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Cheating is self-inflicted pain Сентябрь 11, 2013

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Extramarital affairs and cheating in relationships is unquestionably an act capable of damaging the very foundation of your domestic life and taking away your happiness. It is the sword that cuts the hearts of two former lovers turning them into enemies living under the same roof. And statistics clearly point to cheating as the number one marriage and relationship destroyer. It’s a sobering to realize how many relationships and marriages have died at the mercilessness at its brutality.

Cheating partners are famous for the challenging and agonizing lives they led. If you are cheating on your wife or husband, no matter how you view it, your life will have you running in circles. You will lose your peace right from the inside of you. You will quickly learn that the whimsical happiness that you probably have gained outside your relationship was only temporary and will eventually elude you…

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MY CLASSIC LOVE STORY Август 21, 2013

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Boaz finding Ruth is one of my favorite love stories in the history of humanity. Though many would argue with me and say that finding love is like chasing the wind and an elusive dream and believe you me I am no expert to love and in love, but the few years I have lived on planet earth have been full of countless and precious and worthy lessons on a lot of topical issues to life. Talking about the love of a lifetime many schools of thoughts and theories have been spoken of written when it comes to stumbling on the love that we all cherish and long for. But allow me to approach it from another angle as I open my heart and pour it in black and white, how that life still is the master teacher when it comes to finding true love.

The foundational scripture that I’d like to begin with is 1 John 4:19, «We love God because He FIRST LOVED us.» Do you see the significance of those words? We didn’t chase after God. No, he chased after us. He lured us into a relationship with Him. Romans 3:11 tells us that no one seeks after God without him first seeking after them. It was God who waited at the well to talk with the woman who had already lived with seven men and the man she was with wasn’t even her husband. It was God who asked the questions and then provided the answers that would bring about her deliverance and change her life. That day as she made her way to the well, she wasn’t thinking about whether she would have an meet with God today, no, she was going to get water. But God knew in advance that she would be there and he waited. Then he wooed her with his words.

To my precious Single women friends, how often is this scenario in reverse for you. You get all doled up and go to this or that event, hoping and praying that Mr. Right will find you? I remember growing up my sister at one time confided to me if she can get just a man to give her children she would be happy because she was getting tired by the day of waiting for love, many have died and lived disappointed but hold on for a while and listen to me as you read through this article. Do you ever leave feeling disappointed, especially if you go to a Christian singles’ event and there are 50 women for every one man. The odds really aren’t in your favor.

But I want you to make a shift in your consciousness today. I want you to see the development of a true love relationship, a godly love relationship in a whole new light. I want you to see a love relationship that mimics the relationship that God had with Israel, a prophet had with a prostitute, and Jesus has with the church.

Did you know that God’s relationship with the children of Israel in the Old Testament shows the love that a man is supposed to have for his mate? Are you aware that over and over and over and over in the Bible that God pursued the children of Israel only to be rejected again and again and again? Passage after passage throughout in the Old Testament is God pleading for the children of Israel to love and follow him because He wanted to bless them. Anyone who says God isn’t patient or merciful hasn’t read the Bible. He never gave up; he still hasn’t. These were his people and He loved them despite their bad behavior. All he ever wanted was for them to return and embrace his love.

In fact, he also used the story of Hosea to further depict his love and faithfulness to his people. God put an unconditional love in Hosea’s heart for a prostitute, Gomer and told him to marry her. In Hosea 3:1, God told Hosea, «Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites.» Hosea took Gomer to his home and gave her everything he had. He was crazy over her. But her old ways and life would lure her back into the streets and the arms of other men. Yet, that did not stop Hosea from finding his woman and bringing her back home. That’s how much he loved her.

Did you know that the relationship between Jesus and the church is our model for marriage? The Bible says that «we» are the bride of Christ. In Mark 2:20 Jesus refers to himself as the bridegroom. And because of his love for us, he stepped off his throne in heaven, lived on earth for about 30 years where he was ridiculed and rejected, and then died violently on a cross to restore our relationship back to God so that we could live eternally with Him. Revelations 19:7-9 and 21:1-2 tells about the final wedding that will take place. We are told that at the second coming of Christ, the official wedding ceremony will begin and the eternal union of Christ and his bride (us) will become a reality.

