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Our Brand New iPhone app launches on August 5th 2013

Yes!!! We finally decided to spill the beans on the launch of our very own app. We have been working hard on it for quite a while now and have been putting it together, trying to make sure that the experience one would get out of the app would be fruitful and a blessing. We are super proud to say that launch into the iTunes App Store is just around the corner and will hit the store on the 5th of this month. We will be posting the links to the store once the app goes live.

We created the app with all of our christian community in mind. Our goal and mission is to spread the message of God throughout the globe in any way we can find possible and this app is just the beginning of something new for all of us. We made this just for you, so please do check it out. Ofcourse we are newbies into this whole field of app development and such and therefore we would love to receive feedback from you in regards to the app- how we could improve and what we could add to it that would help make the app a better experience for all of you. Our Ask box is always open so do drop by and let us know what you think. We would appreciate that very much.

With that being said, we have given our blog a facelift and if you pop into the blog, it’ll be the first thing you notice. We thought that we like to give Walk the Same some unique branding and one that would be long lasting. We still do have a couple of wrinkles to iron out but we are trying to do it all nice and slow.

Also, we have an awesome new addition to our team. Her name is Autumn and she is super awesome. We are super excited to see how her series - Morning Joys, unfold. We are so glad and blessed to have her with us and we look forward to seeing more from her on Walk the Same. 

Last but not least, we want to thank God for all the Blessings that He has poured on all of us, our team and our ministry. He has been moving us so radically over the last few months and weeks and it has been such an amazing journey. We are so privileged to serve God and the community through Walk the Same and it has opened doors for all of us here. We have moved forward so much and continue to push forward. 

God is Amazing. God is Fantastic. God is Powerful and God answers Prayers.

We wish all of you a wonderful weekend up ahead. We love you very much, God loves your more than you can ever dream and may He Bless you and keep you all the days of your life.

With Love and Blessings,

Walk the Same team

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"If you are the Son of God…" (Matthew 4:3).

Satan came to tempt Jesus and question his sonship. There is no sin in being tempted, for the perfect Jesus was “one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15). Temptation does not necessitate sinning; Jesus was tempted,  ”yet without sin.” Not even the worst forms of it involve sin. Jesus endured the subtlest of temptations from the evil one himself.

HOW SATAN TEMPTS

Solitude will not prevent temptation. It may even aid it as Jesus was tempted while alone in the wilderness. Also, fasting and prayer will not always keep off the tempter for these had been fully and perfectly observed by Christ.

Satan began the whole series of his temptations by casting a doubt upon Jesus’ sonship. Has the enemy tried this with you? Has he tried to cast doubt on your salvation or your status as son or daughter of God?

God had but one Son without sin, but he has none without temptation.

Satan does not come with point-blank denial for that would be too startling; doubt and deception serve Satan’s purposes better than heresy. He opens with an “If” making the doubt look like holy anxiety concerning divine sonship. Yet, Jesus’ sonship is made clear in scripture (Ps. 2:7) and the Father had just pronounced him as his beloved Son (Mt. 3:17). Satan tries to make us doubt what God has told us is true. 

Jesus faced these subtle yet massive temptations right after a major monument in his life, his own baptism where all of the Trinity was present. If Jesus’ perfect character was doubted, how well may Satan question us whose faults are so many?

WITH DOUBTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES

Listen to how Satan can further support his temptation with Jesus’ circumstances, “You are alone. Would a Father desert his child? You are in a desert. Is this the place for God’s Son? You are with the wild beasts. Wretched company for the Son of God! You are hungry. How can a loving Father let his perfect Son hunger?” Put all these together, and the tempter’s question comes home with awful force to one who is hungry and alone.

Satan attacks our Father’s honor and tempts us to doubt God’s providence and call on our life. He attacks our comfort and strength as members of the heavenly family. If robbed of our sonship, we would be naked, poor, miserable orphans with no home. How could we pray, “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9). How can we say with patience, “Father, thy will be done,” (Luke 22:4) if we are not his sons? Doubt of sonship leaves us naked to the enemy.

OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

Jesus trusts the Father and overcomes the temptation. He does not give in, and he never gave in or gave up on his way to Calvary to pay for our sins and the times when we give in. When tempted, we must trust the Father’s words and promises as Jesus did when he was tempted. Satan only questions truth for he is the father of lies (John 8:44). Therefore let us stand strong in the truth that we are sons and daughters of God not because of our work, but because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.

Satan does not come with point-blank denial for that would be too startling; doubt serves Satan’s purposes better than heresy.

After temptation passes, it is usually the prelude to angels coming and ministering to us as in Christ’s case (Mark 4:39). No calm is so deep as that which follows a great storm. When we see others thus tried, do we think them brothers? Do we not question their sonship as Job’s friends questioned him? What wonder it would be if we instead encouraged one another with truth and gospel!

