We often here it said that “The devil is attacking me and my family”. If he is, it is because in one way or another, you have given him your consent. Jesus gave us everything we need to expel the devil from our circumstances. Yet unless we are aware of the authority He gave to all believers, Satan will do his best to reek havoc in our lives. Take hold of this truth, and run with it.
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (ability) of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:19 & 20 NKJV) Did you know that evil spirits are subject to you if you are a believer in Jesus?
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them (the evil spirits), because He who is in you (the Holy Spirit) is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NKJV)
Bible Verses of Encouragement — Bible Verse of the Day
Are you feeling down today? Do you feel like there is no end in site and your troubles will never go away? The audio message below will provide bible verses of encouragement as well as hope that for you that through Jesus Christ, ALL things work together for the good when you believe.
Today, try to turn your focus from what you are feeling and experiencing in your life right now and focus and meditate on these bible verses of encouragement.
‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’ But it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”(1 Corinthians 2:9–10, NLT)
TIP: Don’t focus on the size of your problem but instead, focus on the size of our God. Firstly, know that God’s love for you is unconditional. You need not do anything for it. This was all taken care of at the cross. In Corinthians 2:9, the depth of God’s love for you is so deep, that to you and I, it is incomprehensible to understand the depth of His love.
For God so loved the world that Hegave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.John 3:16 NKJV
If you want to change things in your life, begin to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. Draw near to Him and make Him first-place in your life. He is waiting for you to make the first move and then He will draw near to you. Remember Jesus will not interfere in your life if you are trying to solve your problems on your own. He will back off (free will) and let you handle it on your own.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. (James 4:8 NKJV)
I produced a video to the classic song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel. The video portrays God’s love for us and will lift your spirits-Enjoy and experience the love of God.
Soon after Jesus resurrected, He appeared to His disciples and instructed them to go out into the world with the good news that God had forgiven all the sins of men, and eternal life awaited all who would believe. On that day however, one of his disciples, Thomas, was not with them.
When the other disciples told Thomas that the Lord was risen from the dead and had appeared to them, Thomas did not believe them. The story goes something like this:
“So the other disciples told him (Thomas), “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:25–29 NIV)
How Can We Believe In A God We Cannot See?
Many people have asked, “How can we believe in a God we cannot see?” Yet the Bible tells us that the existence of God is made plain throughout all of nature.
“For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification, Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.” (Romans 1:20 & 21 AMPLIFIEDBIBLE)
When God appeared to mankind in the form of His Son Jesus,
(“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.” 2 Corinthians 5:19)
the world at large still did not accept or believe in Him. He healed terminally ill people, He even raised the dead on several occasions, yet they still refused to believe Him. What should God do than? Should He exercise His great might and power and appear to us like some Genie out of a lamp and fill the sky with His presence in order to get us to believe?
If men do not believe in God when everything around us testifies of His existence, than even if He appeared to them in the greatness of His might and power, they still wouldn’t believe; and those who did would do so out of fear of Him, not out of love for all that He has done to win us back to Him after our first parents elected to reject Him in favor of being their own gods.
And for all those in the scientific community who would try to get us to swallow that there is no God, (and ask how can we believe in a God we cannot see) but rather that we evolved out of a succession of cosmic accidents, the Bible has only one thing to say, in fact it says it twice:
“The fool hath said in his heart, “there is no God”.” (Psalms 14:1 & Psalms 53:1)
And if you are among those who prefer to align themselves with the idea that our existence came about as a result of time, evolution and a succession of cosmic accidents, consider this, even those in the scientific community who would have us believe this mindless tripe, admit that the odds that life came about as a result of a succession of cosmic accidents, are approximately the same as Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary coming into existence as a result of an explosion in a printing shop. The Apostle Paul summed it up this way:
“We walk by faith, not by sight…”(2 Corinthians 5:7)
When we look around at the world we are living in, taking in the horrors that are occurring around the world on a daily basis, the most prevalent question on many people’s minds is,“Why does God allow (let) these things to happen!”
Historically, turning to the clergy for the answer to this question of why does God allow anything evil or bad to happen is a lesson in futility, as the answers we are asked to accept raise even more questions.
Answers like, “God works in mysterious ways. We don’t understand why He allows these things to happen, but we must trust that it is all part of His plan.” Some of the less sympathetic answers lend themselves to things like, “God is punishing us for all the sin and evil in the world.” Fortunately, none of these religious platitudeshave any basis in Spiritual reality.
Why Does God Allow Someone You Love To Die?
When a loved on dies, for whatever the reason, men of the cloth can be heard spewing out ridiculous statements like, “God took them home!” or “God had his reasons for letting them die.” So in essence then why does God allow bad things to happen? Think for a moment about how such statements impact a child, sitting in the front pew of a church funeral, having lost a mother or father in a tragic accident. Statements like, “The Lord took um home!” is what they are asked to believe, in the absence of a more concrete explanation of why a loving God allowed this to happen to mommy or daddy. And because God is “all powerful”, the death of their loved one is consciously or unconsciously placed squarely on God as the one who could have prevented it, but didn’t. So then does God allow bad things to happen?
