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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
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December 18, 2023 – Exhortation

Posted 12-18-2023 at 09:20 PM by Albert Finch

"The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19).

1 Peter 2:9: "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood…"

Part of your role as His royal priesthood is to carry on the works that Jesus came to do. What an incredible honor to be able to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming freedom for captives, and releasing prisoners from darkness. What a joy to proclaim, as His priest, the year of our Lord's favor.

The Spirit of God is calling for you to abide in Him and His Word. From this place, you then learn to speak and declare His truth over your own life, and then the lives of others. It's not enough just to speak the truth though; He actually wants to change your very thoughts and through your influence and willingness to disciple others -- the way other people think.

As you continue this process, your thoughts do begin to change, and you find you are thinking in alignment with Him and His Kingdom. Emerging from this process you step into your royal role taking up your keys, binding and loosing, and bringing Heaven to Earth by releasing the decrees and declarations you hear from the Spirit of God.

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