Resist him, firm in your faith. (1 Peter 5:9)
The two great enemies of our souls are sin and Satan. And sin is the worst enemy, because the only way that Satan can destroy us is by getting us to sin.
God may give him leash enough to rough us up, the way he did Job, or even to kill us, the way he did the saints in Smyrna (Revelation 2:10); but Satan cannot condemn us or rob us of eternal life. The only way he can do us ultimate harm is by influencing us to sin. Which is exactly what he aims to do.
So Satan’s main business is to advocate, promote, assist, titillate and confirm our bent to sinning.
We see this in Ephesians 2:1–2: “You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked . . . according to the prince of the power of the air” (NASB). Sinning “accords” with Satan’s power in the world. When he brings about moral evil, it is through sin. When we sin, we move in his sphere, and come into accord with him. When we sin, we “give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27).
The only thing that will condemn us at the judgment day is unforgiven sin — not sickness or afflictions or persecutions or intimidations or apparitions or nightmares. Satan knows this. Therefore his great focus is not primarily on how to scare Christians with weird phenomena (though there’s plenty of that), but on how to corrupt Christians with worthless fads and evil thoughts.
Satan wants to catch us at a time when our faith is not firm, when it is vulnerable. It makes sense that the very thing Satan wants to destroy would also be the means of our resisting his efforts. That’s why Peter says, “Resist him, firm in your faith.” It is also why Paul says that the “shield of faith” can “extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16).
The way to thwart the devil is to strengthen the very thing he is trying most to destroy — your faith.
The love of money is the root of all evils. (1 Timothy 6:10)
What did Paul mean when he wrote this? He couldn’t have meant that money is always on your mind when you sin. A lot of sin happens when we are not thinking about money.
My suggestion is this: he meant that all the evils in the world come from a certain kind of heart, namely, the kind of heart that loves money.
Now what does it mean to love money? It doesn’t mean to admire the green paper or the copper coins or the silver shekels. To know what it means to love money, you have to ask, What is money? I would answer that question like this: Money is simply a symbol that stands for human resources. Money stands for what you can get from man instead of God.
God deals in the currency of grace, not money: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!” (Isaiah 55:1). Money is the currency of human resources. So the heart that loves money is a heart that pins its hopes, and pursues its pleasures, and puts its trust in what human resources can offer.
So the love of money is virtually the same as faith in money — belief (trust, confidence, assurance) that money will meet your needs and make you happy.
Love of money is the alternative to faith in God’s future grace. It is faith in future human resources. Therefore the love of money, or trust in money, is the underside of unbelief in the promises of God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters . . . You cannot serve God and money.”
You can’t trust in God and in money at the same time. Belief in one is unbelief in the other. A heart that loves money — that banks on money for happiness — is not banking on the future grace of God for satisfaction.
What does the word holiness mean to you? Often times as Christians when we hear the word holiness, we paint a picture of a certain group of people belonging to a certain type of church, wearing certain types of clothes and talking a certain way. When I was growing up and heard the word holiness, a picture was painted in my mind. A picture of older women who wore white dresses and cotton stockings. I am not saying that these people were not holy, but as I matured in Christ, I came to learn that holiness has nothing to do with wardrobe or appearance, but it does have everything to do with lifestyle.
Christ reminds us to be holy for He is holy. What does this mean? Clearly, this is a direct command for us to model our lives after the example that has been set before us since the foundation of the world. Holiness is simply separation. Not separation from the world, but separation from the way the world acts. In an effort to live a holy live, it means that we should be deliberate in being distinct from those who do not know Christ. Our God is different from all so-called other Gods, therefore we must live according to His will and give Him glory.
It was God’s original plan for his creation to be like Him. Because our father Adam fell, we must now strive to live a life that God intended for us to live from the beginning of time. We are living in a world that has been infiltrated and influenced by the rulers of darkness. It even seems that some of the rituals of the world has even crept into the church. As Christians we must wave the banner high which reads, “Holiness Is Still Right.”
