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You’ll Never Make it in Life and Never Make it to Heaven if You go by how You Feel. Here’s Why.

By on May 24, 2016

Jesus said in John 13:16-17 that the servant is not greater than his master, neither is the disciple greater than his Lord. And, “If you know these things, happy are ye if you DO them.”

So Jesus DOES care about our happiness. That’s why he gave us this key to being happy in life. But, you’ll never know happiness if you go by how you feel. If you serve God when you feel like it and how you feel like it, and then stop when you don’t feel like serving anymore you will be a stranger to lasting happiness.

See, even Jesus Himself didn’t come to do His own will – but to do the Father’s will. We’re talking about, JESUS, the LORD!!! He didn’t do what He felt like! He was down here not doing His will, but the Father’s!

We think that happiness and satisfaction come from having our way, hearing the kinds of sermons and messages that WE want to hear, and singing the kinds of songs WE like, and serving God in some capacity that WE ENJOY. In other words, “I WANT MY WAY!”

But, that’s not the mind of a real Disciple of Jesus. It isn’t, “I want my way,” but, “I want HIS way, and for HIS glory!” I had to learn several years ago that what I want doesn’t matter, just like Jesus said was true in His own life. What JESUS wanted didn’t matter, it was what the Father wanted, that’s what mattered.

What I want is carnal, and to have to have my own way is to be carnally minded, which Romans 8 says is the way of death. “To be carnally minded is death.”

That’s why our minds need to be transformed, like God says in Rom. 12:2. “Be not conformed to THIS world, but be ye TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind.” You’re not conformed to the will of God when you’re still wanting your way. That’s the way of the world.
If I can’t have my way,I’m taking my toys and leaving.

That’s the essence of worldly thinking. “Me first, what I want, and when I want it.” Spiritual thinking doesn’t work like that. Spiritual thing is, “God first. What does HE want, and when does HE want it?”

You say, “But I have my rights!” But God says, “You are NOT your own, you are bought with a price, so glorify Me in your body and your spirit, which are MINE!” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

Jesus said that the key to always experiencing the presence of God in your life, and the key that HE operated in was, “the Father has not left me alone, because I always do those things that please HIM.” (John 8:29)

Satan knows that he doesn’t have a snowflake’s chance at defeating you, as long as you’re walking in the Spirit. He can’t get you to stop being productive in the Kingdom of God, he can’t get you to be “salt that has lost its flavor,” he can’t get you to be a castaway, unless he can attack you on the basis of how you feel.

Satan can never defeat a real Christian by offering doubts as to whether or not the Word of God is true. Only a baby Christian would fall for that one. But Satan can and does wipe out every person who elevates how he or she feels above the Word of God and the Will of God. Then, he can get the people of God to become defeated, depressed, weak, sinful, dirty and under the condemnation of guilt and sin. This is why the enemy makes every effort he can to allure you through the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

Nobody’s gonna tell ME I can’t do what I feel like…I’ll just
A) Get a divorce.
B) Quit this job!
C) Change churches!!
D) All of the above.
If you give the devil a foothold in your life, you lose your power to cast him out! That’s why Jesus said, “How can Satan cast out Satan?” In Mark 3:23. And, why God says in Ephesians 4:27, “neither give place to the devil.” The devil is the “accuser of the brethren,” the accuser of God, and the father of lies. You and I CAN NOT give the devil room to operate in our feelings and emotions and expect to have any peace, power or fellowship with God!

“The wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.” When you’re not making your choices in peaceful and godly leading of the Holy Spirit, you will not have the righteousness of God at work in your life. Whenever you make a decision because you are mad, ticked off, cheesed off, or fed up, you’ve missed the will of God, and will miss being led on the paths of righteousness. That’s what God says in James 1:20: “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

So, is this being hard? NO! It is being GOOD to my SOUL! “For they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections thereof,” Galatians 5:24 says.

Like the Apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”

2 Peter 2:19, says, “…for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage.” When the enemy can get us to be lead by our feelings, and emotions, and likes and dislikes, we will be in bondage to the flesh and be unable to please God! In fact, God says, we become SERVANTS not of Christ, but of sinful flesh!

God says, “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of Judgement: because as Jesus is, so are WE in this world.” Our love for God is made complete when we always do those things that make for boldness, being able to stand before God without a sense of fear, on the day of judgement , because, even as Jesus himself did not do His own will, but the will of the Father that sent Him, so we live the same way. We let the mind be in us that was in Christ – caring for nothing but the will of the Father being done in our lives!

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Take Heed To Your Yourselves, That your Heart Be not Deceived

By on May 17, 2016

Have you ever been deceived by somebody? You thought they were sincere and honest, but they were using you the whole time? I have, and it really is heart wrenching. It’s devastating to find out you’ve given yourself honestly to someone and they were laughing at you behind your back the whole time.

Here’s an even tougher question: Have you ever deceived yourself? Have you lied to yourself so convincingly that you talked yourself into believing something that’s totally untrue? Have you ever wanted something to be true so badly that you actually deceived yourself into believing it? If you’re human, you probably have.

That’s why God gives us this warning to take heed to ourselves that our hearts be not deceived. He gives this warning in Deuteronomy 11:16. “Take heed to yourselves that your hearts be not deceived.” ln other words, it’s the easiest thing in the world to sell yourself on someone or something and to deceive yourself.

How do we keep from being deceived by other people or even by ourselves? First off, Jesus says in John 8:32, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” My dictionary defines truth as, “Conforming to fact or reality; a statement or belief that corresponds with reality; correct belief; reality.”

So, Point Number One is “Truth isn’t the way you or l wish things were.” To really serve God and have our lives work according to His plan, we have to be committed to reality. We have to be willing to know how things really are. We have to base our lives on what’s true, factual, and real rather than on myths, imaginations and self-deception.

Most of us tend to get reality mixed up with something else. We confuse it with our likes, dislikes, feelings and wishes. In fact, it’s easy to believe something is true just because we so desperately WANT it to be true.

When that’s the case, we’re self-deceived. Then, when someone comes along and brings us the truth, we get mad at them. This is what happened to the Apostle Paul, when he was dealing with the Christians in the town of Galatia. He brought them the truth about how they were living and what they were believing and they got mad at him. He could hardly believe that some Christians would rather go on living in self-deception than be told the truth. “Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” He marveled in Galatians 4:16.

Point Number Two: Truth isn’t the way things appear to be, it’s the way they actually are.” We don’t go by just the outward appearance of things. “We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).” 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen…”

We have a choice. Either to acknowledge the truth and operate in it or to pretend things are different than they really are, and have the truth work against us. That’s what Jonah tried to do. He tried to pretend that he could run from the call of God. He deceived himself. But, when it all caught up with him, he said, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercies.” Meaning, “lf you live, act and plan by how you PRETEND things are, before long, reality will give you a, jarring smack upside the head.”

Point Number Three: Your life will be mixed up to the degree that you ignore these first two principles. Whenever in my life l’ve lost peace of mind and felt torn and frustrated, it was when l was dealing with things the way l WISHED they were, rather than how they REALLY were.

When you build relationships that way pretending that people are the way you WISH they were, you end up feeling used, devastated, exploited and heartbroken. And, you can’t figure out why things never work out for you!

This kind of self-deception is in operation when we want to believe in someone so badly, that we overlook the glaring inconsistencies in their lives. Then, based on our self- deception, we make commitments to them. Maybe it’s when we want to believe that the used car salesman really is our newest and best friend. Or we loan money to a person who has a track record of irresponsibility.

