by Apostle Gabriel Cross Thank God for your Enemies Prayer! (POWERFUL DELIVERANCE PRAYER) I want you to open your mouth and thank God for your enemies! Your enemies serve a purpose, in your God-ord…
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
When we believe that God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whosoever believes in him should have eternal life, we begin a journey of life change. You see, God loves all people of all time, but God is also just. We want justice when someone does something to hurt us or those we love. It could be as simple as someone stealing a good idea you had and making everyone think it was theirs. Or it could be something as major as a loved one being killed by a drunken driver or a drug addict seeking money or things to steal. No matter the hurt, we are driven by the desire for justice.
If that is true for us, how much more so for God who has given us everything, and yet we turn away, ignore him, curse him, blame him for everything bad that happens, and continue to worship idols (gods of our making, or television, or work, or tablets, games, etc.). If we are driven by the desire for justice, even more so is God.
Yet he had a solution that could merge his great love for us with the need for justice. It all came together, love and justice, in the life of one man who walked the earth 2,000 years ago, and whose love still fills lives with joy – Jesus, Emmanuel (“God with us”).
Jesus, the proof of God’s love, mercy, and grace; Jesus, who promised that for those who believe in him should have eternal life, but also should live joy filled lives until we join him in heaven.
Believe in him. Accept him. Trust him with your life, and you will find a change that enables joy in the midst of the worst of times. Your part is to believe, accept, trust, and read his word – the Bible. Leave the rest to him.
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Believe in Jesus, but also believe Jesus, and have joy, and have it overflowing.
Jesus said it, and it is true. I know. I’ve experience it, and so can you!
“ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
This scripture is fairly well known. I would guess that many, who attended some form of church school, would know this from a childhood lesson. But do you really know it?
Similar to the difference between knowing of God and knowing God, or believing in God vs believing God, this often quoted scripture becomes a jewel of great value once it moves from words on a page to reality in our lives.
For me this took years, for others it becomes a reality of their existence faster, but no longer how long it takes, the time is well spent in allowing the Spirit to grow these fruits in our lives.
Just take love for example. Growing in love started when I began praying that God would allow me to see people they way he sees them. In the space of one post, I cannot share all the differences that occurred in me as the Holy Spirit began to grow this fruit in me. You see God loves ALL people, not just the church-goers, or the faithful. He loves all. So, as this fruit grows in me, I learn to love all as well. One way this bore fruit is that I found myself much less judgmental.
I began to realize the things that really irritated me in others, were those things that were true of me as well. Ugh! That was rough, but it was true. In the process I learned more about myself, and began to clean out some ugly stuff, thereby becoming even more loving and understanding.
I also began to realize that, in actuality, I have no idea what a person is dealing with in their life at any given moment. Therefore, how can I criticize or complain, or think negatively about them? For example, when the bank teller said, “Have a nice day” as I pulled away from the drive-thru window. She did not know my dad had just died that morning. I was only 23 and he meant everything to me. I was NOT going to have a nice day. My world was falling apart. It was eye-opening in my young life to discover that the world goes on despite our private world circumstances.
Keeping that in mind, I do not know what the reason is that a car speeds past me on the berm of the freeway, shocking me at first, and then sending ripples of anger through my body. I used to be so angry when this happened. Now, I pray for the person. No matter what the reason for their choice, impatience with traffic, a wife about to give birth, a meeting he/she will be late to, gasoline tank on it last drops, or just a need to get to the bathroom, there was a reason for that choice and I don’t know what it was. Am I to presume he/she is a jerk? No. It is not in my list of skills to read their minds, or know their hearts. It just might be an emergency. And so I pray. My anger leaves, and love prevails.
I can tell you that my life is immeasurably better because God has made me more lovable to others, by giving me a bit of his love for people.
Watch for more posts about these fruits and their value in our lives.
Until then, I pray that their fruits will become real in your life as well.
Many in our society today hate the bible…they hate the whole concept of absolute truth and absolute authority…The cry of a Post Modern generation as they reject the supernatural is that the bible was written by man and is therefore to be dismissed.
2Timothy3:16-17 says “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for correcting, for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction and for training in all righteousness.”
