Behind Closed Doors

God made salvation a unique and real experience. This infinite connection to His Spirit is the most profound awareness a person can have with Him. Nothing matches being alone with the Lord. It’s a fabulous place where we come in contact with the purity of God’s holiness.

And behind closed doors is where God waits for you to embrace His sovereignty.

Be-still-and-know-that-IChrist gives the greatest testimony to spending private time with our Father. Jesus never wavered from removing Himself from everything. He put aside time and made being alone with God a top priority.

When the Messiah walked on the water, he was returning to the Disciples from spending time with God (Matthew 14:22-33). In the Gospel of Luke, it bears witness to the frequency of Christ’s alone time with our Father (Luke 5:16).

But-He-Himself-wouldChrist didn’t say to God, “I’m too busy saving the world and will get back to you later.” Jesus never said, God, you understand the weakness of the flesh and will forgive me. No, Christ understood our Father doesn’t find it favorable in being secondary. Jesus’s wisdom showed it was best to stop and spend time in private with God.

If Christ secluded Himself in front of God, then this leaves me no excuses not to do the same?

When I neglect spending time with God, it shows up in subtle ways. My outlook on life becomes clouded with negativity, and I live in unnecessary sin. The results from leaving God out causes me to say things to others that hurt their feelings and creates spiritual conflict.  Most of the time others see my unrighteousness before I realize my wrongful actions. Often God uses others to let me know my behavior is unacceptable.

It’s easy to place personal commitments ahead of God. Rationalization is a spiritual killer since it justifies disobedience. When I go it alone without Christ’s aid, my vulnerability is at its peak. This is a great opening for the devil to move in and cause havoc in my mental, spiritual and emotional existence. I don’t have the strength, strong enough to prevent sin from dominating my life.

But the Good News is once I humble myself back to God and repent, then He blesses me with His love.

 Christ taught us to go behind closed doors and humble ourselves before the Lord. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father, who is in the secret place; and your Father, who sees in secret will reward you openly,” (Matthew 6:6).

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Here our Lord Jesus Christ explains the way God responds to us when we go behind closed doors. Our Father rewards us with love, mercy, and grace. When we put this into action, we become united with the Holy Trinity. It’s in these intimate times we experience God’s presence and Christ’s compassion. We find an inner peace, unlike any other kind. This is even more profound when we are in turmoil and discover the serenity God brings in times of distress.

If God was gracious enough to save you then shouldn’t you give Him your undivided attention? 

Another excellent reward of building a personal relationship with God is the way we respond to life’s terms. It’s through our intimacy with Christ we can live holy in a world full of evil. This courage to turn away from sin gives others a testimony to God’s presence in our lives. Here we can live in faith when the world brings us an injustice. Our ability to live in His will under troublesome times proves to the world God is alive.

Behind closed doors is an exhilarating place where God’s Light shines the brightest. The more time we spend there our bond with Christ strengthen. We can agree without God we are headed for trouble.

Are you spending time alone with God?

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Love According to the Greek and Hebrew

 

There are three main types of love spoken of in the New Testament. The first one is agape and it is the kind of love that God loves us with. It means love as in affection or benevolence or charity. The second one is Philadelphia, which means brotherly love or kindness. The third type of love is philoteknos and it means fond of one’s children as in a maternal love for their children.

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There are 16 things scripture teaches us we are supposed to love:  God, neighbors, strangers, salvation, God’s name, God’s word, wisdom, good, mercy, truth, peace, enemies, one another – saints, brethren, husband, wives, and children.

There are 14 ways we are told how and how much to love: with all the heart, soul, mind and strength; as one loves himself; exceedingly, as Christ loves us; enough to lay down our life for others; without hypocrisy; by the Holy Spirit; in sincerity; by service to one another; forbearing one another; with a pure heart fervently; as brethren, not in words but in deed; and without fear.

