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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. ”


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!

Strength for weak hands

Strength For Your Weak Hands And Feeble Knees!

By on November 10, 2015

Some of us aren’t very strong. We get discouraged easily and frequently feeling like throwing in the towel. It seems like we live under a cloud of melancholy or depression. And, even though God does frequently bless us, we still tend to stay mostly sad.

Others of us live in a place of one trial and misfortune after another. We’ve had tragedies, upsets and what some people would call “bad luck” all of our lives. We can wholeheartedly agree with what job said, “Man is born to trouble, even as the sparks fly upwards.”

And, who among us isn’t at some time overly sensitive and easily hurt? Like a delicate flower blossom, we can find that the slightest bump or jar causes us to go to pieces and fall apart. We’re not always like that, but, when we’re in “full bloom” almost anything can dash our hopes and steal our joy.

That’s where Jesus comes in. He binds up our broken hearts and strengthens our wounded spirits. He bathes our wounds and gently deals with us when we’re despondent. He’s never hard or lacking in tenderness for us when we’re afflicted.

He also doesn’t leave us in our weakened and wounded condition. Isaiah 30:3 says, “Strengthen ye the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees.” That’s what He does for us so our lives don’t have to keep being so painful.

Hands and knees. Hands and knees have a lot to do with our journey to Heaven. When we’re depressed or feeling discouraged, our hands hang almost lifelessly down at our sides. Our grip is weaker, and we can’t grab and hold onto the things that take a little more effort. Our strength seems to drain out of our hands when we’re despondent.

When we’re scared, really scared, our knees don’t work right. We can get immobilized, paralyzed with fear. We can try to run, and instead of picking up one foot and then the other, our knees just knock together.

So, the hands and knees are pretty good indicators of what’s going on in a person’s heart and mind. When we’re full of confidence, boldness and faith, our hands are ready, active and useful. Our knees are strong, carrying us where we need to go, and getting us there quickly.

In your spiritual walk, your heart is assailed by fears and doubts, your hands hang down at your side, too. Your hands stop giving active service to the Kingdom of God. They grow weak, just at the time that God needs His laborers the most. The strength to put your hands to work in the House of the lord and in His vineyard all but leaves you.

Heart and knees. When your heart is unstable, your knees begin to grow feeble, in the same way. You become unable to pray fervently and mightily, unable to “wrestle with God.” You become unable to fight for the victory.

The good fight of faith has to be fought on your knees, so if they become feeble, you begin to lose out with God. With weak hands, you also no longer have the strength to take hold on the good promises of your God and hang in there.

This is why God wants to strengthen your weak hands and give strength to your feeble knees. lf you’re like me, when you’re discouraged, you want Jesus to lay you down in a bed and carry you down the road to Heaven. Instead, He gives us strength and tells us, “Take up thy bed and walk!”

Jesus gives us life and strength, so He can work in us and through us, doing the works of His father in Heaven. A person can’t properly be called a Christian who doesn’t have it in his or her heart to actively be in God’s service.

We aren’t able to lay hold on the promises if our hands are weak. We can’t life the brother sister who has fallen when our hands are weak.

We can’t run from temptation if our knees are feeble. We can’t stand firm against the attacks of the enemy with feeble knees. We can’t very well pray when our knees are knocking. Feeble kneed people can be recognized by how hard it is for them to drag themselves to church faithfully.

When our knees are weak, instead of prayer being a time of blessing, refreshing and power, our prayer closet becomes a place of weeping. All it takes is for the Christian to become doubting, untrusting and unsure of God – and he or she loses all power before the throne of God. The promises and the mercy and the reliefs are there, but the weak hands can’t take hold of the promise, while the feeble knees can’t carry them back into everyday life.

The weak-kneed Christian never knows joy or victory for very long. All it takes is for a little problem or a little flack, and the feeble kneed Christian is falling and flailing in the dirt of this present world. The weak-kneed Christian is dirty where he ought to be clean, and weak where he out to be strong by now.

You can’t afford to allow your hands to be weak and your knees to be feeble any longer. This kind of feebleness is why some of us have made such little progress on the road for Heaven. It’s why you might be able to look back and discover that you don’t know that much more about Jesus or the Bible than you did four or five years ago.

In the case of some of the people receiving this message, you have to acknowledge that you’re not as diligent in your service to God as you were just a few short years ago. Isn’t the reason you feel like you haven’t made any advance, or are even going backwards because you’ve allowed your hands to grow weak and your knees to get feeble?

You’ve let your prayer life deteriorate. You’ve neglected your Bible, for days on end. When you pray, you don’t pour out your heart like you used to do, and you don’t have the faith that you used to possess. You’ve stopped claiming the promises, and are no longer taking God at His Word. How can you make any progress on the road to Heaven if you doubt your own God?

