Week of March 25th- 31st 2018

Faith When the Shells Hit

Artillery is a powerful piece of equipment when used properly it can hinder if not route an uncommitted enemy. When focused with multiple you can create a firestorm of lead and pure power raining down. but what happens when we are under fire by what seems to be an unrelenting enemy? How committed are we to follow Christ? Are we willing follow the orders and hold the ground. When Satan's firestorm is raining down on us and it seems that there is no way we will survive if things continue the way they are. we ask ourselves why would God allow us to be here? In what way could any of this help us or our faith? the truth is, it’s Because he loves us we are in the midst of these battles. you may be questioning, “What?”. but think it thru, only a true Danger, one that could change us forever, requires true honest Faith. when we abandon our fears and go to war in prayer, expecting not hoping for an answer. this then allows God to stretch us and prepare us to be used for the greater things to come. will we remain at our Battle Stations with our Battle Buddy, or will we be the uncommitted men falling back the second it looks unwinnable?

17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 So watch yourselves.

“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”

Luke 17:1-10

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The Lord hears the cries of His people.  On Oct 6,  2016  Hurricane Matthew hit Florida coast lines in an horrific way. Cat 4,   We were in Orlando on vacation and we were told that the storm was making landfall across from us and we were under severe warnings.  Even Disney World where we were spending a lot of our time shut down, only 4 times had they did this in their history.  On the eve of when Matthew was to hit I received texts stating people were praying for our safety. We also were in much prayer for the millions of people who are in line of the attack.  When the conversations started on prayer we asked God to put a hedge up. If I look at the prayer time and the time that Matthew took a small offset it was prefect. You can see on the tract map that for no reason the storm cut to the right then straighten again. But that offset was enough that the inlands and severity was lessened. We in Orlando at our place received rain and wind, very little effects. Still pray for the ones without power and the cleanup following. But my faith was so increased as to Gods goodness and mercy seeing Him offset the storm as many started praying.   Proverbs 15:29 .. The Lord hears the prayers of the righteous. 

From Sunday mornings message 9-18-16

In prayer I began thinking of being in His presence.   

1. Those who Hungry and thirst after righteousness shall be filled 

2. Let our trial become our testimony

3. Anoint your problem with PRAISE

4. If there be a miracle in this Place Let me be the first in line

5. If there be a  Healing in this Place don’t pass me by

     **  And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, 
Have mercy on me, O Lord, ….    my daughter is grievously  vexed with a devil.
Matthew 15:22 KJV

     ** "Lord, have mercy on my son," 
he said. "He has seizures and is suffering terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.  Matthew 17:15

7. If there be Repair of a broken Heart in this Place Put me back together

    **  He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.     Psalm 147:3 

    **  The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are  crushed in spirit. 

Psalms 34:18

8.  Anoint your problem  with PRAISE

 

 

 

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Provision and Prevention

I have learned that God's provision is not always preventing things from happening. Sometimes God's provision is helping you get through the problem.  

Two times in our home God has placed us in front of a disaster about to happen.  Both times, if God had not placed Susan and I, our basement would have become flooded. The first time I was standing near the hot water heater and all of a sudden one of the lines burst. I immediately shut down everything.  The second time Susan was washing clothes when she heard a spewing noise; the water filter had cracked.  She immediately called my cell phone wanting to know what to do. In both cases God's provision was placing us to prevent damage. God's provision also came in another form, knowledge and finances to repair the broken parts. 

Things may happen in our life that we may ask the question "why did God let this happen?"  We can always, always count on the provision of God; He will help us through the problem.

 

 

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This article was written by Chris Russell.     ( 8 ways in knowing God's will for your life) 

 

1) Walk with God.

For starters, if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him. Christianity is all about relationship rather than just religion.

And so you must cultivate your relationship with God. You must seek to know Him and not just seek to know about Him.

You will cultivate that relationship best by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and small group Bible study opportunities. When you seek these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

2) Surrender your will to God’s.

