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from WHAT IS CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY

  from  WHAT IS CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY

                                            by Andrew Wommack

    If you want to see the results the Word of God promises, then you have to adopt God’s way to thinking……..

Being a Christian isn’t about changing your outward appearance.  It isn’t about what you do or how you act.  If you don’t change the wrong concepts and the belief system on the inside, then you’re going to have the same results in your life you had before you were saved.  That’s why God gave us the Word–to change the way we think…….

We have to control the way we think.  The way people act is a result of how they think, and a thought process that says everything is permissible promotes immoral behavior, which then leads to the deterioration of society…..

We can’t afford to think like the world thinks. We need to have a philosophy that focuses on God more than all of these secular ideas that are being promoted.  The worldly attitudes being pushed on us go against a Christian way of thinking.

Society doesn’t need more laws;  the people in society need to embrace morality–specifically, a biblically based way of thinking.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Colossians 2:8

THANK GOD FOR A SECOND CHANCE

THANK GOD FOR A SECOND CHANCE

    Moses was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.  We often think of him as the man who led God’s people out of slavery in Egypt.  But that’s only part of his story.

     Moses had murdered an Egyptian.  His motive may have been to help his people, but murder is murder.  God sent him to the middle of nowhere for forty long, lonely years.  During all that time, how often did he think his life was over?  Did he despair that his life would never have meaning again?

    But God gave him a second chance.  It didn’t come when Moses wanted or expected it, but when it came, he responded.  Many of us have blown it in a big way, either at work or at home, publicly or privately.  We’ve experienced the consequences of our sins, and we feel like we’ve been exiled to a foreign land.  Yet, God is amazingly gracious.  We don’t deserve a second chance, but He gives it–and maybe a third and a fourth, too.  We may wait for a long time, but when it comes, we need to be ready to respond.

       by Zig Ziglar

THE POWER FOR A NEW BEGINNING

THE POWER FOR A NEW BEGINNING

If you want the world to heed, then put your creed into your deed.

To your enemy, forgiveness.

To your opponent, tolerance.

To your friend, your heart.

To your spouse, love.

To a customer, service.

To all people, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect.

Therefore, never throw mud, you may miss your target but you will have dirty hands.           

 from Bishop Dr. Daniel O.C.  Singapore

STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH

  STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH  

                        FROM “DON’T LIMIT GOD by Andrew Wommack

I Kings 17:1  “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”

    Most people won’t stand up and speak for morality when people talk about shacking up with each other and acting like dogs and alley cats.  We should stand up and say, “Did you know that’s destructive?  You need to make a commitment.  Why would you want to live with someone who’s not even committed to you?”

    We will limit what God can do through us if we know something is true but won’t stand up for the truth because we are afraid of what people will say.  There  is zero excuse for this in America.  In foreign countries, many have given their lives standing up for the truth.  That’s true persecution!  But in our country, we feel persecuted if people just look at us in a certain way.  When we have a fear of man and let criticism and rejection keep us from doing what God called us to do, we limit God.    (pages 76-77)  

Experience Jesus’ Robust Peace

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6–7

 

Experience Jesus’ Robust Peace

 

Peace is not the absence of trouble in your life. It is possible to be in the midst of the biggest crisis in your life and still experience peace. That’s the true kind of peace that Jesus gives—peace that surpasses all understanding. Naturally speaking, it does not make sense for you to feel completely at rest and at peace in the middle of a clearly stressful situation, but supernaturally, you can be filled with His peace!

The world defines peace based on what is happening in the sensory realm. Its notion of peace would look something like this: A man lying in a hammock on a white sandy beach with waves rolling languidly along the shoreline. It calls that peace—until reality kicks in!

