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  1. Hello my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, I thought I write about the flip side of a topic, and how to recognize the attempts of the enemy to destroy lives and how you can walk in His victory! For the Apostle Paul taught us not to be ignorant of enemy's tactics and strategies. 2 Corinthians 2:112 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. So often, we can learn lessons by learning and playing "devil's" advocate. When we read this passage, Mar 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. Mar 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strongman; and then he will spoil his house. Here we learn a lesson that in order to plunder one's house you must first BIND up the strongman. While we realize in this particular passage this is referring to God binding up the strongman (Satan) and this is how Satan's house is plundered. But if you carefully analyze the enemy -- you realize that he uses the same tactics on us! Your house cannot be plundered -- unless you are first bound. And then Satan can plunder your house! Let's take a marriage situation. A husband and wife are newly married and they are just getting by. The wife hasn't had a new dress in some time, and while she's out and about -- she stumbles across a dress that is 75% off and a steal! She's in need of some new clothing and thinks to herself -- I should get this while it's soo cheap! Meanwhile, her husband is looking over a mountain of bills and thinking to himself, the only way to get out of this mess is to work "overtime" and starts to figure out how much he needs to work to cover all their bills. When the wife comes home, she's looking fine in her dress and the first thought of her husband -- planted by the enemy -- can you believe that your wife spent money on a dress? Of course, this feeds into his mind and reacts to the thought -- and gets angry at his wife and demands that she take the dress back. So he's ignoring the fact how good she looks in the dress, and ignores how cheap it was -- and allows a foothold to be set! The wife can't believe it -- and let's the emotion burn in her while biting her tongue. A few weeks goes by, and the husband is out and about and sees a fishing rod on sale -- and buys it! The wife sees the new fishing rod -- the enemy then brings back that emotion of what happened a few weeks prior about the dress -- and suddenly she explodes! And now you have the beginnings of how the enemy has taken footholds and then created strongholds -- and for the ultimate purpose of dividing a marriage! Now let's look at Luke and see what lessons we can learn from it. Luk 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Luk 11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: Luk 11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. Luk 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. If you notice this, the strong man who's armed -- ready for battle -- ready to face whatever comes his way -- he's living in PEACE! If we recognize the first steps of the enemy's work in our lives -- knowing he's trying to create footholds -- you'll begin to understand why? He can't rob, kill and destroy you -- unless you are FIRST bound up! So we need to be armed with the Word, armed with the knowledge of the enemy's tactics, and be ready to defend what is rightfully ours! We need to take authority over the powers of darkness because that authority was given to us at the cross! Luk 10:18 And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Luk 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Luk 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." So we fight the good fight of faith, standing in His victory and be ready to pounce on every thought that is not of God -- that is being used to BIND US up! Be prepared to battle today -- put on the full armor of God -- and be ready to pounce on every thought that would seek to create a foothold in your life! When you do this, truly you will become a strong man who's possessions are at perfect peace! Your brother in the Lord with much agape love, George
  2. A friend asked me something the other day that really made me think. He said, "Do you think being adopted has had an effect on the way you see God, as opposed to someone who wasn't?" When he asked me that, my first thought was, "No, it's nothing special. God's the same to everyone." However, the more I think about that, the more I realize it isn't true. Some people put God in a box; they believe that He can't possibly solve their problems. Some people are still trying to "win" Him over by their good deeds, though they have been believers for years. Many people see someone altogether different, although we're all looking at the same God. I realize that I will never, ever understand God, because His ways are higher than my ways, and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9) With that being said, one thing I have learned about God is that He truly loves all of His children. "How deep the Father's love for us How vast,beyond all measure." That He should give His ONLY son To make a wretch His treasure" How true that song is. He loves us SO much, that it simply cannot be measured. He only had one begotten Son. He gave him up, sacrificed a part of Himself, to make all of us wretched, hopeless people His treasure. That sure does sound like adoption to me. Giving up parts of yourself to treasure a child that wasn't yours from the beginning. Another characteristic of God reflected by adoption: unconditional love. If you've been adopted, and you didn't receive unconditional love from that, my heart hurts for you. I did receive that, and it truly is amazing. I pushed my parents away time and again, and I know I hurt them deeply with my rejection. But don't we do that to God every day? And He never gives up. Thank God they didn't give up on me. Consider this: Do you think that a child, or anyone for that matter, can comprehend a God that gives unconditional love, that will never give up no matter how many times we push Him away, that will NEVER abandon us, if they've never been shown it? I don't. My adoption HAS changed the way I see God. You see, when someone has been abandoned, they have all these doubts and insecurities. Being adopted didn't magically fix this. My understanding of what that truly means, with my parents and with God, did. No magic. Just the understanding that I was chosen, even though I felt that there must be something wrong with me. My parents chose me. God chose me, although I am dirty, shameful, and inadequate. I revel in that! How amazing it is to know that I don't have to do it all, because I can't! But He loves me anyway. He chose me as His son, and He will always take care of me. I know my parents can't always take care of me, but I know they will never stop trying. I understand that God picked me up out of my insecurities, He didn't let go, and He changed my life. "...From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." -Luke 12:48 If you have much, love on some kids. Adopt them, or foster them. It won't be easy, actually it'll be really hard. But it's amazing being loved by a parent who didn't HAVE to love you. God calls us all to do just that. James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Thank you, Dad and Mom, for loving me unconditionally even though I put you guys through it over and over. I will never be able to express how thankful I am, or how loved I feel.
  3. In my personal opinion,the 1o Commandments of online Witnessing are always WORTHY of revival,,,,,,,Here they are! & welcome new members! The Lords Humble servant & Worthy member,Kwik
  4. Greetings all, For all new members - When you first join and are still a "newbie" all of your posts will require moderator approval. After making a few posts in our welcome forums you will be given the ability to freely post in areas of the forum without restrictions (Controversial Issues requires 100 posts to participate, but not to read, and there are some password protected forums based on age and gender). It could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours for us to approve your content and take you off newbie status, no more than a day at most. This is a measure that we are having to implement because of spammers, basically. We will work hard to get your posts approved and get you off of review as rapidly as is possible. If, for whatever reason, you have posted and more than a day has passed without approval, please feel free to email us at worthyboards@gmail.com or by simply clicking "contact us" at the bottom of this page. You can also contact anyone in the groups Servant or Watchman if you have any questions regarding this or anything else. God bless, Steve_S
  5. Hello my brothers and sisters in the Lord, Most people don't realize the radical experiment we are doing here! I want you to imagine yourself -- hundreds of years ago -- when all the different denominations were starting! While everyone was insisting their beliefs were the "only" correct way to worship God -- they were creating more and more splits and divisions! What we are trying to do at Worthy Boards is unheard of when you think about it! We are trying to unify the body -- while at the same time protect those fundamental truths that we can all agree with -- the need for salvation through Jesus -- the source of truth for living the Christian life found within the Bible. Read our Statement of faith! This experiment hasn't happened before when you really consider it! Of course, there's the ecumenical movement -- unity for the sake of doctrinal compromises! I'm sorry, but the fundamental doctrines of the faith can't be compromised. So often though when you have so many different denominations, you have many different avenues of thought that have never been explored by other denominations. Just because a teaching is "different" than one you are used to hearing, doesn't necessarily mean it's wrong -- it may be just different! But differences of opinion is actually a good thing whether you realize it or not! For God didn't create us to be the SAME body part -- but created us all different so that we could join together to form the body of Christ to complement each other! Oftentimes I learn by realizing other avenues of thinking presented by various believers. By allowing various avenues of thoughts we expand our horizons and allow the Spirit of God to realign our thoughts with the mind of Christ and continue our growth in the maturity of the Lord. So before you run out and cry "heretic" or "false teacher", be sure to carefully listen, and observe what someone is saying. I honestly believe that things "heard through the grapevine" have a way of being twisted -- but if you go to the source then you can carefully examine the fruit -- test the fruit -- and then make a judgment -- often times you may find that the red grape you were expecting to find was just a white grape -- it was just a different color, but when you examined the fruit -- you find out its still good fruit! We need to recognize that every word spoken, we will be judged for. And everyone that is hindered from hearing the gospel because someone feels the need to scream - heretic, false prophet, or demeaning someone in some fashion -- let's just say I wouldn't want to be that person sitting before the Lord at the Bema Seat! This is a problem that I do have and I want to voice my concerns now and I hope you carefully heed these words. When someone comes into the boards, who is not necessarily a Christian -- the first thing you should do is NOT castigate them. The first thing you should do before you even post -- what would Jesus do? Did Jesus say -- get away from me you prostitute? or get away from me you heathen? or say give me the first stone because I am without sin? Jesus didn't go closing doors, He went forth OPENING the DOOR so ALL could enter in! This was the Lord's prayer to the Father before He was crucified! That we may all be ONE! My wife and I don't agree on everything -- but when we disagree -- we agree to disagree! Sometimes it's best to say -- I agree to disagree! Love breaks down walls of division and covers a multitude of sins! So may the Love of God be abundant in your hearts so that the world can be radically changed through you! May the love of God be shown in all of your posts! Your brother in Christ with much agape love, George
  6. A Message to my Worthy Family This is my virtual greeting card to you. I wrote this poem for all of you. It comes with a prayer that your gatherings with family and friends tomorrow will be blessed. May we celebrate the Lord's triumph in His resurrection. And sing along with the old hymn " Christ the Lord is risen today. Hallelujah!" Celebrate The Wondrous Day by turtletwo This greeting comes to bring good cheer As 'Resurrection Day' draws near Christ rose and though He went away He will return for us one day Take heart in what He's promised you And thank Him for what He went through He bled and suffered on a tree He died in place of you and me So celebrate this wondrous day The heavy stone was rolled away He conquered death and offers men The freedom to be born again
