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The Power of God's Word to Change Your Life!

The body of Christ is facing a fundamental dilemma, and is going through a serious struggle.  All too often, the people of God are settling for less than the very best that God has planned for them under the guise of saying things like "I may not be where I ought to be, but thank God that I'm not where I use to be" in order to make excuses for sin, disobedience and falling short of the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  But God is not amused nor impressed by the lackadaisical way in which those who are suppose to be called by His name are living while they still call themselves Christians, because the Bible lets us know that when the word of God enters into a person's heart it brings about a change and transformation of the heart and lifestyle. The power of God's word takes us through a transformational process by sanctifying and cleansing us from sin. (Ephesians 5:26-27; John 17:17)

26, That he might sanctify [to set apart, consecrate unto Himself] and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

How can we who have baptized into Christ continue in sin that grace may abound? The Bible says, "God forbid." (Romans 6:1-7)  Therefore, it is imperative that we take a good look deep within ourselves and ask the question "why am I still repeating the same old sins of disobedience time after time when the Lord has made the way for me to be free?  Is it because I still have some rebellion lurking and operating in my heart, or do I really desire to change from the inside out?"  No sin is hidden before God's eyes, even those which are done in secret can clearly be seen by God.  The Bible tells us that "...all things are naked [clearly revealed] and open [visible] before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do."  (Hebrews 4:13, KJV)

You have to be transparent and honest with God as David said in the book of Psalms 51:1-7, KJV. It reads as follows:

1, Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2, Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3, For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4, Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6, Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7, Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

You see, our love and reverence for God should outweigh the sins of omission that are a result of immaturity.  Like David, we need hearts that are yielded before God in complete transparency and contrition, which is required for real deliverance, healing and restoration to take place. It is then and only then that your heart can truly be washed and cleansed by the Spirit of God working through the power of His word.  We're are in a crises in the body of Christ, and are in dire need of purification so that the Spirit of the Lord can perfect that which concerns us, and His glory can be revealed unto the world.  When you make a decision to stop making excuses for disobedience and begin to acknowledge God for who He is, then a transformation process will take place. (Romans 12:1-2) In order to do so, you must truly love the Lord and fear Him with a deep sense of reverence and honor, understanding that He's holy and just in all of His ways.

As people of God, He is calling on us to walk in power and victory, and be free from every yoke of bondage and the sin that so easily besets us (Heb. 12:1).  Sin weakens you spiritually and ruins your ability to witness.  We do not have time to live a lie, keep making excuses for why we are not serving God fully with the spirit of excellence, and neglecting so great a salvation by not allowing the power of God's word to change our hearts.  Acts 17:30, KJV says, "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent."  There comes a time when God, who is no respect of persons, "commandeth" which is a direct demand that everyone, no matter who you are, what your stature is, or where you live, repent and have a change of mind, attitude, and heart; amending one's ways from sin to godliness so that those who see us can recognize the image and character of Christ living inside of us.

The Bible lets us know clearly that "in the last days perilous [dangerous, hard to deal with, difficult] times shall come. Men will be lovers of their own selves...rather than lovers of God."  It goes on further to say that, having a form [similitude or appearance] of godliness, but denying, [disallowing the operation and affect of] the power and authority thereof, from such turn away. This pertains to the kind of power that is inherent through a genuine relationship with God through the authority of His word and prayer that brings corresponding change that has a lasting effect; a change that transforms the heart and mind into what God desires. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)  It also denotes that there are those who willfully and knowingly choose not to obey the word of God, but deny its power and authority to change their hearts.  The Scripture clearly instructs those who faithfully submit to God's word to "turn away" from those who "deny" its authority and power so as not to be corrupted by their disobedience. In truth and reality, the Church ought to be filled with people who love the Lord deeply and passionately with knowledge so that the word of God is affecting change more and more everyday.