Some would argue that the church has lost itself and that people have lost respect for the church because there seems to be no power. What we fail to realize is that we are the church and that we are not our own, but bought with a high price. We are like pilgrims traveling from a far land and we are to represent out homeland from whence we have come. It is not necessary for us to carry a big Bible so others can know who we represent, but people should be able to look at our lives and notice a distinct difference in who we are. Living a life of holiness will help us walk away from strongholds and will give us the power not having to look back.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that strongholds will not be present. Yes, we wrestle against the constant desires and lust of the old nature, but this is an internal struggle. I am reminded of the US Marine who once wrote, “Two natures beat within my breast, the one is cursed, the other is blessed. The one I love, the other I hate, the one I feed will dominate.” We must learn to hate the desires of the world and of our flesh and continue to feed and nourish our spirit man who will lead us down the path of righteousness and holiness.
Yes, the saints of old may have worn white dresses and cotton stockings, but they also knew what it meant to abstain from sin and live a life now of their own, but purchased by their redeemer. So, while holiness is not about outer appearance, it is about inner appearance. Ask yourself the question, what do people see when they look at what I am wearing (on the tables of my heart).
Staying healthy is important for everybody. Looking after your body by exercising regularly, eating well, getting regular sleep and reducing stress can really improve the way you feel and think. This can be especially important if you are going through a tough time – or recovering from one.
Being physically active improves your strength, fitness, and confidence, which can help you to achieve what you want in life. It gives you more energy and increases your flexibility and mobility. Being active can help you to handle stress, manage anger and sleep better.
There are many different ways you can get active and finding a way that suits you is important. You may enjoy walking, running, dancing, surfing, going to the gym, playing a team sport or swimming. Try a few different things so you don’t get bored. Whatever exercise you do, there are plenty of benefits.
Everyone has a different level of fitness, and you should always exercise at a pace that’s right for you. If you’re not used to being active, start gradually. Exercising with a friend makes it more fun and helps you to stay motivated.
The type of food you eat can make a difference to your mental and physical health. Eating well means having a wide variety of healthy foods including plenty of vegetables, fruit and cereals (like bread, rice and pasta), some lean meat, chicken or fish, dairy products (milk, yoghurt, cheese) and lots of water. It’s a good idea to avoid fatty foods and foods with lots of sugar in them.
Eating well may mean making changes to your eating habits and lifestyle. This can take time, so try making small changes rather than changing everything at once – for example you could start by swapping a chocolate for a piece of fruit. Getting involved in planning and cooking meals can be a fun way of improving your eating habits. Eating regular healthy meals can keep your mood and blood sugar even so you don’t snack on junk food.
Staying healthy – the basics
Staying healthy isn’t just about eating fruit occasionally or playing sport at the weekend. It’s about doing the right thing by your body every day. There are a few things to think about but once you get into healthy patterns it’s well worth it.
- Keeping active can help you stay physically fit and mentally healthy, lifting your mood, increasing energy, improving sleep and increasing well-being.
- Good food is important in maintaining mental health as well as physical health. In general, eating a nourishing diet can improve your overall sense of well-being.
- A good night’s sleep gives the body a chance to recharge.
- Stress can have a negative effect on your mental and physical health so it’s important to talk to someone if something is troubling you.
- Avoiding alcohol or drugs is good for your health, as they can have negative effects on your mind as well as your body.
Getting enough sleep
Sleep is important to help our bodies recover and recharge. But sometimes sleep patterns can be interrupted, say through sickness or stress. This can make it hard to get to sleep, to sleep well, or to sleep for as long as usual. When it comes down to it, it’s not the length of sleep that matters. It’s how good the sleep is for your body and whether you’re getting ‘deep sleep’.
