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STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

There are three different stages of spiritual growth.

In each of these stages, you grows a little.

  1. When you begin, you are trying to overcome sin and you go through purification. You try to take the sin out of your life. You will then move on to a stage where sin is put out of your life.
  2. To enter this stage, the dark night of senses will usually occur. When Jesus was taken away from the apostles, they went through their dark night experience.
  3. Finally, you have a sense of conscience and the Holy Spirit operates in you more. You will evolve into a loving union with God. Having perfect joy is the farthest that we can go in this world. Not many people make it this far.


SUFFERING JOY

Long-suffering is synonymous to patient and enduring.  We must be long-suffering when we see the weaknesses of our brothers and sisters in the faith.

It will be the patience and long suffering of the Holy Spirit that will be the only thing that will give you the ability to last the entire length of a storm cloud or trial. You must learn to ride and flow with the patience of the Holy Spirit in your daily life and walk with the Lord – and you will then be able to enter into a much more restful and peaceful state within your mind and emotions.

A spirit-filled person has joy on his heart. Joy and pleasure are two different things. Continue reading STAGES OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH

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DELIVERANCE FROM DEPRESSION

 DEPRESSION SOLVED BY DELIVERANCE

We are products of our past; we don’t have to be prisoners of it.

Deliverance from Depression: is it really a mental illness or is it a kind of evil spirit? The Christian is suppose to experience peace and joy, but the depressed person cannot. The depressed  persons have problems believing that God loves them; they withdraw from community support and they are in a continued state of anxiety. They are completely overcome by evil. This is not of God’s will. One of the symptoms of depression is one’s experience that no one has been able to help; that even God does not care. 

There are times that depression is a demon.  And Saul’s servants said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is afflicting you.”                                                                                                                               1 Samuel 16:14-23

COMPLAINING IS SELF-PERPETUATING

You may find yourself complaining about a whole host of things: impoliteness, rejection and negligence. This spins you into an endless cycle of self-rejection. This leaves you feeling like you are the most misunderstood, rejected, neglected and despised person in the world. This complaining is self-perpetuating.

You are a complainer and you are hard to live with. Often the complaints lead to further self-rejection. You probably have tried very hard to heal yourself from your complaints and failed … and failed … and failed, until you realize that you can only be healed from Above. “With man this is impossible, with God, everything is possible.”                                                   Matthew 19:26            Henri Nouwen

WHAT IS DELIVERANCE?

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Deliverance is defined as “a rescue from bondage or danger.” Deliverance is often sought from evil spirits or the spirit of lust, jealousy, etc. We are told to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”                                                                                                                                                  1 Peter 5:8,9

All aspects of deliverance are available only through the person and work of Jesus Christ:” When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, ‘Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!’”                                                                              Luke 10:17

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DO YOU NEED DELIVERANCE?

To determine if you are in need of deliverance, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are you continually argumentative or contrary–usually on the verge of anger?
  2.  Are you violating, neglecting or causing pain in a relationship?
  3.  Are you practicing sin and can’t seem to stop?
  4. Do you see a pattern of issues in your family, whether disease, poverty, anger, divorce, sexual perversion or other issues?
  5. You are sick all the time and the doctors find nothing wrong. You could be dealing with a spirit of infirmity?
  6. Are you having “spiritual” encounters, including recurring  dreams/nightmares that you leave you fearful?
  7. Do you sometimes sense that the problem isn’t you, but rather something in you?
  8. Are you attracted  to the occult. , e.g. Ouija Boards, Seance, Fortune Telling, Horoscopes, Hypnosis etc, or Witchcraft?
  9. Have you experienced traumatic events that have impacted your life negatively?
  10.  Do you keep hitting the same wall.

DEPRESSION

The enemy’s number one area of attack is the mind. The demons will put negative or even perverse thoughts on your mind to make you believe that they are your thoughts. When people fall to complaining and fussing and feeling sorry for themselves, they lay themselves open to any danger of an invitation to evil spirits. Continue reading DELIVERANCE FROM DEPRESSION

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MISSIONS REACHING THE WORLD

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World Missions

World missions had taken a beating after World War II. There was a great move for independence and nationalism. Missionaries, which represent Western culture, were attacked.  These Western missionaries were the first symbols of the West to go. When Western missionaries began leaving, they also started to pull out their financial support. Now 86 nations–with more than half of the world’s population –forbid or seriously restrict foreign missionaries.

Another reason for failure was that Western believers experienced worldliness, pride and unbelief. They used the humanist social gospel, where the emphasis is on the ”care of the whole man”. Humanists will not declare that the most important root cause of poverty is sin. This approach avoids the most important part of man: one’s spiritual life. 

Missionary schools and hospitals have come and gone in the last seven generations precisely because they did not deal with this root cause. Social work is not enough: what is required is evangelism and church planting: someone has to stay behind and nurture the new believers into maturity.

In foreign missions, people are starving because they have been enslaved by sin. The battle against hunger and poverty is really a spiritual battle, not a physical or social one. The only effective weapon one can use is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

Your relatives all tell you it is important to succeed. Yet, when we look at the poor of the world they believe that their poverty is the excuse they have for not succeeding. They are too busy looking for the next meal and they have no time for anything else. They are in a survival mode and there is a total absence of faith and hope: they have accepted their fate. They have no dream of a great future.

