Faith That says Yes to God

Hello delightful believers,

Today I want to speak to you about faith in action, saying “Yes” to God when He calls. Faith begins with our relationship to God.
It is Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Faith is living, active trust in the person of God.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1 KJV
Our faith is outworked as we seek the Lord’s face diligently, interact with Him and act upon what He has revealed to be His will. God is always working all around you.

Faith is not just deciding deciding what you want, visualising it and then speaking it out until you receive it…no, it is an individual child of God having access to God through the blood of Jesus and, in His presence, having God reveal His will to you. Do you want God’s will or your own? It means seeing what He is doing and getting involved as and when God directs.

God is at work all around us, influencing the lives of men. He has a plan and a purpose in the existence of every living thing. As we get to know God through prayer and the study of His Word, God is wanting to speak to our hearts and give us direction for our life circumstances. Just as Jesus said He could do nothing without His Father, it is the same for us.

God is not far away from you. He is very near and has promised to guide you through life. When He speaks be obedient and step out in faith if He directs you to take any specific actions. Remember, faith without works is dead, but acting when God has spoken paves the way to make the impossible possible!

Blessings to you
Sister B

Reflect: Is there something God is speaking to you about? A direction He is giving? What is stopping you from acting? Leave a comment using the link at the top of this post.

God’s Grace on Display

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Hi there blessed brothers and sisters,

God wants to put His glorious grace on display. He wants the world to see how good and faithful He is. Don’t be bashful about the gifts you have, they have been bestowed upon you by the living God. Shine. Shine for Jesus. Let His radiant love flow through you. Collaborate with Him, serving in faith. Be blessed as you do. You are highly favoured and have much to offer. More than you think. You may be scared at times but don’t limit God whatever you do! Find your fit and operate in faith. Trust in the Lord and He will bring His will to pass in your life. He is making, shaping and forming you. Let faith, hope and love abound!

The riches of God’s grace are abundant and overflowing. There is no lack in His kingdom. God is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides! So, delight in the Lord and be free. Don’t fight fear. Overcome with committed action and obey all He tells you to do. God will supply your needs and you will be blessed at all times and in all seasons. Even through the hard times. Shalom.

with much love,

Sister B

Reflect: What is God telling you do that you have not done because of fear? Leave a comment below.

The Throne of Grace

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Hello dear blessed ones,

How honoured we are to have access to the Throne of Grace. We have a relationship with our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

Each day we can come boldly before Him in prayer and talk to Him about all the things that concern us. God cares about all these things and delights to impart wisdom to us and to give us guidance and direction. He comforts us when we are down and strengthens us when we are feeling weak. He encourages us with His Word and strengthens our faith so we can stand through all trials and the tribulations of life. He is faithful and a very present help. He meets all our needs. Thankyou Lord!

Heb 4: 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. KJV

1. Come boldly.

One of the greatest kingdom privileges you have as a child of God is access to His heavenly throne. You can can come boldly before Him. You have unlimited access. You will not be rejected or rebuked. Come as you are and be changed in His presence. He loves you.

2. The throne of grace awaits.

When we enter the secret place of His presence through prayer, we will find the many blessings he has in store for us. God has the answers to all your questions, God has a supply for all of your needs. God wants time with you each day so that He can speak to your heart and prepare you for the days events. Come to throne of divine empowerment! Each day we need a fresh revelation from God, fresh manna from Heaven to nourish our souls that we may be rightly aligned with His purpose for our lives and a genuine blessing to the people around us. We need fresh oil, the anointing of God poured out upon our lives, that we might have power for service in His glorious kingdom.

3. There we will find mercy and grace for every need.

How blessed we are that the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. Yet we all know we stumble in many things. It is so important to keep short accounts with God, confessing our sins before Him and admitting our wrongs as they occur. We must live the examined life. We don’t want strongholds of sin to form in our life. God has called us to freedom! When we come in humility, God will forgive us. He is so merciful. He will impart to us grace to change, grace to live right, that we might bring glory to His Name. There is no point trying to hide our sin from God. He sees it all. Nothing is secret. Do not fear to be open and honest with God. When we fall He, in His mercy, will pick us up and set us right back on the assigned path. His supply of grace is abundant, sufficient for every need that we have. His power is made perfect in our weakness. Praise to His Name!

Believers, let me encourage you.

Trust in the Lord and come boldly before His throne daily. Trust in the One who loves you and tenderly cares for you. He is a loving Father, not a condemning judge. Ask for His forgiveness where you have slipped and fallen and receive from Him mercy and the grace for every need that you have. In Jesus Name. Amen!