There are nine ingredients of divine love

  1. Patience – love passive: no hurry; suffers long; bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things.
  2. Kindness – love in action: never acts irrationally or insolently; not inconsistent, puffed up, or proud.
  3. Generosity – love and competition: not envious or jealous.
  4. Humility – love in hiding: no parade; no airs; works then retires.
  5. Courtesy – love in society: does not behave unseemly; always polite; at home with all classes; never rude or discourteous.
  6. Unselfishness – love in essence: never selfish, sour, or bitter; seeks only good of others; does not retaliate or seek revenge.
  7. Good temper – love in disposition: never irritated; never resentful.
  8. Righteousness – love in conduct: hates sin; never glad when others go wrong; always gladdened by goodness to others; always slow to expose; always eager to believe the best; always hopeful, always enduring.
  9. Sincerity – love in profession: never boastful and conceited; not a hypocrite; always honest; leaves no impression, but what is strictly true; never self-assertive; does not blaze out in passionate anger, nor brood over wrongs; always just, joyful, and truthful; knows how to be silent; full of trust; always present.

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 There are 8 blessings of love:  a pure heart; a good conscience; a faith unfeigned or sincere; confirmation that we are of the truth; assurance of a clean heart before God; freedom from condemnation; faith and confidence in God; answers to prayers

There are 20 reasons we should love others:

  1. To prove that we are of God
  2. It proves sonship
  3. It is proof of knowing God
  4. Because God is love and we should imitate him as children of God
  5. God has imparted love to us
  6. God sent his Son to make it possible
  7. That we might live
  8. Because God first loved us
  9. We have been loved and forgiven so much
  10. It is our duty
  • God loved us and we were on global
  1. God dwells in us
  2. God’s love is perfected in us
  3. Because of the indwelling Holy Spirit
  4. We believe in love
  5. We dwell in God
  6. We are like Him
  7. It proves we love God
  8. It is a command
  9. It is natural as sons of God

 

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I will leave you with a poem that I wrote early in my Christian walk when I wanted a close walk with the Lord Jesus and I was willing to do whatever it would take to get that.  I hope you will also find the same desire within your heart today also.  There is a little prayer at the end of the poem, if you would like to pray it also, feel free.

You have given to me, What few people find

Answers to questions, In words that have

rhymed

Emotions so strong, There weren’t any words

Words that weren’t spoken, But still could be

heard

Moments we shared, In my quietest hour

Helped me to realize, All Your wonderful

power

The doubts that I had, Were all washed away

When it all fit in place, On that glorious day

I no longer live, In so much fear

‘Cause in my heart, It’s You I hold dear

The love I now feel, So tender and pure

Will be my guide, Through all I endure

You are now the one, I will serve day and

night

My Lord and My Master, My Love and My

Light

Though I may not be perfect, I feel you are

near

Always by my side, Forever you are here

I pray that I may keep, Your Holy Temple

clean

I pray for your guidance, That on You I may

lean

I pray that I may love, With all of my heart

I pray that Your Spirit, Will never, ever

depart

Teresa Marie 1984

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Teresa is a poet first of all, and a writer second, and as a side endeavor she also loves to help other people get their books finished and downloaded into e-books.  She has an Associates in Theology from Beacon University.  She also has diplomas in business and office management. She has recently published the book “How To Get Near God’s Heart” which is currently available on Kindle.  She would invite you to subscribe to her blog if these kind of articles are something you may be interested in. Her blog is located at www.telepublishingink.com.  She looks forward to meeting you there.

 

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How the Holy Spirit Drives My Life

I am now asking myself the question: What drives my life? This is a simple question, but also profound. Drive is a verb. In this context, the verb drive means to keeps an object in motion in a certain direction.

What direction am I moving in? The direction of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit IS the force that moves me. He IS the one I look up to for direction. He speaks to me in a very quiet voice – a voice that is peaceful and brings me fulfillment.

Before my journey with the Holy Spirit, I allowed friends to dictate who was supposed to be, what I was supposed to do, and how I was supposed to think. I lived a life of mediocrity – a life that depended on what my friends thought of me.