Even more common, we fall in love with someone because we feel lonely and along comes some person who is pretty close to what we were looking for. We can call all of these God’s will until they don’t pan out. Then, we blame the devil! That’s why God says, “Take heed to yourselves that your heart be not deceived.

We can get so caught up in how we WISH things were that we can allow self-deceptions to replace reality. Think of the people you’ve known who’ve focused on how they WISHED things were, and then made their plans, spent their money accepted jobs and even married unsuitable people based on their own fantasy lives!

That’s why we have to act on what God says, rather than on how we feel. 2 Corinthians 13:5: “Examine yourselves whether you are in faith, prove your own selves.” We have to discern whether we’re walking in faith, or our own wishing.

See, my wishes DON’T affect the Word of God, or the plan of God for my life. My wishes don’t change reality. My wishing WON’T get me what FAITH will get me. A lot of what people call faith these days is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Point Number Four: Self-deception is dangerous and can be deadly. You might say “What harm is it, if l want to fantasize and pretend that things aren’t really the way they are?” I might reply “The harm is that you might decide to jump out in front of a moving train, because you WISH you were Superman. And, worse yet, you might lead some innocent people with you, who wished THEY were Superman.”

A lot of people l’ve met are like Mr. Magoo. Remember him? He was the cartoon character who was nearly blind. Since he couldn’t see clearly he got his own ideas of how things were, and he lived as though that was reality. The whole comedy of Mr. Magoo was that he thought his friends were really enemies, that his enemies were his friends. He mistook danger for opportunity and thought that opportunities were potential dangers. What made it all funny was that he was a cartoon character and could never get hurt or hurt anyone else by it.

When you or l try to live like Christian Mr. Magoo, it’s not funny and it’s impossible to serve God rightly. Specifically when we try to come to God on our own terms, instead of on His terms, as set forth in the Bible. When we try to do things in our own strength and wisdom, rather than on His wisdom found in the Word.

lt’s being like Mr. Magoo when we think we’ve found God’s will and get all in a hurry to proceed by faith, even though the Bible says that it’s through faith AND patience that we inherit the promises of God (Hebrews 6:12).

Point Number Five: Reality and truth will come to light, no matter what. Galatians 6:7 says it like this: “Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Either way, for good or for bad.

Last: Ways we deceive ourselves.
1. Thinking we’re something we’re not. Galatians 6:3, “For if a man thinketh himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

2. Pride will deceive us. We can get to the place where we think we’re too smart, cool, rich, secure, popular or whatever to fall. “The pride of thy heart hath deceived thee. (Obadiah 1:3).”

3. Listening to other people, even when they contradict what the Word says. Jesus said take heed that ye not be deceived… (Like 21:8).”

4. Thinking that being wise in an educational sense, or business sense or in street smarts makes us wise in the things of God. “Let no man deceive himself. If any among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may become wise. (1 Corinthians 3:18).

5. Believing that, because you go to church and hear the sermons and sing the songs that you must be right with God. James 1:22: “Be ye doers of the Word, not hearers only deceiving yourselves.”

6. Believing a person who is living in known sin is still a Christian, and is right with God. “Little children, let no man deceive you: he hath doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous (1 John 3:7).”

7. Believing you can hang around with people who aren’t living right… and that it won’t affect you. 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil company corrupteth good habits.”

8. Believing God is “too good” to let you go to hell for your sins and disobedience. “Know ye not that the unrighteousness shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived… (1 Corinthians 6:9).” Ephesians 5:6, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”

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Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty!

By on May 10, 2016

When you look at the world and society, you see people in all kinds of sins, habits and compulsive behaviors. By compulsive behaviors I mean people saying things and doing things they KNOW are wrong, things they will suffer for, yet they do them anyway. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:4 it’s because the god of this world, Satan has blinded their minds. That’s the reason we have crack addicts, drunkards, sex addicts, shopaholics and compulsive gamblers. People allow themselves to be blinded by the enemy, so they give in to their temptations, and next thing you know, they’re caught in the grip of sin.

Now, the Bible says in 2 Cor. 3:17, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, freedom the power to think right, speak right, act right and make clear godly choices, based on the Word of God. The Spirit of the Lord opens your eyes and gives you liberty, so you’re not driven by your lusts, so you’re not ruled over by sin any longer.

See, when you get saved, the Holy Spirit comes into your heart. It’s not keeping the rules, or self-discipline that saves you, it’s repenting of your sins, turning from them, and asking Jesus to come into your life, as your Lord and Master. That’s what gets you saved. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, you’ll never be able to rise above your old life. No matter how hard you try the old temptations will keep coming back and pulling you down. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” His power gives you freedom you’ve never had before. With the Holy Spirit in your heart, your decisions aren’t made by drugs, alcohol, lust, anger depression, greed or pride. He sets you free from all that.

The devil doesn’t mind you being in church. He doesn’t mind you singing the songs. He doesn’t mind you carrying a Bible. Matter of fact, the devil LOVES you to be in church, singing songs and carrying a Bible, as long as you’re still walking in your own strength and living in your sins! Because then you’re just one more hypocrite who keeps people out of the kingdom of God! One more person who sits in church on Sunday and acts like the devil last week!

Without the reality of the Holy Spirit in your life, you’ll be one more hypocrite! And you can’t be saved and be a hypocrite! Jesus Himself said so (Matthew 24:51)!

Jesus said in Luke 24:49 that we need to spend time with Him until we receive “power from Heaven! Heaven’s power operating in your life! You can have all the songs memorized , know all the hymns, quote Bible verses, and even speak in tongues and operate in all the gifts, but without the power from Heaven operating in your life, you will keep falling into sin, growing hard towards God.

In 2 Tim God talks about those who are in the churches who have a form of godliness but deny the power of it.” In other words, there are people who enjoy being in the house of God and among Gods people, but they don’t live in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then He tells you “turn away from such people!” Don’t hang around with them!

Why? Because, before you know it, they’ll have you compromising, giving in to your flesh and sooner or later you’ll end up worse off than before! Jesus has made it so you are able to live in the power of the Spirit against sin, demons, anger, depression, lust, drugs, alcohol and every negative force you ever come across.

Jesus lived His life in the power of Holy Spirit. He depended on the Holy Spirits power in everything He did. He said in John 5:19 that He did NOTHING on His own- NOTHING, but depended on the Father, through the power of the Spirit, for everything. In the same way Jesus had to depend on the power of the Spirit in His life, you and I need to rely on the Holy Spirit in everything. That’s the only way to not be brought back into your old lifestyle.

See, I don’t preach compromise to sin, I preach DELIVERANCE FROM IT! I use the Word of God to set you free! Like it says in 2 Cor. 4:2, “we have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” We have renounced the old life of being crafty. We do not use deception.

You don’t have to put on an act, when you’re really full of the Holy Spirit. I don’t pretend I am anything; I am a trophy of God’s grace, and know I can do nothing of myself.

Listen. You and I will be both led by the Spirit and in conflict with the devil as long as we are on earth! I face the devil just like you do, and have the same kinds of temptations. I can only overcome one way, and that’s to let the power of the Holy Spirit deal with everything the enemy strikes at me with!
The Bible says that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood. There are spiritual forces that are working day and night to bring you low. The Bible calls them “familiar spirits.” They KNOW you. They’ve watched you, they know your patterns.

They know what gets you down, what discourages you, what gets you angry, what pushes your buttons. And they all work together; they conspire to set up circumstances and events to contrary to you. They also send PEOPLE into your life to seduce you away from serving God.

