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  1. Chuck thank you for your words of encouragement. May the Lord continue to bless you!
  2. As I was sitting at my desk at work, I began to think about what it really means to surrender. I was thinking about my own personal prayers that I have petitioned the Lord about; things that I desire for Him to do in me. One thing I remembered praying about, and had to confess that when I was asking the Lord to do this one particular thing, I didn't feel like it was coming from a sincere place in my heart. Now don't get me wrong I know it's not about feelings, but about faith; however, as I began to ponder on the subject of surrender, this is what was coming up out of my mouth. I wonder if the reason that I did not feel like my prayer was sincere, was because this was a place that I had not surrendered to the Lord, and maybe this was a place that I have not allowed the Holy Spirit to occupy or have complete control. I believe the Holy Spirit was using this opportunity to speak to me through my own mouth. I am fully persuaded that He wants to occupy every place in our hearts. It is my belief, that if we are honest with ourselves, we will be truthful and confess that we have not allowed the Holy Spirit to occupy every place in our hearts. I am learning more and more, just how wicked the old nature is, as the apostle Paul stated in Romans chapter 7, "for I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." The flesh never will surrender to the Holy Spirit, that's why it must die. I want to expose the sin that was rising up in me, it was selfishness and I believe this is something that my flesh is not willing to give up. But, if I am going to be Christ like, I must surrender this over to the Holy Spirit. The Bible makes it real plain, that the flesh is an enemy and only the Holy Spirit has the power to mortify it. I believe the more we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, the more we will become more like Christ. We must take on the nature and the characteristics of God. I do not want to have a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. I desire to be conformed into the image of Christ and not to be religious and legalistic as the Scribes and the Pharisees during the earthly ministry of Jesus. I want to be renewed in the inner man. I know that God is able to change me through the power of the Holy Spirit, but it's going to take me, totally surrendering to the Holy Spirit, and allowing Him to create in me a new heart and spirit within me. I remember what Jesus said "this people worship Me in vain, but their hearts are far from me." We all say things that we believe makes us sound spiritual, but the truth of the matter is, God is discerning the intent of our hearts and He is not impressed at all, by what's coming out of our mouths. I want my confession to be sincere; "God is a Spirit and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth."
  3. Thank you Faithrev, yes still in the race. The Lord is faithful 😊
  4. I received the Lord Jesus Christ on Thanksgiving day back in 1981. I remember that day as if it were yesterday, I was pregnant with my first child and my former sister in law asked me if I would like to receive Jesus as my Savior and my answer was yes. She then led me in the sinner's prayer. It wasn't too long after, that I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in my mother's basement. I am so grateful for God's grace and mercy that has kept me from that time until this very day.
  5. I agree with all that has been shared and would like to add, that all that we do our motivation should be love. I believe that we should not tithe out of duty, but from our hearts; from a heart that loves and honors God.
  6. To all thank you for welcoming me into the family of writers.
  7. This was a word that my spiritual Mom shared with us as we were having Bible study. She spoke these words to us "don't focus on the problem, focus on the promise." I believe when we focus on the problem, we are driven to a place of being disgruntled, we start complaining about our circumstances, and by revelation of the Holy Spirit we give the enemy access to our lives and the powers of darkness begin to work against us. It also, hinders the work of the Holy Spirit, and causes us to stay in the wilderness longer than necessary. We must learn how to go through with a praise, proclaiming the victory with every step we take. I am reminded of the story of King Jehoshaphat, when he heard the evil report that the Ammonite and the Moabite armies were coming against him and the children of Israel. Jehoshaphat became fearful, but God told him through the prophet that they would not have to fight in this battle. As they obeyed the commandment of the Lord, by giving him praise, God set an ambush and the enemies began to fight against themselves. The Lord had given them the victory, by confounding their enemies. What a great lesson we can learn from this Old Testament story. We can praise the Lord because He has already defeated the enemy of our souls. We must remember that the enemy wants to prevent us from receiving the promises of God. That is why we must beware of the enemy of frustration which causes us to begin to complain instead of praising God for what He has already done for us. The Lord is faithful to His Word, what He spoke, it will surely come to pass. We must learn how to speak the word only, and see the salvation of the Lord; knowing without a doubt His Word is true!