The condition of the Church, and of those who are members of the body of Christ should not be a reflection of the spirit and behavior of the world, which is hostile in nature to Christ, but there is suppose to be a difference in how we live.  The attitude of our hearts should be pure, holy and undefiled or jaded. Our lives should be hidden in Christ Jesus, and we ought to be given to the power of prayer and love of God's word through a lifestyle of faithful obedience to Him.  When those who know to do right do it not, it's sin.  Therefore, as people of God we must adhere to a higher standard and rise above the level of degradation and sin that is in the world, unto the righteousness which is of God in Christ Jesus so that we can pray effectively and affect change around the world in Jesus name!! We are called to be change agents not conformists!!  The Kingdom of God needs sanctified doctors, sanctified lawyers and judges, sanctified school teachers and professors, sanctified officials in government, and Holy Spirit filled presidents and prime ministers. In other words, as an integral part of the Kingdom of God, the Church doesn't have time to languish on the fundamentals of a basic level forever. We have a greater work to do in affecting the world in our generation for God's glory.  Nations are being weighed in the balance while we have been given the answer and solution to their dilemma. We simply don't have time to waste.

Jesus is coming back again and Bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes, but the question is "will He find faith when He comes?" (Luke 18:8)  Will you be found faithfully executing the will of God through your life by the power of His word and effectively praying and interceding on behalf of the nations, leaders, pastors, churches, ministries, missionaries, marriages, families, youth, and others who don't know the Lord as their Savior?  Or, will you forever be making excuses?  Will you surrender your all to God today, and allow Him to perfect that which concerns you?  Are you in love enough with God and hungry enough to passionately seek Him with your whole heart?  Are you willing to be as transparent as David was when he admitted and confessed his sins before God so that you can be cleansed and set free by the Spirit of the Lord?  God wants to release His power and glory upon your life. He wants to fill you up again, but you must first be willing to allow the word of God to affect change in your heart until your life is transformed from darkness into His marvelous light, and you will never be the same again.  God is looking for those in whom He can show Himself strong. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him."  KJV

Let it be you today.  Make a decision to draw a line in the sand and say "God, my answer is YES!  YES, LORD YES!!!" If you say it and mean it with all of your heart, God will use you as a catalyst of change and you will see the manifestation of God's immeasurable power and glory revealed as never before through your life in Jesus wonderful name. Amen.

We truly hope and pray that you have been richly blessed by the message that has been shared from the word of God.  Be sure to share your comments with us, and may God bless you richly by the indwelling power of His Spirit each and every day until Christ returns.

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Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Thursday, August 07, 2014 10:17 AM
The word of God says explicitly that without holiness no man shall see the Lord, "Hebrews 12:14, "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:". This is a very important passage because it clarifies what God through His word deems necessary to stand in His presence. Scripture is clear that we will stand in His presence and we shall see Him, but it is just as clear that the group that see's Him will be the group that has met His conditions of holiness: "1 John 3:2 My loved ones, now we are children of God, and at present it is not clear what we are to be. We are certain that at his revelation we will be like him; for we will see him as he is." The word "see" used in Hebrews 12:14 is the Greek word "Optanomai" which means to stand before and see or to look upon. Thus far we have plainly surmised that desires us to stand in His presence however, we have further plainly surmised that holiness is the key to fulfilling this desire. Every believer that wants to see God face to face must begin to take the concept of holiness serious or we will never see Him as He is. Remember until you leave this earthly body it is never to late to shift, begin today honoring with you life and lifestyle if you do you will one day stand and behold His face.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Friday, August 08, 2014 9:16 AM
God bless you Apostle Stanley, and thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog. As we study "Holiness" according to the Scriptures it is defined by a Greek term "hagios", which is the term used most in the New Testament. It means to consecrate or sanctify, and it is translated in context as holy or holiness, to sanctify or sanctification. It is also the term translated as "saint." By definition a saint is one who is holy or sanctified. Holiness presents a contrast in the New Testament Greek language between that which is sacred as opposed to the profane or common. It creates a clear definition in contrast of the characteristics and lifestyle of those who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ from the unsaved. While the concept of separation plays a very important part, the major concept of this usage is on having had a genuine encounter with God. It is through having a genuine encounter with God that we are transformed and sanctified or become "holy" enabling us to exemplify the character that is represented by having a change in nature from a heart of sin that was unsaved and un-regenrated and foreign to godliness to a heart that has been saved and filled with the Holy Spirit so that His character and image becomes manifest in the Believer. Essentially, the Word of God has established that we cannot "continue in sin that grace may abound", but we must allow the Holy Spirit to transform us through the gate of salvation into the fulness of the image and stature of Christ. It is an ongoing journey and maturation process until until He comes back again and we see Him face to face. Our hearts cry should be "Lord I want to be like You, set apart and holy, and I'm willing give myself to the perfect law of liberty with my whole heart until You are glorified in me." Our hearts desire should be totally committed to Christ as seen in the book of Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Unfortunately, not many are willing to go through the death process, of the flesh "carnal mind," in order to become the kind of persons that God desires for them to be. However, God's Word is nonetheless powerful in its ability to transform lives, and we will all still be judged by the Word of God when we stand before Him. It is for this reason that the Bible tells us to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." (Phil. 2:12) He's coming back again and His reward will be with Him to give unto every man according to the deeds which he has done in the body. This alone should motivate every Believer to forsake all ungodliness and follow hard after Him. Amen.

