So many people today say, “I’ll believe it when I see it!–Seeing is believing!” But that’s not the way faith works! To the Christian, believing is seeing! God wants us to trust Him and believe first of all and then we’ll see the answer. He puts us through that period of faith and believing and trusting to see if we really love Him and are willing to trust Him. He wants to see if we really have faith! He appreciates our faith to believe what we cannot see.
We can’t expect faith from God for our situation when we’re looking at the waves, looking at ourselves, looking at conditions instead of looking at God! Man says, “Tie up in port. Don’t attempt the impossible; you’ll sink!” God says, “Launch out into the deep! Cast forth your nets and I’ll give you such a draft there will not be room enough to hold it!” Man says, “Look at the condition of your vessel! You can’t do it!” God says, “Look at Me!” “With man it is impossible; with God, nothing shall be impossible, and all things are possible to him that believeth!”
“Keep your eyes on Jesus!
His promises avail!
Keep your eyes on Jesus!
His Word can never fail!”
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb.11:1).
That word translated “substance” in our English Bibles was “hupostasis” in the original Greek, a word whose precise meaning wasn’t understood until just a few years ago when British archaeologists uncovered the burned ruins of an old inn in Palestine. There they found a small iron chest containing the valuable papers of a Roman noblewoman who had been staying at the inn when it burned. She had apparently been travelling, checking up on her various land holdings in that area because in this little chest they found most of the papers labeled with a big title “hupostasis.”–They were the title deeds to her properties!
“Now faith is the title deed of things hoped for!” Perhaps that woman had never even seen her properties before, as she’d bought the title deeds in Rome, but because she had the title deeds in her hand she knew they were hers & could prove ownership! If you’ve got faith, even though you haven’t seen the answer yet, you have the title deed to it! It’s yours! Your name is written on it & you will see it eventually. The title deed is in your hands! It’s done!
The hidden gifts are absolutely the most essential for leadership!
The outstanding supernatural visible miraculous gifts of the Spirit are not always the most necessary gifts for leadership in the Lord’s work. The gifts of HEALING, miracles, tongues, or even interpretation and prophecy don’t necessarily give you the wisdom, the discernment, the faith or the knowledge which you need to lead. If you want to be a leader for the Lord, you need to pray for those gifts that are not quite so obvious, not quite so manifest.
You can’t see faith, but others can see it on your face and can tell by the way you act how much faith you’ve got! You can’t feel knowledge, the ability to know things that other people don’t know or to know things beforehand! You can’t see wisdom, which is how to use the knowledge of God! You can’t hear discernment, yet without it you are going to be unaware of the Devil’s devices and totally unprepared and unarmed for his dirty work!
Those four unseen gifts are the most important gifts for a leader to have! In fact, you can’t even be a leader without those gifts, or at least some of them!–So pray for those gifts!–Amen?
A little full-of-faith prayer from a little child can turn the tide! “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receives me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hang about his neck and cast into the sea!” – Jesus said it and he meant it. God bless these humble policemen.
PPB EDITOR: I WOULD HAVE PRINTED 500 COPIES AND PASSED THEM OUT OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL!
The tiny rural town of Akin in southern Illinois might not have a post office, but it can now count itself among the players on the national stage after an eighth-grade boy was barred from giving a graduation speech over its religious content.
Akin Community Grade School salutatorian Seth Clark submitted his speech for approval, the Benton Evening News said, but a local citizen complained about the content of the address, which included references to God and the Bible. So school officials told the 13-year-old he couldn’t deliver the speech, the paper reported.
“As a public school, it is our duty to educate students, regardless of how different they or their beliefs may be,” a statement from Akin Superintendent and Principal Kelly Clark to the paper reads. “While students are welcome to pray or pursue their faith without disrupting school or infringing upon the rights of others, the United States Constitution prohibits the school district from incorporating such activities as part of school-sponsored events, and when the context causes a captive audience to listen or compels other students to participate.” Continue reading “8th-grader barred from giving graduation speech over Bible verses. So he does the next best thing.”
[3/27/17] A student says he was suspended from Rollins College for challenging his Muslim professor’s anti-Christian assertions, including her claim that Jesus’ crucifixion never took place.
Twenty-year-old Marshall Polston, a sophomore at the private, Florida-based four-year college, said that the professor of his Middle Eastern Humanities class also told students that Jesus’ disciples did not believe he was God.
