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***NEWS FLASH*** by Guest Blogger: Christine Hensley

Preface From Revealing Truth Today Administrator: Today, I would like to welcome my Guest Blogger, Christine Hensley. She has a wonderful ministry on Facebook called, “Prodigal Daughter”. For more information about her Facebook page, please click HERE. This post is used with permission. I pray it is a blessing to your heart.


***NEWS FLASH*** by: Christine Hensley

___News Flash___

Some days I take for granted that I’m a pretty good person and other days I just fail so badly that I look at my behavior in utter disgust; that I can react/behave in such un-Christ-like ways. I love being a mum and a wife yet some days my sanity, patience and kind nature seem to abandon me and I become a slightly crazed, grumpy, irritable woman.

Truly, if you could see me in these moments, it would well and truly destroy any false notions that I’m some holy woman of God. I can fly off the handle with the best of them, have zero patience, say things I later regret and lose self-control. Some days I allow my flesh to dictate my feelings and reactions.

***News Flash*** Our flesh is not our friend.

It is corrupted and incapable of leading us in righteousness. Being born again means we are given a new nature which allows us to walk in the Spirit and reflect the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

BUT we simply cannot manufacture the fruit of the Spirit in our own steam… Anything we do in our own strength is simply behavior modification – which is good but it’s not the same as the work of the Holy Spirit within us, at root level, sanctifying us and leading us in the ways He would have us live.

When I examine my sinful behavior, I ask myself why have I been so quick to anger, so impatient and irritated? It is not my desire to act out sinfully, especially when it affects my family. There’s no justification to sin but it can be helpful to examine how we arrive there.

Today, I had a lightbulb moment and realised I’ve been dealing with the stress and burdens in my life in my own strength.

Worry is a sure sign that we are not trusting, surrendering or submitting to God. We are wanting to be in control and our lack of control leads to worry and anxiety over our circumstances. Not only do we need to confess and ask for forgiveness so the Lord can cleanse us (1 John 1:9), but an important part of repentance is laying down the wrong behavior and trusting/submitting to God.

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

If I’m not trusting God with my circumstances, not surrendering my fears and worries but holding onto them, is it any wonder that this will be evidenced in my behavior? If I’m walking in the flesh, of course I’m going to turn into “Mrs. Hyde” and become grumpy, impatient and irritable because I’m not walking in the Spirit.

It’s time (again) I submit to The Lord, trust Him with the matters that weigh on me, admit I cannot do this in my strength and lay my worries at the foot of the cross.

A Prayer:

“Lord, forgive us for those times when we take our eyes off You. Help us to realise this is what we are doing when we allow worry to weigh us down. Father, we know we cannot do this in our own strength and we need you to be our refuge and strength. We thank you that you are faithful and trustworthy and that we are safe to entrust the most vulnerable parts of ourselves to you. Father, please continue Your work in us so we can be more like Jesus, honoring you in what we say and what we do. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. Thank You for paying the price for our sin. Cleanse us and renew us, we pray, in Jesus’ name… Amen.”

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The Sovereignty of God

Preface: I am back from maternity leave and want to thank each of you who prayed and left such kind comments for me. Our baby girl, Clarissa Faith, is doing great and God has blessed us greatly! I also want to let my readers know that I will still upkeep this blog, but that my posts may be quarterly as I am very busy taking care of my newborn blessing.  

Today, I am pleased to re-introduce you to my Christian friend and Guest Blogger, Jennifer Dunn. She has been my Guest Blogger before so it is great to have her return for another thought-provoking, comforting post. It was on her heart to discuss the sovereignty of God – and what an amazing, all-sovereign God He is!!

“The Sovereignty of God” By: Jennifer Dunn

_The sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which the child of God rests his head at night, giving perfect peace._Some people think God is customizable; that they can make Him be whatever they want. They believe that He will tailor His ways to fit them… but, they are in error.