  7. Please pray that my husband does not endanger himself.
  8. Shalom my brothers and sisters, First of all, welcome to our online fellowship. It's our sincere hope that you enjoy your time on our boards. Recently it occurred to me that a great number of people have come into our online fellowship within the past year or so and perhaps you've never clearly understood how the ministry operates. So I'm writing out in full detail just how the Holy Spirit led me to create a system of checks and balances within the ministry to keep everyone accountable to each other. We have a very open and transparent ministry. First, a little bit about our moderating team. Every moderator on the boards comes from a completely unique and different background. There's no 2 moderators from the same denomination on the boards. Denominations do not play a part in our moderating style because our focus is not on denomination differences but rather our common bond in our Lord and Savior Jesus! So if you see a thread being pulled or yanked, it's not being pulled or yanked because of a difference in theology, but rather a problem with the spirit of the thread. Of course differences are going to be expressed in any discussion -- but how these differences are voiced is the reasoning for any thread being shut down. Now every single thread that has been started on Worthy is still in our database. Whenever a thread may disappear from the boards -- they are not deleted, but rather moved to a section hidden where an oversight committee reviews every action of the moderating team. This is where Worthy Watchman come into play. Worthy Watchman are not moderators, but rather a host of individuals that review every thread that has been removed from the boards. Every time a thread is closed, the moderator posts the reasoning behind why the thread was closed. Any problems with moderator actions are posted and discussed. Worthy Chat Admins review also act in the same function as Worthy Watchman in reviewing different threads and can voice their objections as well. So you can see, that every action a moderator takes is not only reviewed by each of the other moderators -- but also every Worthy Watchman and Worthy Chat administrator. So in essence there's nearly 50 people in moderation -- each playing different roles as a system of checks and balances so that focus is maintained! May the Lord richly bless you, Your brother in Christ with much agape love, George
  9. The reality is ... that Jesus is within all of us as believers ... so he's already part of Worthy ... whether you realize it or not. The real problem is when our flesh and soulish desires hinder what the Spirit is truly doing!
  10. My daughter has been living with me for 5 months now. Her mom came to get her at school on February 17th and assaulted her while trying to take her from me. She is charged with child abuse and I am in a fight for all 3 children. All 3 have been living with me for 2 and half months. As of now she has a no contact order. She will plea bargain her charges. She is re-married and the man has also been accused of abuse against his child from another marriage. She has made many false claims and misrepresentations against me in her court declaration. Our court date is May 2nd. I raise the children in a biblical and Godly home. She does not acknowledge Christ and does not raise them in the ways of God but in the ways of the world. Please pray for a firewall of protection around me and my 3 children and that the Lord keeps us. I thank God and you for interceding on our behalf. Thank you very much!
  11. My husband and I have been separated now for almost a month..We have been married seven years and then suddenly one day things started to change. I am a daughter of Christ Jesus and believe my husband hasn't been truly saved. we have separated on more than one occasion..but this time I'm thinking that the Jezebel spirit has interceded and is tearing us apart. As I mentioned, we are currently separated and this time he says that he wants to move on and ask me to please leave him alone. I have prayed and prayed my soul and heart out because I truly don't believe this is something He really wants or means. I am asking please if my prayer partners, brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus will lift up your prayers with me and ask God to intervene in this relationship and humble my husbands heart and lose this pride he has been carrying around with him for quite some time and put thoughts and memories of all the wonderful times we once shared in his mind, so that Christ Jesus can bring us back to restoring our marriage...never the less His will, ( as we all know ) and not ours..Ill will be waiting for your prayers ..God Bless!
  12. Mom entered eternity yesterday, Feb 27th. I will miss her dearly but I take comfort in knowing she is with Jesus. My deepest thanks to all who prayed for her in her long and challenging journey that began on March 9th, 2018. God came through for her time and again. She wasn't expected to make it to April. It is amazing that she survived nearly a year from when her anoxic brain injury began! The Lord was glorified in the many ways she 'beat the odds.' Each hurdle she overcame was another opportunity to praise the Lord for His goodness and healing. As much as I will be lonely for her I would never wish her back to this world of suffering. She is now at rest and I rejoice in knowing that.
