When You Pray, Ask The Holy Spirit To Use You.

SCRIPTURE: “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.(Romans 6:13 NIV)



In sin, every part of our bodies is vulnerable. In Christ, every part can be an instrument for service. It is the One to whom we offer our service that makes the difference. Our skills, capabilities, and bodies can serve many purposes, good or bad. Instead of complaining about or judging the world, just say “Holy Spirit, show me what’s wrong and how I can make a difference. Use me” When you make yourself available to God, He will use you for His good.

 
Source: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.



 



 
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When You Pray, Look Inward To Jesus Living In You.

SCRIPTURE: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you unless, of course, you failed the test? “(2 Corinthians 13-5 NIV)



We have to examine and test ourselves to see if we are really Christians. Just as we get physical checkups, Apostle Paul urges us to give ourselves spiritual checkups. As Christians, we should look for a growing awareness of Christ’s presence and power in our lives, then we will know if we are true Christians or merely impostors. If we are not actively seeking to grow closer to God, we are drawing farther away from Him. Jesus is in us, and we are unconditionally accepted by God the Father. This gives us freedom and encourages us to face up to our faults. Before we can get better, we have to admit what is bad.

 
Source: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.




 



 
STAY BLESSED.
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(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
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When you pray, look upward into the face of a loving Father.

SCRIPTURE: “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”(Romans 8:16-17 NIV)


We are no longer like “fearful slaves”, instead, we are the Master’s children. What a privilege! Because we are God’s children, we share in great treasure as co-heirs. God has already given us  His best gifts: His Son, His Holy Spirit, forgiveness, and eternal life; and He encourages us to ask for whatever we need. The way we see God will influence every area of our lives, including whether or not our prayers are fruitful. If we only make one change to our prayers, start calling God “Father”, we will start to better understand just how much He loves us and how He works for our good. 

 
Source: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.




 



 
STAY BLESSED.
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How To Pray In Five Dimensions!

Today’s focus is on, When you pray, look backward to the cross.


May the Holy Spirit minister deeply into our hearts, the message He has for us today.
Enjoy!


SCRIPTURE: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed  down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” ( 1 Peter 18-19 NIV)


It is good to start our prayers with the cross because it helps you have an attitude of gratitude. When you think about Jesus dying for you on the cross, it reminds you how deeply God loves you, how costly sin is, and how completely you are forgiven. Focusing on the cross thus helps us grasp a bit more what the God we worship is like—simultaneously all-powerful and a servant. Jesus who had committed no sin died for us, in doing so underwent the most humiliating, excruciating, painful form of punishment in the world at that time. Knowing we are loved in that way by the God of the universe encourages us. Taking a long look at the cross and Jesus’ suffering there is what leads us to a deeper repentance, deeper hatred of sin, deeper love for God’s Will to be done, and deeper commitment to pray and work for his kingdom to come. The cross helps us see the depth of God’s love and the wisdom of His plan. 



Source: Culled from Daily Hope with Rick Warren.
  




 



 
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Our Mission Determines Our Ministry!

SCRIPTURE: “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed  and helpless, like  sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36 NIV)
 
 
Our ministry is a ministry of mercy because that is the ministry of Jesus. We are not sent on a ministry of condemnation. That was the “ministry” of the Pharisees. Our ministry is determined by our mission. Our mission is to love and follow Jesus; thus, our ministry is to have compassion on people. The disciples could not see their ministry clearly yet because their mission was not exactly the same as Jesus. They had plans for more than just following Jesus. They also had plans for building a part of their Kingdom.
Most Christians think only a few are ready to be harvested for God and live in an atmosphere that seems to indicate that few have any interest in seriously following Jesus. Yet Jesus sees that the problem is not that multitudes do not want to be saved, but that the followers of Jesus do not have the same mission as He does.

Source: Culled from, Growing Through The Storms Of Life, by E. Truman Herring (Vol. one)
  

 



 
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Ministry Beyond The Storm!

SCRIPTURE: “They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet Him.” (Mark 5:2 NIV)
 
 
Jesus knew what was on the other side of the storm. He knew that an entire town would “see no beauty in Him that they should desire Him” (Mark 5:17) Still His compassion was moved even toward those that rejected Him, and the disciples must understand this example. If we refuse to learn our lesson in the storms, then we will never have a ministry beyond the storm. It is important that the disciples see the Lord’s compassion and power in salvation, even for those who are bound  by Satan. The day will come when they will face the same devil, not in the cemetery and tombs, but in the temple and places of worship. If Jesus did not send the early church through a storm to shatter their plans to preach the gospel to the Jews only, then the rest of the world would have never known the grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Source: Culled from, Growing Through The Storms Of Life, by E. Truman Herring (Vol. one)
  

 



 
STAY BLESSED.
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Salt and Light Ministries
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Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
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Education Through The Storm!