Blessings from

Sister B

 

My Personal Testimony of God’s Goodness and Grace

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Dear Blessed ones,  

How great is our God. I would like to share with you a little bit about myself and how our precious Lord drew me to Himself in 1996. All glory to Jesus!

I once was lost.

  1. Only child, born in England
  2. Came via ship to Australia- 1977
  3. Pennington Hostel, Adelaide was the first place where we lived where I attended a children’s group called the Good News Bible Club and attended my first ever evangelistic meeting.
  4. My parents saved and were finally able to afford to build a house in a suburb named Salisbury Downs. This is where I grew up.
  5. I was a troubled teenager as I was a girl with a secret, there was domestic violence in our household and I saw my mother endure much brutality.
  6. Married young 19- St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide
  7. I had first child, a son when I was 21 years old
  8. I was a very ambitious person and always looking for a gt-rich scheme, I had a dressmaking business, studied Accounting at TAFE, was a sales person for a popular pottery company, as well as being a mum.
  9. My husband became involved in drug dealing- although I opposed it I still redecorated house with the money.
  10. Eventually we lost our house due to my husbands alcoholism.
  11. We moved to a rented house, I continued with my sewing business, by now I had two children.
  12. I became involved in New age teaching, positive thinking books, success teachings etc.  and for a time, participated in a bible study with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
  13. In 1996 I met a lady named Karen, a local school mum who told me about Jesus, day after day, week after week.
  14. I was deep in sin!

Then I Met Jesus.

I am so thankful that my friend was faithful to keep sharing the gospel with me. Eventually the Lord convicted me of my sin and my need to be forgiven. I knelt down on my lounge room floor and gave my life to Jesus, repenting of all my sin and trusting in Him for salvation. From the very beginning I fell in love with Christ and was so aware of His presence with me. Hallelujah!

