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Living .. Fishing .. Hunting - Triumphantly?

Are you Living .. and Fishing .. and Hunting - Triumphantly

Look how God used an uneducated fisherman .. who likely had a whole lot less skills than you ..

The man who stepped forward to preach at Pentecost was flawed and known to be impetuous. Peter had not only disagreed with Jesus but had even denied knowing Him. Yet he’d developed into a man whose impact for the kingdom surpassed his impulsiveness.

When studying Peter’s life, believers often focus on his negative actions—the doubt that nearly drowned him when he walked on water, and his aforementioned rebuke and denial of Jesus. But Peter is also an example of triumphant living. An uneducated fisherman who likely had few other skills, Peter put down his nets and followed Jesus the instant he was asked. He was the first to acknowledge Christ as the Son of God (Matt. 16:16). And after the Lord’s resurrection, Peter’s spontaneous nature led him to leap into the water and swim for shore when he noticed his Savior waiting there (John 21:7). The disciple’s devotion cannot be questioned.

Peter is an inspiration for us today. God does not choose servants who are solid rocks with no cracks or crevices. Instead, He selects people who have weaknesses, failures, and a need to be forgiven repeatedly. The Lord looks for believers who are teachable, willing to repent, and prepared to surrender to God’s greater will—folks who are a lot like Peter.

Too many of us Christians .. have already decided how much the Lord can do with us .. based on education, personality, or talent. But God isn’t interested in qualifications. He seeks willing followers who echo Isaiah’s call, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isa. 6:8). That’s triumphant living.

I Feel Guilty Over and Over Again - What Can I Do?

A Call to Repentance or just feeling guilty over and over again?

Hebrews 4:13-16 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+4%3A13-16&version=NIRV

How often have you been caught in the “guilt cycle” from our past? This involves confessing the same old sin, telling God you’re sorry .. over and over .. and promising not to do it again ( knowing that you probably will since you have been trying to overcome this sin for so long ). Around and around you go, over and over...  You've come clean dozens of times but still have no real sense of victory. Yet there is a biblical promise that states, “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, emphasis added).

Friends, God is holding up His end of the promise. It’s people who fall short .. we have turned confession into a recitation of all our shortcomings. The attitude is, I’m disappointed in myself, and I know that I am weak .. God knows that.

True confession of sin - which in reality means - agreeing with the Lord Our God about our sin and it is inseparably linked with repentance - they are two sides of the same coin. To repent is to turn away from wrong. By looking at our sin from God’s perspective, we’ll see a vile, wicked habit with terrible consequences and will want to run from that as fast as possible.

In practical terms, to confess and repent requires the intentional decision to say, “By the Holy Spirit’s power, I’m turning away.” Satan will still tempt you, and failure remains a possibility. But God can break the chains of your sin, and He wants to set you free.

Victory can be immediate -- or it can be a process of trading wrong choices for right ones -- and the time table is known only by God. In some cases, temptation involving habitual sin never goes away. Then it becomes necessary to face each day in God’s strength. When you forsake sin, the power of heaven is there to help you.

STUDY THIS PASSAGE: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A10-20&version=NIRV

Can Problems Be Solved Through Praying?

Solving Problems Through Prayer

2 Chronicles 20:4-15

When the king of Judah called for a nationwide fast to seek God’s help, the people from every town convened to pray. Jehoshaphat’s actions and words teach us some important truths about solving life’s problems through prayer.

• God is bigger than our problems. The king stated that God was the all-powerful ruler of nations, against whom no one could stand (v. 6). Many issues are beyond our ability to solve, but nothing is impossible for Him (Jer. 32:17; Matt. 19:26). If we pray while focusing on His greatness, our troubles will shrink to proper proportions.

• God wants to involve others in praying with us. Entire families from throughout Judah answered the king’s call and came together before God (2 Chron. 20:13). Prayer had a central role in the life of the early church as well (Acts 2:42).

• Through prayer, the Lord will give us a solution to the problem. His answer could be just what we asked or something entirely unexpected; He might tell us to wait in our current situation instead of taking action, or He could direct us to become involved in something new. In any case, God’s direction will be according to His perfect will. What’s more, He may ask us to take a step of faith. The Lord uses every opportunity to strengthen our trust and grow us in righteousness.

