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10 Scriptures that Can be used in nearly every mess

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We often learn lists of healing Scriptures, finance Scriptures, family Scriptures, etc. so that in specific crises we know what the Word says.  But if you are a new Christian or if you don’t know the Word as well as you should, or if you are facing multiple battles at once it is great to know that there are some Scriptures that will apply to EVERY situation.  These Scriptures should be learned, considered, meditated and declared in every mess you find yourself in.

10.  Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world. (1 John 4.4)

9.  My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory (Php. 4.19)

8. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8.31)

7. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8.32)

6. We are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8.37)

5. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (Gal. 3.9)

4.  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Gal. 3.13)

3. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3.1)

2. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  (Romans 5.1-2)

1. Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. (2 Cor. 2.14)

Romans 1.22

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Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

It always amazes me, the more someone removes themselves from God the more important it is that they proclaim that they are wise!

One of the main secular humanist websites is called http://www.the-brights.net/, because they think that only people who are removed from God are bright! Professing themselves to be bright, they became idiots!

The more people remove themselves from God, using the four step remove-yourself-from-God programme outlined in verse 21 (stop glorifying God, stop thanking God, imagine vain things, let darkness in your heart) then they have to start bragging on their intelligence.

The word here in the Greek for profess is to allege or to say, but being aware that it is not true. It is used in Revelation 2.2:

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

These false apostles were saying they are apostles but deep down they knew they were fakes and imposters. The fake wise people who have separated themselves from God, they exalt their intelligence and their attributes. The natural state of man without God is always pride.

As soon as Adam separated himself from God (again, the same four steps: did not give God the weight He deserves and listened to a talking snake over His maker; failed to thank God for all the trees he could eat; imagining himself wise without God; and letting the darkness of words not from God in his heart) he clothed himself.

That is what people do without God: they clothe themselves. They dress themselves up – it might be in science, in culture, in popularity, in esoteric knowledge, in religious rituals, but they dress themselves. They are then proud of their dress and will do anything to hold onto it.

When God found Adam after Adam sinned, God clothed Adam himself with the skin of a sacrifical animal. Adam could not boast in these clothes, could not show them off, could not talk about how he earned them.

No all he could do is glorify God and thank God for such a wonderful gift of clothing.

This is such a powerful picture of us. We separate from God clothe ourselves with all sorts of things – our job, our family, our popularity, our talents, our intelligence. We are like Adam dressed in leaves – we think we look beautiful, but if we really look closely we are just dressed in leaves! We might assert that we are intelligent, wise and talented – but deep down we know that we are in need of someone to clothe us, to care for us, and to redeem us from our sin and our nature!

Then God approaches us – not to judge us, not to destroy us – but to clothe us in the righteousness of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

We have a choice – we can wear the robes of righteousness and acceptance that God provided for us through giving up His only begotten Son to die for us at Calvary. Or we can hold on to our leaves, and our pride, and our sense of achievement.

But we cannot wear both. Every human on this planet has one choice – the most important choice of their life.

Realize that all your achievements and works are foolish, filthy rags and strip off and wear the clothes that God Himself has crafted for you.

Or hold on to your achievements and pride and professing to be wise reveal yourself to be a fool.

Life or death. Blessing or cursing.

Your righteousness or God’s righteousness.

Praise yourself for your works or praise God for His works.

The choice is yours.

Choose life.

Glory and freedom,
Benjamin

Romans 1.21

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Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

What has led to unrighteousness in the world? Why is the world so wicked? Why does the world ignore the truth of Jesus Christ?

Paul gives four clear reasons for this state of affairs in this verse.

1) They did not glorify God
2) They were not grateful and thankful to God
3) They became vain in their imaginations
4) Their foolish hearts were made dark

I believe this is an utterly comprehensive list. If you want to know why a community or a nation is unrighteous and wicked, it is that they did not glorify God, were not grateful to God, had vain imaginations, and their foolish hearts were dark.

Let’s make it more personal: if you feel far from God, if you feel like you are running on empty, feel confused, unable to deal with sin and conquer it, then I guarantee 4 things:

1. You are not glorifying God
2. You are not being thankful to God
3. Your imagination is out of control
4. Your heart is dark

Or let’s turn it around and make it applicable to you as a Christian who I would assume wants to have a dynamic excitiing relationship with God:

If you:

1. Glorify God
2. Thank God
3. Keep control of your imagination
4. Keep light in your heart

Then you: will always have a dynamic, intimate walk with God and have continual victory in every circumstance in life.

It is that simple. Let’s look at all four of these one by one and give a sentence or two on how to ensure they are active in your life. If you want a deeper study on these things, then I have a four part sermon series called “How Not To Be An Idiot” on our church website, if you click on the media tab, and this series covers each of these four points.

For the brief version, keep reading.

