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The Roadblock of Doubt

Have you experienced so much failure that you’re afraid to try again?  ...  Have you ever felt alone, wondering if God cares about your dreams? .. Is it difficult to believe that biblical promises will really work for you? If so, you might be held back from pursuing your God-given purpose by what I call the roadblock of doubt. Believing you can achieve a goal is vital to reaching it. The writer of Hebrews says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). After you receive His gift of salvation, obeying God includes pursuing goals He has designed for your life. Without faith in God—and without believing He will reward those who diligently seek Him—you will fail.

Perhaps you doubt because you lack understanding that God is with you always. I encourage you to read aloud one of these passages of Scripture until you truly believe it:

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:19: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 13:5: “I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you.”

Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

When I experience momentary doubt .. I really wish I had the fortitude and wherewithall .. to get on my knees, open my Bible, and read it aloud to God, saying, “Lord, this is what You have said in Your Word. I trust You to do this in my life.”  .. but I rarely do this and I am not very diligent in doing what I know will positively work ..

Another reason people doubt is their past failures. Most of us need to stop looking over our shoulders at past mistakes. By doing so, they carry guilt over sins the Lord has already forgiven and forgotten. If God has forgiven you—which He says He does every time you confess your sins to Him—then forgive yourself. (See John 1:9.) It isn’t possible to mess up so badly that God will reject you or turn away from using you. Thinking that you’re a failure will cause you to act like one, and the things you attempt to do will miss the mark. Choose to lay down your defeatist mindset, and embrace your identity as a beloved, spiritually-gifted child of God. Don’t wait for someone else to do what is really your responsibility. Too often people expect others to provide opportunities and blessings to help them succeed. God wants you to reach the goals He designed uniquely for you. Nobody else can do the believing or the work necessary to accomplish His plans for your life. 
     
Take God at His Word. Many people read the Bible but then conclude, “That’s for somebody else.” What you read in the Scriptures is for you. Count on it. Jesus gave us great encouragement about what happens to those who face life with faith rather than doubt. He taught that they could move mountains (Mark 11:22-24). Such a large feat may take time––in some cases, years or decades, but it is possible when a believer is yielded to the Holy Spirit and perseveres in His power.

Consider a young man who is called to a life of preaching the gospel. The Lord doesn’t say, “I expect you to produce 50 years’ worth of sermons.” Rather, the Lord says, “I set before you the goal of preaching the gospel as long as you are alive, as effectively and irresistibly as you can.” The young preacher needs to say, “What does the Lord want to say through me to the people in my church this week?” With that attitude of trust and dependence, he is likely to believe God for a good sermon each week, one at a time. Then, if he lives long enough, he’ll have sermons for 50 years.

Focus your energy on short-range goals, where it will be most effective and potent. Over time, your faith will grow stronger as your goals become more challenging. Only as you look back will you be able to say, “I lived by faith.” And that, of course, is precisely God’s desire for you (2 Cor. 5:7). Do you doubt your ability to reach God-given goals? If your answer is yes, confess your need to the Lord. Ask Him to forgive you. Then ask Him to help you move forward in your life. Push doubt aside, and act as the saved, Spirit-filled, gifted child of God that you are.

Adapted from Success God’s Way (2000). an article by Dr. Charles Stanley / Intouch.org

 

 

When the Last Trumpet Blows - it will be a ROCK CONCERT for sure ..

YOU'LL BE FALLING TO YOUR FACE, as you hear the "archangel" play his tune.

When the Last Trumpet Blows .. The ROCK CONCERT .. Held By The Rock of The Ages .. None Other Than "El Sali" .. Our God and Our Rock .. Read | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

When that time comes .. you may have thought that Art Farmer, Chet Baker,  Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Fats Navarro, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis or LOUIS ARMSTRONG were the best trumpeters in this world - BUT YOU'LL BE FALLING TO YOUR FACE .. as you hear the "archangel" play his tune.

