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“Lone Ranger Christians”

One of the greatest deceptions of the enemy in this day is the
belief that the local church is not needed for the disciple of Christ
to grow, while that same Christian becomes captive to a plethora of
voices and opinions via social networking connections, television,
radio, internet, etc. etc.

One can easily see how the enemy enjoys this ploy and how effective
it is in this last day, especially in light of a scripture in the Word;
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV) 24 And let us consider one another in order to
stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of
ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another,

and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.


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Defeat guilt and shame
 
Far too many believers are feeling dirty, worthless and ashamed of themselves. As a result, they feel unclean and therefore unworthy to approach God and have the living and intimate relationship that He wants to have with them! Shame prevents us from intimacy with God because it makes us feel unworthy and distant from Him.
 
How do we defeat or overcome guilt and shame?
You need to stop thinking about your past failures-something that no longer exists! If your sins are in the depths of the sea, then why are you still thinking about them?
 
You need to stop focusing on the problem (which has been dealt with), and begin to praise God for the solution to the problem, and think about how you have been washed clean from those failures! Instead of meditating on a lie, begin to meditate on the truth in God’s Word concerning your past failures
 

Here are some great verses to get you started:

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.”

Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

Titus 2:14, “Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from EVERY lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (NASB)



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Stop Condemning Yourself !

There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Ro 8:1 NLT

God says, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isa 43:25).
When God says He forgets your sin and you insist on remembering it, it’s like saying your standards are higher than His. That’s akin to idolatry! The Bible says, “God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Eph 4:32). In the Old Testament when someone sinned they brought a lamb to the priest and he would shed its blood on the altar as payment for their sin. Once that was done the record was expunged and the issue was settled. You say, “But I don’t feel forgiven.” Forgiveness comes by faith, not feelings. As long as you live by feelings Satan has a weapon he can use against you at every turn. You say, “But what I did was so wrong.” As long as you have not committed the unpardonable sin, whatever you have done is—pardonable. You say, “But Satan keeps bringing it up.” That’s because he is called the “accuser” (Rev 12:10). But notice how you overcome Satan the accuser: “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (v. 11).
 
Next time Satan accuses you, say, “I’m glad you brought that up.” Then tell him what the blood of Jesus has accomplished on your behalf. If you do that he will flee. Learn from your failure, grow stronger through it, use it to bless others, move on with your life and stop condemning yourself!


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 Life transformation is rooted in mind transformation.

Where your mind goes, your actions follow. Whatever you think about will dictate your behavior, your attitude, and (ultimately) your direction in life. 

Your thoughts are sort of like a rudder—they steer the rest of your body.

Considering the influence of your mind on your life, it’s no surprise Paul emphasizes that in order for our lives to be changed by Christ our thoughts must first be changed by Him: 

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2). How are we to be transformed? By renewing (changing, refocusing) our minds so that they reflect the mind of Christ. If our minds are so important, then it’s quite understandable that the devil would fight to gain a foothold in our thoughts. Paul writes, in 2 Corinthians 4:4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. What better place for the devil to attack people than in their minds? As thunder follows lighting, so actions follow thoughts. And if Satan can turn your thoughts against God, your actions will assuredly follow. Therefore, it’s imperative that you set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).  And when you focus your mind on God, it’s only a matter of time before your actions, your passions, your attitudes—your whole life—become focused on God.



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You can’t have a testimony without a test
.
A testimony is often a way of sharing what God has done in a person’s life. However, in order to have a testimony there almost always was a test through which that person had to persevere. It is, therefore, understandable that 
We are told to rejoice during trials — not because of the trials themselves, but because of the end result of the trials. In James 1:2-4, we are told, Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. In other words, we can have joy during trials, because we know that they help make us mature and complete — they refine us into the person God wants us to be.
A few verses later (in James 1:12), we are told the reward of enduring difficult times: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
 
The challenging events that we go through are what refine us and make us more like Christ. Indeed, 1 Peter 1:6-7 says that one of the purposes of going through grief and trials is so that our faith can grow and be proven genuine. Therefore, a real testimony of growing in faith and becoming like Christ requires going through a test. So,instead of despising your tests and trials, look forward to your testimony ; after all, you can’t have a testimony without a test.



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