Why Does God Allow Suffering and Bad Things To Happen If He is “All Mighty?”
While it is true that God is “ALLMIGHTY” and “ALLPOWERFUL”, it is not true that because of these attributes, He is free to do whatever He wants. Believe it or not there are some things that All Mighty God cannot do.
2 Things God Can Not Do
There are primarily two things that God cannot do.
He cannot lie.
He cannot break His word, once given.
When God created the world, He gave “dominion” of the Earth to Adam and Eve, or in the greater sense, He made the human race the supreme authority over the planet. The book of Genesis, in the first chapter, verse 28 tells us that after creating man in His own image and likeness, God gave man dominion over the affairs of the planet.
“Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” By definition, the word dominion means “ruling power, authority, or control”.
By giving the human race“ruling authority and control” over the planet, God made it clear that He would honor what ever decisions the human race made concerning the planet. When Adam and Eve rejected the Lordship of God over them in the Garden of Eden, God had no choice but to honor his word, and let Adam and Eve and their descendants rule the world in any way that they saw fit. They chose Satan’s system of government which is a system based on every one being their own gods, that is, a government based on ‘SELFISHNESS’, where everyone does what they please according to their own wills, rather than God’s government, which is based on recognizing God as their Lord, and complying with His will. God’s government is based on complete ‘SELFLESSNESS’ , or everyone doing what is right for well being of everyone else, and esteeming all others higher than themselves.
Once Adam and Eve made the decision to disobey God in the Garden of Eden, and chose Satan’s government over God’s, Satan became their new LEGAL ‘father’, (the operative word here is ‘LEGAL’) and God had no choice but to back off. From that moment on, God could not legally interfere in the affairs of men without breaking His Word and taking back the authority He had given them over the Earth. Since it is impossible for God to break His word, the human race has been in charge of planet earth for the last six thousand years, living out Satan’s system of government. Satan is the enemy of God and men. He delights in our demise, and than does everything in his power to get us to believe that it’s all God’s fault.
This is why God sent His Son Jesus to the earth. Since it was humans who unwittingly gave dominion of the earth over to Satan and his form of Government by disobeying God, or sinning if you will, only a human being could win the planet back to God and free mankind from the bondage that Adam and Eve unwittingly placed us in.
The Bible tells us that”God was in Christ, reconciling the world back to Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19) This is why God had to become a man in order to save the planet. A human being plunged us into this mess, and only a human being could get us out. By becoming a human being, living a sinless life in obedience to God, and facing the death penalty that went along with men choosing to be their own gods, Jesus, by his blood, won the right to claim the Earth back to God forever.
Soon the reign of evil men will be over. All who align themselves with God and believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord who saved them, will live forever in a world as God intended it to be. A world free from death, sorrow and pain, a world where all are of one accord, a world free from selfishness and sin, and a world where we will be reunited forever with the loved ones who were lost to us. Jesus said,
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25) Those who make a decision to follow Christ into eternity will one day hear the words. “Well done My good and faithful servant, enter ye into the Joy of the Lord.”(Matthew 25:21)
Until then, be at peace knowing that God is not responsible for the terrible things that go on here, but neither can He arbitrarily interfere with or use His might and power to stop that which we have brought upon ourselves by choosing to be our own gods.
Copyright 2013 — V.P. Valentino, Manorville, NY 11949
Are you at a point in your life where you are desperately searching on how to find inner peace? No matter which way you turn you are overwhelmed with emotional turmoil. My friend, it is only when you are at peace and total rest knowing that Jesus goes before you and makes your crooked places straight, you activate your faith and good things begin to happen to you. It’s then and only then you will find true lasting inner peace. Remember no matter how bad things are, the risen Jesus (the Holy Spirit) is in the midst of your problems. Just invite Him into your life and see how quickly things change for you.
How To Find Inner Peace — God Is Waiting For You
Remember God is waiting for YOU to make Him part of your life, not the other way
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around. He gives your total free will to decide this is what you want and will not interfere. It’s up to you so take a leap of faith now and change your life forever and have a total lasting inner peace and rest.
In John 20:19–20 the Apostles gathered in a room with the doors locked (not yet knowing Christ rose from the dead) in fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (Shalom). When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
How To Find Inner Peace — Trusting and Resting In Jesus
How To Find Inner Peace Within
The Disciples went from utter fear to joy in an instant when they saw Jesus. The same can happen to you when you change your focus on whatever troubles you and turn toward Him. Reject negative thoughts and meditate and dwell on God’s love for you.Cast all your fears, worries, anxieties and all that may trouble you on Him. Find your inner peace and rest knowing there is nothing too big for God…nothing!
Consider this your first step in the journey of know Jesus. To learn more of the heart of the true God check out this article by clicking on the image »>.