RESISTANCE

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CHAPTER 18 RESISTANCE Back to the Table of Contents resistance:After  more  hours upon  hours  of spiritual  autolysis,  I  wrote  something  else  that  is true: What you resist persists. I think I first heard that from L. Ron Hubbard – one of his “genius” moments as a scout many years ago – before others started saying it, and before he got lost on his way. So it is not something I came up with; but I did test it, and I did find it to be true. In  searching  the  Internet,…

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The Many Forms of Prayer

Last year I went on a spiritual retreat during Holy Week. It was the first time in years I had set aside time to be still and know God. For four days, I was completely unplugged—no cell phone, no laptop. Except for the two or three short guided group conversations throughout each day, it was just me, my Bible, and my journal.The first day I tried to quiet myself and get my brain into prayer mode. Instead, I fell asleep for several hours and woke up in time for dinner.…

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Power Faith: The Power Of Faith

Power Faith: faith has awesome power. Faith has the power to shape your words, thoughts, and actions. Power Faith has the power to remove things out of your life and bring things into your life. By faith you receive from God. Before you receive from God you first have to have faith that it is so before you see it so. God requires you to believe before you see. For instance the Bible says “By whose stripes ye were healed.” You have to believe that before you see that. Like the…

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Spiritual,spiritual gifts,spiritual gangster,spiritual warfare

Prayer is our spiritual oxygen, and just as oxygen is vital to our natural life, so prayer is vital to our spiritual life. We need to pray regularly and continually in order to live as God intended.Each of us will face trying circumstances in life. We could never win a war without fighting some battles. We’re going to have trials, but in our trials we can build our faith. We do not have to be moved by the circumstances in our life. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,…

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How to Create Spiritual Whitespace in Your Life

Just as whitespace on a page or screen creates beauty by giving your eyes a place to rest, spiritual whitespace – places to enjoy soul rest with God – can give you a beautiful life of peace, joy, and confidence.You can heal from the stress and pain that clutters your life by intentionally creating more spiritual whitespace. God will meet you in that whitespace and awaken your soul with rest, making something beautiful out of you.Here’s how you can create spiritual whitespace in your life: Open your heart to experience…

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Why I Love a Good Mystery

Lord Peter Wimsey. Harriet Vane. Mma Ramotswe. Inspector Maigret. Kurt Wallander. Erast Fandorin. Sister Pelagia. Flavia de Luce. Father Brown. Sherlock Holmes.Some of them smoke, drink, brood, and languish. Others write, pray, study martial arts, or collect antique books. But they all question. They all seek. They all discover.This odd band of detectives—peopled from various nations, languages, and eras—have been my dear literary friends through the years. Alongside the mainstay genres that populate my bookshelves (like classical fiction, international novels, theology and spiritual formation books), you’ll always find a mystery…

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What Is Christian Freedom?

Undoubtedly, modern Christians do not understand the meaning of Christian freedom or, ‘freedom in Christ’.  Observation tells us that this is so. We must know if we have ‘freedom’. And if we have it, we must know what it is. As with all other matters, the only final guide we have is God’s word, the Bible. At times Christians have to rely solely on conscience, but even conscience must base its actions upon God’s word.Some – no, many – think that their Christian freedom allows them to believe exactly as…

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Luke 11:20-26 Spiritual Warfare And Keeping Yourself Clean Through Jesus Christ

When a sinner truly becomes a saved Christian, their sins have been taken to the cross of salvation, and they become clean. But there is much more work to do. We are taught: “..work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12 KJV). The body and personal environment of a saved Christian must be forever fought for in spiritual warfare, and spiritually / physically protected to remain clean.In Luke 11:20-26, Jesus gives us a most powerful, detailed explanation of the deliverance he offers, how to become protected against…

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Discipline with Love and Conviction

God’s Word instructs us to love one another (1 Peter 1:22). Nearly every parent wants to give his or her children tender, loving, and sacrificial care that flows out of a heart of love; but even the most dedicated mother or father cannot do this unless God is the source of that love. This is because God is love, and as we walk in His love, it will flow to our children through us.God does not leave us without guidance. In fact, the biblical standard for love is described in…

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Why You Should be Happy With What You Have

I need to start with a disclaimer.  I am happy with what I have, but I am admittedly comfortable.  I have a paid for house, two paid for (albeit old) cars and a decent cash flow.  Would I still be happy if I lost it all?  Hmmm.  I would like to think so, but I don’t suppose I will find out unless that happens.  Still, because I realize that happiness does not come from the accumulation of stuff, I hope I could be happy even if my net worth was…

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Can Communication and Confrontation be Spiritual?

Confrontation: Handle With Care An angry confrontation“I hate you!”“I hate you too!”Ouch! Too many of our “conversations” turn into confrontations, and then degenerate into shouting matches. After it’s all over, neither side feels very good. These battles can be bruising—and even deadly.How can a spiritual perspective help us to communicate well both with those we love and with those we consider enemies?We start by working on developing direct and caring communication with those we are closest to. After all, if we can’t communicate well with our friends and lovers, how…

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What is Spiritual Depression?

