The spy in your inbox

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The spy in your inbox

One PR company—and its tracking program—creep out an Ars writer.

BY: – 11/6/2012

Everything on the Internet is monitored in some way. Companies track what you do at work through deep packet inspection to make sure you don't wander into territory forbidden by company policy, or dump corporate data to a remote server just before you give notice. The Web pages you visit and the HTML-based mass e-mails you open are logged and tracked by advertisers and marketers. And your boss can tell if you've ever opened that urgent message or not.

But people usually don't throw it in your face and shatter whatever remaining illusions of privacy you might have, as someone did to my colleague Andrew Cunningham today."Oh, man, a PR person was just totally creepy at me," he interjected over IRC this morning.

The "creepy" was an e-mail that a media representative for a company called ContactMonkey sent on the heels of another one Cunningham had just opened. The second message included information about his location, the e-mail client he had used to open it, and the exact time it had been opened.

The message and the data were a demonstration of Bridge, a $5-a-month service that installs a plugin for Microsoft's Outlook 2010 mail client and for Google's Chrome browser for use with GMail. Bridge gives anyone the power to know those details for any message they send—or at least any message that lands in the inbox of someone who trustingly opens e-mails without blocking HTML-embedded images.

Invisible sprites

That's because Bridge uses an embedded graphic with a unique Web address to track each message. That Web address includes calls to ContactMonkey's tracker API, which include a message identifier and the e-mail address of the sender. When the recipient opens a tracked e-mail, it sends a secure Web request back to ContactMonkey's server identifying the message, and the server records the IP address that the message was opened from and the date and time. Then it pushes back data to the sender, including how many times the message was viewed, the geographic location it was viewed at (based on the IP address), and the type of client it was viewed from (based on what the mail client reports as its type when it makes the HTML request).

Using graphics to collect metrics is an old hack, going back to the "sprites" used on many early personal Web pages to track page views. Web request based tracking is also heavily used by both legitimate large-scale e-mailers and spam factories to collect information such as when and where e-mails are opened, and to test the "hit rate" for various subject lines and offer teases.

But ContactMonkey gets even more personal about it, because it identifies each recipient explicitly, and reports back directly on them. It's a technique akin to those used by some "spear-phishing" attacks to inject code into e-mails—no, it doesn't execute code on the client. But it does create a way to collect information that might be useful for stalking someone.

Sweeping for bugs

There's an easy way to block this sort of tracking with most mail clients. Microsoft Outlook, for example, will allow users to block embedded graphics in e-mails from all sources, or only display them in e-mails from sources in the user's contact list. Most companies will set their mail systems to block HTML-embedded objects in messages for security purposes.

Users of Apple's Mail app have a little less fine-grain control—unchecking "Display remote images in HTML messages" in Mail's "Viewing" preferences blocks all HTML-embedded images from loading when you open a message. But that's not the case with some mobile and Web-based mail clients—the iOS Mail app and Android 4's built-in mail client, for example, both open HTML enclosures by default.  That means if you open a bugged e-mail from a mobile device, the sender will be able to get information on where you are based on whatever IP address gets associated with your phone or tablet, whether it's via Wi-Fi or your cellular provider.

If you do get tracked and discover it, however, there are some interesting ways to disrupt the tracking. For example, you could clip the tracking tag from the email and post it as a graphic or link on a website.

But that something like Bridge can be so easily blocked, and that it takes advantage of technologies that most business users may consider to be a security threat, should be enough to discourage most legitimate users from trying to use the service. After all, it's really just a sneaky way of doing the same thing that a Return-Receipt-To e-mail header does, without giving the recipient a choice. And very few legitimate mass-mailers generate their e-mails from Outlook or GMail.

So that makes Bridge the provenance of a very narrow strip of users, one that includes stalkers, private investigators, ex-spouses and high-pressure salespeople—and the occasional public relations consultant.

Article originated from: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/11/the-spy-in-your-inbox/

P.S. Email tracking (spying) is done right in your face with almost all the commercial email providers.

