Beauty

There is beauty all around us,
If we open our eyes to see,
God turns a worm into a butterfly,
And gives flight to the honey bee.

There is beauty in the mind of Jesus,
It’s made manifest by His creation,
For on that glorious dawn of this age,
The Morning Star sang with elation.

There is beauty in the heart of the Father,
Tender mercies and love without end,
For when we were lost and blinded by sin,
He sent heavens High King to defend.

There is beauty in the Holy Spirit,
Who gives comfort and helps in our need,
He is the One who gives voice to our prayer,
When we don’t know how to proceed.

There is beauty in salvation’s story,
How the King became poor for our sake,
And bestowed on us heavens true riches of grace,
That His nature we now may partake.

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New Life- New Songs

By the foolishness of my own hands
I’ve burned many my share of bridges,
I’ve scaled treacherous mountain peaks
Then fallen down hard from their ridges.

I’ve soared on wings of eagles
And trod where angels don’t dare,
I’ve experienced joy inexpressible
And sunk deep in the pit of despair.

I’ve ran with man’s greatest enemy
And thought him an ally and friend,
Feasted long at the table of arrogant pride
Drunk down sin like there was no end.

I’ve fought deadly battles in heart and mind
That I never thought I could win,
To tell of my previous wreak of a life
I would hardly know where to begin.

But many, many years ago
Someone saw me for who I could be,
A child of the good and gracious God
Saved by love and His righteous decree.

That to all who will bow their heart and knee
To the Christ heaven’s Holy High King,
He will make them His sons and His daughters,
And give new life and new songs to sing.

A Poetry About The Royal Blood Shed


As Your blood flowed through Your human pores
You endured it in order to make us Yours
As the crown of thorns punctured Your regal head
For our sin Your royal blood flowed crimson red
As cold steel pierced sinless flesh and bone
You endured it so we would not face death alone
As Your tongue was in torment in agonized thirst
Your silence freed sinners living under the curse
As You gazed at the crowd who mocked at Your state
You showed love and compassion — not malice or hate
As the enemy trembled when You drew Your last breath
Your life-giving blood saved lost sinners from death.

Declaration

This declaration is my guide each day to remind myself how am saved and I don’t need to be condemned and believe in the devil’s lie. I pray this declaration today will change someone’s perception about life and to recognise the full knowledge of Christ’s death and salvation.

I know what the devil will say to you. He will say to you, ‘You are a sinner!’ Tell him you know you are, but that for all that you are justified. He will tell you of the greatness of your sin. Tell him of the greatness of Christ’s righteousness. He will tell you of all your mishaps and your backslidings, of your offences and your wanderings. Tell him, and tell your own conscience, that you know all that, but that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and that, although your sin be great, Christ is quite able to put it all away.

How Can I Love Jesus More?

A question from a concerned reader.

Love is never centered in the external things we do, but in the longing of the heart. The Pharisees read and memorized many books of the Scriptures, prayed long prayers, fasted two times a week, and strictly adhered to all of the religious requirements that they had been taught, but they did not love God. It is great to read the Bible and pray, to sing and praise, and to do all of the other external aspects of religion, but only if we first love God.

Jesus said of the Jewish leaders of His day that the people honor Him with their lips but their heart is far from Him (Matthew 15:7-9). Love towards God is making God the object of one’s affections in the heart. The first and great command is to love God with all of our hearts. As we draw our hearts towards our God, the heart’s desires for sin will weaken.

You ask how you can love Jesus more.

Love is a command in Scripture. Love is drawing our hearts into another. We grow in love as we draw our hearts towards our Savior. We long for Him.

We seek to be with Him. We treasure His company. We meditate on His words. We adore Him. We thank him from the heart. We spend quality time with Him. We do not see Him as the means to something else, but He Himself is the special treasure we seek.

May Jesus become the love of your life, your joy, and delight. If you draw your heart to Him, you will gain a treasure that will supersede the passing pleasures of sin.