  8. Hey how are you? Thank you for following me😊
  9. Thank you Miss Erin, you as well 😊
  10. Thanks Lynn, so glad to be a part of a diverse group of writers.
  11. Hi Sarah thanks for your support!
  12. Hi Everyone my name is Donna Williams, and I just wanted to take this time to formally introduce myself. I have been a member since December and really appreciate having the opportunity to share my inspirational writings with all of you. May we continue to inspire one another!
  13. Ladies thank you both for your comments and encouragement. I am glad you enjoyed my story!
  14. I started walking for exercise and had set a goal for myself that each time I walked I would go a little further. As I began walking this woman was coming towards me, and I was going to ask her, if she knew where the trail ended, but I decided not to, because she never looked at me, and didn't appear to be friendly, so I didn't bother and kept on going. I recognized the place where I stopped the last time and continued to walk. I believed I walked another mile and decided that I would stop. I stood there for a few minutes before I started to head home. As I was walking, the woman that I had seen earlier was coming towards me and this time I decided that I would ask her. I began by saying, excuse me Miss does this trail end or does it continue around the entire park? She responded that she didn't know and began to express that she tries to walk at least 15 minutes everyday. She then asked, how about you, and my response was that I try to go a little further each time. I thanked her and we both said to the other, enjoy the rest of your day. I continued to head home, and as I was walking I became thankful that I initiated a conversation. Then I remembered the Scripture that encourages us to show ourselves to be friendly. The next day I learned a very valuable lesson, as I reached the point that I stopped at the day before. As I continued to walk, and to my surprise I had reached the end of the trail. I began to praise the Lord for the lesson I just learned. You see, we never know how close we are to where we want to be. I am not saying that I was too tired or that I wanted to give up, but what I am saying, is this, that if I had just kept going I could have celebrated my achievement the day before. But nevertheless, the Lord is good! I believe He ordered my steps according to His Word, and allowed me to stop where I did, so that I would learn this lesson. We never know what God will use to teach us. My brother always says, "we have to see God in everything." I am learning how true this statement is. My encouragement to you, is keep going, because you will never know what lies ahead, and how close you are to reaching your goals or receiving what God has promised you!
  15. The journey to moving forward has not been an easy thing to accomplish, but thanks be unto God who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. I spent many, many years in the wilderness, compassing the same mountain of depression, discouragement, fear, anger, hurt, bitterness and unforgiveness. Full of confusion, doubt and distrust. I felt utterly hopeless, and had to go through the process of deliverance, healing and restoration. To be quite honest, there are still some things that I still struggle with today. I find myself, asking the Lord, to bring deliverance in the area of trust. I have discovered that I have become very suspicious when it comes to other people's motives; especially leaders in the church. I have to continuously, cast down evil thoughts and ask the Lord to renew my mind. I know that He will give me the victory to overcome this enemy as well. God wants each of His children to be free, and knows how long the healing process will take, but rest assured, it will happen. You will experience healing, if you just hang in there and don't allow the enemy to convince you, that it will never happen. Trust me, he is a liar and the truth is no where in him. It takes time to be healed, it doesn't happen overnight, so be patient. It took me a long time to understand the process of healing. I wanted it to happen instantaneously, but God chose otherwise. I had to accept His way and not mine. God spoke to me three years ago to move forward, but I had to deal with each of the issues that I mentioned earlier, that had me bound. God in His infinite wisdom, told the children of Israel, "I will drive out your enemies little by little"; because, He did not want them to be overtaken by the animals in the land. How does this relate to us, you may ask. This has been my experience: there were times when I felt so overwhelmed; because I had so many issues and the more I realized they were there, the more I felt discouraged and defeated. But God, by His wisdom dealt with each issue one at a time. So be encouraged, there is hope. Remember when God spoke to Moses while they were still in the wilderness; He told Moses "you have compassed this mountain long enough, move on." I believe that this is exactly what happens to a lot of us, we get stuck in the wilderness going around the same mountain. Let me say this, people can tell us to let go of, whatever it is that we may be holding onto, but it is not until we choose to forgive and let go of the offense. It is not until then, that we will be able to truly move forward. You see it comes with a decision, we must choose to let go. Like me, I thought God was just going to take away everything I was holding onto, but it wasn't until I made a decision to forgive, then I was able to be free of the anger and bitterness that was in my heart. I still have to choose every time I am offended to forgive, it is constant. God told them to move on, but they had to get up and move. I encourage you to obey the instruction, that the Lord gives you and in the fullness of time, you will see Him manifest His deliverance in your life. You will truly be able to move forward, being completely whole!
