Focus on the Greater Within You


 

Hi Everybody!

You must be wondering what’s up with the title today? You know that verse of Scripture that says:

1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

What does that mean exactly?

When you choose Christ as “the Way, the Truth and the Life(John 14:1; John 14:6) in the process of our Salvation, You allow Him to enter into your heart as you give permission to allow the Holy Spirit to transform your old ways of thinking and doing things to become a new creation in Christ. We are all new creations in Christ when we accept Him as Lord and Savior; however, in our walk, we determine how great He is in us as we choose how far we are willing to follow Jesus in His way, in His Truth and in the path that He leads us to eternal Life in Him, with Him, and through Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

The question of “How Great is our God?” can only be determined on an individualistic basis based on how much we have cultivated building a relationship with Him in our lives. Someone only becomes great in our hearts when we are in relationship with them built on a foundation of Trust, Faith, and Belief.

Ask yourself these questions:

How much do you Trust Jesus?

How much Faith do you have in Jesus?

How much do you Believe in Jesus?

The measure of these things determines how great He is in you.

Jesus overcame the world for us (John 16:33). We can only overcome the world when we have Jesus Christ inside of us who is the hope of Glory (Romans 5:2; Colossians 1:27). I believe that as Christians we have to pursue the Greatest of the Great so that by one mere look at you, it is evident that you are Christian. The light that comes from you, illuminates that which is already inside of you which is the message of Jesus Christ.

How great is the light of Jesus’ Word shining in you, through you and around you?

When we embrace ideas that contradict the light of God’s Word, we become more like the world that knows no light (darkness = ignorance) and the Jesus in you gets shelved to the back corner in the basement of your heart until He is completely forgotten; or worse, thrown out of your life completely. When we forget our Savior, when we forget our Lord Jesus by our own choice, we then allow something else to become greater within us, and if it is not Jesus, then you’ve got to ask yourself, Who has taken His place within our hearts?”

If Jesus is not on the throne-room of your heart, who is seated there instead? It is possible to hold an idol to be greater than our God which opens doors to demonization and other problems and that is why we must hold fast to the Truth and not allow room for deception or anything to replace the greatness of our God in our lives.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
[ Stand Fast ] But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you by the Spirit and belief in the truth for salvation through sanctification ,

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22

20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

2 Corinthians 10:5
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

So Today, focus on what is the Greater that is inside of you?

If you have shelved Jesus in a far place from your heart or have completely abandoned Him in your life, then repent and seek God’s forgiveness for it and reconcile your heart back to His love for you today. Jesus loves you even when you don’t love Him in return. Jesus believes in you even when you have stopped believing in Him. Jesus has faith in you even when you have denied Him. Jesus wants an intimate relationship with you, even when you have divorced your heart from Him. Jesus still wants you even when you think He doesn’t because “He will never leave you nor forsake you” even when you have forsaken Him (Hebrews 13:5). Allow Him to take the throne-room of your heart and let Him become Greater in your life.

“How do I make Him greater in me?” you ask?

By studying His Word (The Bible), by living out what you believe by Faith, and by demonstrating Jesus’ love for you and for other people through your actions, thoughts and deeds. It takes Faith to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the greater One that is within you than he that is in the world. Put away the things that you once exalted before God and seek the things of the Kingdom of God to reside in you. You can do this by renouncing those things that you once made greater in your life than the Christ in you the hope of Glory. God is an awesome God and He is the Greater that should reside inside you when you worship Him daily and make Him a priority in your life. Food for thought.

I have two songs here by 21:03 called Cold World and Done. Totally love these songs. May they minister to you today.

God bless you everybody!

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How Far is too Far?


Hi Everybody,

It’s nearly the weekend!!! Praise God!! 😀

Today is rather a short contemplation…hmmmm…maybe more of a question. I was thinking about how people do certain things that trail along the lines of compromise.

How Far is too Far?

