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Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Bridge - Great Love Story

Do you know what God wants you to do more than anything else today? He wants you to fellowship with Him! He wants you to walk and talk with Him. He wants you to be concern about others, to discuss the things of this life that matters to you most, and to learn what His plan is for your life.

He wants you to draw close to Him and partake of His very nature. He loves you like no other; and would still love you if you were the only person in the world. Just as the Father loves his son in this story (John 3:16) of the close relationship between a bridge operator and his young son and the fateful day when both try to head off an impending rail disaster.

A steam train full of hundreds of passengers are unaware of the danger as they head towards an open drawbridge. When a desperate young woman witnesses an act of virtue beyond imagination, her life is forever changed.

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was.

He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

So, many of us get caught up striving to please God in the things we do that we forget our first and highest calling is just to be in fellowship with Him, the creator of us all. That’s right, God longs for us just to want to be with Him. Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become children of God.

Have you ever considered how much it would mean for you to just come to God and say “Father, I didn’t really come today to get anything? I’ve prayed about my needs already and your word says they’re met according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

“So, I just came to be with you. If you have anything you would like to tell me, I’m ready to listen… and I want you to know that whatever I see in your word, I’ll do it. I’ll put it into effect in my life.” Why don’t you tell that to God today? He’s waiting to have fellowship with you.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

How to Experience God's Delivering Power

God is called by many names. He’s the Lord our Healer, our Provider, our Banner, and our Righteousness. He also promises to be our deliverer. In this troubled world that may very well be what we need Him to be most often.

But there are many believers who never experience God’s mighty delivering power because, instead of walking closely with Him day by day, they wait until danger strikes to call upon Him. That just does not work! If you want God to rescue you in the bad times, you have to fellowship with Him in the Good times. Why? Because God responds to faith (Heb. 11:6)! Our faith, not our need, is what causes Him to act on our behalf.

I believe God is talking to you today, “You will only develop that kind of faith, that kind of trust and confidence in Me, when you spend enough time with Me to get to know Me. If you serve Me half-heartedly, then you’ll not have confidence in Me to deliver you from trouble; and when danger surrounds you, instead of being filled with faith, you’ll find yourself paralyzed with fear.”

“Love and serve Me with your whole heart. Walk closely with Me in the good times. Then, when you need Me to be your Deliverer, you’ll know without a doubt you can trust Me to care for you, and I will!”

Yes, it’s true God loves you and wants to have fellowship with you. First John 3:20-22 tells us that we have confidence toward God when we do the things that are pleasing in His sight. Go ahead, confess your sin and commit to give Him first place in your life (Matt. 6:31-33), beginning today! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Don’t Give Up - You Can Make It!

Today, people everywhere are experiencing challenges, and for some it’s the toughest 24 hours of their lives. So, how about you? What’s the rest of your life going to be like? Like so many others you may be going about life as usual, but inside you may be hurting, you may be disappointed, you may even feel like you can’t go on; but it doesn’t have to be that way! If so, I want you to know something; all of that can change in an instant. You can start your life over and make today the first day of the beginning of the rest of your life, of hope, and prosperity.

But you might look at yourself and say, “I’ve done some shameful things and made some terrible mistakes.” Listen, it’s all been taken care of; Jesus paid the price for them all! He paid the full penalty for your sins, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). You see sin has consequences “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). Jesus is God’s answer to sin “But God commendeth His Love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). The Bible says, he that believes and is baptized in the name of Jesus shall be saved (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38).

So, how can you make a fresh start? Romans 10:9 says that “If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved.” It’s as easy as saying, “Jesus, I’m turning my life over to you. From this day forward I’m yours.” What better time to turn your life around than right Now?

I declare in the name of Jesus, that you will dwell in the secret place of the Most High God and remain secure under the protection of the Almighty God. The Lord is your only hope of refuge and fortress, in Him you can always confidently trust. He will deliver you from the hidden traps of the enemy, and from deadly pandemic. Yes, He will cover you with His presence that you can trust with your faithfulness as a shield of protection.

You’ll not be afraid of devastating news of evil plots and slanders of the wicked that soars in the day, nor of the disease that lingers In darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. Many thousands may fall at your side, and tens of thousands at your right hand, but it shall not enter your home. You’ll see and hear of this on the news, the reward of the wicked.

When you make the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, there, shall no evil fall upon you, nor any plague or calamity come near your house, because God will give His angels special orders to protect and prosper you in all your ways of obedience and service; thus keeping you safe from injury. You may encounter deadly beasts and serpents but you’ll overcome and have a victorious testimony of deliverance because you know His name.

