School of the Holy Spirit – 30 of 52 – Part 18 – Anatomy and Secrets of the Secret Place – The Secret of No Plan B in Engaging with God + 7 Symptoms of Prideful Heart and 12 Consequences of Pride Especially Whilst in the Storms of Life

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School of the Holy Spirit - 30 of 52 -  Part 18 - Anatomy and Secrets of the Secret Place - The Secret of No Plan B in Engaging with God + 7 Symptoms of Prideful Heart and 12 Consequences of Pride Especially Whilst in the Storms of Life
School of the Holy Spirit – 30 of 52 – Part 18 – Anatomy and Secrets of the Secret Place – The Secret of No Plan B in Engaging with God + 7 Symptoms of Prideful Heart and 12 Consequences of Pride Especially Whilst in the Storms of Life

The School of the Holy Spirit – 30 of 52 –  Part 18 – Anatomy and Secrets of the Secret Place – The Secret of No Plan B in Engaging with God + 7 Symptoms of Prideful Heart and 12 Consequences of Pride Especially Whilst in the Storms of Life

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Date:  Sunday, May 10th , 2020

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Quotes on Plan B and Pride:

“As per the things of the spirit, on Gods side of the divide, there are no plan Bs. Is either light or darkness, good or evil, heaven or hell, white or black, obedience or disobedience, life or death, peace or war, fear or faith, pride or humility, love or hate, in the spirit or in the flesh, Gods plan or my plans, Gods unique purpose or my fabricated purpose. I’m either on God’s side or the devil’s side. For when Moses was about to erect the tabernacle, he was warned by God, saying, See to it that you make it all [ exactly] according to the copy (the model) which was shown to you on the mountain. Are we running life according to His plan or our own plan? We must choose today His masterplan which is specific to each life for service to Him. God is committed to bless the specific plan He Himself initiated in our lives if we are committed to obeying Him totally and completely – It takes humility because must times, His plans don’t make sense to our feeble minds” – Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – Otakada.org

“There is no plan B with God, as we are looking for plan B, God is continuing the executing of His sovereign will” – Anonymous

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Greed, envy, sloth, pride and gluttony: these are not vices anymore. No, these are marketing tools. Lust is our way of life. Envy is just a nudge towards another sale. Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us. In a dog-eat-dog world we lose part of our humanity.”― Jon Foreman

Key Verses:

Matthew 6:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) But when you pray, go into your [ most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

Matthew 7:24-27 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [ obeying them] will be like a [a]sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.

25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.

27 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it.

Revelation 3:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold that has been heated red hot and refined by fire so that you may become truly rich; and white clothes [ representing righteousness] to clothe yourself so that the shame of your nakedness will not be seen; and healing salve to put on your eyes so that you may see.

Luke 21:34-35 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

34 But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the [a]giddiness and headache and [b]nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [ the [c]business of] this life, and [ lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;

35 For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth.

Philippians 2:4-7 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [ merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.Let this same attitude and purpose and [ humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [ Let Him be your example in humility:]Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God ], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [c]or retained,But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity ], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.

Luke 22:24-26 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

24 Now [a]an eager contention arose among them [ as to] which of them was considered and reputed to be the greatest.25 But Jesus said to them, The kings of the Gentiles [b]are deified by them and exercise lordship [[c]ruling as emperor-gods ] over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors and well-doers.26 But this is not to be so with you; on the contrary, let him who is the greatest among you become like the youngest, and him who is the chief and leader like one who serves.

Proverbs 16:18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Mark 10:35-45 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Him and said to Him, Teacher, we desire You to do for us whatever we ask of You.

36 And He replied to them, What do you desire Me to do for you?

37 And they said to Him, Grant that we may sit, one at Your right hand and one at [Your ] left hand, in Your glory (Your majesty and splendor).

38 But Jesus said to them, You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism [of affliction ] with which I am baptized?

39 And they replied to Him, We are able. And Jesus told them, The cup that I drink you will drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized,

40 But to sit at My right hand or at My left hand is not Mine to give; but [ it will be given to those] for whom it is ordained and prepared.

