Focus, Excitement and Walking With God in Power

By on July 16, 2019

This is a great way to start a week. What makes it great is that you have taken a stand, you have put aside circumstances, situations and all the things calling for your attention and you came out to serve God, to sing praises to Him and to hear a word from Heaven that will bless you. The blessing of God is available to everyone, but it doesn’t just happen. A person has to really want it. Jesus said we have to hunger for it and thirst for it and then He promised that if we hunger and thirst for the blessing of God that we will be filled. It doesn’t matter if you’re old, young, single, married and where you came from. All that matters is your heart is open for God to move in it and you making room for Him to move in your life. Is that what you really want? That peace of mind, that freedom comes when Jesus sets you free and it doesn’t take any special ability and all it takes is your availability and being available to God, being to the Holy Spirit and giving Him your heart and time and just taking time each day to spend in the presence of Jesus. You’ll have to make some sacrifices, cut out some things and during that time, you will be able to build a strong and spiritual life.

1 Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Spend time with God in the Bible each day. Take some time and spend it in prayer. Spend time in church and being available to God. Step up your church attendance and make time for the Lord by being in some of the meetings that you haven’t been attending – and expose your spirit man to more worship and more of the Word of God. You can grow 2 or 3 times faster by adding a couple of church services a week to your life and spend that time in the presence of God and His people and His word. Life is filled with distractions and part of growing in wisdom is learning what can be cut out. What can be left off? What isn’t worthy of your time or effort? You can get 500 channels on your TV and there’s no end to the radio stations, internet distractions and other things trying to steal your time and attention. So, that’s why we need to make room for Jesus to operate in our lives.

I remember when I first started going to church and the church where I gave my heart to the Lord. It was the people who were there that impressed me with what salvation could mean in my life. The people were passionate about life. Even the old ones were excited about life, people, and worked together to reach the world with the Gospel. They weren’t all the same, as far as background, education or social standing, but they learned to set aside their differences to do something significant for the Kingdom of God. I used to wonder could I ever be like one of them.
I would pray and ask the Lord to work in my life so that I could have what they had. None of them knew it. They didn’t know they were creating hunger in me. They didn’t know I looked up to them, but I did. The Lord used different ones of them to make me WANT to have the Lord in my life in a very real and solid way. I wanted to have what they had but that’s what began my quest to be a real part of the Body of Christ. I didn’t know it at the time, but that’s what I wanted. I wanted peace, joy, happiness and freedom. I had this emptiness inside of me.

When I would sit in church and listen to Pastor Wolfe bring the word of God, it gave me hope, vision and the desire to do whatever had to be done so I could live like people in the Bible days, in the presence of the Lord. It wasn’t about religion but instead had everything to do with my LIFE, having a purpose, something worth living for and a vision for reaching other people and helping them to find this new life in Jesus.

Hearing the Gospel and being with the people of God caused me to hunger and thirst for my own walk with Jesus and to part of what God is doing in the earth. I wanted to take my side with the men and women whom God was working with, people who stood for what is good and right and be a part of the move of God with these people who had honor, love and the blessing of God on their lives. They say that if you’re going to be successful in the world, you have to have goals. It’s a major thing to teach people to have goals. You get taught that poor people usually don’t have any real goals and all they’re concerned about is basic survival skills. Then we’re taught that, rich and successful people are pointed out and most of them have 2 or 3 goals: (1) Get more money, (2) Gain more power, and then set another goal. But for the most part, people have TOO MANY GOALS.

They try to do so many things that they never get anything significant done in their lives. They get scattered, distracted and spend their lives going to and from resulting in getting very little done.

Our number one goal has to be to know God and to serve Him. Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but (this) one thing (I do), forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” It’s about getting focused. People try to fill that hunger with a new car, new outfit, new TV, expensive vacation and new furniture. Repainting their living room once or twice a year. That isn’t the change you’re looking for in life. The change your spirit is yearning for comes from the inside, from the heart.

When the change happens on the inside and that’s when you feel fulfilled. It’s a choice, a decision, a decision to be on fire for God. A decision to be excited about the hand of God in your life. To be filled with joy, passion and excitement from being used by God. Excitement has to do with faith, with hope and with belief and a person with no hope cannot be excited. Excitement belongs to the realm of hope, faith and belief.

Excitement is not about being loud or jumping up and down. A person can be quietly excited. Excitement is about loving God and loving life. It’s not about living life to the fullest. It’s about becoming all that God put you on the earth to become.