SCRIPTURE: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be matured and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4 NIV)
 
 
Our purpose is not just to get through the storm, but to learn what Jesus is teaching us in the storm.
We must not simply want relief from the trial, we should desire revelation about God, ourselves, and the ministry God has for us on the other side of the storm. Remember, Jesus is the perfect Teacher, and we should be conscious that from the time that we committed to be with Jesus and to build His Kingdom, He is teaching us through His Word, and bringing people, places, and events into our lives to apply that Word taught. The disciples had asked two questions of Jesus in the storm, “Lord, don’t you care?’ and ‘Lord, are you able?” Both of these questions should have been settled on the land in the light before the storm in the night on the troubled sea. Jesus had already proved himself in everything He did and said, “Yes, I care,” and Yes I am able”
The disciples should have had these truths so deep in their souls that they would have been anchors in the storm. We, too, must have these truths as deep convictions of our lives before the storm.

Source: Culled from, Growing Through The Storms Of Life, by E. Truman Herring (Vol. one)
  

 



 
STAY BLESSED.
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Jesus Expects Us To Love Him In Storms!

SCRIPTURE: “He said to His disciples, Why are you so afraid?. Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40 NIV)
 
 
What Jesus expected of His disciples is the same thing that God expected of Israel in the wilderness. What did God expect of Israel in the wilderness? To love and trust Him in a walk of faith.  We have a description of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and God’s leadership of them in the wilderness. As believers, we do not have to fear following Jesus. You will note that each place that God led Israel by the glory cloud, He expected one thing of them: Will you trust Me? Will you believe me? Each time He tested their faith, they murmured and complained. Do you really feel that it was realistic for Jesus to expect the disciples to react differently in the storm? Most of us would agree that their reaction to the circumstances they faced that night was quite natural. Jesus expected them to trust Him in the storm. Throughout Scripture, we find that God expects us to love and trust Him. Our growth and enlargement proceeds from our trust and obedience to God.




Source: Culled from, Growing Through The Storms Of Life, by E. Truman Herring (Vol. one)
  

 



 
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Jesus Reveals Himself To Us In The Storms!

SCRIPTURE: “The men were amazed and asked, what kind of Man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him.” (Matthew 8:27 NIV)
 
 

We have already seen that from the beginning, Jesus called the disciples “to be with Him and to send them” Part of being with Him was to progressively see Him revealed. According to (John2:11) the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee, He revealed His glory, and the disciples put their faith in Him. 

At this point in time, the disciples had many misconceptions about the Messiah and God’s program. As each day passed, they saw His works, Heard His words, and better understood who He was. Now up to the point of the first storm, they have seen His power over disease, demons, and even death, yet they marvel at His command of wind and nature. When Jesus arose and commanded the storm, they began to see more clearly how great this One was that sailed with them.

Source: Culled from, Growing Through The Storms Of Life, by E. Truman Herring (Vol. one)
  

Jesus Was Manifested In The Storm!

SCRIPTURE: “Without warning a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves swept over  the boat But  Jesus was sleeping.” (Matthew 8:24 NIV)
 
 
“But Jesus was sleeping;”  this is an amazing statement in the light of the fact that Jesus knew all things and was certainly aware that the storm would strike while He was sleeping. Could we sleep if we knew a storm would strike? Certainly No! Who sleeps in a storm? Perhaps the ignorant could sleep, but Jesus knew. Maybe those who were indifferent could sleep, but Jesus cares.
When Jesus slept in the midst of the storm, it was an example of Son’s perfect trust and confidence in the Father.  He manifested the example of rest to His disciples to teach them that just as He watched and trusted the Father, they were to watch and trust Him. 
Jesus did not sleep the sleep of indifference. No, He cared more for the disciples than they did for themselves. We often encounter storms in our life, where we feel God can’t or won’t work. When we truly understand who God is, however, we will realize that He controls both the storms of nature and the storms of the troubled heart. Jesus’ power that calmed this storm can also help us deal with the problems we face. 





Source: Culled from, Growing Through The Storms Of Life, by E. Truman Herring (Vol. one)
  

 



 
STAY BLESSED.
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(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)
Salt and Light Ministries
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Contact: 0302 772013,026 8130 615/0243588467
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website : saltandlightministriesgh.org

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” – Hebrews 4 : 12 (NLT)