If you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior - then the sounds will be glorious, warm and a relaxed tone will fill your spirit - IF NOT - a hard and deep force will overwhelm you .. young or old it will not matter. Young or old, rich or poor., whether in this life you liked the blues, or the rythems of cool music - you will be on your knees. IF YOU DON'T KNOW JESUS .. Please Go Here: http://iaskgod.com/content/salvation-come-unto-me-all-you-who-labor

When it comes to learning about the end times and the return of Christ, many believers feel confused by the elaborate symbolism the Bible uses to describe these events. Clearly there are certain mysteries regarding the end of life as we know it ... and God has chosen to present some of these topics in unique and interesting terms. One revelation, however, is quite clear: We can be certain of the sights, sounds, and feelings surrounding the moment when Jesus returns, as today’s passage makes clear. We will hear the magnificent voice of the Lord as He descends from heaven. The voice of the archangel and the sound of a trumpet of God will also be audible (v. 16).

We will see Jesus Christ with the archangel, and the deceased saints ( many of your relatives and friends who trusted Our Lord ) who had trusted in the Lord will be raised to meet them in the air (vv. 16-17). We will feel our bodies instantly transformed as we are “caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord” (v. 17). With these miraculous happenings mapped out for us in God’s Word, there is no reason to feel fearful about the return of our Savior.

It will be a time of worship and rejoicing for many .. and a time of fear for those who refuse to acknowledge Jesus .. as Lord and Savior - No matter what happens in the world around us from now until then, we know that we can place our confidence in Jesus Christ. Just as He promised, He will return, accompanied by the archangel and announced by a trumpet, to take His children home for eternity.
 

Our attitudes toward Jesus Christ tend to fall into three categories.

Jesus, the Only Righteous Man .. The Perfect God-Man

Read | John 20:30-31

Our attitudes toward Jesus Christ tend to fall into three categories.

1.  There are some who don’t believe He is God become Man .. who came as "the lamb of God" .. The Savior .. They reject, diminish, or ignore His character and lifesaving work, claiming He was simply a good person or prophet .. and God addresses all tyhese issues in His Holy Word .. 

2. Second - there are some who intellectually acknowledge Jesus is God’s Son but have no personal relationship with Him.

3. The you have those "sinners" who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior .. those many call "christians" .. true followers who believe Christ is Savior (Rom. 10:9). Through genuine faith, believers are made part of His family... able to cry out to God as "Our Father" ..  

Ephesians 2:1-2 says that before salvation, we all are spiritually dead and living according to our sin nature. Those who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus remain in that state. But when a person places faith in Him, spiritual birth takes place; he or she is made alive in Christ and becomes a new creation who is no longer to live according to the flesh (John 3:3; Eph. 2:5; 4:24).

Our position in the Lord affects everything about us .. attitudes, emotions, conversation, and conduct. The ungodliness of our culture no longer fits who we are. As believers, we are to grow in Christlikeness, embracing ideas, thought patterns, and activities that please God, while rejecting all others.

Jesus is the perfect God-man, who willingly took our sins upon Himself and experienced divine wrath in our place. God accepted His death as full payment for our sins, and He raised Jesus from the dead to a position of divine glory (Eph. 1:20). His Spirit now lives within us.

Lean Not Unto Yor Own "understanding" ... but TRUST IN GOD and  who Jesus Christ is, and let that knowledge - move you to humble yourself and turn from sin .. ask Jesus to be The Lord of Your Life .. and help you strengthen your own commitment to be more like Him.

