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.
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).
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.
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.
From January 4, 2012
Speaker: Adm. Asst. Marvin Sanders, Pastor
Scriptural Reference: Acts 4:24-31
In our Christian walk, we will be required to make a stand for Christ. Doing so, we can expect to receive opposition that will cause us pain and suffering. Yet, we must know that God is able to bring us out. Sometimes, it seems that the situation gets worse before it gets better, but know God is at work. The Enemy would like to hinder our praise and silence our testimony, but don’t let him do it! We need to make up our minds to go with Jesus all the way, to never turn back no matter what adversities we encounter. When we are going through hard times and we find ourselves becoming tired and weak, let us find our way to the house of the Lord where we can find the power of God. We must not get discouraged. Let us turn to God in prayer so that He can strength and refresh us.
- Revival: “Clear the Channel” (shilohtemplecogic.wordpress.com)
“As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, [a]lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21)
We live in an age where the Word of God is readily available at any given time or any given place. Yet, there remains a questions: Are we listening and retaining the Word that we hear? How can we know if we are retaining the Word of God? If we have received the Word within our hearts, then we have grasped, understood, and allowed the Word of God to take root in our hearts.
The only way we can be sure that have retained the Word is for us to experience the fires of tribulation, affliction, and/or persecution. The way respond to these trials indicates whether we have retained the word of God. Sometimes, when we experience hardships, we respond with doubt and unbelief. We question God: “Where are You, Lord?” “Why have you allowed this?” Sometimes we become offended with God. This response does not show that we have retain the Word. Sadly, some walk away from God concluding that He is not trustworthy or faithful to His Word. God forbid that we should think such things!
Let us study the Word of God and learn to apply it so that we do not fall away in unbelief as some have done. Remember His Word. Respond correctly: “He promised to never leave me or forsake me,” “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but He promised to deliver me from them all,” “This will work together for my good as long as I continue to love and trust Him and seek His will for my life,” and “He told me to endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” You can make it. You can pass this test. All things are possible to him who believes and You can accomplish all things through Jesus.
A little encouragement for you today…
When you’ve trusted Jesus and walked his way
When you’ve felt his hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way,
When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry
When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try
When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why,
When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do
When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through
And now you’re all alone and it’s up to you,
When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone
When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong
And now your grandchildren have come along,
When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know his will
When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still
When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill,
When you think you’re finished and want to quit
When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit
When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it,
When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you’re feeling blue
God gives a January just for you,
Starting over means “Victories Won”
Starting over means “A Race Well Run”
Starting over means “The Lords’ Will Done”
We need not just sit there … START OVER.
Read more: http://www.inspirationalarchive.com/1838/start-over/#ixzz2FiWE7Iwp