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The Children Covering

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Attention Christian Parents

Your first ministry is your family. Rise up first thing in the morning and pray for protection over your spouse and your children against the schemes of the evil one. Peter warned us “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Just like a fortified city, it is not sufficient to have just the door locked but we also have to make sure that there are no cracks in the wall from which the enemy can infiltrate.

These cracks are created very subtly and can be caused by multiple God displeasing acts. Today I will be focusing on two which we either never thought about or else we always take forgranted.

Cracks can come in the form of a children’s program and children games which convey an underlying anti Christ message which are not immediately apparent but which are specifically put in to put in toxins in the innocent minds of our beloved children. We as parents are responsible to what our children are viewing. We need to dedicate time to filter out with the help of the Holy Spirit what to allow our children to view or not. Some might think this is extremism but Jesus was also one when he said to plug off your eye if it is causing you to sin right?

Other cracks will be formed through the words we speak over our children, especially when we get angry for their wrong doing. Let us speak words of life over them and not words which will accommodate the scheme of the enemy, whose strategy is to kill, steal and destroy.

If all this and much more was done in the past, it is time to take authority over it by first asking for forgiveness to the Lord and to our children too. We need to humble ourselves and ask God by having His complete way in our lives and that of our family.

The next step would be to take authority in the name of Jesus over any spirit which we have allowed to go through these cracks and seal the cracks by the blood of the Lamb.

What’s vital is to ensure that these crack or new ones won’t re-emerge. Doing so by living a life which is pleasing to God and allow HIM to be in the centre of everything we do. Through this the Holy Spirit is enabled to guide us and God’s angels to protect us and our children from all the deadly schemes of the evil one, who is a defeated foe.

Therefore the key is to remain in Christ and hold on to His promise: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,[a] is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28-30)

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Intimacy with God – Part 3

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Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5)

These two scriptures go hand in hand in today’s reflection about our intimacy with God. In James 4:8, we find a promise, the promise that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. His promises are always yes and amen and one can rely on them without hesitation as they are everlasting. What a relief and assurance to know that our Heavenly Father has His hands wide open ready to bless us in a wonderful way.

In John 1:15, God being described as the light drawing near to us, will destroy darkness and the latter has no other option but to flee away.

There is a condition though, something which we need to do from our end. James clearly tells us that we need to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts. It is not something we can expect from God to do for us, it is something we have to strive for. In other words, let us earnestly seek holiness (see Hebrews 12:14). Once we live in that state with the grace and empowerment of God, He will bring HIS light into our lives and darkness will have no grip on us.

Therefore let us soak in God’s Word, sing praises to HIM and strive to live a set apart (Holy) life and we will live in intimacy with God, that place where things happen, addiction are conquered, sickness is destroyed and life would become victorious in Christ Jesus.

Alton Costa

http://www.JESUSaves.net

Intimacy with God – Part 2

 

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Scripture: Psalm 73

Key verses: Psalm 73:17:23

Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form.
21 When my heart was embittered
And I was pierced within,
22 Then I was senseless and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.

Until I came into the Lord’s presence. Until I started to see things from His perspective. When entering the presence of God in an intimate way, we start seeing things from His point of view and what was before an unsurmountable issue for us, would suddenly appear to be negligent from the view point of the One who is above all things and able to do all things.

Entering into intimacy with God would help us start seeing things from an eternal perspective.

We have all to gain from being constant into HIS presence and this was only made possible through JESUS.

Ever wondered why your prayers are never answered?

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We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. (John 9:31)

What is God’s true will for you?

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)

Intimacy with God – Part 1

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My Soul Thirsts for You

Psalms 63: 1-8

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

63 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
    my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
    beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
    in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
    and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
    and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
    and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

 

It takes a personal effort to just go beyond the very first verse of this psalm. If our lives does not reflect it, then it means that we are yet not intimate with God. Not being intimate with God will only make us shallow or cosmetic Christians and when the rough gets tough, we will soon find ourselves in the world away from our main source of salvation. It is intimacy with God that we really need in life. So before going further into this psalm let us pray so that the Holy Spirit will give a supernatural craving to have an intimacy with God, that it would be so great that all cravings for other things will look and feel faint compared to such a craving to get more close to God’s own heart.

Holy Spirit we bow down before the glory of God and clearly desire to cut chains from any longings for this world as all we want is to crave for intimate time with our God. All this can only be achieved through your Holy Spirit as we humble and empty ourselves from anything else so that we will allow you full access to fill our heart, minds with thoughts and Godly Desires. Help us to not only start this intimacy journey but to continue through it as we know that it takes a lifetime. We want to be like one of those virgins who had extra oil in the lamp, waiting eagerly for the bridegroom. Increase as we decrease, this we ask and pray in Jesus mighty Name, Amen.

