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Spiritual Warfare and Rewards of Faithfulness

By on October 18, 2016

When you’re saved and walking by faith, your battles are over, right? Wrong! Here in Genesis, Abraham is walking by faith, and the forces of the enemy attack his family. Genesis 14:12 says, “And they took Lot Abrams brothers son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.”

The enemy came, attacked Abe’s nephew, making him a captive, taking everything he owned. He not only stole Lot’s wealth and material goods, but he stole his wife and children.

When God calls you as a child of Abraham, it’s not only so God can bless and strengthen you, but also so you can be a blessing and source of strength and protection to those around you.

Genesis 14:14-15 says, “And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house… and pursued them. . . [15] And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them…”

When you hear that the enemy is attacking your family, you’re not supposed to just sit there crying, slobbering and wringing your hands. No, that’s not what you do. A loved one with a problem is God’s opportunity for you to move forward with the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit.

Abraham armed his trained servants. Faith is your servant. These servants were born in Abraham’s house. Your servants, born in YOUR house come when you hear the Word of God. “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing the Word of God.” Remember when the Centurion’s servant was sick? He told Jesus, “Speak the word and my servant shall be healed.”
Abraham armed his servants. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, the Bible says, but mighty, to the pulling down of strongholds.

Genesis 14:16 says, “And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot and his goods, and the women also, and the people.”

It wasn’t Abraham’s nature to be a warrior, but through faith, prayer and action, he became conqueror, instead of a victim. His faith was strong, activated and armed with the Word of God. And, thank God, he brought back the material goods the enemy had stolen, his relative who had been taken captive and the wives and daughters the enemy had stolen!

When Abraham found out that the enemy had stolen his nephew’s wife and daughters, he stepped out in faith right away, not allowing the devil to “steal, kill and destroy” even one of them.

Now look what happens: The enemy had attacked and stolen. Abraham moved out in faith to l recover what the enemy stole, and he was victorious. That’s when you can expect Jesus to come on the scene! Herein Genesis 14:18-15:1, the Bible says: “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. [19] And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of Heaven and earth: [20] And blessed be the most high Go, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And Abraham gave Melchizidek tithes of all.”

Melchizidek represents Jesus in the Book of Genesis. Here’s why: First, he was a King and a Priest, just like Jesus is. Second, he was greater than Abraham, just like Jesus said in John 8:55-59. He’s called the King of Righteousness (Hebrews 7:2; 1:8); He is the King of Peace (Salem means “peace.”)

Acting on you faith brings Jesus on the scene, to glorify God and to bless you, to bring you assurance of God’s approval. Also He comes to encourage you that God is using you for His glory.

Notice, that Abraham TITHED! When he saw Jesus, when he was in victory, he tithed! He gave 10% back to God! WHY? You might ask? Because Abraham is the father of faith, and people who walk in faith KNOW that giving always glories God! Only doubters are afraid that if they tithe they won’t be able to make it!

Somebody said, “Tithing is just Old Testament, it’s the law of Moses.” No, tithing is faith! Abraham tithed here BEFORE the Law of Moses: Actually, it was practiced at least 430 years before the law ever came!

Now, after hearing from the King of Peace, and paying his tithes, something else happens, that will let you know how God deals with Abraham. You need to know it, because the blessing of Abraham comes upon YOU, the child of God who is walking by faith!

Genesis 14:21: “And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself [22] And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up mine hand unto the Lord the most high God the, possessor of Heaven and earth, [23] That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet and that I will not take anything that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:”

Remember in Luke 6:36, where Jesus said, “Give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together, running over shall men pour unto your bosom’?” Here you have it! Abraham FIRST paid his tithes, and THEN, God sent the king of Sodom over to bless and prosper Abraham!

Abraham COULD have received ALL the treasure, ALL the wealth of the King of Sodom and his people! Why DIDN’T he? Because Abraham had already promised to God that he wouldn’t receive anything from the King of Sodom, because God was Abraham’s Source. Abraham had learned by this point, that his FAITH could get him all the blessings and prosperity, wealth and security he would ever need – so why would he want to carry around all this stuff from the king of Sodom? When Abe had a need, his supply would come at just the right time! “My God shall supply ALL my need according to His riches in Glory (Hea ven) by Christ Jesus!”

Now, we see the full cycle of God’s blessing of Abraham in spiritual warfare and intercession! Abraham had the blessing of God, the opportunity to “cash in” now, or “eat his seed,” or to continue moving ahead in faith! Abraham chose not to eat his seed, but to sow it back into the lives of people!

Here’s the neat part! By faith, Abraham had recognized that God was his Source, and by his refusal to depend on worldly wealth (EVEN wealth gotten by giving), he attracted Heaven’s attention!

Go to 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.”

Abraham had operated successfully by faith in his intercession, his actions of faith, his training his faith to function solely on the word of God, and in his relying on God alone! Now, God tells Abraham he made the right choice!

Why did God have to tell Abraham to “fear not?” Think about it! Here he has the opportunity to NEVER have to work or worry again, with the wealth of a whole city offered to him! And he turns it down! Now, he’s walking home with no money in his pocket, a wife to face, and to tell that he turned down a life on easy street, because he “had so much faith!” Who wouldn’t be a little scared?!!!

So, God tells Abraham the same thing He tells YOU when you turn down worldly wealth, position or promotion because you don’t want it to injure your testimony. “Fear not, My Child! l, the Lord our God will protect you and bring you great rewards, the reward of faith, the exceeding great rewards of walking by faith with the Lord of Heaven and Earth! The reward of being tested and found faithful! The reward of knowing everywhere the sole of your foot shall trod, is given you by faith, vision and action – enjoying the blessing of Abraham!

Here’s a prayer for you: “Heavenly Father I thank you for blessing me not just for myself, but for the blessing and help I can be to others! Thank you for faith, given to me as a servant, to help me win back what the enemy has stolen! And, Father, I thank You for the blessings both materially and spiritually for walking with You in obedience and power! Thank You that the blessing of Abraham is on me by faith, and because I believe, I can give You a tenth of all You bless me with! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”


Fruitfulness, Prosperity and…Kingship?!!!

By on October 11, 2016

We’re talking about the blessings of Abraham that come upon the believer, because of God’s covenant, or promise to Abraham. Last week, we talked about the fact that God’s blessings come on you as an inheritance, or as “riches that you did not work for or earn, but some because of your relationship to the owner.”

Now, we’re looking at Genesis 17:6, where God says: “And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.”

In this blessing God gave to Abraham, and his descendants (that’s us) He promises that He will make us exceeding fruitful. The Hebrew word used for “exceeding” means “with strength, might, force or abundance.

ln other words, the fruitfulness God has promised to you has its own strength, or power. Like Jesus said, in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall BE ADDED to you.”

The things that you seek will come to you, when God’s blessing is upon you!

Then, He says He will make you exceeding fruitful. With strength, might, force and abundance, God will bring results to your works, prayers, efforts, actions and the seeds that you sow or plant. What’s a common trait of fruit? We talk about this a lot: lt’s SWEET! Much sweetness in life will come to you. I believe God’s people have suffered too much fruitlessness in their lives. There has been too little sweetness. Life is bitter for too many of God’s people. And it’s NOT God’s will for you to live a bitter life.

