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My way of sharing interesting points of scripture that I see as I read the bible. Also, this blog is a true expression of my opinions, thoughts, and emotions. I might provide tips on various topics every now and then and also articles written by others that I am inspired to share. My wish is to bless, motivate, encourage, or inspire at least one person to be who God wants them to be.

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Not all Movies/Shows are for Christians

Rick Warren Calls Out Christians Who Enjoy Watching Certain Content 

Pastor Rick Warren is asking Christians to use discernment and avoid the profane traps of the enemy. In a recent devotional, he says believers need to be intentional about the type of content they allow into their minds. “Some people are so open-minded their brains fall out,” Warren says. “They say, ‘I can watch that stuff. It doesn’t bother me anymore.’ That’s the problem! When you can watch and read stuff that is profane, blasphemous, evil, vile and abusive and it doesn’t bother you, you have a problem. You have become a fool.”

He continues: “Wise people protect their minds. They put on the helmet of salvation. They don’t just allow anything into their minds. They keep the poison out.” So how can Christians develop wisdom and avoid evil?

Warren says the key is staying close to the Word of God. “The first place you need to go to fill your mind with truth is God’s Word,” he says. “The more you develop the habit of spending time each day reading and studying the Bible, the wiser you will become.” The apostle Paul advised in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.”

How are you exercising mental purity in these dark times? Let me know in the comments.

Retrieved from: Charisma Magazine
Issue: September 2016

Biblical and Worldly Proverbs about the Lips/Talking

Holy Spirit Ember Attack

Retrieved from: Charisma News
By: Dawn Hill

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Get in the line of God’s bushfire. (iStock photo )

It is a vision I have seen numerous times during moments in prayer and worship—individuals and nations encased in fire and the breath of God blowing on each of them, fanning the flame to others.

Not long ago, during a time of worship, the Lord showed me a vision of people as glowing embers, burning coals with no visible flame. These embers were alive and yet underestimated because a raging fire appeared not to consume them. It is tempting to miss the potential of a fire hazard with remaining embers that simply refuse to die because we are looking for the flames.

In this vision, I saw people as burning embers and as the wind of God blew on them, the glow upon them burned brighter and hotter. I then saw flames spreading in the form of small embers blowing off of them and touching those around them, causing those touched to glow and to burn. The fire of the Holy Spirit was spreading from the embers. I started digging into the definition of the ember and, in the process, I found the term that defined what I had seen in the Spirit.

An ember is a glowing hot coal typically made from wood or coal that remains after a fire or even preceding a fire. Embers are able to rekindle a fire appearing to be extinguished, and because of this, they pose a fire hazard. They are said to hold intense heat and can even be as hot as the fire that created them.

Embers play a major role in forest fires, as these embers are typically leaves and such that are lightweight and easily carried by the wind. With the right conditions, these embers can be carried ahead of the fire by the wind, creating spot fires. A phenomenon known as an ember attack is seen during a bushfire, and this is where embers will bombard a house and kindle small fires in the wooden structure.

As soon as I read about the ember attack, I knew that this was what I had seen in the vision, a Holy Spirit ember attack bombarding the body of Christ and those in the path of the bushfire.

Acts 2:2-3 tells us that on the day of Pentecost, the sound of a mighty rushing wind from heaven filled the entire house where the 120 sat and divided tongues of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. It was the perfect atmosphere for a fire to spread on those in attendance, igniting a movement.

The all-consuming fire of God was the origin, and embers carried on the wind of God bombarded these habitations of the Holy Spirit, kindling fires within each of them that burned away the former to make room for the latter. They became burning ones, embers as hot as the fire that created them and hazardous to the kingdom of darkness.

But it didn’t stop with them. As is the nature of fire, it spread to others, and multitudes were lit up for Christ.

I believe we are in an exciting time on the earth right now. There are opportunities all around us to release embers onto a world full of dead coals. Yes, there are much lawlessness and demonic activity abounding, but God is greater than all of that and He is up to something big in the midst of His people. There are spot fires bursting forth all across the globe

Lovest thou me?

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So then when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea Lord; thou knowest that I love thee…. (John 21:15)

On the evening when Jesus kept the Passover feast with his disciples  Peter had ardently professed his love for the Lord (Matthew 26). Following that great declaration, Peter’s love for the Lord weakened considerably when he denied him three times (Matthew 26). Now the Lord is giving Peter the opportunity to once again profess his love. With all my being, I am convinced that this question, “Lovest thou me” is tremendously important and most applicable to you and I today.

