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:

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:

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:

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?

Freedom, Responsibility and Personal Liberties - In Jesus

We are free in Christ Jesus .. Free from sin and death .. Free from legalistic rule-keeping .. It Is By FAITH that we are "saved" ..

But, as believers, we are not free from responsibility, and part of that responsibility is to nurture those around us that God puts into our lives that are younger and weaker in their faith, even at the cost of our own personal liberty. Sometimes our actions are absorbed and immulated by others that we least suspect - I heard a story about an all-American football player for Mississippi State who went on to play for the Houston Oilers. One Saturday Mississippi State played, and defeated, the University of Houston, which was no small accomplishment. After the big game some alumni passed out cigars to the winning team, and one man stuck his cigar in his pocket. He did not smoke, so he just saved it .. The next day he was sitting on the front porch at his folk’s house, by himself. He felt in his pocket, and noticed the cigar, opened it, and put it in his mouth. He didn’t smoke .. but he said he sort of shifted it around in his mouth, and thought about that big win the day before.

A little while later a young boy walked up to the porch and said - “How ‘ya doin’?” .. “Come on up here and sit by me a minute.” And the boy climbed up to sit next to his big, football-playing neighbor and the boy began to talk, and he said in a few minutes, he noticed the boy had a stick in his mouth. Then he remembered the cigar in his... as they talked a little more he then reached up, took the cigar out of his mouth, broke it in half, threw it down, and said, “You know, I think I’ll quit smoking.”  .. The boy took the stick out of his mouth, broke it, threw it down and said, “Yeah. Me, too.” Our liberty in Christ extends only as far as it does not cause a brother or sister in Christ to stumble .. When it does, responsibility supersedes freedom.

This is most common in our world today .. in our "dress" .. "drinking" ... "smoking" ... "the movies we watch" ... and so many other things we do ..

We live in a pleasure-oriented culture that focuses on the present. God does not want us to sacrifice future blessings for short-term enjoyments. Let's take a look at Esau's story and learn from his mistakes. As Isaac’s elder son, Esau was facing a secure future in the role of spiritual leader and head of the family. Yet he was blind to what was valuable in life an casually sold his birthright - for a bowl of stew? ..  He apparently cared nothing about his rights as first born or his impact on future generations and gave it all up for a bowl of stew - think about it? Some of us are a bit short sighted. We spend much of our time working or engaging in pleasurable pursuits of our own own personal choosing. However, God wants our priorities to reflect His purposes, His Character — and to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind and to love others through a life of service and sacrifice (Matt. 22:37-40).

Esau was ruled by his appetite and emotions - and We Much The Same Today ... our thoughts are centered on the quickest way to satisfy our own needs .. get what we want .. often without thought or weighing the cost. Giving in to our feelings can be a first step toward trouble and regrets .. and all this is prompted by our emotions to act quickly or put ourselves first .. which can result in poor health, financial pressures, and even addictions. We can protect our future by yielding to the Spirit’s control and living out what Scripture considers most valuable: knowing God and obediently serving Him. Make sure that you put Him in charge of your mind, will, emotions, and appetites.

SO YOU .. LIKE ME .. ASK? HOW? .. Learning from Christ's Examples and "Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17). To wield the sword of the Spirit is to apply specific Biblical principles to specific situations. Jesus gave us the perfect example of skillful and precise use of the sword of the Spirit. Following His baptism, "Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread'" (Matt. 4:1-3). Satan was challenging Christ's trust in His heavenly Father's power and provision. God had just announced that Jesus was His Son (Matt. 3:17). Would He now abandon Jesus to starve in the wilderness? Satan urged Jesus to take matters into His own hands and supply for His own needs. ( Satan does this exact same thing with us today ) .. After all, Satan implied, doesn't the Son of God deserve better than this? Jesus might have acted on His own authority or demanded that God give Him what He deserved. Instead, He demonstrated His trust in God and rebuked Satan for his evil intents: "It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God'" (v. 4). That's a specific verse applied to a specific situation. Jesus responded the same way to Satan's other temptations (vv. 7, 10).  Scripture gives many general principles for Christian living, but the sword of the Spirit is a precise weapon. We must learn to apply the appropriate biblical principles to any given situation. That's what the psalmist meant when he wrote, "How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word. . . . Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee" (Ps. 119:9, 11).

Learning where to go in the Bible to defend ourself against sorrow, discouragement, apathy, lust, or pride - IS IMPORTANT! If not, you're attempting to do spiritual battle unarmed.

Suggestions for Prayer and Ways To learn How .. and the one thing that has helped me on numerous occasions is right here:

Are We Asking The Wrong Questions?

A better question would be, “Did God enjoy your worship?”

One of the major problems with our worship is that we evaluate it by asking the wrong question. “Did you enjoy worship?” we might ask someone who’s just attended a church service. But the point of worship is not that we enjoy it although certainly we should, but that God is pleased by it and honored through it.

A better question would be, “Did God enjoy your worship?” ... Or Maybe A better question would be, “Did you enjoy God's Mercy .. and celebrate it today?  .. Most of us have the idea when we worship in church that the preacher is the actor, God is the prompter telling him what to say, and the congregation is the audience ... But this is wrong. In worship, God is the audience, and the congregation is on stage. The preacher is simply a prompter, helping the people focus their attention on God. If worship is true and God-honoring, He is blessed by every hymn sung, every word proclaimed, every gift given, every testimony spoken and every secret thought shared with God from the depth of your heart. It is all about GOD ... and all for Him alone.