Many times when we say we are seeking God’s will, what we are really wanting to say to God is this: “OK, God, here’s what I’m planning to do. Now I need you to rubber stamp this, all right?” I must tell you that this is not really effective in finding His true will.

Before God will begin to reveal His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway.

Romans 12:1-2

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Jesus was willing to die for us, so shouldn’t we be willing to live for Him? When we surrender to Him, that is when He really begins to direct our steps.

3) Obey what you already know to be God’s Will.

Many people seem to want to know what God’s plan is for their lives, but they overlook the fact that 98% of His will is already delineated carefully through His Word. God is very clear about many, many aspects of His will. For instance, it is clearly His plan that we abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

If we do not obey the things that God has shown us clearly to be His will, why would we think He would reveal any further information regarding His plan for our lives? Obedience is an important first step.

4) Seek godly input.

One key component to finding God’s will is to seek the input of godly advisors in your life. If you don’t currently have 3-4 godly mentors, then I would highly recommend that you seek them out right away.

Think of it this way: you should understand that you are basically a composite of the five people you spend the most time with. So, then, it is vital that you choose those five people well. If you choose to surround yourself with godly advisors, they will be instrumental in helping you discern God’s plan for your life. But if you surround yourself with people who are far from God, your hope of finding His best for your life will be greatly diminished.

Proverbs 11:14

Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

The church is designed to help you greatly with this. I would encourage you to be in church every single time the doors are opened. The more you involve yourself with a community of believers, the greater your chances will be of finding godly men and women who can help you discern God’s will.

5) Pay attention to how God has wired you.

God has created you to fulfill a specific role in this world. There is no one else who can achieve completely what God has purposely created you to do.

The Apostle Peter gives us this admonition:

1 Peter 4:10

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

God has gifted every one of us to perform a special mission for which we alone were created. How amazing is that? Wow!

So, when you seek to discover God’s will for your life, pay attention to how He has gifted you. His plan for you will always be directly related to the gifts that He has bestowed upon you. The great news is that you will automatically be good at whatever it is that He has called you to do!

6) Listen to God’s Spirit.

I experienced a major turning point in my own prayer life when I learned simply to shut up while I was praying. That may sound odd to you, and it seemed odd to me at first.

You see, I used to do all the talking when I prayed to God. But then, several years ago, I read Bill Hybel’s book, Too Busy Not to Pray. That book completely changed the way I approached God through prayer. Since reading that book, I have added a significant component to my prayer life: listening. I take time to listen to what God might have to say to me.

Practically, the way I go about this is to bring a notepad with me when I sit down to pray. Then I write at the top of several pages things like the following:

  • “What is the next step in my career?”
  • “What is the next step in my ministry?”
  • “What is the next step for my family?”
  • “What is the next step for my marriage?”
  • “What is the next step in my education?”
  • “What is the next step in my finances?”

During my prayer time, I meditate on questions such as the above. Often, God will start flooding my heart with ideas and information regarding one or more of those questions. I write as fast as I can as He speaks to my heart. What a glorious experience that is to sense His Spirit on me, guiding my thoughts and words.

Through experiences like this, He has shown me many times with great clarity what His will is for my life. I long for those experiences when He speaks to me like that. Those times are truly life changing.

John 10:27

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

7) Listen to your heart.

In addition to listening to the Spirit, I also recommend listening to your heart. To understand my point here, consider the following passage:

Psalms 37:4-5

4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. (NKJV)

I love this passage, because it shows me that, when I am walking with the Lord, He will actually let me do many really cool things that I actually love to do! When you are close to Him, He actually begins to shape your desires so that you desire the things that He has already called you to do.

So then, His plan actually becomes a super-exciting adventure. I always have the most fun in life when I am doing God’s will. And that is because He shapes my “wanter” to want to do the things for which He has actually created me.

8) Take a look at your circumstances.