His will is for you to be fruitful, to increase, to grow, to have good results, and to have abundance. God wants for you to have enough to meet your own needs and the needs of others as well; to be able to pay your own bills and to help someone else out, too. That’s God’s will for you, as a Believer.

Traditional religions have wrongly taught that God wants you to just barely get by, to have just a little bit, and to scrape by, living from hand to mouth. That might sound religious, but it’s not the will of God! How can you obey Jesus and give to the poor, if you don’t have anything yourself?

Psalms 1:2, 3 describes the state of the blessed person, the one who is walking in the blessing of Abraham. lt says: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law (the Bible) does he meditate day and night. [3] And he shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

With the blessing of Abraham on your life, you’re like a tree planted. What God means by that is, you’re not a wild tree that just “happened” to be where you are: you’re a tree bought from a nursery, or landscaper. A tree that a price has been paid for. A tree that has been chosen, and put in a choice place, where the conditions are ripe for it to flourish.

You’re in the best of soil, and well taken care of. As a tree that’s PLANTED as opposed to being carried around like a potted plant, it also means you are stabilized. You’re in a position in life where you will grow, bring forth fruit and multiply. Why? Because that’s why the owner chose you and paid the price for you in the first place!

Since He purchased you to bring forth fruit, He’s going to make sure you’re given everything you need to be able to bring forth the most fruit possible. He isn’t going to allow you to go dry, even in times of drought, times that kill off trees that are growing up out in the wild. Your leaf will not wither.

And, “whatsoever he (that’s you) doeth shall prosper.” Being blessed includes being prospered in the material realm. You say, “That doesn’t sound spiritual!” Well, it IS spiritual, because “man looketh at the outward appearance but God looketh at the heart… ”

What that means is, people around you can’t see what’s in your heart. They can only see what’s happening on the outside. The only way they can tell what’s going on inside of you is by what’s happening on the outside. So, God has a special interest in blessing the outside of your life as well as blessing the inside.

You NEED to get these truths deep inside your inner spirit, so they can start producing in your life. As long as you’re afraid God doesn’t want to bless you or prosper you, as long as you’re afraid that it isn’t spiritual to be blessed, as long as you’re afraid you’ll be carnal if you have a little prosperity, you’ll never be able to receive the fullness of God’s blessing in your life.

Remember, part of being blessed is so YOU can BE a blessing, so YOU will be in a position to bring some relief to the poor and hurting of this world.

Then, God said, “I will make nations of thee…” Nations=people, groups of people; people of different types who will come together, whose lives will begin working, as a result of your walking in the blessing of Abraham. People will be attracted to what God is doing and what is happening in your life.

That’s why blessing the Believer is part of God’s plan on reaching the lost of this world. Also, if the church, if the Believer isn’t blessed, the world won’t be reached with the Gospel! See, if God wanted us to reach the world and then didn’t provide us with the means of reaching it, there’d be something wrong with Him!

lt’s as simple as this: lf the Children of Abraham aren’t blessed, the nations won’t come forth like God promised Abraham all those thousands of years ago!

Last, “… and the kings shall come out of thee.” What is a king? One who has authority. One who decrees the law. One who rules. One who has INHERITED (there’s that word again!) His position of ruling and authority. You don’t become a king by earning it, by buying it or by any means other than be inheriting it. The Bible says that WE (Believers, children of Abraham) are “kings and priests unto our God!”

We are kings, we have authority, we decree God’s spiritual laws, we rule by faith, we have inherited our position, and we’ve gotten it all from the King of kings, King Jesus! And, if it bothers you to be called a king, if you feel it’s not humble enough for you, let me ask you this? Is Jesus YOUR King? If He IS, then you MUST be a king, because Jesus is the King of Kings!

You’re blessed because Abraham was blessed. You have inherited the blessings of Abraham that are purchased for you by Jesus on the cross. You’re blessed because God is a good God and it’s the way He has chosen to reach out to suffering, poor and hurting world, that they can be saved and go to Heaven forever with Jesus, instead of being lost and going to hell with the devil and his followers. Thank God for His wisdom, power and goodness!

“Dear God, I THANK YOU that you blessed faithful Abraham, and when You blessed him, you blessed not only him but also his seed. I am a Believer and that means I am the seed of Abraham. I am blessed. I am exceeding fruitful! Because I am blessed, many people will be drawn into the kingdom of God! Because You have blessed me, MANY people will be reached and learn how to be ruled by King Jesus and be able to rule in this life by the Word of God! Thank You God for Your blessing and mercy in my life! I give YOU my heart and my all, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!”


The Kind of Heart God is Looking for and How to Have It

By on October 4, 2016

When times get crazy like they are now God When always has a plan. If you remember anything at all from your high school history classes, you know that history is like a pendulum. It swings one way and then it swings to the opposite extreme.

When things are running smoothly you can be sure that within a couple of generations, they’re going to get crazy again. The positive side to this is that, when things get as out of hand as they are today you can count on God working in peoples’ lives to make things swing back to some kind of sanity.

How does God do this? He does it through a person. He looks for a person who will be obedient and who will care more about doing the right thing than about what people might think.

God isn’t looking for the smartest person, or the best looking. He’s not even looking for the most religious person. What He IS looking for is a person who has a heart for God. 1 Samuel 13:14 says, “the Lord has sought Him a man after His own heart…”

ln 1 Samuel 16, verses 1 through 13, God was in the process of choosing David for the person He was going to use to bring Israel back to a condition of law order and right living.

God told Samuel, the prophet to go to Jesse’s house, in Bethlehem. God said that one of Jesse’s sons would be the person that God was going to use. So, when Samuel got there, he met with each of Jesse’s sons. They were all strong, good looking and bright. But, God told Samuel not to go by their outward appearance.

God said to Samuel: “Look not on his countenance, of on the height of his stature; because I have refused him. “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for a man looketh at the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7)

As Samuel met with each of Jesse’s seven sons, God told him that none of them were _the one He was looking for So, Samuel asked Jesse if he had any more children. Jesse said, “Well, there’s my youngest boy He’s out keeping the sheep.”

ln other words, David wasn’t someone that his family thought would amount to very much. He didn’t even get a chance to meet with Samuel. But, when Samuel sent for David, God said, “This is he. Anoint him.” Samuel anointed David with oil “and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” That’s in 1 Samuel 16:12-13

God is still looking for people like David. People who have a heart after God. Without a heart for God, you’ll never make it through the tough times and the trials and problems that you’ll face in life. Having total devotion to God is the thing that will give you the power you need to stand firm when you’re attacked by those forces that want you to back down and give up.

Maybe you don’t feel like you’re the kind of person God could use very much. Well, nobody thought David was going to be used by God, either See, it’s not what you are on the outside, it’s what you are on the inside, in your heart that counts with God.

