What is the significance of Jesus calming the storm?

The story of Jesus calming the storm is told in the three Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Jesus had been teaching near the sea of Galilee. Afterwards, He wanted a respite from the crowds so decided to take a boat with the apostles to the opposite shore where there were no large towns, The Bible reports not long after they sailed, Jesus fell asleep and a storm arose.

Here are two important points that reveal the true humanity of Christ, He needed rest and time away from crowds, and He was so exhausted that even the battering of the boat did not awaken Him, These truths should help us realize that Jesus was genuinely human with the same basic needs we all have. Christ’s humanity is part of what qualifies Him to be our merciful intercessor between us and God the Father (Hebrews 2:17).

Although the text doesn’t say which apostles were with Christ on the boat, it’s probable that seasoned fishermen (at least four of the twelve) were aboard. These men were quite familiar with the ways of the sea; certainly, this was not their first squall on the Sea of Galilee, which was known for its sudden raging storms. Even these professional fishermen were frightened by this storm, to the point of fearing they would die. “The waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But [Jesus] was in the stern, asleep on the cushion”. It’s significant that Jesus’ sleep was deep and sound, even through the storm, which was “already filling” the boat. The Bible says the sleep of a believer will be sweet and peaceful because he knows the Lord is with him (Proverbs 3:24). This is why Jesus, when He was awakened, rebuked the disciples with the question “Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40).

The apostles’ lack of faith reminds us that even those who lived and walked with Jesus, saw His miracles, and heard His message still found it difficult to be 100 percent faith-filled all the time. In that way, the disciples were a lot like us. However, their lack of faith was rebuked—and, by extension, so is ours. If Jesus was able to rescue the apostles from the storm, He is also able to rescue us from the storms of everyday life: sickness, job loss, depression, mental health, fear, marriage problems, and even the sting of death.

When Jesus “gave orders to go over to the other side”, He knew the storm was coming. He is having an infinite awareness,  even with a storm brewing, He decided to launch out to sea. The Lord never promised we will never see a storm in life (as a matter of fact, He has told us to expect trouble). Rather, He has promised that He will be with us in the storm. He will never leave His children alone in the midst of trouble; with perseverance they will overcome.

This passage not only reveals Jesus’ true humanity, but also Jesus’ deity because only God can make the “winds and water obey”. With one quick word from Christ, the storm abated and the sea became calm. The apostles marveled at this powerful display of Jesus’ supernatural ability over the elements. This can be immensely comforting to the Christian in a storm. Faith in Christ is never misplaced.

If He can calm the storms of the sea with one word, He can calm the storms of life as well.

Inspired From : gotquestions.org

THINKING OF GIVING UP?

I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too (1 Kings 19:14).

Have you ever felt like giving up? Elijah did. God had just used him to show the people of Israel that God was really God(1 Kings 18). Then the threats of Queen Jezebel made Elijah run away to Beersheba, 100 miles south(19:3). Then he walked another 150 miles south to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Twice God asked Elijah what he was doing there (vv. 9,13). Both times he answered with the same words: “I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too” (vv. 10,14). He had become so caught up in his own worry that he had forgotten what God had done through him at Mount Carmel(18:16-46). Even though he had seen God’s power, Elijah fell into depression. How easy it is for us to do the same.

God did not allow Elijah to quit. Instead, He told his tired servant to handle three major tasks (19:15-17). And by the way, Elijah was wrong when he said he was the only person left who obeyed God. God had 7000 others who had not bowed down to fake gods (v.18).

Perhaps, like Elijah, you are struggling with the things you’re going through right now. Let God speak to you (v.12). Instead of allowing you to quit, He will show you what you can do through His strength.

PRAYER

Father, You know what I’m going through today. Please help me to keep going. Give me strength to trust You with everything.

IT’S ALWAYS TOO SOON TO QUIT

The Purpose of Your Wilderness Season

A wilderness season is a make or break kind of season. Its purpose is to free you from sin and bondage so you can be transformed into the person God has called you to be.  Going into the wilderness or desert is rough and it may seem worse than the place you left. You’ll be tempted to go back to your past, not because it’s good, but because it’s familiar. This is a new place with new challenges, and you may not know how to handle them.  It will be tough, but if you want to progress in God’s plan for your life, it’s necessary.

