La Depresión Por El Pastor Andrés Briceño Ruiz


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La depresión es la combinación de la tristeza y la melancolía. Estos dos sentimientos a la larga producen el mencionado mal de la depresión. Cuando insistimos en declarar una visión triste del mundo, cuando somos víctimas de relaciones rotas y el perder algún ser querido o algo de valor, da lugar y abre puertas a este mal de la depresión.

         La persona que sufre de depresión manifiesta un carácter irritable, disminución del interés y placer de las actividades, falta de sueño, falta de energía y mucho sentimiento de culpa. A la larga, lamentablemente, también puede manifestar pensamientos de suicidio.

         Clínicamente, la ciencia busca resolver estos problemas mitigando esos sentimientos con fármacos, pero su origen es espiritual.
Veamos sus nombres: Depresión, nombre científico. Quebranto: nombre espiritual. (2 de Samuel 22:19, Salmo 18:18, Nehemías 2:2 y Job 21:17) 
Desventura: (Romanos 3:16 y Apocalipsis 3:17)
Abatimiento: Salmo 136:23, Proverbios 18:12 Lamentaciones 3:19 y Miqueas 6:14.)

         Esta enfermedad tiene su origen en la desobediencia. El desobedecer produce ruptura, quebrar algo, desunión, en el huerto del Edén Dios dio instrucciones de no comer del Árbol de la ciencia del bien y el mal. La desobediencia a este mandato trajo ruptura y quebrantamiento por eso en Hebreos 4:11 dice procuremos entrar en su reposo, para que ninguno caiga en semejante ejemplo de desobediencia. Reposo sinónimo de descanso, tranquilidad felicidad.

         El recurso que se usa para no tener esta enfermad es la OBEDIENCIA. Cuidar el huerto es cuidar nuestra relación a diario con Dios y si no lo hemos aceptado
pedirle que entre a nuestro corazón. Descuidar es relación es ruptura, es rompimiento. La obediencia Dios y a su Palabra, nos permite estar dentro del huerto. La labranza es nuestra relación con Él a solas; cuando esto no se da la depresión entra.

         Recuerda ser obediente, las personas que practican la desobediencia dan lugar al quebranto (Depresión). Un abrazo su amigo pastor: Andrés Briceño .

18 Helpful Bible Verses About Regret by DEREK HILL


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One of the biggest ways that Satan tries to get at us all is with regret.  It is so easy to go back and relive memories that we aren’t proud of.  Satan will do anything possible to get at us mentally.  Regret can be a devastating monster if we don’t keep it in check.  The Bible has many verses to read and study on this issue.  Some verses are from people feeling regret; some are for battling against regret.

Here are 18 verses from the Bible that you may relate to and that can help you in this struggle.

Jesus’ death for us all on the cross covers all of the sins that lead us to regret.

Combating Regret

Philippians 3:13  “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

1 John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 Peter 5:8  “Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Psalm 34:4-5  “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

Godly Regret

2 Corinthians 7:10  “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

David’s Regret

Psalm 6:6-7  “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.  My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.”

Psalm 51:8-9  “Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that You have broken rejoice.  Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.”

David’s response in Psalm 51 is appropriate.  This is how we should come to the throne of God in our regrets over sin.

Job’s Regret

Job 3:3, 11  “Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’  Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire?”

Job’s regret brought him to utter ruin.

Peter’s Regret

Luke 22:61-62  “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.  And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.’  And he went out and wept bitterly.”

Peter’s regret was deserved.  He denied Christ before his fellow man.

God’s Own Regret

Genesis 6:6  “And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.”

I sometimes wonder if God still feels this way today.  Look at how chaotic our world is.  It is full of sin in every corner.  I am so thankful that God holds back His own wrath so that another person might come to Jesus.

Ultimate Regret/Judas Iscariot

Matthew 27:3-5 “Then when Judas, His (Jesus) betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood!’  They said, ‘What is that to us?  See to it yourself.’  And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself.”

Please if you are feeling thoughts like Judas did, seek help immediately!  There is no sin that is too big for God to handle!  Suicide is never the right answer to your problems.

Persistence To The End/No Regrets

2 Timothy 4:7  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. “

Consequences Of Regret

Proverbs 15:13  “A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.”

Regret From Adultery

Proverbs 5:11 “And at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed.”

Proverbs 6:32-34  “He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.  He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.  For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge.”

Proverbs 7:24-27  “And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth.  Let not your heart turn aside to her (the adulteress) ways; do not stray into her paths, for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng.  Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.”

Other Verses

Proverbs 10:5  “He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.”

