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)
Quote from Adm. Asst. Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC on January 3, 2013 – Night #2 of our revival.
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. (Acts 3:6-8)
“God will work a miracle upon request. Look at what happened when he stretched out his hand and began to lift him up. No doubt it started as a hard pull but [then] …his muscles began to fill strength. And this man felt something he’d never felt in his life. He felt his legs begin to respond and he felt his legs begin to stand as he was being pulled. And as he was being pulled, he realized, “hey, I’m standing up.” He stood up and began to leap…He realized something wonderful had happened. Something great had happened… That’s what we need sometimes in our lives: sometimes we need a miracle. Sometimes we need something wonderful. Sometimes we need something great that will turn our lives around and alter our course. It only takes one great thing to altar our whole course of life and give us a new outlook. One great experience with God will re-focus us for the duration of our lives. One miracle from God can breed success in our lives for the rest of our lives. This man stood up that one time and was able to walk until he died… Sometimes we need that one touch from God that will turn us around from now on…”
- Miracles (araparisien.wordpress.com)
We began our annual revival last night and heard words of edification from our Pastor. Here is a quote from last night’s service. Pastor Marvin Sanders taught from Psalm 51: 1-8
“This is a Psalm of David and David is praying for remission of sins. And he is praying for sanctification and cleanliness because David had committed a sin against God. And the sin he had committed left him outside of the will of God. So many times, we can find ourselves in a position where we are outside of the will of God. But in this modern-day error of the church, we can move outside the will of God and [continue] performing and [working in the church] … They just kind of sweep it under the rug and say ‘I still am who I said I am’…Whenever you get caught in a situation where you are not doing the right thing, you need to stop and get it straight so that God can bless through you. I learned a long time ago that you have to keep a clear channel for God to bless through you… Sometimes, we can be involved in things that are not even sin, but they are the things that hinder us from doing the will of God. So then , we must keep a clear channel to be able to do the will of God. Somethings are not sin, but some things are not expedient. Some things are just not good to participate in because it hinders you from doing the will of the Lord. But whatever it is, we’ve got to make ourselves ready to do God’s will because that is our purpose and assignment here in the earth: to do God’s will. Everything else is secondary.”
- Create In Me (theworshipeffect.wordpress.com)
- I Will Restore To You (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- Why Should I Repent? (christianitymatters.com)
- What is Repentance? (gilreathpreachersonline.com)
- What is Does it Mean to Repent? (christianitymatters.com)
- Restored and Refreshed by God (todaysfreshmanna.wordpress.com)
Scripture Context: 1 Kings 18:41-45
When we look at natural rain, it comes to nourish and replenish the Earth. When we talk about spiritual rain, it comes to strengthen, empower, and cause us to grow. When God causes a spiritual rain to fall in our lives, we can expect it to cause an overflow of abundance. We must be careful to limit the abundance of God to natural things such as money, jobs, cars, houses, etc. If we do this, then we miss out on the abundance of spiritual blessings that he brings to us: an abundance of peace, an abundance of joy, an abundance of satisfaction, an abundance of His power moving in and through us. Either way, when he causes the rain to come, it will overtake us as a mighty flood. Yet, we must be sure that we have to prepare ourselves for the bless by separating ourselves wholly to God and seeking Him through pray and Bible study.
Are you expecting a great spiritual rain to fall in your life? No matter what the situation looks like, don’t give up: keep on seeking, keep on asking, and keeping on knocking. Begin to look for the blessing with expectation.
Scripture Context: 2 Kings 5
When we first come to Christ, we need to be washed and renewed. When we are washed by His blood, the sinful thoughts and attitudes are taken away and replaced with character that is likened to the character of Christ. If we find ourselves falling into old sins and habits, it is a sign that we need to return to the Master and ask Him to cleanse us again. If we open ourselves up to hear the voice of God, He will show us those things that need to be washed away and the Holy Spirit will come in and do His work within our hearts.
Scripture Context: 2 Kings 20
There are times in our Christian walk when the enemy may attack our body. These attacks mean to hurt us and break us down. Yet, we must always remember to use prayer as a defense against such attacks. There is nothing that we are not able to bear or overcome with the power of prayer. God is our helper and He is our source of strength.