Shiloh Temple’s Youth Program – 2/22/13 http://ow.ly/i/1qNEl
“Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve [small hand] baskets full of the broken pieces left over.”
We won’t always have a clear and sound solution to life’s obstacles. How awesome it is, then, that we serve the God of Impossibilities! Common sense limits faith. Logic limits faith. “Knowledge puffeth up” (1 Corinthians 8:1) and causes us to think more highly of ourselves than we should. It’s been said, “If you can accomplish your vision on your own, your vision is too small.” We need to step beyond logic and common sense and dream bigger, considering what may be labeled as “impossible.” We may be competent and able to do much for ourselves, but much more can be accomplished with prayer and faith in our Heavenly Father.
When we don’t have what we need to accomplish our vision and dreams, we are best positioned to be blessed by God. When we pray, let us pray with faith and hopeful expectation that God will answer us. Yet, do not simply pray and do nothing, but pray and move! Step out on your faith, expecting God to meet you along the way. Use what you have and let God take care of the rest.
- Feeding of the 5,000: What Should Ministry Look Like? Part II (fullsurrender.org)
- Keep Praying Until God Answers When He Seems Not to Hear, Trust Him Still (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
- “Praying always.” (oliverbernardbrown.wordpress.com)
Over the past couple of centuries, there has been a change in the church. And it has not been a good change. At some point, we allowed things to slip we became slack concerning the will of God.
Where is our salt?
Where is our savor?
Have we hidden our light?
As a whole, we have lost our focus and it’s time to get it back. In the times we live in, we need the power of God: to speak a word into the lives of others, to lay hands on the sick so they would be healed, to rebuke the devil, to cast out devils. We need the power of God! And we need to be effective.
Now is the time for us to be delivered from the things that have hindered us. It’s time to de-clutter our lives and make room for more of God, more of the Holy Spirit. Now is the time to be about the Father’s business. Now is the time to put aside our excuses and complaints. It’s time to run after God as never before. Let us humble ourselves, fast, pray as never before. Let us pursue holiness and peace with all men as never before. Let us be willing to stand, even if we have to stand alone.
Let us lay ALL of our sin at the altar and seek after the Lord so that we may be healed, delivered, set free and empowered with the Holy Spirit. Let us live so that we are living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God. Let us regain our salt, regain our savor, and let our lights shine brightly in a dark and evil time.
- Charles Stanley: 10 Ways to Know You’re Following the Holy Spirit (promisebook.net)
- “Woe to me” -A Holy Response (scottstrissel.wordpress.com)
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Do you have a stronghold in your life? If you have a problem area that you have wrestled with for years, a habit you are unable to break, or an issue that keeps popping up again and again – chances are you have a stronghold. There is only one way to become free: turn it over to the Lord. Surrender yourself and the issue to God.
Naturally, we are independent and stubborn. We struggle with a lot of things that we don’t have to struggle with. It’s like the parent who tries to help their child, but the child snatches away and says, “No! I can do it myself.” The child wants to prove they don’t need mommy or daddy’s help. So the parent stands by, patiently waiting for the child to ask for help. The parent sees the solution, but they will not force the child to accept their help. Eventually the child becomes frustrated to the point of tears, and with tears in their eyes, they ask the parent for help.
We are like that child. We want to show God, “I’m a big kid! I can do it!” Yet, our Heavenly Father is wiser and He sees a solution we are unable see. He will not force us to yield because He understands we must make that choice ourselves. He stands by patiently, watching us struggle unnecessarily. Unfortunately, we have too much pride to admit we are unable to fix it ourselves and we actually do need help. Therefore, we must humble ourselves – surrender our pride, surrender our ability to do, surrender our way, surrender our solution. To overcome, we cannot rely on our strength or our might. We must rely on the power of God’s Word and His Holy Spirit.
The Father speaks to each of our hearts saying: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Is. 55:8-9). He comes along sides us and gently whispers to you and I: “This is the way, walk ye in it…” (Is. 30:21).
- Do You Feel Unworthy To Receive God’s Grace? (donboydblog.com)
There are some who believe the Christian life does not require dedication, discipline, or sacrifice. There are some who believe the Great Sacrifice of Christ gives them permission to “sin now and ask forgiveness later.” Additionally, they convince others to believe the same things. There is no biblical support for such beliefs.
In God‘s Word, we’re called to live a life of sanctification, honor, and holiness. We are called to live a new life, a transformed life, a Christ-centered and Spirit-led life. However, it is impossible for us to live such a life on a continuous basis. Because of the sin nature that dwells within us all, we will fall short from time to time. Yet, God has not set us up to fail. God wants us to live powerfully, effectively, and victoriously. Therefore, He has provided His Spirit and His Word to equip us with all things that pertain to life and godly living.
It’s a tragedy that so many Christians lives powerless and unproductive lives. We are children of the King, ambassadors for His Kingdom, and representatives of His power. Surely, we should reflect the power that exists within Him. So throughout 2013, we will bring you several posts based on teaching we are receiving from our pastor. We are determined to live a life of power and to help you do the same.
Speaker: Elder J. Evans
Scriptural Basis: Romans 10:1-11
We must be prepared to do God’s work. In doing His work, let us not be halfhearted or lazy, but diligent: diligent to do His will, diligent to live for Him, and watchful for His imminent return. Let us hold on to the Word of God within our hearts as we seek to go higher in Christ. The Word is all we need to endurre and persevere. Therefore, when we are in need of peace, joy, and strength, let us a speak a word into our own lives. Let us speak the Word of God.