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The Blessings of Abraham – Seeing the Unseen

By on February 9, 2016

In exploring what God has provided for us in the blessings of Abraham, we’ve talked about salvation by faith, the inheritance of God’s bounty, and we’ve also talked about prosperity and kingship.

You can “know” all about God’s blessings for you, and believe everything the Bible says about it, but without Godly vision, you’ll never receive very much of what God has provided for you.

Abraham was given a “vision” of a way of living by faith. He moved his family and went to the place God revealed to him. Later, when through walking by faith he had become wealthy and prosperous, in Genesis 13:14-15, God told Abraham, “Look from the place where you are and lift up your eyes: North, South, East and West. All the land that you see, I will give you and to thy seed forever.”

In other words, receiving from God begins with faith and obedience and is then dependent on vision. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” Where you can’t see God’s plan to bless you, to help you, to touch your life, to move in your situation, you give up, you lose hope, you throw in the towel, you call it quits, you expire. But, when you CAN see that God has a plan to bless you, help you, touch your life, move in your situation, you get excited, you come alive, you keep on, you get fired up, you get inspired!

Without vision, you expire. With vision you get inspired.

Actually, everybody DOES have vision. Some have godly, inspired, faith-filled vision and some have carnal, doubt-filled and negative vision. In Matthew 6:22, Jesus put it like this: “The light of the body is the eye. (How you see) If therefore, your eye is single your whole body will be full of light.”

How you look at things, what you have eyes for, will affect you in your body, in your spirit man, and in the material realm of your life.

But, Jesus said in verse 23, “if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness, and how great is that darkness!” If you have eyes for what’s wrong, what’s evil, what’s missing, what you don’t like about people, about church, about your job, the country, etc., you’ll be filled up with what’s wrong and rotten!

The Bible teaches that we get changed into the image of what we have eyes for. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “For we all… beholding Him, are changed into the same image… ” So, if you’re looking for Jesus, focused on the Lord, it will change your life towards His image. Whatever you look at, and feed on will change your life into that image. That’s why Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” What you look at, what you let into your heart will direct how your life goes and what it will be about.

Some people have an eye, or look for, criticism, insults and hurts! Out of an hour’s conversation, they will come away with the one sentence that wasn’t exactly what they wanted to hear, and say that they spent the whole hour being insulted and criticized!

Jesus said that “Everyone who seeks shall find.” If you seek insults, hurt, pain, and rejection, you’ll find them! At the same time, if you seek, look for, have eyes and ears for compliments, comforting words and support, YOU’LL FIND IT!

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of! Part of the blessing of Abraham is to receive God’s “eye salve” (Rev.3:18) So you can see with godly vision. “Anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”

Proverbs 22:9 says, “He that hath bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he giveth… ” The person who has eyes of faith that look for blessings, opportunity, chances to give and help people out, will be blessed, prospered, filled with joy!

See, in 2 Kings 6:16 when Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the enemy forces, his servant was filled with fear. Then, Elisha prayed and asked God to open his servant’s eyes. Suddenly, his servant got godly vision and saw that the forces that were WITH them were greater than the forces that were AGAINST them! “Fear not for they that are with us are more then they that be with them.” That’s what you’ll see when you get God’s word filling your heart, and faith begins to come! You start seeing what CAN happen instead of what CAN’T happen! You start seeing how it is to have God with you rather than how it is if you’re left all on your own!

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “we walk by faith, not by sight.” We don’t go by how things look on the outside, we go by what God is showing us on the inside by the light of faith.

Proverbs 20:7 says, “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord searching the innermost parts of the belly.” What this means is that God gives you light inside (if your eye is single, like Jesus said), and you begin to have inner vision. You’re walking in the light even as He (Jesus) on the inside of you is in the light!

Do you believe that, when you prayed that prayer asking Jesus into your life that He actually came in? l do! And, if He’s in there, do you believe He’s in the dark? Of course not! He is in the light! God lights your candle, giving you vision, so you can walk with Jesus, in the Spirit, and you are walking in the light of faith!

Your eyes are open! You’re receiving honey from above, like Jonathan and his armor bearer did in 1 Samuel 14:27, and you’re tasting that the Lord is good, and SEEING! (Psalm 34:8) And, like Jonathan, you can say, “I’ve had just a LITTLE of this honey and look how my eyes have become enlightened!

Jonathan and his armor bearer had been in battle and they were weary, losing their strength. Then, as they were walking in the woods, they saw honey dripping down from above them, from a beehive in a tree. Jonathan touched the tip of his rod into the honey and put it to his lips. The Bible says that immediately, his eyes were enlightened! He got his strength back! He got his zeal back! He got his power back! He got his vision back!

Can’t you see why God is wanting to get these truths, these Bible truths down into your spirit? He wants you to see from Heaven’s viewpoint! He wants you to not be walking around in the dark, not even knowing where you are going! He wants you to have a bountiful eye and be blessed! He wants you to see Him at work in your life and be able to receive it!

God has a blessing for you. He has an answer for you. He has a supply for you! It’s a matter of tilling you heart with the Word of God and then guarding your heart from sin, doubt and unbelief.

We talked last time about the fruitful Believer is like a tree planted by the water, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The Bible talks about the throne of God, and how the waters coming out from it keep increasing and getting deeper and deeper, and that all it touches, all that is touched by that water flowing from the throne of God, shall live. It shall have life, it shall become alive and fruitful!

Jesus came to earth to save people who had been blinded by the devil. The god of this world, the devil, the Bible says has blinded peoples’ minds. He blinds peoples’ minds so they can’t believe God cares about them. He blinds peoples’ minds so they can’t see things getting any better. He blinds peoples’ minds so they can’t see that they are lost and headed for hell, when all they have to do is turn to Jesus and be saved.

Jesus touched peoples’ eyes so they could have vision. That was part of His anointing, to bring sight to the blind. And, He has sent me to you today, to bring you this word from God, so Jesus can touch you and give you vision!

“Dear God, I thank You for sending Jesus to save me. Jesus, I ask You to open my eyes to Your goodness in my life. Give me eyes that see! I want to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Jesus, You are my Savior. I look to You today, for salvation for healing, for blessings, for that new job, for the things that I have need of. By faith, I receive Jesus, the Vision Giver in my life, and I thank You for hearing this prayer. In Jesus Name, Amen!”

Jesus is speaking through your life, what's He saying

If Jesus is Speaking Through your Life, What’s He Saying?

By on February 4, 2016

Since the Garden of Eden, God has been seeking mankind. He calls out to you through your thoughts, your dreams, your hopes and aspirations. He speaks to you through the events that happen in your life. He brings you into contact with people who make you think and reconsider your life. He uses the good, bad and interesting things that happen to you to try to get your attention.

The trouble is, that somewhere we get the idea the Creator of the Niagra Falls, the Maker of the Grand Canyon, the Designer of sunsets, the Builder of the Rocky Mountains and the Producer of the sun, the moon and the stars is…well, BORING.

Worse than that, other hapless people can see, feel and experience all these things decide that He doesn’t even exist. Even though He’s constantly speaking, revealing Himself and touching people’s lives.

The Robinson Crusoe Argument. Remember having read Robinson Crusoe in high school? He was on the island, and began to recognize that he wasn’t all alone. Even though he hadn’t actually SEEN anyone, he KNEW. There was all the evidence that pointed to another man being on the island there with him. A pair of trousers hung on a tree branch. The remains of a cooked and partially eaten fish. A footprint.

That’s how Robinson Crusoe KNEW. It would have been a waste of time trying to prove that there WASN’T anyone else on the island. No matter where you looked, you could say that, maybe he had just hidden in a clump of trees that you hadn’t looked in yet. Or, that he was hiding in a hole. You could NEVER conclusively prove that there wasn’t someone hiding on the island in a place that you haven’t looked yet.

The same with God. First off, there’s all the evidence and indicators. Psalms 19:1 says, “The Heavens declare the glory of God, and the earth shows His handiwork.” Plus, there are the people. He’s touched their lives, answered their prayers and has delivered them from destruction.

