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TRE GOINS-PHILLIPS | JAN 13, 2018 | 3:04 PM

Golden Lampstand Church

TRE GOINS-PHILLIPS | JAN 13, 2018 | 3:04 PM

Chinese authorities used dynamite this week to destroy a well-known Christian megachurch in the northern part of the communist country.

The decision to demolish the Golden Lampstand Church in the Shanxi Province came amid the Communist Party's long-established fear that Christianity, seen by authorities as a Western way of life, is a threat to the government’s power, The New York Times reported.

Why Was the Church Destroyed?

The state-run newspaper Global Times described the church's destruction as part of “a city-wide campaign to remove illegal buildings,” quoting an anonymous government official who said the house of worship was “secretly built” and disguised as a “warehouse.”

But clearly, the church wasn’t much of a secret, because in 2009, members of the congregation said police confiscated Bibles and imprisoned several of the church's leaders. Nevertheless, the church was leveled Tuesday, according to ChinaAid, an American watchdog group that monitors religious freedom in China.

The group's founder and president, Bob Fu, said China's “repeated persecution” toward the megachurch shows the government has “no respect for religious freedom or human rights”:

“ChinaAid calls on the international community to openly condemn the bombing of this church building and urge the Chinese government to fairly compensate the Christians who paid for it and immediately cease these alarming demolitions of churches.”

Is Christianity Illegal in China?

While Christians are severely persecuted in China, it's important to note that — on paper — Christianity is not illegal in the Asian nation. While China's official stance is atheistic, Christianity is one of five approved religions in the country.

The other approved faiths are Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, and Catholicism, though the Catholic Church in China is forced to operate independent of the Vatican. The Chinese government, however, maintains its tight grip on Christianity via a nonreligious, nationalistic body — the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) — established to regulate the church.
And that very much restricts the freedom Christians have in China. A central tenet of the Christian faith is spreading the gospel, or evangelism, but the “Three-Self” aspect of the TSPM totally restricts that.

Each congregation in China is to be self-governed, self-funded, and self-propagated, according to The Gospel Coalition. Furthermore, since the government is paranoid of established groups, due to the power they could wield, movements and denominations are also forbidden.

So in order to spread the Christian message effectively, believers have been forced to establish so-called “underground churches,” which are created outside the purview of the TSPM, because those within the government database are subject to constant censorship and supervision.

Is This an Isolated Incident?

According to the Times, under Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership, the government has frequently destroyed churches or removed their crosses and steeples. Xi has indicated he prefers a tight control over Chinese society.

In April 2016, the Chinese president gave a speech on religious policy. During the address, he urged the Communist Party to “resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means,” warning any religion in the country must “Sinicize,” or become Chinese, The Associated Press reported.

Xi also made clear any faith-based group must submit to the leadership and whims of the Communist Party, adding, “in no way should religions interfere with government administration, judiciary and education.”


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By admin, 2017-12-30

         HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018


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By admin, 2017-11-13

                                           God is our Present Help

                              by Richard A. Cox, Jr., author of I, We, Us:  A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

“God is our Refuge and Strength (mighty and impenetrable to temptation) a very present and well-proved help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 Amp)

All of us have experienced a situation that made us feel boxed in. In those situations, we have prayed to God for help when time was running out for a resolution. At that moment when you cried out for God to divinely intervene, He stepped into your situation - in the nick of time - to rescue you. This increased your faith and trust in God because He cared enough to show up for you.

When we experience and witness God’s concern about our troubles, it strengthens our relationship with Him. God establishes a parent-child relationship with us; the parent is protective and concerned about the welfare of the child’s growth and development.

It is important for us to study the Bible and know the spiritual rights and promises God has made available to us as believers. Sometimes God creates storms or tests in our lives to focus our attention on Him. God can bless you so much that you slowly start to “slack up” spending quality time with Him in prayer and devotion.

