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.

MORE LIFE IN YOUR LIVING (KEYS TO AN ABUNDANT LIFE)

By on June 18, 2019

Jesus knew what He was talking about when He said that the thief only comes to steal, kill or destroy. See, there’s a thief in life who wants to steal, kill and destroy you on every level. It’s sad, but most people in our society have been and are still being unwitting victims of the thief.

He’s plundering our society on all fronts. After commenting on the thief and his deeds, Jesus announced that HE, on the other hand, came to give us more living in our lives. The thief comes to take ALL that’s good away from us and Jesus came to give it back to us and then some.

Abundant life. What’s it about? Abundant life ISN’T about what you get. It isn’t money in the bank, social standing, fancy cars and houses.

There’s nothing wrong with these things, but they don’t equal abundant life. No, abundant life is what about you become as an individual.

Questions not to ask when searching for a church home are, “what programs does this church have?” or “Who’s the pastor?” The right question to ask is, “What will my family and I become at this church?” or “What are the other people who go to that church becoming?” Are they becoming sweeter in their temperaments? Kinder? More like Jesus? Are they growing closer to their Master in their personal devotional lives? Are they getting stronger in their abilities to resist temptation? Are they growing positive and fuller of faith? If so, then that could be a great church to BECOME a person of greater value in.

See, people can BELIEVE some of the right things and churches can TEACH some of the right things but the people aren’t necessarily BECOMING more and more like Jesus. What they become is more and more angry, cynical, hard, unkind, judgmental and hypocritical. That isn’t the kind of place you want to expose yourself and your family to, is it? It isn’t what you will get in a particular church but instead, it’s what you’ll become.

It isn’t what you KNOW that makes you effective, it’s what you BECOME. It isn’t what a person OWNS that makes him or her valuable – it’s what he or she BECOMES that gives them value. The “What are you becoming” issues is the primary one that Jesus dealt with in His ministry. What you are at this moment is a result of primarily where you’ve been. Jesus will accept you right now no matter WHAT you’ve let yourself become. Then, He begins to work in your life to help you become the kind of person that God had in mind when He first created you.

Jesus spent His time on earth stirring peoples’ hearts and spirits with God’s dreams, plans and ideas. He spoke in a way that they were stirred by His words. They said, “No man ever spoke like THIS man!” If you want to receive abundant life in Jesus, learn to let your heart be stirred by His words. Get your Bible out each day and allow His words to inspire you, soothe you and fill your spirit with inspired ideas. Even though the Bible was written thousands of years ago, it can help you achieve your highest dreams. It is chocked full of the basic ideas and principles for living an effective, joy-filled and satisfying life.

As you ask His guidance and feed on His Word, you’ll begin to experience just how His dynamic words can make a real difference in your life right away. Through your time in the Word, you’ll grasp the fundamentals of living successfully, how to be happy, how to discover your mission and purpose in life and how to have a thriving relationship with your Creator.

What you’ll get in your Bible will make a difference in how your life works out. The Bible is a book that’s full of ideas, business ideas, good health ideas, personal relationship ideas, financial freedom ideas, marriage ideas, child raising ideas, and “how to live a fulfilling life” ideas. We all need good ideas. Just like dialing a phone number, one phone call can change your life. It’s like dialing a phone number, you’ve entered the area code then you dial the next six digits. Then you realize that your call still isn’t going through. You need to dial 3 or 4 more numbers. All you need is just ONE more and your call will go through. All you need is just one more idea. Reading your Bible with the Guidance of the Holy Spirit can be the very thing that will give you the last number you need – the last piece of the puzzle. Maybe just ONE more teaching here at the Worship Center will have the idea you need.

When the idea comes, inspiration arrives, faith comes and you dial the last number and you get through! Not every Believer experiences abundant life. Some Believers lead hum drum, ho-hum lives while others live frustrating and upsetting lives. It’s available to all but some don’t ever get in on it. Some are too busy and some say it sounds too hard. Others may say that it takes too much time. Ultimately there are a bunch of different excuses why some are inspired to take advantage of what’s offered and some don’t. Some believers do and some don’t. How come some do and some don’t? I don’t know. But it happened when Jesus preached. His preaching was simple, straightforward and sincere. But, HE GOT A VARIETY OF RESPONSES. Some marveled, some rejoiced, some got angry and some just didn’t know what to think. Some just mocked and made fun of Him while others believed. The one’s who believed and acted on His magnificent words became sons and daughters of God.

Here are some requirements for an abundant life.

Requirement (1) – Have an attitude of gratitude. That’s key to abundant living. Being grateful for what God has already blessed you with shouldn’t be too difficult. Happiness and joy come when we’re grateful. Happiness is the joy of discovering what He’s done and the joy of knowing everything is going to work out just the way it should. When we’re thankful it does this. It opens our eyes to the good things, positive things and opens our spirits to receive more of what God wants to pour into our lives. The thing that blocks God moving and blessing our lives is bitterness, complaining, murmuring and criticism. Being bitter about the past and cynical about the future keeps us from living abundantly and blocks our faith and the Spirit of God.

Requirement (2) – A listening heart. Some people spend their lives in a quest for exotic answers and techniques. Don’t waste your time. A fulfilling walk with God is something very simple and basic. It doesn’t come through techniques but instead, it’s the result of a consistent desire to know Him better and taking the time to DO something about it.

Requirement (3) – Be a student of Jesus Christ and study to show thyself approved unto God. Take good notes and record on your cell phone and use it in your daily life.

Requirement (4) – Discipline. This is the root of being a disciple and a disciplined one. Discipline is the bridge between being a “wannabe” and actually becoming. Remember, God knows what price to put on His valuables. All His good things are on the top shelves. On the bottom shelves are the things that bring shame and disappointment. Being a disciplined follower of Jesus Christ is available to everyone and like they say, it isn’t “If I could, I would.” “If I will, I can!” It’s matter of starting and continuing.

Don’t trick yourself by making promises. Only promise what you’re really willing to carry out. It’s too easy to delude ourselves with our words and promises. We think we’re making changes, but our daily actions are taking us in just the opposite direction of where we want to go! Why go in the opposite directions of your dreams?

The time to become a genuine disciple of Jesus is now. It comes by desire and wise planning. If you need to be more holy maybe start a Holiness Plan. If you need a better prayer life, start a “Prayer Plan.” It doesn’t take much more than a desire to plan. Anyone can do it whoever wants to.

The start of an abundant life is today. It’s exciting. Today is the day to put that new idea into action. Read your Bible. Spend time with God.

Give to the work of God. Start cleaning out space for your study and prayer time today. Start eating well and make that phone call. Tell God your time of waiting is over and your habit of wishing is past. Ask Him to let faith and action take charge! It’s a new day in your new life. What have you got to lose? Only the heartache, frustration, despair, fear, guilt and condemnation of the past and at some point, people will have to learn and work to forgive and positively move forward in their life.