Nancyah Cummings on Thursday, August 07, 2014 8:56 PM
Thank you, Apostle Bethtina for you wonderful words of how God’s Word can change one’s life. I stand in agreement with everything you said. We cannot continue to use catch phrases to make excuses for our sin and disobedience. It is way past time to stop trying to justify all the sin by making excuses for not walking uprightly before God. One of the things that concern me about the church, and this, I feel is one of the reasons people continue to make excuses and are not in repentance and living godly lives. We as a body are not holding one another accountable for sin. We see a brother or sister in a fault and we are not going to them and confronting them on their sin as the scripture says in, MATTHEW 18: 15"If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16"But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. Instead of doing what the scripture says, we just say that it is not for us to judge them, say anything to them, but to love and just pray for them. This is contrary in part to what the Word of God says. Yes we are to love and pray for them but this is what it says in, 2 CORINTHIANS 5: 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? (those who are not of Christ, the world) Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. JOHN 7:24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment (use the scriptures which has already judged). According to verse 12, we are to judge those things in the church that people are doing which are contrary to the Word of God. We will talk about it amongst ourselves in secret and don't expose the sin that is being done willfully and openly by professing Christians. We don't want to do as the Word of God said to do if they refuse to acknowledge their sin and repent. 1 CORINTHIANS 5:4 So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. 9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. There are some professing Christ who believe that they cannot be condemned because Christ died for our sins. They say that God knows that we are still sinners that we will sin, so because Christ came, shed his blood, died and rose for our sins we are already covered and forgiven for anything that we do. This is the scripture that they use to justify their sins ROMANS 8:11 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.… Some people want to say that it is a thorn in their flesh. One person said they have a thorn of lust in their flesh like Paul had in his flesh. (We know that Paul’s thorn was not something sinful, but was something physical so that he would not exalt himself.) 2 CORINTHIANS 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.: The person said that God won’t take the sin of lust away just like he would not take the Apostle Paul’s away and since God permits it to remain, that He (God) knows that they are going to sin and that they are forgiven already for anything that they do concerning it because God permits it to remain in them. Now mind you this is a professing Christian saying this. This person says that they don’t have to repent because they are covered by the blood. This type of thinking is going on in the church and some are rejecting the truth when you tell it to them and show it to them in the scriptures. This is why Paul tells us to not have anything (dis-fellowship) to do with them. Then you have those in the church who say that they do repent daily, but they are still living and practicing the sin and don’t want to stop. Why, because they are not praying fervently and effectually and no fasting at all. If they were there would be conviction and change. King David was a man after God’s own heart. When He sinned and was confronted with it he confessed immediately, 2 SAMUEL 12: 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Kind David received A word from God through Nathan the prophet and on that word that King David received he immediately repented. This is what The Word of God has the Power to do if we are open to it. It will bring about conviction, confession and repentance. When Christ returns he will be coming for a perfected bride. When he comes the remnant will be on one accord. We know that the Holy Spirit is here with us now to guide us into all truth. This is why we must start following what the Apostle Paul told us to do regarding people who profess Christ, but want to keep sinning. It is a hard thing to do, to disassociate with those who we love and care for who are continuing to sin willfully, but so that their souls may be saved it is imperative that we begin to call out those who are continuing to live unrepentant in their sins and not have anything to do with them, because as long as we allow one another to happily sin and excuse it in the church with a, “God is still working on them,” the church will go deeper and deeper into the mire of confusion that it is in right now. God is fed up with people saying Amen and Halleluyah, but is living in unrepentant sin. We cannot try to put Christ to an open shame by thinking that we can put him up on that cross again. He went up once to carry our sins to the cross, but he came down so that we could conquer them, and He is not coming down to do it again. He has given us that ability to conquer the sin nature through the Holy Spirit, who is here to guide us, to teach us to help us to stand against the wiles of the devil, but it is up to each and every one of us to use the Power that He has given us to resist the wickedness of this world, but it is up to us to use it. JOHN 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what Is to come. I truly believe that if the church would really start to call to accountability those who are living in unrepentant sin will see that The True Church is serious about preparing as the Five Wise Virgins were and some (those who are living a lifestyle of unrepentant sin) will repent, turn from their wicked ways and be saved. We do know that there are goats among the sheep, but the sheep will truly repent, but the goats will not as the scripture says in MATTHEW 7: 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” The prayer that King David prayed unto the Lord in PSALMS 51 is a prayer that came from a man with a broken spirit and a contrite heart who recognized his sin and was truly thankful to God that he was being granted a chance to reconcile with God. This prayer is one that anyone who has fallen short and need to repent can and should pray. As a matter of fact, this is one that we all should pray and meditate on: Thank you Apostle Bethtina for posting this prayer. God bless you my sister. PSALMS 32 is another excellent psalm of acknowledging and confessing sin and how God will hide us, instruct us. How he loves and will forgive us. 1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. 