41 And when the other ten [apostles ] heard it, they began to be indignant with James and John.

42 But Jesus called them to [Him ] and said to them, You know that those who are recognized as governing and are supposed to rule the Gentiles (the nations) lord it over them [ruling with absolute power, holding them in subjection], and their great men exercise authority and dominion over them.43 But this is not to be so among you; instead, whoever desires to be great among you must be your servant,44 And whoever wishes to be most important and first in rank among you must be slave of all.45 For even the Son of Man came not to have service rendered to Him, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for ([a]instead of) many.

Exodus 25:38-40 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

38 Its snuffers and its ashtrays shall be of pure gold.39 Use a talent of pure gold for it, including all these utensils.40 And see to it that you copy [exactly ] their pattern which was shown you on the mountain.

Hebrews 8:5 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

[ But these offer] service [ merely] as a pattern and as a foreshadowing of [ what has its true existence and reality in ] the heavenly sanctuary. For when Moses was about to erect the tabernacle, he was warned by God, saying, See to it that you make it all [ exactly] according to the copy (the model) which was shown to you on the mountain.

Isaiah 44:16-20 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

16 He burns part of the wood in the fire; with part of it he [ cooks and ] eats flesh, he roasts meat and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire!

17 And from what is left [of the log ] he makes a god, his graven idol. He falls down to it, he worships it and prays to it and says, Deliver me, for you are my god!

18 They do not know or understand, for their eyes God has let become besmeared so that they cannot see, and their minds as well so that they cannot understand.

19 And no one considers in his mind, nor has he knowledge and understanding [ enough] to say [to himself ], I have burned part of this log in the fire, and also I have baked bread on its coals and have roasted meat and eaten it. And shall I make the remainder of it into an abomination [ the very essence of what is disgusting, detestable, and shamefully vile in the eyes of a jealous God]? Shall I fall down and worship the stock of a tree [ a block of wood without consciousness or life]?

20 That kind of man feeds on ashes [and finds his satisfaction in ashes ]! A deluded mind has led him astray, so that he cannot release and save himself, or ask, Is not [ this thing I am holding] in my right hand a lie?

Isaiah 14:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Fall of Lucifer

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O [a]Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the [b]lowest depths of the Pit.

16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
And consider you, saying:
Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world as a wilderness
And destroyed its cities,
Who [c]did not open the house of his prisoners?’

1 John 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

Introduction.

Dear friends I welcome you to the series on the school of the Holy Spirit. Today, we bring you – The School of the Holy Spirit – 30 of 52 –  Part 18 – Anatomy and Secrets of the Secret Place – The Secret of No Plan B in Engaging with God + 7 Symptoms of Prideful heart and 12 Consequences of Pride especially whilst in the storms of life

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Today we will start with the seven symptoms of pride and 12 consequences of pride looking at Mark 10:35-45, Philippians 2:4-7, Luke 22:24-26 and Isaiah 14:12-17 and round up with the secret of no plan Bs in the secret place using Exodus 25:38-40, Isaiah 44:16-20

Pride is universal—something we all deal with, as ancient as Adam and as relevant as the morning news. Yet we don’t always see our own pride, which weaves like weeds around our lives. We see it in the obvious ways, but we can be blind to its deceptive, subversive way in our hearts. We know the disease, but we don’t recognize the symptoms. And that’s why we need the insight of our spiritual Great Physician to reveal symptoms of pride and rescue us from it. Lucifer fell as a result of pride (Isaiah14:12-17) and fell from grace and in the garden, he sowed the seed of pride to Adam and Eve. It was not the eaten, it was the desire to attain equality with God – You will be as wise as God…. Pride pushes us to want to have it our own way with all the plan Bs, Cs, Ds etc outside of God.

The Apostle John warns us that there are three sins characterizing worldliness:  the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (see I John 2:16).  It would probably be a mistake to designate any one of the three as more dangerous or heinous than the other two.  But what makes pride, perhaps, more insidious today is that what God calls a sin is being promoted as a virtue. 

Let’s look at the 7 (Seven) Symptoms of a Prideful Heart

1. Fear

Pride is at the root of fear and anxiety, when we refuse to humbly rest in God’s sovereign care. Fear simultaneously reveals our lack of trust and our poisonous self-reliance. We fear because we don’t have faith in the Lord, we are enormously preoccupied with ourselves, and we don’t have control.

