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Cleansing Power

An old Farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his BIBLE. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the BIBLE just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the BIBLE do?” The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.

The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house.

The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Grandpa, it’s useless!”

“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out. !!!!!!!!

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the BIBLE. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of Jesus in our lives.”

Is Our Love Showing?

As we see a war-torn world—a world that is sick, pained, confused and bewildered—we believe that this is the hour for the church (group of people) to speak out. This is the hour for the church to show forth the love and grace of God! This is the hour for the world to hear Christ saying through the church, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

There is something Jesus said that I want you to think about. Jesus said to those who followed Him: “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

That verse of Scripture is tremendously important at this hour in World history. In another part of the Bible we find the same thing stated by John: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:7-10).

The Bible declares that we who follow Jesus Christ should be just as much in love with each other as God was in love with us when He sent His Son to die on the cross. I want you to see what it means practically to love as God loves, because the Bible says, “God is love” (1 John 4:16).

Know Your Equipment

In the early part of Ephesians, Paul tells us that we reside in the spiritual realm now that we are “in Christ.” But Satan also operates in the spiritual realm. The Christian life is not just, “Jesus and me on the Jericho road,” but me and Jesus in the area where Satan also does his work. Thankfully, as Paul explains, we have protection from the work of Satan when we put on the “whole armor of God.”

Most of the “armor of God” is concerned with defense, but the soldier of Christ is also called to take the offensive weapon, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). The Lord Himself perfectly demonstrated the weapon’s use during His wilderness encounter with the devil. When Satan tempted Jesus through partial representation of the truth, the Lord knew the Word perfectly and could not only recognize the perversion of it but counter it with the truth. There is a great need for believers who have developed skills in the Word of God and can use the Bible both as a weapon against error and a means of communicating truth. The sooner we bury the Word in our hearts, the better.

The most important thing is to study the word of God and to dwell in it.

Where change really begins IV

The way everlasting

Finally, David prayed, “Lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:24).

David’s prayer contained a proper sequence. First, he prayed that God might know him; then he prayed that God might cleanse him; last, he prayed that God might direct him.

David’s transformation, as a result of this prayer, was full and complete. Israel was brought into harmony with God; and David’s son Solomon brought to Israel one of the most prosperous reigns Israel had ever known.

Likewise, salvation can only come to you as an individual as you repent and by faith receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

*The study ‘Where Change Really Begins’ is part of the message from Dr Billy Graham.

Our country needs serious prayers to find a solution for crises that is not visible including ourselves, if we are healed our country would also reap the benifits, lets join hands together and prayer atleast for 2 minutes daily for our country and the leaders of our country

Where change really begins III

See if there is any wicked way in me

David also prayed, “And see if there is any wicked way in me” (Psalm 139:24).

Sin is not only the saboteur of souls—it is the destroyer of nations. For that which undermines and disintegrates the human spirit also destroys the society. “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

Sin is defined as the “transgression of the law of God” and cannot bring any degree of happiness to the human heart. This is a truth demonstrated by history, logic and human experience.

The Bible teaches that God will not allow sin to go unpunished—in this life or in the world to come. Sin digs for itself two hells: one this side of death, and one the other side of death.

Many today are living in a self-made hell. Lusts, selfish appetites and indulgences have dug a pit for them. It burns with the fires of their expended passions.

This “hell on earth” can be covered by the blood of Christ. Thousands who have lived in a veritable inferno of lusts, habits and uncontrollable passions have been extricated by the grace of God.

David, God’s chosen man, found himself deluged with iniquity—a victim of his own lusts. But he took the lead and in humility of heart confessed his spiritual need to God.

This prayer was a turning point in his life. By his sincere confession of inadequacy he was brought into the very courts of the Most High, and God rushed to his rescue. When he was rescued, his court and his nation were also rescued. All salvation—social, political and national—begins with the salvation of the individual.