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Religion / Do You Want To Live A Long And Happy Life? Do This... by topshore(f): 6:06pm On May 21
Scripture Text: Psalm 34:11–13

The Bible tells us how to live a long and happy life, which is what every man wants.

Our Scripture text tells us  exactly what to do and what not to do if we want to live a long and good life.
 
"11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is he who desires life and loves many days, so that he may see the good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile."Psalm 34:11–13

James 3:6 talks about what a tongue is."And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of anture; and it is set on fire of hell" .

Living a good life is what every man wants most in life. People enjoy long days and want to live a full life.

In a secular society, this generally means that someone is very lucky and has a lot of money, good health, close family and friend ties, lots of chances to do fun things, and so on. Common conceptions of the "good life" primarily focus on health and wealth, often neglecting morality or character. Because our culture strongly encourages us to see the good life in these ways, believers are tempted to accept the world's definitions, which makes many people unhappy and boosts the pride of the few who "luck out."

In verse 12, David is now going in a different direction to define what a good life is by asking a question. Being godly, not having luck, is what the good life is all about—being godly rather than having fortuity. He uses Psalm 34: 13–14 as examples to discuss the good traits of life, demonstrating that living a good life aligns with God's perfect morals. David gives us three couplets to think about.

First, having clean speech is a sign of a good life (v. 13). It's filled with true and good words. Bad words and falsehoods suffocate life.

Second, do what is right (v. 14a). Saying no to sinful actions and eagerly seeking out good ones is what the good life is all about. The goal of real life is not to get rich and comfortable, but to do good things.

Third, there is a promise to keep the peace between groups that are at war or could be at war (v. 14b). Those who initiate conflicts lead dark lives. Peacemakers try to be like God (see Matthew 5:9).

Of course, hard work alone cannot lead to this good life. In the end, it rests on the fruit of the Spirit and God's changing grace working in the lives of his people. Still, that grace comes to us when we consciously try to live a good life, like Christ did, for his glory and our ultimate good. May the Lord push us in that direction in Jesus' Mighty Name, amen.

To train the tongue, you need to do the following:

You have to really be born again.
To save yourself from an uncontrollable mouth, you must have determination.
Don't let your words rule you; let the Holy Spirit do that.
You need to read and learn from God's Word.
You need to become hooked on prayer.It is important that you hang out with good Christians.
Witnessing is something you must do.


We need to hold our tongues if we want to live a long and happy life. Holding back our tongues is a sign of spiritual growth. The Bible says in Proverbs 13:3 that someone who keeps their mouth shut will live, but someone who opens their mouth wide will die.

God bless you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, amen!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus! In Jesus Migty Name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

Continue in Christ's grace and righteousness.

Peace!

Also read: https://www.fighterverses.com/post/the-good-life-psalm-34-12-14
https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-21-may-2024-deliverance-from-an-unbridled-tongue/
Religion / Restoring Sight To The Blind by topshore(f): 10:24am On May 14
Scripture Text: Luke 4: 18

Isaiah 9:2 says: "The dwellers in darkness and the area of the shadow of death have seen a dazzling light".

The Messiah brought renewal and redemption. This was mostly spiritual, but it might also emerge physically. Jesus began his work by declaring that the messianic age had arrived.

He read from Isaiah to say this prophecy was being fulfilled: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. I have been sent to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned, sight for the blind, release the oppressed, and the year of the Lord's favor (Lk. 4:18).

From then on, He performed miracles to prove his messianic calling, restoring sight to the blind, opening the ears of the deaf, casting out demons, and healing the lame, but these only showed humanity's spiritual blindness and need for spiritual healing.

The Messiah came to heal and restore all men who were blinded by the god of this age and kept captive by sin.

The Cause of Spiritual Blindness

Before Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they had free communion with Him. Though God warned them that disobedience would kill them, the serpent promised to open their eyes and make them like God, knowing good and evil. Their violation immediately replaced their innocence, which had allowed them to enjoy unfettered and delightful association with God, with a consciousness of sin and the sad realisation that their relationship with God was forever changed.
Disobedience exposed them to sin and rebellion and distanced them from God. The sin they permitted to thrive would spread rebellion and wickedness across the human family.

Degeneration corrupted humanity until it was spiritually blind and could not see God's glory. As mankind forgot its exalted estate and grew preoccupied in the carnal world, seeking the things that fulfill the flesh and represent sin, paradise faded.

Apostle John warned, "Do not love the world or anything in it. Whoever loves the world does not love the Father. For sinful man's appetites, eye lust, and bragging of his possessions and actions come from the world, not the Father. Whoever does God's will lives forever (1 John 2:15-17).

Ironically, opening our eyes to good and evil blinded us to God's glory and the unseen spiritual world. More carnal thinking blinds us to spiritual reality, leading to idolatry—worshiping created things instead of God.
As sin spread like a cancer through humanity, estrangement from God intensified until man worshiped dumb idols and sank into depravity.

Paul wrote to the Romans: For while they knew God, they neither honored Him nor gave thanks to Him, but their reasoning became senseless and their stupid hearts were darkened. They claimed wisdom but became idiots and traded the grandeur of the everlasting God for images of mortal man, birds, animals, and reptiles. God delivered them over to sexual impurity in their sinful hearts to degrade their bodies with each other. They worshipped and served created things instead of God, who is forever glorified. Amen.
Paul says, "To the pure, all things are pure," but to the corrupted and unbeliever, nothing is pure. Their minds and consciences are defiled (Titus 1:15).

Israel called to be a beacon to nations

God told Abraham to leave his idol-worshipping people and follow him. God wanted to create one country for the Messiah to come and restore man to good standing with God, allowing him to enjoy relationship with God without sin.
To be a beacon to the Gentiles and transmit God's truth to the ends of the globe, Israel was given the revelation of God (Isa. 49:6).

This word revealed God's salvation plan through Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Anything that obscures Jesus Christ's revelation distorts God's plan. If we lose sight of Israel's ultimate mission and calling, we focus on temporary blessings and miss our salvation.

The writer to the Hebrews says Abraham and all true believers were still living by faith when they died, hoping for the glorious city God had prepared for them. Instead of receiving the promised gifts, they saw and welcomed them. They admitted to being aliens on Earth. Such statements indicate a desire for independence. If they had thought of the country they left, they could have returned. Instead, they wanted a heavenly country. God has prepared a city for them, so he is not ashamed to be called their God (Hebrews 11:13-16).

His dealings with Israel represented His Eternal plan of Redemption, yet many of the people grew oblivious to spiritual principles and saw their redemption to Canaan as an end in itself. If we get caught up in the present, we lose sight of our redemption—the heavenly recompense Abraham sought.

Israel received all the exterior laws, ordinances, and temple rituals of Moses' law to illustrate heavenly things through shadows and types. Many individuals grew to trust the shadows and kinds as if they represented their reality, blinding them to the spiritual things they were meant to illustrate. In current times, people see church as a building with special sanctity rather than the living stones, the members.

Pride caused spiritual blindness, and the nations worshiped dumb idols in darkness. Following the revelation of the only True God, Israel was spiritually more advanced than the surrounding heathen countries. Lord advised people not to be haughty or they would forget the Lord and become like the pagans: When you are full, praise the LORD your God for the good country he has given you. Do not forget the LORD your God and ignore His rules, laws, and decrees that I am delivering you today. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, build fine houses and settle down, and your herds and flocks grow large, your silver and gold increase, and all you have multiplies, your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of slavery.

Those who don't realize they're fallen and estranged from God won't see their need for redemption or the Redeemer. When the Redeemer came in humility, those who were proud of being the chosen people hated him (Isa. 53:3). They believed their relationship to Abraham guaranteed their status in God's household (Jn. 8:31-47). People grow blind to their wicked, fallen state as they flatter themselves (Ps. 36:2). I would not have known what sin was without the law (Romans 7:7). Moses gave the law to make us aware of our sinful nature (Romans 3:20) and our need for redemption. Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and brag about your relationship to God; if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowing, you teach anti-stealing, do you steal? You who forbid adultery, do you commit it? Do idol-haters loot temples? If you brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking it?

Ez.36:22 says, “God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you” (Romans 2:17-24). Our condition must be acknowledged for healing and repair. That's why so many of Jesus' followers were social misfits, individuals with wounded pride and lacking self-confidence. Jesus healed a born-blind man in John. Jesus rubbed saliva-made mud on the man's eyes and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. He followed instructions and restored the man's sight. The Pharisees were suspicious and hostile to this pleasant turn of events. In this tale, Siloam signifies “sent,” and only those who are washed and cleansed in God's sent one will be healed. Trusting their eyesight keeps them blind. The tale finishes with Jesus telling the Pharisees, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees with him asked, “What? Are we blind?Jesus responded, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains” (John 9:39-41).

Spiritual blindness is God's punishment for pride. Many Israelites were blinded spiritually like the Gentiles in their ignorance and pride. Then Jesus told them, “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” After saying this, he departed and hid himself from them. Though he had done so many signs before them, they still would not believe in him, so that the prophet Isaiah's word might be fulfilled.They couldn't believe. He saw his beauty and spoke of him, so Isaiah said, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.” However, many of the authorities believed in him, but they did not confess it for fear of the Pharisees, who loved man's glory more than God's. They refused to believe in the sent one, therefore God hardened their hearts so they couldn't see.

The Soncino commentary on Isaiah 6:9 summarises unbelieving Israel's hardness of heart and spiritual blindness: “The people's insensibility to all that is Divine and indifference to the prophet's exhortation result in a lack of understanding and perception. The Soncino then discusses how long this blindness will last: “Only desolation, destruction and exile of the sinful majority will bring to an end the deplorable conditions.” For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will break them up and take them without help. I'll return home till they confess. In their suffering, they will seek my face (Hosea 5:14).

Accepting guilt is the first step to healing. Many falsely soothe unbelieving Israel by claiming God's favour despite sin and disbelief. Their hope is carnal, but no flesh will inherit God's kingdom. The flesh, where the deceiver thrived, has been condemned and defeated. God doesn't regard people. We should dread and adore him for his Israel dealings. Consider God's compassion and sternness: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided you persevere in His goodwill. Otherwise, you'll be disconnected. If they don't keep unbelieving, God can graft them in again (Romans 11:22). All unbelievers are spiritually blind to the beauty of their Messiah, even if the Scriptures seem to highlight Israel's spiritual blindness due to their past revelation. Just as a blind person cannot appreciate a sunset, a spiritually blind person cannot see the gospel's splendor without the Spirit of God. ..Even if our gospel is disguised, it is for the dying.

Unbelievers cannot see the Gospel of the glory of Christ, the image of God, because the god of this age has blinded them (2 Cor. 4:3-4). Light is unseen yet makes things visible (Eph. 5:13). We only “see” light when it illuminates anything. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe (Eph. 1:18, cf. 2 Cor. 4:6).

The Messiah opens the eyes of those seeking healing: We have not gotten the world's spirit but the Spirit from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. The Spirit teaches us spiritual realities in spiritual words. Because they are spiritually discerned, things from the Spirit of God are foolishness to those without the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10-14).

Just as the serpent deceived Eve by appealing to her senses (the woman “saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom”), the evil one continues to seduce people with fleshly desires to distract and blind them from God's eternal promises and invisible glory. I stress in the Lord that you must no longer live like the Gentiles, in futile thinking. The hardening of their hearts has made them ignorant and distant from God. Without sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality, indulging in every sort of impurity with a constant longing for more (Eph. 4:17-19).

Adam and Eve were immediately filled with guilt for disobeying God, but modern psychology advises us to hide our guilt as the result of a restrictive upbringing that harms our self-image. We may try to conceal our guilty conscience, but it should drive us to Christ for redemption. The Law of Moses was given so sin may be viewed as completely sinful (Rom. 7:13).
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22).

Many are being duped into trading their eternal inheritance for a fleeting earthly shadow. Despite their ignorance, people adore produced objects over the creator. The devil brought Jesus to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth and their splendor to entice him. He said, “All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus replied, “Away from me, Satan! ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’ (Matthew 4:8-11). Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at God's right hand (Matt. 10:39).

Focus on heaven, not earth. Your life is hidden with Christ in God because you died. Colossians 3:1-4 says you will appear in glory with Christ, your life. Thus, we focus on the invisible. The visible is temporary, but the unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Carnal eyes cannot understand how sad their position is from God's perspective. The rebuke to the church of Laodicea shows that even believers can be blind to spiritual truths when they become carnal and preoccupied with worldly comforts: You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I recommend buying gold purified in the fire from me to become rich, white clothing to cover your shameful unclothedness, and eye salve to see (Revelation 3:17-18).

God's mercy and judgment coexist. Psalm 85:10 is fulfilled in Jesus Christ's gospel: Mercy and truth meet; righteousness and peace kiss. If we recognize that we are blind and wretched sinners worthy of judgment, we can plead to His kindness and be restored, but if we stubbornly refuse to heed His warnings and come to Him in self-righteousness, He hardens us until we are given over to the deceiver. “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” Spiritual blindness is judged when the Lord gives people who have opposed the truth over to a delusion: they die because they refused to love the truth and be redeemed. For this reason, God sends them a great illusion to believe the lie and condemn everyone who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evil (2 Thess. 2:10-12).

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, wicked desires, and greed, which is idolatry. These will bring God's wrath (Colossians 3:5). Jesus heals the blind. He gives eye salve so we can see. But there's no time to delay because the more we oppose God and harden our hearts, the more He gives us our delusions—the judicial consequence of our hubris. As Scripture continually warns, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” (Ps. 95:cool

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen!

If you've said this short prayer, congratulations!!!

God bless you!

Peace!

Also read: http://www.messianicgoodnews.org/restoring-sight-to-the-blind-isaiah-61/
Religion / A Call To Spread The Good News To The Poor! by topshore(f): 12:41pm On May 07
Scripture Text: Luke 4:18

In Isaiah 61:1–3, the prophet outlined the mission that God had predetermined for the Messiah, which was to minister to the needs of those who were disadvantaged and destitute. He started off by saying, "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to those who are economically disadvantaged." As the Bible says in Isaiah 61:1, "He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners of the prisoner's heart." Seven hundred years later, Jesus Christ opened His public ministry by speaking from this very book, applying Isaiah’s words to Himself: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. According to Luke 4:18–19, "He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the year of the favour of the Lord." Upon reaching the conclusion, Jesus declared, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:21), thereby establishing Himself as the Messiah and Servant-King that was promised to Israel and who would proclaim good news to those who were in need.


What Does It Mean to Spread the Good News to the Poor?

We refer to a positive announcement as "good news." The phrase "proclaim good news" refers to the act of announcing or communicating a message that contains positive information about some recent or significant events. The Greek verb euangelizomai describes this manner of behavior. The New Testament authors specifically attributed this word to the act of proclaiming or preaching the gospel, known as evangelion. The phrase "proclaiming the good news" refers to God's message of salvation for sinful mankind through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. The English word 'evangelise' is derived from the verb 'euangelizomai'. When we preach the message of salvation in Jesus Christ, we are evangelizing. This means that we are proclaiming the good news, which is that the kingdom of God has come to earth in the person of God's own Son, who brings with him the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life (Matthew 4:23; Romans 10:15).

The Old Testament used the term "the poor" to describe people who did not inherit anything, who were economically disadvantaged and had a low social rank, or who were oppressed, downtrodden, disadvantaged, and destitute. Not only were the poor helpless, but they were also dependent on influential individuals and unfavourable conditions. The term "poor" also refers to people who are dependent on God every day. The Psalms, in particular, use the concept of poverty both literally and symbolically to demonstrate the impoverished's reliance on God as their protector, deliverer, and saviour (Psalm 12:6; 35:10; 102:17; 116:6).

The New Testament carries over these ideas of "the poor," referring to both those living in poverty and those humble and living by faith in God as "the poor." In the great Sermon on the Mount that Jesus Christ delivered, the Lord begins with the Beatitudes, preaching that "God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours" (Luke 6:20, New Living Translation). Matthew 5:3 describes people as "poor in spirit" when they recognise their own spiritual destitution. They realise that they are in dire need of God, and they turn to Him in order to receive the most abundant blessings that God lovingly provides through trust in Jesus Christ. John the Baptist, imprisoned, conversed with Jesus to confirm his identity as the promised Messiah for Israel. "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor" (Luke 7:22). This is the response that Jesus gave to John.

According to Matthew 11:2, one of the authoritative signs that Jesus was the Messiah was the fact that He communicated the good news to those who were in need. The argument that James made was as follows: "Hasn't God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? "They are the ones who will inherit the kingdom that He promised to those who love him, aren't they? "

A New Living Translation of James 2:5 "When it came to the poor people whom Christ came to save," the apostle Paul explained the breadth of Christ's selfless generosity, saying, "You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ." Even though He was wealthy, He chose to become poor for your sake, so that through His lack of wealth, He could make you wealthy (2 Corinthians 8:9, New Living Translation).