God often clearly demonstrates His plan for our lives by lining up circumstances in obvious ways. And He also shows us what His will is NOT for us to do in that same way. It is not His will for you to take the job that is not offered to you. If you are 5’ 6” tall and weigh 125 lbs., it is not likely that God has created you to play professional football.

Over the years, I have discovered that God is pretty good at opening and closing doors. He even did that for the Apostle Paul and his enterouge in Acts. Take a look at this passage:

Acts 16:6-10

6 Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.

7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.

8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.

9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

10 Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

So, even Paul had to face closed doors in his ministry. God often uses closed doors to show us clearly what He does NOT want us to do. And He also uses open doors at times to show us what He DOES want us to do. Of course, this does not mean that every open door is definitely God’s plan, but it does help to give you some basic direction.

A Closing Thought:

The next time you begin to ponder God’s plan for your life, I would encourage you to mull over the above eight keys. Use these principles to help you to hone in on His plan. And when you seek His will earnestly, you will find it!

 

 

 

 

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Acts 10:36 (NKJV)

 The Word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching Peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all

 Now that I have read with my eyes, I now sit and stare at what I have just read. I must now let the Word digest and let the meaning of what God spoke become nutrients to my soul. I must let it do what it is intended to do.  I know that my mind, just from everyday living, has become contaminated by what I am around. I need the filters of my mind to be cleaned, flushed out, so I can receive full benefit of His food.

 “Lord of All”

 During the storms of life, He is Lord, Lord of All. It’s well to remember that after each storm you must recalibrate your instrument panel.  Recalibration is achieved as we study the Bible and in turn, the effect of our study will be to listen to the instructions found in the Bible; we put into effect the Words of God into our lives. 

 My Prayer:

God it’s very hard to digest what You have just said, but by Your help I will make Christ Lord of all in every part of my life.  Amen

 

 

 

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My All in All

I am so glad that God is my all in all.  Because of who I am I have to put all my trust in God, I cannot take any credit on y own for anything. I know we all have schedules and a lot of time schedules become a daily routine. Never let me leave out my time with Him or let it become a struggle to work Him in.  Tomorrow His blessing to me is refreshed and I will enjoy my time with Him.  He is my All In All.

 

 

 

Today's Strength

Today I arose tired. I don’t feel like doing anything, going anywhere, all I want to do is sit around. Yet there is so much to be done.  I must pray scripture.

Psalm 28:7-8
The Lord is my strength and my shield.
My heart trusted him, so I received help.
My heart is triumphant; I give thanks to him with my song.
The Lord is the strength of his people
and a fortress for the victory of his Messiah.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Thank You Lord. 

 

 

Encourage yourself

I am excited about today. Why, because I know Who holds this day. Will there be sadness, heartaches, pain, yes. But be encouraged as to what the scripture said. John 16:33 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”   ....  Do not let circumstances dictate who gives peace and joy. That is something spiritual between you and God. He alone gives this in a life. You may have to encourage yourself many times this day by saying, I am a child of the King, covered by His blood and He alone reigns in me. Go forth today and conquer. 

 

 

Believe with me.  

Now according to Hebrews 11:1 faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see or "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen".  There are a lot of things we trust because we have become accustomed to it.  When I cut the light out at night, the room becomes black. I do not see the electrical current still flowing all around me, but when I connect the switch to the light the next morning it flows to where I need it. I don't see the water in my well, but when I turn on the faucet it flows to where I need it.  I don't see the gas in my tank, but it works when I turn on the ignition switch.  Lord help me to become so accustomed to Your Holy Spirit flowing in our lives that it flows healing to the point I need it.

 

Am I confusing Loneliness with Solitude?