Anonymous

Ways You Need To Revolve To God When You’re Far From Him

Sometimes God gives us hardships so we can turn to him and get closer to him; sometimes he just wants to remind us that life is fleeting but he is eternal and that is why we should always go back to him.

I remembered when I was wandering in the wilderness, it was not a funny experience. I disciplined myself to fast, pray and read inspirational books. I learnt that I am nothing without God, I can’t do anything without Him. Putting God in everything I do as turned things around in my life. Both the ones have seen and experienced, and the ones am still expectant of.

Beneath are some ways to revolve back to Him..

1. When you’re heartbroken. Ask him to heal you, ask him to help you repair yourself again, ask him to give the strength to move on, the wisdom to understand, the grace to forgive and the courage to try again. Because he’s the only who knows your heart and he is the only one who knows how to mend it.

2. When you’re confused about life. Ask him to guide you, ask him to help you find the way, ask him for a map, ask him to lead you because he is the only one who can, because he is the only one who really knows where you’re going and he is the only one who has the fuel to keep you moving.

3. When you don’t feel like you’re good enough. Ask him why you’re still here, ask him if you’re special, and ask him for reassurance, confidence and faith . Ask him because he wants to let you know how special you are, ask him because he knows your day is coming soon and ask him because he will bring it to you sooner than you think.

4. When you’re lonely. Talk to him, tell him your problems, cry to him, tell him to stay by your side, tell him you need him and tell him to tuck you in bed and help you sleep. Talk to him even if you’re not saying a word because he is listening to your silence and he is watching your tears and he will make you smile again.

5. When you’re scared. Tell him to give you courage, tell him to take the fear away, tell him to silence the voices in your head, tell him that you’re afraid but you’re willing to take the risk and ask him for strength to handle the consequences. Tell him to make you fearless because he knows you have it in you and he knows how to bring it out.

6. When you’re tired of failing. Ask him to give you peace of mind, ask him to give you the faith you need to trust him and trust that this is all for a reason, that he is putting you through this for a bigger and better purpose and that he is not going to let you down. Ask him for patience to wait for the answers.

7. When you’re not sure if he’s listening. Ask him to remember you, ask him to give you reassurance, ask him for a sign and ask him for a miracle, because he wants you to believe in miracles and he wants you to witness them.

8. When you’re giving up. Ask him to give you hope, ask him to let you see the light at the end of the tunnel, ask him for the silver lining and ask him to give you power to keep fighting your battles until you win the war. Because he wants to see you win and he wants you to be victorious.

9. When you’ve lost someone you loved. Get closer to him, it’s okay to question why this happened to you but ask him to be your friend, ask him to be there for you, ask him for the reason he took something you loved away and then trust him; trust his plan and trust his timing, trust that he will replace what you’ve lost with something even bigger and better and something that never even crossed your mind.

10. When people are making fun of your dreams. Tell him that you think this is your calling, that this is your passion, and that this is what makes you feel alive. Ask him to make it happen, to make it easier, to make it less cruel and ask him to cover your ears from all those who are laughing at you, because he wants to make your dreams come true but he wants to make sure that you’re up for the challenge and that you will fight for them.

There’s Always Hope For A Second Chance

I had a lousy/ rugged start in my life. I used to be the black sheep of my family. I never did drugs nor addicted to alcohol. But I kinda joined a gang group, was never serious with my studies, I stole a lot from my parents to satisfy my needs. There was even a time when I never knew the meaning of tithe, my mum kept some money in an envelope inside her wardrobe. I will go and remove bit by bit to but clothes, movies, audio cd and so on. When my pot was filled up and I was nabbed, that was when I knew the meaning of tithe and how valuable and important it is. I lied a lot also back then, in any situation I can escape and walk free. Even friends come to me for lies to give their parents so they won’t be beaten or grounded. 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 I laugh whenever I remember those days. However, God not only changed me, I am gradually walking in the path of righteousness because am still a work in progress. Am a different guy entirely now 🕺💃🕺💃 this God is too much.