David was the youngest. He lacked the education, the strength, the refinement, the maturity, the social skills that his brothers had. That’s why his dad didn’t even think about inviting David A to meet with the man of God 1 Samuel 16:11).

The nation had already had a king who seemed good outwardly. King Saul was tall, smart, good looking, energetic, everything a king ought to be. Except he didn’t have a heart for God. On the inside he wasn’t about very much.

Since Samuel knew how kings should look, he figured God was going to use one of David’s big, strong brothers. But, he was wrong. God chose little David. The boy who was only thought worthy of watching some dumb sheep.

Are you like that? Maybe in your family, you’re the odd man out. You might’ve been the one that mom and dad liked least. Maybe other kids made fun-of you and put you down. And, it could be, it just COULD BE, that all those trials and problems caused you to draw closer to God and to be more sensitive to other people.

What counted to God is the way David had a heart for Him. See, David had a history within God that nobody else knew about. Out there watching the sheep, David had developed a faith and a trust in God that touched God’s heart.

One time a lion had come out and took one of the sheep that David was watching for his father another time a bear came and tried to kill one of the sheep. David used his faith and took courage. He killed both the lion and the bear (1 Samuel 17:34-3 6). David had already learned that it’s “not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.”(Zechariah 4:6)

When God chooses you, it’s based on what He’s seen in your heart, and how much you want to know Him and please Him. Have you bothered to get to know Him and to seek His face, just because you loved Him? A lot of us pray when we have a need. God is looking for people who pray because they love God.

The third thing that God is looking for is your response to the Holy Spirit. I’m not talking about whether or not you speak in tongues or raise your hands when you worship. What God is looking for is a place in your heart where the Holy Spirit can find a resting place. It says in 1 Samuel 16:13 that “the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.”

The Holy Spirit gave David the focus, the compassion, the power that began to set him apart from other people. It gave him a boldness and a confidence that wasn’t in himself, but in God. The Holy Spirit gave David the sweetness in his disposition that he needed as well as the power to do what God had set before him to do.

Most people who profess to be Christians don’t have very much power in their lives. When you describe someone as being a Christian today, most people don’t immediately think of a person who is sweet, kind, caring, strong and radiant. Instead, when they hear someone is a “Christian,” they first think of the person as being hard, cold, critical, and not very pleasant to be around.

Notice what happens after David is anointed and has the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life: King Saul came against him and wanted to destroy him! Immediately after being anointed by the Holy Spirit, he became the target of the forces of the enemy.

That’s just the way it still is. Even though you may be nice and sweet and easy to get along with, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be well liked by everyone who crosses your path. Like David you might actually like the person who has come against you, but they still have it in for you.

Saul was moody and unpredictable. David kept Saul soothed by playing his harp for Saul. But one day, for no apparent reason, Saul threw a javelin at David, trying to kill him! David fled for his life that night!

Do you know what I’m talking about? Maybe you’re playing your little spiritual harp, and trying to keep that person soothed, but then, out of the blue, they try to destroy you! Don’t feel like a failure. The truth is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t make a person happy who is dead set on being miserable!

When a person is angry, bitter jealous or just plain bent on making themselves upset, there’s really nothing you can do about it. It’s something THEY have to deal with. All you can do is pray for them and be sweet.

Will they still come against you? Probably like Saul, they’ll sling their javelins at you. But, like David, you’ll discover that the place of rejection by people can be the place of acceptance by God!

Now do you see the hand of God in life? His various dealings and the events of your life have been ways that He’s shaping you into the person you’re becoming.

That’s the important thing: What are you becoming? It’s what gives meaning to all the things you’ve been through. David went through a lot of rejection and people pushing him around and disrespecting him. But what was he becoming? A king!

He could’ve allowed himself to become angry, or bitter and cynical. Instead, he turned to God, and developed his spiritual life. What he became on the inside is what enabled him to become a king on the outside. First, he reigned over his own spirit. Then, he was able to reign over people, as a king. What are you becoming?

Some people receiving this message are challenged by it, but others are comforted. You might’ve felt like you didn’t matter much to anyone. But, you’ve found that God has been taking note of your life and your heart toward Him. Today’s message has ignited a hunger to get to know Jesus better and better.

Next, is to yield to God, letting Him make you strong and full of purpose. Your failings and shortcomings have left you cowardly afraid, putting on a false front to people. Spiritually you might not even know where you stand. But, God is wanting to meet with you, to touch your heart, to anoint you with His Holy Spirit and to make you to be someone who is after Gods own heart!


Revival: What It Is and Isn’t

By on September 27, 2016

Revival: What do you think of when you hear that word? lf you’re like me, you might think of an old circus tent, with folding chairs and a poorly dressed evangelist running back and forth across the stage shouting and hollering. Other people might think of a series of meetings held at a church, with a guest speaker. Or maybe a week of meetings held at the Holiday lnn, where several churches join up and listen to a guest speaker.

Guess what? None of these things are revival. What IS revival? We’re going to spend some time exploring this area of the things of God.

I guess l was about 18 when l first ran across a book called, “Revival Lectures.” lt was written in the mid 1800’s by Charles Finney, Mr. Finney had been an attorney, and he gave his heart to the Lord, when he was 27. Within days, the Lord called him into the ministry, and he began speaking. Not in the churches, because they wouldn’t have him. He spoke in homes, schools, town halls, factories and anywhere else he could get a group of people together.

Under Charles Finney’s speaking and preaching, frequently entire towns would come to the Lord. I want to share with you some of the truths that he shared that brought such moves of God. He begins with helping us to understand what a revival is, and isn’t.

“O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habbakuk 3:2). Habbakuk was crying out to God to spare his nation from the judgments that were speedily coming down on his nation.

The prophet was asking God to influence His people, to move on the hearts of the people, so that they would obey God. He knew that people on their own wouldn’t obey God fully, and needed the influence of the Holy Spirit if they were ever going to obey Gods commands.

The word “revive,” means “to bring life back to; to restore to a lively condition; to energize or stir up. So, revival, by definition means there’s been a backing down from your earlier life with God, a losing of your lively condition and you need to be energized or stirred up. lt means that at some point you were closer to God than you are now. You need reviving. You’re in an inactive state that resembles death!

People are so spiritually sluggish, and there are so many things that take their minds off of the things of God, that He needs to intervene from time to time. Then the obstacles to true spirituality are swept away and people begin to obey God once again.

People need to FEEL, before they are willing to OBEY. This is why so many people who know they ought to be serving God fervently don’t. They’re afraid they’ll be laughed at by their friends. Many are married to their possessions; others put off repenting until they’ve secured some worldly measure of success. People like this will never give up their false shame or give up their personal agendas until they FEEL the senses of danger their soul is in and can’t hold back any longer.

First off, spiritual revival always includes the church realizing it isn’t doing its job. lt begins with a spiritual housecleaning among God’s people. They feel the seriousness of their own sins and find it impossible to keep living the life of a phony. People who have grown cold in their devotion recommit themselves to the Lord.

Secondly, Christians have their faith renewed in a time of real revival. When you’re slipping away from God, your heart gets hard as marble. The truths of the Bible seem like fantasies. You admit that it’s all true, but the burning realities of eternity don’t move you.