I think that some people first ask themselves…. “How far can I go?” , before asking the first question I posed which is “How Far is too Far?”. I think to a large extent, we don’t seem to know how subtle compromise is in changing our minds about common moral standards  which are GODLY STANDARDS  that should be upheld in our conduct through our words, thoughts, actions and deeds.  When we fail to uphold Godly standards by compromising with the truth, we open doors to start believing in a lie(s).

Think about it…it’s like starting off by telling a “small ‘white’ lie” to yourself or another until you have to back it up with many “‘black’ lies”  (seriously, do lies even have a colour?)  to remain convincing, hoping that there is a shade of gray in this whole mess and then hopefully after having done that…you sell off this blatant lie as truth that it becomes soo customized that you yourself begin to believe in the very lie that you have contrived and put together on your own. This is called SELF-DECEPTION. I find this type of thing to be a scary activity that I have seen others participate in it on a regular basis.

Choosing to remain in denial of the truth is choosing to live a lie and believe it too.

This is how people develop a SEARED CONSCIENCE.

The attitudes of those I have witnessed to have such a seared conscience are rather cold and calculating…that the mere presence of them wreaks of evil.

Like I said in an earlier post…I’ve seen a lot of evil in my day… and what I can tell you is that having seen a person acting on a seared conscience….you can tell when what governs their hearts, their minds and their spirit is utter darkness throughout their conduct.

As Christians, we must be vigilant to keep our conscience clear.

Daily repentance shields us from believing that “gray areas” exist in regarding what is RIGHT and WRONG when the Bible is clear in its guidelines.

King David knew how to keep his conscience clear even though there were many instances where he was tempted to stray from the path of righteousness before God. King David acknowledged his weaknesses and refused to be in denial of his sinful actions especially after being reprimanded by Prophet Nathan over his sin of Adultery with Uriah’s wife Bethsheba. God loved David enough to warn him of his crime through a Prophet to give him a chance to change his ways. David took that chance and repented for his actions even though he reaped some of the things that he had sown because he wanted to keep remaining in right standing before God.

How many of us want to keep remaining in Right Standing with the Lord?

When we sin…we don’t offend the Bible…we offend GOD. However, not many people see it this way, even those that lack the reverential Fear of God will not even blink twice when they run quickly to do evil. This is totally my opinion, you can agree or disagree with it because you are entitled to your own opinion. This is just what I believe to be true. 

My dear friends, we must not be deceived of the subtleties of compromise. We must remain vigiliant and stand up for the truth for what it is, even if the truth is unpopular to someone else or even if the truth in its own way offends ourselves. We have to stand for what is right at the end of the day. We cannot afford to sear our conscience….If we do….we will end up like King Saul who didn’t think twice to run quickly to evil. He even went as far as seeking advice from the adversary through the use of a medium rather than seeking God for answers towards what is true which indicates the repercussions for those that pursue a lifestyle that is perpetuated by believing in a lie; one quickly runs to evil for answers, seeking ‘a truth’ from an evil source which is falsehood; a lie; and an idea that is contrary to the truth. When we sear our conscience…we  not only start believing in a lie…but we ultimately start seeking how to live and perpetuate that lie to satisfy the desires of the flesh. King Saul’s life ended tragically as his soul was darkened by hatred and blood lust fueled by his arrogance and Pride that even God rejected him from being king of Israel and had replaced him with a humble-spirited young shepherd, little David, who maintained a lifestyle always in pursuit of Holiness while struggling with his weaknesses. David pleased God more than Saul ever did.

God abides with us in the Truth. Lies separate us from the Truth and inevitably we get separated from God if we choose to believe in a lie and nurture a contrary spirit that resists the truth and the workings of the HOLY SPIRIT, so heed this warning seriously.  

Humility is key… so for those that are thinking “How far can I go?” and “How far is too far?”, I suggest that you stop thinking in this way…and start thinking “What is the right thing for me to do?”. When you contemplate on what is right…you pursue the truth and that is how we remain in right standing. Compromise subtly leads us astray, but when you remember this question:  What is the right thing for me to do?” you will be brought back on the right path that leaves no room for gray areas. Pursue the truth with much fear and trembling everybody and leave no room for self-deception to creep in, AMEN!

