The ability of the soul

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As God created flesh and then breathed life into Adam, the first living soul was created. The soul is the convergence between spirit and flesh and is the middle point of the human; It is immortal and will live forever, whether with God or without.
Many Christians believe we do not have free will, but the soul proves otherwise as within it, contains the emotions, the mind and free choice. Adam freely chose to eat the apple as did Eve, and we freely have made a decision whether we need a saviour or not. So what is the ability that the soul possesses?
Mind – We either see God or desire our flesh
Emotions – We either believe truth or are deceived with lies
Free Will – We either allow our spirit to rule soul and flesh or allow the flesh to rule soul and spirit
Jesus dying on the cross enabled freedom for our souls from sin, and we have the choice to allow our soul to stay in that state on a regular basis. Jesus desires that we do all things through Him and that means working out our salvation on a day to day basis. What does this mean?
Allowing HolyGhost to live through our day to day lives
Living out our God chosen purpose
Proving on a day to day basis that Jesus’s Truth has set us free
The soul will always live, and we have a choice what we allow to come into it and what goes out of it. We also have an opportunity to experience a soulish relationship or a spiritual one with God.
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Why do we struggle with God’s Will

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God’s will is seldom achieved because we struggle with the way He wants it to be accomplished. His will, His ways, His thoughts are perfect an beyond human understanding and reason which is why we are moved by faith to the cross yet we struggle after salvation.
Everything was accomplished on the cross, and that included having a plan and purpose for your life because every spiritual blessing is made available in and through Jesus Christ. Everything has been made available, and yet we struggle. Here are some reasons why we struggle with the way God wants to move in our lives:
We think our experience has value
Our flesh rages against the soul and spirit
We desire a sense of achievement
Looking at the surface of our hearts we genuinely believe we want God’s will and the way He wants it achieved but when we look deep within, truth does shine into the darkness, and our true nature is manifested.
Unless you despise your flesh, you will never understand how corrupt it is and how it corrupts God’s will in our lives. Jesus nailed our nature to the cross, do your best to keep it dead. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
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Disciples feel conviction

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Conviction is an interesting area which many people fail to understand. The deep rooted feeling within your spirit that something isn’t quite right is regularly ignored however if it is acknowledged there is great freedom to be found. Many Christians usually account convictions as an emotional feeling, but it is a deeply spiritual thing connected to the heart of God the Father. Until we define what conviction is and work out the root, we will continue to ignore the feeling and in return, we will continue to ignore God the Father because avoiding conviction is turning away from God’s heart.

The two examples of conviction that stand out to me from the Bible’s perspective is the case of Peter and the prodigal son. Firstly, Peter was warned by Jesus that He would deny Him during the time of arrest and Peter had time to deal with that prophetic word, but He instead chose to ignore the conviction by turning it into an emotional situation. Alas we have a weakness in Peter and when he denied Jesus the third time as prophesied He felt a deep conviction in his heart, and he wept. I would like to focus on the weeping and the fruits of it because Peter went on to build God’s Kingdom, therefore through denying Jesus, (a severely unholy act), Peter managed to do many great works. Where sin abounds, as does Grace and the key here is that Peter recognised the conviction of doing wrong and repented for it.

Now the prodigal son is a story of a wealthy man who took his inheritance and lived his life to the full in a worldly sense. The boy liked to party, eat well and you know the rest, but when his money ran out, he found himself working in a piggery eating pigs food. Sin does lead you to a form of poverty (emotionally, physically and spiritually) after all but it was at his lowest point he decided to recognise the conviction in his heart which was entirely different to Peter’s. Deep down this prodigal son had a conviction that His Father would accept him back despite living a sinful lifestyle. Hope that hits your spirit hard.

Peter felt the conviction of denial and then went onto to pioneer the first church and faced many tribulations for professing Christ and the prodigal son found ‘acceptance’ through his convictions. When you are being convicted, it is God trying to get a message to you, but if you aren’t walking as a disciple, you will never understand this conviction. Disciples see opportunity, grace, mercy, forgiveness in conviction whereas nominal believers see guilt, condemnation and abandonment.