  13. Muhammad or Jesus: The Prophet Like Unto Moses by John McTernan "The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken." — Deuteronomy 18:15 For Islam to be a religion, Muhammad must be a prophet of God. The message of Muhammad as recorded in the Koran is the foundation of Islam. This is seen in the confession to be a Muslim. This is called the Sha-hadatain. The second part of the Shahadatain follows: "... that Muhammad is His messenger to all human beings till the Day of Judgment." By Messenger, the Koran means prophet. According to Islam, he is the final prophet or seal of the prophets: "Muhammad... [he is] the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things" (Sura 33:40). Islam teaches not only is Muhammad the seal of the prophets but he is the greatest of the prophets. He is equal to or greater than Moses. Islam believes that Muhammad is the special prophet the Bible mentions will be like Moses. This verse from the Bible follows: "I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him" (Deut. 18:18). The Koran states that Muhammad is the Prophet who will be like unto Moses. Muhammad came with the final message which everyone has to obey: "Say: I am not the first of the apostles, and I do not know what will be done with me or with you: I do not follow anything but that which is revealed to me, and I am nothing but a plain warner. Say: Have you considered if it is from Allah, and you disbelieve in it, and a witness from among the children of Israel has borne witness of one like him, so he believed, while you are big with pride; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people" (Sura 46:9-10). What It Means To Be Prophet Like Unto Moses There are five outstanding characteristics that have to be met. The Bible teaches that Moses is different than all the other Old Testament prophets. To be the prophet like Moses of Deuteronomy 18, these five characteristics have to be met. These requirements follow: 1. God spoke directly to Moses. All other prophets received their revelation by visions or dreams. Moses' revelation was directly from the mouth of God. "And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" (Num. 12:6-8). 2. Moses was in the direct presence of God. He saw the similitude or form of the LORD. Moses glowed from being in direct presence of God's glory. "And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him" (Exod. 34:29-30). 3. Moses brought in a blood covenant relationship with God. The other prophets built upon this covenant, but no other Old Testament prophet brought in a different covenant. "And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words. Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness" (Exod. 24:8-10). 4. Moses did mighty signs and wonders. God used Moses to split the Red Sea. " And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left" (Exod. 14:21-22). 5. Moses prophesied of the future. Moses gave entire chapters of prophecy. His prophecy centered on the people and nation of Israel. "Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD" (Lev. 26:42,44-45). 6. The prophet has to be a Jew. The Prophet like Moses will have to come from one of the tribes of Israel. The context of Deutromony 18 makes it clear that the brethren means someone from one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Deuteronomy 18:1,2,7,15 The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel... 2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. 7 Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, which stand there before the LORD. 15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; The Test of Muhammad as the Prophet Like unto Moses Using the five criteria of Moses being a special prophet, let's test the Muslim's claim that Muhammad is the special prophet like Moses which the Koran claims. 1. God spoke directly with Moses. Muhammad fails because the Koran shows he received his message from an angel. "Then I swear by the angels who bring down the revelation" (Sura 77:5). "Say: Whoever is the enemy of Jibreel— for surely he revealed it to your heart by Allah's command, verifying that which is before it and guidance and good news for the believers" (Sura 2:97). 2. The Koran never reported that Muhammad was literally in the direct presence of God. 3. Muhammad never brought in a blood covenant with God, but his message went directly against the revealed word of God. Muhammad denied the basis for the New Testament covenant which is the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross. "And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa (Jesus) son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so" (Sura 4:157). 4. The Koran reports no signs and wonders of Muhammad. 5. Muhammad made no prophecies in the Koran. The Muslims call Sura 30 the Great Prophecy: This Sura is often used as proof Muhammad was a prophet. "The Romans are vanquished, In a near land, and they, after being vanquished, shall overcome, Within a few years. Allah's is the command before and after; and on that day the believers shall rejoice" (Sura 30:2-4). Sura 30 is not a valid prophecy: The Romans, who were the Byzantines, were always at war. A near land is not identified. The location to judge the near land is not identified in the Koran. Is it Jerusalem, Mecca, or Medina etc.? What is a few years? No date is give for this prophecy so within a few years can be identified. The fulfillment is not recorded in the Koran. It is impossible to verify that Sura 30:2-4 is a valid prophecy. 6. Muhammad was not a Jew. This just by itself eliminates Muhammad from being the Prophet of Deuteronomy 18:18. Muhammad fails the test of prophet in general and specifically he is not the prophet like unto Moses. Therefore his message as written in the Koran is to be totally rejected. He cannot be classified as a prophet because he made no prophecy which could be tested. The Muslim's claim that Muhammad is the seal of the prophets has no authority as there is no proof in the Koran that Muhammad was a true prophet of God. The Lord Jesus Meets the Criteria To Be the Prophet Like Unto Moses The Bible says that the Lord Jesus is the Prophet like unto Moses. "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: . . . For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people (Acts 3:20,22-23). 1. God spoke directly to Moses. God spoke directly through the Lord Jesus. "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" (John 14:10). 2. Moses was in the direct presence of God and glowed from God's presence. Jesus was the direct presence of God, and He manifested the glory of God! "And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light" (Matt. 17:1-2). 3. Moses brought in a blood covenant relationship with God. The Lord Jesus brought in a better blood covenant with God. The better covenant gives the assurance of eternal life to all that believe. "For this is my blood of the new testament [covenant], which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matt. 26:28). "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Heb. 8:6). 4. Moses did mighty signs and wonders. Jesus did mighty signs and wonders. The Lord Jesus raised a man from the dead after he was four days in the grave. The Bible reported only a few of the awesome miracles that the Lord Jesus did. These miracles were a sign of Him being the Son of God. "Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. ... And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go" (John 11:39,43-44). 5. Moses prophesied of the future, as did Jesus. Like Moses, the Lord Jesus focused His prophecy on the Jews and their dispersion and restoration. The restoration of Israel and Jerusalem would occur just before His second coming. Just as the Lord prophesied, exactly happened to the Jews. Israel is once again a nation with Jerusalem as its capital. "And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? . . . But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land [Israel], and wrath upon this people [Jews]. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (Luke 21:7,23-24). 6. Moses was a Jew and the Lord Jesus was a Jew. Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. The Lord Jesus qualifies to be the Prophet because He is the Son of David from the tribe of Judah. The Lord Jesus not only met the requirements of being the Prophet like unto Moses, but he exceeded them in all points. Moses was the servant of God, but the Lord Jesus was the Son of God; therefore, He was greater than Moses. "[Christ] Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. . . . And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house ..." (Heb. 3:2-3,5-6). The Bible shows that the Lord Jesus is greater than Moses as He is the Son of God. God sent His Son into the world to die for our sin. Because of the death of the Lord Jesus on the cross, you can be forgiven of all sin and have assurance of eternal life with God. When you trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior, God makes an eternal blood covenant with you. Please repent of sin and trust the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Eternal life is only through faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He is the Prophet like unto Moses and those that do not listen to His message, God will require it of them. "If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (1 John 5:9-12).
  14. there has been a group of people in my life who started a smear campaign against me that has gotten out of hand i am feeling its impact everyday, and it is wearing me down. please pray for me thank you
  15. Turtletwo asked me to post some of my poetry. I also have written some spiritual thoughts and devotionals, so thought I would post some of those, too. I have more of those than of poems. All Things to God, by Debp I cannot be all things to people, I must be all things to God... And God all things to me. Only then can I be What God would have me to be... To others and myself.
  16. Sometimes I think we Christians are too harsh on our fellow Christians. We are ready to pounce on one another for not coming to the same agreement about scripture. Or for using a different Bible translation. We are too ready to accuse our fellow brothers and sisters of being less Holy then us because they attend a church that dose things a little different then our church dose. We are all learning as we go on this walk with Christ. Some of us learn faster then others. Some of us need to grow more to get to be where Christ wants us to be. For some, God maybe leading them to a path that will take them to the work that He has set for them to do. Anyway, I think we need to be kinder to each other and not so quick to pounce on judgment of one another. Well anyway, that is what I think.
  17. Hi, everyone. Yesterday was extremely hard and tempting, though I'm reading the Bible and praying. Newly re-committed to God, and coming out of a VERY dark and isolated place, I really need prayers and community support to stay on track. I have no contact with the Christian community, so I'm going it on my own for the moment (with God, of course). I'm moving to a new state soon, so it'll be about a month until I can find a nice church. I don't really know how to pack it all into a nutshell. Basically, it starts at the beginning: I was extremely neglected as a child and fell through the cracks at school, into a life of extreme isolation. No friends, no anything, it's hard even to find references now that I'm job-hunting. Destructive habits went with the territory: drugs, alcohol, self-harm, and basically living another fantasy life wrapped up in my own head. I kicked the chemical habits years back, but I'm still terribly bad at eating enough and otherwise taking good care of myself. Anyway, I'm trying hard to quit the self-harm, eat, and emerge from my own head, so to speak. God tells me He has wonderful plans for me, not just in heaven but here on earth, and that I must live as the person He made me to be. I feel like a baby learning to walk, feeling my way forward. Please pray that I make the right choices, and let God deliver me to the life He has for me with these transitions in the coming weeks. Thank you - God bless!
  18. Blessings Brothers & Sisters(& friends) Our Beloved Abby_Joy needs us to join her in fervent prayer......her precious 15yr old son suddenly had a severe migraine,he does not get headaches so Abby quickly got him to a doctor and the doctor sent him to the ER for cat scan/MRI They discovered a tumor in front of his brain and he was rushed to a childrens hospital .....since they just got him there that is all the information there is at this time ,as I know more I will keep everyone updated Pray with us for this boy's body to be healed......Lord God,Loving Father,we bind that tumor spirit in Jesus Name & cast it out-loosing our Most Holy Spirit in it's place With Your Mighty Healing Hand Touch him that he be free from any disorder,sickness or disease -to bring you glory ,Oh Lord as Your Living testimony We will hear no evil report and our Faith in You,Your Truth,Your Promises We ARE Healed by Your Stripe,no weapon formed against is shall prosper To God be the Honor,the Praise & the Glory in ALL things.....Thank You Jesus ,we Love You-in YOU we Trust,we BELIEVE......Hosannah in the Highest!
