January 22, 2023
Something is going on... Holy Spirit is trying to show us something.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
The eyes are able to see..
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
Charity - Gal. 5:23-24; is a fruit of the Spirit
They were gaining.. they were growing (last to be more than the first)
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Interesting... Jezebel was a woman that was evil
They allowed Jezebel to do what she wanted to do. The things against God. The church allowed it.
Suffereth - tolerate it
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
She refused to repent
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
Bed - sickness; suffering
The churches that was allowed will go through tribulation, if they don't stop.
If they don't quit entertaining the evil the warning will come forth; cut out the evil
Even in your house and at your house doors
We can look like the church all day, but if we are not cutting out the evil, we are still wrong.
God is giving us a chance like He did Jezebel
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Spiritually talking about those who follow after her.
When we are not doing what we should do we risk of running into something we can't handle, we risk of falling.
We must obey the Scripture and we must stand against the evil and not allow it in.
We must hold the line and stand on the line for righteousness.
God offered Jezebel and us to repent. God loves us.
He wants us with Him. He can't calls us His children when we entertain evil.
He is warning us.
If we don't obey Him then we have to go through disclipine. He loves those He corrects.
We have to teach truth in the churches.
The individual affects the corporate.
One person can speak volumes about the corporte
12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
God always has a remant, did you stand against false teaching, did you check for truth, or did you follow?
Rev. 2: 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
Hold on, stand and claim to truth.
We can not follow the world, we must hold our ground.
Don't want to play with God.
Hold on, stand and claim to truth. We can not follow the world, we must hold our ground.
Don't want to play with God.
25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
One day we will be a part of His kindgom
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
January 15, 2023
This warning should hit Christian harder than the world.
1. And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
This is city is rich.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
This church looked like a church... verse 1 states that they were known in the city, but they were dead to Christ.
Lukewarm... is one thing, but Dead is probably worst.
The wheat and tares look alike.
There is a time where they look alike, but as the plants grow they start to differ.
The people of Sadris had the dead walking around with the living
Anyone can do works... the thing that separates the works and the spirit is that the Spirit produces something.
You don't do anything, the Spirit produces and brings fruit
The fruit of the Spirit....
When you are saved, the fruit produces
We have to do more that look like a church, we need to be producing fruit by the Spirit.
Walking around .. need a wake up call
.... shall walk with me....
He (Jesus) wants to walk with us and wants us to be with Him
We should be walking alive , not dead.
Producing fruit with life.
There was a raiment left in Sadris where they stayed walking with Christ.
There was others that were walking dead, telling them to repent
Joy Explosion has a call on our ministry and we have to alive..not walking dead.
Letters were sent to leaders of the churches to get attention to get churches on point.
Goal is to be what God has called us to be, not a Sadris church.
January 8, 2023
There are warnings in the Bible to we can apply to our lives.
Always something positive is in the letters to the churches.
This letter stress the condition of the church.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
This letter goes right into the problem, after stating that he knows their works.
Each letter begins with knowing the works of that certain church
Cold - cooling; spring of water
Hot - cooking
Lukewarm - dangerous; not drinkable
He knows that the church is in danger because they are lukewarm
Christ Jesus considering spueing us out of His mouth, after He had went through all the pain and death still says, He would spit us out.
Reasons why this is said:
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
They didn't feel like they needed anything.
This town was an industrial town .. they were a system.. they were gaining funds from products... they became the world.
References: Mark 4:19
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
They just looked like church.
They didn't even feel like they needed Jesus.
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
They were known for export for gold, and wool and eyesalve (used to see better)
He wanted them to have faith.... tried.. faith like gold.
That they could only get from Him.
They were spiritually naked.
Rich because of gold, but poor because they didn't have faith.
They were spiritual blind.
1 Peter 1:7
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
He tells them that He is everything they need.
This is one of the warnings we are given.
Only be hot is effective, not lukewarm. Lukewarm is useless.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Zealous - be happy, be excited about the rebuking.. knowing the God is working on us as a church and as individuals.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Note: Whoever opens the door... He makes it individual.. each of us will stand individually before God.
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Note: In each letter.. I know thy works... begins
ends letter.... let him hear what the Spirit saith... which means He wants you back with Him.. giving you a warning and a solution so we can stay where we should be so we can sit beside Him with the other saints
These warning keep us on our toes.
Lukewarm is bad.. we don't have to be that way.
This warning is a need for the churches and each of us today.
Open our eyes up spiritually .... let us self check and don't be lukewarm.
Sunday December 4, 2022
Dealing with mental illness.....
Churches today have a difficult time explaining
Depression is real
Christian are even influenced by depression
The Bible doesn't state depression, but we have different members of our being:
spirit, body, mind
God is the author of our bodies
We are made in His image
The Healer is God
Scriptures are true from Genesis to Revelation
And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
Depression was setting in on a prophet of God that has walked and taught the power of God.
1 Kings 19:6-10
6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
7 And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
Frustration is what Elijah is dealing with now.
Elijah is upset that the children of Israel aren't serving God the way they are suppose to.
He is tired and weak in his service.