If you’re not sleeping well and feeling tired in the day there are lots of things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep. When you wake up in the morning, get up, go outside and do something active. Don’t nap during the day and avoid drinks that contain caffeine after about 4:00pm. Try not to go to bed too early and give yourself time to wind down before you go to bed.
Stress is a normal part of daily life. It’s a natural physical and mental response needed to help you cope with emergencies and to perform at your best. But when stress is regular and doesn’t let up, it can damage your physical and mental health. Don’t wait for stress to get so bad that you start feeling depressed or helpless.
Try to work out what’s troubling you and then talk to someone who can help. Talking to a friend or family member is a good way to start. Or you may want to talk to a teacher or school counsellor, especially if you’re worried about exams or schoolwork. A doctor can help with a health concern that is causing you stress.
Avoiding drugs and alcohol
Taking drugs or drinking alcohol may seem like fun and a good way to take your mind off things or spend time with friends. But, sooner or later, drug and alcohol use has negative effects on your mind as well as your body. They can contribute to, or trigger, mental health problems in some young people. And if you have an existing mental health problem and use alcohol or drugs, it can cause more problems than either issue on its own.
Key points to remember
- You don’t have to have a strict exercise routine or live on vegetables to be healthy. It’s all a matter of balance and finding a way of living well that suits you.
- Find a friend who wants to stay healthy and plan it together – this makes it more fun and you can also swap notes and motivate each other to keep going.
- Try not to leave assignments or exam study till the last minute – this usually means you get into a pattern of staying up too late and not eating properly or exercising.
- Changing habits can be hard, but there are lots of benefits – and not only to your health and wellbeing. Successfully making changes in your life can make you feel more in control and increase your self-confidence.
Many of you reading this article can remember when you were very young, say between the ages of 5 – 12 years old. During those early years of your life you must have experienced through your Mom or Dad getting warnings from them. For example, when your Mom was cooking dinner, and you were sitting close to her in the kitchen watching her cook, I am sure a few of you can remember walking close to the hot stove, or walking real close to the hot oven where she was baking the dinner. As you walked closer and closer to the stove you probably can remember your Mom screaming (watch out) ! When you Mom screamed watch out! You can probably remember yourself running real fast to your bedroom and crying. After all you were only 5 years old so you had no idea that your Mom’s warning was actually good or safe for you to receive.
I am giving you the above example to show you that some warnings are actually good for us.
Here is another example. Maybe some of you reading this can remember once again when you were much younger then you are now. And some of you were outside with your Dad as he was working on his car, motor cycle or any other item. I am sure some of because you were only 5 years old walked too close to where your dad was working with the heavy equipment and probably heard your dad SCREAM AT YOU – WATCH OUT!! Once again, you were only a child and you couldn’t possibly understand why your Dad was screaming at you, so some of you can remember crying then, or not knowing why your dad was screaming at you. Your dad was giving you a emergency warning that would benefit you. Or he was giving you a warning sign so as to keep you out of trouble, or danger, or warning you to keep you away from many other possible dangers.
SO AS WE LEARNED NOW, MANY WARNINGS ARE ACTUALLY GOOD FOR US.
You might be asking yourself, what do the warning examples above have to do with the depression, sadness or loneliness that I have been feeling for the last 3 years? Well, I am here to tell you that the depression, sadness or loneliness that you have been feeling for the last few years are ACTUALLY A WARNING FROM JESUS. JESUS has been allowing you to feel depressed, or sad, or lonely the last few years a warning sign to you. We learned above that some warnings are actually good for us, and once again I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THESE WARNING SIGNS FROM JESUS are very very very good for us too. Please let me explain what I am saying in much greater detail.
When we feel sad or depressed or lonely, that is a warning sign to us that something is VERY VERY WRONG with our relationship with JESUS. So, since those emotions are warning us that something is wrong between our CREATOR and ourselves, we can now see that those warnings are very good for us to have. We have to praise JESUS that we get these warnings, so we can quickly correct what is wrong in our spiritual life between JESUS and ourselves.