  16. I am very concerned about where you are getting your information from, as it regards to the dates that you have referenced and what you are teaching. There seems to be error mixed in with truth. We are accountable for what we are teaching people and must be careful that we are not leaning towards our intellect and leading others into error. This is known as false doctrine and is so prevalent in the church world.
  17. The parable of the lost son is an illustration that Jesus used to speak to the Pharisees and scribes who criticized him for receiving and eating with sinners. I am reminded when the disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 13:10, "Why do You speak to them {in this case it was the great multitudes} in parables?" Jesus responded, because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given." We are blessed to have been given the privilege to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. One of the many benefits of being chosen by God, and that it is the will of our heavenly Father to share with us the truths of His Word. In this parable we see that there are three main characters: the father, the older brother, and the younger son. Whenever, I have heard this parable being shared in a preached message, the focus has always been on the younger son; however, I would like to share a different perspective. I see the love of God the Father and His Amazing Grace! Here's how: when the son asked his father for his portion of the goods; his father did not deny him his request, nor did he try to talk him out of leaving, but willingly gave him his share of the inheritance. I believe that this is a depiction of how our heavenly Father has given to us all things freely through Jesus Christ, His Son, and has held back absolutely nothing! In Matthew 7:11 Jesus states: "if you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" When the son had squandered all of his inheritance, he chose to return home. And when he returned home, he did not return to an angry father, but to a loving and forgiving father who was waiting with hopeful expectation that one day his son would return. The father received him with open arms and a heart filled with compassion. The father did not condemn his son, but received him willingly and unconditionally. In the same way, this parable illustrates to us the love of God the Father which is unconditional. God sees us as sons and daughters, not as hired servants. The father commanded that the best robe be brought forth, a ring and sandals for his feet. When we repent of our sins, it is God the Father who receives us with love, forgiveness and compassion. He doesn't condemn us, neither does He remind us of our sins; He doesn't remember them anymore. The Father lovingly restores us and assures us of His unconditional love. We don't have to work to receive the Father's forgiveness; remember the son said to himself, "I will return to my father's house, and be as one of his hired servants." He had come to a place of humility, and was willing to become a servant in his father's house, but his father restored him to the place that he had chose to leave. All God wants us to do, is receive His forgiveness, because that is His Grace. When we sin, our relationship with God the Father does not change; we are still His children, but our fellowship has been broken, and has to be restored. In this story we see that the son was immediately restored; however, for many of us it sometimes takes longer than it should. Unfortunately, it is because we have to work through the guilt and shame of what we have done. We have all made poor choices, but God has forgiven us. And wants us to move on. He wants us to let go of the past, and look forward to our future.
