By Victor Remes
You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin.
Psalms 85:2 NKJV
Forgiveness the dictionary definition is to stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence, flaw, or mistake.
I know many of you including me do struggle with forgiving others that have done wrong, and whoever it is and whatever they have done I know forgiveness isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. To be honest with you; writing this piece has been prompted by my own experiences with forgiving others including myself.
Let me be straight and honest with you all; this post was the hardest piece I’ve ever written. The last few weeks I have been through some tough and painful challenges even the people that truly know me don’t even know.
This season God brought me through has shown me that I have been holding grudges since I was a young kid. It could be grudges about myself or about people that have done me wrong. But I never actually let it go; all I done is slip it under a rug and literally forgot about it and carried on with life. How many of you are doing this?
In the New Testament, the bible reminds us that God has forgiven all of our sins through Christ’s death. And time and time again; Christian are commanded to forgive as well.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32 NKJV
What I found is the grudges I have been keeping were holding me back and if this was holding me back its also holding you back as well the reason I say this is because some of you may have thought that holding a grudge against somebody makes you strong but it doesn’t it makes you bitter; and that forgiving makes you weak it doesn’t it sets you free.
God showed me that forgiveness is important, because when we truly forgive that’s when healing starts to happen inside us. The thing is ‘nobody is prefect’ we all make mistakes; we all know this saying very well but we all say this and still expect perfection from the people that are in our lives, the ones we speak so highly about but then they disappoint you, they hurt you, break your trust and abused the love you gave them. Well if we truly want to LOVE we need to FORGIVE.
Christ died on the cross for me and you. Why? because He loves us knowing that we may not even love Him back. Reading the story of Jesus before He died on the cross. He didn’t expect anything back from the people that He shared His Time, Love and Trust to. They either praised Him or accused Him but He still loved them and forgave them. Jesus Himself forgave the people that done wrong to Him and why shouldn’t we forgive the people that have done wrong to us as well.
I found that some of us are blaming ourselves for the lost of others, even the people that we know that have passed. Stop blaming yourself for the things you did bad and good or didn’t do while they were with us. You need to forgive yourself because really those that left have gone to live their life and the ones that have passed their death, their pain has been lifted and they are free from the world and its struggles.
You shouldn’t take the responsibility for their passing, you can’t carry the weight of their death on your shoulders like a lead blanket dragging you further and further down.
There is way more to forgiveness than this but I just want to say to truly release yourself from the painful burden you need to forgive just as Christ Jesus forgave you. You may feel like that you’re the problem to everyone’s pain at times but you are not. Forgive yourself and let yourself be free from the pain and find the truth about the true love through Christ Jesus.
Now to those that are reading this now knowing that I may have done something against you; I ask that you forgive me. Not for me to feel better but that you find peace in your heart. To those that have done wrong to me I forgive you all, I’m done with feeling this pain and being disappointed in myself for holding onto this. I’m letting go of the things that have been holding me back. I pray that this will help you to let go and forgive.
Jesus! thank you for forgiving me, thank you for dying on the cross for me, you have shown your love to me and I thank you for it, I pray that you will show me how to forgive myself and those that have hurt me a lot as well and start your healing in my heart with your love. In Jesus Name Amen.
By Henry Korsah
As a Christian a great desire to have is attaining spiritual gifts. A spiritual gift enables the Holy Spirit to manifest within anyone that believes. The types of gifts you can receive is speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, having visions, and dreams, and being able to prophesy.
All of this can be found in Acts 2...
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
6. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
7. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
8. Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
17. “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
18. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
38. Peter replied “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The whole of Acts chapter 2 explains the beauty of receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will give you different gifts.
1 Corinthians 12….
8. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
9. to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10. to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
11. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
However, this will only happen if you desire these gifts, and if you do God will reveal things in a marvellous way.
1 Corinthians 12:31
31. Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
Lord, I Pray you help me desire the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Further Reading: Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12
By Victor Remes
“For many are called, but few are chosen”- (Matthew 22:14)
Every one of us is called by God for a specific purpose. We are all different, unique and gifted therefore God’s call in your life is not the same as the person next to you; it is specific and unique and only you can fulfil that. Either if its to be a leader in the church, a worshipper, a Sunday school teacher, a door keeper, or even just the person to be in the congregation. Don’t get me wrong God’s call isn’t limited to only in the church; you could be anything like a Police officer, Nurse, Engineer to a stay at home parent etc; and still be serving God according to His call.
The question is will you pick up? God is calling you pretty much every day not on your physical phone but on your spiritual one and the only way to answer it is to listen to it ringing but you have the choice to pick it up or let it go to voicemail.
