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Amazing Grace is a song that touches the very marrow of your soul. Frequently played at funerals and times of great suffering and sorrow. It showcases God’s loving kindness, mercy and compassion for His prodigal children. Ministering to our pain and offering us hope.

Everyone, even disciples of Jesus once followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. His spirit has power over everyone who doesn’t obey God. Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else. Ephesians 2:2-3

But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much. That even though we were dead because of our sin. He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.
It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved! God saved you by His grace when you believed, and you can’t take credit for this. It is a gift from God.

Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done. So none of us can boast about it. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:4-5 and 8-10

GO DEEPER

Yes, you may desire God in all things. But your ability to act on that desire will need God’s grace.

Your flesh and spirit are at war with one another. The innate selfishness of your mind and body will gravitate towards sin. Unless you allow the Lord to infuse you with His grace.

Strength to say…

NO to sin and YES to holiness.

NO to logic and YES to impossibility.

NO to certainty and YES to unpredictability.

NO to control and YES to submission.

NO to acceptance and YES to solitude.

NO to comfort and YES to sacrifice.

NO to timidity and YES to leadership.

NO to the fear of man and YES to the word of God.

What has the Lord’s grace helped you to overcome?

(Excerpt from I AM The Grace Giver)

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Yes I Can

To change anything that defines you— forms your identity is difficult. This transformation does not happen automatically or overnight.

Do not be frightened or intimidated by the process. Someone is willing to assist you— the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit will empower you to renew your mind. Transforming your thought processes and perceptions so you are less focused on the temporal. More concerned with becoming the person Papa envisioned when He created you. Willingly co-laboring with Him in the building of His Kingdom here on earth.

Walk fearlessly into the unknown. Knowing the Lord has promised if you will be obedient. He will…

Give you wisdom that is eternal. Not influenced by the prevailing truth of the culture. Cultural truths that are here today and gone tomorrow.

Heal all injuries incurred on the battlefield in the war for souls.

Demolish destructive and unholy paradigms and behaviors. Destroying satan’s and your flesh’s stranglehold on you.

Give you the peace no one completely understands.

Answer the call to duty. The victory has been won and is yours for the taking.

“I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord. “They are plans for peace and not disaster. Plans to give you a future filled with hope.”                                                      Jeremiah 29:11 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

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The Time of Judges was a turbulent and chaotic era in Hebraic history. The Hebrews spiritual disobedience kept them immersed in a vicious cycle. Beginning with idolatry, sin and oppression. Followed by repentance, deliverance and temporary peace.

The Hebrews refused to acknowledge God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness. But those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Galatians 6:7-8 

Believing two gods were better than the one and only true God. Many Hebrews also worshipped pagan gods. Which may have precipitated the initial events in the book of Ruth.

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There was a famine in the land. A man left Bethlehem in Judah with his wife and two sons to live in the land of Moab for a while. The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife’s name was Naomi. The names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They entered the land of Moab and settled there.

Naomi’s husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons. Her sons took Moabite women as their wives. One was named Orpah, and the second was named Ruth.

After they lived in Moab about 10 years. Both Mahlon and Chilion also died. Naomi was left without her two children and without her husband. Ruth 1:1-5

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Why did Elimelech move his family from the Promise Land?

Did the grass look greener on the other side?

Even though Israel was in the midst of a severe famine. Moab had not been affected.

Attempting to preserve his dwindling portfolio. Elimelech decided to live in a heathen nation until things improved in his homeland. Convincing himself if he went to Moab. He and his family would see no war or be hungry for bread.

Elimelech chose to ignore the Lord’s promise. If you will stay in this land, then I will build you up and not tear you down. I will plant you and not uproot you. For I will relent concerning the calamity that I have inflicted on you. Jeremiah 42:10

Disregarding the promises of God during a season of drought and famine. Elimelech was more concerned with self-preservation than transformation. He failed to use this wilderness experience as an opportunity for intimate, prolonged communion with the Lord.

Communion that sanctifies— cleanses your heart. Exposing possessions, paradigms and people that hinder or neutralize your Kingdom destiny.

Once they are revealed then can be modified or removed. Strengthening your heart so it discerns and is impervious to satan’s fiery darts.

All which solidifies your devotion to the Lord. Making a life devoid of His presence unthinkable and unbearable. Transforming you into a devout disciple of Jesus.

(Excerpt from I AM The Faithful Papa)

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