• Tonie Roberts

Have you ever been haunted by your past? I have. The ghost wasn’t spooky, but it was downright ugly!

The ghost of condemnation is one of the worst companions a human can have. You never leave you, and the trouble is, the accusations are at least in part, true.

I was ashamed of my past. I knew of Jesus from an early age but chose a different path. As an adult, I allowed me and Satan to remind me of a series of bad decisions that left me broken and used.

Finally, I allowed another ghost to come in and clean me up! The issue then was that the ghost was Holy. My belief system battled with The Holy Ghost even more so than with the ghost of condemnation. (Romans 8:1,7)

The Holy Ghost refused to quit and began to demolish every stronghold with holiness, righteousness, humility, truth, and purity. I slowly became a recipient of grace, trading my story for God’s glory! (Romans 8:15 for you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear but you have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry ABBA father.)

I’m super encouraged by the stories of others who have done the same. Just read Matthew 1. The lineage of Jesus Christ, The Son of David, an adulterer and murderer, Son of Abraham a liar, and includes Tamar who tricked her father-in-law and had twins by him, Rahab, the harlot, and me! The Holy Ghost extends an open invitation to you.

So what about you? Have you submitted to The Holy Ghost and allowed Him to exchange your story for God’s glory? It’s not too late if you have breath. It is as simple as repenting, accepting Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection and allowing The Holy Ghost to overtake the ghost of condemnation. The HOLY Ghost will become your constant companion, renewing your mind, causing you to be free of condemnation and even make you Holy.

No longer will you worry about your past. You’ll war for your future. Allow The Holy Ghost to re-write your story for God’s glory!

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  • Louisa Guzman

Have you started wrapping your Christmas presents yet? I'm one of those people who actually enjoy wrapping. I make a grand day of it with plenty of hot cocoa and cookies on hand. With Christmas music and Hallmark movies playing in the background,

I take out all my stickers, washi tape, swirly scissors, ribbons, gift bags, assorted papers, tags, candy canes, and all sorts of other odds and ends like ornaments and mini picture frames to make each gift personal and special.

That day I happily get lost in all the glitter.

Sadly, however, I must admit that not once while twisting sparkly pipe cleaners into reindeer antlers

do I ever stop to think of Jesus. How is it that Christmas is Jesus' birthday and yet there are no gifts being wrapped and made special for Him? As John 3:16 reminds us, "for God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish". Jesus was God's lavish gift to us. But where is our gift to Him?

I take so much time to make gifts special for everyone else, so naturally I should give Jesus my very best. But what do you give the "Birthday Boy" who has it all? Even the magi got it right by bringing Him gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh.


So this year I'm going to "regift" my heart to Jesus. I'm not even going to wrap it up. I'm going to leave it open and give it completely to Him.

What gift will you give Jesus this Christmas?

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  • Tonie Roberts

Recently someone attempted to publicly humiliate me. It worked! Though I prayed and did my best to forgive the person, the hurt and anger lurked within me for days.

When I eventually allowed the Holy Spirit to impart the mind of Christ, I prayed for the offender and the anger dissipated. I was free again!

The experience reminds of a phrase the world uses to justify anger when we’ve been wronged, “You’re only human”. In other words, you have a right to be angry!

While anger is a natural reaction to spiteful behavior, we are “NOT JUST HUMAN!” We have supernatural power to overcome evil through the mind of Christ. That POWER enables us to let go of anger and release forgiveness. We have the right to be free!

Brothers and sisters, next time someone says, “you’re only human”, (you have a right to be angry). Remember who you are. You are not just human. You have access to the supernatural mind of Christ, empowering you to walk in the freedom of forgiveness!

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