Proclaiming the good news of salvation to those who were in need was the primary purpose of the entire mission that Jesus Christ carried out. In both a tangible and a spiritual sense, Jesus is a Saviour who fulfils the needs of those who are in need. A further point to consider is that He completely satisfies them (Luke 1:53; 6:20–21; Matthew 5:6).

However, it is important to know that you must be born again and Spirit-filled to be able to spread the good news. Without the Spirit of God upon you, you cannot share the Gospel to the poor. Similar to our Scripture text today, Romans 10:9–14 makes it clear that you must be first be saved before you can preach salvation to others.

[b]"9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[/b]Romans 10:9–14 (NIV).

If you are reading this and you are not saved, now is the time to give your life to Christ, for tomorrow may be too late. I'll encourage you to say this short prayer as you open your heart to Jesus Christ:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now. Come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You, Jesus Christ; Your in Mighty Name, I pray, amen."

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!

Also read: https://www.gotquestions.org/proclaim-good-news-to-the-poor.html
Religion / The Pride Of Life by topshore(f): 8:15pm On Apr 30
Scripture Text: 1 John 2:16

The Bible teaches us that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is particularly true for monarchs, who are exposed to the temptations of pride more than the average person.

The pride of life is rooted in worldliness and a love for what the culture deems as achievements. It removes God from His throne and places the self in the seat instead of recognising His grace as the reason for what we have.

First John 2:15–16 warns against loving the world, explaining its dangers of pride. Satan uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life to tempt Jesus into failing and not being proven perfect and blameless. Nebuchadnezzar, a Babylonian king, struggled with this pride problem. He had a dream about a tree feeding the whole world, but later saw the tree being cut down. The prophet Daniel informed him that the monarch was the tree who would be cut down and advised him to turn from his sinful ways, live righteously, and show mercy to the poor.

Nebuchadnezzar managed to humble himself for a while after hearing the prophet's message. As Babylon continued to grow in prosperity and win battles, he proclaimed that he built the house of the kingdom with the might of his power and in honour of his majesty. Because of his pride, Nebuchadnezzar lost everything. Pride can also bring Christians to a place where they lose access to the kingdom of God, just as it did with the devil.

In the book of Esther, Haman is a prime example of self-destructive pride in the Bible. He was angry with Mordecai, a Jew who saved his life from an assassination plot, and wanted to kill all the Jews in the land. Haman's inflated pride led him to boast about his wealth, children, and advancements above the princes and servants of the king. When Mordecai refused to show reverence, Haman decided to build a gallows from which to hang Mordecai, hoping that Xerxes would give him permission due to his high royal standing.

Pride, a distorted mirror that obstructs clear thinking and reason, allowed Haman to see only himself. Filled with conceit, Haman thought in his heart, ‘Whom would the king delight to honour more than me?’ The noble devised the most extravagant procession for himself, riding on the king's horse, in the king's robes, with the king's crown upon his head, parading up and down the city streets for all to honor. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks,” and this couldn't be truer for Haman, who spoke as if he wanted desperately to be the king.

The story of Haman is a great example of the ultimate payout of pride, as he was hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. The Bible says, “When pride cometh, then cometh shame” (Proverbs 11:2).

Uzziah, a tragic king of Judah, was initially a reformer who tried to serve God but ultimately led to his downfall. God reveals seven lessons regarding the dangers of pride: complacency, ungratefulness, self-reliance, covetousness, spiritual blindness, judgement, and public shame or humiliation.

Uzziah's reign began in 767 B.C. and lasted 52 years, from age 16 until he was 68 years old. Judah was in disarray when his reign began, and out of pride, Amaziah began a war against Northern Israel that God did not command or condone. Uzziah was a reformer who initially refused to follow many of his father's mistakes and initially trusted God. However, his pride led him to become complacent and tolerate pagan worship, which eventually led to his downfall.

Uzziah's downfall serves as a warning to all believers to never allow spiritual success to lead to complacency. Satan will try to pull them off their walk with God when they let their guard down. Tolerating evil in one's life is a snare that leads to greater sin and pain. It is crucial for believers to avoid complacency and strive for a more righteous walk with God.

Uzziah's failure to thank God for his wealth, security, and power led him to become ungrateful and destructive. He failed to give credit to God for his victories, leading him to believe that he was responsible for his victories, which in turn led to pride and his downfall. The Bible makes clear that God helped Uzziah until he made himself strong, but he failed to understand that he was separating himself from God as he sought to become self-reliant and independent through his wealth, security, and status.

Saul, the first King of Northern Israel, also committed similar sins, disobeying God's prophet and taking on the role of the priests. Moses warned the Jews not to be presumptuous by acting without the direction of God's appointed Levite priests, as failure to do so would result in judgment. Uzziah, Jeroboam, and Saul all presumed they could fulfil the role of God's priests when that was not their role.

The Jews also committed the sin of presumption by trying to invade the Promised Land after God judged them and told them that the first generation would need to die off in the wilderness because of their sins. It is crucial to never assume that you are following God's will when disobeying His Word or acting on your own. Always read the Word and pray for His guidance, as failing to do so may lead your flesh astray.

Satan, the father of pride, seeks your destruction through pride. His pride caused his downfall, as he believed he would ascend to heaven and become like the Most High. However, those who saw him would force him down to Sheol, where they would question him. Pride is one of the worst sins against God, and Uzziah's pride led to his downfall. In conclusion, pride can cause unholy things and lead to the pursuit of absolute power.

Satan's goal is to create chaos by causing God's people to rebel against His Word. He has led angels Eve, Adam, and Eve to rebel against God's rules, and he becomes the father of those who rebel. Rebellion is considered a sign of an "evil man," and according to Solomon, it is part of the spirit of "the prince of the power of the air." Samuel also referred to rebellion as the sin of witchcraft.

The Jews' lack of faith led to their repeated rebellion against God and Moses, leading to their being banished to the desert. Satan created a counterfeit to deceive people, offering strife, death, and misery for those who rebelled and followed Satan. It is important not to surrender to covetousness or one's own understanding, as Uzziah did not seek God's guidance in prayer. Spiritual blindness can cause one to become spiritually blind to sin, as seen in the rebuke of Uzziah by Azariah the High Priest.

Turning from God can also harden one's heart, making it harder for the Holy Spirit to guide them. Even though they knew God, they did not honour Him as God or give thanks. Their foolish hearts were darkened, and the Lord poured over their eyes and hearts. If God has allowed hardship to enter one's life or rebuked them, examine their life for any unconfessed sin.


Unrepentant pride can lead to God's judgement, as seen in Uzziah's leprosy. Leprosy causes the victim to lose feeling, leading to nerve endings in the infected skin and the loss of appendages. Sin causes the victim to become numb to the pain it causes, leading to feelings of impurity and greed. Pain receptors help prevent injuries from worsening, and unchecked sin can dampen the Holy Spirit's ability to convict one of their sins.

God will judge those who live in a world governed by pride and covetousness. Satan, like Uzziah, was blessed with power as one of God's most important angels. Like Uzziah, Satan caused him to covet God's power. Those who rebel out of coveting also violate God's Tenth Commandment and disqualify a person from heaven.

Illness can cause repentance. If a person lives in rebellion, God can allow them to become sick to bring them to repentance. The Lord will smite them with consumption, fever, inflammation, fiery heat, sword, blight, and mildew, and they will pursue them until they perish.

When God reveals your sins, repent. Saul and Uzziah failed to acknowledge their sins, and God judged them only after Samuel failed to repent of his sins. When the High Priest Azariah revealed Uzziah's sins, Uzziah also failed to repent.

In conclusion, leprosy, sin, pride, and illness can all lead to spiritual and physical health issues. It is crucial to repent when God reveals your sins and teaches you the right path to forgiveness. By humble yourself and accepting correction, you can live a more fulfilling life and experience the blessings of God's grace.

God bless you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, amen!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now. Come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil and enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus. In Jesus' mighty name, I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read:
https://salvationcall.com/pride-life/
https://inspiredscripture.com/bible-studies/2-chronicles-26#gsc.tab=0
https://livingproof.co/the-dangers-of-pride-in-the-bible-and-tips-for-overcoming-it/
Religion / When Jokes Become Sin? by topshore(f): 9:59am On Apr 23
Scripture Text: Ephesians 5: 4

The book of Proverbs and the epistle of James have much to say about the use of the tongue. James 3:10–11 says: “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?” Paul speaks in a similar vein: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths” and “Let there be no . . . foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place” (Eph. 4:29; 5:4).

But the way people talk to each other in public is getting rougher every day. People in public often say things that people would not say in polite company a generation ago. Even worse, some people who say they are preachers of the gospel use bad jokes and bad language in their lectures, saying they are just being real. These actions only lower the users' status and make other people more likely to use corruptible words.

Paul and James both felt the need to speak out strongly about the issue, which shows that it's not just a problem today. It was so common in the first century that new Christians needed to be told how to talk about it. The bad language of the streets is easy for us to use because we don't pay attention when we talk. As Christians, we should not speak without thinking, but with thought.
For the same reason Paul talks about speech above, we should only say "what is good for building up, as fits the occasion, so that it may give grace to those who hear." "Let there be thanksgiving in your words" is another thing he says (Eph. 4:29; 5:4).

We downplay how bad it is to use rude and offensive words. We say that we're just being honest or that it doesn't mean anything to us. Christ, however, tells us that we will be responsible for every careless word we say (Matthew 12:36). We should be more careful about what we say after hearing something like this from our Saviour. We should think about what we're going to say before we speak.

Also, we don't think about how our words affect other people. Bad jokes hurts, insults, and degrades other people. As Christians, Paul tells us to use language that builds up, not language that tears down. Language should be used to teach, scold, correct, and train people in right behavior. You should use it to bless people, not curse them. We should use it to thank and praise the God who saved us. But when the skin is strong, the tongue can't be held back in this way.

We can only manage our tongues with the help of the Holy Spirit. That same Spirit also helps us use our speech for the glory of God and the health of the church. We should think about how our jokes might hurt the people who are listening. For example: I think it would be "inappropriate" to laugh about drunk driving around someone who has lost a loved one to a drunk driver. Even if the humor is funny in theory, telling a joke or making someone laugh when they're not ready for it can hurt them personally. Don't tell anyone jokes if you're not sure if it's okay.

Last but not least, the only hard and fast rule about our freedom to joke around in Christ is this: if you're not sure that what you want to joke about is okay, then it is wrong to joke about it (Romans 14:23). If you think something is funny and you're sure it's not about something bad, and you're sure no one is getting upset, insulted, or tempted by your humor, then let it go.

However, if you have ANY DOUBT about any of that, it would be wrong to break your conscience, so please keep the joke to yourself. Of course, you can't just "decide" not to find something funny, just like you can't "choose" not to find someone sexually beautiful or "decide" to stay calm when they insult or abuse you. What you CAN control is whether you hold back or give in, stay away from those situations or look for them, or do something else to keep the urge to use inappropriate humour from turning into sin (1 Corinthians 10:13).

God bless you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus Christ, for in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

ALSO SEE:
https://tabletalkmagazine.com/article/2023/05/crude-joking/
https://412teens.org/qna/is-it-wrong-to-laugh-at-inappropriate-jokes.php
Religion / The Danger Of Shortsightedness! by topshore(f): 11:22am On Apr 16
Scripture Text: Isaiah 20: 12-20

You may know the story of King Hezekiah if you've read the Old Testament. He changed things for the better and was a good king. We praise him for trusting God and wanting to save his country. No one else was like him (II Kings 18:5-7). He prayed and made deals with God to live longer. He had a lot of faith, was good, and did many great things.

But I wonder why he didn't beg God for mercy on his children and the people who would come after him. Why didn't he leave something better behind? Why didn't he choose to make many people happy? It's easy to answer these questions: Hezekiah didn't see things clearly.

Every man has flaws that make him unique. These flaws not only mark a man, but they also help define him. This is the kind of person Hezekiah was. Even though I respect Hezekiah a lot, I think he's kind of a sad person because of one big mistake he made in his life. Hezekiah had terrible blind spots. In what way? In the following three ways: He didn't think about his own death enough. He didn't see far enough ahead for his kingdom. He didn't see far into the future. In as much everything's well with him, the future of his people and kingdom were not his concern.

Think about how God told Hezekiah that he was going to die. After Hezekiah cried out to the Lord and begged Him, God sent the prophet Isaiah to tell him, "I have heard your prayer." I've seen you cry. Look, I'll heal you (II Kings 20:5). God made Hezekiah live 15 more years. What did happen, though? Hezekiah had a son named Manasseh during the last 15 years. He was not only bad, but he was so bad that God punished Judah by saying that Manasseh was the reason why Judah should be punished (II Kings 21:10–15).

Because Hezekiah didn't think about his own death, he reached the point where God's anger could not be stopped. Hezekiah also didn't see far enough ahead for his kingdom. When people from Babylon came to see him, Hezekiah showed them all of his wealth and kingly power. "Hezekiah showed them everything in his house and all of his land" (II Kings 20:13). Before he knew it, Hezekiah had made Babylon want to rule over his country. So much so that Isaiah went back to Hezekiah and told him that one day Babylon would take all of his kingdom's wealth and "there shall be nothing left" (II Kings 20:17). But what did Hezekiah say in response? "Hezekiah then told Isaiah, "The word of the LORD that you spoke is good." He asked himself, "Why not? If there will be peace and safety in my days?" (2 Kings 20:19). Did you get it? He could have asked God to forgive him in the same way that he asked for His life. He even negotiated with God to have the shadow move back ten degrees instead of down, which God did (Isaiah 20:10). See how close Hezekiah was to God? Alas! Hezekiah only cared about his own kingdom and not the one that his children and grandchildren would run in the future.

Just like he couldn't see past his own wall when he thought about his own death, Hezekiah couldn't see past his own walls when he prayed, when he thought about the walls that surrounded his wealth and glory, or when he thought about the wall that held the way to the future. Hezekiah was a really great king. But because he was so focused on the present, he didn't make plans for the future of his country.

What can we learn from his mistakes that we won't make again?

First, your impact will live on after you die. People who come after you will be affected by the way you live your life now. What are you going to leave them? How do you want your faith in Christ to affect not only your kids but also the kids who will come after them?

Second, don't be proud of the good things in your life like Hezekiah did. Instead, keep your eyes on the one who brings life. During the war, Hezekiah put his faith in God. He forgot to trust God for the hard times that were to come, though.

You can trust God with what will happen after you die. King David gave his son Solomon a lot of things to help him build the temple. What can you leave behind that will encourage people to keep going in their faith? It might not seem important to be shortsighted. But, as we can see from the kings of Judah, it led to a sad end. Today is important, but tomorrow is even more important. One day, you'll be able to see what your impact has done. Either God will be praised, or you will wish you could do it again.

If you are in the path of short-sightedness like Hezekiah, you need to repent now, ask God for mercy to damage your spiritual blindness.

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read:https://preachitteachit.org/articles/lessons-from-hezekiah-forgetting-the-future/
Religion / A True Role Model! by topshore(f): 8:26pm On Apr 09
Scripture Text: Titus 2:7-8;

There are different role models but the true one is a godly one.

As Christians, God wants us to live a good life that others can follow, both inside and outside of church. The Bible tells us to be good people in God's place and around other people so that no bad things will be said about God because of us.

Beloved, the truth is that we live in this world but are not of it. As Christians, our end is heaven, where we will live forever with Christ Jesus. People should live by good examples of character so that others can see them and learn from them as long as they are on earth.

It's too bad that many Christians today don't show these godly traits; they don't teach Christ without words. Being a role model means that you show others how to be good by what you say and do. It means showing off your godliness so that others can follow your lead. Can you speak for that group of people? You don't have to be a boss to show godly traits.

Matthew 5:16–17, says; "Let your light shine before people so that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father who is in heaven." This is telling you to make a big difference like a child of God should wherever you are. Put God's light on everything around you, including your home, business, market, neighborhood, and even your church. Don't forget that people want to read you. Some people want to read your letter before they read the Bible. Make sure that what you say and do shows who you really are and speaks of Christ. That you are a good and worthy representative of Christ is clear from the godly thoughts, actions, and words that many people learn from you.

Beloved, does God trust you to be His representative and example in the world today? As a Christian, he wants you to lead sinners to Christ and non-Christians to righteousness by the way you live your life. In reality, all Christians are called to share their faith through their everyday lives. You and I are to show the world Christ and all He stands for by living in a way that others want to follow. If you're not doing this already, I think you should start now.

