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Abraham: Fear, Faith and Thank Offerings

By on October 1, 2015

It’s very easy to fall into a state of fear, anxiety, dread and stress – there are so many things happening that are beyond your control and you aren’t very happy about any of it!
Abraham had just been through a battle. He’d fought victoriously, paid his tithes and received blessings from God. Now, on his way home, he gets hit with fear.
When does discouragement and fear hit? When you’re hungry, angry, lonely or tired. That’s when you feel like giving up: you look at all the needs you have and feel like you don’t have very much to show for your efforts. But, thank God, we have a God who knows your needs!

Genesis 15:1“After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”
God met Abraham where he was and brought him a word of strength and encouragement! God knows where you are! And, He knows what your needs are! He’s not a God who is far off, He is the “right here God!”

Genesis 15:2 “And Abram said, Lord God, what will thou give me…” Abraham was grateful for being protected in battle. He was thankful for his material blessings. He was glad for a godly wife, but his heart was broken because he wanted a child of his own, and they had no children!
Sometimes God has blessed you so abundantly in some areas that you feel bad asking Him for the ONE area that is breaking your heart. You think, “He’s blessed me with so much – how could l ask Him for the ONE thing that would bring meaning to my life? I’d seem ungrateful.”

That’s what the flesh, or the natural mind will tell you, but FAITH tells you to be bold and ask God for what is on your heart! Abraham wanted more than anything to have a son and he told God what was in his heart. God wants to hear from your heart, and for you to draw near to Him by faith, because you KNOW He cares for you. ”Casting all your cares on Him for He careth for you.”
In Genesis 15:5, “God brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward Heaven, and count the start, if thou be able to number them: and God said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”

Part of God’s caring for you is to give you godly vision. God will show you big things in your spirit man! He will give you vision for how your life will be with His blessing on it! It’s that vision from God that He plants in your heart that gives you faith, hope and inspiration!
Now listen to this: Genesis 15:6 says, “And Abraham believed the Lord, and God counted it to him for righteousness.”

That’s one of the most important verses in the whole Bible! Abraham believed God and God counted it to him for righteousness! When you believe God, He counts you as being righteous! That’s what the righteousness of God by faith is all about! Believing the Lord and God counting it as righteousness.
When you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you shall be saved! Your believing sets the stage for your receiving. If you don’t believe, you won’t receive.

Now look: When Abraham believed God and was counted righteous, the first thing he did was he sacrificed. He made a sacrificial offering to God. For him, a sacrificial offering was a heifer cow, a goat, a ram, a turtledove and a pigeon. This was more than a $1,000 offering!

When you are walking in fellowship with God and believing the vision He put in your heart, you become a sacrificial giver. But, with sacrificial giving, there is still spiritual warfare that goes on. When you’re walking in faith, God leads you, by the Holy Spirit, like He did Abraham, to sacrifice, to plant a seed in the work of God. Then, the enemy comes to try to devour your seed, to devour your offering.

Here’s exactly what happened when Abraham sacrificed to His God: Genesis 15:11-12 And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
The enemy will come and try to take away your offering, your gift, before it is able to accomplish its purpose in God! Jesus said that it works the same way in the New Testament. The enemy comes to devour your seed! Does God know how this feels? YES! The enemy comes also to devour Gods seed, which is the Word of God sown into peoples’ lives!

Here is what Jesus said in Mark 4:3-4 “Behold, there went out a sower to sow: [4] And it same to pass, as he sowed some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. ”When you sow your seed, you can be certain the enemy will try to devour it up! Jesus said in Mark 4:15: “And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard Satan cometh immediately and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”

Like Abraham, you have to drive away the fowls of the air from the sacrificial gift God put on your heart! You have to keep feeding your faith and acting on faith, and driving the enemy away! That’s what I have to do, it’s what Rev. McCoy has to do, it’s what Rev. Michelle has to do, and it’s what YOU have to do!

See, a lot of people have the mistaken idea that if you’re walking by faith everything is easy! NO! It’s not like that! Every good thing you do is a challenge, because the devil challenges you just like he challenges God!

The enemy just loves to come after God’s people with a spirit of fear! The spirit of fear is manifested by anxiety, depression, bitterness, anger, stress and even discouragement. Here’s how it happened to Abraham:

Genesis 15:12, “And when the sun, was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.”
Abraham began to go into a time of darkness, and then, he felt lulled to, sleep. The enemy wanted Abraham (and you) to lose his vision, and to turn back in fear. 2 Tim. 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

That sleep that the enemy sends keeps you from seeing what’s going on around you! That’s why so many, Christians’ marriages are falling apart, their finances are in a shambles, and their kids are going to hell and they I don’t even see it coming!

“Wherefore he saith, [in Ephesians 5:14] Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light.”
You MUST realize there are rules and principles in walking by faith, in the Spirit! Abraham stayed focused on God and on the promises of God, even when he was losing light, falling asleep and being attacked by a spirit of fear!

Now look: ln Genesis 15:17-18, “And it came to pass, that when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. [18] In the same day the Lord made a covenant Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land…”

God sent a light into Abraham’s darkness! Abraham stayed faithful, and God came to him in his time of darkness! God received Abraham’s sacrifice, and gave Abraham light in his darkness, just like it said there in Ephesians!

This is the same thing that God says in Job 22:27-29 “Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. [28] Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. [29] When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. ”

Abraham prayed, heard from God, made his sacrifice, his vow, and told God what he really wanted in life. Then, when you’re faithful in your time of darkness and fear, God will shine His light on your path! And, then, when OTHER people are going through the same thing, you’ll be there to encourage and strengthen them, because God has already done it for you!

There is a power in walking in these Bible principles. Make your request known to God! Make your sacrificial gift! Use the Word of God to keep the fowls of the air away from your gift! And, God will give YOU light!

Four Doors

Four Way Problem Bashing!

By on August 5, 2015

It‘s scary! It‘s frustrating! To be on the brink of losing everything you value … to have forces that are beyond your control, raging against you, threatening your very existence and feeling like there’s nothing you can do about it.



I talk regularly with people who feel like they‘re in exactly this situation. Their money’s running out. enemies are coming against them, stress is keeping them frazzled and they feel crushed under the pressures and demands of everyday life.



If you feel like your stormy life is basically your fault, it is easy to think that there’s no help for you and that with so much coming against you, there’s no of hope. That feeling of hopelessness soon mounts against you and plunges you into despair and depression. And if the devil has his way YOU’LL STAY UNDER AND NEVER GET UP AGAIN!



Satan will say things like, “How can God help you? You didn’t do what you knew you should … God warned you and you didn’t pay any attention. YOU MADE YOUR BED NOW LIE IN IT? Haw! Haw! Haw!”



What do you do when the devil tells you things like this and you know he’s basically right?!






When you’re in this kind of storm, and it seems like your boat is going under, God has four shelters for you -shelters that will protect you and your loved ones from despair, fear and destruction.



These four simple weapons of defense can be used instantly, anywhere against any and every force that ever comes against you.



Now you’ll know specifically WHY the storm can’t wipe you out. Once you know THAT, you’ll be able to exercise your faith and float calmly in a sea of placid tranquility. It‘s in the first shelter that God Gives you.



With the SECOND shelter, you’ll be able to laugh at the devil when he leers and taunts you, telling you- that God has forgotten you or that; you‘re having problems because God is punishing you.



THIRD. Never again will you resent the other people in your life. (Even the ones who bother and confuse you!) Now you have crystal clear understanding of WHY these people are in your life. Instead of being confounded, now you are motivated and energized by the presence of these very same people!



And FOURTHLY, you can instantly access the power of your faith in a way that will calm your roughest seas … any time, day or night.



