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Prepare for Battle.


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The days in which we are living are some of the most exciting in history. But they are not without peril. The kingdom of God suffers violence (see Matt. 11:12), yet these are still times of hope and peace for those who know who they are in Christ. In order to survive the onslaught of the enemy against us, we had better learn to become women who are mighty in spirit.

Perhaps my best example of such a woman is my mom, Gaynell Chavis Jacobs. Unassuming and unpretentious, Mom was baptized with the power of the Holy Spirit and raised 12 children to know, love and serve the Lord. She was an extraordinary prayer warrior, and when she would lay hands on the sick, they would be healed.

We all have this potential because Jesus declared: “Great works shall you do because I go to my Father” (see John 14:12). The Spirit of Christ will enable you to walk into a room and have every demon of hell walk out. He will empower you to speak God’s Word in a way that will change the atmosphere and the situation.

We are going to need this power. I believe we are in for the fight of our lives until Jesus comes back. There will be times when, despite our being Spirit-filled, we will encounter assaults from hell that are designed to stop us from doing what God has called us to do.

The devil is not after you because of who you are but because he knows what God has put in you and what God can do through you. In the natural, the giants will always appear bigger than you are, but in the supernatural, you can see through the eyes of the Spirit, just as Caleb did when he declared, “We are well able to conquer [the land]” (Num. 13:30, The Living Bible).

I’m sure there are many strategies for becoming mighty in spirit. But during the course of my life, I’ve found six practices to be very effective in overcoming the power of the enemy and walking in victory.

BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR CALLING In Galatians 1:15-16 Paul wrote: “Even before I was born God had chosen me to be His, and called me–what kindness and grace–to reveal His Son within me so that I could go to the Gentiles and show them the Good News about Jesus. When all this happened to me I didn’t go at once and talk it over with anyone else.”

When you are confident in your calling, you don’t have to seek anyone’s permission or approval. You know you are called because of the witness of the Holy Spirit inside you, but Satan will try to make you doubt that your calling is real.

I can recall an incident that happened to me when I first went out as a soloist in full-time ministry. During a service, a young girl, who was possessed by demonic spirits, lunged toward me, screaming obscenities and totally disrupting the meeting.

I could have given in to fear and intimidation, but I chose to put the enemy under my feet, and the girl was completely delivered and set free. Today, deliverance is still a vital part of my ministry.

God never told us that we were going to float along on this journey to become all that He destined for us and never have another problem. But He did promise us this: ” ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you’ ” (Is. 43:2, NKJV). You must decide now that you’re going all the way.

HAVE STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY When I left home to pursue God’s call on my life, I knew it was not going to be easy. I’d made up my mind to follow hard after the Lord, but I remember a very discouraging time in my life while I was in college.

I had just lost my mom. My father had already passed away. Trying to go on with my life while dealing with my intense grief was very difficult. Finally, I decided to abandon my plans and go back home.

On the day I was preparing to leave I suddenly thought, Maybe I should go to church one more time and say goodbye to my friends and my pastor. At the close of the Wednesday night service, my pastor called me onto the stage and said to me: “God says to tell you, ‘You are not your own, you have been bought with a price. I have chosen you and appointed you to go to the nations of the earth, so you can’t do what you want to do. My strength is made perfect in your weaknesses, for when you are weak, then I am strong.’ ”

Without anyone touching me, I was slain in the spirit. Hours later, when I got up, I had a new confidence, a greater boldness and a determination to go on that hell could not touch.

Jesus said: ” ‘You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you’ ” (John 15:16).

You, too, are not your own. Be strong and don’t abandon your calling.

DEVELOP GODLY CHARACTER When David wrote, “Assign me Godliness and Integrity as my bodyguards” (Ps. 25:21, The Living Bible), he must have understood that, ultimately, if your character is ungodly, it doesn’t matter how sweetly you sing or how people respond to your ministry. It is a grave mistake to put all your energies into your “kingdom work” and leave little or no time for intimacy with the Lord. You can begin to live to be seen by others and forget that character is who you are when no one is looking.

