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Encountering Life's Issues - Is there a God? Is God real?
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Posted: 02/28/2006 at 8:45am | IP Logged Quote Kathy Bippus

 My late husband and I were part of a ministry that ministered to those who were drug addicts, alcoholics and released prisoners. Quite a number of these men lived a homosexual life and other inordinate lifestyles.

One young man , I remember very well. His dad had abused him physically and sexually. His mother, no longer able to cope, committed suicide, by drinking bleach. This young man found her. The dad abandoned his son and he went to live with his uncle, who too sexually abused him beyond description. This young man had retreated in his mind as his way of dealing with the severity of wounds. He lived a life of homosexuality and had tried committing suicide several times. He had been shipped from one institution to another. He was now, in this place of ministry(GSI).

THERE IS HOPE

There is hope for those who have given themselves to this lifestyle, or any other inordinate affections. There may be those, who are living a life of secrecy, pornography, fornication, adultery. There is hope and freedom through Jesus Christ, and coming to know the love of the Father for you.

One young man who has been walking free for four years now made this statement:

And everyone wants to know: `Do you like girls!?’ The answer is: `I’ll get there when I am suppose to!’ Many aren’t impressed to hear this. But you aren’t suppose to be impressed with me, But God’s love, grace and power. Heterosexuality isn’t the goal, Holiness is. And I am getting there! More than anything, my relationship with Jesus is changing me from the inside out.

There is freedom, through the love of the Father and Jesus Christ.

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Kathy,

Thanks for posting this.  I trust and pray that this post will help many people.

Blessings,

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Posted: 05/29/2006 at 12:34pm | IP Logged Quote Ron Brumit

my life is a struggle every day.  being sexually abused and feeling unloved as a child has caused much ongoing pain.  wondering why i never had a choice to not be hurt this way.  what the furure holds for me...  sometimes i feel i can help people and help lead them to the lord but sometimes i lose my way...  why do i have to live like this ?   so many ups and downs in my life and the way i live.... is there a reason for me being here?  45 years old now and still no future...        ron



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Posted: 05/29/2006 at 1:24pm | IP Logged Quote Ron McGatlin

Hello Ron Brumit,

Thanks for posting your need here. Yes, there is a way to get the freedom that you long for. The unlove planted in your heart soil has grown a tree of life structure that bears the fruit you wish would not keep coming about again and again. The new seed of the love of Jesus has planted a new tree in your heart soil that has grown and bears righteous fruit beside the old tree. At one time one tree is evident in your life experience and at another time the other is evident. This can switch moment by moment or you may remain in one tree for months and then suddenly switch back to the other tree and bear the fruit of it again. It is like riding a roller coster of ups and downs.

The problem is that the old tree has not yet been removed from your heart soil so the two trees remain that provide two different life structures. This is not something that you desire or even something that you can fully control until the old tree (life structure) planted by all the bad seed of unlove that came in the form of rejection, condemnation, accusation, and so on. These all caused great pain in your heart and all the foolishness that you endure has come from that seed of pain.

This is not something you can fix by trying hard but it is something that Jesus can completely fix.

The thing is knowing how to appropriate the ministry of Jesus to remove the entire tree including the roots and then heal the soil of the heart so the good tree (life structure) of the love of Jesus can fill the whole heart with the good root system of His pure love. The new tree will have plenty of room to grow and the old tree can forever be gone.

How to appropriate the ministry of Jesus to bring about all this is contained in a guide book written from the real experience and the revelation of the Holy Spirit in my own life and many others. The Lord provided for me to have you mail address and I am mailing you a copy of that book. It will guide you into greater reality of the kingdom of God and the removal of the things that are hindering you.

I feel sure you will be getting some good and helpful replies from others on this forum.

You are greatly loved and God has more for you than you have any idea about at this time.

