Cleansing Stream

Many of my poems are about my addictions, anxiety, and other manifestations of emotional pain in my life. I recently finished going through the Cleansing Stream program, and it has helped me a lot. Cleansing Stream is a series of classes accompanied by prayer that helps people overcome emotional pain. I really recommend it. If interested, click this link to learn more: https://www.cleansingstream.org/

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How To Answer Your Call

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A calling from God is different than a dream because it originates with God and not our own hearts. A calling happens when Christians feel inspired by God to serve Him in some way. Unfortunately, Christians sometimes feel unsure how to answer His call. Worse yet, some feel certain there is a call and an urgency to answer—yet they are unsure what God wants them to do! It’s okay. Relax. We’ll take it step by step.

1. Prepare yourself for service. This includes studying your Bible, attending church regularly, and letting go of sin. Regularly pray for God to prepare you for service.

2. Offer yourself. Open up your schedule to allow God to use you. This may mean giving up some entertainment or cutting back work hours. Regularly request an anointing on yourself to serve God.

3. Be flexible. You may have several callings instead of one single calling. Every time you hear the Lord asking you to do something (no matter how small), respond in obedience. Obey every small command as if it was your calling. Luke 16:10 states, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

4. Seek your calling. Whether you feel unsure or completely confident, seek your calling with action. Begin by taking opportunities that are offered to you. You may feel in your spirit a sense of fulfillment and exclaim, “This is it!” Alternately, you may still feel that probing feeling that you need to answer your call and this is not it!

5. Practice. If God is calling you to be a missionary overseas, practice telling your coworkers and friends about God. If God is calling you to do something that requires skill, then practice doing it over and over again to improve your skill level. Practicing may require you to reach out to other Christians for training, advice, and prayer.

In God’s timing, He will reveal what He wants you to do and open up the opportunity for you to do it. I pray you will hear God’s voice clearly, obey His voice, and fulfill your calling with the valor of a saint. Consider praying this prayer with me right now: “God, Thank You for calling me to service. I offer my body as an instrument for Your purposes. Make known to me Your desires so that I may answer my call. I praise You for all of Your wonderful ways. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”

If you are not a Christian, consider praying this prayer with me right now: “God, I accept Jesus as my Savior. I believe Jesus is the Son of God. I believe He died on the cross and rose from the dead. I believe His death is the sacrifice that paid for my sins and His resurrection is a promise of eternal life. I choose to commit my life to You, Lord. Thank You for my salvation. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”

©2015 Kim Bond

*Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

On Writing & Editing

This is a blog for Christian writers….writers who feel God’s call to write yet have been rejected….writers on the verge of giving up on a dream….writers who desperately want to know why editors, agents, and publishers keep rejecting their masterpieces. Don’t give up! There is hope.

While working as an editor for Draw Near’s latest forever free ebook Spiritual Citizens: A Christian Fiction Anthology (found HERE), I was able to pinpoint some strengths of good writing. I selected the inspiring stories for this anthology based on three primary criteria: message, clarity, and emotion.

1. Good writing conveys a message. The stories within Spiritual Citizens communicate a clear message to readers without necessarily spelling it out. The authors assumed their readers were intelligent enough to derive the message themselves.

2. Clarity is mandatory for all fiction. Skilled authors write detailed movements by every character. I must have rejected dozens of stories for Spiritual Citizens even though they seemed to have clever and unique plots because the action in the story was unclear.

3. Emotion plays a major role in every memorable piece of art. Excellent writing inspires some feeling. If an author writes well, the reader will be moved either by joy, sorrow, humor, fear, or some other emotion. Several of the stories in Spiritual Citizens literally moved me to tears with one of these emotions.

I am certainly not the best author in the world, but the knowledge gained from being an editor makes me a better writer. My hope is that it will help you refine your fiction as well so that one day an editor, agent, or publisher will recognize your talent for writing and put it on a lamp stand for all to see. Have a good day and God bless!

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Draw Near Through Christian Media

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James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Maybe you are seeking God’s will for your life and are unsure how to follow His path. If you want to hear God more clearly, I challenge you to sacrifice some of the time you spend on non-Christian media and choose Christian instead. Imagine how much your relationship with God would improve if you began listening to Christian music, watching Christian television, and reading Christian literature.

