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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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Sorrow Not!

Posted 02-27-2022 at 10:30 PM by Albert Finch


Isaiah 51:11 - "And the redeemed of the LORD will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake them, forever free from sorrow and grief."

Isaiah 53:4 - "Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteeme
d him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted."

Isaiah 53 says Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. If Jesus was required to bear sorrow and defeat it on the cross then it must be satanic. It must be designed to steal, kill, and destroy. The Hebrew words translated griefs and sorrows can be translated as sickness and weakness and pain. Grief and sorrow come from the same source as sickness, weakness, and pain -- death. Grief and sorrow are death's ever-present, shadowing companions. that in itself lets us know they are not to be tolerated at any time.

GRIEF AND SORROW CHOKE THE WORD

Mark 4:19 - "...the lusts of other things entering in..."

One of the most dangerous aspects of grief and sorrow is their ability to choke the Word and cause it to be unfruitful in our lives. When we face painful situations, it's easy to begin to lust after that rush of sorrowful emotion, to let it flood our soul taking our will and mind. In a way, we actually enjoy all the attention, sympathy, and such that goes along within. Grief and sorrow begin their real work when we are by ourselves and the unbearable loneliness and sadness crush in upon us. The misery of it goes on and on -- to no good end.

POWER AND AUTHORITY STEPS OVER GRIEF AND SORROW:

Remember that Jesus defeated sorrow and bore it for you. It no longer has any real power over you, so all of its strength is coming from what you give it.
Use the power of the Word. The Word says don't sorrow! Whenever the Word tells you not to do something it also provides, you the power you need to obey it.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 - ".. you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope."

Don't be fooled by your flesh. At the first sign of depression, loneliness, tears, or self-pity, stand up with the Word and fight back. Affirm the Word aloud:

Affirmation:

I sorrow not. I'm not a person without hope. I belong to Jesus and He has defeated grief and sorrow for me.


Always see grief and sorrow as spirit beings -- not just emotions. They are personalities that want to take over your emotions and then take over your life. Stand up and fight them. You belong to Jesus, not to those two thieves.
Begin to minister to others. Help others with their spiritual walk with Christ. Learn how to disciple your fellow believer into the higher life in Christ that the scriptures promise. If you don't know how to do this, seek out a mentor to teach and guide you.
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