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P.S.S. Markethive does not employ spying techniques.

 

 

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Valentus 12 in 24

Valentus 12 in 24

What is the Valentus 12 in 24 Weight Loss Plan 

How does it Work?

When it comes to Safe, Simple Weight loss, one of the biggest keys I've found is the importance of having a SIMPLE PLAN to follow, right!? So when I looked at the Valentus 12 in 24 Weight loss plan, I was really impressed…
What is the Valentus 12 in 24 Plan?

Here’s how the Valentus “12 in 24 Plan” works:
 

  1. Wake Up! Drink 1 SlimROAST before your Breakfast. (Delicious Italian Roast Skinny Coffee.)
  2. 30-60 minutes before Supper mix & drink 1 Trim in a bottle of water. (Yummy Piña colada taste.)
  3. 30-60 minutes before Bedtime mix & drink 1 Immune Boost in a bottle of water. Sweet Dreams.
  4. 6 days a week, take the 7th day off . Repeat for 4 weeks. That’s it, just 24 days. 
 

** THE ONLY THING ELSE YOU NEED TO DO IS WEIGH YOURSELF EVERY MORNING, AND TAKE YOUR BODY MEASUREMENTS TO TRACK YOUR PROGRESS. 5 MINS/DAY **
 

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Fine print:
Are there any special diet requirements?
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If I have a history of high blood pressure or hypertension
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*Valentus© Inc. offers a 30-day money back guarantee of the original product purchase price only, for any reason. A refund will be issued upon receipt of returned product and packaging, used or unused, with the return shipping at the customer’s expense. This guarantee is neither contingent nor based upon the “12 in 24 Plan” promoting product use results equal to or greater than 12 pounds and/or 12 inches of body weight/mass loss within 24 days of product use. Any suggestion of a money back guarantee based solely on a customer’s total body weight and/or total body mass inches lost during the term of product use would be false and would not be eligible for a product refund.
NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

“12 in 24 Plan” Program Guidelines & Suggestions:
 

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Lose 12 lbs. or 12” or any combination thereof, within 24 days. Simply drink 3 delicious functional beverages that are strategically designed to aid your body in the EXACT DAILY ORDER, as follows:

6 days a week, take the 7th day off Repeat for 4 weeks. That’s it, just 24 days!

✓ Record your starting weight and your starting measurements, and record these every day at the exact same time of day.

✓Take a few photographs of your starting body, in your favourite clothing (swimsuit, shorts, dress etc.) to serve as motivation. Take photos from a straight on an angle and from the side. Keep the photo location consistent to serve as a visual reference. For your personal record only.

✓Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water per day, as these products create thermogenesis. This is the process of accessing stored fat, converting it to a body-friendly fuel and metabolized in the body. A by-product when burning fat is heat therefore, it’s critical that you drink enough water.

Exterior skeleton fat’s primary role in the body is to store toxins. When you metabolize fat cells, toxins are released back into your blood stream for elimination through the bladder/colon.
 

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An Introduction to SEO?

An Introduction to SEO?

Search Engine Optimisation in 2016 is a technical, analytical and creative process to improve the visibility of a website in search engines. Its primary function is to drive more visits to a site that convert into sales. The free SEO tips you will read on this page will help you create a successful SEO friendly website yourself.

An Introduction

This article is a beginner’s guide to effective white hat SEO.

I deliberately steer clear of techniques that might be ‘grey hat’, as what is grey today is often ‘black hat’ tomorrow, as far as Google is concerned.

No one-page guide can explore this complex topic in full. What you’ll read here are answers to questions I had when I was starting out in this field.

 

 

 

The ‘Rules.’

Google insists webmasters adhere to their ‘rules’ and aims to reward sites with high-quality content and remarkable ‘white hat’ web marketing techniques with high rankings. Conversely, it also needs to penalise websites that manage to rank in Google by breaking these rules.

These rules are not ‘laws’, but ‘guidelines’, for ranking in Google; lay down by Google. You should note, however, that some methods of ranking in Google are, in fact, illegal. Hacking, for instance, is illegal in the UK and US.

