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Bring It On-Line: - July 14, 2017

IF WE REPENT FROM PAST WORDS SPOKEN ARE WE STILL HELD ACCOUNTABLE? DOES GOD USE PAST HURTS TO BRING PURPOSE? ARE THERE REALLY SUCH THINGS AS HAUNTINGS AND THE PARANORMAL? Read Transcript


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Well, we have some time to answer some of the email

that you've sent in today.

Gordon, this first one comes from Cathy, who says,

"The Bible says we are judged for all the words we speak.

If we repent from past words spoken,

are we still held accountable, or is it forgotten

like confession and repentance of our other sins?"

Cathy, there's no special sins.

Whatever you have confessed and forsaken, God is faithful

and just to forgive and to cleanse you

from all unrighteousness.

I encourage people, keep a short account with God.

If something has come out of your mouth,

repent of it immediately.

And if it's haunting you, put it away.

And ask for the peace of God to come,

and guard your heart and mind.

And ask him to guard your lips as well.

There's plenty of scripture for that.

So don't worry that if you've repented, you've forsaken.

You've passed from judgment.

Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

OK, this is from Lori, who says,

"Does God use past hurts to bring purpose?

Why is it that when I step forward and try

to stay on the right path, I have

these people who try to drag my name down and bother me?

Would God use people like these for a purpose?"

A lot of different questions in that one question, Lori.

First of all, God doesn't use your past hurts.

He's not trying to beat you over the head with that.

He does work all things together for good.

So realize that.

But he's not bringing up your past hurts.

Now, when you fall into condemnation from other people,

there are a lot of different issues here.

One is you can count it all joy when people speak

all manner of evil about you.

Realize that it can produce in you character.

It can produce in you the godly character.

When Jesus was condemned, and condemned to death,

the Roman soldiers said a lot of things.

And it's amazing to me father.

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

He transcended it.

He didn't respond to it, didn't argue with it.

He just said, "Father, forgive them,

for they do not know what they do."

and so when you take on that character, the character,

the spirit of Jesus, and you respond with that,

boy, it just works something in you.

If you don't have those experiences,

then you don't get to manifest that character.

So that's why the Bible says count it all joy.

So work out that character.

Work it out within you.

And ask Jesus-- you're not going to be able to do it in your own

strength--

ask him to love through you.

This is Sheila, Gordon, who says, "I understand

that when you die, your spirit leaves your body

and will either go to heaven or hell,

depending on if you're saved or not and only

your body is left behind.

With that being the case, are there really such

things as hauntings and the paranormal?"

Sheila, there is a demonic realm

that's responsible for all the things

that we hear about in terms of the paranormal.

I don't encourage Christians to investigate that.

It's not something we need to investigate.

We need to understand the devil is a defeated foe.

Are there instances?

There's one famous one where Saul calls forth the spirit

of Samuel from the dead.

So yes, there's biblical evidence for that.

But we're not supposed to do that.

We're not supposed to engage in seances.

We're not supposed to talk to the dead.

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We're not supposed to seek out paranormal experiences.

These things are from the enemy.

They're not from God.

Seek him.

Seek His Holy Spirit.

Seek the presence of Jesus in your life.

If you do those things, you'll be blessed.

If you do the other thing, you'll be cursed.

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