The story of Jonah could give us an example; God called Jonah to go to a city called ‘Nineveh’ and call out against it because of a lot of sin that has been committed. But as soon as Jonah heard this he fled to ‘Tarshish’. Lets pause for a sec God told Jonah to go to ‘Nineveh’ but instead of doing that he fled to ‘Tarshish’ clearly he was running from God. (Jonah 1:1-3 ESV)
This is how some of us are; God calls us or even speaks to us and most of us instead of answering we run away like Jonah. But I believe its not by purpose I believes its either out of fear or ignorance.
Let’s resume so Jonah is now on a ship going to 'Tarshish' a place where God didn’t ask him to go. Jonah though he could get away from God, oh boy he was wrong (Psalm 139); This is God we are talking about. God caused a storm intending to threatened the ship Jonah was on to break. Everyone on the ship began to become afraid each of them crying to their god. They even throw things into the sea to try make the ship lighter. Hold on Where’s Jonah in all this madness. He was fast asleep. The Captain of the ship woke him up and asked him to call on his God. (Jonah 1:4-6 ESV)
To find out the cause of the storm everyone on the ship decided to cast lots (flipping coin like stones or pulling stick of various length) to determine who had caused God to bring a storm upon them. As they cast lots it all fell on Jonah; they asked Jonah various questions as to why, who he was and began to become afraid for Jonah had told them he was running away from what God told him to do (His calling). The only way they could calm the storm is to throw Jonah off the ship to where a giant fish would swallow him up for three days lol its in the bible I leave that for you to read. (Jonah 1:6-17 ESV)
Fast forwarding God spoke to Jonah asking him to go to ‘Nineveh’ in which Jonah went, and fulfilled God’s work and saw the people of Nineveh repent and God saw that they have turned from there evil ways and forgave them.(Jonah 3)
From the story of Jonah we learnt that there is no running from God and His call upon our lives will be carried out either way. But think about this, Jonah ran away and if God didn’t ask the second time to visit Nineveh; Jonah wouldn’t have witness the whole city changing their ways from committing evil and saving them from the punishment that God intended in carrying out.
But I need you to understand, if God calls you to a task, He will qualify you for the job. There is no reason for you to be afraid; some of you are probably saying to God “stop asking me I’m not qualified” But here’s the deal God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the call.
When God calls us to step out of our comfort zone, He is not calling us to be comfortable in the situation. He is calling us to be comfortable in Him despite the situations.
God is calling you, equipping you and preparing you according to His purpose.
This I leave with you trust God's calling it's OK to have questions and doubts that normal but is calling you because you are chosen.
By Henry Korsah
Hello my warriors! I will be doing a series on great desires. The topic for this post will be wisdom.
If you take the word ‘WISDOM’ I do believe it comes from the two words WISE, and DOMINION. To be wise, it is like having uncommon knowledge, that no one else will be able to comprehend. To have dominion, it is like having control of everything in your surroundings. The ability to combine the two is an extraordinary gift. I suggest that it is something that we must desire.
The bible tells us in James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (NIV)
The verse is self-explanatory, to have wisdom all you need to do is ask; it is a straightforward process. A man who asked God for wisdom is King Solomon.
2 Chronicles 1: 10-12
10. Give me wisdom and knowledge that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
11. God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king,
12. therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” (NIV)
King Solomon, desired something no ruler has ever asked for before, this even shocked God. God, even gave King Solomon more than what he asked for, because of his genuine desire. People that have wisdom, are associated with the blessings that King Solomon received from God.
Having no wisdom is not a blessing!
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear God, I am praying for wisdom to lead my life in the way you want God, so that I may not perish, and never ignore your word. Amen
By Victor Remes
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
Faith plays a very important part in our daily walk with Christ. Like it says in the verse above “But without faith it is impossible to please Him”. Like some of use going to the gym to train our bodies to lose weight and gain muscles. It’s also the same with our faith system we need to train our faith every day to lose unnecessary weight and build more of those spiritual muscles.
But to do this we will need to find out what faith is. Well there is two ways of finding what faith is and we can find that in the Dictionary and in the bible.
Dictionary definition of faith is: “Complete trust or confidence in someone or something”
Bible definition of faith is: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
These two definitions are pretty much self-explanatory. But I will put it this way; “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.”
“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NKJV
Just as Jesus said having faith just as small as a mustard seed is enough faith to move a mountain. So imagine having faith as big as a mountain, or an elephant, or a tank or as big as the Eiffel Tower. You get what I mean.
We need faith in our lives especially in our walk with God. But personally I know this and I know you all have experienced this as well; We can also lose faith.
We can lose faith when things don't turn out the way we want it or when we experience some of life's monumental failures. Personally speaking when this happens to me I tend to overthink many negative things; thinking a load of unnecessary stuff questioning life itself, but that is just for that moment. But I want you to notice what I’m about to say next. I start reading my bible; reading verses that were a reminder.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?' Psalms 118:6 NKJV
'Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.' Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
Above are some example verses that I use to get my faith back on track. There are many ways to build your faith and even ways to get back on track after losing some faith. Praise and Worshiping in my car on my way to work is one of the many examples I would be singing to Tasha Cobbs and trying to bust some moves while all the other drivers are just sitting there thinking I must be high lol. But just by doing that nearly every day my faith keeps growing and will continue to grow.