People, we do NOT need to take pills to get rid of the depression and sadness that has been tying us down. All we have to do is to get our relationship with JESUS going in afiery, passionate and intimate way, and watch just how fast the depression and any other evil emotions run away!
We have to STOP BELIEVING THE LIES OF satan, when the world tells us there is a chemical imbalance inside of us!! That is PURE GARBAGE; Those are the lies that satan tells us so that we will take pills to try to get rid of the depression, instead of getting our relationship right with our Creator JESUS!!!
Satan knows men and women, that if he can get you addicted to these pills, you will never be living in a true reality again. The pills cover up your real – true reality of your relationship with JESUS and the bible. The pills make you feel like everything is OK in your life, but in reality, your relationship with JESUS is suffering terribly! AND THERE IS WHERE THE DANGER IS…….. Satan knows this, and so do I.
We have to go to war against these evil emotions. Each evil emotion can have a separate demonic spirit behind it. The LORD has taught me this himself; Each evil emotion does have a demon behind them, and we need to command them to leave us with the authority that JESUS has given us!
Look at this.
Luke 10:19 – JESUS says – Behold, I have given you authority to trample upon the serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing in anyways shall hurt you!
That includes depression and sadness people! JESUS says nothing, will hurt us, not any thing!
We do not need to take psychotropic drugs which were created directly from satan, no we don’t!
We need to get our relationship with JESUS and the bible in such a hot, passionate and fiery way, that no demonic spirits would dare try to enter us.
When the feelings of depression or sadness try to come to you or enter you, immediately use your authority over them and command them to leave you. THEY MUST OBEY!
We cannot allow a demon of depression to be living in us day after day, month after month. The bible says we are more than conquerors………..
We want to use the authority that JESUS has given us, and command all evil spirits to leave us, command all evil thoughts to leave us, and command all evil emotions to leave us.
We have this authority from GOD and we must use it. If we do not, then depression and sadness could overwhelm us and slowly take over our lives!
So every single time you feel depression, sadness, loneliness, suicidal thoughts, despair and everything else that is evil,COMMAND THEM TO LEAVE YOU IMMEDIATELY and refuse to allow them inside of you!
PEOPLE – THIS IS SPIRITUAL WARFARE!
We do not need pills and addictions to help us to overcome, we need JESUS and the bible and the LOVE OF THE LORD to help us to overcome this world, and all of the bad emotions that try to live in us.
Throw away your pills, and get into a super hot and fiery relationship with JESUS and the bible and watch just how fast your entire life will turn around. I am not talking months here, I am talking days and literally a few hours that you will feel better!
JESUS STACKED THE DECK
JESUS stacked the deck is actually a poker term, it means that when JESUS created all of us, he created us to NEED him. And when we try to go at life without JESUS, we start to feel very sad, or depressed or lonely. These are the built in warning systems that JESUS gave to us when we were created. JESUS created us in a way that if we try to go at life without him, depression, sadness, loneliness, a feeling of utter despair and living in darkness quickly come to us and make life so unbearable, that many of us wish we had never been born, or many of wish that if we could only die, we would be much better off then down here on this cold dark planet. JESUS put these built in defense mechanisms inside of us so we could quickly recognize that something is very wrong with our relationship with HIM. Since JESUS created us to need him, the only way we can feel complete in life is to have a close, personal, intimate relationship with JESUS, there is no other way. The Christians who pray to JESUS a lot, and talk to JESUS a lot, and read the bible a lot have the joy and peace and hope in their lives that JESUS promised them. So we see two polar opposites here. The people who don’t interact with JESUS feel sad, depressed, and lonely while the people on earth who do keep a close relationship with JESUS feel the peace, love, joy and hope that GOD our CREATOR has promised to us. Since JESUS created us to NEED him, the choice is ours. Do we want to go at life without our CREATOR and feel the sadness and depression every day, or would we like to interact with JESUS in a fiery passionate relationship and have the love and joy that we get with JESUS in our lives.
