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Characteristics of Living Organisms–Physical and Spiritual, Part 1

English: A collage of organisms.

English: A collage of organisms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Feeding – All living organisms need to take substance from their environment to obtain energy, to grow, and to stay healthy.

Luke 4:4 – And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Matthew 6:11 – Give us this day our daily bread

1 Peter 2:2 – As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby:

If we don’t take in the word of God and apply it to our lives, if we are hearers only and not doers of the Word of God, then just like in the natural, we won’t have energy, we won’t grow, and we will not be healthy Christians. The very first thing that we need to do is begin to digest the things of God: Bible reading, prayer, faithfulness. These will be the things that sustain us. When we feel like we don’t have the energy to go on, the Bible declares that when we are weak then He is strong. Matthew 11:28 says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Movement – All living organisms show movement of one kind or another, whether it be internal movement (moving substances from one part of the body to another) or external movement (move from place to place)

2 Corinthians 5:7 – (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Psalms 101:6 – Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way

There is a point where you must stand your ground. Moses declares to the children of Israel to stand still and see the glory of the Lord, but there is also a time where we march. Where we take that leap of faith and move toward the high mark that God is calling us to.

The Bible says that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. The Bible declares that if God is for us than who can stand against us? I submit to you today, that we put on the whole armor of God and march, in faith, knowing that God has already given His church the victory. We just need to increase our faith in God and know it.

James 2:26 – For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. I submit to you today, that if you have faith, you won’t stand still, but you will march and claim that victory that God has already given to you. There is a war. There is a spiritual battle for your souls. There is a lost and dying world out there and we have been put here for such a time as this. It is time to move. ‘Satan this is it. We’re tired of taking it. Satan we declare WAR!!!’ Satan is not just going to give us these souls. He’s worked hard to build his kingdom. Are we supposed to believe that he is just going to hand souls over? NOW is the time. TODAY is the day of salvation.

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of sitting still. I just heard a story of an Apostolic taking her life. In my short time of being in church, I have seen soul after soul backslide and fall away from God. We have the truth. We have the revelation of who God is. We have the Victory. We just have to walk in faith and claim the victory as our own.

This is excerpted from an Inspiration preached by: Vernon McCoy

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in encouraging posts

 

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Passing the Mantle Conference

Just some thoughts for this week. I was so privileged to go to the Passing the Mantle Conference in Bartlett, IL this past week. It was so…amazing. From morning until night the Lord spoke through great men of God words of conviction, encouragement, and enlightenment.

This is one of those times that I will be digesting for months. I have 16 pages of typed notes. (I’ll be sharing some of them with you in the weeks to come. 🙂 ) The preachers were so anointed. They included great men like Pastor Gonzales, Pastor Sisco, Pastor Hernandez, Pastor Black, Pastor Hoffman, Pastor Yonce, and Pastor Boettcher.

The thought that I want to share with you this week is this: Your future is not based on your failures. It is based on your Faith.

It is so easy to fall prey to Satan’s attacks when you fail. When you make a mistake, Satan whispers words like ‘Failure, You’ll never get it right.’ ‘You’re so stupid.’ The list goes on. And we fall for it. The thing is, we don’t have to listen. God doesn’t care about our failures so much as our faith. He doesn’t want a perfect vessel for His service, He wants a WILLING vessel.

Jesus loves you and that’s why He came here to die for you. He conquered from the cross for YOU. He conquered the grave and rose from the dead all for YOU. He gave YOU His Spirit and His power (Acts 2:38). He even gives you His mind (I Cor 2:16). And, as you press nearer to Him, He shares His heart with you as well.

Remember, it’s not about your failure, it’s about your Faith. Your Faith determines your future!

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in encouraging posts

 

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Attitude is Everything!

You’ve heard the saying, ‘If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.’ That’s true. My attitude is very contagious. If I want to pass on victory to my children, I have to demonstrate getting the victory now. If I want my husband to want to come home, I need to make my home a place that’s nice to come home to.

Recently, my husband and I were discussing how to help our children deal with their frustration. Growing up, I tended to be somewhat argumentative (My husband would say that’s putting it mildly!). One of my teachers in school thought I should become a lawyer. The problem is that tendency has become a habit with me. More unfortunately, it’s a habit I’m passing on to our children. During this morning’s discussion, I began to feel condemned. You see, my husband was saying that I was perpetuating the children’s behavior because I was tending to argue with them. Not only was I contributing, but I had modeled this for them. The problem was he was absolutely right and I hated to admit it!

Being the wonderful, perceptive man that he is, finally he asked me what was wrong. I told him I felt bad because of what he was saying. He asked me if I felt convicted or condemned. This question was crucial. I realized that I was feeling condemned. Well, God doesn’t ever condemn us. He convicts us so that we can change our ways and become better. If I’m feeling condemned, that can only be from one source—Satan. I have power over Satan. I can cast him out in Jesus’ name, which I promptly did. Wow! Instantly, I had the victory. My peace was back and all fear and other nasty feelings were gone. This enabled me to look at my husband’s words and realize that yes, he was right, but that I could change. I had the power to change.

Now, that doesn’t mean that our children’s behavior will change overnight. It’s going to take a few days. There are also my own bad habits to deal with as well. I need to recognize when I’m falling into my own bad habit of arguing and stop instantly, modeling good habits rather than bad ones. You see, I can’t just tell my children they are arguing or that they have a bad attitude. I need to model for them proper ways of discussing issues and maintaining a good attitude, but I can’t stop there. I also have to teach them how to do this for themselves.

Bottom line? In order to defeat fear forever, the first step is to fear the Lord and work to become like Him. Joy Haney in her book, At the Master’s Feet, says, “To fear the Lord is to respect His Word and to obey it. It is to walk softly before God with great reverence and awe at His glory and presence. It is to set Him up on the highest throne of your heart—to exalt Him and worship Him continually.” If I consistently do this, I will never fear.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear: the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord,” Psalm 27:1-6 (KJV).

Excerpt from Defeat Fear Forever by: Christina Li, copyright 2010.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Excerpts

 

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