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Unnecessary Struggles


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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).


On the 2013 Shiloh Temple Theme: Power for Living


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After much prayer, seeking, and waiting for the Lord, Pastor Marvin Sanders announced our 2013 theme: “Power for Living” based on Acts 1:8.

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.


Prepare Yourself Likewise


“The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?” (Matthew 10: 24-25)

We are all disciples of Christ. Being a disciple means following Christ, learning His ways, practicing His ways, and becoming more like Him. Being a disciple is not limited to preachers, pastors, missionaries, etc. it is the requirement of all believers
in Christ. Christ tells each of us, “Follow Me,” and “If any man desire to be my disciple, let him take up His cross and follow me.” Jesus has given us no reason to expect an easy life We have no reason to be believe that we will not experience pain and suffering.  We all have been called to bear a “cross of affliction” and a “cross of sacrifice.” And we MUST bear it. Why? Because, we are not above the Master, and if he has born His cross for us, surely we must bear our cross for Him.


A Garment of Praise


When the Spirit of heaviness weighs upon us, it can feel like a dark cloud has clouded our very souls. The cares of this life weighs upon us and it is hard to see the silver lining of the clouds. Hopelessness sets in and we wonder whether God sees and knows what we are going through. We wonder whether things will change. We wonder if we will ever come out of our present trials. Oh…. But God is faithful! He can and He will do it.

Here’s some information I gleaned while browsing the Internet:

THE EFFECT OF A SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS

  • It darkens our countenance: Our hearts are down cast. This spirit brings a “heaviness” over us..
  • It dims our vision, robs our hope. The room may actually look darker.
  • It brings a heavy, oppressive feeling. It quenches our faith.
  • It may come over many at once , like a plague. It can be like a cloud, hanging over a place.
  • It causes us to isolate, it steals our love, makes us feel alone.

OVERTHROWING THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS

  • Recognize it. This is not you, you are a child of God. This is not God’s will for you. Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
  • Don’t believe anything negative you think under its influence. Accept no criticism of yourself or others. 2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
  • Put on the Garment of Praise (Is 61:3) This literally means to be “Wrapped Up In Praise” God has given it to you to put on. Take action including adoration, thanksgiving, singing and glorifying. Get loud, get definite, aggressive! Wrestle it down. (Eph.6) and break into the anointing.

So, when we are afflicted with heaviness, we can wrap ourselves in the promises of God and with memories of His goodness. Truly, God has done great things for us and He is the lifter of our heads. He is our comfort. He is our praise.


Peace, O Sweet Peace


And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
(Philippians
4:7)

Years ago, I was engaged to be married. However, the engagement ended badly and I called it off. I remember lying in my bed, crying my heart out. All of sudden, this deep peace overcame me. I couldn’t understand it. Here I was, suffering from the biggest heartbreak of my life up to that point, yet, I had peace.

At the moment that I felt peace overtake my heart and mind, I couldn’t cry anymore. My tears instantly dried up. I tried to cry. I tried to remember what had just happened, but I couldn’t produce any tears. The peace I felt was a sign that I was in the center of God‘s will.

The peace of God. I have to say, of all the wonderful benefits that come with salvation, the peace of God is my favorite. When Jesus was preparing to depart from this world, He told His disciples (as He says to believers today)

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid
(John 14:27)

Jesus gives us His peace, which is different from the type of peace that comes from the world. The world tells us, “things will get better” but that is not always the case. Sometimes, a situation may go from bad to worse. But in Christ, we can have peace no matter what happens. The peace of God is not “absence of trouble” because we have been told that we will have trouble in this life. God’s peace is a quiet inner peace that says, “Even though the world around me is full of trouble and heartache, everything is alright with me and my God.” It is a type of peace that let’s us know, whatever may happen, God will carry us through.

Therefore, we don’t have to worry. We don’t have to be afraid. We can be ruled by the peace of God. We can abide in the shadow of His wing and in the center of will. No matter what happens in this life, God has promised us a home in heaven and an eternity of joy. He has promised to one day wipe all the tears from our eyes and to take away evil and death and sickness and sin. The enemy of our souls will not exist forever. But we who have believed in Christ shall live forever with Him. In the end, we will gain victory. People who do not know Christ cannot understand this. It seems foolish, but we are glad to be fools for Christ. No matter what people may say, the peace within our hearts lets us know that we are alright with God.


The Mind of Christ


Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:2-5)

As Christians, we should have the mind of Christ. Our actions and character should be a reflection of who He is. We are the light of the world, pointing all men to the path which leads to eternal life which is found in Christ alone. In verse 5, when Paul says in verse 5, “let this mind be in you,” he uses the Greek word phroneō. This word means ” to direct one’s mind toward a thing, to seek, to strive for.”

So what should we direct our mind towards? How should we seek to live in the midst of a sinful world? Paul lists a few things in Philippians 2:

  1. Be on one accord
  2. Consider others better than ourselves
  3. Look to the things of others
In summation, to have the mind of Christ means being concerned about others. If we have the mind of Christ, it is not about me. It’s about the next person. It’s not about my problems. It’s about the next person’s problems. We read of few instances in the Gospels where Jesus rested. No where does it say, “A man came to Jesus seeking help, but Jesus said, ‘Can you wait until I’m finish taking care of my business?’ or ‘Right after I take a nap.'” Instead, you will see many instances where the love of Christ compelled Him to go beyond the norm.
The mind of Christ is to love others. And love is inconvenient.

Chosen for Holiness


“..Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love…”
(Ephesians 1:4)

For it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy.
(1 Peter 1:16)

We have been chosen by God to live a life of holiness. As a holy people, it is our responsibility and duty to live a life that reflects the heart of God. This is not an easy task. For this reason, God has given us His Holy Spirit. One of the works of the Spirit includes leading us in all truth and understanding. He leads us in the truth of God’s Word and gives us the understanding that is necessary to carry out the task of living a Holy life (see John 16:13).

There should be a difference in the way we live, in the way we speak, in our mannerisms, in our morals. Living holy is not shown in the way we dress — it is not an outer display. The beauty of holiness is demonstrated in the heart of the people of God. A holy life begins in the heart. If we act holy but we have not embraced holiness in our heart of hearts, then we are guilty of hypocrisy, which is “a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess” (dictionary.com).

God has chosen us and called us to a life of Holiness. Although it may be difficult, it not impossible.  “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)


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