CAN WE MAKE IT WITHOUT JESUS ?
Millions and millions of people in the world have tried to live their lives without our CREATOR JESUS in it. Because of the emptiness that the people feel going at life without JESUS, they quickly turn to drinking, porn, sex, drugs, money, divorce, prostitution, greed and every other addiction in the world. The entire world is trying to find a way to make it in life without JESUS being a part of it. This is why the above addictions are so rampant in every country of the world today. Since JESUS created us to need him, and we also know that our GOD is a jealous GOD for our affections, we know that JESUS will NOT allow anything else in the world to take his place. He wont allow the drugs to replace him in our lives, he wont allow porn addictions to replace him, he wont allow internet gaming to replace him, in fact there is nothing in all the world that can replace JESUS in our lives.
So now we have learned that the loneliness we feel, or depression, or sadness that we feel every day is a GOOD warning to us, it is a POSITIVE warning to us, it is a WONDERFUL warning to us that something is very WRONG with our relationship with our LORD JESUS.
I DO TRY TO HAVE A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS EVERYDAY, BUT YET I STILL FEEL SAD AND DEPRESSED,WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
This is a problem that a lot of Christians are having in the world, and the answer is really quite simple. WE HAVE TO WATCH WHAT WE THINK ABOUT ALL THE TIME. Let me explain what I mean by that. What we think about all day long directly effects how we feel, for example – if we think about all of the things that we DON’T have in our lives, we will get DEPRESSED. If we think about sex, we will get LUSTFUL. If we think about money, we might feel GREED, or we might feel FEAR if we have a lack of money at the time. If we think about our jobs, we might feel irritable or agitated depending on how we view our job situation. What we are learning here is that what we think about DIRECTLY DICTATES WHAT EMOTIONS WE WILL FEEL for the next few minutes or hours or even days and months. WE HAVE TO WATCH WHAT WE THINK ABOUT, we must hold every single thought in our mind captive and make sure that as the day goes by we are monitoring what we think about real carefully. When we find bad thoughts in our mind, we must learn and practice to push them away. As each bad thought comes into our minds, push the bad thoughts away and immediately fill up your mind with good thoughts, heavenly thoughts, and wonderful thoughts. As you practice this day by day you will get better and better at monitoring closely what you think about and learning to push the bad thoughts away.
The reason why Christians who do spend time with JESUS are still feeling sadness and depression is because they are losing the battle in their mind. WE MUST LEARN to not only monitor our mind all day long, but immediately AS FAST AS WE CAN push out the bad thoughts so they don’t bring depression or sadness into our lives.
WE MUST HOLD EVERY THOUGHT THAT COMES TO OUR MIND CAPTIVE
In our own mind is where the battle is being fought. JESUS wants us to keep our minds focused on him and all heavenly things and other wonderful things too. Satan and your flesh would like to keep your mind focused on sex, money, power, jobs, the opposite sex, and everything else that this evil world has to offer. We MUST WIN THE BATTLE IN OUR MINDS. Let us say enough is enough, and push all bad thoughts constantly out of our minds so at a point in the near future, we are so good at this, that the thoughts that come to our minds no longer cause depression or sadness because we are pushing them out as fast as they come in.
PRAISE JESUS FOR THE SADNESS, DEPRESSION AND LONELINESS THAT HE ALLOWS US TO FEEL WHEN THINGS ARE WRONG WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
This is a question that Christians all over the world keep asking. Since we learned in Romans 8:38 that nothing can separate us from the love of GOD in CHRIST JESUS, can we then assume that JESUS wants us to be in a very close, intimate, fiery relationship with him? Of course he does! JESUS created you, he knows you, and he loves you even more then he loved his own life, which he gave up on the cross in a terrible death for you. This is just a small example of how important it is to JESUS that you have a very close relationship with him.
(Romans 8 – 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.)