God gave these four shelters to the Apostle Paul at a time when Paul was about to go under and all hope was lost. When Paul activated these four dynamic understandings, not only did he come through unharmed, but so did those who were with him. What God did for Paul He’s waiting to do from you. Now you’ll be able to enjoy safety, protection and smooth sailing EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE IN THE MIDST OF A STORM!


The Presence of God In Your Everyday Life

By on July 9, 2015

I’ve talked about the seven names of God that He reveals in the Bible. “Jehovah” means “l am” or the “God who reveals Himself.” There are seven names God gave us to use to get our needs met. God wants to meet your need.

The first name was “Jehovah- Jireh:” the Lord our Provider. He provided a lamb as a substitute for the human race. The greatest need that you have is not the education of your mind; the greatest need is the redemption of your spirit.

The second thing we need is health, Jehovah-Rapha: the Lord your Healer. We also have a battle in life. Jehovah-Nissi: the Lord our Victory Banner. We’ve got the name of Jesus to win our battles.

Even fighting the battle and being victorious can wear us out! So, we need peace. He is also Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord our Peace. We need a Shepherd to lead, guide, care for and protect us. He’s the Lord our Shepherd. We also need to know we‘re righteous instead of being under guilt all the time. He is Jehovah- Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness.

The seventh one is, “Jehovah- Shammah: the Lord is Present.” This name is given in Ezekiel 48:35. “lt was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there. ”

God wants you to know He’s not only provided all your needs in these other areas, He wants you to know He is present wherever you are. Like David said, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”

The Bible says that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. In other words when He came into the world, He fulfilled each name and promise God gave in the Bible. Jesus is the Lamb of God that took our place. He has given us His Name to use in spiritual warfare. Jesus is our Righteousness. He is also our Good Shepherd. He is our Peace.

Jesus also is for us, this name, Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord is Present. Jesus is present right where you are. The Lord is Present, always where you are. He’s there to keep you safe, to keep you holy and to protect you from the wiles of the enemy.

Jesus came to fulfill all of God’s promises. He is Jehovah-Shammah: the Lord who is Present. Matthew 1:23 says, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a child and you shall call his name Emmanuel, meaning God with us.”

God was actually present on this earth in Jesus. So He fulfills Jehovah- Shammah: the Lord is Present. The Bible says, “He is the express image of the invisible God.” Jesus said, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.” Jesus is the revelation of God, the Father.

When Jesus died on the cross, rose again out of the grave and went back to Heaven, everything you need for salvation and deliverance was provided for. You have access to it all when you call on the name of Jesus. Jesus is the one who saves and delivers. Without Jesus, you’ll die and go to hell. But with Jesus you’ll go to Heaven.

Now, when Jesus came into the world, He was literally God walking around in a human body when He walked on the earth. He had compassion on the poor, the weak, the outcast, the hurting and dying. But he had anger against the religious hypocrites who said one thing, but did another. He had anger against those religious hypocrites who didn’t care about people and their needs.

Jesus got mad when He looked at the temple and saw them selling and buying merchandise, but not praying for the needs of the people. He took a whip and He drove them out. Why was He mad? Because it was God’s temple, and they were making it a house of merchandise.

They didn’t want the poor, the guilty, the suffering people in there. It would give them a bad image! Jesus drove them out and said, “My Father’s house shall be called a house of prayer.” A house of prayer is a place where people can come to seek God and find Him. A place where they can find forgiveness, deliverance and salvation. A place to pray for guidance help and direction.

Jesus got angry also with the Pharisees, the “holier than thou” church people of his day. They had so many rules and laws, people felt they could never be “good enough” to come to God. At the same time, they DIDN’T give them the dynamic truths and spiritual laws of the Word of God. They never offered God’s principles for being free from sin, Satan and selfishness. Jesus came against people like that. He said, “You generation of vipers, you snakes, you hypocrites, loading these people down with all of these unnecessary things. You won’t go in yourself and won’t let them go in.” Jesus didn`t come to bring religion; He came to bring eternal life.

God is FOR people. He’s on our side. God is with us. Jesus died for people. The only thing on earth going to Heaven is people.

You can feel the heart of God, Jehovah-Shammah: when you read about Jesus in the gospels. In Luke 4:18, what did God say He was here for? Who did He come to help and deliver? Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because . . . ” And then he listed a few reasons WHY the Spirit of the Lord was present. He revealed the secret of having God’s anointing.

While l was praying over this message the Lord showed me His plan for this church and those He is sending here. His anointing comes after the word, “because.” It will change your whole walk with the Lord. It will change this church. Here’s what’s after the word “because.” The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. . . ”

Notice these five categories of people God has a heart for. The poor, the broken hearted the captives, the blind, and the bruised. Jesus said, “The poor need Good News. They need hope; they need to know there is a God in Heaven Who cares about them.”

God wants good news given out. Any church that’s always condemning, criticizing and pointing the finger is not preaching the Good News Gospel that Jesus preached.

Jesus still brings good news for the poor. You say, “well, I’m not poor.” Let me tell you: if you don’t have Jesus, you’re poor! If you have millions of dollars, and die and go to hell, what could be poorer than that? The only real riches in life are the riches of knowing Jesus.

Then, Jesus came “to heal the broken hearted.” God is a healer. This church and every church ought to pray for hurting people. To lay hands on them, and believe for miracles. Every church ought to be a place of healing.

God is present. What’s He present for? To help the poor, to help those who are broken hearted, to bring healing to the broken hearted.

And then He said, “to preach deliverance to the captives.” lf l had each person in our church stand up who was captivated by drugs and alcohol; you would be amazed and shocked.

Multitudes surround our church who are not free. Hundreds are bound by alcohol or drugs or illicit sex, living with people they’re not even married to, or bound by abnormal sexual desires. Jesus comes to set bound people free. When Jesus comes in, the enemy breaks camp.

Jesus continues, “l came to preach recovery of sight to the blind.” Jesus came to give people vision. Greater than physical blindness is the spiritual blindness in the hearts of people. It says in II Cor. 4:4 “The god of this world (which is Satan) hath blinded the minds of those who believe not, lest they should see and enter into the kingdom of God.”

Thank God, there’s a remedy for that blindness. Jesus drives the enemies blindness out of the minds of people so they can be saved.

Then He says He came “to minister to those that are bruised.” Do you know what the word “bruised” means? Wounded, beaten, kicked by the calamities of life. Think of the people today who are bruised by the calamities of life. Maybe you’re bruised to where you can’t stand it anymore. Stress, hassles, money problems. You don’t know where to turn. Your heart is broken, bruised by the calamities of life. Jesus came to bind up those who have a broken heart. He sets the captives free.

God is still present, even here at The Worship Center. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am l in the midst.” He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He’s here to do for you what He did for the people in the Bible.

Jesus is the Lord and Savior who is right here to help you, to touch you and cleanse your spirit. What you have to do is call on Him and ask Him to be Lord of your whole life. Lord Jesus, You are right here with me. l need your presence in my life. Lord l want peace in my heart. l want my sins forgiven. l want eternal life. Jesus, come into my heart. I believe You’re the Son of God. I believe God raised You from the dead so save me now.”


Jesus, The One Who Set’s Us Free

By on July 2, 2015

Independence Day! 4th of July! Fireworks! Picnics! What neat images come to mind this weekend! The 4th of July Weekend is all about celebrating independence and freedom. It’s based on the founding fathers declaring independence from the rule and control of England.


The English had made so many rules, laws, and ordinances that almost no one could follow them. Then, they had set up elaborate ways of taxing people. It got to the point that people just felt like they were only working to pay their taxes, and had nothing left for themselves. Then there was the problem of “taxation without representation.” This meant that the English could take whatever they wanted and the Americans had no say-so in the process. So, when the founding fathers declared independence, the American people celebrated and still do!