I get a feeling of loneliness in my heart. I can’t shake it,  being around people seems to enhance it; TV and radio seems to disturb it.  My heart seems heavy; I try to reason out what’s bothering me so much but I cannot seem to shake it.  I want to compare myself with the experience of Elijah after a great battle and seeing the mighty power of God move. I remember the story well as he sat under the Juniper Tree... ..But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree;  he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”  But that experience became a place of solitude for him and God. God had a chance to speak to him.  Others needed a place of solitude: Abraham’s experience of solitude began when he was called from his home in the region of Babylon.  Moses’ life, his first encounter with God at the burning bush was one of solitude. He alone saw the bush and heard the voice. Much of David’s life was spent in solitude. As a shepherd boy, he learned to trust God as his Shepherd while watching the sheep on the fields of Judah.  Jesus’ ministry began with a call to solitude as the Holy Spirit took him into the wilderness for forty days. He emerged from that time alone with God having faced down satan, ready to proclaim the kingdom of God.  So am I confusing what I feel as loneliness, when instead it’s solitude - God trying to pull me away long enough to be alone with Him, just me and Him

 

 

My actions

May my actions prove that which I say I stand for; the principles of God's Word in the form it was written.  Let us not be misleading or deceiving in our message to lead others wrongly.  Let the foundation in which our principles were established remain strong, Christ centered and focused.  Let the outreach from our ministry be humble - yet firm,  gentle - yet strong, kindness of speech - yet unwavering.

Dear God,  Let us be Your church,  meeting your requirements.  

In Thy Name we ask and submit.  Amen 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My time with God.

My time with God is a must.  I think I am beginning to understand what Paul meant by,  " pray without ceasing,"1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV).   A constant prayer on my mind.  Why, it guards my heart.  If I can keep the things I see and the things I hear from making to my heart then perhaps I will not dwell on those unnecessary things. The things that would bring bitterness, anger, hurt.  These things demand attention when they rise in our lives. As a header banner that is made in bold letters, these things become headlines to us. We study on them, we read the what ifs in them they consume our thoughts. 

So my time with God is a must.  Guard your heart .... (Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.)

 

 

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As I was praying It seemed as this was spoken into my spirit.   Whenever the plans of God does not match up with what we desire or have planned, then it becomes total trust in Him because He has our best interest in mind.   

 

 

Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)      Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,

 

I want to urge you to lose your mind. Before you say, “Too late; that’s already happened,” let me clarify. You need to lose your mind so that you might take on the mind of Christ.

Think how many times we see Jesus putting aside His own convenience that he might fulfill the Father’s plan. In the garden He said, “Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet, not what I will, but what you will.” Even when He died, we heard Him say, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  Look with me at the beauty of this passage in Philippians. The particular quality of the mind or attitude of Christ is that of humility. While this is not a popular virtue in our day, if we want to be like Jesus, then we need to heed and apply these lessons from His life.    What does taking on the mind of Christ mean?

 

 

 

"Living beyond our expectations.”

Remember the man who prayed that the mountain would be removed. Got up the next morning pulled the curtain back and said,       ”just as I thought - it’s still there".   

It’s hard to believe beyond our mind’s thoughts.  Your eyes and mind rule your life for the most part. Your mouth can speak contrary to what your eyes see and even speak contrary to what the mind believes; even if the ears hear the words, the mind has the final vote.  Why are there not more miracles happening, why aren’t there more great things happening in our lives?  We have not come to the point of wrapping our mind around the power of God. Our mouth may speak about God’s power, our ears may hear about God’s power, our eyes may see God’s power but, but to have the mind believe so much in God’s power that it becomes real in our life it seems to lose that connection. 

We have heard the phrase…Mind over matter …. I personally think until we reach that point we will not experience the fullness of His power.  Mind over matter,  having our minds so focused on God that nothing else matters.   

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"I came but knew not what to do."

We all have been hit with unexpected things. We may be facing things that pertain to finances,  health,  relationship, unexpected turns in life that we did not see coming.  All of a sudden we are to react, but how?  "I came but knew not what to do.”  With the attack of fear rising up within me, as tears start dwelling up within my eyes, as my hands tremble and legs go numb now that I am here what must I do? 

Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV)
2  "The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.