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Posted: 07/01/2006 at 12:43pm | IP Logged Quote Guests

Ron Brumit, I too have been through sexual abuse, and I too spent most of my life feeling 'unloved',I was so desperate for love that I did some pretty off the wall things to get attention....but since I have come to the Lord, I have found such great freedom!! It has been a long process, but a well worth it process. I am almost 30 yrs. old, and I can finally say, Im Free!! My past nolonger has me held captive!The devil cant hurt me anymore!The memories may never go away, but praise God, that the pain can.....I now look at that event as a opprutunity to help someone else.

Father God, I lift up Ron to you and I pray dear Lord that you would reveal your love to him. I pray Father that you would heal the wounds of the past, set him free Father God from his past,I know Father that if you can free me, that you can free Ron! Help him Father to be able to say as I can now, 'my past is my past at last!' help him to see that you have a purpose and a future for him. Jeremiah 29;11 says, For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.....'Ron, this is a scripture that the Lord gave to me many years ago, way before I even knew what it meant, it is a scripture that I hold dear to me....what the enemy has meant for harm.....Jesus can turn it around into something good..

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Posted: 07/01/2006 at 2:14pm | IP Logged Quote Larry Silverman

Tonia,

Thanks for posting this.  I know it will help you as you reach out to help others.  You mentioned, "The memories may never go away, but praise God, that the pain can..."  I might suggest to you Jesus' memory healing prayer ministry.  It works!  No, the memories may never leave you, but the lies that the devil embedded in those memories can and will.  Theophostic really helps in that area.

Be blessed and you have the victory!

Larry



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When The Sex Factor Meets The God Factor

By Brian S. Lewis

There is a certain aspect to the story of the woman at the well (John 4:3-8) that deals with her multiple sex partners. And while having multiple sex partners may have been uncommon in her day, it has become all to common in our society and the church today.


The sex factor consists of both sexual intercourse and all of the sexual activity and behavior that leads to intercourse. That means such things as flirting, sexually charged television and movies, explicit and mood altering music, alcohol, oral sex, pornography and masturbation. Sex is not merely physical. Sex involves a spiritual and physical interchange that results in the joining and the fusion of two souls. Sex is more than just a carnal fleshy pleasure. Sex involves your total being. Sex involves more than just a physical release. Sex involves your soul. Sex involves your mind, your thoughts, your will, your emotions, your senses, and your memories. Sex involves. Sex joins. Sex binds and knits your personality and your life essence to the personality and life essence of another. Or in the case of pornography and masturbation sex binds you to unholy images and thoughts.


Oral sex is still a form of sexual expression that involves a physical and emotional interchange that is reserved for the covenant of marriage. So don’t think you can get away with oral sex outside of the marriage covenant and think you’re still right with God. In God’s eyes you’re a registered sex offender in heaven. God calls you a fornicator and all fornicators will go to hell.


When a man knew a woman in the Bible, they were joined together as one flesh in the sight of God. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” The two souls become one. They were joined or tied together physically and spiritually in the sight of God. You become psychologically linked and bound to whomever you have sex with. Even safe sex can produce a soul tie. A soul tie refers to when your soul (your emotions, your mind, your will, your intellect, your memories, and your personality) becomes entangled with and influenced by the soul of someone else. And when you have sex outside of the marriage covenant, not only do you create a soul tie, but the Bible says that if you are a believer, you are joining Christ to a harlot and recrucifying Him.


Marriage is a contract in the spirit that is consummated and sealed by a physical and soulical exchange. Marriage is biblically defined as a man and a woman entering into legal and spiritual covenant. The Scripture says that a man and his wife, not a man and his girlfriend, not a man and his one night stand, not a man and his husband, not a woman and her wife. God didn’t create Adam and Steve or Amanda and Eve as His model for marriage. God created Adam and Eve as His model for marriage, because the marriage between a man and His wife is the only union that can bring glory to God. Any other union is unholy and unrighteous before the sight of God.