Psalm 34:21  “Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned”

There will be regret for those who hate righteousness in the end.  They will see the shame of their actions.

Conclusion

Regret can be a pain.  Look at what David, Peter and Job experienced above.  They were in misery and anguish.  However, Jesus’ death for us all on the cross covers all of the sins that lead us to regret.  1 John 1:9 from above is the way for us to move past our sins, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  So, if you have regrets, give them to God in prayer.  Ask Him to walk with you as you move through these regrets and most importantly, if you have not repented, wait no longer!  God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!

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7 Reasons to Leave Your Church by Karl Vaters


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Healthy Fathering God’s Original Design for Making Disciples by Apostle José Bosque and Wes Schoel


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First let me make it clear that my use of the term “spiritual father” as it relates to earthly fathers is intended to be gender neutral while carrying a specific relational truth. As I use or imply the words “spiritual fathers” and/or “spiritual sons” in this article my full intention is that you, the reader, would view these words to mean sons and daughters of our heavenly Father – the children of God. Women are Sons in the Kingdom and men are part of the Bride. God the Father doesn’t have the issues we have.

Again, I write this article fully intending to be gender neutral. In a politically correct world this article would be littered with phrases like “him and or her,” “him/her,” “sons and daughters,” “spiritual fathers and spiritual mothers” and the like. All of this to say what I intend with the use of two terms: “spiritual fathers” and “spiritual sons”. I am not trying to be politically correct in this article. Rather, I am trying to be scripturally accurate.

I have spent a good part of this week counseling young leaders in the Kingdom. They were all full of passion, drive, boldness, determination and perseverance. Yet, almost without exception all of them are having problems of a very similar nature. Their Christian walk is very similar as well. Each has surrounded themselves with people to whom they are ministering but these young leaders are still lonely. Ministry demands that these leaders teach and demonstrate God’s love for people. And while spiritual leaders spend their lives helping people know the love of God, they often come up short in this area themselves. They need to know the Father’s love for themselves. They need God’s plan for discipleship.

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Sincerely: A Restored Soul by my daughter Ileana J. Casiano


Spoken Word

 

 

Dear Reader:

My joy had been conquered,

My happiness was fading away,

Lusts for something else I thought would never go away,

My mind was weak,

My heart was in mournful thread,

Because until the day that I would find my joy I was walking cold and dead,

My eyes were weary wherever I looked,

My hands shoved in my pockets still,

My legs refused to respond to commands,

My soul cried out in the wind

“IS ANYONE LISTENING, DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND MY PAIN?”

You see, Silence is sometimes louder than screams,

and so it seems, that the dreams that I used to believe,

Have been FLIPPED, SHIFTED, and RIPPED,

Just like the last photo I took in my mothers arms as her heart STOPPED BEATING,

Slowly coming to a HALT,

It was just too much,

For Days, Weeks, and even Years since,

I would lie on my pillow and ask

” God is this my fault?

What did I do wrong?

Why did you take my own mother away?

Why couldn’t she stay?

Why did it have to happen that way?”

Even though I knew that God is my savior,

Satan kept throwing me deeper and deeper into what seemed like a bottomless pit of SADNESS, ANGER, and WRATH,

My behavior had taken a 180,

And EVERYWHERE I was (other than church)

If you never really ever took the time to get to know me,

you would have thought I was just another one of those GHETTO GURLZ,

I was consumed into the vomit zone,

Not really ever putting up a fight,

I had become one of those Christians who would sing songs about violence and rebellion,

But then go to church on Sunday singing HERE I AM TO WORSHIP,

For me God wasn’t worth it,

All of the pain and suffering I had faced,

I just felt deserted,

In my own world it was just me myself and I,

And God Didn’t Deserve this,

But the bible says in 1 Corinthians 10: 13,

Among other things, that, GOD is faithful; and he will not test you beyond what you CAN bear,”

So according to God I was strong enough to face this,

How could I have been so faithless,

You see my problem was that I wanted to be the solution while GOD was like ” I got this”

So I finally realized that going to church wasn’t all that I had to do,

I had to develop a close relationship with my God to find out the truth,

I finally made up my mind that I was no longer let my joy become conquered,

And as long as I have Jesus my happiness will stay,

I will no longer lust for other things because then my Jesus will be forced away,

My mind will stay strong,

And my heart will pump from my toes to my head,

And since today I have found my joy I am walking alive instead of dead,

My eyes are cautious when I look where I look,

My hands are flipping to bible verses still,

My legs respond to my every command,

MY SOUL SHOUTS OUT IN THE WIND,

” I KNOW NOW GOD IS LISTENING, I KNOW NOW THAT I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THIS PAIN.”