Verse 2 – Going on to verse two, I realise what we have in Christ, that sanctuary which David spoke about, is now us, that is all who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savour have become the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit. Thus means that inside of us there is power and glory, because we have living in us the same Spirit which rose Christ from the death. What else shall we need I ask? What are all the riches of this world in comparison with the eternal riches we have in Christ? Why do we settle for much less, I ask?

Verse 3 – His steadfast love is better than life itself. The problem we have is that we give to much value to this earthly life that we forget what we have acquired through Christ for eternity. Once again settling for less, when we are called for so much more. This is what can be truly achieved through intimacy with God.

Verse 4 – So the least I can do is lift up my hands to you my God and praise you with all my being as a person who once was lost yet now I am found in you. It is not enough for me to just know who you are, I want to know you personally and profoundly.

Verse 5 – True satisfaction is only achieved by knowing you in depth, if not my soul will continue to search other ways and means to be satisfied, yet it will keep on roaming as the only way it can find rest is in you alone oh Lord.

Verse 6 – Meditating on you day and night, this should be my routine to get to know you more. What you feed the most becomes the strongest. Therefore I want to starve to death my ‘old’ being who sometimes resurface and feed my new life in you oh Lord.

Verse 7 – In you Lord I find my shelter and everlasting refuge and while my heart rests in you it will sing songs of joy. No matter what comes against me, I shall be protected by you and in you I will find all I will ever need.

Verse 8 – Clinging that is holding strong to you is the only way I can find my strength and security. Your right hand upholds me and makes me strong to face all the troubles of this world. I am more than an overcomer in you my God as I strive to remain in Christ.

Alton Costa

http://www.JESUSaves.net

Peace in the World?

Why there can never be peace in this world as we know it? A very good biblical explanation……
 

Light in the dark

“And we have the prophetic word (made) firmer still.You will do well to pay close attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dismal (squalid and dark) place, until the day breaks through (the gloom) and the Morning Star rises (comes into being) in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:9

My point of focus today will be on the Word of God described as a “lamp shining in a dismal.” The Greek word for dismal is ‘auchmeros’ meaning a filthy, dirty and obscure place. It came to my mind one of those scenes from the movies ‘Indiana Jones’ in which the actor would be walking inside an underground, secret passage, in pitch darkness and all he can here are squeaks and crackling underneath his feat and when he manages to get some illumination, he realises that he is in the middle of thousands of roaches and rats.

It is an extreme analogy, which most probably (hopefully) we will never encounter in life, however the picture is very similar when we look with our spiritual ‘eyes’. We are living in a world infested with demons, evil spirit and their fruit. A spiritual realm full of filth causing all sorts of oppression in the form of addictions, relationships problems, depressions and other conditions inducing people to oppressive slavery int he natural realm. The Bible is that only source of light, which will help us understand the filth as we start seeing it exposed in our lives and all around us, it will not only help us see it but will give us the knowledge to use the power made available to us by the Holy Spirit through Jesus to remove the entanglement we have been into practically since the day we were born.

What today is our light which will direct our paths, will be the measuring stick by which we will be judged when we come in front of the throne of judgement. Eternity is a loooong time for us to be wrong about it. What you sow today, you will reap tomorrow.

 

Jesus touching Muslims

 

Worth watching, Jesus is doing great things in the most hostile areas in the world towards Christianity. Where ever persecution is striving, the glory of God is overflowing.

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Nice Attack – Allowing evil in our midst

Today’s tragic news made me recall an analogy I recently heard. Getting wet is the natural consequence of having a shower. No one would state the obvious “Oh I had a shower and got wet.” Same thing is happening today around the globe. What happened at Nice today is the fruit of allowing and accepting evil to come, settle and dominate.
 
Deep condolences and all my prayers go to all the injured and loved ones of the victims.
 
Such moments should bring us all into a deep reflection and when I look in house I ask, are we sure we are not doing the same thing?
 
I am not referring to the illegal immigrants, much have been already said about this and will not go into that argument. I am now referring to allowing evil in our midst, by legalising sin and putting aside all the Christian values that were the fortified foundations of this country for centuries. We are all seeing with our own eyes what is happening when we entertain sin and evil in our midst. This does not happen over night but evil will infiltrate any area of society in a subtle way till one day we face the harsh reality that there is no point of return.
 
Now is the time that we who base our lives on Christian morals and values to rise up and make a stand. Each and every one is an influencing agent, impacting the lives of those around us wherever we go, every one can do his or her bid. Hiding our values today will result in a catastrophe tomorrow. So let us make every effort to share our core values in love but in an assertive way. The world needs the Church (Followers of Jesus) to get out of this chaos. You are the church, start acting now.

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