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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).

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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.


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.


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)


Trust God


God holding a child in his hands in the midst of raging seasI’ve been seeking the Lord for a word all day. I read through my devotionals and random Psalms. Meditated on scriptures and when I would sit down to write, nothing came out. Yet, at 9:30 tonight, I opened up my Bible getting ready to write about the awesome power of God and His ability to deliver us from all present trouble, but the Spirit led me to the following scripture:

I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:5-9)

There are times in life when we find ourselves in physical, mental, or spiritual distress. In these times, it is normal for us to turn to friends, family, social media, the internet, modern gurus, astrology, addictions, etc. The list goes on and on. In our times of distress it is a natural human response for us to turn to a god of comfort instead of turning to the “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Do you know that God cares about you? Do you know that God cares about your hurts and pains? Do you know that He wants to comfort you? Do you know that He hears you when you cry out to Him in prayer? Do you know that He is on your side? Do you know that He is willing and able to bring you out of whatever you are going through? Do you know these things? Are you convinced of these things? Are you confident in the promise of God? Are you confident in the one that cares for you?

Whatever your situation, put it in the hands of God today and trust that He will work it out in your favor and for His glory.


Proclaim Favor!


We challenge you to pray this prayer until things begin to change in your life. This is from a Proclamation of Favor for Shiloh Temple Members.

“In the name of Jesus, I am the righteousness of God, therefore I am entitled to covenant kindness Ames favor.

“The favor of God is among the righteous. The favor of God surrounds the righteous, therefore, it surrounds me. Everywhere I go, everything I do, I expect the favor of God to be in manifestation. Never again will I be without the favor of God.

“Satan, my day in Lodebar, place of barrenness, ceases today. I am leaving that place of lack and want. I am going from the pit to the palace, because the favor of God is on me. It rests richly on me. It profusely abounds in me, and I am part of the generation that will experience the favor of God, immeasurably, limitless, and surpassing.

“Therefore, God’s favor produces in my life, supernatural increase, promotion, prominence, preferential treatment, restoration, honor, increased assets, great victories, recognition, petitions granted, policies and rules changed on my behalf, and battles won that I don’t have to fight. The favor of God, is upon me, and it goes before me. My life will never be the same. Amen”


Direct Your Consecration


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As we continue our end of the year consecration, it is important that we “direct our consecration.” During our prayer and shut-in, our pastor has been helping us to fast with a purpose in mind.

Many of us have things that we want God to do in our lives (saving loved ones, deliverance from bad habits and attitudes, spiritual renewal, etc.). Our pastor has asked for Shiloh to focus on preparing ourselves to do the work of the Lord.

Our pastor opened our consecration with teaching from Acts 13:2-5.  After a period of praying and fasting, Paul and Barnabas were set apart by the Holy Ghost to do a work for the Lord. We all have a calling from God to do a particular work, but we must take time to prepare ourselves to do that work. What does this mean?

It means we must develop our character, stir up our gifts, and make the necessary sacrifices to obtain the blessings of God. We must take time to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord through prayer and Bible study. We must seek God to know and develop our gifts and talents so that God would be glorified in all that we do. Finally, we must be sure to promote relationships that further nurture and develop our spiritual man.  As we do these things, we will begin to experience God in a new and more awesome way. Be blessed!


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