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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
www.thekeys2kingdom.com
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Scripture of The Day - January 24, 2022

Posted 01-24-2022 at 10:53 AM by Albert Finch


Luke 11:2 - "So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven."

in Luke 11 where the disciples ask the Lord how to pray. Jesus then sets forth what we call "The Lord's Prayer." It starts off by declaring that "God's will" will be done, in Earth as it is in Heaven. This is a powerful declaration of God's heavenly Kingdom authority being superimposed upon the earth realm.

NOT TAKING NO FOR AN ANSWER

After this powerful prayer is given, Jesus immediately goes into a scenario, asking the disciples to suppose that they, in the late hours, go to friend's house for provisions to help care for someone who has arrived at their house. They knock on their friend's door for help but the response is not what they hope. The friend inside tells them to go away because it's late and they are in bed. However, they (the disciples, in this scenario) continue to knock and knock and knock until Jesus says that the friend finally arises and gets them what they want, not just because they are a friend, but because of their persistence.

James 5:16 - "....The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."


Here is the key point of this story: God doesn't always answer just because we casually ask, banking on His friendship. Sometimes He is looking for a 'fervent' prayer and a 'persistent' approach. He wants to know how badly we really want this. Are we serious, focused, and intent?

If you are going to receive your breakthrough in 2022, you may have to persist past strong resistance.

PAIN PRODUCES PASSION AND DETERMINATION


God is saying that our pain and our process have a purpose. In the midst of whatever painful process we have walked through in this last year or so, it was purposed to produce a greater passion and persistent determination within our lives. It is fashioning us to look and act like Jesus more than ever before. It is producing a Christlike character and supernatural, Christlike power to flow out of our lives!
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