I want to leave you with this keep growing, keep praising God, keep trusting Him, when life gets hard be patient and trust in his timing; and you will see the deliverance God will bring into your life.
'They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord , “to deliver you.”' Jeremiah 1:19 NKJV
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By Victor Remes
First, I would like to wish you all on behalf of Path of Warriors a very Merry Christmas! as this is the time of year where we spend our time at home with our families, opening presents, having a nice roast dinner as well as putting our feet up in front of the TV watching movies. Christmas Day is the day we all forget about work, about every problem that’s has occurred throughout the year etc.
But my question is this do you know the real reason we celebrate Christmas? Why everyone is off from work? Why families are gathering under one roof?
Well its simple; the real reason we celebrate Christmas is because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ our King.
Luke 2:11 - For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The one that came into the world and saved us by dying on the cross and rose back to life in 3 days. This is what I see as the greatest gift to all man-kind is the that God himself sent his own son to the earth to not only save us but to welcome us and show us who we are as individuals.
I don’t know about you but during the Christmas times I would be imagining how a prefect Christmas would be especially having a big table filled with that Christmas buffet laid perfectly on the dinner table which for those that go gym will set them back big time from just that one night with the family! As well as being so excited to open presents, getting the gifts that you really wanted. But my Christmas isn’t like how I imagine it; I would be getting gifts that I can use daily like socks or perfume and I don’t get the big table filled with all kinds of food that I can devour haha. But what I do get is a nice roast dinner sitting in front of the telly with my family together.
From all this I learnt that without our King being born into the Earth we wouldn’t have Christmas; and if we didn’t have Christmas there wouldn’t be that time of year where everyone in the family would come together, no presents to open and no time off from work. So I want you to notice that Christmas isn’t just about the presents, the food, or the people; It’s about the one who caused Christmas in the first place. The greatest gift that everyone has been given cannot be contained in a box wrapped and placed under a tree. The Lord Jesus Christ coming into the world loving us when we couldn’t love ourselves, encouraging us when our courage has lowered and taught us how much WE ALL mean to Him.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Don’t get me wrong it is good to give gifts, but what I am trying to say is that even though that this time of year can be the bestest time of year but for some it could be the worstest time they will experience. So like our king coming in our world and blessing us with His love, I suggest we bless other that are in need, spread some love and kindness; give and don’t expect anything back. Not only do this just during the Christmas times do throughout the rest of the year and the rest of 2018 and witness all how much a gift that other haven’t even asked for.
I pray that you all have a great Christmas with your friends and families with lots of joy and pray that God’s blessing will continue to fall upon you all. In Jesus Name Amen!
By Hetta Afriyie
This is having a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. As believers we are called to place our trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. This means that we must depend on Him at all times whether it may feel uncomfortable or not. The reason being is because God knows us more than we know ourselves. This is why He says in the scriptures that we should not lean on our own understanding. At times it may sound confusing to hear that God knows you better than yourself. This is because we believe that no one on earth knows us better than ourselves. To an extent that is accurate, no one on earth knows you the way you know yourself…except from our Father in heaven. He knows the plans that He has for you. He knows your beginning and He knows your end.
At times we forget that God created us. We forget that He knows everything that is about to happen to us. We forget that He has planned a specific life for us to live. We forget that HE is the sovereign God. The reason why we begin to downplay the role that God in our lives is because of our trust is no longer in Him but it is in ourselves and in the things of this world.
When God calls you, He calls you to crucify your flesh. Galatians 5:24 - Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. The reason why He asks you to do this is because your flesh will never want to submit to the things of God. It has been sold to the things of the world. The flesh doesn’t place any trust in the Lord but into the pleasures of this world. Sometimes, we want to rely on God but we find it hard. We want God to take control but we are scared of disappointment. The Lord’s plans are so pure for us. He loves you too much.
Trusting God is not the easiest. It requires sacrifice. Sometimes, you’ll be disappointed because things may not go the way that you hoped for it to go. Trials and tribulations will come your way. Majority of the time you won’t understand why God has allowed you to go through certain things or not succeed in certain areas of your life but one thing that Lord reminds me is that ‘He has never left us’. In Isaiah 43:2, it says ‘When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.’ God doesn’t promise that a life with Him will be perfect because you will still be going through trails however He has promised that He will always protect you and be with you. This requires trust.
Things in your life right now may not be going well. You may just be fed up of life but I just to encourage you to TRUST in Him. It may not seem like it but God has a plan for you. He has plans to prosper those who are obedient to Him and love Him.