The Bible says that you will know someone by their fruits, not by what they say. These fruits are qualities of good people. You are like a tree that bears fruit that must stay in the Lord as a child of God. This is how other people will see Christ in you and know Christ through you.

Think about these situations. A story was told about a Christian brother who was very religious and took time to teach others the Bible and pray. Someone who used to live next door and had recently joined the church saw him doing his normal church activities and asked, "Could this be the brother who used to live on my street and was called a fraudster but then disappeared?" People say that he always tricks people and then hides in different parts of the city where he can't be found. When this brother saw his old neighbor, he grabbed the nearest exit and ran out of the church. Why did he do that? His sins were now known to him. Do you know that God wants your life to be so interesting that it draws people into His kingdom? Always be a true Christian, whether you're with other people or not. Set a good example by being holy. Let other people see the good in you and do the same.

God bless you in the Mighty Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus! In Jesus mighty name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read: https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-30-march-2024-be-a-godly-role-model-1/
Religion / Allegory: Burning Bush, Not Consumed! by topshore(f): 12:20pm On Apr 02
Scripture Text: Exodus 3:2

"The angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed."
Exodus 3.2

Let's look at the story of Moses and the burning bush. What is the most amazing fire you've ever built, seen, enjoyed, or even been afraid of? There are a lot of answers to that question. Some people have been saved by fire when they were tired, wet, and cold in the woods. Fire has been a threat to some people since their own house burned down. Some of us know people who died in fires. Still, some people have shared their darkest and most private moments with loved ones while sitting by a beautiful fire. All of this is fire. An energy that burns and eats things. It's a wonder that shines with warmth and light.

It makes perfect sense that God showed up to Moses in a fire. In a fire, God spoke to one of the most important religious leaders in history. This story, which is told to us in Exodus chapter 3, is still powerful for all Christians, even if they have never been near fire or are not a great religious leader.

First, take note of Moses's calmness wonder. Moses is out in the desert. In fact, he is on a mountain, far from the woods. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but not yet destroyed. Think about this: it takes someone who is patient to observe that the bush isn't burning.

At first look, most of us wouldn't be able to tell if the bush was burning or not. In fact many will assume that the bush was burning. We see the light first when we see a fire, right? It won't be possible to tell what the flame did until some time has passed. I don't think Moses could have known for sure that the bush wasn't on fire until after some time had passed. To put it another way, his experience with the burning bush took some time. As he watched the fire for a while, he finally realized that the bush wasn't going up in flames. That is something we should all keep in mind as we think about God.

Almost never do we experience God right away in something. For now, it takes time for us to have good experiences with God. And they make us stop and sit for a while to see what is on fire and what isn't.

Then there is the powerful discovery itself. The bush was not consumed. This is the most powerful proof of God that people know of. God's strength, fire, kindness, and love are always there, showing that they are real.

Rudolf Otto, a famous German philosopher from a hundred years ago, came up with this way to describe God: "God is a Great and Fascinating Mystery" but said it in Latin. God is a huge and interesting Mystery. We want to be right next to that mystery, with nothing in the way.

We take off our shoes to get a better sense of what it was like. We also know a huge and interesting secret about fire. When we look into that midnight bonfire, we can feel it. There is still something about fire that interests us even though we know everything there is to know about its chemistry processes and reactions. For example, we know about oxidation and sparks. We are drawn to God's light. We want to learn even more about God as we learn more about him. What we know about God is never a full picture of God. What we know about God never consumes God.

Love works the same way. We are called to love each other with the same kind of love that God has for us (agape). One sign of mutual love is that when we love someone more, we find more love to give them. God's love is not what people mean when they say "zero-sum game." Do it! Give someone something because you love them so much. When you show unconditional love, you have more love to give. Even though love burns, it never goes out. The fire of love burns so sweetly, but it never goes out. Now we have the words.

Moses had an experience with the real God that he could not put into words. It was mysterious and powerful. It did use words, though. Moses, like all people, needed words to understand and be led. So he asks, "Who are you?" "What's your name?" In fact, Moses didn't say this at first. He had heard his own name for the first time from inside that fiery wonder. First, he was told that this God was really the God of his own family and that this God cared about people who were weak and unhappy. "I know what they are going through," this God told Moses.

Finally, God told Moses that he would send him to save those people from Pharaoh. Moses began to stumble at that point. He kept asking himself, "Who am I to do this?" "I'm not strong. There's no sign for me. I can't speak well. People aren't going to believe me. Again, who should I say is calling?" That's the question Moses had. Who do I say is calling? Who do I say sent me? "I Am Who I Am."  "Tell them that "I Am" sent you." God does use those words, but they are just as hard to understand as fire. I'm the person I am. It's not been clear what those words mean since they were spoken. It might be I Am What I Am. It might say "I Am Becoming What I Am Becoming." I'm changing into who I am. That is the version that talks about happenings and moving. The Bible's God is not just a "being" that has things and can't move. Someone once said, "God is not a noun; God is a verb." Just like fire.

Does fire mean something or something else?

God moves things around and makes things happen if God shows up in fire. The action of God, on the other hand, is not always bad. Moving of God does destroy things; it gets rid of what is wrong. It gets rid of things that aren't needed. Ultimately, though, God's will is for life and health, freedom and safety. That's the God who will always free people who are being abused and take them to the land of milk and honey. This is the God who will also move the people and lead us at night with a fire column. There is a fire God who says, "I am becoming who I am becoming." It will hurt me, but it won't consume me.

Are you in a burning fire situation right now? God is telling you, the God who sent Moses: The "I Am" is telling you that that fire, that situation, that problem will not consume you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. God loves you, and He will love you forever. Only believe Him, trust and receive Him into your heart today if you haven't already.

God bless you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus! In Jesus' Mighty Name I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read:https://www.cathedralatl.org/sermons/the-bush-was-blazing-yet-it-was-not-consumed-1/

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Religion / We're God's Battle Axe! by topshore(f): 12:11am On Mar 27
Scripture Text: Jeremiah 51:20


God needs believers to be His battle axes. Christians are soldiers and should always be war-ready. If God invites you to be His battle axe, I pray you will say, “Lord, I want to become your battle axe.”

God said, “You are my battle axe and you are to break into pieces ten things: The nations, the kingdoms, the horse and his rider, the chariots and his rider, men and women, old and young, young men and the maid, the shepherd and his flock, the husbandman and his oxen and the captain and rulers.” (Jeremiah 51:20).

The ten things God wants you to break have spiritual implications, but you are in a war. War has been declared against you even if you don't think you're fighting. War has been proclaimed against you, so fight or don't. “But I did not offend anybody,” you say. Why is war declared against me? Therefore, the Bible calls them ‘the wicked’. They need not be offended. They dislike you and want to prevent you from succeeding.

Weapons are used in fights. God wants battle axes. Battle axes are war weapons. Battles and conflicts occur. One tragedy of life is being in a struggle without knowing it. It is quite risky.

Your role is to fight destiny fulfillment's opponent. You must be reborn to be God's war axe. This will make you helpful to God and His kingdom.

Exodus 15:3 says God is a warrior. Romans utilised war axes long before today's memory verse. The handle is used to swing it and strike the enemy. Hand-to-hand fighting was its purpose. Its blade is sharp. Destroys. It cuts. Battle and war are symbolised by the battle axe.


No one mentions battle axe without a fight. If there's no war, no one mentions war weapons. God is a warmaker, thus His offspring shouldn't be civilians.

An unaware soldier will die cheaply in battle. You must fight whether you want to or not. The battle doesn't need your consent or knowledge. It does not care if you will fight. In addition, there is no neutral ground. It is a war between light and darkness, right and wrong, good and evil, righteous and wicked, circumcised and uncircumcised. Thus, without war knowledge, believers will die like chickens or become casualties.

You must be God's battle axe to fight faith and war well, beloved. God needs you as his battle axe to fight spiritual warfare and defeat the devil. Be God's war axe to bind and cast forth demons and undo darkness. You must be God's battle axe to conquer nations for Christ. Only God's battle axes can spread grace and rule the world. God's war axes rule life alone. Baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit and fire, you can be God's war axe.

To exist in this world and declare there is no war is to fail. The Philistines knew their fights, but Samson did not. Philistines brought their charms and fetishes to war. They incited Samson's arrest with various incantations. Samson kept fleeing because God was with him. When the Philistines seized him and took him to the grinding mill, they sacrificed to their gods first.
So the dark powers know about the conflict. Sorcerers and wizards realise there's a struggle. Principalities and powers know there is a conflict, yet many Christians are unaware. So the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries is renowned as where God trains your hands and fingers for war.


Warfare requires studying your enemy to know how to attack. Being uneducated in this war is disastrous. God is telling us what? “I want to undo the devil with you.” The Lord says, "You are a weapon, not a person. Stop acting human. General purpose machine gun, you're supposed to be. You're artillery, tank, rifle. You're a fighter.”

Devils want to weaken God's oil on your head. Keep him from doing that. Decide today to be God's battle axe. Rise as God's battle axe and release the captives, smash brass gates and iron bars. You can populate His kingdom and depopulate hell that way. I pray that Jesus would grant you the grace to be God's battle axe.


God will make you His battle axe until you are reborn. Continuous victory requires rebirth. I you would like to give your life to Christ, please pray the following prayer in faith:

Lord Jesus, enter my life. I believe You are my Lord and Saviour. I believe that Your death and resurrection saved me. I'm grateful for Jesus' salvation. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!!!

Also read: https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-14-march-2024-becoming-gods-battle-axe-i/
Religion / Jesus Christ Is The "Way"! by topshore(f): 9:12pm On Mar 19
Scripture Text: John 14:5–6

As we see in today's Bible reading, many people still don't know the Way or who He is, just like Thomas.

Jesus Christ is "The Way" and our Lord and Savior. When Jesus speaks, He says that He is the way to God and that only He can make people right with the Father (God). This means that the only way to be saved and live forever is to follow Jesus' instructions and accept Him as Lord and Savior.

Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus also says that He is the Truth. In a religious and moral sense, He is the truth that God wants us to follow. He is the one who reveals God's truth to people and keeps everything going. Christ says that He is "The Life" and that He is the source of eternal life. If you believe in Him and follow His way, you will live with God forever. We can be spiritually born again through Christ and be sure that we will live again after death.
This sentence is very important to Christian faith because it stresses that Jesus is the only one who can save people. It makes the point that believing in Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior is the only way to get to know God and live eternally. This passage may mean different things to different Christian groups, but it usually shows that Christians believe Jesus is the only One who can bring people and God together.

What makes Jesus "The Way"?

Jesus used the possessive pronoun to make Himself clear as "the only Way." They didn't understand where He was going or how they could follow Him because He was talking about a road or route. Like He had told them before, Jesus was telling them and us to follow Him. You can't get to heaven or the Father any other way.

After many years, Peter told the leaders of Jerusalem the same thing about Jesus: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). There is only one way to be saved, and that is in the words "I am The Way."

He says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" in John 14:6. "I am the only way to get to the Father." Many people think that we can't be open if we don't accept all the people who come to God in different ways. That's a tough passage to read. But Jesus makes it very clear that we must go through Christ to reach God. So, when people ask, we should be bold to them that Jesus says He is the only Way. It can be hard to explain though but it's the "Truth", and anyone who believes you will have "Life". Having told them about the Way as Jesus Christ Has revealed Himself, all they have to do is say, "Lord, open my eyes."

If you haven't started walking in the "Way", this is the right time to start. The first step is to surrender to Jesus, the Way. He will show Himself to you, the Truth about Him, and you'll have eternal "Life".

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Thank You Jesus Christ, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!
Religion / What Does It Mean To Pray In The Holy Ghost? by topshore(f): 10:20am On Mar 12
Scripture Text: Jude 1:20

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 1:20).

Our Attitude to Prayer

The things we forget to do, the things we don't do, the things we mean to do, and the things we put off are prayer. Still, it's the most important thing we need to do. We are missing out on the beauty of it when we don't participate in it. Think about it: being able to spend time with the One who made everything! And He instrusts us to do it! Don't we need to run to Him?

Because of how prayer works, it's important to know a few things that should make us want to pray in a way that line with the Bible.

To begin, we should understand that prayer opens doors. It's a way to get to the supernatural.

Second, we should know that being able to pray is a gift. We can talk to the Creator of the world directly through prayer, which is something no one else can do. This is a great honor that we shouldn't joke around with.

Lastly, prayer is full of opportunities when done the right way, which is what we will talk about. This is possible if you have faith and pray in the Spirit.

Perhaps you've heard the saying "prayer changes things." It's a cliché now that this statement is so well known and often used. Don't get it wrong, though—the words are still true. But should we think of prayer as a kind of "magical cure all"? I don't think so. What's so strong about prayer? Prayer is very strong because it comes from trusting in God. We should look at the kind of prayer that changes things now that we know this simple truth.

As you pray and ask for things, always do it in the Spirit, and stay alert with all persistence and intercession for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).

You can touch God, be in His presence, and get what you need from Him through prayer, which is a process that has many parts.

How important is it to pray?

What the above texts show us is not only why we should pray, but also how we should pray. There's no question that prayer is what keeps us connected to the Lord. Some people find it hard to do this, even though it is one of the most important parts of being a Christian.

How many times have we been in a tough spot and felt like we had no idea what or how to pray?

Our Scripture text today starts to explain what it means to pray in the Spirit. To really pray in the Spirit, you have to think like the Spirit yourself. We are praying in line with God's will when we pray this way. That God hears our prayers and will answer them in His own time and way is something we can be sure of when we pray according to His will. This is what we read:

"This is why we trust Him: if we ask for anything that is in line with His will, He hears us." No matter what we ask, if we know that He hears us, we know that we will receive what we ask for (1 John 5:14–15).

How to Pray in the Spirit: Let's cite two examples.

First, let's look into two people in the Bible who help us understand and even value the idea of being in the Spirit. They may have been praying at the time, even though it is not said for sure, but it is a very real chance. Now, let's look at the case of the Apostle John. What he writes:

"On the Lord's Day, I was in the Spirit and heard a loud voice behind me that sounded like a trumpet" (Revelation 1:10).

There is more to learn about being in the Spirit than just seeing this great vision. Being in the Spirit lets us hear from God. Because of that, he was "Revelation ready," which means that the Lord could speak to him through any means necessary.
Apostle Paul is the source of the second example we should also look into:

"It's probably not helpful for me to brag." I will talk about visions and messages from the Lord. I know a Christian man who was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. I don't know if he was in the body or out of the body; only God knows. God knows if this man was in the body or not, but I know that he was taken to paradise and heard words that words can't describe. It is not legal for a man to speak these words". (2 Corinthians 12:1-4).

Paul was given the chance to see things that no one else had seen, just like the Apostle John. This gives us a better idea of how deep writing goes. Of course, we know that the Spirit walked with him while he wrote (2 Timothy 3:16), but what he saw helps us understand how big God is, which makes us praise and glorify Him.

Last but not least, it should be clear that we need to pray in the Spirit because Satan wants to stop our prayers. He cares more about our prayers than we think because he wants to stop and make it hard for us to have a close relationship with the Lord. He will do everything he can within the limits of his power to stop and hinder our prayers. These three things make it necessary for us to pray in a way that will help us beat the devil's tricks.

As we try to pray in the Spirit, let us remember that prayer is not a one-way conversation. When we pray, we should expect the Lord to answer us, making prayer a conversation. We should hear from Him soon because we prayed in the Spirit. He should answer with such urgency and power.

God bless you, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.

But if you're reading this and you are yet to give your life to Christ, this is an opportunity for you to do so. Don't miss out in enjoying the grace of praying and growing your personal relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.

If you want to give your life to Christ just say this prayer now:
"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus Mighty Name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read:https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/what-does-it-mean-to-pray-in-the-holy-spirit.html.
Religion / Be Grateful For The Sin-atoning Blood Of Jesus Christ! by topshore(f): 9:33am On Mar 05
Scripture Text: Romans 5: 10-11

Today, we raise our voices to thank the Father of Lights for giving us His son, and we also thank the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for giving His life for us on the Cross. I imagine what our lives would be like if Jesus hadn't died for us. Without the sin-forgiving blood of the Lamb of God, all people would have been doomed. Jesus, thank you for this!

Could you imagine what would have happened to you and me if Jesus hadn't shed His blood? Because of our sins and flaws, we have to keep sacrificing animals to make up for them. With the way things are going now, some of us might not even be able to buy it. And even if we can afford to buy animals once in a while, that doesn't mean we are completely clean. Hebrews 10:3 says that the blood of bulls and goats can't wash away sins. Once more, we thank Jesus for doing this for us, once and for all.