He made my new life in Him better than I ever could have imagined. It’s been a long journey I must say, but now I can bodly say that I love my life and I’m determined to have a great finish.

God’s word is filled with examples of people who were given a fresh start..

Remember Rahab the harlot was rescued and given a new name in the bloodline of Christ.

Delivered From Satanism And Demons #truthsaves #Jesusdidit #testimony

I was an eclectic or self-styled Satanist. In other words, if it worked, I used it. I started out basically a philosophical Satanist; LaVeyan Satanism. But, I found out that there was a ‘power’ or demons were available, thus I began to pursue traditional Satanism, while holding on to what worked from LaVey; his self-centered philosophies.

I ended up being possessed by demons because I gave myself over to them in exchange for their ‘power’. After coming to Jesus Christ, I was delivered from the demons. Here is my testimony . . .

After four years in satanism, I was miserable. I had seen everything that Satan had to offer, and still I was miserable. I decided that the only thing left to do, as a “respectable satanist,” was to kill myself. But before I even checked into the motel, I knew that something or someone might cause me to lose my nerve. For company and courage, I took along a bottle of whiskey and a bag of marijuana. I put the rifle to my head but somehow I could not pull the trigger. I knew that the rifle worked, but I just could not pull the trigger. Disgusted with myself, I tried again the next night. On a September night in 1981, I tried to hang myself. I put the rope over a rafter in the garage, and kicked the chair out from under me. I landed on the floor with the rope still tied to the rafter. “What a failure,” I thought, ” I can’t even kill myself.”

The story of my involvement in satanism is so classic that it’s almost cliche’. I was a lonely young man from a dysfunctional family. My father was an alcoholic. Things at home got worse until finally, my parents divorced. I was looking for a place to belong. I was looking for people who would pay attention to me and give me acceptance. I was looking for love, but I was caught in the middle of a violent house that left me feeling hopeless and frightened. In response, I started looking to the supernatural for courage and for some mystic power over my early existence. I was ripe for such an experience, and for a long time I had been interested in magic and other aspect of the paranormal. Even as a young boy, I knew that there was a spirit realm, and that there had to be a way to tap into it.

My first contact with satanism came when in 1978; a snowstorm took my hometown by surprise. I was a 17 year old high school senior, and was working in a local store during the storm. I was just beginning to wonder how I would get home that night, when the store’s assistant manager, a young man of just 18, invited me to stay at his apartment, just a short walk away. This young man seemed to have everything that I had ever wanted. Prestige, power, he gave every indication that he was in control of his life and acted much older than his 18 years. That night, he told me the source of his strength. I was fascinated. He showed me the magic notions and occult objects, which he had accumulated. I was convinced. Later that night, we performed a ceremony, and I gave my life to Satan.
After I graduated from high school, my “teacher” and I moved away to attended college. The two of us attempted to begin our own satanic coven. Our coven was to consist of thirteen disciples but we were only able to recruit six, all of them males. The six of us shared a house, where we conducted what I call “freelance” satanic rituals, creating and improvising ceremonies freely. Coven activities included casting spells and desecrating Bibles and any other Christian articles that we could get our hands on. During this time I was in contact with demons on a regular basis, though not with Satan himself. Demons were powerful underlings, that were at my beckon call…or so I thought. Eventually the frightening and distasteful parts of satanism overshadowed the thrilling parts. I began to worry about where the coven might be headed. I knew that I could not participate in the next step . . . I knew that there were lines that even I would not cross. I wanted out.

I thought at the time, that the only thing left to do was to kill myself. To my dismay, I failed. I know now that only Divine intervention could have saved me from both the gun and the noose. After returning home, I tried to drink myself into oblivion, but found that the taste of beer turned my stomach. So instead, I lit a cigarette to calm my nerves…but it burned my lips! So finally, I, the satanist priest in the making, went to my room, lay in my bed and began to cry. I will never in my life forget what happened next. It was late at night. The rest of the coven was out partying so the house was empty. Out of the silence I heard a voice from beside my bed that said “Get Out!” I stopped crying and looked around the room expecting the presence of a demon. This was no demon. The voice moved to the foot of my bed and said again. “Get Out!” I remember being so shaken at the command that I immediately obeyed. I crawled out of the nearest window in my bedroom and onto the driveway…and into the presence of God.