Maybe you were raped or molested and now you think that you’re gay or lesbian. Maybe you had a strong father or no father. Maybe you had a strong mother or no mother. Maybe there is a part of you that is missing and you’re trying to fulfill the void by reaching out to the same sex or multiple sex partners. Why? Because you never really received the love and acceptance you needed to receive. Maybe you’re hurt by divorce or a dysfunctional home and there is a familiarity and a safety in your dysfunction. Jesus is thirsty for relationship and intimacy with you. Jesus bled, died, and rose to set you free from your sexual dysfunction.


And so, as we come to the woman at the well, we find Jesus traveling through Samaria. And His journey through Samaria is more than a geographical consideration. It’s a divine compulsion to set a woman free from The Sex Factor. And this Samaritan woman who is all too familiar with The Sex Factor has now come into contact with the God factor (a God moment). She has had five husbands and the one she’s with ain’t her husband. She’s trapped in a revolving door of sex and disappointment. She’s running from one relationship to the next relationship trying to find her identity and her self worth in the arms of a man instead of the arms of God. She’s looking for completion without being completed in Christ. She’s looking for validation without being validated in Christ. She’s trapped in a cycle of sexual activity, looking for the love, and the acceptance, and the approval, and the protection, and the intimacy, and the covering that can only come from God.


Maybe you she never knew the love of a father and someway somehow she’s looking for daddy in a never ending cycle of dead end relationships. Maybe she thinks that having a man is the answer to her problems. Maybe she’s so hurt and angry and lonely in life that giving herself sexually to a man (any man) outside of the will and plan of God is worth that one moment of validation. Some of you know all too well what I’m talking about. You give it up looking for love and hoping that this time it will lead to marriage. But in the end you wind up loosing your self-respect, that man’s respect, and your salvation.


Missionary dating is a trap of the enemy. You can’t win someone to Christ by sleeping with them. How are you going to win someone to Christ and blow your witness at the same time? You think that you have to sleep with a man so you don’t lose him. No. You lose your man, because you sleep with him before marriage. Until you are married to Christ, you are not in a place to be married to a man. And until Christ is the head of your man, he ain’t fit to be your man.


This woman had been with six other men. Six is the number of man. It is the number of the flesh. She was use to taking matters into her own hands and hiding behind sex. But Jesus was the seventh man in her life. Seven is the number of completion and fulfillment. Jesus is the only one who can fulfill you and complete you and satisfy you. Jesus will fill you, but you’ve got to give up your water. You’ve got to give up your fleshy needs and carnal desires. Give up your water and He will give you living water. You will never be able to satisfy the thirst of your soul through the lust of your flesh.


This woman was use to looking for love in the wrong place that she didn’t know that the manifestation of the unconditional agape love of God was sitting before her. She had been defiled by and tied to so many men that her emotional baggage and spiritual bondage obscured her ability to see true love. She was near the truth, but she did not perceive the truth. Some of you are so use to the wrong kind of men (or women for men reading this) that when the right man (or woman) comes your way you’re too blind to see it.


Water is symbolic of the Word of God. We wash ourselves with the Word of God. This concept gives us the word picture of walking through the world and accumulating dust and dirt. We use water to wash it off. And so as we live our lives, we accumulate thoughts, and ideas and pressures, and sins, but when we hear the Word of God and receive the Word of God it washes those things from us.


Jesus wants to wash away all of your dirt and defilement. Without holiness no man shall see God. Any man that is in Christ is a new creation. If you want to follow Christ, you must first deny yourself. The Apostle Paul said, “I die daily.” He said, “I’m crucified with Christ.” You must crucify your flesh. No temptation has overtaken you. The will of God is your sanctification. You’ve got to exchange your natural water, become a living sacrifice, and you will receive His living water. You’ve got to crucify your flesh to receive His Spirit. You can’t be saved, single and having sex. You’ve got to give up sex, if you want to live single, saved, and be a living sacrifice.

