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Setting Your Mind on Things Above

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11 Satan is relentless in his attempts to take over our minds through our thoughts, our hearts with only his desires and, finally, ownership of our souls. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy, therefore he is very manipulative, as well as, extremely convincing. This is why we need to arm ourselves with scripture every day. We may not always have control over when negative thoughts enter our minds, but we do have control over what we decide to do with …

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Spirit of Truth

    “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone and the new is here.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 When a person asks Jesus into his heart, the Holy Spirit comes to live within him. Changes take place and the Spirit begins to move you and guide you. You find yourself stepping further away from the former you and turning into this new creation. Who is the Holy Spirit? Most of us know of the Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost as it is sometimes called. We …

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We Can Trust Him When We Break

  Have you broken anything?  I think we break a dish almost every week in our house.    Cars break down, dishes break, toys break, trees break… everything breaks.   I often wonder if there is a point to things breaking? I don’t always know why things have to break but I do know that God can use broken things and in fact, sometimes breaking is essential.   Grapes have to be broken to make wine. Olives have to be crushed to make oil. Tomatoes have to be crushed to make spaghetti sauce. You get the point, but did you …

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We Can Trust Him On Our Journey

I’ll never forget climbing the steep, rocky mountain sides of Petra… on a mule!! If you’re unfamiliar, Petra is an ancient city in Jordan that dates back to 300BC.  It is one of the world wonders as it used to be a thriving civilization. Everything there is carved in rocks that are about 600 ft tall. Houses, temples, amphitheatres are all carved into rocks.  Perhaps the most recognizable site in Petra is The Treasury. Most of you have probably seen this in the movie “Indiana Jones”. The treasury is 130 ft tall and the rocks surrounding The Treasury are about …

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Our Living Hope

  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy he had given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the time.”  I Peter 1:3 – 5 I have the awesome privilege of being a mentor for a group of women recovering from addiction.  When a …

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New Hearts

Ezekiel 11: 19 “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” When God changes your heart, you are changed forever. He gives you a new transformed heart, one that is pliable and ready to be used. From a hardened one to one made of flesh. My heart was pretty hard before I came to Christ, I would justify saying or doing things to people that were not very nice, when Jesus saved me my heart began to change. …

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Decisions We Make

Proverbs 16: 9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”. As a Christian woman I have learned that in my walk with God that whatever I have done, He has forgiven me.  I can’t keep looking back at the things that didn’t happen and I had to learn to move forward. Many times when I pray the past comes back to my memory to dredge it all up again. satan will always pick prayer time in an attempt to discourage me and fill my mind with things of the past to keep me bound up and …

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Your Ministry Reach

        If you have a Christian blog, a website, social media, or any other means of delivering your faith in Jesus Christ, your witness can be seen world-wide.  The internet reaches many more than you realize.  If a country has internet availability, your words and videos can be viewed. You have an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. My Journey of Faith Ministries recently had the privilege of sharing some of our “Tell Your Story” videos with a women’s conference in the Congo.  These precious women yearn for more about Jesus and how He works …

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In Christ

What does it mean to be in Christ? 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The Greek word for the phrase ‘be in’ is enand denotes position. It is in essence letting us know the position of the person. A person can either be in Christ or outside of Christ. Being in Christ means that we are included within, that Christ possesses us (we are no longer our own), we belong to Him, and we understand that we originate in …

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In Peace

In Peace. In peace. Not just any peace, but the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. This is the peace that we desire to find ourselves in. Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Jesus tells us that He gives us His peace and that it is not the same peace the world gives. There are no strings attached to the peace Jesus gives. There are no unspoken expectations, no have to-s in order to obtain it, and no guilt trip after receiving it. …

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In Joy

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11. What things did Jesus speak? The prior verses detail abiding in Christ. That if we remain in Christ we will bear much fruit, but if not then we will be cast out as a withered branch. If we abide in Christ we will ask what we desire and it shall be done for us. This is because if we are abiding in Christ we will not be asking amiss or for selfish reasons. These are the things …

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In Rest

Inclusion within rest. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? The opposite would be exclusion from rest which doesn’t sound so lovely. The question is, how do we enter into the rest God provides? And then, how do we stay in it?  These questions take us to Hebrews chapter 4. We learn in this chapter that in order to enter God’s rest we must believe (Hebrews 4: 3), we must be obedient (4: 6), and we must cease from our own works (4: 10). If we desire to enter into rest we must believe. The Greek word for believe is pisteuo. This word …