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What Does Hope Do For Mankind?
Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest.
Hope motivates when discouragement comes.
Hope energizes when the body is tired.
Hope sweetens while bitterness bites.
Hope sings when all melodies are gone.
Hope believes when evidence is eliminated.
Hope listens for answers when no one is talking.
Hope climbs over obstacles when no one is helping.
Hope endures hardship when no on is caring.
Hope smiles confidently when no one is laughing.
Hope reaches for answers when no one is asking.
Hope presses toward victory when no one is encouraging.
Hope dares to give when no one is sharing.
Hope brings the victory when no one is winning.
- John Maxwell from Think on These Things –
A Prayer for Deliverance
1. Personally affirm your faith in Christ:
“Lord Jesus Christ, I believe You are the Son of God and the only way to God – that You died on the cross for my sins and rose again so that I might be forgiven and receive eternal life.”
2. Humble yourself:
“I renounce all pride and religious self-righteousness and dignity that does not come from You. I have no claim on Your mercy except that You died in my place.”
3. Confess any known sin:
“I confess all my sins before You and hold nothing back. Especially I confess …”
4. Repent of all sins:
“I repent of all my sins. I turn away from them and I turn to You, Lord, for mercy and forgiveness.”
5. Forgive all other people:
“By a decision of my will, I freely forgive all who have ever harmed or wronged me. I lay down all bitterness, all resentment and all hatred. Specifically, I forgive …”
6. Break with the occult and all false religion:
“I sever all contact I have ever had with the occult or with all false religion – particularly …”
“I commit myself to get rid of all objects associated with the occult or false religion.”
7. Prepare to be released from every curse over your life:
“Lord Jesus, I thank You that on the cross You were made a curse, that I might be redeemed from every curse and inherit God’s blessing. On that basis I ask You to release me and set me free to receive the deliverance I need.”
8. Take your stand with God:
“I take my stand with You, Lord, against Satan’s demons. I submit to You, Lord, and I resist the devil! Amen!”
“Now I speak to any demons that have control over me. [Speak directly to them.] I command you to go from me now. In the name of Jesus, I expel you.”
From Derek Prince’s book, They Shall Expel Demons
Article : Calling Evil Good
by H. Wallace Goddard
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
Satan is the master of inversion. Where God offers Light, Satan provides darkness. God confers joy, peace, and love. Satan dispenses lies, misery, and bitterness. Satan’s latter-day lies stand in contrast not only to heavenly revelation but even to good research on families and human development.
There was a show once called “Amos and Andy” in that show there was a big man who would slap Andy across the chest whenever they met. Finally, Andy got enough of it and said to Amos, “I am fixed for him. I put a stick of dynamite in my vest pocket and the next time he slaps me he is going to get his hand blown off.” (From God’s Psychiatry, Charles Allen, pg.116) What Andy seemed to forget that the man ma...
"Doing is overrated, and success undesirable, but the bitterness of Failure even more so."
Friendship is one of the sweetest joys in life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.
Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.
Now, what areas is the Holy Spirit fully engaged in? Each person is concerned about one or several issues in life:
(a) Everyone wants to be loved.
(b) Everyone wants his or her life to count.
(c) Life is empty without Jesus Christ.
(d) Many sitting here today are loaded down with guilt.
(e) Many in this auditorium are eaten up with bitterness from there past.
(f) Each culture faces a...
June Hunt How to Forgive When You Don’t Feel Like It. in her book lists a few of the risks associated with a person who chooses to not forgive. The following information is from her book How to Forgive When You Don’t Feel Like It. Taken from pages 70-73:
Refusing to forgive means that God will not forgive your own sins. Jesus said, “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive men their sins, you Father will not forgive your sins.”
The risk you take for having an unforgiving heart is to suffer un-forgiveness from God for your own sins.
This is a major risk and is a very severe consequence for the choice of un-forgiveness!
Refusing to forgive a person can actually hinder or even block your own salvation.June in her book shared a real life story about a man named Bill who refused to forgive his ex-wife. This refusal to forgive her blocked his own salvation and he even knew it. When June confronted Bill for his choice of un-forgiveness and she shared the risk – he still choose not to forgive her. June warned him by saying the following:
“After hearing his litany of offenses, I explained, ‘Bill, becoming an authentic Christian means receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Bible says, ‘Believe in (rely upon) the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.’ ‘If He is truly your Lord, that means He is your Master, ruler, owner-to whom you yield your will to His. If He says forgive, you must be willing to forgive. If you refuse to forgive, you are still being your own ruler. You are not receiving Him as you Lord.’ He quickly responded, ‘I can’t.’ ‘Bill, God would never tell you to do something without giving you the power to do it.’ ‘I just can’t-no! I won’t.’ Bill walked away still carrying a bulging bag of bitterness…and I never saw him again” (71).
Refusing to forgive will block the blessings of God.
Bitterness is frustration that has festered. If jealousy is a simple cut, bitterness is the infection that sets in if not treated.