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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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Be Clothed And Mantled For Victory

Posted 01-16-2024 at 06:25 PM by Albert Finch

Gideon was "clothed" (mantled) with God Himself. If you recall Gideon's story, it was difficult for him to see himself as God saw him.
Gideon was fearful and hiding from the Midianites. Yet God referred to him as a "mighty man of valor."

God saw Gideon's potential – just as He sees ours -- "He sees us completed!"

"and in Him you have been made complete...." - Colossians 2:10

Think about this: God saw Gideon completed – victorious, courageous, and clothed with might!

Even though Gideon couldn't see correctly, God kept speaking into his potential. ("The Lord is with you, you mighty man of fearless courage.....Have I not sent you?" - Judges 6:12,14)

It is the same with us today, when God says, through the promises of scripture -- "Go forward with My strength. You are courageous; you are victorious; you are full of My power!"

Are we "seeing" ourselves that way? If not, it is time to "awaken"!

We must awaken to what Heaven is declaring concerning ourselves in advancing His Kingdom.

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