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One day, I listened to a sermon by Lisa Osteen on the Holy Spirit as a guide. Afterward, I decided to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide my life. As I was praying, I felt the heavy weight of “wanting to be accepted” being lifted off my shoulders. That day, I made a choice to only listen to the voice that brings me peace. I began investing my time on the voice that encourage me, the voice that make me be a better person than I was, the voice that makes me feel secure following its instructions

The Holy Spirit has also taught me to discern which voices are fulfilling – those voices which drive my life in the direction of my purpose. A purpose is an assignment – a job each one of us is called to do in this life by our Maker.

Did I say Maker?

Indeed, The Maker is God. The one who made the Heavens and the Earth. God has the answer to what your purpose is in life. Many people have given advice on how to know your purpose. They say, “your purpose is what makes you happy.”

Really? Let’s be real, is everything that makes you happy your purpose?

I am overjoyed when I hold a baby in my hands. The little innocent bundle of life makes me happy to know God always creates something good. I’m also happy when I read bedtime stories to my little brother who is four. While these things make me happy, they are not my purpose in life.

The purpose of my life – the one that God gave me is to serve others. After I serve others, I am fulfilled. Happiness is just a mere variable to the equation because sometimes, I may not necessarily want to serve a person I do not like or worse, my enemy. But if God tells me to serve them in whatever way, I still need to do it to be fulfilled by doing what God called me to do.

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I constantly surrender myself to God’s plans so His will may be done. I ask him to use me as a vessel to serve others, not expecting anything except to humble myself because He chose me to serve His beloved people.

My purpose, with the help of the Holy Spirit, has driven my life to fulfilment when I serve others whole-heartedly.

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Bio: Fiona is a writer and a poet. She is now a college student majoring in Criminology and English. Currently, she is writing a devotional book called: “Your Journey: 40 days to reflect on your walk with the Lord.” Originally from Kenya, Fiona now lives with her family in Indiana PA. You can connect with    on Twitter @fionakalu, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fionakalu/ or check her website: www.fionakalu.org.

On the Other Side of Sin

On the other side of sin is a miraculous place where God’s presence comes alive. You know it’s God, since nothing matches His divine holiness. It’s a unique and extraordinary phase of consciousness. This peaceful, loving and exhilarating connectedness is the essence of God.

And His Spirit inspires you to draw closer to Him.

One of the brightest signs of living past sin is experiencing God’s incredible compassion. God’s love is exceptional, and His forgiveness is unbelievable. The Lord is remarkable in the way He shows mercy. Even when we fall short and stay faithful, He embraces us with His awesome grace. We are blessed to have a faithful Creator.

To live free from the bondage of sin takes a firm spiritual foundation. This truth is unavoidable. The Bible gives testimony to the freedom from its paralyzing grip and the spiritual death of an unsaved soul.

Without Christ, no one can overcome the evil effects sin causes to the human spirit (John 12:46).  

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God makes Himself visible to every human (Romans 1:18-21). Our Father loves His children and wants each of us to hear His call (Titus 2:11). God’s original calling is but a beginning. Understanding His truth takes a lifetime of commitment, selfless service and an unwavering trust in His sovereignty.

Salvation teaches us faith needs nurturing (1 Peter 2:2), and a faith filled with Christ’s nutrients bears eternal fruits. Christ is the gateway to receiving our inheritance promised by God (1 Peter 1: 3-5). Once a person relies on Christ, then God’s Spirit becomes the permanent anchor for a life without the need to sin.

It’s not easy living in the flesh. The world is full of temptations. God’s enemy uses the lusts of the world as a way to trap his prey. The devil’s web of deception lures the unsuspecting soul into the emptiness of false promises (Genesis 3:2-5). Then when a person takes his bait, the reality to its fruitlessness shows up in disappointing results. This leads to eternal damnation and causes significant conflict with God.  


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The narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14) is where we find Christ and discover spiritual courage. On our own we can’t live away from sin and become righteous in front of God. Righteousness is the measuring stick of a secure life where living holy takes preference over personal interests.