America DID gain its freedom from Britain. But, our people are in the grip of a greater bondage than Britain could ever put on us. Our people are in the grip of addictions, habits, violence, lust, appetites out of control. Even in our freedom, we have become slaves and prisoners.


We, as Americans have found that, like the rest of humanity, the worst kind of bondage and servitude isn’t the kind that’s imposed from the outside, but the kind that comes from a heart and mind in bondage to the various sins that can invade a person’s appetites and desires.


We’ve found out that we’re no different than the rest. Even with civil liberties and freedoms, we find ourselves, in the richest and most free society in the world as a nation of poor, enslaved, miserable people.


Jesus described our generation in the Book of Revelation. We think we are a religious nation because we have Christian radio, Christian TV, Christian theater, an amazing number of Christian magazines, books and media outlets. Yet, we have the highest rates of suicide, murder, rape, violence, incest, child abuse and domestic violence in history.


In Revelation 3:17-20, Jesus says, “Because you say I am rich, have become wealthy and have need of nothing – and do not know that you are wretched miserable, poor, blind and naked – I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be clothed that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed, and anoint your eyes with eye salve that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door; I will come into him and dine with him, and he with me. ”


Right here is Jesus’ message to hurting humanity in 1998. He says they think they are wealthy and don’t need anything, including Him. But, he says, really they are wretched. My dictionary defines wretched as: “Worthy of contempt; to be despised; causing misery of grief; profoundly unhappy.”


Look at the main idols and heroes in our society. Whether its sports, music, movies, tv, politics or business, the main players are immoral, openly so. Not only immoral, but dirty minded, blasphemous, foul, unclean unfaithful and corrupt. And, our society sees nothing wrong with these wretched individuals parading themselves as examples and role models.


Next, He says they are miserable. Sure, they get high, get drunk, laugh, smile and pretend everything’s ok. But, even with their money, fame, popularity, skills and abilities; even with their great possessions, inside they’re hurting and brokenhearted. Scared and dying inside. They have this emptiness and track record of failing, and it just eats them up. That’s why the suicide rate is the highest in history. People are so miserable they’d rather die.


So, they’re wretched and miserable. Jesus adds that they are also poor. They think they have all there is, and He says they really don’t have anything. They have designer clothes, gold, jewelry, cars, cigars, tattoos, houses and all the “fun” money can buy. But in their spirits, they don’t have anything. They are lost, alone and can’t find real peace. They are poor.


Not only are they wretched and miserable, Jesus says they are blind. They can’t even see what they are becoming. They can’t see what they are doing to themselves and those around them. They can’t see where they’re going.


Does ANYBODY who gets married plan getting divorced? Who plans on becoming a crack addict? Or a drunk? How about a pervert, child molester or whoremonger? Who plans on growing up to be hooked on pornography? Whoever planned on growing up and being so disappointed that reality didn’t line up with their expectations that they would rather commit suicide than live? It happens every day, but they can’t see where they are headed!


Last, they are naked. They are not even able to cover up what they really are. It shows. The Bible says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” Jesus said, “that which is done in secret shall be shown openly.” King Solomon said, “Can a man take fire into his bosom and not be burned?” There is no way a person can keep hiding what they are doing and becoming. It will all come to light. So, they are naked.


But, they don’t have to stay that way. Jesus didn’t come to keep people enslaved, broke and miserable. He came that we would have life and has it more abundantly. He doesn’t pour out judgement and wrath on enslaved mankind, He brings hope and deliverance.


He says in verse 18 that He wants us to receive His riches. To pay the price for Heaven’s riches. To offer ourselves to God, presenting our bodies as living sacrifices, and receive salvation, blessing and eternal life, beginning here on earth. “Buy from Me gold that’s been refined in the fire.”


Jesus brought us Heaven’s best, and died on the cross to purchase our salvation. Then, He took our punishment, going to Hell, setting the captives free – His gold is that which has been refined in the fire!


When you receive Jesus, you become rich. The Bible says that “He became poor that you may become rich.” You have God’s promise to take care of you, provide for you and to meet your needs by faith. “My God shall supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” You begin to live by Heaven’s standard when you start walking according to the Word of God.


Not only do you receive God’s riches, He clothes you in white garments. This means you are cleansed by God Himself when you ask Jesus to be your Lord. He cleanses you and covers you! Your past is covered, your shame is covered, your weakness is covered in Heaven’s best.


You don’t always have to cover yourself, being afraid someone will find out some dark secret from your past! Jesus has cleansed you! Then, He offers to give you vision in life. He will “anoint your eyes,” so that you can see the way things really are. You’ll know where you’re going. You’ll see what God has put all around you; how to get your needs met.


The Bible says where there is no vision, the people perish. Jesus opens peoples’ eyes to give them vision. When you have vision that comes from God, when the eyes of your understanding are open, you begin to have power in life, and blessing is poured out.


True freedom is what Jesus came to bring to bound up humanity. He came to set captives free. That is what he wants to accomplish in America today – to set people free who are caught in the snare of the devil, taken captive at the devil’s will. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”


You’ll know that there is no sin that Jesus cannot set you free from. There is no addiction that He cannot break off of you. There is no devil in hell that can hold you back when you put your life in Jesus’ hands.


That’s what Independence Day is about, for the Believer. About declaring your freedom in Christ. About your independence from the sins that have run in your family for so many years. About declaring your independence from peoples’ opinions, their criticisms and insults.


And, it’s about becoming set free in Jesus Christ. You’ll never be free in Jesus as long as you’re still brooding over that so-called Christian who did you wrong, or that minister that you think wasn’t nice enough to you, or that relative that took advantage of you. No, it isn’t what you think of them that matters, it’s what you DO about Jesus Christ. About accepting Him as your Lord and Savior. That’s what brings you God’s riches, God’s covering and Heavenly vision in life.

Why not bow your head and pray this prayer right now: “Dear God l need to have Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Please break the hold that sin has on my life. Let it not be attractive to me any longer. Let it have no appeal to me at all. I give you my heart, my life, my affections. Jesus, be my Lord right now. Come into my heart. I believe You are God’s Son who died for me, rose again and are now sitting at God’s right hand. I give you my life from this day forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ”



Opportunities and Adversaries

By on June 24, 2015


We’re at a time of great opportunity. Why? Because people have a sense that things are drawing to a close on some level, and they can sense a change coming in the world and in society. People are willing to talk about where they think the world is heading, and lots of them are even willing to listen.

Not only that, but the days we’re living in are particularly intense. There are plenty of opportunities and at the same time, an abundance of factors that can cause you to lose out.

In 2 Corinthians 16:9, the Apostle Paul found himself in the same type of situation. He said, “A great door an effectual one has opened for me, and there are many adversaries.” He saw the vast opportunities the Lord had blessed him with, and also the people who were sent to drag him down, the adverse conditions, the adverse situations, and other pitfalls he would have to avoid.

When you set out to keep God’s Word, the enemy sets out to come against you any way possible. If he can’t do it through out and out adversity, he might get you to drop your guard by making it seem too easy for you – at first!

Jesus says in Revelation 3:8 that He sets an open door before you, because you keep his Word and Name. He says it’s a door no man can shut. But, l want to tell you, whether you go through that door or not is entirely up to you! Jesus says it’s His will for you to move ahead in life, and for you to grow closer and closer in your walk with Him. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll definitely go through!

Many Believers get to the threshold of having God’s blessing on their lives, and never quite enter in. Multitudes are on the brink of power, victory, prosperity, healing, household salvation, but then get thrown a whammy and get knocked off the porch.

In Acts 14:27, God calls this the “door of faith.” It’s a door to a place in God that you can enter into, but you’re going to have to use your faith. The enemy knows that once you enter in, he’s licked, so he sets up adversaries to hinder you.