He was letting God know how he was feeling.
1 Kings 19:11-15
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:
The things of this world will get our attention and we will miss the still small voice.
Seek the Lord in all your situations
His calming still voice is better than any doctor or situation.
He ministers through His still small voice
18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
Elijah was lonely and God was bringing him Elisha and 7,000 more that had the same call.
Stop looking for signs and listen to the voice.
We do have a body... we do have a mind.. we do have to take care of both of them. God is there and He will minister .
I break a bone... I know God heals, but I have to go get a cast on it.
Nothing is greater than God
Sunday October 9, 2022
When was the last time you were insulted?
25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.
28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:
30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
The name Christian was considered an insult.
Looked upon disciples as Jews...
5. For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
any good thing come out of Nazareth
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
When was the last time the world insulted you?
We should want that disrespect... I want to be called a Christian.
We are followers of Jesus Christ.
Why haven't we been insulted?
We have to be true Christian so the world will know you are a Christian
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Are we walking our walk?
Take the insult
1 John 3
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
People will call us Christian by how we treat others..
Brethren is a Christian term.. we have to treat our own right.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
When was the last time you were insulted?
6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Are you talking with hope (salt), or are you talking as negative as the world?
You are to be the light... the encouragement.. the hope.
You talk should be seasoned with the good new of Christ.
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
You have to remember that you weren't always saved. You have to love the person, not the sin.
We have to be ready for a defense. World is going to challenge us.
1 Peter 3:13
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
Know the scripture for you to be able to reply to the world.
Have your defense ready.
Insults will come after your defense.
When the world insults with the title of a Christian.. means you are on the right path.
1 Peter 4:12
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
October 2, 2022
What is a promise?
1.An announcement of information; God's announcement of His plan
2. to overcome; an overcomer
God makes a promise to an overcomer.
Revelation 1: 1-10
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
letters are written to the seven churches; each church has something going on; something different in each is overwhelming
They all have something to overcome because they have different issues.
A promise is made to those who believe and follow.
God's promises are absoulte.
In today's time we have issues going on... each person has something different going on.
These letters are written to the churches; we have an application.
Church is Ephesus - all about the business of God; lost first love (God); where is the love while rebuking
Church of Smyrna - they are being presecuted;
we will be presecuted
Church of Pergamos - tolorete; let anything and everything come in; didn't stand up for the right things.
Church of Thyatira - easily led astray
Church of Sadris - spritiual dead; going through the motions; look good but dead
Church of Philadelphia - patient; surrounded by everyone;
Church of Laodicea. - luke warm church; one foot in and one foot out
Todays churches are the same. Look around
everyday we struggle with hurts, pain, lost....
At the end of each letter to these churches, the letter ends with "to him the overcome"
Read Chapters 2-3 to see the letters and promises to each church.
ARe you an overcomer?
There is a promise for you!
John 16: 31-33
31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 John 5:4-5
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
God says that HE has already done it... hold fast... HE has this
You are an overcomer waiting on a promise.
Body of Christ we are being with everything the world is throwing at us... but if you will hold on and stay strong... we will make it.. we will stand fast
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
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Sunday August 28, 2022
If you have ever overflowed a cup you know what happens... with the Gospel it is different
1.The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
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The Good Shepherd is God.
Focused on loving and caring for His sheep.
Verse 1 and 2
He provides for His sheep.
He gives you what you need
I am the good shepherd
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
good shepherd.. I know my sheep
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
The Holy Spirit overflows our cup
The New Testament shares how the Holy Spirit would overflow with His presence.
God fills with His presence.. the purpose was the building of the Temple.
1.And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:
3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
When the day of Pentacost....
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now the Holy Spirit is filling individuals.
Jesus provided for the sheep when they were hungry.
Matthew 14 -
15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
He gives everything we need and then overflows it.
He gives Life...
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
We need a Godly life.. He gives more..
Salvation, then a Godly life to have life abundantely.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
August 14, 2022
Famous Last Words of Christ have more meaning that we think.
They were a completion.
How are you walking?
1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
These verses show how we were walking before we got saved.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
verse 4: Grace showed up
We were walking a certain way and then God showed up. We were on our way to damnation. Without Christ there is no good.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
The first part of this chapter tells of bad works, then we walk in good works.
Jeremiah 8 - workmanship
the Potter. We were made to walk the right way.
We are pre-ordained to walk the path of good workmanship.
You are called to do good works..
Ordained - set aside for a certain work
How can you walk right?
2 Corn 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
I am pre-ordained to love my enemies
I am pre-ordained to pray for my enemies
We were made to love and pray for our enemies.
Walking in Christ.
Ordained to do good works
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
You are happy when you do good works
We are walking differently now.
We are walking righteously.
We are ordained to do all that give God glory.
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August 7, 2022
No words echoed compares to this.
1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
8 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
9 And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews.
20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
Look at verse 28-30
Jesus said, It is finished....
This is a weakened statement. Its power
The day of atonement... sacrifice.. the priest would do the steps for atonement and would come out and say, "It is finished"
Preist would speak in a manner that the people would understand. According to their culture.
