health

Your mind has an awesome control over your body, did you know that ?

You could be experiencing a pain right now… and there is NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU… it’s all in your head…. don’t laugh… because  MENTALLY you “may have turned to mush”.

So how do you know…. whether it is physical or mental ? …. does it matter ?

Physically, all you need is FOOD, EXERCISE and SLEEP… in the correct proportions… but this is only a general rule…. which GOD can override for specific occasions.

Mentally, you need PEACE and JOY ….. but how can you be peaceful and joyful when your life is falling apart ?

You need GOD…. that’s what you REALLY need…. IF you have already received His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ…. IF you already have His Holy Spirit within you…. then the only thing that remains is to “walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16)…..  this then IS the cure for ALL SIN in your life…. this then IS how you experience JOY and PEACE (Galatians 5:22-23)…. this then is the HEALTH of your body……  read Isaiah 61:1 and 2 Corinthians 3:17…. “Eleurtheria” in the Greek is translated “liberty”…..  the exact opposite of the bondage of Satan.

Do not listen to the advice of some Christians who will tell you that DRUGS is the way to go….  Exodus 15:26 says,  “I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that heals you”… Psalms 103:2-3 tells us that the LORD forgives iniquity and heals diseases…. James 5:15 tells us,”… the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him”.

My friend your COMFORT IS IN THE LORD…. IF your are dedicated to Him you need not worry about your physical ailments like the heathen do.

The REAL reason the heathen run to doctors and psychologists is because they are so SELF concerned …..  they want the health and wellness for themselves so that they may do what they want to do….. when the proper attitude should be towards GOD and not themselves…. believe me, God is well able to look after His sheep on this earth until He is ready to bring them home to Himself..

God will shield you from “unbearable” suffering, or give you the capability to endure it……  God will not “cut short” your life…. and as His child, you cannot die until your work on earth is done….. it is Satan and his demons who will try to kill you before your time because they do not want you to complete God’s work….. it is Satan and his demons who will wrap you in “suffering” and “pain” (whether mental or physical)…. YOU must RESIST in FAITH (James 4:7)….. and you must constantly claim, “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28)… you must also “take every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5) (because it is in your thoughts, planted in your head by demons, that the damage is done)……. what I am saying is that the demons are POWERLESS to harm you, but if they can get you to think the THOUGHTS that they want you to think… then you will HARM YOURSELF in two ways:

1. Because your THOUGHTS have power over your body… “as a man THINKS, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)

2. You will take your thoughts away from God and place them on yourself and on circumstances around you… ” you will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3)….  the promise is to those that are centred on GOD and not on themselves.

Gospel message

Just WHAT is the gospel message of Jesus Christ ?

The word Gospel means “good news”… and after you read today’s post you will realize just how many churches FAIL to present the TRUE GOSPEL message !

But what IS this message that Jesus instructed His disciples to carry to the world  ?

Here it is point-by-point:

1. EVERY person is a HOPELESS SINNER…. it doesn’t matter how “good” you think you are…. you may have a lot of love and charity for your fellow man and you may not be aware of any evil behaviour in your life…. but you ARE a sinner…. and even “small” or “insignificant” sins (according to human standards) still prove that you have fallen short of God’s perfection…. it only takes ONE “little” sin in your entire life to condemn you to HELL (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans, 6:23)…. and this is the reason why “flagrant” sinners (the publicans, harlots and tax collectors) realized their NEED of Jesus more than the “good” praying people (like the scribes and Pharisees)….  human self-perception makes it very hard for “good” people to realize their NEED of Jesus Christ.

2. Since every human is CONDEMNED…. the IMPORTANCE of Jesus sacrifice is manifest….  Jesus came to die IN YOUR PLACE (Romans 5:8)… that you might be ACCEPTED as HOLY inspite of your sinful condition…. but without APPROPRIATING this SACRIFICE for YOURSELF nothing happens….. YOU must ACT upon this information for it to apply to YOU (Romans 10:9-13).

3. But how do you “act” upon hearing this information ? First, you have to REPENT of your sin (means you have to realize that it is wrong and detest it)…. Second, you have to take Jesus as YOUR saviour (means you have to BELIEVE in HIM, and IF you really believe in Him, not only will you accept His sacrifice on your behalf by FAITH but you will also follow his instructions concerning life) (Luke 6:46-49).