Many churches experience the same phenomena: they have no dreams. They may not be in a survivalist mode, but they are in a maintenance mode. There is total absence of hope of a bright future.

In Nehemia 2, we see that there was the same sense of lost hope in Jerusalem. The walls were in ruins as was many of their houses. Nehemia pointed to their pain. “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”                                                                                     Nehemiah 2:17

Sometimes pain is useful: it points us to the fact that something is wrong and something has to be done. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work… I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success.” Nehemiah 2:18, 20: there was a need for a reawakening.

Today we are continually bombarded with bad news in all parts of the world including Europe and North America. This leaves us with a sense of giving up.

Yet when man and God come together, all is possible. God inspires the heart:”Yes, we can do it.” We are destined to do great things with God. We are powerful with God, because we are children of God. We simply must have faith in His miracles. Hearts will eventually change. They will see the glory of God through you.

World Missions

We read in Matthew 28 of the need to make disciples of all nations when Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew28: 18-20. This is what is commonly called “the Great Commission”, one of the most quoted passages of the New Testament.

There is a similar reference in the Old Testament: Daniel prophesies about this coming One, which is what Jesus is echoing here. In Daniel chapter 7 notice what is “given” to the “One like a Son of man”: ” I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.”                  Daniel 7:13 -14

                     Introduction: Pastor Gani Sison from the Philippines

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The average North American Christian gives only 50 cents per week to global missions, which is known as the Great Commission. Missions are the primary task of the Church, yet it receives only one percent of all our finances.

Born into affluence, freedom and divine blessings, Western Christians should be the most thankful people on earth. Along with these privileges comes responsibility:  what should one do with these unearned favors?  The Gospel has only one response: share.

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“I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need in order that there may be a fair balance.Corinthians 8:13-14

God has not given us an abundance of blessings so that we can sit back and enjoy the luxuries of this world, or gorge ourselves on spiritual Cd’s and deeper- life conferences.

What does God really want?  He really wants us to realign our lifestyle so that many non-essentials of our life can be re-invested in the wealth of the Kingdom of God. Unfortunately, our Christian missions lack the total involvement from the support of the Body of Christ.

Have we lost touch with the Supernatural?

Jesus first healed the sins of the paralytic then He healed him. Continue reading MISSIONS REACHING THE WORLD

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CAN THERE BE JOY IN SUFFERING?

WHY SUFFERING?

We will all experience pain at sometime or other in our lives. Whether this pain is our doing or God’s doing, which is something entirely different. Why an all-good, all-loving God does allow us to suffer?

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Easy! He allows us all sorts of things because we have the freedom to behave as we will. He has also provided a place with the greatest contentment that we can imagine, if only we listen to Him. God wants us to return to Him, but He cannot force us to take this action.

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SUFFERING AND JOY

God changes what suffering can do; it can make us one with God.

We are all called to the perfect joy. The Holy Spirit changes our sorrow and suffering into joy. “But the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”                  Galatians 5: 22-23

Fear not“, because God  is always with you, even in times that seem very obscure to you: “They do not know My ways. Psalm 95:10

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and she was asked, How could God let something like this happen?‘ (regarding Hurricane Katrina).  Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response..  She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.  

How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?

SUFFERING JOYSuffering does not Rob you of Joy. Continue reading CAN THERE BE JOY IN SUFFERING?

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WHY THE KING OF MERCY?

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Spiritual Insight

There are, in my life, times and moments of spiritual insight; that is, divine illuminations, when the soul receives inward instruction about things it has not read in any book and has not been taught by any person. These are times of great inner knowledge which God himself imparts to the soul. These are great mysteries. Diary 1102

Holiness, Justice, Goodness

In the beginning, God lets himself be known as Holiness, Justice, Goodness that is to say, Mercy. The soul does not come to know this all at once, but piecemeal, in flashes; that is to say, when God draws near. And this does not last for long, because the soul could not bear such light. This light which has touched the soul is alive within it, and nothing can either quench or diminish it. This flash of the knowledge of God draws the soul and enkindles its love for Him.                                                                                                                                     Diary 95 

“Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy”.                                                                                                         Diary 1146

The great theme of the messages which Faustina relates in her diary is one of the Mercy of God. In 1931, Sister Faustina said that Jesus appeared with His right hand raised in blessing, and with two rays, one red and one white, emanating from His heart. Jesus asked her to have this image painted and to have the words, “Jesus, I trust in You,” placed under the image. HE IS THE KING OF MERCY!

WHY THE KING OF MERCY?

“The rays,” Jesus explained, “represent the Blood and Water that gushed forth from the depths of My mercy when My agonizing heart was pieced on the cross. The pale rays symbolize the water, which cleanses and purifies the soul. These rays will shield the soul before the justice of My Father. Fortunate are those who live in this shelter, for the justice of God will not reach them there.”

Not having any resources, Sister Faustina had to trust that God would see to the image’s being painted and disseminated.

THE THIRD HOUR

I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul“.                                                  Diary 1572

        JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU

King of mercy

 I am Merciful and Always Ready to Forgive.

Continue reading WHY THE KING OF MERCY?

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