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Christ knew the people would understand His last words, "It is finished" because of how the preist stated , "It is finished"
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our debt was paid. Christ said, "It is finished"
The church has to remember, our debt is paid in full.
Zachaeus.. trailor to his people because he was a tax collector.
Jesus went to his house and spoke
1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Jesus talked to the Father
Sunday July 31, 2022
What We Need for the Journey
The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh kingof Egypt, andhe pursued after childrenof Israel: and the childrenof Israel went out with an high hand.
9. But the Egypian pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, an dhis horsemen, and his army, andovertook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Ball-zephon.
10. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after the; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
11. And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
12. Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
13. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to dya, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
14. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
15. And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
They need a pick me up. Moses does that.. He lifts him up.. sometimes we need encouragement. Someone to say, "hold on, God has this"...
We need to be confident. Firm and confident.
v. 13... see the salvation of the Lord...
Moses tells them what is going to happen.
How many of us know that God is there for us.. and that God will show up for us.
v. 13... Lord, which he will shew to you to day...
Confident and Knowing God will do it.
Not having confience will bring you back to foolishness.
Something goes wrong, like the children of Israel, we want to go back. No confidence.
Knowing God is going to say what He says and that He will do what He said He will do.
We need Peace
We have to hold our Peach for God to do His work on the journey.
Moses tells the children of Israel to hold their peace... no their complaining.
Be still... and know...
Watch me to protect you, watch me provide for you, watch me make a way.
We need to be still... still.. while God works out His plan.
Exodus 14- 15
The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
v.15... Moses is crying to the Lord...
in the journey you will have to get up and go...
don't stay on your knees... we have to move in the journey
They didn't get pass the Red Sea without moving.
You don't get where God wants you without moving.
You have done everything you can do... except move.
You have to move in the journey.
Pray.... then knock on doors... which causes movement.
In this journey.. we have to move forward.
In the verses of Exodus... Moses has been talking.. he is telling the Israelites everything they need..
You must know and have no doubt that He is bringing you to a better place.
You must have Faith.
Sunday July 17, 2022
Lesson in the Journey
The journey is from Egypt to the Promise Land
The lessons the children of Israel went through can teach us through our journey
18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.
20 And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.
21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
We have to remember on this journey that God is always with us, even in rebellious time.
19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
Tell someone.... You are not on this journey by yourself
We are on a journey once we accept Jesus as our Savior, we start a journey that may cause us to feel like to are by yourself.
We are not by ourselves.
The children of Israel was not alone... God was with them.
Sometimes we think we are alone and that God is not with us.
But You are not alone.
Imagine.... the desert with sun beating down by day. God provided a cloud for cover and for direction. We may not have a cloud, but we have the Word of God and guides us.
8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
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.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We have that promise.. God is with us every step of the way.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Nothing can take you out of God's hands.
Look up.. you are not alone
This is the lesson of the journey... You are not alone.
Every step of the way... we are not alone.
It is God's strength that gets you through
July 3, 2022
We need intercession church
8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Verse 9... Choose out men and go out and fight...
We are the body of Christ. We are many..
We have different task and jobs we have to do.
Moses is talking to Joseph saying that he needs Joshua to choose him out some men
Many task and many jobs...
5 fold ministry
Each of us represent the body of Christ. Alot of people is involved.
Everyone will not have the same job.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
They went back up the hill to intercess
Moses is intercessing - praying to God on the behalf of another person
We need to step in and pray for each other. The battleground is bloody and soliders need strength from our prayers.
Who is intercessing for those in need?
Romans 8: 26-27
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
6 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
The heartfelt .. the seriousness.. the passion.. prayer of a righteous man availeth much... moves mountains..
1 Timothy 2:1
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
All men.. saved or not saved
Exodus 17: 11-12
Moses needed help. Moses' body wore out and Aaron and Hur held his hands up because while his hands were up Israel prevailed. Moses needed help to keep his hands up.
How many of us will help someone that needs help?
How many of us will willing to pray for those in need?
How many of us will step in and help a brother or a sister when they are tired and need help?
Will you hold up someones hands to see the victory they need?
Moses knew he needed to pray and he knew he needed help doing it. He choose those that he knew that would help him.
Aaron and Hur came and rescued Moses when he became tired.
1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
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Sunday June 26, 2022
An event took place where we can get excited to the point where we miss an important point of the event.
We need a true ralleying together under the true banner. In this time of this moment in time, there are several banners to stand down.
As children of God, we need to stand together under the true banner of God.
1. And all the Congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin after their journeys, according to the commandement of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink.
2. Wherefore the people did chide with Moses and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide you with me? Wherefore doe ye tempt the Lord ?
3. And the people thirsted there for water, and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children, and our cattle with thirst?
4. And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I doe unto this people? They be almost ready to stone me.
5. And the Lord said unto Moses, Goe on before the people, and take with thee of the Elders of Israel: and thy rod wherewith thou smotest the rock, take in thine hand, and go.
6. Behold, I will stand before thee there, upon the rock in Horeb, and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so, in the sight of the Elders of Israel.
7. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord amongst us, or not?
Note: Massah, means test and content
8. Then came Amalek, & fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9. And Moses said unto Ioshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill, with the rod of God in mine hand.
10. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11. And it came to pass when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12. But Moses hands were heavy, and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon: and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side, and his hands were steady until the going down of the Sunne.
13. And Joshua discomfited Amalek, and his people, with the edge of the sword.
14. And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
15. And Moses built an Altar, and called the name of it JEHOUAH Nissi.
16. For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.
The greatest thing is salvation. The Lord is our banner.
During the battle
5. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the Name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfill all thy petitions.
6. Now know I, that the Lord saveth his Anointed: he will hear him from his holy heaven, with the saying strength of his right hand.
7. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.
8. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
This is the reason we ralley under God... we have a purpose and a reason to stand upright.
I know we are about raising flags, but what about raising some hands.
Raising hands to God to give ourselves for HIM for HIS purpose
This battle is God's... not ours
All the battles we read of in the Bible was God's.
1 Samuel 17:47
Then all the assembly ... the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands.
We are under the same banner. We battle together as saints of God. Its time to gather under the great banner.
The Lord is my banner.. His protection and His provision.
Sunday June 12,2022
World starts shaking with the church starts praying!
Why are you strong?
Do you know why you are strong?
Paul wrote to Cornith.
He is dealing with establishing the church and false teaching has came in and the church is questioning Paul authority and the matter he is dealing with the church.
Chapter 12 explains how Paul defends hisself and his matters towards the church.
2 Corn. 12:1
I. It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell; God knoweth) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I annot tell; God knoweth);
*** Paul is talking of himself
4. How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard upspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5.Of such an one will I glory; yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
A man being caught up and being told things that no other man has been told - Paul does not boast.
6. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth; but now I forbear, lest any man should think of above that which he seeth me to be, or that he hearteth of me.
7. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exaled above measure.
Paul realizes he has problems and he is not above anyone else.
Paul understands he has to be humble to be able to stay in his place.
Stay humble; there is a reason why you are as strong as you are.
8. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
Paul asked 3 times for this thing to be removed from him.
9. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Our weakness causes God's grace to become perfect/complete.
He is accomplishing His goals in your weaknesses.
Paul is being run down, persecuted, beat down, etc. - God tells him that his weakness is causing His strength to be perfect.
God accomplished His goals through Jesus of the cross. Through the cross, the beating, the persecuting... God's will was perfected and completed.
10. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
When we are weak, we draw from God's strength that takes us through.
So rejoice in your weakness, rejoice in your sickness, rejoice in your trails.
When we get to the place where we don't have strength; thats when we see that God's strength is enduring and carrying us.
Our strength is what tells us to stop living for God, stop reading the Word of God, stop praying, don't go.... but we get up.. we keep living, reading, praying and going.. because its HIS strength that is moving us.
He strenghten us... we can make it because of His strength.
You can't comprehend HIS strength.
June 5, 2022
2 Tim. 3:9-10
from Genesis to Revelation all scripture pertain to man
What is my part in all of this?
All scripture tells us what we should be doing
Paul is writing to the church of Rome and seeking doctrine, gives instruction on living and how we should be living as followers of Jesus Christ
The meaning of the scriptures are the same no matter what time it is.
Christian can't be set apart where we are separated from the world. We live in this world but are not of this world.
The world's values are no longer yours when we are saved. Our values are God's now. What is important to God is what we see as important.
What is our reasonable service?
Because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross is why we should give ourselves to serve God.
It begins with us church.. how we are dealing with ourselves in the church? how are we going to be able to exhort others in the world if we can't exhort each other.
Every one of us have an office to do God's work.
verse 9 - dealing with each other
Don't fake love... have real love
devoted to each other with brotherly affection; preferring one another
Serve one another with excited about our brothers and sisters.
We should have an excitement about serving God.
Giving out to the saints; the body of Christ and what it needs; saints are the body
When dealing with the world.. do not repay evil for evil
verse 18 - when you can live peaceful with all men.
That is why we live in this world, but not of this world.
This world is crazy and have no peace. Saints live with peace and we are to live among men peacefully.
verse 19 - you don't have to worry about your enemies; God will repay; you don't have to do anything to your enemies, God will.
Let God be God
When God brings it, the world will know it is Him.
be calm and let God work.
under the heat of pressure of kindnesss; the enemy will feel bad for how they treated you and repent and will ask for forgiveness.
Being kind is exactly what God is requiring you to do.
Be a sacrifice and live this life according to Romans 12
your hands can't defeat, but good can
your words can't defeat, but good can
your vengeance won't do it, but good can
All good is from the Lord.
It is God who is going to fix this problem
You are to do good.
Sunday May 22, 2022
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another and so much the more, as y see the day approaching.
singing spiritual songs and hymns ...
1 Samuel 17:1-10
Philistines are challenging Israel ... if the giant kills a man of Israel then Israel will be servants to the Philistines, but if Israel's man kills the Philistine then the Philistines would be servants to Israel.