Even if you tried to shrug it off by saying, “That stuff’s never happened to me. They must all be making it up,” you’ll never be able to PROVE it. Or, that God isn’t fully alive and well, in some place you just haven’t looked yet. That’s the Robinson Crouse Argument.

Believe it or not, but at this very moment, God is working in the lives of some of your friends whom you’d least suspect. Not only that, but they’re responding to what He’s doing. YOU are the next step in their coming to a real knowledge of Jesus.

Like Peter, in the beginning, they don’t KNOW very much. They might not even believe all the things that you and I think are important for people to believe. But, they’ve responded to the invitation of Jesus to follow Him. I believe Peter was a Christian from the moment he responded to the invitation of Jesus.

A Christian, in the most basic sense is a person who responds to the call of Jesus. Jesus’ call to the original disciples and to people today is to follow Him and to enter into friendship with Him. (Luke 18:22) As our experience with Him deepens, and we spend time with Him, He begins by the Holy Spirit to bring the great truths of the Bible to our spirits.

Part of getting to know Jesus is discovering what you don’t have to believe anymore! To me that’s as exciting as the things that I GET to know and believe! I used to believe that God was waiting for me to sin and do bad stuff, so He could throw me into Hell! And, that He was writing down all the bad things I was doing, so He wouldn’t have to answer my prayers or let me into Heaven when I died!

When I got to know Jesus, I found out I didn’t have to believe any of that anymore. I discovered that God was waiting to HELP me NOT do the bad things anymore, destroy my life. And, that He wasn’t trying to get out of answering my prayers – He was doing everything possible to be ABLE to answer them (Hebrews 7:25)!

It’s like, say, the five-year old son of a surgeon. He knows he’s loved and taken care of. He thinks his daddy is the bestest daddy in the whole wide world. That is, until an enemy of his dad tell the kid this: “Your dad gives people DRUGS! Then, he lays them down on a table and cuts them with KNIVES! And, SEWS their skin up! After that, he takes almost ALL their money!”

What would the little boy DO? He’d get confused and not be sure WHAT to believe! He’d be scared, confused and upset with his father. He wouldn’t want to be around him. The best way for him to trust his father again would be for some of the people his father had helped to be able to tell the little boy first hand. Then, he’d understand, and once again, his daddy would be the bestest daddy in the whole wide world!

Well, that’s the way most people are about God. They thought He was good, and then the enemy came and told them bad stuff about God: things they don’t fully understand and things that scare them. That’s why they NEED for you to let them know what God’s done for you. Jesus said in Mark 5:19 “Go home to thy friends and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

You might not know a whole lot of Bible verses. You might not be able to put into words what He’s done for you feel about it. But, if you’ll let the Holy Spirit operate freely in your life, you won’t NEED to debate people skillfully.

Why? Because you’ll BE a demonstration of the goodness, power and strength of God. You won’t have to talk people into believing in miracles. You’ll BE the miracle.

Your LIFE is the best argument for the truth of God’s power in the world today. You have a Higher Authority in your life that’s leading, guiding and protecting you. He leads you in the paths that other people LONG to walk in. When they experience what’s going on in your life, you become the most powerful persuasion that there can ever be! Your life is the strongest proof of the power of the Holy Spirit.

You know firsthand that walking with Jesus changes people’s lives. Also that, if Jesus changes people’s lives. Also that, if Jesus was given the chance, He’d change, help and save everybody in the whole world!

Your relationship with Jesus is the best thing you have the peace, the joy and the confidence that EVERY person in the world is searching for.

KNOWING Jesus personally is the real issue. Not knowing all the Bible doctrines. Not what somebody else says is true. But YOU knowing Him.

Nothing that anyone else says is true is of any use when the storms of life hit. Nothing that’s been merely memorized will serve as an anchor when the waters billow over your soul. Theological facts will never light the path when you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

The only thing that will be strong enough for your trials, storms and valleys will be your personal relationship with Jesus. Only His authority can calm the storms and bring light to darkness.

Only the relationship with Jesus that is YOURS will get you through. Like the old Blood, Sweat and Tears song from the 70’s said, “Your mama may have, your papa may have, but God bless the child that’s got his OWN.” The BLESSING comes not because of what your mama or papa has, but because of what YOU have!

In the same way that God drew you and called you to Himself, He’s drawing those around you. Like when the little boy whose kite had flown out of sight was asked how he knew it was still there: He said, “I feel the pull of it”. It’s the invisible pull of God that every heart has. That’s what you’re working with.

Your friend or co-worker might say when you tell them what God’s doing in your life, “That’s never happened to ME. I’ve never felt what you’re telling me about.” But they CAN’T say, “That’s never happened to YOU, and you’ve never felt what you’re telling me!” That’s where you have to have faith and let the Holy Spirit speak through you to them.

What do you do? First, give yourself over to knowing the Lord better and better. Give Him your heart, and ask Him to work in you as He will. Ask Him to fulfill His purposes in your life. That’s when you know and feel your sins are forgiven. And, that even your pain and failures can be woven into a plan.

Next, as He reveals to you things that need to change in your life, let Him change them! Then, all resentment, all rebellion and bitterness just vanish. Since you know that you’re in the presence of the Spirit of Jesus, you can put down your problems. Never hang onto them; carrying them around will only tire you out.

Third, PRAY. It’s not only the means of getting to know Jesus better. It builds your love relationship with Jesus, and helps you to also love others. Prayer is how you unlock His plans, purposes and power in your life. And, it’s the means of Him preparing the hearts of your friends.

Fourth, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Any conversation can bring the presence of the Holy Spirit, and end up with someone’s life being touched. When that happens, you feel both humbled to dust and exalted to the stars!

Bring yourself and specifically encourage a friend to church THIS Sunday, and discover what the Lord will do in your life and theirs!

Life of Prayer

Changing Your Prayer Life to a Life Of Prayer

By on February 4, 2016

You probably battle an inferiority complex when it comes to prayer. By inferiority complex, l mean that you tend to believe that other Christians pray better than you do.

You might believe that other Christians have more faith than you do. You figure that other Christians live much closer to the Lord than you – and that none of them struggle with doubt like YOU do! lt’s no wonder you feel like leaving most of the praying to those who are more spiritual!

But, guess what? Most of the people in the Bible weren’t spiritual giants, either! They all had faults, problems weaknesses and struggles. But, they pleased God anyway!

How did they do it? How did shepherds, servant girls, sailors, fishermen, farmers’ wives; how did these average ordinary people get to be men and women of faith? Hebrews 11:6 say this: “Without faith it is impossible to please God because he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

God didn’t leave us hopelessly inferior. He tells us the two things we need to believe in order to operate in faith. When you come to God, you must believe that he is. That He is God, Lord of all, powerful and able to answer your prayers. Second, that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

If you can believe, and say with your heart, “l believe that God is, and l believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” then you have faith enough to please God. You have enough faith to be effective in prayer.

If l asked you, “Do you believe in God? Do you believe he can fulfill all His promises?” l bet you’d answer without hesitation, “YES” That’s where you begin.

Believing He is God, you’ll want to please Him. You’ll want to be saved from sin, from death, from eternity in Hell. You’ll ask Him to cleanse you and forgive you. It’s the natural response to believing that God is.

When you find out that He won’t turn you away you begin to have hope. Jesus said, “He that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.” You can come to Jesus. Bring Him your doubts, your fears, your sins … and leave them there. You believe that God is.

That’s the level of faith that we all begin our walk with Jesus. Romans 12:3 says, “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” He has given you faith from Heaven to get you “jumpstarted.”

lt’s like a seed from Heaven planted in the soil of your heart. That seed planted in your heart by God has the potential to release Heaven’s fruit into your life. But, we know from life, and from the Word, that all soil isn’t the same.

That’s what Jesus was talking about in the Parable of the Sower, in Matthew 13. The sower went out planting seeds. The seed was all good seed, but it didn’t all produce fruit.

