Monthly Archives: January 2013

Antonina Griffin: Against All Odds. My Struggle, My Success, My STORY!

We found this on youtube and decided to share. It reminds us that NO matter what we are going through…GOD can ALWAYS get you THROUGH it!

You might need some tissue paper…it made me cry! God is wonderful!

JubileeNCBlog Team

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30-day Challenge: Day 28

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We apologize…this is coming a little late.

This is the last Chapter in Matthew…and I am pleased to say that I MADE it!…I did the Challenge…did you?

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Day 28: Risen, Alive and Reigns Forever

Read Matthew 28

The message of the empty tomb is, “Do not be afraid!”

He overcomes His enemies (1-5). In His death and resurrection, our Lord defeated the world (John 16:33), the flesh (Rom. 6:1-7), the devil (John 12:31), and death itself (1 Cor. 15:50-58). You need not be afraid of life or death, time or eternity (Rev. 1:17-18).

He keeps His promises (6-7). Because His followers forgot His resurrection promise, they were sorrowing instead of rejoicing. The Lord always keeps His promises, no matter how dark the day may be.

He goes before you (7-10). When the women ran to share the message, they met the Lord; you always meet Him in the path of obedience. The Shepherd goes before the sheep and prepares the way for them (John 10:4). You have a living and victorious Savior who has everything under control. Trust Him!

He is our Lord (11-20). He has all authority; He commands us to take the gospel to all nations; and He promises to be with us always. What more assurance could we want? We are His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20) and should be faithful to Him in all things.

The Resurrection   

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a vital part of the gospel message, for a dead Christ can save nobody (1 Cor. 15:1-19). The empty tomb is proof that He is the Son of God (Rom. 1:4); that believers have a future inheritance (1 Pet. 1:3ff.); that we will once again meet Christians who have died (1 Thess. 4:14-18); that our Christian ministry is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:50-58); and that Jesus Christ will one day judge lost sinners (Acts 17:30-31). The early church bore witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:22; 4:2, 33), and so should we today.

Prayer:

  1. Thank the Lord for the 30-day powerful deposit into your life.
  2. Pray that by the power of the New Covenant we will have victory over every challenge and opposition as a church, individuals and families.
  3. Pray that the Lord will speak for you and fight all your battles on every side.
  4. Pray that there shall be no hindrances of delays to the plans and promises of God in your life.
  5. Pray that no corrupt or evil devices against you will succeed.
  6. Pray that you will be obedient to the great commission.

Meditation:

Every incomplete promise, commitment and agreement saps your strength, because it blocks your momentum, inhibits your ability to move forward, to progress and improve. Incomplete things keep calling you back to the past to take care of them. – Jeff Olson


Let It GO by Bishop T. D. Jakes

There are people who can walk away from you.

And hear me when I tell you this! When people can walk away from you: let them walk. I don’t want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, Caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

The bible said that, they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

People leave you because they are not joined to you. And if they are not joined to you, you can’t make them stay.

Let them go.

And it doesn’t mean that they are a bad person it just means that their part in the story is over And you’ve got to know when people’s part in your story is over so that you don’t keep trying to raise the dead. You’ve got to know when it’s dead. You’ve got to know when it’s over.

Let me tell you something. I’ve got the gift of good-bye. It’s the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in good-bye. It’s not that I’m hateful, it’s that I’m faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He’ll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat I don’t need it. Stop begging
people to stay.

Let them go!!

If you are holding on to something that doesn’t belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to…

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to past hurts and pains…

LET IT GO!!!

If someone can’t treat you right, love you back, and see your worth…

LET IT GO!!!

If someone has angered you …

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge…

LET IT GO!!!

If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction…..

LET IT GO!!!

If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents

LET IT GO!!!

If you have a bad attitude…

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better…

LET IT GO!!!

If you’re stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him…

LET IT GO!!!

If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship…

LET IT GO!!!

If you keep trying to help someone who won’t even try to help themselves…

LET IT GO!!!

If you’re feeling depressed and stressed …..

LET IT GO!!!

If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying “take your hands off of it,” then you need to…

LET IT GO!!!

Let the past be the past. Forget the former things. GOD is doing a new thing.

LET IT GO!!!

Get Right or Get Left .. think about it, and then ..

LET IT GO!!!


30-day Challenge: Day 27

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Day 27: An Accessory of Evil

Read Matthew 27

Jesus is the example to follow when you suffer unjustly (1 Pet. 2:18-23).

He did not reply when accused (11-14). In this, He fulfilled Isaiah 53:7. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent (Eccles. 3:7), and we must exercise discernment. One thing is sure: no matter what He said, they would not have believed Him.

He did not retaliate when abused (15-31). He had the power to destroy those who mocked Him; in fact, legions of angels would have delivered Him. But it was the Father’s will that He suffer as He did, and Jesus was obedient to His Father’s will

He did not accept the cup (32-38). The narcotic drink would have helped deaden the pain, but Jesus refused it. He drank the cup of suffering instead.

He did not come down from the cross (40-44). Had He come down from the cross, the people still would not have believed in Him. And if He saved Himself, He could not save others (John 12:23-28). First the suffering, then the glory; first the cross, then the crown. Remember that the next time you are tempted to take the easy way.

Prayer:

  1. Let us pray that the leaders of our nation will allow truth and justice rather than politics to guide all their decisions.
  2. Pray that you will never be an accessory or participant in any evil or wickedness.
  3. Pray that you will never despise the things of God but revere them and glorify God.
  4. Pray for grace and power to fulfill the plan of God in your life despite all challenges and odds.
  5. Pray that all those connected to the fulfillment of your destiny will not slack but will be faithful. (Luke 4:25-27).

