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The Final Regret

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The human race seems unable to face the reality that their soul and bodies are two separate entities, both needing specific conditions to keep alive. Most of their efforts are spent on natural needs and pleasures with very little thought given to the spiritual side of their life. As in all matters of life, bad choices lead to regrets. God has always had a better option for humanity, but who will listen? PRO 22:3 A prudent (wise) man foreseeth the evil, and hideth (protects) himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished (get caught out and suffer loss). Let's have a look at what God has to offer on this topic.

The Power to Make Changes

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Satan rebelled against God and decided that he would run the world his own way. A power struggle resulted with God's power being challenged by Satan's words. Satan relies on deceit and lies and focuses his attention firstly on the carnal side of our lives...keeping our hearts and minds preoccupied with basic lusts and desires. He also tries to deceive God's people with false doctrine and attacks against their faith. On the other hand God wants to offer us a better life, one that will not end at physical death. God changes the focus from the carnal to the Spiritual and offers people the power of the Holy Spirit, enabling change. The anointing of the Holy Spirit is not an optionalextra and neither is it a once off event. God transfers supernatural powers into our body with an outward sign demonstrating the reality of this event. In the detailed accounts in the N/T scriptures, those that received the power of the Holy Spirit instantly spoke in a new language (the bible calls it 'speaking in tongues'). The inclusion of thisnew Spiritual language gives us the power to communicate with God in an effective manner, repurposes our hearts, giving us the power to make changes in our lives.

The Five Greatest Questions

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

It is no surprise that some of the toughest and most daunting questions that might get asked about God, the church and the future of humanity; are very clearly presented in the scriptures. The following questions and answers relate to the greatest challenges facing the human race today.

This is God's Calling

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Jesus Christ revealed the sole purpose for the creation of the Christian church. He stood up in the temple and read a short prophecy from Isaiah. This statement summarized everything he stood for, everything that God wanted and everything we should build our life purposes upon. He delivered a message of real hope and opportunity for everyone. God is your solution to life and joy:... and you are the world's solution to life and joy. Jesus spells it out in simple terms... it's the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit alone, that makes all the difference.

The False Comfort of Lies

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The human race is facing a permanent battle between truth and error, and the ongoing battle between life and death. Those who have chosen God are dependent on having a source of truth that is both reliable and useable. That is what the salvation plan of God offers us through the anointing and indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.However, mankind suffers from two great weaknesses... laziness (lack of motivation) and disobedience. God's directions are both powerful and effective, yet many prefer something 'easier' than good solid scriptural pathways... false comfort. This world offers many lies, but few real answers.

I Have Chosen You

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

When God reveals his choices from the human race, it is based on known values and a realistic outcome. Equally as important, is the realization that those filled with the Holy Spirit; are personally selected by God. The only weak link with God's choices is our willingness to maintain the best options that God gives us. JER 29:11 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. Let's put everything into context, as the personal promises of God towards us are as specific as the duties required from us... this means that there is a simple way to understand and apply all the personal promises of God towards our lives. We are encouraged to keep seeking the Lord with the same diligence that got us spirit filled in the first place... that is where the blessings and miracles occur.

The Real Sin of Sodom

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Yes, it is true that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were morally depraved, including homosexuality; but that was only a symptom of a much greater problem. The people of these cities were Godless and lacking in all forms of human kindness and support... caring only for their own opinions (much like today's developing trends). We are fortunate to have a detailed account of how God works, which is useful for our own ministry.

Water and Fire

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The world is on the brink of a disaster that will eliminate almost all forms of human and animal life. This is the second time that the bible has recorded such far reaching disasters... the first time was the great flood and the next and soon to come calamity relates to a fiery death for almost all forms of life. God had Noah build an ark to save those who believed the prophecy of the coming flood and Jesus Christ is building another ark... called the church; which will also deliver those who prepare for the coming fire. Both destructive judgments are the results of human rebellion against the principles of God.

When God Challenges

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

Each day people face potentially thousands of religions, unlimited materialism and pointless ego pampering. Is it any wonder that the real God of the bible, needs to challenge hearts and minds with much more than naturally attractive or powerless beliefs? Today we will look at how the biblical God handles such matters and see how he works today. Firstly, let look at how God evaluates the 'atheist'... the complete unbeliever. PSA 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. God's criticism is strong because He has built spiritual awareness into every human on the planet... all have the ability to accept and prove God's existence.

A God Given Identity

By Pastor Brad Smith [Brisbane]

The only identity that most people have in this world is their birth or marriage names and their nationality. Many are struggling while other forms of identity are devalued or removed; even gender itself. When people stand for nothing, they fall for everything; particularly towards those who would rule and control them. However, God offers a new identity: one that will not fail with age, nor be taken from us by ungodly people. Having a spiritual identity changes our physical reality establishing true purpose and ownership.

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