July 22, 2015

The Power of Prayer

In Ephesians 6:10-17 the Apostle Paul tells the Church to be strong in their walk with the Lord Jesus. He tells them to draw their strength from Jesus and to put on the whole armor of God so they can overcome the attacks of the devil.

Then in verse 18 we see where this armor is to be used. We see that this is prayer armor. We are to use the power of prayer to stop the plans of the devil and release the plans of God. The Church can release the great power of God into this world when we pray.

I encourage you to study this outline and listen to the message, “The Power of Prayer.” For us to see a return to godliness and experience a great new move of God’s Spirit, we must pray. It is time for every believer to be a powerful prayer warrior. Together we can hold back judgment and release a season of revival in the Church and our nation.

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The Power of Prayer
(Amplified Bible)

I) The Prayer of Righteousness Can Change Things

A)   James 5:13-18 – Prayer prayed in faith from our position of righteousness will bring forth powerful results.

v.13 – Is anyone going through a problem? Pray.

v.14-15 – The prayer of faith has power to turn any situation around.

v.16a – The prayer of repentance and then prayer for reconciliation will bring spiritual restoration.

vv.16b-18 – The righteous prayer will bring forth God’s divine intervention in the affairs of this world.

vv.17-18 – Prayer changed spiritual and natural conditions.
Elijah wasn’t different from us. He didn’t pray and get results because he was a prophet. He got results because he had rightstanding with God.

B)   I Peter 3:12 – God will answer prayers of the righteous today as He did for Elijah.

1)   II Corinthians 5:17,21 – We are righteous, new creations in Christ. Our prayers can and will bring change.

C)   The Early Church Relied on Prayer

1)   Acts 12:5 – The Church prayed Peter out of prison.

2)   Acts 16:23-26 – Paul and Silas prayed and broke the chains and turned everything around.

3)   Acts 4:17-24, 29-31 – When they attacked the Church and tried to censor what could be preached, the Church prayed and released revival.

4)   Hebrews 4:16 – We can now come boldly before God and receive His grace and mercy to bring forth His will and change.

July 17, 2015

Remember Your Benefits

Ephesians 1:3 says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Everything we could ever need has already been provided for us in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Being saved is more than just getting your sins forgiven and then hanging on till you get to Heaven.  Colossians 1:12-14 says, "...giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."  Thank God we are redeemed and made partakers of the inheritance that God has provided for all of His Saints that have been brought into His Kingdom.

If we are to live in victory in this life, we must know what God has provided for us and then claim it in our lives. If we find our self in a test, it is important to remember our benefits we have in Christ. If the devil can't steal God's Word from you, he can't defeat you with his test.

Study this message and meditate on your benefits in Christ; stand strong, act in faith and receive your victory today.

 Remember Your Benefits

I)     To walk in victory, God's Word must stay fresh in our lives.

A)    Hebrews 2:1 - Give earnest heed to God's Word.  Keep the Word alive in you.  Don't drift away from God's Word.  Hold it fast in your heart.

1)    Mark 4:15 - Don't let the devil steal the Word from your heart.

B)    II Peter 1:2-4, 8-9, 12-13

vv.2-4 - God has provided all we need to live victorious.

vv.8-9 - If they stay alive in you, you're blessed.  If you let them slip away, you forget what God has done for you.

vv.12-13 - Peter put them in remembrance.

C)    Psalm 103:1-5 - Our Benefits

vv.1-2 - David stirs his soul or mind up to praise the Lord and remember all He has done for him.

vv.3-5 (AMP) - Our Benefits

1)    v.3 - He forgives all of your sins.

a)  Romans 5:20 - Where sin abounded, God's grace does much more abound.

2)     v.3 - He heals all diseases.

a)  I Peter 2:24 - by whose stripes you were healed

3)    v.4 - He redeems your life from destruction, and from the pit of corruption.

a)  Psalm 91:7-12 - no evil shall befall you

4)    v.4 - He crowns with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

a)  Psalm 106:7 - All of God's miracles are acts of His mercy.

5)    v.5 - He gives us victory and supplies our need at every age.

a)  Hebrews 13:5-6 - The Lord will never leave us or forsake us; we boldly say the Lord is my helper.

July 07, 2015

If My People

Proverbs 11:11 says, “When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes; evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.”  As Believers we have been grafted into the blessing of the Lord.  According to Galatians 3:13, 14, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law and brought us into the same blessing that God gave to Abraham. Everywhere Abraham went, the blessing would be released.  Now we are to live in that blessing and let it release blessings everywhere we live.