People claim certain Christian songs helped them to overcome temptation when struggling against addiction. The Bible tells us to “make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” in Psalm 95: 1. In fact, lots of non-Christians have come to Christ by listening to Christian music. Once you discover what a difference Christian music makes in your life, you will be ready to incorporate Christian television into your schedule. You will see how it is almost like Jesus is standing in your living room offering the solutions and guidance you have been praying for all these years. Another great way to draw near to God is through Christian literature. That term covers a variety of things including The Holy Bible, non-fiction books that teach us, fiction books written to touch our hearts, devotionals that guide our prayer and thought life, beautiful poetry books, uplifting magazines, and more! Remember this website offers lots of forever free ebooks (click here) including the latest: Spiritual Citizens (click here).

Once you are engaged in Christian media, you will be more prepared to share your own talent. Whether it is creative writing, art, photography, music, or something else, God wants you to use it for His kingdom. Don’t let fear or pride stand in the way. Gather up all of your patience, perseverance, and inspiration. I pray you will draw nearer to God when you take a step of faith and create like Him!

When a storm hits our life and shakes us, we wish God were near. Don’t wait for the storm. Draw near to the Lord now so you cannot be shaken when the heavy winds start blowing in your life.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Burdens & Confession

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Confession of sins is a great way to let go of burdens. Jesus’ blood on the cross makes payment for all sins by mankind. We accept this payment with our belief in Christ. This payment covers our eternal salvation. However, when Christians sin repeatedly they lose a certain closeness with God. In order to draw near to God, we should confess our sins directly to God in prayer.

Take a moment now to relax and ask God to bring your unconfessed sins to remembrance. As He lovingly surfaces them in your mind, just say something like this:

I confess I __________  (lied, mistreated my friend, etc.). Please purify me.

If this is your first time, your sin confession may take awhile. After today, make confession a regular part of your prayer time so you maintain that closeness with the Lord. Confession should not make you feel guilty. It is a humble step of repentance that actively gives God in control of your purification process. You will feel light as a feather and closer to our heavenly Father when you regularly confess sin to Him.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. –James 5:16

Confession to God should only be the beginning especially if you still struggle with the same sin over and over again. God’s Word calls us to confess to “one another” and receive prayer to be healed.

Here are some ways you might decide to confess sin to another:

  • On the phone with a Christian friend
  • During a call for prayer in church
  • Worked into natural conversation in a Bible study
  • Online in a Christian community or forum

Joining a support group may be necessary especially if you are caught in an addictive lifestyle, illegal sin, or sin that is harmful to yourself or others. I pray God will open up opportunities for you to confess your sins to trustworthy Christians who will pray for you and not judge you.

God has certainly called us to confess our sins to God and man, but there is another type of confession we should do, and that is to confess the truth of what the Bible says about us. It is critical to know in your heart and soul that God values you. If you agree that this is important, confess these aloud right now:

  • Christ died for ME while I was still a sinner. (From Romans 5:8)
  • I have been freed from ALL things. (From Acts 13:39)
  • I am a CHILD of GOD. (From Eph. 1:5)
  • God has not given me a spirit of fear. (From 2 Tim. 1:7)
  • I am L O V E D by the Father. (From John 16:27)

I pray your heart and soul would hear these truths from your mouth and draw you into a closer relationship with our Lord.

…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. –Isaiah 55:11

Confession of sin to God and others along with confession of our true identity in Christ to yourself will help you align your viewpoint with God’s and help you draw near to Him who loves you unconditionally.

This blog includes some tough topics. If you have questions about the Bible, click here to find reliable answers.

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Are Your Finances Blessed?

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Jeremiah 29: 11 tells us the Lord has plans to prosper us. Yet, Christians go through periods when we do not feel prosperous at all. Sometimes all we need to do is stop comparing ourselves with people who have more than we do. Still, some of us truly struggle to provide for our family’s basic needs. If you are struggling to provide, consider a few possible reasons that your finances are not blessed. Are you refusing to be generous with your money? Are you using money to perpetuate sin? Are you failing to use your income wisely?

