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06/10/2010 at 12:38 AM
From a good friend, Steve over at Realms of Imagination:
Something for you to think about tonight. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is seen several times healing people and saying, “According to your faith be it unto you.” According to your faith. Have you ever really thought about that? According to *YOUR* faith. Is it possible there’s something in your life that’s not being healed, an addiction that’s not being broken, a life change that’s not happening, all because of your lack of faith, or outright unbelief? “But I do believe!”
True, but how much? Case in point from my own life. Due to an epic case of clutzism I succeeded in royally screwing up my ankle. I mean it hurt something terrible. It went like that for weeks and weeks but never got better. I prayed and prayed and prayed during that time for God to heal it, and I kept hearing in my heart, “If you will only believe, it will be healed.” Yet it wasn’t healed. Why?
One simple answer. I didn’t believe God would heal it. “According to your faith be it unto you.” No faith, no healing. Some faith, some healing. Great faith, great healing. But that applies to other areas in your life too. Money, relationships, employment and more. In the case of my ankle, the sprain that never got better did eventually get a miraculous healing. What I had to do was to pray hard, drive the doubt out of my mind and believe with all that I had that God WOULD heal me.
Not might. Not maybe. Not possibly. WOULD. PERIOD. “According to your faith be it unto you.” Yes, there are some things in our lives that are like Paul’s thorn in the flesh. But most things aren’t. Most things God wants to fix, wants to heal in your life. All that’s required on your part is to believe, and not just a little, but believe strongly and greatly. When I finally reached that point where I believed unconditionally, got rid of the “IF” in my thoughts and replaced it with a “WILL”, the ankle was instantly and miraculously healed.
No pain, no sprain, no doubt. Nothing but healed. And all I had to do was believe and trust WHOLLY AND COMPLETELY that God would heal me. Remember, as Jesus said to those He healed, “According to your faith be it unto you.” According to your faith your prayers will be answered.
(some posted testimonies were missing and I have re-added them)
I received this in email from Drew, praise the Lord! -
First off I’m 21 years old and I have always known god but I haven’t axctually “known ” God. Just recently my life consisted of sex, drugs, alcohol and living for me .well yesterday WhT seemed like just a normal day . I woke up got ready for work and as I was workin , I just had this feeling I couldn quite put my finger on what was bothering me . The only thing I knew to do was pray and that’s where it hit me god broke me down , he was trying to get to me and it just amazes me how anywhere and anytime he can reach you . God has opened my eyes and now I see . God is always watching us and he always has his hands over us . From that point On I want to live for him . I am ready to wave my white flag to god and surrender my body and soul to him . Well after I broke down I talked to one of my older co workers who I thought would be the most understanding of all my co workers and he called his minister to my wok place . I had sat in the preachers truck nd we talked and talked and talked .
It really touched me and put life in a new perspective . Jesus’s died for us so why not live for him . I just wanted everyone to know that I am living proof that he loves all of us , no matter the circumstances and he will go to great lengths to reach us rather it be at work, home, at the grocery store anywhere .. He is changing my life I can already tell . :)
Here is another received testimony from India -
I am writing this to testimony that god and only god alone has done and given me what I am now in my life. Iam writing many instances where god has helped me and was with me and brought me out of my difficult situations. Below here iam giving detailed explanations on the seriousness of the situation and how my god Jesus brought me out of each and every situation as if nothing had happened.
First let me tell about myself, I was born in a Hindu background family when I was graduating from degree college I had difficulties in passing some subjects, at that time I had a friend who had accepted Christ and converted to Christianity (from a Hindu background family) he said to me friend I will pray for you to Jesus Christ for passing your exams and subsequently I passed and attained my degree. At that time I did not realize that it was Jesus who gave me the degree. Later after some years I joined shipping.
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Rinse and repeat - The years just pass us by... then we die, never obtaining that thing which our souls are trying to grasp. It's a death trap.
Beware of Emotions from Man must be preceded with sharing my belief that God created man and saw that it was good. I firmly believe that in man’s created emotions, there is goodness. I also believe that man’s emotions can also be lured by wickedness into being something other than intended.. we should beware. As mentioned in Beware of Philosophy from Man, we either have information coming into these temples via the body’s senses (rational knowledge) or we have information flowing into these temples by the Holy Spirit (revelational knowledge). I think emotions are similar whereas there are rational emotions (selfishness) versus revelational (spiritual)
From what I can see, the emotions are not any different. They are rooted in the flesh or they are of God. When we know the Word of God walk with God, know God’s character, and so on.. the information hitting our minds can easily be discerned (whether they are of God or not). If we don’t know who God says He is via His Word, then imho there is no possible way to know if something is of God or not (a rational mind cannot discern spiritual things, these things must be revealed to our born again spirit). But I have found emotions to be a bit more difficult because the emotions feel the same, regardless if they from God or not. Beware.. your adversary the devil prowls around seeking whom he may devour..
Ok, I had to get that out of the way because sometimes when discussing this topic, people have been led to believe that I think emotions are a bad thing. I don’t think they are.. God created us in His image and saw that it was good.. But, when emotions are not derived from His image, then yes, that’s a bad thing. :) At any rate, with that said.. here is Beware of Emotions from Man -
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For anyone that reads this blog, you have probably seen a pattern because I like patterns! I think this was one of the first things the Lord showed me – Watch the patterns.. they have something to say. Well, there is an obvious pattern developed whenever I have discussions with sin.
It is called the Wizard of Oz game. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” It’s the dodge-n-wave/hide-n-seek game. Recently, I had a discussion when a person asked if a situation was wrong (he was stealing). I said yes, it is a sin to steal. Then, they played the game. When we do wrong, we love to hide our sin.. just ask Adam and Eve, the first playa’s of the game -
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Submitted by Rev. Adejo Edward – It no longer fits you
He loves her so dearly and longs for her, but all she does is, snob him. He seeks to be with her and pours out his heart for her, but what she does is, walk all over him. He goes out of his way to please her, but she derives pleasure in hurting him. He gives his all to/for her, but her response is, “what do I care”?
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