When troubles arise, it makes you realize you cannot resolve these issues on your own. You need God to be your present help to provide:

  1. Comfort – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV) Let God’s loving arms wrap around you in your time of distress.
  2. Healing – “For I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26 KJV). That is a promise God has made - if the request is in accordance with His Will.
  3. Deliverance – “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalm 50:15 KJV) We should call upon the Lord and expect Him to act on our behalf.
  4. Shelter – “He shall cover thee with feathers and under his wings shalt be thy shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4 KJV). With God on our side, we are protected and safe because no one can match His Power.
  5. Victory – “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4 KJV) Our faith in God alerts Him to come to our rescue to give us the victory in our situation.

God hears our prayer and is immediately available to help us. We need to understand that God’s timing is not on our time schedule. After we request God’s help, He is going to use His timing and solution to resolve our issues as He see fit.


It is wonderful to know that God’s presence is an eternal presence. In Matthew 28:20 (KJV) it says, “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Also, in Isaiah 41:10 (KJV) it says, “fear thou not, for I am with thee: but be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

God’s presence inspires assurance that we are never out of His sight for a moment. This is why God comes instantly to help and deliver us in times of distress. God also gives us an inner peace independent of our circumstances. It is the presence of the Holy Ghost, which makes it possible for us to choose not to be troubled or fearful.

We have concerns about our jobs or lack of a job, our health, our family, our money, or the future of this country. In Psalm 121:1-2 (KJV) it says, “I will lift my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord who has made heaven and earth.” We must acknowledge God as our ultimate source for all our needs.

In this life we will have problems but the difference, as a Christian is that we are not alone dealing with the problem. As in John 16:33 it says, “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.”

In times of trouble:

  1. Seek the Lord
  2. Keep your lines of communication open between you and God.
  3. Know that God is with you

In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (KJV) it says, “we are troubled on every side yet not distressed, we are perplexed but not in despair. Persecuted but not forsaken, cast down but not destroyed.” God does not bring evil on us but sometimes He places you in challenging situations for the cause of Christ. In other situations, it may be a matter of time before the Lord changes your circumstances.

God promised to make a way of “escape” in the midst of distress, enabling us to bear certain temptations or trials. In 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) it says “there hath no temptation taken you but such as common to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” That way of escape is the presence and peace of God, which abides in us to give us victory in the midst of conflict – peace in the midst of turmoil. The presence of God in our lives enables us to bear certain hardships and difficulties. God will not allow you to endure an ordeal beyond your ability.

I want you to remember that God is with you always. He will provide the resources you need to lead your life. He will provide strength for you to face tomorrow; no matter what tomorrow brings.


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Believe with Expectation

By admin, 2017-08-12

                                             Believe with Expectation

                 by Richard A. Cox Jr , Author of I, We, Us:  A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

                               “Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief ” Mark 9:24 (KJV)

The New Testament is filled with examples of those who solidly believed that Jesus Christ was the prophesied Messiah. One example was the woman with an issue of blood in Mark 5:26-34. She had been in search of healing for twelve long years. Spending all her money, her condition grew worse.

One day, with an attitude of faith and expectation, she hears about Jesus passing her way. The woman’s goal was to just touch the hem of Jesus garment. Her belief, in only a simple touch, made her whole. Some in Biblical times believed in Jesus based upon His profound teachings. Others believed in Jesus based upon the shocking miracles He performed right before their eyes.

Even today, there are Christians that go to church each Sunday and confess belief in the Living God - up to a point. God does not want partial belief but total belief in Him as Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Our ability to believe is the fundamental cornerstone of our Christian faith. Our belief in Jesus Christ motivates us to live a Christian lifestyle, holy and pleasing to Him. Romans 10:10 (KJV) says, “with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.”  This means our heart’s belief is a heart response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Belief means trust, to accept as true, to expect, to place confidence in, or to have a firm persuasion. Jesus tells us in John 14:1 (KJV) “let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me.” He wants us to believe His character, ability, and purpose, as a person worthy of our entire confidence. Jesus desires that we believe His promises are wholly trustworthy. Our belief is tied to our attitude of expectation. Look forward to the promises Jesus has given us as believers. Psalm 62:5(KJV) says, “my soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him.”   We must firmly believe and expect with confidence that God will fulfill every promise He’s made to us.