TEMPTATION COMES TO US

  • For Test: Sincerity, faith, love, patience, are put to proof.
  • For Growth: It develops and increases our graces.
  • For Usefulness: We’re able to comfort and warn others.
  • For Victory: How glorious it is to overcome the enemy!
  • For God’s Glory: He vanquishes Satan by feeble men.

QUOTATIONS TO CONSIDER

What force there is often in a single “If,” with which this artful address begins! It was employed by Satan for the purpose of insinuating into the Savior’s mind a doubt of his being in reality the special object of his Father’s care, and it was pronounced by him, as we may well suppose, with a cunning and malignant emphasis.

How different is the use which Jesus makes of this word “If” in those lessons of divine instruction and heavenly consolation, which he so frequently delivered to his disciples when he was on earth! He always employed it to inspire confidence, never to excite distrust. Take a single instance of this: “If God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” What a contrast between this divine remonstrance and the malicious insinuation of the great enemy of God and man! —Daniel Bagot

God had but one Son without sin, but he has none without temptation. Such is Satan’s enmity to the Father that the nearer and dearer any child is to him, the more Satan will trouble and vex him with temptations. None so well-beloved as Christ, none so much tempted as he. Thomas Brooks.

Satan does not come to Christ with, “You are not the Son of God,” or “That voice which gave you that testimony was a lie or a delusion.” No, he proceeds by questioning, which seems to grant that Jesus was the Son of God, that he might possibly beget a doubt in Jesus’ mind.

Richard Gilpin. 

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Matthew 4:19 - And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Conversion is most fully displayed when it leads converts to seek the conversion of others: we most truly follow Christ when we become fishers of men. Our desire should be to be men-catchers; and the way to attain to that sacred art is to be ourselves thoroughly captured by the great Head of the College of Fishermen. When Jesus draws us we shall draw men.

OUR ROLE: “FOLLOW ME.”

  1. We must be separated to him, that we may pursue his object.
    • We cannot follow him unless we leave others (Matt. 6:24).
    • We must belong to him, that his design may be our design.
  2. We must abide with him, that we may catch his spirit.
    • The closer our communion with Christ, the greater our power with souls. Near following means full fellowship.
  3. We must obey him, that we may learn his method.
  4. We must believe him, that we may believe true doctrine.
  • Christ’s own teaching catches men; let us repeat it.
  • Faith in Jesus on our part is a great force to produce faith.
  • We must copy his life that we may win his blessing from God; for God blesses those who are like his Son.

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Adapted from: the sermon notes bu Charles Spurgeon (available on the public domain)

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Walk the Same | Book Giveaway - June

  • Question of the Week (Weeks 03 & 04)

- What does having a “Relationship with God” mean, if it’s not defined by “religious activity”? What does that look like in your life?

  • Submit your Answers to

http://www.walkthesame.com/submit

We will also feature some of the most inspiring submissions on our blog in the hope that it will encourage and lift up our brothers and sisters to stay strong in their faith with Christ.

  • About this month’s book

- If you actually noticed, Dirty God was not a book that we planned to giveaway for the month of June. However we decided that we should, since this is a must read and has to be one of the best books to date on Grace, Christianity and what it makes to follow Jesus Christ.

We are super excited to giveaway this title and we would love you to join as we feel that the message that the book has to share is an important one for all of us Christians. It essentially changed my life and my views of Christianity and I am sure it will do the same for you as well.

  • Submission Guidelines
  1. Only one entry is allowed per person. In the event you make two entries, your first submission is counted as final.
  2. There is no right or wrong answer. Simply use your experience and testimony, in your walk with God, as part of your answer.
  3. Submissions for Week 03 & 04 will end on Sunday 30, June 2013.
  4. Two entries will be chosen on Sunday 30, June 2013 and the winner will be announced on that day.

We hope you enjoy and will be Blessed by our giveaway and we look forward to reading your testimonies and experiences.

Blessings,

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Do not lean on the flesh

A convoy on many accounts would have been desirable for the pilgrim band, but a holy shamefacedness would not allow Ezra to seek one. He feared lest the heathen king should think his professions of faith in God to be mere hypocrisy, or imagine that the God of Israel was not able to preserve his own worshipers. He could not bring his mind to lean on an arm of flesh in a matter so evidently of the Lord, and therefore the caravan set out with no visible protection, guarded by him who is the sword and shield of his people.

It is to be feared that few believers feel this holy jealousy for God, and even those who in a measure walk by faith, occasionally mar the luster of their life by craving aid from man. It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone. Would any believers seek state endowments for their church, if they remembered that the Lord is dishonored by their asking Caesar’s aid? As if the Lord could not supply the needs of his own cause! Should we run so hastily to friends and relations for assistance if we remembered that the Lord is magnified by our implicit reliance upon his solitary arm?