Womens Rights In The Middle East and Muslim Countries - You Can Help

Life for women in many parts of the Muslim world is stifling and often filled with persecution, abuse, and isolation. That’s why many women today in Jordan and other middle east countries go online to find answers to their deepest questions - about God and Christian beliefs .. and other womens issues. The world we live in is shrinking, and because of technology their searches often lead them to sites like www.iaskGod.com, Global Media Outreach and other sites. Over time, many will come to Christ and have their lives and their faith and their lives - transformed. They learn to pray and ask God to open their hearts and minds to receive God's Holy Word - to live according to His will and share with others to come to see Jesus Christ through them. Help us make this available as God leads you - help keep this online Gospel ministry possible so that more hearts and minds receive the truth of The Blood of Jesus .. and God’s Word.

Help reach around the Muslim World to places like the south of Jordan and cities like Zarqa, Amman, Irbid, Madaba, Salt, and Karak - which have some Christian communities. Today in places like Fuheis, Al Husn and Ajloun, and in villages that have mixed Christian/Muslim populations, like Kufranja and Raimoun - today people all over the Middle east have internet and mobile devices .. and seach for answers from Almighty God ..

What Does It Mean to Be “Born Again”?

What Does It Mean to Be “Born Again”?   .. Read | John 3:1-16

In today’s passage, the Lord instructs Nicodemus that no one can enter into the kingdom of God unless he is first “born again.” Jesus gave the term a spiritual meaning that may be familiar to us today, but Nicodemus didn't understand. “How can a man be born when he is old?” he asked. “He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” (John 3:4).
Though he was a Pharisee and a teacher, Nicodemus found it hard to grasp what Jesus was describing. And I suspect many people—including believers as well as unbelievers—don’t truly comprehend the concept any better today. So let’s take the time to understand this important idea.
“Born again” is an apt description of what it means to trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Our lives are not changed when we enter into a relationship with Christ; rather, our old lives are effectively ended, and we are completely reborn in the Spirit.
Therefore, it makes perfect sense to say that we are “born again.” It means that we are no longer who we once were in sin. Rather, we are a new creation that exists to glorify God (2 Cor. 5:17).

Does your life in Christ reflect the glory of God, or are you still clinging to your old ways of living? It is important to understand that the Lord does not simply want to change you; instead, He wants to remake you—there’s a big difference. As you pray today, ask for the courage to surrender to God and to live a life that proclaims your old self has died. He desires to make you new!
 

I've been Here Before - What Am I Not Learning?

Have you ever found yourself in the exact same situation, facing the exact same things? - SURE YOU HAVE!  .. the grocery store isle, doing the laundry week after week .. taking kids to school .. walking to or from school .. or work .. riding the bus ..

But what about those same old "problems" .. the one's that you already encountered? The ones you thought you had overcome? .. Maybe you feel like your life is a merry-go-round and you’re getting tired of the same scenery. I think at some point we have all felt that way and most of us have experienced this repetitive cycle in our lives. If this is hitting home with you, I have some good news, “You’ve been here before”. Why is that good news? Simply because once we’ve experienced something already, we now know what not to do... RIGHT? .. not necessarily so is it?

What are some of the circles in your life that never seem to be different? .. The "paterns" .. the spirals of life? - hunger? poverty? calamities? brokenness? .. feeling helpless? .. feel like you can't get no satisfaction? .. in bondage to something? .. lot's of obligations? ... your family expectations? .. Your Spouses' expectations? .. .. your rebellion? ..

WHEN IS THE LAST TIME - you "shared" your story?

Have you been praying over your dilemma?  .. Have you been searching for answers?

Make a decision to start "changing" all this .. TODAY  .. and begin right here at www.iaskGod.com