 Until fulfillment is manifested in our lives, we should show expectation by speaking what the Word of God says, with thanksgiving in our hearts. Colossians 2:7 (KJV) says, “rooted and being built up in him, and being established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”  By thanking God, we demonstrate that we humbly expect an answer from Him. Keep thanking God until belief in God’s promises becomes reality.

Saints, it takes endurance to trust God to bring forth your answer. Don’t stop believing that God will save your spouse, that God will save your children, that God will give you a job promotion, etc. Hebrews 10:36 (KJV) declares, “you have need of endurance, that, doing the will of God, you should receive the promise.”  Hold on! Don’t let go of your belief in the promises God has made to you. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Hebrew 13:15 (KJV) says, “through Him, then, let us offer the sacrifices of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips confessing to His name.” The fruit of our lips says what the Bible says, there should be agreement with the Word of God - this is the sacrifice of praise we are exhorted to continually give God.

Our belief, with an attitude of expectation, will be seen through our speech, actions, talk and walk. God desires us to “hold fast” to His promises, not just keep up appearances for others. He wants us to be steadfast in our confession without wavering. God promised it and when God promises something, it is guaranteed.

If you are expecting the worst to happen, sooner or later you are going to confess it. Whatever you expect will come out in your confession. But if you expect the best to happen, sooner or later, it is going to come out in your conversation. We must rely on God’s Word to be sufficient.

Colossians 2:6 (KJV) says, “as you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”  Let the confession from our lips agree with the Word of God. Our expectation is connected to our belief in the Living God and His Word; not in the uncertainty of riches, not in our circumstances, nor in our tremendous ability to earn a living.

As we wait for God to manifest blessings in our lives, believe with an attitude of expectation. God will fulfill His promises in your life; just expect it to come to pass.

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                                                  Are you releasing God's Power in your life?

                     by Richard A. Cox Jr.   Author of I, We, Us: A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

     There is so much work that needs to be done to win souls for Jesus Christ.  God wants us to release the power He has given us to assist and help people in our churches, schools, and communities.  As Christians, we have something to offer others because God has given all of us different gifts and talents to share. 


      As Christians, we are empowered by the Holy Ghost, the Comforter that Jesus promised to give to us.  In Acts 1:8 (KJV) it says,” but ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”   It is encouraging realizing the Spirit of God is with us and works through us when we share our talents with others.


      After the disciples received the power of the Holy Ghost, they used their belief and faith in Jesus Christ to pray for the sick, cast out devils, etc.   God has given us that same power to help minister to others. We learn through fasting and praying how to release different dimensions of God’s power in our lives.


      One day Peter and John were going to the temple to prayer when they stopped at the gate of the temple that is called Beautiful. They saw a crippled beggar asking people for money. Peter told the beggar in Acts 3:6(KJV) “...silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give thee:  in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”.   Instead of giving the beggar money, they helped the man by releasing the power of healing for him to walk.  The healing of the crippled beggar was living proof of the power of Jesus. God wants to use us as his vessels on earth to minister to people.


      In 1 Peter 4:10 (KJV) it says, “as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”  God has given all of us a gift or gifts to use to up build the kingdom of God.  We must pray to God to discern how we can release the power that God has within us.  Releasing God’s power in our lives is a process that develops as we grow and mature in the gifts that God has given us.  If we want to experience the fullness of life we must allow God’s power to be released through us. 


    Each of us can release God’s power in practical ways in our lives by:

  1. Working in the church using our natural gift and talents that we use on our jobs.
  2. Looking for opportunities to volunteer and join groups that are helping people in any way.
  3. Becoming involved in a mentoring or tutoring program that reaches out to young people.
  4. Speaking to let people know you care and they are loved.
  5. Having a positive presence permeates the peace and joy of the Lord.
  6. Laying on of hands for the sick, a hearty handshake or a gently hug for encouragement and motivation to bless people.
  7. Tangibly giving to people, whether it is food, clothing or an offering to bless and encourage others


      There are so many benefits we can receive by learning to release the power of God in our lives. By giving our gifts and talents, we can experience feelings of joy, satisfaction, fulfillment, contentment and blessing.  We should learn how to focus our attention on others rather than ourselves.  God has a way of resolving our problems as we are helping others with our gifts.