What kinds of adversaries are there? First, there are the open or obvious adversaries. Maybe, someone in your family that tries to keep you from fully serving God like you know you should. Or, maybe someone in church that gets on your nerves, so you’re uncomfortable and inhibited whenever you are at the house of God.

There are also situational adversaries, like the car that has a flat tire one week, a dead battery the next and the third week, you’re too sick to leave the house anyway! Situational adversaries can be the boss that forces you to work on Sundays, so you don’t get to fill your spirit with the Word – so your faith level never rises very high. Or the relative that picks an argument every time you’re getting ready for church, so you don’t feel like going anywhere, except maybe under a rock.

Other adversaries are more subtle. Like “friendly fire” in time of war where you’re shot by someone on your own side, these adversaries don’t seem like adversaries at first, but they are just as deadly as an enemy’s bullet.



Your moods and emotions can become adversaries; if you let them keep you from doing what you KNOW God called you to do. If you let them, your moods will carry you off to the place where you’re not dependable, unpredictable and basically out of the loop of usefulness to God or man!



Feelings of inferiority, inadequacy, false guilt- all these can cause you to draw back. We have to remember, NONE of us is sufficient in ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God.” That’s in 2 Corinthians 3:5.



Some adversaries come disguised as blessings. Like the chance for more overtime of Sundays and Wednesday evenings. You’ve been faithful to the Lord and now it seems like He’s blessing you. Until several months later, down the road, when you’ve been out of regular fellowship with the Believers so long, that your standards begin to drop, and you start allowing “little” sins to creep into your life.

Before long, you’re living like everybody else- weak and tossed by the pressures of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. Jesus said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and yet loses his soul?”



Another disguised adversary is the person who is so interested from learning from you! He or she has never understood the things of God until YOU came along! So, you skip out on your regular fellowship to teach, guide and discipline this person… who incidentally never gets past first base! But, you find that out after you’ve dropped your other active ministry in the Body of Christ.



Disguised adversary number three is the “liberated” Christian brother or sister. This adversary claims to love the Lord. Attends church(es) from time to time, and even carries a Bible. But, he or she is still indulging in the old carnalities and past sins.



When you at first meekly mention that you thought Christians didn’t do such things, they look at you with pity. “You poor, bound up deceived individual! Jesus doesn’t care if we:

(Pick one or more): smoke; get high; drink alcohol; swear; look at pornography; commit immorality; steal a little; cheat; skip church; lie. We all know LOTS of Christians who do these things! You poor thing! Here, let me relieve you of some of your convictions those old legalists put on you!”

So instead of following Jesus, you end up following this carnal, half-baked so-called brother or sister. Like it says in 2 Peter 2:19, “While they promise liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.”



See? According to God’s Word, these brothers and sisters are NOT free! They are still in grip of the carnal nature that drives them to be more and more conformed to this present world. And, if you hang out with them, you can be sure they will have more influence on you than you will on them!



That’s why God tells you in 2 Cor. 6:17, “Come out from among them and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing; and l will receive you.” It boils down to, who do l want to accept me? Corrupt human beings or the Holy God? If I’m living to please other people, I cannot be the servant of God.

The question to ask is found in Galatians 1:10: “Do l now persuade (or please) men, or God? Or do l seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, l should not be the servant of Christ. ”

Peer pressure is a definite adversary to your walking in faith. Even “Christian” peer pressure. I want to tell you, that you can’t at the same time demonstrate that YOU are cool, and Jesus is Lord!

The world, the flesh and the devil are working overtime to defeat you and hinder you from running the race that is set before you. The enemy wants to knock you out before you even qualify.

The Path to Overcoming:
1. Recognize your enemy. 1 Peter 5:8 says the devil is our adversary. He NEVER has good plans or intentions for us. He doesn’t just want to see you fall; he wants to see you dead.



2. Don’t give fear room to operate. Philippians 1:28 says, “in nothing be terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition (punishment), but to you of salvation, and that of God.” If you back down because you’re afraid of their disapproval, you’ll lose out. Don’t be scared! Their antagonism is a sign that they are going to be punished, and that you are serving God.



3. Give no opportunity, room, or chance for the enemy to operate in your life. I Timothy 5:14 says, “Give no place to the Devil.” If you give him room, he’ll take it. If you smoke, you’re giving him room to give you cancer. If you drink, you’re giving him room to activate alcoholism. If you steal, you’re giving him room to get you in trouble.

4. Turn your heart and mouth over to God. Jesus said in Luke 21:15, “I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which ALL your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay or resist.” Believe the Word and speak the Word.

5. Trust God. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Rev.12:19 says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath. For it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord.”

6. Understand that the reason you have so many forces working to hold you back is because of your potential in the things of God. You have so much to lose! Like robbers on the street, they let the obviously destitute man walk by unharmed. The weak and homeless man has no trouble. But, when a man comes by that looks rich- that’s the man they try to stop and rob Guard your riches in God!

7. Get close to Jesus. Jesus said in John 10:7 and 9 that He is the Door. He is the way of protection and promotion. He is the way to forgiveness, help, deliverance and eternal life.

Ask Jesus to reveal the adversaries in your life. Commit them to Him. Ask Him for His strength, His wisdom and His deliverance… And walk through that great and effectual Door!


Why Jesus Came To Earth For Us

By on June 19, 2015

One of the classic Christmas verses is found in Isaiah 9:6. It says, “Unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

No one has had an effect on history like Jesus. No one changes people like Jesus. He gives people new starts in life, with new thinking, new natures, new life now and eternal life for eternity.

He changes the alcoholic, the misers, the hateful, the miserable and the addict. When Jesus is uplifted in a society, it gets better. Children are given special place. Men become gentle, yet powerful. Women are honored and able to develop their femininity.

In John 1, it says that Jesus is the Word, and at the incarnation, “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” Jesus lived in Heaven with the father before taking on a human body and living with us. First, man was made in the image of God, and then, God came down in the image of man.

The first promise of the coming of Jesus is in Genesis 3:15. After Adam and Eve sinned, God promised to redeem them and their offspring. He put a curse on the serpent, saying, “I will put enmity between your (Satan’s) seed and hers. But her seed shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.”

You have to understand the nature of sin before you can understand why Jesus came to redeem, or to buy us back.

See, God wanted fellowship, or companionship, and that’s why He made man. God made earth as a gift for man. God made the earth, and all that was in it for man, and said it was good. Then, He presented it to man, and gave man dominion over it.

Now, God could fellowship with man. They could talk, discuss and enjoy each other’s company. Fellowship is based on shared experiences, interests and things in common. God gave man the earth to have authority over it. He gave man the desire to be a parent, like God, to bring other beings into existence. He gave man the desire to teach his offspring, to train, help and to mold them.

Man was allowed to eat every fruit, including the fruit from the Tree of Life. He was not allowed to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Man had to WANT friendship and fellowship with God. Man’s sin wasn’t so much the eating, but the choosing to ignore God and to listen to the Serpent. This was really an act of treason against God. When man chose to not be ruled by God, and to submit to the wishes of the Serpent, he literally joined forces with another government.

Man HAD been the authority on earth. But, when he did what the Serpent told him to do, he literally handed that authority over to the Serpent. Man became a betrayer.

At that point, he received the nature of the enemy by an act of his own choosing. Adam could have, and SHOULD have, chosen to lead Eve to ask God’s forgiveness for what she had done, because she had been deceived.

Instead, Adam chose with full knowledge to get out of submission to God and to do what God’s enemy suggested. Then what did he do? He turned around and blamed his WIFE! That desire to do what HE wanted rather than to cooperate with God was passed on to his family.