As the righteous, we are to release the blessing into our cities.  To do this we must engage in the affairs of our city and community.  In II Corinthians 6:17, Paul told us to separate not isolate.  We are not to live like the world but we are to engage the world in conversation and share the gospel.

I encourage you to be involved in the affairs of our nation.  Be a light shining in the darkness.  We must not be labeled as the religion that is against everything.  We must be recognized as the religion that has answers to the problems.  Let us respond to all that is going on today, in love and the Word of God.

I pray this outline and message I am sharing with you both challenge and encourage you to respond to today’s challenges in a way that will change hearts and bring people to Jesus.

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If My People

I)     The Church is Given Great Authority to Bless the Nation

A)   Proverbs 11:10-11, 11 (GNB and MSG) - The righteous are to release the blessing of the Lord into their area.

v.11 - What Believers say and do is important in the area they live.

B)    Proverbs 14:34 (AMP) - Righteousness, moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation elevates a nation. Believers are to raise the standard and set the pace.

C)    Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG) - We are to release God's flavor and God's light to our community. God is not to be kept a secret.  We must reveal Jesus to our community.  If we don't bring God into our culture, we become a carnal, sensual, godless society.

D)    II Chronicles 7:12-14 (MSG) - Revival begins with the Church.

v.12 - God's House is a place of sacrifice and worship.

1)   Sacrifice - What we surrender of ourselves to God.

2)   Worship - How we exalt, admire and declare God's worth in our lives.

v.13 - Threefold curse:  no rain = sin, locusts = poverty, plague = sickness.

v.14 - Only by the Church turning back to God will cause our nation to return back to godliness.   The Church must return to God, then engage society and release godliness back into our culture.

1)   God's people must:  humble themselves from pride,  return to God and seek His presence,  quit trying to live their lives or have church without God's presence or involvement, and turn from their wicked ways.

a)   II Corinthians 6:17 - Come out from, separate not isolate, doesn't act like the world.

b)   Ephesians 5:22, 25, 6:1-4 - Godly marriages, homes, and children.

c)   Romans 8:5-6 - Quit living a flesh-ruled, carnal, worldly life-style.

d)   I Peter 1:13-16 - Pursue a holy life and grow in your Christianity.

e)   Matthew 22:37-39 - Fall in love with God again and let His love flow out of you to others.

 

July 01, 2015

My Devotional

In I Timothy 4:13-16 the Apostle Paul gave us these instructions,  13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”  Paul was telling Timothy to be a self-feeder. To grow spiritually we too must develop a daily devotional time with the Lord. When we set a time every day to read, study, pray, and meditate on the things of God, it will cause us to progress spiritually, and to be better equipped to walk in victory in our own lives as well as being able to witness to others.

To better equip you to grow spiritually, I want to share with you an outline, an example devotion, and a complimentary downloadable MP3 of this message.  I encourage you to learn these principles and begin today having your special time of devotion with the Lord Jesus.

May 20, 2015

Serve the Lord with Gladness

It has been said that your attitude will determine your altitude.  I believe there is truth in this statement.  Many times in sporting events the team with the winning attitude will win the game even if the other team is a little better.  Proverbs 17:22 says, "A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones."  Our attitude toward something will either make it a joyful event or a time of survival.

In Psalm 100:1-2, we read, "Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!  Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing." I believe, in the hour we are living, it is vital that we maintain a good attitude of praise and thanksgiving as we serve the Lord.  Our service unto God must be one of rejoicing, not of obligation.  We serve the Lord because we get to, not because we have to.

I encourage you to study these notes, draw from your walk with the Lord Jesus, and make sure you keep a good attitude in all you do.  In doing this, others will not only hear what we say but will also see Jesus in our lives.

Serve the Lord with Gladness

I)     Through a Godly Attitude and Actions We Reveal God to the World

A)    Psalm 100:1-5 - Serve the Lord with Gladness.  A good attitude.

Gladness (Hebrew) - rejoicing, joyfulness, mirth, pleasures

v.4 - we are to maintain the glow

v.5 - God's mercy and truth are available to us to live victoriously.

B)    I Peter 2:9-12 (vv.9-10) - We are now God's people, we have obtained mercy and we are to proclaim Jesus' Lordship every day of our lives.

v.11 - Satan will work through your flesh and attack your mind to pull you away from God.  Don't let the devil determine your attitude.

1)   Matthew 6:22-23 - How you see things will determine your attitude.

2)   II Corinthians 10:3-5 - Cast down wrong thoughts and attitudes.  Stay focused on your walk with Christ.

3)   v.12 - Do the right thing, no matter what is going on, as a witness to others of Jesus in your life.

C)    Matthew 5:10-16 - Jesus tells us we will be persecuted and shows us how to overcome it.

