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MANAGING STRESS

Stress is a normal part of life and a certain amount can actually be beneficial as a motivator. However excessive stress and worry is one of the major causes of ill health and bad relationships. For this reasons learning how to manage stress is vitally important to a stable, healthy, joyful life.
Stress management has a lot to do with self discipline combined with a generally healthy life style, both of which require the implementation of certain planned good practices. The aim is that these good practices become life style habits as through good habits,  the bad “habits” of stress and worry can be managed. Putting good practices in place requires prayer, focus, resolve, self control and above all TIME. This issue of time management is probably one of the most crucial disciplines to living a peaceful, healthy, holistic lifestyle.
As a family man (three grown up children and three foster children), businessman (property developer and administrator), self supporting minister, and trustee of a number of non profit organizations, it has always been a big challenge to manage the stress and worry that a busy life produces. I have learnt, and am still learning, how to do the things I need to do and yet live a healthy, joyful life where my soul is at rest despite the difficult circumstances, trials and tribulations that are a part of  everyday life.
Here are some pointers gleaned through forty years of trial, error and learning from others.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE:
Jesus called us not be worry or be anxious. Therefore dealing with stress is part of our spiritual calling and warfare. From a Christian perspective it goes without saying that each of us need to hear what the Spirit is wanting us to do, as we are all different, however we are all called to learn from others and much of this advice has good historical Church roots. Interestingly recent research has found that most of these spiritual disciplines have proven physical and mental health benefits. Regular peaceful spiritual exercises relieve stress. (the times indicated below are minimum suggestions).
1. Meditation; spend 20 minutes a day in quieting prayer.
2. Pray with your spouse daily (10 minutes).
3. Withdraw to a quite place at the start of the day, hand the day to the Lord and ask the Spirit to show you how to order your day. (15 minutes). Then plan your diary.
4. Systematically read the bible and journal the things that stand out and what you feel the Spirit is saying (daily).
5. Fast for 2-3 days on a regular basis (quarterly).
6. Set aside weekends for retreats (quarterly).
7. Set aside quiet mornings (monthly).
8. The above must be centred around handing burdens over to a loving God and abiding in His grace.
9. Regularly meet with a peer group (of the same sex), pray with them and be accountable to them.
10. Find an elder to be your spiritual director.
11. Attend a graceful church and commit to fellowship.
12. If your church is legalistic, religious and works orientated, move on.
13. Times of solitude and silence are good for the soul.

PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE
Regular exercise relieves stress and acts as a barrier against the damages of stress.
1. Look after you body, avoid injuries, if you don’t you will suffer as you age.
2. Get a minimum of three 30 minutes sessions of aerobic exercise weekly. Preferably outdoors in fresh air. Walking, swimming and cycling are best as they don’t damage the joints.
3. Use sun screen and wear a hat. Avoid too much sun.
5. Avoid lifts, walk up stairs. Walk or cycle when you can.
6. Find out what your optimum weight is and stick to it – this is one of the most crucial aspects of good health.
7. Be aware of your body and changes in your body, consult a doctor if you are not sure.
8. For those who are married, put aside specific regular time for making love. Good sex is part of a good marriage and good health.

DIET
Stress prevents your body from metabolizing food properly, therefore good eating is part of the war against stress.
1. Eat balanced healthy whole foods. Avoid processed foods. Avoid fast foods & sugary foods. Go organic. Grow some vegetables. Drink raw milk. Use olive oil. Avoid excessive meat consumption.
2. Drink one 750ml water, first thing in the morning and 2 litres a day. Keep hydrated, but don’t over hydrate.
3. Avoid using prescription drugs and antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. The body heals itself with rest and time.
4. Eat probiotics foods; good yoghurt, raw honey, etc.
5. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, at least six portions daily.
6.  Fresh berries and raw nuts are top anti-aging foods. Eat a handful daily.

SLEEP AND REST
Good sleep us critical to good physical and mental health. Stress often attacks our ability to sleep.
1. Find out how much sleep you need. A young adult normally needs eight hours.
2. Set aside time for adequate, regular sleep.
3. During the week try to set fixed times for sleeping so it becomes a habit. e.g. 10pm-6am.
4. As much as possible make sure your bedroom is dark and sound proof.
5. Don’t use your computer or phone before sleeping as their light will put your body clock out of sync.
6. Switch off your phone at night.
7. Keep a note pad by the bed. If you wake up worrying, write things down, pray silently and go back to sleep.
8. Avoid coffee and too many caffeine drinks. One cup of good coffee a day.
9. Ten minute power naps at lunch time are helpful.
10. Avoid using sleeping tablets. They are addictive.
11. Keep your bedroom for Sleeping, resting and love making only.
12. Take turns in massaging each other at bedtime. It’s good for sleep and good for marriages.
13. If you can, set aside Saturday as a Sabbath (a day of rest).
14. Delve into Gods grace, as it’s a position of inner rest and peace.
15. Make sure you do lots of fun things.