My soul, wait only upon God. “But,” says one, “are not means to be used?” Assuredly they are, but our fault seldom lies in their neglect; far more frequently it springs out of foolishly believing in them instead of believing in God. Few run too far in neglecting the creature’s arm, but very many sin greatly in making too much of it.

Learn, dear reader, to glorify the Lord by leaving means untried, if by using them you would dishonor the name of the Lord.

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Adapted from: Morning and Evening by Spurgeon

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In your want to be accepted, do you feel the pressure to change who you are?

Ever tried to change your personality or who you are in general just to mesh in with a group of people? Have you tried to do something impressive, something that you wouldn’t usually do so that you can gain the approval of your peers

My answer to both of those questions is a huge Yes. What about you? I am sure that many of us would say yes to either of those questions as well. The reason why we do this is because we all crave the need to be accepted and wanted by society. This is something that you and I struggle with. This struggle is not just limited to Christians.

Be cautious though, there are dangers trying to fit in

For the sake of example, if someone were to ask me if being friends with a non-Christian an okay thing to do, my answer would be a Yes. I have wonderful people in my life who aren’t Christians. As a Christian, one of the essential things that you need to expose yourself is community and by that I mean Christian community. But that does not mean you should limit your friendships to Christians. It can be a test of your faith to be friends with a non-Christian (on some occasions), but eventually, you’ll be a person with your faith strengthened more than ever. 

However one thing you got to keep in mind is that trying to fit yourself into a group of people who share different values and principles can be problem and it can be critical later down the road. For you. When hanging around folk that do not share the same values as you do, you have to be extra careful not to abandon everything that you believe in, even though sometimes you may feel that it is the only option that you have in order to be accepted into that group. 

Boundaries are something that we got to keep clear perspective on and in our want to fit in with society around us, we turn a blind eye to it and we make not realize that we stepped out of the line before it is too late. There may be moments where we may be tempted to do things that the Bible explicitly says that isn’t good for our Christian life and our relationship with God, like excessive drinking, drugs, sex (meaningless and sex before marriage) and the like just so that we can get the nod of approval from those around us. Some non-Christians may think this is cool, God doesn’t.

NO! A word that you shouldn’t be afraid to say

In order to take a stand on all that we believe in, we will have to say No. 

Now if these friends of yours get all wack when you say No and decide to turn against you and reject you, then are they really your friends? Friends are gifts from God and they are people who live life with us, lifting us up and encouraging us all the way just like we would do for them. So just be yourself and be all you when you are trying to fit in. Life would be much more easier and comfortable rather than trying to pretend to be someone you are not. 

Umm Boundaries? How do I go about that?

Well boundaries aren’t the same for all of us and are most likely to be unique depending on the situations that we live life in. However there are some important things that you could think about when you work on setting the boundaries into your life:

  • Never try to pretend to be someone else just for the sake of approval. You’ll realize later that it can be super exhausting.
  • Never be afraid to say ‘NO’. Take a stand for all that you believe in.
  • What ever you say and whatever you do, make sure that you always Honor your Father in Heaven. Remember that we can’t live our life led by our feelings because our lives aren’t about us. It’s about God.
  • Remember that God created you with the perfect plan in mind for you. It is unique for you and it is beautiful. Trust in God, place you faith in Him and allow Him to work in your life. You’ll never be disappointed.
  • At the end of the day, nothing what others say or think about us matters but what we think about ourselves and most importantly, what God thinks about us. When judgement day comes, your friends aren’t the ones who will decide if you get to be with God or not. So think about it.

Friendships are awesome. So work on the good ones

We all need friendships and I think it is essential for all of us. However, friendships can’t be built upon the foundation of a lie because sooner or later, that foundation will give away and your friendship will meet an irreparable fate. Great friendships are born by being true to ourselves and allowing God to simply pour out of us in everything that we do, from our words to our actions. 

Once we have found those friends who accept us for who we are, that’s when the best part begins- fellowship. Fellowship is such a wonderful thing in friendship because it strengthens bonds and gives us this sense of accountability towards each other. This is important for every Christian. 

Well then how far is too far?

Well the answer is simple- Not far at all. Sometimes, to be the outsider is the most safest and wisest thing for you to do, even though it may hurt you to see yourself as such. When it comes to acceptance, what should matter is that of God’s. If the whole world accepts us and if God doesn’t, what purpose is there for us in our lives? Nothing!

God does not want us to be more so like the world and have us fit in. What He wants is for us to fit into Him and for us to be more like Him. 

I say this every time in most of my writings, but things of this earth are short lived and nothing on this earth lives to exist forever. This is enough reason for us to realize that we shouldn’t let the fear of acceptance and rejection ruin the purpose that God has given to each one of us. The world us such a dark place and darkness is no fun at all. Instead, be the light of the world and shine that light in all the dark places so that people around you may also realize that what really matters is fitting into God and not into society.

