Monday, January 31, 2022

The Simplicity of Finding Purpose and Peace – Purity 642

The Simplicity of Finding Purpose and Peace –  Purity 642

Purity 642 01/31/2022 Purity 642 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of  multi-colored sunset over an unknown body of water that I suspect to be near the Catskill or Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY comes to us from a FB friend’s post from back in November 2020. Recently I was hung up over whether or not I should share some of these photos that I had grabbed from the recent past because I was no longer sure of their point of origin and whether or not I was still technically “friends” with the amateur FB photographers that I had “sampled” these photos from.  

My intention in using these photos has never been to “take the credit” of these photos for myself or to “steal the credit” from those who had the good fortune to be positioned to capture them but has always been intended to give God the glory for the magnificent beauty of His creation and to congratulate my friends for seeing it, and sometimes will share a few anonymous details about their travels or stories to give them thanks for what they saw or some credit for what they have walked through or accomplished in their lives.       

So if this photo from November of 2020 is yours, I want to thank you for it and pray that you are still keeping your eyes open for the goodness of God here on earth.     

As an encourager for Freedom in Christ ministries, a Christian Counselor, and a teacher of Christian Discipleship and Spiritual Warfare, my purpose is to encourage people to find the meaning and purpose of their lives through their relationship with God, that is reconciled through faith in Jesus Christ, and to experience their freedom in Christ that results from walking in the Spirit, a.k.a. living according to God’s wisdom and ways.   

I have been blessed with personal victories and triumphs through living out my faith and encourage other people to experience the abundant life they can have from living out their Christian faith, and the thing I love about our lives in Christ is that it doesn’t have to be complicated.     

In the latest chapter of my faith walk, I find myself in the fellowship of the saints at Starpoint Church in Clifton Park NY which is led by Pastor Roscoe Lilly.  The church’s  current teaching series that just concluded yesterday was “3 Big Questions that Change Everything.”   You can view that series of messages on the church’s website to check it out (  but yesterday’s question was “What is my purpose?”  

Pastor Roscoe pointed out that instead of drawing our purpose from a job, that we as Christians should be bringing meaning and purpose to our jobs by establishing and fostering the relationships at our jobs and by representing the kingdom of God through loving the people God has put in front of us,  by leaning into spiritual conversations, and by possibly opening our homes and lives to others in a spirit of hospitality.   His message pointed toward a simple life of faith and loving those around us as the purpose for our lives in Christ.

Pastor Roscoe, in the distribution of communion, also reminded the church that it was Jesus that unites us.  It wasn’t a political party, our opinions on masks or vaccines, or our favorite sports teams or other interests that drew us together for worship, it was Jesus who makes us untied as God’s children.     

Some could criticize Starpoint church for being “too seeker friendly”  but I have found that the messages from Starpoint’s leadership lines up with the word of God and brings a positive message of hope that naturally flows out of the living according to God’s word.  

So if you are suffering from a “case of the Mondays”, don’t like how the weekend went, or  are still struggling to find peace in the midst of a difficult season of life: let me encourage you that finding peace isn’t the result of a complicated process. Finding peace doesn’t come from having everything figured out.  Finding peace simply comes from our relationship with God through our faith in Jesus.   Jesus gives us peace with God and the assurance of an everlasting life in His presence. He sets us free from the fear of death and the bondage of sin and He does it all from the motivation of love.   

Christ died and was raised to life again because He loves us, and He doesn’t want us to suffer anymore.  He invites us to a life of peace, and we just have to say yes to Him as Lord and Savior and agree to follow where He leads and to walk in the love that He has for us.   

When we know the love of God, we naturally pass it on to other people in our lives by telling them how good God is and how much He cares about us.   So if you forgot that only Jesus makes us right with God, or if you have lost the joy of your salvation, remind yourself about the simple fact that you are loved by God and that He will never leave you or forsake you. 

No matter what you face in this life, God can be with you and help you through it. And as for your purpose in this life? God just wants you to walk in the peace and love that He has for you and to share it with those around you. 

So keep walking and talking with God to know His peace, His strength, and His love for you. When you know you are accepted, significant, and secure in Christ, you can experience the fruit of the Spirit in your life and share the love you have received with others around you.    


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 73:26 (NLT2)
26  My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.

Today’s verse speaks of the fact that God is the strength of our lives and that our relationship with Him is eternal and is not subject to our health or spiritual strength.  