Jesus' death on the Cross made things right with God. Now, we have someone who can talk to the Father on our behalf and forgive our sins. We can now freely approach the throne of grace to receive the mercy that Jesus' blood has made possible for us. Praise God!

Have you dug yourself so deep into the miry clay of your sins that you think God can't forgive you again? It's a vicious lie. Your sins can be forgiven by Jesus' blood. You can be made holy by the blood of Jesus. All you have to do is admit, give up, and truly regret your sins. You can still use the blood that made peace for Mary Magdalene, no matter how deep you go into the occult. It's possible that you are deeply wicked; the blood that washed and dressed Rahab again is still easy to get. You can come to Jesus with your arms wide open and ask His blood to cleanse and forgive you. That will settle it.

God bless you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

If you are yet a sinner, the time to repent is now! Surrender your life to Jesus Christ and enjoy His Blood benefits and best relationship with God. If you would like to give your life to Christ please say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, for in Jesus mighty name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!! You are now a new creation. Enjoy the benefits of the Blood of Jesus Christ!

Peace!

Also read:https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-5-march-2024-the-sin-atoning-blood-of-jesus/
Religion / Pursuing Righteousness By Faith Not By Works by topshore(f): 11:38am On Feb 27
Scripture Text: Galatians 9:15-33

What does it mean to seek righteousness by faith?

Paul says in Romans 9 that we should seek righteousness through faith instead of works.

What then shall we say? That Gentiles who didn't try to be righteous have already reached it—that is, righteousness by faith—but that Israelites who tried to follow a law that would make them righteous failed to reach that law. Why? Because they didn't do it out of faith, but because they thought it was based on works. The tripping block has been stepped on. –Romans 9:30–32 ESV

First, it's helpful to know what the Bible says about what it means to be good. When we talk about English, being righteous usually means being decent and honest. Someone has to do this on their own. That being said, Paul had a different idea than people who spoke English. According to the Bible, to be righteous means to be in good terms with God. Being moral is a part of righteousness, but it's not the most important thing. What matters is our relationship with God. Knowing this background helps explain the issue Israel was having. The people of Israel were trying to win the right to stand in front of God by being good. They failed at this. You can't earn a good position with God by being good in and of yourself.

It makes sense to wonder how we can even try to reach righteousness (right relationship) if we can't even work toward it. It's possible if you believe in Jesus.

Paul goes on to say:
Romans 10:8–13 says, "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart." This means that the word of faith that we preach is close to you. You will be saved if you say that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. Because when you believe in your heart, you are justified, and when you admit with your mouth, you are saved. "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame," says the Bible. There is no difference between a Jew and a Greek; the same Lord rules over everyone and gives his wealth to anyone who calls on him. Because "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
This verse tells us that it is possible to be right with God. Not because of what you do, but because of your faith in Jesus Christ. People who call on the Lord's name are saved. This faith is still going strong. Anyone who believes in and claims Jesus Christ can get it. Everyone can have faith! God wants to have a good relationship with us, not because we are good people. He is already working in us to make that happen. His word is close to us and inside us.

Pursuing justice through faith is the same thing as following Jesus Christ. The people who believe in him will not be shamed, that's what they say.
Faith isn't something that someone agrees with in their head once and is done with. Instead, faith is relying on the Lord Jesus Christ all the time.

How is faith different from works?
It means putting our trust in Jesus instead of ourselves. Faith is always focused on Christ. With Jesus, we know that we will always be right with the Father. We believe that Jesus can change us into his likeness.

In Deuteronomy 30, Moses wrote about this kind of hope. He did this with the help of the Holy Spirit. Paul thought about this text and used parts of it in Romans 10. We learn in Deuteronomy 30 that faith is not too hard or out of reach for us.
We have it in our mouths and hearts, so we can follow.
It's in front of us.
It is based on God (Christ). We should love God, follow his rules, and do what he says.
This is something we can give up if we stop depending on God or let ourselves be pulled away from him.
You can choose. We are told to choose life, because the LORD is our life.

Romans 10 and Deuteronomy 30 are interesting because they describe faith in a way that is very similar to the Arminian view of faith. Faith is not something that only a few people have and most people don't know about. Faith is possible for everyone, though, because God wants to be right with everything he made. Faith in Jesus is not out of reach for us because God has worked in us to make it possible. It really is open to everyone.
To be good by faith means to choose to trust Jesus Christ instead of ourselves. Not because of what we've done, but because of who we are. He'll never let us down.

God bless you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ! Amen!

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life and change my world. I say bye bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus! In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read:https://wesleyanarminian./2009/08/18/pursuing-righteousness-by-faith/

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Religion / True Fasting by topshore(f): 6:35pm On Feb 20
Scripture Text: Isaiah 58: 5-14

The Bible talks about how God sees true fasting, which is different from the kind of fasting that most Christians do today. In His words, it is real fasting.

Our Scripture text today shows that even though many Christians fast a lot, they are not fasting the way God wants us to.


How should we really fast?


God Himself said what a true fast was in Isaiah 58. To really fast, we need to: -

1.Get rid of the chains of injustice by blaming others and talking badly about them;

2. Spend our time and money to help those who are hungry; - Meet the needs of those who are being mistreated.

3. We should not step on the Sabbath and should not do what we want on God's holy day. We should honor the Lord by not going our own ways.

4. Not do what we want or say meaningless things

5. We should feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and share our food with the poor who are moving around without a place to stay.

6. We shouldn't turn away from our own families.
God makes promises to people who fast in a real way.

God Has promised to do a lot of good things for Christians who fast in the right way.

- Our light will shine like the dawn;
- Our healing will come quickly;
- Our righteousness will go before us;
- The glory of God will protect us;
- We will call on Him, and He will answer;
- We will ask for help, and He will give it to us;
- Our light will rise in the darkness;
- Our night will become day;
- The Lord will always lead us;
- He will meet all our needs in a land that is scorched by the sun;
- We'll be known as "Repairer of Broken Walls" and "Restorer of Streets with Dwellings."
- We'll be happy with the Lord. He will make us ride on the heights of the Lord.
- We'll eat the inheritance of our Lord Jesus Christ

"The mouth of the Lord Has spoken"

Brothers and sisters, have we been fasting against God's will? We need to think about who we are and ask God to show us how to please Him.

Also, now is the best time to accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour if you have not yet accepted Him into your life, because tomorrow might be too late.

Just say this short prayer: "Lord Jesus, I come to You now. Come into my life, rule it, and make it better." I'm leaving the devil behind. The Kingdom of Light is now open to me. Thank you, Lord. I ask this in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen!"

Congratulations!!!

God bless you, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ!

Peace!
Religion / We're Not Inferior To God by topshore(f): 11:34am On Feb 13
Scripture Text: 1 John 4:7

It'll interest you to know that the days we got born again was the same day we became like God, and not inferior to Him. At new birth, we're born of God's Word. Brother Peter knew this, so he equipped us with: "being born again, not of corruptible seeds, but of incorruptible, BY THE WORD OF GOD...(1 Pet. 1:23).

Besides Peter, Paul also caught the light of this revelation. In his words to Titus, he tells the later how he got born again, "NOT" by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved by washing, regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).

Qualities That Show You're Not Inferior To God

Ephesians 4:1-16; Philippians 1:27 & Colossians 1:10 are the Bible passages we must read to understand what the qualities we possess to show we're like God.

First, living a life in the manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ shows that we're like God. It's a life that brings steadfastness, standing firm, unity in one spirit, working or striving in partnership with Christ. Lazy Christians have to be one of the most disappointing things to God. Following Christ takes hard work.

Second is to live a life worthy of the Lord. To live this kind of life, we need to be born again and make Jesus Christ first in our lives. It's seen in our love for others, asking the Holy Spirit for the wisdom of God and spiritual understanding. We need to choose to live according to God's Word everyday, bearing fruit in every good work (Gal 5:22), growing in the knowledge of God and being strengthened for endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks are all ways to live a life worthy of the Lord.

Lastly is to live a life worthy of calling. This life of calling is a life that daily exhibits godly characters, has moral courage and personal integrity, behaves maturely, and expresses thankfulness and gratitude to God for all He Has done- Ephesians 4:1-16.

To bear fruit in every good work, we naturally open ourselves to increasing in the knowledge of God. It's an upward spiral: the more we truly serve God, the more we increase in His Knowledge, the more we increase in the Knowledge of God, the more we know Him, and the more we be like Him.

Brethren, it's necessary to reiterate that for you to be godlike, you need to give your life to Christ. This is the best hour to surrender to Jesus to show a life that emulates God and to be like Him.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus Christ for setting me free indeed from sin devil and hell, in Jesus' Mighty Name I pray, amen"
Thank You Jesus!

Congratulations!!!

God bless you.

Peace!

Ref: Dr. D.k Olukoya, Search The Scriptures Vol 2, 2024.
Religion / The Power Of Two by topshore(f): 10:06am On Feb 06
Scripture Text: Matthew 18:19

Today we'll look at how strong couples are when they agree (Ecclesiastes 4:9–12).

Marriage has been around for a very long time. God set it up. It is meant to be a happy, fruitful friendship that lasts a lifetime. But the devil is very angry at marriage and the people who are involved in it, just like he is against anything that brings glory to God. It is especially true for Christian couples getting married. The number of divorces around the world is shockingly high right now.

Christian marriages will help bring forth more and more Spirit-filled Christians who are vessels for God and teams for him. The truth is that Satan's kingdom loses people when there are more righteous people on earth. This is why Satan targets Christian homes and marriages. But we should remember that God, who Has known the end from the beginning, saw this coming and planned for it.

Satan and his followers can't hurt us because Jesus Has given us power and authority over them. We can defeat them whenever they try to cause trouble in our lives. So, if the enemy starts shooting darts at your marriage or home, all you have to do as a Christian is put on all of your armor and face him. When it comes to spiritual battle, the word of God is like a sword that cuts through everything. The Bible promises that the prayers of the righteous are powerful, intense, and miraculous.

Do not base your marriage on anything but God's word. Make Him the Lord of your home, family, and business. Also, make sure that you and your partner love each other and get along. Then, always engage in prayer of agreement together. The enemy can't get to you and your partner because of these kingdom principles. God will be a Wall of Fire around your marriage.

It's hard to imagine how powerful a couple who prays can be. The Bible says that two is better than one. Deuteronomy 32:20 also says that one will go after a thousand and two will go after ten thousand. Matthew 18:19 says that if two of you agree on earth about anything, my Father in heaven will do it. The Bible verses above are divine promises that praying with your partner will bring you and your marriage many blessings and testimonies.

Never forget how strong two people can be when they work together. Today, let Jesus Christ into your life, home, and family, and He will make things better for you.

God bless you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

If you want to give your life to Christ, say this short prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now. Come into my life, take charge of it, and change it." I leave the devil behind and I enter The Kingdom of Light now opened to me. Thank you, Jesus Christ. In the powerful name of Jesus, amen."

Congratulations!!!
Peace!

Ref: Dr. D.K Olukoya: Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional, Vol 9, 2024.
Religion / A Living Or Dead Sacrifice? by topshore(f): 2:44pm On Jan 30
Scripture Text: Romans 12:1-2

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Which one is better? a living sacrifice to God or an offering of a dead body to satan?

Giving your body as a living sacrifice to God is better than giving it as a dead sacrifice to the devil.


To become a living sacrifice, you need to forsake your dead nature, the old man and sinful nature that is of the devil and the world, and then offer your life to God as a living sacrifice. This means that you make your body holy and pleasing to God so that He can use it for His glory. God only uses a living body which is holy, and not the spiritually dead.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)

God no longer lives in churches that were built by people. He promised that His Spirit would live inside us, His beloved children (2 Corinthians 6:16).
God made this same promise to the Israelites in the past (Ezekiel 37:27). His children, who are part of the new covenant through Christ, now make it true.

If you are a Christian, this means that your body is the temple of God and the Spirit of God lives in it. Hence, the body must be kept holy, clean, and set apart for God in order for the Holy Spirit to live in it (Galatians 5).

It is also important that you hate sin and run from all evil appearances as stated in Galatians 5:19-21. According to 1 John 2:15–17, your life should not match the world and its empty things. You need to stay away from the pride of life, the lust of the eyes, and the lust of the skin.

A life completely given over to Christ, a life that has been crucified, is a daily and living sacrifice. These are God's real children who have been "born again" and no longer live their old lives. Someone who is brave enough to say, "I was crucified with Christ, but I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

The Fire Scripture for today tells us that if we want to be a living sacrifice, we need to change by renewing our minds. This is a spiritual work that starts inside and shows up outside. It will then be easy for us to see and follow the "good, acceptable, and perfect will of God." In order to do God's will, a Christian who feeds their mind with the truth of God's word every day and lets that Word guide their life is a living sacrifice. You can only learn and be led on the right road of life by reading God's word and giving your life to Christ and doing what is right. Without this, you are dead to God. I pray the Lord shows us His mercy in Jesus mighty name, amen.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye bye to the devil and I enter into the Kingdom of Your Light. Thank You Jesus! In Jesus Mighty Name I pray, amen.

God bless you.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read: https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-29-january-2024-a-living-sacrifice/
Religion / Babylon: A Strange Land Of Rebellion! by topshore(f): 3:14pm On Jan 23
Scripture Text: Psalm 137

There was a place and there's still a place called Babylon. Babylon is a place of captivity and rebellion.

There's a condition and operation called Babylon. It's a condition of rebellion. Though the physical Babylon doesn't exist now but there's a spiritual entity known as Babylon.

When you're in Babylon, you are in a strange land. You're labouring in cages, you're in a place of punishment, a place of reproach, you've lost the Fire of God like children of Israel, a place of crying and singing the Lord's song in a strange land.

In Babylon, we have people without vision; those who have no sense of direction; a person without conviction of the Holy Spirit; those who are helpless, powerless and oppressed by their enemies; those who are arrogant, foolish and have no respect for elders; those who don't like to take responsibilities for their wrong actions; the ones who have lost their glory; those in a state of sadness and melancholy; those are being mocked by their enemies; and whose lives are full of problems and rebellion.

The Babylonian churches and pastors have lost touch with God. They have lost their integrity. They scream at unbelievers but their messages is not effective enough to bring people to repentance to God. There's is no Power and unbelievers are not feeling the Power of God. The Babylonian pastors are those who have not received the Power and Baptism of the Holy Ghost; they are men of God who seeks worldly things before God and believe that they are not blessed by God by until they have their 12 or more cars or jeeps and private jets; their hearing from God and fire has died; God Doesn't trust them enough to commit Himself to them for they have rebelled again Him.

Babylon is a place where genuine love for God and His Power have gone down the drain; a place of spiritual dryness; where people are not filled with heavenly visions but dark visions; where people are not filled with Holy Spirit; where people have suspended God's programme to pursue their personal programme, an act of rebellion.

Babylon is a place of full of rebellions. God is no longer their Shepherd, rebellion is their shepherd. These people don't give the Message of Christ to unbelievers around their communities, churches, places of work, families, and environment. They are always afraid of how people will percieve them if they preach or pray in public.

Babylon produces witchcraft rebellion. A place of plenty efforts but with little results. A place of pronounced physical and spiritual famine. It's full of believers who have not turned the world upside down for Christ. People seek leadership role to control others but God Has not controlled them because they are rebels.

Symptoms of Babylon/Rebellion
1. Doing things God Has not ask you to do, even if it looks right (Proverbs 14:12-16).
2. Fear. Fear is rebellion to God. It simply telling God that you don't trust Him and He's not capable enough to save you ( Revelations 21:cool. When you care about what people will say more than God's will and purpose for your life, it's simply fear of man. You fear and live your life according to the prescription of people rather than the Fear of God (Proverbs 29:25). The 12 spies saw themselves as grasshoppers before their enemies and they missed entering the Promised Land because of fear (Numbers 13). Fear has hindered many from sharing their testimonies, evangelism, praying in public, speaking the truth and so on. If you don't trust God enough then you have no fear of God but man.
3. Independent Spirit. These are rebels who love to do things only in their own way. They have no regards for church principles and the work of God. They are not team players and believe no one can question them the way they want to live their lives. In marriages, they are too independent to obey or submit to their spouse and feel they don't have to depend on anyone. Jesus Christ chose His discipline to work with Him so He wouldn't have to work alone. If Jesus was not a lone ranger, then who are you?
4. Sick Tongue. Having a sick tongue is a symptom of Babylon. Sick tongues are rebellious, full of lies, gossiping, talkativeness, and gambling tongue.
5. Disobedience to God is also a symptom of Babylon

What is the Solution?
The Bible solution is to get out of your Babylon and return to your first love... Obedience and submission to God are the fundamental requirements to get you out of the rebellious and arrogant Babylon.
Here are the things to do:
1. Search your heart and examine if God is in the centre of your heart. Are you fearful and disobedient? Are you doing what God did not ask you to do? Are you too independent for God? Thes are the questions you must answer.
2. Confess the truth about your rebellion to God by being specific about the area you have taken control of your own life rather than in God.
3. Make a clear choice and submit totally to God (James 4:7).
4. Decide to walk in obedience with God so as to avoid the situation where God will cut you off like He did to King Saul (1 Samuel 15: 22-31).