Sometimes these are people who are outright anti-God. But more often than not, they send people to you that SEEM to not mind your walk with God, but step by step they try to lead you into a little compromise here and a little disobedience there, until you find yourself having wandered far from God and feeling lost. This is why God says in Ephesians 4:27, to give no place to the devil. Don’t give him room to operate. Don’t let him get a foothold in your life. Jesus said that the prince of this world came and found NOTHING in Him. That’s because Jesus stayed so full of the Holy Spirit that there wasn’t ROOM for the devil to put anything in Him.

The Devil tries to leave some of his stuff in you. Some of his attitudes, some of his responses, some of his old habits, Then he comes back and claims them. The Devil says, “This must be MY house, because my stuff is here!”

“The prince of this world has nothing in me” is a sword of the Spirit for you to use against the devil! When the devil comes back to you with temptation, say “you have nothing here.” Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your heart, to crowd the devils things out! Stay full of the Holy Spirit and there won’t be room for the enemy! That’s why I try to stay so full of the Holy Spirit- otherwise; I’ll be weak and cave in like anybody else. Stay full of the Holy Spirit and “resist the devil, and he will flee from you!”

God says in Proverbs 13:15 that “the way of the transgressor or the person who breaks God’s laws is hard.” The devil wants you to have a hard, painful and disappointing life. But Jesus says, My burden is LIGHT.” When you come to Jesus, He lightens your load, cleanses you from sin and sends you the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you.

The enemy makes you sneak, lie, deceive and have to cover your tracks. He puts burdens on you. He weighs you down with guilt and sin. We don’t water down the Gospel. We bring it like it is: WE have a Jesus who is able to not only SAVE you, but also DELIVER you from those sins that so easily trip you up.
You say, “Well I’m afraid I won’t be able to live a strong and good life.” True. You can’t – on your own you are very weak, just like I am, but God says in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Thank God!

Fear not, I am WITH YOU. “I AM your God,” not “I will be your God.” I WILL strengthen you.” “I will HELP you,” not “I will hassle you and cause problems.” He says, “I will UPHOLD YOU with the right hand of my righteousness.” Give your heart to God, and He will hold you up!

He says in Hebrews 4:16, “Come BOLDLY to the Throne of Grace, so you may find grace to help, and strength in time of need.” Be as bold seeking God as you used to be seeking chances to get over on people! Be as bold seeking God as you used to be seeking drugs and alcohol! Be as Bold seeking God as you are seeking sympathy! God’s here so you may find GRACE, MERCY AND HELP in your time of need.

The enemy says, “Stay away from the Throne of Grace, you are so bad.” But God says, “You come boldly to obtain MERCY, STRENGTH and HELP!” God doesn’t have needs- you do! The Devil doesn’t want you at the Throne of God!

1 John 3:1 says, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not.” When Jesus comes, things get BETTER for you. Romans 10:11 says, “Whoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed.”

Faith is the material part of things hoped for. Jesus is the same today as yesterday and the same way He’ll be tomorrow. You’ve got to ACT on your belief! Hebrews 6:5 says We HAVE tasted the POWER of the age to come! We HAVE experienced Heavens power! You CAN have it NOW.

Now is always Gods accepted time, NOW is the time to ACT on your belief. ONLY FAITH can grasp God’s promises. The natural man cannot receive of the things of God. When you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, it spills over into ALL your life! I want to pray for you…

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The Most Important Thing: Knowing Jesus Well

By on May 3, 2016

What’s the most important thing in your life? Having lots of friends? Making a lot of money? Impressing people? Having as much leisure time as possible? All these things motivate some people. But, none of them can satisfy for very long, because they are all earthly and temporary.

In Philippians 3:10 -12, it says “that I may know Him, (that’s Jesus), and the power of his resurrection…” Here’s the hearts cry of the Spirit of God for you. That you might know, be on intimate, close terms with Jesus! He WANTS you to know him! He isn’t hiding from you like many people suppose, no, He’s calling out to you, wanting you to draw near to Him, so he can draw near to you, like it says in the book of James.

Have you ever wanted to know someone, someone who was important to you? What did you do? I remember when I first discovered Linda, I saw her before I met her. I wanted to know ALL about her! I did what I could to find out her name! I went to a social function and sat next to her roommate, so I could find out all I could about Linda: her likes, her dislikes, her tastes in music, clothes, her tastes in guys… and even the scary question, did she already have a boyfriend?!!

Once I found out who she was, where she was from, where she was going and what she was looking for, I was on a mission! I wanted to catch her attention and win her heart! I changed my schedule, I changed my hangouts, I changed my friends that might hurt my chances with her! I even changed my socks! Why? So that I might KNOW her!

That’s what the Holy Spirit is telling you here: do what you’ve got to do, be what you’ve got to be to know Jesus! Change what you’ve got to change and make yourself available to Him!

Thank God, there’s more! At least for me, changing takes effort, even when there’s the power of love behind it. That’s a key for someone –the reason you have such a hard time with doing what you KNOW the Lord wants is because there needs to be the power of love behind it. You need to all in love with Jesus, and then those changes will seem easy for you.

It goes on to say, “I want to know, or experience, the power of His resurrection.” The devil likes to point out how weak your flesh is, but Jesus wants to remind you how powerful His resurrection is! That power of the Spirit of God, that resurrection power that can take your life that’s as good as dead and put Gods abundance back into it, is still available to you today! Thank God, He has never lost His power!

Then there’s this part of Philippians 3:10, “that I may know the fellowship of His sufferings.” When you suffer as a Christian, you are not alone! You have Jesus right there with you, feeling what you’re feeling and, being touched with the feelings of your infirmities. We have not a High Priest who is untouched by the feelings of our infirmities! We have Jesus, who will never leave you nor forsake you. He is right there in that room with you, if you will call out to Him with your voice!

We are conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus right up to the time we leave our bodies and, move on up to our heavenly homes, praise God. He is the only means where you and I will attain the resurrection of the dead and leave this life. He is the resurrection and the life! He can I resurrect that hope! He can I resurrect those dreams! He can resurrect that calling that has been I on your life for so many years and I you haven’t done anything I (serious) about it! The gifts and callings of God are without repentance. God hasn’t repented I of calling you!

Verse 12 lets you know God isn’t waiting for you to become perfect before your life and place it squarely in Jesus’ nail-scarred hands. No, He says right here, “NOT as though I were already perfect or had already attained.” That’s just the devil’s lie to hold you back, telling you that you have to be perfect and have all the situations in your life just right before you can tell anybody what Jesus has done for you!

He goes right on there to say, “I follow after…” I am FOLLOWING Jesus…moving ahead in the things of God… moving out of spiritual babyhood. It’s not just deciding you don’t want to go to hell with the devil, but it’s that following after that makes you a disciple of Jesus!

Then he goes on, “But I follow after that I may apprehend,” now notice, “that I may apprehend that for which I have been apprehended of Christ.” We talked about that a little last week. I told about when I was a teenager living out there as a lawbreaker and a sinner. I was out there following my carnal desires and living in doubt and unbelief, and then one day I was apprehended! Caught! That’s right, like a common criminal; I was apprehended by the Holy Spirit of God! He stopped me dead in my tracks, turned me around and put me on a mission!

I’m on a mission to reach and teach and rescue and revive and send into the ministry as many people as God will send me to! That’s why I not only come through the mail to reach you, I labor as a Pastor, along with Rev. McCoy to be here for you, so you can have a church home and close spiritual family. That’s why I reach out on television to find those people God has sent us to! Then I go and preach this Gospel of the Kingdom everywhere God opens the doors!

“So that I may apprehend that for which I was apprehended” If you don’t understand this verse, you’ll never understand me or any other servant of God who labors day and night to bring this gospel to hurting people.