Polston, an avid traveler and self-described Christian, has toured the Middle East and is familiar with the Muslim culture.
“Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad,” Polston told the Central Florida Post about his professor’s comments on Jesus.
“Whether religious or not, I believe even those with limited knowledge of Christianity can agree that according to the text, Jesus was crucified and his followers did believe he was divine… that he was ‘God,’” he continued. “Regardless, to assert the contrary as academic fact is not supported by the evidence.” Continue reading “CHRISTIAN STUDENT SUSPENDED AFTER CHALLENGING MUSLIM PROF’S CLAIM THAT JESUS WASN’T CRUCIFIED”
March 22, 2010 By Lu Paradise
Our attractive young travel agent started off by saying how sick she was and how she got this medicine to try to cure it. But then I told her how I didn’t have much confidence in medicine and had more faith in keeping God’s health laws, the rules of health.
We described the rules: proper diet, rest, exercise and right living, not abusing our bodies, and keeping God’s health laws, which we then related to keeping God’s laws in general for our own general happiness and well-being.
Then I said, “Well, after all, if He created us, He knows what is best for us. He’s like a father to us as His children and He wants us to be healthy and happy, so He has set down the rules to keep us from getting hurt or damaging our bodies.
“Of course, one of the greatest of healing factors is faith,” I added, “to know that God loves you and cares for you and is going to take care of you no matter what happens. Faith eliminates one of the greatest causes of disease and ill health, and that’s fear and tension (she was talking about headaches).
“Because then you have peace of mind and you can just rest in the Lord knowing He’s going to take care of everything, which eliminates one of the major causes of psychosomatic diseases.” Continue reading “Sex works great!”
Lu Paradise • 2014-01-30 • 276 views
Self-help gurus have been telling us about the power of positive thinking for years. Now, the results of an experiment might just prove that they were right all along. Dr. Masaru Emoto, a researcher and alternative healer from Japan, has researched the effects of positive and negative thoughts on materials such as water and cooked rice. The results are pretty amazing.
Dr. Emoto shot to international fame in 2004, when he was featured in the documentary film What the Bleep Do We Know. In that film, he demonstrated through experiments that human thoughts and intentions could cause a great deal of change to the molecular structure of water. His discovery was path breaking, given the fact that human bodies are made of almost 70 percent water. Continue reading “Japanese Researcher Uses Controversial Experiments to Prove Our Thoughts and Intentions Can Alter the Physical World”
by Lu Paradise • 2012-05-20 • 212 views
Adoniram Judson was born in 1788, the son of a devout Congregationalist minister. From early in life he excelled in everything he touched. So excellent was young Judson’s scholarship that he was enrolled at Rhode Island Christian College at the age of 16.
Unlike many other missionaries, Adoniram did not have an early call from God or love for Him. In fact, Judson fell in with a number of atheists, chief of which was James Eames who became his dear friend. By the age of 20, the minister’s son had completely denounced Christ and his upbringing. “Like the prodigal son he left home in quest of an exciting life. He wanted to escape parental restraints.” 1 The story of Adoniram Judson’s conversion has been told so many times that it really does not need to be documented. Continue reading “A Reluctant Atheist’s Conversion into a Christian Missionary”
by Lu Paradise • 2010-06-16 • 520 views
During the last half of the reign of the Antichrist, the three-and-a-half-year period known as the Great Tribulation, those who refuse to worship him or accept his mark, or number, will not be able to buy or sell. We who worship God will be persecuted, but our faith in God will save us. At the end of this period, Jesus will come back to rescue us, destroy the Antichrist’s worldwide economic, political and religious system, and set up His own kingdom here on Earth.
The technology needed to institute the mark of the Beast-technology unheard of only a few years ago-is rapidly developing. Consider the following:
Microchipped to Serve
At a time when conspiracy theories abound, perhaps no one is more outspoken than former TV sports commentator and spokesman for the British Green Party, David Icke, who has written 10 books supporting the same basic premise: The same few people, organizations and secret societies are taking over the world-and us. This Elite, according to Icke, creates the news and then pipes it to us. They engineer events and set the trends-wars, revolutions, terrorist attacks, assassinations, political and economic upheavals, international drug trafficking-then form our perception of those things through the media that they also control. They are masters of collective and individual mind control, and their aim is to master us! Continue reading “Racing Toward the Mark of the Beast — 666”