Since we know that JESUS does want us to be in a close, personal relationship with him, let me share with you some real life examples of just how simple it is to get into a passionate, intimate, close relationship with our LORD JESUS.
- Lets use our imagination now for a few minutes while I show you a very simple way of getting closer to JESUS. So in this story, there is a man named john, and he doesn’t have any friends. So john goes to church on Sunday a little bit earlier than normal, thinking maybe he would walk up to a Christian woman and start up a new friendship. So John goes to church on Sunday and walks up to a young lady named Susan and says hello. Of course Susan says hello back, and they continue to talk for 20 minutes waiting for the church service to start. After church, they exchange phone numbers and John promises to call Susan tonight after dinner time. After dinner, John calls Susan on the telephone and they talk for hours and hours. During this time, they talked about work and their careers, they also talked about the bible and some of their various beliefs that they share about JESUS and salvation. They continued to talk even more about what foods they like to eat, what movies they enjoy watching, and many many other things too. During this 3 hour talk, John and Susan were getting to know each other better and better.
TALK TO JESUS!
While we use talking to a man or woman as an excellent tool to getting to know them better and better, WE CAN DO THE SAME WITH JESUS. Let’s talk to JESUS all the time as much as we can day and night. Some might ask, what would we talk to JESUS about? Well the answer would be the same as with anyone else in life. Let’s talk to him about our job situation. Lets share with him how we are feeling today or tonight. Talk to JESUS about your bible questions or any other spiritual questions you might have. Share everything in your life with JESUS on a daily basis, and by doing this you will get to know him real well in a close, personal, fiery, passionate relationship. TALKING TO JESUS is one of the best ways to build up a very personal relationship with him.
- Now let’s go back to our pretend story for a moment. As the weeks went by, John continued to call Susan on the telephone after work on a nightly basis. So as time went by they were able to get to know each other better and better working towards a very close relationship. As they were able to get to know each other better and better, they started to share more and more. Some nights they laughed together, some nights they cried together, and many nights they shared some of their inner most secrets and desires that were burning in their hearts.
WE CAN DO THE SAME WITH JESUS.
As time goes by and you continue to talk with JESUS on a regular basis, it will become easier and easier for you to share more of your inner heart and soul with JESUS. If you continue your communication with JESUS, you will find it easier to laugh with him, you will find it easier to cry with him, and you will also find that it becomes easier and easier to open up your heart to him too. NOW YOUR WELL on your way to working on a close, intimate relationship with JESUS.
- OK, back to our story now. Two months have gone by and during this time John and Susan have talked on the phone every single night. As they share their hearts and minds with each other on a nightly basis, they are slowly falling in love with each other.
FALLING IN LOVE
While you continue to spend time with JESUS day and night the very best you can, something very very wonderful will start to happen. YOU WILL NOTICE THAT YOUR FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS. JESUS is so wonderful and so incredible, that you will FALL IN LOVE WITH HIM more and more by just merely spending time with him.
OK SOUNDS GOOD SO FAR BUT WHAT IS NEXT?
- Back to our story. John sometimes surprises Susan and while he is at work, he goes on his work computer and sends a wonderful email to Susan for encouragement. Sometimes he would even surprise her with a beautiful poem expressing how he feels about her. And sometimes he would even email her a message just thanking her for her friendship and support that she gives to him.
EXPRESSING WONDERFUL MESSAGES TO JESUS
Many times while we are talking with JESUS throughout the day and night, we can surprise him with a beautiful message too. we can also copy what John does in the above story to his friend Susan, and make up a intimate poem to express how we feel about JESUS. We can thank JESUS on a regular basis for the encouragement he gives us and for the blessings that he rains down on us on a daily basis. We can also thank JESUS for all of the wonderful things that he gives us and has done for us throughout our lives. By practicing these wonderful messages with JESUS during the day and night, your friendship with him will take on some intimacy and passion. Continue to share these wonderful messages with JESUS and watch how your entire life and relationship with JESUS starts to change for the better and better.
