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Battle Ready Decree

For Father’s day at my church, Grace World Outreach church in Brooksville Florida, each man was given a BATTLE READY DECREE book mark with the information below. This decree can and should apply to males as well as females.

BATTLE READY DECREE

 

I shall be predictable to God, but unpredictable to the world.

I shall not stop moving forward nor will I be moved by opposition.

My ways are straight, strong and steadfast.

I am not fearful, worried, intimidated, nervous or provoked by the enemy.

God instructs me with wisdom, discernment, foresight, stability, skill, talent, direction,

Authority, energy, intensity, might and power during the battle and away from the battle.

I shall not relent, cave in, ease up, fall short or give up.

My Godly Spirit does not sleep, rest, slumber, relax, letup, lie down, pause, or give up in

the sight of evil.

My eyes shall see, behold, detect, identify, observe, discern, heed, recognize and witness the Power of God.

My ears shall hear, catch, devour, hearken, heed, receive, understand and apprehend the Word of God.

My mouth shall speak, communicate, deliver, declare and make known the Promise and Plan of God.

I will walk, march, advance, and exercise in all the fruits of the Spirit.

I will seek, chase, pursue, desire, hunger, and thirst to work in all the Gifts of the Spirit.

I am a person of Honor, Valor, Respect, Faith and Courage because I am a Decorated Child of God.

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Transformation- A Christian Perspective

 

What is the TRANSFORMATION process of life and death? This is My CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE of what I have read in the BIBLE.

 

Last Sunday as I was greeting people coming through our church doors, and getting them to smile, one lady looked at me and said I can’t smile. I asked her why and she said that her husband died.

 

I wasn’t sure what to share with her other than tell her that I was sorry to hear that, and that if she would keep in her mind the good times that she spent with him, and understand that he is now in heaven and rejoicing with Christ Jesus.

I wasn’t sure if her husband was saved or not and I felt it was not the right time to ask her that question.

Experiencing The Heart Of Jesus

Since that Sunday morning, it has been on my mind what else could I have shared with this broken hearted lady.

This morning as I did my Bible study, I was reading about the transformation in a workbook called, Experiencing the heart of Jesus. The chapter that I was studying from was teaching about death and life, and in it, it said, the apostle Paul would like us to change the way we think about the burial process. The graveside service is not a burial, but a planting. The cemetery is not the resting place, but rather the transformation place.

What Does The Bible Say

In John 11:25, Jesus said, “ I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will have life even if they die.”

 

The chapter in the workbook went on to say, most assume that death has no purpose. It is to people what the black hole is to space, a mysterious, inexplicable, distasteful, all consuming power. Avoid it at all cost. And we do. We do all we can to live and not die. God, however, says must die in order to live. When you sow a seed, it must die in the ground before it can grow. What we see as the ultimate tragedy, HE sees it as the ultimate triumph. And when a Christian dies, it’s not a time to despair, but a time to trust.

 

And for a season your soul will be in heaven while your body is in the grave. But the seed buried in the earth will blossom in heaven. Your soul and body will reunite, and you will be like Jesus. A body without corruption, a body without weakness, a body without dishonor, a body identical to the body of Jesus.

 

Does this body seem closer to death than ever before? It should. It is. And unless Christ comes first, your body will be buried like a seed in the ground.

My question to you is, will your seed wither and die in the ground or blossom?

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The Purity Of The Finch

Look at this picture of this beautiful little bird, so pure and innocent. I was told that this bird is a Finch.

One day at church, I heard a little thump on the outside glass door leading into the church, and when I heard the noise, for some reason I knew what it was.

This little Finch flew into the glass door and landed on the walkway. It was so sad to see what had happened because as I looked at the bird from the inside, two other ladies came over and also looked, and none of us was sure if the bird was going to make it, because we could see that its breathing was at a rapid pace.

I cracked the door just a little to see if maybe the Finch would fly away, but it didn’t move at all.

One of the ladies said a prayer asking God to heal, protect and spare this little one, and with that, the two of them walked away.

I went and got some water and placed it in front of the bird, but I never saw it drink any, but to my surprise I was able to reach out and gently stroke its back with one finger, and after about five minutes later, I watched this pure innocent Finch fly away.

Since then it has been on my mind about the purity and innocence of our children, and sometimes they too run into trouble and need prayer and someone to maybe just take the time to listen to what they have to say or pay attention to what’s going on in their life.