     If we chose not to release our gifts we will slowly find ourselves becoming unfocused, and visionless.  We will find that everything seems vague, not significant, and directionless in things pertaining to our lives. 


     Satan wants to entangle us and destroy us from fully using our talents for God.  Jesus spoke to Peter in Luke 22:31,32 (KJV) and said, “Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.”  Jesus prayed for Peter so he could operate in faith and use his gift again.


     In Luke 11:11-13 (NKJV) it shows how we need to find practical ways to minister to others. It says “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?  Or if he asks for a egg, will you offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know who to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give you the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”   We must learn to use practical applications of the Word of God that will have a spiritual impact on the lives of others.


     When you start the process of releasing the power of God in your life, you will need to build upon it for ministry, service and growth in your Christian character.  These are stepping-stones to developing Christian character and a blessed and productive life.


     Let us not leave our talents and gifts wrapped in a silver box.  Take them out and use them.  Admiring what God has just done for you is good, but it will soon be time to put your new level of functioning to use in the real world.


     The Spirit of God will talk control of your mind, body, mouth, entire being if you will allow it.  We must allow God to take control of our life.  It takes a release on our part to allow the miracles of God to flourish in our life.  You can have healing, prosperity, success, and wondrous miracles every moment of your life if you stand faithful in God’s divine power.  God cares so much for us that He gives us the authority to use the name of Jesus.  A miracle does not have to only consist of things such a blind eye restored, but a miracle can be a smile, a handshake, or a softly spoken “good morning! how are you?”


     We are vessels and God wants to pour His Spirit upon us filling us to overflowing with the greatness of His love.  Humble yourself before the Lord so that He can operate in you by His Holy Spirit.   There is power in the name of Jesus.  God has exalted Him and given Him a name that is above every name.  There is power in the name of Jesus and through it we can overcome all things.  It says in 1 John 4:4 (KJV) “ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”


     In summary, you will find that the power of God comes from believing in Him, which enables us to overcome our shortcomings and our difficulties and brings release and victory into our lives.   We will receive results in our lives when we apply and practice the principles found in the Word of God.    In Mark 9:23 (KJV) “…. if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”  God is the one with the power and the ability.  Believing is the action that we need to provide for God’s power to be released in our lives.


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Kelsey Weekman,

A profile in the Chicago Sun-Times explains that the Siervas (the servants) sing the universal message of hope amid darkness in Spanish. They're not your typical hymns, either.

They use songs such as "Come and You Will See" and "Trust in God" to spread awareness about the crises that children around the world are facing.

Sister Monica, a vocalist and percussionist and the group's English-speaking "organizer and promoter" told the Chicago Sun-Times that these songs are not the typical ones you might hear at mass.

"They are for your car, your party, your free time," she said. "We want our music on the radio so people can be inspired and sing along and have a better day. Our music is about finding that truth and that happiness through Jesus."

The Peruvian band performed 10 parish concerts in Chicago late last week as part of their Tour Hoy Despierto.

The 11 sisters of Siervas couldn't be more different -- according to the Chicago Sun-Times they have various educational and music backgrounds, and come from eight different countries.

The newspaper profile described each of the band members:

The band features seven vocalists, with two lead singers: Sister Ivonne (from Chile, who plays electric and acoustic guitar) and Sister Dayana (from Ecuador). The rest of the lineup (in addition to Sister Monica) includes: Sister Paula (Chile, drums), Sister Camilla (Peru, electric guitar), Sister Teresa (Chile, bass guitar), Sister Kathleen (Philippines, keyboard), Sister Andrea (Argentina, vocals), Sister Cindy (Venezuela, violincello), Sister Arisa (Japan, violin) and Sister Jessica (China, clarinet).

Their daily work includes ministering to the poor, working with the disabled and visiting women in prisons. The band is an extension of this outreach.

Sister Monica told the Chicago Sun-Times that they wanted their music to break through stereotypes that assume nuns aren't like regular people, in spite of their religious calling.