6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. 7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! REVELATION 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. 21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Friday, August 08, 2014 11:09 AM
Glory to God Lady Nancyah!! Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us from the Word of God on our topic "The Power of God's Word Will Change Your Life." Your response is from a mature spiritual understanding, which is greatly needed among the people of God today. It takes a serious commitment and desire from the heart to hear, receive and obey the Word of God in order to come to the level mature relationship with God. Even a babe in Christ can grow when they are truly yielded and whole-heartedly desire to live for Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to minister in their lives. All it really takes is a heartfelt desire to receive, submit to and obey the Word of God, because the Word is full of power and works. The Bible says in Romans 10:17, that "faith comes by hearing and that by the Word of God." Therefore, when the hearing of God's Word is mixed with faith, which pertains to believing, having a conviction from the heart and mind based upon the unfailing reputation of God's character and reverence for Him, it creates and brings a change in the thing or person's life where unto it is sent. Unfortunately, many of those who profess Christ deny the power of God's Word to change their minds, hearts, and lives. All to often they choose to make excuses for why they do not obey the Word of God either by blaming their disobedience on someone else or by yielding to the temptation of their own fleshly weaknesses. However, this reasoning is unacceptable to God and is inconsistent with Scripture. The Bible tells us that God's Word is the "Power of God unto salvation for every one that believeth" (Romans 1:16), which pertains to its active ability to deliverance us from sin, and all that is derived from a life that is in a fallen un-regenrate state. It lets us know that the Word of God is powerful or full of authority to set the captive free from the bandage of sin. Hebrews 4:12 states, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The real problem is within the heart, and the kind of relationship that each individual has with God. When the a person truly loves the Lord and yields their whole heart to Him, it's hard to deny the truth, because the Spirit of God bears witness to the things if God, and He also convicts of "sin, of righteousness and judgment." (Romans 8:16; John 16:8) The purpose of conviction is to bring a person's heart into a place of genuine contrition and repentance before God so not only can they be restored, but also delivered and brought back into right standing with God. When there is accountability within the confines of the Church and body of Christ, it is a deterrent to sin, and causes people to recognize how valuable and important God's Word is esteemed as the highest and final authority over our lives as believers. The Word of God is not a preference or option, but serves as our road map and guideline for living. Our reason for addressing sin is not for the purpose of condemnation, but rather for salvation, spiritual growth and development. For this reason, it is extremely important for those who are mature in Christ to uphold and maintain the standard of righteousness, and strengthen the brethren by encourage them to obey God's Word because their very lives depend on it eternally. (Luke 22:32) God knows those who are His according to 2 Timothy 2:19, "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." In 2 Timothy 2:25-26 Paul commanded his spiritual son in the Lord, Timothy, with these words, "In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26, And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." In other words, when the Word of Truth, God's Word, enters into a person's heart it has the power to bring repentance and recovery or restoration from sin unto righteousness if they acknowledge it. The word of God has the innate ability and power contained within it to deliver a person's soul out of the snare of the devil. But that same Word of Truth will bring condemnation if it is rejected by the hearers as spoken of in John 3:18. "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. So, while the burden of the text is placed on salvation as a result of hearing, receiving and responding appropriately to the Word of God, the ungodly will perish and are already condemned by their unbelief and refusal to obey the word of God. It's really very simple, and literally no one will be without excuse before a holy and righteous God. As gracious as He is, God is still just and holy and we all must understand that He means what He says with absolute authority, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23) Jesus came that we "might" have life and that more abundantly, but it is our willful disobedience that brings the righteous judgement and wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. The decision is ours.