When Peter stepped out on the stormy sea to come to Jesus, he was walking in humble faith. But when his gaze shifted to his circumstances and self-preservation, he trusted in himself, became afraid, and began to sink. It was Jesus who saved him, while admonishing him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).

2. Entitlement

Self-sacrifice stems from a humble heart. Entitlement is rooted in a prideful heart. The core of the gospel is that we are not entitled to anything, except just punishment for our sins (Romans 3:23; 6:23). Yet we deceive ourselves into thinking we’re better than we are, so we deserve better than we have. We think we deserve God’s mercy. We think we deserve people’s praise. We think we deserve love, success, comfort, accolades. We certainly don’t think we deserve suffering, heartbreak, or discipline.

But when we do experience these things, we grow bitter, frustrated, and disturbed because we believe we’re entitled to more. We forget that apart from Jesus Christ we are sinners who deserve condemnation.

The disciples wrestled with entitlement many times. On one occasion, they were arguing about who was the greatest. They selfishly thought they deserved honor and glory. But Jesus’ response to them was a rebuke: “Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:26).

3. Ingratitude

Our proud hearts say we are good, that we should get what we want, and if we don’t, we are justified in our ingratitude. If we’re uncomfortable or inconvenienced in any way, we can complain. It’s our right. Humility recognizes that God is good, that he gives us what he knows we need, so we have no reason to be ungrateful. There is nothing we lack (Deuteronomy 2:7; Psalm 34:9).

The Israelites grumbled in the wilderness, though God fed, clothed, and led them through it (Exodus 16:2; Deuteronomy 8:2). Their stubborn hearts rejected God’s daily mercies out of a foundation of self-idolization. But God’s Word rebukes our proud grumbling with this command: “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…” (Philippians 2:14-15).

4. People-Pleasing

Pride is self-worship and self-preservation at all costs—and people-pleasing is the direct result of pride. Some think people-pleasing is a positive trait because they are so clearly concerned with serving others. People-pleasing is all about self-satisfaction—fearing man more than God—and seeking the fleeting happiness that comes from man’s approval.

The apostle Paul knew human approval was a pointless and prideful pursuit. Because of that, he could say, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

5. Prayerlessness

Pride deceives us into thinking we can “do life” on our own—that we are capable, independent, unstoppable, and self-reliant. We think we don’t need God every hour, that we don’t need his help, grace, mercy, courage, and hope. So, surely, we don’t need to pray.

But a humble heart submits itself to God in prayer because it knows it can do nothing without him.

When God called Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah’s response was not to go to God in prayer. Instead, he fled, his heart furiously and arrogantly silent (Jonah 1:3). When God humbled him in the belly of a great fish, Jonah finally cried out in prayer (2:1).

6. Hypocrisy

When you’re proud, you elevate your status, forgetting the mercy God has shown you. You think you’re better and holier than everyone else, and you easily find fault with others. Pride produces a hypocritical spirit.

The Pharisees’ hypocritical pride blinded them to their sin and to God’s mercy—which made them cold-hearted and cruel toward others. Jesus had harsh words for them: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27).

7. Rebellion

Rebellion against God manifests itself in resistance toward the Word and the spiritual leaders he has placed in our lives. It is the reflex of a prideful heart. It also shows itself in a lack of submission—wives, to your husbands; children, to your parents; employees, to your bosses; citizens, to your government. Rebellion says, “I know better than you, God,” when you don’t.

We see rebellion in the first people God created: Adam and Eve (Genesis 3). Even though they had all they needed for life and joy, out of pride they rebelled against God’s good decree, thinking they knew better than him. And this rebellion brought pain, suffering, and death—for them and for us.

Let’s look at the 12 (twelve) consequences of pride

Mark’s Gospel (10:35-45) illustrates twelve consequences of pride.  In the passage preceding our text, the Lord had just told His disciples for at least the third time (8:31; 9:31; 10:33, 34; also 9:12) that He was destined to suffer and die a horrible death.  Rather than sympathizing or commiserating, James and John respond to the Lord’s latest announcement with a selfish and insensitive request to be given the privilege of sitting on the immediate right and left of His throne when the Lord sets up His kingdom.  That and what follows paint an ugly portrait of pride.