God bless you in the Mighty Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now. Come into my life. Take control of my life and change my world. I say bye bye to the devil. I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus Christ. In Jesus Mighty Name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Culled from Dr. D.K Olukoya sermon.
Religion / Give Up What You Can Never Gain For What You Can Never Lose by topshore(f): 1:05pm On Jan 16
Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:10

The Bible says in Mathew 6: 19-21: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be"

Brethren this morning, God is asking us to give up what we cannot gain for what we cannot lose. What we cannot gain are the things we store up on earth but vanish immediately when we depart from earth. What we cannot lose is Jesus Christ and Eternal life with God.

Why We should Give up What We Cannot Gain For What We Cannot Lose

1. We brought nothing to this world, and it is certain that we are not going out of this world with anything- 1 Timothy 6:7-12
2. It has been appointed for a man to die once, after death is judgement- Hebrews 9:27
3. This present earth and all that is in it will be destroyed with fire- 2 Peter 3:7
4. No matter how long we live on earth, Eternity is longer.
5. Every life whose foundation is not in Christ shall collapse.
6. There is no other foundation except the one laid in Christ Jesus- 1 Corinthians 3:11-13
7. The only One we can hold on to not to sink in this world is Jesus Christ.
8. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and every other thing shall be added unto you- Mathew 6:33
9. We should seek, as children of Abraham blessed in Christ Jesus, the City which Makes, Builder and Foundation is God! Hebrews 11:14
10. Making your heart right with God connects you to Jesus Christ and Eternal life.

Jesus Christ is the One we can never lose. This world will pass away, people and their wealth will go and they will lose all treasures but Jesus Christ is the One whom we cannot lose and also gives Eternal life.

Examine your heart today. Is your heart right with God? Are you gathering the treasures of this world and not striving to seek the City, whose God is the Maker, Builder and Foundation? Heaven is real and so is hell.

Today make a decision to give up the things of this world for Eternal life in Christ Jesus!

God bless you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus. In Jesus Mighty Name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Peace!

Ref: Dr. D.K Olukoya message, Jan 2024.
Religion / Worship Acceptable By God! by topshore(f): 12:03pm On Jan 09
Scripture Text: Romans 12:1-2

Praying to God is very important in lots of religions because it's how we connect with the big man upstairs. We set aside time to acknowledge and show respect for God in our lives. Worship is our way of being devoted, thankful, and respectful to God. Throughout the years, worship has been a great thing in different cultures and religions, giving people a sense of belonging and meaning. This guide is here to help you worship God the right way, using scripture as a guide and stressing the importance of being genuine and humble in your worship.

The Importance of Worship
Brethren, worship is important to believers. It helps them get closer to God and show how much they love and respect Him. It's a way to find comfort, direction, and strength in our relationship with God. Worship also gives us a chance to think about things and figure out what God wants for us. It's a way for people who believe in the same things to come together and show how much they appreciate God. And it's not just about feeling good; it helps us grow in our faith and understand our purpose in life.

Understanding God's Expectations
If you want to worship God in the right way, it's crucial to know what He expects from us. God doesn't want fake worship that comes from a shallow place. He wants us to genuinely honor and show respect for Him. It's also important to come to God with humility and thankfulness. To truly connect with God, we need to have a personal and deep relationship with Him and let Him guide our worship. To understand God's expectations, we have to dive into scripture and see what it says about His nature, traits, and the kind of worship He wants. When we align our worship with what God wants, we can have a real relationship with Him and feel the incredible power of worship.

Ways To Worship God Acceptably

1. Preparing for Worship
Before engaging in worship, it's important to prepare yourself mentally and spiritually. This section will guide you through the necessary steps to create a suitable environment for worship, clear your mind and heart of distractions, and engage in prayer and meditation. By following these preparations, you will be able to fully focus on worshiping God and understand His expectations for a meaningful worship experience.

2. Creating a Sacred Space
When you want to worship, it's vital to create a special spot where you feel connected to God. Look for a cozy and quiet place where you can be alone with your thoughts. Get rid of any mess and add things that have meaning to you, like Bible literature, hymns, and things that speak to your soul. Don't forget to keep your Bible close by so you can reference it during your worship time. When you intentionally make this space sacred, it helps you feel closer to God and really focus on your worship.

3. Clearing the Mind and Heart
To worship God acceptably, it is essential to clear your mind and heart of distractions and negativity. Take a moment to reflect on any worries, stresses, or negative thoughts that might hinder your worship. Release these burdens by acknowledging them and surrendering them to God. Practice deep breathing exercises or relaxation techniques to calm your mind and create space for God's presence. Allow yourself to be fully present and open to receiving His message. By clearing your mind and heart, you can approach worship with a focused and receptive mindset.

4. Engaging in Prayer and Meditation
Engaging in prayer and meditation is an integral part of worshiping God acceptably. Through prayer, you can communicate and connect with God, expressing your gratitude, seeking guidance, and offering praise. Set aside time to pray sincerely, pouring out your heart to God and opening yourself to His presence. Meditation allows you to quiet your thoughts and listen for God's voice. Reflect on Scripture, focusing on verses that inspire and deepen your understanding of God's love and teachings. By engaging in prayer and meditation, you can develop a deeper relationship with God and worship Him in spirit and truth.

5. Engaging in Worship
Engaging in worship is an essential part of cultivating a deep and meaningful relationship with God. It involves actively participating in various spiritual practices that honor and glorify Him. By joining together in worship, we can experience a sense of unity and connection with fellow believers. Engaging in worship provides an opportunity to express our love, adoration, and gratitude towards God, acknowledging His greatness and the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. It is a time to humbly submit ourselves to His will and seek His presence in our lives.

6. Singing Praises and Hymns
Singing praises and hymns during worship is a powerful and uplifting way to express our love and devotion to God. Through music, we can connect with the deepest parts of our souls and pour out our hearts in adoration. Singing allows us to engage both our minds and bodies, creating a harmonious atmosphere of worship. By singing praises and hymns, we can verbalize our gratitude, proclaim God's greatness, and find solace in His presence. As the psalmist David says in Psalms 150:6, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."

7. Reading and Reflecting on Scripture
Reading and reflecting on Scripture is a fundamental practice in worship. It allows us to draw closer to God and gain a deeper understanding of His teachings and promises. By immersing ourselves in God's Word, we can find guidance, comfort, and inspiration for our lives. Reading the Bible aids us in developing a personal relationship with God as we learn more about His character and His will for us. Through reflection, we can apply the timeless wisdom of Scripture to our daily lives, growing in faith and obedience.

8. Participating in Communion
Participating in communion, also known as the Lord's Supper, is a sacred and meaningful act of worship. It symbolizes the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the redemption He offers to believers. During communion, we partake of bread and wine (or grape juice), representing the body and blood of Jesus. This act of remembrance deepens our appreciation for His sacrifice and reinforces our commitment to live in accordance with His teachings. As Jesus instructed His disciples in Luke 22:19, "Do this in remembrance of me," participating in communion allows us to unite with the global Christian community and express our gratitude for the gift of salvation.

9. Offering Tithes and Offerings
Offering tithes and offerings is a way to worship God with our material possessions. It is an act of obedience and gratitude, recognizing that all we have comes from Him. Tithing refers to giving a portion of our income, typically ten percent, to support the work of the church and meet the needs of others. Offerings, on the other hand, are voluntary donations given above and beyond the tithe. By giving financially, we participate in God's mission of advancing His kingdom and caring for those who are less fortunate. As the Apostle Paul encourages in 2 Corinthians 9:7, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

10. Living a Worshipful Life
Living a worshipful life means incorporating worship into all aspects of our daily lives. It is not limited to attending church on Sundays but makes worship a continuous practice. It involves recognizing God's presence in every moment and treating each day as an opportunity to glorify Him. By aligning our thoughts, words, and actions with His teachings, we can live a life that is pleasing to God. This includes practicing gratitude and thankfulness, serving others with love and compassion, and seeking His guidance through prayer and studying His word.

11. Practicing Gratitude and Thankfulness
Practicing gratitude and thankfulness is an essential part of worshiping God acceptably. It involves acknowledging and appreciating all the blessings He has bestowed upon us. This can be done through daily reflections, journaling, or expressing gratitude in prayers. By focusing on the good things in our lives, we shift our perspective to a more positive and thankful mindset. Gratitude not only deepens our relationship with God but also brings joy and contentment to our lives.

12. Serving Others with Love and Compassion
Serving others with love and compassion is a tangible way to worship God acceptably. Jesus taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and by doing so, we emulate His example. This can be done by volunteering in our communities, helping those in need, and showing kindness to everyone we encounter. Acts of service not only bring us closer to God but also have a positive impact on the lives of others, spreading His love and grace.

13. Seeking God's Guidance and Following His Word
Seeking God's guidance and following His word is crucial to living a worshipful life. This involves developing a personal relationship with Him through prayer, meditation, and studying the Bible. By seeking His will and aligning our actions with His teachings, we demonstrate our commitment to worshipping Him acceptably. God's word provides us with guidance, wisdom, and clarity in making decisions, navigating challenges, and living a life that honors Him.

Now the question is: Have you been worshipping God in an acceptable way? If yes, please continue to do better. But if not, please change your way of worshipping God. As shown in our Scripture Text today, Romans 12:1-2, God expects us to worship Him by not conforming to this world but to transform and renew our minds, doing what is good, acceptable to Him, and His perfect will. Anything outside of this kind of worship is unacceptable to God.

If your mind is not conformed to the perfect will and worship of God, then you need to repent now! Tomorrow might be too late. You need to surrender your all and accept Christ as Your Lord and Saviour.

God bless you in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, amen!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now. Come into my life, take control of my life, and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil. I enter the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus. In Jesus' Mighty Name, I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read: https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-2-january-2024-how-to-worship-god-acceptably/
Religion / Staying Faithful And Fruitful by topshore(f): 2:12pm On Dec 26, 2023
Scripture Text: Mathew 25: 14-23

The Bible verse for today talks about how to stay true to God and be productive for him. In this Bible parable of Jesus Christ, the master gave three slaves talents based on how well they could use them. While he was away on a journey, the master expected them to be faithful and productive with their talents. But when the master got back from his trip and asked the three slaves to report on how they spent the talents he had given each of them, only two of them were honest and productive. The third servant hid his one talent and yelled at his boss that he wanted to get rich when he hadn't worked hard for it. The master praised the slaves who were both loyal and productive, but he punished the one who wasn't, and that's when he found out that the unproductive servant wasn't even loyal to him from the start.

Jesus' story tells us very clearly that, as God's servants or children, we should not only be faithful but also bear fruit. It's impossible to stress enough how important it is to be productive and receive God's reward. Being faithful and productive just means that we are living a good life in Christ Jesus.

So many good things come from being good that it's easy to tell who really believes in Christ. Proverbs 21:21 says that righteousness leads to life and honour; Proverbs 2:8b says that it leads to divine protection; James 5:16 says that it leads to more answers to prayers; Proverbs 11:6 says that it leads to great deliverance; Proverbs 13:21 says it leads to prosperity; and Proverbs 2:7 says it leads to success. God judges our progress and success by how faithful and fruitful we are.

We become more successful with God the more we stay true to him and do good things for him. Being faithful means being devoted and true to the Lord, following his rules, and not giving up. Faithful servants always put God first and show how dedicated they are by believing and following Him their whole lives. How generous a good person is is also a sign of how successful they are.

We need to be faithful, but we also need to let God work in our lives by being fruitful. The Bible talks about at least three types of fruit that God wants us to grow:

Galatians 5:22–25 says that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, fruitfulness, humility, and self-control. This can also be called the fruit of Christian character. This fruit should be at the centre of our lives. Having good character leads to good behaviour.

If we consistently show good character, we will also consistently show good behaviour and conduct, which is the second fruit God wants us to bear.

The fruit of converts is the third. This is simply winning souls for Christ. The job that God has given us is to bring people into His kingdom. (Proverbs 11:30) He wants us to take as many people as we can to heaven.

Are you staying faithful? If so, are you bearing fruit too? Let's look at the benefits for those who are faithful and productive and those who aren't.

— Matthew 25:23
The third servant, however, had merely hidden his talent, burying it in the ground, and was punished by his master:

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him, that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Becoming a good child of God means showing the Lord that we are devoted to Him and that we can carry out His instructions through the Holy Spirit. Only then can we enter the rest of the Lord's kingdom. This shows us God's real success and all the good things He has in store for those who are good. In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray that the Lord will help us.

Congratulations!!!

If you want to give your life to Christ, say this short prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now. Come into my life, take charge of it, and change it." I'm leaving the devil behind. The Kingdom of Light is now open to me. "Thank you, Jesus. In your name, I pray, amen."

Peace!

Ref: MFM Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Vol. 8, 2023- Dr. D.K Olukoya
Religion / Tools To Excelling In The Place Of Prayer by topshore(f): 5:18pm On Dec 12, 2023
Scripture Text: James 5:16

Even though I believe in the New Testament, I still have a lot to learn about prayer. Heaven will give you more of the benefits of prayer the more you know about it and the more you pray. There are some things you need to have in order for your prayer to be heard and answered. We are going to look at them one by one.

The first tool is doing the right thing. For your prayers to have amazing effects, you must be born again, be in good standing with God, and always do what He wants. When good people cry out, the Bible says that the Lord's eyes are on them and His ears are always open. God's word also says that the earnest, fervent praying of the righteous avails much (James 5:16). People who avoid sin, choose to be holy, and obey God completely will always have great benefits when they pray.

In order for your prayer to work, the second thing you need is faith. The Bible says that if you don't have faith, you can't please God. The truth is that faith is very important in God's world. It means putting your faith in God's Power to do everything, even what you want. God's Word says that people who have faith can do anything. If you want wonders and testimonies to happen, you need to have faith now, not later. But for God's grace, one of Lazarus' sisters would have missed the wonder that Jesus did when he raised Lazarus from the dead. She told him that Lazarus would not have died if he had come earlier and that he would raise him from the dead on the last day. She didn't have enough faith to believe that Lazarus would come back to life right then and there. That date was tied to a long time from now. She was mistaken! Always put your faith to work and expect the best, just like the woman with the issue of blood did. Faith is the most important spiritual tool you can use to make the change you want. Matthew 21:21 says, "If you have faith and don't doubt, you will tell this mountain to come down and be thrown into the sea, and it will do what you say."

Mercy is the third thing you need to make your prayer powerful and successful. God's kindness changes everything. The Bible says that mercy wins over judgement. God's mercy will keep you from getting the sentence you deserve for your sins (Psalm 103:1-3). If you have done something wrong that might stop God from answering your prayer, giving you a miracle, or being a witness, you should ask God for forgiveness and mercy. Heaven will still bless you even though you did something wrong. When Moses asked God for help, he said, "I have mercy on those I have mercy on, and I will have compassion on those I have compassion."Romans 9:15–16. Mercy comes from God, not from those who want it or those who run after it. Asking God to be merciful is a real key to making your prayers work. God doesn't ignore the plea for help. In the name of Jesus, I pray that God will shower you with His kindness and that your prayers will be answered.

Grace is the fourth tool. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 4:16 to go straight to the Throne of Grace and ask for mercy and grace when we are in trouble. While mercy will keep you from getting the punishment you deserve, grace will make sure you get good things you don't normally deserve. God at that time blessed Elijah. Even though there were 7,000 other prophets who had not bowed to Baal or eaten from his table, God chose him and used him very powerfully. Because of God's grace, Elijah's words were so strong that the sky shut over Israel for three and a half years, and it didn't rain or dew. During the subsequent drought and famine, God's grace made sure that Elijah always had food and water. God's mercy and grace are important parts of a good prayer life, and you can get them, renew them, and restore them in prayer. In the name of Jesus, I pray that God will show you even more kindness and grace today.