  19. 13 points
    Shalom everyone, Since I've been asked, I'll post up a quick reference guide to what the different functions of ministry are. We instituted a checks and balances sort of system at Worthy, so that no one person or persons have complete authority. Worthy Steward -- That's me -- and why do I call myself a Steward. It's merely because I'm a steward of the Lord's ministry. It's not "my" ministry -- and not "my" work. It's the Lord's work! Worthy Servants -- Those are Forum Moderators, who check reported posts, send PM's to keep the peace so to speak, and try to keep this "experiment " running smoothly! Worthy Chat Moderators -- Those are Chat Moderators, who keep Worthy Chat clean, and help "steer" chat. Worthy Watchman -- These are a group of "oversight" individuals, whose role is NOT to "moderate" but a means of checks and balances to the different moderators. When things come up -- they are responsible to review Reported Posts, Moderator actions / inactions, and even comment as to "why" things were handled the way they were. So in essence, the moderation team is a group of individuals who "volunteer" their time, and often get criticized no matter what they do! Either they are moderating too heavily, not moderating too much, why is this "false" doctrine allowed to be discussed, etc. are some of the common complaints I've heard over the 15+ years we've run Worthy! It really doesn't change over the years -- just the members. Many people don't realize how much turnover there is on forum boards! I'm not sure how many different moderating teams we've gone through -- but it's significant! Past Moderation Style We've always like to keep a clean board. and in the past we removed, hid, and deleted harmful posts. However, when we do so, many people NEVER see how much moderating is being done behind the scenes! How many posts are "cleaned up"? The moderators have a few options at this point. First, we'll send a Private Message, trying to "steer" people to what is and what is not acceptable. If this doesn't work, then we will place individuals on "Moderator Review" for a certain period of time. At this point, most of those individuals placed on Moderator Review never come back. What most people do not realize is that "Moderator Review" is the last thing we really want to do as moderators -- because it increases our workload! So what is changed? Changes in Moderation We are simply not "cleaning" up the board any longer. If someone personally attacks someone, then we will simply leave the attack on the board -- EDIT the post -- leaving it intact, but commenting on the post that we as the moderating team do not feel this is appropriate, and the steps we've taken to fix the problem. We'll send a Private Message to the offender, issue a Moderation point, and ban the person from the thread -- ONLY FROM THE THREAD -- not from the forums! Just the thread itself! How I believe this will help in the long run? 1st -- People will actually begin to see how much "moderating" is being done "openly"! 2nd -- By having posts NEVER hidden -- it'll be easy to refer to "past" infractions as a means of "instructing, and correcting". 3rd -- Hopefully people will change their posting styles! People always try to "win a debate"! In doing so, they forget that sometimes you win -- by laying down the fight for ANOTHER time! Usually in the "heat of battle" a nasty thing appears -- PRIDE! Do you not know that "pride is the source of all contentions!" (Proverbs 13:10a KJV Only by pride cometh contention) If you're truly wanting to change someone's mind -- you have to be CAREFUL not to offend. Why? As Proverbs 18:19 says, "A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle." Remember the instruction that Paul gave to Timothy written in 2 Timothy 2:23-26, Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. The hardest part of this passage is being "kind to everyone" and "patiently enduring evil!" If the first reaction is to trade insult for insult -- then you're failing at being an instructor of the Word! Notice how it concludes -- that God opens their hearts to the TRUTH -- it's not us -- it's the work of God! However, we can do a pretty good job of "hindering" someone coming to the knowledge of the truth by purposely "offending" them! Forgetting by offending them -- you're actually HINDERING the means by which someone comes to the truth. If you have any thoughts, any questions, we're all about transparency -- so ask away! Your brother in the Lord with much agape love, George
  20. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and have 3 children. His walk with the Lord has waivered throughout the years. He has a drinking problem as well. I believe he trys to be a good father my his worldly desires often leave me and our kids left wanting more from him. I think he has always struggled with self esteem and seeks attention from others. We've delt with infidelity in the past and from time to time he will make inappropriate advances with other women. I rely on the Lord for my strength and know God has called me to be stable for my children. I am asking for prayer for my husband today that he will find the Lord again and leave his worldly desires behind him. I am committed to staying married as I feel God is calling me to stay. I also feel God is calling me to quietly witness to my husband and pray for him. I have seen the power of prayer and know the Lore answers prayer! I'm posting my prayer request here as I know many Christians visit this forum and pray daily for one another. I'm hoping that the Lord will hear my prayers and see two or more gathered online rallying to pray for my dear husband. Thanks in advance to all who pray. I appreciate it! Lord, I come to you again first praising you for your goodness and grace. Thank you for sending Your son to die for me and my sins. Thank you for Your forgiveness. Help me to continue to focus on loving my husband with I Corinthians 13 love. I pray Lord that You open his eyes to hear Your Word and Your Voice. Please soften his heart and allow him to accept Your will and desire it for his life. I ask Lord that You heal and comfort his heart. Help him to walk away from alcohol and smoking. Help him to overcome his worldly desires. Please meet him where he is. I ask that you speak to him in anyway that will reach him. Please break through to him. I know you are calling me to me a missionary in my own home. Help me to diligently pursue You each day. Holy Spirit please give me Your gifts of wisdom, understanding, and faith. Help me to consistently connect with You everyday Lord. Please protect my children as You have each day. Watch over them and help them to know You and grow in their faith. I pray that you guide me as I guide them. I ask that you touch my husband and allow him to see how his actions hurt us. Help him to want Your will. I pray that he becomes the spiritual leader in our home. Burn wildly in his heart. I pray my husband becomes a passionate Christ follower. Guide him today. Holy Spirit fill him with your presence so he can follow you. Change his desires so they align with Your will Jesus. Thank you again Lord for your comfort, peace, and patience with me. Thank you for your forgiveness. I am broken and weak by myself but am strong and confident in You! You are my Wonderful Counselor, my Father, my hope, my peace, my joy, my Savior, and my God. Help me to think before I speak. Help me to remember this world is temporary and that my goal is to further Your kingdom here on Earth. You are good Lord and I love you. Hear my prayers Jesus as I lift them up to you today. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen
  21. The living God will always be alive. Praise God that we are opportuned to be worshipping the living God.
  22. Some say that God gave us two ears and only one mouth for a reason. So that we could do more listening and less spouting off at the mouth We should always pray before we speak, asking the following: "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God." (James 1:19-20) Any input including scriptures about this are welcome.
  23. You haven't seen me post in a few months. It is because I've been in the hospital after jumping off a building. I don't remember how high it was and oddly don't remember jumping. I just woke up in the hospital days later and my mom and Dad visited me for the first time in years and told me what I did. I just remember looking down and thinking it was high enough to kill me and said a prayer to God that my spirit would rise from the ground and help people. The humiliation of urinating and defecating myself and being in a wheelchair for 10 weeks was good for me. I broke my pelvis, broke my arm, broke multiple ribs, broke my back in two places, had a concussion, bladder injury, and a collapsed lung. It really was good for me. I'm a lot more compassionate. Being in a wheelchair and being incontinent really opened my eyes to how much people suffer and made me want to relieve such suffering. It is hell! I hope to be a counselor. My psychotherapist tells me he thinks I'd be good at his profession and that his profession needs guys like me. So, am hoping for that. This was my second suicide attempt. The first was laying down in front of an oncoming train. The train conductor stopped the train and called the police who took me to the same hospital. I think I'll be alright. I have a good feeling about things today. I appreciate your prayers though! I'm just lucky I'm able to walk again. I could have broken my back or neck to the point where I'd be in a wheelchair for life. That would be far worse than death. I'll consider it more than luck that that never happened. Don't think I'll try suicide again because of the consequences of not succeeding at it. God just might keep me alive no matter what I try, leaving me nothing but permanently handicapped and disfigured.