Jesus is the embodiment of God’s message to lost humanity. Jesus is God saying, “I want to come into your world, and into your life. Jesus is God saying, “I want to deliver you from your sins and addictions. Jesus is God saying, “l want to use you to reach other people, and bring them hope in life, to bring them salvation in life.”

Jesus is Gods message to the human race. And when Jesus went to the cross, to be humiliated and tortured to death, He was God was saying, “Even though you don’t love me, and don’t even know me, I’m going to bear your sins; I’m going to bear your punishment; I’m going to take your curse; I’m going to take all your sins and pay them with My blood.”

I’m going to pray for you between now and Sunday. Even though I always pray for you, I am making a concerted effort at intercession before this Sunday’s service. You’ve been feeling alone and powerless, but if you’ll make up your mind to get to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection, your life will turn around! You’ve got to make up your mind to get as good at knowing Jesus as you are at some of those little hobbies you pride yourself so much in knowing! Today, let Jesus, be the One you’re gripped with getting to know and learn!

Before closing, I want to remind you to send in your prayer requests, and if your life has been touched by this ministry, write and let us know! Your testimony can bless thousands of people who need encouragement and hope.

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The Influence of Godly Mothers

By on May 3, 2016

Jay Kesler tells of a sailor who lived immorally while on leave in the city of Tokyo. He spent every dollar he had on drugs, drinks and women. Hey! That’s what being a sailor on leave is all about! The night after his leave was over, as he lay in his bunk, sleep would not come to his eyes.

His thoughts kept going back to his Christian mother. In his mind, he could see her kneeling beside her bed, praying for him. He recalled, too, the warm and loving life she had lived over the years. How she’d been faithful to God, how she’d taken him to church and Sunday school, how she would talk with him about the condition of his soul. As these vivid images passed across the screen of his mind, they pressed heavily upon his conscience.

Finally he couldn’t resist the Holy Spirit’s urging any longer. Getting out of his bunk he kneeled and prayed, “God of my mother, please forgive me.” Right there, he received forgiveness and peace . . . knowing the goodness of God. After his tour of duty was over, he studied for the ministry. Today he is serving the Lord as a pastor. Not because of all the sermons he’d heard, but because of the life and prayers of a godly and faithful mother.

God’s Word gives credit to Timothy’s mom and grandmother for his faith, the faith that caused him to be the Apostle Paul’s right hand man and helper. 2 Timothy 1:5 says that the Apostle Paul remembered the genuine faith that was in Timothy, and how it first was in his grand- mother, Lois. Timothy’s grand- mother passed her faith on to Timothy’s mom, Eunice, who passed it to Timothy.

How did they pass it on? Through teaching Timothy the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:15 tells that from his childhood Timothy had known the Holy Scriptures which were able to make him wise, leading him to salvation through Jesus Christ.
Susannah Wesley spent one hour each day praying for her 17 children, as she went about her work. In addition, scheduled time to take each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters.

No wonder two of her sons, Charles and John, were used of God to bring blessing to all of England and much of America. Charles wrote more than 600 hymns. John Wesley became a minister, and then went on to become a powerful evangelist. At a time when England was sinking in immorality, drunkenness and corruption, John Wesley was mightily used by God to turn back the hearts of his countrymen to God and to righteousness.

We need dozens of John Wesley’s today! Hundreds, no thousands of dedicated men and women who will stand up for God and speak to their friends and neighbors for him!

To get what we need, we need for God to first raise up moms like Susannah Wesley! Moms who will actively and specifically set aside time each day to pray for their children. Moms who will take time to teach and train their children in the life skills they need. Moms who will get to know God and their Bibles well – and then take the time to impart what they’ve received, into their children!

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Here are a few principles that Susannah Wesley followed in raising her children: “(1) Subdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his soul. (2) Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak. (3) Give him nothing he cries for and only what is good for him if he asks for it politely (4) To prevent lying, punish no fault which is freely confessed but never allow a rebellious, sinful act to go unnoticed. (5) Commend and reward good behavior. (6) Strictly observe all promises you have made to your child.”

The old saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world,” may not be accurate, but it has a basis in reality. Mothers sometimes feel like no one is paying attention to them, that everyone expects too much of them and that they really don’t have enough say-so in life. But, find me an adult who wasn’t strongly shaped and influenced by his or her mother’s life and attitude!

Most of our overburdened, overworked and stressed out moms underestimate the influence they have on their husbands and children. Mom, they watch you, listen to you and rely on you to keep the warm and spiritual climate in the home. Even men who aren’t interested in spiritual things can depend on their wives for the touch of God on the family.

Your family pays more attention to your words and life than you think! They know that love for Jesus must be much more than the good feelings gained from enthusiastic singing and glowing testimonies in public. A lady exuberantly described how much she enjoyed her church. She exclaimed, “Oh how l love Jesus!” Yet she couldn’t get along with her mother-in- law, fought with her sisters, cussed at her kids and tried to dominate her husband!

Her kids weren’t interested in her walk with God. Neither was her husband. They felt that if she couldn‘t show her devotion to Jesus by obeying His command to love others, the happiness she felt at church meant nothing.

Proof of her love for Christ would include being nice to her mother- in-law, making things right with her sisters, being kind and gentle to her kids and respecting her husband. Our lives speak louder than our mouths!

One of the women in our church when we were in Kentucky felt like she was just wearing herself out, and that no one in her family even noticed her efforts. She was a busy house-wife and mother of three kids. Her husband worked hard and she took in laundry and ironing to meet the needs of her family. She also was active in the church, especially in the area of intercessory prayer. During a time when her schedule was particularly heavy, she began to feel unloved and depressed.

It seemed that she was being taken for granted by everyone. Her children expected clean clothes and hot, full meals. Her husband was busy and too tired to pay much attention to her. The people at church seemed unappreciative.

One Friday afternoon, a bouquet of flowers was delivered to her door. The note with it said, “We just wanted you to know how much we love and appreciate you. You’re a wonderful wife and mot- her.” lt was signed, “Your husband and children.” She sat down on the steps and wept – and thanked God. As her tears flowed out, so did her depression!

Being a mother CAN be a thankless job – if the people in your life rarely express appreciation! That’s why the Bible says in Romans 1327, “Give honor to whom honor is due.”

Parenting specialist Barbara Whitehead said “‘Maybe there is indeed such a thing as a one- minute manager, but there is not such thing as a one-minute parent. It takes time, LOTS of it, to be an effective parent.

Good mothers recognize that having children gives a moral and spiritual responsibility of parents to their children. On top of that, however, parents have responsibility to the neighborhood and community to invest serious time and effort in their children. We all have to live with the consequences of children whose parents don’t bring them up right.

Recent statistics indicate that average working parents, by their own reckoning, spend only 17 waking hours a week with their children (remember Susannah Wesley’s 17 hours?). The myth of “quality time” is that quality just doesn’t occur apart from quantity.

Reasons for both parents working are many, but economics is usually a major factor, but “making ends meet” may sometimes need to be redefined. A lot of the things we’re working so hard to pay for aren’t essential to survival, despite social pressures to the contrary. So, you can end up raising money instead of raising your children.

God is challenging us to make choices about what is really most important in the long run: more income or better relationships with our children. More toys and possessions or children who are secure, loved and spiritually healthy. l thank God for mothers who are literally “handmaidens of the Lord,” who serve Him in their homes and in their motherhood!

We want to honor the Mothers this Sunday! Let’s give them the thanks they deserve, the help they need, the appreciation they crave and the TIME that we owe them!