You can choose to follow and abide by these rules, bend them or ignore them – all with different levels of success (and levels of retribution, from Google’s web spam team).

White hats do it by the ‘rules’; black hats ignore the ‘rules’.

What you read in this article is perfectly within the laws and also within the guidelines and will help you increase the traffic to your website through organic, or natural search engine results pages (SERPs).

Definition

There are a lot of definitions of SEO (spelled Search engine optimisation in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, or search engine optimization in the United States and Canada) but organic SEO in 2016 is mostly about getting free traffic from Google, the most popular search engine in the world (and almost the only game in town in the UK):

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Usain Bolt is one of the Christian competitors taking a stand for Jesus Christ in the most inspiring way.

Mainstream media tries to force the secular agenda on us during the Olympics, but Usain Bolt is one of the Christian competitors taking a stand for Jesus Christ in the most inspiring way.

Bolt won the hearts of every American at the 2012 Summer Olympics when he paused in mid-interview to honor the U.S. national anthem as it was being played. Bolt politely interrupted the reporter interviewing him and stood at attention, reminding the world what a class act looks like.

The Olympic legend is an inspiration to millions around the world, but it’s what mainstream media is hiding about Usain Bolt that’s touching hearts even more.
Usain Bolt is known for his extraordinary speed and joyous facial expressions while competing, and you don’t have to look too hard to discover where that joy comes from: Bolt is outspoken about his faith in Jesus Christ.

When I learned how mainstream media was hiding Usain Bolt’s devout Christian faith, I knew the world deserved to know the TRUTH about the fastest man alive.

Usain Bolt’s faith in Jesus Christ has always played a prominent role in his life and success. His parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, instilled him with a devout Christian faith. Bolt prays before every race, and immediately praises God when he’s finished. His strong Christian upbringing equipped him with the desire, discipline and dedication to become the Olympic legend he is today.

Bolt’s parents emphasized the ‘fruit’ of the Holy Spirit to their son, molding him into an honorable man of God. When I learned the details of Usain Bolt’s testimony, I realized God was using him in extraordinary ways.

Usain Bolt could easily let the fame get to his head at a time like this, but the fastest man alive knows where his true fortune can be found — in heaven.

Despite his legendary success, Bolt stays true to his humble roots. He was born on August 21, 1986 in Sherwood Content, a small town in Trelawny, Jamaica. The Bolt family’s faith was put to the test when doctors realized he was born with scoliosis – a condition of the spine where it is curved from side to side. Although the condition has led to a series of injuries in his career, Bolt continues to turn tragedy into triumph.

Bolt had the odds stacked against him, but time and time again, his strength in Jesus Christ allowed him to persevere through every life challenge.

“I’ve worked hard over the years, I’ve been injured and I’ve worked hard through it, and I’ve made it. But if I keep my core and back strong, the scoliosis doesn’t really bother me,” Bolt revealed.

Bolt’s parents, Wellesley and Jennifer, ran the local grocery store and raised their three children in a humble country lifestyle. Where Usain Bolt is from, the people value respect, good manners and honesty. Thankfully, Bolt’s humble upbringing and foundation in Christ keeps him grounded amidst all the Olympic chaos.

“Manners is the key thing. Say, for instance, when you’re growing up, you’re walking down the street, you’ve got to tell everybody ‘Good Morning.’ Everybody. You can’t pass one person,” Bolt explained.

As a child, Bolt enjoyed playing cricket and football in the street with his brother. But everything changed when Bolt realized God blessed him with the gift of running. By the age of 12, Bolt was wowing fans of sprinting with his lightning speed.

Little did Bolt’s parents know then that they were raising a true champion who would use his Olympic platform to spread the message of Jesus Christ…

Although the Olympian has been outspoken about his faith, mainstream media refuses to cover that aspect of Bolt’s story. They recorded his most recent race second-by-second and described Bolt’s personal life — yet they never mentioned his faith, even though Bolt attributes his success to his faith in Jesus Christ.