  1. My first church episode- I could not understand one word, the pastor used long words and theological phrases, but I loved the music, the atmosphere, my friend encouraged me that what I was feeling was the Presence of God. I am so passionate about His presence today and I love to praise His name.
  2. As a rand new Christian I felt like I had hit the jackpot. I felt as though I had discovered a whole new world, God’s kingdom and I did not need to look any further now for fulfillment, as I had found what I had been looking for, the right way to live, the way to success, I found Him. Jesus. My salvation.
  3. Right from the start I was on fire, I filled my home with Christian music, which I love, especially black gospel, which is my favourite even now, because they worship with such abandon and with the whole heart. I would spend hours worshiping the Lord as my husband worked shift work.
  4. I was passionate! Evangelism- told all my family they were going to hell and needed to give their lives to Jesus, laid hands on every sick person telling them the Bible said they were healed and giving all our money away, because I heard a preacher say we would receive a 100 fold return. I had zeal, but not much wisdom those days. But my heart was a heart after Jesus.
  5. When I wasn’t worshipping, I was in the Word. I bought books, watched tapes, at home and listened in the car, read my Bible and prayed, all with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit was with me helping me understand. I had a new obsession, God, and I wanted to know all of His ways, right now.
  6. One night a friend took me to the church music practice. They practiced their songs and then worshipped God freely for the rest of the time. They put a microphone out the front of the church and said, “If God gives you something to sing, come to the microphone”. I felt compelled to go forward and my heart was beating so fast. I took the mike and sang “Praise the Lord” over and over, and felt I was in the very throne room of heaven, I was aware of the people around me but they seemed very far away and  could them saying “WOW, who’s this?”. They were stunned. Finally I stopped and slumped into the front pew, overcome by the power of God. The people around me laid hands on me and they were praying, and then the music director laid hands on me and prophesied saying “The day will come when you will sing, the joy of the Lord will come and people will be healed.” Later on that evening I was invited to come each week and after a while they put me on the singing roster.
  7. Funny thing is I never sang on the platform in this church.
  8. Our finances, debt and my husband’s alcoholism became worse until we could not afford to pay our rent.
  9. At this time, we were offered a government subsidised house in  a regional town called Renmark and we thought this would solve our financial problems. We visited the town and checked out the house. I hated it was small, ugly and in a horrible area, but on this trip I saw there was a Christian bookstore in the town, which gave me some comfort, I didn’t want to move, but I knew it was God’s direction.
  10. Not long after moving II found out there was a small, local AOG church in Renmark which met in a local community centre every Sunday morning.I went there and quickly made friends.
  11. At the time I was pregnant with my third child and during this time my father-in law died suddenly of  a heart attack. This led to my husband falling into a deep depression for 2 ½ years and his alcoholism worsened. Even the birth of our third baby did not cheer things up. Our marriage became strained as I shouldered all the responsibility of parenting and mounting bills and debts. But I found my strength in praise and worship. To me I knew it was spiritual warfare.
  12.  I became very involved in the church, attending music/prayer meetings each week and bible studies in my pastors home. It wasn’t long before I began leading a women’s group in my home and I also began to sing and speak in the church. I took every opportunity I could to encourage and build up others and I came to understand God had given me a gift. The power of words. The power to encourage.
  13. The devil raised a number of enemies against me at different times, people who pretended to be friends but had an evil agenda, but I stuck it out with God, held on and out of these times came a measure of discernment which I really needed.
  14.   3 ½ years after becoming a Christian God gave me a gift- I was blessed to lead my mother to Christ, and she has since led hundreds of people to Christ. She turned out to a gifted evangelist. The fellowship we have in Christ today is such a blessing to me.
  15. A few years later, my mum became involved with Teen Challenge, a ministry started in New York by David Wilkerson, a ministry called to the streets to help teenagers break addiction through the power of Christ. I went to Adelaide once every 6 weeks and joined my mum in Light Square and later in Salisbury feed and clothe the homeless and share the gospel and would regularly visit Teen Challenge Chapel where my mother attended. Eventually though a combination of people I knew from TC and helping a couple of people here in our church who were struggling with addiction, I became a teacher of the TC program at the Waikerie Living Free Rehabilitation Centre. I can truly say the the 18 month period that I worked there, was the hardest and the most thrilling thing I have ever done. I often say I have done 18 months of rehab myself and I learnt so much about freedom in Christ and the love of God in this place. It was here I learnt God is a powerful God of breakthrough, a mighty deliverer.
  16. My marriage grew worse and worse, my church and TC friends tried to help to no avail, my husbands health started to fail, ABI, he was abusive to our children, demeaning, verbal abusing at a level unspeakable, and every other kind of abuse. My husband was tyrant, our marriage was failing, while my ministry work was going from strength to strength.
  17. It was abundantly clear to me while working at Teen Challenge that I desperately needed some formal qualifications in counselling, and though a series of events I began to study the Diploma of Welfare Work (specialising in Counselling Skills), followed up with another year doing my Training and Assessment certificate.
  18. While studying at TAFE I met a lady who worked at a non-profit employment agency. She helped me obtain a job there as a support worker. It was a shock to the system! Although it was a Christian organisation, I was now working with non-Christians and also with men! It wasn’t long before I found out Gods power could work anywhere. I could sense him helping me and giving me ideas and solutions that brought breakthrough in people’s lives. I had favour with my bosses and they gave me great money, a work car and phone. Everything I did prospered.
  19. Still, in my own home, things were spiralling downwards, worse and worse, my husband’s alcoholism resulted in him being very abusive to  point that I had to make hard decisions in order to keep my children safe physically and mentally and to keep myself from going insane! At this time my husband was in and out of hospitals, detox and rehabilitation centres. All to no avail. Things became so dangerous for us that I gave my husband an ultimatum, go back to rehab or our marriage is over. Some friends arranged for my husband to go to Karobran Farm, a Christian rehabilitation centre in the Adelaide Hills. Unfortunately he refused to stay, left after five days and did not fight for either our marriage or our family. I would not let him come home again, not this time, our marriage was over for good.
  20. All the time we were separated I prayed and hoped for reconciliation. Divorce was never I my thoughts, but it was unsafe to let him come home, so, through some more contacts my mum organised for him to move into a one bed unit through a group called SA Lutheran Homes. His true desire was to drink himself to death. I continued to pray and placed him before God’s throne. I did not hold any unforgiveness anymore. I was just incredible sad.  I had no idea what was going to happen. The outcome was in God’s hands.
  21. One weekend when I was in town, I took my children to see their Dad, with strict instructions to call me if there was any trouble. Unbeknownst to them, their Dad had called Drug and Alcohol line that day and threatened to kill me. They took the threat seriously and called the police. I received a distressed call from my girls calling me to come and get them. My mother and I drove down only to find the police had made a roadblock in the street. We went inside to find my children, family members and many police there, my children were traumatised and we found out that there Dad had resisted arrest and my children had watched the scene from the 2nd floor window as they saw the star force, drop their dad to the ground, knee in the back and guns pointed to his head. I bundled my kids in the car, and that is when I knew, this will never end. I told my mother, as soon as I get back to Renmark, I’m hiring a lawyer. This marriage ended in divorce 2008. Dead.
  22. Still, God gave me amazing grace though this this period of my life. I can’t explain it, but he upheld me. Thankyou Lord.
  23. Since this time, God has greatly prospered me, blessing my the work of my hands and we were able to move into a beautiful home, furnish and decorate it, buy a new car, and we have travelled overseas four times. I had the pleasure of visiting Israel recently. I have paid off debts and established savings, all through prayer and direction of the Lord. He is my guide. I have had to learn lessons about singleness in this season and have experienced God I such a close way I am amazed.
  24. Now and again, when I am lonely and have doubts, the Holy Spirit is my closest friend and comforter. My goal is to carry myself in a way that brings honour to God. He is the lover of my soul and the keeper of my heart, and my home is under God’s rule and protection.
  25. So, though life can be difficult at times, all things have indeed worked together for good, and I now know compassion and His grace abounds.

