“Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].”  (2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP)

Have you ever wondered why many believers of Jesus Christ have testimonies of deliverance, may it be from drug addiction, sickness and disease, trauma, deception, identity crisis to name a few?  It is because, the very moment we believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become born of God, born anew, born of the Spirit, born from above, born again.  We die to our old self when the Blood of Jesus Christ washed us clean, made us holy and blameless before God, and we arise to our new life in Him victorious and more than conquerors because the same Spirit Who raised Him from the dead is living in us, and it is He Who quickens and empowers us to live the new and living way.  It is never by our might, not by our power, but by the Spirit of God.  It is only possible by grace through faith, not by our works lest we boast.

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God’s Standard

So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent and persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church.”  (Acts 12:5 AMP)

How many of us believe that when God answers our prayers it is always far above what we could dare think, dream or imagine?  His timing is perfect.  His ways are beyond comprehension.  His meeting of our needs is according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. 

This is God’s Standard.  It is never ours.

We can only recognize, be aware of and tap into this when we are born of Him.  Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say to you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) 

There is a need for an unveiling of our eyes for us to see things from His perspective.

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You Are A Gift

You are a gift from God to the planet!

No one just happens to be born on earth without a purpose. Our God is a God of purpose. Each one of us is created to fulfill one thing and that is to walk in congruency to the image of God in which we are created and fashioned after.

“And God said, Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness …” (Genesis 1:26)

When we are in Christ, wherever we are now, know that this is where we are supposed to be, being at the right place, doing the right thing, thinking the right thoughts and having the right intents of our hearts at the right time.  It is our right believing that postures us to being right and doing right.

We need to put a stop to our thoughts that dictate, “I should have been … if I did this or that …”.  Otherwise, we would halt our journey to enjoy where we are and the character development intended for this given time which is a necessity for our next step to move forward.  Our attitude should be, “Open my eyes to see the reason why I’m here and grant me the grace to do it, Lord.”.  Be reminded that when we receive the Gift of God, Jesus Christ, into our hearts, we become a gift  to those around us as carriers of His presence right here, right now. 

“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the Gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.'”  (John 4:10)

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My Story, My Song

In Christ, we live in this world, but thankfully not of it.  We go not by the opinions, descriptions and images of men about us that tend to imprison us.  Instead, we believe in the truth that God’s definition of us is our powerful and dynamic provision that brings forth freedom.

Oppositions along the way are inevitable.  What matters most is how to respond to them in ways not to bring division among ourselves, but to make us grow deeper in our relationship with God and to furnish an invitation for others to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, yet experientiable and explorable.   We regard resistance as tools to hone and refine us into who God created us to be for all things work together for our good.

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God Is Mindful

We are to posture ourselves to hear from God. At this point in time, we can no longer afford to be tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. We are to be intentional in our pursuit of Him, awaiting to hear His voice in the innermost part of our being.

The Word of God is not just to be seen as any other book to read.  It is living and powerful as we allow His Word to be lived in and through our lives by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, translating it to our daily encounters and experiences with Him.  It is our manual of life.  It is the nearness of God through His spoken word to us.  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Romans 10:8).  It is about meeting with the One Who loves us the most with His plans and purposes for us.  It is all about meeting the very Author of the Word, the very Author of our lives.   

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow Me.”  (John 10:27) That means we have been created and fashioned to hear Him when we acknowledge Him as our Lord.  

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Our Father’s Day

“Think of it this way: if your son asked you for bread, would you give him a stone? Of course not—you would give him a loaf of bread.  If your son asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? No, to be sure, you would give him a fish—the best fish you could find.  So if you, who are sinful, know how to give your children good gifts, how much more so does your Father in heaven, who is perfect, know how to give great gifts to His children!” (Matthew 7:9-11 Voice)

Today is “Father’s Day” when we celebrate our earthly Daddies.  In church, the joyful fathers were prayed over and celebrated.  In restaurants, many promotions were offered to celebrate the loving fathers.  Households have parties to salute the responsible men of the house.  Many bought gifts to honor the highly regarded fathers. 

Happy Father’s Day to all the love-infused fathers.

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Power-Infused Prayer

Never forsake the place of prayer where His thoughts and ways are revealed to us.  Let prayer be on top of our list.  

Never underestimate the power of our prayer.  The Bible says,  “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” (James 5:16 AMP)

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When God Is With Us

“The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man ..” ( Genesis 39:2)

When we and the world around us think that we are at the brink of hopelessness, seemingly the end of a thing, look up, seek the Lord and gain His perspective.  His thoughts and ways are higher than ours and when we find time to diligently seek Him and the truth of His Word, it changes the way we think to conform into His when the Holy Spirit opens our spiritual eyes to see what He sees. 

When where we are at the moment does not yet reflect what He has promised us, then, it is not the end.  It is not the world that dictates the end of a thing.  It is the SEED of God’s Word that dictates the end of a thing.  It’s the WORD directly spoken and revealed into our hearts that dictates the end of a thing, and it is always in a place of rich fulfillment.

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Seek Him FIRST

“The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”  (Haggai 2:9)

THE END OF A THING IS GREATER!  This is a principle of God that cannot be thwarted for He is the God of increase, the God of progression, the God Who takes us from faith to faith, from strength to strength, from glory to glory. 

This world cannot dictate to us how the end will be, unless we allow it to.  It does not matter where we are at at the moment.  We do not despise small beginnings.   We are not to be affected much with what is going on around us.  Instead, we choose to be influenced and be convinced that our God has greater plans for us.  We choose to believe and have faith for a greater tomorrow because the One Who holds and directs us busies Himself with our every step.  We choose to soar higher than the storms of life as we are called to be eagles fueled by the grace of God, the Wind underneath our wings.

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Your Prayer, Your Seed

“Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.” (Daniel 10:12 NLT)

We all approach the throne of God in prayer and many of those that we prayed for have not come to fruition yet.  The challenge is in the waiting when we see that nothing is changing.  It may seem a permanent obstacle, but the good news is that our HOPE is in the One Who never disappoints.  We need to shift our focus from the bigness of our problem that is temporary to the bigness of our God Who is eternal.  We choose to walk by faith and not by sight.  We go by what the Lord our God promised us in His Word.  We need to be fully persuaded that the very moment we made known our requests to God, He heard our cry and surely His answers are on the way.  So, fear not, little flock.   We rest in His everlasting love and faithfulness.

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