How come? Because of the difference in the soil. Some of the soil was on a path, where the birds came and ate the seed. Other seeds fell on rocky soil where it sprang up immediately, but then died out when the hot days of summer came. Then, there was seed that fell among thorns. It grew well at first, but then the thorns choked it out, and it didn’t produce fruit.”

Last, was the seed that fell on good soil. It produced fruit, and lots of it. Some produced 30 fold, others 60 fold and some even produced 100 fold! The difference wasn’t in the seed, but in the soil.

The soil is your heart. You want to get the seed deep into your heart, to chase the birds away, to remove the stones, and to uproot the thorns.

The climate of your heart sets how much God’s faith from Heaven will produce in your life. You probably feel like you need more and greater faith, if we’re going to be any good at prayer. BUT, if you believe that God is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him, your prayers WILL be effective.

I know this sounds overly simplified, but too many Christians feel like their faith isn’t strong enough to move the hand of God. Too many Christians doubt their own faith. You MUST know that YOUR prayers make a difference! You DO have enough faith to pray effectively.

What about your doubts? Won’t they keep your prayers from being answered? Everybody gets hit by doubt and unbelief at times. Sometimes it’s when we’re physically tired; other times when we’re emotionally drained. Or, when we’re weak from not feeding on the Word daily or not fellowshipping with Jesus like we need to. Indulging in known sin will make you spiritually weak and cause you to have doubts.

You can move into doubts when you think things are going to turn out one way and they turn out another. But, you can STILL pray. Even prayers that are offered in doubt can still be answered! You’ll find that in the Book of Acts!

In Acts 12, King Herod had just killed James, and had arrested Peter. Peter was being held in prison to be killed after the Passover holiday. The believers were totally confused! They had expected James to have been.

Now, Peter was locked up and sentenced to die. They were scared and disappointed. But they held a prayer meeting anyway. After a few days, an angel came to Peter’s cell in the middle of the night and let Peter loose!

Peter immediately went to Mary’s house where the prayer meeting was going on. When he knocked at the gate, one of the servants, Rhoda answered. She heard his voice and got so excited, she didn’t open the door! She ran and told the other Believers that Peter was at the door.

They didn’t believe her! In verse 15, the people who were praying told her she must be crazy! Others even said it must be his ghost, or maybe his angel – that Peter had been killed!

They had been praying, and obviously had been praying in doubt and unbelief. So much doubt and unbelief that when the answer came, they couldn’t believe it. BUT, THEIR DOUBT DIDN’T KEEP THEIR PRAYERS FROM BEING ANSWERED.

Doubt won’t hinder your prayer unless it keeps you from praying. That’s the lesson here. Why? Because most doubt isn’t in the heart, it’s in the head. If you believe in your heart that God is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, your faith is enough to get answers from Heaven.

Last, what if what you pray for isn’t God’s will? Will He send you something bad, if you pray for the wrong thing? NO. James 4:3 says that if you ask out of the will of God, what will happen is this: You’ll ask, but not receive. Period. So, you don’t have to be afraid of praying for the wrong thing.

Know that God wants to answer your prayers. Believe that YOUR prayers make a difference. Know that, if you believe that God is, and that He is the rewarder of those that diligently seek Him, you have enough faith to pray and get results. Last, know that even if you doubt, but pray anyway, God can answer your prayers. Now, all you have to do is actually PRAY! Instead of a prayer life, have a life of prayer!

Bless You,
Pastor Steve

Take a Stand #2

Be Bold! Take a Stand for Your God!

By on January 5, 2016

These are dark, chaotic days for our world. We’re seeing a breakdown of families, of morals, of law and order. Never have we seen so much crime in our society and even here in our county. So many people even teenagers are afraid. Afraid of dying, of being killed, mugged, robbed or raped. But there is a way of living in safety even in this generation.

God tells you in Psalm 91:14 that He will protect you if you will love and serve Him, setting your affections on Him. God says, “Because you have set your love on me, therefore will I deliver you. I will set you on high because you know my name. You shall call upon me and I shall answer you. I will be with you in trouble. I will deliver and honor you. With long life I will satisfy you and show you my salvation.” Why? Because you set your heart on Him. God says here if you’ll set your love on Him, He will bless you, protect you and deliver you.

In the 11th chapter of Hebrews, versus 23-27 talk about a man who lived under the safety of God during hard times. Moses was born in a very violent, racist time. It was a time when the Pharaoh decided to kill all of the boy babies of Hebrews. And in the midst of that terrible decree when children were being slaughtered, God caused Moses ‘parents to take a stand for their child. If they had not taken a stand, little Moses would’ve died. Hebrews 11:23 says Moses had parents that were not afraid. We need parents today that are not afraid. When Moses’ parents decided they were going to do all they could to save their son, God gave them an inspired idea! First you take the stand, then the help from God comes. God gave them the idea to put baby Moses into the little boat, and put into the river where Pharaoh’s daughter would swim.

Instead of being killed by Pharaoh, instead of being destroyed, Moses was saved! Pharaoh’s daughter picked him up and adopted him, saving his life.

Guess what? God is able to take care of your children! If you quit making money your god and TV your god and pleasure your god, if you’ll take time to make Jesus the Lord of your Life, God will take care of your children, your family and household.
So, because his parents chose to be bold in God, to be unafraid, Moses got the chance to live. He grew up with the finest of clothes, the best of education and with the cream of society. Then, Moses had to make a choice.

Hebrews 4:24 says when Moses came of years, or grew up, he refused. If you’re going to set your love on God and really love God above all else, you’re going to have to do some refusing.

Like you Moses had to take a stand. Everybody thought he was an Egyptian prince. He had all the clothes, mannerisms and speech of the Egyptians. But notice this: MOSES knew whose son he really was! This verse says he refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter! He refused.

The point is, you have to take a stand in this world, and remember whose child you really are! You’ve got to make up your mind to refuse to be conformed to the image of the people who don’t know God. Don’t live like a hypocrite. Don’t be afraid that people around you will find out you’re a Christian. Refuse to be thought of as just one more religious phony of this world. Moses refused.

Hebrews 11:25 says: Moses valued the flack from serving Jesus more than all the treasures of Egypt. He let them know he was NOT like them! He’d rather know the Lord that to make all the money in Egypt!

God is raising people with that “Moses spirit” today! They are saying Jesus is more important to me than money! More important than popularity! More important than being written up in the social register!

Moses valued being reproached for Christ. I can promise you, if you live for Jesus, the world will make fun of you. They’ll mock you, and leave you out of their little activities. But Moses valued the reproach of Christ more than all the treasures of Egypt.

Moses CHOSE TO BE WITH GOD’S PEOPLE! Rather even than making money! He chose to have less money, but more fellowship with God’s people!

He chose to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Listen, ALL the pleasures of sin are just for a season. All the illicit sex, just for a season. All the drug and alcohol abuse, the partying, all are just for a season. All the taking advantage of people and using them for your own gain, is just for a season. It’s all going to come to an end one day. Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God.

Like you, I take my stand with the people of God! I’m so glad the Bible says this next thing: Moses endured. He lasted! How did he endure? Moses endured by seeing in the spiritual realm, God who is invisible. He learned to walk by faith, and not by sight!

There IS a world beyond this visible one. There’s a world of angels. There’s a world where God dwells and Jesus is Lord. It’s a world, a place where there’s no sickness, no crying, no dying, and no separation from our loved ones. If you love and serve the Lord, you’re on your way there too!

When you wake up your mind to be a 100% Christian, when you really get to know Jesus, something happens in your spirit. You begin to live for eternity instead of just for the present time. You begin to live for God instead of man. You begin to live so on the day you’re judged, God will say; “Well done thou good and faithful servant!”

Moses chose to suffer, if that’s what it meant to be faithful to his God. And, Moses endured. What about his Egyptian friends? Don’t you think they made fun of him? Don’t you think they shook their heads at him? Their comedians probably did routines about Moses! How could he just turn his back on all that power, all that fame and all that money! Setting his affections on the Kingdom of God overcame the forces of greed, power, lust and carnality.