WORK AND FINANCE
For a Christian work must be seen as a great blessing. We work as unto the Lord with thankfulness. However it’s important to put our work in its right place. Our work is there to serve us, we are not called to be slaves to our work or boss.
1. Pray for your work and your boss.
2. In the longer term try to work towards you own business or independence.
3. Work should be enjoyable, if it’s not, you may be in the wrong job.
4. If your work is overwhelmingly stressful it may be time to look for something else.
5. Use a diary to order your day – this is essential.
6. Keep a “to do” and deal with the easy issues first as this gives a sense of achievement.
7. Work out the critical path for the things that are must does.
8. In prayer plan you month, week and day
9. Be pro-active, don’t manage by crisis.
10. Put systems in place. Every mistake should result in an improved system.
11. If you don’t know something, get help and expertise.
12. Think about getting a personal coach.
13. Equip yourself properly for the work you do.
14. Don’t let work encroach on your spiritual and family time, put sensible boundaries in place.
15. Plan and budget financially.
16. Stay out of debt.
17. Live a simple life, avoid materialism. Each possession requires time and attention.
18. Be generous and hospitable.

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WHY ASK WHY? WHEN GOD PROMISES ARE GOOD!

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WHY ASK WHY?  WHEN GOD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US & JESUS’ GRACE IS THE GUARANTEE OF FAVOUR.

Most warfare is in the mind (2Co.10:5). So we use God’s promises to change our thinking (Ro.12:2) by replacing lies with truth, and renewing our worldview so we see things by the Spirit the way God see them.

  1. Why should I feel unloved when “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Ro.8:39)
  2. Why do I doubt God’s goodness when it says “For out of His abundance we have all received one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift heaped upon gift. (Jn.1:17 Amp)
  3. Why should my needs not be met knowing that “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus?” (Phil.4: 19).
  4. Why should I say “I can’t” when the Bible says “I can do all things through Him Christ who strengthens me”? (Phil. 4: 13).
  5. Why should I fear when the Bible says ”God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind?” (2Tim.1: 7).
  6. Why should I doubt or lack faith knowing that “God has allotted to each a measure of faith?” (Romans 12: 3).
  7. Why am I weak when the Bible says “The Lord is the strength of my life “(Psalm27: 1) and “People who know their God will display strength?” (Dan.11: 32).
  8. Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Ro.8:1)
  9. Why should I focus on my sins when God says “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Heb.10:17)
  10. Why should I focus on The Law when it says “We are not under law but under grace?”(Ro.6:15)
  11. Why should I allow Satan to have supremacy over my life, for “Greater is He that is within me than he who is within the world?” (1John4: 4) and Jesus and the cross has “disarmed the powers and authorities”(Col.2:15).
  12. Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says “Thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ?” (2Cor.2: 14).
  13. Why should I lack wisdom when “Christ became to us wisdom from God” (1Co.1:30) and “God gives wisdom to all men generously and without reproach who asks Him for it?” (James 1: 5).
  14. Why should fear tomorrow when I can recall to my mind and therefore have hope that “the Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never fails, for his compassions never ever fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness?” (Lam.3: 21-23).
  15. Why should I be depressed when “The joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh.8:10) and Jesus said “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”. (Jn.15:11).
  16. Why should I worry and fret when I can “Cast all my anxiety on Christ, because He cares for me?” (1Peter 5: 7).
  1. Why should I ever be in bondage, for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”(2Cor:3:17) and “It was for freedom that Christ set me free.”(Gal.5: 1).
  2. Why should I ever feel alone when Jesus said ”I am with you always, even to the end of the age.(Matt.28: 20). And I will never leave you nor forsake you?”(Heb.13: 5).
  3. Why should I be discontented when, like Paul, I can ”Learn to be content in whatever circumstances I am?” (Phil.4: 11).
  4. Why should I feel worthless when “God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him?” (2Cor.5: 21).
  5. Why should I feel accursed or the victim of bad luck when the bible says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us in order that in Christ we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith?” (Gal.3:13-14).
  6. Why should I ever have a persecution complex, for “If God be for me, who can be against me? (Rom8: 31).
  7. Why should I be confused? “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1Cor.14: 33) And, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God.”(1Cor.2: 12).
  8. Why should I feel a failure when, “In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us?” (Romans 8: 37).
  9. Why should I let the world bother me when Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world?” (John16: 33).
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How do we respond to persecution