Sincerely: A Restored Soul

The Cure for Racism in America by Dennis Owens


Until we understand that the gravity of our rebellion against God racism will continue to jump out! The problem we face as a nation is not between black and white, it is not between man and man, it’s between man and God.

J.I. Packer has commented in his epic book, Knowing God, “All that has gone wrong in human life between man and man is ultimately due to sin, and our present state of being in the wrong with ourselves and our fellows cannot be cured as long as we remain in the wrong with God.”

The predicament lies in the law. “Cursed be he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them” (Duet 27:26). The curse or judgment of God, which the law pronounces on lawbreakers, rests on us, This is the predicament of mankind. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

So, if there ever was an answer to man’s dilemma, it has to be in the cross.
Christ has redeemed us by becoming a curse for us and taking away our sin when he died in our place on the cross. Jesus became sin (2 Cor. 5:21a). When we look at the Cross, we never have to ask if sin is real. It is so real that Jesus had to “become sin” in order to defeat it. And in that moment, he experienced the horror of feeling forsaken.

But Jesus also conquered sin (2 Cor 5:21b). The curse is transformed into the blessing. Christ is Victor! When I think of the Cross in this way, it reminds me of Angel Casiano’s Martial Arts Program and the many other Christian Martial Arts programs. It is taking the power of the opponent and transferring it into the power of the other. That which would have destroyed us, has now lost its power over us—Satan has been cast out—and that power is now unleashed as the power of God. In this way, God and Jesus could both speak of “glorification.”

Death has been swallowed up (1 Cor. 15:54), taken into the mouth of him who declared, “It is finished!”

“This Day Will Come” by Kelly Fowlkes Anderson


Morning kissed me
gently wiped away my tears
and took me by the hand.
I arose from my childhood bed.
My legs were unsteady
as if they didn’t want to carry me forward.
I looked into morning’s eyes
and there stood confidence and strength
waiting to adorn me.
I sang the first line
of an old familiar song.
The pitch and tone were imperfect
but morning put his arm in mine
and my voice took flight
on a pre-destined path laid for me
by those that knew
this day would come.

Poem: Life at Last By my Son Angelo Casiano


Abomination, thy name was mine,

A desire greater than all mankind,

Destroyed the dumb-Saw in reverse,

Along with Kin in Holy verse.

Red rain poured down such as the Plagues,

Hence, the punishment in those days.

Desire greater than all mankind,

Steals the heart, Corrupts the mind.

Spit in eyes, submerged in water,

Watched by Shepherd, formed by Potter,

Love is now refined again,

Pinned unto the Tree is sin.

No longer This my burden be,

For though in pain, remain I free,

When he comes to tempt my soul,

Remind him I of tragedy,

Emphatically,

The enemy,

Disguises death with lies for me,

Yet now I see the Hope I need,

To fight against catastrophe,

To fight for my anatomy.

I am Man, Conceived, Created,

Never argued, ever fated.

Seductive Incubus in the night,

Cries my heart to Those related.

There he roams with such great pride,

Stole the banner post Noah’s ride,

Abide he not to Life’s logic,

In self and man, doth he confide.

Rip this spirit far from me,

Or use it for my Destiny,

I pray that More shall hear my plea.

Fruition waits for Harmony,

Stop singing unlike melodies,

Let us agree in euphony.

Present time be lonesome, perhaps,

Yet, let not I be phony.

Love is now refined again,

Pinned unto the Tree is sin,

Past be past, death flees fast,

I have reached Life at last.

 

 

~Angelo Casiano

The Conflict Between Jews and Arabs Started in Biblical Times by Author Hal Lindsay


The battle is between the 12 princes/rulers of Ishmael and 12 tribes of Israel….

Arabs and the Israelis have been fighting since time immemorial over that tiny plot of land called Israel. Their battle is not one of flesh and blood, but of spiritual things. The Bible states that the last great battle will pit Israel against the rest of the Middle East and its allies. How did it all begin and why have they remained mortal enemies for thousands of years?
It was jealousy and resentment, plain and simple! And man’s failure to trust in YHWH (Yahweh)!In Genesis 16 we see our first Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah panicking about not having an heir when they were old, so they decided (at the urging of Sarah) to take matters into their own hands and have Abraham sleep with his wife’s pagan/Egyptian servant Hagar. The result of that union was a son they named Ishmael.

In Genesis 16:13-16 the Angel of the YHWH told Hagar (who resented the fact she had conceived) that her son Ishmael would live and end up being “…a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers.”

Ishmael – the son of the Egyptian slave woman – is the father of the Arab nations, most of whom today are Muslim….

