Jesus came to this world to redeem us from sin, death and sickness. He was made to be sin on our behalf, that we might have life. Isaiah 53:4-5 declares, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”
I was asked the following question today from a friend:
Angeline is it wrong ... sin for Christians to play the lottery? I’m not a player at all but I have thought about it. Is playing the lottery like you are trying to make things happen on your own and not totally depending on God to meet all your needs? Or am I looking at it too deep? Is it really that serious? I have seen plenty of people I see at church in lottery line. That's like if I go to Vegas can I as a Christian play slot machine? Lol...I’m just asking just always wondered and no one to ask. I feel like you can if not a habit, but I could be wrong. --Veronica
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. -- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)
This morning during my time with God I began to reflect on who Christ is in our life and it hit me that we could use the alphabet to describe Christ and his goodness. I started out around 6 am and the more alphabets I researched the more I praised Him. I got so full that it took me several hours to complete the list, but well worth the time spent.
I encourage you to spend some time in this post and looking up the scriptures, letting the Holy Spirit minister to you like He did me this morning.
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” ̶ Daniel 12:2-3 ESV
Yesterday I attended my former Co-Pastor Willie Forts' funeral. The funeral was an awesome celebration of the life of a great Spiritual Father, Mentor, Counselor, Intercessor, and Mechanic... This is who Pastor Willie Forts was to me. I was good until they rolled his body out and I went back to the day when they rolled my daughter out and the tears began to flow. The reason why Pastor Willie’s and my daughter’s funeral was a celebration is because they were saved and lived a life for the Lord God!
Two are better than one; because it is well worth the effort. For if they fall, the one will lift up their companion: but woe to one that falls alone; for there is no one to help them up. Also, if two sleep together, then they arouse each other: but how can one become aroused all alone? And if one is overwhelmed, two can stand together; a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
I see many married people take their marriage and their spouse for granted. They have forgotten what it was like to be alone. Every single person I talk with who is crying out for a life partner will tell you loneliness is the hardest part. You will also hear that it seems all the good men or women are married.
In Ezekiel chapter 37 the Spirit of God took Ezekiel to a valley filled with dry bones, and asked him, “Son of man, can these dry bones live?” In the natural it didn’t look like any life could bloom in that wasteland of bones, but Ezekiel knew enough about God to know to know that anything is possible with God. So he answered, “O Lord, you know”.
And I, if and when I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men [Gentiles as well as Jews] to Myself. John 12:32 (AMP)
Journal entry: Monday, December 6, 2009....
Last night I dreamed of a couple of people I know. It was as if I was off in a distance watching several incidents take place. I watched as a friend of mine who works at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta arrive at work. When she got to entrance she was told by the security guard that the bank was shut down for good. Money are we knew it was gone. The people around were all shocked and talking about their jobs, the economy and what was everyone going to do.
I'm a single Christian woman who has made up my mind that I am going on with Christ no matter what. I don't get a lot of dates with this mindset, but to me, it is important to date a Christian man who puts Christ first and practices celibacy. It seems that abstinence is not popular even among Christians even though the Bible calls it “sexual immorality.”
Galatians 5:19-21 tells, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (See also Colossians 3:5)
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Yes, God Heals Today!!!
Is it a Sin for Christians To Play the Lottery?
A Threefold Cord Is Not Quickly Broken
Jesus is ... (Describing Jesus Using the Letters of the Alphabet)
Is God Calling You Unto Him?
Prophesying to Dry Bones
From A Grieving Mother To You...
Praying for Those Who Persecute The Church
Prayer for the Salvation of the Lost
God Is Not Mad At You!
Dream of Money
Dream Of My Daughter Eboni In Heaven
Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice
No More Sort-a Kind Ofs
God Is A Shield, He Blocks the Attacks of the Enemy!