Well as I continued to prepare my writing of this article the Lord spoke to my spirit and said, that if a man is not as crazy and devoted to you as Christ is to the church and God was to the Children of Israel, he is not your bridegroom but a hireling, a fake. Wow! We loved God because HE first loved us. Ladies you are to love the man in our life because «he» first loved you, not because you manipulated, coerced, seduced, or even threatened him in marrying you. As women, you are to be receivers, not chasers. God created the man to choose, to pursue, and to love you and not the other way around. Ephesians 5:25 tells men to love their wives as Christ loved the church. But unfortunately, a role reversal has taken place and women have begun to aggressively chase after men and use any and all means to get them. Ladies, you may get a man, but he won’t be your bridegroom! When God does the choosing he will send him correct and He will put a love in his heart for you that will last longer than a flicker in the night.

I have personally known of men who waited for a woman for YEARS because they knew that woman was the one God had for them; they had eyes for no other. It didn’t matter how cute someone else was, their hearts were taken. Often times the women couldn’t see it. They just weren’t interested at all, but God began to do a work in their heart as well and these marriages are just as strong today as they were years ago.

I know I’m going to sound a bit out there now, but I’m going to say it anyway. Ladies, if the man in your life is not crazy about you, can’t stop thinking about you, doesn’t nurture and cherish you, doesn’t love buying you little things to see you smile, and if that man in your life wouldn’t die for you, he’s not your bridegroom. He is a fake and he’ll never love you like a true groom would. Now you can settle for him just to have somebody and not be alone, but just be clear what you’re doing. However, if you want God’s best, then wait for God to bring him to the well of your heart. Let him ask you for a drink of water but all along his true intentions are to water you with his love, to woo you, and to take you as his own.

Now married to women, your man may have started out thinking you were the cream in his coffee but because of the little foxes that were swept under the rug and not exposed and dealt with, a wall may have surfaced between you. It’s time to cleansing your relationship from everything that stands between you and your man and get those sparks flying again. So don’t despair, just start doing that mental and spiritual cleaning that is blocking the love between you from flowing freely. However, if you settled for a hireling, you may have to work harder to cultivate love and passion in your relationship, but with God all things are possible.

Now to all the men, I told you that you can glean from this article as well because if the woman in your life doesn’t make you a little «coo coo,» when you think about her then she probably isn’t the one either. I believe that when God presents that woman in your life you will eat, breath, dream, and sleep her. You won’t be able to get her out of your mind. It’s like thoughts about her will haunt you, in a good way of course. And yes, you would give her your all, up to the point of your own life. Your love for her will represent the love that Jesus has for the church and God for his people.

Therefore, single women if you are in a relationship and with a man, in which, you are always questioning whether he loves you, you don’t know his intentions, and you are carrying the bulk of relationship, run away, don’t walk. This man is «just not that into you.» Your bridegroom and your Boaz won’t have any problem showing you and telling you how he feels.

Lastly, be patient and as you learned in life`s lessons, learn to have a relationship with yourself and be fun, confident, and a joy to be around. Then one day when you least expect it, he’ll be right there waiting for you and you thought you were just going to buy some lettuce.
Busisiwe

 

Июнь 14, 2012

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Июнь 14, 2012

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Slowing down to enjoy the moment. Patience. Such a huge teacher. There much be a special part of the brain that houses patience. How do you access it?

Impatience, though, springs forth from a lackful thought «I don’t have enough time.» Illusion. The reality is you always have 5 minutes.

These 5 minuteses pop up like rabbits when you start looking for them. They appear and wait, faithfully for us to grab them. These five minute segments of life must get lonely, waiting for our attention.

What a thought! That our time is patient with us! Is this moment tugging on your arm, like an adoring child, still asking sweetly for some gentle focus? It is easy to focus when the moment, or the child, is whining or wailing. By then, we are short tempered and flooded with emotion, not really fully present.