1 Samuel 17: 15- 37
David was already ready to step out for God because of his faith of his past experiences, he was confident when he spoke to Saul.
The shepherd boy was already being prepared.
What was getting him ready?
It started out with just a bear and a lion.
David became a mighty solider
You are about to face giants, but you have already been through some mess, so you are getting ready for your Goliath.
God has already prepared you.
You have been delivered. Like David was.
God is preparing you spiritually from point A to point B.
You are walking a righteous walk. You are a royal priesthood.
We have a mission and a call.
Daivd's mission was that he was to take some food and supplies to brothers.
Daivd gets there and he hears the giant shouting against God.
David had not used armour, he didn't know how to use it.
David was going into battle with the best armour... God
The world likes to tell you how to battle, but God's armour is real and will stand against fire every time.
You are called to do this and that... you are ready.
David seen the bear... when the bear grabbed the sheep... David ran to the bear to save the sheep. David don't have to doubt God, because he knows what God can do.
Armour of God
The description of the armour of God is the same as the days of David for a Roman solider.
After the battle we gather together and sing praises to God... uplift Him.
Sunday May 16, 2022
Lessons in the Fight
1 Samuel 17
David and the giant
41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.
The giant is talking alot of noise and challenging the army of Israel.
David only sees someone coming against God.
David did not consider himself unqualified, because
he knew the God of Israel.
what you see is not all there is!
One of the biggest strategies the enemy uses to stops us is to have us believe that all we see is all there is.
We get caught up in what we see.
David only seen a victory for God.
We have to get pass the earthly eyes
Sometimes this fleh will fail us. We depend on our eyes when we are weak.
Our giants seem bigger and stronger when we are weak.
Spiritual is eternal
Flesh is temporal
See what God sees and not what we see.
The Lord will give us what we need.
David picked up 5 stones.
David knew he only needed one.
David came prepared in a different matter.
He didn't just see conquering a giant.
He seen a victory in the battle.
He used the enemy's sword to win.
God will provide everything you need.
Jireh is the Provider.
When you look empty, you are actually full.
David even regretted Saul's armour. God gave David his sling and stones. The same weapons he used in the past.
We have everything we need.
We may not have what others, but God has provided for us.
You will have what you need.
We are earthly vessels being used by God.
The victory may not come the way you think, so that God will get the glory.
This event takes place so that everyone will know that there is a God of Israel.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Everyone will know and Gods message will be delivered.
God's plans is great
Because David was willing to be used.
You are a vessel and God is going to use what He provides for.
Things don't make sense, but God don't make sense in earthly vision.
HIS victory will make sense when others see God is real.
We are God's vessel and ambassors to go forth.
We have a job to do, lets get busy.
How are you handling where you are?
Sunday April 24, 2022
Following God's will can be difficult when you can't see the blessings in it.
Genesis talks about a woman named Hagar who had not rights or choice to be where she was because she was a slave/handmaid to Sarai.
Hagar had to follow instructions, even to the place of becoming Abram's second wife. She was treated wrongly and actually ran away.
Then the Lord sought her our and instructed her to go back to Sarai where she was mistreated.
The Lord promised her at the time that she would have a son (the promise wasn't positive about him at this time). She turned into an obedient slave even tho she didn't want to return to such a bad place.
Hagar was the only slave that gave God a name. She called Him, El Roi, meaning The God that sees me.
She understood that even in her situation and how bad and rough it was, God sees her and she see Him, so she obeyed God because He would take care of her.
So this Egypian slave adapted Abram's God.
So Hagar goes back to find herself later casted into the desert.
Abraham was distressed about this action from Sarah, but God came to Abraham and told him that Hagar and her son would be okay and that his son was his seed.
So Hagar was out in the desert with her son about to die and God sought her again and instructed her what to do and gave her another promise for her son, this time it was a positive one.
Her son would become a great nation. This changed happened because of Hagar's obedience.
So God's will is always the best. So if you find yourself in a rough place, remember God sees you, but you need to see Him so He can save you and your children and bring you to a better place like He did Hagar and her son.
Never forget God sees you where you are at and He wants you to see Him. Call out to Him and see Him move.
May God be with you as you look to Him for His will to be fulfilled in your life.
Remember He sees you.
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April 3, 2022
Sunday Service A.M.
Encouragement - give praise to God
He is Worthy of Praise
Are you going to let a rock out praise you?
2 Timothy 3:16
King James Version (KJV)
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Praise means to give merit and thanksgiving to something or someone
Merit means that is was earned
Matthew 21:7 Context
4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
6 And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them,
7 And brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon.
29 And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,
30 Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.
31 And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
32 And they that were sent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
33 And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
34 And they said, The Lord hath need of him.
35 And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.
36 And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Jesus is saying the rocks know why to praise to Him.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”
Do you know why you praise God?
The disciples understood it, because of the mighty works.
The blind saw, the dead was raised, the lamed leaped, the weak was given strength, the damsel was raised ....
25And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
Do you know why the creation praises God?
Do you know why He is worthy praise?
Do you know why He deserves praise?
Do you know why you praise Him?