​In 2 Corinthians 9:7, we read that God loves a cheerful giver. If we use our income to provide only for our own needs, then why would God give us more than the bare minimum we need to cover our basic needs? Alternately, if we regularly use our income to provide for the needs of others…won’t God always bless us with extra money? You betcha!

I challenge you to use your money and stuff to make someone else’s day better. Consider giving to a local church, buying food to donate to a local food pantry, donating clothes and shoes to The Salvation Army or other organization that helps needy, or sponsoring a child at Compassion (This is a four-star charity according to Charity Navigator.) After you begin giving, you will see how extra money just kinda rolls in to cover your needs and others.

Supposing you are generous with the little you have, but you still struggle to provide. Let’s look at another common financial blessing blocker: sin. Sin leads to death, and God wants to give us life. Would a God who loves someone allow that person to have money in abundance if they use it to perpetuate a sin? Probably not. (Especially if that person has asked to be delivered from that sin.)

It really does not matter how much money you use for your sin of choice, it is the simple act of spending your income on sin that blocks the financial blessing. This is NOT to say that poor people are sinners and rich people never sin. The Bible shows us that is not true. However, God may allow money problems in your life if you repetitively use money for sin.

Another major reason Christians struggle to provide basic needs for their family is because they do not have a plan to use money wisely. Whether you make a little or a lot, you can stretch your income with a budget. Put away your credit cards for emergencies only!!!! The envelope budget is taught in many churches, but you do not have to attend a class to understand it. Click here to read how Dave Ramsey’s envelope budget system works.

It may sound too simple to be revolutionary, but you will see God’s amazing providence when you trust Him. You will draw near to God when you spend money wisely, give generously, and stop using money to sin. God’s face will shine upon you and His providence will flow freely upon you.

Dear Father, You are the giver of all good things. We thank You for the many ways in which You provide for us. We pray You would help us to plan and adhere to our budgets. Thank You that You love us even when we are bound by sin. Strengthen us and deliver us that we may have life in abundance. Inspire us to use give money as You would have us do. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

People say King Solomon was both rich with money and wisdom. Click here to read my poem called “King Solomon’s Advice.”

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!

Deliverance From Addiction

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We fool ourselves into thinking we only harm ourselves when we give into addiction. I’m not sure what your habit is, but evil tends to radiate and multiply. Crooked people are in the business of perpetuating addictions. By consuming porn, we drive the sex trafficking industry. When we pay for cigarettes, tobacco farmers use our dollars to hire pre-teen prostitutes on the other side of the world. Even the most innocent-sounding addictions ruin relationships with the people we love the most.

So now we have given the pain in our hearts to God for healing. We have chosen to chase negative thoughts away with the truth of God’s Word. Additionally, we chose healthier ways for us to fulfill our need for comfort, rest, adventure and escape as we draw nearer to God in our daily life. Now it’s time to wrestle against the addiction itself.

Every time we don’t give into an addiction, we are stronger for the next time we are tempted.
 In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert. Satan tried over and over again until Jesus had resisted every temptation. Then the devil left Jesus alone. When the devil realizes we are not giving in, he too will leave us.

We are prideful creatures. Some part of us is still sure we can give up on our own even though we have failed so many times. Somehow our soul must try until it is broken. Then it will cry out for God in some mysterious uttering, and God will rescue all those who need and want His rescuing. He is our Deliverer! So try your very hardest over and over again until God shows up. This may include signing up for porn blockers, joining support groups like Celebrate Recovery, or something else. Just don’t give up until you are delivered from your addiction. Earn your victor’s crown. God is right beside you.

I know the Lord as my Deliverer from my cigarette addiction. (If you are interested, the link to my testimony about God’s deliverance from smoking is on Christian Chat: http://christianchat.com/testimonies/66033-nonsmoking-please.html)

© 2015 Kim Bond

Draw Near exists to glorify God and help others draw near to Christ by providing free resources. Click here to learn more about God and here to access free Christian ebooks. Thanks for visiting. Stay blessed!