What’s next?

Many things I’m sure, university degree is planned, more travel, preaching, singing, more serving in the church, God willing. My desire is to follow Him in all things. To be completed surrendered to His will and to bring Him glory and praise. To shine for Jesus!

My blessed brothers and sisters, I pray that my testimony is a blessing to you and has encouraged you today. May God draw you closer to Himself and give you a heart to serve Him. You are gifted and much loved! In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Sister B

Romans Overview

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Dear Blessed Ones, Here is a basic overview of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Enjoy. Love the Word!

Sin (Romans 1-3) It is true to say that man is inherently sinful and dead in his sins before he comes to Christ. There are many who believe that they are a good person and that if their good works outweigh their bad, on a scale of judgment, God will grant them entry into Heaven. This is simply not true. The Bible clearly states, “No man is righteous, not even one.” (Rom 3: 10) And none can justify himself. The Jews are not justified just because they are Jewish, even if they are religious. No man has ever been able to keep the law nor is any man justified by it but rather the purpose of the Law is to show man that he is a sinner. Only then will he realise he cannot save himself and that he is desperately in need of a saviour. We are made righteous through faith in Christ, not through the Law. (Rom 3: 21-22)

Salvation (Romans 4-5) The promise to Abraham was that he would be heir of the world and he was circumcised as a sign of the righteousness of his faith in God. (Rom 4:11) He would become the father of many nations. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to those who believe that God has raised Him from the dead. (Rom 4:24) Christ is our peace! (Rom 5: 1) Sin came into the world through one man, Adam, but life has come through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. (Rom 5: 18)

Sanctification (Romans 6-8) Once a believer has repented of sin and put his faith in Christ alone for salvation, he is liberated from his former bondage to sin. (Rom 6:11) He is given a new heart and God begins a process of sanctification in the believers life in which they are becoming more like Christ each day. In Christ we are set free from sin and death and are made alive in Him. Alive to serve Him and live for His glory. God will use all of the circumstances an events of our life for good. (Rom 8: 28) A believer can walk in liberty from sin, when they walk in the Spirit they will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. (Rom 8: 1) The Christian must believe he is dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus although there is indeed a war going on between our flesh and our spirit. (Rom 7: 13-25) We identify ourselves as crucified with Christ and also raised up with Him to walk in resurrection power! And nothing can separate us from His love. (Rom 8: 39)

Sovereignty (Romans 9-11) Even though Israel had a zeal for God, by trying to be righteous on their own merits they have rejected God. (Rom 10: 2-3) Salvation is by faith in Christ alone, all who call upon His name will be saved. (Rom 10:13) God has shown His sovereign glory in making salvation available to the Gentiles in order to provoke Israel to jealousy. (Rom 11: 14) God’s rejection of Israel is not total. He is sovereign. He is able to graft them in again as long as they do not continue in unbelief. (Rom 11-17-24) The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. (Rom 11:29)

Service (Romans 12-16) In these final chapters Paul explains how to practically apply the teachings of the previous chapter. He urges the Romans to present their bodies as a living sacrifice and to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. In so doing they would ‘prove’ what is the good and perfect will of God. (Rom 12: 1-2) Paul explains the differing spiritual gifts and encourages their use. (Rom 12: 3-8) The following verses lay out various practical exhortations for Christians living, being humble walking in love and in right relationship to authority (Rom 13: 1-7) and bearing with the weaknesses of others, helping them where we can. (Rom 15:1) We are to identify with Christ in His servanthood and imitate Him.

 

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Inspiring Testimony: Derek Prince

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The man behind the ministry. This a wonderful interview with Derek Prince as he shares how God has faithfully led him through life. Be blessed!

Nothing is Impossible With God!

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Dear believers,

Many times when God plants a dream in your heart, it seems impossible to achieve. It is, in your own strength. Yet the bible tells us that with God ALL things are possible!

May I encourage you today to take one small step in the direction your dream? Just begin. Prayerfully take a step of faith. Each journey begins with a single step. 

