“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.
As you may know, the theme for our annual Red Crusade service (formerly named “Women in Red” Service) for 2012 is “A 21st Century Clarion Call: Christian Soldiers of the Cross.” On this subject, the Lord has given me the following thoughts….
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3
Are you a soldier? If so, for whose or what cause do you fight? Do you fight for the Lord? For money? For prestige? For respect? For power? For love? For self? For sin?
In this life, we will meet many struggles, trials, and hardships. It is easier to endure trials when they are brief and/or we do not suffer great loss. Yet, how will we respond when the minutes turn into hours and the hours turn into days? How will we respond when the days have become months and years? How will we respond when we have prayed for an answer, but the answer doesn’t seem to come? How will we respond when God tells us, “It’s going to get better,” but things seems to take a turn for the worse?
In the midst of a long, drawn out fight, we are tempted by (and may give into) fatigue and weariness. Even more so, if we are not mindful, we will lose focus. We forget that we are engaged in a spiritual battle and we are fighting against the Enemy of our souls. We lose sight of the fact that it is God who goes before us and that we fight from victory, not for victory.
If the preceding paragraphs describe you, allow me to encourage you: regain your focus. Remember who you are fighting against and that he is a defeated foe. God has given you power to overcome whatever ails you. You are the victorious of the Lord! He is fighting for you! The seed of victory has already begun to germinate in the midst of your problem and it will manifest soon. Whatever you do, don’t give up.
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“But in this day, since we’ve come into Christ, and since our bodies have become the temple of the Lord, it’s our praises that go up before God. Our praises are so unique that the moment you utter a praise [from] your lips, it goes straight to [heaven]… Praise does not have to be translated to God… [and] when it makes it to the courts of the Lord, our praise joins in with that of the seraphim that are praising him twenty-four-seven. What a wonderful thing! Just to send a praise up to Gladory! [We] ought to have a praise in your heart; [we] ought to have a praise on [our] lips, [We] ought to have praise on [our] tongues because God has been good to [us]!”
[To Be Continued…]
Quotes from Adm. Asst. Marvin Sander’s
Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
From the Sermon, “Living in the Center of the Will of Christ”
Preached September 11, 2011
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.
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Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.
“…that’s what Paul is saying: ‘Do your job.’ He said we need to walk worthy of the vocation of which you were called. In other words, if you are called to be a preacher, spend some time working at it and study and learn the word and apply yourself and, with every opportunity you get, apply yourself to do the will of the Lord. And to the missionaries: whatever your task is – apply yourself and prepare yourself. To the church mothers: apply yourself, prepare yourself. To the deacons: apply yourself, prepare yourself. Everybody had a job to do and, if somebody is not doing their job, then the church is going to suffer.”
Quotes from Admin. Asst. Marvin Sanders, Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC
Tuesday Night Pastoral Teaching — August 2, 2011
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