Yours for Sexual and Marital Integrity,
Apostle Brian S. Lewis

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Redeemed! 10 Ways to Get Out of the Gay Life, If You Want Out
by Charlene E. Cothran, Venus Magazine Publisher
    
 Over the past 29 years of my life I have been an aggressive, creative and strategic supporter of gay and lesbian issues.  I’ve organized and participated in countless marches and various lobbying efforts in the fight for equal treatment of gay men and lesbians.  I have kept current on the issues and made financial contributions to those organizations doing work about which I was most passionate.
    
As the publisher of a 13 year old periodical which targets Black gays and lesbians, I have had the opportunity to publicly address thousands, influencing closeted people to ‘come out’ and stand up for them selves, which is particularly difficult in the African-American community.   
    
But now, I must come out of the closet again.  I have recently experienced the power of change that came over me once I completely surrendered to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  As a believer of the word of God, I fully accept and have always known that same-sex  relationships are not what God intended for us.
    
I don’t expect that this message will be widely received,  quite the contrary.  But, I do know that there is someone, possibly reading this very article, who is tired and unhappy living this way.  Someone, in your heart of hearts, is searching for a way out, but you just can’t seem to break free on your own.  I am speaking to my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters who want real peace; the kind you’ve heard about, sung about, read about.   It is simpler than you think to acquire it and there is no condemnation once you’ve entered it.    
    
 Although I have lived as a lesbian for my entire adult life, it is without a doubt my soul’s purpose to use my gifts to LOVINGLY share the truth about how we got here: how we came to be gay or lesbian, how we came to enjoy our ‘lifestyle’ and how we came to believe that this was OK with God.  [Romans 1:21-28]
    
Many argue that each individual should determine for themselves what God intends for him or her. This would indicate that we each have a separate set of biblical rules to live by.  This is untrue.  If you are ready for change and willing to open yourself to the truth, God’s love can bring your current belief system in line with His Word.  Jesus will cleanse and forgive all confessed sin from a willing heart.  Homosexuality is only one of them.  It is no greater sin than any of the others, but it is sin. 
    
 By now you’re asking, ‘Has she lost her mind? My answer is NO.  I didn’t lose it, I gave it away!  In fact, I traded it in for a new one!  [Romans 12:1-2]
 
ONE TUESDAY MORNING
I was minding my own business one fine New Jersey morning when I received a call from a local pastor, the Rev. Vanessia M. Livingston.  I had never spoken to her previously.  She was calling to add a statement to an article about her gospel group in another paper we own called the Kitchen Table News
I don't remember how we got on the subject of salvation but she could not have known how much I had been struggling with trying to reckon my spiritual upbringing with my lesbian lifestyle. 
    
 My stiff-necked resistance to the truth arose in me as she ministered.  I honestly figured that if I simply mentioned the 'L' word that she'd drop the phone, anoint it with oil and that would be the last I'd hear from her.  But that's not what happened.  The pastor prophetically confirmed what I've known for years, 'one day you will come out of the world and bring many gay and lesbian souls out with you.'  She asked if today was the day that I would choose but I said no.  I felt the power of conviction upon me as she spoke but I resisted and hardened my heart against the truth as I had done many times before.  I was not willing to hear her or give up my all to God, especially knowing that I had a confirmed speaking engagement scheduled the following week at the Schomberg Center during New York City Gay Pride. 
 
HAVE MERCY
As I blurted out that I was a proud card-carrying lesbian, the pastor reminded me that God’s mercy allowed me to survive my experiences as He developed my gifts, all as a part of His plan to lead others to Him, others who will not perhaps hear her or other ministers who have not LIVED this experience.
    
She could not have had a clue about my encounters with the mercies of God.  Mercy had indeed covered me during those dark 1993 days when my good friend Venus Landin, for whom this magazine is named, was shot and killed.  I recalled how I went with her to her ex-lover’s home to recover her things, how the woman had built a fire using Venus’ precious journals as fuel, how she burned her clothes and how the flames and debris had fallen out of the fireplace’s box and were ablaze along the carpet.
     