 

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Guess what? I was here! Shalom Jerusalem. Let me share with you how it happened:

Last year my pastors announced they were taking their sixth tour into Israel. Each time they go they are excited to take as many church members as possible along with them, to share in this wonderful, life-changing experience of being in the Holy Land. I had always been very enthusiastic about these trips, praying for those who were going and giving at various fundraising events. I had helped individuals financially in the past as they made their plans to go. But one night as I was sitting at home reading a book, the word came ” You’re going this time”.  The Voice within. Revealing His will. It was very clear. I was going to Israel!

But how? 

So began a journey of faith into the impossible. That Sunday at church I told my pastors, “Guess what? I’m going this time!” They were overjoyed. 

Principle number one:  Say yes to God.

When God spoke to my heart there was no mistaking it was Him. I just ‘knew’. So I said “Yes, Lord” The faith adventure began.

Principle number two: Take the first small step.

I opened an additional bank account and named it ‘Greece/Israel account’. I put a few dollars in it to begin with and continued to do so until I had enough for the deposit, three hundred dollars. I sent it in to the tour company with great joy and gratitude to God. Yet the trip cost thousands. How was I going to afford it? I wasn’t sure. But I kept putting a few dollars away here and there, each time praising and thanking God by faith and delighting in His will. The Lord led me week by week, economizing here and there, selling some things, a garage sale, tax refund, various juggling around money I had in other bank accounts etc., etc. Finally, after a number of months, by the grace of God, I had enough! I quickly sent the money through to the tour company, it seemed to good to be true! He had made a way! Praise the Lord!

How wonderful it was when they sent me a receipt which stated- amount due 0.00! I must admit, I kept looking at this receipt over and over! Paid in full! What had seemed so impossible was now a reality. I was really, really, going to walk in the steps of Jesus.

Principle number three: Walk boldly forward into everything you know to be God’s will.

Dear ones, sometimes when God reveals His will to us, our circumstances (and some of the people around us) tell us it cannot be done. Stepping out in faith often requires us to push through our inner fears and the constant negative voices of the unbelieving. These voices can shout very loudly. Let me encourage you today to walk on. Be bold and very courageous. Push through these limiting fears that immobilize and contain you. If God says you can, you CAN. Keep walking right on into the victory zone! The circumstances you see must change!

Principle number four: Give God all the glory and praise.

Well, dear ones, I have been back now for a few weeks and I have had the most amazing experiences of my life in Greece and Israel. I had the blessing of singing God’s praises at a number of sites in Jerusalem with the believers. This is a fulfillment of a long held dream.  We had so many wonderful experiences and we want to return as soon as we can! Impossible? No. Not with God!

Yours in Christ,

Bev

 

 

Dead to Sin, Alive to God.

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Hello blessed ones,

I have been so inspired today by Paul’s teaching in in Romans 6-8 and how it can be applied to our lives. We have been, and are being radically changed!

The wonderful truth expressed in Romans 6-8 is that we are identified with Christ in His death and in this sense we died with Him. (Rom 6:3) We are dead to sin, no longer in slavery to it. We can now live by grace, alive to God, walking forward in all of His holy plan. Sin has no dominion over us. (Rom 6: 14) We are empowered by the Spirit to walk in newness of life. Baptism is symbolic of our identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. (Rom 6: 3-5) Our old man has been crucified with Christ and we have been freed from sins power. (Rom 6: 6-7)

How can we apply this awesome truth?

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Firstly, we must reckon (account) ourselves dead to sin and alive to God. (Rom 6:11) We see ourselves as born again to a new life in Christ! Our attitude towards sin is: we are dead to it! Sin will not reign in our body, we have power to overcome.

Secondly, we must present our members (hands, feet, mouth etc.) as instruments of righteousness to God and set our mind upon His purposes. (Rom 6: 13) We must understand we are not under law now, but grace! The law is good and righteous, but it only serves to reveal our sinfulness, yet cannot deliver us from it.  What we want to do, we can’t do, what we don’t want to do, we do. There is a war between flesh and spirit. (Rom 7: 13-25) Christ, in His death, has delivered us from the law and has established us in His amazing grace. We can now walk in the Spirit and in so doing avoid walking in the lusts of the flesh. There is therefore now no condemnation; we are in Christ, we walk in the Spirit not in the flesh. (Rom 8:1) We must now set our mind upon spiritual things not carnal, and trust the Holy Spirit to lead us. (Rom 8: 5-6)

Thirdly, we must trust in His help and transforming power at all times. Although we will go through suffering in our lives, it is nothing compared to the glory which will be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18) The Spirit helps us in prayer and intercession and causes all things to work together for good. God has predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son and the events ordered for us in this life are slowly but surely achieving God’s sanctifying work in our lives, making us more like Jesus, we are being changed from glory to glory. (Rom 8: 26-30)

Finally, rejoice in the Lord! No accuser can bring a charge against us and nothing can ever separate us from His love. We are more than conquerors in Him. (Rom 8-31-37) What amazing things the Lord has done!