When God begins to move in your heart, you no longer “see men as trees walking,” but you see things in that strong light that renews the love of God in your heart. You’ll begin to FEEL for other people, and want them to be able to love Jesus like you do. You’ll be longing for your friends, your relatives and even your enemies to give their hearts to God.

You won’t just be speaking to them about their souls, but you’ll find yourself praying for them sincerely and earnestly, asking God to move on their hearts.

Third, real revival breaks the power of those sins and habits that have gotten hold of you and drag you down, destroying your hopes for future happiness. It brings you to such a high ground in God that you feel a fresh impulse towards Heaven. You have a new sense of belonging to the Kingdom of Heaven and you get new desires to be in communion with God. This is how the pull of the world is broken and the power of the enemy is broken in your life.

What God Uses to Bring Revival. Mr. Finney mentions three things God uses to bring true revival The first is simply the way God moves in the events in a person`s life.

God arranges things to happen that bring your mind into contact with the truth. He brings you to where the truth reaches your eyes, ears and thoughts. God might use the weather, the political situation, social ills or anything else that might turn your attention towards Him. Then, He sends along a minister or other Christian just at the right time. And, that person will bring out a specific truth just at the time you’re ready to hear it.

Knowing your mind, your heart, feelings and your whole personal history, God will use the right truth in the way that’s best adapted to your particular case. He gives it such strength, vividness and power that it causes you to stop in your tracks and turn to the Lord.

See, if people were inclined to obey God, they would get all the truth they need from the Bible. But, because people are totally disinclined to obey the truth, God makes it clear through their minds and pours it onto their souls in a blaze of light that they can’t withstand. That’s what causes people to yield to the truth, obey God and be saved.

Next, God uses other people to reach you. People aren’t mere instruments in the hands of God. Instruments have no choice. People have a choice whether or not they will be used by God. What instrument does God use? He uses the truth. People are agents that God uses.

You’re probably aware that people can read your state of mind by looking into your eyes. lf your eyes are full of silliness, fear, anxiety or hypocrisy, anyone can read it. lf your eyes are full of the Spirit of God, they read that, too. Just the look on your face can be enough to bring a person to face their spiritual condition.

lf you have a deep feeling towards the things of God, you’ll produce deep feelings wherever you go. And, if you’re cold, or frivolous, or trifling, you’ll inevitably destroy all deep feeling, even in people who are concerned about their souls`.

We want to spend some time together learning about how God revives His people. The purpose isn’t to spend our time and strength just receiving instructions, or to give you something to talk about. lt’s not so you can say, “We’ve learned all about how God revives His people,” while you do nothing.

At the end of his first Revival Lecture, Mr. Finney asks, “Will you follow the instructions I shall give you from the Word of God, and put them into practice in your own lives? Will you bring them to bear upon your families, your acquaintances, neighbors, and through the city? Or will you spend your time learning about revivals, and do nothing FOR them?

“l want you as fast as you learn anything on the subject of revival to put it into practice, and go to work… you ought to decide NOW whether you will do this or not.”

You know we call people to decide on the spot whether THEY will obey the Gospel. And we have no more authority to let YOU take the time to think about whether you will obey God, than we do to let lost people “think about it.”

We call on you to make a promise to God that you will do your duty as fast as you learn what it is, and to pray that He will pour out His Spirit upon this church and this city.”

When the churches are awakened out of their sleep by God, changed lives will follow. Peoples’ hearts will be broken down and changed. Even the “worst” people in society, the crack addicts, prostitutes, drunkards and atheists will be awakened and converted. The worst of human beings will be softened and reclaimed, and transformed into beautiful and renewed citizens of Heaven!


The Truth That Sets You Free

By on September 20, 2016

Truth – On July 4, 1776, here is what Britain’s King George lll wrote in his diary: “July 4, 1776. Nothing happened today.” That’s the truth. The truth as far as what he wrote. But, he was wrong! That’s the TRUTH! He was wrong! A nation was born that day!

lt’s easy to laugh about him thinking nothing was going on. But, he just didn’t know what was really happening. Just like a lot of people. On any given Sunday, 1000’s of people drive by this church, and past several others. They think nothing’s happening – but they’re wrong.

In 1776, the greatest event on the planet was taking place in a meeting hall in Philadelphia. Today, the greatest thing that is happening on the planet is what God is doing through this church and other ministries like it.

People’s lives are being touched. Marriages are being strengthened, and put back together. Families are learning how to function. Inept parents are learning how to raise their children in godly, stable homes. Kids are being saved from destroying their lives with immorality, the occult, alcohol and drugs.

People driving by and thinking nothing is going on here are, like King George III, wrong. But, there is an even MORE misinformed person, even more out of touch than the 1000’s who drive by. That’s the person who can came in, worshiped in song, listened to the Word of God and still thinks there’s nothing going on!

Jesus said in John 8:32, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. “The first truth is the truth about Jesus. That He loves you, cares for you, and died on Calvary to purchase eternal life for you here and forever.

The second truth is about sin. Your sins. That you have missed the target, sinned, in so many areas. And, only Jesus can cover those sins. You can’t “undo” them. Only through Jesus is there forgiveness for sins.

The third truth is about your life right now. It’s about “what are you becoming?” Not just what do you know. Or, what can you do. But, what are you becoming? What are you letting yourself become?

Most people come to church wanting to learn, grow and get to know God. Everything is a mystery at first, and they want to just devour everything they can, to learn more about walking with God. But then, after they’ve hung around a while, laziness kicks in.

They know a little theology, have a few Bible verses memorized; they’ve bought a decent quality leather bound Bible. They know a few songs and choruses. So, they kick back and take it easy spiritually. Some even pick up their old habits, figuring they know enough Bible and spiritual stuff, that they can always find their way back.

Jesus was dealing with the religious people of His day, the Pharisees. They were the same way. They figured they knew enough Scripture, knew how to pray and had all the rules memorized, so they were O.K.

They figured they were walking in the light, and had plenty of vision in life, because of how much they knew. Jesus told them in John 9:41 something that He would say to people today.

“lf you were blind, you would have no sin. But now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore, your sin remains.” In other words, if you never heard the Gospel, if you weren’t claiming to know Jesus, if you were not claiming to be a Christian, you wouldn’t be held as responsible.

But, since you say you know Him, and STILL live like somebody who doesn’t know Him, you’ll be held accountable in a way that someone who never knew the Gospel wouldn’t. “To whom much is given, much is required.”

You don’t want to be like the Pharisees. The worst kind of bondage is religious bondage. They thought they had all the answers, but they didn’t know Jesus in a real and loving way. They were kept back by their pride, stubbornness and inflexibility.

In that same passage, the Pharisees were getting mad at Jesus because He was trying to help them change. He said, “lf you abide (live, dwell on) My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And, you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. “They got MAD at Him for that! For telling the TRUTH!

They said that they had never been in bondage to anyone, so how could Jesus talk to them about being made free. Jesus said, “Whoever commits sin is the slave of sin, “and the slave doesn’t have any inheritance.

