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Overcoming…

Posted in Living by Scriptural Principles

This morning, I feel a little bit like the demoniac after his healing, in Mark 5:15, in my right mind once again. You see, I let satan get to me yesterday. He always seems to use technology. First, my newsletter broadcast program that I use in my business took over 50 minutes to send out a three line email. Every time I would try to send, it would either give an error message that the request was taking too long to complete and I had to try again, or it would say it didn’t recognize my log in credentials and make me log in again. After logging in at least three times in over half an hour, I started getting frustrated. Finally, however, the broadcast sent, and all was right in the world, right? Wrong. The broadcast program’s help desk told me I should switch to Firebox from Explorer, so we did it on both computers in the office. Cathy’s worked just fine. Mine didn’t. We did the exact same thing. But satan had his eye on me. I finally decided to save that for another day. Now all was right in the world, right? Wrong. Satan was being persistent. He then managed to have an attempted phone repair in the neighborhood wipe out our rollover phone line in the office, so if line one was busy, line two wouldn’t ring. Instead, our customer’s got directed to the phone company’s voice mail answering system, but we can’t even retrieve their messages until after a repairman comes later today. By now, I was fuming. Totally lost it. Words completely unbefitting a Christian were coming out of my mouth, loudly and often. Yikes…

How to tell where you are in your spiritual walk

Posted in Living by Scriptural Principles

Like my last column, this information comes from a sermon by Herb Larsen, Jr. of Canada. Having grown up the son of a preacher, and having founded two churches and held many positions in them, Herb still realized he didn’t really know Yeshua (Jesus). A family tragedy sent him to his knees and to his Bible, pleading daily with God for a true spiritual connection. During this time, he felt the Holy Spirit directing him to a simple question he could use to determine where he stood in his spiritual walk. That question is: “Can I think of anyone to whom I can honestly say I feel spiritually superior?” It is only when you can answer that question “no” that your heart is ready to receive the grace of God and to walk into the Kingdom of Heaven.

By the Word of Their Testimony

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Revelation 12:11 gives a twofold method for overcoming the accuser (satan): 1) by the blood of the Lamb, and 2) by the word of our testimony. More than once, I’ve heard people share stories of how God has worked in their lives, and it has been an encouragement to me. Just this week, I used my testimony to be an encouragement to a brother in the church. While I don’t normally talk about myself in this column, I’m going to share my testimony, realizing that I’m not really talking about myself; I’m talking about God and what he has done for me.