The word of God is the fifth thing you need to pray effectively and excel in the place of prayer. In all parts of your prayer life as a Christian, God's word is very important. Prayer and God's word go hand in hand. The Bible talks about God, who listens to prayer. The Holy Spirit speaks and prays for us and with us. So, if you want to get the best results from your prayers, it is very important to bring the Bible (the Word of God) with you in the place of prayer. In reality, how close you are to God rests on how deeply His word roots itself in your being. To get the most out of your praise, worship, and prayer, they must be Word-based. Not reading God's Word is the main reason why people don't pray as much as they should. As a result, if you want your prayer life to be strong, powerful, and winning, you must always read God's word and use it in your prayers. Jesus also quoted from the Bible more than once. During Matthew 27:46, John 15:25, and Matthew 23:39, He used Psalm 35:19 and 69:4 as examples. In John 13:18, He used Psalm 41:9, and in Matthew 23:39, He used Psalm 118:20. Jesus Christ also used Deuteronomy 8:3 and showed the devil how useless his words were to beat him when He was tempted in Matthew 4:11. In John 15:7, our Royal Master, Jesus Christ, said it again: "The Word of God is very important for believers to pray." If you stay with me and my words stay with you, you can ask for anything, and it will be done for you. This verse from the Bible shows that living in God's Word is linked to getting answers to your prayers. The Bible made this point even stronger when it said in the Psalms that the LORD's angels are very strong, follow His rules, and listen to His voice (Psalm 103:20). Prayer is the most powerful thing in the world that can do amazing things. Dear brethren, I strongly advise that you make the Bible a big part of your spiritual life. You will have the spiritual strength to win in prayer and spiritual battle.

God bless you!

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now; come into my life; take control of my life; and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, and I enter the Kingdom of Light. Thank you, Jesus, for in Jesus' precious name I pray, amen."

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read: https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-3-december-2023-essential-tools-for-a-prevailing-prayer-life-iii/
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Religion / "Straight Street": A Place To Start Over! by topshore(f): 11:34pm On Dec 05, 2023
Scripture Text: Acts 9:3-19

In Acts 9, we read about Saul's trip to "Straight Street." It tells the story of a man who got lost in religion and how he finds his way back to the living God.

How do we get to Straight Street and live there?

Acts 9 tells the tale of two men who follow God's leading to a location known as "Straight Street."
The first person was Saul of Tarsus
1. He was a person of faith.
2. His love for God is strong.
3. He had a good deal of education;
4. His faith was sound, and he loved serving God more than anyone else in his time.
5. But chapter 9 tells the story of how he was wrong.
6. He was lost in darkness and sin.
7. The devil tricked him. On the way to Damascus, he changed his mind, and this is the story of how he got to Straight Street.

The second man is a divine messenger, Ananias.
1. The Holy Spirit filled him. He was in touch with God.

Finding your way to Straight Street is what today's Bible passage is about. The only street named in the Bible is this.
It's called "Straight Street" because it means a certain way to walk with God. It means living in a way that is in line with God's will. Not only does it mean seeking God's will, but it also means being ready to do it no matter what. Straight Street is where the Christian life comes into reality; it's where we find the full Christian life.

In Matthew 7:13–14 (NIV), it says, "Enter through the narrow gate. Because the gate to hell is wide and the road to destruction is broad, and many people go through it. But the gate to life is small, and the road that goes to it is narrow, and few people find it. Following the narrow path is very important if we want to live our lives the way God wants us to. We need to find Straight Street if we want to know His will, His calling, and His power and be successful in this life. You can only find value in life on Straight Street. You can only grow closer to God on Straight Street.

Acts 9:1–3: At that time, Saul kept making death threats against the disciples of the Lord. He asked the high priest for letters to send to the synagogues in Damascus so that he could keep any Way's followers there as slaves and bring them to Jerusalem. As he got closer to Damascus on his way, Saul was going through life. Following his dreams, he was living his life. He worked as a Pharisee, which was a good job. He had a good education and learned from the best teacher in all of Jerusalem. He was successful; he did better than everyone else his age. He was born into a good family and was a Roman citizen. He was religious and felt a strong need to follow the rules and please God. He was determined and knew how to get where he was going. However, Saul was completely in the dark. He was tricked into believing that everything was fine. He didn't have any connection with God at all. He had nothing to do with God's will and was actually working against God's will and Kingdom. He was sure he was better than most people the whole time.

There may be a lot of people today who are like Saul. You might feel fine. You might even think you're better than most people. You've done well. You have a lot of knowledge. You come from a good home. Even though you say you are religious, you are not following God's plan for your life. Even though you are saved, you are not living the life God has planned for you. You are on your life's journey, going where you want to go and taking your own path. You are building your kingdom, but you don't care about God's kingdom at all. You are on a trip, just like Saul, and you need to find your way to Straight Street, a place where new things can start.

What brought Saul to the straight street?

When he got close to Damascus on his trip, Acts 9:3–5 (NIV) says, "All of a sudden, a light from heaven flashed around him." I asked, "Who are you, Lord?" Saul inquired. He said, "I am Jesus, who you are killing."

Revelation is the first thing that you need to do to get to Straight Street. Revelation is when God stops your trip and gives you light. That's when God comes into our dark times and helps us see the truth. Jesus always brings a lot of light and helps us see ourselves as we really are (Phil. 3–cool. Now Saul knew what kind of person he was. It hit him for the first time that he wasn't living his life in line with God's will. He wasn't doing what God wanted him to do. He not only realised how lost he was, but he also realised who Jesus really is. Jesus told Saul who he was. Saul saw Jesus, the son of God, for a split second. The Lily of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star, the Great I Am, the Alpha and Omega, the Eternal God, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. He saw the Lord. The person of Jesus was shown to them directly. You need your own discovery in order to get to Straight Street. You can't get there by riding up on someone else's. To get to Straight Street, you need to know that you are lost and have a close encounter with Jesus.

Being humble is another way to get to Straight Street (1 Peter 5:6) in the light of Christ. All of Saul's schooling was for nothing. His family's history wasn't important. The things he did didn't help. His faith and zeal were not real. Christ was his only hope. He was stuck and couldn't change. He wasn't able to make things better in his life. God told him where to go, but he had no idea how to get there (James 4:6; Isa. 57:15).

What did Saul do to get to Straight Street? By discovery, by being humble, and by giving up everything." He asked, "Lord, what do you want me to do?" while shaking and being amazed (Acts 9:6). Then the Lord told him, "Get up and go into the city. There, I will tell you what you need to do."

We get too busy with our own work, like building our own kingdom, all the time. When we were saved for the first time, we often said, "Lord, I'll do anything." After a while, we start to act like professionals. Giving our lives to serve God is something we do very well. We're sure of everything... I've already done that. I've paid my dues. I don't think God wants me to work in the nursery... I have too much to offer, grownups! God wouldn't want me to clean the house... I've learned too much to be taking out the trash.

Many things you do in the name of the Lord may be good, but are they what God wants you to do? Have you recently heard the Lord's voice telling you what to do? Are you willing to give up your rights and plans for his? Have you asked God the same thing that Saul did that day? What do you want me to do, Lord? If so, are you observing all of them? Or have you already thought about what he will say? If you heard Him, are you following what He said? It's no longer okay to obey only half-heartedly. No holding back at all! Have you given your business over to the Lord, or are you building your own kingdom on your own? Do you keep valuable things down here, where they will rust, rot, and catch fire? Are you after a degree or God? Are you subject to God's plan for your life, or are you just going to school to make money so you can live a good life? If you're single, are you looking for God's will and surrendering to it, or are you looking for a partner and then hoping to get back on track with God? As an elder, minister, usher, Sunday School teacher, or church member, have you given up everything and are you ready to follow Him? God isn't interested in titles; He's interested in submission.

To get to Straight Street, you need to realise how lost you are and how much Jesus loves you. You also need to be humble before God, give up your will and plans for His, and walk in blind obedience. Take a look at Ananias in Acts 9:10–14. He did what Jesus told him to do even though he didn't understand why: he went to the Straight Street to see Brother Paul and pray for him. He went to Saul even though he knew and told Jesus that Saul was a dangerous man who could kill him. Yet he said, "Yes, Lord!"!

There are times when God tells you to do something that doesn't make sense. It doesn't make sense that God would tell you to do it, no matter how hard you try. Noah built an ark in the middle of nowhere when it hadn't rained yet, even though it didn't make sense. If he hadn't, he and his family would have been lost. God didn't have to tell Joshua to walk around Jericho seven times and then blow the horns. If he hadn't, the walls would still be there, and they would have lost. Moses didn't know why he crossed the Red Sea, but Pharaoh would have taken them back as slaves if he hadn't. God often tells you to do things that don't make sense. To obey God in the way that He wants, we must have complete trust in our Master.

Also, before you can get to Straight Street, you have to be ready to die for yourself. Luke 9:9 (NIV) He didn't eat or drink anything for three days, and he was blind. This is a picture of giving up the things that are made of flesh. It's a picture of giving up our rights, our way of life, and our bad habits.

We can also get to Straight Street by praying. 9:11 (NIV) 11 "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying there," the Lord told him.

Prayer is very important. Prayer is how we talk to God. It's where we admit it. Our place is where we get the tools we need to fight the enemy of our soul. It's our only way to get help. God, help us pray more in our own lives, with our families, and at church. Let's promise God every day that we will spend valuable time with Him. Let's promise to pray as a family. Let's agree to pray together. Each of us will get to Straight Street through prayer. Our family will get to Straight Street through prayer. Our church will get to Straight Street through prayer.

How do we get to Straight Street and live there so that our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ can start over?

Brethren, to sum up, the answers to this question are:
1. We need to know where we stand with God right now! ... and we need a new look at Jesus.
2. We need to be humble in front of the Lord and walk in a humble way.
3. We must give up everything and fully trust in the Lord's plans and will.
4. We have to walk in complete obedience.
5. We have to die to self.
6. We need to hope.

What happens when we get to Straight Street?

Luke 9:12 (NIV): "He had a dream that a man named Ananias came up to him and put his hands on him to heal him and... bring him back to Light (Jesus Christ) John 8:12. We must leave the darkness behind and walk into the light of a fresh start with Jesus Christ.

God bless you.

If you want to give your life to Jesus Christ right just say this short prayer now: "Lord Jesus, I come to you now. Take over my life and make my world a better place. I leave the devil behind and enter the Kingdom of Light. Thank You for forgiving me and saving me today. In the name of Jesus, I pray.

Congratulations!!!

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV).

Peace!


Also read: https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/straight-street-nick-s-panico-sermon-on-evangelism-202020?page=6&wc=800

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Religion / The Fifth Commandment by topshore(f): 1:53pm On Nov 28, 2023
Scripture Text: Exodus 20:12

"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee"- The fifth commandment Ex. 20:12

I believe that this word is for someone who needs to make things right with their parents so they can get the blessing of a long life. God says in His Word that honouring our parents will lead us to the Promised Land, where we will live for a long time and be happy.

What can we do to honour our parents?
There are different ways to honour our parents, whether they are still living or have died.

1. Forgiving them is the first step. Your parents may have hurt your feelings or made bad choices about your life that are now having a bad effect on your future. So that God's kindness can reach you, you need to forgive them like Jesus did for us sinners in Luke 23:34.

2. By giving them positive feedback. You should always say nice things about your parents, even if they are dead or not. This is especially important in public places. No matter how badly you think your parents have hurt you, you must not insult or talk badly about them. God's fifth commandment will be broken if you do this (Exodus 21:15–17; Leviticus 20:9).

3. Show your parents respect in public and in private. You can privately tell your parents how much you appreciate the good qualities they have taught you, or you can write them a formal tribute about what you have learned about them in terms of love, honesty, bravery, duty, hard work, loyalty, saving money, being active, not failing to care about you as a person, and being honest. The fact that you care about them will make them very happy and proud.

4. Ask your parents for help when things get tough. You will be very kind to your parents if you trust them enough to ask for help when things go wrong. They will feel so honoured that you want their advice and help on important life issues (Proverbs 20:29; Job 12:12). The Bible says that knowledge comes with old age.

5. Helping your parents out Being there for your parents with love, care, money, health care, other basic needs, and most importantly, companionship, will show them you respect them. Even if you don't have enough money to take care of your parents, you should still call or visit them often.

6. Another way to respect your parents is to take care of them. Your parents took care of you when you were a child. That's right, you should take care of them for the rest of their lives. The Bible says that you are worse than an unbeliever if you don't take care of your family (Mark 7:9–13).

Brethren, if you want to do the things above, you need to have the mindset of Christ. To have the thought of Christ, you have to be like Christ and have His traits.

What should you do to be like Christ?

1. You must be born again (John 3:3).
2. Turn away from your sins and ask God to forgive you (Matthew 4:17).
3. Pay attention to and follow the commands of God (Isaiah 1:19).
4. Be humble in the eyes of the Lord (Philippians 2:cool.
5. Ephesians 5:2 says to love others as you love yourself.
6. Walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).
7. Keep doing what's right (Galatians 6:9).
8. Every day, take up your cross and follow Christ (Matthew 16:24).
9. Read the Bible, think about what it says, and pray every day. Do not leave it (Joshua 1:cool. Spend time with God every day through His Word, prayer, and faithfulness.

God bless you in the Mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now. Come into my life, Lord. Take control of my life and change my world." I leave the devil behind and enter the Kingdom of Light. Thank You, Jesus. In your powerful name, I pray, amen."

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read: https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-22-november-2023-honor-your-parents/.
Religion / Horns Of Dilemma: Unbound And Unburned by topshore(f): 12:02am On Nov 22, 2023
Scripture Text: Daniel 3

Three of Daniel's friends, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego, were in Babylon when King Nebuchadnezzar asked them to worship an image. Fear and threats were made, threatening them with fire and death if they didn't bow down. Everyone in the province of Babylon followed the king's instructions, but these three Hebrew men believed in the only one God, Yahweh, who created heaven and earth. They refused to bend or bow, believing that their God would save them from the fire.

In Dan 3:4-7, a loud caller instructed people to worship the gold statue set up by King Nebuchadnezzar. People from every language fell to their knees and worshipped the statue, fearing that if they didn't, they would be thrown into a fiery fire. The people from every language fell to their knees and worshipped the statue, demonstrating the importance of worship and devotion to the king's god.

In this passage, captives are taken to a different country and are instructed to worship a golden monster, which goes against the first two laws of Christianity. Christians must obey God and not men, as Peter emphasized in Acts 4:18–20, 5:27–29. The king tells the three friends to make a big choice, as they will be thrown into a fiery furnace if they don't worship the god. The king seems to forget about the God of Daniel and his friends, who he met in chapter 2. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego tell the king that they will not defend themselves before the king, as the God they serve can save them from the fire and from the king's hands. They want the king to know that they won't worship the gods or the gold statue they put up, demonstrating their great faith. This passage serves as a reminder of the consequences of not obeying God but choosing to obeying men.

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is a powerful example of how people can trust in God's strength and courage during difficult times. The three friends, who made a promise to the God of Israel, were given the courage and strength to stand up against the king. This powerful statement was made with grace, strong resolve, and faith, demonstrating the importance of trusting in God's provision.

The lesson of this story is that we should never be proud or sure of ourselves, but rather trust that God will provide what we need when we need it. The fires were for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who had the chance to meet God and feel His safety, friendship, and peace even in difficult times.

In our own lives, we often feel God most strongly during difficult times. Nebuchadnezzar and the people who watched saw that God could help them through the fire without getting burned, holding them up, letting go, and being set free. This story serves as a reminder that we should never be too proud or sure of ourselves, but rather trust in God's provision.

In Dan 3:26-30, the satraps, prefects, judges, and royal advisers gathered around Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego after a fire. They saw that the fire had not hurt their bodies, hair, clothes, or smelled like fire. Nebuchadnezzar announced that the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had sent his angel and saved his servants. They believed in him and refused to follow the king's instructions. People from any country or language who criticized God would be killed and their homes destroyed.

The king gave Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego more authority in the region of Babylon. Although shocked by what he saw, Nebuchadnezzar was aware that the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was distinct from all other gods he had previously encountered. All three friends were promoted at work, turning them from nothing to heroes. After coming out of the fire, Nebuchadnezzar was appointed king over the rest of Babylon, showcasing the king's satisfaction with the God of Israel.

In the text, Peter emphasizes the importance of following God and not letting the devil deceive you. He shares the story of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego who chose to follow God and were saved. The text encourages readers to choose between accepting God or following the devil, and to remain faithful to God. People may try to force them to deny God, but it is crucial to remember that God will save those who remain faithful. The text also reminds readers that they will not be burned when they walk through the fiery fire, as Heb. 43:2 states. When faced with temptation or dilemma, it is essential to remain confident and not bend or bow.

If you have ever chosen the world over God at a cross road in your life, now is the time to repent for tomorrow might be too late.

Just say this short prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ I come to You now, forgive my sin, take control of my life and chage my world. I say bye to the devil, and I enter the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Lord Jesus, in Jesus' name I pray amen!