My knees went weak and I fell on my face, there was no mistaking Who this was. Looking up at the sky I pleaded, “Jesus, just make my life okay.”

I have come a long way from those days in satanism. I still believe in a spiritual reality. I believe in both demons and angels, evil and good. I have simply traded darkness for light. The Lord Jesus Christ has helped me through complete recovery.

I have been married now for 18 years. My wife Liz and I live in South Carolina. With God’s help I have earned a M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and have launched Refuge Ministries. Together, we instruct others about the dangers of the Occult, New Age beliefs and other false teachings. We don’t just work with former satanists; I know how it feels to be a lonely and confused person, driven to despair. We are here for who ever the Lord would send.

How Can I Come Back to God After Backsliding?

Life as a Christian can be quite an adventure. It is like the amazing journey that Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee went on in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

You may progress from hiking along a treacherous mountain trail, to braving a fierce storm, to battling the enemy, to sailing on a placid lake or strolling through a pleasant field.

There are ups, downs, and unexpected turns. Though you may go back along a trail you have been traveling, the one thing you don’t want in your Christian walk is to go backwards spiritually.

Backsliding refers to going backwards spiritually and morally. When a believer backslides, he falls back in some way into a less desirable condition. His lapse may be a relatively minor one and unintentional. He may simply fall back through neglect by not praying, reading the Bible, and keeping his focus on living for God.

On the other hand, a believer may backslide by deliberately choosing to indulge in this life’s sinful pleasures. This type of backsliding can carry disastrous consequences. It can bring dishonor to the One who laid down His life for us, Jesus Christ. It can also sadden and bring grief to the lives of loved ones. Of course, backsliding can bring turmoil into the believer’s own life. He may be plagued by guilt or even a feeling of despair or condemnation.

But there is good news for the backslider! God does not condemn him. God’s loving concern for the backslider is steadfast and sure. The Lord calls that person back to Himself through the work of the Holy Spirit. We can see this clearly in the parable of the prodigal son. In the parable, the father saw his son returning while he was still far off. But the father did not lock the doors or demand that his son leave. Instead, the father welcomed his return.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. ( Luke 15:20 )

Then the son confessed to his father:
Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. (v. 21)

The father’s relief and joy at seeing his son was so great that he did not even reprove him or rebuke him. Instead, the father instructed his slaves:

Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found. (vv. 22-24)

The father showed that the son’s return was not a time for condemnation, but for celebration.

And they began to celebrate. (v. 24)
If you are backslidden.

Like the parable of the prodigal son, know that the Heavenly Father truly cares about you and wants you to return. He does not post an angelic guard to keep out your prayers and your heart’s cry. When the Lord hears you calling out to Him, He will respond positively to you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ( James 4:8)

Do not let anything hold you back from God and His forgiveness and grace. Don’t let the pleasures of sin deceive you. In time, sin will bring you pain. Also, do not let doubt or guilt hold you back, for He promises you:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ( 1 John 1:9 )

The Lord’s mercies are new every morning, but do not assume that you are promised tomorrow. Pray to the Lord now.

After you have called upon the Lord and asked for His forgiveness, believe His promise to forgive you. He will surely cleanse you of your sins and restore you to fellowship with Him. Let His Spirit touch your heart and bring healing to your soul.

If you hurt people while you were backslidden, then ask them for forgiveness. Do what you can to repair any damage you may have caused in other people’s lives. Seek healing and reconciliation of broken or injured relationships.

Learn from the mistakes you made that led to backsliding, and determine to not repeat those mistakes. Ask the Lord for wisdom in how to live faithfully as an overcomer.