Adam’s first son was a murderer. Man’s blood became polluted. Through the bloodline, self- destructive and self-defeating behavior was passed on through the generations of mankind.

When the Devil tempted Jesus, he asked Jesus to bow down to him and said he would give the earth and all its kingdoms to Jesus. The Devil said in Luke 4:6, “All this power will I give thee… for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it.” Who delivered it to the Devil? Adam did.

But, Jesus had a better plan. He would submit to God, and through obedience, purchase it back!

This is the beginning of understanding of WHY Jesus had to come to earth. And, why He had to be born of a virgin, instead of just from some married couple. The virgin had the seed, the egg. The blood comes from the male side.

Isaiah 7:14 says “The Lord Himself will give you a sign. A virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son and will call Him Immanuel.” “Immanuel” means “God with us” or God on OUR side.

Jesus had a supernatural birth. In Luke 1:31-36, the angel says to Mary: “You will give birth to a son… give Him the Name of Jesus… He will be called the Son of the Most High… He will reign over the House of Jacob and His Kingdom will never end.”



John 1:14 says “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” He was before the foundation of earth. He took on a human body at this time. An explanation is given in Galatians 4:4-6. “When the time was fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights as the Sons of God.”

Jesus was hunted down by the seed of Satan from the beginning until He was nailed on the cross. At His birth, King Herod tried to kill Him. The Devil thought he had succeeded when Jesus was crucified. When Jesus was resurrected, the enemy knew he had lost. Then, he began persecuting the church.

Jesus is the Word made flesh. God said in Isaiah that His Word shall never pass away, but shall accomplish that which God pleases and shall prosper wherever God sends it.”

“My Word shall never pass away.” When the worst is happening to you, God is also at work, working for you, to redeem the situation. He is never taken by surprise. God has your blessing and deliverance all planned. God sent forth His Son – made of woman, to redeem them that were under the law that we might receive the promise of God.

As a Believer, you are not “just forgiven” – you are a new creature. You are adopted into God’s forever family. You’re not a slave put out or fired at every little thing. Galatians 4:6 says, “Because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of Son into you. Your heart cries out, “Father!”

You are not a mere servant, you’re a son (or daughter) of God. And, if you’re a son or daughter, then you’re an heir of God. That’s what Galatians 4:7 says. The blessing of the Father is inherited by His children, it isn’t earned.

We live no more as servants, but as sons and daughters. A servant is a servant only during work hours, but a son is a son day and night.

It was a JOY for Jesus to come down. He WANTED to come and show us what God is like. He knew we had the wrong idea of what God is like. He wanted to set us free, to have fellowship with us once again.

Jesus LOVES and LIKES people. He did not have a one-man ministry. He chose disciples to be around Him. Some people don’t want to be around people. Jesus liked being with people. When you have the Spirit of Christ, you want to be with people.

Jesus knew their faults and still liked being around them. He didn’t keep “firing” disciples. He still likes people. The Devil is the accuser of people. Jesus saw what was happening; He saw the Devil oppressing people. Jesus wanted to come here for us.

God sent Him as soon as possible. He walked among men. You know that God is like Jesus. He is not mean. God and Jesus don’t argue. God is love like Jesus is. Sinners were attracted to Jesus, and wanted to be around Him. They felt comfortable, accepted and forgiven around Him.

If you have the Spirit of God, people will be drawn to you like a magnet. They will want what you have. God loves, forgives and imparts His nature to those who believe.



When Jesus said, “God is My Farther,” the religious people decided to kill Him. The Jews didn’t want people to find acceptance and help from God. They wanted to see people suffer and be punished.

Jesus said, “Let him that is without sin cast the first stone.” It is true today. “Who are you to judge another man’s servant?”



Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you – go and sin no more.” That is your response – walk in the light, to live in sin no more – and to receive the nature of the Father.

John 5:26 says that the Father has life in Himself, He gives the Son life in Himself. Satan could not kill Jesus until Jesus laid His life down. Satan had no dominion over Jesus. He became sin for us, says II Corinthians 5:21. “He has made Him to become sin for us, who knew no sin, so that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Some new believers become little Jeremiahs, saying, “Woe to you.” Religion brings curses and punishment, but Jesus brought grace and truth, the light of life. He revealed the Father heart of God. No one spoke like Jesus. People wanted what He had and what He could give. He showed how they could know the Father and be delivered from domination of Satan.

“If you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess with your mouth to salvation.” New life comes in. Allow God to rule you. Let the government of YOUR life be put on His shoulders. Let Him be Wonderful to YOU. Let Him become your Counselor. Let him become a MIGHTY God in your life, and your Everlasting Father, and YOUR personal Prince of Peace!


A Disturbing Truth About God

By on June 11, 2015


It happens regularly. I’m warm Cozy. Relaxed wrapped up in a soft blanket, dreaming about being on the beach in Tahiti and suddenly, I’m jolted by an irritating blast that sends shockwaves throughout every cell of my body.


Sweat beads pop out on my forehead. Chills run up and down my spine. My toes curl and uncurl. My scalp goes all tingly. At that moment, I hate my alarm clock it’s not my friend at all. It’s my enemy and I hate it.

Morning after morning. the same thing happens when I’m in my best and deepest sleep. And, morning after morning, when it’s in the process of waking me up, I think of the alarm clock as my enemy.

Why do I keep it around? Because, once I’m awake, l realize what I would’ve missed if my alarm HADN’T gone off. Without it, I would sleep the best part of the morning away. Without it, l would miss the opportunities to help people. I’d miss my earliest appointments. I’d miss seeing my kids off to school. Actually, l’m very grateful for my alarm clock That is once l’m awake.

God the Disturber. The same thing happens in our spiritual lives. We get into a place where we feel warm, comfortable and cozy, maybe living a dream or fantasy, and all of a sudden the whole thing collapses around our ears. A jolt comes in uninvited and shakes our whole world. Suddenly we find that we can’t stay where we are any longer and we get hurt, angry, mad or depressed.

We blame the devil. We wonder where God is. And, if He really loves us. We feel a rude shaking that shatters our plans, destroys our dreams and makes us go back to square one… starting all over again.

What’s going on? It’s the invisible hand of God, waking us up, moving us forward. The same thing happened to the children of Israel. It’s found in Deuteronomy 1:6. “The Lord our God spoke to us … saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mountain.”

See, the children of Israel had left Egypt and were on their way to the Promised Land. They had stopped at Mount Horeb (also called Mt. Sinai), where they received the 10 Commandments, the Tabernacle and instructions from Heaven for life on Earth.

It was a place of blessing. Day after day was filled with awe, wonder and worship. They would have been happy just to stay there forever. Who needs the Promised Land when you have this kind of blessing?
God’s plan was to get them to the Promised Land so He broke into their situation, giving them order to break camp, leave the mountain and head into the wilderness.

He still works this way. About the time you get comfortable, He starts bringing changes. Disturbances. He breaks in on us in unexpected (and uninvited) ways. He rocks our boat. He shakes our tree He rattles our cage without our permission!

Those disturbances in your life aren’t mistakes. They’re not haphazard. They’re the result of the Unseen Hand of God like the Children of Israel; you’re moved by the command of God.

When He sees that you’re living in your comfort zone, He knows it’s time for you to break camp. If you don’t break camp, you’ll never get to the Land of Promise He doesn’t have to ask your permission He’s God.

He disturbs you when you need it He never asks if it’s convenient for you or if you’d rather sleep a little longer. He disturbs you at the most awkward times Why? Because He’s not working on Earth’s schedule, but on Heaven’s.

Like the Israelites, you need to be sensitive to His leading and guiding, understanding that He is working on the inside of you to conform you to the image of Jesus.

