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Rosemary Cameron (15/04/2011 21:03)
"The modern church is filled with selfish, sinful people who want God’s blessings, but who do not want to go the way of the cross."
How true. And churches which offer prayer for healing or ministry at the end of the service are particularly attractive to such people, as are charismatic churches, where the emphasis is on 'experiencing God'. Sadly, the fruit of the Holy Spirit is often ignored in the rush for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
I suspect that many will fall away if persecution does come to this country, particularly those who have not been converted by the preaching of the word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but who have come into the church because someone offered to pray for them, which seems to be the modern way of doing evangelism. (That or offering to interpret their dreams for them!)
Paul (Guest) (06/11/2011 16:55)
My story for the conversion of sinners and unbelievers.
A personal testimony glorifying Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior
This mercy is the greatest threat to Satan, because he loses many, many souls because of this Mercy offered by God for sinners
I am spreading the Devotion of Divine Mercy which teaches that any sinner can be saved if they would only turn from their sin and accept God's Mercy as bought for them by the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ on cross for sinners.
IN THE DEVINE MERCY DEVOTION, GODS LOVE IS UNLIMITED AND AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE! ESPECIALLY THE GRESTEST SINNERS!
Background of the Divine Mercy Devotion
I am a new creature
I am a Nobody My specific encounters with God, my sense of His “presence.
KJV 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things become new.
The Holy Spirit was convicting me of my sin, as I was praying I wept with grief. Every time I sinned I offended God. I was so ashamed of myself for what I had done, and for the way I had treated other people in the past. I wept so much I was exhausted.
God changed my heart.
Now I am no longer selfish,
I am no longer a lover of money.
I am no longer a liar.
I am no longer a con man and I am no longer a thief.
I have stopped using people to my advantage.
I am no longer spiteful towards others people.
I am no longer sarcastic towards others.
I am no longer rude towards others.
I no longer do my will, I only do Gods will; what he has commanded me to do for him, I have died to myself.
I was praying, on my hands and knees, for people around me, imagine the power of a volcano irrupting. That’s what it felt like when the Holy Spirit penetrated my heart. For He wants me to love others, to love every person as much as I love my own family. This is the will of God. He commands me to be like this.
I am changing my life and putting right with God. there are things I need to change in my life and I am working on them everyday.
I want to change,It is not me who can control this change in myself. Only God can do it.
One time a person asked me: “I want to be an angel, how do I become one?” I answered: “Angels have one rule. In all your words, actions, behaviours towards others show love,
We are an angels, but we are lost, trying to get back home to heaven.
God showed me, I would be going to hell.
One night as I laid in bed, eyes closed, just about to fall asleep, I was suddenly, literally, frozen in fear. I tried to move my body but I could not move anything. I then tried to move one of my fingers but I could not move that either. I was paralysed with fear. I continued trying to move but it was futile. My body wouldn’t respond to any commands my brain gave. I could hear a whirlwind. It was a terrifying sound, in the darkness. God’s wrath was on me. Next thing I knew I was no longer in bed. I was cast out of my body into outer darkness, a black darkness. I knew I was there for a reason, I was going to hell, I was on my own. I knew there was something on its way to me, as it got closer to me, I became more terrified. As it came really close I knew who it was, it was the devil. Horror overwhelmed me. Terror took a hold of me, I was shaking and trembling in fear, it was so intense I fainted.
KJV Psalm 58:9 before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
KJV Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
I have a thirst for Jesus and still do when I go into a church. I felt at home, I belonged there. I started reading the holy bible for the first time in my life, first the gospels of Jesus-Christ. Sometimes Jesus spoke in parables. I was reading a parable and I was trying to digest it, I realised that I understood the parable and my heart jumped for joy. I thought to myself: “It’s never done that before.” Reading further I become scared and suddenly understood what the evil one is up to with me. He wants me to sin and rebel against God, he is out to corrupt me through sin, and he’s doing it to destroy me, to take me from God.
These are just a few examples of the seeds the evil one sowed into my heart, to corrupt me, of this world.
The way I used to be towards other people and how I treated them was rude, selfish, arrogant, spiteful, malicious, I used profanity, got into punch-ups, bullying, was sarcastic and threatening.
I never cared about people, only ever caring about my own needs, my greed and my wants.
My biggest weakness, was watching pornography on the internet, my heart was so perverse I felt dirty; so dirty. I felt as if I had demons wrapped around my body, and I felt that way day and night for twenty three years. Satan’s demons attacked me through my weaknesses, through sin.
