“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.
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).
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)