But guess what? 2500 years later, after Egypt had crumbled into dust and all of the Pharaohs people were dead; Moses was seen on the Mount of Transfiguration, talking with Jesus! Moses was in the Spirit realm, along with Elijah, in their glorified bodies! Moses was alive in power and presence of God! Sure they’ll make fun of you today and they’ll call you a weirdo- but 2500 years from now you’ll be alive in your glorified body, in the presence and power of God, and talking with Jesus, Moses and Elijah!

We need to have a real and true love for Jesus like Moses did. We need to make our stand.

To me, there’s never been a doubt about what I had to do- not since Jesus had so much mercy on me, after the way I had been ignoring Him for all those years. When I think about His mercy on me when I was on my way to hell as a teenager: He just knocked at my hearts door and made me a child of God.

Ever since that day, my loyalty has been to Jesus. Jesus is my wealth! He’s my gold. He is my silver. He is my joy and inspiration.

Look in Psalm 91:14, what God says, “Because you have set your love on me, therefore will I deliver you. I will set you on high because you know my name. You shall call upon me and I shall answer you. I will be with you in trouble. I will deliver and honor you. With long life I will satisfy you and show you my salvation.”

Now you understand the secret of living right. I don’t stay out of sin just because its sin. I stay out of sin because I don’t want to do anything to displease Jesus. I don’t come to this church because I have to, or because I’m the pastor. I come to this church because I know that’s what pleases Jesus. He called me and my family here.

We don’t tithe our income because we have to. We do it because it pleases Jesus when we reach out to others. We don’t stay out of drugs and alcohol and off those other things they do just because we want to be holy. It’s because we choose to stand with Jesus and His people rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season! We want to please Jesus.

One day, life will end. So many people, who go through life, doing what the world does, and ignoring God, come to the place when they are at the end of their lives. Then, they cry out, “Oh, I wish I could go back, let me go back, let me have another chance! I’ve wasted my life! Let me go back.” But you can’t go back. You have only on life and after this, the judgement.

That’s why you need to make a stand for Jesus. You might wonder, how do I do that? Just pray “Jesus, I know you came to save sinners, I’m a sinner, I want you to come into my heart and I want you to save me. I want to give my life to you. Jesus come into my heart. Be my Lord and Savior. I’m going to take a stand for you.”
And if you’ll do that, things will change in your life. Then, you get to church here and grow and stay strong. Then, it doesn’t matter how many things come against you. You will be strong. You will be safe in this life and in eternity because you’re living with the Lord Jesus!
Bless You,
Pastor Steve

Christmas blessings

Blessings You Didn’t Even Know You Had

By on December 22, 2015

Being Christmas time, we’re thinking about gifts, presents and blessing people. We’re also not wanting to get people things they already have! My kids like to ask for stuff, sometimes forgetting that we got them almost the same thing LAST year!

Many Christians are that way with God. We’re miserable because we think He hasn’t blessed us enough. We cry out that we’re weak, unsuccessful, broke and helpless. The Bible says in Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who HAS blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

According to the Bible, all of Heaven‘s blessings are yours, if you’re an obedient Believer. The Bible says that we are blessed in Christ Jesus. Romans says, “As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.” There are only two places that you can be as far as God is concerned. You are either in Adam or in Christ. Either in the natural, or in the Spirit.

Everybody is born into the world, is in Adam. Everybody born again is in Christ. When you`re in Adam, in the natural, you want to sin, you want to live for the desires of your flesh;

It’s not a matter of just getting into the right church, or training your natural self to “behave.” It’s a matter of getting born by the Spirit of God into Christ Jesus.

See, the blessings of God are not in Adam, the blessings are in Jesus. As in Adam, all die dreams, hopes and aspirations will die. Everything you hold dear will die if you just live in the natural, as a part of Adam`s race. But in Christ Jesus, all will be made alive. God will resurrect your life, your dreams. He’ll resurrect your health. He’ll resurrect your hopes. He’ll bless you if you`re in Christ Jesus.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, “Therefore if anybody, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; and behold, all things have become new.”

When you’re born again by the Spirit of God, you’re in Christ. The main thing you need in life is to be in Christ. Because all the blessings, all the promises, are for those who are in Christ.

Many Christians go from church to church looking for the blessing of God. They need to realize that God has already blessed them with every blessing of Heaven. They need to stand firm in it, instead of chasing after it! Like the Bible says, you STAND and let the blessing of God overtake YOU!

You’ve got to open your Bible and read it. Feed your spirit on it. A lot of people do without the blessings of God. There are more than 7,000 promises in the Word of God for the person in Christ. He’s got blessings in every area of life, but you will never get them unless you know they’re yours.

John DeMoe won one of those I “free” cruises you see coupons for in local restaurants. I All he had to do was make his way to Florida to get on board. Taking off work for a week and then ‘driving to Florida took all his money. He barely got there and was broke.

John DeMoe didn’t know much about cruises. He’d just won the ticket. Knowing he was spending his last dime to get to Florida, he figured he’d never be able to afford the meals on board or to go to the shows each night. So, John DeMoe brought along his portable black and white TV, a big jar of peanut butter and two loaves of bread so he wouldn’t starve.

And so, he got on board with his TV, his peanut butter and of bread! While he was cruise, he would notice other people going to the room. He’d look through loaves on his all the dining the window and they had steaks and they had shrimp, fruit, vegetables, amazing desserts they ate like kings!

He’d look through the window and think, “Man, l wish l had enough money for that!” Then, he’d go sit in a chair on the deck and eat his peanut butter sandwiches.

This went on day after day. He was pretty tired of peanut butter sandwiches. And, so, on the last evening of the cruise, a fellow passenger saw John DeMoe sitting on deck eating peanut butter as the other man was about to go into the dining room. He said, “What are you doing eating peanut butter when there’s a banquet inside?”

John DeMoe answered, “I’m embarrassed to tell you. But, l just barely had enough money to get to this cruise. I didn`t have any money left over for entertainment or meals, so l bought my little TV and this peanut butter with me. I’ve been eating peanut butter all week!”

The passenger said, “Don’t you know anything about cruises? When you got your ticket, it included everything!”

That’s the way many Christians are. Like John DeMoe. We don’t know enough of the Bible to know that Jesus paid it all when He died for you on Calvary. Our ticket includes everything and we’re out here eating our peanut butter sandwiches. We need to throw away our peanut butter and come on in to God’s big banquet table!

Psalm 1 talks about the blessed person. l like to tell people I’m that blessed person. “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor stands in the way of sinners nor sits in the seat of the scornful but his delight is in the law of the Lord. ”

Why is the blessed person delighting in God’s law? Because your Bible contains God’s spiritual laws of how His Kingdom operates. The blessed person’s delight is in the law of the Lord. The blessed person wants to know how God expects him to live, believe and pray.

When a person has a will, and then dies, his or her goods are distributed to the loved ones, according to the will. The will gets read, and usually in big estates, where what’s left is valuable, other people come in and contest the will. They argue with it. They don’t want you to receive what’s been left to you.

The Bible’s the same way. It’s God’s will. Jesus died and left us His Testament. Every time you find a promise in it, or something that Jesus died and left to you, the devil will come up and say, “l contest that. You can’t receive that! You’re not worthy! I want it!”

So, you need a powerful lawyer and a good judge. The Bible says that Jesus is your lawyer and the Father is your judge! Trust them! When the devil comes into the court room and sees that your Elder Brother is your lawyer and the judge is your Father, he knows he’d better back off! Trust God!

Verse 2 goes on to say, in God’s law the blessed person meditates. He meditates therein day and night. And because of that, the Word of God, the Bible gets into his heart and begins to direct his paths.

“Therefore, he shall be like a tree planted…” We’re like a tree planted. Thank God we’re not drifting. We’re planted. Planted by rivers of living water. We bring forth our fruit in our season and our leaf also shall not wither. And whatsoever we do shall prosper.