Under the New Covenant, which is founded on the grace of Jesus Christ, the response of believers to persecution, murder and violence is completely different to that found in the Old Testament.
In this time when Christian persecution and martyrdom is happening like never before, we have to ask ourselves what does the Holy Spirit teach in the New Testament and how do we respond to violence in a Godly way? Our response in the natural may be to resort to arms, violence and revenge, but the question is how do we live by the Spirit, what did Jesus teach and live out, and how did the early church respond to the persecution of their day?
Let’s not forget that the early church converted the whole Roman empire through their willingness to die for their faith.
Maybe it’s a question that every one of us has to ask ourselves as there is no doubt that possible death and destruction is becoming more and more of a reality for many of our beloved brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Please pray for strength for the church across the world and all others expiriencing the horrible Islamic violence at this time. Pray that the Lord will reveal himself to Muslims as he did to Saul/ Paul. Send support to relief organizations helping the displaced in Iraq and Syria.
Here’s what the Scriptures say on some aspects of persecution:

BEHEADINGS
Rev 20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.
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JESUS’S WAY IS DIFFERENT TO THE WORLD’S WAYS
Mat 5:43 Jesus said “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Luk 6:27 Jesus said “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
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FORGET NOT THAT WE WERE ONCE ENEMIES OF GOD
Rom 5:10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, Jesus, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Col 1:21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–

THE GREAT APOSTLE OF GRACE, PAUL (SAUL), MURDERED CHRISTIANS
Act 8:1 And Saul (later called Paul) approved of their killing of Stephan. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
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Act 9:1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 As Saul neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.

PERSECUTION IS PART OF OUR FAITH
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1Th 3:7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
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Heb 10:32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
Heb 11:36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated– the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Rev 2:10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

RESORTING TO ARMS?
Mat 26:51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions (Peter) reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…

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THE CHURCH IS BUILT ON THE BLOOD OF MARTYRS
Act 12:1 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.
Act 22:20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’

OURS IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE & WAR
Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Eph 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes….. 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword…
Rev 1:16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

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Why this Islamic violence?

ISLAMIC TERRORISM
What has motivated both the present and historical Islamic violence? What does the Quran actually say?

ISLAMIC PROPAGANDA
Countering Islamic lies and propaganda is important as there is an agenda afoot to rewrite history. Whether it’s denying historical Islamic violence, war and ethnic cleansing, or Islamic promotion of slavery hundred of years prior to Western involvement.

ISLAMIC PEACE
Firstly we need to understand that peace in Islam does not mean the same as peace as we understand it. It does not mean the absence of war or violence but the rule of Islam (Caliphate). From the Islamic perspective there cannot be peace without the rule of Islam. Those who claim Islam is a religion of peace, actually mean working toward peace that can only come about once Islam governs all nations. This has always been the Islamic agenda since Mohammed commanded Holy War. His Muslim armies eventually advanced as far as southern France and Austria destroying ancient Christian communities in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey etc.

ISLAM HAS ALWAYS ATTACKED CHRISTIAN NATIONS
Check it out for yourself, Islam has constantly advanced through war and this Islamic agenda is not going to go away. Islamic terrorism (Fascism) and war is nothing new, it’s been going on in various guises since Mohammed’s time in the 7th century, He instigated and modeled “Holy War (Jihad) as the primary means of advancing Islam into the surrounding Christian, Jewish and Pagan territories. Muslim armies invaded Spain in the year 711 and Southern France in the year 721. It is important to note that this was hundred of years before any of the Crusades…. which Muslims so often use as an excuse for their violence. As late as 1529 Muslim armies invaded Eastern Europe and laid siege to the Austrian capital of Vienna.

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VIOLENCE AND WAR IN THE QURAN
The Quran gives a clear mandate that unbelievers (Kafirs) have to convert or been killed or treated as second class citizens……
Quran 9:111 “Lo! Allah has bought the lives and wealth of Muslims because the Garden (of Paradise) will be theirs: Muslims shall fight for Allah, and shall kill and be killed. It is a promise which is binding on Allah in the Torah and the Gospel and in the Quran. Who fulfills His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then in your bargain that you have made, for that is the supreme triumph.”
Quran 8.12: “Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.”
Quran 5:38: “Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done-a deterrent from God: God is almighty and wise.”
Quran 22:19-22: “Fight and slay the Pagans, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem” “for them (the unbelievers) garments of fire shall be cut and there shall be poured over their heads boiling water whereby whatever is in their bowels and skin shall be dissolved and they will be punished with hooked iron rods”

ISLAM INTIMIDATES AND SOWS FEAR
This strategy of Islam to intimidate, provoke fear and cleanse territory of non Muslims is nothing new. It has gone on since Mohammed time. However we must resist in love and truth and not let fear and threats intimidate us. God’s strategy to overcome this terror is for us to reach out and share the good news of God’s grace with Muslims.