It’s through Christ’s strength we can deny ourselves, live apart from sin and stay in God’s favor.

Sometimes I struggle to live on the straight and narrow. I give in to temptations and suffer the spiritual consequences. For example, when I gossip and judge someone my conscience lets me know I’m in the wrong. Salvation makes sin uncomfortable and until I repent my soul continues to suffer. Pride, lust, bitterness brings the same results.

The good news is when I sin and confess it to Christ, then God shows me the way to right the wrong. And the neat thing Christ brings to my life is holiness. I’m grateful for the way Christ corrects my disobedience and brings me in alignment with God’s commandments.

One of the greatest revelations of God’s truth is the hope Christ secures to faithful believers. Christ, committed no sin (1 Peter 2:21-22), and God’s saving grace sanctifies our sinfulness. Here our belief goes beyond understanding and into an eternal confidence. Christ’s sacrifice made this possible.

Our spiritual awakening to a life away from sin is marvelous. We have touched on a few attributes Christ brings to our lives. A life centered in God brings a lifetime of enjoyment. Each of us gives testimonies to God’s forgiveness and Christ’s cleansing of our souls. Salvation transforms us from sinfulness into holiness and we are living examples to His kingdom. May we never forget God’s gift of salvation.

 

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A Renewed Outlook for Sin

I’m grateful God has given me an awareness of my surroundings. Seeing others respond to life’s terms is fascinating. Sometimes I go beyond observation and into judgement. But Christ reminds me to stop casting the first stone and tend to my disobedience. And the Holy Spirit encourages me to repent so I can live free from sin.

Once I conceded to my innermost self Christ died for the sins of the world, my outlook on sin changed. In my early days of salvation, understanding the Cross didn’t take root. I was so excited to experience God’s constant presence nothing else mattered. Christ’s sacrifice took time to enter my mind. But the moment I connected with the permanent effects Christ brings I understood.

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God’s undeniable compassion for humanity is remarkable. The Lord’s unwavering love for us is incredible. Every time I hear the words “Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world” brings a tear to my eye.

Today this profound awakening of Christ is the center of my life. Christ transformed me from self-centeredness to God consciousness. Jesus removed my blinders, and God restored my heart. Sometimes I disconnect from God, but I’m never alone since Christ never leaves.

Sin is as an opportunity to grow in my Christian walk. Sin gives me a chance to examine myself and find where I’m at fault. Until I can see how sin affects my relationship with God and others, it’s impossible for me to live holy.

For example, when I look at pride it highlights my self-glorification. Pride wants me to take credit for God’s gift of life. So it isn’t surprising Christ takes offense to this lie. Selfishness prevents me from humbling myself.

Pride isn’t the only sin causing me problems. Resentments, bitterness, dishonesty, lust, and gossip are other spiritual defects causing me troubles. Sin gives me much to examine.

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The next step is confession. To see sin isn’t enough. I have to go further. Without confession, I can’t mature in my faith. Hidden trespasses keep me distant from God, but confessing them brings relief. When I admit my inequities to Christ, He renews my spirit, and I draw closer to God.

But, the most crucial reason for confession is repentance.

Repentance is the key to staying righteous in front of God’s eyes. Real   repentance is making amends to God. Once Christ brings me to the point of repentance, then God waits and watches my actions. Here my efforts to learn from my wrongful behavior is essential in living in God’s kingdom. I have to show sincerity and remorse. Without Christ, I don’t have the strength to change. And when God takes notice of humility,  He is pleased.

 

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I enjoy the way God corrects my disobedience. Sin is painful, but without pain there is no growth. I love owning up to my wrongs because it prepares me for eternal life. The more I align my life with Christ my security in His body strengthens.

Self-examination, confession, and repentance are the stepping stones to a right relationship with Christ full of God’s grace. The more I apply those virtues a decrease in sin emerges, and I become a better servant of God, Christ and others.

I hope your experience with God is as bright as mine.

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