Missing the target in life will not only rule over you, but it will rob you of your inheritance in God. Whatever area you let sin dominate you will ultimately be the area you will lose out in. That’s just the way it works.

In John 15:14, Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” To walk in God’s blessing, to walk in the Spirit; to continue in the Word means to cooper ate with Jesus. In everything. lt’s letting His expertise direct you, Allowing His wisdom to be applied in all that you put your hand to.

The idea is entering a partnership with Jesus, with Him as the senior partner. He has all the experience, wisdom and solutions. The junior partner (that’s you) learns from the senior one, and follows His direction. But, they BOTH profit from the partnership.

The more you listen to Jesus, the more fruitful your life will be. The more vision you’ll have. The better results you’ll get, in any area you make Him Lord. He has the ideas and the power to bring to pass whatever you need in any situation in life.

Your job is to listen and act. Your life is the area where Jesus’ ideas come to pass. Let his Word get into your mind, your spirit and permeate every nook and cranny in your life. Then, you can live the Life that God has designed for you from the beginning.

Are you living so you can hear Jesus’ thoughts? Are His words free to come out of your lips? Is he free to respond through you during the day?

When you make a decision to let Him live through you, you’re making a decision to become like Jesus – Understanding, loving, cheerful, caring and prayerful.

Here’s something pretty neat. In Luke 12:8, Jesus said, “Whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.” This means that the more you acknowledge Jesus before people, the more YOU will be acknowledged before God! When you acknowledge Him in the natural realm, you will be acknowledged in the spiritual realm.

Then, there’s prayer. “Casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you.” That’s 1 Peter 5:7. Put everything you care about in His hands. All your fears. All your worries. Then, TRUST Him with it. Trust Jesus to bring you the solutions. A lot of times, the first day you don’t see a change, or don’t feel any better, you take matters into your own hands and feel like quitting. But, if you’ll keep in faith, you’ll slowly see your life becoming more harmonious, more directed.

Every time you pray, you and Jesus get closer and the more comfortable you get with Him. Sometimes, you’ll just like to be in His presence – no requests, no questions, just sitting there enjoying being with Him.

That’s the freedom that everybody is searching for. That’s the kind of life that’s yours; He paid the price for it. You have to reach out and take it. Today is the day that something terrific can happen in your life – the day that the truth set you free!

Bless You,
Pastor Steve


Breaking Down The Walls That Hinder Your Life

By on September 13, 2016

God has a place for you in life. Why aren’t you there yet? Because there are “walls” that keep you out. You’re saved, blessed, cleansed, forgiven and called of God, but there is still a work that God is doing and things that have to happen before the walls are broken down.
It’s like the Children of Israel when being led by Moses and then by Joshua. God had called Moses to take the Children of Israel into the Promise Land, the land of Cana. That was one of the Covenant blessings of keeping the Ten Commandments.

God had promised that if His children kept His word, He would drive out all their enemies and they would possess that land. But guess what? They didn’t get into that land during Moses’ lifetime. They let doubt and unbelief keep them out.

Well into their journey, Joshua and Caleb, had spied out the Promise Land and said, “We can make it, because our God is with us.” But the people kept saying they couldn’t make it. So, it was the peoples’ doubt and unbelief that kept them out.

Instead of entering into what God had provided for them, they spent their lives wandering around in the wilderness because of unbelief.
God has shown me that many of His people are spending their lives wandering in the wilderness, missing out on what God has prepared for them, because of unbelief. Good people, Christian people who really want to serve God, are missing God’s plan for their lives because they’ve gotten in the palace where they can’t believe God could bless them anymore.

After Moses died, God raised up Joshua to lead His people into the land of Promise. He brought them to the city of Jericho. The word, “Jericho” means “fragrant, or sweet-smelling aroma”. Jericho represents that sweet place in life for you, or the good thing that God has prepared for you.
In Joshua 6:2, “the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.” God HAS given you that desire He has put in your heart, but you HAVE to look beyond the walls and the forces that are trying to keep you out.

God KNOWS there are walls that separate you from your Jericho, from your place of good things coming in your life. Hebrews 9:11 says that Jesus Christ has become the “High Priest of Good Things to come.”

God has given you that calling, that gift, that desire, and you have to keep your eyes off the walls and on God, on Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of your faith. And, those walls, if you’re going to enter in, have to be torn down by acting and speaking in faith! That’s the lesson here.

There are LOTS of walls that keep people from ever entering into their place of Something Good.

A Wall of Sin can keep you out. Many times, God has already prepared that place of good and blessing for you, but the enemy keeps you indulging in some form of sin or another. It might not seem like a big or glaring sin to you, but it is enough that it keeps you weak, and in no condition to pull down the walls.

Another wall that keeps people out is the Wall of Strife. Strife comes when pride arrives on the scene. You feel like you’re not loved enough, listened to enough, and that maybe some other person is receiving the attention, or credit praise that is due to you. So, strife comes. How does it keep you from entering in? Because it causes you to have your faith in the undependability of man rather than the promises of God.

Then, there’s the Wall of Lack. Where you just can’t seem to get ahead enough financially to do or be what God has called you to do. Lack seems to be the one thing that keeps you from entering into God’s place of something good. You’d do what God put in your heart, but there just doesn’t seem to be the resources.

There are also walls of failure, walls of sickness, walls of worry, walls of confusion, walls of misunderstanding: all these keep people from entering into God’s part, then you’ll be my God. Sure, Jacob had believed in God before, but he had never given his HEART to God. And, the minute he gave heart to God, he knew God would bless him, and he also promised to bless God, by giving God ten percent of everything God gave him.
That’s something that gets you started right. When you first come to God, make a vow, make a decision, a commitment, a promise that you’re going to give God ten percent of everything God gives you.

Remember, Jacob was broke when he made his covenant to God. He didn’t have anything. This isn’t for rich people. No, you don’t have to be rich to be a blessing to God. But being a blessing to God can MAKE you rich! And, when you’re rich in God, you don’t keep it all to yourself, you have enough faith to give it, and be a blessing to others!

Jacob’s most important decision was to serve God. Then, he decided he was going to use whatever money God blessed him with to honor and bless God.
By the 32nd chapter, verse 9, it that after many years, he came back. And he had so many cows, camels, sheep, and employees that he spread out over the land. He was a very rich man, and Gold told him to go back to Bethel.

Jacob realized that all his wealth wasn’t the result of his own cleverness, but it came from the blessings of God on his life. He knew that being blessed and prospered was part of God’s eternal mercy.

That’s right, being prospered is a part of God’s mercy! Jacob said, “Oh Lord God…You said for me to return unto my country and to my relatives and You would deal well with me. But, I am not worthy of the least of Your mercies.”
God shows mercy to those who are faithful tithers!

In Genesis 32:10 Jacob says, “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shown unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.”

I’m not worthy of the least of your mercies and of all the truth which you have shown unto me. God gives inspired ideas to those who honor Him with their money. You can’t BUY inspired ideas, God GIVES them to the faithful.