God bless you everybody!

Related Articles:

Revisiting: Your Truth, My Truth, The Truth  by Michael

The Hidden Temptation in the ‘Corner of the Robe’ by Evangelist Shyju Mathew

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Scriptures to Meditate

1 John 2:24
[ Let Truth Abide in You ] Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.

1 John 3:24
[ The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error ] Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

 
The Great Apostasy

4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

John 8:31
[ The Truth Shall Make You Free ] Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

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Peculiar isn’t always Popular


 

Hi Everybody!

It’s already mid-week and it’s amazing how time is flying by so fast. Before you know it, it’ll be Christmas! :O Has anybody started their early Christmas shopping???? I know I haven’t lol.

So today’s post is centered on how being a peculiar person isn’t always popular. When I look at the types of persecution that’s going around for being a Christian, I think that the level of persecution that is starting to rise is trying to send us a message that it isn’t popular to be a “Christian” at this time which is probably why some people will leave the faith. It’s kind of an oxymoron in a way because the rise in persecution is actually raising a few eye-brows as to why Christians are being so attacked in this decade. Each year, the death toll of martyrs is rising just because people believe in the One True God. In fact, just a couple of days ago, I even got a hate message from a Satanist via twitter which said: “Satan hates you too B****”.  I felt sorry for the Satanist….thinking… you may hate all you want, but God will always love you.

The walk of being a Christian isn’t so simple as many people think it is and yet we are the Jesus Freaks in this day and age. The message of the Truth is not always well recieved and yet it still needs to be preached, televised, tweeted, facebooked, blogged, texted, spoken about and written about. We have so many avenues to preach the gospel of truth and as we head into that place where I believe that there will be a greater dispensation of God’s Spirit outpoured to His chosen people who are the remnant, we will see a shift in peoples attitude. I liken this season to the time where Elijah challenged the god of Baal with the One True God. God answers by Fire…and the fire that we have yet to see is the greater dispensation of God’s Spirit poured out on mankind where revivals are going to take place. In fact…I believe that revivals have already started to manifest themselves and we as Christians need to buck up and get ready for whatever God plans for us to do. I say all of this with much fear and trembling. We are popularly unpopular to the World and yet in Heaven, there is a constant party going on for each individual that gets saved. The turn around will be amazing and I think that even writing this message may not even be something people want to read, but it needs to be said.

Jesus is the only way to get to Heaven because He died and shed His innocent blood for all of humanity’s sins.

We should not turn a blind eye to the only God that came down as a man to die for His own creation just so that there could be a renewal of relationship between man and God because God so loved the World that He sent His begotten Son, that whoseoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

The deception that I believe is veiling the truth about the existence of Jesus and the existence of the one true God is that people don’t believe that Hell exists. It’s one thing for people to believe that God doesn’t exist…but the reason why people don’t believe God exists is because they don’t believe in the reality of the Devil’s existence and the reality of Hell’s existence. Hell was never meant for us, it was meant for the fallen angels and Satan, but because of Sin…the consequence of all of us reaching that place is definite if we choose not to repent and believe that Jesus paid the price for us to enter back into Heaven. People, there is no other God out there who is like Jesus that will sacrifice their own so-called deity to come to earth as a man and literally experience torture for the sake of humanity just because their love is that great for mankind. Not even money can save you from Cancer or a car crash like our God can.

Many people struggle with identity crises because they don’t really know who they are and whose they are. Every person was created by God because God loves you. You are His beloved creation to whom He calls Sons and Daugthers of the Most High God. We are His Children in God’s eyes. Please tell me of a God that refers to us humans as God’s Children????

Many hate a God that they don’t even know personally and fail to understand that even in your hate, He still loves you and is sad when you cannot see the truth of His love. Many bad things happen because people don’t understand the real war we battle…We are fighting the wrong person. Many people are fighting against the God that loves them not realizing they are being decieved by the one that Hates them the most — the Devil. The Devil is rather happy when people believe that he does not exist. It’s easier to recruit people who are God haters that way.