Sometimes when we suffer we feel that God has abandoned us.  If we get sick, we may feel that God is cursing us.  If we are weak, we may feel that we have failed God.  

But today’s verse refutes that kind of thinking and speaks of the fact of our eternal relationship with God that is not subject to circumstances of our health or upon our ability to perform. 

As we age and become less able to do the things we did in our youth, we may begin to feel that we are letting the Lord down in some way. Unfortunately, I know of some saints who served the Lord for years in ministry by leading churches or doing missionary work for God’s kingdom but who in their latter years were oppressed by depression because they felt they had lost their purpose in the body of Christ because they were no longer “the pastor” or “the missionary”.   After their passing, their lives were celebrated for their faithful service to the kingdom of God but there was also a testimony of how they had struggled with depression after their “active service” came to an end.  

In one case, a departing saint’s family donated their departed loved one’s Christian library to my local church. The library was so extensive that our church didn’t have adequate space to accept all of the books, so our leadership offered this vast library of media to the congregation at large for their personal study and equipping.  

Being a lover of Christian books, especially free ones, I was blessed to inherit several books from this departed saint’s estate. As I have read some of these books over the years I have been thankful for the lessons I learned from their contents, but I also contemplated the previous owner’s condition of the heart.    

Many of these books were never read. As an owner of many books, I can understand how that can happen, but I reflected on this departed saint’s struggles with depression and thought that it was somewhat tragic because I had the conviction that if they had read the books that they had in their possession and had utilized a heart understanding of the material that they contained to their souls, depression could possibly have been avoided. 

Their library spoke of the goodness of God and His eternal presence in our lives and as today’s verse points out, that relationship is not based on our health or the strength of our spirits, but it does require us to remind ourselves that the strength of our heart comes from the Lord and knowing that He is ours forever.  

So don’t forget, the Lord is with you and even though you might be down physically or spiritually, He can strengthen your heart regardless of your circumstances when you focus on your eternal and loving relationship with Him.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 

Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we conclude sharing from Chapter 6.   

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.


The following letter was received from a pastor who was caught in a sexual addiction and powerfully illustrates that God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble:

Realizing that I needed to be accountable to someone and to bring these urges to light, so as to break their power over me, I shared these feelings with my wife and the men in my Bible study group, so they could pray for me and hold me accountable.

They were all very supportive, though a little shaken that someone in ministry would share such a personal matter with them. I expressed that I am only a brother in Christ and not superior to them in any way, and that if we were ever to be of one mind and one accord, we would need to be open with one another.

I must admit that it was easy to be open, because I know who I am in Christ. I believe that this temptation will soon be a thing of the past. My past no longer has a hold on me. I am accountable to others, and I have prayer partners. Victory is mine!


118. Isaiah 14:13-15

119. Mark 6:48

120. 2 Chronicles 26:3

121. 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV)

122. Colossians 2:18

123. Romans 12:3

124. 1 Corinthians 15:10

125. Philippians 3:3

126. John 15:8

127. Matthew 5:16

128. John 15:5

129. Ephesians 3:12

130. 2 Peter 2:10

131. 1 John 2:16

132. Luke 22:31, 32

133. Ephesians 1:3-14

134. Ephesians 1:18

135. James 4:6

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Bible Study with the Cincotti's - Authority Part II - 01/30/2022

 Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 01/30/2022

Listen to our Bible Study Discussion at:  Authority Part II Podcast

Authority Part II


“And have made us kings and priests to our God;

 And we shall reign on the earth”   Rev. 5:10


Last week we looked at some of the dynamics of authority and how it applies to God and the church.


We agreed that God is in authority over all things. We call this “sovereign.”

Another word is “dominion”.


We also looked briefly at the churches authority. I used Titus 2:15; Paul writing instructions to Titus tells him, “Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority…”


Today we are going to consider the authority that we have been given in Christ.

But first, let’s consider some of the dynamics of authority as we   understand it.

1. Authority must be given. Lk. 10:19 Jesus, speaking to the   seventy, says, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents, and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy,     and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

2. Authority, like respect, should, to some degree be earned.

         In Acts. 19:15 an evil spirit speaks and says, “Jesus I know,    and Paul I know; but who are you?” These “Jewish exorcists” had no earned authority over this evil spirit.

3. Authority, like leadership, must be recognized and agreed upon.

         In Mat. 21:23, the chief priests and elders ask Jesus, “By what   authority are You doing these things?” Elsewhere, in Jn. 10:38     Jesus says, “though you do not believe Me, believe the works.”       