We have a reason to praise Him
The multitude has a reason to praise Him.
Don't let the Pharisee get in your ear and tell you to stop praising.. don't let the Pharisee stop you from praising.
We have a reason to shout Amen and praise Him.
He is a healer, He is a comforter, He is King of Kings and our Messsiah.
Never be quiet.. the disciples wasn't quiet.. they knew because they saw and knew who He was.
1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
2 The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
His praise endureth forever... yall better praise Him
Do you know what He has done for you?
Give Him praise for all He has done.
Don't let rocks out do you.
February 13, 2022
Pastor Bill White
In Proverbs... God is revealing everyday situtions.
In Proverbs 16
Hebrew words: Commit, works, establish
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1.The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
2. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
4. The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5. Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
6. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
7. When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8. Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
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Commit - "roll" in Hebrew.....to complete roll everything over to God
Every ascept of our life to Him
" in action" "bad or good in action; business; product" in Hebrew .. your whole life.. you job
How many of us commit our job to the Lord
I roll it to YOU...
How many of us have committed our marriage or our school and studies to God?
How many of us have rolled it to God?
thoughts - "one's purpose; imgination, intentions, " in Hebrew language
When we turn our thoughts to God, its Him doing the thinking.
How many of us limit our thought giving to God?
Commit these things to Him
Establish - "erect or set up and arrange" in the Hebrew language
When we commit our thoughts to God, they will be set up and arranged according to His will.
God is directed your thoughts so He can establish us in His will.
We will mess something up if we don't trust and don't give it to God.
How do we give it to God, __________ __________ __________ ____
3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
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How many of us take time to seek wise cousnel?
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20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
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5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
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God does care about your business, marriage, school,
He wants you to commit all to Him so He can take care of it for His glory
Sometimes we are in places where we don't think we will make it.
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The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
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We are in this to successed.
Even when we have a bad day, we have a good day when it's in the Lord's hands.
February 6, 2022
PASTOR BILLY WHITE
1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:
2 To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
9 Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
1. Formed - used before in Genesis.. verb.. chapter 2.. God formed man from the dust of the earth
An act that is taking place
God made you
Potter forms what he is making with his hands
God is saying I made you with my hands
2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Molding.. claying.. special use
Potter house ....Forming something to be used for something special
The way the Potter uses his hands is unique and special
#2. Verse 5
Knew - referring to an intimate and personal knowing an individual..
The forming caused the knowing
As a believer we are known by God
#3. Set apart
We are set apart as believers
Set aside for a specific life and for a
Exd 4 talked about the Tabernacle items were specific
You were formed, knew you and Set apart
We are believers and it applies
Isaiah speaks ... " Formed me in the womb and brought me....
My God shall be my strength"
Psalm 22 says,
“I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.”
Do u know who you are?
Do you understand the magnitude you are?
Jeremiah 1:6 shows there was self doubt
Jeremiah was questioning
How many of us have self doubt?
Question the task and our abilities
Lord said.... all that I send thee
I am with thee
Ends the self doubt because God us with you
God touched his mouth... God's words going through not you
It's not about you
The mission will be complete when we are used
You were Formed as a believer
You have a mission
You have a call
It is God moving through you
We are the clay.. You are the Potter
" But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."
The work of thy hand
We will carry it out because he Formed us
No more self doubt
It's God doing the work through you
Jeremiah thought he was just a child.. but God put his hand on his mouth
Just go forth and let God do through you
For his glory... to do his work
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] [ a]God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Not your strength... fulfill your purpose for his good pleasure
Encourage you today
Understand who you are and what you need to do for God
We have everything we need to do what we need to be
To fulfill his purpose and his goal
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January 30, 2022
Suday A.M. Service
Pastor Billy White
REDEEMING OUR TIME IN 2022 - CONTINUED
Ephesian 5:1 - 2
1. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
Followers are imitators
Imitators have a job; A very important job
As Fathers are imitators to their children. The importance is for teaching and showing them how to live correctly.
Imitators need to walk in love.
Imitate God's love as Christ did.
We are followers
We have to understand LOVE
Apage love that is unselfish; this kind of unselfishness found in John 3:16
John 3:16 Amplified version
16 “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Notice "greatly" loved... not just loved... but greatly loved
Love Comes from God
7. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
verse 12 - God's love is completed in us when we love each other
We have to understand Love before we can walk in it or be imitators of it
Unconidtion, unselfish, always giving kind of Love
How to walk in love
1 Corinthians 13: 4 - 5
Charity is Love
4. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5. Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
You will be known as an imitator/follow of Christ if you love
Noone is talking about love
Instead talking about color, political parties, different beliefs of right and wrong, etc. Noone is talking about God
Ultimately people want to be like you, the Imitator
Situations don't change Love
Bad days don't change love
Unselfish love keeps giving and giving and giving
Are you prepared to walk in love the way Christ described it?
We have the saint thing because we are saved.