Congratulation!!!

Peace!

Also read: https://jesusplusnothing.com/series/post/Daniel3
Religion / Ways Soulwinning Make You Wise by topshore(f): 3:07pm On Nov 14, 2023
Scripture Text: Proverbs 11: 30

James 3:17 defines wisdom: "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good friuts, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." (KJV)

The fear of the Lord is indeed God's wisdom (Psalm 111:10). From the above definition of wisdom, we can affirm that only those who fear the Lord can possess all the qualities defined. The Bible says in James 1:5 that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask from the heavenly Father; He will give it to us without hesitating.

There are many ways we can acquire and grow God's wisdom: by asking Him in prayer, through the fear of the Lord, and most importantly, by winning souls for God.

Our Scripture text today confirms that he who wins a soul is wise. This simply tells us how important soul-winning is to God. Soul-winning is the heartbeat of God. God Himself started the act of soul-winning by giving us His only Son, Jesus Christ, to win our souls back from darkness and destruction into His marvelous light and eternal life. Anyone who participates in soul-winning usually gets more attention from heaven, and God personally blesses him or her with His wisdom.

The question is: "In what ways does soul-winning make you wise?"

The wise will shine like the stars forever, and those who lead many to justice will be like the angels forever. (Daniel 12:3). Righteous people bear fruit that lasts, and those who win souls are wise. (Proverbs 11:30).

1. The soulwinners are wise. According to Webster, wisdom is "the right use or exercise of knowledge." The person who wins souls doesn't just know the truth; they also put what they know about the message into practice. It is what they are supposed to do: "preach the gospel to every creature." A soulwinner is a growing, bright, shining star in the sky that God made. They like how wise God is. "...and he who wins souls is wise." (Prov. 11:30).

2. People who win souls are good at praying. When someone has a heart for people, they pray before, after, and during their witnessing. Soulwinners know they need spiritual help more than anyone else. After someone shares their faith story, they always ask for prayer: "Please pray for so and so to be saved," "Pray that the Lord will help me the next time I talk to them," or "Please pray that they will grow in the Lord now that they are saved." People who win souls are good at praying.

3. Soulwinners know a lot about the afterlife. To be a soulwinner, your spiritual eyes must be wide open. When you talk to people about their souls, you can't help but feel that everyone is going to either heaven or hell for all time.

4. People who win souls will know a lot about the Holy Spirit. You grow closer to the Holy Spirit when you win souls. Being a witness for Christ isn't just a school project once you've mapped out the plan of salvation in your Bible and marked important texts about it. The soulwinner knows they need the Holy Spirit's help very much. The Holy Spirit is always there to help the soulwinner. He is here to give the soulwinner, who looks to God for divine help, power, help, and lessons. Soulwinners all say they have been guided and strengthened by supernatural forces as they watch. Someone who is good at soulwinning has a bond with the Holy Spirit. The soulwinner knows a lot about the Holy Spirit. "You will have power, though, once the Holy Spirit comes upon you. You will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:cool

5. The Bible says that soulwinners are smart. Again, wisdom means "using knowledge in the right way." The soulwinners know more about God's Word than just what they learn in school. They know how to use God's Word in the right way. The person who wins souls holds the Sword of the Spirit close to their heart and in their hand. Soulwinners read, study, and memorise the Bible for the benefit of their own souls as well as the souls of everyone they preach to. Every Christian book, sermon, and Sunday school lesson is read not only to improve their own souls but also to help the people they preach to. In the fight for faith, soulwinners learn the Bible. When someone shares their religion, they may be asked tough questions that they don't know how to answer. They are driven to look for the answer in the Bible. "Failures" in soulwinning are actually the way to later success. "Study to show that you are good enough in God's eyes, a worker who doesn't need to be ashamed, correctly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15).

6. Soulwinners know how to be holy. You will want to be pure and close to the Lord if you care about Him. The soulwinner knows that food can only come from vessels that are clean and rooted in Christ (John 15). The people you witness to expect you to live like Christ and show them what the truth is all about. People who are lost will hold you to a high standard because they know how a Christian should act. The Lord helps those who win souls to live a holy life so that His light can shine through and save souls.

7. Soulwinners know a lot about the church. You will be faithful to the church if you win souls. The church is a great spot to show people Jesus. People who are not saved are more likely to walk through the doors of an evangelical church to get salvation. A Christian who cares about their soul will be at church to lead others to Christ. People who are soulwinners are always passing out gospel tracts and asking their coworkers, friends, and neighbours to church. When they show up, they'll want to be there. Someone who is good at soulwinning knows that the church is a place where they can grow and where new Christians can grow too. This is where we follow the part of the great command that says "all things" (Matthew 28:20). We "continue in doctrine and fellowship" there (Acts 2:42). Soulwinners know how important the church is.

8. Soulwinners are aware of what other people need. Soulwinning will make your heart soft. The world is broken and full of sin, and people are having a hard time. You will hear heartaches and broken hearts as you speak out for Christ. People who are soulwinners step out of their own little worlds and feel what other people are feeling. The soulwinner helps other people carry their burdens and leads them to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the ultimate bearer of all burdens. "He who goes out and weeps while carrying valuable seed will definitely come back with joy, carrying his sheaves with him." (Exodus 126:6).

9. Soulwinners know how to find joy in Christ. Being happy makes you win souls. "...come back with joy, bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalm 126:6a) "Likewise, I tell you, the angels of God are glad when one sinner turns away from his or her sins." (Luke 15:10). Besides having your own soul saved, the best joy is seeing other souls saved. The soulwinner's heart feels the same joy that people in heaven feel when they are with the angels. When someone wins souls, they live with the joy of heaven.

10. Soulwinners know how to be a good friend. You make friends when you win souls for Christ. You will always remember the person or people who led you to Christ. The soul and the soulwinner have a special connection. It's very rewarding to be a spiritual parent.

11. Soulwinners know a lot about God and are clever. It's close to God's heart to win souls. People who win souls know God and His ways from personal experience. He who wins souls is a friend of Christ. They have a relationship with Jesus that other people don't have. They work together with Christ to find those who are lost. Their goal in life is the same as Christ's, who "is come to seek and save that which is lost." (Luke 19:10). The person who wins souls follows Christ and seeks to fish for men.

Are you born again? Are you a soul-winner? Has your soul been won for Christ? Are you wise? If your answer to these questions is no, then don't delay. This is the right time to repent and give your life to Christ. Tomorrow might be too late.

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now; come into my life; take control of my life; and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, and I enter the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus Christ; in Your name I pray, amen".

Congratulations!!!

"Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."2 Corinthians 5:17

Peace!

Also read: https://www.pastorjack.org/?p=2438#:~:text=Soulwinners%20are%20wise%20concerning%20church,to%20guide%20others%20to%20Christ.

Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional, Vol. 8, 2023- Dr. D.K Olukoya.
Religion / Biblical Evidence Of The Ultimate Power Of God by topshore(f): 3:00pm On Nov 07, 2023
Scripture Text: Psalm 62:11

The Ultimate power that God gives us is unmatched. We each have the same power that was given to Jesus: the power to heal, comfort, set free, and repair. People who followed Christ were amazed by the wonders he did because they had never seen anything like them before.

Biblical Proof of God's Ultimate Power

1. Revelation 12: When Lucifer and some other angels turned against God, there was war in heaven. Angel Michael and other holy angels defeated this group of rebels. The rebels were then thrown out of heaven. God's supreme power subdued Satan's power. Since then, there has been no peace on earth or in the sea because Satan and his lost angels now live there and fight anyone or anything that is meant to honour God.

2. According to Exodus 8:15, during the power struggle that happened in Pharaoh's palace in Egypt, Pharaoh's magicians admitted that God was the ultimate power. When Aaron threw down his staff, it turned into a snake. Pharaoh's magicians did the same thing with their staffs. Aaron's, on the other hand, ate up their rods. When the play was over, the magicians gave up and said, "This is the finger of God." Also, God saved the Israelites in a way that will never be forgotten at the Red Sea. The Red Sea was split so that his children could cross safely. But Pharaoh, his chariots, and his army were stuck and killed in the water, and their bodies were all over the shores of the water. Yahweh's ultimate power is shown here!

3. 1 Kings 18:20–40: Elijah stood alone in front of 450 followers of Baal on Mount Carmel. He had told each group that when they prayed, they should recognise the Almighty God as the one who answered by sending fire down from heaven. While the preachers of Baal set up their altar and prayed to Baal for hours, neither he nor the fire that they were praying for answered. After putting together an altar and an offering for Jehovah, Elijah prayed, and fire fell on the altar. Israelites bowed, praised, and declared, "Jehovah is God!" Elijah's all-powerful God showed up at the power encounter.

4. According to Matthew 28:18–20, God's supreme power was evident in Jesus' mission on earth. He fought the kingdom of darkness, drove devils out, and healed people every day. He destroyed Satan's work to show that all power belongs to God and was given to Him. Jesus Christ gave His servants that power and told them to show it by bringing people into His kingdom and redeeming them out of hell.

5. Exodus 3: In the burning bush, God showed Moses His ultimate power. Since God was with Moses at that time, the burning bush on Mount Horeb didn't catch fire.

6. Daniel 3:23: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were all tied together, fell into the raging fire without getting hurt or burned. Instead, the flames killed those who threw them in. As the fourth person in the fiery furnace with these three Hebrew men, God showed how powerful He really is. When King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon saw this power and wonder, he bowed down to the King of Kings and acknowledged that the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego really is the Almighty God.

7. Daniel 6: Daniel's royal master, Darius the Mede, put him in a high position. Daniel's jealous enemies tricked Darius into saying that for thirty days, no prayers should be said to any god or person but Darius. Anyone who didn't follow this order would be thrown to the lions. Daniel, who was religious, continued to pray every day to the God of Israel. The king was very upset, but he had to put Daniel to death because the rules of the Medes and Persians could not be changed. In order to save Daniel, Darius had him thrown into the pit. Early in the morning, the king runs to the site and cries out, "Has your God been able to deliver you?" Daniel said that his God had sent an angel to restrain the lions "because I was found innocent in his eyes." The king told the people who plotted to harm Daniel to be thrown to the lions with their families. The lions that watched over Daniel in their den had already torn the perpetrators to pieces before they even got to the lion's den. At this, King Darius said that everyone should bow down and be afraid of the God of Daniel. This is God's ultimate power!

8. Genesis 37–50: Joseph is the most favoured of Jacob's sons, but his brothers hate him because they are jealous. The brothers were mad because Jacob gave Joseph a beautiful "coat of many colours." They took Joseph and sold him to a group of Ishmaelites, also known as Midianites. They took him to Egypt. There, Joseph finally won the pharaoh of Egypt's favour by interpreting his dreams through the power of God. By doing so, he became Prime Minister of the pharaoh's kingdom. Egypt could survive a famine thanks to the grain stocks Joseph procured. Two of his brothers left Canaan and went to Egypt to find food because of the same famine. They bowed down on their knees in front of Joseph, but they didn't recognise him. As soon as Joseph made peace with his brothers, he asked Jacob's whole family to come to Goshen in Egypt, where they would be able to live with their flocks. In the end, Joseph's brothers selling him into slavery saved their family from famine, which was a good outcome. The family's children and grandchildren became the Hebrews, who would finally leave Egypt for Israel. This proves how powerful God is!

9. Genesis 22:13: The ram's sacrifice for Isaac’s replacement showed how powerful God is. Now I'm curious: where did the ram come from? Following God's instructions, Abraham tied his son Isaac to an altar at Moriah. As Abraham was about to kill his son Isaac, an angel stopped him and replaced him with a ram. This was the last of the 10 tests that God put Abraham through.

10. Phillipians 3:10: Christ's resurrection was one of the most important events in history. It showed us that God is all-powerful. Jesus completed an important part of God's plan that is of the utmost significance to everyone's life and future when He rose from the dead and went to the eternal place at the right hand of the Father. The power of God made Jesus rise from the dead because God has all power.

Have you experienced or acknowledged this Ultimate Power of God, Beloved? The Kingdom of God is not in words but in showing how powerful He is to save, heal, and liberate lives for Him. God's power can defeat your enemy in the name of Jesus, no matter what he does. He'll run away from you.

But you won't be able to use God's Ultimate Power if you haven't been born again. Getting God's power is only possible if you give your life to Christ.

Say this short prayer if you want to give your life to Christ: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now. Come into my life, take charge of it, and change my world." I leave the devil behind and enter the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus! I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ: Amen.

Congratulations!!! God bless you!

Peace!

Also read Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional Volume 8, 2023, by Dr. D.K. Olukoya.
Religion / The Bible Story Of The Woman, The Child, And The Dragon! by topshore(f): 5:39pm On Oct 31, 2023
Scripture Text: Revelations 12:1-12

Revelation 12 gives an outline of three important people in the world today and how they will affect events in the end times. What do the woman, the child, and the dragon stand for, and what can we learn from this Bible prophecy?

Who Are the Woman, the Child, and the Dragon?

The book of Revelation is a vision that Jesus Christ had from God the Father. It shows what will happen before Jesus comes back to set up the Kingdom of God on earth. The interesting book is also known as the Apocalypse, which comes from a Greek word that means "revelation." This book of prophecy is mostly written in chronological order, with short breaks for general discussions of certain topics.


"Now a great sign appeared in heaven" (verse 1) is the first sentence of Revelation 12. The word "sign" comes from the Greek word semeion, which means "a mark, a sign, a token...an unusual event that goes beyond the normal course of nature" . I saw a woman who had just given birth as the first great sign (verse 1).

And then in verse 3, it says, "And another sign appeared in heaven." This tells us that the three symbols—a woman, a child, and a dragon—stand for things that aren't normal in nature. That's right, these three figures stand for three powerful spiritual forces that have been at work for a very long time.

Now we need to understand the symbols in order to understand this chapter.

What do the woman, the child, and the dragon stand for?

What kind of woman is in Revelation 12?
In the Apocalypse, the woman who is "clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars" (verse 1) stands for Israel in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, God spoke of His people as a woman that He had dressed in majesty and honor (Ezekiel 16). Genesis 37:9–10 talks about the 12 tribes of Israel, and the garland with 12 stars could be a picture of them.
Throughout Revelation 12, we see that God protects the "woman" many times (verses 6, 14–16), especially as the "kingdom of our God" is about to come to the world (verse 10).

As seen in the New Testament, God's Church is like a woman, and the people who belong to it are like virgins (Matthew 25:1–13; Revelation 14:4; Revelation 19:7). In the New Testament, the Church is called "the Israel of God" (Galatians 6:16) and "Jerusalem above," which is called "the mother of us all" (Galatians 4:26; see also Hebrews 12:22–23). "A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His [God's] own special people" (1 Peter 2:9) refers to church members.

God the Father calls the church "His wife" in Revelation 19:7. When Christ comes back to earth, he will marry her. This makes it clear that the woman in Revelation 12 stands for God's people. Read more about Jesus Christ and the Church in our story, "Marriage Supper of the Lamb."

Also, it's interesting to note that in Revelation 17:1, the image of a shameful woman, called "the great harlot," is used to show a fake church that leads many astray. This is talked about more in our piece called "Mystery, Babylon the Great."

Who is the Child ?

It says that the woman, who is Israel, gave birth to a "male child who was to rule all nations with an iron rod" (Revelation 12:5). In fact, Jesus Christ was born in this country. This verse makes it clear that Jesus is the "Child" in Revelation 12. It says, "And her child was caught up to God and His throne."

Jesus is the one who the Bible says will "strike the nations." "And He will rule them with an iron rod" (Revelation 19:15). He was also taken up in a cloud to heaven after he rose from the dead (Acts 1:9–11).

Who is the dragon?

"A great, fiery red dragon" (verse 3) is the third sign in Revelation 12. It is said to have drawn "a third of the stars of heaven" and to be standing "before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her child as soon as it was born" (verse 4). "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world" (verse 9).

As for the dragon drawing "a third of the stars of heaven," this seems to mean that Satan is leading a third of the angels to revolt against God. In other places, like Revelation 1:20, stars are shown to be angels.

According to the Bible, Satan also rebelled against God and tried to make his "throne above the stars of God" and "be like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:13–14). Revelation 12:9 says that Satan started his work as "that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world." This is the same serpent that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.
God has "ministers of righteousness," and Satan also has slaves. These include physical ministers who are deceived and help others be deceived, as well as spirit beings who pretend to be righteous but encourage people to sin (2 Corinthians 11:15; Ephesians 6:12). According to Jude, the fallen angels or demons are "angels who did not keep their proper domain" and are now "reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day" (Jude 1:6).