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You got to have the goods!

We, as believers, have authority in Christ


         Remember from last week we saw that authority is delegated; it comes from someplace? More specifically, it comes from a higher authority.


         Jesus says, Mat. 28;18, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” We already looked at Lk. 10:19, but also consider Jn. 14:12, “he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”


Perhaps more importantly, we have authority over sin.

         Rom. 6:12, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal                           body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”

         We are no longer slaves to sin. Jesus said, “No one can serve              two masters” Mat. 6:24


We have authority over the devil. Jas. 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  That’s authority!


We have authority over the earth; Ps. 8:6, “You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands.” We understand that this dominion was bestowed to man in Gen. 1:26 but it was lost to satin at the fall. It was restored at the cross.


Our sphere of authority now, under the present dispensation, is as       an ambassador living in a foreign country. This is important!

Phl. 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven…”

         The definition of ambassador is, “an accredited diplomat sent     by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.”

We have the authority to speak for our King, the Word He has      given. II Cor. 5:20, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us...”

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Launch of the MT4Christ247 You Tube Channel! - Victory over the Darkness 2021 Lesson 1 is up!

I am happy to announce the Launch of the MT4Christ247 You Tube Channel! 

This Channel will be used to share the Discipleship Classes that I taught at Rock Solid Church in 2021 and to share other encouragements or messages as I see fit to encourage the body of Christ to walk out their faith on the path of Christian Discipleship on a continuous basis to help them experience and maintain their Freedom in Christ!    

To subscribe click here: MT4Christ247 You Tube Channel.

My other attempt at a you tube channel, made via is sort of hit and miss in terms of what is automatically uploaded, so I have decided to be more intentional about uploading content to this new channel.  

I hope that this new venture will encourage people to "take a class" and experience their Freedom in Christ.   If you would like the printed materials for the classes, free of charge via email, contact me at   

God bless you all, and keep walking and talking with God.   

M. T. Clark  

Saturday, January 29, 2022

By His Authority - Cleaning Out the House –– Purity 641

 By His Authority -  Cleaning Out the House ––  Purity 641

Purity 641 01/29/2022  Purity 641Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of  lush green trees and grass underneath the blue skies of Honolulu, Hawaii comes to us from a friend’s epic journey to the Aloha State back in June of 2021. This scene was captured at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The site is known as the Punch Bowl Crater as it is located within an extinct volcano. It serves as a memorial to honor those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Since the cemetery was dedicated on September 2, 1949, approximately 53,000 World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans and their dependents have been interred.  At the time our friend shared this pic they shared that the cemetery consists of 112.5 acres in extent and the sight was also known locally as "Puowaina" which roughly translated, means "Consecrated Hill" or "Hill of Sacrifice." (

I was moved by the lush green flora as I scrolled through my phone’s photo archive because it just spoke “life” to me, and I guess I long for those vibrant greens of spring and summer that are so absent at the end of January in upstate New York, but I can also appreciate the contrast of death and peace that is present at burial grounds.  

God’s created order highlights the cycles of life and death and His plan for us, sending His son Jesus Christ to redeem fallen mankind, provides the means in which our lives can transcend death itself as the Lord promises eternal life to all who come to faith in Jesus.   

In contrast to the Lord’s goodness and light, the prince of the powers of the air, Satan, the enemy, wishes to deceive us and lead us to reject the Lord and become subject to the judgement and wrath of God that he will ultimately suffer when he is cast into hell at the end of days.  

Satan is a defeated foe and out of his hatred for God and mankind He seeks to kill and destroy us through deception and encouraging our own rebellion and rejection of God. When we are lost to the enemy’s schemes through our salvation by faith in Christ alone, he still wishes to steal away our peace through tempting us to sin and then by accusing us and condemning us for our failures.    

So even after we are in Christ, Satan still seeks to oppress us and make us unfruitful and to suffer torment through the bondages of sin.  If we believe His lies, we will fall into sin and disrupt the harmony of our relationship with God as we will doubt our identity as a saint and one of God’s children.   

Satan’s power is in the lie and he and his demonic minions seek to make us believe that instead of being victorious over sin and death, we are powerless against them and that we must suffer in the bondage of sin and fear the coming of our deaths.   