"Before we were nuns, we were regular people who listened to all kinds of music and had regular lives like regular people," Sister Monica said. She revealed that she already finished her second college degree, and that she absolutely loves The Beatles.

The singing nuns started following their passion for music while entertaining their local churches in Peru, and word of their talent quickly traveled to Ecuador and Colombia. They credit social media, iTunes and YouTube for helping them get discovered on a global scale.

Sister Monica told the Chicago Sun-Times that music also helps the band raise funds for their missions and local churches and parishes. Plus, they're pretty low-maintenance compared to other rock stars.

"When we travel, we ask only for the basic needs: our [travel] fare, food, a place to stay, and some kind of donation of the parish's choosing to our mission," she said.

She added that their overall mission is a relatable one -- they simply want to help people find the love of God through their music.

"We all have to be good people, but also people who do good in the world," Sister Monica said. "That's a message anyone can relate to."

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Holy Hip Hop Top 10

By admin, 2017-05-14



Holy Hip Hop Mobile




Top 10 Most Requested Songs


LOS ANGELES, CA (May 13, 2017) – Holy Hip Hop Mobile announced its Top 10 requested songs from its digital subscriber base, as follows:

Rank Artist Song
1 JAM Team
My Team Winning
2 Minister Blak ft 2Edge Real
3 Metroclus
Stray Shot
4 G-Child
Never Run Dry
5 Metroclus ft Joel Nieves
For Me
Bishop Leroy
7 Brandi Booth Eternity
8 DALOMONZE and Rell Riley ft Big Cleve Pray (Get Low)
9 Desciple Sold Out
10 2Edge Energetic Petro feat Rell (Tyler Cole)


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About Holy Hip Hop Mobile:  Holy Hip Hop Mobile specializes in inspirational social media music and entertainment, leveraging a proprietary digital member subscriber network of aficionados of street ministry, growing virally (via word-of-mouth) at a rapid rate  For more information on rising independent Ministers of the Gospel advancing the Holy Hip Hop music genre worldwide, please visit:  To submit music for fan consideration, please send .mp3 files to:

About  Our aim is to offer encouraging and uplifting Christian radio to help visitors strengthen their Christian faith and walk with Christ. We want our radio stations, whether the streaming content is Praise and Worship, Classical, Rock, Southern Gospel, Contemporary, or Talk Radio, to glorify God.
With a desire to support local Christian radio stations, we want to point our visitors towards Christian Teaching Talk Stations and Christian Music Stations in their state from Salem Radio Network. With the ability to stream live radio online, we hope to provide a constant source of spiritual growth and encouragement. For more information and to listen now, please visit:
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Holy Hip Hop Top 100

By admin, 2017-04-20

Los Angeles/Atlanta/New York (April 20, 2017) – announced its Official List of Top 100 Holy Hip Hop Pioneers and Ministers of the Gospel over the past 20 years (1996-2016) advancing the Holy Hip Hop Genre of music worldwide, as follows:

1. Cross Movement

2. T-Bone

3. Canton Jones

4. Pettidee

5. Corey Red & Precise

6. Ambassador

7. Lil Raskull

8. Mr. Del

9. K-Drama

10. R. Swift

11. Bizzle

12. Phanatik

13. D-M.A.U.B.

14. Shai Linne

15. 2Edge

16. Sho Baraka

17. Da Truth

18. Rawsrvnt

19. Tre-9

20. Sevin

21. Sean Slaughter

22. Fro

23. Kambino

24. Sincere Israel

25. J. Kwest

26. Hansoul

27. T-Haddy

28. Datin

29.  Brinson

30. Lecrae

31. Trip Lee

32. Urban D

33. Fiti Futuristic

34. Minister Blak

35. Ace Infiniti


37. Dre Murray

38. Buckbarnabas

39. Dice Gamble

40. Ricardo Flo


42. Japhia Life

43. Richie Righteous

44. Elle Roc


46. Fedel

47. Tedashii

48. Cheno Lyfe

49. 2Five

50. Brody Raw

51. Tha GIM

52. A-1 SWIFT

53. Gospel Gangstaz

54. Eastwood

55. Tragedy

56.  This'l

57. GodSunz

58. Mark J

59. Bobby Bishop


61. Sup The Chemist

62. Ricky B. & 4Given

63. Shei Atkins

64. Andy Mineo

65. Tunnel Rats

66. JD Eyebrows

67. Brother Dre

68. Dre Marshall

69. Fros'T

70. D. Reed

71. Carriers of the Cross

72. Son of Jesse

73.  The Priesthood

74. Colcutz

75. Ziklag

76. LA Symphony


78. 116 Clique

79. Mars Ill

80. Flame

81. Rapid Fire

82. M.A.J.O.R.S.

83. Mobigga

84. Breeve Eazy

85.  KNINE

86. Double

87. True

88. Warriors of The Cross

89. Shamel Shiloh

90. C. Micah

91. Damion Orlando

92. Todd Tense

93. LaToria

94. Infamous

95. Christafari

96. Doulos

97. Todd Bangz

98. Shy Da Gifted

99. Kuntrey Wyte & Pyro

100. Tawanna Ross

***Honorable Mentions:  KJ-52; NAK Daniels; Desciple; Bruthaz Grimm; Light Da Flow Minister; K-Bizzy; K-Lee; Nova 4 Jehovah; Dynamic Twins; J.A.Z.; Difizzle Mayne; Frankie Cutlass; Obadiah-1; The Clergy; Enock; Danny D-Boy Rodriguez; Sicily; Chozen; Blazon; Halo & Reign; Theory Hazit; Metroclus

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Discovering a Friendship in Jesus

By admin, 2017-03-11

                                Discovering a Friendship in Jesus

                   by Richard Cox, Author of I, We, Us: A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

Today, many people are looking for a good friend. We encounter situations in our lives when we need someone to “have our back.” When we think of our friends, how many can we really count on? How many friends know 'the real you'? If you are fortunate enough to have a “good friend”, you know how it feels to have someone to count on. Everyone who claims to be your friend may not be a friend, but possibly an acquaintance. Sometimes the misunderstanding about friendship comes from a mixture of good and bad experiences from previous friends. These experiences carry over from one friendship to the next.

In many cases, previous experiences cause a conflict with new friends when they discover you are operating on a different definition of friendship. For example, one friend may feel a friend should lie for another friend at any cost and another friend may feel you shouldn’t lie regardless of the consequences. Take time to ask your friend what is their definition of friendship? Their answer may surprise you.

In my Christian walk, I’ve found a friend in Jesus. You can depend on Jesus to hear and understand your troubles of life. I have learned to develop a personal relationship with Jesus over the years. It takes time for Jesus to become a part of your everyday lifestyle. I have learned to let Jesus live through me daily by seeking His purpose and direction for my life. Many people attend church desiring a closer connection to Jesus. One way to get closer to Jesus is by developing a personal relationship with Him. One may feel inspired by a sermon but later the inspiration fades. You seek not just inspiration from the Word of God but expect a change to occur in your daily life. Change happens when the Word of God is rooted in your heart. The Word of God is rooted in your heart by consistently attending church and Bible study, which quenches your thirst for Jesus.

Take time now and ask yourself: “Do I have a personal relationship with Jesus?” What I mean by personal relationship is do you communicate with Jesus privately one-on-one? You build a confidence in knowing Jesus. You are more aware daily that Jesus will assist you with any problem you may face in life. For example, if you get sick, by having a personal relationship with Jesus your faith is increased to believe He will heal your condition. A personal relationship with Jesus increases your spiritual growth daily by learning more about Him through personal experience. You begin to realize the difference in yourself by maintaining a personal connection with Jesus. The more you develop your relationship with Jesus, the more you trust telling Him all about your hurt, pain, and insecurities. I have learned to cast my burdens on Jesus because He is able to bear them. You will discover Jesus will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed upon Him (Isaiah 26:3).

If you desire to grow closer to Jesus, develop a spiritual appetite to want to know Him. Your hunger to know Him will spark you to seek ways to spend time with Him. The time you set depends on your schedule. Just make time. We learn about Jesus through His Word. You will discover Jesus will fill the lack in your life. He will fill the void in your heart, if you let Him in. Jesus wants a personal relationship with you. His purpose for you is to be a worshipper who communes with Him and is a representative to the world of His love to all.