The wilderness is defined as an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region. Do any of these things sound comfortable or pleasant? They’re not supposed to be! It’s not a comfortable place because it’s temporary. You’re passing through on your way to the promised land. Do not believe that this situation is forever and start putting down roots. This means not letting obstacles stop you from pursuing God and your goals. Keep praying and seeking God, applying for better jobs, tithing, giving, serving when it goes unnoticed and staying faithful to God when temptation comes knocking.

The wilderness is where God prepares you for the promise he’s given you; the next step into your calling. You’re not here alone or by accident. When we study scripture, we see that those who endured the wilderness seasons were led there by God. Yes, they faced many tests and temptations, but God always provided for them and gave them instructions.

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle… By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. Exodus 13:17-18,21-22

You may think, “If God has called me to do something great, why does it feel like I’m going through hell?”. The answer – Sanctification. The bible says He refines us like silver and tests us like gold. This is how He removes impurities (sin) from us. It’s an on-going process until the day we see Jesus face to face. In this season, you may want to run back to what was comfortable (that relationship, those friends, alcohol, pornography, etc…) but that’s the very thing God is trying to deliver you from.  

Consider the story of the Israelites. Although they were physically free from the Egyptians, they were still in spiritual bondage. They weren’t ready to live as free people until they let go of their slave mentality. They needed to be renewed and refined before they entered the promised land.  The same is true for us! God uses these dry and difficult seasons to strip us of sins, habits, and strongholds that are hindering our faith. He’s separating us from the “gods” we’ve been serving, so we can get to know and fully trust the one true God and be transformed by the Holy Spirit.

For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison, and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.Psalm 66:10-12

What matters in the wilderness is devotion to God, Nothing else! Do what you need to do to stay close to Jesus and not grow weary. It took the Israelites 40 years to complete a two-weeks journey because they didn’t trust God. They let fear and unbelief guide their actions instead of faith. God may call you to dissociate with certain people or let go of specific activities. Do it! People may have a problem with it, but don’t let them sway you. Where you’re going is greater than where you’ve been.

The Serpent of Pornography and How to Crush it

I imagine Satan being very much like a cobra. Known for the hideous hood it extends when preparing to attack, it actually spits into the eyes of its victim before striking. With its target blinded and helpless, the serpent could easily squirm away into the brush. But this viper is not content with escape; it enjoys killing. With bared fangs, it lunges, injecting its deadly poison into its victim’s body. This is a fitting picture of the man lured into viewing pornography.

The Serpent of Pornography Deceives You

The temptation usually begins when he comes across a glimpse of flesh and/or a sexually suggestive hyper-link. It is just enough venom to temporarily blind him to the impending danger. The initial presentation is stimulating, creating a sensual atmosphere which spiritually incapacitates him.

It seems irresistible because it is laced with deception—namely, that the act of sin will bring about tremendous pleasure and satisfaction. The tantalizing thought is presented and all thoughts of resistance are forgotten. The act of sexual sin looks absolutely intoxicating and therefore irresistible. The serpent is extremely cunning. He slithers up to his unsuspecting victim, camouflaging the sin, presenting it under the perfect illusion of innocence. He times his attack to best accomplish his purpose, “to steal, and kill, and destroy’ God’s property.” Now the serpent moves in for the kill. That one glimpse of Porn unleashes a poison that rockets into the man’s soul and instantly spreads throughout his being. Just like a snakebite victim, he enters a catatonic state of mind: a sexual trance where all reason seems to abandon him. Lust rushes through his body; his face flushes with excitement; his palms get sweaty.

Solomon described this spiritual stupor this way: “With her many persuasions she entices him. With her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, until an arrow pierces through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, so he does not know that it will cost him his life.”  Proverbs 7:21-23

The Serpent of Pornography Impairs You

Once a snake bites, its victim then becomes vulnerable to other predators.

Some time ago, I watched a National Geographic special that showed a lioness who had been bitten by a cobra. For days, she suffered under the effects of its venom. Weakened to the point of collapse, she faced great danger from a roving pack of ravenous hyenas. She was helpless to defend herself from their savage attacks.

This is certainly true of the man who views pornography. Its poison, rather than dissipating after he has completed his act of lust, continues to contaminate his heart over the coming days. Its toxin remains in his system, altering his perspectives, polluting his mind, and spreading darkness over his soul. The lust it initially appealed to is now inflamed into burning desire. Rather than satisfying the man’s sexual passion, it only serves to further ignite it.