Look at Galatians 3:13-14. It says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law . . . that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles (that’s us) through Jesus Christ and that we might receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.”

See, Christ took our curse so that the blessing of Abraham might come upon us. l don‘t know about you, but I want the blessing to come.

l think about how blessed this church is and how blessed our congregation is. God wants you to get out from under the curse and under the blessing. He said His will is that the blessing of Abraham might come on us.

We’re at a very strategic time at the Worship Center. l believe this is going to be one of the healthiest congregations in the area. l believe you are going to be blessed financially. l believe that God’s going to bring in your relatives. You are going to see people saved and delivered.

The curse and the blessing are listed in Deuteronomy 28. lt says that if you will, diligently listen to what God says, and then act on it, He will cause His blessings to come upon you and overtake you.

So the blessings, all the blessings of Heaven, are already yours. You say, why don‘t l have them? You might not have known about them. Or, you might not have believed them. Maybe, you knew and believed, but never ACTED on them. You’ve got to act on the Word of God.

The greatest blessing in the world that anybody could have is not financial or even good health. The greatest blessing in the world is not a physical blessing. The greatest blessing in the world is when the Spirit of God comes into your heart; when you are born again and Jesus becomes your Lord.

That makes you ready not only for life but also for death. l want you to receive Jesus today into your heart as your Lord and Savior. Would you ray this prayer? Say, “Oh God, I need your blessing in my life. You know I’m a sinner. God without Jesus I’ll die and go to hell. But, God, l don ‘t want to go to hell, I want to be saved. Jesus, l believe You are the Son of God. I ask You to come into my heart. l accept You right now as my Lord and, my Savior. Thank you Jesus. You are mine and l am Yours. Thank you Jesus. My sins are forgiven and l have eternal life. Amen!”

Bless You,
Pastor Steve

Knowing God

Knowing God: The Sweetness of God

By on December 15, 2015

We’re talking these days about knowing God. I once talked about who God isn’t. He isn’t your enemy. He isn’t the troublemaker.

This week, we’re looking at the sweetness of God. 2 Corinthians 1:3 says: “Blessed be the God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our tribulations that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith We ourselves are comforted of God. ”

And then, in 1 Peter, Chapter 5: “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect (or mature), establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

We are living in hard days. It is getting darker and more difficult in the world. But thank God, we can have Heaven’s strength to deal with these tough times. The Bible says, “The people who do know their God shall be strong and do exploits!”

If you’re going to make it in these days, you’re going to have to draw near to God. The Bible says, “many are the afflictions of the righteous, but, the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” You’ll have afflictions, but you’ll have even more deliverance.

Jesus came to show us what God is like. He is called Emmanuel, God with us. He is God on our side. When you see Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, you see God with us. He came down to walk in a human body. When you see Jesus walking the dusty roads of life, healing the sick, casting out devils, lifting the fallen, cleansing the unclean; that’s God!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” First off, our God is the God that Jesus worshiped. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Then it says, “He is the God of all comfort. ”How many times have you ever needed comfort? That’s when you need to take the time and find a place to draw near to God and let Him minister to your spirit. He is the God of all comfort.

It goes on: “who comforts us in ALL our tribulations.” We all have trials and tribulations. But we aren’t ever alone in them. Christians have adversities, and during these times, we should draw closer to God. That is what matures us and brings us patience.

God wants you to be able to find a purpose, a use for your troubles and trials. It says, ”God who comforts us in all of our tribulation…” Now, why does He comfort us? Not just for us, but “that we may be able to comfort those in any trouble. By the comfort that we ourselves have received from God. ”

You’ve had experiences where God has helped you, strengthened you, answered your prayers. God is saying, “Now, you go to people in trouble like you’ve been in. You can look them in the eyes and say, “Listen, I’ve been there. I’ve BEEN there. I know God’s going to bring you out. He did it for me! He’ll do it for you.”

You can help people who thought nobody would be able to help them. Why? Because you’ve been there and you found that God was right there, too, the whole time.

When people are going through trouble, they want to get out. Everybody does. “When I go through trouble, l want out, too! But, when we go through it and hold on to God, something happens. We begin to find that the great hurricanes of life cannot move us; that, our God is able to keep us in the storms of life. Once we’ve been through that, we’re not shaken by little rain storms or terrified by the thunder.

Thank God, we’ve been through hurricanes! We know what God can do. We can look anybody in the eye and say, “God has enough grace and power to bring you through!” The winds may be howling, the rain might be beating on you, but peace and calm and sunshine is on the way! You may have trouble now, but comfort is on the way. We can speak from experience; God is a God of all comfort!

1 Peter 5, says, the “God of all grace… ” He’s the God of ALL grace. Grace is the good nature, the sweetness of God. It’s not because we’re particularly good or lovable, but because GOD is good!

None of us deserve to be saved. The Bible says, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” While we were still His enemies, God showed sweet nature. While we were destroying ourselves, God sent Jesus to rescue us. That’s grace.

Let me tell you something, it doesn’t matter what kind of persecution you’re getting, or trouble you’re having, God’s grace is sufficient, strong enough for you. His invisible power is around you. His angels are surrounding you.

Notice what this scripture says: “But the God of all grace who hath called us into His eternal Glory by Christ Jesus…” He has called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus. lf you could look over there to Heaven, to that eternal glory so bright your natural eyes couldn’t stand it – you’d know it‘s more real than this world.

God has called us to His eternal glory, to go to Heaven! I refuse to go to hell! Listen, l wouldn’t go to hell for any woman. I wouldn’t go to hell for any man. I wouldn’t go to hell for any drugs. I wouldn’t go to hell for any alcohol. I wouldn’t go to hell for any kind of illicit lifestyle. I refuse to go to hell with the Devil and his crowd. l want to go to Heaven!

Notice, it says, “The God of all grace has called us unto his eternal glory after you have suffered” a while. That means tested. After your faith has been tested, you’ve cried and prayed, you felt like throwing in the towel, God will minister to you. Your trials aren’t forever.

After you’ve suffered a while, God is going to make you mature! What brings maturity? Testing and trial. After you’ve suffered a while, the Lord will mature you and establish you and He will strengthen you.

He will mature you, He will establish you, He will strengthen you, and then He‘ll settle you down. You know, a lot of us, are just unpredictable. Don’t know what we’re doing, where we’re going or even who we are! I tell you, we need to be settled!

That’s when you start producing fruit, when you’re settled. You’ll produce sweet, plump eternal fruit for the Kingdom of God. And, when you stand before the Lord at the end of your life, He’ll say, “Well done, you good and faithful servant!”

Bless You,
Pastor Steve

Conquering Anger

How To Conquer Anger Permanently!

By on December 8, 2015

There’s an old saying that your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. In other words, what’s happening in your outside situation is a reflection of whatever is going on in your heart, or inner spirit.

Jesus clearly taught that the way to change your outer world begins by changing your heart. In the Sermon on the Mount, He makes this point through the Beatitudes. Then, in Matthew 5:21, He moves in this direction again, this time talking about anger. He tells what it does to you, your family and how it even affects your spiritual life.

Listen to what Jesus says: “You have heard that it was said by them of old, you shall not kill; whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement: But I say unto you, whosoever is angry with this brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement…”

Jesus went on to say how it affects your spiritual life in verse 23: “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you; leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way; and first be reconciled to your brother, then offer your gift.

Jesus then tells how not forgiving can imprison you. He says. “Truly you will by no means get out of there until you have paid the last penny.” Anger, bitterness and un-forgiveness can be a prison that robs you of every resource you have.

What kind of anger was Jesus talking about? He’s not talking about a little flare up where you get ticked off and then get over it. That’s not what imprisons you. The word He uses in the original language means and anger that sends down roots deep inside us, and begins to grow.

