Faith is not a product of the reasoning faculties but of the recreated spirit. A believer does not have strength as long as he operates in the natural. There is more to life than meets the ordinary eyes. When we base our judgment on sense knowledge, we have not looked deep enough.
None of us is any match for satan as long as we stay in the natural. The more we would get into the natural, the more satan rises up and becomes bigger. On the contrary, the more we would get into faith, the more satan becomes smaller. Unless you decide to look at things from God’s point of view, you will be constantly defeated and overcome by satan.
There are two sides to life. First is the spiritual side and ultimate conclusion, where satan was defeated. Second is the natural side, in which people try to figure God out with their natural mind. Focusing on God puts everything else in its proper perspective!
“If you make an excuse for sin, your sin will not be excused. What is an excuse? An excuse is a reason whether genuine or fake, given to explain or defend your wrongdoing. Today, we blame our situation on others. Man always shifts his blame to someone else or to circumstances beyond his control. Many blame their situation on family background. Some would say, “I am poor because everyone in my family is poor”. If you make an excuse for being poor, your poverty cannot be excused.
“Remember, you are responsible for what you give your attention to, so it is unnecessary to blame your situation on anyone. In the same way, you are responsible for your own actions. Today, it is common for people to blame their failures on their family background whereas they attribute their success to their personal effort. If you attribute your success to your personal effort, you should also accept the blame for your failure. If you complain that you are poor because every member of your family is poor, remember, you are responsible for your poverty by your own actions or inactions, that is, by what you do or what you fail to do.
“For example, I found myself in a family background that irritated me in those early years of my life. I knew I would be blamed for what I gave my attention to. I knew I could change the situation, so I took a different direction in order to achieve a different solution by recognising that victory obtained through Christ was a past tense victory. I mean, it is victory assured. Rather than despair and blame my situation on family background, I began to be proud of my situation in order to feel Christ’s victory over me. I became content with my situation, knowing that my situation was redeemable through Christ and that, that redemption was a past tense redemption. I mean, redemption assured. Then I began to take God at His Word in order to have His way.
“Remember, no one is too good or too bad to qualify for His grace. Remember also that it was possible for me to have sat somewhere and begin to make excuses for my situation but I never did. Whatever I am today is a product of the conviction that victory through Christ is victory indeed. The rest is history.”
– Prophet T.B. Joshua
“I was born in a Sikh family but I was not very spiritual or connected to God through Sikhi. As time passed, I encountered some problems which made me think about who God is. From that day, I started searching for God in my own religion Sikhism. I read half of the Guru Granth Sahib. I used to do go to the temple daily and do seva as well but none of these changed my problems; they even became worse. Then I started searching for God in other religions as well. I chanted Hanuman Chalisa and read many spiritual books. I even went to a mosque but didn’t find peace.
“However, one day I was searching for ‘miracles from God’ on YouTube when I found a video named ‘TB Joshua Healing People In Jesus Name’. I saw the complete video and, in that video, he cured a man who had cancer. He healed him completely and I said to myself, ‘What I have just seen?’ Then I saw more videos of TB Joshua where he was healing HIV patients, people with tumours, cancer etc. I thought, ‘If this man can heal people in Jesus’ name, perhaps Jesus can help me too.’ After that, I started searching for people who pray for people in Jesus’ name in India. I found a pastor who prayed for me. I was in hurry to get healed but didn’t know that Jesus had something even bigger for me!
“Time passed and they started telling me that Jesus died for my sins but He never sinned. That word punctured my heart. I thought, ‘Why would someone else die for my mistakes, for my sins?’ On that day, I asked for forgiveness and mercy from Jesus. Trust me – He gave me the peace which I was searching for! That peace showed me that Jesus is the true God. He’s not in ‘religions’. He loves us so much that He came in human form to die for our sins, for our mistakes where we were supposed to die.
“Buy if you keep on denying Him in this life, then He will also deny you when His time comes. Be smart and make Jesus your Lord and Saviour today. You never know when your time will come. Hell and Heaven is real and Jesus is the only way to Heaven!”
– Vikramjeet Singh, India
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We are all connected to one another in a way too fundamental to be explained away in a single sentence:
➡️The mouth needs words,
➡️The ears need sounds,
➡️The eyes need a view,
➡️The feet need to go places.
Though the body of man is composed of many members, its workings are informed and influenced by one concern, in the spirit of one purpose. In other words, we need one another for our wholeness and completeness. I am not complete without you, neither are you without me. In essence, we depend on others to succeed in our respective callings. No one can succeed alone. Jesus knew this; that was why He had disciples.
We need good, inspired and informed people to make it in our respective callings. The medical doctor cannot say he does not need the soldier. What of when external forces invade the community? The soldier cannot say he does not need the medical doctor. What of when he is wounded in battle?
I am because you are, just as you are because I am. I mean you depend on me; I depend on you. The whole creation of the universe is based on this symbiotic essence. Just as the way God has designed the workings of the human society, so He has planned the way the different individuals can contribute to the well-being of their fellow brothers.
If you plant in love, you will reap love because there is no giving in truth without receiving. What do you have? We are expected to give to God everything He has given us – I mean, all our substance – our time, strength, loyalty, money and every good thing the Lord has given us – and we shall receive, in return, an abundant blessing. Let us not love in words alone but also in deed and truth. When we love in deed, we are planting seeds that would return unto us a harvest of whatever love we expressed. God expects our best because He gives us His best (John 3:16). God has a Son. He planted Him in the earth to produce a family. Today, millions are born again through this Seed.
When we give, it makes us like unto God, who gives to all and receives from none. We should know that whatever blessing God has given us is meant to be replanted for a bigger harvest. We always reap the same kind of seed we plant, just as we always reap more than we plant:
☑️ Love for God’s sake and be loved.
☑️ Help for God’s sake and be helped.
☑️ Be kind for God’s sake and receive kindness.
☑️ Show mercy for God’s sake and receive mercy.
☑️ Give and receive more of whatever you give.
☑️ Sow and reap more of whatever you plant.
Do you want to speak? Pause a minute and think about what your usual conversations have been like! What is the subject of most of your discussions? The words spoken earlier or yesterday – did they edify, bless and save? Is your speech profitable to others? Do you talk too much and not give opportunity for others to speak? Do your words build others up or pull them down? Is there any benefit people derive from them? Above all, do our words glorify God? If we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that much of our conversation, prayer, fasting, preaching and teaching is nothing more than empty talk.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has warned against speaking idle words – I mean, words that do not edify or build others up because for every idle word a man speaks, he shall be accountable. In Matthew 12:30-34, we are told that God takes notice of every word we say, even that which we ourselves do not notice. Vain and idle talk is a product of a vain and idle heart; they are unprofitable and not pleasing to God Almighty.
Remember, God has entrusted us with a treasury. The heart is the treasury; the words are the things brought out of the treasury (Matthew 12:35). It is the character of a good man that he has a good treasure in his heart and from there he brings forth good things. Love, kindness, good affection, tenderness, wisdom of utterance, power to counsel and good knowledge are all good treasures hidden in the heart; the law of God has written them there, ready for use as occasion demands.