Weak hands and feeble knees keep us from being obedient to God. When He calls for us, we’re not in the place or condition where we can respond. lt seems like Christians in our day and age are basically content to be lukewarm and slothful, when there’s no reason to believe that God will ever accept this kind of so-called service.

What causes Christians to allow the enemy to weaken them to the point that they are helpless as babies and equally defenseless?

I answered my own question. Many Christians ARE infants. They haven’t been born again very long. God doesn’t expect His babies to get up and start walking and working right away. He carries them until they have gotten enough strength from the Word to be able to take their place in the Body of Christ.

Other than the new Believers and babies in Christ, there are more common causes for weakness and feeble knees: Starvation, lack of exercise and lack of fellowship.

When you don’t take the time to obey God and feed on His Word, you‘ll become “weak as other men.” You’ll lose Heaven’s strength in your fight against sin, Satan and self. You’ll easily succumb to Satan`s lies and tricks, when you leave off feeding on God’s Word.

Lack of exercise will likewise weaken you and put you in a degenerative condition. When God says, “Exercise thyself unto godliness,” but you think you have a better idea, you‘ll grow feeble. You would be a lot stronger if you labored more. How can a person be content to just sit in their seat, and giving so little to the work of God that it barely can even be called “seat rent?” Soon, you will be absent from the services, and even more unfaithful in the field where God has called you to labor.

Lack of fellowship keeps you from having the strength of a good conscience and the encouragement that we all need. When you play hookey from the House of God, you’re merely sending the devil a loud clear signal that you’re a chump who is plump and ready for the picking. And, in no time, he’ll be coming after you, ready to pluck you from the vine.

Lack of faith keeps you from prayer, and lack of prayer keeps you weak as a baby. When you doubt God, you won’t have any heart in your prayer. Your striving against sin will be slight and unconvincing. Nothing can stand against a Christian who prays.

God wants to give you strength against that problem. He’s letting it be there until you call out to Him for help… being willing to drop anything and everything that make you weak, poor and feeble.

Call on Him for strength! Give Him your sins and your doubts! Let Him fill you with HIS power and might! Pour out your heart to Him and let Him pour out His Spirit on you!

Pastor Steve

God Sees

God Sees Everything In Your Heart

By on November 3, 2015

We all know that God can see everybody and everything. It tells us that in Hebrews 4:13: “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” A verse like this makes a lot of people antsy. Just figure, God sees EVERYTHING… Of course, most people don‘t live like it. ln fact, most people live as if there‘s no GOD at all.

Most people that you and l know have forgotten God. Even many people who used to be faithful at one time. People in their offices, out on the job, in the confines of their home, live as if there was no God; as if there was no eye inspecting them; as if there was no ear listening to their voices; as if there was no One keeping record of all that they say and do. They might not admit to being atheists, but they live as though there‘s no God at all.

The Bible goes on to tell just how much God is involved in His creation. He isn’t just involved with what`s going on around you, but He’s also totally interested in what’s happening INSIDE of you. Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

So, what does God see in a person’s heart? He sees a whole lot more than we think He does. God sees our imaginations, our plans, our thoughts. In some people, He sees murder, adultery, covetousness, jealousy, unclean. God sees things that we couldn’t even imagine are in there. He sees, too, false pride, “holier than thou” type attitudes, rebellion, superior attitudes… things like that. God has searched the heart and knows every detail of what’s in it. Even the self-deception that some of us carry around with us, as a life style.

He also sees the tricks and devices in your heart. The patterns, or ways that you use to get your own way, or the methods that you use to manipulate people, the techniques you’ve figured out to make people think you’re OK when you’re really not. Proverbs 19:21 says, “There are many devices in a man’s heart; but the counsel of the Lord that shall stand ”

What that means is that those devices in your heart are ways that you’ve invented to try to get around Gods laws of sowing and reaping. But, ultimately, they don‘t work. God’s word is going to happen just like it said it would. There is never a device formed in the recesses of the heart that isn’t known, seen and noted by God.

He also knows the promises in your heart. He knows how many times some of us have promised to repent, and have repented and repented, and then have stayed the same. He knows how, when you were almost caught in your sins that time, you made a promise to serve Him in holiness and purity, but then, when the danger was over, you went right back to the way you had been doing. Your promises to God have been put in your file in Heaven. All your broken promises and forgotten vows will one day stare you in the face and talk against you. All these things are known by God.

When and where does God watch us? Everywhere and all the time! Neither you nor l can hide ourselves from the eyes of the Most High God! We can go several miles away from home, where nobody (we think) knows us. Go into a room, shut the doors, pull down the shades and turn out the lights, but to the eye of God, it’s as though you were outdoors at noon time! With a loudspeaker!

lsn’t the whole world, to God, like a glass fish bowl? Is there any place where He can’t stand and see all our activities when we think we are hidden?

If these Scriptures are true, then what a foolish thing it is to be a hypocrite! To have a secret area of our lives that we think no one knows about! lf God can read the heart, then how foolish it is to pretend that we’re doing well when we’re not!

