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A troubled spirit combined with a fragile heart keeps the soul in a state of weariness. You might pretend that everything is alright but you can never be delivered from this type of bondage by pretending.

As a work in progress, I continually pray the same prayer that David prayed in Psalms 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (KJV)

Through the power of Jesus, your spirit can be renewed. Your heart can be cleansed from all the negative, unproductive clutter that’s been residing in it.

These lyrics from the song “Awesome” by Pastor Charles Jenkins say it all:

“My God is Awesome

He can move mountains

Keep me in the valley

Hide me from the rain

My God is Awesome

Heals me when I’m broken

Strength where I’ve been weakened

Forever He will reign…”

If you’re still dealing with a mountain of burdens, if you feel like you’re drowning in the storms of life, if you’re feeling broken and weak, and you’re still holding on to memories of mistreatment from the past, it’s time to let go.

It’s time to let Jesus shine His light into the dark recesses of your heart. Let Him remove all the neatly organized grudges you’ve been holding onto.

Suppression can be fatal.

The feelings you’ve been harboring in your heart are manifesting themselves in the form of:

Depression

Obesity

Strife

Heart disease

High blood pressure

Stomach ulcers

Addictions, and a host of other physical and mental ailments.

If God has blessed you to see another day, it is because He is giving you another opportunity to surrender yourself to Jesus and be delivered.

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  (KJV)

Today is your day. Be delivered from the old you and start enjoying the new you – the one who’s been finally set free.

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He Is

This poem is contributed by Fatima Manson, poet and freelance-editor:

Magnificent as He is
He is downgraded by many
The Creator of all things
But discredited by plenty
Mysterious yet seen
Denied and misread
He is forever crucified
Though His life He bled
His truth is ignored
And His name worshiped in vain
Forgotten by some
Still His love remains
He is a protector and healer
The warmth from the cold
Yet his word is taken for granted
As just another tale to be told
He lives within a realm
Some don’t think exist
They uphold scientific theories
While His seven days get dismissed
He left behind the manual for life
But we still cry anxious tears
How can one think there is no God?
Look around, His evidence is quite clear

© 2013 Fatima Manson

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Some people don’t know what love is. I’m not talking about love with limits… “I’ll love you so long as you…” No. I’m talking about unconditional love. But many don’t possess this attribute, therefore, they are unable to give it.

God gives us a pretty clear description of what unconditional love is in 1Corinthians 13 – specifically verses 4 through7 – and by finding out what love is, we ultimately find out what love IS NOT.

Verse 4:Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

Verse 5: “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

Verse 6: “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

Verse 7: “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

This is how God intended for us to love.

But we tend to make our own rules in this world, don’t we?

We should get back to God’s rules. We should use 1 Corinthians 13 as a standard by which we measure how we love. Many will fall short; all the while thinking their love is unconditional. But the Bible tells us “…the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight…” (1 Corinthians 3:19 NIV)

And in Isaiah 55:8-9, the Lord tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,… As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

What we think we’re doing doesn’t compare with what God KNOWS we’re doing.

If the way you love doesn’t measure up to God’s standards, surrender your heart to Jesus. Let Him transform you, fix you, and lead you down the pathway of unconditional love and life everlasting.

To discover what it means to be unconditionally loved, study the Gospel of John and see what our Savior, Jesus, did for us.

Giving God the Glory…

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Proverbs 4:23

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

 

Someone said, “What goes into the mind comes out in a life.” What kind of life are you living? Is it a life that puts Jesus Christ first?

How we live is a direct reflection of what we think and how we feel. A tree is known by the fruit it produces. And a bitter tree never produces anything sweet. Our private thoughts and feelings don’t lie.

But we do.

Some folks try to put on a warm and loving façade, but if their heart is cold, it’s just a matter of time before an icy chill begins to infiltrate the space around them.

Sometimes, it only takes seconds. Because a cold heart can not emit anything warm.

Today. It’s time for a change. It’s time for YOUR change.

You are still here, and God is still waiting. You don’t know what tomorrow is bringing, so don’t let your life be in vain.

Today. Understand that what you need is deliverance, deliverance from a cold heart, deliverance from dark and unkind thoughts, deliverance from unforgiveness, deliverance from bitterness – all rotten fruit.

Take the first step to freeing yourself. Surrender to the Saviour, and He will set you free.

Jesus tells us He is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 (KJV)

Come out of the rotten ruins of darkness. Step into the light. Be healed. And be free.