We have got to love one other to show the world God, because we are called to be His disciples - His Imitators
January 23, 2022
Sunday AM Service Notes
Redeeming the Time in 2022
Don't Waste Time
Don't waste time
Share gospel, love one another
Using the time we have to glorify God
1 Corn. 15: 50-
Paul is writing his first letter to the church of Corinth... they were falling away from the things of God
Biggest issues was the corruption and incorruption
Paul still recognizes them as saint.. beloved breathren.. he was encouraging not condemning them
Steady fast unmoveable and always abounding in the works of the Lord
Therefore - for this reason
We will be changed in a twinkling of an eye
Encouraging them to stay to things of God
Hebrew 10:23... Let us hold fast the profession of our hope without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)
Carmen song "I will serve the Lord"
Unmoveable- can't be moved, unshaven,
A person who can hear false teaching, doubters,... and stay strong in his faith and belief
Fixed on Christ
Sound doctrine is locked in
Christ is the way and there is no other... this is sound doctrine
Abounding - above and beyond all
2 Tim 2:15 -study to shew thyself approved into God, a workerman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth
Work of the Lord - spreading the gospel to others
Matt 28: 19-20 - go ye into the world and teaching them.. great commission
Today we have several ways to spread
Loving one other.. is part of the work of the Lord.. abundance above
Love the saints and taking the Word to the world
All are called to spread the gospel
1 Corn. 15 -Verse 58
Your work is not in vain... we will receive an reward. We will be made new.
He who knows knows your work
Your work is not your salvation
Ephesian 2:8.. we are saved by grace
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, I that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
January 16, 2022 Sunday AM Service Notes
Redeeming our time in 2022
Praise is first.. worship is a must to join
There is a difference between them
Is coming to church the only time you worship?
Worship goes far beyond church or kneeling
Should not be a routine
John chapter 4 is about the Samarian woman
Jews who had intermarriage with other races.. Jews looked down on the Samarians
Whosoever covers everyone
It's about your mind set and not a place.. it doesn't matter what or where u come from.. true worshipper will worship in spirit and truth
To emphasize a statement.. it is repeated instead of using symbols (!!!)
It's more about raising hands or kneeling
Our motivation to worship and mindset determines our worship
We must he prepared to worship constantly
In the Spirit... the HS
1 Corn 6:19
Once you have accepted Christ .. we received the HS
Gal 5:16-26... v. 25 main
Constant things.. praise and worship
God is looking for true worshipper
Jesus is the word of God
Truth is the Word of God..knowing who Christ is
Sancify them through Truth
Truth is walking according to the Word of God
Our state of mind must stay on the truth to be able to be a true worshipper
Jesus showed the woman true worship
The spirit of God dwells within us
The word of God is what it is and it is Jesus
When we truly understand that our mindset stays on that
God is God and is good
Message from Pastor White
We know that things are trying during this time. If you are in need of prayer please feel free to contact us. We are a praying church and believe God is in the miracle business.
Pastor Bill White - 386-965-2237
Pastor Glenn Keen - 386-867-0156
Sunday January 15, 2017
Pastor Glenn Keen
I say again, TIMING IS EVERYTHING!!!! God is a timing God. HE does things on HIS timing which makes everything fall into place.
Joshua found himself in a place of authority when Moses was denied of entering into the Promise Land. Joshua was to take the children of Israel into the land that God had promised their fore fathers.
Remember Joshua was full of faith for he had seen the land when he and the other spies had entered that Promise Land to see what was ahead of them. Joshua brought a positive report back and was motivated to conquer the GIANTS that possessed the land.
Now everyone of us have GIANTS in our lives. A GIANT is a situation or trails that stops us from getting where God wants us to be. Timing is everything. God knows about the GIANTS and He is motivated to conquer them GIANTS with you as you possess the Promise Land He has for you.
Joshua 1:1-9 King James Version (KJV)
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Now the Lord is speaking to Joshua here and in verse 6-9 we see that the Lord encourages Joshua 3 times. "Be strong and of good courage", the Lord is telling Joshua that he will come up against GIANTS, but he needs to be strong and of good courage and he would conquer the GIANTS that want to stop him.
Remember Joshua already knew about these GIANTS, but God knew he would want to quit and would get tired.
God knows what we need before we need it. God is always in control and HIS TIMING IS EVERYTHING. So when this life gives you GIANTS that seem too big to conquer, remember there is never a GIANTS AS BIG AS YOUR GOD.
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Sunday January 1, 2017
Scripture for the Day
"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the deset."
Rev. Glenn Keen
How many ofus think things happen for a reason in life. How many know we can't change the outcome once it set into place. God has a plan for each of us. In this instance Im; going to tell you a story about Apostle Paul who was captured and set to go to prison.
Here is a man that at one time was the top solider doing God's work killing Christian, had a Damacus experience, turned the other way whole heartily for God and goes from the hunter to the huntee (being hunted).
Even though he was doing God's work there was still a purpose at the end of Paul's ministry. He was sent to prison but it didn't stop him from still serving God. In the midst of the storm and troubles God still had a purpose. He still had a plan.
We go through things in life that we don't understand why they happen, but the reason they happen is God's will. You suffer to make you stronger.
