Continue Progress, Continue Growth. 

We all struggle to live a Christian life based on the guidelines, but I just want to be an encouragement to you today. No matter how hard we try, our own superficial efforts will never get us to heaven. I have failed at this so many times, I have tried to do things my way and tried to battle sin on my own. Well, we just can’t do it. Spiritual perfection is unachievable for all of us, without a full dependence on God. It’s like trying to build a house without any materials or trying to fix a bike with no tools. Actually Impossible. 

A continuation in prayer and daily communication with God will allow to us constantly continue growth and continue progress. What does your spiritual flow chart look like? Is it steady, going down or increasingly going up? That’s what God wants to see. 

Don’t get me wrong guys, this will not happen overnight of course, but that firm foundation in Christ will bear spiritual fruit in time. Prayer and reading- these are your lifelines, pray to god that he will reveal his spiritual attributes in you, earnestly request this from him. I was reading Matthew 7 the other day that says if the son asks for bread his father will not give him a stone. Gods word is infallible. It will come to pass if we are consistent. 

Peace and love 

Manassa 

Local Evangelising: Meeting with Daniel the Ex-Sniper

A few months ago, me and my mother were witnessing in our local area and came across a man who was openly against God, blaming him for what he had been through in his life. He was an ex armed sniper, someone who was trained to kill and take shot at threatening targets in Afghanistan, but was removed. Amazingly, by the wisdom of god, my mom managed to convert his whole way of thinking in just an hour of speaking about the love of Christ! I was totally amazed, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be witnessing something so life changing as someone realising their salvation and Gods incredible love for them, from having such a negative approach at first.

When we had finished talking, he was willing to allow God back into his life, (as his parents were Christians and were working as preachers overseas) and just became really optimistic and understanding about Gods intentions and love for him. A few weeks after this, we had heard that things had gone wrong for him, he had been having family problems and even worse, he was now homeless. We called and had a chat with him to see how he was and what exactly was happening…

We were really concerned for Daniel and started praying to God that he would support and look after him. He continued to stay in contact with us and let us know how he was doing, which was great and that just reassured us that he was still trying to seek God. After a month, we got a text from him saying that he had got a flat just around the corner from us and that he was okay and getting control of his life. We had arranged to meet him and he very kindly invited us to his house for a “cuppa” yesterday which was amazing. When we got in, he greeted us and shows us around his flat, offering us drinks which was also very nice. So we asked how he got the house so soon, we knew we were praying for him, but I honestly didn’t expect to see things sorted this quickly! We told him we were looking out and praying for him and he told us he knew that God had been working in the situation, which we were so pleased to hear! He told us he had also been praying that things would be okay and they were getting better. I was so interested to hear about his story in the army and what he was going through. The first time we met, he had been riddled with guilt because of the people he had taken the lives of, and that’s why he was angry at God because he thought he didn’t deserve forgiveness. He thought God was angry with him and would never forgive him for what he had done. He had also suffered with Post Traumatic Stress disorder, having nightmares about what happened and was almost relieved to hear that God wasn’t angry at him, but loved him and forgave him for his sin because he was at the stage of repentance. I could see he was shocked and surprised to hear of Gods beautiful mercy.

While we were at his house, he explained that he now knew what he needed to do and that he would do whatever it took to build on his relationship with God, which was great to hear. We were welcome to come around anytime and we agreed to give him a bible and carry on helping him through if he needed. The nightmares have stopped for about two months now, we all knew that God had done yet another amazing thing. It was so good to see God at work in someone’s life and that we had been a part of that. It was a really successful outcome! It’s a real encouragement to see this and I hope everyone gains the confidence to step out for Christ, including myself!

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The Power of the Spiritual Mind

Our Thought processes are with us every minute, everyday, even in our dreams but how much do they influence us in our lives? How can we control and condition our thoughts to change our perception from negative to positive? The mind is one of the most powerful forces we have. We think all the time, and these thoughts shape our character and how we feel about everything. We need to keep our minds pure and constantly compare it to Gods. Ask yourself, would God think that? We are not perfect, but we have to learn to resist and reject our bad thoughts. The bible says “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,” Romans 12:2. This is referring to cleansing your mind through reading the word of God. The bible cleanses our thoughts and reminds us of how we are supposed to be. If we are reading it regularly, we will find that bad thoughts are a lot more difficult to pass through our minds.

Lets think of a scenario and think of how our thoughts can play into it. Lets say we have just been told that we have a terminal illness and we have a limited time to live. What would your thoughts be? Ok, so the majority of people would think negatively and it would really change life for the worst. You can imagine all the negativity and all the depressing thoughts that would come to mind everyday. But what if we thought differently about it? It’s natural for thoughts of fear and anxiety to start coming to mind but if we reject and cut these thoughts off, while replacing them with trusting and having faith in God, we will begin to feel alot more at peace with ourselves and situations in our lives.

If we allow our negative thoughts to take hold of us, it will cause a much deeper problem. Worry. Worry is real to everyone, we all have worried about something at some point, but the truth is, worry is  a useless emotion, it in no way helps us and doing it won’t change anything for us. The sooner we realise that worry is a hindrance, the better we will feel. We don’t need to stress about things, not if we have put them to God and asked him to truthfully take care of it. Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering.” So we don’t need to worry, at all, about anything! I’ve been training my own mind in this the past couple of months and I have experienced so much peace through doing it. God showed me a few months ago, I have everything under control, put your problems to me and I will take care of them. I have not been disappointed! Even to the smallest of things, they have been taken care of. Let this be an encouragement to anyone reading this.

What we think can change who we are if we are not careful. There are endless stories of people being influenced by their own negative thoughts and in the worst cases, this has led to suicide. This clearly shows how powerful our minds are and how they can drive us to do things. Lets take the negative in us and trust God to turn it into positive, internal strengths. If we change how we think, we can change who we are.

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