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To Be Continued

We all have a story to tell. Never mind the beginning chapters; how will your story end?

Will it end with you being the same way – broke down, lost and confused – that you were at the beginning of the book? Or will you end on a triumphant note, standing tall, knowing at last who you are, why you were created, and where you’re headed.

The first few chapters of your novel may be painful, filled with all sorts of emotional issues and baggage weighing you down. Page 119 might take us with you on your treacherous journey through quicksand, but page 207 might find us standing along side you on solid, not sinking, ground.

That’s your story.

Someone else’s story might take them a little longer to reach victory. We may have to suffer with them through 300 pages of stumbling across rocky ground. And page 305 might find them still stumbling.

To those I say, put on the whole armour of God. The enemy is not playing with you. You need to get geared up.

Ephesians 6:13-17 tells us, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (KJV)

Can you see the metaphor? The whole armour of God – that’s the protection of God in the form of His truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and Word (Bible). Clinging to all of these becomes our armour, our protection. It’s no wonder that we are told in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;…”

How will your story end? How do you want it to end? Surrender yourself to Jesus Christ. Trust and obey Him. He will grant you everlasting life – and that’s what I call a happy ending!

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Help!

First there was the flesh eating disease, now we have the flesh eating humans. People eating other people.   First in Miami, then in Maryland.   In at least one case it’s implied that the cannibalism was induced by a drug known as ‘Bath Salt’.    

According to a CNN report, one former bath salt user described being on the drug as the “the darkest, evilest thing imaginable.”

Doesn’t all this make you want to open God’s book (the Bible) and at least read what He has to say about all of this?

Motivational speakers motivate.  Psychotherapists treat mental disorders. But Jesus Christ heals the mind, delivers, and saves your soul.  All in one.  Permanently.  

I’m talking about the kind of healing that delivers you from the demons that keep reminding you about how bad (you fill in the blank) treated you. 

I’m talking about the kind of help that delivers you from the drug and alcohol demons that keep holding you captive to their destructive, killing forces. 

I’m talking about the kind of help that saves you, forever removing the shackles that are keeping you from being free.  

That kind of help, that kind of power can only come from Jesus Christ! 

What’s eating at your flesh?  Not literally, but figuratively.  What’s numbing your soul, killing your compassion, leaving you just a little more hopeless, little by little, day by day, slowly tearing you apart? 

Take it to Jesus.  Surrender to Jesus.  Be set free.

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This poem is for anyone dealing with a troubled spirit – depression, addiction, anger, fear, confusion or some other unnamed source.

You may think you’re going through it alone, but you’re not…your actions affect the reactions of others.

Most importantly, you don’t have to go through it alone. Jesus is waiting to carry your load. He will carry you through.

Ask the Savior to help you. Surrender, trust, and believe.

Wasted

It is not your intention
to disrupt them,
But there is something unspeakable
in the air.

It is their intention
to draw the line,
to mask their love
with a persona
that doesn’t care.

And so they cry,
but only inside.
And you’ll never know
how much they love you.

So

You continue your path,
destructive, full of wrath.
Not knowing
how much reaping
you must sow.

But you do know
you can not slay your demons alone.
You can’t denounce them
without the blood shed by Christ.

Still your utterances are countless
and of useless meaning.
You pray heartless prayers
that will not suffice.

And so you suffer,
rebellious and hurt.
But it is not a solitary pain.

For those who love you,
it is contagious,
and they suffer
again
and again.

Don’t let the day come
when God’s voice becomes silent,
when He is no more knocking on your door.

For if that should happen,
you will have strayed too far,
and a life – your life –
will be wasted
for evermore…

© 2012

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In the book of Ecclesiastes, The Preacher shares with the reader his observations about life. His conclusions, are that yes, life does have meaning. But the meaning lies in how we live. A life that is lived in constant pursuit of material gain, one where the acquisition of excess comes at the cost of emotional and physical sacrifice is to me a life that is in constant motion…but for all the wrong reasons. The Preacher called it vanity. And I agree.

Everyone must and should earn their own way. That is not in question. But to what degree? The hustle and bustle of a daily “grind” can be toxic to us if we despise the very activity that we rush off to each morning. It can also be detrimental to our health as it is bound to produce an unnecessary amount of stress on a daily basis. Yet, for the sake of recognition and/or material gain, we will endure such a level of un-fulfillment until old age relieves us of that task or the toxicity of it all fills us with disease.

