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Homosexuality …what God’s Word says about it…


Hi …
  • Starting with a prayer..
    Lord give us Your love in our hearts to love everyone like you loved, to pray for those who persecute us and for those struggling, fallen and backslidden. Help us not be quick to judge, condemn, criticize, cast stones but reach out to others in prayer and love. 
    In Jesus Name, Amen!”
    John 8:10 “Woman where are they? Has no one condemned you? Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and sin no more.”
    In this day and age of “tolerance” and NOT wanting to offend someone…are we tolerating a soul to HELL?
    or 
    Are we willing to STAND up for THE TRUTH and SPEAK THE UNCOMPROMISING TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD AND LOVE ANOTHER TO HEAVEN…
    NO MATTER THE COST?
    May we always do everything with this fact that we too were once sinners but it was because someone reached out to us, prayed for us, showed us the way to the cross, that we came to know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that saved us. And when He looked at us, our repentant heart, He never condemned us, but did forgive us and sure said, “Go and sin no more.”
     
    God’s Word says…
    1 Corinthians 6:9 “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders.”
    When the Bible says these people will not inherit God’s Kingdom, I am sure God meant it! Then why not warn people involved in it? 
    The God-ordained institution of marriage is under attack in courts all over the world, and your help is needed to save it before the one man-one woman definition of marriage is completely and radically redefined. Homosexual marriage/relationships will soon be a reality if you fail to get involved!
    What we ‘tolerate’ we can never change!!
    LET’S PRAY AND DO ALL WE CAN TO PRESERVE THE ONE MAN ONE WOMAN COVENANT RELATIONSHIP~”MARRIAGE”
    It’s sad to see some so called ‘Christians’ justifying Homosexuality.
    There are “Homosexual Churches” ” Christian Gays” 
    Lurpus a young 25 year old man of God asks,
    “How can one believe that a person can be a Christian while wantonly engaging in habitual sin; such as homosexuality, fornication, adultery in mind or body, the support in any way whatsoever of the murder of the unborn, or any other sin.”
    One Ronnie writes 
    Do we next also accept incest, blasphemy and finally murder?  Why should we compromise our values and the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus just to accommodate roughly 2% of the population?  
    Mankind advances while God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow for eternity.  If it was sin in the beginning, it’s still sin now.  There is no compromise.  I don’t care if anyone disagrees with me or what they may think of me for my stance on this issue.  I WILL NOT compromise and accept what I know to be a sin. When I accepted Christ as my savior I vowed to be as much like Him as I possibly can.  This is what Christian means, Christlike.”
    What does God’s word say about this?
     
    Genesis 19:5  “And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.” 
    Leviticus 18:22  You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. 
    Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. 
    Romans 1:26-27 “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 
    1 Timothy 1:10 “for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, “
    Jude 1:6 “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”
     I write this not because it is related to “conforming or not conforming to the norms of our society” but because it is totally related to the “Word of God”. So how can I take a compromising stand and call white black or black white? There is no grey area when it comes to the Word of God….!
    My prayer is the Lord pours His love in our hearts so that we can pray and reach out in love and with the truth of His Word to those who feel rejected, unloved and struggle to be set free from anything that holds them down.
    But truth does hurt….
    But quoting God’s Word is not to “CONDEMN” but it is just speaking the “WORD OF GOD” as it is! 
    Some people will love us if we HIDE THE TRUTH.    
    Some will hate us if we SIDE THE TRUTH..  
    But God sure will be pleased with us if we ABIDE BY THE TRUTH.
    My intention was never to condemn but share the truth of God’s Word! I don’t want to either debate….
     I like what Max Lucado writes ,..QUOTE>>“It’s easier to talk about a person than to help a person. It’s easier to debate homosexuality than to be a friend to a gay person. It’s easier to discuss divorce than to help the divorced. It’s easier to argue abortion than to support an orphanage. It’s easier to complain about the welfare system than to help the poor.
    It’s easier to label than to love.
    Is that to say we should be unconcerned for doctrine or lax in a desire for holiness? 
    Absolutely not.”<<UNQUOTE
    May we love like Jesus did to all who need His touch.
    This love is not a love that ignores the dirt that destroys and defiles God’s Masterpiece, but a love that recognizes that the grace of God can cleanse heal and restore any messed-up person like you or me!
    Loving does not mean we take stand for that which contradicts God’s Word.
    ~Time to stand up fot the truth..and Say “NO” to sin!
    ~Be willing to “FLEE AND RESIST” temptations,
    ~Stop “COMPROMISING”, 
    ~Be willing to “GIVE UP” things that hold us back,
    ~”STAND UP” when we fall and keep moving forward,
    ~Let us “NOT DELIBERATELY SIN” after we know the truth,
    ~Let’s say “NO” to anything that in the long run will harm our BODY, SOUL or SPIRIT.
    Have a blessed day..
    YSIC
    Julia
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Women are special..not just today but always….