- John calls Susan on the phone and invites her out on a date to get some coffee at a local Starbucks. As they sit down real close to each other sipping coffee, John reaches out to hold her hand. As they hold hands, John stares into Susan’s eyes and tells her how wonderful she looks and how special she is to him. John whispers to Susan just how much better his life has been since he met her and how much better he feels inside since they met that day in church 2 months ago. He says to Susan, before I met you I was lonely and depressed from time to time, but now with you in my life I feel sooooo much better.
JOHN REALLY ENJOYS HAVING QUIET TIME WITH SUSAN
Now imagine this for a moment; John calls Susan on the telephone and asks her if she would like to drive with him in the car to the top of the mountain overlooking the entire city below with all of its bright lights shining brightly…… Well Susan says yes of course I would love to go with you, come pick me up right away; John picks her up at her house, and they drive up the mountain to the very top where there is a special parking spot where they can look out over the entire city. John parks the car now, and holds Susan’s hand tightly as they both stare out over the huge city below. What seemed like only minutes has turned out to be two hours as they both hold hands and whisper softly to each other while they look at all of the lights shining out over the entire city. John thinks to himself privately just how precious this quiet time with Susan is, and how much he appreciates this time with her.
Did you know you can do the exact same thing with JESUS? Let me explain. I cannot tell you how much fun it is to lay down in bed, and close your eyes, and put out your hand so as to hold JESUS’ hand, and spend 30 minutes to 1 hour of quiet time with GOD’S SON. I have really learned to enjoy this quiet time more and more. With your eyes closed holding JESUS’ hand, you can imagine that you are both at the beach, or sitting on top of a beautiful waterfall, or sitting on top of a mountain over looking the entire city below. The sky is the limit when you use your imagination, and because the LORD knows everything, he knows exactly what you are doing in your mind and he MAKES HIS PRESENCE REALLY THERE WITH YOU………………. I cannot tell you how much this quiet time with JESUS will bless you and even speed up the process of the LORD turning your entire life around to him. Remember though this is quite time, so turn off your telephones, music and TV’s AND you will be sooooo blessed by spending quiet time with JESUS.
HOLDING JESUS’ HAND
You might be asking how can I hold JESUS’ hand? It is actually quite simple and a lot of fun to hold hands with GOD. Here is a example of what JESUS himself has taught me that I would like to share with you now. Try this – sit down on your couch and close your eyes. Now with your eyes closed, imagine JESUS sitting next to you on the couch. Of course he is smiling because not only does he love you, but he is also very happy when you spend time with him. Now with your eyes closed, put out your hand and gently hold his. See yourself in your mind holding his hand. As you see yourself holding his hand in your mind, now really imagine that you can feel his hand there. Wow this is such a wonderful thing to do on a regular basis!!!!! You might be asking yourself now why is this so wonderful to do? Let me share with you that when you put out your hand to hold JESUS’ hand, HE IS REALLY THERE!!. And when you hold GODS hand in your car while you’re driving, or on your couch when your alone, or at work on one of your breaks this will really bring the presence of GOD into your life and you will start to feel HIS presence right next to you more and more as you continue to practice this.
NOW WHAT SHOULD I DO?
While your holding hands with JESUS, tell JESUS just how much better your life has been since you have been talking with him daily. Hold his hand real tight and tell him how special he is to you. Whisper to the LORD JESUS how your depression and sadness are going away as you CONTINUE to keep a close relationship with him. What a incredible experience this will be for you when you hold hands with GOD and tell him such wonderful and intimate sentences from your heart and soul.
It has been 6 months and John asks Susan to marry him. Susan says yes!!!! The wedding day finally arrives after much anticipation and waiting. The couple is married by their pastor and all of the guests eat the wedding cake as they celebrate this brand new union of a man and woman becoming one. That night per the Holy Bible the couple is now allowed to become one physically too. So John and Susan on their wedding night have become one body – soul and spirit!!!!
