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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.


God Will Restore


“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.” (Joel 2:25-26, preacher’s emphasis)

A quote from Tuesday Night Service (12/18/12), Courtesy of our very own Elder Timothy Sanders:

“They were in a day of destruction, a day of loss, a day of calamity, but God said [He would] restore [what was loss]… Sometimes we go through points in our lives where we [experience] great losses. And we go through pain. But God says, ‘ I have the ability to restore everything that you loss and give it back to you better than you ever had it before…’ God says, ‘ not only did i see [what] man [destroyed], but I saw the …little things that were destroying you, that was eating you up [and]… troubling your mind. I saw it all. And I want to bring you to a place where I’m going to show  myself to you. I’m going to wondrously deal with you…’

“[God says], ‘ I saw you on Skid Row. I saw you with a few things after they took all you had. I saw folk walk out of your life. I saw you take a beating for no reason at all. But I’m going to – not man – but I  myself am going to deal wondrously with you. I’m going to bring you up. I’m going to bring you out. I’m going to bring you over. I’m going to bring you through. I’m going to create a way for you.'”


A Fresh Start


Earlier this year, my hard drive died on my computer and I took it to a computer specialist. The next day, the computer specialist called me to tell me my hard drive had died and I would need a new hard drive installed. Unfortunately, he continued, installing a new hard drive meant that all of my files would be lost. I was distraught at the thought of losing all of my work and music that I had stored on my hard drive over a long period. When I prayed to God about the situation, he explained to me that I should look at this as an opportunity to start over.

Naturally, we don’t know how to do the right thing. When we come to faith in Christ, we have built a lifetime of wrong responses, wrong attitudes, and more wrong-ness. Our system is faulty. And we need a clean start. Our minds must be renewed. Our hearts must be regenerated. And so begins the conflict: how do I learn to do the right thing when I have spent my entire life doing the wrong thing?

At one point in his life, the Apostle Paul was a man in the midst of a conflict: wanting to live right but not knowing how; desire to do the right thing, but not being equipped to do so. In Romans 7:15-25, he describes his inner conflict. He says,

For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If then, I do what I will not to do, then I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the food that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into capitiviy to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:15b-25a).

Does this sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself praying: “Lord, I want to live right, but I just don’t know how? How do I do it? Will I ever experiences Christ’s promise of being ‘free indeed’?” It can extremely frustrating when you seek an answer to a dilemma and it feels like the answer is within reach, but when you reach out to grasp it, it eludes you. So what was the answer?

We need cleansing by the Blood of Jesus. We need renewal. We need a fresh start. All of this possible is Christ, as He promised us, “All things are possible to him who believes.” Do you believe it is possible? If so, are you will to endure this fight? It’s a difficult fight, but with Christ, we can do it. We can do all things through him. This includes overcoming bad habits and finding a life of freedom. It is possible. So, get back in the fight and/or stay in the fight.

Tomorrow: Psalm 119, “How We Are Cleansed”

 


The Consequences of Sin


LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.  
 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 
My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? 
Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 
I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 
Mine eye is consumed because of grief…
(Psalm 6:1-7)

When most people talking about the consequences of sin, they are usually referring to physical/outward consequences. If a woman commits fornication, she may become pregnant. If a person commits adultery, he or she may face divorce. If a person misuses company time, they may lose their job.

However, there are inward consequences of sin, too, and those consequences are much more severe. Some of the inward consequences of sin are guilt, grief, shame, embarrassment, isolation, anger, depression, etc. These inward consequences are harder to bear because, often, we must bear them alone. Also, the thought life that comes along with these consequences may cause stress, loss of sleep, and can lead to sickness or even personality disorders.

Thanks be to God that we can come to Him to seek grace and mercy in a time of distress. We know that God is holy and just, and for this reason, some flee from His presence because they fear his judgment. Even when we guilt consumes us, we should always remember to turn to God with our thoughts, insecurities, and fears. Let us turn to Him with our tears. Let us turn to Him with our grief. Let us cry to Him and ask Him to cleanse us afresh and to make us whole again. He is faithful to do it, and it will be done according to our faith.


Where You Are


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Sometimes we get in trouble. Maybe we have disobeyed God. Maybe we have rebelled against Him. Perhaps, we have been stubborn and stiffnecked. Regardless, we find ourselves in trouble. And a funny thing happens… We move away from God. We move away from the One who cares most for us. We are like Adam and Eve in the Garden, foolishly hiding ourselves from the All-Knowing Creator of you and me. He knows us. And today He asks you and I, “where are you?”

The enemy enjoys tormenting us when we have gotten ourselves in trouble. He tells us that we have failed and God won’t accept us back. He says, “And you’re supposed to be a Christian! You are not worthy to be called a Christian.” Nevermind the fact that we were not “worthy” when Jesus died for us. Never mind the fact that God chose to save us anyway. Never mind the fact that God foresaw the mistakes we would make. Never mind the fact that He has given us a provision of grace and mercy to overcome those things which so easily beset us. No. Never mind those things.

Psalm 31 is a about a man dealing with the consequences of his iniquity. In the first half of the Psalm, David asks for the Lord‘s speedy deliverance and seeks after God to restore him from his fallen state. He begins to praise God, seeing that God has not allowed him to be overcome by his enemy. The Psalm ends with these words:


“Blessed be the Lord: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:22-24 KJV)

Whatever happens, never let go of God’s hands. Sometimes we have to pray, “Lord, I need you to hold on to me because I don’t know how long I can hold on.” God hears our prayers when we cry to Him. He will lift us up and bring us out. If you are in trouble move towards God and not away from Him. After all, why should we move away from the One who has promised us His love, mercy, and comfort? Let us be wise to humble ourselves in His presence so that He may lift us up in due time.


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