Revelation 12:3–17 tells a short story of how Satan tried to stop God's plan to bring many people to praise and make them part of His eternal family. Many things Satan did included getting a third of the angels to join him in his quest to become like God, trying to have Christ killed as a child (Matthew 2:13–18), trying to trick everyone, and hurting God's people. Now, let's look at Satan's attempts to stop God's plan in more depth.

The child vs. the dragon

The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, ready to eat her child as soon as it was born (Revelation 12:4). This seems to be a reference to King Herod's plan to kill Jesus as a baby by ordering the deaths of all male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or younger (Matthew 2:13–18). But an angel told Joseph to run away to Egypt with his wife and Jesus so that the child would not be killed (verse 13).

The Believer's Bible Commentary says this about Revelation 12:4-5: "The dragon is ready to devour the child as soon as he is born. This happened when Herod the Great, who was a Roman vassal, tried to kill the newborn King of the Jews." The boy child is clearly Jesus, who will rule the world with an iron rod.

Satan tried to kill Jesus when he was a child but failed. He did not give up, even though It says in Matthew 4:1 that "Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil" before he started his mission. At this point, Satan tried to get Jesus to break God's law by worshiping him instead of God. Jesus was told that if he would serve him, the devil would give him "all the kingdoms of the world and their glory" (verse cool. But Jesus didn't do that.

Satan was there again when Jesus' work was done, and it was time for Him to die to pay for everything people had done wrong. He "put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him" in this case (John 13:2). Even though Satan clearly had something to do with Jesus' death on the cross, this was part of God's plan to save the world.

As it said in Genesis 3:15, there would always be "enmity" between the snake (Satan), the woman, God's people, and the "Seed" (Jesus), who would come from the woman. This text also said that Satan would only be able to "bruise" Christ's heel by influencing the man who would betray Jesus. On the other hand, it said that Jesus would "bruise" Satan's head by resisting his temptations and becoming qualified to take his place as king of the world.
That being said, why did Satan work so hard to kill Jesus? That's because God's plan would not have worked if there wasn't a perfect Savior to pay for people's mistakes. It would be impossible for people to be forgiven for their sins and live forever in God's family.

The dragon vs. God's people.

Satan has a long history of trying to kill Jesus and also of attacking God's people, especially members of God's Church, as illustrated by the woman in the last part of Revelation 12. Right from the start of the New Testament Church, there was a lot of persecution, but God let the woman run away "into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days" (verse 6).

This verse says that God protected the real church for 1,260 years (see Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6 for proof that a day can be a year). The Church was safe from its enemies, like the Roman Empire and fake Christianity, during this time, which may have gone on into the Middle Ages.

Then it says that "war broke out in heaven" between Michael and his angels and Satan and his angels. John had a vision in which he saw Satan and his forces being "cast to the earth" because of the war. As a result, there was no longer a place for them in heaven. This fight is not the same as Satan's first rebellion, which is talked about in verse 4 and took place a long time before Christ was born.

After describing the setting for the fight in verses 7–9, a loud voice from heaven tells us what it all means (verses 10–12). "The kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ have [or will soon] come" (verse 10). This battle shows that. Prior to this happening, Satan could get close to God and charge His people (Job 1:6-7; 2:1–2). Now he and his angels can't get to this place and are thrown to the ground.

Satan the dragon is now filled with "great wrath" because he knows he only has a short time left before Christ comes back to set up the Kingdom of God on earth (Revelation 12:12). His anger then turns toward God's people, whom he says are like the woman in the apocalypse who gave birth to the male child (verse 13).

But God will not let Satan destroy His people. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said that the "gates of Hades" (the grave) would not be able to stop it. The woman is "given two wings of a great eagle" to protect His people. This means she is taken safely to "her place," where she will be safe from the snake for "a time, and times, and half a time," which is about three and a half years (Revelation 12:14).

As Satan tries to get to the woman, "water will flow out of his mouth like a flood," but he will fail (verses 15–16). As seen in Isaiah 59:19 and Jeremiah 46:7-8, the word "flood" here most likely refers to forces.

The devil then goes to "make war with the rest of her children, who keep God's rules and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:17). This passage tells us that during the end times before Christ comes back, some members of God's true church will be safe from Satan's anger, but others will not. People who aren't in a safe place will have to show their loyalty to God the Father and Christ while being persecuted very hard by Satan.

You vs the dragon

You may not be awake to it, but Satan also hates you and will do everything he can to stop you from loving and following God. He's mad at more than just Jesus and the church. What makes him mad at you? He seems to be upset because he knows that God made people with the ability to be better than he was (Hebrews 2:6–cool.

It is Satan's job to fight those who want to love and follow their Father in heaven because his thoughts are so sick, twisted, and not logical. Peter warned God's people, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your enemy, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat" (1 Peter 5:cool.

In his letter to the Christians in Corinth, Paul said that Satan, whom he called "the god of this age," had hidden the real gospel so that people who didn't believe in it would not see it (2 Corinthians 4:3–4). Thankfully, this "veil is taken away in Christ" (2 Corinthians 3:14).
 
 Brethren, it is very dangerous for you if by now you've not given your life to Christ. You better do it now so that the dragon will not devour you. If you're still wallowing in sin and giving the dragon the backbone to invade your life, repent now! Tomorrow might be too late.

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:
"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, I know I'm a sinner, please forgive me, come into my life and take control of my life. I say bye bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus Christ, for in Your precious name I pray, amen.

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read:https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/revelation/revelation-12/

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Religion / Ten (10) Qualities Of A Righteous Man by topshore(f): 3:40pm On Oct 24, 2023
Scripture Text: Psalm 1: 1-6

We can learn a few things from the our Scripture text today on the qualities of a righteous man, and also of the wicked.

Psalm 1 talks about two kinds of people: the righteous man and the wicked. The first, who is talked about in lines 1–3, is a good man. He is someone who does what is right, and follows moral or divine law. The second type is a wicked man, who is someone who doesn't follow the divine law.

We can learn ten (10) things about the good man from verses1–3.

1. He is happy. It means to be happy or comfortable in this passage, where the word "blessed" is used.

2. He does not walk in the counsel of the wicked. In other words, he is picky about who he mingles with or asks for help.

3. He does not stand in the path of sinners. He watches out for where he hangs out. This guy most likely won't be at the strip club or the gambling.

4. He doesn't sit with scoffers. What does a scoffer do? Someone who shows disdain, ridicule, or disrespect. It sounds like someone none of us would want to have at our dinner table, but some of us not only do have them there, we are them! This man doesn't hang out with these kinds of people.

5. The law of the Lord makes him happy. What makes you happy? Your partner, your kids, your job, your pets, or your chocolate? That doesn't say that this man liked any of those things. He loves reading God's word.

6. He thinks about God's rule all day and all night. It means to think about something for a long time, like a cow chewing its cud. It keeps coming back to mind, day and night. Not sure about you, but I feel good when I think about God's word once a day.

7. He's like a tree that is firmly placed by water streams. We can tell that this man is stable and cared for from this one phrase. There is always a stream of water nearby for him to swim in, rest by, and drink from. I think this water could be like the Holy Spirit. I also love that the word "firmly" is used to describe how this tree is put in place. It's not likely that this tree will fall over in the next storm.

8. He bears fruit in its season. God can use this man. He lets God use him in any way He wants to bring fruit into his life. When the time is right, you can pick this fruit. Because he put his faith and joy in God's law, this fruit came to him.

9. His fruit and leaves will not wither. That doesn't mean this man won't get old. This means that he will always be useful to God's kingdom as long as he loves God's law. He will have bad days, but they will only last a short time. In the end, they will bring him closer to God.

10. He prospers. When we talk about getting rich, it's clever to be smart. Being prosperous doesn't always mean making money. This man might do well as a friend, at work, in his marriage, or in other parts of his family life. He may also find that his relationship with the Savior is the only thing that makes him happy.

Life can be hard sometimes nevertheless this man knows very well that loving God and His rule is what will make him happy. This joy not only makes him happy, but it also ties him deeply to the Lord Jesus Christ, the source of life.

However, by strength shall no man prevail. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to be righteous, else we fail trying out our own way. To get help from the Holy Spirit, we need to be a friend of God. And anyone who wants to befriend God must love His Son, Jesus Christ. It's only when you accept Jesus Christ as Your Lord and Saviour and surrender your all to Him can you show your genuine love to God. You need to be born again! Repent today and receive the portion of the righteous man.

God bless you.

If you would like to give your life to Christ, just say this short prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Jesus, in Jesus precious name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read https://stylingrannymama.com/faithblog/tag/Characteristics+of+the+righteous+man
Religion / Things That Get In The Way Of Your Relationship With God. by topshore(f): 7:11pm On Oct 17, 2023
Scripture Text: Isaiah 59:1-4

Connecting with God is an amazing gift for people. People who believe in it can connect with God and learn His deepest secrets. They can even have access to all His Treasures. However, some things can put our relationship with God at risk or make it harder for us. Here are some of them:

1. Sins that aren't acknowledged (Psalm 66:18): "If I hold transgression in my heart, the Lord will not hear." Sin keeps us from God. In the same way that the Father turned His back on His Son while Jesus Christ carried all of humanity's sins on His back, God will turn His back on people who carry sin in their lives.

2. You are too busy to spend time with God. Being too busy to spend time alone with God in prayer, reading the Bible, meditation, singing praises or songs, or hearing from Him will keep you from getting close to Him. Or, if you're a "microwave Christian" who constantly checks your time when you're with God and complains about long sermons, prayer times, praise times, and other things, then you will never have a deep relationship with God.

3. Our lack of faith is another thing that gets in the way of our relationship with God. According to Hebrews 11:6, "without faith, it is impossible to please God." James 1:6-7 also says that we should ask God for whatever we want with faith, not wavering like a wave on the water that is pushed and driven by the wind, so that we don't get nothing from God.

"Wilful disobedience" is another thing that can hurt our relationship with God. In John 14:15, Jesus tells us, "If you love me, you will obey me." As a result of consistently disobeying God's Word and thinking that they knew God too well, many divine relationships have been lost.
5. The bedrock of breaking up with God is not forgiving others. Being kind and forgiving to each other is encouraged in the Bible, just like God has forgiven us through Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:14–15; Ephesians 4:32).

There can never be a close relationship between you and God if you have an idol in your heart. Because you can't serve two masters at once, you can't make fun of God. If you want to follow God, you can't have mammon in your heart. Not possible! "No one can watch two masters at once." You will either hate one and love the other, or you will love one and hate the other- Matthew 6:24

Christians, turn away from your sins today and give God your whole heart. When we are close to God, our lives are wonderfully and greatly blessed.
God bless you, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

Simply say this short prayer if you would like to give your life to Christ: "Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now. Come into my life, take control of it, and change my world." I say farewell to Satan and I enter the Kingdom of Light. Thanks, Jesus Christ. In Jesus' powerful name, I pray, Amen.

Congratulations!!!

Also read: https://www.thedevotionals.com.ng/mfm-daily-devotional-for-monday-16th-october-2023-hindrances-to-believers-relationship-with-god/
Religion / Why You Should Regularly Have A Quiet Time With God! by topshore(f): 4:23pm On Oct 10, 2023
Scripture Text: Isaiah 40:29-31

What is a quiet time for Christians?
You can spend time alone with God and His Word during quiet time. It's meant to help Christians get closer to God. One way to do this is to pray or think about the Bible.

For Christians, quiet time is an important part of their walk with Christ. We need to make time for quiet time with the Lord and use it wisely. Setting aside time to spend with the Lord will make our relationship with him stronger.


Why and how quiet time is important and helpful?

When we have quiet time, it gives us a chance to connect with God more deeply.

Having quiet time together is meant to make your bond stronger. Every connection you've ever had, whether it was with a family member or a friend, began with getting to know each other. This could be done by asking questions or doing something together. Getting to know someone takes time.

In the same way, spending time with God makes our friendship with Him stronger. It's been called heart-to-heart time, personal devotions, one-on-one time, and more, but whatever you call it, you're sharing time with God.

You can get other things out of quiet time and a stronger bond with God. It might be easy to do things like make decisions. When you spend more time with God and reading the Bible, you feel more at peace. A lot of the time, God will talk to Christians when they are alone and focused on His word.

Another reason is that God will give us joy. Psalm 16:11 affirms that when we dwell in the presence of God, we will experience the fulness of His joy.

God gives us spiritual strength when we have a time alone with Him. Isaiah 40:29-31 assures that "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall work and not faint".

Lastly, we experience God's love and have access to His Spirit everytime we spend time alone with Him. He will express His love more towards us and show us great and mighty things that we do not know about (Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 25:14).
When You Should Have  Quiet Time
It can be a lot harder to actually do quiet time than it sounds. Because it takes time, which we always seem to be constrained on in today's busy world, quiet time is often push to the back burner.

It's important to make time to talk to God. Some people like to read God's word in the morning. Some people like to do it before bed or during their lunch break.

Set aside time each week for your quiet time when you first start having it. It's easy to forget to spend time alone with God when we have a lot going on in our lives.

Finding time to be alone with God is most important when you need a quiet place with few distractions. It's important to read the Bible for more than just a few minutes.  Make time to talk to God. Take your time. Spend time with Him.

What really needs to be done during quiet time?

God can talk to His people in many ways, but the Bible is one of the most important ones. A Bible or even just one book of the Bible to read through is important to have with you when you sit down to pray.

You might want to start with Genesis or the New Testament books. It should be a top concern to invest in God's word since the Bible is one of the main ways that God talks to us.

Another strong and helpful way to spend quiet time is to think about the Bible. People who believe in God's word sometimes forget to really understand what it says. We are able to better comprehend what God is saying to us when we meditate or reflect on it.

You can also connect with God through worship music, which can help you get your heart right. A lot of praise songs talk about God's promises, great deeds, or traits that help us connect with him.

During quiet time, prayer is an important part. Prayer is how you talk to God. Praise God for all that he is is part of prayer. Praise also helps us stand in the right way when we talk to the one who made everything.

Another very important part of prayer is repentance. We can tell God about our sins and shame, and he will pardon us. It's also possible to pray and tell God what we want.

Everyday, we can talk to him about our fears and problems, and we can also ask for help for other people.

Another typical thing to do in quiet time is to write in a journal. During quiet time, many people write down what they learn from the Bible and what they hear from God.

Many people find that writing in a journal helps them deal with things better. It's also a great way to remember what God is doing in your life.

I think these are all good ideas for your quiet time. Try them all and see what works best for you.



What the Bible Says About Spending Time Alone With God?
Not only is quiet time a good idea for Christians, but the Bible puts a lot of stress on spending time with God and the good things that happen when you do this.
 James 4:8 says: " Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."

We can see the benefits of spending time with God on purpose because it brings God closer to us.

Psalm 91:1 says, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty." This verse shows how important and beneficial it is to spend time with God. Also, Psalm 119:9 asks, "How can a young man keep his way pure?" Keeping it safe according to your word."



Jesus' Quiet Time
Christ is one of the best models we have in life. He lived on earth and went through the same things we do. When we look at Jesus' life, it shows us how to live our own.

During his three years as a minister, Jesus would often go off by himself to pray while he was teaching. Jesus spent time with other people and helped them, but he also made time to be alone with God.

Luke 14:23
"After getting the people to leave, he prayed alone on top of the mountain. He was there by himself in the evening."

Mark 1:35

"And he got up very early in the morning, while it was still dark, left and went to a lonely place to pray."

These are just two of many times in the story that Jesus' prayer time is mentioned. Just the fact that he did the same thing over and over during his prayer time shows how important quiet time was to him and to us today.

From these two texts, we can also see that he was by Himself both times and at certain times of the day. In Mark 1:35, he got up before dawn to talk to his Father, and in Matthew 14:23, he went in the evening after he had served a large crowd.

It was important for Jesus to spend time with His Father, even when he was helping other people.

Simply spending time in prayer requires a lot of effort. It's important to remember that the point of quiet time is to grow closer to God, not to get it done.

We will grow closer to God if we spend time alone with Him. We should always be ready to be alone with God.

Seeing how important quiet time was in Jesus' life should make us want to do the same and set aside time to spend alone with the Father.


Brethren, let's take our quiet time with God as top priority everyday and all round the year serious.

God bless you.

If you would like to repent and give your life to Christ just say this short prayer:

"Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You now, come into my life, take control of my life and change my world. I say bye-bye to the devil, I enter into the Kingdom of Light. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ, in Jesus' name I pray, amen!

Congratulations!!!

Peace!

Also read: https://flatimes.com/mfm-devotional-5-october-2023-quiet-time-god/#:~:text=When%20you%20make%20your%20daily,will%20give%20you%20spiritual%20strength.

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