Not only must the infected man deal with the after-effects of the bite, but now he is even more weakened spiritually against the enemies of his soul. He attempts to go about his daily routines, but lascivious memories continue to haunt him. These images are like Third World beggars crowding around him, clamoring for another handout. No matter how much you give them, they’re never satisfied. Indeed, every gift only emboldens them to demand more.

The Serpent of Pornography Must Be Crushed

Christian men must do everything within their power to crush the serpent of pornography. Two practical measures a man should take include: installing a filter on his Internet devices, and controlling his television viewing. However, the fact remains that we live in a snake-infested world. In our day and age, it is almost inevitable that men will face this temptation at some point. The wise believer will prepare himself for that day with the Word of God.

When a man “receives with meekness the engrafted word,” he will discerns the source of temptation that comes his way. He understands that, behind the beautiful illusion of pleasure, there is a snake—coiled and ready to strike. He has been bitten by it before and has learned the hard way the price that is paid for every indulgence. He has the heart-knowledge (much different from head knowledge) to “be a doer of the Word” and turn away from the temptation.

Time spent in the Word everyday builds up a man’s immune system against the poison of pornography. The scriptures are simply the thinking and perspectives of the Lord. As a man continually immerses himself in the Bible, he will gradually take on God’s mindset toward life, people and, yes, even sexuality. A man who devotes daily time to the Word is given spiritual insight into the power of temptation and how it works. Just as the Word of God prepares a man to face temptation, it is also the only antidote for the man once he has been bitten by the serpent of lust. Regular doses of Scripture are the very thing he needs to be built up spiritually and thus counteract the effects of the poison of pornography. “Precept upon precept; line upon line; here a little, and there a little…” Isaiah 28:10

It is only the “Sword of the Spirit” that can sever the head of the serpent of porn.

Source : Pure Life Ministries. – Steve Gallagher

YOU ARE AWESOME

When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and father of lies (John 8:44b).

The deceiver also distorted humankind’s self concept. He said to Adam and Eve: “Look at you, You are Naked.” So they felt bad about themselves and put on clothes. They covered up their bodies.

Ever since that day, we have become professional “cover-ups.” We don’t like ourselves , we don’t like our physical bodies. I’m too Fat, too Skinny, My hair is ugly, my nose is bigger, my eyes are… my lips are… my ears are.., I don’t like my skin, So , we try to cover up what we don’t like. If our hair is curly , we straighten it, If our skin is too pale , we tan it. Nobody is satisfied with themselves.

This attitude is from the devil. We can’t be ourselves because satan has destroyed our appreciation of what God has made. Our potential has been distorted. We have accepted satan’s ploy to destroy our esteem for the beautiful creation God made us to be. If you love yourself, you are not going to lower your standards. You will not sell yourself to anybody. you won’t allow anybody to buy you – You are too expensive.

Let us discern for ourselves what is right; Let us learn together what is good – (Job 34:4).

Satan came to destroy our real intelligence. In the Garden a strange word is used in the Hebrew to talk about knowing. The Bible says Adam and Eve knew that they were naked (Genesis 3:7). Knew means they became ” Physically – or – sensually aware.” Their senses suddenly took on leadership. thus the soul became alive without the spirit directing it. Man began to live from the outside, instead of the inside. Adam and Eve became aware of their nakedness, They became aware of the leaves that could cover themselves. they became conscious of shame and fear – the things that come from outside – not from intellect.

Satan destroyed man’s true intelligence, which is a spiritual relationship with God. When we are connected with God, our spirits can know anything, that’s why the knowledge in which God communicates is not learned. It is discerned. The knowledge of God is not found in any books; it’s a deeper knowledge. Your real intelligence is not studied, It is Discerned .

By destroying our relationship with God, satan capped off our life potential. he continually tries to destroy any possibility that we might become more than we already are. He puts teachers in our classrooms to call us stupid. He sends someone to call us dumb or worthless, He uses our parents to tell us that we will never be anything. Satan sets us up, he chops down our self-confidence and slams the door on your potential by convincing yourself that you are nothing: “You’ll never rise above your family’s status, “You’ll never go beyond your neighborhood, You’ll never be more than your peers. You don’t stand a chance.” The devil has been teaching and preaching those lies to keep us down. he is very skilled at his deceptive art. It’s time to wake up and strike back.