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The Great Compassion Jesus Has For You

By on April 26, 2016

The Great Compassion Jesus Has For You
By Steve Davis

How does God feel about you? ls He furious with you? Tired of fooling with you? Maybe He’s cheesed- off with you! Ready to explode in anger!!! Or, He might just be aloof, detached and couldn’t care less! Could be, that He’s glad you’re having all your problems, because you’re such a hassle to Him!

I want to tell you what the Bible says about God. ln Psalm 145:8: “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works. “1 Corinthians 13 tells us that “Love suffers long and is not easily offended.” Those are traits of God, too. He puts up with a lot and doesn’t get mad easily.

You might have a hard time believing these things about God. lt’s easier to believe the OPPOSITE of them – because that’s what the devil has been lying to people about God for years. The devil would take Psalm 145:8 and tell you, “The Lord is picky and hard to please, quick to wrath and of great anger. The Lord is good only to the holier than thou types, and His tender mercies are very limited, and especially not for people like YOU!”

That’s the kind of slander the devil spreads about God. And, when the devil lies about God, we’d rather believe him than believe the Bible.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. He is of a sweet disposition and feels what you’re going through, and He cares. He isn’t up there in Heaven all detached and not caring about you. He is full of compassion. Compassion means to “feel the same thing, deeply.” (Passion= strong, deep feeling. Com= linked together) It is the capacity to hurt, feel and suffer with. When Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion. He felt what they were feeling.

Matthew 9:36 says, “And when Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them because they fainted and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd. Then said He unto His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth His laborers into His harvest. ”

We need to know more about the compassion of Jesus. So many times the devil has lied to us and people have taught us that God is hard to please, and wants to punish us. That He’s just waiting for us to trip up. That He isn’t really on our side. We know that God loves humanity in a general way, but we feel like He does not really care about us individually. He wants me to help you to under- stand that He is a compassionate God.

In Hebrews, it says, “We do not have a High Priest Who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. But He was in all points tempted like as we and yet without sin.” In other words, Jesus knows EXACTLY what you feel, when you’re weak, worn, tired, scared or discouraged.

God cares about you personally. Some people come here after they’ve tried everything else. Their families have given up on them. Their friends have thrown up their hands in disgust. They’ve tried drugs, they’ve abused their bodies with alcohol, some have gambled, others have been living illicit lifestyles. They’ve done everything a person can do.

Many people who come here are lost in life. They’re without God and stained with their sins. And if they die like they are, they’ll be lost forever.

I want you to know that God has compassion for you. You’re not alone and on your own. God is on your side. Jesus was God in a human body. Jesus came here to earth so no one would ever doubt that God cares about us. When He came here, the Bible says He would be called Emmanuel. That means, God with us, or God on our side.

See, the devil is against us, but God is WITH us. Jesus lived in a human body just like you and me. It was subject to all kinds of temptations. He got hungry. He got tired. He got lonely!!! He felt pain and thirst. He was wrongly accused. He had friends who talked bad about Him behind His back.

The Bible makes this so plain in John 4. Jesus sat beside the well because He was weary, tired and hungry. His body got tired. His body got sore. His body got hungry. He was there alone, waiting for His disciples to go into town and get food.

This was the same Jesus who could multiply five loaves and two fishes into enough food to feed a multitude! But, He chose to feel what you and I feel. He knows what it’s like to do without.

Jesus is the Son of God, and He has compassion for you. He cares about you. He feels compassion for you in His heart.

When He saw the crowds of people, He was moved with compassion. He felt pity and sympathy for people because they were lost in life. They were like sheep without a shepherd. They had no direction and were at the mercy of the wolves.

That sounds like a lot of people today. You’re lost in life. You don’t have a sense of direction, a sense of belonging. You don’t know what you should do. It makes you flee] depressed, dejected and discouraged. You’re like a sheep, that doesn’t have a shepherd.

What is the attitude of Jesus toward people with problems, toward people like you? Jesus is moved with compassion. He feels the heartbreak of some- body who has trouble. He feels the pain in your body. He feels the struggle that you’re going through. He sees and feels the heartache that’s in your family because of those things you’re facing right now. Jesus knows you well, inside and out and is moved with compassion.

The Bible says, when Jesus went out among the people, when He was forgiving sins, when he was healing the sick, when He was delivering people from the afflictions of the devil, that He was moved with compassion. It was compassion, feeling deeply what you feel deeply that moved Him.

When He healed people with diseases, do you know what He felt? He felt what it was to live in constant pain and to be left out. He felt like it was to be kicked out by humanity. He felt like it was to be separated from your family. He felt it in His heart.

Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan. About the man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. The man fell among thieves. They robbed him, and they left him half dead beside the road.
That’s the way it is for many of us. The devil has stolen our health, stolen our marriage, stolen our children, stolen our possessions, stolen our joy, stolen everything. He has beat us down and left us half dead on the side of the road of life. Jesus said a priest came by, and didn’t lift a finger to help the man. He just passed by on the other side. He had no compassion. Then, another religious type came by – a scribe. He looked at the poor, beaten man and then went on his way.

But then a Samaritan came by. A Samaritan was someone that society looked down on. Jesus said the Samaritan had com- passion on the man. When he saw the man he bound up his wounds, carried him to an inn and arranged for the man to be taken care of – and he paid every penny of that price himself!

When the Samaritan came and looked at him, he had compassion. He felt what that man was feeling. That’s what Jesus did. He came. He didn’t pass by you on the other side. He didn’t t look at you and pass on His way.

The Samaritan didn’t lecture the man about how he should’ve known better than to go down that road. He didn’t criticize the man for not being stronger. No, he dealt with the man’s pain, and carried him.

We need to stop criticizing people, stop picking at them and start having compassion on them. See, that Samaritan was a picture of God. You may have gone down the wrong road. Maybe you’ve wandered far away from God. You may have lost everything God blessed you with; but, when God sees you there beaten and robbed, He isn’t willing to let you lay there in pain for one more minute.

When God sees you’re willing to be carried by Jesus – like when you let the Holy Spirit lead you to come here to church, He is moved with compassion. God doesn’t look at you with critical eyes and pick you to pieces. No, He has compassion.

He lifts you up. He lifts those who are willing to be lifted. God comes to those who want to 0 with Him. God wants you well. He feels your suffering. He feels your heartbreak. He feels the disease in you. He feels the bewildered spirit that you have. He feels the emptiness that’s around you. He feels what you’re feeling deeply. And, He wants to deliver you from it.

God is a powerful and compassionate Deliverer. He loves you totally. And if you’ll yield to Him, His compassion is reaching out to you today. Respond to His love. Surrender your life to Jesus. Pray this prayer, will you?

Jesus, l give you my heart. I give you my pain. l give You my mistakes, my stupidity and my foolish choices. Bind up my wounds. Carry me, Jesus. Thank You for paying the price to touch my life Lord Jesus, be my Master; be my Savior, be my Lord. Let Your love fill me, heal me, deliver me; and I’ll serve You all of my days. Thank You for hearing this prayer; in Jesus Name, Amen.
Bless You,
Pastor Steve

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Some People’s Lives Go Onward and Upward. Other People’s Lives Go Down the Drain. Where’s Yours Going To End Up?

By on April 19, 2016

You’ve seen it. Two people in similar circumstances ending up with completely different lives. Maybe they both had a problem, or even a tragedy. One of them comes out stronger for it. The other one is nearly destroyed, turning to drugs, or alcohol. Or maybe they both hit good times. Again, one of them becomes generous, humble and an all-round great person. The other one becomes arrogant, conceited and a pain in the neck to be around.

