[notice]A fortnightly column by Elfrieda Fleischman, Concerned Young People in SA (CYPSA). [/notice]
Salvation comes from the Lord
Salvation comes from the Lord as seen in the following testimony of Kagiso.
-Testimony of Kagiso – True deliverance
“I greet you in the name of Jesus! I used to watch porn and was a cyber-junkie (spent too much time on the internet). I was addicted to porn in such a way that my laptop and cell phone had to come along everywhere I went because I had to have it to surf it just for the fun or pleasure. I loved to chat and exchange pics with strangers as far as nationwide.
On the fourth week of August 2012, I was attacked by demons and evil spirits while at Mafikeng after attending a church service and a certain pastor laid his hands on me. (That’s how I got easily attacked by the devil because media and entertainment was my daily drug.)
I decided to seek help from several ministries and denominations but with no luck. I went as far as consulting a traditional prophet/sangoma just to be healed, but still it was not enough.
Until I finally decided to come to the Concerned Community with my mom since it was my last resort as I had already tried different churches etc.
The amazing thing about being with these people is that I received salvation and spiritual growth and deliverance, all in one, by simply confessing my sins to true children of God, asking forgiveness from the Lord.
That’s how I got healed and I would really like to thank the Almighty and everyone else who prayed for us and supported us. (11/10/2012)”
Prayer of righteous is powerful
Prayer is powerful if it flows from a heart that is undefiled. The prayer of a righteous person avails much (James 5:16). So many are praying, lifting up hands to our Lord, but are those hands holy? Our churches have become full of those who confess, but with their lives they transgress. Only he who has holy hands might ascend God’s holy mountain (Psalm 15:1). God does not want our words; He wants our hearts. Friends, do you have a blameless heart before God? Has your life been set in order with Him? In other words, are you real? Or are you just a pretender?
We are in great need of young people whose hearts are fully committed in serving God. Will he find such a young person amongst you? Then we can pray unhindered and receive an answer.
May the King of kings find such blameless and praying young people amongst us today!
“If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14
“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart…” — Psalm 95:7-8
“I’ll put My Laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be My people.” — Hebrews 8:10
who are called by My Name
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” — 1 Peter 2:9
will humble themselves
“The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” — Psalm 34:18
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” — Psalm 51:17
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” — James 4:10
“…the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” — James 5:16
and seek My face
“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” — Jeremiah 29:13
“Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts you who are double-minded.” — James 4:8
and turn from their wicked ways
“…but now God commands all people everywhere to repent.” — Acts 17:30
“Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him and to our God, for He will freely pardon.” — Isaiah 55:7
THEN will I hear from heaven
“Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord… because you tore your robes and wept in My presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord.” — 2 Kings 22:19
“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly.” — Acts 4:31
and will forgive their sin
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” — 1 John 1:9
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” — Mark 11:25
and will heal their land
“How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished.” — Jeremiah 12:4
May our LIFE be a life of prayer!