Bolt intentionally waits for the camera to be on him so his worship can be a public witness for Christ. However, representatives for Bolt say his tradition of giving God the glory before and after each race is consistently ignored by mainstream media. In fact, when he got on his knees to thank God after his most recent victory, the BBC presenter called his act of worship “a moment to himself” instead.

Shortly after, God reminded mainstream media who’s REALLY in charge — he rewarded Bolt for his steadfast faith in the most heartwarming way.

Bolt’s public relations team and members of his family responded saying, “Usain Bolt is a Bible-believing, God-honoring, Jesus-worshipping Christian. But not a whisper from the BBC; not a word of explanation of the real significance of these ‘moments to himself.'”

Bolt made history again at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he won gold in the 100-meter race, making him the first athlete to win three successive titles in the event. He’s smashed world records and won 7 gold medals as a reigning champion at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Despite mainstream media’s constant dismissal of his Christian faith, Bolt defied all odds and reached heights most athletes will never see — all by the grace of God.

Usain Bolt’s testimony illustrates the reward that can only be found when we submit ourselves to Jesus Christ. Instead of being bound by bitterness, Bolt trusted in God’s plan. He didn’t blame the ‘Dealer’ or the other players for the cards he was dealt with — Bolt just made the most of the cards the Dealer handed him, and won.

Please keep Usain Bolt in your prayers as he continues leading others to Jesus Christ through his gift of running. His final race at the 2016 Rio Olympics will share the message of Jesus Christ in the most healing and powerful way – at a time when the world needs it now more than ever.

Please share this article to show the world the power of Jesus Christ! You could change a life.

“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on, the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just Judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearance.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

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Be Ruled By The Word

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body,
ye shall live (Romans 8:13).
As a child of God, you’re an ambassador of
Christ. That’s how He sees you. You’re His
representative. That’s why it’s important that your
behaviour conforms to the Word. Be ruled by the
Word. Don’t live according to your flesh. Don’t be
controlled by your emotions. Give no place to carnality
in your life. Be spiritually minded. Spend time on the
Word and yield yourself to the Holy Spirit to work
through you.
Remember, He sees your heart; if you’re hungry
for Him; if you’re zealous and passionate for Him and
the spread of the Gospel, He’ll see to it that you’re a
success in life. So, you’ve got to align yourself with His
thoughts. Let nothing stop you from living a life that’s
pleasing to the Lord. Let your life be to the praise and
glory of the One who called you.
Walk in the Spirit; the Bible says, “This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Walking in the Spirit is walking
in the Word; living according to God’s Word. As long
as you can have bitterness in your heart, you’re not

walking in the Spirit; as long as you’re still involved in some worldly, carnal machinations, you’re not walking in the Spirit. Refuse to be body-ruled. Live beyond the senses, for Christianity is life in the spirit. Don’t live in accordance to how you feel; live in accordance to the Word. You’re not of this world; you’re born of the Word. Jesus said, “I’m from above,” and so are you;
you’re from above. Therefore, “set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians3:2). Don’t think, talk, or act like the world. Let theWord of God dominate your thinking and control your life.
Confession
I’m born of the Spirit, and I’m
fully yielded to His leading,
guidance and control; I don’t
fulfil the desires of the flesh. I’m
fulfilling God’s perfect will, and
living out my destiny in Him. I
yield my spirit to Him only, to be
instructed and guided in wisdom
to please the Lord in all things.
Amen.

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This is Valentus

This is Valentus

Valentus is a nutritional supplements company featuring a weight loss management coffee product in the form of dispenser sticks that can be added to and mixed with water. The company’s mission is “to create a company, a product line, and an opportunity built on a foundation of integrity.”

Natural Products:
Valentus products are all natural and free from chemicals or harmful ingredients, containing only 4 grams of sugar from fruit.

Additional Health Benefits:
Besides weight loss, Valentus claims that their product line helps increase mental focus and alertness and elevate overall mood.

Travel Sizes:
The nutraceutical products come in easy-to-carry travel packs can be purchased by individual boxes or as a complete set.

