God’s Word and You

Do you really believe the Word of God?  Do you stand on what He says to you?  The secret to victory over the world is found in faith.  1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  The reason some haven’t experienced victory, or least in some areas of their life, is their hearts are not fully converted.  That’s not to say they’re not saved; rather, they have not come into full belief or agreement with God.  They have not come to a place of full repentance, which in essence, is an ongoing process.  You might ask, “What do you mean by that?”  Simply this: repentance means to change the way you think or to change your mind.  So yes, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you ceased being a sinner by changing your mind about sin.  You turned away from darkness and turned to light, and from the authority of Satan to God, so that you were able to receive remission of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ (see Acts 26:15-18).  However, the way you think still needs to change to conform to His way of thinking.  This is known as the renewing of the mind.  Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  The more time you spend communing with Him, the more you read the Bible and listen to His voice, the more your thinking will align with His.
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Why do People Manipulate Each Other? Part 1

Beginning at the fall, people have not ceased to manipulate one another. Even though none of us likes to be manipulated, we have all been guilty of the same crime. One would think after all these years, we would have finally come to a point where we stop; however, it appears as time progressed humankind has become worse. Even more disappointing, it is still prevalent in the church -believers manipulating believers and nonbelievers alike. Of all places where we should be void of this phenomenon, it still exits. Upon reading this, some may be tempted to say that they do not manipulate others, but can they really be sure? Sometimes people have blind spots, and unaware of the ways they do. Perhaps to see how we unwittedly participate in this process of controlling others, we need to understand why. By definition, manipulation means to cleverly or unfairly control or influence a person or situation. Of course, manipulation can, and often does, affect numerous people at one time. Getting down to the nuts and bolts of it, why do people manipulate others?
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