After I realized what the evil one was up to, I closed every door in my life to do with sin. I changed the choices I made and for the first time in a long time I feel happy. I drew closer to God and he drew closer to me. When I pray, if I ask anything according to his will, he hears me. I struggle daily so when I am tempted I pray and within seconds God takes away the temptation.
1. All these changes, in my life, happened after I started reading the holy bible. I was gently awakened,spiritually. My eyes and ears were started to open, just a fraction.
My walk with our Lord is a daily cleansing process.The word of God cleanse me and changed the way I live.
My encounter with God.
When I realised what Satan’s demons were doing to me,and being in anguish I prayed more earnestly,closed my eyes and cried out to Jesus,by saying the Lord’s prayer. I said to Him: “I am chained to Satan and his ways because of my sins.” I prayed to the Lord and asked: “Break the chain Lord and free me of all his ways.” Then something extraordinary happened. As I had my eyes closed I saw a sun. A grey mist was obscuring it. As I stared at it, I felt glorious joy and happiness,and there with God I did not need anything to eat or drink. The only thing that mattered was the relationship I had with him, nothing else. God told me this world and everything it has to offer is absolutely nothing compared to what he has in store for us, and as I am still starring at this sun I realized how much I loved Jesus. I love Him more than anybody on this earth. I have change so much in such a short time that now I run from sin. I hated the person I had become. I wanted to change so much, but I couldn’t stop sinning on my own I needed help and now I have the Holy Spirit dwelling within me that’s how I am able.
God gave me the idea to sell house. He said: “You don’t need it.” I didn’t know what he meant by that. There were two doors, I could go throw either. Keeping the house was about seeking money and wealth, the other was about giving up worldly possessions. So I sold the house and the money went to those who needed it. Everything I ever wanted for myself, I gave it all up, to follow Jesus.
Later on, while reading the word of God, He showed me a reflection in the mirror as he truly beholds me. I saw myself. And what was wrapped around my body was my perverse heart. I was filthy, dirty. It grieved me to see the person I had become because of sin. I cried to God because of it. He showed all of it to me because he wanted me to change.
The vision only lasted a few seconds, but it had a profound effect on me. The devil caused me to desire wealth, so to distance myself from him, rejecting him, I had to give up materialistic ways.
KJV Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.
I cannot blame anyone for my sins only myself.
After that encounter, I become hyper sensitive to evil.
I could recognise sin whereas before I was blind to it.
I was having a normal conversation with somebody and out of his or her mouth I heard sinful sarcasm.
I heard sin coming out of people’s mouths. Out of the first person’s mouth I heard arrogance, the next boastfulness, then criticism, out of another’s I heard blasphemy, and out of the last person’s mouth I heard profanity.
KJV Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
A man who murders a child magnifies that evil by one thousand times. Well that’s the intensity of what evil felt and sounded like to my ears. As I heard a person swearing or committing profanity, it was like listening to a little Satan and I wondered, how evil did I sound to God when he heard me speak?
While I observed other people’s behaviour,
I saw a person being cruel towards another,
I saw another person being violent towards another,
I saw another person being spiteful towards another.
And I saw another person being hateful towards another.
I was talking to a woman I could tell somebody had sinned against her and it hurt her,I realise what sin does to each of us.
1. To prove or declare guilty of an offense.
2. To impress with a sense of guilt
Because I was able to recognise sin in others, I was then able to start to recognise it in myself when I spoke.
In the Holy Scriptures, when I read those two verses it reflected me.
KJV Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
KJV Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
God hates sin, he wanted me to hate my sin, and he wanted me to ask him, so I would have the ability to hate sin.
KJV Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
God has given me free will; and I have chosen to love him.
Ezekiel 18:31: Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
I’m a child of God and he loves me,, I died to myself with God help the world I have been born into I will take northing from it, the only thing that matters in my life is doing the holy will of God.
My only goal in life is to accomplish what God has called me to do for him, I want to do more, and then go back home to him
I think about what Jesus did for me on the cross.
KJV Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I keep meaning to do this as I have only searched a few words from:
,arrogant,selfish, cruel, sarcastic, spiteful, jealously, malice, the list goes on, it’s called sin, the evil one’s ways..
I realized the importance of forgiving others.
New King James Version (NKJV Bible)
The Gospels of Jesus Christ (NKJV Bible)
This is an extract from bottom bit.
