Loss and suffering is part of this fallen world. When Adam decided to go independent of God just by relying on his own ability to choose between good and evil, he disconnected himself from the source of life and fell into sin. The result is fear, suffering, loss and death. Jesus came to redeem us from this death. But at times we do go through loss and suffering in our journey because that translates into a greater glory. He does not leave us alone as we go through it but strengthens us and enables us with His Joy. He also helps us to find who our Father is. It develops our invisible arm of Faith, which would not have developed any other way. Everything works out for good.
Here is a story of one family who found joy and faith in midst of loss and sorrow.
Before she was the “Machine Gun Preacher’s wife”, Lynn lived a life full of stripping, drugs and partying until she found herself facing prison time. She decided to make a deal with God and her life was never the same. This is a story of how committing one’s life to Christ can bring about an eternal transformation. Small decision we make for Christ in our life has eternal impact. As we yield to the Spirit of God and respond to the invitation of Salvation in Christ, our Father from Heaven gets personally involved and takes us on a journey to eternal transformation. He declares us Righteous making us worthy of His family and Kingdom. Our part is just to say Yes to Him and agree to walk with Him and He does the rest through His indwelling Spirit in us.
As a young girl, Jessica’s mother raised her to believe in Jesus. Her father was an alcoholic, and Jessica often turned to God for comfort and security.
“I loved the idea that God was my father in heaven,” said Jessica. “And He fulfilled any of the inadequacies of my real father.”
Today, she warns of the dangers of the occult through her website “Truth Behind Yoga” and her book, “The Shattering”. She says that the truth she was searching for can only be found in one place.”
“The peace that Jesus gave me was this deep, true peace,” said Jessica. “It wasn’t a feeling. It came by faith. And that’s what I really had to realize, is that my relationship with Jesus wasn’t about a feeling. It’s about truth. It’s about faith, even when it’s not comfortable. It’s about trusting Him that He is God and I am not, and that He knows and submitting to that.”
She said, “He never gave up on me, and then I could look back throughout all the years and all of the choices that I made, and I just saw his patience and how His hand was always protecting me. He knew how to bring me back, and He did.”
The Story of the Bible.
Bible is the Word of God, it contains the revealed will of God. It reveals where we come from, where are we going, what is God’s plan for us. It the story of how God wanted to have a family and how His children rebelled against Him and went their own way and to what extent God goes to redeem them back and restore His family. It contains the story of how passionately God loves us, His children and that He can do anything even die for them to give them life and have them back. God creates Adam and Eve and gives them a perfect garden to stay in, but Adam and Even choose to live on their own by depending on the knowledge of good and evil, rather than on God and His Spirit. They rebel against God and fall into sin and death. God was losing His Son and daughter to death, He could not bear that and so finds a way to restore Adam and Eve back to Himself. He makes every attempt throughout history to be with man as close as possible, so that man will be protected and safe. According to His divine plan He ultimately sends His own son to be the ultimate sacrifice which will permanently restore man back to God. God accomplishes His plan through Jesus, His Son and now the way is clear for man to come back to God, His Father and be at rest. Through Jesus God has gained back His family which He lost in the garden of Eden. That is the story of the Bible. It is good news for God and for us too. That’s the reason its called Gospel-The Good News. Watch this video and be blessed!
This is episode 2 of an ongoing series called How to Read the Bible that explores the origins, content, and purpose of the Bible. In this video we summarize the overall story of the Bible as a series of crossroad decisions. All humanity, followed by the Israelites, redefine good and evil and end up in Babylon. They are followed by Jesus, who takes a different path that opens up the way to a new creation.
The false religion Santeria defined John Ramirez, but after years of evil Jesus offered him a new identity.
John Ramirez grew up in the Bronx, where his relatives practiced Santeria. “My father’s side came from a family of witches and warlocks,” says John. “My father was very heavy into Santeria, very heavy into Spiritualism.”
John’s mother was also influenced by Santeria. At his aunt’s suggestion, she took John to a tarot card reading. “The lady said in her cards I had thirty days to do a ceremony or I would be blind. So my mother, as a good mother, didn’t want anything to happen to her son, so we did it. They blindfolded me; they did a bath for me with herbs and they started chanting and calling their five main god/demons from Santeria.”
From that moment, John’s life changed. “My whole personality, everything who I stood for as a young boy was no longer there. I felt like someone took a black blanket and just put it right over me – spiritually. I was answering not only to my mom and my dad, but I was answering to the demons,” John recalls.
John longed for a relationship with his dad, but his father was abusive. “There was no love; there was no compassion. We watched him beat my mother in the house. He came in drunk most of the time–demanding stuff, asking for stuff. If things weren’t done a certain way it was always put down, hurtful words: ‘Dummy! Stupid! You’re going to amount to nothing.’ That kind of stuff,” John recalls. “I would just stand by the door and look and see what he was up to because I was looking to see if there was time for me just to have interaction. Hey, my dad and I did something. But he was connected to the demons; he was connected to Spiritualism.”
The Bible says, Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our Faith. He is the one who is the source and the basis of our Faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of Christ. Its His Word that is the foundation of our Faith. As we rely and believe in His Word, Faith is activated in our Spirit. Faith is released by the Words we speak. The day we accepted Christ into our Heart, Faith was deposited in our heart and He will see to it that this Faith which is initiated in our heart also sees its completion and fulfillment. He is our high Priest now who intercedes for us and completes our Faith. In Him we Trust. Here is another teaching on Jesus the Developer of our Faith by Kenneth Copleand. Watch and Be Blessed!
Today, Kenneth Copeland explains how faith is always working. Join and learn how faith talks to your born-again spirit all the time, and intercedes for you in every situation
The Bible says, Jesus is the Author and the Finisher of our Faith. He is the one who is the source and the basis of our Faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of Christ. Its His Word that is the foundation of our Faith. As we rely and believe in His Word, Faith is activated in our Spirit. The day we accepted Christ into our Heart, Faith was deposited in our heart and He will see to it that this Faith which is initiated in our heart also sees its completion and fulfillment. He is our high Priest now who intercedes for us and completes our Faith. In Him we Trust. Here is another teaching on Jesus the Developer of our Faith by Kenneth Copleand. Watch and Be Blessed!
Faith is the foundation for our walk with the Lord. Without Faith we cannot please God or receive anything from Him. Faith is a Spiritual Force, which has the capacity to change the things in the physical world. Jesus said, even if you have Faith as size of a mustard seed you can move the mountain, that’s how powerful Faith is. In this video learn about the Force of Faith. Learn where faith begins and how is it release in your life and how it works. If you desire to get deeper in the Lord and learn Faith, this is a good teaching by Kenneth Copeland, in a Series of Faith Teaching to follow.
Heaven and Earth explained very well in this Video. God wants Heaven to Invade this earth and dominate it with His goodness. As believers cooperate with His Spirit, the Kingdom of Heaven will start manifesting through us and change things around us.