  18. Recently the Lord spoke to me out of His Word, in Jeremiah 3:12 "O Israel, my faithless people, come home to me again, for I am merciful. " These words spoke directly to my situation. I had been living under guilt because I believed there was no hope for me. I was feeling hopeless because I had sinned against the Holy Spirit and the guilt was eating me up. I believe the enemy has convinced a lot of God's people that they have committed the unpardonable sin. The enemy is very cunning, he had me convinced that I had blasphemed the Holy Spirit by the evil thoughts that were plaguing my mind. It drove me into a state of fear, depression and utter despair. But when I truly heard what the Lord was saying to me through the Word, instantly hope revived in me, and instantly I knew that He had truly forgiven me. God is truly merciful, this is Who He is and He will never change. I must confess there was still a struggle within me and many times I found myself being double minded and going back and forth. But if I hadn't taken hold of the promise of God, I would still be bound today, but thank God for His unfailing love! Happy New Year to all of God's people😊
  19. In the New Living Translation of the Bible, 1Peter 5:7 says "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you." For me personally, this is very comforting, that no matter what I am going through, the Lord cares and I can cast all my anxiety on Him. I don't have to worry about anything, because I know that He has me. I believe that we all are going through the process of really knowing how to trust God, in every situation and every circumstance in life. I have learned through my experiences that I can talk to the Lord about any and every thing, no matter how big or how small the problem is. I have come to know and realize that He is faithful and will never allow us to go through anything that we cannot handle. Another passage of Scripture that comes to mind is in Matthew 6:19-34, Jesus is teaching us a valuable lesson about worrying. We are not to be concerned with every day life, because our heavenly Father already knows what we have need of, and He provides for us each and every day. Let's begin to thank and praise Him for everything that He has already provided, for He tells us that we have everything that pertains to life and godliness. Our heavenly Father is the Best!
  20. The Father's Love is so deep that we cannot comprehend or explain it, but we have experienced it through our personal relationship with God the Father through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. It was His love for us that compelled Him to sacrifice His Only Begotten Son on the Cross. The Word of God tells us that there is no greater love, than the One who lays down his life for his friends. It was the Father's love that gave Jesus the strength to die on the Cross at Calvary. Everything that He has ever done has been because of love. Accept it, believe it and don't ever doubt it; because the love of the Father will never fail. Even in your time of testing, when the tempter comes to present his lies, don't doubt the Father's love for you because He promised, He will never leave you or forsake you. His Promises are True!
  21. God is always in the midst of, no matter where we may find ourselves. There are times we may find ourselves in the midst of difficult times and circumstances, but God promised to never leave us nor forsake us. In the beginning, the Bible let's us know that in the midst of the darkness, the Spirit of the Lord hovered over the water where darkness resided, God said "Let there be light," and there was light. So in the midst of the darkness in our lives, God's Word still speaks, "let there be light." It's in those dark places that God shines the brightest. So I encourage you my brother, my sister do not fear the darkness, because it's where God speaks the loudest! "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. Let us walk in the light of His Word. Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."
  22. In this life we will face many challenges, but we can find comfort in the Word of God. Jesus told the disciples that "in this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer because I have overcome the world." If we don't quit, we will see the faithfulness of God. He has given us many precious promises, and He encourages us in these verses, Hebrews 10:35-36: "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward, for ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. " It's in our persistence and patience, that will cause us to inherit the promises.
  23. Hi Rebecca Thank you for your quick response. The name display field is disabled, so I am unable to edit that field. I am only permitted to edit just the basic information, such as my birth date and email address. Thanks again. Donna
  24. To Tech Support Team: My name is Donna Williams and I would like help with changing my last name on my profile to show Williams instead of Wright. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
  25. I believe that as children of God this may be one of the hardest things for us to do. We say that we trust God, but when the storms of life come, man that's another story. It's easy to say, God I trust you when things are going great, but let me tell you those words that we speak will be tried. So when the time of testing comes, we show that we really don't trust Him as much as we say we do. Everything shows up in the fire! We immediately go into worry mode, and begin to fall apart when we lose our jobs, or suffer some type of loss. I believe that it is during these times, that many of us come to realize that our dependency is really not in the Lord, but what we are use to trusting in. God our Father wants us to know that we really can depend on His Word, that His Promises are true. I have come to the conclusion that He will allow us to go through times of financial difficulties. Where we no longer depend on our paycheck to meet our needs, for the sole purpose of bringing us to the place where we come to know Him as Provider. He allows things to happen, in order to prove how faithful He really is, and that He will do exactly what He says, He will do. I believe that we have to become like little children again, who naturally trust, rely, and depend on their earthly parents for everything. It is that same childlike faith that we must have in our heavenly Father, Who has shown us time after time, that He can be trusted!
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