transforming Spirit of Jesus Christ! Take a brief moment to review a talk done by Dr. Toni Evans that gives an insight to the picture of what an abundant life can look like in the pursuit of relationship with the Father. Dr Toni Evans does a great job in explaining how we as individuals can affect our world for the better through kingdom living principles. He uses Psalm 128 as a blueprint for his message of kingdom living and how to take back our nation.
A Song of degrees. Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
Psa 128:2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
Psa 128:3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Psa 128:4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
Psa 128:5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Psa 128:6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.
It's time to earnestly decided whose side we are on. There is no middle ground. The lines have been drawn since the beginning of time. The enemy declared war on God and His creation-- man. If we search the scriptures we'll find this truth to be evident. As the premier creation of God, we are put in the position to decide between serving God or the Devil.
It was Moses who drew a line in the sand, and said, "Who is on the LORD'S side..." Exodus 32:26. It was the Prophet Elijah who asked the people of God, "How long do you halt between to opinions, if the LORD be God, then serve Him, but if Baal, then serve him, 1st. Kings 18:21. The scriptures are clear in that there are two cups in which we have to choose: there is "the cup of Salvation" and there is "the cup of His wrath that will be poured out with indignation. "The Savior point blank said, "No man can serve two masters, either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other..." Matthew 6:24. The Savior goes on to say, "If we are not for Him, then we are against Him..." Matthew 12:30.
We as the people of God have a decision to make. But rest assured of this very thing, the Devil is defeated, and Christ will subdue all His enemies under His feet shortly. Those of you may ask me, how can you be so confident of this very thing? Well, is it not written, in the infallible Word of God?!
May the grace of Jesus be with you! Minister Rob Johnson
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
If you live long enough in this present evil world, regardless of your economic status, education, race, gender, family background, or any other demographic one can imagine, it is inevitable that you will experience, pain, suffering, injustice, disappointment, frustration, anger, moments of insanity, loneliness, abandonment. Yes, I could continue, but you get my point.
In the face of this reality it will be difficult for even the most prayed-up saint to stave off negative thoughts and a roller-coaster of emotions that would drown us in self-pity and despair. But the things which are impossible with man are possible with God if we are willing to do what it takes to maintain a constant Spiritual discipline, and maintain diligence in the Word of God. For God has declared in His Word that He would keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds stayed on Him. This peace is a promise to His children, a people who have put their faith in Him in spite of the situation or circumstance. Remember, we walk by faith and not by sight.
The Patriarch David is a chief example of one that was inundated with trying circumstances. He experienced family turmoil, friends who really weren't friends, and enemies without, as well as enemies within his kingdom. Yet, David refused to allow the conditions he faced to overtake him hastening always to the throne of God for help. David understood the importance of trusting in the God of Israel, his Maker, the true source of his strength. He declared "I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope."
As I conclude, lets realize that the Devil loves nothing more than for the people of God to drown in a sense of hopelessness, fear, and doubt. He desires for us to feel and act like victims of despair; but the devil is a lie. The promise is victory in every circumstance for the saints of God who will abide in Him regardless of how it may look. "For many are the afflictions of the righteous but God shall deliver them out of them all." Psalm 34:19
May the Lord Bless you and keep you!
A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:2-21
Proverbs 18:20-21 tells us that “A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” In other words, whatever you continually speak, that’s what you’ll eventually get, good or bad.
It is a good thing every now and then to take inventory of what you have been speaking over your life. When a negative situation comes about, what kind of words automatically tumble from your lips? Do you speak what the Word of God says about your situation or do you speak from the negative feelings that come with the circumstance?
The Word of God is designed to be spoken. He gave it to us to put us over in life. It has power to change you and your circumstance. When Satan tempted Christ after he had fasted for 40 days in the wilderness, He answered him with the Word. Starting today, give voice to His Word. Find the scriptures that are appropriate for your circumstance and begin to confess them regularly. Agree with God regardless of what it looks like and watch your life change right before your very eyes.
Min. Trina Johnson
The man of God (David) asked this question in the book of Psalms, "Why are you disquieted within yourself, hope and trust in your God." For David himself had experienced many adversities and sorrows in his life time. He, like Joseph and Job and many others in the pages of scripture, had lived with and through numerous unbearable heartbreaks and losses; losses that would have been emotionally and mentally devastating to any human being. Such hurt and disappointment, some would consider foolishly of course, worthy of suicide. Yet, they anchored their soul to a rock: a rock higher than the storm, higher than the pain, higher than the disappointment and hurt, even greater than the enemy himself. They had a made up mind, 'I'll bless Him at all times, His praises shall continually be in my mouth," "though He slay me, yet will I trust Him," "what was meant for evil, God has turned for good."
If you're reading this and you're a believer in Christ Jesus, and it seems that maybe you thought that the circumstances you're facing are so unbearable, larger than life itself, please stop and consider these men who faced overwhelming odds, loss of loved ones, possessions, body riddled with pain, even betrayal by the closest of friends. Yet they refused to die, but chose to live. It doesn't matter what we're facing, God is greater. In spite of what many false teachers and preachers are espousing that suicide is acceptable with God, it is absolutely false and a lie from the enemy of your soul. I repeat, suicide is not the answer! The very meaning of the word 'Suicide' means the murder of oneself. And yes, contrary to popular belief it is a sinful and a selfish act, which doesn't bring glory to God in anyway. A close study of scripture shows that those in the bible that committed suicide ( King Saul, Ahithophel, Zimri, Judas Iscariot,) had actually lost trust and faith in God. They failed to magnify God bigger than the problem, bigger than disappointment, bigger than their sin, bigger than the circumstances they were facing. My brother and sister, hope in God! It was the Psalmist that wrote with the utmost confidence, "I will hope continually, and praise Him more and more." Psa 71:14
Have a little praise and worship to help you on your way up out of the darkness!
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