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Going into the Heat of the Battle

Today… if you are facing a giant that has been in your land for some time … there is a new hope. This is the hope of tenacity. Tenacity is the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly (Google.com). Tenacity is the ability to keep fighting, but purposeful fighting that has the hope of victory. Tenacity alone is not enough. In Christianity, the battles we face within our souls are determined by our tenacious spirit. All that’s within you, as a born-again believer, is already victorious, but our fallen souls must be redeemed by our saved spirits. We do not go into battle without victory leading us. We cannot face a giant that is stronger than us. Nor do we go of our own will and strength. The victory has been determined on the cross, what you do with it, remains to be your victory.

To put it into perspective, there are habits and old experiences that continue to haunt us. They determine how we live today. They continue to dictate our perspectives and feelings. Christ came not only to set the spirit free, but the soul and body with it. Today, there is no excuse for our behavior, attitudes, and feelings. We were not bought with cheap coin, but with the blood of the one and only holy Man. He has determined your thoughts and actions to be set free from all bondage and if you are not, well then, Calvary hasn’t fully taken place in your heart yet.

A tenacious spirit doesn’t come easily, but it starts with a choice. A choice to be victorious, a choice to be patient, a choice to be content, a choice to endure, a choice to have hope. The question today is how are you dealing with the giants in your land? Are you overcoming in the heat of the battle? Or is your foe continuing to be triumphant over you?

When the heat of the battle comes, you may not be ready for it, but it is here that your giant falls. When you feel the pressure of everything around you closing in, it is here where the fighting gets tough. It remains tough until you begin to welcome the pressure not as a foe, but as an agent of victory. In this heat, you will begin squirming, looking for a way out, to past sins, to past relationships, to past thought patterns, to past hobbies. You become very uncomfortable, seeking relief, something to satisfy your soul.

This is where giants are slayed. If you persevere and make a determined step towards your victory, you will be victorious. There is only success for the one who makes the right step. As all things in Christianity, they do not seem appetizing at first, but when you produce that fruit, all things have never been better. For instance, patience is a fruit of the spirit. For most of us, patience is a hard word, an unwelcoming aroma, and therefore very few attain that fruit, unwilling to produce it. Little do we realize, if we persevere towards it, patience is a luscious fruit, that produces a quality of life like no other. If nothing else convinces you to become a patient person, take this illustration home with you. Imagine that patience is an apple. You attitude towards patience determines the quality of the apple. To this point, some of you have been eating a rotten apple, while others have been eating a tasteless apple. But how many of you would like to eat the luscious tasty apple? Well then, I illustrate the quality of life to this apple. Our quality of life is determined by the fruits of our spirit, and whether they are produced within us or not. Remember, your spirit has got it (if born-again) but your soul has yet to attain it. What are you appetizing your soul with today? Learn to be patient, allow the Spirit to work it within you, so that your quality of life may change for the better.

Therefore, the same happens in the heat of the battle. We suppose that it is too hard and not worth fighting, but the matter of fact is that we just don’t realize how much greener the grass is on the other side. Accept the pressure you are facing today, determine your victory, and you shall come out as a dazzling diamond, pleasing to both God and men. 

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A look into “The World’s Greatest Secret”

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Whether you fulfill God’s will in your life or not, the Secret Place will remain to be a mystery. But partnership with Him will lead to a beautiful and extraordinary life.

The following is an introduction to my new ‘work in progress’, “The World’s Greatest Secret.” It is scheduled to publish by end of 2013.

Where is that Secret Place man can tap into and discover realities unknown to man? Is it possible to obtain such divine wisdom and strategy? Is there a place in man that has all the answers?

I once told an atheist man that God loved Him. He looked at me blankly, and he stated defensively that He only believed in what he could see and experience. Without losing a beat, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, saying, “Flesh is flesh and Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6-8). The mystery this man didn’t understand was that only those reborn of the Spirit could comprehend spiritual things. This man could not rely on his own understanding, because flesh understands only the things of the flesh. This is why God teaches us to trust Him by faith.

It is in silence that man finds God and God finds man. It is our spirits that redeem our souls, because that’s where the Holy Spirit resides. However, the Spirit cannot work within you if you live carnally minded. If you feed the flesh, you will starve the spirit. But if you feed the spirit, you will starve the flesh. Spiritual truth tends to be hard to understand, because only the spirit can discern spiritual truth. If we want to be changed, we must come to God by way of our spirits. As we open our hearts to Him, our souls are exposed and He is able to come in and touch us. He comes in and heals every wound. He exposes every thought of unbelief. He takes captive what does not belong in our hearts. This is the work of the Holy Spirit.

