Archive for March, 2017

Do Not Limit God Part Four

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

Phil 2:12-15 (KJV)

One thing that would serve us well as believers is to remember that the best place to be is in the perfect will of God. Regardless of our understanding of the circumstances that we might find ourselves in, if we are in the Father’s will we are in the best place. It does not matter whether we like them or not. One of the best things we can do is embrace the moment we are in, and praise the Lord. The heart of worship always acknowledges Him for Who He is, and always rejoices in Him. Even in the most difficult situation, praise is one of our highest callings. That is why it is called the sacrifice of praise. As hard as it can be to grasp when we are overwhelmed emotionally, praise is one of our closest allies. We know that God inhabits the praises of His people (see Psalm 22:3), and in the presence of God is fullness of peace. Praise as an act of faith declares our victory found in the Lord! While praise invites the presence of the Lord, murmuring has the opposite affect.
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Spirit of Disobedience

Spirit of Disobedience
By J. S. Ramkissoon

Based on Cain and Abel’s Story in Genesis 2, 3 & 4

I was singing, ‘Turn it over to Jesus’ while washing the dishes. It is a song my grandma used to sing, as she worked around the yard. We’ve sung it many times over in church, I can recall. I pondered on the words of the song for awhile, and then I started thinking about why a response to an altar call, sometimes, does not yield an experience of healing or change in any form.

My belief is that, sometimes we go to the altar expecting a ‘quick fix’ or we present the symptoms, not realising that we need to deal with what’s at the root of the problem (the spirit of disobedience). By not addressing our need to turn it all over to Jesus; totally submitting our will to the will of God, we constantly return to the altar but have no experience of the joy that comes from total submission.
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Receive Great Blessings Part 1

What is a blessing? provides two intriguing definitions of the word “blessing.” Firstly, it is “a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness” and also “the invoking of God’s favor upon a person.” Without a doubt, if a blessing is as defined—I pray for blessings.

Whether you believe it or not, we all have blessings. Unfortunately, some people choose not to recognize the blessings they have been given. However, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ realize and are thankful for our blessings, the greatest of which is having a personal relationship with Christ, and thus having a connection to the heavenly Father. Evidently, people who recognize their blessings have a more positive attitude towards life and a higher probability of succeeding in life’s endeavors.
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Is Tithing Bondage or Blessing?

Many Christians today, I believe, are living in bondage to giving. Let me explain what I mean. The traditional approach taught in many churches is to give 10% of one’s income to the local church. There is nothing wrong with that in and of itself. The problem lies in the motivation behind the giving.

Most Christian pastors and leaders base the teaching on an Old Testament passage in Malachi.
Beginning in Malachi 3:8, here is what it says:
“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say ‘How have we robbed Thee?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.”Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house,and test me now in this”, says the Lord of Hosts “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing, until it over flows.”
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The Devil has the Copyright, but

Sometimes I believe that some people can initiate an evil without the devil directly getting involved but because he fathered evil—in fact “evil” is one letter short of “devil”—every act of wickedness, directly or indirectly, is attributed to him.

It is in this wise: Recently, as I was writing a manuscript, I formulated an idea that I thought was original. I thought no-one had ever formulated it like that before. I was, however, surprised when I coincidentally picked a book where somebody had given an exact formulation. Boy! That was close! I could easily have been accused of plagiarizing. I didn’t drop the idea and the formulation but I attributed it to the person who went to print with it before me.
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How Free is Our Will?

When asked questions like – “Why did God even allow sin in the first place?” “Why does God save some people and not others?” “Why does God send people to hell?” “How come living life as a Christian can be so frustrating and difficult?” – both Christians and non-Christians tend to give the same type of answer. The automatic suggestion seems simple, “free will.” To a lot of people, that all they need. They reason to themselves and others: “Well, that makes sense I guess. Sure, if God does so and so it’s to ensure my free will. Okay, next question.” I suggest we call a time out right here and re-evaluate this very important subject.
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