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Deliverance from the Black Hole

Deliverance from the Black Hole

September 30

As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5b).

A black hole is a place of total nothingness. It’s a time in our life when God removes the resources and supports that we normally rely on to feel secure – our careers, finances, friends, family, health and so forth. It is a preparation time.

When you find yourself in a black hole experience, don’t just sit and brood. Take stock of your life. Take a look at your relationship with God.

First, ask God if there are any sins, habits, or attitudes that He might be judging in your life. It’s important to discern whether the trial we face is the result of God’s discipline for our sin?or if it is preparing us for a future leadership role.

Second, when you enter a black hole, don’t trust your feelings. Trust God. Your feelings will tell you, "God has rejected you. Abandon hope. He has left you utterly alone." Feelings change; God never changes. Feelings come and go; God is always with us.

Third, remember that your black hole experience is not only intended to refine and define you; it’s also intended to influence and change the lives of hundreds or even thousands of other people. Our adversity is not just for us, but others in our sphere of influence.

Fourth, don’t try to hurry the black hole process along. Remember, when Joseph was in the depths of the pit, there was nothing he could do about it. He couldn’t climb out, jump out, levitate out, or talk his way out. All he could do was pray and wait upon the Lord.

Fifth, lean on God. Even when you don’t feel like praying, pray. Even when you don’t feel like reading His Word, read. Even when you don’t feel like singing songs of faith, sing. When you pray, don’t just talk; listen. Be silent before Him and listen for His still, quiet voice.

Sixth, be alert to new truths and new perspectives. During a black hole experience, God often leads us to amazing new discoveries. A black hole can be a storehouse of unexpected riches for the soul.

The “harvest of the Spirit”

The "harvest of the Spirit"
Galatians 5:13-26
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (vv.22-23)

We begin today a detailed study of the fruit of the Spirit — the nine ingredients which go to make up Christian character. These nine qualities are the natural outcome of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling — not a manufactured one. When Paul speaks of the manifestations of the flesh, he describes them as "works," but when speaking of the manifestations of the Spirit, he describes them as "fruit." "Works" suggests something that is an effort: "fruit" suggests something that is effortless. Some translations use the term "harvest of the Spirit" rather than "fruit of the Spirit," pointing to the finished product, the outcome. Most people, myself included, prefer the word "fruit" to "harvest," but there is a special truth locked up in the word "harvest" that we must not miss. You see, it is what we finally reap as the result of an attitude or course of action that is important. What happens along the way, such as good feelings, are part of the Spirit’s purpose but not the greatest part. It is the end result that matters.

And what is that end result? It is a quality of being. Jesus once said: "Love your enemies, do good … and your reward will be great … you will be sons of the Highest" (Luke 6:35, NKJV). Note the phrase, "you will be." The reward is more than just having — it is being. Remember, the goodness or badness of an act is determined, not just by what it does to others but by what it does to you. So having the Holy Spirit within us is not just being the recipient of pleasurable emotions — it is being a better person.

Prayer:
O God my Father, help me right here at the beginning to get my focus right and yearn, not so much for better feelings, but to be a better person. In Christ’s Name I ask it. Amen.

For Further Study
Psalms 1; Ephesians 5:9
1. What is the key to producing good fruit?
2. What does "prosper" mean in this context?

Miscellany …………….

Obama causes another collapse!!
Of 60 Minutes this time!

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Nut job Rosie O’Donnell…

Does another ‘Huh?’!

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Another court ruling on ObamaScare..

Another ‘it’s illegal’ ruling..

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A fence around the White House..

Seems to be failing..

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Secret Service..

Supposed to be ‘protecting’ the President..

Not doing so hot with the current pResident!!
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Another side effect of high taxes and greedy DemocRATS..

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Al Franken Awarded Most Partisan Senator

Al Franken is the most partisan U.S. Senator, voting with President Obama 97 percent of the time according to Politico.

To remind Minnesotans that Sen. Franken only does what President Obama tells him to do, the Republican Party of Minnesota held an awards ceremony to present Al Franken with the “Most Partisan Senator” award.

Al Franken’s partisanship and allegiance to Obama is hurting Minnesota families.

Franken was the decisive vote for Obamacare forcing 140,000 Minnesotans off their health insurance when he promised it would make Minnesotans feel more secure in their health coverage.

We need your help to stop the Franken-Obama agenda!!