The GIGO CONCEPT - renew the foundation of Your Faith -and Your Thinking

Lay a good foundation for Your Faith .. and Your Thinking

Let's begin with what we "KNOW"  .. God has blessed each human being, young and old , with a most fabulous computer - it is your very mind! This mind of yours given and created by God, Our Creator! We utilize this device throughout life - we use it for storing information .. and processing data, input, information, ourl thoughts, our feelings, all our sensory input - visuals, instructions, truths .. and "untruths" - whatever you load into your personal computer - is exactly what you can expect to get back out of it! THINK ABOUT IT - PRAY ABOUT IT  - your entire lifetime so far with all the "input and instruction" .. negative and positive .. all loaded into your "personal God-Given computer" .. before you were even seven years old .. before you were even able to think on your own!  But what about now? What about all the "input" you have made over the years .. even the last 10, 20  or thirty years .. information that was originally based on what you believed you believe - because someone "taught you" all this as a child? That "someone else" who was helping to "program" and load information into your computer ( your own mind )  .. have you ever even considered what you may have "loaded" .. before you knew what input was?  .. FOR INSTANCE, what about all your inputs from early childhood, your environment, brothers, sisters, parents .. friends .. the Nuns, or The Priests .. your school teachers or college proffessors?

My friend in Jesus .. we call this the "GiGo" Concept ..  GIGO .. Garbage In, Garbage Out .. It means that if invalid, wrong, negative or impure data is entered in a computer program ( let's imagine your own mind ) .. the resulting output will also be invalid .. and thinking it's right or okay - will never make it right! If a program asked you to enter a letter of the alphabet and you decided to be funny and enter "3.14159", there's a good chance the results you would get back would be pretty messed up, or "garbage." Becoming smart enough to program .. or re-program your own mind and enter valid data, takes extensive measures to prevent GIGO errors.

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE - Your Thoughts and Your Actions Speak Volumes .. "Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts" (Proverbs 4:23). The Lord can help us control our thoughts. Philippians 4:7 says, "And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus." Our thoughts please God when they are clean and pure. "In conclusion, my brothers, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable" (Philippians 4:8).

To keep our minds on that which is pleasing to God requires constant self-discipline .. and prayer .. and as long as we are in this world we will be exposed to sin and temptation, but with the Lord's help we do not have to yield. An old proverb says, "The birds may pass overhead, but you don't have to let them build a nest in your hair." In other words, "Temptation may be all around you, but you don't have to let it become sin in your mind and actions." The best way to control our thoughts, to keep our minds free from evil, is to be careful what we see, hear, say, and do - IN OTHER WORDS - what you input into your mind and heart!

Be careful what you allow yourself to look at .. and see!  "The eyes are like a lamp for the body. If your eyes are sound, your whole body will be full of light" (Matthew 6:22). What we hear also influences our thoughts .. and our "mental input" . Mark 4:24 says, "Pay attention to what you hear!"  .. when is the last time you even considered the "input" that comes from your conversations with others .. or what about the music you listen to - the rythyms .. the beats .. the subtle words that come in .. Is your input today helping you to love the Lord more? .. building healthier thoughts? .. If your answer is negative perhaps you need to "begin re-programming your inputs"  .. discipline your allowable input .. remember something called "SELF-TALK"  .. Listening includes hearing our own words as well as the words of others. What we say can be a strong influence for good or for evil in our own life .. If someone wrongs us we can forget it more easily if we haven't answered the person in ugliness ..  Proverbs 15:1 says it like this, "A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up."

Consider this goal .. maybe consider the fulfillment of Proverbs 25:11, "An idea well-expressed is like a design of gold, set in silver." .. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, by the Power of His Holy Spirit will assist you in doing and "inputing" what is good.  .. Our response is the beginning of Wisdom .. "Lord, may the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing in your eyes. You are my Rock and my Redeemer.!" (Psalm 19:14).

Learning and Programming Memory Verses Can Be Foud Here: http://www.iaskgod.com/content/thought-conditioner-gems

 

Is God's Word a RoadMap or a Puzzle for Your Life?

A puzzle is a game for some .. a problem for others .. and for some, an oportunity to tests their ingenuity as a "would-be" solver of things. You see, in a puzzle, one is required to put the pieces together, in some logical way or manner - in order to arrive at the correct solution of the particular puzzle.