That’s what God wants to happen in YOUR life. You may have nothing now. But God wants you to make Him a promise to be faithful with all He gives you.

Jacob based his promise on God taking care of him. He said, “Lord if you will surely be with me, if you’ll take care of me, then I’m going to tithe, I’m going to give You ten percent.

When I think about what God’s done for me, I realize why I owe Him even more than a tenth! I owe Him my very life! But all God asks for is my heart and ten percent of my income. Why? To reach other people, to establish God’s covenant to save the lost. And, to give Him seed to bless me with.

God’s people are the ones whom He’s trusting to finance the spreading of the gospel. Why? Because God doesn’t promise to bless and prosper His people. And if His people love money and lose their vision, they just won’t be prospered, that’s what! It’s weird to steal from God on your way to Heaven, but some people do it!

But, like Jacob, God loves you and wants to fill your heart with the reality of Heaven in your life. When you are broke, unclean, alone and scared. He wants you to know that TODAY can be a day of new beginnings for you.

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You Have More Influence Than You Think!

By on September 6, 2016

You might be a nobody, and still be someone’s hero. For example, Ernie Perkins (just a guy), tells about when he was in seventh grade he had a hero right there in his school. This guy was a senior, and didn’t even know Ernie existed. Ernie wanted to be just like him.

Was Ernie’s hero a football star or something? A bulked up weight lifter. Nope. He had just ONE trait that set him apart from everybody else, as far as Ernie was concerned: what made him a hero to young Ernie Perkins was that he had the same first name. They were both named Ernest.

This guy, the senior, never knew that a seventh grader wanted to be just like him. To walk like he walked, to talk like he talked, to be as self-assured as he seemed to be.

One day, the senior Ernie did something without even thinking – and it became little Ernie’s goal! Senior Ernie was rushing out the school door with some of his friends and jumped up and touched the light bulb in the ceiling over the exit door!

Little Ernie says, “His one spontaneous act became my goal! Ernie the Senior influenced my life for years, for no other reason than he had my name.”

People are very susceptible to those around them. Have you ever had a friend move to another part of the country for a few years and then return home, talking like the people where’s he or she’s been living?

People easily become like those around them. They “rub off” on us. One reason the people around you get so negative, jaded and cynical is because of what they are bombarded with each day. Friends, school and work mates, family, TV shows, radio, books, magazines – all these touch people. Thoughts, feelings, and actions are constantly shaped by those we listen to, watch and live with.

The matter of your influencing other people is dealt with in Philippians 2:15. “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. Among whom ye shine as lights in the world. “Never under- estimate the power of your influence.

Your influence on those around you is so powerful, so subtle, so gradual that sometimes even WE don’t realize how the other person has changed, or what affect our lives are having.

Think about it. lf you’re around people who are negative, critical and gossipy, chances are, you’ll become negative, critical and gossipy. On the other hand, if you’re around people who are generous, caring and compassionate, you’re likely to become more like that yourself. That’s the way of peer pressure.

That’s where you come in, allowing the Holy Spirit to use your life as a way of reaching people who are lost in life and hurting. You want to make sure you’re walking close to Jesus, led by the Holy Spirit and prayed up.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:16, “I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Remember, YOU can’t do it in your own strength. But, Jesus IN you CAN. You need to, use wisdom around the other people in your life, and don’t be doing damage to the Kingdom of God by your talk and your behavior. That’s what this verse means.

The people around you usually ARE hurting. Some of them have obvious pains. Problems at home. Financial problems, health problems, job and career woes. Fears, phobias and disappointments. For many of them, it’s not just the problem itself, it’s knowing that they contributed to their own pain.

You’ve probably heard the story about the little sparrow crying, while covering one eye. An owl flew by and said, “Little sparrow, what’s wrong?” The sparrow carefully pulled away it’s wing and revealed a slit where it’s eye used to be. “A crow pecked out my eye.” “Now, l understand,” said the owl.

“You’re crying because you miss your eyesight.” “Not so much THAT,” said the little sparrow. “l’m crying because l LET him.”

They let someone peck away at their vision. And, now they’re hurting, and filled with regrets at things they can’t change now. That’s why they need to know that God forgives and isn’t going to beat them over the head for their past sins and mistakes.

Having Jesus in your life means that your life DOES influence people around you, on a daily basis. You want to make specific efforts to be positive, spiritual, Godly and caring. You want to draw as much strength and benefit as you can from the other people here at the Worship Center. Make it a point to be with them as much as possible, so you and they can influence each other!

Not surprisingly, people who spend their money lavishly hang out with friends that do the same thing. Successful people hang with successful friends, poor people hang with poor friends, spiritual people hang with spiritual friends.

What if they can’t FIND spiritual friends? They MAKE them! They get filled with faith and zeal by availing themselves of the friendships at church, and then they begin to influence those in their families, jobs and neighborhoods.

True story. On page 5 of the Nov/Dec 1994 issue of Servant magazine, there’s a story about a Christian couple who did just that. lt was near Thanksgiving, and this New York couple prayed in their apartment for “the loneliest person in New York City.”

Since the U.S. had just bombed Libya, they prayed for the Libyan ambassador to the United Nations. Getting up from their knees, they decided to invite him to their apartment for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Guess what? He agreed to come! They were nervous, having never entertained VIP’s before. But, they had a wonderful time together. Part way into the weekend, the ambassador asked, “Could l ask you a question? Why did you invite me?”

They replied, “We were praying for the loneliest person in the city, and you came to mind. So, we decided to invite you.” Nothing more was said about it.

A letter of thanks soon came from the ambassador. Then, to their astonishment, a letter from Muam- mar Khadafy thanking them for their kindness and inviting them on an all-expense paid trip to Libya as his guests!

While there, the American asked if he could pray for Mr. Khadafy. After he finished, the Libyan president had tears in his eyes and asked if the American would do it again. “Of course, l’ll pray for you every day,” he said.

“No,” said Mr. Kadafy. “l mean, will you do this again on national television?” The American then had the opportunity to pray in front of cameras that broadcast throughout the nation of Libya as he prayed for the salvation of their president and his country.

See, you need to spend more time seeking out people who are responsive and open to at least listen to you. Search for people who spend time reflecting on the meaning of life, and who have a desire for l more quality, more discipline in their lives. Then, reach out to them.

An old man was walking on the beach at dawn, and noticed a teenager ahead of him, picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. When he caught up with the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”

The boy replied, saying that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. “But the beach goes on for miles and miles,“ the old man said. How can your effort make any difference?”

The teenager looked at the star- fish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves. He said, “lt makes a difference to THAT one

Maybe you can’t help everybody in your circle of friends. Maybe you can’t change the world. But, in the same way a huge building is built one brick at a time, the Kingdom of God is built saving one life at a time. You have more influence than you think.

Because of your name, as a Christian, you can expect your life to change the walk, talk and character of those who are watching you. Live so they’ll leap for the light, following your footsteps!

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What Would Jesus Do?