We should always keep our children in prayer, but we should also take the time to give them a little hug, a little alone time between you and them. Maybe once a month, take the time or find the time to take your child out on a date, and to be honest with you, I have been guilty of not doing this, but that is going to change. The love and time we give to our children now will be what they remember later and maybe transfer that same love and time to their children.

You may ask, what about me as an adult? Yes we all go through trials and tribulations and we are no different than our children. Sometimes all we need is a little hug, or just someone to take the time and show that they care about what’s going on in our life.

Just like the beautiful, pure and innocent little Finch, all it needed was , first a prayer, then a touch from someone to show that they care and with that the Finch was pleased enough to get the courage and strength to fly away happy.

 

 

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Promise Rings Verses Purity Rings

 

 

There are many different thoughts and actions taken concerning the true meaning of giving or receiving a purity ring or a promise ring.

These thoughts and actions have a lot to do with the meaning of marriage to the person that is getting or receiving these special rings.

A promise ring may be given to a best friend symbolizing a commitment of friendship that will endure forever.

A promise ring has many different meaning to many people. The ring or rings to one couple may be an enduring friendship, but to the next couple its meaning will be a solemn vow of chastity until their marriage day.

There are times that two very good girlfriends will buy promise rings, not to exchange between each other, but as a pledge between each other that they will wait until they find a mate worthy enough to marry and these rings between each of them is an accountability between, or a bond to the commitment.

Whatever the rings may mean between the two people who share the rings, it’s a special relationship that can only strengthen their friendship.

Purity rings also have different meanings. Purity rings for girls is sometimes given from fathers to daughters as a way for the daughters to commit to abstain from any type of sex in anyway, until they are married. It’s a religious symbol, symbolizing their daughters commitment first to God and then to their future husband. It’s a vow of chastity and a first step towards a wedding ring.

A purity ring can also be worn by young adults or adults of any age, just to show others that they are not out there looking to meet up and have a sexual relationship with anyone until marriage.

Think about how please God will be to the person wearing this purity ring, knowing that they have committed their body and soul to HIM first and then to their future mate.

 

What makes a piece of jewelry a purity ring is the intention with which the wearer wears it; the ring itself can look like almost anything. Musician Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers had his purity ring made at Disney World, while his brother Kevin got his purity ring at Tiffany’s. Even if your purity ring does not have any messages or symbols on it that show other people that it is a purity ring, simply wearing it can be part of your spiritual armor. In an age when so many people get married because they want to be the star of a wedding and not because they want a lifelong commitment, a purity ring can also be a reminder to the wearer that real relationships are not just about jewelry and material things. You don’t have to rush into a relationship just so you can show off your engagement ring, because your ring finger isn’t empty as it is. The purity ring is a reminder to you and to everyone else that you are free to wait for true love and for the lifelong commitment of marriage.

www.edreamright.com, has some beautiful promise and purity rings to choose from at great affordable prices. Also many other products.

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Purity rings for girls

What is a purity ring? Purity rings are a symbol of chastity and a way for young people to express their promise to God that they will practice abstinence until marriage. When society puts pressure on teenagers and even pre-teenagers to behave in an increasingly sexualized way and the media encourages young men to be players and young women to be video vixens, with all the jewelry that those media images entail, purity rings for girls are a way for young people to show that faith and chastity are beautiful.

 

Most purity rings are simply rings made of silver or stainless steel, although purity rings made of gold also exist. The rings first became popular in the 1990s, a time when more than half of the teenagers in the United States lost their virginity before graduating from high school. Purity rings for girls originated as a visible expression of chastity among Christian teens. In the 1990s, there was so much peer pressure for teenagers to become sexually active; purity rings acted as a way to stop the conversation about premarital sex before it even started.

 

The purity rings for girls on our site, www.edreamright.com are engraved with messages that express the wearer’s commitment to remain pure until marriage. Some of them have Bible verses, and others say, “I will wait for my beloved.” Our site offers purity rings for both men and women. Purity ring wearers usually wear the rings on the wedding ring finger, since chastity is as much of a commitment as marriage. Some churches even hold ceremonies in which purity ring wearers publicly announce their commitment to abstain from sex until marriage, and sometimes clergy even bless the rings. Celebrities who wear purity rings include singer Teyana Taylor and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Singer and reality TV actress Jessica Simpson wore a purity ring from the time she was in middle school until she married her first husband Nick Lachey. www.edreamright.com has many to choose from.

