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WHAT DOES GOD WANT US TO DO?

Written by Deborah. Posted in Believe, FOLLOWING JESUS, GOD CARES, Purpose, Repentance, Resurrection Power, Salvation, Seek God, Spiritual hunger, Trust God, Uncategorized

IMG_7385Many sincere seekers for God are puzzled about what God wants them to do. Man’s traditions and world’s religions are humankind’s attempts to answer this age old question. In John 6:22-29, Jesus’ reply to this question is simple: We must believe on Him whom God has sent.

The crowds began gathering on the shore, waiting to see Jesus. They knew that Jesus and His disciples had come over together and that the disciples had gone off in their boat, leaving Jesus behind. Several boats from Tiberius landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. When the crowd saw that Jesus wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. When they arrived and found him, they asked, “Teacher, how did you get here?” 

Jesus replied, “The truth is, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you saw the miraculous sign. But you shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for that very purpose.” 

They replied, “What does God want us to do?”

Jesus told them, “This is what God wants you to do; Believe in the one he has sent.” 

The first step is accepting that Jesus is who He claims to be. It’s imperative for our spiritual development to know who we are IN CHRIST and WHO HE IS. 

Satisfying God does not come from the work we do but from whom we believe. 

In this passage, Jesus criticized the people who only followed Him for the temporal and physical benefits and not for the satisfying of their spiritual hunger. In this world many are driven by ambition, prestige, power, and performance and use religion to gain prestige, comfort, or even political votes…which are all self-centered motives. 

We must know in our hearts that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), and embark on our life and spiritual journey of belief that is pleasing and satisfying to our Creator. Jesus is the true Bread from heaven. 

It’s not about a head knowledge, it’s a heart change. Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. (See 1 Samuel 16:7)

If you keep on reading in John 6:30-40, we learn that Jesus did not work independently of God the Father but in union with Him. His purpose was to do the will of God, not to satisfy human desires. 

People eat bread to sustain physical life and satisfy physical hunger. We can sustain spiritual life and satisfy spiritual hunger only by a right relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s not about man’s traditions or world’s religions; it’s about a relationship with Jesus Himself. There is no wonder Jesus called himself the Bread of Life. 

Bread must be eaten to sustain life, and Jesus Christ must be invited into our daily walk to sustain spiritual life. 

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life—that I should raise them at the last day.” 

Those who put their faith in Jesus Christ will be resurrected from physical death to everlasting life with God when Christ comes again (see 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). 

Oh, what a glorious day that will be. 

If you have never been born-again, now is the time to believe on Jesus. It’s not too late while you have breath in your lungs. Cry out to Him now. He is waiting on you to receive the gift of eternal life through believing in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit of God gives spiritual life. Without the work of the Holy Spirit, we cannot even see or recognize our need for new life (John 14:17). Thank GOD for the Holy Spirit……who convicts the world of sin. 

Love,

Deborah Starczewski

 

Books for encouragement by Dr. Deborah Starczewski:

GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed And Know Your Purpose)

A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)…the full account of God raising my husband from death, healing him from two strokes and two open-heart surgeries. The miraculous account will keep you turning the pages and give you faith to believe God for anything.

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…. a must read for all.

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors

 

GOD HONORS HIS WORD….It’s resurrection time

Written by Deborah. Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Desire of your heart, Destiny, GOD CARES, God's Favor, God's Word, Guidance, Healing, Intercession, JESUS IS ALIVE, Kings, Kings and Presidents, Loneliness, Loss of a loved one, Love, Love people, PEACE IN TOUGH TIMES, Personal Confessions, Praise, Prayer, Purpose, Resurrection Power, STEP INTO PURPOSE, Trust God, WORDS HAVE POWER, Worship

IMG_6580I don’t know about you, but I know the enemy comes right before breakthrough to hinder, frustrate, distract, and to get you to operate in fear. The devil is a liar. Let me tell you, brothers and sisters, God raised my husband from the dead, healed him through two open-heart surgeries, healed him from two strokes…and he is still alive. (The full account is in my second published book: A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat). 

Jesus is alive and He is seated at the right hand of the Father God, interceding for us that our faith will not fail. You pull yourself up, raise your hands high toward the heavens, and declare the Word of God with me now. Get up on your feet and praise the God of Heaven and Earth, the Creator of All! He wants to raise you up to represent Him in the earth! God honors His Word and it is Resurrection time!

Psalm 63

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;

I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory (Psalm 63:2)….

One Sunday morning during worship, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see the Lord walking in the sanctuary, clothed in a cream linen cloak. The Spirit spoke to my heart to sit down, right in the middle of worship, and to read Psalm 63:2. When I read it, I knew God was confirming what He just allowed me to see. That is the amazing love of our Heavenly Father. 

So if the devil is raging, and the attacks seem relentless, know this; God is on the throne and He is for you, not against you. Stand strong and prophesy what God says about you and over your circumstances. 

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. 

But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in Him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.”

(Psalm 63 NIV).

HIS love and mine,

Deborah 

 

BOOKS FOR ENCOURAGEMENT BY DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI

A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)….the full account of God raising my husband from death and healing him….the story will keep you turning the pages.

GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed And Know Your Purpose)…..move from drama to destiny by turning to God.

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…. a must read for every Pastor, leader, and family. 

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministriesinc.com and other distributors 

 

GOD IS FAITHFUL WITHOUT FAIL

Written by Deborah. Posted in Anxiety, Desire of your heart, Destiny, FEAR, GOD CARES, PEACE IN TOUGH TIMES, Praise, Trust God, Uncategorized

IMG_7159Who is faithful without fail? Did you know that the LORD is always faithful? He is…and always without fail, He will follow through on what He tells us. Though there may be times of delay and waiting on our part, and times when our earthly eyes have a hard time spotting Him working behind the scenes, and in our day-to-day lives, He is always there. 

God has promised to be faithful to His children..and He is! The Holy Spirit of God wants us to encourage ourselves in the Word and press onward. Live in hope for your future and all the beauty that is ahead. Expect to see God’s hand at work, watch for, and listen intently to hear His Voice. Hold on to your expectations and don’t give in to the temptation for temporary things.…what you see now…or even your current circumstances. Keep your eyes fixed on the future hope that eternal life provides.

When you find yourself struggling with doubt, unbelief, people or circumstances, use your voice to declare God’s Word over you and your circumstances. God is good and He is always faithful. Keep your eyes fixed on God and the promises He has made. Rest in that knowledge right now. 

“Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what He promised” (Hebrews 10:23). 

Verse to pray today: 

“You are the only God to be worshipped, For there is not a more secure foundation to build my life upon than you” (Psalm 18:31). 

People will fail you, disappoint you, betray you, and walk away…but God is always faithful. Choose to declare God’s Word over your circumstances instead of rehearsing what is happening or what has happened. Expect God to show up and to deliver on His Promises! He is always faithful. What a blessed truth to keep in our hearts always and forever.

HIS love and mine, 

Deborah

 

BOOKS BY DEBORAH STARCZEWSKI

GOD’S PRICELESS TREASURE (How To Overcome Challenges, Be Transformed And Know Your Purpose)…move from drama to destiny, a test to a testimony, tragedy to triumph.

A LEAP OF FAITH (25 Days At The Mercy Seat)…the full account of God raising my husband from death, two open-heart surgeries, healing from two strokes and 25 days in Mercy. You won’t be able to put the book down…..the amazing ways God moves will keep you turning the pages…and give you hope to believe for YOURSELF.

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR (Will America Turn Back To God?)…. a must read for all. 

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.starministrieisnc.com and other distributors. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Neal Speight

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