Did you ever wonder how YOU’RE going to end up? Do you ever think about what you’re becoming? God says in Haggai 1:7 “Consider your ways.” Then, in 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves…”

Some people are in church, but they’re not in the faith. They’re walking in the strength of their own flesh. That’s why they have such a tough time serving God. When you’re walking in the flesh, every little pothole seems like a canyon. And, every little bump in the road seems like an unsurpassable mountain. That’s why you’ve GOT to walk by faith; if you’re going to make it.

That’s the difference between those who love walking with God and sewing Him and those who find it an almost impossible drudgery. The flesh and the spirit are at war with each other. So, when you’re walking in the flesh, you find yourself constantly torn and engaging in self-defeating behavior.

You’ll find a powerful example of this in 1 Samuel 16. King Saul had been one of the best men in Israel. He was chosen by God to be the king. He was tall, strong, anointed by God. He even prophesied with the prophets of God. But, ultimately he lost out with God.

David, on the other hand, started out as the little brother in a farming family, watching sheep. Through a series of circumstances and David’s responses, he ended up being king in Saul’s place.

Since Saul was already the king, let’s start with how he gradually slipped and slid and sabotaged his own life. You know what? He probably wasn’t even aware of the changes in his life until God said, “I reject you from being King.”(1 Samuel 15:23)

That’s the way it is for us, too. Other people can see that we’re not where we used to be with God, but we can’t see it. It’s obvious to them that we’re withdrawing from our close walk, that we’re not ordering our lives the way we used to, that we’re not involved with the other people of God as intimately as we once did. We still have the words, but they’re no longer a reality in our lives.

Remember when Saul was scared to fight Goliath? Then, David showed up, full of faith, and said that he’d use his faith to defeat Goliath. Saul said in 1 Samuel 17:37 “Go, and the Lord be with thee.” See, Saul still knew the right thing, and he could give good advice to others, but he didn’t have the reality in his own heart anymore.

Anger Coldness of heart begins on the inside and works its way out. Saul had gradually gone from being a great guy, and a spiritual one to being angry bitter jealous and unpredictably moody. In 1 Samuel 18:7, people were congratulating David on his successes on the battle field. They were singing, “Saul has slain his thousands, but David has slain his ten thousands.” Instead of rejoicing that God had raised up someone to bring deliverance to God’s people, Saul let anger fill his heart (verse 8).

Fear. That’s a third thing that comes into your life when you’re moving away from God. You lose your confidence and sense of His protection in your life. That’s why Saul wouldn’t enter into the battle anymore, dumping the responsibility on David.

Bitterness. Envy and bitterness fill the heart of a person who is losing out with God. They get bitter and jealous of those who are doing well. “Saul was very angry… and Saul kept a jealous eye on David from that day onward.” (1 Samuel 18:8-9)

Emptiness. 1 Samuel 18:12 says that, “The Lord was departed from Saul.” Can you imagine that kind of spiritual emptiness? The kind that comes when the Lord withdraws His presence from your life?

When God shuts Himself up from you, life is downhill from there. You don’t enjoy church, you don’t feel like being around Gods people, you lose your appetite for your Bible. Life becomes “without form, and void.”

Then, there’s David. 1 Samuel 18:14 says that “David behaved himself wisely in all his ways and the Lord was with him.” Here’s a main difference between Saul and David. David behaved wisely. Saul was self-indulgent.

Saul HAD known the blessing of God at one time, and had served the Lord with gladness, but somewhere along the line, he began listening to his flesh, and indulging it, rather than disciplining it.

David lived and walked in fellowship with God. He stayed sensitive to the Spirit of the Lord, and that’s why he was able to behave himself wisely.

1 Samuel 18:15: “When Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of David.” David’s wise behaving wasn’t just one or two decisions, it was his life. When you’re walking with God and have the peace which passeth understanding, people who aren’t right with God will be a little afraid of you. They can just sense that you’re tuned in to something they’re not- and it scares them.

ln the same way that David’s life of blessing didn’t just come from one or two decisions, Saul’s life of problems didn’t come all at once. With Saul, NOT doing the right thing became his lifestyle. It wasn’t just making a few mistakes. lt was his whole attitude that caused God to reject him.

Saul became disobedient. He was impatient. He didn’t know what to do when he had nothing to do. Where David, in his spare time sought God, Saul in his spare time sinned (1 Samuel 15:23). Saul repeatedly disobeyed God, but still expected the blessing of God on his life. lt just doesn’t work that way.

Sin will take you farther than you want to go and will cost you more than you’re able to pay. When Saul first began to disobey God, he never figured that one act of disobedience would lead to another and so on. He had no idea that he would become a bitter angry and jealous, attempted murderer and ultimately be rejected by God. But, that’s how sin works. Saul ended up alone, miserable and desolate, dying at the hands of hostile enemies.

David? He started his life with his only strength being “l come to you in the Name of the Lord of Hosts!” (1 Samuel 17:45). That was David’s only strength and power and he knew it. That’s why David never wanted to put that walk with God and dependence on Him in jeopardy.

David was never after his own glory but that “all the earth might know that there is a God in Israel.” When that’s your sole motivation, it takes the limits off what God can do in you and through you. David knew and proclaimed that his struggles weren’t his own, but in his life, “the battle is the Lord’s!” David kept his heart centered on God’s heart. That’s why his life kept moving onward and upward.

Where do you line up? Are you more like Saul, or becoming more like David? All of us have a lot of Saul in us. It’s the nature of our flesh. But, when we give our hearts totally to the Spirit of God, to do with us as He will, we’ll become like David, who was “a man after God’s own heart.”

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Faith is not Enough! God Says So!

By on April 12, 2016

Some people mistakenly believe that “faith is enough, all I need is faith.” While that SOUNDS good at first, the fact is that even God says that faith is NOT enough!

You say, “well, that’s what Jesus preached: only believe, right?” Actually, Jesus didn’t preach faith first. He preached “repentance” first. His message as was the Apostles’ message was and is “repent and believe.” First repentance and THEN faith!

Peter 1:1 says that we have obtained expensive, costly faith from God. God says your faith is of high value; it cost Him a lot and is expensive to Heaven. For you and me, it is valuable because it links Heaven’s resources to earth’s needs.

All of Heaven’s bounty is available to the person who will get God’s kind of faith from the Bible, and then act on that faith consistently.

That’s why you have to be in the place to hear from God. We don’t believe in skipping church. We believe in getting into the House of God at the appointed times, worshiping with the saints and feeding on the Word of God as it is in the Bible. Faith is an auditory thing, the Bible says. Faith comes from actually HEARING the Word of God. Romans 10:17 says that.

Verse 2 says that grace and peace is multiplied to us when we get to really know God and Jesus Christ as Lord. It’s not knowing about faith, or even knowing about the Bible that brings you grace and peace. It’s knowing God Himself.

Verse 3 tells us that His divine power has given you and me ALL THINGS that pertain to our lives and to our godliness. God has provided for the things you need in your life in the natural, and also He has provided ALL that you and I need to live lives of power and godliness.

He has released His power so you can deal successfully in all areas of your life. He knows you need that something extra to get you through from day to day. You’ve got to pick up what Jesus put there for you, if you’re going to be able to make it without falling and staying down.

Verse 4 talks about God’s promises. God has put more than 7,000 promises in the Word of God for us. I like to think of the promises of God as “already answered prayers,” or “things God has said ‘yes’ to.” A promise in the Word of God is literally a self-fulfilling prophecy that is activated when you believe it and begin to act on it.

Notice that a main point of the promises is for you and me to USE them to partake of God’s nature, and to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.