We don’t know how long the people waited for an answer, but they didn't act until they heard from God. He told them not to be afraid or discouraged, but to trust Him. Prayer likewise brings us into God’s presence so we can receive strength and direction for life’s challenges.

WAKE UP - It's Time To Utilize God’s Perfect Book

CHRISTIAN .. WAKE UP - It's Time For God’s Perfect Book

Even in this super-technological age of all kinds of inventions, technology, androids and I-Phones and other marvels - there are still many people who suffer a deficiency - this is exposed by a telltale sign: a flashing “12:00” on the oven clock. Isn't it odd that a person can operate a motor vehicle .. microwave an entire meal in three minutes ... navigate through the Internet’s information super-highway .. and yet not know how to set a simple clock?

Is the solution so complicated? Is the answer to this riddle so deeply hidden that only a few brave souls dare to seek it out?

No, of course not! There’s only one reason why this technical tip-off is so common: people do not read the instruction book. When we purchase a new gizmo or appliance, we always find within the package an instruction book. And what does this book contain? It has all the answers we need to get the most out of our new purchase.

Do you realize the Christian life is like that too? Scripture declares that when a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ, he or she is a “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17 NIV). To get the most out of our new life, we are given an instruction book: the Bible. This is far more than a simple guide that teaches how to act or what to say; this Book tells us exactly how to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Is your Christian walk stuck? Do you have the proverbial “12:00” flashing in your life, indicating that you have set aside your Instruction Book? Pick it up today for a fresh look, and enjoy God’s perfect how-to manual. You will not be disappointed.

Godly Counsel .. The Most High God - IS NEVER WRONG!

Giving Godly Counsel .. Please take this as coming to you from God .. Our Most High God and heavenly father of Our Lord Jesus Christ ..

As St. Paul might say it .. "Concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able also to admonish one another" (Rom. 15:14).

Scripture is the ONLY SOURCE .. of godly counsel. In recent years the question of who is competent to counsel has become an important issue in the modern day church .. and all kinds of "denominations" .. even "religions" .. look at the world we are living in today and what so many are saying - gay marriage, same-sex marriages, ISIS, ISIL, Muslims, 7th day Adventists, The Catholic Church and the Pope ..  Many pastors and other leaders have curtailed their counseling ministries or stopped them altogether  .. WHY?

They've been made to feel inadequate for not having formal training in psychological counseling techniques .. secular and worldly counselers always making the not so subtle implications that that the Holy Spirit and Scripture are incapable of addressing the deepest needs of the human heart .. and of men and their problems. It is claimed that only secular psychology dispensed by trained analysts can do that - HOGWASH! .. the truth is, the heart of man is "more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jer. 17:9). No one. That includes humanistic counselors. Verse 10 says, "I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind." Only God can understand the human heart.

David prayed, "O Lord, Thou hast searched me and known me. Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. . . . Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence?" (Ps. 139:1-3, 7).

Only God knows what's in a person's heart. Only His Spirit working through His Word can penetrate one's deepest thoughts and motives to transform the heart and renew the mind (Heb. 4:12; Rom. 12:2)... all the professional psychologists in the world are no substitute for spiritually gifted people who know the Word, possess godly wisdom, are full of goodness, and available to help others apply divine truth to their lives (Rom. 15:14).

When people come to you for counsel, the best thing you can do is show them what God's Word says about their problem and how it applies to their situation. But you can't do that unless you know the Word and are allowing it to do its work in you first. Then you'll be in a position to counsel others more effectively.

 

G I G O Concept - Programming Tip For Your Computer

How To Program Your Spiritual Computer - GI-GO Concept

In Romans 12:2 .. it says:  2 Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.
Godly behavior is the result of godly thinking.

Perhaps you've heard computer buffs use the term G.I.G.O. -  "Garbage In, Garbage Out."  .. Input determines output.

What you feed into a computer is what you'll get out. God has given each of us the most fantastic .. the most powerful computer ever know or devised .. YOUR MIND!! What you program into your mind will eventually influence your behavior. That's why you must expose your mind to things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise (Phil. 4:8).