  24. Our oldest daughter had our second grandchild (first grandson) this morning. We're putting our house up for sale in a few days so we're fixing little things, cleaning, and starting packing for showings. We need to find a new house in the town we are moving to (which we'll probably do between offer acceptance and closing). Middle daughter (with oldest grandchild, expecting in May) and family are in the processing of selling their house to move closer to older sister and need to find a new place. Youngest daughter living with us is packing and considering grad school or other plans and maybe moving out. As of tomorrow, we've been in this house for 22 years, so lots of clutter, memories, and cleaning up. So, no clue if we are ending up in a smaller place or similar size or go for becoming duplex owners. I'll also probably need to be establishing a new consulting business in the new area we're moving to. In the big picture, this is definitely God's big move for us onto the next stage of our lives. In the meantime, it's a bit on the hectic side. In general, we're doing fine though day to day we don't know what we are up to and probably won't for a month or two. Any prayers over the upcoming days and weeks as anyone is feeling led will be appreciated. Thanks!
  25. Then I would strongly suggest disposing of those things properly.
  26. Are you the tax collector or the Pharisee? Luk 18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: Luk 18:10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. Luk 18:11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. Luk 18:12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' Luk 18:13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." ....me lately I like to look at what Paul said about his sin - 1Ti 1:12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 1Ti 1:13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 1Ti 1:14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1Ti 1:15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1Ti 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life..... -- See Paul, even though a man filled with the love of Christ ....knew that his sins were the same as any other mans....in verse 15 he says : I am the foremost - meaning I am the chief of sinners.... He hoped that others would see that regardless of his past as a great sinner and persecutor of Christians that others would see that if God could forgive him....that he could YOU too! - Paul had hoped that people could see that even though the best of us sin still - that it does not change what Christ did for us, that it does not change the message given by a man ( for even the best will still sin) - Christ died on the cross to free us of our sins...not give a license to sin continually, but to know we are still of the flesh, we still sin at times when we know better, or may not even want to do what we do. Paul says in Romans - -- Rom 7:15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Rom 7:16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. Rom 7:17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Rom 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out Paul says I AM A SINNER! - I am only saved through the MERCY of Christ - I cannot do what I desire for I cannot do it alone - I can only do things with the Lord giving me the strength to do so - Paul says in 2 Corinthians - 2Co 12:7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 2Co 12:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 2Co 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Folks, it comes down to this - we can't cast out the message because of the messenger - we are ALL sinners - none better than the other - none worse - We are only free from these sins through the Grace, Love and Mercy of Jesus Christ. -- Joh 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Joh 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Joh 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. -- Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  27. Jesus didn't start any religion. He set up a relationship.
  28. A few here mistakenly think those of us who are born again by grace through faith and accept Christ's finished work for our salvation are not walking with Jesus. Over and over they claim we have a license to sin, and therefore are leading sinful lives. Some even claim that we are taught by pastors not to do any works as we are relying on grace. Of course, this is untrue. I've been born again since the early 1970s and have never heard any pastors preaching against doing good works. Rather we were taught to have a quiet time (prayer/Bible reading) with the Lord so we could grow spiritually. Of course growing spiritually includes good works, but we know we are not saved or kept saved by good works. The Holy Spirit is a definite factor in our hearts/lives as we grow spiritually (are sanctified) throughout our lives...it is not just self effort. I hope the few with the above misunderstandings will stop continually perpetuating these untruths. We seek to live holy lives but it is something that comes from our hearts that have been changed by the Lord when we were born again. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13.
  29. ayin jade

    cancer

    Its official. I have cancer. Early stages so they say it looks curable. But still, its the c word. And I feel like throwing up. Much prayers appreciated.
  30. Blessings Everyone! This is a photo sharing Thread,please no cartoons or zany signage,lets keep it PERSONAL......things that you like,if its flowers,the sky,your pets,whatever you want to share just because "I love you"................Praise Jesus Well,I love to show off my little Graycie ...here she is ,really getting good at walking on the leash
  31. Did you know that the Gospel is revealed in Scripture as early as Genesis 5:3-32? In the chart below the Hebrew names and English translations are listed: Hebrew English Adam Man Seth Appointed Enosh Mortal Kenan Sorrow; Mahalalel The Blessed God Jared Shall come down Enoch Teaching Methuselah His death shall bring Lamech The Despairing Noah Rest, or comfort. Now let’s combine the English meanings into a sentence (the words in parentheses are added for clarity). Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest. Here’s the Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis! *taken from an article by Chuck Missler
  32. To whom else can we go but God? He gives peace and rest to our souls. When I suffer, I keep looking to Jesus. Also, I try to take things a day at a time with Jesus, my Savior. He will get me through the trials.
  33. Amanda 10

    Sam

    Sam became a christian! Praise God thank you Lord.
  34. Mornin' Folks, So last night I was in chat and the topic of atheists came up. I was surprised by the number of people that stated that they "hated" them some stating they "had no souls". Atheists are folks with hardened hearts, eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. Basically they are folks who have not been sent the Holy Spirit and and brought into the light by our Lord. We, as believers, are disciples of God and it is our mission to help bring the word to people like these. So, I say we should not turn our faces away from atheists, but stand our ground and share the Lord's word with them. Be vigilant After all we are soldiers of God! Your thoughts? JJ
  35. This is the delicate balance. First of all, we're a ministry of OUTREACH. However, sad to say, most believers have never been equipped, nor have the patience or the faith to be able to boldly share their faith. So the areas whereby non-believers can freely express themselves is limited to those who have the heart, the desire, and the patience to share their faith. They have the freedom to express themselves in those forums. There are no limitations to freedom of speech in those forums. As a matter of fact, in those forums, because it's limited -- we're actually allowing a deeper dialogue since as a Moderation team is not hindered with the thoughts in the back of our mind about protecting the flock. The main section of the forums is for Christians ... simple as that. It's a place for Christians to freely express themselves ... which honestly is hard to find these days on the internet. Honestly, it's combining the two different aspects of ministry ... outreach ... and discipling, nurturing, training and encouragement. They are two opposite objectives being accomplished simultaneously. Think about it ... if we're trying to disciple ... do you want a non-believer freely expressing their thoughts into a deep discussion that deals with deeper issues of faith? On the opposite spectrum ... if you're trying to desperately reach the lost ... do you want someone with little patience jumping into a discussion saying ... throw your pearls before the swine you heathen? or you're going to hell ... I'm done with you? When the reality is ... patience, prayer and a heart for the lost is needed. So we've isolated those who have this heart -- to have access to those forums. The reality is ... both have a place ... and both aspects are being accomplished. God bless, George
  36. Hi there, Please may I ask for prayers. My mum passed away on October 6th, in hospital, with heart failure. I live 700 miles away from where my mum lived, and due to difficult circumstances I was unable to attend the funeral in person, after much trying to do so. A friend of mine live video called me from the funeral service, so I was able to watch it on my computer. Since my mum died two months ago, I feel like my life has fallen off a cliff edge. We are currently in difficult personal circumstances, that started just after my mum died, which is causing extra strain and stress, and my health has considerably deteriorated as well. For the last two weeks, I have literally cried all day, everyday. I feel like I am in a black tunnel, and every now and then I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, (not literally), but then it feels like it disappears and I feel like I'm back in that black tunnel again. I have a lovely husband, and although we are strong together, I know that my incredibly low mood is badly affecting him. Also, because we live in the middle of nowhere, we have no near networks of friends close by, and we both feel very isolated and alone, even more so at this time of year. I have my faith in Jesus. I am praying to him everyday. This morning I fell down on my knees in tears and prayed for him to help me, and to get me out of this black tunnel and return to some kind of normality again. I am reading his word, I have a close Christian friend, who lives near where my mum lived, who is being a great support via e-mail. Please can you add me to your prayers. Thanks. Becky.
  37. ...to simple brotherly love? Why do so many people thrive on conflict and strife? I don't understand the draw. Isn't it tiring to fight all the time instead of show kindness? I just don't get it. I know we're in a time when iniquity abounds and the love of many has grown cold. But as children of God, reborn and washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, we don't have to perpetuate it.