Accusations against the bible include:-
- It is anti science
- There is no proof God wrote it
- Its easily dismissed
- Its full of contradictions
Here is some thoughts on the Evidence of the Authenticity of the Bible
2 broad categories:
1) External evidence
2) Internal Evidence
3 external evidences that this book is truly a miracle book:
1. The miracle of it’s origination
This book is really a library of books…66 in all. These 66 books were written over a period of 1600…
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If we just gave the control to God! Why are we so afraid to let go and let God take control of our lives?
I was thinking about this the last time I was on a plane. I had worked for an airline a long time, and I knew the precautions they put in place to assure a safe flight. All the same, I was a nervous flier. So, as I was sitting there waiting for take off, I was contemplating this fear, and I realized it was because flying was one thing I had no control over. I couldn’t even fool myself into thinking I had control. No, I was totally at the mercy of the flight crew, the ground crew, those in the control towers, the weather, and the structural integrity of the aircraft itself. I could do nothing to ensure we would take off, fly, and land safely at our destination. As I was thinking about this, God brought a thought to my mind, “like your whole life…control. Let go.”
That was a great moment for me in my faith journey. I immediately intensified my already planned pre-flight prayer. My normal “please calm my fear” prayer had radically changed, and so had my life, as I would soon come to realize.
My prayer when something like this.
God, I realize I have no control over this flight I am about to take, but I also realize I if I had control, I would be helpless to do much. I recognize my fear comes from lack of control but also from the realization that I also lack the understanding to fly this plane, even if I had control. For me to say to the pilot, “do this” or “do that” would be silly. I have no real understanding of the circumstances and needs of the moment.
The eyes of my heart and mind are wide open, God, and I see how I have lived my life a lot like that. I say to the Pilot of my life, “do this” or “do that” when I have no real understanding of my circumstances and the real needs of the moment. I can’t see them from the Pilot’s viewpoint. And so I sit in worry and fear, in despair and depression, and in anxiousness and stress, when all I really need to do is let the Pilot have control and trust Him, knowing that He knows all that is needed for my life at any and every moment. Forgive me, Jesus. Please forgive me. I give you permission to be the Pilot of my life from now on. Amen
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
Why carry all the burdens when we can just let them go, and let the One who can really make the right course corrections, the right flying decisions, and the perfect weight reduction.
I’m renewing my strength every day now. I know where to go when I’m troubled. I know who to trust with the controls of my life.
I hope you will give your life to the One who can lighten your load and help you renew your strength and soar like the eagles. Life is so much better this way.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Have you put God on the shelf and left Him to gather dust? I did that. Fortunately, I have long since taken God off the shelf and allowed him access, once again, into my life. However, there was a long time, starting with my post-college days, that I was just busy with life and did not have time for God. I did not go to church. I did not open my Bible. In fact, I could not have even told you where my Bible was. It was probably on a shelf somewhere.
I was young and had the whole world before me. I knew my parent’s generation had really messed up the world, and I was hell-bent on making it better. “Hell-bent” indeed, but I had no idea at the time. I saw the needs of people in poorer countries, and I raised my voice to condemn those that allowed this to continue. Did I actually do anything to help? Well no. I made a lot of noise, but I did not do anything to really make a difference.
It wasn’t until I gave my life to Christ, and asked Him to come into my life, that I began to change. It was when I gave Christ permission to melt me, mold me, fill me, and use me that I began to see people and issues through His eyes and heart. It was then that I stopped making a lot of noise about the way things were, and began to take actions to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, and at home.
Today, I live a modest life and use my money to support a number of worthy causes, from the Wounded Warrior Project, to global service missions like World Vision and Compassion International. I teach a women’s Bible study group so that others can have a stronger walk with the Lord. I pray earnestly for my fellow Christian brothers and sisters who are even at this moment being tortured or killed for their faith, and I look forward to the day I will meet these great examples of faith.
I went from a person so self-absorbed in her own life, that all she could do was verbally complain about the failure of others to a woman who humbly and quietly gives of her time and money to help make a difference. What changed me? What made the difference? God made the difference. When I took God off the shelf and invited Him into my life, my life was changed from a self-gratification seeker to a God-serving seeker, and my life has never been better.
I guess you could say, I’m one who is “collecting treasures in heaven,” but now it just feels so right and so good when I am able to help one more person.
“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6:19-21
Wonder what the world could be like if each person did the same?