Lets pray for real peace, love, forgiveness and the rejection of violence, for this is the way of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

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This map shows the invasion of Christian territories just before the Crusades of the 11th Century (which were a response to Muslim violence and not the cause of it as Muslims would have the world believe). Today most of these Christian lands are Muslim!

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NINE PRACTICAL STEPS TO LIVING IN VICTORY

NINE PRACTICAL STEPS TO LIVING IN VICTORY

As a born again, Spirit filled Believer, establish yourself by renewing the way you think. Believe the following truths and you will find that Satan will just fade away and try elsewhere.

1) BE MATURE AND ACCEPT THAT YOU ARE PERFECTLY RIGHTEOUS

Rom.4:6-8  David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 
Heb 5:13  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 

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Understanding what true  Righteousness is – the key to Grace and Kingdom living.
Be mature. Immature infants cannot overcome but adults can fight.
Believe you are Right with God in every way.
Believe that you are free from all religious laws, are Righteous and this gives you a Right to peace and joy Rom.14:17 .
Believe your Righteousness is not based on your actions but on the faith of Jesus.
When attacked always declare the truth “I am Righteous in Christ”!

2) STOP LIVING UNDER LAW

1Co. 15:55-58  ”Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. 

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Understand that we are in a New Covenant of Grace and not the Old Covenant of Law.
Stop mixing the two, believe you are free from the Law.
Understand that Believers who live by rules, regulations and the Law give sin, death and Satan rights.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you are living legalistically and trying to earn God’s favour or prove yourself.

3) ESTABLISH YOURSELF IN GRACE

Rom 5:17 ….to those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness …. 
Believe you are God’s favourite!
Know that Grace is the place of God’s favour and blessing.
Establish yourself in the free gifts of Christ’s Grace and Righteousness.
Study the scriptures and seek revelation about Grace and Righteousness.
Today grace and righteousness is the KEY REVELATION that the Holy Spirit is teaching the Church.
Choose to live in Grace and reject any teaching or thought that opposes Grace and the finished work of the cross.
Reject and teaching and belief that God is out to punish you, inflict sickness or bad circumstances on you to teach you a lesson. Loving Fathers simply don’t do this to their beloved children, it’s a lie and denies the Cross where Jesus took our punishment, curse, sin and sickness.

4) RENEW YOUR THINKING

 Rom.7:23 I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.

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2Co. 10:3-5  For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.4  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 
Believe don’t doubt.
Understand that most spiritual warfare is in the mind.
It’s all about repentance – which means a change of mind.
Allow the truths and promises found in the scriptures to change your thinking and renew your minds. (Rom.12:2).
Replace lies from Satan that have taken hold in your thinking with truths from the scriptures.
Reject any thinking or teaching that says Satan, death and sickness ect. have a right to afflict you, is not from God.

5) SEE THAT YOU ARE SINLESS

Rom 4:6  David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works  ”Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 

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Believe that ALL your sins are forgiven, past, present and future – without condition – you don’t to do anything further.
Understand the difference between a Sinner and a Saint. A Sinner is and unsaved person. In God’s eyes a Sinner is an un-Righteous person who is enslaved by sin. Those who are Righteous in Christ are Saints and this identity no longer dependent on your actions, either good or bad. Talk about yourself as a Saint (Heb.10:10) not a Sinner (that’s what you used to be). You may be a Saint that sometimes sins but that is different from being a Sinner who cannot help but sin. You are not sinless because you never sin,  you are sinless because God has chosen to do away with the system of keeping records of peoples sins – that is Grace.
Believe that under the New Covenant sin DOES NOT give Satan access or a rights into a born again believers life – he has been completely disarmed and his rights through sin cancelled through the cross. Under the New Covenant God’s only issue with your sinful actions is that they hurt and rob His children and others of His blessings and well being.
See that under the New Covenant God does not relate to us anymore on the basis of our sin or lack thereof, God now relates to us as sinless children who are Right with Him through Jesus.
God remember your sins no more so why should you?

6) BE CLEAR ON YOUR NEW IDENTITY

2Co 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 
See yourself as God see you. You are now a new creation in Christ.

