You've Been Misled If You Think Family Members Will Be Lost...
Hogwash! Does not His Word say that you and your household will be saved? (See Acts 16:31.) Faith tells you to hold on to God's promises. Your first mission field is your family! Your prayers are precious to Him, and He is working even now. Often, just when you think all is lost, God moves suddenly and angels will rejoice over those new ones being welcomed into His Kingdom (see Luke 15:7). No, you can't make up their mind for them or make them come to God, but you can truly trust your Father to answer your prayers:
"And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13). The Father loves your children more than you do. Keep praying, trusting, and expecting. Because you believe He will do it.
You've Been Tricked If You Think Your Healing Won't Take Place...
Nonsense! Listen, if anyone ever tells you they know everything about healing – run from them. Look, I'm not some fanatic, but I will tell you this: His Word says, "I am the Lord that healeth thee" (Exodus 15:26).
Did not the Son of God heal all who came and asked Him for healing? When God deals with His children, He is not partial (see Isaiah 66:2; Acts 10:34-35). What He has done for one, He will do for another. He loves you no less than He loves His Son (see John 20:17). His will is always to heal. Trust Him, look to Him, and receive from His healing hand. We have seen thousands healed. He wants you well! (Photo via What Women Should Know/by Christin Ditchfield)
You've Been Swindled If You Think God Hasn't Forgiven Everything...
Hooey! God says He will redeem even your mistakes and every evil thing that the enemy meant for your harm...He will turn it around for good (see Genesis 50:20). God says He looks on your heart (see 1 Samuel 16:7). He does not look at your mistakes, He looks at the life lived by His Son Jesus. Once you ask Him to forgive, He forgives. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" (Romans 8:35a). David wrote "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103:12). Accept it and accept it!
One of the devil's greatest weapons is shame and guilt. This cripples Believers and causes them to live a life of discouragement and feeling like a failure. God did not save you, fill you with the Holy Spirit, and then throw you into the corner and say, "Hope you make it!" Child of God, you are forgiven and accepted by God. Walk in that glorious truth. (Photo via Broken Follower)
Paul said, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved" (Ephesians 1:3-6).
You've Been Deluded If You Think That Bondage Is Forever...
That's garbage! Child of God, this is the real truth: The Son sets free all who come to Him. It is no secret that even Christians can become trapped in some kind of addiction or unhealthy lifestyle. Don't let shame and guilt rob you of believing you will be set free. Yes, living a secret life of sin or habitual carnality can cripple relationship with Him, but Jesus is the bondage breaker, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36).
Humble yourself and go to Him today. Repent, ask Him to deliver you, and start to believe that His freedom is coming, even at the door. You may have failed many times at attempting to get free, but don't give up on you or the power of God. He has set you free in the past and will do it again. Joy comes from freedom. Christians are to have joy in the journey. Yes, there are bumps in the road, and all have bad days, but the Believer should experience happiness far above anyone in the world.
You've Been Deceived If You Think You'll Never Get Out of Debt...
Oh, horse manure! Yes, some do foolishly get into debt because of bad decisions. But, others have fallen on hard times due to the economy, medical bills, etc. Yet, hear this clearly, even if you have made some unwise decisions, God can turn it around and transfer your modest bread into an abundant harvest (see Ecclesiastes 11:1). Yes, He takes care of His people and desires to abundantly bless them; He says, "I take pleasure in the prosperity of My people" (see Psalm 35:27).
But let's be point blank about this: Some, after God starts to restore them, forget the importance of being a wise steward of His provision by not being a generous giver to His Kingdom. Paul said, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV).
In addition, God's Word declares, "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over..." (Luke 6:38 NKJV). It is very important to the Lord that you are giving to His Kingdom and honoring Him and the ministers that are spiritually feeding your life with your tithes and offerings. Through your obedience and faith to give as the Lord commands you, you will be blessed in return (see Galatians 6:7). When you sow a good seed into good soil you reap a plentiful harvest.
He even says, "'Test Me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it" (Malachi 3:10).
Tip: Take the test. There is no exam and you can only get blessed. I'm amazed at the percentage of Believers who do not give at least 10% to God. Actually, I see tithing as "training wheels" for the Believers. Once you start giving (and see the results), you'll want to give more.
You've Been Scammed If You Think His Promises Won't Come To Pass...
Baloney! Does not His Word say, "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6)? The Lord has a way of making every misstep and wrong turn to somehow make you "land in His hand." Even in those times of confusion and bewilderment when you thought, "I'll never get out of this..." God makes a way: "Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place" (Psalm 66:12).
Never think, "My life is over," or, "I totally failed God," or, "I'll never be a success." These are the words of satan or your carnal mind! As long as you are breathing – keep trusting and knowing that victory is right around the corner. You are loved and God can be trusted. (Photo via Life Bible Verses)
God said through Joshua: "Not one of all the Lord's good promises...failed; every one was fulfilled" (Joshua 21:45).
Celebrating His Life
Al Thomas is a noted Bible teacher who travels mostly east of the Mississippi with a ministry of encouragement to the Body of Christ. He teaches heavenly truths with down-to-earth practicality and humor. Al and his wife Sherry publish a free teaching newsletter that reaches many homes each month. Al has pastored in California and Wisconsin and was mentored by evangelist Jim Spillman. Al and Sherry minister in churches of all denominations, and are known for the gift of faith to be in operation in their meetings. Al and Sherry move prophetically and see many healed in their meetings. They have four children and six grandchildren. They reside in central Maryland.
Al Thomas' Itinerary:
Note: Events are subject to change at the ministry's discretion. We suggest you always check first with the event contact listed here and/or directly visit their website for latest updates on each event.
February 9, 2014 (10:30am)
Altoona Full Gospel
Pastor Joe Kelly
February 23, 2014 (10am)
Community Worship Center
March 2, 2014 (10:30am)
Calvary Assembly of God
Pastor Dwan Newsome
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