Many people suffer from mental, or even spiritual, depression. Doctors often offer medication in order to treat the illness. People many times hide the disease symptoms by using substances such as legal or illegal drugs, alcohol, or even food. Marriages are affected when someone in the family is depressed. Children suffer and try to adjust when either parent seems to consistently be depressed. Sadly, the disease seems to be heredity.Two TypesDepression reveals itself in two major forms – Reactive and Endogenous.Reactive depression is when feelings run the gamut between emotional…

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The Discipline of Learning

“Study to show thyself approved…”-2 Timothy 2:15 Here is another simple, yet helpful, article taken from the GraceCommunityBlog, which I really wanted to also include here on my own blog as I get started.1 Thessalonians 4:8 tells us that “..this is the will of God, your sanctification..” Doctrine matters. Theology matters. And a proper understanding of these things is important to God, because truth matters to God.The KJV translates 2 Timothy 2:15 as thus; “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the…

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The Marks of a Spiritual Leader

I define spiritual leadership as knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative to use God’s methods to get them there in reliance on God’s power. The answer to where God wants people to be is in a spiritual condition and in a lifestyle that display his glory and honor his name. Therefore, the goal of spiritual leadership is that people come to know God and to glorify him in all that they do. Spiritual leadership is aimed not so much at directing people as it is…

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The Challenge of Spiritual Leadership

Who is sufficient for the task of spiritual leadership? The man who leads Christ’s flock needs at least two rare qualities: a compassionate heart, and also nerves of steel. No one is well equipped to guide the saints of God on earth unless he has two seemingly contradictory sides to his character. He needs to be full of love to all those who are Christ’s people, and immovable in his adherence to the principles of God’s Word.It has been well said of Moses, one of God’s choice leaders, that his…

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The Marriage Goddess

Juno what month this is? It’s June, or Juno’s month. Juno was the principal goddess of the Roman world, the goddess of marriage and the well-being of women. By “marriage goddess,” I certainly don’t mean Elizabeth Taylor or Zsa Zsa Gabor, although they had completed a few laps around the nuptial track themselves. Moreover, few of us men get to marry a Roman goddess (and vice-versa, ladies!). Nonetheless, marriage can be a heavenly experience on earth. The Bible has much to say about marriage and the treatment of women. Marriage…

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SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

1. Spiritual Gifts Characteristic of the Church.—It has been already affirmed, that all men who would officiate with propriety in the ordinances of the Gospel must be commissioned for their exalted duties by the power and authority of heaven. When so divinely invested, these servants of the Lord will not be lacking in proofs of the Master’s favor; for it has ever been characteristic of the dealings of God with His people, to manifest His power by the bestowal of a variety of ennobling graces, which are properly called gifts…

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Insights on Spiritual Warfare

Christians need to recognize the reality of spiritual conflict and warfare. We are born in conflict — against the world, against our carnal natures, and against the Devil. And if you do not know the nature of your enemy — if you do not know who your foes are — you can’t fight. It’s only when you realize what you’re up against that you can be victorious. The Bible says we must stand against such foes as Christian soldiers (2 Tim. 2:4). When God calls you into the church of…

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Forgiveness and Spiritual Freedom

Among the highlights of his unfolding papacy is Francis’ emphasis on the sacrament of reconciliation. The confessional is not a “torture chamber,” he has said, but a welcoming place, where we ask for and receive forgiveness for our sins. Saints, spiritual directors, and psychologists have all acknowledged the value of confession; and converts to the Church have spoken about it as one of Catholicism’s enduring strengths.Once people experience the healing power of this sacrament, they realize how important it is to their inner life. But there is another, equally important,…

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Why Organised Religion?

“I don’t see the point of attending church,” said the man to whom I’d just been introduced. “I prefer my independent Bible study. Organised religion just doesn’t make sense to me.”As we stood in my church school’s carpark after our auto show fundraiser event, several questions entered my head—questions I didn’t ask, since this gentleman’s body language and vocal inflection gave every indication that if there was a point to church and organised religion, he didn’t have any desire to know about it.

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Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians

Most collections disappoint; this one does not. Open Finding God at Harvard anywhere and you will find intelligence, inspiration, challenge, and–preeminently–Christ proclaimed. The contributors all have, of course, some connection to Harvard: students, alumni, professors, and guest speakers. It is soon evident that all have had a deeply transformative encounter with Jesus Christ and have found Him to be the veritas (truth) that under girds their lives and professions, and their view of human history and the whole of creation. All are passionate about Jesus and therefore about other people…

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Spirituality and Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 11:1-3)

A Roman Catholic priest told this story in Readers Digest a few years ago. He was serving at the cathedral at Notre Dame and at the end of his day was making his way out to his car, apparently through a rather dark alley. From the shadows, a man approached, sticking a gun in the priest’s ribs and demanding that the priest hand over his wallet. As the priest reached into his coat pocket, the robber saw his clothing and realized he was a clergyman. Shaken, the once confident robber…

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Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day,…

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Faith Is A Spiritual Force

Faith is a spiritual force. The flesh reacts to sight, sound, taste, smell, knowledge, and experience. The flesh must be trained to live by obedience to the spirit. It must be told over and over that things are not what they appear to be, they are what God says they are. Heb: 11:1: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. God sees and knows things we cannot see and know by the five physical senses. But we can know that what He…

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The Spiritual Power of an Anointed Name – Your name will define your future!

The Spiritual Power of an Anointed Name, your name will define your future Joseph Ho, 21st February, 2009 A name is what everyone is identified by since the ages of time. Does a name have any spiritual connotations to a beholder’s testimonies? Yes, it does. Your name will define your destiny and a good name is better than silver and gold. The best names are God given names. A New Name brings a new destiny, it can change your life for good.

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