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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 2, 2013 - Let Your Spirit Soar

By Ken Horn

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great British preacher, once addressed the students in his pastors' college. "When you speak of heaven, let your face light up," he said. "When you speak of hell — well, then your everyday face will do."

Too many Christians do not show the joy of the Lord. If anyone exhibits such, it should be believers in Jesus Christ.

Wouldn't it be great if every Christian visibly expressed Christ's joy? This is the starting point of witnessing. If you're not happy, why would unbelievers want what you have?

An upbeat person is usually the kind of person others want to be around. I know people who brighten the room when they walk into it. They have the ability to lift the spirits of those around them.

Here are six ways to help your spirit soar:

1. Get right with God. Confess your sins and maintain an intimate walk with Him (1 John 1:9).

2. Let go of things that drag you down. Loosen up. Enjoy life. Let God take charge. Trust Him. Don't worry (Philippians 4:6). Don't judge others (Matthew 7:1). That's God's job. A judgmental spirit precludes a truly joyful one. And let God bear the weight of your past life. Satan delights in condemnation, but God delights in forgiveness (Romans 8:1). To whom should you listen?

3. Praise. Learn to exalt Jesus throughout your day (Psalm 149:5,6). A spirit of praise is a joyful spirit. Praise can have a hollow ring if there is no depth. The sound of the tone made by tapping a glass depends on its fullness. When it is full, you can tell. Be excited about Jesus!

4. Pursue God wholeheartedly (Colossians 3:23). It has been said that real enjoyment comes from being totally immersed in something. Get wrapped up in Jesus.

5. View your circumstances as God would. "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials" (James 1:2, NKJV). God will bring good out of them.

6. Count your blessings (Psalm 136). You have reason to be joyful.

Let your spirit soar; it will be good for you, and it will bless others.

— Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots (khorn.agblogger.org).

 

 

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