Therefore, trust and rely on God continually, that you’ll experience His mercy, love and kindness, because He promise never to forsake you as often as you call on Him for help. He will be with you in trouble, He will deliver and honor you and show you His salvation. Amen

Declaration taken from Psalm 91

Today is the beginning of your new life. Today is the time to leave behind your mistakes and learn from them. Today is the beginning of a wonderful future full of satisfaction. You just have to decide to make the change and experience God's best.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

How to Free up Your Faith to Work for You

Free up Your Faith to Work for You 

In Jesus’ Name! It’s more than a phrase that we tack onto the end of our prayers. All that God is and does is represented in the Name of Jesus. The amplified Bible says when you ask in His Name, you present your requests to the Father on the basis of all that Jesus is. So you can boldly expect to have those requests granted, not because you’re worthy, but because He is!

What’s more, the Name of Jesus carries authority over all other names. In Philippians 2:9-11, the Apostle Paul tells us, “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”

The Bible says that faith comes from hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). Therefore, get into the word daily; "let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Col. 3:16), don't let your word level fall off, since low word level equals low faith level. Jesus assures us in John 14:14, "If you ask anything in my name I will do it." So, what could possible be hindering your blessings? Jesus said He'll do it!

Faith and Forgiveness Connection
But, few people realize just how closely connected faith and forgiveness are. Jesus taught that connection in His sermon on mountain-moving faith that’s recorded in Mark 11:22-26. He said, “What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive.”

Jesus put those two sentences together on purpose. He wanted us to know that releasing those who have wronged us is fundamental to receiving from God. He wanted to impress on our hearts the fact that we cannot have our prayers answered and hold a grudge in our hearts at the same time. Unforgiveness blocks the faith channel and keeps you powerless against the mountains in your life!

Watch this video "The Unforgiving Servant" and note the verdict. (Matthew 18:21-35 KJV)

Faith and Love Connection
Have you ever wondered what faith and love have to do with one another? How are they connected? This is what Galatians 5:6 says about faith, “It works by Love;” that means, it is energized by love. Faith is put into motion when love is present.

Why is that so? We are to be in love at all times; walk in love, which covers a multitude of sins. In fact, we see in Galatians 6 that our love walk is connected to everything we do in life as believers, including our faith. Paul makes it quite clear that faith without love is going nowhere; because it is dead (James 2:14-26).

It's already done! Jesus has already made the provision available for you. He said, "I will do it." Now you can take Him at His word. So, if you’ve been praying for something and you just can’t seem to get an answer, check your heart for unforgiveness. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring any grudge that’s hidden there to light. Unclog the channel of faith and you will soon see things you’ve been praying for come to pass.

God bless you.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

God Wants You Praying for Leaders

Why should we pray? We should pray because God has given us great and glorious promises and when we pray and ask for things that are in accordance with His will , He will give us what we ask for (1John 5:14-15).

The idea of praying for leaders is not new, the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people; for kings, and all those I authority, that we may live quiet and peaceful lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Peace and Prosperity
God told the Israelites living in exile to pray for Babylon: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jer. 29:7).

Think about that for a moment! God has reserved the right to override the will of leaders, if needs be, to ensure that His people are governed according to His will. What’s more, God will hear the prayer of any government leader; even if he is the worst reprobate in the whole world. He heard the prayer of king Nebuchadnezzar; and believe me, that mean He will listen to any leader.

God pleads with Leaders
You see, Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon. He was an ungodly ruler of an ungodly nation. However, he had taken captives from the land of Judah, and had some of God’s people under his authority; so, God began to deal with him.

Again and again, God warned him, “Nebuchadnezzar, you’re going to lose your mind if you don’t straighten up.” And sure enough, he went just as crazy as could be. He stayed that way for years too. Then one day he cried out to God and God heard him.

Despite his status as a heathen king of a heathen nation, God intervened repeatedly in Nebuchadnezzar’s life and heard him when he finally cried out for help. Why? Because he had God’s people under his rule! That same principle still holds true today. If we’ll open the way through prayer, God will deal with our leaders.

How to Pray for our Leaders 
First, if we’re uncertain that they know Jesus, we should pray for their salvation. But whether or not our leaders are Christians, we should pray that God would guide them as they serve us. We should pray that they be wise and discerning, and surrounded by helpful advisers.

We know that God has placed our leaders in authority over us (Rom. 13:1), and we can ask Him to use them to perform His will. Romans 13:1 say “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

We should also pray for their protection. When praying for pastors or ministry leaders, we can pray for them to have strength in the midst of spiritual warfare and to remain encouraged in the Lord. We can pray for their families, who often feel scrutinized and bear an extra load.

Pray God’s Will
Let us not have selfish motives as we pray for our leaders, but pray so that our leaders can affect the conditions we live in and have an impact on our families, our churches, our workplaces, our cities, and our countries. When those in authority are obeying the will of God, it is easier to “live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:2).

If we’ll humble ourselves in unity and pray, God can change the injustice and corruption that exist in our country, or any country for that matter. He’ll change the hearts of everyone to ensure that His children are governed justly, and prosper in every area of our lives. Rise up and be a Prayer!

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