HOW CAN WE LOVE JESUS THE WAY John & Susan made LOVE on their WEDDING NIGHT?
It is so simple!!!! Once again it is a lot of fun, let me explain. GOD who is JESUS is a spirit. So therefore, we LOVE JESUS in the spiritual realm. But how can we do that?
THROUGH WORSHIPING and PRAISING JESUS with all of our heart and soul and tears. When we worship JESUS we are loving JESUS, and when we love JESUS his love comes back to us just like a tidal wave. As we LOVE JESUS through worshiping him, JESUS starts to inhabit the worshiping and praise that we are doing. THIS IS ONE WAY THAT WE BECOME ONE WITH JESUS.
1). We worship JESUS with all of our heart and soul and tears.
2). JESUS inhabits our worship and his love comes pouring back into our being.
We are loving JESUS, and he is loving us, and living in our worship. Now we are becoming one with JESUS through our worshiping and praising of him.
FINALLY – READING THE BIBLE
Another great and very powerful way to get closer to JESUS is by reading about him. As we read the bible on a daily basis, we will learn about the character of JESUS. We will also learn about his personality and read very clearly how he handled himself during many different kinds of situations presented to him. What a wonderful way to get closer to JESUS!!. The more we read about him the more we will learn about him. Of course, the more we learn about JESUS the better we will get to know him. Read the bible as much as you can each day and learn how wonderful our GOD is. The power of reading the bible is just beyond belief. You will notice as you read the bible how the presence of GOD is in your room actually inhabiting the bible reading. You will notice great amounts of peace in your room and in your soul and mind as you continue to read the bible. People all over the world have become born again just by merely reading the bible. The bible is not a book, it is GOD’S OWN HOLY WORD and it is alive. The bible is alive because JESUS is alive. The bible is the word of GOD and JESUS is the word of GOD made flesh…….. Ohhh yes people the power of the bible goes far, far beyond mere words could ever explain.
REMINDER on HOW to get CLOSER to JESUS
1). Talk to JESUS all the time.
2). Share your heart with JESUS all the time.
3). Give JESUS wonderful loving messages every day and night.
4). Hold JESUS’ hand all the time and enjoy that private time with him.
5). Worship JESUS with all of your heart and soul and tell the LORD how much you love him.
6). Read and study the bible as much as you possibly can! Ask JESUS to help you to love the bible more and more and he will do this for you!
7). Enjoy having quiet time with JESUS every single day for 30 to 60 minutes and watch how your life will be changed by spending this quiet and intimate time with GOD…….
I know that if you practice everything you have learned in this article that in no time at all you will be in a very close, and intimate relationship with JESUS based on intimacy, passion and LOVE FOR THE LORD.
Some children often have tantrums to prove that they’re grownup and dislike being given directions by adults. You know your child has a full-blown temper when he/she cries excessively, screams and even at times hurt themselves. Curb your child’s tantrum by handling it the right way.
Stick to a plan
It is important that parents stick to certain ground rules. If your child knows beforehand that certain things are not acceptable by you, they will never try crossing paths with you regarding the same. Also, always make sure you have a solid reason for your decision. Don’t just state it in order to be authoritative.
Don’t mock, yell or hit
Showing that you have authority by screaming at them or beating them up will just do no good. Some parents also replicate the behaviour of their child, thus giving them opportunity to throw more tantrums. Don’t respond to their bad behaviour, they will know you’re paying attention and will increase their tantrum.
Persistence is the key
Never feel sorry for not meeting the demands of your child. It is important to realise that it is about fulfiling your child’s needs more than their wants. Trust us, your child will be thankful for this when they become matured.
Explain the situation later
Once your child is back to normal and has cooled down, make them understand that having tantrums is not a good behaviour, especially for children. Get your child to listen to what you have to say. Do talk to them in a calm manner and treat them with love and affection.