 

 

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A Religious Survey

Many of us come from many different backgrounds and have different ideas and beliefs about religion. Some believe that there is no God, and others believe that when you die their bodies are buried and nothing happens after that. Still others believe that Religion is to organize and they don’t want to have anything to do with it. So, in this short survey, share your thoughts with others.

 

QUESTIONS

1- Because all words have meanings, what does the word Religion mean to you?

2- What does the word Christian mean to you?

3- What is the difference between a Christian and a Muslim?

4- What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?

5- How many heavens are there, and what is each one?

6- What is the difference between the rapture and the second coming?

7- Why is your bible right and other religious bibles wrong?

8- Do you believe in the Trinity, if so what is the role of each of them?

9- If you have young children or young adults, what if anything are you as a parent teaching them about purity?

10- When was the last time you shared your faith with a non believer?

11- What happens to your body and soul after you die?

12- If you believe in heaven and hell, what would you say to God if He asked you, do you deserve to go to heaven?

Take the time to answer all or as many questions as you can to this survey and let’s see how many different answers we get.

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When Parents Stop Being Parents

The role of a parent couldn’t be more important. It’s their job to discipline their child, fill them with self confidence, and put them on the right path to becoming a good person.

As there is no blueprint to being a good parent, many decide to do it their own way. While some do amazing jobs, others fall into common traps. One of those traps is becoming a friend to your child, rather than remaining as their parent.

While this may seem like a nice thing to do, especially as doing this helps you bond closely, it actually does your child more harm than good. Here’s why.

Your Child Needs to Learn About Authority

Children have many negative influences around them, which is why they need somebody to be firm with them in order to keep them in line. Peer pressure may be responsible for them doing something they wouldn’t do otherwise, meaning a child needs to know there’s punishment involved whenever they cross a line.

Friends Don’t Discipline Each Other

When your child steps out of line, he or she will need to be disciplined. How you discipline your child is up to you, but what should remain consistent among all parents is that some form of discipline takes place.

When you put yourself on the same level as your child, you become their equal, not their guardian. It can be extremely hard to discipline them in this situation, meaning you face an awkward experience yourself if you want to do the right thing.

Your Child Needs to Grow

A child-parent bond can never be broken. But just because it’s extremely powerful, it doesn’t mean that it’s all your child needs.

He or she should seek out other fulfilling relationships, with friends, and when older, with lovers. These people should be who your child shares their hopes and dreams with, which is the healthy thing for any young person to do.

Your Child Needs to Make Their Own Mistakes

If your child listens attentively to every word you say, their emotional growth is going to be stunted. Part of life at a young age is making mistakes. While you don’t want your child to go off into the deep end, you do want them to experience what it is to fail at something. This teaches them maturity, and will help them develop their own moral compass. Your goal isn’t to protect your child until they become an adult, it’s to help them grow into a fine young man or woman.

Traditional Roles

As traditional roles blur in our modern society, it’s even more tempting to become a friend to your child. Know that your child doesn’t need friends, though. They almost certainly have plenty.

What they do need is a parent. They only have two of those, and will never have others. So play the role of parent to your child. It will allow each of you to do the job for each other that God intended you to do.

Some Bible verses to live by-

Proverbs 22:6– Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Exodus 20:12– Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Ephesians 6:4– Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 13:24– Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Hebrews 12:7-11– It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

There are many more Bible verses that could be added to the above, but my point is we must love our children  in spite of  their ups and downs. Remember that long ago, you were  your parents  joy and sometimes nightmare.

As a reward or just a thank you for being your son or daughter, please go to www.edreamright.com and look at the affordable gifts.

 

 

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The Fire and Heat from Hell

Recently I posted a question and even offered a free gift from www.edreamright.com to the first person who could answer the question, IS THE HEAT AND FIRE FROM THE VOLCANOES, AND HOT SPRINGS THAT ARE COMING FROM THE OCEANS, BE COMING FROM THE PIT OF HELL? And I asked that whoever answered, to give Bible verses to back up their answer. Surprisingly, no one answered the question. After doing my own research, I found some interesting verses and even discussions from scientists. These answered were taken from two sources- Liberty Gospel Tracts, questions and answers and a post by Samuel M Wanginjogu, Do Heaven and Hell exist.