1.  Pride makes us insensitive to the needs of others (v. 35).  So far from sharing in the unimaginable burden that the Lord had just confessed Himself to be facing, or even giving any indication that the Lord’s words have affected them, James and John eagerly make their selfish request, manifesting no concern for the sorrowful news that the Lord has shared with them. 

2.  Pride blinds us to the truths of God’s Word (v. 35).  Not only are the two disciples incapable of feeling any compassion for the Lord, they are incapable of processing the Lord’s words.  As profound as was the revelation, it’s as if He had said to them only, “Have a nice day.”  Pride deadens our hearts and minds to the truth.  

3.  Pride makes us presumptuous in our expectations (v. 35).  “Do for us whatever we ask of you” is the outrageous way the disciples introduce their request to the Lord.  Where pride rules, any sense of proportion is banished.  “Whatever we ask”?  Are those the words of humble, assured faith or the bluster of someone who has failed to grasp Who the Lord is and who he himself is before the Lord?  

4.  Pride prompts us to make carnal requests (v. 37).  There is nothing holy or righteous about the requests of these two brothers:  blind ambition and delusions of grandeur seem to have usurped their hearts and minds.  

5.  Pride discounts the value of others (v. 37).  For some two-and-a-half years, James and John had shared the blessings and deprivations of following the Lord alongside ten other men that the Lord had exclusively chosen to share in this sacred endeavor.  In one moment, they forgot their comrades or—worse yet—did not care about them in the hot flush of their own lusts.  

6.  Pride makes us overestimate our abilities (v. 39).  The Lord’s response to their request was to ask them if they could “drink the cup” of suffering that He was about to undergo.  With brash confidence, both disciples assured him that they could, neither realizing that they would both turn tail and run when the heat was turned up.  Pride always thinks more highly of itself than it ought to think.  

7.  Pride provokes us to usurp the rightful place of others (v. 40).  Jesus told them that not even He (in His incarnate state) had the authority to grant their presumptuous request, but that only the Father could give such positions to those for whom they were prepared.  Sit at the back of an assembly and wait to be asked by the host to come forward had been the Lord’s earlier instruction on humility.  But the disciples’ desire for self-aggrandizement had caused all such lessons to flee their minds.  

8.  Pride creates strife and divisions (v. 41).  Though James and John instigated the problem by their injudicious request, the other disciples manifested a similar lack of humility.  When they heard the brothers’ request, “the ten began to feel indignant.”  Pride invariably foments strifeand, if left unchecked, divisions.  Sometimes the divisions will be dramatic physical separations, but always there will be destructive spiritual division.  

9.  Pride promotes worldly behavior (v. 42).  “Do not love the world nor the things in the world,” John commanded before defining those things as including “the boastful pride of life” (I John 2:15, 16).  As if pride were not sinful enough by itself, it opens the door to further worldliness.  The worldly Gentile rulers, Jesus said, lord it over their subjects.  Believers are to manifest charity and humility instead.  

10.  Pride manifests the opposite of what Scripture requires (vv. 43, 44).  The heart of a believer is to be that of a servant—a “slave of all.”  Nothing could be further from that scriptural obligation than the pride James and John had been manifesting.  

11.  Pride is contrary to the Person and work of Christ (v. 45).  Christ Himself “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  His followers throughout time have been called to demonstrate the same character, living lives of selfless service for the glory of the Lord who saved them and the blessing of others.  

12.  Pride stifles love (vv. 35-45).  James and John exhibited a profound lack of love for the Lord, their brother disciples, and the charge they had received.  Self-love—the hallmark of pride—was their predominant motivation.   

May the Lord deliver us from pride. 

Finally Let’s look at The Secret of No Plan B

One of the greatest secrets to intimacy with God is to come to Him as

your only source of help and hope. “Lord, in this situation I have no Plan B—no other options to default to if You don’t come through. You are the only one who

can help me!” He loves it when you look to Him alone for deliverance. And the inverse is also true: His jealousy is kindled when we entertain other saviors.