Commit to the Lord , whatever you do , and your plans will succeed – Proverbs 16:3

Source : Daily Devotion – Dr. Myles Munroe

ESAU AND JACOB

The story of Jacob and Esau gives us a chance to see that God’s sovereignty, God’s ability to move in the world, can coexist with us being wrong. Maybe it helps us to see that God’s sovereign work is also to undo our wrongness, to undo us. When we think we know what God intends, when we hear words we believe are God’s, we might be wrong. We could follow these words to our own devastation, but even then God is in the business of turning all things toward good.

Maybe Jacob and Rebecca were wrong. Maybe Isaac—who has seen his own brother Ishmael blessed, who has seen God take the knife from his father Abraham’s hand—has learned to see this other possibility, the hope found in having enough for two blessings.

Jacob spends the rest of his life undoing the wrong he has done; he gives back what he stole from Esau. That’s how God works in the world. God turns us around, back toward redemption. God sets things right—not just in the end, but all along the way, even when the terms we set for good and evil bring about disaster.

Esau and Jacob let us see that when we read the Bible, we explore God’s nature and our own. We find our words in God’s mouth and God’s words in ours. We are working out who we are and who we think God is along the way, in the long faithfulness that is reading the Bible. This Bible is a discovery of God through human lives, a story that scatters signposts of memory showing us the way home again. We get lost; we find our way back. The way is there, waiting.

The trouble is that we are usually in a rush to make sense of these stories of violence, to pull them out and hold them up for judgement—because we are not entirely sure we want them to be ours. We are not convinced we want this God to claim us. I suspect we want something easier: a plain text about a God who stands outside and above us, setting up morally clear judgements for all time. Instead, we get questions. What will we hear? What will we believe? What will we live?

There aren’t that many images of Esau, whom the church has so often treated as an enemy.The top panel depicts the two brothers’ reunion. They are shown in motion, a step away from embrace. Their faces are already touching. The sword from Esau’s sheath is on the ground, and both brothers stand on it, rendering it useless.

Without stories like Jacob and Esau and Amalek, it would be difficult for us to take the Bible seriously. The Old Testament would consist of colourless platitudes idealising heroes and villains. Instead, the Bible makes room for terror and hope, for what is possible and what is not. The Amalekites complicate our desire for vengeance. We are shown the far edges of enmity, and our fear is exposed. The text holds a space for the complication of that enmity, as we discover the enemy within us—how the Bible calls for each generation not to forget.

KINGDOM PARENTING

PARENTING A TEENAGER

One of the most interesting conversation I have ever had was with a young man who was not interested in doing anything but things that were wrong. I asked him if he believed in God and wanted to do anything right in life. He replied that he wanted to do what is right, but he watched his mother go to church every week and talk about God and then come home and curse him out! This caused the young man to take the back-seat approach to God and oberve others to see if they were hypocrites.

Peer pressure is a fact of teenage life. Teenagers experience gratification from impressing other and from “beating the system” Teens often plan together. If they intend to bunk classes or sneak out in night or go to a place where they are not supposed to go, they will plan to face the consequences together or try and beat the system together. Teens hardly do anything that is not designed to impress their peers.

Parents, on the other hand, are different. They usually don’t collaborate with their peers when they are dealing with children, but children will collaborate with each other while dealing with their parents. It is critical for parents to recognize and be aware of the collaboration that takes place among the teens.

As adults, we must provide everything we can to minimize the opportunities for teens to take chances and make wrong choices. It is important to create an environment of accountability in which the teenagers know that you are involved in their lives and that you are trying to help them avoid the consequences of Bad decisions. Keep asking questions without overbearing.

In order to create a brighter future for your child and yourself, it is important to recognize the importance of becoming the best possible parent and to act upon this goal as early as possible.

The Fainting Warrior

“O wretched man that I am I who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”—Romans 7:24, 25.

If I chose to occupy your time with controversial matter, I might prove to a demonstration that the apostle Paul is here describing his own experience as a Christian. Some have affirmed that he is merely declaring what he was before conversion, and not what he was when he became the recipient of the grace of God. But such persons are evidently mistaken, and I believe willfully mistaken; for any ample-hearted, candid mind, reading through this chapter, could not fall into such an error. It is Paul the apostle, who was not less than the very greatest of the apostles—it is Paul, the mighty servant of God, a very prince in Israel, one of the King’s mighty men—it is Paul, the saint and the apostle, who here exclaims, “O wretched man that I am!”