1. Glorify God. This is the Greek word doxa, which means to give weight to. Do you give weight to God? You do realize that God’s promises put on the scales with any of your problems will outweigh them a million times over? That Paul after being whipped, stoned, beaten and shipwrecked and continually persecuted – he called his problems “light”. Why? Because if you give God glory and weight in your life, you will be always praising, always dancing, always smiling. God is bigger than the problem!

2. Thank God. Many Christians spend their whole life thinking and dreaming about what they do not have. I dare you to thank God for everything you do have. It will take longer than you can ever imagine. Gratefulness leads to faithfulness.

3. Keep control of your imagination. Imagine what life would be like if God’s Word was true – NEVER imagine your future without God’s promises. Never imagine yourself sick, dying young, broke, in broken relationships. Imagine yourself healthy, happy, rich, flowing in the Holy Spirit with love and mercy, fulfilling your destiny.

4. Keep light in your heart. In other words, keep in the Word – there is light in the Word. Keep meditating God’s Word.

If you do those four things you will live in assured victory every single day.

Glory and freedom,
Benjamin

Wisdom for the Last Days (Creflo Dollar)

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Wisdom for the Last Days

Creflo Dollar

Believers have an edge over the world that enables us to be successful, prosperous and productive, even in the midst of economic crisis. There is no question the world system, with its institutions and ways of doing things, is failing. Financial bailouts and rescue plans cannot change this fact. However, the Word of God is your guarantee of security in the midst of hard times. Now, more than ever, is the time to plug into the promises of God and remain focused on Him.

The Kingdom of God is a higher system that supersedes the world’s system. It is a system that has an abundance of resources, wisdom, and assistance available for you. While the world is talking about recession and existing on fear, you can tap into the infinite and unlimited resources of Heaven to get your needs met at any time, no matter what is going on around you.

One of the things God has made available to Christians is His wisdom. Wisdom is knowing what to do when you do not have the answers through your own natural ability. Wisdom is based on revelation knowledge that comes from God.

As it pertains to financial security, a key to making sure your needs are met on a consistent basis is to tap into the wisdom of God where your money is concerned. Practical advice is just as important as the spiritual side of things. Since so many people struggle in the area of finances, it makes sense to pay attention to some basic tips to maximize your finances in the midst of economic instability.

1.Be a giver.

When you give from a pure heart, trusting God to meet your needs, you are guaranteed a harvest. Seedtime and harvest is a spiritual law that will work for anyone who will get involved. Being a giver is the way to prosper in the Kingdom of God. Instead of being one who hoards your finances out of fear, be willing to keep an open hand. This way, God can bless you in the same way you bless others.

2.Be frugal in your spending.

I am not saying you should not buy anything you like or desire, but allow God to direct your spending habits instead of buying things on impulse. Consider those things you absolutely need right now versus the things you can do without. Allow God to bless you with the desires of your heart at the right time. Do not spend money you do not have or live beyond your means. This is a principle of good stewardship which qualifies you for your next level.

3. Stay out of debt.

Debt is part of the world’s system, particularly when you find yourself using credit cards to pay your bills, buy items you cannot afford, or acquire things on credit to keep up appearances. A good rule of thumb is, if you cannot pay your credit card bill off every month, you should not buy things on credit. Only use the plastic if absolutely necessary, and if you know you have the cash to pay the bill. Do not take on any debt right now if you can avoid it and work diligently to pay off existing debt.

These three simple keys can help you tremendously during the difficult times in which we live. By adding the spiritual with the practical, you will access the supernatural power of God to transform your finances!

Scripture References

Matthew 6:33
Luke 6:38
Luke 12:42
Romans 13:8

Robb Thompson: Your Passport to Promotion Session 1

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Beautiful sermon on how to succeed.

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Get Ye Wisdom And Understanding

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Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve
from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her,
and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it costs all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she
will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.
NIV

There are some people whom we may love and admire and seek to do
good to, and yet in the end they will turn against us and fail us and
betray us. It’s one of life’s tragedies to invest your love and to give
yourself to someone who ultimately betrays you. But the advice of
Scripture is: love wisdom. Devote yourself to wisdom, she will not
betray you, she will honor you, she will uplift you, she will protect
you. And wisdom comes from the word of God.

Wisdom is more important and more precious than all the things that
men seek after. Wisdom is like that pearl of great price that Jesus
spoke about: when the merchantman found it, he went and sold all that
he had and bought that one pearl. He was a merchantman and knew the
value of things. That’s how wisdom is. It’s a pearl of great price.

Even if it costs you all you have, the Scripture advises you sell
it. Give yourself to wisdom, devote your life to her, she’ll never
betray you. She’ll exalt you, she’ll bring you to honor. Your latter
end will be better than your beginning. – Derek Prince

Always Make Sure You Stop and Realize How Amazing Cool a Faith walk is!

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