See, the sins of our generation are so broad that even the Christians are getting caught up in them: Pay attention to what’s going on in your life, what’s being allowed to creep in. If you’re saved and still cuss and swear, you have a problem. You need Jesus to cleanse you heart. If you allow that stuff in your heart, it will come out of your mouth, He has given us all we need to live holy, clean and pure in the midst of a corrupt and perverse generation.

The Bible is God’s manna from Heaven. And, just like the children of Israel had to feed on that manna every day, we have to feed on the great promises in God’s Word every day.

Corruption in this world comes through lust. Many of the most popular products: jeans, cologne and music are sold not because of the quality of the product, but because of the advertiser’s ability to sell us on lust.

The only way to escape is to apply these promises to sins and habits and hack it out with the Sword. Otherwise, your life will be one failure after another.

When hurting, empty, defeated people come here, and start living according to the Bible, their lives start turning around. God begins answering their prayers; they begin to prosper as He gets them out of the messes they had created. Then, once their lives start to smooth out, a few of them leave, figuring they can handle everything now.

But, and this breaks my heart, it’s like a dog returning to its vomit, they end up returning to the same attitudes, the same thinking and the same problems again.

In verse five, God tells us that it’s not enough to just “have faith.” Matter of fact, He tells us to give ALL diligence to add to our faith.” He says, “add to your faith virtue.” Virtue means “moral excellence.” How badly our society needs to see Believers living honest, godly lives, filled with integrity!

Then, He says, add knowledge! “Faith Teaching” is not enough! If our relationship with God is based ONLY on faith, you can later be wiped out when doubt and unbelief come! That’s why you need knowledge!

Or, even more common: You have an experience with the Lord, and are touched and moved by His Spirit. But, when the glow is gone, or something or someone else moves you, you are left empty and weak! Spiritual knowledge is what will keep you when the enemy attacks you in the area of your emotions.

God gives us the measure of faith. It’s a faith from Heaven planted in your heart. But you have to do something with it.

Then, God says to add temperance, or self- control. We are in a generation where “self-control” is a bad word! Lack of self-control is the tool the devil uses to destroy God’s people each and every day! Think of the sin that so easily entraps you, and then think about how the enemy uses your lack of self-control to get you to indulge in that sin! See why God puts such an emphasis on self-control?

The Devil wants to get a stronghold. Give no place to the Devil. Do not give in, Praise God instead. The Devil only points out everything that’s wrong in your life and in everybody else’s life. Praise God instead. When you praise God, the Devil flees.

We’ll also talk about how God wants us to learn to be patient, with ourselves, with others and with Him. Learning to hang in there for the long haul. We’ll learn what he says about adding godliness, kindness, not condemning everybody and not getting your feelings hurt easily- not assuming that others have bad motives.

Jesus purchased these things for you. Our world is filled with lonely, hurting people, waiting to see the love of God demonstrated in our lives. God is longing to add His blessing to your faith life, as you and He labor together to reach a lost and hurting world.

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The Question that God is waiting For you to ask…the question that will get Him Working On your Behalf!

By on April 5, 2016

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You’re hurting. Confused, frustrated and upset. Part of your problem isn’t your fault. But, you know that you aren’t totally guilt free, either. You need help and comfort. But, because you know you are part of the cause of your problem, you don‘t really feel like you can go to God with it, right?

l understand how you feel. It’s really hard to go to God when you hurt so bad and feel like you keep making the same old mistakes and committing the same old sins over and over again. That’s why l like passages in the Bible like the one l was just reading in Jeremiah chapter 8.

God’s people were having problems. They were slipping, sliding and falling. None of those are very fun. If you’ve ever slipped on the ice, or fallen down the stairs, or even slid into something with your car, you know what l mean. Slipping, sliding and falling are always painful for the people involved.

God had noticed the pain of His people, and then noticed something else: He had made man upright (Ecclesiastes 7:29), but here His people were slipping, sliding and falling. So, He stooped from His throne in Heaven and investigated WHY His people were having all these problems being upright.

What He found. When God began to hear what was going on in their lives, He found out the reason they kept falling and getting hurt and damaged. Jeremiah 8:4-5 tell about this.

The reason they kept falling wasn’t because God wasn’t able to help them, it was because they lied to themselves, tricked themselves and thought they could live that way.

They would do something wrong, and then tell themselves that it wasn’t really all that bad. They would steal something, but then deceive themselves into thinking that it was Ok for them to take it. They would drink too much, but then say that this was a special occasion and that they really weren’t all that drunk. Get the picture?

Instead of holding on to God, they were holding on to self-deceptions. They were addicted to messing up. When they could have been delivered, they could have been cleansed, when they could have been forgiven, they just kept right on lying to themselves about what they were doing.

ln verse 6, God says, “l listened and l heard, but they didn’t speak right. Not one of them repented of his doing wrong, saying what have I done? Each one of them just kept right on doing the same kinds of things…”

Why we get into these situations. When we’re hurting, and coming up short, we don‘t like to admit the part that we had in producing our own pain. Instead, we like to point out other peoples’ failures, how other people let us down, how other people disappointed us, and how unfairly we‘ve been treated.

We like to tell all about the injustices we‘ve been subjected to, and all of life‘s unfairness, but we don‘t ever like to ask, “What have I done to make such a miserable mess of m y situation? We don‘t like to search ourselves for our part in why things are so messed up. And, that’s not smart.

lt’s like refusing to look at your checkbook balance. It won’t make you any poorer to check out the balance in your checking account. You might even find some money in there that you didn’t know you had. lt’s a lot better to go over your account balance now than to bounce a check, pay the fine and maybe even get hauled to court for writing bad checks!

A little self-examination won’t hurt you. At least you`re in a position to make things right with God and maybe have them turn around for you. And, it’s MUCH better than ignoring your conscience and hoping to go to Heaven… but finding the doors locked when you get there.

You might want to keep being self-deceived, but l would much rather know exactly my condition before God as it really is. Even though it might hurt, l would rather know what it is to humble myself under the hand of Almighty God, than to deceive myself with the most pleasant fantasies of being right with Him when l’m not.

Many times l have prayed and said, “Lord, help me to know the worst of how my soul is with you. lf l’m not pleasing you, if |’m indulging in sin, let me be honest with myself and admit it to you!” ls that fun? Do you think l enjoy praying like that? NO! A thousand times NO! But, it’s the kind of prayer that God hears. lt’s the kind of prayer that God bows Himself to hear. And, to answer.

Here God is in Heaven, but He bows His ear for the slightest whisper from a person who wants His help! How can we help but love God when we find out how attentive He is to every need and hurt of ours?

Jesus brought us a wonderful truth In the Parable of the Prodigal son. When the Father sees a child of His returning home, even from afar off, He runs out to meet His long lost offspring. ln this parable, the Father fell on the son’s neck and kissed him, and welcomed him back heartily and with great rejoicing. Do you think He’d do any different with you?

God is so eager to find something good, even in the most disobedient person. To God, it’s beautiful when you tell Him that you’re tired of wandering. lt’s like music to Him when you sigh that it’s too hard trying to do things on your own, without Him. When you cry that you need His help and forgiveness, your tears are like works of art to Him.

God tells us here in Jeremiah 8:6 that He’s bowing to your heart and listening. Listening, hoping to hear something good. God says, “l drew near… l waited, l listened, but they didn’t speak right. No man said, what have l done? None of them repented of his wickedness saying what shall l do?”

You can never have a desire to draw near to God that doesn‘t fill Him with hope. You can never direct a prayer toward Heaven that doesn‘t get noticed. Even though you have prayed prayers and made promises that didn’t last as long as your cold breath in the air, all these things have moved the heart of God.