Beloved, you cannot use your external surroundings to permanently influence the turmoil that you are feeling inside. Only Jesus can touch what you are feeling inside and turn that turmoil into His peace. It’s not the other way round. With Jesus, transformation is always from inside out and not outside in. So when you turn your cares into prayers and seek His presence and favor, He puts a peace and rest in your heart that is robust and secure. You will find yourself able to face any challenge without worry or stress, regardless of your circumstances and environment!                                                     Joseph Prince

DON’T LIMIT GOD–OUR SECURITY IS IN HIM

DON’T LIMIT GOD–OUR SECURITY IS IN HIM

    People fear making mistakes.  This really comes down to the fact that they aren’t secure in Jesus.  They are afraid because their identity and worth is caught up in what they do.  But that’s not the way it should be.  We need to find our security and identity in our relationship with God.  If my ministry failed and I had to go back to pouring concrete for a living, I know that God would still love me.  I could have a wonderful relationship with Him without a ministry.  My identity is not in my ministry.  That is not what I am.  That is just a vehicle that God has given me to use while I’m on the earth.

     from DON’T LIMIT GOD by Andrew Wommack

CRUSHING THE HEAD OF THE OPPRESSION

CRUSHING THE HEAD OF THE OPPRESSION

Look to other books for information but look only to the Bible for transformation.  Many Christians spend more time reading the newspaper than they read the Bible.  The Bible will not be a dry book if you know the Author.  In every step, in every stride, I will let the Saviour be my guide, His word, His love, and I will embrace and let His wisdom set the pace.

 

An oppressor is a tyrant, tormentor, bully, scourge, and slave-driver.  It is God’s will for our oppressor’s head to be crushed.  It is God’s will for us to conquer, overcome, overpower, and subdue all our oppressors.

“Thank You, Lord, for crushing the oppressor under my feet.”

 from GOD’S STRENGTH FOR THE DAY by Dr. Daniel O.C.  Bishop of AEGA

Ephesians 6:10-13 NIV  Finally, let the Lord make you strong.  Depend on His mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans.  Our fight is not against human beings.  It is against the rulers, the authorities, and the powers of this dark world.  It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world.  So put on all of God’s armor. Evil days will come.  But you will be able to stnd up to anything.  And after you have done everything you can, you will still be standing.”

I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES

I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES    

     Behavior is a mirror in which we show our image.  There is nothing truly great in any man except character.  The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.  Character is not  made in a crisis but only exhibited.

    Because my Redeemer lives, therefore I will overcome.   I am more than a conqueror because my Redeemer lives.  I endure all things because my Redeemer lives.  I am not defeated because my Redeemer lives.   

                                        (from Dr. Daniel O.C., Bishop in AEGA)

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth.”  Job 19:25

FOCUS ON POTENTIAL, NOT LIMITATIONS

FOCUS ON POTENTIAL, NOT LIMITATIONS

    In order to succeed at being yourself, build confidence, and overcome insecurity you must focus on potential instead of limitations.   Focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.  

    We cannot do anything and everything that everyone else is doing or anything we want to do.  We can do anything God says we can do.

Each of us is full of gifts and talents and potentials and abilities.  If we really begin to cooperate with God, we can go for the very best God has for us.  If we set goals and ideas that are beyond our abilities and grace gifts on our life, we will become frustrated with life.  We will not attain these goals and may end up blaming God for our failure.

    Gifts and talents are distributed by the Holy Spirit according to the grace that is on each person to handle them.   If you are going to like yourself, if you are going to succeed at being yourself, you are going to have to focus on your potential–what God has created you to be–not on your limitations.  

    If God called you to do something, you will find yourself loving it despite any adversity that may beset you.

                           from Joyce Meyer   “NEVER LOSE HEART”

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU…..


Romans 12:6  “Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us,  let us use them…”

HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE DIFFERENT

  HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE DIFFERENT

If you are going to overcome insecurity and be the person you are called to be in Christ, you must have the courage to be different.  You are going to have to take a chance on not being like everyone else.

As believers, our sense of worth has to be rooted and grounded in the love of God.  We are worth something because God sent His only Son to die for us.  We are worth something because God loves us, not because of what everybody else thinks about us or says about us.  