Marcus Elliott on Friday, August 08, 2014 4:39 AM
Though no man/woman is perfect we are all made righteous through Christ. Just yesterday i was on a plane to Baltimore MD. and as it was an hour into the flight. Something told me to mention "Jesus" to the guy sitting next to me. Now initially i had nooooo clue how i was going to go about doing it so i sparked a conversation with him. Still unsure about how to bring Jesus's name up, i went with the flow of the conversation and just talked about my personal life. Then i realized that was the set up move to tell my testimonies about how my personal relationship with GOD has enabled me to do countless things of favor that most folks arent able to experience & how its molded me into the man im becoming/evolving into. As i continued i was really honest about my shortcomings and let him know about the Grace of GOD. How its allowed me to "get back up" after falling short to keep walking in faith. Surprizingly the guy looked at me and said "I'm glad i sat in this seat...ive been dealing with alot lately and ive been beating myself up"..he was so comfortable with me that i was able to go in depth about the "word" and GOD's personality and mercifulness. It was an immediate change in his posture and he seemed to have recieved everything we discussed. I thought to myself....had i of been in the mindframe of someone focused on their personal struggles with disobedience i would have never been able to witness to that man and help HIM get back on track with his relationship with the LORD. Nobody in the bible was qualified by their actions to be used by GOD but his strength is PERFECT in our weakness's.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Friday, August 08, 2014 7:20 AM
Hello Marcus, God bless you for sharing your testimony on our newest community blog. It is an example of what happens when someone gives their heart to the Lord Jesus Christ in earnest. What a difference it makes! While we all journey in stages, we must realize and understand that though no one is perfect we can all be fully committed to Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and lives until our faith is communicated clearly through godly character as a reflection of Christ's nature to others as we give ourselves fully to prayer, daily Bible study, fasting and surrender to God in faithful obedience to His Word. While God's grace and mercy doesn't give us a license to sin, it does provide a way back to the Father when overtaken by a fault so that restoration and repentance can take place. Repentance and redemption is God's recovery plan. It is provided to give us a way out of sin to come back to the Father and live a committed godly lifestyle for His glory as we grow and mature spiritually. However, we should avoid and flee the very appearance of sin at all costs. God has given us power and authority by the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit to overcome sin and exalt the standard of His Word in our hearts and lives. Commitment and dedication to a lifestyle of prayer and fasting strengthens us spiritually so that we can deny the flesh and obey God. Our earnest desire should be to come into the fulness of the stature of Christ by allowing His Word to transform our hearts everyday. Romans chapter 12:1-2 shares so well what God would have us do. It states, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2, And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." It goes on even further to tell the Believer to be fervent in spirit, and not to be overcome with evil which is sin, but to overcome evil with good. Another passage of Scripture that is very encouraging is found in Romans 6:1-6,11-13, which reads "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." It's all a heart issue, and requires for us to apply the Word of God to our hearts and lives as the highest standard and final authority everyday allowing the Holy Spirit to wash us by the water of the Word. We must ensure that we don't lower the standard of God's Word to our lifestyle that is at enmity with Him, but to raise our lifestyle to the standard of what He requires of us in righteousness. Again, it's simply a heart issue and those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. Our desire should be "Lord fill me with Your Holy Spirit and give me a heart like Yours so that others can be saved, healed, and delivered by my testimony and witness every day of my life." Our Heavenly Father promises us that if we hunger and thirst after righteousness, we shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6) Thank you so much for your contribution. It was thoughtful and meaningful. God bless you!!