Satan has the power to oppress us if we believe his lies and he has supernatural powers to frighten us if we do not stand in the authority of Christ to cast out the dark spiritual forces that may be presently trying to torment us.   

In our personal lives this struggle with Satan is most commonly characterized by negative mind states of fear, depression, anger, frustration, anxiety, condemnation, low self-esteem, and by being consumed by selfish and sinful pursuits.  

The remedy to these problems that stem from the effects of demonic, worldly, and fleshly influences is to establish and to maintain our relationship with God and our freedom in Christ by receiving Christ as Lord and Savior and by agreeing with God’s word in terms of who we are in Christ and in how we should live our lives.   

When we are firmly rooted in our identity in Christ and endeavor to live as disciples of Jesus Christ by learning and applying His wisdom to our lives we experience the promises of God for freedom and the growing of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.   This continual seeking of the Lord and growing in our maturity as Christians are to be the content of or lives as we seek God’s purpose for our lives. It’s a continuous practice and an earmark of our living relationship with God.      

This renewing of the mind and experiencing the progressive victory over the enemy is enough to occupy the rest of our lives but if we were only to focus on this internal struggle of faith we would be failing to recognize the reality of the presence of the enemy in the world at large.   

The animistic, pagan, or eastern cultures of the world recognize the spiritual forces that are active and powerful in the world.  A participant of my Freedom in Christ Discipleship course that meets via Zoom on Thursday evenings recently testified that his background as someone who hails from an African nation spoke of the reality of the manipulation of spirits through shaman, or witch doctors, and how spells and sacrifices are still utilized by people to receive blessings or to inflict curses on their enemies. The people in these cultures don’t doubt these spiritual practices because they have seen evidence of their power.  These manifestations of spiritual power are not of God and these phenomena should educate us of the existence of the spiritual forces of darkness that are active in the earth.       

Locally, supernatural phenomenon of spiritual forces of darkness are attributed to be “lost spirits, poltergeists or ghosts and my in-law’s family has testified of various experiences with things that went “bump in the night” at previous houses in their family’s past.   

My wife’s current residence is a rental. It is an old house dating back hundreds of years and her landlord is a Mormon which is a not a branch of Christianity. We are actively looking for new housing opportunities. 

Mormonism is a cult that posits Joseph Smith, Mormonism’s founder,  to be a prophet who is equal to if not, over, and above Jesus Christ. Mormonism is scandalously anti-Christ and the only thing more insidious than their beliefs is the sweet and wholesome lifestyle they seem to represent.  Mormons are deceived and need our prayers.  I recommend Waler Martin’s book “Kingdom of Cults” for a through disposition on Mormonism, and all other religions that would claim to be a pathway to God but are actually different entranceways to the road of perdition.  

Anyway, there has been noises and disturbances in this old countryside home at times that have tormented members of my new family from time to time.  I have personally been afflicted by disturbed sleep and demonic dreams while staying there. During one of  my first stays at our “countryside home”, I was recording a podcast in the living room, and I felt that someone was standing in the doorway just outside of my peripheral vision. 

This “presence” caught me by surprise and startled me, but I just turned away from it and kept on recording. After I was done, I thought about the spiritual landscape at our place in cow country and how it might have some familiar spirits that sought to frighten or oppress us.  I didn’t want to say anything to the children or my wife about it but learned that there had been things that were similarly unsettling that happened to both my wife and kids in the house before.   

I was hesitant to do anything because of the landlord’s rights to his property and was uncertain if we had the spiritual and legal authority to claim the space as a safe place for our Christian family.   But after an episode of my stepdaughter being tormented by noises and who had previously claimed to see “bright glowing orbs” at times, I knew that I had to use the authority of Christ to “clean out the house”.   

My research showed me that when we pay for the occupation of a space for lodging, temporarily or on a somewhat permanent basis, we are given the legal and spiritual authority to claim the space, by the power and authority of Jesus Christ, to make it a “safe space”,  to be free from the activities of the spiritual forces of darkness that may have been given free reign over the place by current or previous occupants.   

So having the wish to have peace in our countryside home, and because I wished to conduct ministry work from their in the future, I knew I had to exercise my authority in Christ to establish our home as a place of safety and of service for the Lord’s kingdom by praying over every room and space in our home.   

So last night, I used the following prayers, both of them, to exercise my authority in Christ to cast our any dark spiritual forces or any demonic claims to our home.  As I prayed through each room last night, I felt the authority of God was effective in claiming the house for our safety and for His surface.    