Isaiah said: “Be clean! You who bear the vessels of the Lord” (52:11, NKJV). There are times when I can’t do what I want to do. Paul says we must make faithfulness our goal. “Consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Morever it is required in stewards that one be faithful” (1 Cor. 4:1-2).

Leave a good example for those who will come behind you, unlike King Saul, who was anointed but lost his kingdom and his life. King David was anointed, also, yet he fell into a trap due to his unruly passions.

You must be painstakingly conscientious about everything–attitude, lifestyle, personal worship and gifts. The enemy of your destiny has already been defeated, so don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by his devices.

PRACTICE VIOLENT FAITH I believe that sometimes we come up against things in our lives when simply believing won’t be enough. I can remember a time when I was very sick with bronchitis, which, according to my doctor, had turned into pneumonia. At this point in my walk with the Lord, I was determined to go to the next level of faith, so I rejected my doctor’s recommendation of hospitalization and returned home.

For three weeks I was isolated from my husband, Jamie, and our two girls. I was believing for a miracle and expecting an angel to walk into my upstairs bedroom and lay his hands on me. Instead, as I lay in bed, I heard the Lord saying: “Get up out of this bed, go downstairs and command this junk to get out of your house and out of your body.”

I got up, realizing now that this was an attack from the devil to take me out. I opened the front door and stepped out onto the porch in the dead of winter. I was desperate. I had a word from the Lord, and I needed a miracle!

I lifted my voice and said: “In the name of Jesus, bronchitis, pneumonia and everything associated with it, get out of my body….You cannot stay, and you will not stay. On the authority of God’s Word and through the name of Jesus, you will leave right now!”

Immediately I felt an overwhelming breath flow through my body. That kind of attack has not been back at my house. All you need is one word to see God do the miraculous.

Violent faith combines determination with spiritual aggressiveness and raw, if you will, guts. Violent faith is Abraham standing on top of a mountain, preparing to sacrifice his promise (Isaac) to God (see Gen 22).

It’s Esther going into the king’s chamber for the sake of her people, saying, ” ‘If I perish, I perish!’ ” (v. 4:16). And it’s Peter taking the crippled man by the hand, saying, ” ‘In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk,’ ” then jerking the man to his feet (Acts 3:6, NKJV).

Violent faith will cause you to do things in the supernatural that make no sense in the natural. As you practice it, your prayer life and hunger for God will increase, and there will be a determination forged in you that nothing can shake.

BE PERSISTENT IN PRAYER The apostle Paul gave us a formula for getting our prayers answered and tearing down the enemy’s strongholds. He wrote these powerful words: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18, NKJV).

Jesus said: ” ‘Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you’ ” (Matt. 7:7, NLT).

Don’t give up. Pray again. You may be feeling right now that you have tried, cried, prayed and fasted without results. With as much compassion as I can write this, I would tell you that what moves God more than anything is faith, violent faith!

Taking back what is yours from the forces of darkness takes courage and is not for those who are passive or faint of heart. It is for the person who would say: “This is it, I am drawing the blood line today. It will never be the same again.”

You can exercise this kind of faith, too. You can choose to say, “I know what the outcome of this thing is going to be, so I am going to lift my head up and rejoice, because right now the Father God is working it all out.”

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SPIRITLED WOMAN.

The comforter…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
-Romans 15:13

This Spirit of Jesus that lives in you is most often referred to in the Bible as the Comforter. I think the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter because when you have the Spirit of Christ in you, you never give up, you never lose hope, and you keep hope alive. You can have hope no matter how hard things get, especially this Christmas. You trust a God and live in the reality of a God-bathed world in which God is a giver, not a taker. God is a blesser, not a curser. God made you, cherishes you, and loves you. If you ask, “What about all my sin?” Well, that’s what the cross is for. “What about all the mistakes I make?” God loves you. God wants to bless you. He wants you to overcome.