My message here today is that, Satan hates all of humanity including God. He will stop at nothing and use anything and anyone to make that point clear. If you don’t know which side you are on, then seriously reflect and consider that no matter how scientific or philosophical you are… what cannot be denied is that Evil does exist…and it definitely has a source, and that source is called Satan whether you choose to believe that or not. If evil exists, then good exists; and if good exists… than God exists because our God is a good God that sent His Son Jesus to defeat the works and the powers of Evil by offering humanity a choice to choose eternal life in Heaven over eternal damnation in Hell.

As a Christian…I choose the unpopular route because…I have seen a lot of evil in my day that I know for sure and for certain that the Devil is real and that my God is Real and I choose to serve my God through Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

There is coming a point where there will be a great schism in the last days…and for all those fence-sitters reading this message…do not assume for one second that you have all the time in the world to decide which way you’ll swing because the time is getting shorter and shorter each day you dilly-dally with your decision. The time is now to choose! This is what I’m feeling in my spirit right now as I woke up today and I cannot stress the message of Salvation any stronger than that. So today… consider where you are and where you stand. I can tell you to choose Jesus like every other Christian…however, I want to make one thing clear, Hell does exist whether you choose to believe that or not regardless of what you choose. If you can at least believe that, then that will be enough for you to decide. I think that my message sounds a little strong…but I’m sorry, I cannot afford to water this message down just so that you can sleep well at night. I have seen people’s lives snuffed out and lives destroyed all because of ignorance and unbelief. Satan is in the business of attacking peoples faith…so stay strong in the good fight of faith because being Peculiar these days is not very popular. We are at a stage where Satan is even causing Christians to deny their faith to embrace a lie, that it is better to preserve your life and deny Christ as Savior rather than choosing to die for the Truth because it is TRUE.

I admit…persecution isn’t attractive since I’ve experienced some level of it in my life and it is understandable why people would choose to deny Christ with the level of violence that is being propagated lately by those who hate Christians and the God that they serve, particularly in countries where it seems that there is a move to outlaw prayer and reading of Bibles…but I also believe that living a lie isn’t quite really living now is it when you consider the eternal ramifications towards your soul. Food for thought.

I would totally recommend reading my post called In Pursuit of Holiness – The Divine Revelation of Heaven and Hell to get the full picture of its reality. May it help you make the decision to choose to be a peculiar person which I know first hand is the unpopular choice but the only choice that will ensure that you spend eternity with a loving God who is waiting to receive you, His child in Heaven. I encourage others to re-blog or email or tweet or pass this message to family members if they need to hear this message. The message of salvation and the Gospel of Truth must be preached because that is the mandate of the unpopularly Peculiar.

God Bless you Everybody!

Related Articles:

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The Lie of “Almost”


I just found this awesome awesome vid and I know I need to share it since my whole theme as of late has been about repentance, reconciliation, redemption in Christ. Let us understand that the Devil has no problem with us denying our weaknesses. It is equivalent to denying the truth and that is also equivalent to a lie. Lies are what keep us from receiving the truth. Lies are what keep us from being set free by the Truth. Lies are what bind us in Chains. Lies are what keep us from receiving the Love of the Father because Lies Hate TRUE Love which is Agape = God is Love. Lies also loves those that deny The Truth and accept the Lies = from the Devil. God wants us NOT to be “ALMOST” people, but to be “COMPLETE” people. Ask yourself today, are you willing to be COMPLETED by the Truth or to be ALMOST lost in believing the Lie? Jesus wants you Complete, the devil wants you to think you are almost complete, but you aren’t complete when you choose to side with that which denies the truth. Meditate on what is right, do what is right and pursue what is right in your life. Work on it and God will COMPLETE you! Think on this today as you check out this amazing TRUTH Poet I just landed across from YouTube. Stay Blessed EVERYONE!