I remembered the look on the woman’s face and in her eyes.  I know in my heart that she had intended to murder Venus that night but she did not expect me to arrive with her.  There, I stood at the very gates of hell.  Given her state of mind, there was no reason for the woman not to have killed us both, then turn the gun on herself as she did Venus a week later.  When I received the call that they were both found dead, I knew instantly that mercy had covered me, but why?  
 
I YIELD
The spirit of God spoke directly into my soul and said you will choose this day who you will serve and if you make the wrong choice, I will allow you to drift so far away from me that you will never hear my voice again.
    
I gave God my heart and soul in the parking lot of the mall, right there in my car.  A river of tears flowed as Jesus washed me and forgave me and redeemed me for His work.  I intend be just as ‘out’ about my transformation as I was about my lesbian life.  I have given every gift I have back to God, including VENUS Magazine.  The target audience will remain the same but the mission has been renewed.  Our new mission is to encourage, educate and assist those in the life who want change but can’t find a way out.  My brother, my sister, please follow me out of this.
 
1. Establish and accept for yourself that God’s Word is true AS-IS.  Do not allow gay theology to divorce the Old testament from the New or the written words of the Apostles from the spoken words of Jesus Christ.  This is a good trick, but its no longer working because God is preparing to bring millions of gays and lesbians back to His feet.  He has already chosen many of us for this specific purpose and He is waiting for YOU to accept His call.
 
2. Seek the truth within the scriptures about homosexuality and it will be revealed to you as you read and pray.  Know that we were NOT born this way.  This myth was fashioned by the white gay establishment as a basis for changing laws in favor of gay rights.  Again it works for their purposes, but it is biblically UNTRUE.   There is no way that anyone, without an agenda, can come away from the bible with an endorsement by God of the gay lifestyle.  Gay theology starts with an agenda [‘Let’s make the bible say gay is O.K.’] in order to arrive at its conclusions, but it is a lie.
 
3. Do not resist God’s call on your life.  Get alone with God and let Him minister the truth directly to you. That conviction you feel is a gift to keep you near the cross.  If you keep resisting Him and hardening your heart, He will eventually stop calling you. You can then have a great time fulfilling all the fantasies of the flesh without feeling a thing, but what awaits you at the end of such a life? [Romans 2:28]
 
4. Know with certainty that you are loved by God exactly where you are and that your experiences are of great value for kingdom work.  I had BEEN tired, but the enemy kept my mind trapped for years by convincing me that I could not be of any real use to God having lived as an openly gay publisher, but that was a lie.
 
5. Say Yes.  That’s really all it takes to accept the truth which is accepting Jesus Christ.  Pray this prayer of repentance with me now.  “Lord, I’m coming to you because I believe your Word and I need your help.  I can’t change myself, I’ve tried.  Please forgive me for every thing I’ve done that did not glorify you.  I believe that you ARE the Word, I believe that Jesus IS your son, I believe that He DIED for my sins, and BECAUSE I believe this, I AM NOW SAVED BY YOUR GRACE.  Thank you for saving me!  Amen.”
 
6. Make your salvation real.  Keeping the good news of your personal salvation a secret is another trick the enemy uses to buy time as he tries to pull you back to your former life.  We must believe with our hearts AND confess with our mouths. You don’t need to ‘out’ yourself but clobber the enemy by immediately sharing your testimony with SOMEONE about how the Lord has revealed the truth directly to you; about the level of joy and peace you now have which you could not reach without full repentance; about the welcomed change this brings in your life, and all the wonderful things He has done for you.  [Romans 10:9]
 
7. Experience paradise NOW!  Consult God first, then go ahead and live your life!  Welcome new friendships, start that new venture, expand your experiences, obtain nice things, just don’t put them before God.   Enjoy your life to a new degree, without the burden of sin AND with the confidence of ALL of God’s promises on your side!  It is totally possible to live for God in this present age and enjoy yourself immensely.  When I say live for God I mean totally ‘sold out’ for God.  But you cannot be ‘sold out’ for God and live a gay/lesbian lifestyle at the same time.   [Titus 2:11-12]      
    
