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The Funeral of your own Independence

In This video I will compare and contrast great feats of human strength against the strength and power that God provides to us spiritually. I use boxer- Rocky Marciano as my illustration of perhaps the one sports figure that demonstrates strength and power in human form. I take that great human strength and compare it to the Strength God provides through His Holy Spirit to those who believe in Him through Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 40:29- He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the
weak. (our strength is found in the Lord).

Isaiah 14:12-15- (The fall of Satan).

Isaiah 54:17- (The power and strength given to true believers).

Job 1:6-12- (Satan is allowed only to go so far).

Romans 8:38-39-(Nothing can separate a believer from the Lord).

Phillipians 4:13 -(I can do all things through Him who gives me strenth).

Ephesians 1:4-6- (We were chosen before creation. Predestined, Adopted…).

Ephesians 6:10-18-(The Armor of God- How we take our stand).

Here is the original on location video I did with Gregory Hammonds where he describes his old life and the New Life offered through Jesus Christ. A very compelling testimony of one man’s struggle with addictions and God’s saving Grace!

Gregory Hammonds- Introduction

http://www.comenowmybrother.com/

Gregory Hammonds was born in sunny South Florida and brought up in a home where drinking, fueled many fights between his parents, Hammonds calls it a “war zone” that happened over and over again until one day his mother got tired and walked away, leaving all the children with the father.

Hammonds remembers the void left when his mother finally walked away and how their lives were never the same. By four years old he was getting drunk with his father. As fate would have it, after his two fingers got cut off in a door at school, he went to live with his aunt. Though he adjusted well to his new environment, as he got older he began drinking, smoking and doping. A superior student in high school but longed to taste more of the life his father had introduced him to.

Upon graduation from high school he convinced his aunt to give him his savings and let him go out to explore the world. And that he did, through riotous living, which introduced him to drugs.

His life began to spiral out of control when his brother taught him how to shoot drugs into his veins. Eventually, he graduated to smoking crack. In his brothers’ words, “a monster was created. From that day we never had respect for each other.”

Hammonds spent 20 years on drugs, homeless, with no direction, desire, or control over his life. He lived to get high, picking up cans from sun up to sun down, begged, borrowed, stole, lied, cheated, did whatever he could to get money for drugs. His appetite was only for drugs. It didn’t matter he was spitting up blood or was malnourished, the high was all that mattered.

Driven by drugs to the point he acted like an animal at times and was beat almost to death on more than one occasion, Hammonds wouldn’t give it up. Nothing could turn his life around until a supernatural encounter, removed the desire and physical dependence from his life and redirected his path. He went from a man who got high with other addicts, pulled out the Bible to preach to them, to a man with a powerful testimony of change, restoration and hope for addicts, free of drugs.

Gregory Hammonds is the author of Come Now My Brother-From the Womb to God’s Glory.

Our focus today is on Romans chapter 2, verse 5.

5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

My Bible Study on Romans Chap 1:18-32- Count the Cost:
http://youtu.be/Ze1gZ0MVQC4

Romans 6:16-23:
16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Ten Commandments: Exodus 20:1-17

And God spoke all these words:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

A video description showing how I do my daily Bible Study, journaling and writing Bible Studies for You Tube. I also discuss how I have kept journals on my weightlifting career.

A Bible Study in the Book of 2 Samuel 21:1-During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”

SIX BASIC DISCIPLINES OF DISCIPLESHIP

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Luke 9:23 – “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”.

Galatians 2:20“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”.

DISCIPLESHIPChristian discipleship is developing a personal, lifelong, loving and obedient relationship with Jesus Christ in which he transforms your character into Christlikeness, changes your values into Kingdom values and involves you in his mission in the home, the church, the community and the rest of the world. (more…)