As followers of Christ, we are to be led by the Spirit, not controlled by people, doing what everybody else wants us to do because we think that will gain us acceptance and approval.  We should also not try to control others, but allow them to be led by the Spirit.  Don’t  put God in a box.    by Joyce Meyer from “NEVER LOSE HEART”

WORD FOR THE WEEK February 15, 2015

  2 Corinthians 3:13,17,18  “We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away…..Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed int0 his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

The law came by Moses–Grace and truth by Jesus Christ.
The law demanded righteousness–Grace delivered righteousness.
The law required–grace provided.
The law was pressure-grace was relief.
The law was bondage–grace was freedom.  

Grace and truth can be modeled only in the light, in being seen. Because of the very nature of grace, we have no reason to hide.

                 from “The Jesus Style”  by Gayle D. Erwin

GOD’S WORD FOR NOW…. MEEK AIN’T WEAK

GOD’S WORD FOR NOW….   MEEK AIN’T WEAK    

The word meek has a bad reputation.  Most people hear it and think of someone cowering in timidity, but that’s not what the word means.  It actually means “power under control.”  

     Meekness doesn’t come naturally.  Often, we see the  opposite extreme of angry defiance or wilting fear.  Meekness isn’t a blend of those two traits; it’s altogether different.  God has give all of us a set of abilities and character qualities.  Meekness acknowledges that all our abilities and qualities are gifts from the hand of God, but we also recognize that we distort God’s original intentions when we pursue selfish aims.  

     Like the horse responding to the jockey’s directions, we move in concert with God’s instruction.  And like the horse, we may sometimes need a little stronger motivation!  When we allow God’s Spirit to direct us, a world of possibilities opens up to us.  That’s  what it means to inherit the earth.           Zig Ziglar

“God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good word.” 2 Cor. 9:8

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Matthew 5:5

SOME PEOPLE ANNOY US..

 

SOME PEOPLE ANNOY US.. They interrupt us when we’re trying to concentrate, ignore us when we need their help, or give us unwanted advice.  Sometimes, the best we can do is tolerate them.  

    Tolerating people is not loving them, and God has set a high standard for us in relationships.  God has imparted genuine, unconditional love to us, and He gives us an example of what love looks like.  He is the prime mover, the One who initiated love toward us when we were completely unlovable.

    The love we show others indicates our level of love for God.  If we fail to love horizontally, we can assume there’s a problem in our vertical relationship with God.  We won’t reach out in love until God has first reached into our hearts to enable us to love Him.  

    We love those around us by pursuing what’s best for them.  When we’re listening, we’re fully present in the moment.  When we’re caring, we give everything we’ve got because we’re aware that God gave His all to us.  Who are the people and what are the situations when the best you can do is to tolerate them?    Zig Ziglar

“We love Him because He first loved us.  If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?  And this commandment we have from Him;  that he who loves God must love his brother also.”        1 John 4:19-21

 

“HOLD ON TO HOPE….” BIBLICAL HOPE

“HOLD ON TO HOPE….”  BIBLICAL HOPE

Be hopeful. God is working in our world. Through all of the pain and conflict, in the personal and private tragedies as well as in the public world-shaking crises – our God is at work to bring about His peace on earth. Consider these ten benefits of hope to carry you into 2015 …

  1. Hope provides you joy in any situation.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12 NIV 2011).

  1. Hope generates faith and love.

“We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel” (Colossians 1:4–5 NIV).

  1. Hope causes you to live like Jesus.

“All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” (1 John 3:3 NIV).

  1. Hope inspires you to persevere and endure through difficulty.

“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV).

  1. Hope uplifts your depressed soul.

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 43:5 NIV).

  1. Hope prompts you to praise God

“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more” (Psalm 71:14 NIV).

  1. Hope anchors your soul during the storms of life.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain” (Hebrews 6:19 NIV).

  1. Hope moves you to take action with great boldness.

“Since we have such a hope, we are very bold” (2 Corinthians 3:12 NIV).

  1. Hope develops your patience.

“If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:25 NIV).