 
Today (March 8th) is International women’s day.
Women are not special just this day..but always…!!
 To all the wives, girl-friends, fiancee, moms, daughters, sisters, grand-moms, aunts (all are special in their own way and have their own worth)
God created all and said, it was good (Gen 1:31). 
God saw man was lonely and made woman.
A woman is special and God wants to use each of us women too for HIS glory.
Rise up women of God!
You truly are…
W~WONDERFUL
   O~OUTSTANDING
M~MARVELOUS
A~ADORABLE 
N~NICE
 
 Women..
 
“” You are too special for Him to forget, too important for Him to neglect, too precious for Him to ignore. That’s why He set you before His eyes and crafted you on His palms that He might remember you forever, as long as He lives. So be not discouraged, Jesus is concerned about you always.””
 ” MY REFLECTION ” 
~Author Unknown~
I pray that I will see, 
the virtuous woman inside of me.
Gentle, faithful, bold and wise,
seeing myself through Father’s eyes.
I am changing from glory to glory,
walking in love, not fear and worry.
Generous, kind and full of peace,
my image transformed, true beauty released.
I’m being molded into his likeness,
reflecting him and his brightness.
Happy in knowing God sees the real me,
rejoicing, content and totally free ! “
Proverbs 31 woman…
( Proverbs 31:10-12 and 25-31 NIV )
A wife of noble character who can find? 
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her 
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, 
all the days of her life.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; 
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, 
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household 
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; 
her husband also, and he praises her: 
“Many women do noble things, 
but you surpass them all.” 
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; 
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, 
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
” THE WOMAN IN THE GLASS “
(A poem…Author unknown)
When you get what you want
as your struggle for self
And the world makes you queen for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that woman has to say.
 
For it isn’t your father or mother or husband
Who’s judgement upon you must pass;
The person whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
She’s the person to please,
never mind all the rest,
For she’s with you clear up to the end.
And you’ve passed your most dangerous,
difficult test
If the woman in the glass if your friend.
You may fool the whole world down
the pathway of life,
And get pats on your back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the woman in the glass !
 A woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
So try our best to keep our Priorities right, giving God the 1st place.
We also realize that women often forget their worth. 
We are not perfect but sure women full Hope and walking towards perfection.
” Let us Love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”(1 John 3:18)


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Remember your Creator in the days of your youth…..


Hi…

God wants the YOUTH to Know Him and taste His love when they are young.
Psalm 34:8
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”That’s why the Word of God says in..
1
“Remember your Creator 
       in the days of your youth, 
       before the days of trouble come 
       and the years approach when you will say, 
       “I find no pleasure in them”.
All you youth and young at heart the Lord wants to be your 1st love, He wants to be the Lord of your life because only HE can help you to fight and resist the temptations you face in your daily life.
If you are His child know that…your body is the “Temple of the Holy Spirit”
1 Corinthians 6:19,
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”
Your heart belongs to Jesus. He has paid an infinite price for your soul.
He loves you with an everlasting love.
A young heart is a Precious offering to the Lord, the most valuable gift that can be presented to our Savior.
Is there anyone out there (I mean young people) who still do not know Jesus as your personal Savior??
Go to Him as you are, give your heart to Jesus. He will wash you with His Precious Blood. As you confess your sins, repent, He will cleanse you of all your past sins.
He will write your name in the Book of Life.
You will receive Eternal Life.
 
JESUS WANTS YOU TO LIVE A HOLY, SANCTIFIED LIFE FOR HIM.
He will help you walk the Narrow Path. Just cling on to Him.
Today He wants to Raise the standard of Holiness in your life.
Even as the world around gets darker and darker, He wants you to be the Light and shine out for JESUS.
Satan too wrestles hard for an young heart. He wants to catch them young…Jesus knows that and wants to help beat the enemy’s temptations and so says…
“Remember your Creator 
       in the days of your youth.”
Stay Blessed,
YSIC,
Julia


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There is no “Middle Ground” or “Grey Areas.”