Paul prayed that we would "walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; [and be] strengthened with all power . . . for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father" (Col. 1:10-12).

Those are marvelous Christian characteristics, but how are they achieved? Verse 9 gives us the answer: "Be filled with the knowledge of [God's] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding." The Greek word translated "filled" speaks of influence or control. It's the same word Paul uses in Ephesians 5:18: "Be filled [controlled by] the Holy Spirit." When you're filled with the Spirit, He governs our choices. Similarly, when you're filled with the knowledge of God's will, your choices reflect godly wisdom and understanding.

The phrase "spiritual wisdom and understanding" indicates more than merely knowing God's Word. It speaks of applying it to your life under the Spirit's power and direction. As you seek .. as you ASK GOD .. as you prayerfully saturate your mind with God's Word, it begins more and more to control your thinking and behavior. And the Spirit uses the Word .. and The Spirit can use These THOUGHT CONDITIONERS to renew your mind and protect you from conformity to worldly attitudes and actions (Rom. 12:2).

Suggestions for Prayer and Daily Consideration and Use: http://www.iaskgod.com/thought_conditioners

Passover .. Blood On The Doorpost .. what about us today?

The Lamb of God - Who takes away the sins of the world.

Saved by a spotless lamb .. think about it .. EXODUS 12:13 ..  “And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you... ” .. I don't know about you, I am not Jewish. I was born and raised Catholic, and now when I reaqd or hear this .. I ask one question? ... Father God can I have the "blood of the lamb" .. Jesus .. on the "doorpost" of my heart .. the doorpost of my mind .. my eyes and my ears .. and I ask my Father in Heaven .. to "pass over me" .. and not punish me as my deeds deserve ..

Can you imagine the media attention today that would ensue if every "firstborn" of every household in America .. or Africa .. or any one nation were mysteriously struck dead at midnight?  .. or just that firstborn struck by the Ebola virus ..  It would be a bigger story than any missing Malaysian Jetliner .. bigger than all the ISIS or ISIL be-headings .. bigger than the assasination of a nation's president ..

Think about it ... Every firstborn. In every house. In a single night. Unless you were a foreigner who had followed an equally mysterious prescription for deliverance that involved the blood of a lamb. Unless you had slaughtered this lamb and spread its blood over the doorposts of your home as a signal to the death angel to pass you by. Now this is some story, is it not? Can you see the investigators who would follow such a story today?  ... The Columbo-types in rumpled raincoats trying to make sense of the supernatural using finite wisdom? It would be impossible.

The message of the Passover is the same today as it was on that historical night in Egypt: there is no salvation except by the grace of God .. and The Blood of The Lamb of God - Jesus Christ !!

In the Old Testament and the New Testament, people were saved in the same way: by the grace of God. The Hebrews who experienced Passover were saved by a spotless lamb, and so are we: the spotless Lamb of God whose name is Jesus. His blood marks us as righteous, and the judgment of God passes over us, delivering us from the consequences of our sin. God’s initiative is grace. Our response is faith. That is the prescription for salvation that was first depicted in Passover.

God honors spiritual discernment .. God honors your efforts to turn from idolatry  .. to turn to Him and serve the true and living God (1 Thess. 1:9). In 1 Thessalonians 2:13 Paul says, "We also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God's message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God." Their open response to God's Word made them an example to all the believers in that area (1 Thess. 1:7).

The church today, however, has an appalling lack of that kind of discernment. Many believers are duped by novel teachings and outright heresies. They're "tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine" (Eph. 4:14). We desperately need a new breed of Bereans who will raise high the banner of sound doctrine and never compromise it. With that goal in mind, our entries will focus on the character and benefits of God's Word .. and as always .. how that is revealed to us by God's Name! You'll learn more about God's NAME .. as a source of spiritual growth, spiritual service, blessing, victory, truth, and knowledge - begin today at: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/names-god

Saying Yes to God .. How Important is that? .. Luke 5:1-11 ..  God’s simple requests are often stepping-stones to life’s greatest blessings. When Simon Peter said yes to Jesus’ two small requests, his whole mission changed from fisherman to fisher of men.
An unproductive night’s work no doubt left Peter weary. Yet he willingly brought Jesus on board and then pushed his boat out from shore so the Teacher’s words would carry to the crowd. When the Lord finished speaking, He told the experienced fisherman to head out to deeper water. Peter knew the timing for a good catch was wrong, but he obeyed and was blessed with not one, but two boatloads of fish - HOW OFTEN DO WE TELL GOD - "your timing is wrong" ??