A Mirror with Two Images
By T. M. Moore|Published Date: May 05, 2010
Reflecting on the Word of God
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. James 1:23, 24
“Wherefore let us know nothing more profitable for ourselves than to examine ourselves daily…” Columbanus
The Bible presents itself to us as a mirror with two images.
The first image is that indicated by the Apostle James: the Bible shows us ourselves. It reveals what’s in our hearts. It illuminates the dark recesses of our minds. It leads us to evaluate the priorities and values of our consciences.
The Scriptures affirm the evidence of Christ at work in us; and the Spirit uses the words of Scripture to convict us of shortcomings yet to be remedied. Every day when we come before the Word of God we should be straining carefully to see what God is revealing there concerning our lives. If all we’re looking for is doctrinal insight or sermon fodder, we’re missing the point. The Word of God must first speak to us before we can speak the Word of God to His people.
Scripture reflects back to us an image of our souls-in-progress. What could be more profitable than this, to examine ourselves daily in the light of God’s gracious and infallible Word?God in His glory.The second image of Scripture as a mirror comes from the Apostle Paul. In 2 Corinthians 3.12-18 Paul tells us that the Scriptures (here, the Law of Moses) are like a mirror in which we see the glory of God reflected at us. The beauty and holiness of God, His splendor and majesty, power and love, mercy and faithfulness – all aspects of His glory – as well as His divine and eternal purposes, are clearly revealed to us in the Bible.
As we read and meditate on Scripture, therefore, we need to be thinking and listening and pondering what God is revealing to us of Himself. We should be expecting for God’s very presence to emerge from the pages of His Word, weighing heavily upon us and impressing us of the truth we are reading about the God Who has saved us and Whom we serve.
The image of God and His glory, juxtaposed with the image of our soul-in-progress, can have transforming effects. Paul says that the Spirit uses this encounter with God’s glory to work glory into us, transforming us increasingly into the image of Christ, so that the glory of Christ shows through us. From “glory to glory” – each meeting with God’s glory to each internalizing and expressing of it – we are changed, a little at a time, but steadily, increasingly, through all our lives.
Our daily discipline of reading and meditating on Scripture could be greatly enhanced if we took this two-fold approach. You might try journaling on a passage, setting down thoughts and reflections under three headings: “My Reflection” (what I see here about myself, the world, or humankind in general); “The Reflection of God’s Glory” (my specific encounter with God, my sense of His “presence” in this text); and “Glory to Glory” (how I should go forth from this reading to manifest the transforming power of God’s Word and Spirit).
Under the first two, set down your thoughts as to what the Scriptures “mirror” back to you, of yourself, in the first place, then of God and His glory. Under the third section put down some thoughts concerning how you might expect to be transformed so that the image of yourself begins to come more into line with the image of God. What steps might you take this day to put off the old man and put on more of the new?
Just as we take time in the morning to inspect our appearance, we need to linger before the mirror of Scripture until it discloses its images – of ourselves and of God’s glory – in transforming ways. This takes time, to be sure, but, as Columbanus suggests, “What could be more profitable.?”
B. Lever (Guest) (06/06/2012 12:50) "Crossless Christianity and power-seeking"
Sadly not unique to Pentecostals! You will find crossless Christianity and power-seeking in every denomination.
But God calls us each to biblical truth and to relationship no matter what is going around us.
John Miller (06/06/2012 15:20) I have to confess that I know very little of the Pentecostal Movement but what puzzles me is the concentration of their worship and teaching on the Holy Spirit and the accompanying emphasis on what they call speaking in tongues. The Lord Jesus is very specific about the service of the Comforter that the Father would send when He, Jesus, ascended.
The service of the Spirit is to speak about Christ. The Lord says clearly that the Spirit will not speak about Himself. This surely means that the Spirit of God will use the word of God through preaching and teaching to glorify Jesus by expounding the fundamental truths of the Gospel in the first instance. These are the truth of Christ's deity, His virgin birth and sinless life, His atoning death on the cross and resurrection, His present position at the right hand of the Father's throne, the present service of the Holy Spirit speaking of Christ (not Himself), the rapture of the church and the glorious return of Christ to rule on earth.
I truly believe that the lack of biblical teaching in the churches today because of either timidity, lack of understanding or sadly unbelief and unholiness in leadership is the cause of much of the weakness seen in the profession of Christianity.
The message of the cross of Christ must remain the central pillar of all Christian doctrine and that applies to every true Christian denomination.
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