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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.

I am the good shepherd

“My (Jesus) sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)
 
Through these words I can feel the passion and deep love Jesus has for all those who surrendered their lives to HIM, his sheep. Let us sheep learn to hear HIS voice and follow it at all cost, whatever the cost, it is much more worthwhile paying it because the rewards are far superior.
 
To all those who still do not know Jesus in a personal way, the gate is open and the shepherd is calling you, He desires to shower you with His unfailing love. I know you can feel the call, all you need to do is surrender your life into His hands. He wants to bless you abundantly. Tomorrow is not ours, today is the day…..do not keep holding back, great things are ahead to each and everyone who surrenders his or her life to Jesus.

The Real Deal

“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgement.” (Jesus – John 7:24)

Many including Christians judge by appearance and most of the time it is not based on a personal encounter but on a third party’s opinion. In this scripture Jesus was addressing the pharasees but is also addressing us the church. 

A word less about someone else is better than a extra word. Once words come out of the mouth, they are like a dandelion in the wind. It will spread fast and it would be impossible to collect it back.

So let us all focus on the motives and make sure that whatever we speak, it has only one aim, that is to build up one an other. 

It is all about the Kingdom of God and not about our personal agenda.

Time for some self-examination, using the Bible as the light to expose all blemishes and allowing the Holy spirit to restore and mend all cracks in our life to seal away any chance the enemy to penetrate our lives and set a stronghold.

Sin no more

“Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” (Jesus – John 5:14)
Once we have surrendered our lives to Jesus and asked for forgiveness, God is faithful in cleansing us from all sins and made us a new creation. Here Jesus is warning us that the moment we are tempted to go back to the world, back to our sinful life, we will be far worse than we were before. 
From my personal experience, I can say that nothing can match a life in Christ, making everything the world has to offer dim. So there is no reason to go back to our own ‘vomit’. 
A life in Christ is an all inclusive life, bringing blessings in every area of life, a life not based on the circumstance but based on everlasting promises made by a faithful God.

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