Often God’s blessings result from our compliance with seemingly insignificant requests. Though we prefer He ask us to perform great tasks that will impact large crowds, obedience in small matters is our proving ground. If we refuse His prompting to perform some minor action, what reason have we given Him to trust us with a more important responsibility? Had Peter refused to lend Jesus his boat or to risk a midday fishing expedition, he’d have missed the immediate blessing of a big catch and perhaps also the even greater opportunity to be Jesus’ disciple --- Walking with the Lord every day for three years, Peter witnessed miracles more spectacular than anything he saw that first day: A blind man received sight, Lazarus was restored to life, and at Jesus’ urging, Peter himself walked on water. The disciple’s courageous step off the boat and onto a raging, stormy sea was the result of saying yes every time God had made a small request.

Are you giving everything you have?

Are you giving everything you have .. or are you "giving up" ?

If Satan cannot win an outright victory, he will attempt a compromise. As the showdown between Moses and Pharaoh was drawing to a close, Moses was offered two final compromises. “Go,” Pharaoh said, “and worship your God. But leave your women and children here with us.” Moses refused. “Then take them, too,” Pharaoh countered, “but leave your livestock.” Again Moses refused. “Not a hoof will be left behind,” he told Pharaoh. Deliverance was to be complete; not partial. Moses refused to compromise. When he left Egypt to worship God in the wilderness, Moses took every Israelite, man, woman and child, and every goat, cow and sheep that belonged to Israel.

Every possession. Every blessing. Every dream. Everything. ----- What would our lives be like if we did the same? Are you giving everything you have to God? Or are you only offering partial devotion, partial obedience, partial worship? What has your devotion to God cost you? David refused to furnish God’s temple with gifts that had cost him nothing. Moses refused to worship God with anything less than all he had. David knew, and Moses knew, that God asks for everything.

In love .. God Claims It All - There is no bargaining with Our God. Today .. ask yourself this question .. Are you giving in to Satan’s temptation to love God with less than everything you have? I know that I do not give all to God .. I give parts to everyone else .. thoughts to others .. my time .. my efforts .. my feelings ..

But knowing "The Truth" .. you can be set free .. and it is my belief that starting with God's Name - "El Channun" .. The GRACIOUS GOD! .. Our Father, who is the most "gracious" ONE!!

.. what does this present to your mind? ... showing divine grace .. GRACE that only God could show? ... "I am saved by God's gracious intervention on my behalf" .. saved from what? .. Your Sins? .. through The Blood of Jesus .. contemplate some synonyms: merciful, compassionate, kind; forgiving, lenient, clement, forbearing, humane, tenderhearted, sympathetic; indulgent, generous, magnanimous, benign, benevolent .. WOW!! That only begins to give you a little glimpse of The Person of El Channun.

People the world over desire to be accepted and appreciated. Most of us want our peers to express approval so we can experience the feeling of acceptance. Though Christians understand that emotions are unreliable indicators of truth, believers also fall into this pattern of searching for approval. Truthfully, one of our most priceless possessions is God’s acceptance of us as we are now. Thanks to Jesus Christ, we own a full measure of God’s grace. The Father does not say, “When you clean up your life, I’ll accept you.” Grace plus performance  ... is not a workable formula in God’s economy.

If being a Spirit-filled believer meant achieving some lofty standard of behavior on our own, we would all wear ourselves out in the attempt. Performance-based faith is a worldly idea .. and oftentimes is a result of Satan putting you down, pointing out your weakness .. making sure you and others see your shortcomings.

THINK ABOUT IT .. People alter their clothes, habits, finances, and jobs to gain acceptance from friends, family and peers. The only problem is that the people who like your appearance today won’t like it tomorrow. It is true you can’t please everybody, but you can please God - by recognizing that through Jesus ... God accepts you unconditionally. We have all the status we need: We are children of The MOST HIGH GOD ( El Elyon ) .. as Christians we are ambassadors of Jesus Christ, living in the kingdom of light - PRAISE THE NAME of "El Channun" today ..

