WALK THIS WAY

 

 

 

ALL ROADS HAVE BENDS

FEW ARE STRAIGHT UNTIL THE END

WHEN I REFLECT BACK IN TIMEVeronica K

KNOWING NOT HOW MY LIFE WOULD UNWIND

COULD I HAVE CHANGED MY DIRECTION?

SHOULD I YIELD AND BE LED?

WHY DID I KEEP QUIET AND LET THINGS BE UNSAID?

MY PAST DOES NOT REVEAL MY END

IT ONLY TELLS OTHERS WHERE I HAVE BEEN

SO I THANK GOD FOR BLESSINGS SENT

AND I NO LONGER LOOK AT HOW MY ROAD WAS BENT

I DIDN’T CHO0SE WHERE MY FEET WOULD TROD

I PUT MY TRUST IN GOD

ALL I KNOW IS THAT BEFORE I COULD HAVE MY SAY

ALWAYS, A SMALL VOICE WOULD SAY “WALK THIS WAY”

Veronica

SIMEON’S BLESSING AT CHRISTMAS

 

 

Simeon and baby

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word; for my eyes have seen Your Salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a Light to bring revelation to the Gentiles and the Glory of Your people Israel

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be Revealed.” (Lk 2:25-35)

 

There is this old man called Simeon. He waited all his life for just a moment of glory. Then he was satisfied. He was a man filled and led by the Holy Spirit. That is why he was at the right place at the right time. It was the Holy Spirit that revealed Christ to him. It was not his idea or the opinions of the religious elite. Having an encounter with Jesus is all that any man needs. Once saved, he is ready to go to heaven. Life’s climax is to know Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

 

In this passage above Simeon introduces us to the wonderful Son of God. Jesus Christ is described as:

*The Consolation of Israel (Consolation means to alleviate pain, grief, trouble; to give new strength, hope, comfort, peace and reassurance of a better future)

*The Lord’s Christ (there are many so called ‘Messiahs’. But Jesus Christ is the only true one)

*The child Jesus (born in the manger by a virgin according to the prophecy)

*Your (God’s) Salvation (We are eternally saved by grace thru faith in the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross)

*The Light to the Gentiles (like me and you)

*The Glory of Israel

*This Child destined (not an ordinary child but the Word made flesh, the King of kings and the Lord of lords)

*The Revealer of thoughts (Only Jesus knows the thoughts of men. Nothing can be hidden from Him. He is the Judge of all men. He knows who has received Him and who did not. He will reward all men according to what they have done. Jesus knows what you are thinking right now…)

 

Dear Reader, This is the Christmas season. There is no better time to think about your life, you soul, your destiny. Are you really born again? No man can take you to heaven. No amount of money can buy your salvation. Peace and joy are not for sale. Jesus Christ was born, lived as a man and died on the Cross to pay the penalty for your sins. This is the Gospel we preach. This is the Gospel we live.

May your ears be open to listen to the sound of truth!

May your eyes be open to see the King in His beauty!

May your heart be open to feel the touch of His hands!

Fall on your knees and hear the angels voices, The Savior of the world is born!

Jesus is Lord!

Merry Christmas to you!

VICTORY IS POSSIBLE!

 

 

“Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words” (PV 2:16)

It was not Joseph’s choice to be in the place of temptation. He is not like the foolish youth who ‘lacks judgment’, who in the evening goes down the street, towards the place where prostitutes sell their bodies. That street goes downwards to hell. Many mighty men have perished in its spirals of sin (PV 7). As for Joseph, it was not his choice to live in Egypt, in the house of the powerful Potiphar with his seducing wife. He did not go there by his own free will. He was betrayed and sold as a slave by his own brothers. Potiphar liked him and bought him with money. Joseph could have been like any slave, no freedom, no future and no joy. But in the house of his master he proved to be a unique man of character, faithful, humble and wise. He had success in all things. Potiphar gave him total responsibility over the entire household.

 

Joseph was not yet a free man when he was promoted to the highest position any slave could have. After many lonely nights of silent tears, he finally came to a place of relative comfort and peace. This can be a very dangerous time if you ignore the command to always watch and pray. Immediately after the promotion, Jezebel attacks! Apparently Joseph was prepared for it. When the wayward woman came to seduce him, he was ready to withstand the temptation. His faith in God gave him wisdom much above his years. The wisdom of the world is not a match for the wisdom that comes from above. It is wisdom that saves you from sexual sin. You do not need to protect your genitals. You need to protect your mind with the peace of Jesus that passes all human understanding.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you…And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Is 26:3; Phil 4:7)

Joseph surely had ‘a steadfast guarded mind’ which is able to trust God in all things. In Hebrew the word ‘steadfast’ means to lean upon another of greater strength, to bear up under trials, to rest when need be, to stand fast against attacks, to be established in the grace of God and to be able to encourage others by its choices and actions. How do you know an overcomer? One sure way is that person is a truly generous encourager to others who need help.