God's will was for Paul to get to Rome someway and somehow no matter what got in the way God had a plan.
Some many are telling us what you aren't - when we should be telling them who we are.
During this storm Paul continued to tell the guard thathe would make it to Rom because the angel told him so. The others on the boat needed faith. We go through things to show others what faith is.
When the boat crushed and they ended up on the island. Who Paul was was shown. While gathering material for the fire Paul was biten by a viper. Those around saw it and faith grew within them when Paul shook the viper loose and lived.
Paul made it to Rome and was in prison but still Paul stayed faithful with things to do. He wrote letters to the churches and Timothy which are still used in our lives today.
Even though Paul and us don't want to go through unpleasant things and troubles, we have to remember that all good things work toether for those who love the Lord. Love the Lord as much as Paul did and serve Him through it. Stay in God's will.
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Rev. Billy White
Don't quit when you get discouraged or frustrated. It's easy when you are frustrated to say - "No I don't want to do .....". This is giving up.
Churches are quiting due to part of the ecomony pressure - starting to quit God.
That is what we are doing. We are tired, but we can't stop.
Just like fishing. You cast your line continually but no bite. You witness others catching different types and size of fish, but you nothing.
We can make any excuse to quit.
No team heads to the game saying "We are going to lose". They are there to win.
God has brought us this far - He wouldn't leave you/us now.
Remember the songs: "Lord, I want You to help me" and "I never would have made it without You"
"Don't quit of God. Don't give up. He didn't give up"
Before the day ended: I got my bass. I didn't give up
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When it comes to God, let nothing stand in your way.
Everyone remembers the story of the woman pressing thur the crowd. She didn't let anyone or anything get in her way from her healing.
Press means to continuing move forward.
If you have to climb a tree to get to God, then climb it. Zaccheus did. Zaccheus's status in body was small, but he held a high position in the city as head tax collector. He was very important in the city. Even though he had everything, he still needed Jesus. He needed to see Him.
Zaccheus climbed a sycomore tree. Some facts about sycomore trees - can grow to 167 feet high; bark is nasty because it one of the only trees that grow from the outside not inside like other trees, so that makes the bark sticky feeling.
Life problems can be sticky.
It don't matter how sticky, nasty that tree is, use it to get to God.
The faith of Zaccheus caused Jesus to look up. God will see you wherever you are as long as you are trying to see Him. The story continues to say that Zaccheus's whole family was saved.
Zaccheua wouldn't let anything get in his way. He want a clear view from the choas. Lift high above the choas to see God. Why don't we want to climb the tree? Zaccheus was pampered. He had nice clothes, he took care of his skin, and he didn't do hard labor.
I encourage you today. Climb the tree!!
Keep running the race - We are going to press.
We are climbing our sycomore tree.
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Rev. Glenn Keen
In today's times trouble seems to surround us on everyside of life, from a failing economy, failing relationships and failing health but in all of this turmoil God is still right there to fulfill his promise and thiat is to rescue all of us from this.
But in order to have God in middle of our troubles we have to have Him in our hearts.
We find ourselves kicking and screaming and begging him to help us face our problems and save us from them, whenhe says He will honor those who honor Him, and by honoring Him we can go to the Lord and it tells us how to deal with our everyday life. He say he will rescue us.
Then the Word says to call on Him, acknowledge that He exists. See it took me 40 years to mess up my life but I wasnt God to fix it in a couple of Sundays. We can't just put Him in our lives when we're in trouble we have to have Him when we're on top also.
We have to have a relationship and in order to know Him on a personal note.
The next thing we don't fear God anymore we're not afraid, but the Word tells us to be afraid to fear Him, don't speak lies and evil on our fellow peers, turn from wicked ways and do good.
If you want God to be God in your trouble, let Him be God in your heart.
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Rev. Glenn Keen
This Word is a promise from God. What does fire do? Fire cleanses everything. Think of a farmer and how he burns his fields before planting. The reason for this is to burn the bad out and replace it with nutrients that will help the crop being planted next.
The Spirit is to lead, guide, teach and comfort you. Fire is to purify and nuture our souls to become closer to God. Certain things put your flame height down - hurts, disappointments, worries, stress, etc. When a fire gets low the smoke comes to ground level. This smoke will fog our vision where we can't see where we are going or what is ahead of us. A roaring fire has smoke that lifts to the sky and clears the ground level which helps with the light that the flame gives to us will result in clear and sound visions see everything happening around us. A roaring fire is God's desire for us.
When your fire gets low, you need to work that fire to cause the flame to become roaring again. John the Baptist said the One to come will have a fan in His hand. Fanning your fire will cause your flame to grow. We blow on a nature fire to get it going again. Think the same breath that God gives us life is the same breath/fan to keep our fire roaring and strong.
Matthew 3:12: "and thouroughly purge his floor and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable."
God will separated out His own. He will blow on our fire and we must continue through prayer, studying His Word, praise, worship, fellowship, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives to keep our fires roaring for Him.
Lets stoke it, allow God to fan/blow on it, and build it to roaring so we and other can have the light from it, the warmth it gives, and the smoke to show others where He is.