It’s possible to have a BETTER time than you did in the clubs, in the parks, BETTER than all those secret encounters with folks whose names you’ve long forgotten,  BETTER than your long-term relationship, BETTER than all your priceless possessions, BETTER than money!  Most of us have experienced some of this AND WE WERE STILL MISERABLE.   But thanks to God’s mercy and saving grace we don’t have to wait years and years to get to heaven to experience paradise.  The earth is the Lord’s, the fullness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein.   Enjoy God’s earth, now.  [Psalms 24:1]
 
8. Walk Carefully or ‘circumspectly’ as the scriptures describe.  This is about being careful to keep your spirit clean and fresh.  Prayer, along with reading and hearing the Word AND seeking ways to apply it to your daily life is the way to STAY saved and delivered from any sinful habit. 
    
 Isn’t it interesting that we sometimes give our garments of clothing more care than we give our very souls.  When we put on an outfit, we’re so careful not to lean against anything that might soil it.  We protect it while we’re eating so as not to get a spot on it.  We sit in such a way to prevent it from wrinkling.  Treat your soul’s salvation with at least this much care.  [Ephesians 5:15-16]
 
9. Have fellowship with believers.    We know that the church has largely failed gays and lesbians by not being a welcoming place for those who have sought spiritual change.  The invitation to ‘come as you are’ seems to be extended to everyone but us.  However God has people everywhere who are open, real and willing to walk out with you.  Ask the Lord to lead you to a loving, caring, bible-believing fellowship where you can be nurtured, be blessed, grow AND be a blessing.  [Hebrews 10:25] 
 
10. Stay in touch.  We’d love to hear from you!  If this article has helped you, please let us know.  Also, if you’d like to share YOUR testimony with VENUS readers, email us at editor@venusmagazine.org or write VENUS, P. O. Box 4167, Hamilton, NJ 08610.  Include your day and evening number.
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"He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13-14).
    We have an opportunity. The tide of the Holy Spirit is rising among us as a Church. God’s presence is with us and faith is beginning to rise.
    In contrast, this world is full of chains which bind people in darkness.
    The problem is the human heart which prefers the darkness of wickedness to God’s light. But we can find the solution - as the anointings come God is restoring the authority of His word. His word must reach the heart to bring change (cf. John 1:1-5).
    We face a crossroads. We can take hold of what God has for us or we can turn our backs on God’s word.
    Are you dull to what God is saying? Judgement comes upon all in darkness. Assess yourself. You may think you are all right, but are you really? So many are still bound in chains.
    When God made man and woman, He looked upon His creation and said it was good, yet man thought he could do better than listening to God. That is the problem of the human heart (Romans 1:20-21).
    We have a free will to choose, and this is the choice: will we go on with God or reject Him?
    God throws you a lifebelt. The waters of judgement rise, but by God’s favour His Church is moving out of judgement into life. Man has gone away from God and only one can stand between them: Jesus the Son of God. In Jesus God rescues us.
    What do we do? Here He is identifying with you and me; a bleeding Man upon the cross. In His death He offers you the chance to reach into life. He broke the chains of sin Himself and entered into resurrected life.
    Will you follow Him? Allow Him to break the chains which oppress you and lead you into His new life.

 To learn more visit the Jesus Army  website online


Quote: Secret sins  
"Take heed of secret sins. They will undo thee if loved and maintained: one moth may spoil the garment; one leak drown the ship; a penknife stab and kill a man as well as a sword; so one sin may damn the soul; nay, there is more danger of a secret sin causing the miscarrying of the soul than open profaneness, because not so obvious to the reproofs of the world; therefore take heed that secret sinnings eat not out good beginnings."
--Jeremiah Burroughs
 
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Be Transformed By The Word and The Spirit

By George G Delo

""As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby"" (1 Peter 2:2).

