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Revival: Stay the Course


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.

 

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Be Careful How You Treat God


Quote from our Pastor speaking on Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14:

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“[At the time Jeremiah 29 was written], the church had been taken away captive unto Babylon. The second time that the Babylonians came, they destroyed most of Jerusalem… This was something that God allowed, if you will, because so many had turned aside from God. And we have to be careful how we treat Gdo. I know we live under grace and truth and judgment is being withheld for a time, but we do have to be careful of how we treat God. We can’t handle God loosely. We can’t put God in the background forever and decide that “one of these days, when I get much older, I’ll make some time for God.” But rather…we need to let our relationship with God become one of the greater known love stories of time. We must be willing to announce we have met God in the pardoning of our sin. We must be willing to lay down everything that we have all for that relationship with God.

Most of the time, we [start our marriage relationships] down at the altar… [but] We… treat the relationship with God kind of loosely… When we meet God at the altar, our promises ought to mean something; our vows ought to mean something. If you say “’til death…” you ought to mean until I die. [And] we must be willing to lay down everything. [28:18]

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Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
“Bring Us Again Lord into the Place” (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14)
Sunday Morning Worship Service
Sunday, September 18, 2011


God is Jealous for Your Heart


 

We continue our study on James 4:4-10. Today, we look at James 4:5, which says

 “Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?”

 God doesn’t want to share our hearts. He desires to have us wholly to Himself. He definitely doesn’t desire to share in our affections with the world.

The Spirit of God makes permanent residence within our hearts. He does not come for a temporary visit, but to dwell within and make habitation within our hearts. He intensely craves our hearts and our affections and our desire and our will. When we deny of Him of this, it is grievous to Him.

He has known the heart of God and He knows the plans and purposes that God intends for each of us. It grieves Him to see us living in a state lower than what God intends for us. He knows the power that He possesses and it grieves Him to know that we have not accessed that unlimited power. Even more so, it grieves Him to know that we exchange His power and His ability to chase of the perishing things of this world.

 

 


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)


The Problem with the People of God


Our Pastor, Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders, speaking on Jeremiah 18:1-6….

“In this particular scripture, Jeremiah has spent quite a bit of time anguishing, in anxiety, and he was perplexed about how the church was responding to God. The people were not properly responding to God and to His will. They would put aside doing the will of God and they would go their own way. They would do their own thing. They would not seek God. They would not respect God. They would not reverence God. But yet, they wanted to be blessed by God…

“Everybody wants to be pleasing in the sight of God – whether they are living for him or not… But sometimes, the things of this world will lay hold upon our minds and our thinking and it will drive us and cause to wonder in directions that are foreign to the will of God. But it’s up to us to maintain a certain level of focus that will not allow us to stray away from God’s will.

“This is what was going on in the church of Israel. They were doing some of everything. They were worshipping idol gods. They were not respecting or reverencing the Lord’s house. They were not coming to service and serving the Lord with their whole heart. They were not sacrificing unto God. They were not respecting God as their God. But they yet want to walk in the name of God. And some of the things that I am describing now are similar things that are happening in this present day and time.”

Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Pastoral Teaching
September 2011


Keeping Your Eyes on the Road


When we are driving there are lots of things that can serve as distractions. There are billboards, scenery, commotions, yard signs, people in other cars, people in our car, etc. As such, we need to be focused on the road when we are driving.

The same is true in our spiritual walk. We need to be focused on the path that is laid before us. There are many distractions in our spiritual journey. For this reason, we are instructed:

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
(Proverbs 4:26-27)

 Where are you headed in life? Where are you going? If we don’t know where we are headed in life, we have the tendency to drift and wander. According to Proverbs, we should ponder or, “consider and compare the circumstances or consequences” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary), of our paths. In whatever way we walk, we have to stay focused on the road that is ahead of us.

Evil threatens us on every side, but God is the lamp to our feet. He will direct our paths if we allow Him. When we find ourselves off-course, we are usually the blame. Somewhere in the journey, we decided to take matters into our own hands and we made a mess of things. Yet, I am so glad that we can still come to God with our mistakes and He can work it out for our good.

Don’t get distracted by lust the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life. Turn your attention to God and towards His Kingdom and, I promise you, everything else will fall into place.


Where’s the Exit?


We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him]. (1 John 5:18)

We are bombarded by sin on every occasion. True, we could lock ourselves away and pretend to be hermits, but I don’t believe that would help us to carry out the Master’s Great Commission (See Matthew 28:18-20). So what do we do?

We have to come to realize that we are free from sin and that we have victory over sin. Most times, however, the battle against sin is not an external battle, but an internal battle. Our biggest enemy is the “inner me.” Yet, we do not have to fight the battle alone. We have One that watches over us and gives us the wisdom and strength to stand against sin in our lives.

When I am faced with temptation, the scripture that often comes to mind is 1 Corinthians 10:13,

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

When temptation comes and it is overbearing, ask God to provide a way of escape. I am a living witness that He will provide the way of escape. Yet, there remains one obstacle that each of us must face: 

Will I take the way of escape?

We already have the victory; it is our responsibility to maintain our position and stand our ground.


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