Being in the «now» may be a…

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O death, where is thy sting? Май 23, 2012

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Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke

One man had no intention of having «R.I.P.» (rest in peace) on his grave in Egypt. (Gen 50: 22-26). The mummy of Joseph was intended for export. Joseph knew the promises of God and what the future would hold, and he was determined not to be left out of it. Joseph, who died at the age of 110, wouldn’t even be found dead in Egypt. He was the man “who lived tomorrow”.
«By faith Joseph … gave commandment concerning his bones» (Heb 11:22). He didn’t want to lie quietly in the grave when the Red Sea and the River Jordan opened. When carried through the wilderness, Joseph’s bones did not rattle in the box, they rejoiced. There was more life in his bones, than in those who carried them. Joseph’s eye of faith saw the faithfulness of God fulfilling His word, that word which He had given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob long before. In fact hundreds of years before it happened, Joseph shouted with the armies of men who, yet to be born, would bring down the walls of Jericho. Faith renews our youth. A man of faith, at the age of 110 years, is younger than a doubting teenager. So many of our young are «old» and futureless. They are the defeated crowd whose song is that of the Beatles: «Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away … I believe in yesterday.» Without God and without hope.” Where are the men of Joseph’s battalion today? Faith gives life to the fearful. Faith mocks at that king of terrors, death, and terrifies he who has the power of death, even the Devil. «O death, where is thy sting?» (1 Cor 15:55). Ready?

more fruits less leafs…stop hiding Май 16, 2012

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Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Understanding the fig tree being cursed: why did Jesus cursed the fig tree while it was not in a seasonal time for it to have fruits? Did Jesus cursed it really because of it ’s lack of fruits? Was he lead by his belly? Surely not…the explanation is in the text and in Genesis.

the Bible empathized he went to see the tree to find fruits while it was not the season…and the only thing he saw was leafs… so he cursed the tree and the day after when they came back the tree was dried dead. Could Jesus go against his word (remember he is the word) every tree will bear fruits in due season and then cursed it for not being fruitful?

Genesis will give us the answer:

Adam and eve were naked and after sin they discovered they were, so they did take leafs and dresses with it in order to hide their nudity. when God came he saw the leafs… he knew something had happened, he knew he will have to have the redemption plan activated, remember before Adam sinned God had already a plan of redemption, otherwise your name could not have been written in the book of life before the foundation of the world.

So God had to perform there the very first sacrifice, killed an animal to do them a covering… a dress, something to hide their nakedness.

So when Jesus saw the fig tree he remembered the purpose of his calling, he remembered the downfall of man, he remembered the sin, he remembered the seduction of the devil…he saw only the leafs and no fruits.

Many of us hide behind leafs (religion, titles, position, age, gray hairs…) and show no fruits. No sign of it in no season, because for us to be fruitful is in and out of season.

We hide behind money, elevation, knowledge of man, degrees and doctorates.

be careful hiding is a curse on itself and having no fruits is another curse, it is time for the church , the Christians to come out in the light and to show their fruits…if Jesus was passing by would he find fruits or leafs? When the son of man comes back will he find faith?

Shalom ,be blessed, your servant

The gospel is simple Май 11, 2012

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Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

the gospel is simple, religious has made it difficult to understand, we tent to made our church members some sort of theologians knowing Hebrew, Greek and all the history but not knowing the Lord, we tent to have now in our church the most literate people, thinking so much and analyzing the wording… but now we neglected the basic, preaching the message to the world,healing the sick, sending the captive free… we are so complicated on our message under the cover of so called revelations, that no one growth spiritually no more, the church is becoming a mess, so dirty that we are not able to clean it ourselves..l. the most successful evangelist in this generation had a simple message , based on cross, resurrection, blood, repentance and baptism… not about all the Jewish feasts, the way to be rich, the theology, scatology and all other secondary matters, let us preach salvation, justification,purification,sanctification in other words the FAITH.
be blessed
your servant