This kind of anger usually isn’t even recognized. It’s more like resentment, or bitterness. We feel like we weren’t treated fairly, and someone else has the kind of good things (or the good job, good situation or good person) that we ought to have! So, on a very basic level, we secretly wish they’d feel some pain, experience some rejection, and have a few troubles and problems. “To know how it feels.”
Many people hold this kind of smoldering, seething anger that cries out for revenge in their heart. You’d never act on it, but secretly nothing would give you more pleasure than for the other person to have a few problems. Jesus warns us about this kind of anger because; it will destroy your relationships, steal your peace and affect you spiritually, imprisoning your spirit.

You need to hear what Jesus is saying today because God wants to give you peace and joy where you have anxiety, bitterness, resentment, envy and depressions.

Jesus says, “You shall not kill. But I say to you, whoever has this kind of anger is a murderer already.” See, this kind of anger even when it’s just a quiet passive resistance, is a killer. This anger will kill your friendships. It will kill your career. This anger will destroy your home. This anger will destroy your marriage. It will destroy your relationships with your children.

This anger will destroy your dreams. This anger will destroy your hopes. This anger will destroy the joy of each blessing that God gives you. This anger will destroy everything beautiful in your life. It will destroy your peace. This kind of anger makes your spirit feel that nothing is ever quite good enough. You cannot afford to have this kind of anger in your life.

Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be ye angry and sin not. Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath.” This is how God says to handle anger. He says, “Sure, you’re going to get angry from time, but don’t let the sun go down on it. Don’t hang onto it. Let it go at the end of the day! Otherwise, you will find yourself living in quiet anger, bitterness and resentment.

That’s why Hebrews 12:15 says, “…beware lest a root of bitterness spring up in you and trouble your soul and thereby defile many.” The first person who gets troubled when you allow bitterness to take root ISN’T the other person. It’s YOU! They’re out running around having a great time, not even aware that you’re mad! They don’t even care about you, and you’re having a miserable time by thinking awful thoughts about them!

After it makes YOU a miserable individual, it begins to affect those around you. They begin to feel your resentment, hostility and frustration. That’s how pent up anger kills your joy in life.

The way to deal with anger is to get rid of it before the end of the day. Confess it to God, forgive the other person and get on with your life. Once bitterness has taken root, how do you uproot it? Ephesians 4:30-32 give us the way to uproot anger and bitterness forever. See, holding anger in your heart grieves the Holy Spirit. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Then, He says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

You have to make a decision to be kind, affectionate towards that other person. Put aside wrath, anger and malice from your life because that’s what will hurt you.

Andrew Carnegie told a story about his visit to Yellowstone Park. The ranger told them that grizzly bears can outfight any animal in the park. The grizzly was the undisputed master of the whole area.

That night they were sitting around a campfire. A big old grizzly bear came up to the edge of their camp. And you know who came up beside him? A skunk.

Grizzly bears don’t particularly like skunks, but this grizzly bear didn’t bother the skunk. That grizzly bear might have hated that skunk! Maybe he wished the skunk was dead- or would just disappear. But he didn’t so anything. He knew he could destroy that skunk in just a matter of seconds, with a swat of his massive paw. But he didn’t. He just quietly went about his business and let that skunk alone!

How come? Because the grizzly bear knew the high cost of fighting with a skunk. Sure, he could destroy the skunk, but he would have that smell on him for months! That bear was smarter than some people, in that area!

Sure, you’re mad; maybe you can destroy that person. You can probably even get that. But, you’re going to carry the stench of that ungodly attitude for years. Don’t pay the high cost of getting back at people!
There’s a story in Exodus 15 about a well named Mariah. The people couldn’t drink from it, because the waters were bitter. Then, Moses prayed and the Lord showed him a tree, that when applied to the water made it sweet again.

You need to find out where the anger, the bitterness and resentment are coming from. Then, pray to God and He will show you the tree the cross of Jesus that will make your waters sweet again.

You say, “But they’ve dons me wrong. I was good and innocent and they’ve done me wrong.” Your probably right, but think of the mercy God has had on you. You were on your way to hell, lost and without God, living apart from God. And yet, in His mercy, God found you, and forgave you, and gave you eternal life. If He did that for you, can’t you forgive other people?

A lot of people have that kind of anger against God. “God why did you let me have these problems? Why did you send that disease? Why did my home break up? Why is my child living like the devil? Why, God?

Don’t get bitter against God. Get mad at the devil. Jesus said, “The thief comes to steal, kill and to destroy. I’ve come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”

I want to urge you today, let the Holy Spirit clean out your heart. Just pray where you are: “Oh God, I know that You’ve been merciful to me. I accept your mercy now. Jesus I ask you to come into my heart and help me. Save me. Deliver me. Now by Your help, I forgive and let go. I turn it loose Jesus. I release it now. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for setting me free. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

The power of gods word

The Power of God’s Word to Change Your Life

By on December 1, 2015

There is power in God’s word to literally change your life. II Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

In other words, your Bible, the Word of God, is inspired. It is God breathed; it is God’s word from Heaven to you here on earth. This Word will make sure nothing is lacking in your life. It will prepare you for God’s goodness to be operating in your life.

I like Hebrews 4:12. “The Word of God is quick (alive), powerful, and sharper than any to edged sword… it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” God’s Word is alive and can cut through all you problems. T can cut out any sin and it checks out your thoughts, your feelings and motivations.

Jesus said in John 8:32, “The truth shall make you free.” When you find out what your Bible really is, what it says about you, what it says your potential is in God, it’ll change your life. It will lift you out of weakness into strength. It will lift you out of poverty into prosperity. It will lift you out of discouragement into hope and joy.

The devil is afraid of this Book. He has a reason to be afraid of this Book. He knows that it will fill you with the truth that sets you free. It will let you know who you really are. And, it will unmask the devil and his schemes. Jesus used the Word in Matthew 4, to defeat the devil. Every time the devil came to tempt Him, He said, “It is written…” and quoted the word of God.

Your Bible has in it Gods plans and blueprints for your life. Just like an apple seed has all the plans for an apple tree, what kind of apple, how many it will produce, how big it will become, the Word of God has His plans for your life.
Your Bible is a seed from God. When Jesus told the story of the sower in Mark 4:14, He said, “The sower soweth the Word. And those that are sown by the wayside are those that receive the Word of God and the devil comes immediately to steal the Word.”

The devil wants to steal the Word out of your heart before it can take root and bring about the plan of God in your spirit, and start bringing forth the fruit of God in your life.

Jesus said in John 6:63, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” If you’ll plant the Word of God in your heart, and take care of it, it’ll begin to produce God’s results in your life.

That’s why the devil is so eager to get the Word out of your heart. See, the very moment you begin to hear the Word of God, the devil will come to try to divert your attention or put this newsletter aside. He wants to steal this Word!

The devil knows this Word is alive and full of power. It’s got God’s life in it. If it stays in your heart, it will grow. It will produce a miracle. It’ll drive out depression. It will drive out fear, it will drive out sin. This Word from Heaven will change your life and the way you live.

Your bible shows you the truth; how things really are. Psalm 119:130 says, “The entrance of Thy Word of God is a book that reveals what is really your situation. He wants to bring you out of your natural, limited ordinary thinking into His unlimited, spiritual thinking. This is a Book that moves you from the old, from the natural into the new, into the spiritual.

God’s Word is food for your spirit man. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone (natural), but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” God’s Word is spiritual bread. It is the bread that came down from Heaven. Your spirit man needs to be fed and strengthened every day.

Your Bible is your guide to living a successful life on all levels. God said in Joshua 1:3, “This Book of the law, the Bible, shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night. Then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.” When you read and meditate, and then act on God’s Word, you’ll make YOUR way prosperous, and you too will have good success. God says so.

God says in Psalm 1:1-3, “Blessed is that man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, not stands in the way of sinners, not sits in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the…” TV set. His delight is in making money. His delight is in being popular and powerful. Is THAT what it says? No!

Why is he blessed? Because his delight is in the law of the Lord, the Bible, and in God’s law, he meditates day and night. He’s “like a tree plan ted by the rivers of water that bring forth fruit in his season. His leaf shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” If you live on the Word of God, He’ll send you prosperity and blessing.

