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Recruited Through Lies

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Sponsors with ties to both Africa and Europe lure African teenage girls out of the continent. These European men promise jobs as maids or au pairs, opportunities for higher education and have even given loans to pay for their trip into what is perceived to be a chance to make something of their lives. When they arrive, the girls are forced into sex slavery or trafficking to an abundance of white men and military personnel. The perpetrators take the girls’ passports and other official documents. The girls are unable to seek help from authorities because they fear being deported. Read more

Their fear of deportment over being a sex slave reminds me of “stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors.”

Psychological damage to this degree is not necessarily a death sentence, but it will take a whole lot of deliberate work. The most important work is having the mind to call on the Creator. This may be very difficult as your anger toward God boils for why he allowed you to be a victim.

As the dust settles, you must come to understand that Jesus is your only way out. No one else can raise themselves from the dead, but God and God give this power to his children. Both after death and in the present as you become a new creature with new revelation.

Slavery does not limit God’s power and in the Old Testament we see many stories of God’s triumph for his enslaved people. Become a child of God through confessing your sins and believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Run after him and let the peace that passes all understanding guard your heart.

You will have to fight. But victory is promised to those  who are in Christ.

CATCHING FIRE

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Catching fire is more than hunger games. It’s being a light and hope that leads the way for others to pursue victory. Are you a catcher of fire? Do you present others with hope for the future? Is your presence one filled with hope and confidence in God or do you pour on the doubt and despair?

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a living God determined to save his people. He has promised to answer prayer and reveal his secret to the righteous. He is a consuming fire. His eyes are like flames of fire. If you catch his fire you will be like hot coals warming hearts around you.

Do not allow the cold news of homocide and suicide to persuade you to believe that God is sleeping or does not care. You know he delivers and sets free. You know this earth is not the believer’s home. You know that victory over sin, death and disease will be won. You know that catching fire is contagious.

You also know there is strange fire that should not be entertained by the believer in Jesus. This is not the fire from the Lord, but a pseudo fire. The purpose of which is to deceive. How do you tell the difference? Any spirit that confesses not that Jesus came in the flesh is not of God.

The difference is in the name Jesus. Catch this fire and be the hope for others to see and enjoy.

PUSH LOVE OUT!

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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:12-13).

“Hope” – the missing key?

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Hope is an earnest expectation of what we desire. 
It is, for many, the missing key!

HOPE an acronym:

Hears God’s Word that…
Opens our eyes to the…
Plans He has for us, to…
Energise our Faith.

Biblical hope stems from what God is telling us will come to pass.

So, how does hope work?

Hope paints a picture on our heart’s of what we are thinking and meditating upon. In other words, for what we are longing for. That’s where the power is – in the imagination of our heart! (Which is also where the power for evil, failure and death is!)

For as he thinks in his heart so is he” (Prov. 23:7)

The Bible is full of promises. If that were not the case then we would have no hope; or at least no positive hope.

We would, instead be meditating on failure, poverty and disaster, which is exactly what we would get. But Christ died that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) So we choose life!

This is not just wishful thinking, like a mere complement. This is actively and purposefully seeing ourselves as God sees us, by reading what the Bible say’s about us. It is about taking the Word of God and actively meditating on it until we know and see in our heart what God promises. For example, you may like to meditate on the following scriptures:

“I am above only and not beneath…” “I am more than a conquerer…”
“I am blessed with very spiritual blessing in Heavenly places…”

So, Why is it so important to get all fired up about hope?

Because it is Biblical hope that stokes the fire’s of faith.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)

When we have our hope as an earnest expectation of grace’s future accomplishments, then faith comes into action and brings about the thing we hope for. Faith requires Hope! And hope does not disappoint!

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How to Prepare for Hell – A “Just in Case” Letter to My Unbelieving Friends and Family

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Originally posted on Real Christianity:
In a post a few years ago, I talked about using Facebook and Twitter for the glory of God and how I have been able to use it to tell my friends and family about Christ…