 

When life bottoms out - Run in the right direction!

When things tend to get rough .. and your life bottoms out .. we all run from those times .. but in what direction do you go?
 

Do you know the secret of Christians who lead full lives, seem full of vitality .. and always productive for the kingdom of God?  .. It’s not that they never face opposition, dissappointments, failures or challenges .. Their secret of success is that when they do, they return to God. They just keep going back .. and back .. and back again to God for guidance, encouragement, wisdom and strength.

Moses was following God’s precise instructions when he went to Pharaoh and asked for the release of the Hebrews so that they could worship God in the wilderness. But Pharaoh’s response wasn’t what Moses anticipated. “If you have enough time to worship,” he said, “you’ve got more time than I thought. From now on, I’m holding you to your production quota of bricks, but you’ve got to gather all your own materials, too.”

Moses was in a real jam - He had done God’s will, yet he was boxed in by Pharaoh’s edict and his own people’s anger. Forty years before, he would have run away - This time, he ran to God.

When your life bottoms out .. it's okay to want to run from it .. But run in the right direction. When we run to God, whether we are crying, questioning or complaining, we’ve come to the right place.

The place of Our Heavenly Father. ( learn a whole lot about what this means at: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/names-god

Fly Like a Butterfly, Study like a Botanist, or be like the Bee?

Fly Like a Butterfly, Study like a Botanist, or be like the Bee?

"Take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17)... Your attitude toward Scripture will determine your effectiveness in spiritual battle.

I remember enjoying the observations of perceptions of one who wrote of someone gazing at a beautiful garden.

First he saw a butterfly flitting from flower to flower. It spent a few seconds on the edge of each, but derived no particular benefit from any of the flowers upon which he had lighted upon.

Next he saw a botanist with large notebook and microscope in hand. As the botanist carefully observed each flower and plant, he made copious entries in his book. But after hours of meticulous study, most of what he learned was shut up in his book .. as he closed it .. and very little remained in his mind of what facts and observations he had recorded that day.

Then came a little bee. When it entered a flower, it emerged laden with pollen. The bee had left the hive that morning empty .. but would return full with pollen to the hive ..

When it comes to Bible study, some people are like butterflys, going from one favorite verse to another, one seminar to another, or one book to another. They're very busy and expend much energy but have little to show for their efforts. They remain unchanged in any significant way because they never really delve into the Word wholeheartedly. They're content to simply flutter around the edges.

Others, like the botanist, may study in great depth .. but never really try to figure out how to apply it to their lives. There are entire commentaries written by unbelievers of Bible stories and teachings .. yet In some cases their grasp of Scripture may be exceptional, but they know nothing of the true love for God and obedience to the biblical truths. What a tragedy!

You don't have to be a biblical scholar to make that mistake. You need only to fail to apply what you learn to your life.

Rather, we need to strive to be like the bee, spending time in the Word in reading, studying, taking notes .. then emerging fuller than when we began. Your mind will be filled with wisdom and biblical insights. Your life will be sweeter and purer because the Word has done its work (1 Cor. 2:13).

Are you a butterfly, a botanist, or a bee? .. According to James 1:22-25, what's the difference between someone who merely hears the Word and someone who obeys it?

The Lord has not granted the Holy Ones the power to tell of all his marvels which the Almighty Lord has solidly constructed for the universe to stand firm in his glory. He has fathomed both the abyss and the human heart and seen into their devious ways; for the Most High knows all there is to know and sees the signs of the times. He declares what is past and what will be, and reveals the trend of hidden things. Not a thought escapes him, not a single word is hidden from him. He has embellished the magnificent works of his wisdom, he is from everlasting to everlasting, nothing can be added to him, nothing taken away, he needs no one's advice. How lovely, all his works, how dazzling to the eye! They all live and last for ever, and, whatever the circumstances, all obey. All things go in pairs, by opposites, he has not made anything imperfect: one thing complements the excellence of another. Who could ever grow tired of gazing at his glory?

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