By Lizzy Korsah
Are you a lovable person? Can people talk to you and not feel afraid? Can you forgive when someone does something against you? Have you forgiven your ex? Are you a giver? Do you help the poor, homeless or give to charities that work with third world countries? Have you spoken about Jesus to your loved ones or even out on the streets? I know these questions are forward but I want you to think of them for a quick moment before you read the blog.
I remember there was a song that I liked when I listened to Drake called “No new friends”. It was such a catchy tune that in the end, people began to live for the phrase. If we haven’t been friends for the longest or if we’re not close enough then I don’t need you (a better way to say it as we all know what the lyrics say). As much as I was hyped about the song, I didn’t really agree. What’s wrong with making new friends?
In this modern day society, I believe it is hard to make new friends with people. If you are not with the times or if you are not as popular as you should be, people hardly want to know about you. It seems as if you need to be of a certain standard before you are approachable to even say hello. Or, we have become afraid of betrayal by the people we trust we hardly try to make new friends. That way we don’t get as hurt. “Lizzy it really isn’t that deep. I don’t need to make new friends”. But it is deep if you have the ability to help those who struggle making friends and are contemplating suicide as they have no one to talk to. They feel alone and inadequate. I’m not saying make friends with everyone as we should be wise. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in being a friend to those who may not be as social as you are.
Proverbs 27:17 mentions (in NKJV) “ As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend”. We as seekers of the Kingdom should encourage each other daily in the faith. We need to be open to help others. We need to be approachable, we shouldn’t judge, or become liable to gossip someone’s business as soon as they leave. Sometimes we may be so used to doing these things that we forget that doing this is wrong. Encourage someone with a bible verse a day. Speak on the goodness of God. Be a helper when they need help. I know oyster is a bit expensive but if you need to visit them, do so. Let them know you are there. Be a shepherd to them.
Forgiveness is a touchy subject as it is difficult to forgive someone who has hurt you. It can be an ex who has lied, used and abused your trust to get their own way. It could be a friend who you trusted to tell your secrets and goals with but they hated you in long sight. It could be a parent who has neglected you. It could even be a teacher who said you will not make it in life. Urgh, aren’t they annoying? Even the thought of them gets you heated. But I want to encourage you to forgive. “Why?” You may ask. Well that’s why. You are so mad at them that thinking about what they did to you ruins your day. “Well, I’m just gonna live my best life”. You can’t live your best life if the past life is still making you upset and peeved off. This is what the devil does. He doesn’t want to see you happy and so he uses the people you trusted to make you angry that you may never forgive.
May I remind you of Jesus? That moment when they were mocking Him on the cross, what did He say? He said to His heavenly father, in Luke 23:34 “...Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” He told His heavenly father while He was in excruciating pain to forgive them. They were killing Him, ending His life and He told the God of everything to forgive them. See God did not play when it came to Jesus. He loved Him as He was the perfect son, and to see His other sons and daughter mocking Jesus, wow it must have got Him fuming. But Jesus, being who He is decided to forgive and let it go because that is what He had to do. 1 John 3:16 (NKJV) says “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
The things that we go through in life aren’t to bring us down, but to make us stronger. When you decide to forgive, it shows how strong you are. It also shows that you don’t want to be bondage to emotional pain anymore. You want to ‘live your best life’. “And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV). If Jesus can forgive you your sins, you can also forgive that person. “But it’s hard” you may say. That is what Jesus is there for. He is there for you to lean on Him to help you. Tell Him you cannot do this on your own and that You need His grace to forgive the people who hurt you. I’ll tell you this; the best revenge is forgiving and moving on.
Do your bit to help the homeless, the poor and the people who are struggling in third world countries. Doing an act of kindness a day shows the Jesus in you. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not by force to give money especially when you are lacking in the money department (I pray may God grant you wealth so that you may never want ever again). I remember reading a quote somewhere from a high profiled evangelist who said that evangelising is not only to the rich and wealthy but to the poor and to those who have lost hope in humanity. By showing love towards people, you show why God is love and you bring forth a light which signs in the darkness. Just as it is mentioned in I John 2:10 (NKJV) “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.” I want you to think about this. Giving is only a struggle when you think of yourself and not the person you are giving to. You may not even have to give money. It may just be sacrificing your time to just sit with the homeless and giving hope to them.
I am reminded of the parable Jesus told about a man who travelled to Jericho from Jerusalem and thieves stole his garments and beat him on the roadside. He was hurt, bruised and looked like he was hanging on for dear life. A Priest and a Levite looked and walked past. Then one good Samaritan, helped this poor man, took him to a nearby inn and looked after him till he became well. This parable can be found in Luke 10:25-37.
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry” II Timothy 4:1-5. I believe this passage is a decree to all of us that we must tell people of Jesus. Telling people about Jesus is a way of showing love towards our neighbour.