God does not personalize His precepts per individual.  His rule, His way of being and of doing, is supreme. He was here before us, He created everything. He is all powerful. In fact, scripture states the following:

“And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.] ~Colossians 1:17 (AMP)

…” I am the Lord God. I rule the world, and I can do anything!” ~Jeremiah 32:27 (CEV)

“To Him the nations are far less than nothing; God controls the stars in the sky and everyone on this earth. When God does something, we cannot change it or even ask why.” ~Daniel 4:35 (CEV)

He is also perfect, thus, His ways are better. Consider the following scriptures:

“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” ~Matthew 5:48 (ESV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55: 8-9 (ESV)

His expectations and laws are the same for all. He does not change; not for any person or for our concept of time.

“For I am the Lord, I do not change ” ~Malachi 3:6 (CEB)

“Jesus Christ never changes! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” ~Hebrews 13:8 (CEV)

However, we are not merely His created slaves. We are His created beings, made in His image (see Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 5:1-2, 1st Cor. 11:7). He is not a tyrannical dictator who is only about control. He is a God of understanding, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love. He guides our steps; not like a puppet master, rather, like a loving father who knows the way that is best for us (see Ps. 32:8, Pro. 19:21, Ps. 18:30, Deut. 32:4, Ps. 16:11). He is a God of wisdom and understanding, (see Jer. 10:12, Ps. 147:5, Pro. 2:6, 1st Sam. 16:7, Eph. 1:17, Is. 40:28). He is a God of mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love (see Ps. 86:15, Ps. 145: 8-9, John 3:16, Eph. 2:4-5, Ex. 34:6-7).

Exodus 34:6-7 (CEV)
“Then he passed in front of Moses and called out, ‘I am the Lord God. I am merciful and very patient with my people. I show great love, and I can be trusted. I keep my promises to my people forever, but I also punish anyone who sins. When people sin, I punish them and their children, and also their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.'”

Ephesians 2:4-5 (CEB)
“However, God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace!”

So, may we not take The Lord’s grace for granted. Let us respect that His ways are higher than our ways. Let us walk in the path of righteousness, as He commands us, holding tightly to Him to serve Him with all our heart and with all our soul; that we may abound in His mercy, grace, peace, joy, love, and all the blessings He has in store for us.

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Why Are Many Churches Powerless?

Preface: Today, I am pleased to introduce you to my Christian friend and Guest Blogger, Francesca Lopez. For over 30 years, she has travailed for the Body of Christ, feeling the Father’s heart. It is her prayer that the church repents and begins to walk in holiness. Please take what you read to heart and keep upholding the churches in prayer.


“Why Are Many Churches Powerless?” By: Francesca Lopez

1awWhy is the church powerless, dead and dry?

Time constraints are put on worship, ministry and prayer just to appease the crowd, when it’s the most important thing. Things are made so complicated when all that needs to happen is complete surrender to the move of the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to move as He pleases with no reservation or restrictions.

Sin is no longer being called sin from the pulpit. So much hypocrisy goes on in the church. Pastors are no longer teaching the people to walk in holiness and righteousness nor taught the fear of the Lord. Church is so set on routine, functions, conferences, church cliques, and a superficial love instead of walking in true love and concern for one another. The people feel disconnected and not ministered to. Leaders want members in the church solely to fill the seats and to attend every function, every service, every get-together. Jealousies among leaders and fellow believers. Compromising and condoning sin instead of bringing correction so not to offend anyone or cause friction. Excusing the character for the gifts and talents. Placing individuals who are walking in sin in positions of leadership, teaching, or leading worship just to fill a position or just because they are part of the so-called inner circle of friends.

If my spirit is grieved, how much more the Spirit of God? How can the Holy Spirit move in this type of atmosphere? Some churches don’t even allow the Holy Spirit to take full control nor know how to truly worship in spirit and in truth. Worship has become entertainment and a performance. Stages have taken the place of altars. The world is so hungry for the things of the Spirit and a move of God but there is no bread in the house, only crumbs.