God this day I claim this,  

2 Chronicles 20:15 (NKJV)
……..  says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 
2 Chronicles 20:17 (NKJV)
You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”

 

 

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Enjoying life at church, who would have thought?  
When asked, what did you do the weekend?  I replied, went to church. That must have been the wrong answer by the look on their face. 

I have found there is life, a wonderful life, a joyous life within the church. David spoke this. “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord."    (Psalm 122:1)     Why?  He had found a hidden treasure. Christ spoke about hidden treasures. We hear the term "seeking love in all the wrong places", it’s searching without results.  Let me share this Sunday’s experience.  Upon arriving at church I was met with smiles, hugs, and happy talk. I found I met people eager to meet others and to worship God. Even before the service started I was making my rounds through the sanctuary meeting people, then I had the opportunity to pray for needs before service. God is awesome, we don’t have to wait till the end of service or 12 o’clock to pray. When there is a need - then there is prayer. 

Larry and Mary Kessler, our missionaries to Russia, were our guest speakers. As Larry was bringing the message, he drew a vivid picture in our mind about the greatness of Christ and Peter together. There were times of laughter,  there were times of weeping, but there was a full presence of God. The altars became full with hearts crying unto the One that could really do something in their lives, God. Then off to eat lunch, more laughter, more friends. Then at 6 o’clock a church picnic at the park, food, horseshoes, corn hole pitching, play ground for the little ones, chairs filled with others just talking.  

When finally lying down to rest for the night, I could not help but thank God for my wonderful church family I enjoy being with so much. Once again David’s words rang loud, (  I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.  Psalm 122:1)

 

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Another thought has been placed in my mind that I seemly cannot move from. 
James 5:16 (NKJV)…….. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
What does that mean?  Through the scripture there are the ones who seemed to have a connection with God Himself. Their prayers were heard and answered.  What was different in them than what I (we) experience today?  Let’s take some excerpts from David.

Psalms 5:1-6

1. What David here prays for, which may encourage our faith and hopes in all our addresses to God. If we pray fervently, and in faith, we have reason to hope,

(1.) That God will take cognizance of our case, the representation we make of it and the requests we make upon it; for so he prays here: Give ear to my words, O Lord! Though God is in heaven, he has an ear open to his people’s prayers, and it is not heavy, that he cannot hear. Men perhaps will not or cannot hear us; our enemies are so haughty that they will not, our friends at such a distance that they cannot; but God, though high, though in heaven, can, and will.

(2.) That he will take it into his wise and compassionate consideration, and will not slight it, or turn it off with a cursory answer; for so he prays: Consider my meditation. David’s prayers were not his words only, but his meditations; as meditation is the best preparative for prayer, so prayer is the best issue of meditation. Meditation and prayer should go together, Ps. 19:14. It is when we thus consider our prayers, and then only, that we may expect that God will consider them, and take that to his heart which comes from ours.

(3.) That he will, in due time, return a gracious answer of peace; for so he prays (v. 2): Hearken to the voice of my cry. His prayer was a cry; it was the voice of his cry, which denotes fervency of affection and importunity of expression; and such effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man avail much and do wonders.

Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 750). Peabody: Hendrickson. 

 

 

 

 

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Ecclesiastes 3  
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; ...

V 3:11: Our hearts yearn for something that nothing in this life can satisfy.

  Personal application. Limitations are intended to remind us of our mortality and point us to God.

  • I have heard life described in so many ways, some good and some bad. Life does have seasons which we all go through. From birth till death we cannot slow the process down to remain age 21 forever.  With each year we find ourselves meeting new goals never experienced before.  To live a life that tomorrow is not thought of or planned for is disastrous for the present and especially the future.   

  • As I am now in what life calls retirement season,  how I manage to survive now depends on how I started investing when I became old enough to work.  

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

  • Then when I am called to my heavenly home -  it is based on what I have done also.

John 3:3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

  • Today's season is tomorrow's gain. Don't miss it.

 

 

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Luke 4:40–41 (NKJV)

40When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them. 