The Holy Spirit gives you the attitude of “I’ll do whatever it takes” to be all that God created you to be and that’s what gets you through the trials and helps you overcome those things that are trying to overcome you.

What It Takes – Man Looketh at the Outward Appearance

By on July 9, 2019

The only way to find out what’s inside of somebody is to put an opportunity in front of them. Things that trip you up are…

(1) Doubt – Gets you when you’re alone, driving maybe little creepers get into your mind and start eating away at your faith. They start devouring your faith and the closer God’s blessing gets to you and the more active they get. It usually comes in quiet and starts gnawing away at your faith. You have to cast it out. “Get out of here!” A lot of people let that doubt stay in their mind because they have so many problems and fears that doubt seems only reasonable.

(2) You have to start filling your time with the things of God. Get with other faith-filled positive people. Listen to the Word and hang around afterwards and listen. The more you listen to people who are where you want to be, the better off you’ll be. “Yeah, but…” Get rid of it! It says – you make sense and I asked what I should do and you told me but I’m not going to do what you said.

(3) I’m talking to you who are serious, totally serious about the Kingdom of God. The Spirit of God has gotten down inside of you. You’re pressing on the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus and you’re going to make it. No doubt about it, you have to watch out for a few things.

(4) Watch things that are said even privately. You might publically be on fire, but at home be letting some of that doubt come out of your mouth. Your family looks up to you to set the pace. As you get critical of other believers or the work of God, they’ll start picking up on your doubt. When you start thinking it and speaking it gets planted in their hearts and destroys their faith.

(5) Keep your zeal and enthusiasm levels up. Pay attention to attitude and tone of voice even you answer the phone. You make a commitment that even if you are down, you don’t EVER pass it on to someone else. To them, you’re always full of faith and zeal. You don’t come here to hear all my boo-hoos and problems. You come here for the same reason I do which is to make a difference to do something with your life. You come to church to be uplifted. I am never down in the dumps around our people. I owe it to you not to bring you down; you’re not coming here to be in my ‘pity party’, but to praise and worship the Lord of Glory!

(6) When you’re on a mission to touch peoples lives, the less time you spend with doubts and complaints. You have the power to cast out doubt and unbelief.

(7) You can’t grow in God when you’re dwelling on your inferiorities and lack. Some people let their background serve as an excuse why they can never get ahead or have anything. But other people just like you, come in, starting where you are they begin winning their friends to Jesus. Any excuse for failure that you pick will work! In the Kingdom of God you’re born again, your slate is clean and you can make a fresh start with everyone! It’s in your power it you act on it. Tap in to this word. Lock onto it. Don’t let go. Stay away from negative people and criticizers, let of depression, fear, discouragement and enjoy being on the winning team!

Promises, Vision and Power for Life

By on June 26, 2019

I hope you’re enjoying the presence of the Lord as much as I am. When new people come into a meeting where the Holy Spirit is, they don’t understand it at first. You feel something and its different while at the same time very familiar. It’s the Spirit of God that Jesus said is present whenever 2 or more gather together in His name and we soon recognize the presence of God moving His spirit in our hearts. I’ve had people say to me that they don’t understand the joy, excitement and the enthusiasm that we feel when going to church. I ask them, “Have you ever been to a football game?” They usually say “Yes, but that’s different. Church is supposed to be serious, sedate and boring.” What’s wrong with being excited about the Lord? Even at a lot of churches, the people aren’t excited because they haven’t discerned the Lord’s presence. This leads them to not have anything to be excited about. They have a tough time all week and then they come to church and they sing and hear a little teaching, but at the end of the day, there’s no sense of the actual presence of the Lord.

We’re here and we’re being guided by the Word of God and we’re being inspired by the Spirit of God, touched by the Lord and it feels good. When you sense the presence of the Lord here, you feel His joy! King David testified in (Psalms 16:11). He is showing you the path of life and here in His presence is the fullness of joy and when His hand moves upon us, it’s pleasant. I get fired up about being saved, being forgiven, going to Heaven and having the blessing of God on my life! I don’t know about you, but that still gets me going. Walking with the Lord on a daily basis is the most exciting way a person can live. I believe that unless a person is moving ahead, unless you’re growing, following a vision and/or calling, working your assignment in life and you just can’t be happy. People who aren’t growing and striving and overcoming don’t really experience happiness. They stagnate. No matter how much money, fame, popularity, or power a person has if they’re not happy. A person may have millions of dollars stashed away in the bank and they may live in a mansion and have summer/winter homes, 2 or 3 luxury cars in the garage and most expensive jewelry money can buy, but one thing is for sure, NONE of those things can purchase them a happy and fulfilled life.