Blessing to you,

Sister B

The Death of Christ

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Hello dear believers,

Oh, what wonderful love God has for us all! A love so sweet and blessed. A love flowing and freely given. How do we know God really loves us? By beholding the Cross. The Cross is the place where God puts His love on display for all the world to see. What love is this that Jesus Christ would die a painful and humiliating death on the Cross for our sins, that we might be forgiven and freed from sins power and its condemnation, that we might be reconciled to the Father and that we would be raised us up together to enjoy a new, empowered life in Him? Victorious life in the Spirit. Praise be to His holy name forever!

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. NIV

God loves us.

Oh, what a glorious love this is. Love for the world. Love for sinners no matter how depraved. Love for the poor. Love for the sick. Love for the broken. Love for the lost. Love for the saved. Love for all! Love, love, love and more love. A love that we can never lose! A love that conquers all and reigns supreme. Can we ever fully understand or appreciate the depths of this love that is poured out upon us? It’s height, its width, its depth? How can we ever thank Him for His abundant love and the gift of His only begotten Son? How do I love Him, let me count the ways!

God has demonstrated His love for us in sending Jesus.

If you want to know what love is, look to the Cross. Behold the Lamb! Slain from the foundation of the world, Jesus was innocent of any and all accusations leveled against Him. He did no wrong! He was the sinless, spotless Lamb without blemish. No sin was found in Him. None. It was our sin that was laid upon Him and it was our punishment He received in His body. He was bruised for our transgressions, not His own. They mocked Him, beat Him, scourged Him and murdered the King of Heaven through the cruelest means of all: crucifixion.

Jesus came to die for us. 

We were unable to save ourselves. We were born into sin and enslaved by it. He came to die, He could have called a myriad of angels to bring Him down from the Cross if He had chosen to, but love held Him there, not the nails in His hands and feet. For the joy that was set before Him. You. Me. Us. Jesus came to purchase our salvation and only He could pay the price. He paid in blood. Sinless blood. He came to earth on a mission, and when Jesus cried out from the Cross “It is finished” it was mission accomplished. Victory was won. Behold, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!

Even when we were yet sinners.

So, here’s the facts: We were unable to save ourselves. We were born into sin and enslaved by it. Sin had us bound and in chains. We may have wanted to do good but had no power to do it. We were dead in our trespasses and sins. Satan had us in his grip and if we had died without Christ, Hell would have been our place of eternal punishment and it would be a punishment we rightly deserved. We would have been hopelessly separated from the life and love of God in Christ.  Yes, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. See, Jesus is the Reconciler between man and God. He is the Way, the Truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by Him. One Way Jesus, same yesterday, today and forever. Come unto Him and be set free. Free to live. Amen.

Will you receive His love? A love you don’t deserve? This revelation of God’s love requires of you a response. Will you admit you have sinned and need salvation? Can you humble yourself like that? Behold the Cross! What a glorious salvation was purchased for us all through the shed Blood of Christ at Calvary! Open up your heart and receive Christ today and praise His Name forevermore. Amen.

Sister B

 

 

 

 

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The Vicar of Baghdad- Canon Andrew White

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Book Review: Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby and Claude King

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The revised and expanded version of Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby and Claude King has been such an encouragement to me in my walk with God, it is no exaggeration to say this book is profoundly life-changing.

Experiencing God

I have been a Christian for 17 years and during this time have been an avid reader of Christian books. I don’t think I have ever read a book that has affected me so deeply in my relationship with God. When I read it for the first time I could not put it down. When I finished the first reading, I then went back to the beginning and re-read it carefully, high-lighting key passages,wanting absorb its encouraging truth. I lead a fortnightly bible study group and as a blessing to them I purchased 10 copies of this book and gave it to them as a Christmas present. That’s how much I love it! I consider it an investment into their spiritual lives which will encourage maturity and growth.

The premise of the book is that God desires for us to not just know about Him in theory but also to know and love Him by experience, and that God desires to work out His purposes in and through our lives. The material is organised around what he labels “the seven realities of experiencing God”, which are as follows:

1. God is always at work around you.
2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
3. God’s invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the Church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.
5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.

The book encourages you to seek to see what God is doing in your life, family, Church, world, etc., and to actively participate in His work as he prompts you, by faith. Joining God in His work will involve making adjustments in your life, and challenge your thinking and attitudes. The author encourages you to be bold and obedient to the call of God on your life, and the authors share many encouraging examples from their own personal lives and from Scripture. Life with God should be a glorious adventure of experiencing God’s love and of being involved with Him and His wonderful work throughout your lifetime. God wants to use you!