Stop avoiding conviction and deal with what God is doing within you. David sinned, felt convicted and moved on with God’s will as did many other great disciples in God’s Kingdom so I guess it’s on you now to show you have the faith to do this.

Through faith alone, by His blood.

Apostleship i – Personal lifestyle

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Christian lifestyle living is one of those things that require believers to demonstrate hard work in their faith and continual working out of personal salvation which means, looking deep into your heart, being honest with your issues and be willing to deal with them. This is exactly what God had asked of Paul when there was a personal struggle in His walk with Jesus and the same was for me. Walking in authority, boldness and performing miracles has always been something that came naturally to me since my conversion to Christ, but behind all that God has been doing a great work in my heart and lifestyle. No choice because pride comes before a fall.
If I were to name my greatest challenges regarding lifestyle, I would say they would fall under the HALT principle. I believe we should never get too hungry, angry, lonely and tired, with the latter two being real long term issues and that required me to take some action that would prevent me from falling into sin. While dealing with the heart was one area another has been living a certain way that would glorify God,  pleasing to Him and bring more holiness into my life and that did mean doing some strange things which friends and family struggled with initially. I would only eat certain foods (still true today), spend time fasting, keeping certain friendship circles, etc. While some of those decisions seemed strange, naturally they gave me firm foundations and promotion spiritually which enabled me to walk in a certain freedom in Christ. I am formed wonderfully, but keeping myself wonderful means obedience and sacrifice.
The path of leadership in Christianity is a narrow one, full of sacrifice and weakness and these are particular qualities needed to be successful. Ministry and career aren’t easy work, and it certainly isn’t meant to be glamorous therefore the indication in scripture is that hard work is the only way forward, and the beautiful thing about that is we don’t have to do it without Jesus. He has been the perfect example for us, and we can always go to Him in times of need. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
People will never understand your struggles, your sin, your sacrifices and it is important to note that they aren’t meant to. It is something private between you and Jesus which needs to be kept holy because eventually the world will see the reasons for it. Enjoy working on the inside of you and let God deal with the external issues.
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Peace!
Amit

Exodus – The power of change

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Change is the most difficult condition that a human grows through, and that is because it challenges your comfort zones. Yes that’s right we all have comfort zones and the majority of them are formed in the image of the world we live in. Carrying on from my last post which you can find here if you missed it. I realised through my life of failure that I needed a genuine change in my life. Depressive and negative attitudes that became an important part of my life had also drawn me to a positive situation. In short I couldn’t do this life on my own!

Around 2001 around 15-20 people in my family had converted to Christianity and I found this incredibly strange and very uncomfortable, yet I saw the positive impact it had in their lives, but I was cool with what I was doing. You know the life of sin is very comfortable until I found out it really isn’t. My life had spiralled out of control, and it got to the point where I had to leave the country (UK) for my own safety as I rubbed shoulders with the wrong crowd. Between 2000-2002 God had been speaking to me through my family, His Word, and I was ignorant because I didn’t want to deal with change. Everything God spoke in those two years came true, and I couldn’t deny Him anymore.

Just before I had left the UK to flee for safety, I had made a commitment to Christ and had converted to Christianity despite being so against it, but yet I could not deny Jesus was chasing me through His Word. It was only then the Exodus from my life of sin began, and I have experienced that cleansing power of Christ on a day to day basis which has been ongoing until today. So what has changed since 2002?

No more drugs
No more sex (I am single as I write this)
I finished my degree
Productivity
Global Entrepreneur
Global Ministry (I have overseen around 50 churches in Africa)

This change took hard work, and I couldn’t have done it but for Jesus, His Word, His Presence, His Love and His Passion but ultimately it was me who took that choice to activate those things in my life. I can tell you now that change never ends, but we all need that foundational truth in God which brings stability.

What caused me to change? – His love
What did I need? – Purpose
Where did I find it? – Jesus

Change is healthy, and it has brought me freedom, and that hasn’t altered despite holding key leadership positions in the last 15 years. Abundant life means constant change!

Before you leave this website, take a look at www.helpingleader.com as I have designed a course through all my learning experiences to help people become a great success despite trying circumstances. I feel it will benefit you!

Peace!

Amit