Life does have meaning when looked at from the right perspective. It is a gift from God. And not only did He give us life, He gave us “directions” (the Bible) on how to live it. All we need to do is ask for His guidance and help in understanding and following those directions.

Once we understand the real meaning of life – what our true purpose is – we become free to put everything else into its proper perspective. Revelations Chapter 4, verse 11 tells us why we were created:
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

And The Preacher sums it up in Ecclesiastes Chapter 12, verse 13 by saying, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Everything else we do should be secondary.

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I used to wonder about life.

When I was ten years old, I found myself wondering quite often, about what the whole purpose for living was. One day my older brother said to me, “Stop trying to figure it out or you’ll go crazy.” So, I took his advice – slowly. But my confusion persisted for the next eleven years, and then waned when I found Jesus Christ. Then, it returned when I later rejected Jesus, deciding to live my life without Him.

During that time, I groped my way through life, formulating my own ideas and opinions that would make me feel comfortable. Needless to say, my opinions on the purpose of life would sometimes change depending on what phase of my life I was in, or who I was with.

But one day, I went back to church. I relearned all that I had let go of (and more), and I remembered that God doesn’t operate or think the way I do. He has an ultimate purpose for us, and it doesn’t change regardless of where we’re at in life, or what we’re doing. Because God loves us, He only wants the best for us. His best. And in the end, that’s everlasting life with Him in Heaven.

Seems like a simple concept, huh? But maybe not.

Maybe not because we have to first reject our own opinions, and believe that there is an after-life. For God has said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Then, we have to believe that that after-life has only two destinations – Heaven or hell, and depending on how we live our lives here on earth will determine which destination our soul ends up at.

Yes, I used to wonder about life until I found the answers to my questions in the Bible, God’s Holy words. Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 tells me, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

And we are told in Colossians 1:16, “… all things were created by him, and for him:”

So, in essence, we were created by God for God. That is whom we must serve through His Son Jesus Christ.

Now, once you know the meaning of your life, and what you’re supposed to be doing it won’t seem so fickle. You won’t see yourself as useless. Because you’re not. You have a purpose. You have a life to live, love to give, and a Savior to serve who’s always looking out for you.

Of course, some change on your part is going to have to take place, some surrendering of self to Jesus Christ so that He can transform you and give you the wisdom and spiritual discernment you’ll need in order to understand your role as a creation of God.

And believe this – your role is not to steal, kill, abuse, hurt, or do any of the things that cause harm to you or others. That’s a role reserved for satan and his demons.

But that’s not God’s plan for you.

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Have you ever been determined to stop some bad habit? Something that you know you shouldn’t be doing, but you’ve continued doing it anyway?

Maybe it’s behaving in a rude and attitudinal manner. Maybe it’s stealing, cheating, lying. Maybe you actively listen to somebody gossiping about someone else while you tell yourself, “I’m not the one gossiping. I’m just listening.” It could be any number of things depending on who you are.

We’ve all been there. We’ve entered into our places of employment wound up so tight that it was difficult to even say a pleasant, ‘Good morning’. At one time or another, we’ve stood in the middle of a circle, on the sidelines, or sat in a chair and passively listened while someone else dragged another person’s reputation through the mire. Then, when the destroyer of reputations was finished. We just shook our heads, and didn’t say a word. But silence does not exempt us. In fact, it’s just the opposite…our silence makes us a party to the crime.

Change is hard. I know. It has to be a learned behavior because our tendency is to snap at someone else when we’re in a bad mood. Our tendency is to pull up a chair in eager anticipation of hearing something about someone else’s character that’s worse than our own. Somehow, it makes us feel superior. We’re glad that it’s not us they’re talking about. But it will be. Next time.

Feeling superior to someone else is a deceitful form of reassurance. Because the reality is that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23

When I acknowledge my sinfulness and/or a specific sin, I go to God in prayer asking for His forgiveness. He hears me because I have an active relationship with Jesus Christ. He forgives me because I have surrendered to Jesus and have made Him the Lord and Savior of my life. The Lord strengthens me, and as he renews me my old behaviors are stripped away and new behaviors take their place. A new me emerges. One that has long since stopped taking part in any form of gossip. One that wishes to treat others with the most basic of human niceties, one that wishes to be kind and strives to be more like Christ each day.

Do you want to be more like Jesus Christ? You may be able to change some old behaviors, but you cannot – of your own strength – attain to a level of living that is pleasing to God without first surrendering your old self to Jesus Christ. You must surrender to Jesus first, and then He will lift you up!

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