Training for Distributors:
Valentus offers its distributors a lead generation system alongside a sponsor, business tools, and step-by-step training.

Distributor Commissions:
Distributors are able to receive a 25 percent commission on product sales as well as other financial incentives.

Unique Lead Generation System:
Sales leads are generated from Valentus’s founder’s contacts that he developed over time as a successful eBay seller. No other MLM companies are known to provide this type of system.

Valentus has many benefits to their multi-level marketing. The company’s main benefit is their option of natural products, free from chemicals.  In addition, Valentus products help with increased mental focus along with weight loss.

For Distributors, Valentus has a great training system. Distributors are given a step-by-step training and several business tools to help them with their new business venture.  Also, Distributors have the ability to receive a 25% commission on sales.  But the best feature of Valentus is their unique lead generation system, providing Distributors with qualified leads.

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What is marketing strategy?

What is marketing strategy?

That 30 seconds of silence is what people effectively get out of your communications if your message does not directly address their needs. As Howard Gossage has so aptly pointed out, people see or hear only what interests them. The rest is, well, nothing.

Consumers do not buy what you sell. They buy what has value to them.

We are exposed to hundreds, if not thousands, of marketing messages every day. Why would we be receptive to all of them? That would be mental chaos. So, in response, we tune out all but the most relevant ones. Our brain is actually very good at tuning out stuff that it does not want or need. We do this automatically. This prevents us from going insane.

You probably remember the experience of learning a new word—as a child or even as an adult—and all of a sudden you see and hear that word everywhere. This is an example of how our brains smooth over the parts of our environment that are not relevant to us. That word was always there, of course, but it was effectively invisible to our mind until learning its meaning gave it relevance. As a result, pop! like magic that word is now there where seemingly it never was before. A marketing message operates exactly the same way.

What does marketing strategy have to do with this materialization out of nothing?

Marketing strategy is sorting out who your audience actually is, and then finding out what has meaning for them. What do they care about, and how does this relate to your offer? What message can you deliver that is both true and meets your consumer squarely at the level of their needs? Marketing strategy is the process of uncovering messages that can be heard. Marketing strategy allows you to answer the crucial question your offer must address: “Why should I care?” To paraphrase Peter Drucker: Consumers do not buy what you sell. They buy what has value to them. 

Why does marketing strategy matter?

Shortest answer: Because it saves you money.

Marketing strategy allows you to use pathways and footholds that apply your limited marketing budget more effectively.

In marketing, there is strategy and there are tactics. A lot of marketing, in practice, is preoccupied with what I call tactical experimentation. This is the act of throwing all kinds of things out at the world or at broad demographic targets to see what works. As you do this you are spending money, potentially lots of it. The idea in this method is to do this until you find some marketing actions that work, and when you find them you can then do more of those.

This process often results in the classic Wanamaker dilemma—”Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” He was speaking of advertising, but the principle applies.

Marketing strategy allows you to use pathways and footholds that apply your limited marketing budget more effectively (everyone’s marketing budget is limited). Marketing strategy facilitates your ability to apply marketing money to the correct half of the Wanamaker equation—the half you are not wasting on audiences who do not value your message.

To illustrate this principal with one of our own rather straightforward examples, when we looked at the South Bronx as a marketplace for the Bronx Museum, the situation we saw was reflected by the first competitive advantage diagram below; here, there is nothing in their offer, as understood by the consumer, that is of any perceived value. The strategy, therefore, could not be to simply support the institutional desire to communicate about all the great art that was on exhibit (see Drucker above).

Marketing Strategy, Tronvig GroupWe had to find factors that could legitimately be moved into the competitive advantage, things that were perceived as valuable to the desired audience, that was not perceived to be offered by the competition. In this case, there was no required product change, just an adjustment of the marketing message communicated through the website and advertising. By effective marketing on the basis of the factors that reflected what was of value to the target consumer we cost-effectively supported the achievement of their desired objective to increase attendance from local audiences in the South Bronx. This is marketing strategy applied, and it helped them double attendance*.