If you’re anyone like me, I’m a very shy, quiet girl. I actually struggle in making small talk to people I hardly know and I find evangelising quite daunting. But I cannot use this as an excuse not to tell people about God as I would become selfish, causing me not to show the love that I am meant to show. In order to show love you must direct people to love Himself. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I John 4:8 (NKJV). It is an honour to proclaim the name of Jesus in all areas of our lives and it’s a blessing for the people around you to know the light that is in you. For greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world. (1 John 4:4). We shouldn’t just throw it aside and allow others to tell people about Jesus. It is our duty. Even if it is not preaching, but letting people know that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, it is a way of fulfilling the good commission. If they do not want to hear about it that is fine, continue to pray that one day they will meet and love Jesus in their own way.
Throw pride out the window and introduce Jesus to a friend who’s never met Him before. Begin to fellowship with believers who are struggling in their faith or in their lives. Forgive those who hurt you. Give or help those who are less privileged than you. Do this is all with the HELP of the Holy Spirit. Don’t do things without a conviction from Him because it will not end very well. Always, in every area of your life, learn to be led by the Holy Spirit. Luke 12:12 says “...For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say”.
At this Christmas time, become a reflection of the God that you serve. Planting seeds of love eventually brings forth fruit. Ask the Holy Spirit what you need to do. Let Him show you His wisdom and go for it. Allow the Holy Spirit to flow through you in order to show the love and the light that God gives us. Before you know it, you will be completing what Jesus spoke of in Acts 1:8 which says (in NKJV) “ But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
So again, I pose these questions for you as reflection. Are you a lovable person? Can people talk to you and not feel afraid? Can you forgive when someone does something against you? Have you forgiven your ex? Are you a giver? Do you help the poor, homeless or give to charities that work with third world countries? Have you spoken about Jesus to your loved ones or even out on the streets?
Christmas time is the remembrance of when love came down to this earth in the bleak mid-winter. God loved us a lot and brought His son, Jesus, to show us how to love others as God loved Him. His ministry was built on love, even when no one believed. And when that day came for Him to die, He still showed love. So make the decision to love your neighbour as yourself. Decide today, to give the gift of love this Christmas!
Dear Abba Father, I thank you for your love towards me. Thank you for sending an example of love to come and die on the cross for me. I pray that as I pursue to live like Jesus, may I too show love to my neighbour. May I forgive those who have hurt me as you have forgiven me. May I interact with my friends more, may I give to those who are less fortunate then I am. May I have the courage to speak about my faith to people who do not know you. May I do all of this through your Holy Spirit. Not on my own will but through Your will, so that Your name will be praised and glorified. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
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By Henry Korsah
Everyone has been rejected once in their lives. I have been rejected and most likely whoever is reading this has been rejected. It can be from jobs, the people you love, the people you want to love and even we reject the person that loves us the most Jesus Christ. However, I would like to tell you that despite the rejection you face, God has chosen YOU!
John 15:16 - You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. (NIV)
John 15:18 - “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first”
We are also declared as ‘chosen people’ in 1 Peter 2:9
1 Peter 2:9 - But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (NIV)
1 Peter 2:10 - Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (NIV)
All the promises of God in 1 Peter 2:9-10, does not compare to the rejection you have faced.
I would like to end with Romans 8:28
Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Despite all the hardship, and pain. God will be there with you no matter what.
Prayer: Lord I thank you for your loving kindness and your tender mercies. I thank you for choosing me and because you have chosen me. I choose to follow you all the days of my life. To do your work for your kingdom. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.
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By Victor Remes
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6:27 NIV)
As any of us have done, we worry. We worry about the future, the unknown. We also worry about what will happen to our family, our businesses, our money, our possessions, our education, our country and even sometimes the world. This is because we live in a world that is deadly and dangerous; too dangerous in fact as to where my Dad and Mum will keep calling my phone or messaging me whenever I go out just to make sure that I am OK.
Jesus said himself "So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (Matthew 6:31 NIV)
Jesus himself doesn't want us to worry as worry can bring upon other anxieties such as fear, depression and so on.
2 Chronicles 20 talks about a King called Jehoshaphat he had everything going well for him, he made a few mistakes sometimes but he loved God. He was loyal and obedient to God. (2 Chronicles 17:3-6; 19:3,9)
Then trouble came, two countries that were basically the King's neighbours formed armies and sent them to attack Judah (This is where King Jehoshaphat ruled). They even had extra military forces joining from other nations as well.
This was a big surprise and King Jehoshaphat wasn't ready; he only had a very small army.He knew that the people of Judah would never be able to overcome the attack that was coming to them. The only chance that they had was God. Judah had no military strength as they were often attacked.
The King’s biggest fear is starting to become reality; and this is what he did.