The church has nothing to offer them that will impact and change their lives. The church has become so fat, dead, and powerless that it has forgotten its purpose – to reach the lost and brokenhearted with the love of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to be filled and equipped, when in our prayer closets, so that we can impact and transform the world by being poured out to a lost and dying world in the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” ~2nd Chronicles 7:14

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I echo what Francesca wrote in this blog and feel the same grief over the churches. Please see my post on this, “Pseudo-Christianity Will Not Stand” by clicking HERE Also, another blog, “The State of the Pulpit and Christianity” can be read HERE. Thank you for reading.

 

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4 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now//Guest Blogger: Emily Huff

From time to time on this blog, I will be featuring guest bloggers. This is a great way to hear from other Christian writers on a whole host of topics. Today, I am welcoming a friend I met through Facebook. Her name is Emily Huff and you can find her blog, Beyond the Noise, by clicking HERE. She and I are both chronic health warriors – but more importantly, we are both Christians. Please enjoy her post below and be blessed!!


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4 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now

by Emily Huff

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Christian Blogger: Emily Huff

As a chronic illness warrior, there is a lot on my plate. Normal life responsibilities, additional medical struggles that most don’t have to worry about and the desire to enjoy life and all that it offers. The last thing I need is to do more than what is absolutely necessary and to do things that don’t really carry any weight in improving my life.

With that said, I recently sat down and thought about what needs to go, and I want to share those with you today!


WORRYING

I know I fall prey to this often, and I’m sure you do too! Worrying has become a common mindset and we are daily replacing faith with fear. I heard it said that F.E.A.R. is False Evidence Appearing Real. We are afraid of things that haven’t even happened, and worry about the outcome. I do this with my health, finances, future and so much more.

 Let’s adopt Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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COMPARING

Ooh! This is a big one! How often do we look at other people’s picture-perfect Instagram marriage, life, family, health etc. and wish we had it like they do? We see their best and compare it to our worst; believing still that they have it better than we do.

STOP!!! This is a horrible trap that the devil puts in front of us! (Instagram is not the trap, how we decide to process what we see, is!) The only person we should compare ourselves to is God. We should strive to model our lives after His and use Him as a measuring tape for our spiritual growth. Galatians 6:4 says “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”

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TRYING TO DO IT ALL

Here’s a little PSA for you—You are not going to be able to do it all! There are 24 hours in a day and with sleep and work taking up most of those hours, you’re not left with many more. So, stop trying to do it all! You’re probably driving yourself crazy which makes you, even more so, less efficient!

As someone with a substantial amount of physical limitations, I have found that there are certain tasks or responsibilities that I must be okay with letting go for a day or two until I have the time or energy. Let’s be realistic and identify what we are truly capable of completing in a day and give those tasks our best—just like Ecclesiastes 9:10 instructs; “Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.”

Feeling guilty for situations you can’t control

This is the hardest one for me. I frequently, maybe even daily, struggle with the feeling of guilt. Guilt for the financial strain my inability to work full-time (or even at all) brings. Guilt for the restrictions my health puts on the activities I’m able to participate in whether with friends of family. Guilt for “holding my husband back” from the dreams he has/had. I could honestly go on and on with reasons I feel guilty, and I’m sure you can add to the list as well.

Here’s what I have to remember, and so do you:

  1. We didn’t choose these illnesses—we were hand-picked by God to carry them because He trusts us to remain faithful amidst the trial and ultimately give Him the glory.

  2. Our lives are not over, they just look a little different.

  3. Most of our friends and families are understanding of our situations and don’t blame us for the “inconveniences” we feel like we cause.

This type of guilt is not from God. He doesn’t want us to dwell on the negatives before us, He wants us to see the blessings amidst the storm and focus our minds on that.

Phil 4:6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

I am working on myself to remove these things from my life—will you join me?

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