 

The most important lesson is this: it is very possible to overcome sexual sins!!! This is the truth! Do not believe the lie that it is natural to fornicate. The unbelievers accept defeat even before the attack. They do not believe that God has provided a way of escape for them in the mist of trials. In the wild, most animals do not fight back when the lion attacks them. His size and roar paralyzes them and they faint with fear. That is how unbelievers behave. But Joseph was not intimidated or manipulated by Jezebel. His spirit, mind and body were at peace with God and with himself. Wisdom will save you from adultery. Fools end up in the bed of the stranger, paying the price for sex with their health and honor. God forbid! Peace and wisdom are twins. Covet both. Pay the price for both. Study the Word of God and pray always! Desire victory for the sake of Christ and He will grant it to you!

 

My testimony: Just like you all, I am a sinner saved by grace. I am a human being like you. By the grace of God I was able to kill sexual lust in my flesh. The devil has no place in me. I am filled with the Holy Spirit which kills in me any desire to sin. The same Spirit makes me to love Jesus and to desire to be like Him. When attacked by Jezebel, I am able to remain calm and strong against her wicked offers. That is the power of the Cross of Christ actively working in me. The Cross is not just a doctrine but an experience of life, a spiritual victory and testimony to share with other. Because she knows that I reject her sexual offers, Jezebel attacks me with sickness or trouble. I prefer that! At least the war is in the open, not under the shadows of seduction and deception. My marriage is under the Blood of Christ and on the Rock of Christ. My husband and I do not lust after one another. Lust is our enemy, not a friend. We truly love each other with the overflow of the love of God. Peace and joy surround our marriage. That is why we are so strong and happy. This is the holy secret of our successful marriage. To God be all the glory!

I DEFEATED THE LUSTFUL LIAR

 

 

“And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

But he refused…” (Gen 39:7, 8)

The story of Joseph is well known. The lessons gleaned from it are numberless. Read again the encounter between Joseph and the Potiphar’s wife. In it we shall find the source of Joseph’s wisdom and strength to withstand the attack from the seducing wicked spirit of Jezebel. The promise given by our Lord is this: anyone who, like Joseph, overcomes the spirit of Jezebel shall receive authority over the nations (Rev 2:26-29). This promise was fulfilled in the life of Joseph. He refused to lay down with Mrs. Potiphar and so he became the prime minister of Egypt, the greatest nation at that time. He was not a politician and he was not a citizen of Egypt. He did not even go to the academy of political science or management. He was a prisoner, a slave, convicted of a crime that could have given him the death penalty. But these are the credentials he had: Jehovah was always with him and surrounded him with mercy and favor. The presence of God was with him! That is his secret!

 

Joseph became qualified for that high position of authority by defeating Jezebel in her own home. How did he do it? Here he was, a young man, a prince and an heir in his own father’s domain. Circumstances led him to a strange land, among people of strange languages and customs. His present master is fair and wise. He discovers the potential and the gifts resident in Joseph. He takes a big risk by trusting a slave he bought with his own money. But he could not resist Joseph’s quiet, humble spirit and transparent character. Potiphar was attracted by the anointing in Joseph, by the royal seal of a true child of God.

 

But when all things look good, without any premonition the roaring lion attacks. The mistress, Potiphar’s wife, takes notice of Joseph. But what she sees is very different from what her husband saw. She suddenly observes that this slave is young and handsome, probably the opposite of her husband’s looks. She possibly tries to tempt him with new hair styles and fashion of the royal court. But Joseph was too busy serving his master to notice any change in his mistress’ wardrobe. Frustrated at the lack of response from this household slave, like a hunter, she attacks directly: ‘Come to bed with me…’- she said. For a moment we do not know what could have happened. Most young men in his position could have accepted the proposal. The idea is that it will be a secret romance and no one will know. Joseph has no reputation to maintain for he is already a slave. The natural instinct of a young man, a teenager, was to go ahead with the proposal. But the next three words are so different than all we could have imagined, so much the opposite of things we know as ordinary human beings living in a world of sin…

In awe we read: ‘But he refused!’

Lesson 1: There is a direct connection between your sexual life and authority over the nations! Selah!

Lesson 2: God’s grace is sufficient for all situations! No devil can defeat the man who lives in the center of God’s will!

Lesson 3: you have no excuse to fall to the seducing spirits of Jezebel! If Joseph could stay pure, you can also do it!

 

In Christ I declare:

I totally refuse and reject any connection with the evil spirit of Jezebel!

I flee sexual immorality!

I keep myself pure, body soul and spirit!

By the grace of God!

I am Christ’s ambassador to the nations!

To the glory of God!

In Jesus name

Amen!

ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

The women fellowship in our church, we shall fast daily for the month of January. No solid food until 12, 3 or 6 pm (select one option). You can drink water or fluids. The theme is: “Stop tolerating Jezebel!”. We shall fast, pray and praise God. We shall break our fast at home.
Our prophetic theme for 2015 is “Be strong and courageous!” (Josh 1:9). We shall be strong and courageous and do exploits!
This is warfare against the powers of darkness who try to destroy our lives, marriages, families, children, grandchildren, businesses and ministries. We expect great results. The sick shall be healed! The oppressed shall be delivered! The weak shall become strong! The poor shall become rich! The barren shall become fruitful! The baby Christians shall become spiritually mature! Revival shall come to us!
In Jesus name, Amen!

(If you feel the need to fast and pray, then join us! Even if you are a man, that is ok! Signs and wonders shall be your portion! We shall surely have great testimonies at the end of January! To the glory of God!)

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

 

 

“As it is written: “For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter:

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Romans 8:36, 37)

 

There is a danger when you read the Word of God out of context. You need the leading and the illumination of the Holy Spirit to understand and benefit from the scriptures. The following example is one of the most common mistakes the believers make. They only read verse 36 and stop there. They are not able to find strength in the Word.

 

This is a basic truth: Christians must learn to fight their own battles. Most Christians, today, are like sheep. They refuse to fight. They become easily discouraged. Spiritual warfare is a strange exercise to them. They desire an easy way out of troubles. They do not pray to God for supernatural strength. When the battle rages, they easily get discouraged and become defeated. Many backslide. This is where many of God’s people dwell. Many believers read only verse 36. Thy have overlooked Paul’s next words:

 

Paul’s first words were ” NAY “! This means we are not to be ‘accounted as sheep for the slaughter’. We should not be foolish, weak or easily discouraged! We should be strong and courageous! We should encourage one another!

In Christ, we are not just conquerors! We are ‘more than conquerors’. We are overcomers in God’s battles. Jesus is not only our Shepherd, but the Captain of our Salvation! We are not only sheep, but soldiers!

God is rising up an overcoming army who has learned to fight. Those who have not learned to fight will be overcome and will fall by the wayside. Be a soldier for Christ! Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! In Jesus name, Amen!

I AM BORN AGAIN

 

 

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not be amazed that I (Jesus Christ) said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (Jn 3:6-8)

MY TESTIMONY
Do you remember the very first time you prayed to God? I do! I remember the very day and the words I said; I remember the state of my heart. It was 14th of March 1986. I was in my thirties, happily married, mother of three children, successful as a medical doctor. I had all I wanted in the natural. I did not believe in God and I said it openly to all who care to listen. I looked confident in my unbelief. But there was this secret pain and hidden fear that God sees me and I may have to meet Him one day to give an account for my words and actions. The best I could do was to ignore my quiet but constant guilt.

I was brought up in communist Romania and I did not know of any who ‘believed in God’. We were told by teachers in school that faith is just an imagination and that God is not real. We were told that there are no spirits, only the natural life, what you see and touch. It is true that sometimes I found myself asking for an explanation for the source of my love I had for my husband or children. That love could not be touched or seen but it was real to me. I also loved literature which is spiritual in content, beautiful words touched my heart. I sensed that there is more to life than the natural, but I already believed the lie that God does not exist. Unbelief became a stronghold, it defined my personality.

Looking back I see that the evil spirit of unbelief gave me lying words for its own protection. They were mechanical and cold words; they were not really mine. I wonder now at my foolishness, the bondage of talking nonsense with such confidence: “I don’t believe that God exists”. Some people agreed with me, many rejected what I said. Few had the courage to love me enough to pray that I may see the light in Christ. On that day I prayed at last and God came down and His Spirit filled me. What a day! What a moment! I knew in an instant that I will never be the same again! All the lies of unbelief died in a moment of truth!

After I became saved, I had to fight unbelief’s brother called doubt. The devil knew that I will never believe the atheistic lie. But he brought a new strategy so that I will doubt the promises of God. Doubt tried hard to enter in the space where unbelief once dwelled. I observed that doubt looked much more acceptable, even fashionable. It was then that I made my own decision: ‘I will trust God for miracles, for the supernatural, with all my heart!’ Because of this faith, I became lonely, like a crazy person.

Loving passion and true faith always look wild to the doubters. The spirit of religion is the foundation of doubt; it accommodates it and even encourage is it. To a religious man doubt is a form of freedom, to believe or not to believe. The true faith is too ‘narrow’ and it looks like bondage from afar. This is the effect of deception of sin, deep seated in the heart of the unsaved.

You need to consider this revelation and confront any stronghold of doubt in your heart. This matter is too serious to be joked about or to be ignored. Grateful are they that press on to be ‘free indeed’. Words cannot describe the joy of total deliverance from the deception of religious doubt. I challenge you to try it, dear reader! All glory goes to God for His unspeakable gift!

In Christ I declare:
I am a born again child of God!
I am baptized and filled with the Spirit of the Living God!
All the glory goes to God for my miraculous salvation!
In Jesus name
Amen!