These prayers come from Dr. Neil Anderson’s Restored which is available as a free pdf download on   Anderson states that to resolve any personal or spiritual conflicts we should first pray through the Steps to Freedom in Christ, and I am sharing the PDF( The Step to Freedom in Christ PDF)  for those on the blog, and then get rid of or destroy any cult or occult objects in your home before praying these prayers:

The prayers state:



After removing and destroying all objects of false worship, pray this prayer aloud in every room:

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that You are the Lord of heaven and earth. In Your sovereign power and love, You have entrusted me with many things. Thank You for this place to live. I claim my home as a place of spiritual safety for me and my family and ask for Your protection from all the attacks of the enemy. As a child of God, raised up and seated with Christ in the heavenly places, I command every evil spirit claiming ground in this place, based on the activities of past or present occupants, including me and my family, to leave and never return. I renounce all demonic assignments directed against this place. I ask You, Heavenly Father, to post Your holy angels around this place to guard it from any and all attempts of the enemy to enter and disturb Your purposes for me and my family. I thank You, Lord, for doing this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.



NON-CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENT (as house guests or for temporary stays)

After removing and destroying all objects of false worship from your possession, pray this aloud in the place where you live:

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for a place to live and to be renewed by sleep. I ask You to set aside my room (or portion of this room) as a place of spiritual safety for me. I renounce any allegiance given to false gods or spirits by other occupants. I renounce any claim to this room (space) by Satan based on the activities of past or present occupants, including me. On the basis of my position as a child of God and joint-heir with Christ, who has all authority in heaven and on earth, I command all evil spirits to leave this place and never return. I ask You, Heavenly Father, to station Your holy angels to protect me while I live here. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray.


Because of the particular situation at my countryside home – a rental with a history of occultic faith systems being practiced in and near this home. I prayed both prayers over every room in the house, including the basement and the front porch.   I ended with a prayer to dedicate our home for the worship of One True God in three persons of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit and that this house would also be dedicated for the work of ministry for His kingdom.    

Well, its’ Saturday and we often us the weekends to “clean house”, If you haven’t done a spiritual cleansing of your place of residence, I recommend you do so.  It was the first order of business for me when I purchased my new home down by the river in 2020 and now that my legal and spiritual rights as the spiritual leader of this countryside home has been confirmed through my marriage covenant to my wife, I finally was able to exercise my authority in Christ to claim it for our safety and His kingdom purposes.  

To fail to recognize the reality of the spiritual forces of darkness in the world is like failing to recognize the reality of death and only focusing on life. God wants us to live in the truth of His existence and to have a relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ that will not only defeat sin and death and give us a new everlasting life in His presence, but He also wants us to use the authority that Christ has given us to resist the devil and make his spiritual forces of darkness flee.  

So keep walking and talking with God. God has given us life everlasting, power over the enemy, and freedom over sin but if we don’t believe it and exercise it the enemy will oppress, torment, and confuse us.  So use the authority that God has given us to have victory, freedom, and peace over your personal and spiritual conflicts and over the spiritual forces of darkness wherever you go.  


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

1 John 4:4 (NLT2)
4  But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Today’s verse speaks of the fact that we belong to God as His dear children and tells of the victory that we already have because of the Spirit of God that lives in us.   

This letter from the Apostle John is written to Christians, so if you are a Christian these words are for you too.  When you put your faith in Christ, you received the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit who quickened your spirit, bringing you from spiritual death to spiritual life.  

If you ever wonder why your non-Christian neighbors seem to be completely uninterested or unconcerned about spiritual matters it is because they are spiritually dead and blinded to the truth of the gospel.   The most compelling evidence for this fact is that of our own personal “pre-Christ” testimonies.   

Before I heard the gospel message that saved me in 2010, I struggled mightily with trying to understand Christianity. I liked Christmas and the feeling of silent peace in the Catholic church and feared for my eternal soul, but I felt completely uncertain about my spiritual status and whether or not the Christian religion was “for real” or the “only game in town”. 