He prayed - Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. (2 Chronicles 20:3 NIV)
He remembered that God still rules - and said: “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. (2 Chronicles 20:6 NIV)
He didn't allow anxiety or trouble control his thoughts - Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:7-12 NIV)
There is always something to Thank God for! - Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice. Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites rose against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. So King Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder (Goods), and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it. On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the Lord. (2 Chronicles 20:18-26 NIV)
Like King Jehoshaphat, worry or anxiety can come around the corner and surprise you in a way that is least expected. Even though all the odds were against him. He knew that there was one thing he could rely on and that is God!
I encourage you my Warriors on your walk with God and in life; anything can happen but don’t allow worry/stress and struggles to put you down but have faith in the one who is in control and leave it in His hands for He cares for you.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
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By Henry Korsah
Pure – not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material.
Christian’s often ask for a ‘pure heart’ but it seems like we have forgotten why Jesus came to die on the cross.
Romans 4:25. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification (NIV)
My beef with all of this ‘pure heart’ prayers is that we are set free from our sins. The reason why you keep on falling into the same sin over and over again, you simply will not acknowledge that Jesus has already done it for you; it is time to stop dwelling on the past and look towards the cross. The bible says in John 8:36. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (NIV).
Especially, if you are a born - again Christian who has been baptised. Jesus, came on this Earth and received the holy Spirit of God through baptism. Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. After this you will not find Jesus praying for a pure heart in the bible, if we are all trying to be like Jesus we need the Spirit of God.
Let us now go into King David’s prayer and, see why his situation is different from our current situation. David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
Psalm 51:10. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (NIV)
Psalm 51: 11. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy spirit from me. (NIV)
Back in King David’s time or like your history teacher said BC (Before Christ). Everyone was living under the law. It was essential for King David to say this prayer so that he can remain in God’s presence and still have the Holy Spirit inside of him. In those days, the moment you sinned it was instant death, no way on Earth, you will enter heaven; even for stealing 5p lollipops at the age of three years old. The unfortunate thing is that everyone breaks the law so it was impossible for anyone to get into heaven.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (NIV)
Now we are living under grace so even if you sin, you have already been forgiven. Now this is not an excuse to go out to commit any sin under the sun. The Lord does not want you to do that, he wants you to avoid sin at all cost. Hence why we should worship him in fullness and in truth.
Romans 6:15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace. (NIV)
Further Reading: Romans 6
Prayer: Heavenly father, help me to not fall blind to your grace. I thank you for the spirit that you have given me. I thank you for what you did on the cross. I pray that I may no longer dwell on the past but that I may always look towards the cross because of your righteousness. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen
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By Victor Remes
"I'm no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God" - Bethel Music one of my all time favorite songs. The main reason this is my go to song is because it shouts out a declaration; telling myself that "I'm no longer a slave to fear as I am God's child" it gives me strength to overcome challenges that I may find afraid (Trust me it works!).
As human beings we all eventually fall under slavery with a common emotion that is called 'Fear'; some of you reading this right now are probably battling and being pressured by fear or going through a season of fear. This can be caused by a feeling of anxiety, a threat of danger or pain or even concerning something that might or might not happen; this all can stop us from reaching our full potential and also distract us from what more important, this shouldn't be the case. First of all fear is not of God but of the enemy (the devil). God's will for you is that you no longer fear but trust in Him to protect you; therefore you must resist the devil and he'll flee from you.
James 4:7 - "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
Psalm 56:3 - "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."
1 Peter 5:7 - "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
Galatians 4:7 - "So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir."
In the book of Matthew Jesus himself went through a moment that showed some sort of 'Fear' on the night just before his arrest to be crucified; but instead of allowing it to grow and take over his mind, He took it to the Father in prayer. Shall we have a look.
Matthew 26:39- 45
39-He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
40-Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
41-Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 - Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
43-And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44-So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45-Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Reading this passage I want you to notice what Jesus was saying in his prayer verse 39 - “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." when Jesus said "let this cup pass from Me" He was asking for alternative route even though Jesus himself knew that He had to go through this route even before He was born. After He finished His prayer He went back to the disciples and found them sleeping showing His frustrations, He basically had a go at them. “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (verse 40 - 41).
Going on, Jesus went back a second time to pray the same prayer to the Father; then once He finished Jesus made His way back to the disciple to find them again fast to sleep but He didn't wake them up this time, instead He made a straight U - turn and went the third time and prayed again saying the same words as He did previously (verse 42-44). Once Jesus had finished praying for the third time, He went and woke the disciples up saying “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners" (verse 45). After the third time Jesus's attitude to the whole situation changed, He had a moment of fear but after praying three times, He was ready to face what was coming.
Taking this example from our very own Saviour, whatever fears or anxiety that may be facing just simply pray about it. Pray in faith for the confidence, strength, boldness, direction, peace etc. but don't pray once and then say afterward praying didn't work; if it didn't its because you didn't pray in faith. Like Jesus go and pray as many times until your attitude to the whole situation has changed and that your mind has been filled with peace.