This idea of a Jewish God that’s a giver stands at odds with a God that is a taker in the Mesopotamian world. The Mesopotamians in the ancient Jewish world believed that the gods, the pantheon, were angry, lightening throwers and cursers who were erratic in their behavior and just couldn’t wait to destroy humanity, very much like the Zeus figure in the myth. They just wanted to curse humanity.

But the Jews said no, we’ve met God and there’s only one of them, and he’s pretty cool. He’s very warm, we serve a God who loves us and, yes, he wants what is right, but he’s also a God that wants to redeem the world. He is a God that gives. Therefore, the Jewish-Christian God, the God that we serve, is a God that gives.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for loving me, giving me all that I need to live a full life, a life filled with hope. Amen.

Reflection: When you think of God as a giving God, what comes to mind?

Valued and treasured….


“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”
1 Corinthians 6:19

In the kingdom of God, a body is different than it is on earth. That extra weight, those wrinkles, a scar – you may think them ugly. But it was a smile that put those wrinkles around your eyes. For mothers, that tummy pooch is the result of bearing a child. The scar is the result of an important life experience. All are a part of your story. And God values that and treasures your body.

We think about all the things about our body that we hate – we’re bald, or we’re getting old, or we’re getting too fat, or we’re too short, or too tall, or too skinny, or whatever it is, corns on our toes. We think about all these things, how our bodies are changing. We think, “Someday, I will die and go to heaven. Who cares about this stupid body?” God cares about your body.

The Apostle Paul points this out all the time when he says, “Your body is a temple.” Your body is a temple, indeed. The Holy Spirit lives in your body, and wherever your body goes, you bring the Spirit of Christ with you – his love, his life. He chose your body. He values it. Your body is an important part of your spirituality.

Prayer: Dear Lord, this is a new thought for me. I never quite viewed my body as such a treasure to you. Thank you for this vessel that you have loaned to me to carry me through life and be a witness to your love. Amen.

Devotion: How does this devotion affect the way you view your body?

By Bobby Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Pastor

Take Up Your Weapons for War.


woman armed
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We will encounter fierce opposition if we attempt to walk in faith. But victory is ours when God anoints us with His power.

The days in which we are living are some of the most exciting in history. But they are not without peril. The kingdom of God suffers violence (see Matt. 11:12), yet these are still times of hope and peace for those who know who they are in Christ. In order to survive the onslaught of the enemy against us, we had better learn to become women who are mighty in spirit.

Perhaps my best example of such a woman is my mom, Gaynell Chavis Jacobs. Unassuming and unpretentious, Mom was baptized with the power of the Holy Spirit and raised 12 children to know, love and serve the Lord. She was an extraordinary prayer warrior, and when she would lay hands on the sick, they would be healed.

We all have this potential because Jesus declared: “Great works shall you do because I go to my Father” (see John 14:12). The Spirit of Christ will enable you to walk into a room and have every demon of hell walk out. He will empower you to speak God’s Word in a way that will change the atmosphere and the situation.

We are going to need this power. I believe we are in for the fight of our lives until Jesus comes back. There will be times when, despite our being Spirit-filled, we will encounter assaults from hell that are designed to stop us from doing what God has called us to do.

The devil is not after you because of who you are but because he knows what God has put in you and what God can do through you. In the natural, the giants will always appear bigger than you are, but in the supernatural, you can see through the eyes of the Spirit, just as Caleb did when he declared, “We are well able to conquer [the land]” (Num. 13:30, The Living Bible).

I’m sure there are many strategies for becoming mighty in spirit. But during the course of my life, I’ve found six practices to be very effective in overcoming the power of the enemy and walking in victory.

BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR CALLING In Galatians 1:15-16 Paul wrote: “Even before I was born God had chosen me to be His, and called me–what kindness and grace–to reveal His Son within me so that I could go to the Gentiles and show them the Good News about Jesus. When all this happened to me I didn’t go at once and talk it over with anyone else.”

When you are confident in your calling, you don’t have to seek anyone’s permission or approval. You know you are called because of the witness of the Holy Spirit inside you, but Satan will try to make you doubt that your calling is real.

I can recall an incident that happened to me when I first went out as a soloist in full-time ministry. During a service, a young girl, who was possessed by demonic spirits, lunged toward me, screaming obscenities and totally disrupting the meeting.

I could have given in to fear and intimidation, but I chose to put the enemy under my feet, and the girl was completely delivered and set free. Today, deliverance is still a vital part of my ministry.

God never told us that we were going to float along on this journey to become all that He destined for us and never have another problem. But He did promise us this: ” ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you’ ” (Is. 43:2, NKJV). You must decide now that you’re going all the way.

HAVE STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY When I left home to pursue God’s call on my life, I knew it was not going to be easy. I’d made up my mind to follow hard after the Lord, but I remember a very discouraging time in my life while I was in college.

I had just lost my mom. My father had already passed away. Trying to go on with my life while dealing with my intense grief was very difficult. Finally, I decided to abandon my plans and go back home.

On the day I was preparing to leave I suddenly thought, Maybe I should go to church one more time and say goodbye to my friends and my pastor. At the close of the Wednesday night service, my pastor called me onto the stage and said to me: “God says to tell you, ‘You are not your own, you have been bought with a price. I have chosen you and appointed you to go to the nations of the earth, so you can’t do what you want to do. My strength is made perfect in your weaknesses, for when you are weak, then I am strong.’ ”

Without anyone touching me, I was slain in the spirit. Hours later, when I got up, I had a new confidence, a greater boldness and a determination to go on that hell could not touch.

Jesus said: ” ‘You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you’ ” (John 15:16).

You, too, are not your own. Be strong and don’t abandon your calling.

DEVELOP GODLY CHARACTER When David wrote, “Assign me Godliness and Integrity as my bodyguards” (Ps. 25:21, The Living Bible), he must have understood that, ultimately, if your character is ungodly, it doesn’t matter how sweetly you sing or how people respond to your ministry. It is a grave mistake to put all your energies into your “kingdom work” and leave little or no time for intimacy with the Lord. You can begin to live to be seen by others and forget that character is who you are when no one is looking.

Isaiah said: “Be clean! You who bear the vessels of the Lord” (52:11, NKJV). There are times when I can’t do what I want to do. Paul says we must make faithfulness our goal. “Consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Morever it is required in stewards that one be faithful” (1 Cor. 4:1-2).

Leave a good example for those who will come behind you, unlike King Saul, who was anointed but lost his kingdom and his life. King David was anointed, also, yet he fell into a trap due to his unruly passions.

You must be painstakingly conscientious about everything–attitude, lifestyle, personal worship and gifts. The enemy of your destiny has already been defeated, so don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by his devices.

PRACTICE VIOLENT FAITH I believe that sometimes we come up against things in our lives when simply believing won’t be enough. I can remember a time when I was very sick with bronchitis, which, according to my doctor, had turned into pneumonia. At this point in my walk with the Lord, I was determined to go to the next level of faith, so I rejected my doctor’s recommendation of hospitalization and returned home.

For three weeks I was isolated from my husband, Jamie, and our two girls. I was believing for a miracle and expecting an angel to walk into my upstairs bedroom and lay his hands on me. Instead, as I lay in bed, I heard the Lord saying: “Get up out of this bed, go downstairs and command this junk to get out of your house and out of your body.”

I got up, realizing now that this was an attack from the devil to take me out. I opened the front door and stepped out onto the porch in the dead of winter. I was desperate. I had a word from the Lord, and I needed a miracle!

