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Regaining Our Power


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.


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.

 


Revival: One Touch From God


 

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…”

 


Revival: “Clear the Channel”


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.”

 


Start Over


A little encouragement for you today… 

(Author Unknown)

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,
start over.

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,
start over.

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,
start over.

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,
start over.

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,
start over.

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,
start over.

When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you’re feeling blue
God gives a January just for you,
start over.

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


Crushed Under the Potter’s Hand


English: Crushed Chocolatemilk can

Quote from our Pastor teaching on Jeremiah 18:

“So at one point in the shaping of the vessel, the potter discovered that not enough pressure was applied…and it didn’t shape the way [the potter] wanted…and he knew he could not recover the vessel’s design by continuing on. So he took his hands off…and crushed the vessel down…and got ready to make it over again.

“Sometimes, we want God to work with a whole bunch of stuff…We want to bring a whole lot of stuff and put it on the wheel, but God needs the clay to be pliable in his hands. God needs the clay to be able to be formed and conformed to His will and His desire. [The vessel] needs to be made after His goals and…for His purpose.”

Administrative Assistant Marvin Sanders
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Pastoral Teaching
September 13, 2011


God Always Makes the First Move


 

“Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you…”(James 4:8)

There are times when we desire to be closer to another, albeit a family member, a friend, or a love interest. Sometimes, we act on this desire only to have our advances rejected. It is good to know, however, that if we desire to be close to God, we can be. He will never reject our desire to be closer to Him because the Bible promises that He will draw close to us when we draw close to Him.

Jesus taught:

No man can come to the Father except He draw them first.”
(John 6:44)

In other words, if we have a desire to draw closer to God, it is because He initiated the process. God always makes the first move. It is God’s will that we draw near to Him.

 Eighteenth Century Bible Commentator John Gill says:

“…The saints draw nigh to God when they present their bodies in his sanctuary; when they tread in his courts, and attend his ordinances; where they always find it good for them to draw nigh unto him; and blessed is the man that approaches to him in faith and fear: they draw nigh to him when they come to the throne of his grace, for grace and mercy to help them; when they draw near to him in prayer with true hearts, and lift them up with their hands to God; when in the exercise of faith and hope they enter within the vail, and come up even to his seat; and lay hold on him as their covenant God and Father.

“And he draws nigh to them by granting them his gracious presence, by communicating his love to them, by applying the blessings of his grace, by helping them in times of need and distress, and by protecting them from their enemies…

“Now this is not to be understood as if men could first draw nigh to God, before he draws nigh to them; for as God first loves, so he first moves…”

 


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