Matthew 21:22 - If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
I remember a time that I had been given the opportunity to lead worship for the very first time in church, I agreed and weeks before that Sunday to come up, I had so many negative thoughts going through my head where it came to a point that I nearly chickened out from doing it; but i'm glad I didn't. What I done differently is that I took all of my fears, negative thoughts, anxieties to prayer and just trusted God's will but it wasn't just one prayer. Every time I had these sort of thoughts, that is the amount of times I took it to prayer (For me, these were a lot of times); truth be told every time I prayed I still had the thoughts but I also had reassurance as well as confident. So when it came to that Sunday I prayed and prayed until I got to the altar and to tell you the truth I really felt God presence in the atmosphere as soon as I started to praise and worship, I forgot everything that was happening in my life all my fears, pain and more, just completely disappeared; I just enjoyed the opportunity to lead the people into His presences and therefore I would do it again.
14-For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
15-The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
16-The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
17- Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
My fellow Warriors, God loves you; He loves you so much that if you put all your trust in Him, He will give you are heart full of boldness and courage. Notice verse 15 it says the Spirit that you received from God does not make you a slave to fear, but the Spirit that you received brought your adoption as a child of God!; as soon as you pray saying "Abba Father".
Don't allow these setbacks to enslave your minds and cloud your judgments; as they will affect your attitude and as much as I don't like saying this, it would means that the enemy has won and placed your thoughts at the lowest level. In (Philippians 4:8-9) Paul tells us to take them to the highest level; we choose the thoughts to occupy our minds, and would only need to exercise it. When fear comes to mind, replace it with thoughts of protection and blessings from bible verse and your own experiences, proving not only to yourself but everyone around you that fear is unfounded. Since the Almighty God has protected you in the past and will therefore protect you in the future.
I encourage you to pray in faith, trusting God when fear and anxieties start to arise and keep on praying as many times until you feel at ease or until it's completely gone and take control of your thoughts by choosing positive one and if you do this I assure you that you have overcome the schemes of the "devil that defeated fool!".
Abba Father thank you for your hand that is over my life, I ask that you will continue to bless me with the heart full of Courage, a body full of Strength, a mind full of Protection, and a life full of Love. I pray that you keep my mind alert and protected from negative and fearful thoughts that the enemy is trying to implement; and if it is so occupy my mind with your voice of reassurance and encouragements. For I declare that I am no longer a slave to fear but I am child of God. In Jesus Name Amen.
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By Victor Remes
What is Anger? Anger is an emotion that can seriously affect (or impact) our life at home, our friendships, and even our walk with God. But Biblically speaking, with the right attitude anger itself isn't actually wrong when it is aimed at sin (even God gets angry at sin - Joshua 7:1).
When anger is rooted in for a desire of retaliation or getting even (in other words revenge); It is totally wrong as its selfish and it comes from the inward parts of frustration and being blinded by rage which will lead to more trouble (Proverbs 29:22 - “An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.”).
This is what the Bible says about the seriousness of anger:
* James 1:19-20 - (Our anger doesn't produce the righteousness or anything good of God).
* James 3:6-8 - ( Harsh words destroy; it is the root of many problems).
This is how the Bible instructs us to handle our anger:
* Ephesians 4:26 MSG - Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. - ( Do not sin, Resolve your anger issues quickly; By praying to God directly and also talk to a friend or someone you trust about your feelings).
* Ephesian 4:31-32 - (Replace your feelings of anger with a forgiving heart).
Next is what the Bible says about guarding/or protecting yourselves from anger:
* Proverbs 22:24-25 - (Avoid those that have anger issues; otherwise you will learn and pickup on it and get trapped by it).
* Proverbs 19:11 MSG - Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur (its french for Greatness) to forgive and forget. - (It is wise to ignore offenses that have been done against you).
There will be moments of frustration in our lives, and there will definitely be times where people may offend or do wrong against us; but the key is how we handle such situations.
Inappropriate (or offensive) words and actions to fight back doesn't please the Lord and it doesn't show our trust in God's sovereign hand over our situations. Being blinded by our anger/or rage will only bring us regrets and damaged relationships (trust me I know); but we must have an attitude of patience and forgiveness, which however will show how we understand God's patience and forgiveness towards me and you!
Father I thank you for forgiving me. I thank you for blessing me with a patient and forgiving heart and I ask that you continue to help me control my anger and not be blinded by rage but be covered by your love and live according to your word and also trusting in you as I pray. In Jesus Name Amen.
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By Henry Korsah
To be separated from all the other people in this world. It is required for you to be able to hear the voice of God. Here are a few examples in the book of Exodus:
Exodus 15: 26
‘He said, if you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians: for I am the LORD who heals you.’ (NIV)
The requirement in Exodus 15:26 is to ‘listen carefully to the Lord your God,’ this command alone allows God to take care of our physical bodies; providing us with healing when we are sick. As a young teen I was very sick, and to be honest with you my healing did come from listening to his voice. Despite all the prayers from my family, friends and church members. I had to listen to his voice to receive my healing.