The faithful child of God is not one who has just merely been  baptized although that is essential (1 Peter 3:21) or just a person who attends worship services on the Lord’s day and then lives the rest of the week as if there were no Christ (Romans 12:2). God’s child is one whose religion is in his heart and life every day because he/she loves Jesus deeply with all their being. This love is not a shallow emotional thing with some kind of hollow profession (Prov. 3:5, Mark 12:30-31). This love is one that is active (1 Cor. 15:58). It is a love evidenced by a complete obedience to the will of the Lord (John 14:15, 1 John 5:3). If we dare answer as Peter, “Lord you know I love you” then we are going to give to him the best we have to give. So often it seems that God gets the crumbs, the leftovers. Many spend their days, using their time and talents in pursuit of fame, fortune, success in life and popularity. Wealth is used to acquire things or to satisfy craving for amusements and recreation. Then once a week, maybe twice even, attend a worship service and say, “Lord this is what is left of my life, it is yours.”

Serving God with a deep, abiding love will bring to us comfort, peace and joy untold even when our feeble frame is sore troubled (Psalms 100:2, Phil. 4:6-7, Isa. 12:2-3, Col. 1:9-11).  Today, if we are not willing to give our Lord the best of our lives, then we are not ready to one day meet him on that far away strand.

Lovest thou me? What a profound, thought provoking question for our consideration. Tell me, how will you answer this soul searching question?

Charles Hicks

Did Jesus Heal a Centurion’s Same-Sex Partner?

Ex-Gay Songwriter Believes You May Be Born Gay, but It Doesn’t Matter

Spiritual Make-Up

Make-Up does wonders!!

Do we ever stop to think about applying the same practice to our Christianity?

Think about it.

Jesus should be our foundation. The books of the Word of God should be the concealer (love covers a multitude of sin), powder, eye liner, eye shadow, lip gloss/stick, and our make up brushes/sponges. And finally, God should be our mirror, the instrument we use to ensure that we look flawless.

We should use the Word to “make-up” our lives to fit the image God wants to see. 

Let’s wake up each day and apply our spiritual make-up so that the beauty of the Lord will be seen. Afterall, the Lord beautifies the meek with salvation.

Think about it.

Overcoming Witchcraft Attacks Against Your Mind and Body

5 Lies Culture Tells Christians About Living Together Before Marriage

Should Christians Live Together Before Marriage?

Though times have changed the truth of God’s Word remains true. God’s laws always stem from love and protection for His children. Young Christians facing the decision to cohabitate should reflect and deeply consider. Here are five lies culture tells us about moving-in before saying “I do.”

1. “Helps to discover if you both are a compatible fit.”

Marriage and long-term commitment is not a physical or even emotional decision that we make, it’s a spiritual decision. True love is a daily choice, not something that should be determined in the shifting nature of our soul realm. Two “become” one implies there’s a journey involved that takes commitment not convenience or comfort.

 

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2. “It’s cool because the next step is marriage.”

This is not true. Statistics show that just over half of couples who decide to move-in together marry within five years. Within that time, 40% don’t make it. Not to mention the emotional instability this brings to those involved, because at anytime the relationship could dissolve. Marriage is a spiritual decision, not just a legal one. You make a promise first to God and then your mate and establish a covenantal relationship that will work to support a life-long friendship.

3. “You can save money and set yourself up better financially.”

In the short-term this seems like a rational decision, however research shows that most couples who give economical reasons for moving-in seldom reach their financial goals. The financial savings is nothing compared to the spiritual withdrawals we’re making. Dr. Joyce Brothers put it a different way in her cohabitation article, “short-term savings are less important than investing in a lifetime relationship.”

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4. “As long as you’re both committed it’s no big deal.”

The problem here is that it’s willful, habitual sin in your life. We all sin, true…but when it’s repetitively un-confessed and un-repentant behavior it begins to deteriorate your relationship with God. As Christians, we need the presence and the wisdom of God in our life fully operating. Sin desensitizes us from correctly responding to the Holy Spirit which is so vitally needed to nourish our relationships.

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5. “The Bible’s way of doing things is out of date, times have changed.”

God’s Word is infinite wisdom to help us throughout our finite lives. For many of us we’ll live about 7 to 10 decades at best. The Bible covers life instruction that spans all eternity, which makes it generationally relevant no matter what. Deep down inside our spirits know that God’s standards are true and it cannot be changed.  We either obey what He says or live with the consequences.

 

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