Category Archives: Holy Spirit

Are You Ready For A Wild Ride?

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To a good surfer, this would be an awesome wave. He would feel in total control as he balanced and maneuvered his way through it, finally landing on the shore.

As I look at the picture, though, I am struck by how huge and powerful the wave is compared to the small person riding it. It would only take one mistake for him to be totally swallowed up.

I wonder if many of us feel that life is so huge, powerful, and overwhelming that we can’t see much light at the end of the tunnel.

If you have asked Jesus to come in your heart and you are a Christian, imagine that the huge wave is God and you are the surfer.  He totally surrounds you on all sides, while He leads and maneuvers you through some treacherous waters until you reach the shore safely.

Give him control of your life and let Him lead you in the direction He would have you to go.

It might be a wild ride, but you won’t be bored!! You really can trust Him to give you His Very Best.

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Don’t Settle for Less than God’s Best

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How many times have you settled for something that looked good to you and missed the awesome thing that would have been God’s Best.

Just like the picture, they are so focused on the small thing that they are missing the much bigger and better thing that is right behind them.

God has a great plan for your life, but you must focus on Him in order to find out what it is. You cannot look at any situation with your limited vision and determine the right thing to do. God may want you to do something you have never even thought about. After all, you are not capable on your own of seeing the big picture and how everything fits together.

God wants to be able to tell you to do something that you are definitely not capable of doing on your own. Then He will get all the credit and glory for it. This can be a scary place until you realize that you can truly trust Him with your life. He looks down at you and just wants you to let Him take care of all the details.

The Holy Spirit wants to lead you in decisions you make each day.  Don’t try to do it alone any more and don’t settle for anything less than God’s Best for your life.

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The Good-o-Meter – Video

This video really makes a point that works will only get you so far where God is concerned. Every Christian needs to learn to hear the Holy Spirit and follow His leading.

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Has your life been radically changed?

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What an awesome miracle salvation is. Jesus died on the cross for the sin of every person and bridged the gap so that man could reach God. We can never do anything to pay him back for what He did for us.

Now we can pray to our Heavenly Father personally and know that He hears us, with Jesus interceding on our behalf. What an awesome God that can totally wash away our sin and make us clean, pure, and holy.

Oh that we could really comprehend what Jesus did for us on the cross; it would radically change our lives forever.

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Handbook for Victorious Christian Living – Practical ways to learn to live a victorious Christian life

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Do you live in freedom?

Do you really live your life in freedom?

Do you really live your life in freedom?

There are some people who are able to break away from the “norm” and do things that others only dream of doing. Most of us want to find a zone that is very comfortable, though, and stay there. We don’t want to stand out from the crowd too much because people will think we are weird or “losing it.”

I have learned from experience that if you truly give God control of your life, the words “comfort zone” will not be a part of your vocabulary; but you won’t lead a dull and boring life either. You will be amazed at the things God can accomplish through you when you are obedient.

God works in a much different way than man can imagine. He can see the whole picture and knows where you will be 20 years down the road. He wants you to get to the place that you can trust Him to bring about the very best for every situation.

Don’t just stay in your “comfort zone” because it is the easiest thing to do; let God stretch, grow, and change you to be a person He can use for His Glory and Honor. NOW THAT IS LIVING IN FREEDOM!

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Don’t let Criticism by Others Determine Who You Are!

Most of the action movies of today are based around a plot of revenge. One person does something horrible to another, and the rest of the movie is spent plotting how to make them pay for what they have done. We see so much of this in everyday life that most people think revenge is the correct response when they have been wrongly treated.

This thinking is totally opposite of how the Bible tells the Christian to handle a wrongdoing.

Romans 12: 17-21

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

The only way you can follow this teaching is to surrender yourself to God. You must find out about His Character before you can maintain the high ground when you are under fire.

God is concerned about you always having His Very Best in whatever you do. He wants you to let him take care of any revenge that is necessary. He knows that if you take it upon yourself, it will devour you.

