Are you Unprofitable?

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Have you ever felt or were told that you were unprofitable, or in other words, just not good enough?  Maybe you have heard these words from others, or worse yet, you repeat these words to yourself.

Perhaps you have tried different things throughout your life and  you have found failure.  Maybe you wanted to start a business, a writing career, ministry, a different career path and life got in the way.

Philemon 1:10-11 says: I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.

There was man named Onesimus, and at one time the scripture called him unprofitable. In other words, he was of no use. He was of no use to Paul and to the ministry. But something happened.  The scripture says that Onesimus left, but when he came back, he was profitable to work alongside Paul.  He became so valuable, that Paul says that he is his beloved brother and asked Philemon to receive Onesimus as he would receive Paul.

Imagine that, Onesimus at one time unprofitable, left, and upon his return was profitable to the ministry, to the Apostle Paul and to the Body of Christ.

Onesimus means useful.

I am a firm believer that we need to take some time to  dig deep within ourselves to reflect, find out what our desires are and pursue our passion.   To do that, you have to be brutally honest with yourself and find the answers to what is hindering you.  The worst deception is when you lie to yourself.


I do not want to say when I am older,  “I wish I would have tried…… in my life”   Now is the time to act.   As long as I have breath in me, I still have time to do something profitable, and that goes for you as well.

Whatever Oneseimus did, it worked.  He came back focused, recharged and useful.

Don’t let fear, insecurity, unbelief, doubt, lies or others place a shadow on your dreams. Dig deep within yourself to find out what is hindering your passion, and come back profitable.

God can turn your failures into triumph.  Every time you fail, it is something valuable to you, a life lesson learned which cannot be taken away.

Now is the time to be profitable, all you have to do is start.

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Can a Christian have demons?

Luke 4:33 -38  Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice,   saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”   But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.

If you were to ask the questions, can a Christian have a demon, I am sure you would receive a variety of answers.  Some would say yes, others a definite no, and some may say they are not sure.

Almost 1/3 of Jesus’ prayers/commands for divine intervention involved the casting out of demons.  Many people today do not practice that, and many believers go on suffering, not understanding why they cannot progress in certain areas of their lives.     In the verse quoted above, Jesus cast out an unclean spirit out of a man.

But did you read where Jesus was?  He was in the synagogue, or in today’s term, he was in churchJesus cast out demons while in church!

Yet the main argument I hear that a Christian cannot have a demon is that demons cannot reside within a spirit filled believer. That is true, yet we are made up of three parts:  Spirit, soul and body.

Demons reside in the flesh.

In the Bible, Jesus calls us to cast devils out, Matthew 10:8.   For something to be cast out, it (demons) must first be in.

Many well-known preachers  are now  convinced not only that a Christian can have demons but also that there are demons that operate in the realm of theology, encouraging us to argue and debate endlessly over doctrine rather than meeting the needs of people who are hurting.

Demons actually help promote the teaching that a Christian cannot have a demon because they gain strength by staying hidden. They can operate in their destructive ways without even being recognized or challenged!

How do demons enter a person?
The majority come from generational sin, curses, ancestral vows and the like through conception.  Even when you do accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, many of the generational sins do not depart since we don´t know what our ancestors were involved in.

In addition to generational sin, if the person has committed personal sin such as: sex, drugs, and variety of other things,  by the time you come to the Lord you will need deliverance on some level.   There is just too much sin, contamination and defilement in the earth today to escape it.

We are called to do what Jesus did.    1 Peter 2:21- For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

Jesus is our example, he cast out demons, and gave that authority over to us.  It´s time for believers  to be truly set free once and for all.

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Why we should all arise and go into the city

New York Skyline
New York Skyline

Acts chapter 9 relates the story about Saul, (later known as Paul) well known and feared for persecuting the Christians.  As he is on his way to do more harm, he is blinded, and falls to the ground on the road to Damascus.

Saul ask who are you, “Lord?”   Jesus confirms his suspicions. He replies, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

While on the ground, trembling and blind, we see how quickly Saul changes sides.  He goes from persecuting those of the Way, to asking Jesus, “What do you want me to do?”

The Lord replies with ¨ Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what to do.”

This was the first step of obedience that Paul did.  He arose and went to the city.  His change was so radical, that he became a follower of Christ.  Thanks to the Apostle Paul, we have most of the  New Testament written by him.

I saw several things here.

First the Lord can do anything to draw a person to himself.  This gives me hope, because I know the Lord can turn around the most messed up person to serve him in a most amazing way.

Second, The Lord gave one directive to Paul.  Arise and go to the city.

Third, just obey.

The Lord did not lay out his whole life plan at one time.  He gave it to him, one step at a time.

If the Lord had told him his whole life story, about his imprisonment, stone beatings, being shipwrecked, missionary trips, do you think Paul would have backed out?   I think I would have.

I have a secret for you.  We are not supposed to have the full picture.

When we begin our walk with the Lord, He gives us only so much, one step at a time. For that I am grateful.

God´s ways and plans are always bigger than ours.  As we continue our walk in obedience, the Lord is faithful to equip us to fulfill the calling upon our life.

For us to fulfill our calling there are two things we need to do.  We need to ask the Lord what He would like us to do, and we need to arise and go into the city.  It is then He will gives us the next phase of the plan.

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