Meditation:

Leave out the cross, and you have killed the religion of Jesus. Atonement by the blood of Jesus is not an arm of Christian truth; it is the heart of it.- Charles Haddon Spurgeon


30-day Challenge: Day 26

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Day 26: Moments of Discouragement

Read Matthew 26

Life presents us with many opportunities; how we respond to them depends on what we love and what we look for in life.

The Jewish leaders looked for opportunity to destroy Jesus, while at the same time Jesus was anticipating the opportunity to obey His Father and bring Him glory.

Mary used the opportunity she had for expressing her devotion to Christ, but Judas used that same opportunity to criticize her. Nothing given in love to Jesus is ever wasted. Judas was the one who ended up wasting his life!

Jesus eagerly anticipated the opportunity to be with His disciples, even though He knew one would betray Him, one would deny Him, and all would forsake Him. He sought to help them and prepare them for the trial before them.

Peter missed his opportunities to become strong and be a victor. He boasted when he should have listened (vv. 32-35), slept when he should have prayed (vv. 36-46), fought when he should have surrendered (vv. 47-56), and followed when he should have fled for safety (vv. 57-75; note v. 31). But when the opportunity came for him to repent, he wept.

No matter what others did, Jesus was in complete command and knew how to make the most of every opportunity. “Not as I will, but as You will” is the secret (v. 39). God will give you many opportunities today. Use them wisely!

Prayer:

1. Pray against every form of conspiracy or plot against you and your family, job, business, marriage etc this year.

2. Pray that God will cause you to discern every evil around you and for the wisdom to deal with them.

3. Pray for strength and victory in the midst of every discouragement and desperate situations.

Meditation:

God’s best gifts are not things but opportunities. What we call adversity, God calls opportunity.


30-day Challenge: Day 25

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Day 25: Beliver’s Spiritual Readiness

Read Matthew 25

Separation

When Jesus Christ returns, it will be a time of separation: the wise will be separated from the foolish, the faithful servants from the unfaithful, the blessed (sheep) from the cursed (goats). The wise virgins had oil and were prepared to meet the Bridegroom. Many people profess to be Christians but do not have the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9) and are not born again. They may mingle with the saved, but they are not really one of them; and they will not enter into the marriage feast.

Evaluation

His coming also means evaluation. As we wait for the Lord to return, we must invest our lives and earn dividends for His glory. Christ gives us opportunities that match our abilities, and the one-talent servant is just as important as the five-talent servant. The key is faithfulness (1 Cor. 4:2), for God measures us against ourselves and not against the other servants. Are you afraid to step out by faith and take some risks for God?

Commendation

When Christ returns, it will be a time of commendation. We will be surprised to learn about ministries we performed that we thought were insignificant but that He will reward. This parable is not teaching salvation by good works. Christ’s sheep know that they are sheep (John 10:14; John 10:27-30), but they do not always realize what their service means to Christ. We will experience some surprises in that day!

Prayer:

1. Pray that you will be spiritually ready at all times.

2. Pray against any form of laziness. Pray for the grace and strength to faithfully use the talents given to you by God.

3. Pray that the Lord will help you to invest in things that will yield eternal dividends.

Meditation:

“Great services reveal our possibilities; small services our consecration.” – George Morrison


Does God Exist?

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Read and Think! There are rumors that this encounter was between Albert Einstein and his Professor…i don’t know how true that is…but it’s nice to think that Albert Einstein believed in God and had Faith!

Enjoy!

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Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

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JubileeNCBlog Team


30-day Challenge: Day 24

Judgment Day May 21, 2011 = Matthew 24 verse 36

Day 24: End-Time Warnings

Read Matthew 24

When you listen to the news and see the tensions and troubles in today’s world, keep in mind the warnings that the Lord gave.

Do not be deceived (4, 11). People will make grandiose claims and promises and will deceive many. You have the Word of God to enlighten you (Isa. 8:20) and the Holy Spirit to teach you (John 16:13-15), so you should not go astray (1 John 2:18-29).

Do not be discouraged (6). Political and natural disturbances have always been a part of world history, so do not allow them to discourage you. They are “the beginning of sorrows” (v. 8). The word translated “sorrows” means “birth-pangs.” The world’s troubles are pregnant with possibilities! God is still on the throne!

Do not be defeated (13). This has to do with faithfulness under testing until the Lord returns. Do not let the lawlessness around you rob you of your fervor (v. 12). A lost world around you needs to hear the gospel (v. 14), so get busy.

Do not be doubtful (34-35). Religious leaders will come and go, stand and fall; but the Word will not change. Believe it, obey it, and hold to it-no matter what others may say or do. Your Bible is God’s light in this dark world (2 Pet. 1:19-21).

Do not be distracted (42). We “watch” when we stay alert and remind ourselves that our Lord may come at any time. When in your heart you delay His coming (v. 48), you start to lose your effectiveness and witness. Keep watching and working!

Prayer:

  1. O Lord help me not to fall into any form of deception or be distracted in these last days.
  2. O Lord, help me to fervently contend for my faith in Christ and that I may not conform to the pattern of this world despite every opposition. (Jude 1:3).
  3. Pray that you will not be defeated but will be faithful till the end.

Meditation:

For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time – Lord Jesus Christ


Hillsong: God is Able

Just a follow-up to the last post:

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Word of The Day: Ephesians 3: 20-21

This word stuck out during one of our Prayer Chain sessions yesterday…and I think that it is important that we all meditate on it.

Ephesians 3:20-21: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout the ages, world without end.

Pray: God WILL do Exceedingly Abundantly Above and Beyond all that I ask for.

Keep Praying! Remember…there is Immeasurable Power in it!

JubileeNCBlog Team