God doesn’t disturb you just for the sake of disturbing you. He doesn’t think it’s fun to get you upset Not at all. But, there wouldn’t be any progress or growth if you weren’t disturbed so, every disturbance is a part of the divine plan of God.

How eagles learn to fly. The Bible says that those who ‘wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles.”
So, how do eagles learn to fly? Their mothers stir up the nest disturb the place where the eaglets are resting and then they throw their young over the edge of the cliff where the nest is. That’s how eagles learn to fly.

It happens at just the right time for the eaglets. Otherwise, they’d never fly, and soon they would either starve to death or be devoured by a predator. That’s why God is breaking up your nest and you feel like you’ve been thrown out of the nest. He’s teaching you how to mount up with wings, like an eagle. It’s the only way you’ll ever learn, isn’t it?

The comforting part of all your disturbances and unasked for trials First of all, you KNOW that He said, will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).

You KNOW that “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord (Romans 8128). You know that, since He never leaves you, then He is with you and, “if God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 851)
You’re not being disturbed by chance or circumstance. It’s the invisible power of God at work in your life He cares more about what you’re becoming than He does about your comfort level right now.

You might not know the reason for the disturbance. But you know the Disturber. You know He cannot fail and that He never makes mistakes. You CAN trust Him with your life “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea. though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me”(Psalm 23:3-4).

You’ve committed your life to His matter of hearing His voice and cooperating rather than digging in your heels and trying to go against His current. Some are still asleep, when He’s trying to wake you up.

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches, and ask Him to help you not to argue, not to complain. Not to whine, but to obey and move into the place in life where pleasing and serving God is your number one priority.



God Our Victory

By on June 11, 2015


The name, “Jehovah-Nissi” means, Jehovah is our banner, or our victory flag. If you ever watch NASCAR racing, you’ll have a clear under- standing what this means. At the end of the race, after competing with opponents, avoiding accidents, making several repairs during the race and having lots of pit stops, there is one winner.

And, that winner is given the checker flag to hold out the window, as he drives around the track, all by himself, while the people in the grandstands cheer and wave. That driver, with his checkered flag is seen by all to be the champion – he’s overcome the obstacles and defeated his competitors.
But guess what? The driver did not go it all by himself. Backing him up is a team of mechanics, supporters, sponsors, advisors and fans. They all had a part in the victory. There hasn’t been a racer yet who could win all by himself! Even the best of them acknowledge that they couldn’t do it without those behind the scenes.

Today you may feel like you’re out of the race. Tires worn, engine overheating, out of gas, outclassed by your competitors. You may feel like it’s your last lap. You may feel like just everything’s going wrong and you’re just going to have to call it quits. Thank God, there’s a word in the Bible to bring you strength, help and victory.

Exodus 17:1 begins, “As they journeyed…” After you get saved, you still have a journey to make. We’re on our way to Heaven. We’re on the journey through life. Then, verse 8 says an enemy, Amalek, came out and challenged the people of God.

Just as Amalek came out to try to stop them, the enemy comes out to try to stop you. That’s why the Bible says we have to fight the good fight of faith. We have to take the whole armor of God. There are many battles and struggles in life.

When the enemy came against God’s people, Moses went up to the top of a hill with Aaron and Hur, while the armies fought in the valley below. Moses held the rod of God in his hand. As long as the rod was lifted up, God’s people were victorious. When Moses’ hands got tired, his hands dropped, and God’s people were overcome by the enemy.

In this passage, Moses was facing a battle in life. He was totally dependent on God for his help and strength. He was up on the mountain, in the high places, lifting up the rod that God had given to him. This was the rod that was used to free God’s people from Egypt. It was the rod that was used to part the Red Sea. It was the rod that brought the presence of God into whatever situation they were in.

That rod represents the Name of Jesus, to us. It is the Name of Jesus that sets us free, and brings the presence of God into our situation. As long as Moses lifted up that rod, God’s people would win the battle. When he would let the rod down, they would be overwhelmed by the enemy. That’s the way the name of Jesus works for us. When we lift up the name of Jesus, things go well for us. We’re not over- whelmed and even though we’re in a battle, we still can overcome.

But after a while, Moses got tired. It wasn’t that his faith was flagging, he just got tired. You can be the same way. Galatians tells us, “Be not weary in well doing.” God knows we can get tired, even of well doing. You can get weary with doing. But that verse continues with, “. . . for we know that we shall reap in due time, if we do not faint.” Or, we know that doing well will bring good results if we don’t quit, and don’t drop out.


Moses got tired, but that wasn’t the end. Aaron and Hur were there beside him. They got him a stone to rest on, and held up his hands. That was God’s chosen method for securing the victory.

Moses couldn’t do it alone and neither can you. You and I need the help and, support of other believers who know what we’re up against. Aaron and Hur were God’s gift to Moses at that time of weariness and struggle. They needed Moses. Moses needed them. That’s God’s method!

What if Moses had decided he didn’t need any help – He’d just look to God alone?! What if the enemy had whispered, “Moses, don’t let anyone know you’re struggling! Don’t let on that you’re tired and weary! They’ll think there’s something wrong with you, or laugh at you! Just go it alone!”
If that had happened, not only would Moses have died alone and defeated – the whole group would have suffered loss!

That’s why God had the plan of letting Aaron and Hur come over to lift up Moses’ hands in the battle. It was God’s method of overcoming for His people. In the battles of life, we need somebody to hold up our hands. We recognize that. We know that you have battles. I am a pastor. I want to strengthen and feed and bless and help you. Maybe you’re weary. We’re here to hold up your hands, to encourage you. You’re going to win.

So, they held up his hands as long as Moses needed help. And, as long as they held up his hands, helping him lift up that rod, or the name of Jesus, they won the battle.

There are people here, people just like you, who are also in the battle, alongside you. When you get tired, they can lift your hands in the battle.
People have battles with their families. It’s a task to raise a family in this dark day we’re living in. We have battles with finances, battles in our body and battles in our mind.

In the battles of life, many people get weary and tired. They get tired of feeling alone. Fighting by themselves. So they drop their confession of faith, give up on their commitment and give up. Then, Amalek whips them. The bad situation gets the upper hand and they just lose out. Some lose their family; others lose their finances and live in poverty. Others lose their children, or their sobriety, their freedom, and live defeated.

You don’t have to live that way. There’s a name. It’s the name that set you free from Egypt. It’s the name that brings the presence of God into your situation. The Bible says, “He has given Him a name that is above every name.” That name is the most powerful name in the universe. When you’re in the battle of life, hold that name high.

When you face your problems and your heartaches, face those things with the name of Jesus. Lift up the name of Jesus against depression. Call on Him and lift His name against your problems because His name will give you victory.

Sometimes you don’t know what to do. You just let your hands drop. You get tired; you get weary, and feel like there’s no way out. That’s the way Moses was. But God provided help for Moses. Aaron and Hur were there to help in his time of weakness and giving up.

God has given us the name of Jesus, and He’s also given us the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. So, we are not alone in the world. Not only do we have the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we have the caring, strength and help of God’s people; People here with us, sent by God to hold us up when we need refreshing.

Sure, you’re going to still have battles. We’re all going to have battles. But we’re here to tell you that you can win every battle if you take the name of Jesus, listen to the Holy Spirit, use the Word of God and stay in close fellowship with the rest of God’s people.

You know, the most important battle in life is not over money, popularity, or possessions, but over your eternal destiny. Where will you, go when you die?

This is the most desperate battle. The devil is battling hard to keep you in darkness, to make you want to just quit, run away, to give up. Or, to turn your back on God and live in sin and darkness. But the Holy Spirit is working, trying to draw you into God’s help and comfort, and into close fellowship with God’s people.