  38. Hi mabel and all you dear people praying. I certainly needed and still do, your prayers. I`m in hospital after having another, yes another colon operation!!! Wow, didn`t see this one coming but God certainly did. We are in Albany south of Perth. Now we could have been in the outback or anywhere, but God had us where the best surgeon was for this operation. Everyone was amazed at how I pulled through. It all started last week with more tummy trouble and finally I went to the doctor on Wednesday. She put me straight in hospital that night and I had a CT scan and Xrays. The surgeons (yes plural) said I may need an operation but they tried other things first. Then early Thursday morning the main doctor dais that they would operate that morning. WOW so after a three hour operation I had lost a lot of my big bowl and also another cancer, and will have to have a bag for a while, (till the Lord comes.) Was going well and the nurses were amazed, however last night I was very sick and have tubes everywhere. Haven`t been able to concentrate, but Trev has helped me to do this. Will write more as I get strength, In a couple of days. Love to all and so appreciate your prayers, Marilyn.
  39. My A.D.D. was quiet for almost 4 years. It has returned worse than ever, and I am in severe trouble at work for multiple mistakes caused by symptoms of my ADD. I m back on medication and other coping mechanisms, but they are not helping. This is not the first time I have had to start from scratch due to my ADD. I need this to be the last time. Please pray that God will heal me and bring me a new job, or help me redeem my current one. I appreciate your prayers.
  40. Hello everyone I have been challenged to share my testimony. Last month I turned 40 years old in the Lord. I know that there are people here who have had a relationship with God longer than that, but I celebrate the fact that Jesus found me. That's where/when I found myself as well. I was brought up on a sheep and wheat farm in Australia. I was the second of five children - the middle one being my only brother. We were quite isolated back in the day, and spent time going in and out of the nearest town to school (a round trip of about 40 miles). I wasn't socialised as much as the town kids, and was a dawky, skinny little thing - all arms and legs. The older boys on the school bus used to call my elder sister "chop chop" and I was "snot snot". I used to fall over on the gravel and scrape my knees; the scars are still there. My parents were good people - my dad worked so hard on the farm and my mother used to not only manage a husband, 5 children, shearers, and a house/food/keeping up, but worked as a farm labourer with my father as well. Neither smoked or drank and were very upstanding people. I thank God for my parents who looked after their children properly. I love the memory of them. I remember from an early age that, even though I was a dreamer, I knew there was a God. I had no idea how He related to me; He was just "out there, somewhere". Somehow I knew He was male. No one told me - I learned more later on - but I just knew there was a God. Nobody treated me as special - no one made a fuss of us and my elder sister and I have talked about how we thought we were "just extensions of our parents" - we didn't really know that we had an identity. Once I reached the age of 16 I left home and went to the "big smoke" - the nearest capital city. My parents had always pushed the idea that we had to grow up and learn how to "stand on our own two feet" and find a way to make a living. I was terrified, as I had never been away before and they kind of just "dumped me" at the YWCA hostel and drove off. Everything was in place, but I was so homesick that I cried for a week! And I was sooo naive! They gave me an all-expenses-paid journey through commercial college for a year, and I learned how to do the things you have to do to work in an office at the time - shorthand (what's that, I hear some of you ask), typing, book-keeping. The teachers called us "Miss ......." in order to get us ready to work in offices. I passed all the tests, and got jobs. By the time I turned 17, I had found my feet. I started smoking, I was going out with boys, and rebelled in a pretty big way. I went to a Leighton Ford meeting in a city park, and walked down the front to the grass. A nice young girl gave me a couple of books and I went home feeling elated. However, I don't know whether I was the seed that fell on the roadside, or the one that fell among the thorns - my newfound Christianity didn't last. For the next 10 years I blundered my way through life like a bull in a china shop; a restless, blunt young woman who said what she meant and meant what she said. My motto was - if you don't like me the way I am, then too bad. What you see is what you get. I was adventurous and didn't really care about what people thought. I would work, save some money, and move on to the next city. I was searching, even then. I wanted to do the tour through Kathmandu and Morrocco - it sounded so exciting! But I never got there. And I was such a sinner. The guilt was building up........ At the age of 25, I remember driving in my little green mini home from work one day in Sydney, and thinking "What's the point of it all? I am tired of going to bars and nightclubs, I am not getting anywhere; I am not achieving anything." I was a real nowhere girl, sitting in her nowhere land. Wondering what to do, I remember thinking "I want to help people." Anyway, off home to the unit I shared with another girl and more gathering of the friends for some more dope and listening to Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart etc. etc. (And the Ozark Mountain Daredevils!) I had two lots of friends - the crowd that went to the footy and drank and partied, and the other crowd that listened to the music and smoked dope and partied. I came back to my home state and met a friend, who had been a Christian two months. She witnessed to me. 12 months later, I went back again. I was reading some Eastern mysticism book about "masters" in India somewhere and met her again. She told me "something wonderful is going to happen to you." How did she know? Who knows? Anyway, she gave me the name and 'phone number of a friend who had just returned to Sydney. When I got back I looked her up and she took me to church with her. All this last few months I had begun to feel drawn, inexplicably to "something"! It was like a pin being drawn to a magnet. Even now tears fill my eyes. I had been searching everywhere for (the truth) - God - but avoiding Christianity, because as I child I remember a fairly lifeless (in my eyes) church in town where Dad sometimes took us (C and E) and I wanted something "more exciting". ????? I walked in to the hall where the meeting was being held in my hippie type clothing and the small crowd began to sing in the spirit. That's all I remember - the people, the Pastor and them singing in the spirit! As I stood there with them, suddenly something flashed across my brain! JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUTH!. I will never forget it. It is indelibly printed on my brain. I had found what I was searching for. I left that meeting with a tract, on the back of which was printed the sinner's prayer. There was no pressure. By the time I got home (my flatmate was away) I knelt down by my bed and said the sinner's prayer, over and over, so there was no mistake that God could hear me! I was full of guilt and sin and I want you to just imagine this. A clean, clear milk bottle. Inside this bottle was a balloon, shaped exactly as the bottle. The balloon was full of murky, disgusting filthy muck. He took the rim of the balloon and pulled it out of the bottle, leaving a clear, clean milk bottle. This was the picture He showed me. Later I learned about the blood of Jesus cleansing me from all sin, but at the time this is what I saw. It wasn't really a vision, just a mental impression. I WAS SAVED, SAVED, SAVED!! (February 11, 1978.) I walked on Cloud 9 for six months and one day I was looking for a new place to live, as I knew I had to move. I got home after looking for a small flat (apartment) in my little green mini and sat there and leaned back and sighed. Then I heard the words "I will get you a place this week." They weren't audible, but this is what I heard. The next day I went to work and was reading the Bible in my car and I heard the words "Go and get the Sydney Morning Herald" (newspaper). I said, "Yes, Lord, as soon as I finish reading this chapter." He repeated it twice, more insistently and I finally obeyed - that day I secured a tiny little place to live in and moved in a week or so later! On March 27, 1978, I was baptised in water at Sydney's Balmoral Beach. You may have heard of the most famous beach in Oz - Bondi, but Balmoral is a harbour beach and lovely. It was Easter Sunday, a beautiful sunny day and the whole church stood on the beach singing "I love you Lord", as I came up out of the water. Another experience that brings tears to me eyes. I remember everything about it. Then in May I knelt by my bed again and asked God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I felt I was being lifted gently in waves, and I knew I was in the presence of God. I remember the bedroom, the colour of my bedspread, everything. I began speaking with a new language, praising Him. I received two visions. The first was of a fire in what looked like a grate. It was like a furnace. The next one was of a hand lifted up and so positioned that it showed a gold ring on the wedding finger of the left hand. I guess it was like God was saying to me "you will go through the furnace, but you will be part of My Bride". I stayed with that small church until 1980, when I went to do a Discipleship Training School in Youth With a Mission. Now, not everyone reading this will identify with what I believe (and know for myself to be) the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That's ok. We are all from different places, journeys and God deals with all of us as individuals. This is just my story, about my salvation. I love Jesus more and more and He is revealing Himself more to me as time goes on. He is my life, my love, my destiny and my home. Wherever He is, that is where I want to be. So, 40 years + later, I never want to live without Him. I cannot live without Him. He is my very breath. He is my Saviour, and I won't let go of Him, no matter what. Why me Lord? Well, He looked beyond my fault and saw my need. He knew just how helpless I was to try and claw my way out of the pit I had dug for myself, so He put His nail-scarred hands down and reached for me and rescued me. Why me Lord? What have I ever done, to deserve even one, of the blessings you have shown? NOTHING. NOTHING. NOTHING! He died to save me, an enemy of the cross. He has washed my sins away. He has given me a new life, someone so undeserving, so unworthy. He has made me worthy through His blood sacrifice on Calvary! He saw this blind and wretched soul trying to survive and came and got me. I will never cease to praise Him, as He has given me LIFE!
