Spring of Water

Spring of Water

A fundamental question everyone asks sometimes, especially when enduring difficult circumstances, is, “Why do I go through these things?” Most of us would welcome a “quick fix” for our struggles. People who are given over to a worldly mindset cannot comprehend fully all the reasons for the things they go through. Those who live life apart from God lack the critical biblical perspective necessary to understand these things.

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Seek The Father

Seek The Father

The issue of “self” is a hindrance when it comes to relating to the Father. The serpent’s deception in the Garden of Eden was to trick Adam and Eve into trying to function by self-effort alone, thus separating them from their source of life—God. There is one “self,” however, that is vital to our being, and that is self-control. To seek the Father is to exercise self-control by relinquishing our self-reliance and moving toward Him in humble recognition that apart from Him we can find no true and lasting satisfaction or peace. Such a capacity is beyond ourselves alone.

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The Father's Hand Is Not Shortened

The Father's Hand Is Not Shortened

The Father is Spirit, and so has no physical structure such as hands, legs, and feet. However, the Bible often uses these and similar words as anthropomorphisms—assigning human attributes to God—for the sake of our understanding. One of the most insidious and widespread false teaching s about the Father is that He is far away, out in the heavens somewhere, out of our reach. But this is not so. The only thing that separates us from the Father is our disobedience. Our pride overtakes us and drives us to try to function apart from Him.

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Forget The Shame

Forget The Shame

The world is marred by sin and reproach. Our natural environment impacts us in both positive and negative ways. When we consider our ways before the Lord, we realize how far away from Him we drifted when we did not know better, were naïve, and ignorant of the truth. Our works bear the fruit of that which is representative of the works of the flesh: a soul-led life.

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Nothing The Father Does Is Small

Nothing The Father Does Is Small

The truth that we are made in the image and likeness of the Father is something we should never take lightly. Perhaps the greatest void in the heart of man is the issue of “IDENTITY.” The serpent’s deception in the garden was designed to lure man to place of confusion about who he was in the Father. Those four insidious words, “Has God surely said…” is a continual reminder of the wedge that caused man to doubt the Father and give in to sin.

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Ask Of Me Concerning My Sons

Ask Of Me Concerning My Sons

Rational thinking is a good thing all in all, but it can also become a mental stronghold that paralyzes our mind. We can become too fixated on facts and logical reasoning as the only infallible way to lead us to answers. Rationalists live life on equations and gravitate toward figuring things out. While all of this might sound good, we must remember that it isn’t intellectualism that leads us to the Father, but our heart!

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You Shall Be Built

You Shall Be Built

Some people read the Scriptures metaphorically while others read them allegorically. This leads to differing conclusions, and if not careful erroneous ones too. There’s a better way to read the Scriptures; a more vital way, and that is under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He came upon the men of old, who were moved to prophesy and do other mighty things….

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Fear Not

Fear Not

Fear is hard to describe. We know when we feel it, but rarely is it tangible enough for us to articulate it and say, “This is it.” Whether brought on by sight or sound, fear often is like a shockwave or electrical current that can paralyze the mind. Consider a healthy person who exercises daily and eats well who goes to the doctor for a routine examination only to be diagnosed with a dangerous and deadly disease…

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The Father's Strong Hand

The Father's Strong Hand

Everything we do as the sons of God should be by His leading and in joint partnership with Him. There is indeed a bigger picture in motion right before our eyes: the entire globe is witnessing the manifestation of Christ but may not understand. Because of sin, deception, greed, covetousness, perversion, the works of the flesh, and erroneous teaching, the eyes of men have become blinded and the straight places have become crooked.

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Depend On The Father

Depend On The Father

Different cultures have different social customs and morals that they propagate from one generation to the next. In Eastern cultures, for example, the family unit is extremely important. Parents take very good care of their children, raising them to the best of their ability. Children, then, are very dependent on their parents while growing up. In the same manner, as parents get older, they become dependent on their children, who then reciprocate by taking care of them.

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God Listens To Our Prayers

God Listens To Our Prayers

There are many religions in the world today, and virtually all of them teach and practice prayer in one form or another. Some pray to the sun and moon; others pray by offering sacrifices; still, others escape the noise of the world to look for tranquility where nobody can find them. When not connected to the right source, the words of prayer have no power or impact. Prayer is more than just two-way communication between us and God. It is, in fact, fuel that energizes our spirit. Prayer creates a balance within our beings that words cannot describe.

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Whom Do You Trust?

Whom Do You Trust?

Words carry with them the power of life and death. Every day we all face challenges of many kinds and many different degrees of difficulty. People generally respond to these life challenges in one of two ways. There are the overcomers, and there are those who are overcome. The first prevail; the second give up. Human strength has its limitations. If we have only ourselves to rely on, our journey becomes very lonely—and hard. Our Father places people around us for the purpose of forming relationships.

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The Burden Of The Lord

The Burden Of The Lord

To have a burden is to carry the weight of another. As God the Father speaks to Isaiah across several chapters preceding and following this one, He reveals the issues, flaws, and sins of a succession of nations. Each of these nations, having received from God a specific mandate, a purpose to fulfill, and a mission to accomplish, have instead along the way digressed from the Father’s heart and fallen under the dominant influence of the imaginations of their own heart.

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Perfect Peace

Perfect Peace

Peace is a blessed gift to possess, which few people ever acquire. Though many would give up everything they own to gain it, no amount of wealth in the world can buy personal peace. Retreating to a serene environment for a while may calm our heart and mind to a peaceful and restful state for a time, but the real test comes when we return to the place we were in before. Has any permanent change taken place, or do we soon fall back into the old patterns of fear and unrest?

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The spirit of Egypt

The spirit of Egypt

Places are characterized by the people who live there. People bring into a place distinct beliefs, customs, and ways of life according to their various backgrounds. Whether they know God or not, they transmit the very spirit that they possess (or are possessed by). This is visible across our globe. Each geographic region has its own distinct features and many offer landscapes and vistas of stunning outward beauty that take our breath away. However, beyond the natural plane lies a deeper spiritual plane that is invisible unless one is walking in discernment.

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