God does not want anyone to fall. He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell. He wants you to live in Heaven’s strength now and to go to Heaven when you leave this earth. The biggest struggle is not what we have in life, but over our eternal destiny.

We need God’s help, and the support of fellow Christians, but we’ll never call on Him unless we know that God will meet our needs. See, unless we know God is a Rewarder, like it says in Hebrews 11:6, we’ll never seek Him for the reward. Unless we know God is willing to meet a certain need, we’ll never come to Him for it.

We have many needs. The greatest need that we have is the need for a Savior. The name, Jehovah-Nissi, means that the Lord will provide victory for you, if you let Him. And He took our sin, and purchased salvation for us on the cross. Why not ask Him for His strength, forgiveness and victory now?

“Father, I need You. I need Your strength, help and forgiveness. I give You my problems. I give You my struggles. I give You my sins. I know without You, I’m lost. I surrender my life to You. Give me Your life and your victory. Come into my heart, Jesus. I want You to be my Lord and my Savior. Let Heaven make a record, that this is the day that Jesus becomes Lord of my whole life. Amen.”




Ignore These 3 Principles of Jesus, and Your Life will be Messed Up… No Matter Who You Are!

By on May 28, 2015

Some people’s lives work. Others’ are a hodgepodge of failed dreams, false starts and mixed emotions. Many people are so disappointed with their lives up to now. They don’t even know WHAT they want anymore. Jesus has the answer and the alternative to a life of frustration and failure. It has to do with choices. Letting go of certain things, and taking on new things.


See, every time you do something, or DON’T do something, you’re making a choice and a statement. One that anyone around you can note. You’re choosing between what you value more and what you value less. You’re telling the world where that activity ranks in your list of what’s important and what’s not as important.


You can’t do it all, and can’t have it all. Doing one thing means you can’t do something else. Every choice you and l make involves rejecting something else or someone else. Whatever it is we’re doing, it means rejecting all other possibilities just then.


For example, when you go out and buy an outfit, you’re rejecting all other outfits at that moment. (I know someone who will say you don’t know MY spouse! They buy it all!) Even with YOUR spouse, whatever it is that you buy means that you’re rejecting everything that you DON’T buy at that moment.


Or, when you choose a job or career you’re also rejecting all other jobs and careers during those same hours. When you go out on a date with a person, you’re rejecting all other people in the world that you could date, for that evening.


That’s the principle that Jesus was talking about when He said, “No man can serve two masters. Either he will (Matthew 6:24).” He didn’t say no one would try, He knew better than that. He was just letting us know the facts. It’s an impossibility to serve two masters.


Choosing one thing means NOT choosing someone or something else. You can only do, say or focus on one thing at a time. And you’ll always know and so will everybody else what you think is most important, by what you do. It’s made plain to all by the actions you take and the choices you make, at any given moment.


The basic reason some people live in victory is that they deliberately choose to do things that make lives line up with the will of God. They choose to read the Word and meditate on it. They choose to pray. They choose to walk in obedience to the Word of God. They choose these things more than they choose other things.


By the same token, the reason many other people hang around churches and never experience the fullness of God is this: They choose to do things that do NOT line up with the will of God. They do things that not only don’t help their walk with God, but that actually makes it worse, by grieving Him, or provoking Him.


That’s what the devil was trying to get Jesus to do in the trial in the desert in Matthew 4. Jesus told the devil in verse 7 “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” When you choose to say or do something that you KNOW isn’t what God wants for you, you’re tempting the Lord your God.


When teaching us how to walk with God on a daily basis, Jesus taught about the needs for food, clothes, shelter and things like that. Then, He said that the key to having our needs met, and to serving God was to put first things first. In Matthew 6:33, He said, “But seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all things shall be added unto you.”




Go a little deeper. This law of putting first things first means something else. It also means putting secondary things second. This is more important than you’d think. Whenever you or l choose to start doing something, we need to, at the same time, decide what it is we’re going to STOP doing.


When you decide to faithfully be here in the Lord’s House every Sunday morning, you’re simultaneously deciding that Sunday mornings you’re going to stop doing some things. Things like sleeping in, visiting friends, washing the car mowing the grass, and working overtime.


You’re also choosing to obey Jesus in another area. He told His disciples, “In the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give; for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house (Luke10:7).” You’re choosing to become a laborer in the Kingdom, so you choose to eat and drink the spiritual food and drink that’s offered here. You stop going from one house to the next, picking and choosing tidbits from different tables.


In Colossians 3:9-10, it’s put like this, “…ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the image of Him that created him.” In other words, putting on means there must be a taking off. Laying hold means also a letting go.


In 1 Timothy 6:17-19, rich people are challenged to take hold on eternal life. What do they have to let go of? High-mindedness, trusting in uncertain riches instead of in God.


Then, they choose to do well instead of doing nothing, or doing evil. They choose to be rich in good works. They put a priority on giving to others, sharing and building a spiritual foundation in their lives.


Getting into Heaven requires getting out of those things and relationships that will keep you out of Heaven. Starting to live right means to stop living wrong. That’s why Jesus said before you begin to do something, you need to sit down and think what you’re going to stop doing so you can do the new thing (Luke 14:28).


The problem with most of us is we keep on adding more things to our lives -without stopping to think about the other things we’re going to have to cut back on or completely cutout. When you add Jesus to your life, He’s taking it to mean that you’re stopping the things that are contrary to living with Him as Lord.


When you start serving God, you have to cut back on a lot of other things and cut out a whole bunch of other things. What does God require of you above everything else? To fear HIM, walk in all His ways, love HIM, serve HIM with all your heart and soul, and keep the things He commands you, things that are for your own good! That’s in Deuteronomy 10:12-13. Doing what He wants means, you have to cut out other things.


Question of the day. Pete Drucker a top management specialist came up with the words for this powerful, life changing question. Is there anything I’m doing now that, knowing what l know now, l wouldn’t have gotten into in the first place? It takes incredible honesty to ask and answer this question of yourself and your life.


Is there any of us that aren’t in a situation that, knowing what we now know we wouldn’t have gotten into it in the first place? I’ve never met a person who could honestly say there’s nothing he or she would do differently if the chance came to do it over.


ls there a situation in your life that, knowing what you know now, you wouldn’t have gotten into it in the first place? If the answer is “yes,” the next question is simple. “How do you get out of this situation, and how fast?”
It’s easy to get into a relationship or an activity that you know you never should have gotten into in the first place. You’re only staying in it because you are afraid of confrontation, conflict and rejection. Don’t fear these things –fear God!


That’s where repentance comes in. Knowing what you now know you come to God and tell Him that you wouldn’t get into these activities again, even if the choice was offered to you. Ask Him how to get out, and to help you get out fast!




How do you know if you’re involved in something you shouldn’t be in? Your spirit k will experience stress and anxiety when you’re in a situation that’s wrong for you. It’ll be on your mind too much. It’ll drain you of emotional energy. You can tell it’s hurting your spiritual well-being and you KNOW you need to get out of it as soon as possible.


Make the move. Get into the place where you’re yielded to the will of God in your life. Make the choice to grow. To grow to enter God’s perfect will for your life means that changes have to be made. And, changing means “letting go of the old to take hold of the new.” Let go of something that’s not right, and taking hold of the thing that’s right.

Spiritual Warfare: Sins of the Tongue

By on May 20, 2015

It can happen like this: You find a church where the Gospel is preached. The music’s not bad; the people seem nice, friendly and down to earth. They are so loving and caring! The Pastor preaches the Word and, as far as you can tell, lives what he preaches! You finally feel like you’re in the church you’ve been looking for!

You’re so happy, blessed and you’re growing. Things go well for a few months. Then it happens: you begin to feel confused, frustrated. You pick up a sense of uneasiness. Nothing you can really put your finger on. Just a sense of restlessness.

