When the Road Gets Rough

  January 20, 2012

The analogy that I gave earlier this week was that of a car and its alignment.  If a car is in perfect alignment then it will travel in a straight line without someone turning the steering wheel.  If a car is not in alignment then the car can be made to go straight with the steering wheel. 

 

Both ways the car will travel in a straight line, but as I discussed on Monday, God is not concerned about the straightness of our path, but the internal alignment of our souls. 

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Who We Really Are

 December 9, 2011

We’ve been talking this week about our heart, our inner soul and spirit, the true essence of ourselves.  We talked on Monday about receiving revelation knowledge in our hearts as opposed to knowledge in our minds.  This is the knowledge that brings power with it and cannot be taken away.  Revelation knowledge, knowledge in our hearts, changes us and transforms us.

 

For months I’ve been stressing the importance of learning to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in all that you do.  He does that from your heart.

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How Can I Forgive?

 December 2, 2011

This week I’ve been writing about conflict and wounded hearts.  I’ve also been talking about how to react when we are mistreated and abused.  This is not an easy subject to talk about because it is not easy to respond the way we should, therefore it makes us uncomfortable to discuss.

 

But we must remember that this comes with transformation and as the Holy Spirit transforms us on the inside we will automatically begin to respond more and more the way that we should.  So in the meantime, we must be watchful and when we slip up, do not entertain condemnation.  We must forgive ourselves as Christ forgives us and move forward.

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You Must Change Your Mind!

September 9, 2011

This week our word study and mediation focused around the word repent.  If you have ever spent any time at all in any Christ based church in the world you have heard the word repent.  But what I was taught was the meaning of the word from a small child on up, was not what the true meaning was.

 

We have been doing a lot of word studies here on TestifyBlog the past few weeks and very surprisingly when we go look at the root Greek word, it doesn’t have the same meaning that we believed it to have.  I am not sure just how the meanings of the words have become so distorted through the years, but it is vitally important that we know the truth of what is being said in the gospels, for our sake as well as others. Continue reading

Christian Clones

 July 11, 2011

We want to be better.  We want to do better.  So when we see something that works, we try to copy it.  If it worked for them then it should work for us.  Right?

The library shelves are filled with row after row of ‘Self Help’ books.  Even in the Christian section there are tons of books on how to better your life.  How to lose weight, better handle your finances, break free of addictions, release anger and so many more.  If you want help in an area, you will find a book on the subject.

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Do People Ever Really Change?

June 17, 2011

We often say that people don’t change.  We warn those in relationships of that very thing.  If you are in a relationship and think that you can change that other person with your love and care and nurture, you are wrong.  You will never change that person.

Same is true with friendships.  If you are staying in relationship that causes you grief, but you stay because you think that something you will do will change them, you are wrong.  You might as well raise up the white flag and abandon ship right now.  You will never change anyone.

But, people do change.  I’ve seen the most despicable sinful people become godly men and women seeking after the Father.  People I would have long since given up on become more than I ever thought they would become.  I’ve had to eat my words. Continue reading

GIGO

June 10, 2011
I remember many years ago when I was studying computer science, first in vo-tech in the 70’s then in college in the 80’s, there was a term that was frequently used. It sounded funny, and we began to toss it around quite flippantly, but nevertheless one that is true and was birthed out of truth. The irony of that term is that it is pretty much universal, not just for computers. That term is GIGO or Garbage In Garbage Out.
 
Through the years I’ve come to realize this is critically true of us as humans. From the moment a baby is born, they are learning. They are taking in information which will develop them into the person they will become.The better the information they take in, the better person they will grow to be. Continue reading