When Abraham (then still known as Avram before God changed His Name) was 99 years old, YHWH appeared and made a covenant with him, promising to make Avraham the father of many nations – which meant at some point he would have another heir and that that other heir, and not Ishmael, would be the one with whom YHWH would make his next covenant:

Genesis 17: 1 When Avram was 99 years old ADONAI appeared to Avram and said to him, “I am El Shaddai [God Almighty]. Walk in my presence and be pure-hearted. 2 I will make my covenant between me and you, and I will increase your numbers greatly.” 3 Avram fell on his face, and God continued speaking with him: 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: you will be the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Avram [exalted father], but your name will be Avraham [father of many], because I have made you the father of many nations. 6 I will cause you to be very fruitful. I will make nations of you, kings will descend from you.

7 “I am establishing my covenant between me and you, along with your descendants after you, generation after generation, as an everlasting covenant, to be God for you and for your descendants after you. 8 I will give you and your descendants after you the land in which you are now foreigners, all the land of Kena’an, as a permanent possession; and I will be their God.”

Genesis 17: 15 God said to Avraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are not to call her Sarai [mockery]; her name is to be Sarah [princess]. 16 I will bless her; moreover, I will give you a son by her. Truly I will bless her: she will be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her (this included Yeshua!!!).” 17 At this Avraham fell on his face and laughed – he thought to himself, “Will a child be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah give birth at ninety?” 18 Avraham said to God, “If only Yishma’el could live in your presence!”

19 God answered, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you are to call him Yitz’chak (Isaac)[laughter]. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 But as for Yishma’el, I have heard you. I have blessed him. I will make him fruitful and give him many descendants. He will father twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But I will establish my covenant with Yitz’chak, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.” 22 With that, God finished speaking with Avraham and went up from him.

21 But I will establish my covenant with Yitz’chak, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.” 22 With that, God finished speaking with Avraham and went up from him. 23 Avraham took Yishma’el his son, all the slaves born in his house and all who had been bought with his money, every male among the people in Avraham’s household, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin that very day, just as God had said to him. 24 Avraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, 25 and Yishma’el his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

NOTE: The covenant of circumcision was never, ever negated. ALL men who belong to YHWH, Jew and Gentile, must be circumcised!
Conflict between the two sons of Abraham began from the very start. Genesis 21:9 says the conflict began just after Isaac was weaned: “Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.”Galatians 4 tells us that Ishmael had been “born according to the flesh” while Isaac had been “born according to the promise”. Isaac replaced Ishmael as the favored son and heir. This, of course, made Ishmael jealous and bitter. As a result, he mocked and disdained his half-brother. Eventually the situation became so intolerable that Abraham’s wife Sarah demanded that Ishmael and his Egyptian concubine mother, Hagar, be expelled permanently from Abraham’s family.

But YHWH loved Hagar and her son, and had mercy upon them. He promised Hagar that her son would beget twelve princes who would become a great nation. Ishmael then went to live in the wilderness region of Hejaz in what became known as the Arabian Peninsula. He indeed had twelve patriarchal sons who became associated with the peoples known as Midianites, Edomites, Egyptians and Assyrians. The Bible and Islamic tradition both agree that Ishmael became the leader of all the great desert peoples of the Middle East.

This jealousy and resentment between Sarah and Hagar and their sons Isaac and Ishmael created an unparalleled hate which has set off wars and atrocities for four thousand years. It was the title deed to the land of Israel, which God promised to Abraham’s lineage, that has been the source of the friction between the Jews and the Arabs right up to the present day.

Muslims believe the Jews changed and distorted the Bible in order to establish themselves as the heirs of Abraham’s Covenant blessings. However, they fail to explain how the New Testament clearly teaches that the Covenant was made with Isaac and his descendants.

According to Islamic tradition, Abraham had eight sons rather than two who were reared in Mecca, not Hebron. They insist it was Ishmael, not Isaac, whom Abraham was about to sacrifice on Mount Moriah when an angel stopped him. According to the Koran, the Abrahamic covenant, with its promises – including the title deed to the land of Israel – was passed down to the Arabs through Ishmael, rather than to the Jews through Isaac.

If one believes that the Old and New Testaments were written under the inspiration of the Spirit of YHWH, then there is no question that Israel is the Promised Land of the Jews. God’s words to Abraham in Genesis are some 2,500 years older than the creation of Islam (whose “prophet” Mohammed was a murdering, thieving pedophile who “married” a seven year old child – but that’s another story).

The bottom line is, YHWH fulfilled His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael. And He is about to use the consequential warfare between the two brothers in order to bring about His “end time” scenario….