  1. Hope establishes your sense of security and safety.

“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety” (Job 11:18 NIV).

Hold onto hope! Don’t let today’s disheartening, distressing headlines smother your joy. Experience true joy in anticipating a glorious and certain future while anchored in the guaranteed assurances of biblical hope.   

                                     by June Hunt from THE CHRISTIAN POST

“Help Is On The Way”

“Help Is On The Way”

Michael w. Smith

People say time will heal

But you know, they just don’t feel what you feel

Times are hard but God is so good
He’s never failed you, and He said He never would

He see’s your tears
He fights your fears

 

[CHORUS]

Hold on, help is on the way
He said he’d never leave you or forsake you

Stay strong
Help is on the way
He’d said he’d help you
Just reach out and take his hand

He knows your heart, He lifts your head
He’s always close enough to hear every word you said

When you’re weak, He said He’s so much more
His arm is long enough to reach you where you are

 

He see’s your tears
He fights your fears

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU?

         Three friends die in a car accident and they go to an orientation in heaven. They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning you, what would you like to hear them say about you?”  

           The first guy says, “ I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time, and a great family man.”

           The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”  

            The last guy replies, “ I would like to hear them say….’Look!, he’s moving’!”

I know this is a joke but why not take the time to tell your family, friends, and leaders how much you appreciate them.  My mom used to say, “ Give me my flowers now while I can enjoy them.  Don’t wait until I die to tell everyone else how much you appreciate me.”

“COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS, NAME THEM ONE BY ONE..”

“COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS, NAME THEM ONE BY ONE..”

Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to be “thankful.”   Begin today, counting your blessings instead of counting your problems.  We used to sing that old hymn, “Count Your Blessings.”

 

    “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,

     When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,

    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,

    And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

 

     Are you ever burdend with a load of care?

     Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?

     Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,

     And you will be singing as the days go by.

 

    So, amid the conflict whether great or small,

    Do not be discouraged, God is over all;

    Count your many blessings;  angels will attend,

    Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.”

                    by Johnson Oatman, Jr.

                      published in 1897

Place Your Life Before God

Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:1-2 Message Bible

ROOTS OF BITTERNESS…..by Zig Ziglar

    Certain kinds of roots can be dug up, dried, ground, and mixed with oil to make dyes to color fabric.  A dye misused causes a terrible stain. Bitterness is like a misused dye–it colors how we look at life, and it stains every relationship.

    People who are bitter feel they have every right to their feelings and perspectives.  They feel like victims because they are victims.  God doesn’t promise protection from every hurt we experience, but He doesn’t want our anger and hurt to fester into bitterness and ruin every aspect of our lives.

    Bittler people look for fights.  They may say they don’t like them, but the actually thrive on the adrenaline produced by intense disagreements.  Instead, God wants us to stop this process before it starts:  to pursue peace with all people.  When they hurt us, we are to forgive them quickly. We need to watch out so that patterns of recrimination don’t steal our joy, sap our energy, and ruin our ability to represent Christ.

    Bitterness is serious business.  It’s a cancer that can’t be tolerated, or it’ll kill us.  And it’ll kill us.  And it’s contagious.

A LITTLE KINDNESS…Zig Ziglar

A LITTLE KINDNESS…Zig Ziglar

    If you want to be on the receiving e4nd of kindness, you have to show kindness to others first.  It’s the law of sowing and reaping.  Mercy is responding compassionately to someone’s hurt, going the extra mile to help people in need, and being willing to listen when someone wants to talk.  Hurting people are all around us and they’ll always be.  

    If our instant response to others in need is, “ Well, they get what they deserve,” then we haven’t realized that , by God’s grace, we don’t get what we really deserve.  

    If we have difficulty showing mercy, then we first need to go to the Cross to realize the wealth of God’s grace, mercy, kindness, and forgiveness given to us.   With this realization fresh on our hearts, we’ll be quicker to extend mercy to others in need around us.

“  “Love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping  for nothing to return; Then you will be sons of the Most High.  For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

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