Now, humble Christians are often the dupes of a very foolish error. They look up to certain advanced saints and able ministers, and they say, “Surely, such men as these do not suffer as I do; they do not contend with the same evil passions as those which vex and trouble me.” Ah! if they knew the heart of those men, if they could read their inward conflicts, they would soon discover that the nearer a man lives to God, the more intensely has he to mourn over his own evil heart, and the more his Master honors him in his service, the more also doth the evil of the flesh vex and tease him day by day. Perhaps, this error is more natural, as it is certainly more common, with regard to apostolic saints. We have been in the habit of saying, Saint Paul, and Saint John, as if they were more saints than any other of the children of God. They are all saints whom God has called by his grace, and sanctified by his Spirit; but somehow we very foolishly put the apostles and the early saints into another list, and do not venture to look on them as common mortals. We look upon them as some extraordinary beings, who could not be men of like passions with ourselves. We are told in Scripture that our Savior was “tempted in all points like as we are;” and yet we fall into the egregious error of imagining that the apostles, who were far inferior to the Lord Jesus, escaped these temptations, and were ignorant of these conflicts. The fact is, if you had seen the apostle Paul, you would have thought he was remarkably like the rest of the chosen family: and if you had talked with him, you would have said, “Why, Paul, I find that your experience and mine exactly agree. You are more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught than I, but you have the self same trials to endure. Nay, in some respects you are more sorely tried than I.” Do not look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins, and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which almost makes you an idolater. Their holiness is attainable even by you, and their faults are to be censured as much as your own. I believe it is a Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of saint-ship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us press forward up to, yea, and beyond them, for I do not see that this is impossible. We have the same light that they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have distanced them in the heavenly race? Let us bring them down to the sphere of common mortals. If Jesus was the Son of man, and very man, “bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh;” so were the apostles; and it is an egregious error to suppose that they were not the subjects of the same emotions, and the same inward trials, as the very meanest of the people of God. So far, this may tend to our comfort and to our encouragement, when we find that we are engaged in a battle in which apostles themselves have had to fight.

Carnal men, unrenewed men, have one nature—a nature which they inherited from their parents, and which, through the ancient transgression of Adam, is evil, only evil, and that continually. Mere human nature, such as is common to every man, has in it many excellent traits, judging of it between man and man. A merely natural man may be honest, upright, kind, and generous, he may have noble and generous thoughts, and may attain unto a true and manly speech; but when we come to matters of true religion, spiritual matters that concern God and eternity, the natural man can do nothing. The carnal mind, whose ever mind it may be, is fallen, and is at enmity to God, does not know the things of God, nor can it ever know them. Now, when a man becomes a Christian, he becomes so through the infusion of a new nature. He is naturally “dead in trespasses and sins,” “without God and without hope.” The Holy Spirit enters into him, and implants in him a new principle, a new nature, a new life. That life is a high, holy and supernatural principle, it is, in fact the divine nature, a ray from the great “Father of Lights;” it is the Spirit of God dwelling in man. Thus, you see, the Christian becomes a double man—two men in one. 

First, in our text the apostle calls the old nature “the body of this death.” Why does he call it “the body of this death?” Some suppose he means these dying bodies; but I do not think so. If it were not for sin, we should have no fault to find with our poor bodies. They are noble works of God, and are not in themselves the cause of sin. Adam in the garden of perfection, felt the body to be no encumbrance, nor if sin were absent should we have any fault to find with our flesh and blood. What, then, is it? I think the apostle calls the evil nature within him a body, first, in opposition to those who talk of the relics of corruption in a Christian. I have heard people say that there are relics, remainders and remnants of sin in a believer. Such men do not know much about themselves yet. Oh! it is not a bone, or a rag which is left; it is the whole body of sin that is there—the whole of it, “from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot.” Grace does not maim this body and cut away its members; it leaves it entire, although blessed be God, it crucifies it, nailing it to the cross of Christ. And again, I think he calls it a body because it is something tangible. We all know that we have a body; it is a thing we can feel, we know it is there. The new nature is a spirit subtle, and not easy to detect, I sometimes have to question myself as to whether it is there at all. But as for my old nature, that is a body, I can never find it difficult to recognize its existence, it is as apparent as flesh and bones. As I never doubt that I am in flesh and blood, so I never doubt but what I have sin within me. It is a body—a thing which I can see and feel, and which, to my pain, is ever present with me.”