Your Bible gives you the revelation of God. Jesus said “He that hath seen Me, hath seen the Father” in John 14. Read the gospels and discover how God is. Here He is, God in a human body. See how He cares for people. He lifts the fallen. He forgives the guilty. He heals the sick. He drives demons out of people. Everywhere Jesus goes, there is joy.

This is the God we serve. The only thing Jesus got mad at were the religious people who wanted to burden the people with guilt, fear and inferiority. He got mad at them. God still gets mad at that today.

Your Bible reveals God’s plan for you. God has a plan for you. His plan is for you to know Him here in THIS life and to live with Him forever in Heaven, not to go to Hell.

See, Hell was created for the devil and his angels. God never intended any human being to go to Hell. Any person that goes to Hell will go there as an intruder.

Jesus said in John 10:10: “The thief comes to steal and to kill and to destroy.” That’s the devil. If something is being stolen from you, destroyed or killed, don’t blame God. Don‘t say why did God do this? No. It’s the devil that comes to steal and to kill and to destroy. But what is God’s plan? Jesus said, “l am come that you Might have life and that you might have it more abundantly.” Everybody wants to love life.

Listen to John 1:12: “to as many as receives Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God.” That’s Gods plan for you and every other human being: to become a child of God through receiving the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world (that includes you) He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) that whosoever believeth in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.”

The next verse says: “For God sent not His Son into the World to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Gods plan is for you to face death without the fear of judgement.

Jesus said in John 5:24, “He that heareth my Word and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life and shall not come into judgement, but is already passed from death unto life.”

There’s a prophecy about Jesus in the Old Testament that’s quoted in Matthew 12:20, “A bruised reed will He not break and smoking flax He will not quench.” That’s one of the most touching things you can ever read about Jesus.

What does it mean? There are people all around us whose lives are bruised. Your life might be bruised. Your heart might be bruised. Your body might be bruised; your spirit might be bruised. You’re a bruised reed.

What does God say? “Ill just throw you in Hell? I don’t want bruised people like YOU in MY Kingdom? You’re bruised now, just wait till I get through with you?”

No! That isn’t the God we serve. A bruised reed He will NOT break.

A smoking flax He will not quench. Some peoples light in life has just about gone out. All you’ve got is smoke. You’ve made so many mistakes. You’ve done so many things wrong. You’ve gone down the wrong path. Done the wrong things. You got guilt and condemnation in your life. You’re a smoking flax.

You don’t have any flame. God doesn’t come by and stamp you out a say, “You’re not good enough. You’re just a loser.”

No, He won’t put out the little bit of fire that you have left. He’ll fan it and fan it and fan it and minister to you and raise you up and save you and give you eternal life.

This Word is the revelation of a God who loves you, a God who has already made provision to forgive you. He wants to bless you and guide you all the days of your life.

Having Heaven's peace in your life

How To Have Heaven’s Peace in Your Life

By on November 24, 2015

I once talked about the battles in life, and how God is the Lord our Victory Flag, Jehovah Nissi. We can lift up the name of Jesus and win the battles of life.

But, even winning battles can wear you out. So, we have a great need for peace. Not just peace where you’re not fighting and arguing with people, but peace in your heart, on the inside. lf you’re not satisfied, if you feel empty, you don’t have peace in your heart. You’ll FEEL like you’re losing even when you have the victory. We all need peace.

In Judges 6, the Midianites were ruling over God’s people. His people were harassed and troubled by their oppressors until they cried out to God for deliverance.

That’s when God spoke to Gideon and called him to take a stand for righteousness among God’s heartbroken, backslidden and oppressed people. Gideon felt like he was so low that God couldn’t use him. l want to tell your that God delights in using the least likely people!

Most of the people God used in the Bible were the least likely so people KNEW it had to be God! Just because you’re not the kind of person you think God will use now doesn’t mean God can’t use you. If you’ll listen to God‘s word, you’ll be the kind of person God WILL use.

The Angel of the Lord came to Gideon and said, “The Lord is with you.” Gideon responded with, “Well, if the Lord is with us, where are all His miracles?” Gideon didn’t realize he was talking with an angel.

Soon, he realized he WAS talking to an angel of the Lord. Then, Gideon was filled with fear; he was shaking in his sandals, being in the presence of the Angel of the Lord. Then the Lord said, “Peace be unto you.”

Do not fear. You shall not die. ” ln other words, you can live in fear or you can live in peace. Choose peace instead of fear. So, Gideon named that place in his life Jehovah-Shalom. That means the Lord who gives peace.

Peace is so important. God wants to bring you to the place in your life where, instead of fear, you are filled with peace. Peace is priceless. All the money in the world cannot buy peace. All of the fame cannot give you peace. If you take all the drugs you want, they’re not going to give you peace – because when they let go, you’ve got hell in your life. All the alcohol in the world can never give you peace. Peace is so wonderful that it has to come from the hand of God.

Household Peace: There needs to be peace between husband and wife. Couples need to work at having peace. It doesn’t mean they’ll never have any disagreements, but they can have peace even when they don’t have the same opinion.

God also has provided for peace between parents and children. Many homes are miserable because there’s little or no real communication. Fathers can be hard on their children. Mothers can pick, nag, or just throw in the towel and give up. Children can be stubborn and rebellious. That’s why so many households have no peace.

If there’s something between you and your child, make peace. Ask God to lead, guide and reveal to you how to make peace. The Bible says that, when a person’s ways please the Lord, even his enemies will be at peace with him! You can at least claim THAT promise for your household!

Keep praying for and loving that child. The forces of darkness have come against the young people. Drugs, alcohol, pornography, incest, all kinds of abuse, witchcraft – the kids are being attacked from all sides. They need our help.

We don’t pull back and just let the enemy destroy them! We need to go after them. Make up your mind and say, “The devil will never have even one of my children, not even one!” Make up your mind! Be strong for your children! The devil’s not going to have any of your children. And, let there be peace between you and your children.

Fourth, there needs to be peace between the children themselves. Help them and teach them how to respect each other and get along. lt’s not fair for one child to ruin the other children’s’ childhoods! Teach them what they need to know about getting along! God has promised His help!

Last, there ought to be peace in your relationships with your friends, neighbors and coworkers. The Bible says, “With all that lies within you, pursue peace with all men, especially those of the household of faith.”

God’s first promise of peace is to Abraham. God promised him that he would be at peace when it came time to die. He said in Genesis 15:15, “You shall go to your fathers in peace; and be buried in a good old age.” God first spoke about peace when it comes to the matter of death. The fear of death holds so many people in fear. But God wants us to settle the matter and make our peace with Him so we can die in peace.

Jesus talked about how not to have a troubled heart in John 14. He gave five steps to keep you from having a troubled heart.

See, you’re going to die one day if Jesus doesn’t comeback first. lt’s appointed unto man once to die, and after this, the Judgement. Hebrews 9:27 says that God wants you not to be afraid of death, or for the fear of death to hound you throughout your life.

Jesus told how to get that peace. ln verse 1 He said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” That’s a decision YOU have to make- to not let your heart become troubled. Then he said, “You believe in God; believe also in Me.” So the next two steps are: Believe in God. Believe in Jesus. Step four, Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you.” Believe in Heaven. Jesus is preparing a place for you. And then He tells you how to get there. He said, “I am the way, I am the truth, and I am the life: no man comes to the Father; but by Me.” That brings peace to your heart.

Remember, in Genesis, Adam and Eve were created and put in a beautiful garden paradise. They had peace. They walked with God every day. They’d go out in the cool of the day. God would come down and they would walk with God and enjoy fellowship with Him. lt was a life of wonderful, wonderful peace.

Then, in Genesis 3, all that peace is gone. Guess why? The serpent, the Devil (El Stinko) got them confused about God’s goodness. They lost their peace. He deceived Adam and Eve, and they disobeyed God. Then they had no peace at all.

Then God came walking in the garden and they hid themselves, filled with fear. God said, “Adam, where are you?” Adam said, “I was afraid.” Fear came on the scene and chased man away from God. I preach the Word of God so you can get filled with faith and drive out the spirit of fear.