By on September 1, 2016

Ok so everybody’s wearing WWJD hats, t-shirts, key rings, necklaces, wristbands, wallets, (Wearing wallets?) Earrings. Well. Guess what? WWJD isn’t even the question. Everybody knows what Jesus would do. We all know EXACTLY what He would do. He wouldn’t do half the stuff people who wear WWJD are doing. Not everybody, just some.

But we KNOW what I would do. And wouldn’t do. He wouldn’t lie. Wouldn’t steal. Wouldn’t cuss and talk dirty. Wouldn’t do drugs. Wouldn’t catch Him drunk. Would He have sex with people He’s not married to? Nope. Never. Ever. He wouldn’t be a hypocrite. He wouldn’t be making fun of people because they’re too fat, too skinny, too rich, too poor, too ugly, too geeky, too tall, too short. He wouldn’t dis people because of their skin color either.

So what’s the big deal about what would Jesus do? He already did what He’s going to do. He pleased the Father and died for you so you won’t have to live like a lost person rose from the dead and is now praying for you so you don’t have to go to hell.

WYGD? What YOU Gonna Do? Buy a bunch of WWJD stuff and hang it all over yourself so you look like a walking WWJD Christmas tree? Yeah. That’ll how come the most often stolen things in Christian bookstores are the WWJD things! Serious Number 1 stolen thing nationwide in Christian bookstores? WWJD wrist bands. Stealing for the guy who said “thou shalt not steal.”

Cop picked up a girl for stealing at the mall. Was wearing WWJD paraphernalia. Got her for shoplifting. Should have gotten her for impersonating a Christian. Another guy got in trouble for having sex with an underage girl. Met her at a Christian activity. Both had WWJD stuff on. One problem. They didn’t have J in their hearts. Just on their T shirts, hats, keyrings and jewelry. Pathetic.

Jesus said, “Why do you call Me “Lord, Lord” but you don’t do the things that I say?” First John says, “the person that says “I know Him” Pretty scary because it also says that all liars (even “saved” ones????) have a place in the lake of fire. By the way, so do all fornicators (people who have sex with people they’re not married to), thieves, drunks, covetous people and a bunch of others who are disobedient. Jesus said it’s not the ones who says the wrath of God is on all those who are disobedient. Jesus said it’s not the ones who say “Lord, Lord” who go to Heaven but the ones who do the will of the Father in Heaven.

The Father in Heaven knows everything you do too. Sees everything hears everything Bible says “there is NOTHING that is hidden from Him with whom we have to do.” J says “You’ll have to give account for EVERY idle word you’ve spoken on the day of Judgment. He said that in Matthew 12:36.
So, He sees everything, hears everything will make you give account Him for everything. He doesn’t take excuses either not interested. Said “to whom much is given (that’s you) much is required.”

Nothing wrong with wearing “WWJD” stuff. Better than wearing a lot of other stuff. But don’t wear stuff if you’re not living the life. Proves you’re just a poser.

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Here’s The Thing To Seek

By on August 23, 2016

What are you seeking? In the natural realm of your life, there are many things that you can and should seek. Things like solid friendships with quality people, a happy and close knit family. Then, there’s maintaining a positive wholesome environment where each member is growing in God’s will.

On the job, you should seek to be excellent at what you do; to be hardworking and capable, as well as a pleasant person to have onboard. These are worth seeking because they give you credibility when you’re talking to others about being a servant of God. If you’re an incompetent whiner who is chronically lazy, you won’t be able to convince anybody that Jesus is Lord of your life.

How about spiritually? First off, the number one priority has to be seeking a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Without Him, there IS no true spirituality.

You have to seek Him in the right place and at the right time. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” That’s in Isaiah 55:6. And, like the angels said in Luke 24:5- 6, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here …”

After Jesus what do you seek? Having the kingdom of God at work in your life. Jesus said this in Matthew 6:33. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto thee.”

You seek to put Him first, and to live righteously. You want to have your heart full of the love of the Lord and to be full of the Holy Spirit. Then, those other goals, the ones we talked about earlier, the ones at home, and work, will be taken care of.

There’s a whole other area of seeking that most Christians totally ignore. Even Christians who are diligent at seeking the Lord in their personal prayer times. Even Christians who seek to be full of the Holy Spirit. Even Christians who like to operate in the gifts of the Spirit.

Yep. There’s still a major area that God tells all Christians, especially Christians who are zealous for spiritual gifts, to seek. Many Christians feel it’s not their job. Or, that they’re so “spiritual” that it doesn’t pertain to them. However, God doesn’t see it that way.

What is this neglected, ignored and disobeyed command to seek something from God? It’s in 1 Corinthians 14:12. “Since ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.”

What’s “edify?” Edify means to build up, or strengthen; to make stronger; to cause to become greater.

God’s saying, since you’re zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that you may excel at building the church up. At making it stronger. At making it grow. At increasing the number of people coming to church and experiencing Jesus Christ. That’s what God says.

We want to be used in praying, intercession or praise. But God has bigger plans for his people. Most Christians have more interest in edifying themselves and being entertained when they come to church. Worse than that, if they come and the emphasis isn’t on their own personal edification, they get mad and leave!

The Holy Spirit is very clear about what the purpose of the church is. It’s to build up the Body of Christ, so believers can become more like Jesus. Evangelism, reaching other people for Jesus is ONE aspect of edifying the Body of Christ. A major one. But, it’s not the only one.

There’s also helping to feed those people spiritually when they come in. That’s what Jesus was talking about when He said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” in John 21:17. The theme of the conversation was Jesus saying, “Peter, if you really love Me, feed, take care of, work for, tend to My sheep.” So, when you really love Jesus, what He’s looking for and exposing is for you to feed, or serve His sheep in some capacity or another.

You, of course have the responsibility to reach your friends and family. But, what else does the Lord expect from His people, in the area of edifying the church?

First, to seek to edify it. To make it a matter of personal prayer before the Lord. Ask, “Lord, You know me. You also know my heart. What would you have ME to do to edify the church?”

Then, be silent before Him and listen for His “still small voice.” He’ll speak, if you’ll listen. He’ll give you an area to use your talents so the Holy Spirit can use you to edify the church.

See, WE want to be used by God in the spectacular – or not at all. We might imagine getting up front and prophesying the future . . . or waving our hand and healing every sick person in the county or speaking a word that will cast all demons out of the Federal Government.

And, if God doesn’t use us in THIS way, we feel like we’re off the hook. But, what good is it to feel this way, when God is wanting to build up the church through you – and you’re only available on YOUR terms, not His???

God You Can Use ME Any Way You Want.
Just Don’t Let It Involve Work

Part of edifying the church, in a VERY real way is maintenance and upkeep of the building itself. When the early church in Acts met in houses, they had to maintain the houses. By the time Corinthians was written, they were meeting in church buildings; they had outgrown the houses, but we’re still under the Lord’s mandate to reach the lost. So, they met in larger meeting places. Church buildings came as a result of obeying God (More on that, Sunday!)

If the building is dirty, smelly, under – maintained, and “shop-worn,” how do you think God wants people with those skills to edify his church? By singing? Singing praise choruses while the building is falling down? Of course not!