This book has the effect of orienting you to see things from God’s point of view rather than your own, and makes you want to serve Him with great oldness and abandon. The biblical principles this book sets forth are sound. Experiencing God will certainly build your faith and encourage you as you seek to walk with God in all His will and purpose.

Be blessed as you read!

To all the Discouraged Parents

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Dear believers,

Do you have older children who are not serving the Lord? Is your heart discouraged as you watch them walking in the ways of the world, loving the pleasures of sin and denying the existence of God? You’ve loved them prayed for them, even begged and pleaded with them not to turn their back on God to no avail? Are you saying to yourself, “Where did I go wrong?”

If so, receive this this encouragement from the Word of God today from Psalm 89. God made some wonderful promises to David about his descendants. Promises we can claim for our own children today.

1. God promised David that if his sons did not follow Him that He would discipline them severely.

30 “If his sons forsake my law

and do not follow my statutes,

31 if they violate my decrees

and fail to keep my commands,

32 I will punish their sin with the rod,

their iniquity with flogging;

2. God promised to continue to love them and remain faithful to them. He will keep His covenant promise to David regarding his descendants.

33 but I will not take my love from him,

nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.

34 I will not violate my covenant

or alter what my lips have uttered.

3. God promised David’s seed will endure and his line will continue forever .

35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—

and I will not lie to David—

36 that his line will continue forever

and his throne endure before me like the sun;

37 it will be established forever like the moon,

the faithful witness in the sky.”

Dearest believers, let these word bless your heart God and may God give you grace to trust Him for your children’s salvation.

When you see your adult children suffering consequences and judgments as a result of their sinful choices, be encouraged! You are witnessing the outworking of God promise to watch over our children and discipline them. He is working in their lives to get their attention and draw them back to Himself! Some of you well-meaning parents try to alleviate your child’s pain by rescuing them from sins consequences. Stop it! You may be hindering the work of God in their lives! No, let them go through the suffering, as hard as it is to watch as a parent, and pray that the pain and punishments that accompany sin will accomplish Gods purpose. Repentance and restoration of relationship with Himself! May God give us strength and wisdom to endure.

Trust God’s promise to continue to love and be faithful to our children and put your faith in God to establish your family line throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

Thanks be to the Lord for these wonderful promises and praise His Holy Name! Be encouraged.

 

Love and blessings,

Sister B

 

 

 

 

The Deepest Desire of Your Heart

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Hi there sweet believers,

May God’s blessing and favor be towards you today and always!

God has an amazing plan for every life, each one is born at a predetermined time and as we surrender our lives to God each day He has promised to direct our steps into all of His will. His will for your life is more wonderful than anything you could have ever planned for yourself. God knows what gifts, talents and abilities He has laid up within you and the place of service where you would be most effective in bringing Him glory and influencing others to build the Kingdom of God.

What is your hearts deepest desire? What would you love to do for Him with your short life? Does it seem as though God has given you a vision that is completely impossible to achieve? Nothing is impossible with God!

Think about it. Could it be that your deepest desire was in fact sown in your heart by the Most High God? God has promised to give us the desires of our heart when we trust Him and delight ourselves in Him!

Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37: 3-4

What a wonderful promise! What a wonderful Father we have! 

Believers, always follow your hearts deepest call to follow Christ. Push through fear, don’t listen to the naysayers, forge ahead and begin to watch and pray as to how God will bring it to pass! Start with small acts of faith and believe God for the increase. Life is an adventure when you are being led by His Spirit, which is the glorious privilege of all those who are born of God.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14

What Are You Focusing On?

Hi anointed ones,

Hope today finds you happy and well!

In order to walk closely with God it is necessary to keep our eyes firmly fixed upon Christ and His Kingdom purposes. Are the things of God at the forefront of your thinking? Are you willing to surrender to His will and to be obedient today?

God has a appointed a perfect time for everything to be done and everything has it’s due season.

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

My question to you today is, are you focused on the right activities today?The activities God has assigned for this day? Spend just a few moments in prayer today and ask God to realign your heart to His will and purposes today.

Be blessed,

Sister B

 

 

Don’t Hold Back!

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Hello, dear believers,

Today I want to encourage you not to hold back in giving your all for the cause of Christ. God has designed you and given amazing gifts to be used to advance the Kingdom of God. You are thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

Morning by morning as we spend time with God in prayer, He reveals direction for our day. When we leave the secret place we should then go out and do exactly what He showed during our quiet time. Blessings abound in our life when we step out in faith and begin to obey all God is putting in or hearts to do. Don’t let fear stop you. Be bold and very courageous. Obey even the small things, which often lead to bigger.