What about this faith? What about this religion? Are you telling me nice non-Christians are going to hell? That seems unfair! What do I have to do to be saved? I can’t do that, then what?  Ahhh! I just won’t believe in God, that will fix you! Nanananana, you can’t hurt me! I don’t want to die! Does everyone go to heaven? Oh God help me! Whatever, guess I’ll be partying in hell with all the other sinners!”   Oh no, I’ll become fully enlightened and will transcend heaven and hell, I won’t only break on through and save myself, I will save every other sentient being with me! Heck when I am fully enlightened I will know all things and be like God myself…

Yeah that catharsis of fear, loathing, and desperation is a small taste of what my life was at various times before putting my faith in Christ.   It was an absolute maelstrom of self will, confusion, and fear.  I didn’t know what was true and considered every available option to find peace in this world that ranged from stark materialism, the pursuit of euphoric states, total denial of spiritual realities, and the adoption of other religions.  Whatever I tried failed to fulfill me or give me peace… 

But God… 

God opened my eyes to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and no matter how I investigated Christianity and tried to test it or debunk its truth, I have become increasingly convinced of its truth in ways I will spend the rest of my life testifying about. 

The best way to grow in your faith, to feel the power of the Holy Spirit in you and experience the victory that you have already won in Christ is to test it by surrendering to a life of Christian discipleship where you seek to know God more through His word and through communicating with Him in prayer and by applying what you learn to your life.   


To experience the victory, you have to live out your faith.  You have to trust the Lord and learn just how true all that the Bible tells you is true.  Our doubts are destroyed as we live out our Christian faith and we experience just how great the Holy Spirit is that lives inside us.    


SO REJOICE, as a child of God and pursue the life of freedom and victory that is already yours for the taking, as the Spirit that is in us is greater than any spirit that is in the world.   



As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 


Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we continue sharing from Chapter 6.   


As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.


A proper sense of worth comes from recognizing and appropriating the biblical fact that we are loved and valued by our heavenly Father. Our value is not based on our own merit but on the fact that we are His precious children for whom Christ was willing to die. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing...chosen in God...holy and blameless before Him...predestined to adoption as sons...have redemption and forgiveness...the riches of His grace are lavished on us.133

The problem is not that we don’t have tremendous riches in Christ; the problem is we don’t see them. So Paul wrote, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”134


“God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”135 By acknowledging pride, we are declaring what Satan refused to declare—that we are dependent upon God. By exposing and confessing pride, we are acknowledging our desire to be free from a self-centered and a self-sufficient life. Then we will be free to begin living by the grace of God and deriving our spiritual strengths and identities from God, through Christ. Ask God to guide you with the following prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have said that pride goes before destruction and an arrogant spirit before stumbling. I confess that I have focused on my own needs and desires and not others. I have not always denied myself, picked up my cross daily and followed You. I have relied on my own strength and resources instead of resting in Yours. I have placed my will before Yours and centered my life around myself instead of You. I confess my pride and selfishness and pray that all ground gained in my life by the enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ would be canceled. I choose to rely upon the Holy Spirit’s power and guidance so that I will do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit. With humility of mind, I choose to regard others as more important than myself. I acknowledge You as my Lord and confess that apart from You I can do nothing of lasting significance. Please examine my heart and show me the specific ways I have lived my life in pride. In the gentle and humble name of Jesus I pray. Amen. (See Proverbs 16:18; Matthew 6:33; 16:24; Romans 12:10; Philippians. 2:3.)

Pray through the list below and use the prayer following to confess any sins of pride the Lord brings to mind.


·       Having a stronger desire to do my will than God’s will.

·       Leaning too much on my own understanding and experience rather than seeking God’s guidance through prayer and His Word.

·       Relying on my own strengths and resources instead of depending on the power of the Holy Spirit.

·       Being more concerned about controlling others than in developing self-control.

·       Being too busy doing “important” and selfish things rather than seeking and doing God’s will.

·       Having a tendency to think that I have no needs.

·       Finding it hard to admit when I am wrong.

·       Being more concerned about pleasing people than pleasing God.

·       Being overly concerned about getting the credit I feel I deserve.

·       Thinking I am more humble, spiritual, religious, or devoted than others.

·       Being driven to obtain recognition by attaining degrees, titles, and positions.

·       Often feeling that my needs are more important than another person’s needs.

·       Considering myself better than others because of my academic, artistic, athletic abilities, and accomplishments.

·       Having feelings of inferiority appearing as false humility.

·       Not waiting on God.

·       Other ways I have thought more highly of myself than I should.


For each of the above areas that has been true in your life, pray aloud:

Lord Jesus, I agree I have been proud by (name what you checked above). Thank You for Your forgiveness. I choose to humble myself before You and others. I choose to place all my confidence in You and put not confidence in my flesh. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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