“I Know My Redeemer Lives” Podcast

Last night, I watched a documentary of three young girls–ages 10, 7, and 5 traveling several miles down a massive river in a leaky dugout canoe to journey to school. The perseverance of the children is beyond anything that I have ever witnessed. What is inside us that causes the human mind to go against all odds? Truly our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 1 Corinthians 6:19

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7.

God has imparted–given us the resilience to withstand many obstacles. But many have chosen to travel on the path of self-pity, anger, and resentment when they face hardships. Suffering is a part of God’s Divine plan to lead us into the daily spiritual journey of Sanctification. Every day, the Holy Spirit gives us restorative strength, stability, and guidance to overcome today’s troubles. Do Not Worry or Be Anxious: And which of you, by being anxious, can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matthew 6:27 ESV).

Faith Heroes

Job–Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Job 1:8. Although we do not know the timespan of Job’s suffering, we are aware of the extreme intensity of his suffering. Still, Job proclaimed, “Though He slay me, yet, will I trust in Him: But I will maintain mine own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation, For a hypocrite could not come before Him.” Job 13:15-16

Apostle Paul–Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and a day in the open sea. 2 Corinthians 11:25. The Apostle was unjustly imprisoned on false charges–for preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles and starting the Early Churches. Yet, 4-6 of his books were written in prison.

Our Savior–Jesus Christ

We often forget the suffering that Jesus endured, which is beyond our finite comprehension. In his humanness, Jesus prayed, “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.” Matthew 26:39.

As commandment-keeping disciples, we should consider it a privilege to suffer for Jesus. God has never required us to live a life of suffering. The Apostle Peter tells us that “after you have suffered for a little while,” we will receive spiritual restoration and the strength that is needed to run the race. Our enemy, Satan, will never give up. Be aware that he devises plots and schemes to discourage us. God is monitoring the fiery darts that our archenemy hurls against us and will not allow us to be crushed. James tells us to change our mindset to suffering hardships. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance… . James 1:2-3

Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen.… 1 Peter 5:9-11

Fortifying ourselves daily with prayer and studying the scriptures provides the foundation to build our faith and trust in God. We will receive knowledge along with wisdom and discernment from the anointing of the Holy Spirit to persevere in all trials, sorrows, and hardships. And like Job, we will proclaim, “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” Job 19:25. Hallelujah! Amen!

Prayer: God, many times we complain and become discouraged, but today we thank you for our sufferings. We pray for understanding and strength as you transform us into soldiers of faith. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2022 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers, and Woman, You Are Loved by God Ministries

Is Jesus God? Podcast

As we approach the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, our greatest enemy, Satan utilizes doubt as a powerful and deceptive strategy to provoke believers [to attempt] to analyze and rationalize the Scriptures, which are God-breathed. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Lest we forget, God reminds us of the limitation of the creation–human beings and our cognitive capabilities versus His Omniscience. Jesus told His disciples, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” John 16:12. Even the Apostle Paul, who was highly educated and wrote many New Testament books, acknowledged the mysteries he could not understand or explain. “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51. Paul also mentioned another mystery in Ephesians regarding Christ and the Church.

Those disloyal to God have always questioned the validity of the Trinity Godhead: God, the Father, God, the Son–Jesus, and God, the Holy Spirit.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly, a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 NKJV.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.

“But to the Son, He says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…Therefore God, your God has anointed you With the oil of gladness..'”. . Hebrews 1:8-9

Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3. Yes, like little children who have total faith and trust in spoken words, we must believe every word in the Holy Scriptures. The false teaching of a “One and Only True God” has caused further dissension among believers. Even so, Hebrews 1:8 proclaims Jesus’ Deity as God spoken from God, His Father. Throughout the Bible, Jesus reveals His Deity, clearly stating that He and God are One. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'”? John 14:9

There is no middle ground! Are you willing to risk losing your reward of eternal life because of doubt and unbelief based on another person’s perception of the Bible?

Jesus says, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Revelation 22:12-13

Bible Study: Hebrews 1

Prayer: God, we thank you for the Holy Spirit who gives us discernment of your truth. We pray for strength and an increase in faith. We ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit as we continue our journey on the Path of Righteousness. We give you glory, honor, and praise. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2022 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers, and Woman, You Are Loved by God Ministries

Watch “A Praying Christian Is A Powerful Christian | Inspirational & Motivational Video” on YouTube

We are cautioned against overindulgence in habits. But we can never pray too much. The Human Effort of prayer and faith and God’s Divine Intervention gives us the victory of an Overcomer. Amen.

Prayer: God, we pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Being Content is Possible

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Many of us were raised to possess a highly competitive spirit. In fact, always striving to make greater achievements is viewed as a strength. “Never settle for less or you will never be successful.” Unfortunately, the standard that we measure success against is always entangled in the web of financial gain. Does God expect His royal priesthood to be impoverished? Is there anything wrong with being comfortable in life?

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8

Historically, most Christian believers have been on the lower end of the hierarchy of economic wealth. Never before has the prosperity message been preached, accepted and pursued on a global level in the Protestant churches. The 21st century has provided us with endless opportunities to achieve success. At what cost? We have become discontented and impatient. No longer do we pray and wait for God’s will to be done in our lives.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 20:11 NASB

Something is not right! The updated translations of the Bible have changed the wording of God’s original promise. Discontent–the desire for more has led us to accept modern changes to the Word of God. Like the Israelites who loved pagan traditions, many have embraced the world and its pleasures.

How has the change in mindset among believers affected the financial status of the church?

A number of Pastors have disclosed that the sacrificial giving of tithes and offerings has significantly declined. Adaptation of worldly values has us weary from running the race to pursue career growth, and endless opportunities to increase our tangible assets. Yes, our money is invested in individual stocks to receive the highest potential returns, or spent on frivolous items, which leaves our churches in a financial crisis.

Have you stopped attending church to avoid giving money? You are not alone. This is an article that addresses a popular question from today’s church members, “Is it Okay to Give My Time Instead of My Money?” https://www.ramseysolutions.com/budgeting/giving-time-vs-giving-money

Distractions have caused us to lose sight of our spiritual duties–to be disciples of Jesus is our purpose on this Earth.  

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20.

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Prayer: God, we have lost our spiritual focus. We pray for forgiveness and ask you to reveal the changes we need to make. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers and Woman, You Are Loved by God Ministries