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See yourself as the beloved, precious child of a loving, good, generous heavenly Father who wishes you no harm and is not angry with you any longer. You have a new identity and a new Father.
Accept your inheritance as a Righteous, born again, child of God and receive God given rights. You have rights to access every good promise of the Kingdom – it is your inheritance, right now!
Don’t let Satan undermine your identity by getting you to focus on your faults, sins and actions. Remember who you are in Christ, a child of a Holy and Awesome God.

7) REJECT ALL ANXIETY AND FEAR

1Pe 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 
Understand that there is a strong link between anxiety, the attacks of Satan and suffering. If you are anxious and fearful, you suffer! These emotions and thoughts are all based on unbelief in God’s goodness and His free gift of Righteousness (Mat.6:32-34)
See that fear and anxiety is rooted in the sin of “Unbelief” – repent and be set free.
Allow Grace in Christ to overcome your fear and worry – it’s the key to victory over Satan.
Understand that sickness, death and poverty is rooted in unbelief and are manifestation of anxiety, fear, stress and legalistic living.
Choose to believe that we are blessed, and blessed, and blessed, in Grace through Christ (Joh1:16).

8) GET HELP FROM GRACE

Heb4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 
Tit.2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

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When we need help we can come to God without fear because we are now in a system of Grace through Jesus.
Understand that it is only Grace that enable us to live in a right way (Righteously).
See that right living is the fruit of Grace not the product of keeping laws.
When Satan attacks come to the throne where Jesus reigns and He gives us the help we need.

9) FINALLY -PUT YOUR EYES ON JESUS

Heb 12:2  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

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Christian living is all about Jesus so take your eyes off Satan and his evil works and fix your gaze on Jesus. The work of the cross is a finished and complete work which gives us victory – if we believe. Jesus is seated at rest in the place of favour and authority at God’s right hand, He defends us. He is beautiful, pure, loving and kind, look on Him and find peace, joy and the help you need. Apply these good news truths and see the fruit just grow naturally and without effort.
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NEW COVENANT: JESUS WAS PUNISHED AND AFFLICTED FOR US

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THE NEW COVENANT: JESUS WAS PUNISHED AND AFFLICTED FOR US

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Isa.30:20  (The Old Covenant): Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.
Because of the Cross, what was true under the Old Covenant of the Law is no longer true for those under the New Covenant of Grace, especially with regard to God afflicting us and punishing us.

THE OLD COVENANT: Under this old agreement no one was “Born Again”, no one was called a “Child of God”, no one was “filled with the Spirit” (The Spirit of God only came upon certain people at certain times),  Prophets had to hear God for the People, Priests had to present prayers on the peoples behalf. Righteousness was based good works and perfect Law keeping. Punishment and curses (Deut.28) came upon those those who sinned, backslid and disobeyed until they repented and turned back to God. Adversity, affliction,  sickness and hardship was used to train God’s people (Isa.30:20). It wasn’t good news, as Israel’s history proved, they never made the grade and suffered greatly for it (Rom.9:30-10:4).

THE NEW COVENANT: Under this new agreement. Believers are “Born Again” and are a ‘New Creation”, we are “Children of God” , the Holy Spirit  permanently live in us, we have a personal relationship with God, we hear Him and He hears us when we pray. Our righteousness is Jesus and is imputed to us by faith. We are not under the Law. We do good works because we are under grace and not to get right with God. Our punishment and curses where take by Jesus on the cross. God trains and teaches us through the Holy Spirit and by the scriptures not through adversity, affliction and sickness.

So what is the bread of adversity and the water of affliction in a New Covenant sense? Simple, we point to Jesus. His Body suffered adversity and affliction for our sake and it becomes for us the bread of adversity and affliction, and thus the bread of Life as it reminds us of His suffering and death for us so that we could have His Life now – that’s why we regularly celebrate communion. When Jesus was afflicted on the Cross by the spear in His side water flowed out along with the blood, this becomes for us the water of affliction.

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To walk in victory it is critical for us to be clear which Covenant we are under, otherwise we will wrongly believe that God is cursing us, God is making us sick, God is giving us poverty  etc. etc. so as to teach us and train us. We then  justify our afflictions  by scriptures taken from the Old Testament and a Covenant that we are not under, instead of looking to Christ and the Cross. We then call Satan’s works God’s work and wrongly suffer instead of standing firm in Christ against Satan’s schemes (Eph.6:11).

If you believe you are being afflicted, are sick, are poor and are depressed because your loving Heavenly Father is punishing you or training you, ask the Holy Spirit to show you if this is really true……. Receive freedom and blessings in Christ (Rom.1:16) by the grace of God.

 

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