There are different "types of puzzles" .. for different ages... some mathematical .. some logistical .. and for some, even life itself is a puzzle. Solutions to puzzles often require the recognition of patterns .. maybe the creation in ones mind of a particular kind of order. It is said that persons with high levels of inductive reasoning and aptitude skills may be better at solving puzzles than others.

But puzzles based upon "inquiry" or "discovery"  may be solved more easily by those with simple skills of deduction - and it is said that "deductive reasoning" improves with life's ups and downs, even common sense life practices and things we learned. REMEMBER THESE ... If A = B and B = C, then A = C? ... or All apples are fruits, all fruits grow on trees; therefore, all apples grow on trees.

Puzzles can be divided into categories - for example a maze is a type of tour puzzle .. Some other categories like construction puzzles, stick puzzles, tiling puzzles, transport puzzles, disentanglement puzzles, lock puzzles, folding puzzles, combination puzzles, and mechanical puzzles .. and today there are thousands of computer puzzle games and a great many puzzles based upon letters, words, and mathematics .. BOTOM LINE .. as a verb .. cause (someone) to feel confused because they cannot understand or make sense of something. ( past tense: puzzled; past participle: puzzled; gerund or present participle: puzzling ) ..

On the other hand .. A ROADMAP may be defined as - a plan or strategy intended to achieve a particular goal.

So the question here: .. is God's Word ( Scripture ) .. a RoadMap or a Puzzle? .. How Do You Think God Intended It?

If you were going to "craft" your own life's "roadmap" .. what keys and steps would you most likely come up with .. a List of Your Passions – a list of all the things you like and feel very strongly about? ... would you also Identify Your Values .. maybe in your mind or heart ( in the case for love ) .. would you set the situations – maybe try to determine what conditions should exist for you to feel you’re fulfilling "Your Values" .. and then maybe you would "Identify" what activities you should be doing to fulfill your Dreams, Goals and Values ... and what about some sort of "Visual Report Card" on yourself .. how would that be done?

So the question today is one that requires your thought .. honesty as you look into the mirror .. as you visualize and assess your current status in life ..

Then Ask ..  What "action" do I need to take? .. What steps from here on out?

God is awakening hearts and lives with the Truth of Jesus in the Muslim world.

Leading The Way Continues to Impact Indonesia One Year After Revival Gatherings in places like Jakarta. Their ministry is continuing to impact the world’s largest Muslim nation. Dr. Michael Youssef preached at last year's revival gatherings in Indonesia and the Indonesian revival was only the beginning of a long-term outreach to Indonesia .. using THE KINGDOM SAT , satelite network reaches out in the Indonesian language. Now anyone in Indonesia with a satellite dish will have access to the Gospel of Jesus .. subtitled in their language. That’s remarkable growth from just a simple stadium evangelistic outreach .. and is a good example of "Courageous Faith Outreach" ..

Former Muslim extremists - now becoming evangelists .. and risking their lives to bring people to know Jesus Christ .. and here in America .. what do we do to further the Kingdom of God around the world? .. Dr. Youssef is first to ask .. urging people to pray that Leading The Way's satellite broadcasts will give boldness to all those who listen .. Pray for those who have given their lives to Christ at the threat of their own lives .. something we do not worry about in the USA  .. pray that they would be courageous and that they will stand up for their new found faith in Jesus. Pray that God would give them courage, and pray for those who are still teetering on making a decision, that they will make that right decision. With reinforcement from the satellite broadcasts, pray that it will be a great encouragement to those who made a decision, but are in hiding, as they are in fear just like the early church we read about in the Bible - and ask yourself - What Can I Do?