If someone you know is backslidden.
It can be disappointing or even heartbreaking when someone close to you backslides. But be encouraged and do not give up on him or her.

First, intercede for the one you are concerned about. Bind the work of the enemy in that person’s life. Be faithful to pray for him every day.

Ask the Lord if you are to say something to the person, and if so, what you should say and how you should say it. Always keep a loving and humble attitude toward the backslidden person. You don’t want to push him farther away.

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. ( Galatians 6:1 )
There may be a time for tough love, but make sure that you are being led by the Lord and that you are not reacting out of your hurt, frustration, or anger.

How to keep yourself from backsliding.
Pay close attention to matters of the heart. The Christian life is about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Avoid focusing primarily on a list of dos and don’ts. Stay close to the Lord throughout each day. Keep your heart and mind upon the kingdom of God.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. ( Prov. 4:23 , NIV)
Beware of the enemy’s schemes. Flee from situations that tempt you. Rebuke Satan when he attacks you. Have a trusted prayer partner that you can share your personal struggles with.

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. ( 2 Timothy 2:22 )

Finally, let the Holy Spirit lead you, fill you, encourage you, and empower you as you go through the day.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. ( Galatians 5:25 )

Source: cbn.com

Who Is Jesus? 

*In chemistry,*

He turned water to wine.     

                  John 2:6-10

                  John 4:46

*In biology,*  

He was born without the normal conception;

                 Isaiah 7:14

                 Luke 1:26- 37

*In physics,*

He disapproved the law of gravity when He ascended into heaven;

                     Mark 16:19

*In economics,*

He disapproved the law of diminishing return by feeding 5000 men with two fishes & 5 loaves of bread;

               Matthew 14:19

               John 6:13

*In medicine,*

He cured the sick and the blind without administering a single dose of drugs;

               Matthew 15:30

               Mark 1:34

*In history,*

He is the beginning and the end;

            John 1:1-5

            Revelation 22:13

            Revelation 21:6

*In government,*

He said that He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace;

                    Isaiah 9:6-7

*In religion,*

He said no one comes to the Father except through Him;

                    John 14:4-6

*So, Who is He?              He is Jesus!*

The Greatest Man in History

Jesus had no servants,

yet they called Him Master.

Had no degree,

yet they called Him Teacher.

Had no medicines,

yet they called Him Healer.

He had no army,

yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles,

yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime,

yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb,

yet He lives today.

I feel honoured to serve such a Leader who loves us.

*The hand that will send this message to everybody shall not labor in vain*

Testimony: I DIDN’T THINK I DESERVED TO LIVE ANYMORE, BUT JESUS CHANGED THAT- Repost

I wasn’t raised in the church growing up, so I wasn’t ever really religious. I had gone to church just a few times and had heard of Jesus, but I guess you could say I thought of Him more as a fictional character. I knew there was a God, or I used to say “a higher power” a lot. I had spent most of my life thinking that way.


I was always interested in spirits, psychics, and New Age kind of stuff; all things I now know for a fact, the Word of the true God says to stay away from.

After one of my siblings died, I got even more involved with trying to communicate with “the other side.” I did these things for a few years; I have experienced many strange things … many!

One night something horrifying happened. My boyfriend at the time and I went to a graveyard one night so I could take some photos, and try to get some EVP ( Electronic Voice Phenomenon ). A green orb started floating towards us. I thought it was so cool. I took picture after picture! My boyfriend was so scared, he was about to leave me there. So I got back in the car and we went home.

Later that night – it was probably around 2:00 AM – we were still up watching a movie. I got up to take the garbage out, and about 15 feet away at the end of my driveway was this really tall, shaggy looking black figure. I was racking my brain trying to think of what it could be, and no sooner than I had that thought — this thing turned around and had long-slanted yellowish green eyes. It was just staring at me.

I know I screamed, but I could not hear my own scream. I ran inside once my brain finally could comprehend that this wasn’t something natural, and it didn’t look friendly. When I got inside, I told my boyfriend to look outside. He saw it too. He was so scared he wouldn’t talk about it. We separated shortly after that incident after a four year relationship.