  41. I've been having some minor sickness for 3 weeks or so associated w/cold and flu season. Today, it seems to have gotten worse. My headache went from minor to more severe and persistent. I am more stuffy. My eyes are watery and I'm sneezing. I am also wheezing. I do have asthma and allergies, which don't help these things. I also have CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) which can make me more susceptible to getting sick easier. I've been know to have chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia, so I'm hoping it doesn't develop into any of those. Also, I have a hidradenitis suppurativa (skin condition of boil like rash) flare up in my lymph areas. It's painful and uncomfortable. I think I may have costochondritis. I had it last year around this time, and it feels the same as that. It's basically inflammation of the cartilage by the sternum. It mimics a heart attack, and feels like someone is stabbing you in the chest. If you would be so kind as to pray for me about these things, I would be most appreciative. Thank you! ~ Gem
  42. One of the main things I have been dealing with every day for years is spiritual warfare. It is a long, convoluted story worthy of a book series, and involves evil people as well as demons. I will not even attempt to describe the background story. I am just writing to say I suffered a HUGE attack early this morning, and I am in very very very bad shape and need prayer. The enemy is literally out to kill or destroy me. This is not an impression, which may be incorrect, but the repeated evidence of the events of many years. Please help me with your prayers. Thank you so much.
  43. I am asking for prayer for my children and grandchildren and for my exhusband's family. He passed away last night, at home, and even though he was in poor health for years, it was still a devastating shock. Death is a natural part of life but I believe we need the Lord to guide us through the letting go.
  44. Our sister needs our prayers... she is not feeling well today. She has had some issues arise lately with her BP... dizziness, etc. Let's stand together against this attack of the enemy on our sister who has one of the most beautiful servant's hearts I've ever met. Dear Heavenly Father, we come to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus ... the name above every name, asking and agreeing together for Your healing touch in Kwik's body, mind, and spirit. Father, bless her with Your peace and rest... and surround her with Your love, pour it over her like healing salve, Father, everywhere it's needed... let it run deep... You know where she hurts, and where she is at all times. We stand in agreement with Your Word... by Your stripes, Jesus, she is healed! Amen.
  45. Blessings Brothers & Sisters and ALL who read this,,,,,, There is an amazing story that I must share with you all,I have been waiting & waiting until the time was right,the time I knew that Gods Holy Spirit would give me the right words to tell you about an amazing journey I have been on.....................a testimony of Gods Love,,,,,, This is not a story about romance,about wonderful people,it is not about me and it is not about hardship,,,,,it is simply my testimony to Glorify God,to give Hope in Christ to anyone that does not know that God never leaves us nor will He forsake us,,,,,and no matter how bad things may look or no matter how impossible a situation may seem,,,,,,God is in control,He loves us & NOTHING is impossible for Him,,,,if God is for us,WHO could be against us?!!!!!! 6 years ago my life changed drastically,I was very ill & in excruciating pain ,,,,,at that time I was not able to do many very ordinary things,I had a very close friend who helped me,I tried my best to continue working because deep down inside I knew very well what was wrong with me & if I stopped working & went to the hospital I would no longer have an income & treatments would begin...............little did I know how really bad the diagnosis would be You see,years before this I already had a battle with that awful disease,cancer,Praise be to God my life was spared but I was wiped out financially,I no longer had the lucrative business that I hd for many years & I had to start fro scratch ,,,,,all over again,with nothing but (thank God) my condominium with only one year left to pay off the mortgage,just around $8,000..........I felt very Blessed to have been given back my health & to have a roof over my head and a very small overhead,,,,,,,,,,,,Yippee,I could go back to work & I had all that a person could need or desire Well,now I was facing an instant replay of what I just went through,,,,,again!I never stopped trusting God to take me through this journey & every night before I went to bed I had the great expectation that I would wake up healed,delivered,free from this disease,,,,,,,,,,,,,,giving Glory to God for ALL things but most of all for the prize,what lies ahead for every Christian,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,eternity with God,in Jesus! Halleluyah My closest friend stood by my side,she was an accountant & a realtor ,she handled my finances for many years,the book keeping,bill paying,every thing that had anything to do with "office work"-lol At that time real estate was booming,my place I bought for $40,000. was assessed at nearly $300,000. & only a fool would not think about selling & so I decided it was time to get that big horse ranch I had dreamed about all of my life & spend the rest of my life on,,,,,,,the details are unimportant but the long & short of it is that I finally went to the hospital & I was diagnosed with stage 4,incurable cancer,,,,,,yet,I would "hear no evil report" as God wrapped His Loving Arms around me & in my heart I knew that I would live,God had a Plan ,a Purpose for me to go on this amazing journey,all He required of me was to remain Faithful,Trusting & Confident that I would be His living Testimony that He is still that Same Miracle working God that He has always been!!!!!!! It was nearly Christmas time,,,,,,,,I got a notice from the bank that I owed 3 months payments.huh? I pay my mortgage before it is due ,never miss a payment....I give my "friend" more than enough to cover all my expenses? I received a notice from the condo association,I was over 4 months in arrears,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,What in the world is going on? I need to talk to (we will call her JM),,,,,,,,,,I told JM that rather than lose a friendship over money & nonsense,just pay the bank now & the condo assoc. & give me ALL my paperwork and I will handle my own payments,just sell the house......this made her get very angry ,,,,she said she knew what she was doing & she needed the cash to juggle around the monies the way she always has,,,,,I would give her cash & she would sometimes use her credit cards (her stuff & mine) I even borrowed nearly $3,000 dollars from her on one occasion,she borrowed from me ,,,,,,,we helped each other for over 25 years,it is not how it sounds(she always kept my affairs in order & to the penny),,,,,I said"No,it is over,,,,,,I cannot do it anymore,I don't want to lose our friendship & thats where this is headed",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Anyway,a week later I walked out my front door & on it was posted an eviction notice,WHAT? How could that be,I own my home?What is happening,I need to call JM!!!!!!!! Let me shorten this story up a bit,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,JM,filed the eviction,JM fraudulently stole the deed to my condo & filed it with the city,JM had been ripping me off from the time I was diagnosed with the terminal illness & expected to die,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,who would ever find out?So she must have thought............Because of JM's actions it snowballed into a nightmare,let's fast forward in time,,,,,,I need to retain an attorney for the eviction,the State Attorney wanted to prosecute but after I retained the attorney they considered it a "civil matter"(I know,,,,seems impossible) but,to top it all off,,,,,,,,,,,taxes went from $300. per year to $3,000 in her name,I no longer had an income & could not pay the mortgage,the bank applied 3 years of taxes to the mortgage,the condo assoc kept accumulating late fees ,interest & penalties,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Conclusion,after 6 years litigation(to get this girl to sign the deed back over to me).....the mortgage was at over $28,000,,,,,the condo assoc was up to $18,000,,,,,,,,attorneys fees,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,house went into foreclose,condo assoc had a lien on property & I hadn't worked in years,was going through chemo-radiation & on a disability fixed income(the minimum) So here I was(last year) ,,,,the bottom dropped in real estate & the place was hardly worth the debt owed plus it was a race to sell before the bank would sell it at auction.......................WOW,I was seriously facing homelessness,where would I go? I do not have enough income to rent a room,I cannot buy anything even if I sell the place,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,what do I do,,,,,I am still trusting God but now it is at the point of impossible to turn anything around,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Father God,please,,,,I cannot endure another day of this,,,,,,,I just can't do it! I need your direction,what do you want me to do? I thought you gave this place to me but wherever you take me will be just fine,just show me the way.......in Jesus Name Well,an amazing journey it has been,indeed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a year ago someone very special came into my life,,,,,but the story is not about a person(plus,that's a whole other testimony!!!!lol) ,that person is simply Gods vessel & all the Glory belongs to God,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,this person has paid off the mortgage,the condo assoc is PIF,the taxes are up to date,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I am debt free,I am cancer free,I am free in Christ & I am Gods living testimony to say what a privilege & an honor it has been to be used by God to tell you about the Amazing Journey I have been on,all the while God never let go of my hand for one second....................I want to give someone Hope,,,,,,,,,to tell you to trust God,to remain faithful,stand on His Word with boldness & confidence,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,never doubt for one minute what God can & will do to get you through the fire without getting burned,,,I promise you as He has,your clothing will not even smell of smoke,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no matter what your present circumstance ,remember this,God is not a God of circumstance,,,,,,,,,,,,,look beyond your present situation & believe in our Lord & Savior,He is the Resurrection & the Light,,,,,,,He will resurrect you from whatever you have fallen into,He is the Light we focus on & walk towards in the midst of darkness,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,He IS our Living Redeemer! That is just a tiny glimpse of the amazing journey I have been so excited about to tell you,I have certainly grown & learned much through all of these experiences,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,there still remains a thorn in my flesh but I believe it is just a remnant,a little reminder of the Miracles He has worked in my life,sparing my life,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I still go to bed at night with great expectation that I will (one of these days) be healed completely & restored ,,,,,,,,,,Glory to God in ALL things! God Bless you &.................... With love-in Christ,Kwik BTW,,,,,,,,the 7th year,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WOW!!!!! The Year of Jubilee................God is Faithful to His Word!