You begin to hear things that bother you. Things don’t appear to be as great as you’d thought. Some of those “spiritual” people are saying some downright mean things about some of the other folk! And, they don’t love or seem to respect their Pastor as much as you’d thought.

Confusion enters into your mind. Just going to church becomes a headache. You don’t feel the joy anymore, don’t sense the power. All you feel is dead and bummed out.

You notice that some of the people who were active a few months ago don’t seem to be as involved as they used to. Others just seemed to have dropped out. They must know something you don’t! Maybe you ought to just leave, too! Going to church shouldn’t be such a hassle. How did this all happen? Unfortunately, it happens in churches of all sizes and denominations across the country. In fact, most churches go through a time like this EVERY THREE OR FOUR YEARS!

This is what’s called “Spiritual Warfare.” It happened in the early church, in the Book of Acts, when the Apostles were leading the early church. In Acts 6:1, there was murmuring among the church people. What about? Poor pastoral care!

That’s right! Poor pastoral care! Who were their pastors? The Apostles themselves! The Apostles were good preachers, and men of God, but they were poor administrators!

The widows of the Jews were being left out of some of the programs of the church. People began to murmur! “The Apostles are women haters!” “They don’t care about us!” “I TRIED to tell them, but they wouldn’t listen!” “Yeah, you just can’t talk to Peter!”

Several things COULD have happened, and split that early church. BUT, because the people and the Apostles understood spiritual warfare, the Word of God spread, the number of disciples increased and God got glory! Acts 6:2-7.

Fortunately, the Apostles didn’t add food distribution to their already heavy pastoral tasks! No, you can’t add more without neglecting something. They said, “We can’t neglect the Word of God and prayer in order to serve tables.”

Complaining isn’t always bad. BUT, it has to be specific. Not just, “The Apostles are big jerks.” The Believers plainly and specifically said where there was a problem and what it was.

Did the Apostles start distributing the food? NO! They said, “We’re NOT going to neglect the Word and start being waiters.” They were downright inflexible when it came to compromising their stand on the Word!

But, they DID begin on a solution (Verse 3). “You all pick out some people full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit, and we will appoint them to do the job.”

So, people were picked who were gifted in administration and the Apostles appointed them to handle the administration of the church, and the Word of God went forward.

That’s the way it’s supposed to be, when there are problems. But, here’s what happens all too often: Remember, the devil hates Jesus, he hates YOU and he has sworn to destroy the church. You have to remember that.

When you gave your heart to the Lord, the devil set out to totally destroy you. He knows he can’t touch you if you’re reading, hearing and doing the Word of God (Eph. 6:17; Jas. 1:22-24).

Satan also knows he can’t touch you when you’re walking in the Spirit, in unity and love towards the other Believers. He can’t touch the church when the Believers are edifying and strengthening one another through their words, prayers and actions. Jesus warned us how the devil operates. “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” That’s in Matthew 12:25.

Since Jesus gave the church authority over the devil in Matthew 16:18-19, the devil knows the ONLY way he can prevail over you and the rest of the church is to divide, isolate and conquer.

How’s he do it? By making you notice other people’s faults! By drawing your attention to other people’s human frailties, personality quirks and such like then, if possible, to get you to go and tell someone else what you noticed! That’s all it takes! Then, if THEY tell two or three, it takes on a life (actually a death) of its own, and BOOM! Everyone is hurt, tired, defeated and wiped out of the battle.

For example, Ms. Apollyon gets mad at a line in the Pastor’s sermon. lt hit home, and now she’s on the warpath! So, she tells two or three others how the Pastor wasn’t preaching, he was meddling.

The two or three that she tells hadn’t really noticed it. But, they listen to her anyway, and kind of nod and say, “I see what you mean.” A seed of doubt has been planted.

Now, ONE of those three makes it a matter of prayer. Another one of those three forgets all about it. But, Person #3 kind of wonders. He remembers a time when HE felt like the Pastor hit too close to home. Also, there are some things that bother him about a couple of other people in the church, too! Especially about Person #1, the Prayer Guy!

So, he goes to two or three more, and says something like, “l just need to get this oh’ my chest. YOU’RE the only one l can REALLY TALK to!” Then, he drops his bomb!

Those two or three each do the same thing. Now, when it’s passed on, each listener thinks, “These stories MUST be true! I’ve heard them from LOTS of people! Wow!”

Some go into prayer. Others get confused and drop out. Others keep stirring the pot, keeping each other worked up, and infecting every other Believer who cares to listen! Soon, the whole flock is infected! They’re upsetting each other, talking mean about each other and destroying the Church for whom Christ died!

‘‘ But, if you bite and devour
one another, beware lest
you be consumed by one

Galatians 5:15 was a warning given to Believers in the New Testament. The devil had been working on them, and they needed a word from God to break that spell!

I Peter 5:8 tells us to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. “He is on the search, to find some frustrated and discontented person to infect with “talebearer’s disease!”

Once they agree to become a talebearer, he lets them in on all the negative, all the weaknesses, all the dirt on everybody possible! All they have to do is spread it.

Most of these stories and accusations will be about the ones who are really doing the work of the church. The prayer warriors, the workers, the leadership, the ones who are out there reaching people for Jesus.

Amazingly, the tales NEVER center on the ones who are NOT doing much for the Lord! And, equally amazing, the talebearer is never a person of prayer, a person who is active in service for the Lord or a soul winner. That’s one way to SPOT them!

The devil takes advantage of our being naive and readiness to listen to others. But we have to be careful WHAT we listen to. “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” That’s 2 Corinthians 2:11.

The Bible also says that it is Satan who accuses the other Believers. It’s NOT God, who is bringing you dirt on other people! Rev. 12:10 says that. Proverbs 6:16-19 says the person who sows discord among brethren is an abomination to the Lord.

You and I have to make a stand to not allow the enemy’s words to enter our ears. I have to make SEVERAL decisions every day to NOT listen to certain things. If somebody starts to bring me some dirt, I let them know that I’m not interested in hearing dirt about you!

We have to make a covenant to keep our eyes and ears on Jesus. To keep our thoughts on HIM, and our ears open to HIS words, and letting HIS words be found in our mouth!

Our prayer, as Believers walking in the Spirit, ‘Keep my tongue from evil; my lips from speaking deceit. “Psalm 34: 13.

Our other protection against the enemy’s strategy to steal your joy, peace and power is this: FORGIVE! Jesus says to forgive all who have done wrong to you! Matt. 6: 15 “lf you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Then, REPENT of your own involvement – it’s so easy to get caught up in it when you’re around it. “For many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others. “That’s Ecclesiastes 7:22. God forgives!

Keep a guard over your tongue. “I will take heed to my ways that I will not sin with my tongue. I will keep my mouth with a bridle. ” Ps.39:1 Speak only that which builds up, like it says in Ephesians 4:29.

Be careful what you let into your ears! Jesus said in Mark 4:24, “Take heed what you hear!” What you hear DOES influence you! Proverbs 26:22 “The words of a talebearer are like tasty pastries, and they go down into the inner-most heart.”

If you hear something bad about somebody else, don’t repeat it! ‘He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he that repeats a matter separates close friends. “Proverbs 17:9. When something negative is being repeated, the person who is doing it is NOT operating out of a “love-motive!” He or she is trying to bring division, and separation between friends.

Last, think on the good. Philippians 4:8, “Finally, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of GOOD REPORT, if there is any virtue, if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. ”Don’t feel honored when someone wants to dump their garbage in you! It’s not “confiding” it’s dividing. Learn to say, “No, thank you, I don’t listen to things like that!” and pray for your fellow Believer, love them and pray for the Church!

Prayerfully yours,
Pastor Steve

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