God has been listening to your cry and noticing the moving’s in your soul, and He remembers your every prayer and promise, even today. If you’re looking for God, if you’re seeking relief from Jesus, you’re not going after Someone who can’t see. You’re not calling out for someone who can’t hear.

You’re coming to your Heavenly Father, your Father who sees you when you are yet a great ways off. Maybe there was only one tear that fell down your cheek, or one sigh of remorse and defeat, but your Father noticed it as a sign of hope. Maybe it was just a lump in your throat when you heard the Words of God, but God took note of it. He took it as a sign that you’re not totally hardened by sin, not totally unmoved by the moving’s of His Spirit.

Bless You,
Pastor Steve

God's Delays are not God's denials

God’s Delays are not God’s Denials

By on March 29, 2016

We’ve been teaching you how to receive from God and how to get what He died to provide for you on Calvary. The Bible says in Second Chronicles 15:9, “Then eyes of the Lord go to and fro throughout the earth seeking to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are perfect, or complete towards Him.”

When you’re 100% serious about serving God, God becomes 100% serious about showing himself strong on your behalf! God’s searching; He’s on a mission, to find the few who will mean 100% business for God! Those who will do anything for Him! Those who would give up any sin for Him! Those who will obey him no matter what the cost! That’s who God is looking for! Are you one of those people?

Without faith, you won’t get anything from God. Last week, we talked about combining patience with your faith. How, we’re talking about dealing with God’s delays.

In Matthew 15 starting in verse 21, we find the story of a woman who came to Jesus, and He kept putting her off. But, she received from Jesus what she needed. “Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, 0 lord thou son of David my daughter is grievously vexed with a demon.’ But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, ‘Send her away; for she cries after us.’ But he answered and said ‘I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ Then came she and worshiped him, saying, ‘Lord help me.’ But he answered her and said ‘lt is not right for me to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.’ And she said, ‘Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from the Masters ‘ table.’ Then Jesus answered and said unto her, ‘O woman, great is your faith; be it unto you even as you wilt. ‘And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. ”

This woman had a strong desire to receive help from Jesus. Plus, she acted on her faith. But now, she needed an edge. The edge that comes when you make the decision to absolutely not go away empty handed.

This woman’s daughter was full of the devil. And she didn’t know what to do. ln our society, there are more and more kids getting into witch- craft, drugs, the occult, and alcohol abuse. We need the delivering power of Jesus TODAY.

She heard about Jesus and His ability to drive out demons. The name of Jesus can still drive out demons! He still delivers people from the influence of demonic forces.

So, she came and cried out to Jesus for help. Look how he dealt with her: He IGNORED her! She’d already been through so much! All these problems with her daughter, and apparently no husband to help her. She could have easily turned around and gone home, all hurt and pouty.

She cried out and Jesus didn’t answer her. She could have said, “Well, He doesn’t care about me.” But Jesus was raising the level of her commitment. Making her think, making her evaluate just how – serious she was about getting her need met. Or, was it more important to her to just not have her feelings hurt?

Jesus didn’t answer, so she went to the disciples. She said, “Please help me! Jesus won’t listen to me. Maybe you can get me some help!

She nagged them so much they went to Jesus because she was getting on their nerves! They ran to Jesus and said, “Get her away from us! She’s crying after us. Lord, tell her to leave us alone.”

Sometimes, God delays to get you to change your approach. Make adjustments, do things differently. That’s what He was doing here. You’ve got to remember, God’s delays are not God’s denials!

Now, she has to change AGAIN! So finally she came and fell down at the feet of Jesus and worshiped Him. And Jesus responded! He insulted her!

Jesus said, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs!” He was referring to her being a Gentile, rather than a Jew! Was she dedicated enough to even overcome racism? Could she still exercise her faith in the face of insults? YES! It caused her to become MORE determined! She said, “Yet, Lord even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the Master’s table.”

That’s how you’ve got to be! She didn’t care if she was delayed, given the run around, called a dog or anything else! She was focused! And Jesus said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it unto you even as you desire.” And from that moment on, that demon left that girl and she was made whole.

How serious are you about having God’s will in every area of your life? You say, “Well, l don’t want to be a couch Christian or a Sunday Morning only Christian, but it’s takes a lot of faith and all that to get strong and be a real servant of God.

Well, how long are you willing to hold on? How strong is your desire? That’s what God wants to know. His eyes are searching throughout all the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of those who grab hold of the garments of God and say, I’ll not be shaken off! I know Your promises! I know You keep Your word!

In God’s delays, He’s sometimes showing us we have to change. How serious are you? Enough to come to church on Sunday morning? Sunday night? Wednesday night? Enough to get up and read your Bible every day?

When God looked at this, after Adam and Eve had rebelled, how big God was desire to redeem us? He sent angels from heaven with messages and warnings. He sent prophets, to teach, guide and warn. Then, He sent His only Son, Jesus to come, bring deliverance and then to die on the cross for us. That’s how serious God is! No effort was too great, no price was too high!

Then, after Jesus was resurrected and returned to Heaven, the Holy Spirit came. He came like a rushing mighty wind! Like a tornado, like a hurricane! He came to do what? Take charge of the Church and to live in our bodies!” Thank God we’re not alone. You are not alone in life. The Holy Spirit is here! The Bible says, “Grieve not the Spirit of God whereby you are sealed until the day of redemption.” Thank God. He’s with-us and He’ll never leave us. And He’ll never forsake us!

How big is your desire to be a real Christian? One that lives holy, godly, dropping all known sin, and reaching others for Jesus? Maybe your sins aren’t dropping off as quickly as you’d like. Well, listen, God’s delays are not God’s denials! Ask Him, seek Him, knock on His door for strength and help! Knock until He answers!

Our commitment is to reach the unreached and to tell the untold. The people here at the Worship Center have a desire so great that they not only tithe their income, they stretch their faith, by giving of their time, goods and talents. That’s the kind of people we are here!

There are people all over the Southern Maryland area, who need to know there’s a Godin Heaven who loves them. They’re standing on the ‘dusty roads of life, suffering because of their sins, hassled by demons, no peace in their heart, and nobody to tell them.

YOU say, Well, how serious are YOU Steve? How serious am l? lm giving all my energies, all my life to reaching hurting people! Like you, my passion and obsession is to help people to get their lives back on track and find God in this life. This church is committed to take the Gospel in every way we can! This generation must hear about God’s love and His great mercy!

Our desire is bigger than greed, laziness, sin, failure, carnality and the devil himself! Our commitment is so big, we’ll sacrifice and reach people and work, and give until every person in this area has had the chance to meet Jesus. We will be able to say we’ve done our best to reach those who have never heard the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

How big is your desire? I’m teaching about this because I know that deep in your heart, its stronger than your desire to make money. l know that. It’s stronger than your desire to be popular or to be on the social register. l know in your heart of hearts, you’d rather have God’s approval and blessing than anything else in this life. l know, that deep in your heart, you have a desire big enough to really get God`s attention.

But let me ask you this question: How big is your desire for God to say on the Judgement Day, ‘Well done, you good and faithful servant?’ Think about that today, when this life is over and you’re standing alone in front of God. Think about Heaven. How big is your desire?

Why don’t you just pray this prayer and make this confession? Dear God, set my priorities straight! T y Cleanse me from my sins. Be my Lord and Savior. l confess that You are greater than any need l have. You have sent Your Son for me, and l receive Him as my Lord. Fill me with zeal and passion for You. I give you my heart, strength, time and all that l am. Thank You for hearing my prayer, ln Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Bless You,
Pastor Steve

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