The positive of these verses. l’m not sharing these truths with you just to get you to feel bad about doing wrong. That IS a goal, but not the final one. The final one is to help you to be strong and become transformed. You’ve caved in to your feelings and passions long enough. Now it’s time to shake those things off and be strong. lt’s time to get back into the battle.

lf God sees, hears and knows everything, you might as well say that He’s, videoing it – going to upload it to Heaven’s YouTube, so to speak. Doesn‘t that help you find strength to live holy?

Could you lose your temper and be as foul as you have been, once you realize that God is watching every move, recording it, making notes and listening to your heart? Could you REALLY bring yourself to go out and buy drugs, knowing that Jesus is silently standing by? Couldn‘t you break the hold that porn has on you, or cheating, or whatever, if you realize that there is a pair of eyes watching you and taking everything In?

l think that His eyes could startle you and help you to be faithful, rather than break God’s laws right there in His presence. That’s why I‘m bringing you these words from God.

Understand that His eyes aren’t filled with wrath and anger… they’re filled with pity. Pity that you can hurt so bad, and still go on running from Him. Pity knowing the pain that comes from doing things that are wrong, yet you won’t turn to Him for help. Pity that you’re content to just go through the motions, when you could be filled full and overflowing with vital abundant life and joy! Pity that you’ll never know what it is you were put on this earth for, until you turn to Him and trust Him completely to bring Heaven’s best into your life!

Do you know why else His eyes are filled with pity? Because He sees the loneliness that can fill heart. How badly you want to be accepted and to find your place. He knows the rejection you’ve felt and He’s opening His arms to you.

His mercy and forgiveness are here waiting for you. He knows the trials and tribulations you’ve been through. He’s seen your failings, and yet He’s looked into your heart and knows how you’d LIKE to be living. He knows that you don‘t look like much in man’s eyes, but He sees what you are in your heart.

You’re not coming to man, who looks at you from the outside. But you’re coming to the Lord. “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7).

If you’ll pray, He’s here for you. If you weep, He sees you. If now you’ll turn to God, and give Him your whole heart, He’ll deliver you, once and for all. Hebrews 7:25, “He is able to save to the uttermost those that come to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Jesus is praying for you. I’m praying for you. Other friends and loved ones are praying for you… and God is searching your heart-what does He find there?

Bless You,
Pastor Steve


The Power of Forgiveness to Unclog Your Spiritual Pipes…Who you need to forgive and why

By on October 27, 2015

Most of us are troubled by negative emotions from time to time. Emotions like anger bitterness, jealousy fear guilt, doubt, unbelief and guilt. Even when we have the best of intentions, they spring up unexpectedly at the worst possible moments… And, we end up saying and doing things that are out of character; things that we regret and can’t undo.

These emotions clog our thinking, our relationships and our praying. We can’t think right when these emotions are stopping up our thoughts. We’re tough to live with when we’re touchy, irritable and moody. And, we can’t praise God like we should, when we’re full of these emotions that settle on us like black clouds.

Lack of forgiveness lies at the root of bitterness, envy, guilt, anger and most other negative emotions. Holding grudges and fostering anger toward people you feel have wronged you are two of the major causes of stress, ulcers, depressions, heart problems, some types of rheumatism and arthritis and even some forms of cancer.

This is why Jesus taught so strongly on the power of forgiveness. ln the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6, He taught it like this, “Forgive us our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us.” The phrase “even as” means, “in the same way, or to the same degree” as we forgive others.

ln Matthew 6:14-15, He got even more to the point. “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if ye forgive men NOT their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive YOUR trespasses.”

He’s saying we must let go of our anger and resentment. We have to walk away from bitterness, envy and jealousy. We need to stop going over and over those episodes where other people were unfair thoughtless, demeaning or cruel (Philippians 4:8)

You must put your desire to walk with God and have a good testimony above any negative feelings you might still be holding towards any other person. Are you willing to forsake those grudges in order to totally follow Jesus?

What you are on the inside comes out. Your outer world is a reflection of what’s going on inside you. That means that you also attract people who live and think and feel like you do. So, if you’re easily offended, quickly hurt and “temperamental,” that’s the kind of people who’ll gravitate to you. Just what you need, right?

That’s why you HAVE to learn how to forgive! Otherwise, you’ll be a magnet for OTHER negative, grouchy bitter and angry people! And, you’ll NEVER be happy healthy or even able to walk closely with God!

lf we don’t walk in the path of forgiveness, we’re doomed to wallow in inferiority inadequacy, resentment and anger. That’s the only two choices.

Unforgiveness hinders our praying. Jesus said in Mark 11:25, “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your father also who is in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” In Luke 6:37, He said, “…Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”

When you release people through forgiveness, the first thing that happens is you get a flooding outpouring of joy in your heart. Your life will begin to unfold for you, and doors will open to you in a wonderful way.

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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!

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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 Sets 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!

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