With Jesus, when you’re in His presence, you can right now be experiencing joy and true happiness no matter where you are. When you’re forgiven for your sins, there’s a happiness that comes. There’s no one who hasn’t sin or who doesn’t sin. When you’re forgiven for your sins, you get a joy of the Lord and you get a happiness when you begin to change and become a new person. You get a happiness when you make new friends, good friends and decent friends. You get happy with your new life. All the things that the world says makes you happy really doesn’t.

We found that when we stepped away from all those things and begin to follow the Lord 100%, we start growing and really changing. We began to hunger and thirst after the things of God. We sought out people who could help us in our walk with Him. We found a church and a Pastor and a new family who would love us and be there for us no matter what. We got plugged into the Body of Christ, and yes, we gave ourselves to the work of the church and the work of the Lord. And when you do that, there will be people who tell you that you’re at church too much, give too much or changing too much, and when you hear that, all you’re hearing is a person whose life isn’t working. All you’re hearing is a person whose life isn’t working, who doesn’t get it and who needs to change but won’t and who’s threatened by the fact that your life is working. They’re threatened because once they know that the Lord can change you, they know then that they have no excuse.

So, the first thing that a person wants to do is to get you dragged down so he doesn’t have to change. If he can get you to back off and become just one more lukewarm, compromising Christian, then he will keep right on criticizing you because that’s what criticizers do! They criticize rather than change. God made us so that if we aren’t moving ahead in Him or drawing near to Him, then we have no peace, joy or happiness. Here’s a key: Leaving some connections with the old life, making sure there’s always a way to go back to the old ways is an indicator of double mindedness of being ready to compromise if things don’t work out. That’s a manifestation of doubt and unbelief. This is what God said in (Hebrews 10:38.)

God says that you and I live by faith, believing God, trusting God and if a person goes back to the old ways, God has no pleasure in that person. What’s there to go back to anyway? God says this in (Romans 6:21.) What did we get besides pain, shame and embarrassment in the way we used to live?

When you get saved and have your sins forgiven, you have a new life in Jesus and your whole life begins to change. When you begin to trust totally the promises of God in the Bible and what God has planned for your life, that’s when you begin to prosper in every area of life. It’s not a size of a house, or a dollar amount or the kind of car or the amount of jewelry you’re wearing. When you’re walking with God and you’re changed person.

God calls you a new creature. You may look the same on the outside, but on the inside, you’re changed. You’re an overcomer, a blessing in earth, a friend of God and a person who’s after God’s own heart. When you ask Jesus into your life, it sets into motion the forces of God that begins to change your whole life. I can tell you that it isn’t all easy. It isn’t all sun shine and cool breeze, sometimes it hurts. It can hurt really badly sometimes but the Holy Spirit on the inside of you and the prayers of Jesus who is praying for you and the love from other people will keep you going. Did you know that Jesus prays and is praying for you? And did you know that His prayers will give you strength that you need to get you through this life and into Heaven for the next life? Listen to (Hebrews 7:25.) Jesus is able to save anyone who comes to God through Him. There’s no one that Jesus cannot save, if you come to Him. God said right there in His word that you can be saved, no matter where you have come from because Jesus is always praying. That’s what “intercession” means for you. Jesus is praying for you.

One of the things we value is being able to be with other Believers, our sisters and brothers in the Lord. These are the people who have your best interests at heart because we are all part of the same body when one member is blessed, when one is hurting, we all are hurting. (1 Corinthians 12:27). (Verse 26). So we now have the Spirit of the Lord working in our lives, the Word of God, ministry gifts, counsel, support and people who are hurt when we’re hurting. The world just doesn’t have anything even close to what we have here. King David in (Psalm 1:1).

You’re blessed not only because of the people God has put in your life not only to help you and strengthen you, but to also due to some that you begin to move away from and stop taking their bad counsel. The day the Lord sets you free from what other people think or what some lost person is saying about you and what all the backsliders, cynics and skeptics are accusing you of, is the day you start to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s when you stop letting others direct your path.