Note: We at The Refiner’s Fire believe God is using the spirit of Islam to make His end time prophecies happen. Why? Because, as a Muslim once wrote to our website: “Muslims HATE Jews and Christians and all they stand for, including Capitalism.” The Bible says that in the end times, believers in Yeshua will be beheaded for their belief (Rev. 20:4). And who are the ONLY people in the entire universe who still behead? The Muslims! They have become the world’s worst enemy, as evidenced by the myriad terrorist attacks not only on Israel but the entire world. And the worst is yet to come….For more, please see our Challenging Islam page.
Author Hal Lindsay recently wrote the following:….This is exactly the situation that continues to develop in the Middle East. The world has been dragged into the ancient conflict between Isaac and Ishmael in spite of its best efforts to stay out of it. This conflict that has raged between these two half brothers for 4,000 years is destined to ignite the last war of the world, according to the Bible prophets.

Muhammad, a descendant of Ishmael, has brought over one billion people on to his side of this ancient conflict through the religion of Islam. From the time he started the Muslim religion, the dimensions of the conflict began to enlarge. When his followers laid claim to Jerusalem as the their third holiest site, the die was cast for Jerusalem to become the trigger of the war of Armageddon, just as the prophet Zechariah predicted 2500 years ago. Zechariah prophesied “Jerusalem would become a burdensome stone for all the peoples” and that “All nations of the earth will be gathered [for war] because of it.” (Zechariah 12:3)

We are eyewitnesses to this taking place right now.

The other major spheres of power that will be drawn into this final war are clearly predicted.

Ezekiel predicts that a nation to the extreme north of reborn Israel will become Israel’s arch enemy. It will be a nation with a vast arsenal with which it will arm all of the Muslim nations. Russia is the only nation to the extreme north of Israel. And they are descended from the tribe of Magog through the Scythians, just as Ezekiel predicted. God Himself commands this power from the extreme north to take command of the confederated Muslim forces and lead them in an all out attack against Israel. This attack is the first battle of the war of Armageddon.

The Book of Revelation predicts another sphere of power that will enter this war with 200 million soldiers. This power bloc is called “the Kings of the East”. They will move into the Middle East and attack once the war has started. The Bible says they will wipe out a third of the world’s population.

The fourth power bloc is the Western force led by a revived form of the Roman Empire. Daniel and the Apostle John both predict this power in great detail. It will begin when a great leader springs up in Rome and takes the strongest 10 Nations of the EU and uses them to form his power base.

God Speaks His Word by Prophet G. Craige Lewis


1 Peter 2:2 – ‘As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:’
We need the bible! There is so much hype going around in the body of Christ about this book and that book until people are putting just as much stake into Christian books than they are the bible and that is not wise. Of course there are good Christian books on the market that help us, but nothing can take the place of the Word of God. You need it to grow and it doesn’t take a man to always break it down for you. There is truth in the bible that everyone can live by and there are translations of the bible that everyone can understand plainly. The bible is not being pushed because it’s not as profitable to sell as a man’s book is, so we are starting to hear less about the bible and more about men and their accomplishments. But the fact still remains that if you plan to really grow, you must grow by reading the Word. This is why so many Christians are immature and babes forever. They think they know, but they really don’t because they do not read the Word. Or, they read it but it doesn’t take root because they follow their own way instead of following what the Lord says. And you can always tell a Christian that doesn’t spend anytime in the Word. They begin to tell you how God “told them this” or “said that” to them. Then they start going back on what they said God said and changing their minds about it after if fails or doesn’t work out for them. That’s because God speaks through his Word and what he says can be referenced in the Word. Even when he speaks to mature believers through his Spirit it will always line up with scripture and never contradict it.
The bible is one of the hardest books in the world to consistently read but not because it can’t be understood. It’s hard to read because the devil doesn’t want you to read it! It’s hard sometimes to find time to do it, and it takes perseverance to get disciplined enough to stick to a reading pattern. But the devil is behind it all! The devil knows the power of the word and he knows that you will grow if you read it, so he starts speaking into your mind, saying good things at first, to make you think it’s God. He wants you to feel like you are hearing the voice of God in the beginning so you will never have a need for the word! It’s a trick! Then he starts using that same voice to lead you astray eventually. Many times by causing you to follow crooked ministries and greedy television evangelists, the enemy will begin to make you dependent upon man to be God’s voice for you and at that point, there is no need for the bible at all! But God said, “my sheep know my voice.” Well, they know it because it will line up with his Word. The Word of God is your milk to grow. Without it, you will never be mature enough in Christ to hear him speaking and you definitely won’t be able to know who’s really saying what God said.
Suggested Reading: Gen 1 – Rev 22
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