P Wright on Saturday, August 09, 2014 6:50 AM
The word of God when it gets down on the inside of use it can do nothing but bring freedom, restoration,and freedom to be a witness for christ. The word of God is a lamp under are feet. God bless you Apostle
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, August 09, 2014 11:08 PM
Pamela, thank you for contributing to the community blog. It's wonderful to know that you have gleaned from it and are blessed by it. God bless you.

Toiya Moffatt on Monday, August 11, 2014 7:46 PM
The "word" of God is like a looking glass, if we look into it "focused" our imperfections will become evident, and, the more we meditate on it and observe the instructions within we will begin to see our image change into the image of Christ. I believe that one of the biggest problems in the church today is not that Christians aren't staring into the word hard enough, but they're not allowing the word to examine them. When we go to a doctor's appointment, we go seeking a diagnosis and ultimately a cure to what ails us. The word of God is equivalent to the examination room where God can exam us and reveal His findings, but many times we want to prescribe our own medication and make our own diagnosis. True holiness comes only when we allow; the word to wash our minds, the Holy Spirit to illuminate our faults, and we repent ,turn away from, our sins, and allow God to operate, in other words,we allow God to do all of the work. The fee for all of our "spiritual medical bills" are cover by the blood of Jesus Christ, therefore; we have no excuses. God desires us to be whole in Him in order to get others healed. Thank you Apostle Beth for your continued endeavor to empower the people of God. God bless you!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Monday, August 18, 2014 1:52 PM
Min. Toiya, thank you for sharing your comments with us on the community blog. They are prolific and very insightful to read. As Christians, when we allow the Word of God to examine our hearts, and are willing to change, it will result in holiness and manifestation of the character of God through us.

Elder Nikki N. Godbolt on Monday, August 11, 2014 10:34 PM
I totally agree with todays blog, for when we allow the Word of God to enter our hearts It not only cleanses us but it also changes and transforms us into the true image of Christ. I honor God for His Word, His grace, and His mercy; that even when we fall short of His glory because of sin we can still acknowledge and confess our faults before Him for He is faithful and just to forgive us of all of our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Kingdom Blessings
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Monday, August 18, 2014 1:56 PM
Eld. Nikki, thank you for sharing your comments with us on the blog this month. The Word of God is a tremendous change agent! When applied it brings corresponding results. The problem occurs when there is resistance to the Word, and there is an unwillingness to submit to the process of examination and cleansing affect that it has upon the life of a person. However, once it is applied, heeded and obeyed, the results are phenomenal, and people are catapulted into becoming the power agents in the Kingdom that God intended.

Elder April M. Godbolt on Monday, August 11, 2014 11:23 PM
Apostle Beth, That was truly a Word from God. You mentioned Romans 12:1-2, that has minister to me from the very first day that I accepted Christ into my life. I've come across so many people, to include myself at one time that desire to know the will of God first before the given up of ones life to Christ. But Romans 12:1-2 makes it perfectly clear that we must first present ourselves as a living sacrifice, one that is holy, acceptable God and a mind that is not conformed to the world's way of doing things but one that is being transformed. It is only after these steps will we know what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God. We cant have the "will" without the "sacrifice". Thank you for the Manna! God bless!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Monday, August 18, 2014 2:03 PM
Hello Eld. April, thank you for sharing your heart with us on this month's community blog. Your comments where quite insightful and are an expression of your desire to truly honor God as His servant. I really enjoyed how you expressed that "We can't have the "will" without the "sacrifice". It is quite true, and once God's people embrace the "Art of Sacrifice" and obedience they will experience the promised results.

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