This secret place, in the very presence of God, is what allows you to acquire spiritual position. You are already seated with Christ in spirit (Ephesians 2:6), but it will not be activated until you draw from it. It will be from this Place that you acquire divine wisdom and knowledge. It will be from this Place that you learn to hear and do as God wills. As you come to know the will of God, you will gain that intimate knowledge that can only come from soaking in His presence in the Secret Place.

Whether you fulfill God’s will in your life or not, the Secret Place will remain to be a mystery. No one in the flesh can see the Spirit of God, yet He works and does for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Those who join Him will perform extraordinary deeds that only God can be the author of. This partnership will lead to a beautiful and extraordinary life, abundant in joy and peace, proving the perfect will of God.

We can only activate that spiritual stature when we seek Him wholeheartedly. We discover Him in the Secret Place, in that deep, mysterious part of us that truly is the world’s greatest secret…

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The Hungry Soul

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The answer may shock you. Anything can satisfy your soul. We will always search for satisfaction. Satisfaction can be found in sin. This however is a short-lived and regenerative quench. It will make you hunger more and more. You will become addicted to sin, because it causes your thirst and appetite to increase. Not only does sin attach itself to you and becomes an addiction, but sin starves your soul. Though sin seems to satisfy one’s soul, it is in fact emptying it out, creating a stronger hunger. Therefore, sin does two things. It makes one hungrier and leaving the soul with an addiction, causes the individual to desperately fill his or her hunger in the quickest way, by sinning once more.

I am not speaking about a sexual sin specifically. I am speaking about the idols we hold to in our lives. Sin can be your quick temper. Sin can be your obsessiveness with fitness. Sin can be as simple as following the crowd. Sin is simply going contrary to faith and trust in God.

One may argue that they do not sin. My friend, if you are not being fully satisfied in the love of God, you are in sin. If you are not abiding in the love of God, you are abiding elsewhere. Deadly sin or not, you belong to your Father who art in heaven! Live as a child of God ought to. There is no “ifs, ands or butts,” if you are not in faith, you are in doubt. Sin is simply unbelief in Jesus Christ, whom the Father sent as a sacrifice for our sins. At the end of this age, it will not necessarily be a matter of the weight of your sin, but the weight of your defense. In the eyes of God, there is only One qualified to stand as an Intercessor. He is your defense attorney who has never lost a case! (Carman)

The question however remains to be that the soul is hungry. It must be filled with something. If one isn’t be satisfied by the love of God, they will be seeking and searching an output for their hunger. But real and permanent satisfaction will only occur when we fill the source of the hunger.

The hunger of your soul sources from the innate desire to know and be with God. Do you realize you are a designed creation! Do you realize you were in fact made by God, for God! You were not always a sinner, empty-handed. You were once experiencing the fullness of His glory as He permitted! This divine state that you were created in is the hunger of your soul! You have this innate desire to know God, because you once knew God! Though man was stripped of His righteousness through disobedience, it has been returned to us by way of Jesus Christ!

Knowing God is not merely knowledge about God. Knowing God is experiencing a new birth through the Spirit of God! Thus forth, it is having an ever-increasing, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). The knowledge of God is satisfaction; it meets the true definition of satisfaction- contentment. There is no other fulfillment that will cause us to be content. No other pleasure will bring us contentment, because every other pleasure, if not ultimately satisfied by the love of God, will arouse more hunger. Sin has a whiplash effect; it causes immediate hunger. Sin starves the soul! If we understood this truth, why would we ever entertain the thought of sin. To the Christian, it is a very contrary lifestyle. Don’t wonder why you feel spiritually stale if you are entertaining sin. Once again, bear in mind, sin is any idol in one’s life. It is simply unbelief; it is trying to fill our hunger with other pleasures. This can be anything, not necessarily evil, as we tend to associate sin with. If you feed the flesh, you will starve the spirit, but if you starve the flesh, you feed the spirit!

At the well in Sycher, Jesus met a Samaritan woman (John 4). He asked her if she wanted to drink from a well that never runs dry (my paraphrase). He offered her a water that would make her content. “Whoever drinks the water that I give, will never thirst again” (John 4:13). She replied with great wonder, “Sir, give me this water, so that I won’t get thirsty (John 4:15). Jesus assuredly told her, “I am He, the living water!” (John 4:26). Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior is where you will find the end of your hungry soul.

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