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| EDITOR'S NOTE What sacrifices are you willing to make to give God the glory? “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 (NIV) Romans 12:1 shows the call to surrender ourselves as living sacrifices is predicated on the reality of the “mercies of God” described in chapters 1-11.
Now, the kingdom of God is filled with various gifts that can be used for the edification of the Body of Christ as a whole. It doesn’t matter what race or age you are. God makes exceptions for no one. God often uses elders and youth combined with His anointing to bring forth a vibration of change. There is no such thing as being too old or young to be effective in the kingdom. All God requires is a willing heart so He can get the glory out of your life. It’s those very things that we fight against every day, such as weakness and limitations that God will take and use as an example. So, don’t count yourself out. God wants to use you to do great things for Him. Make the sacrifice to surrender yourself to God. Expect the Great!
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he system of kingdom provision is based upon the principle of giving and receiving. God gives and we receive; it’s just that simple. Or is it? 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that God has already given unto us all things that pertain unto life and Godliness.
By Shaye Bearden For many believers, this is a truth that is difficult to conceive in a literal sense. Due to areas of lack or deficiency that exist in their lives, this verse of scripture may lead many believers to ask a question that sounds something like, “If God has already given me all that I need, why don’t I have all that I need?” Many may wonder how it is that they may come to possess the things that Scripture tells them that God has already given. It is from this vantage point that I would like to explore the utility of prayer. We understand prayer to be the mode of communication by which we fellowship and build relationship with God. However, the Bible is replete with declarations of promises that He has made to us and prayer is the medium whereby we lay hold of those promises. It is not only the means by which we make our requests known to God, but it is also the vehicle that He uses to deliver unto us the answers to those requests. When we closely examine the Scriptures, we often discover that hidden within His promises, lie subtle prompts to draw us into a time of prayer. You may accept Philippians 4:19 as a promise from God to supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. You understand this to mean that because of the
sacrifice of Christ, God supplies what you need. This seems to imply that you need only to receive Jesus and you will have all that you need. However, this is one of those promises that contains a hidden prompt to pray. The word supply indicates that God has made available to you an adequate amount of what you need. A literal breakdown of this promise is that God will make whatever is needed, lacking, or desired available for your use in proportion as is necessary to settle the conflict between your present and intended states of existence. The prompt to pray lies in the fact that what you need is made available to you, but it is not yet in your hand. Rather, this verse is an invitation from God for you to go and get it. A similar promise can be found in Psalm 37:4 (NIV), “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Again we find that the Lord will give or make available to you the desires, earnest requests, petitions, or needs of your heart. In this verse, the word give also carries with it the implication of one who loads up a vessel of cargo and sends it within an accessible distance or within reach of another person. Mark 11:24 tells you how to move those things that you need from
simply being a comfortable distance away from you to becoming something that you have obtained. In other words, Scripture tells you how to move these things from being something that you can have, to something that you do have. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV) Here we find that the equation for laying hold of the promises of God is:
PRAY + BELIEVE = RECEIVE God puts everything within your reach by holding it in His hand and extending Himself to you. He gives you His Word to let you know that it is available to you as motivation to cause you to reach toward Him. The closer that you are willing to get to Him, the more of His promises become actualized as your provision. According to The Message Bible translation, Mark 11:24 reads, “That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.”
| COVER STORY “I don’t want to I don’t know why I ended up here at this place and at this time, but if you are there, spare me and I will
Church Wasn’t For Me Most little girls wouldn’t choose to go down the path that Prophetess Nina Fryer chose at a young age. It was a path in which started with her working as an escort at the age of 16 and later spiraled out of control to prostitution and drug addiction. The lifestyle was not forced upon her, but welcomed by her desire to rebel against the pleasing facade of being a pastor’s daughter. “I needed someone to pay attention to me and the church scene wasn’t really for me. While my family was over there having church, I’ll be over here doing this,” Fryer said. By the time her family had knowledge of what she was doing, she was managing her own escort business.
By Tyshun Wardlaw She didn’t become an addict until about age 23. “I got a hold to what they called back then some girl and it became my best friend. When you are in the life of prostitution, you have to escape from your reality. I didn’t have to do this just to eat, but I had to do this just to live. My drug addiction wasn’t just to get high, but to escape reality. Most of the time when you picked up someone to perform a service, someone might want you to be a little girl and the next person might want you to be a maid. It was best that my mind stayed altered. Drugs allowed me to not focus in. It’s hard to learn how to become someone else when playing those roles. Getting high kept me grounded which allowed me not to care about what they tried to make me into for their pleasure, but I always knew that was not who I was.”