Is children our future? Май 10, 2012

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Bishop J-m Gilson-LeviIs children our future?
Pro 22:6 If a child is trained up in the right way, even when he is old he will not be turned away from it.
Pro 23:13 Do not keep back training from the child: for even if you give him blows with the rod, it will not be death to him.
Eph 6:4 And, you fathers, do not make your children angry: but give them training in the teaching and fear of the Lord.
Children are our future, today the devil is trying to destroy this generation by discouraging the parents and the next one by having no fear of God.
The various government are taking all the parental AUTHORITY of the parents, a loud shout is abuse, a smack is abuse, a correction in front of others or publicly is considered as an abuse…
Now we can consider what it does to our kids not knowing the boundaries of what can be allowed and what is forbidden, there is no more limits of what a child can do, if they do not want to go to church, accordingly to the people we have elected, we should not force them.
What does it produce? Our kids are having sex at the age of 10, young kids are addicted to porn at the age of 6, it is now common practice for them to have homosexual relationship under the fact they have to discover their sexuality, gangs are increasing in number all around the world, our young men are killed daily, our young girls are being raped and abused, elderly people , ladies, and many men do not want to come out of their home after certain hours fearing to be attacked by youngsters.
Alcohol, drug, have replaced the bible teaching, satanic cults are expanding around the world making our kids becoming Goths, witches… experiencing the occultism.
Parents are being abused, mums crying because the child beat them up, dads wondering how they will pay for the fine the child had because of his bad behaviour…
Ministers s houses are obviously afflicted badly to, kids not willing to pray, kids rebellious in church, ….
Where are we going? Who is responsible? What can we do?
If we do not take back control of the boat we will be sinking , the responsibility is ours to be sure the various government are set up properly and give us back a balanced responsibility and authority ,
Protesting, writing to the very people we elected, and telling them we want our believe to be considered, we want to see the future generation in a better behaviour, we want to enjoy our children as children ( their politics are steeling their very childhood)… We need to come back unto the obedience of the word of God .
Psa 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
Joshua 24:14-15 Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom…
Shalom to all .
Your servant

Should Not Shepherds Feed the Sheep? Январь 11, 2012

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Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Should Not Shepherds Feed the Sheep? Some pastors today have a lot in common with the false shepherds of Israel.  Such pastors may not all be drunkards and say, «Come…let me drink wine» and reel in giving judgment (Isa 28:7).  However, there are those who ignore Jesus’ words to Peter, «‘Simon, son of John, do you lov…e me?’…’Feed my sheep'» (Jn 21:15-19).  Such pastors believe that they are doing God’s work when they are ignoring the needs of God’s sheep.  They believe that the church does not exist for God’s sheep but rather only for those outside of the fold.  Several pastors are like the false shepherds in that they are actually serving themselves and not acting as under shepherds of the Good Shepherd.  They allow the sheep to be vulnerable to attack because the pastors are too busy feeding themselves in lust and in lost.  God says to the shepherds of Israel who did the same,   «Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves!

 Should not shepherds feed the sheep?  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep.  The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you ruled over them.  So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts» (Exe 34:2-4).
 Many pastors make themselves rich off of the sheep, enjoying the fruit of another’s labor.  They demand that their sheep pay tithes to the local church first or else their finances will be cursed (this is biblical but it should not be a fret pression of their dictatorship or not be taken from a person belonging to another church or ministry).  the sheep will have to be blind  or silent if the pastor chooses to use the tithes to purchase a private jet by which he takes several personal trips.  Never mind if the pastor and his family own a huge home that is much more than enough to meet their needs.  Never mind if the pastor and his family all wear the expensive clothes.  Never mind if the pastor does not feed the sheep with God’s Word.  Never mind if the pastor harshly rebukes the sheep for wanting to be fed God’s Word.  Never mind if the pastor feeds the sheep a false vision instead of God’s Word.  They are like those to whom God says,
«The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough.  But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all» (Isa 56:11).   Though there are several false shepherds presently, the sheep can take comfort knowing that they have a True Shepherd who sought them and keeps His promises: «I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down…I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy.  I will feed them in justice» (Eze 34:15-16).  We sheep can take comfort in this also, «I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.  And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them…I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods» (Eze 34: 23-25).  This is the covenant that the Lord speaks about many times and all that trust in Christ, the Shepherd, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, can take comfort in.  «I will make a covenant of peace with them.  It shall be an everlasting covenant with them.  And I will set them in their own land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people» (Eze 37:26-27).  This should sound familiar because Revelation speaks about its fulfillment, «Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God» (Rev 21:3).  We will no longer be dismayed by the false shepherds of our day.  We will enjoy unhindered fellowship with our God.  May the false shepherds repent while their is still time.  May those disobedient shepherds who are true Christians repent and begin living in obedience to God’s Word.  May they make use of the time that the Lord gives them to feed His sheep.  the qualities of a pastor? LOVE

THIS IS A NEW SONG COMING FROM THE UNDERGROUND!!!! Январь 10, 2012

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He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD. (Ps.40:3)