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Just As The Seed Dies....

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Jesus was trying to teach his disciples a parable (John 12:24) he said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit." He was of course speaking of what would be the most darkest time of his life. He new that without his suffering people would not come to God. There would be no message or testimony to bring them to him. But think of the most radical information in this statement. 

The seed that is a mighty sequoia tree started with the tiny seed that died in the earth to become that tree. A beautiful picture of a treasured moment in time starts in a dark room so that the development in that dark time becomes a beautiful testimony of that precious view the photographer wants revealed. And the wine that is produced for a flavorful consumption is stored in a dark, cold place so that it produces the best result. 

Your darkest time like that of Christ is not meant to defeat you, but to develop you into the resurrection of life. Without his death Jesus could not be resurrected.  He wants the same thing in us. He wants us and others to come to him. He wants to take our test and make it a testimony. He wants to cause us to rise in him and bring others to him by what he brings us through and is bringing us through. So, don't curse your suffering, praise him and embrace him in the suffering, that your dark times can light the way for others to come to Christ. 

Remember this also what David said in the twenty third Psalm, "Even though i go through the shadowed valley called death, i will fear nothing not even evil done to me, for You (God) are with me, I know because your rod and your staff held by your hand comforts me".    

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Releasing You From a Guilty Spirit

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We've all been there, we sin against God, and we repent; only to repeat the process. This leaves behind a deep sense of letting God down, thus we can never truly grasp that God favors us above all his creation and desires we love him above all our love for others. We fail to realize that He wants to continue the relationship in spite of our imperfections. 

That doesn't mean that sin is ok with God, especially unconfessed sin. He doesn't want us to throw up our hands and say "what's the use I know the deal why bother, God will just forgive me anyhow and I'm just gonna repeat it anyhow" How can God forgive us if we don't ask for it and repent of that sin. 

That being said, God still desires us above all things and wants us in favor with Him. He loves us! look at what the apostle Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 1:4 "For we know, brothers and sisters[b] loved by God, that he has chosen you," We don't have to feel hopeless and unloved. The Bible yes says that He Judges the just and the unjust, but his judgement is not without mercy. If we truly trust him with our lives than we even do ourselves. If we accept him as our choice and are in relationship with him like a wife chooses to follow her husband. We have to be in love with Jesus, even above "the sin that so easily besets us". Besets: is the act of stumbling over something or causes us to fail or fall in the way. 

If we truly want to go from a life of guilt and that lives the Jesus way or Spiritual Husband; then we need to surrender to him and allow what he did at Calvary cover us in his love and remove a guilt filled life to an understanding that God doesn't want to judge us, he wants to love on us and enrich us in that way that he loves us so that we turn away from our wicked ways and he can heal us towards him, because he truly loves us!!!  

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