No one enjoys the feeling of brokenness, but we can’t ignore its benefits to spiritual growth. Being broken gives us an entirely new perspective on the Lord’s plan for our lives. You see, enjoying a steady, uninterrupted stream of blessings has an interesting effect on most people: It distorts our view of the Father, often leaving us to assume He exists for us.

We ask the Lord for ..  healing ... success .. financial security ... new desires .. homes .. cars ... We ASK GOD to bless our family and our relationships ... save our marriages .. we ASK .. and ASK ... and ASK .. and ask and ask.

And the truth is, much of the time we aren't really talking to God at all. In our mind, we've replaced Him with some sort of cosmic errand boy .. santa claus .. we tell God all about what we want and then send Him off to get it for us.

In all of this, who is actually at the center of our prayers? It certainly isn't Almighty God .. our Eternal Savior .. The Creator of the Uuniverse -- No, instead we find ourselves at the center of these prayers. Therefore, the end result is the subtle belief that God exists for our benefit, a far cry from the reality of His Holiness and Divinity.

This distortion breaks the Lord’s heart and leads us far away from truly knowing Him for who He is.

The antidote for this self-centered idolatry is brokenness. When God says “No,” when He takes away instead of adding more, when He divinely manages what we have, how much we have, and how long we have it, He is helping us keep our eyes on Him.

Do not despise these moments of adversity .. or aloneness .. the desperation of your condition .. TURN INSTEAD .. recognize them as the voice of your Father In Heaven .. through Jesus .. calling you back into His Son's open and loving arms.

Tired? .. Dealing with Fears, Despair, Discouragement ?

Dealing with Despair, Dealing with Fears in Your Life? .. some Discouraging Things? .. Situations? 

"Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17)... Your helmet of salvation protects you from discouragement and despair.

We've all experienced and seen how Satan attacks believers .. and non-believers .. with his two-edged sword of doubt and discouragement. But he doesn't stop there. He tries to take you beyond discouragement to despair by robbing you of hope. Unless you're careful, his attacks will be successful ... especially when you're battle weary and tired. Remember the saying - "fatigue makes cowards of us all" .. and Satan knows how to grind us down ..

The prophet Elijah is an illustration of that truth. The highlight of his ministry came atop Mount Carmel, where he slew 450 prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:40). Yet immediately after that great victory, he fled for his life because Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him (1 Kings 19:1- 3). He ran from Mount Carmel into the wilderness of Beersheba, where he "sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, 'It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers'" (v. 4). He went on to moan, "I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Thy covenant, torn down Thine altars and killed Thy prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away" (v. 10).
Elijah lost hope because he failed to see his circumstances through the eyes of faith; he was attempting to fight the battle on his own. He allowed himself to become emotionally, physically, and spiritually spent, and became overwhelmed with self-pity. He felt utterly alone.

But God hadn't abandoned Elijah. He was still in control and His people were numerous (v. 18). But Elijah had, in effect, removed his helmet of salvation and received a near-fatal blow to his confidence in God's blessing on his life.
There may be times when, like Elijah, you lose your confidence and doubt God's faithfulness. At such times, putting on the helmet of salvation means taking your eyes off your circumstances and trusting in God's promises. You may not always sense His presence or understand what He's doing, but be assured He will never leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5) and His purposes will always be accomplished Rom. 8:28).

Suggestions for Prayer .. and further study: Read Isaiah 40:29-31 and Galatians 6:9.

Praise God for His unchanging character and irrevocable promises ... and take with you today this "gem" -


Do You Have Trouble Conquering Doubt - The Enemy Within?

Conquering Doubt - The Enemy Within Us All

"Take the helmet of salvation" (Eph. 6:17). .. The key to conquering doubt is to focus on the preserving power of God.

Doubt comes to Christians in many ways. After you've sinned, your conscience might hiss at you, saying, "Surely you're not a Christian. Why would God save you anyway? You don't deserve His mercy. You're not good enough. How presumptuous to think God could ever use you!" Such doubts are common among Christians who focus on their performance rather than God's power.

All too often we're quick to acknowledge God's power to save us but slow to understand His power to keep us.

To complicate matters, many Christians believe they can lose their salvation, so they live in constant fear of falling away from the faith. Still others have never learned what Scripture teaches about their security in Christ. They're so intent on pleasing God through their own efforts that they lose sight of grace and drift into a subtle works- righteousness mentality.

Your performance doesn't determine your standing in Christ; your standing in Christ determines your performance. Good works are the necessary result of salvation (Eph. 2:10) but they don't save you or keep you saved. That's God's work.

Jude said, "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy" (v. 24). "Able" in that verse translates a Greek word that speaks of power. "Keep" literally means "to secure in the midst of an attack." "Stumbling" refers to falling into sin. Together they say that God is powerful enough to prevent you from stumbling into sin and falling away from Him—no matter how intense Satan's attacks might be. He will continue to protect and cleanse you until the day you enter His glorious heaven perfected.

Sin is a serious issue and you should never take it lightly. But when you do sin, remember that as a believer you're immediately cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:7). So always confess your sins and turn from them, but never doubt God's power or willingness to keep you saved. Trust in His grace, not in your ability to perform.

Suggestions for Prayer: Praise the Lord for continually cleansing your sin. Acknowledge the fact that Jesus died on Calvary's Cross for your sins .. and tell Jesus THANK YOU! 


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