Developing a relationship with Jesus is like meeting a new friend. A relationship develops over a period of time through shared experiences. By having a personal relationship with Jesus you’ll find:

  • Good Listener - Jesus will listen to all of your problems and concerns in prayer (Psalms 88:2). 2.
  • Dependable - You can depend on Jesus to never leave you nor forsake you (Psalms 27:9). You will find out Jesus will show up for you on time. He will never let you down. 3.
  • Unconditional Love - Jesus loves us so much that He died to forgive us for our sins. Jesus has a peace and love that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). 4.
  • Faithful - Jesus is faithful to perform His promises found in His Word (Isaiah 55:11)

You will find Jesus to be a friend indeed like in one my favorite church hymns which says, “There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus, no not one, no not one.” And then there is, “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grieves to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”

Take time to consider developing a personal relationship with Jesus. Your Christian journey is a personal one. You’ll discover Jesus will be a friend that will stick closer to you than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

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                   Envision Your Life from God’s Perspective

                    by Richard Cox , Author of I, We, Us: A Journey of Personal Growth and Development

“…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”  John 10:10 (AMP) 

      Often we are so busy doing this and that for other people in our lives that we sometimes lose focus on achieving our own personal goals and dreams.  God wants to fulfill His plan in our lives but we must first begin to see ourselves the way God sees us – growing and prosperous.   

      How do you view yourself as a child of God?  Are you reflecting God’s image in your everyday lifestyle? Take the time everyday to view yourself through God’s eyes. If so, you’ll experience a perception of His fulfillment, peace and power in your life.  You will begin to feel empowered by the way God sees you excelling, and living a life of victory through Him.

     You’ll also notice as your personal relationship deepens with Christ His favor and blessings will overflow.  Some people who have once viewed your life in a limited way will be surprise how God has now taken off the limits of their own limited perspective of you. Some people may even be surprised of your achieved blessings that were obtained through your faith in God.  They probably felt that you could only live in a certain type of neighborhood, only marry a certain type of person, or only work on a certain type of job. You have to work constantly to deprogram yourself from people’s impressions and limitations of you. As you begin to see yourself through God’s eyes (found in His Word) your possibilities are endless.    

     One effective key to learning God’s Perspective of you is studying your rights as a Child of God which is found throughout His Word. For example, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing which is found in Ephesians 1:3(AMP), where it says, “may blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!  Be encouraged as a Believer because you’re not the same person since Christ has entered your life.  After Christ entered your heart, you were given a new perspective about yourself and your lifestyle.

      Another key point to understanding God perspective is self acceptance. It is vital with your new life in Christ. Once you realize and come to terms with that fact … the sky is the limit.  It will help to manifest your spiritual transformation in Christ on your Christian destiny.

       Here are some ways that God sees you: 

  • Over comer – There’s not a situation you can face that God can’t help you to overcome.  In 1 John 5:4 (NIV) it says, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. “This reminds us that victory over the world has been won.  And the proof is that our faith in Jesus has worked to bring about a visible transformation in our lives.
  • Conqueror – You are a conqueror in every circumstance that comes your way. In Romans 8:37(NIV) it says, “ all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. “ Be confident that you are a conqueror by keeping your hope in Jesus Christ.  In Romans 8:31(NIV) it says, “…if God is for us, who can be against us?”   As long as God is on our side we are winners. 
  • Champion – You are holding a spiritual championship belt for the victories you’re already won in your life. In Psalm 18:35 (NIV) it says, “you give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. God conquers and reigns for you, and you shall conquer and reign through Him.
  • Blessed – God’s favor is over your life and each day is a blessed day. In Deuteronomy 28:13(NIV) is says, “the LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” It’s God delight to bless you.  The blessing is promised upon condition that you diligently listen and obey the voice of God.

        On this Christian journey it’s so important to maintain God’s perspective about yourself.  In Philippians 4:13 (AMP) it says, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].”Remember that God loves you and created you to know Him personally. He has a wonderful plan for your life … just trust Him to order your steps. 

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