When we do obey God and good things begin to happen in our lives, it may be that we come across people who are jealous and resent the favor of God shining upon us. How do we deal with these people? My usual response is to encourage them in their own gifting and point out to them what I can clearly see God is doing in their lives. God blesses all His children and is always at work in all our lives but sometimes we do not see how blessed we actually are! This approach, however, does not always work and if not then you just have to withdraw from them. You cannot allow their negativity to stop you fulfilling your own guidance. You do not need their approval to walk in God’s call. Whatever the response of others, do not stop obeying God and in no way hold back in the use of your gift. Fear God, not man. 

Be blessed today,

Sister B

What I’ve Been Up To this Week

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I have been getting used to and loving being at home after quitting my office job as an Employment Advisor in mid February and this is now my fifth week on sick leave one more to go. I was on sick leave for back and neck pain and anxiety, all symptomatic of severe stress. I am winding down slowly and feel God is restoring me but it is taking time. I have been having trouble sleeping even though I am tired, but at least my back and neck pain is subsiding and  things are slowly coming into order. Some days I have loads of energy, others I have none.  I am trying to listen to my body and listen to it cues rather than override them. Rest and replenishment are lessons I need to learn, so that I can be more fruitful into the future.

I still cannot believe I quit my job! It feels too good to be true that I am being paid to relax, recover and restore. God’s grace. I have been writing lots, praying, decluttering, sewing, singing and playing music, walking and painting with watercolor, and the odd visit or social thing here and there. My girls love me being at home too!

On Monday I bought 12 items of clothing for 150.00 from Target, all that mix and match for our trip. Everything goes with everything else and have I the capsule wardrobe I was praying for all after shopping for 30 mins. Did I mention they were all on the same rack? God knew I didn’t have the energy to shop for it all so He had all together before I got there. Even a hat, which is reversible! The same day 4 handmade necklaces I bought from Ebay came as well, to match. I have my own personal stylist, God the Holy Spirit.

Yesterday I went to the library for the first time in years and I found 2 travel guides on Israel/Jerusalem. Later on at my daughter’s school continental I found an artist’s palette for 1.00. Saw my former manager there and wanted to go home and avoid bumping into her, but stayed when my friend Aimee came and kept me company.

In spite of many blessings of His grace and much confirmation about my resignation, I still find fear raises its ugly head at times. Mainly because I have no clue what I am going to do next in order to earn an income, also don’t want to look a fool before others(pride). God has shown me to prophesy in the face of my fears! He is my provider and guide.

Looking forward to my trip to Greece and Israel and there is only 35 days before takeoff!

Have a blessed week,

Bev

On Being Led By The Spirit

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Hello believers,

Well, the bible tells us that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and just what does this mean to us in our everyday life? Can God lead us even in our daily activities, working, playing, even shopping? Will He advise us on our finances? Will He help us to find the perfect birthday gift? Can He help us put an outfit together, etc, etc? Yes, yes, yes.

God is interested in everything that concerns you and is intimately involved in your life. He is a very present help, He even numbers every hair on your head! God cares for you and has provided in abundance for all your needs. Seek first the kingdom of God and let His generosity flow to you an through you to others.

Prosperity is having enough to do God’s will at any given moment of time. I have found that as I lift my heart to Him each day and seek to follow the gentle leading of the Holy Spirit, amazing things, confirmations and little signs let me know I am on the right track.

Life in Christ is meant to be a inspired adventure, abundant in meaning, where He show the exceeding riches of His grace through your life. In all things you are cared for and sustained by His power. He is near.

So walk forth confidently today and enjoy the blessing of being guided through it all and at the end of the day, don’t forget to thank Him for all the many blessings He has bestowed upon you.

Blessings to you,

Sister B

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Testimony of Trust: God’s Amazing Provision

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Watch how God transformed an entire community when one humble pastor decided to trust God completely. Be blessed.

God is punctual.

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Dear holy ones,

Sometimes it is hard to wait on the timing of God. It’s true, but today I want to remind you that His timing is perfect. It is hard to wait once God has clearly revealed His will to you and shown you what He is going to do, but then everything you see with your eyes appears otherwise.

Wait in simple trust that you are being tested and perfected, and believe that you are in a season of being shaped and molded so that you can shine even brighter in this world, magnifying your Saviour.

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What are the lessons of this current season you are in? What are you learning? And will you wait patiently for the Lord to fulfill the promises He made to you in the secret place?

The people who hope in God will not be disappointed. Trust and keep a praise on your lips!

Your breakthrough will come, right on time.

Love Sister B

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The Gospel of Salvation

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What a Saviour! Pass it on!