Sharing the Word with the World is the Goal of Leading The Way - In the coming year, Leading The Way plans to distribute 10,000 solar-powered Navigator devices across Indonesia. The Navigator comes pre-loaded with Biblical messages in a dual-language format, allowing us to target over 20 language groups. These "pocket missionaries" provide access to the Word of God in remote regions and areas hostile to the Gospel, enabling us to reach the lost and help believers grow in God's Word. Already people have received countless blessings and given testimonies in Indonesia .. especially the young - like a 14 year old girl in West Borneo, Indonesia, said, “I feel so blessed by all the teachings I hear through the Navigator, especially the messages on Matthew 6:33. God alone fills whatever lack we have.” .. or a prison inmate who shared, “The messages on the Navigator help me to overcome my fear as I serve out my sentence.”

Join Us in Our Mission work .. join with Dr. Michael Youssef and Leading The Way - as God uses this global outreach to transform lives - Muslims are finding Jesus Christ .. and The Truth. Persecuted Christians around the world are finding hope and strength through the internet and satellite broadcasts .. modern technology can be used for good - Please continue to join with us in proclaiming God's Word .. God's Name .. throughout the world. When you give to Leading The Way, or to this ministry you are helping us proclaim the Gospel to many who have never even heard the name of Jesus. Through the internet ( The World Wide Web ) and other international broadcasting channels like Leading The Way Navigators, and on-the-ground follow-up they provide - God is awakening hearts and lives. Please continue to share the Truth of Christ in the Muslim world.

Deception, Desire, Lust, Sex, Anger - Gay Life Perspective

There is a prevailing deception today .. one very powerful evidently .. so powerful it makes people risk their souls .. give up family relationships .. jeopardize their health, and their integrity before Almighty God - The deception is that which is defined in Romans 1:18-32 .. it may be your battle for success for material wealth .. it may be your desires for another man or woman and a gay lifestyle .. it may be that same sex marriage you think is the answer .. maybe flirting with a homo-sexual relationship as a teenager ..

Many of us decide somethings without giving God His rightful place in our lives .. we simply do not acknowledge Him or we say we are "aetheists" .. and therefore we are not responsible to any God - To uncover the truth, we need only ask ourselves, What is God's View of all this? Taking a little "perspective" from Holy Scripture .. you might read about God’s Anger Against Sinners and how God feels about those who turn away from truth .. The truth that is plain to them .. deep inside their spirit!

What comes in the order of God's created "natural world" order .. things seen every day and known and seen and experienced all around you every day  .. Those things that can be seen in what God has made - the birds, bees, cattle, horses, rabbits .. as a result you are responsible and have no excuse for what you do. If waht you do in life refuses to acknowledge God before men .. and doesn't honor him as God .. and you refuse to thank him - you're thinking becomes worthless. Your foolishness and inner self becomes darker and darker - and yet you claim to be wise and smart. Your idols and things you honor and look to - things like horoscopes, feelings of lust and desires based solely on emotions and "feeling good" .. people and other voices you tend to listen to .. do these things give "honor to God" .. do they Glorify His Name? If you persist .. God will let you go and have the desires of a sinful heart .. He will allow your perverse and sexual desires .. and then as a result - pollution of all sorts!

What is TRUTH? .. you know what God's Truth is .. yet you continue on the path of unrighteousness ( wrong living ) .. you refuse to worship God as your Creator... and give Him the praise and honoe He deserves .. as men we follow our shameful longings .. our self-centered passions .. and what comes of them? Look around us today - women and men living in not natural ways - homosexuality, lesbianism, same sex marriages .. burning in sexual longings that are not natural.
 
Whenever you "choose" to think it is not important to know God .. God will let you go and allow you to live in your own devices - keep doing the things you shouldn’t do... just consider your sin .. and remember it is a "choice" .. consider the things you see and hear each day on the news - greed, scams, robbery, murder, sexual perversions, child abuse, theft, fighting, cheating .. the hatefulness toward others - all rooted in rudeness and pride .. people bragging about the new ways to do evil .. like a college student sueing her parents over an education - such foolishness pervades where we live today. We "know" deep in our "knower" that God’s commands are right, just and true - yet what do we choose to do - it's up to you!

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