This is my prayer for all of you today. God loves you and I love you all too.

Many Blessings,

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Children of Light (Passion 2013)

Writer(s): Kristian Stanfill, Jesse Reeves, Jason Ingram, Pat Barrett

Download: Children of Light by Kristian Stanfill

Note: To download, right-click the link and select “save link as”. To listen to the song directly, simply click on the link.

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Worship Wednesday is an initiative by Walk the Same to share the beauty of God through music and worship. Every Wednesday we will be sharing with you Worship tracks and music by Christian bands who seek to make the name of the Lord and His works famous. We hope you will be Blessed and enjoy the music.

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The power of the Holy Spirit

“The power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

Suggested Further Reading: Acts 2:1-21

In a few more years—I know not when, I know not how—the Holy Spirit will be poured out in a far different style from the present. There are diversities of operations; and during the last few years it has been the case that the diversified operations have consisted in very little pouring out of the Spirit. Ministers have gone on in dull routine, continually preaching—preaching—preaching, and little good has been done. I do hope that perhaps a fresh era has dawned upon us, and that there is a better pouring out of the Spirit even now. For the hour is coming, and it may be even now is, when the Holy Spirit shall be poured out again in such a wonderful manner that many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased—the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the surface of the great deep; when his kingdom shall come, and his will shall be done on earth even as it is in heaven. We are not going to be dragging on for ever like Pharaoh with the wheels off his chariot. My heart exults and my eyes flash with the thought that very likely I shall live to see the out-pouring of the Spirit; when “the sons and the daughters of God again shall prophecy, and the young men shall see visions, and the old men shall dream dreams.” Perhaps there shall be no miraculous gifts—for they will not be required; but yet there shall be such a miraculous amount of holiness, such an extraordinary fervour of prayer, such a real communion with God and so much vital religion, and such a spread of the doctrines of the cross, that everyone will see that verily the Spirit is poured out like water, and the rains are descending from above. For that let us pray: let us continually labour for it, and seek it of God.

For meditation: Spurgeon saw answers to his prayers in the 1859 revival. What are your visions for revival? Lots of excitement with extravagant claims that the Holy Spirit is involved? Or a genuine work of the Spirit which speaks for itself in real conversions, true fellowship and godly living (Acts 2:37-47)?

Sermon no. 30
17 June (1855)

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Adapted from: 365 Sermons by Spurgeon

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Should we as Christians uphold the whole You Only Live Once motto?

I remember when YOLO got itself into the trend and the hype still hasn’t died down. To date you see a lot of YOLO references around, be it social media, the hashtags, tattoos and even on food packaging (Oh yes!). YOLO has been embraced by so many people because the context behind it is that life is only a one time thing and you got to do what you got to do to live it up to the fullest.

But what does YOLO really mean for people who’ve accepted it into their  philosophy? I guess people have adopted different meanings of it. Some take it as an excuse to do whatever they want. Others have taken the idea of simply living in the moment without any consequence. Some have even gone as far as to not take into account the consequence of others.

YOLO and Beyond

YOLO is not entirely false when compared with what the Bible has to say. If you take a look at part of Hebrews 9:27, it mentions that “… people are destined to die once.” That bit alone is self explanatory when it comes to understanding that life here on earth is a one time thing.

However don’t get excited just yet because, in order to get some context from that verse, we got to explore the verse in its entirety. “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgement.

That just slaps the face of YOLO straight on. This verse is clear when it comes to saying that there ARE consequences involved in life. There will be that point when we will be judged for our actions and our response to the love that God has shown to all of us through His son Jesus Christ. To think that we are the masters of our own lives is to go against the very essence of what the Bible has to tell us and YOLO is most certainly no winner against the Bible.

Where do you stand with YOLO?

Have you ever given it much thought when you mention or hash tag YOLO? I suggest that you do when you decide to include it in one of your posts. Remember that there are consequences that follow for every thing that you do and you can either follow the hip statement that YOLO has to promote or you can follow and walk the same way as Jesus Christ did where there is sure hope and love waiting for you. God cares about what we do because He loves us and He wants us to live our one life in union with Him. 

So maybe the next time you decide to hashtag a post, why not tag it with something even more cooler like #YOGO ( You Obey God Only) as mentioned by MC Jin). Since we all live only once, why not live giving Glory to our God who loves us so much that He sent His only son to set us free from sin. 

My prayer to all of you today is that the Spirit lead you to seeing the truth apart from the lies the world has to share. God loves you and I love you too and I pray that your intimacy with Jesus Christ becomes stronger more than anything else in the world. Your life will never be the same again.

Many Blessings,

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