I lifted my voice and said: “In the name of Jesus, bronchitis, pneumonia and everything associated with it, get out of my body….You cannot stay, and you will not stay. On the authority of God’s Word and through the name of Jesus, you will leave right now!”

Immediately I felt an overwhelming breath flow through my body. That kind of attack has not been back at my house. All you need is one word to see God do the miraculous.

Violent faith combines determination with spiritual aggressiveness and raw, if you will, guts. Violent faith is Abraham standing on top of a mountain, preparing to sacrifice his promise (Isaac) to God (see Gen 22).

It’s Esther going into the king’s chamber for the sake of her people, saying, ” ‘If I perish, I perish!’ ” (v. 4:16). And it’s Peter taking the crippled man by the hand, saying, ” ‘In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk,’ ” then jerking the man to his feet (Acts 3:6, NKJV).

Violent faith will cause you to do things in the supernatural that make no sense in the natural. As you practice it, your prayer life and hunger for God will increase, and there will be a determination forged in you that nothing can shake.

BE PERSISTENT IN PRAYER The apostle Paul gave us a formula for getting our prayers answered and tearing down the enemy’s strongholds. He wrote these powerful words: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18, NKJV).

Jesus said: ” ‘Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you’ ” (Matt. 7:7, NLT).

Don’t give up. Pray again. You may be feeling right now that you have tried, cried, prayed and fasted without results. With as much compassion as I can write this, I would tell you that what moves God more than anything is faith, violent faith!

Taking back what is yours from the forces of darkness takes courage and is not for those who are passive or faint of heart. It is for the person who would say: “This is it, I am drawing the blood line today. It will never be the same again.”

You can exercise this kind of faith, too. You can choose to say, “I know what the outcome of this thing is going to be, so I am going to lift my head up and rejoice, because right now the Father God is working it all out.”

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE SPIRITLED WOMAN.

How Satan’s Political Agenda Successfully Divided the Church.


children screaming
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If a brother walked up to you in church and called you a fear-mongering racist with an insidious agenda who has their head in the sand, you’d probably wonder if he was really your brother or if he was working for the enemy. Yet I’ve seen Christians call each other by those names (and worse) during this election cycle.

It’s clearly the enemy’s work to divide the church. The church was already divided, you might say. It may have been, but the tear now runs deeper.

I’m so grieved. This is not the spirit of Christ. The enemy found an open door in the church and successfully planted seeds of strife that are yielding a harvest of hateful words and slanderous missiles that some may not soon forgive or forget. I’d call it friendly fire but it’s not so friendly. Again, this is not the spirit of Christ.

Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Calling people nasty names is not a manifestation of love by anyone’s measure. Christians shouldn’t be persecuting other Christians over political beliefs or anything else.

If you don’t agree with what someone else is saying, there’s a way to communicate your opinion respectfully. It’s called speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). I’m not seeing the love—or even human decency—in some of the acidic accusations from believers against believers who voice their stance forbiblical values. I see a spirit of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking and malice. Again, this is not the spirit of Christ.

Corrupt Communication

Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Eph. 4:29-32).

Is it OK to throw the Word of God out the window just because we don’t agree on political issues? I think we can all agree that the Word should govern our lives. Yet, if a prophetic voice suggests that our nation has witnessed a swift departure from government that is based on the Judeo-Christian values, people who claim Christ as King beat him over the head with Psalms suggesting he’s a “deceitful worker.” Again, this is not the spirit of Christ.

The enemy has entered the church sowing seeds of strife and executing a clear agenda to bring more division because he was listening closely when Jesus once said, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:20-27).

Jesus made the statement after the scribes—people who were supposed to be among the godly leaders of the nation—accused him of casting out devils by the power of devils. Those who considered themselves sold-out, on fire followers of God actually accused Jesus of having a devil because He was speaking and acting out God’s will. Can you imagine accusing Jesus of having a devil? Yet that sounds an awful lot like some of the accusations launched against Christians who voice their desire for a leader who will govern according to morality.