 

So, for the sake of your own institution or product, please spend the time and energy to really get inside the head of your consumer. Find the intersection between your offer and their needs. Answer Drucker’s Questions #2 and #3: Who is your customer? What do they value? Isolate those specific factors that actually drive behavior for them. Realize they are not buying what you are selling, they are only buying what is of value to them. And, by all means, use THAT in your marketing communications.

You’ll be very glad you did.

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Put The Word In You

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among
us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the
only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
(John 1:14).

Jesus is the revelation of God’s Word and the
character of His thoughts, opinions, imaginations
and entire being. He was the Word of God in flesh
and a master of words. The Bible tells us how the
temple guards who were sent to arrest Him, stopped
to listen to Him, and upon hearing His words, went
back without arresting Him.
When the chief priests and Pharisees asked why
they returned without Him, the officers replied, “…No
man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46 NKJV). His
words brought healing to the sick, restored sight to the
blind, unstopped deaf ears, gave the lame new legs to
walk, and raised the dead. His words were different.
The Bible says He cast out demons with His words
(Matthew 8:16). He ruled and reigned with words. He
showed us the power of words; their value and how
to use them. Don’t just talk; speak the Word. Build yourself. Develop your spirit and distinguish yourself. Make your words different and become an excellent person.
This won’t happen, however, until you feed your spirit  with the right information—God’s Word. The Bible says,…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man
out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things”
(Matthew 12:34-35). God gives us His Word so we can receive it, meditate on it, and let it become a part of us. Jesus said, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4). Remember, food becomes a part of your body when you eat. In the same way, if you’d meditate on God’s Word, you’ll produce God’s words. If you don’t have it in you, it can’t come out of you. Put the Word in you. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
Confession
The Word of God is in my heart
and in my mouth, and as I speak
it forth, I establish the goodness
of God in my world, effecting
positive changes, and charting
my course in glory. Blessed be
God!

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Don’t Ask God For Things

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ
(Ephesians 1:3). 
The purpose of prayer isn’t for us to get God
to do something for us. In fact, did you know
your heavenly Father doesn’t want you asking for
things? Someone who finds this surprising could be
wondering, But Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given
you” (Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9).
Yes, He did say that, but that was before the
emergence of the new creation. “Ask and it shall be
given you” was His teaching on faith and confidence in
the Lord before His vicarious death, burial, resurrection
and subsequent ascension to the Father to inherit all
things in our behalf. Now, He’s made us joint-heirs
with Him (Romans 8:17). The Bible says, “…his divine
power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto
life and godliness…” (2 Peter 1:3).
Having discovered these truths, what would you
really want to ask God for? We read in our opening
verse that you’ve been blessed with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Stop
asking God for things in prayer. Use the power and
privilege of prayer for higher purposes, like fellowship
Don’t Ask God For Things
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ
(Ephesians 1:3).
Psalms 142-145
1 Corinthians
11:2-34
Colossians
3:12-25
Jeremiah 13
Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for
supplying everything I need to
live triumphantly for your glory
and fulfil my destiny in you!
I refuse to fret or struggle for
anything, for you’ve brought
me into the place of rest and
superabundance, where all my
needs are met, in Jesus’ Name.
Amen.
with the Father. You own the world. All things are
yours (1 Corinthians 3:21), because you’re the seed
of Abraham.
God already knew everything you’d ever need,
and before you came on the scene, He made them
available to you. He’s blessed you with all things
already. There’s nothing today you’ll like to have that
you don’t already have. “Yes, Pastor Chris, I know the
Bible says all things are mine, but the reason I’m not
enjoying them is because I really don’t have faith.”
No; you do have faith if you’re born again. You
only need to act on the Word. The Bible says, “…
God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith”
(Romans 12:3). The same measure of faith was given
to every one of us when we received the Gospel of
Christ. Moreover, that measure of faith you received at
the New Birth is enough to move mountains (Matthew
17:20). Use what you have. Exercise your faith. 

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