Just as in the natural, what a person eats determines how they grow. God has made His word milk, bread, and meat –– a full, well balanced diet for the proper nourishment and development of His children. A daily diet of the pure word of God will ensure our growth as God designed it. The spiritual maturity of any Christian is directly related to his devotion to the word of God. Why are so many Christians spiritually unfit, immature, and fruitless? They are not devoted to the word of God. Jesus summed it up in Mark:

""And He said to them, ‘‘Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you –– and more [besides] will be given to you who hear’’"" (Mark 4:24 Amplified).

Everything God does comes through His word and Spirit. To the degree that we apply ourselves to His word is the degree to which we will receive the transforming power of that word. He has enriched His word with His dunamis power to transform our lives into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Paul understood this truth and when he had to leave the Ephesian elders, he commended them to the word of God’’s grace for their transformation of soul:

""And now [brethren], I commit you to God [I deposit you in His charge, entrusting you to His protection and care]. And I commend you to the Word of His grace [to the commands and counsels and promises of His unmerited favor]. It is able to build you up and to give you [your rightful] inheritance among all God’’s set-apart ones (those consecrated, purified, and transformed of soul)"" (Acts 20:32 Amplified).

The word of God was designed to consecrate, purify, and transform our souls in order that we might partake of the inheritance of eternal life in Christ. To accomplish this, Jesus gave His life on the cross to make us a holy priesthood and a temple of God’’s abiding habitation. He designed His word and Spirit to outfit us for both of these purposes through His divine work of sanctification.

""Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth"" (John 17:17).

""Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free’’"" (John 8:31,32).

We must abide in the word of God to discover the truth that sets us free from sin and makes us holy to become both God’’s priesthood and His sanctuary. The word of God acts within us to show us our need of holiness and produce repentance in us as well as to produce the faith necessary to obtain the promise in Christ. The fruits of God’’s kingdom are the result of receiving His word with understanding (see Matthew 13:24). Understanding comes from the mouth of God as we study and meditate on the word.

His priests are also disciples or students of His word. We can only fulfill God’’s purpose as we abide or continuously live in His word. Once the Lord sanctifies us, He then transforms the new man through His word and Spirit.

""And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God"" (Romans 12:2).

""And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit"" (2 Corinthians 3:18 Amplified).

We must learn the ways of God’’s kingdom by having our minds renewed through the word of God. As we continuously look into the mirror of His word, He transfigures us into the glory of His likeness. His word reveals that which is not of God at the same time that it reveals what is to be of God. As we respond to His word in the power of His Spirit, we are transfigured before Him.

Our destiny is to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ in righteousness and holiness in order that we might glorify God on this earth through our service as a holy priesthood. We can only be transformed into a holy priesthood as we abide in the word of God under the unction of the Holy Spirit. The number one reason we do not presently see the manifestation of the glorious church of Jesus Christ is that the vast majority of Christians do not abide in the word of God. The Lord makes this pretty clear in Ephesians:

""Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish"" (Ephesians 5:25-27).

Jesus has already accomplished the necessary work on the cross. It is finished! But if we do not abide in the word we will not obtain His sanctification and therefore we will not be His glorious church without spot or wrinkle.

The greatest deception Satan has perpetuated upon the body of Christ is to make you believe you are all right without a daily devotion in the pure word of God. As long as he can keep you away from the truth, he has a stronghold on your mind which will lead to your destruction. Jeremiah speaks of the results of a wordless life:

""To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the LORD is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it"" (Jeremiah 6:10).

God saved us with a craving for His word. If you did not respond to that craving, it has probably died out and your delight in His word has been quenched. As long as you do not delight in the word of God, you will not abide in it. And if you do not abide in the word, you will not receive the word with understanding. And without understanding, there is no obedience. Without obedience you are standing on shifting sands which will not stand the storms of life. Our strength to stand is found in our obedience to His word and our obedience is the result of our abiding in the word until it produces understanding.

""Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall"" (Matthew 7:24-27).

""And to man He said, ‘‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding’’"" (Job 28:28).