There’s also teaching, discipling. New believers especially need discipling by older believers. lf you’ve know the Lord a few years, what do you think God might let you find, when you seek to edify the church? Probably an opportunity to disciple others on a steady ongoing basis.

It’ll develop discipline in you, as well as stability. It will give you fruit for eternity. It will help new believers to have an easier start in their Christian life than they would have had if you hadn’t sought to edify the church. Plus, God will open more of himself to you, as He finds that you’re faithful in the little things. Luke 16:10 teaches that.

Are you pretty good at organizing? Be zealous to seek how you can build up the church through your organizing. This is an aspect of the gift of wisdom (1 Corinthians 12:8). God wants you to USE that giftedness. He gave it to you so you could do more than just organize your closets!

God wants to edify the church through people who can type, visit, or make phone calls. These are all given to profit the members of the church. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says so.

God has gifted some people with the ability to ASK. These people feel comfortable approaching others and asking them to do things or to give, to build up the Kingdom. They are willing to consecrate that talent to the Lord and ask businesses, and individuals for donations and help. What a gift! It’s a part of the gift of faith, in 1 Corinthians 12:9. Are you an Asker?

Do you like babies and small children? Jesus said, ‘let the little children come unto me. ” You can edify the church by letting the little children come to Jesus, so their parents can be discipled and taught. All it takes is to do it during one service, and then you can edify yourself during some of the other ones each week.

Acts 20:28 tells us to “take heed unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God which He has purchased with his own blood. ”

My commission from the Lord is in Colossians 1:28, where as a minister of Jesus Christ, it says, “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Whereunto l also labor; striving according to lhs working, which worketh in me mightily.”

My passion is to stir you to become the person you’ll be pleased to be, on the day that you stand before the Lord. That nothing was left undone that He set before you.

When you seek to strengthen what God is doing in your Church, he will bless you with more ideas, blessings and answers to prayer than you can even imagine. Seek to EDIFY the church!

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Spending the Summer in The Psalms

By on August 18, 2016

We’ve been spending the Summer in the Psalms. On Sunday nights at 6:30 and Wednesday evenings at 7:30, we are going through the Psalms and listening to the good things that God has for us in them. It is an exciting time, and always a blessing as we interact and different ones contribute their thoughts and experiences. This past Sunday night we were in Psalm 103.

Psalm 103: 1-5 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies
5 Who satisfies you with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

With old age comes wisdom, but there is something special about the outlook of a youthful person. When you’re young, each day is exciting, the world is a sensational place, the future is bright. You’re anxious to get the day started, because it’s a first start on your exciting future filled with opportunities, challenges, victories, new people, new ideas, new experiences – like David said, ”This is the day [today IS special] that the Lord has made [today is a personal gift to you from God], I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Notice that he says, “I WILL rejoice and be glad in it,” meaning that it is a CHOICE to rejoice, a choice to be glad TODAY. Before today is over, I will have rejoiced and I will have been glad – at least once!

It’s easy for younger people to be hopeful and optimistic. But it takes real work to stay that way! As the years pass, we all face incredible attacks on our dreams, our hopes and our aspirations. Without a daily specific decision, a daily determination to maintain that youthful outlook, you’ll lose your excitement about life.

This joy, which is from God, is so valuable that it’s a tragedy to lose it. It’s what gives meaning to everything else in life.
The enemy knows that the “joy of the Lord is your strength,” so his greatest way to make you weak is find ways to take away your joy. The joyous Believer is a strong believer. A downcast Believer is a weak believer.

When Satan steals the thrill and enthusiasm from your life, your high hopes drop to the ground and everything loses meaning. That’s how the enemy sets you up to fall.
Some people start spending money like it’s going out of style. Others go after every sensation their flesh craves. Some just sit in front of their computers or TV. Others try to live their lives through their kids – and all of them find that none of these things work.
Outside solutions can’t cure inside problems. So may Christians settle for what isn’t even life; rushing through the day to get to the evening. Killing the evening online and in front of TV till they go to bed. Tossing and turning in bed till they get up to go to school or work again and get to the weekend. But God didn’t give us this life just so we can rush through it!
Here are some ways to get that vigor and strength of your youth back:

Come apart and rest for a while. Jesus said that in Mark 6:31. My Pastor used to say that if you don’t come apart and rest awhile, you’ll end up just coming apart. Lazy people are to be pitied, but those who never take a break, who never slow down and just enjoy their lives are just as pitiful. God designed us not to be machines going through endless activity and soaking up more and more meaningless information.
He didn’t create us to wear out our bodies and stress out our nervous systems through endless work and activity. We are designed to spend quiet time alone with God, in the Word of God, in prayer and meditation. Without it, we begin to lose our strength, zeal and vision.

Feed your soul with God’s bread. You have to eat Heaven’s food if you want Heaven’s strength. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 that we can’t live by earthly bread alone, but we need to feed on the Word of God. There are so many books, lessons, teachings, programs available that most of us settle for living on the processed junk food that man produces rather than the pure word of God, the Bible. We need to READ the Word of God, not what someone else says about the Word of God, and we need to internalize it, make it part of us, draw our strength from it.

The strength that you have in your body today is from the food that you ate yesterday, the day before, last week and before. The spiritual strength that you have today is from the bread from Heaven that you fed on yesterday, the day before, last week and before.
Make good, supportive friends. Even Jesus had friends. He said in John 15:14, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” Make good friends, and then invest the time needed to maintain those friendships and build them. People regularly ask me, “Where do I find good friends?” You don’t find good friends. You have to make them, cultivate them. Not everybody has the potential to be a good close friend. But many people do!

Never overlook the opportunity to make a new friend or cultivate an old friendship again. God made us to interact and fellowship with others, instead of being isolated and alone. I had to learn to enjoy meeting and learning more about all sorts of people, of all ages and backgrounds. No one is boring if you get to know them well enough. No two people are alike! And, everyone is fascinating in some unique way!
Look for opportunities every day to do good. Acts 10:38 talks about “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil …” Life gets interesting and intriguing again when we get involved with other people; helping them, listening to them, doing good for them.

People who lose the thrill and excitement of being alive are those who are mostly preoccupied with their own troubles, their own interests, their own pleasures. When we get in the habit of giving joy to the people nearest us, the Holy Spirit in us gives us such a sense of joy and wellbeing that it almost makes you high!

Be awake, alert, observant, listening. Be determined not to miss what’s in our own situation and circumstance, in our own life, family, job and friends. There’s so much pleasure on so many levels if we will just expand our interests to the many things and people that are around us! Interests in the books we bought but never finished reading, in old pictures we took but haven’t looked at in a while, even the sky above us and all the nature around us – if we’re not in a hurry and are awake and listening.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. He designed it all for us to appreciate, enjoy and take care of. It is designed to give you joy.

Remember the many benefits that the Lord has blessed you with: Forgiveness, healing, salvation and protection, His love, His mercies and just the many day to day small blessings and tokens of His love for you. As you do this, you’ll get back that joy of your early days!

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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