Deadly Poison

Yes, Satan knows that a house divided cannot stand. And he has used this election cycle—among other things—as a tool to bring such division to the body of Christ that believers are vehemently attacking one another. Churches are divided. Christian brothers have become bitter enemies. This is all the bait of Satan—and he’s reveling in his success while believers continue to use the deadly poison in their tongues to stir up strife.

Strife and love cannot co-exist. Strife is an abomination to God (Prov. 6:16). Strife affects the anointing and the flow of the Holy Ghost (Psalms 133:1-3). Strife grieves the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30). Strife destroys relationships (Prov. 17:9). Strife is rooted in anger (Prov. 29:22), hatred (Prov. 10:12), pride (Prov. 13:10) and a quarrelsome self-seeking spirit (Gal. 5:14-18; Luke 22:24-27).

Now that the election is over, we have one more thing to repent for: allowing the enemy to bring greater division in the church over a presidential election when all the while God is in control. We did not endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3). We did not walk in love, which binds us together in perfect unity (Col. 3:14). We did not go out of our way to live peaceably with our fellow believers, much less all men (Rom. 12:18). How can we expect a revival when we’re at each other’s throats?

But it’s never too late.

I can’t say it any better than did Paul: “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10). Amen.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

By JENNIFER LECLAIRE

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including Did the Spirit of God Say That? You can email Jennifer at  jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Teacher.


Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:29

Jesus’ earthly ministry included preaching, healing, miracles, and teaching.

You may have bowed your knee to call Him Savior, but do you know Him as “Teacher“?

The disciples sat under His instruction for three years before their spirits were truly teachable and ready to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

A teachable spirit seeks the Spirit of the Lamb of God, meek and lowly in heart.

Jesus’ entire work in us is a divine teaching.

The Holy Spirit who dwells in us—the very Spirit of Christ—shall teach us all things (John 16:13).

if we submit our spirits to become meek and teachable.

Take up His yoke today and learn His meekness and lowliness of heart, because with that learning comes the teachable, pliable spirit that does nothing of its own will but says, “not my will, but thine be done.”

Holy Spirit, teach me. Guide me in all truth.

Reveal to me the Truth—Jesus Christ. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

Pharisaism.


By Vine.

For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, don’t eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.Mark 7:3

The religion of the Pharisees was not about love towards God, or about their attitude, character, and conduct, but it was all about certain ceremonial traditions which they upheld with great zeal.

They washed their hands before meals because ceremonial uncleanness in the hands communicated itself to the food.

However, they took no effort to wash their hearts of evil or unkind thoughts and feelings toward others.

They washed when they came in from their shops because worldly business defiled them; but they were not careful in their dealings with others to be just, honest, and true.

They saw that every pot and dish, and all household arrangements were ceremonially cleansed; but they did not stop to look within their own hearts to see if all was clean there for the God’s Spirit.

We all need to watch against making our religion consist in forms of worship.

We may pray many times a day, and read a regular number of chapters, and go through many and devotions (including this one!), and yet not have a single scrap of true religion.

We are truly religious just in the measure in which we have the spirit of Christ in our attitude, heart, and character.

“The Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).

Loving God and our fellow-men is the sum of all we are required to do.

Unless we have this twofold love in our hearts, manifested in life and character, our profession of religion is in vain.

Not a word should be said against external cleanliness; a clean heart should make the life clean from our head to our toes, and in all opinions, feelings, habits, words, and actions.

But clean hands and well-maintained appearances will never please God if there is no love in our hearts for Him and no love for men.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for the shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).

Apply This To Your Life Today… Are you practicing a cold religion or love towards God and others?


Bible In A Year: July 27th…

By Book Old Testament New Testament Proverbs & Psalms
Isaiah 22-24 1 Chronicles 2:18-4:8 Romans 10:5-11:10 Proverbs 18:7-16

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