I care not what your sin nor what your despair of heart; if you will only turn your eye to him who bled upon the tree, there is not only hope for you, but there is a certainty of salvation. I myself, while thinking over this subject, felt a horror of great darkness rush over my spirit, as I thought what danger I was in lest I should be defeated, and I could not get a glimpse of light into my burdened spirit, until I turned my eye, and saw my Master hanging on the tree. I saw the blood still flowing; faith laid hold upon the sacrifice, and I said, “This cross is the instrument of Jesus’ victory, and shall be the means of mine.” I looked to his blood; I remembered that I was triumphant in that blood, and I rose from my meditations, humbled, but yet rejoicing; cast down, but not in despair; looking for the victory. Do likewise. “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners: believe that. You are an awakened, conscious and penitent sinner; therefore, he came to save you. Believe his word; trust him. Do nothing for your own salvation of yourself, but trust him to do it. Cast yourself simply and only on him; and, as this Bible is true, you shall not find the promise fail you—”He that seeketh findeth; to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Delivered on Sabbath Morning, January 23rd, 1859, by the
REV. C. H. Spurgeon
At the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.

For Full Sermon : https://archive.spurgeon.org/sermons/0235.php

SPIRITUAL WEAPONS : THE BLOOD , THE WORD , OUR TESTIMONY

” And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. – Revelation 12:11

Ever felt like no matter what you say or do—something is out to get you? Yeah, me too. Well, I don’t know if this is comforting or not, but you’re not crazy. Something actually is out to get you. Whether or not you believe in God, stick with me because this might explain a lot. There’s a concept in the Bible called spiritual warfare. No, it isn’t the horror section on Netflix. Spiritual warfare is something you bump into every day. . It’s the feeling of rejection you felt from your wife/girlfriend. . It’s the pull to visit the porn site you promised yourself you’d never use again. . It’s the fear of something bad happening that wakes you up night after night.

The good news is that you aren’t helpless against it. With God, you can do something about it.

So, what is spiritual warfare? I know it sounds crazy, but the Bible tells us there is a cosmic war happening, and we are the battlefield.

God wants us to follow Him, but there is an enemy (the devil) who is doing everything he can to make us choose anything else but God. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”.- (John 10:10).

Now let’s be clear, I’m not saying every bad thing happening in your life is a supernatural attack, but there is an enemy working against us, “Be Sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).

So, here’s are few simple yet Powerful “Spiritual Testimonies” to lean into God and the tools he gives us to know how to handle it when the enemy strikes. Say it out loud in your personal Prayers and Reap the Benefits.

  1. “Through the Blood of Jesus, I am Redeemed from the Hands of Devil.” Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy. – (Psalm 107:2)
  2. “Through the Blood of Jesus, All my Sins are forgiven.” For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. – (Matthew 26:28)
  3. “The Blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son is continually cleansing me from All Sins.” But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. – (1 John 1:7)
  4. “Through the Blood of Jesus, I am Justified, made righteous, just as if I never sinned.” Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. – (Romans 3:24) Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. – (Romans 5:9)
  5. “Through the Blood of Jesus, I am Sanctified, made holy, set apart to God.” Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. – (Hebrews 13:12)
  6. “My Body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, Redeemed , Cleansed, Sanctified by the blood of Jesus, therefore the devil has no place in me and no power over me. Amen” Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. – (1 Corinthians 6:13)

I’ve experienced true freedom in my fight. I have experienced that it is possible to know Jesus on an intimate level today, right now—and that is the very thing that compelled me to share this with you.

I want the same freedom for you.

IMPORTANCE OF FELLOWSHIP

Fellowship is an important part of our faith. Coming together to support one another is an experience that allows us to learn, gain strength, and show the world exactly what God is.

  1. Establish Fellowship with others , It is Possible only if we take the first step.
  2. Strengthen your Fellowship , There are many ways to Strengthen and unite in Fellowship.
  3. Maintain Unity in Fellowship , It is Likely to be damaged by someone’s misguided approach.
  4. Act in Unity , It is a strong Chord.
  5. Try to Understand the Glory of Unity and fellowship , those who don’t know it, won’t need anyone near them.
  6. Your Fellowship should be , with Jesus Christ , Church and other fellow Believers in Christ.
  7. Strive to Grow in Unity as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Christian community is a big deal. It’s important for our happiness and growth. And it’s not an optional part of the Christian life. When we are in close relationships with other believers, we have people to pray for us, support us, encourage us, exhort us and serve alongside us.