41   And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.

 

Demons came out of many people, they were shouting, You are the Son of God! The reason for Jesus’ rebuke was that He did not come to earth so that demons could acknowledge Him as the Christ, that is, the Messiah. Instead, He came to be acknowledged by people.

 

C.H. Spurgeon said it like this;    A soul in distress runs to Jesus: God in compassion runs to meet returning wanderers. With sin within you, Christ before you, time pressing you, eternity awaiting you, hell beneath you, heaven above you; O sinner, you may indeed well run! He that would have heaven must run for it.

 

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A new day will never begin in your life until you initiate.

We often are afraid to step out of our world we are comfortable in to explore the world God has to offer us. Below are some scripture that encouraged me.

 

Joshua 1:6–9 (NKJV)

6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 

7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 

8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

1 Samuel 17:45–47 (NKJV)

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 

46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 

47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

 

 Psalm 27:1–3 (NKJV)

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? 

2When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. 

3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

 

Acts 4:13 (NKJV)

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

 

Philippians 1:12–14 (NKJV)

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 

13so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 

14and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

 

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Awake late in the night while everyone seems to be at rest. I meditate over the days events.  I pray, I read, I cry, many needs arriving that God needs to move in. It brings a word from the scripture that satan is ever out to kill and destroy.  We must be on guard, our defense must be in place, our tactic must always be made in prayer. When you are the chosen - you are the target. Christ spoke many times to us about how we would be used and abused, slandered and ridiculed.  Yet we are victorious in Him. We were chosen by the Master. He is our Shepherd, it is He that leads us in green pastures, it is He that stops by the brook so we can drink in peace while He watches over us.  We should always start our day with victory in mind and at night when all is asleep except you, remember how victorious your battles have been because you had the Master watching over you.

In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. God’s promises are faithful and true.  We are more than conquerors, but it is He who gives the victory.  

(John 16:33 Reference )

 

 

 

 

Psalm 65

Praise to God for His Salvation and Providence

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.

 

1    Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion;

And to You the vow shall be performed.

2    O You who hear prayer,

To You all flesh will come.

3    Iniquities prevail against me;

As for our transgressions,

You will provide atonement for them.

4    Blessed is the man You choose,

And cause to approach You,

That he may dwell in Your courts.

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,

Of Your holy temple.

5    By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us,

O God of our salvation,

You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth,

And of the far-off seas;

6    Who established the mountains by His strength,

Being clothed with power;

7    You who still the noise of the seas,

The noise of their waves,

And the tumult of the peoples.

8    They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs;

You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.

9    You visit the earth and water it,

You greatly enrich it;

The river of God is full of water;

You provide their grain,

For so You have prepared it.

10    You water its ridges abundantly,

You settle its furrows;

You make it soft with showers,

You bless its growth.

11    You crown the year with Your goodness,

And Your paths drip with abundance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Encourage him.”

Deuteronomy 1:38

 

There is hope, I encourage you to stand strong, our Deliver is Coming

God employs his people to encourage one another.  God never works needless miracles; if his purposes can be accomplished by ordinary means, that’s how he will perform.  In this story I see how God used Moses to be an encourager to Joshua. An angel had never experienced the hardness of the road, nor seen the fiery serpents, nor had he led the stiff-necked multitude in the wilderness as Moses had done. We should be glad that God usually works for man by man. It forms a bond of brotherhood, and being mutually dependent on one another, we are fused more completely into one family. 

 

Labour to help others, and especially strive to encourage them. Encourage the young and anxious believer, lovingly try to remove stumblingblocks out of their way. When you find a spark of grace in their heart, kneel down and blow it into a flame.

 

God encourages you/us by his promises; Christ encourages us as he points to the heaven he has prepared for you, and the spirit encourages you as he works in you to do of his own will and pleasure. Imitate divine wisdom and encourage others, according to His Word.

 

In this time of Celebration encourage someone.

 

Pastor