An interesting verse is Isaiah 5:14, which says, “Therefore HELL HATH ENLARGED HERSELF, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”   Among scientists, there is much discussion as to whether the earth is expanding. Some say that in the oceans, new volcanic material keeps being added along faults in the crust, expanding it little by little.  I am not a scientist, and realize that much of what is called science, is not true at all.  1 Timothy 6:20, 21 says, “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE FALSELY SO CALLED:   Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”

STRANGE WORMS CALLED RIFTIA DISCOVERED BY SCIENTISTS

There are strange giant tube worms that were discovered by scientists just recently. These worms are unique in that they are capable of surviving in total darkness, do not eat, can live in extremely hot temperatures below the surface of the earth and can survive in an environment full of sulfur(in fact sulfur is their source of livelihood), the chemical that fuels fire in hell according to the bible. All these characteristics are found in hell.

The scientist discovered the worms under the sea around hydrothermal vents, which are rather like small volcanoes occurring under the sea.

So the question is could riftia worms be the ones found in hell? The verdict is yours.

According to the last paragraph of this article, hydrotherms are temporarily in nature. Old ones die and new ones appear and wherever they appear, so do these giant tube worms. Hydrotherms are also found hundreds of miles apart and this may mean that the worms cannot move from one hydrothermal vent to another. What this might imply is that the worms come from deep inside the earth from where they are brought forth to the floor of the ocean by the hydrothermal vents.

The verdict is yours as to whether these worms are the actual ones found in hell. However, remember there are worms in hell as stated in the bible and as testified by those who have gone there and back and their work is to torment the lost souls.

According to the book of Isaiah and Mark, there are worms found in hell. The bible says in the book of Acts that Herod was eaten by worms even before he died. Could these worms that attacked Herod be the ones found in hell? Where did the worms suddenly come from? Note that the worms ate him before he gave up his ghost.

In both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, there are places where hot magma under the surface of the sea floor causes cracks in the Earth’s crust. Sea water seeps into these holes, only to be forced out as mineral rich, warmed geysers into the cold, oxygen rich, deep ocean water. These unique springs are known as hydrothermal vents.

The interior of the earth fits the description of hell, because it is HOT there. Luke 16:22-24 says, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and COOL MY TONGUE; FOR I AM TORMENTED IN THIS FLAME.”

The interior of the earth fits the description of hell, because it is described as a LAKE (the earth being a molten lake of lava, fits perfectly with the hot, dark, lake of fire). Revelation 19:20 says, “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were CAST ALIVE INTO A LAKE OF FIRE BURNING WITH BRIMSTONE.”  Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil that deceived them was CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”   Revelation 20:14, 15 says, “And death and hell were CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.”

The Bible says that hell is enlarging herself. That is a fact. The Bible speaks of hell as being down, and of heaven as being up.  That is a fact.   The center of the earth has the characteristics of hell: darkness, heat, fire, etc.  God might be using the center of the earth for hell right now.  Job 28:5 says, “As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and UNDER IT IS TURNED UP AS IT WERE FIRE.”

I am sure there are many more verses about this subject, and if you have found some, please add them to this post, or if you disagree about where the fire and heat are coming from, please share your thoughts also.

 

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The Best of Times, The Worse of Times

Each life is beautiful and for a purpose that no one knows at the beginning but as and when we go through life, we grow through life as well because we are tested each time we try to take a step ahead. This is the basic phenomenon of nature or in other words, this is how God tests the righteousness of a person. Each religion calls this statement in a different way but the underlying meaning remains same which is simple and yet hard to explain.

Each life is to experience different phenomena during its course and it depends upon that particular individual if he/she wants to treat it as the testing times or the good times. Good times are a relative term. For example, Nina had two apples, and for some reason she had to let go one apple and she is left with just one. Now Nina is sad and feels that she is going through her bad times. However, she doesn’t realise that she could have been in a situation where she would not even had one and she would have been required to struggle for that one apple and when she would have achieved that, she would have been overwhelmed because at that time the testing times would have been the times of struggle when she was trying to get that one apple and the result of those testing times was that fruit. This applies to almost all the situations in our lives.

There is nothing called a good life or a bad life. When God creates His beings, he sets a course for each one of them and each entity has to go through different phases in life, some can be termed as good and others can be termed as bad depending upon the impact they create in our lives. Generally, the events that we want to happen in our lives are termed as good and the ones that we do not want are classified as bad but what we fail to realise is that God is the superpower. He is omnipresent and knows everything. We are mere human beings and at times do not understand the relevance of good or bad in our lives but God can never be unkind to any of His children. He will definitely test you to see if you deserve that particular thing but would never deprive you of what you deserve.