It’s after this point that my life went in a complete downward spiral. I literally felt like my life was being drained from me. I also became a completely selfish person, and couldn’t seem to change myself. I loved my family, but it was like – I just couldn’t control myself at all. I had to be on something to be high. I hated the way my mind and body felt sober. I was so depressed and miserable, so I stayed away from family and stayed with a new boyfriend so I could stay high.

He was really abusive, and we stayed in between places; here – there – his car – just so we could stay high all the time. This went on for a little over a year and a half. I was so lost and unhappy. I couldn’t even cry anymore. I just wanted to end it. I didn’t think I deserved to live anymore. I was so tired. I felt like I couldn’t do anything about my situation and no one wanted to be around me because I couldn’t be trusted.

My boyfriend’s mom got me to go to her work with her one day and her co-worker/friend invited me to church. I didn’t really want to go and I was kind of scared too. Well, she ended up showing up at my boyfriend’s mom’s house to pick me up to go to church with her.

I was cornered, so I went because I didn’t want to come off as rude. I definitely think now that I had some demonic things attached to me because when I got to that church, my vision was making the church building and all the people there look like something evil. I was even hearing things. I know this sounds strange, but this really happened. Something did not want me in that church, and wanted to scare me out of there. I was really confused.

The pastor was reading all kinds of stuff from the Bible that I had absolutely no idea what they meant because I had never read the Bible. They asked me if I believed that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose again on the third day, and I said “Yes.” I had nothing else to believe in, so I figured … why not? After seeing evil supernatural things in my life, I figured there has to be something out there that’s good supernatural. I sure was hoping so anyway.

When I left the church, the pastor said my life would start to change. I didn’t know if I really believed that, but I hoped it would.

Well, here goes … GOD started making me have these feelings; it’s so hard to explain. Anywhere I went: The store, walking down the road, it didn’t matter … He talked to me everywhere through people, music, or words off a random piece of paper. It was so thrillingingly strange. For example, I’d be thinking something in my head, and pass a flyer on the road and it’d be the exact answer to what I was thinking in my head. ‘Ya’ – some people might say that’s a coincidence, but things like this happened repeatedly for a few days in a row.

In one sense, I thought I was losing my mind, but then I remember what the pastor told me. That’s when I really grasped that JESUS is very REAL!!!! He is real and He’s a personal GOD to all who accept and receive him.

I also kept coming across words like warrior, fighter, high priest, and didn’t know why, but now I know all of those words describe our LORD. He was trying to let me know it was Him making me feel these things and that I wasn’t crazy. He told me, “I love thee”. He really said this to me! I didn’t even know Him, but He knew me, and He loved me enough to die for me. He loved me enough to chase me down in this corrupt world of satanic spiritual deception to wake me up! And He will do the same thing for anyone who accepts Him and

believes what He did on the cross for us .

God makes this promise to everyone:

Jesus said to her , “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:25 NKJV)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” (John 6:47 NKJV)

He really did all that, and He really does love all of us. He will move the earth for me and you. He is a hero. We owe Him everything. Repent please; I love you all, and so does Jesus. He loves us so much! I never thought I could feel this way, but if Jesus can help someone like me, He can do all things. He is our salvation; He will help us; He can change us. I really hope this reaches someone. He’s real — He’s alive! Please believe me, and He can make you feel a true feeling of happiness without drugs and alcohol. It’s so much better! God bless you all.

Jesus did it!!!

Don’t Use Your Past As An Excuse To Stay In Bondage

Our past may explain why we’re suffering, but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage. 

Everyone is without excuse because Jesus always stands ready to fulfill His promise to set the captives free. He will walk us accrodd the finish line of victory in any area if we are willing to go all the way through it with him. 

N:B: I Corinthians 10:13 promised us that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear,  but with every temptation He will also provide the way out, the escape.