  46. Blessings Worthy Family....... I was pondering where to pose this question,thinking it may be good as a Q & A BUT it has been put on my heart as ABSOLUTLEY POSITIVE,,,,,,,it is simply a question we should always ask ourselves ,,,,,,,,,,do we go about our daily lives with the mindset that Jesus Abides IN US,or that we can do or say whatever we want & He is not really Present? We leave the house early in the morning soon after morning prayers & Praising our Lord & we get in our car thanking the Lord for His Travelling Mercies & suddenly,without warning,,,,,,some person cuts us off on the highway and we hear very unGodly words come out of our very own mouths?????? Does that mean we forgot about Jesus,the Almighty Father we just asked to Bless us? Or does it mean we are just a "work in progress" that has to renew our minds continually? God IS our LIVING REDEEMER,,,,,,,He is ever Present in our lives from the moment we rise to the moment we put our heads dowdn on our pillows (& all through the night as we sleep),,,,,,YES,Brothers & Sisters,He IS HERE IN THE MIDST of us!!!!! That is why this is a VERY IMPORTANT question to ask ourselves without CEASING,just as Paul says"PRAY without ceasing!!!!Here on Worthy we are gathered in Jesus Name to give Glory to God,,,,,,,,when out of our own mouths we hear vindictive words like "They will get what they deserve" or "Good LUCK with that!!!!!" & better yet "Be careful who you are sending Gods Blessings?",,,,,,,,,,,,UNACCEPTABLE that Blesses & curses come from the same mouth,GOD is HERE & it cannot be PLEASING to Him,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Let us be mindful of our WORDS,,,,,,,Do our very words display the FRUITS of the Spirit? How can they if we are focused on the "speck" in our brothers eye? We MUST be mindful that if we are to be representatives of HIS KINGDOM & of HIM that we must take a good,long,clear look in the mirror & ask ourselves,,,,,,How REAL IS GOD to ME?!!! A little tip,especially for discussing various Topics here on Worthy,if anyone throws a divisive wrench in the mix & is quick to "accuse",,,,,,,walk away,do not entertain the wiles of the enemy,,,,,,,,, Walk away,remember that God is PRESENT in this Blessed Place where 2 or more have gathered in His Name,,,,,,Yes,yes,it is a favorite place for the enemy to make feeble attempts to steal,kill & destroy,,,,,,,,The GOOD NEWS is,,,,Armor Up & know that GOD IS HERE,,,,,,,that Victory has been WON over 2000 years ago,all I'm saying is be accountable & responsible for your own actions,no matter what,,,,,,,,,because YOU know that God is with us,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,before you post,ask yourself,is THIS(my words) pleasing & acceptable to my Father? How REAL is GOD to YOU? God Bless us all & this Worthy Ministry, With love-in Christ,Kwik
  47. Hope this encourages some of us that are going through the storms of life. Remember God is good. Even in the storms of life God is good. God bless, GE
  48. The other day I was sitting in the waiting room to have radiation therapy observing others around me. The staff walked around with large smiles and pleasant manners. All around me heads with wigs that didn't quite sit right were buried in newspapers, word pads and mobile phones. Someone got up to go and get a cup of tea. Others were accompanied by a friend or a family member trying not to look embarrassed or worried. Carol my nurse was browsing some dreadful woman's magazine. Small polite conversation, faces that conveyed the,” Wish I was not here”, were all around me. It’s strange how we all deal with different circumstances. We can say or even think that when the going gets tough we will stand up and be counted. Where do we really draw our strength from? Psa 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Hang on moment! Ever tried singing in this waiting room? I mean it smells of death, this is the last place anyone would wish to come and sit in for a cup of tea or to pass away a few hours in the day. It's depressive , it's the anti camera,(anteroom) to something else. Only sick people come here, why would you wish to be here? Even the colour scheme is appalling,,, not to mention the curtains,,, as for the tea , it doesn't bear talking about. A young nurse comes and calls my name, I go and change into some ridiculous gown that lets the wind contact you in places that the wind has no place to be. Stepping out of the cubical, I hand over my possessions, keys, wallet and Iphone. The phone bleeps, it’s a text message from Fez in South Africa,,,,, I grab the phone back to read it. Text message quote, “I am in the middle of Makuze game reserve, off road and by myself. I pray that you feel the peace in your soul that this place conveys to me Nigel. Green, cool , the sound of birds everywhere and a wilderbesast snorting in the distance. No other sounds. You are not alone. GBU.” I place the phone back into the bin and climb onto the table,,,,, the complicated mechanism of the bed and laser lights are adjusted. The rooms lights go down and I'm left alone,,,, music is softly playing in the back ground; classical as per my daily request. My mind wanders, I can feel the peace. Isaiah 41:10 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness God never leaves us, not for one moment, we just have to know where to look for HIM ,,,,,,,,,,,and really,,, Let me tell you,,, He is just a prayer away; HE supplies our every need even through the smallest text message from a friend. Oh,,.and yes,,,, you can sing in this place ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I did.
  49. Let's look at an interesting passage in Matthew to see just HOW IMPORTANT forgiveness truly is: Notice that Jesus was telling Peter how often he was to forgive! He was telling this to a believer in Messiah. This message was not addressed to unbelievers -- but to believers! Notice closely that we are just like this servant -- OUR SINS which are so GREAT -- we could never repay, but we come to the Lord in repentance in true worship -- the Lord LOOSES us and forgives us the debt that we owe. What happens when choose not to forgive? Watch this closely! Unforgiveness = being delivered to the TORMENTORS! It's the greek word -- basanistes and it's only used once in the entire NT. It literally means -- one who elicits the truth by the use of the rack; an inquisitor, torturer also used of a jailer doubtless because the business of torturing was also assigned to him. Because of unforgiveness you could easily be delivered to the tormentors -- the tormentors of bitterness, resentment, hostility and anger! These torment your soul because in your heart of hearts, you want to be in tune with the Lord -- in His perfect agape love -- in His perfect shalom (life, fullness, and peace). Learn to easily forgive your neighbor then you will find yourself FREE -- and in His freedom, you can enjoy the fulness of the fruit of the Spirit -- love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith and self-control! Learn the enemies tactics -- recognize the world around you -- recognize the enemy wants to bind you up so he can steal from you! NOW THAT YOU RECOGNIZE the tactics of the enemy -- do something about it -- learn to easily forgive, if it means you need to fight through the feelings of anger, then fight through it and forgive! It becomes easier and easier to forgive once you have opened your understanding that through forgiveness -- the joy of the Lord replaces the pain of the sins that you didn't want to forgive in the first place. Your brother in Messiah with much agape love, George
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