I know I have spent hours and even days sometimes fuming over something another person has said about or physically done to me. I got so consumed with it that I could not think of anything else for a time. I have found that the longer you let that attitude go, the harder it is to get back to where God wants you to be. Satan is always happy to feed your mind night and day with a continuous loop of thoughts about how badly you have been treated.

When you continue for weeks and months in this way, you totally lose your peace and joy. Life is no longer good because you start to look at everything in a negative, critical way. When criticism happens in your life, make the choice immediately that you won’t sling mud back at the person who slung it at you.

Give the situation to God, and do not let yourself take it back. Keep your mind, thoughts, and actions pure and holy. If you truly desire with all your heart to do this, you will be amazed at how God will work things out on your part. You cannot change the other person, but you can surely change how you respond to anything that is thrown at you.

This does not always mean that you can never stand up for yourself to the other person. It just means that you refuse to let your flesh take control and bring yourself down to their level.

Sometimes God will open the door for you to respond, and sometimes He won’t. Whichever way He chooses to do things, you know that you have given Him complete control of the situation as far as you are concerned.  Your heart is clean, and now you can go forward with God no matter what happens with the other person.

Make the choice to respond the biblical way. You will live a longer, healthier, and more peaceful life!

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You Must Release the Past to Look Forward to the Future

The most splendid future will always depend upon the necessity to release the past; You cannot move forward in life unless you learn from your past mistakes and move on.

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Psalm 103: 10 -12

He (God) hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions (sins) from us.

I think we all know someone who is stuck in the past. It doesn’t always have to be something bad that keeps them there, even though we mostly think of it that way. Sometimes people have a period of time when everything just seems to go fantastic. They have no major financial problems, things go well with family members, and everything just seems to fall into place all around; then they get stuck, wish they could continue to stay there forever, and can’t seem to move forward even though circumstances may have changed for the worse.

Many parents would like to go back to the time when their children were smaller and living at home. Living in the past has a tendency to make us forget the bad things and remember all the great ones.

We all make mistakes and do things we are not proud of. Some of our mistakes are humongous and may have messed up our life and affected the lives of our family members; then other mistakes are just everyday ones that would be considered small, but still have affected us greatly.

There can also be bad things done to you that you have no control over. As terrible as they might be, you still must confront them and let God minister healing to you. There is no way to move forward as long as you are stuck in the past. Don’t let Satan convince you that you are better off staying where you are because moving forward would be too painful. All he wants is to keep you trapped and living the same pain over and over again. He never has your best interest at heart, where God ALWAYS does.

Satan can use guilt in a mighty way and for a variety of reasons. He is a master at telling you that you are not worthy of forgiveness, and puts ideas into your head that God will never be able to use you again or restore you.

Satan is also the father of all lies, and you must recognize that and tell him to leave you alone in the Name of Jesus, and mean it with all your heart.

Read the Bible and find out the truth. Then when Satan tries to tell you a lie, you can easily recognize it and tell him that he has no authority over you any more.

He may try to drag you down for awhile, but every time you refuse to believe his lies, you are gaining more and more ground towards living a life of victory.

Just as the Bible verses above say, when you ask God to forgive you with a truly repentant heart, the sin is gone from your life right then and He forgets about it. It is covered under the Blood of Jesus and you are now clean.

NEVER again let Satan make you believe you are not worthy of forgiveness, because that is a lie.

When you have been forgiven, do whatever the Holy Spirit tells you as far as making things right with others. You need to truly seek His guidance and follow it. Don’t have too much pride to go to someone and make things right if that is what He tells you to do.

Do whatever you have to do in order to move on with your life. We all make mistakes, but God can cleanse, purify, and restore our heart and life in a miraculous way.

Make sure that you do whatever it takes to walk in God’s peace and joy again.

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Blueprint for Victorious Christian Living

Handbook for Victorious Christian Living

Power of the Living Word