4. You pray to God and invite Jesus to come into your life … and He does this through the Holy Spirit of God which comes into you and changes your life….. NOT in “robot fashion” (like how demon spirits operate)…. but as you willingly allow the Holy Spirit to guide you daily in each and every situation that you are faced with (Romans 12:1) you will gradually experience victory over your sinful nature and more and more manifest the character and nature of Jesus himself (since this process is many times hindered by our own self-will and desires… there will be ups and downs…. highs and lows… as we LEARN to “walk by the Spirit”…. but if we are SINCERE about wanting to “please God” then over time we can observe the results (fruit) of the ongoing transformation (through our life experiences). (John 15:4-5)

There really is NO OTHER WAY (John 14:6) …. and we have to realize that, as the future is GLORIOUS for us…. the “world” is going to be hostile, because their motivating principles are based on selfishness, greed and pleasure and we exist as a constant reminder to them that their attitudes and behaviours are SINFUL (and they really do not want to accept the fact). (John 15:18-19)

The “good news” of the GOSPEL is that GOD HAS made a way (for those humans that desire it) to be RESTORED to the GLORIOUS, PERFECT condition that Adam lost when the human race descended into evil and came under the influence of Satan.

Our duty as Christians is to “show these things” to as many humans as will listen to us…. God has chosen to use US in his “redemption” plan…. to bring as many humans as possible to SALVATION and the GLORIOUS LIFE freedom from the tyranny of sin.

NEW FEATURE ADDED

I have just added an ALPHABETICAL index to this blog

One of the most frustrating things for me (and possibly for you also) is FINDING previous messages after they get “buried” down inside the blog.

The index shows me that I have made several posts on the SAME topic… like Praise or Dedication…. hopefully, I used different Scriptures or treated the topic from a different angle… in future,  the index will help me NOT to “simply repeat myself”.

The index will help YOU, my dear readers, to quickly find a specific topic that you might want to reference.

The INDEX may quickly be accessed at any time from the sidebar link to the right of the top displayed post.

But here is a link to it now….. save it in your favorites, if you like…… smendes.com/postindex.htm

Be blessed in the LORD… today..

Stephen Mendes

heart

Hear then the word of GOD :
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it ?
I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the conscience, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Now turn ahead to Jeremiah chapter 42, in this chapter, all the people came to Jeremiah and asked him to pray to God “that the Lord, thy God, may show us the way in which we may walk, and the things that we may do” (verse 3) and they  PROMISED that they would DO all the things that God directed them to do (verse 5 and 6).

So Jeremiah goes away and asks God for them…. and God commands them to:

1. Remain in the land.

2. Stop fearing the king of Babylon and TRUST GOD for their deliverance from him.

3. He also warns them NOT to go to Egypt in an effort to avoid war and hunger.

4. He tells them that  IF they go to Egypt they WILL experience the very WAR and HUNGER that they fear.

And what do the people do ? when they are told this ?

1. They accuse Jeremiah of telling lies and NOT giving them the TRUTH from God. (Jeremiah 43:2-3)

2. They head straight for Egypt. (Jeremiah 43:7)

NOW WHAT DO YOU  MAKE OF THAT ?

After inquiring of the Lord and getting direction… they go ahead and do what they wanted to do anyway… because the Lord’s direction was not in agreement with their own plans.

But notice that …. it does not end there… while in Egypt they “resumed worship of the queen of heaven” (Jeremiah 44:17)…. because they claim that their distress only came upon them AFTER they stopped worshipping her (Jeremiah 44:18)

God  was blessing them and they were thanking the “queen of heaven” for the blessings… so he brings much trouble and distress on them, so much that they forget about the “queen of heaven” for a while.

Now their wayward mind concludes these problems have come about because the “queen of heaven”  is angry with them because they have stopped thanking and worshipping HER…. so they RENEW their IDOLATRY in an effort to recover the “former blessings”.

WHAT ABOUT YOU ?…. Are you playing with GOD ? …. seeking what YOU want by any means possible….. and taking the path of least resistance into modern day idolatry, hoping to get what YOU want ?

GOD’s WAY may appear to be HARD (even impossible) and you may NOT want to get that kind of direction…… but if you follow it, you will find BLESSING.

YOUR WAY may seem better to you…. but if you follow it…. demons have open season on you…. and before long you can’t tell right from wrong…. and you are serving the demons and in a total mess…. because without the blessing of GOD…. the demons just LOVE to make the lives of “God’s people” a NIGHTMARE existence….. the lives of backsliders and rebellious “children of God” are filled with MORE misfortune than the heathen who have never known GOD.

BUT…. OH THE JOY…. when the “children of GOD” REPENT and SUBMIT to GOD’s AUTHORITY….. do you need to do that today ?…. do you need to come back to God and make it right with Him ? ….. HE has promised to FORGIVE you… and even if you still have to go thru stuff… HE will be there to help you get through.

YOU can have the VICTORY over the world, the flesh and the devil…. once you are willing to OBEY the voice of the Shepherd…. no matter what obstacles may loom ahead or how fearful they may seem to you.