God sent the Lord Jesus Christ so He can walk again in the garden of life with you. God loves you. He wants to have fellowship with you. God planned from that very day when Adam and Eve fell, to send Jesus. Jesus made it so humanity could walk with God again. You don’t have to hide anymore. You don’t have to run from God. You don’t have to hide in alcohol, drugs and illicit lifestyles. You don’t have to hide from God anymore.

Jesus Christ takes away the sin of the world. But, until you receive Jesus you have guilt and condemnation kind of crushing you. God sent Jesus into the world to die for us. He took your place. When Jesus hung on that cross, something incredibly important was taking place. It’s described in Isaiah. “Surely he hath borne our sicknesses and our diseases. He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities (or sins): the chastisement of our peace was upon him.” What’s Jesus doing? He was making it so you and I could have peace with God.

The Bible says that God nailed every charge against us to that cross. You think about what you’ve done; God nailed that to His cross. Why did the sinless, pure, holy Son of God die? He died because our sins are nailed to that cross. And now God declares you not guilty. The Gospel is not you’re a sinner; the Gospel is that God took your sin. The Gospel is not there’s a hell; the Gospel is that you don’t have to go there.

God is not mad at you. God has already been reconciled to you. The Bible says that. Now you can be declared not guilty God said, “Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.” You don’t have to fear your sins being brought out by God and held in your face. No, not once you ask Jesus to be your Lord and you’re serving Him. God says, He will not only not bring them up again, but He won’t even remember them.

Peace comes when you know that all is right between you and God, all is right. Thank God, Jesus is able to bring peace to any and everybody who calls on the Name of the Lord, Jehovah Shalom.

You may be saying, “I need peace. I want peace in my heart.” Jesus is our peace. The Bible says our God is a God of peace. The Bible says in Ephesians 6 that “our feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Our Gospel is all about peace.

You have to be sure you have Jesus in your heart, because He is our peace. lf you had all the money in the world, and all the fame, if you’re on top of the heap, but die and go to hell, what good is it? lf our ministry does nothing more than get you ready for Heaven, we’ve been successful. If your heart has no peace today, you can have it by simply praying a short prayer.

“Dear God I know You’re the God of peace. You’re the One Who can give me peace. You’ve washed away my sins and You’ve provided for me to be not guilty in Your presence. I come to You now to accept that gift. Jesus, I want You to come into my heart and to save me. You are my peace. Make me ready to live and ready to die. Jesus, You are my Lord. You are my Savior, and I thank You that in my heart I now have peace. Amen. ”

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Patience and Persistence in Holding Onto Your Dreams

By on November 17, 2015

We’re talking these days about holding onto those dreams, aspirations and goals that God put deep inside your heart. Last week we talked about how through difficult circumstances and the things that come against us, these dreams get pushed aside. They get pushed down and we think they can never come to pass.

God wants to tell you to never let go of your dreams. Never give up. Be determined. God can still bring your dreams and aspirations to pass.

See, when we become born again, God puts dreams and desires into our heart. They’re like a little fire. Like a little pilot light. That pilot light ignites the fire of Gods perfect will for your life. That’s why He put them there.

Some people go for months or even years with just that little flame God lit when they got saved. These are the people who can’t ever stay in church regularly. They start things and never finish, and feel empty all their lives. So, it’s His will for us to stir up and activate those dreams; to feed them. He says to stir up the gift that’s within us.

Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised. Hold strong to your dreams with one hand and onto the promises of God with the other. Hold on to what God has told you.

We have to hold fast to the things that God has told us. To hold fast means to take a firm grip and don’t let go. There are people and circumstances in life that try to steal our dreams.

We need to stretch out our hands and grab back the things God has told us. You’ve got to show the enemy you’re more determined than he is. You’ve got to learn to walk by faith, holding onto what God has put into your heart, and be determined NEVER let go or back down!

If you’re going to see God’s plan unfold in your life, you’ve got to kindle the fire of your dream. You’ve got to get focused, be obsessed, and fan the flame into a burning desire. lt can’t be something you just pray about and then get sidetracked a couple of weeks later.

That desire God put in your heart is the ignitor of the fire of His perfect will. It’s when you start fueling that fire God will begin opening doors for you and things begin to happen. You’ve got to add fuel to your fire.

What’s the fuel? It’s a mixed fuel, sort of like what’s used in my weed whacker. The first part of the mix is the Word of God. You read, pray and find the scriptures concerning what God has put in your heart. Then, faith comes. Faith and inspired ideas that you can act on. Every day, you have to feed that fire.

God says in Joshua 1:8 to meditate in His word day and night, so you can be strong and enjoy good success. You find scriptures like, “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory.” Then you begin to think on it. You think, “What ARE my specific needs? What are some ways God can supply them? How can l cooperate with Him?” You know what happens? That little pilot light begins to ignite the fuel of your meditation on the Word. Before long, you’ll be hot and on fire with the will of God!

You’ll be boiling over with your dream, with your desire, and then you’ll see it expand and spill out in your life. And that’s when your outer world begins changing to conform to the will of God. lt gives you something to act on, something of SUBSTANCE for God to bless.

You’ve got to build that fire of faith because during life you’re going to have circumstances that will try to smother your fire and put it out.

The other part of the fuel mix is ACTING on your faith. Proverbs 26:20 says “Where no wood is, the fire goes out…” The bigger your fire is going to be, the more fuel you’ll need to put on it. That’s why we have not only Sunday morning to bring you the Word and build your fire, but Rev. McCoy brings you more teaching of the Word on Sunday evening. Then, we BOTH work to bring you even MORE of the Word of God on Wednesday evenings!

You need to write your dream down. Write down what God has put in your heart. Put it on a sheet of paper and maybe tape it in your Bible. Then, as you read your Bible during the day or come to church and there are scriptures that relate to your dream, just write them down. Before long you’ll have you a whole pile of scriptures to fuel your vision!

I Corinthians 15:58 says, “Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” God’s saying, “Don’t back down! Don’t be a quitter! Hold on! Keep fueling that fire and acting on your faith! Its NEVER a waste of time to serve God and act on your faith!”

You say, “Pastor Steve, you don’t know my situation. l’ve got problems; All kinds of things coming against me.” Well, the Bible says in Isaiah 59:19, “When the enemy shall come in, like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” God will see you through.

Or, you say, “But, l’m not educated. I don’t have what it takes upstairs.” Listen, God said that He chose the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, and the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. That’s 1 Corinthians 1:27.

Whatever you’re past is God’s not interested in where you’ve come from; He’s interested in where you’re going. It’s not so much what you’ve been as it is what you’re becoming.
That’s why 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore is any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away and behold, all things have become new.” God has forgotten your past.

We can talk about how big our problems are, about how big our difficulties are. We can do that all day long. But we need to start talking about how our God is! Like Jeremiah did: He was surrounded by problems, and then he went into prayer. In Jer. 32:17 he declared, “Ah Lord God! Behold Thou hast made the Heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm! There is NOTHING too hard for Thee!” NOTHING is too hard for our God!

Sometimes we say, “God, l’ll go, if You’ll make it easy!” But God’s not looking for people who want it easy. Nothing in life worth having or doing is easy! At least, it’s not easy at first! God’s looking for people who are going to take a bold step of faith, and aren’t going to turn back for ANYONE or anything!

I want to encourage you today to be determined, hold fast the confession of your faith, take a specific action of faith, to make a vow to God. You might need to stop and get your pilot light relit. Maybe it went out.

We need to add the fuel of the Word of God, mixed with actions of faith, to our dreams. And all of a sudden that little pilot light is going to ignite on the inside of us, consuming sin, doubt and fear and that’s where we’re going to step out in faith, not only as an individual but as a whole church. God is bringing the people in the Worship Center to a whole new level!

Jesus said in Matthew 19:26, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” You’ve tried being what you can be with man. Now, let God show you what you can be with Him!

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