When you understand God’’s word, you will obey it. When you walk in obedience to His word, you also walk in the favor and keeping power of the Lord. But it all begins by becoming disciples who abide in the word of God. Transformation is rooted in His word. Become a disciple of the word so you can become a part of the glorious church of Jesus Christ. If you have lost your delight in His word; if you have no inner hunger for His word; then just ask God to restore your appetite for His word. Ask believing and you will receive.

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Belive when you pray.

Prayer for deliverance:

PRESCRIPTION: Pray it until the devil sees that
you're serious about maintaining your freedom.
 
WARNING: You WILL be tested! You MUST be.
 
Lord Jesus, I thank You for revealing
to me any times when my body has
been used, with or without my
permission, as an instrument of
unrighteousness. (Make a list of any
that come to your mind).

 

I confess that my body was used as an
instrument of unrighteousness and
I recognize such uses as sin. (Ritual

abuse, sex slave, video taped sex acts,

a victim of rape, sexually abused as a

child, prostitution, premarital sex)

 

I renounce these acts (adultery,

sexual fantasies, lust, pornography,

coveting the spouses and daughters of

others, sex with prostitutes, premarital sex,

extramarital sex, etc) and thank You, Lord

Jesus for breaking all soul ties created

through them, and all other bondages satan

has brought into my life BY them.

 

I renounce all pre-marital sexual experiences

and break all ungodly soul-ties with others.

I forgive any others with whom I have been

engaged in ANY sexual experiences

for they knew not the impact of what they

were doing by succumbing to their carnal

desires.

 

I DECLARE those bondages

BROKEN, in Jesus’ Name!

 

I now present my body to You, Jesus,

as a living sacrifice, holy and blameless,

and I thank You for cleansing
and forgiving me at the cross. I receive

your goodness, your grace, your forgiveness

and your mercy that’s new EVERY

morning.

I reject and disown all the sins of
my ancestors. As one who has been
delivered from the power of darkness
and translated into the
Kingdom of
Christ Jesus
,
I cancel all demonic
assignments that have been passed on to
me from my ancestors.

 

I DECLARE all those curses are now

BROKEN because of the Blood of Jesus

shed at the cross.

 

I renounce all satanic assignments

directed towards me and I cancel

every curse that satan and his angels

have put on me.

 

I reject any and every way in which
satan or his demons may claim
ownership of me.

 

I DECLARE  that I belong to the

Lord Jesus Christ who purchased me

with His own blood.

 

I reject all other blood sacrifices
and I announce that I am eternally
and completely signed over to the
Lord Jesus Christ and committed to
do His will from this day forward.

In the Name of Jesus Christ,
I
renounce
every one of the above sins
and any sins like them.

 

I turn away from them all and will

do them no more and I DECLARE

that they will in no way impact my

family and my descendants.

 

I renounce any past or
present association with satan, his
angels or his works.

 

I renounce all sexual immorality, all
demonic assignments, all occult
practices, satanism, and any master
other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I renounce any unforgiveness or bitterness

I may hold against anyone, including myself

and against You, my Lord.

 

I renounce every sin that is against my

Holy God and against His beloved Son,
Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, I thank You for
completely forgiving me.

 

I acknowledge that the Lord Jesus took
all my guilt and punishment for me
on the Cross and there is therefore
no condemnation for me. I have been

bought with the blood of Christ.


I thank You Jesus for filling me with

Your Holy Spirit today, for leading me

into all truth and empowering me to live

above sin.

 

I commit myself to the renewing of my
mind in order to prove that Your
will is good, perfect and acceptable
for me.

 

I pledge to see myself as a wounded

healer and will share with others that there

is deliverance and healing ONLY through

Jesus Christ.

 

Thank you for the wonderful gift of sex. I

thank you that my sexual drive will never

again have mastery over me. I serve no

Master but King Jesus!

 

I will FORWARD this prayer of

Renunciation to others so that they, too,

may find deliverance AND come to know

Jesus as their Deliverer.

 

All this I do in the Name and Authority of

the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

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