The Lord scoffed at the idolatry of the children of Israel by pointing to the vain hope that a block of wood offered:  Read Isaiah 44:1-22 gives a vivid picture of Gods disdain to resorting to alternatives in our lives.

What is a false god. We too have our own false gods. In the passage, the Lord describes the idolaters as saying to their block of wood, “Deliver me, for you are my god!”

So a god is defined as this: anything to which we ascribe the power to deliver us.

What are this modern day false gods in our lives —sources to which we turn for deliverance when in times of crisis or need  

  • Money
  • Health insurance
  • Medical treatment/prescriptions
  • Social Security or any other security for that matter
  • Retirement plans – Nothing wrong with that but when we look to them as our reliance above God, then it becomes God
  • Credit cards/consolidation loans
  • Drugs/alcohol
  • Pleasure/entertainment/recreation/sports
  • Sex
  • Friends (to deliver us from loneliness)
  • Counselors
  • Lawsuits
  • Filing bankruptcy
  • etc.

These other saviors campaign for our allegiance. Everywhere we turn, the 
gods of our culture are promoting their powers. Television commercials promote the many alternatives for relief: “Try me! Let me heal your pain. I am your answer. Look no further. Come to me, and I will deliver you.” 


Something dynamic happens in your spirit when you look at some of those sources of deliverance and say, “No! God, You alone are my Deliverer!” Not only is your own spirit tenderized through such singular affection, but the response of the Father in the way He moves upon your heart is quite without parallel. 
God-worshipers are those who come to God first in their time of need. They seek God’s face and wait on Him to receive directives for the course to take. The secret place becomes the threshold where we wait upon God, seeking His powerful intervention, and crying out to Him for wisdom and revelation. 
Occasionally, the Spirit will say to you, “In this instance, I want you to wait on Me only and stand in faith until I intervene sovereignly in your situation.” 
When God gives you this word, then fasten your Seatbelt! You are in for the ride of your life. You are stepping into the God zone. Here we find the stuff 


of miracles. This is the dimension where God rises up in His wrath and vengeance and wreaks havoc upon your enemies. Your role is to gaze upon Him, love Him, and grow in patience and faith; His role is to loose resurrection power in His time and way. Not every crisis you face falls into this category, but when it does., get excited!

You’re taking the high road of the greatest saints of history, the pathway where God reveals the power of His arm, the splendor of His majestic beauty, and the awesomeness of His eternal purposes.

It is toward this glorious dimension that David pointed:

My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah (Psalm 62:5-8).

This is the “single eye” to which Jesus pointed. Jesus said, “‘If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light’” (Matthew 6:22). The old King James Version says, “If therefore thine eye be single.” Whether translated “good” or “single,” the original Greek word means to be void of duplicity, to have singularity of focus. When your eye is focused on God alone as your Savior and Deliverer, you open to the fullness of light He destines to fill your entire being.

This singular focus is what David prayed for: “Teach me Your way, O

lord; i will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your

name” (Psalm 86:11). By praying, “Unite my heart,” David was saying, “Lord, give me an undivided heart, a single focus that sees only You as the sovereign power to be feared and worshiped.”

In my experience, I have found that the Lord will test us to see if we truly own this reality. He will allow a great storm to descend upon our lives for a strategic purpose. Our natural reflex will be to find a source of immediate relief. We tend to explore all our options.

Is it possible, though, that this storm has come to guide you into a higher dimension of kingdom living? Oh, I hope you can learn the secret: When the storm hits, run into the secret place, establish your spirit, and say to Him with unwavering resolve, “You alone are my expectation.” Our God loves to prove Himself strong on behalf of those who have no other gods before Him.


Conclusion and Prayer

Our Father and our God, we do have plan bs in our lives because it has become a habit. We repent today of pride deep seated within us and commit to stay true to You our source for all existential needs as we receive grace from You today to stay true to You no matter what comes our way. Help us to have a humble heart, reflecting Your Son, Jesus Christ in every way even in the storms of life. Thank You for making us totally reliant on You in Jesus name, Amen

Now, experience all round-success this week and beyond as You are led by your closest friend – The Holy Spirit!

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