Hi……
 
Just read this word ‘middle ground’ some place and that made me think.
There’s no middle ground…and this is a reality!

Middle ground is a compromising position.
One either belongs to GOD, walks in His Narrow way and obey HIM or one is against Him..
With God it’s either White or Black…there’s no grey areas.
To God a lie is a lie and a sugar coated lie does not become the truth.
Psalm 56:13
For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Sometimes we compromise on our commitment with God by living in the KINGDOM OF LIGHT and flirting with the WORLD.
Num 25:1,” While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women,
2 who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. 3 So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them. “
It started in sexual immorality and ended up attending local feasts and Idol worship.
The Bible warns against sexual immorality and asks us to flee from Idolatry.
1 Corinthians 10
8 “We should not commit sexual immorality…”
 14Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
 

Compromise comes in inches so let us be watchful where we stand.

We can’t stand for long with one leg in the KINGDOM OF LIGHT calling ourselves ‘Children of God’ the other in the enemy’s camp, enjoying the works of darkness.
This is the Most dangerous place to be in..so be on guard.
Ephesians 5:8
 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
As ‘Children of the Kingdom of Light’ we should reflect Christ to others. The ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ should be evident in us.
We can venture into the enemy’s territory to get back what the enemy stole from us but cannot go to our old neighbourhood to have a peek at our old hangouts and taste a bit of the past pleasures then Satan will trap us as he’s waiting to make a child of God yield to his temptations.
Today we need to choose who we serve. 
Can we boldly say what Joshua said?
“AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.”
We can’t stand for long in the middle pleasing the WORLD and GOD.
One needs to make sure he/she is on the right side. One has to make sure he/ she’s walking on the narrow road that leads to heaven.
Let’s make the right choices today.
Need to step off the fence, cross over from the Middle ground into the ‘Kingdom of Light’ and walk the narrow path.
Colossians 1:12
“…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”
Let’s grow in fellowship and love our brothers and sisters.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Let Christ’s love always rule and reign in our hearts.His love helps us to reach out to the ‘lost’ and love even those we find hard to love.
1 John 2: 9-10
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
Tomorrow may be too late.
Do all you can to serve the Lord today.
Let’s keep serving our Lord no matter what. Let us not allow unjust criticism about our work or ministry get you down or force us to quit!  The Lord is pleased by service done from a willing, true heart and the desire to honor Him. God notices our every effort to spread His Word and love to the lost and hurting. 
It’s OK if people around do not see what we do, misunderstand our motives, fail to see our heart because our reward is in Abba Father’s hands.
He’s our Judge and Rewarder!!
It’s what He thinks about us that really matters.
Let’s be faithful soldiers who will be faithful to our commanding officer, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our Enemy is Satan and his spiritual forces of darkness.
Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Our flag is LOVE,
Philippians 2:1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Our music is Worship,
2 Chronicles 20:21
21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: 
       “Give thanks to the LORD, 
       for his love endures forever.”
Our strength is the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5:18
“…Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”
Acts 1:8
8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Our Weapon is God’s Word.
God Bless you,
Julia


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How to overcome the devil’s hurdles?


Hi….

In this spiritual race the devil does place hurdles on the way, to make us stumble and fall.
Satan lays traps in form of temptations and we need to watch and pray.
Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
What can we do to overcome the devil’s hurdles…?
 Set your eyes on Jesus Christ your Savior, keep your eyes fixed on HIM and stayed glued to your goal….!
 Don’t look back at the old neighbourhood you left behind…
 Shun objects and places of lust that lure you to sin….Lust is harmful. Need to be content with what you have.
1Timothy 6:6-11
6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
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 1 Peter 1:14
14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
 Flee temptation like Joseph did.
 Genesis 39:11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
 Burn down bridges that connect you to your old neighbourhood & bring back sinful thoughts…
 Even if you should stumble and fall, just call out to your Lord, He’ll come and lift you up, dust the dirt off you and help you run your race again.
A looser is not the one who falls but the one who stays on down.God always has an escape plan for us. Let’s always seek His help and guidance.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Julia