‘3. Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel;
‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,
you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” (NIV)
If you take notice of verse 5 the requirement is obeying God’s voice, we will be special treasure unto the Lord compared to everyone else. This is what I was highlighting earlier being separated from the people of this earth. Verse 6 also goes on to tell us what we will become if we obey his voice.
‘1. If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you on high above all the nations of earth.
All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:’ (NIV)
Here it is saying if you listen to the voice of the Lord, every blessing available will fall upon you. The Lord has blessed me in so many ways I cannot even count. As I said before I was a sick teen however when I received my healing. The Lord blessed me and my family with a free trip to America, 5 star apartment, free tickets to universal and free tickets to Orlando Disney. I cannot make this up at all.
‘However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:’ (NIV)
If you choose to ignore the voice of God, every curse available will fall upon. I think we will all prefer to listen to the voice of God.
I thank you Abba Father for your word, I thank you for giving me hearing heart. I pray your voice will continue to ring loudly in my ears. So that I may be separated from the world, and a treasured possession unto you oh Lord God. I thank you for setting me high above all nations, may curses never fall on me or family lives. I thank you for your Grace. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen
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By Victor Remes
We all have a common enemy a Giant that we may have to face at some points in our lives; they could be a series of Doubts, Depression, Fears, Regrets, Pain, Heartbreaks, Financial distress, Struggles, people telling you that you can’t do it, Family issues at home; sometimes all in one big giant, Yeah not exactly the BFG (Big Friendly Giant).
These all are some sort of Giants that are purposed to stop us from reaching our Blessings, our full Potential and eat our Joy. But what can we do about this? How can we overcome this common enemy?
In the Bible there is a story about a “Young Shepard Boy” the youngest of eight brothers who has been anointed to be the Future King of Israel. This Shepard Boy whose name was David faced a Giant called Goliath that everyone in the Israel army couldn’t have the courage to face because Goliath was the Philistine’s champion and yes of course he was huge, Bear in mind that Davidwasn’t a part of the army at all he was there only to deliver some supplies as an errand boy (1 Samuel 17:17-18). Here’s where it got interesting; David was witnessing this giant for the first time so like all youngster he kept asking so many questions (1 Samuel 17:23-27). David’seldest brother Eliab who was a part of the Israel army; he became angry and frustrated and took it out on David to which he responded “What have I done now?” (1 Samuel 17:28-30).
All this commotion was then repeated to the current King of Israel Saul, who asked for David to meet with him. Upon meeting with Saul, David said to him “Let no man’s heart fail because of him (Goliath the giant). Your servant (David himself) will go and fight with this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:32). Yes, King Saul denied it at first but David was insisting. David mentioned to the King that he was a Shepard Boy and when a Lion or a Bear came and took a lamb from the flock he went after them and fought with it and killed it and returned the lamb back to the flock. He said I will do the same against this Giant who has mocked and made the army of Israel afraid (1 Samuel 17:33-37).
David did also say to the King “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37). So King Saul was persuaded therefore allowing David to fight the giant. But the King was insisting that he doesn’t go into the battle empty handed so he clothed him with his Armor and strap his sword around him. But David who felt uncomfortable wearing the Armor because he wasn’t used to it took them off as well as the sword. But went before the Giant with a staff in his hand, five smooth stones that were in his pouch and a sling. Goliath who came with a full Armor a shield and a sword as well as a javelin took a glance and began to mock him because David was only young teen (1 Samuel 17:38-44).
But David responded “You come to me with a sword and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all this assembly may know that Lord saves not with swords or spears. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand” (1 Samuel 17:45-47). Yeah I know a very long battle cry but what happened next was astonishing.
As David and Goliath met at the battle line. David took a stone from his pouch and placed it in his sling and slung it, struck Goliath on his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. David then took Goliath’s sword, killed him, and cut his head off (1 Samuel 17:48-51).
Because of David's victory over the Giant, the Israel army prevailed the Philistines and won that battle, we can establish that the giants we come across are big but they are not “Bigger” than God that is inside of you.
Like David we should have the courage and boldness and believe that God is for us and whatever giant we are facing in life will not prevail as long we know that the God we believe in is "Bigger" than an army of Giants. Come on were talking about God who created the whole universe; and because He loves us more than anything. He wants to see us prevail in life, conquer any challenges, overcome any obstacles. But like David we must walk up to our enemies (Giants) letting them know who in charge of the battle and declare that you have already won in Jesus Name.
I encourage those that may be confronted by a giant that you let them know who's boss that you will not stand down but take position and tell them or it that you have already WON in Jesus Name!!
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