1)   v.12 - First, keep a praise and joyful attitude. (Proverbs 17:22 - merry heart)

2)   v.16 - Second, keep living and doing the right thing that glorifies God.

D)    Philippians 4:12-13 (AMP) - The Lord will infuse into us the strength we need as we lean on and trust in Him.

1)   Ephesians 6:10 (AMP) - We draw our strength from our walk with God. 


 

April 16, 2015

Ministers of Salvation

In Mark 1:14-17, we see the Lord Jesus stepping into the beginning of His ministry. "14) Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15) and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16) And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17) Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Jesus launched His ministry with the message of the Kingdom of God and how people could enter into it.  One of the first things Jesus does is to invite others to join Him in getting this message out.  In verse 17, He tells Peter and Andrew, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."

There are two key truths the Lord Jesus reveals to us as His ultimate purpose for us all.  First, we are to be a follower of Jesus.  We are to pattern our life and lifestyle after Him.  Our goal should be to be like Jesus.  Second, we are to mature in our faith walk to the place that we too can do the works of Jesus and begin to reproduce others into the Kingdom of God.

The ultimate maturity is not just having faith for our things, but becoming a witness for Jesus.  It is time for the church to become fishers of men again.  To do this, every Believer is going to have to begin seeing yourself as a minister of salvation.  I invite you to study the notes provided below and allow God's Word to reveal to you that you are a minister of reconciliation, and that you are a fisher of men. 

Ministers of Salvation

I)       You must first see yourself as a minister.

A)   Mark 1:17 - As we follow Jesus, His ultimate goal is to mature us to a place we can do His works and reproduce after Him.

B)   II Corinthians 5:17-20 (AMP) - Two Things

vv.17-19 - We are now new creations, reconciled to God our sins are blotted out.

vv.18-20 - We are now ministers of reconciliation, representing Jesus and His message to the world.

v.20 - We are Christ's ambassadors. We are fishers of men.  The ultimate of maturity is becoming a witness for Jesus, not having faith for things.

II)      We must have a lifestyle of evangelism to be effective.

A)   II Corinthians 5:18 (AMP) - By word and deed we bring others to Christ.

B)    I Timothy 4:12-16 - Paul tells Timothy to live the lifestyle of a Believer.

v.16 - You can't witness to others what is not real to you. 

You don't witness to others just to win them over or to do your Christian duty.

You witness out of the life and love of God that is real in you.

You want others to experience in their lives the love and forgiveness of God.

1)     II Timothy 3:10-11 - Paul lived what he preached in both good and bad times.  This gave Paul credibility when he spoke to others.

C)    Acts 2:40-47 - Early Believers were taught to live and share their faith. They were to be fishers of men bringing others to Christ.

v.42 - They got into the Word and got involved in church.

v.46 - They lived their faith in church and in their home.

v.47 - They lived it, witnessed it, and brought others to Christ.

1)    Acts 4:29-31 - They prayed for God to strengthen them in their commitment and walk in the Lord and His Word.

Our witness to others is always going to flow out of what is real to us.

April 02, 2015

Realizing Our Hopes

I Corinthians 13:13 says, "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." These are living spiritual forces of the Kingdom of God that are in operation today. I believe all three are important but in this lesson, I want to pay particular attention to hope. Hope is defined as "to anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence." We could say hope is joyful and confident expectation.  There is much adversity and great spiritual attacks being launched against the church. Believers are being tried and persecuted for their faith.  I believe these attacks are sent to steal our hope and to bring us into dispair and hopelessness.  But to be hopeless is to say God is helpless, and He is not helpless.

So, in this Easter Season, I encourage you to study these notes and listen to this message on, "Realizing Our Hopes."   As we feed our spirit on the Word of God, it will cause us to have high hopes which in turn will give us strong faith that will then defeat the adversary and bring us great victories. 

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Realizing Our Hopes

I)     Everything we receive from God begins with hope.

A)    I Corinthians 13:13 - Abide (Greek) - continues, lives, to be present.  These are living spiritual forces in operation today.  All three are important.

1)    Faith - To trust in and act on God's Word.

2)    Love - God's nature and character.

3)    Hope (Greek) - To anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence, joyful and confident expectation.

B)    Hope is built on two things.

1)    I John 3:1-3 - Hope is built on our relationship with Jesus and truly believing He will come again.

v. 3 - This affects the way we live. (purifies, cleanses, sanctifies)

a)    Ephesians 2:11-23 - Without Jesus, there can be no real hope. This is why satan attacks and tries to separate you from Jesus.

b)    Proverbs 13:12 - Discouragement comes when hope is lost.

2)    Romans 15:4 - True hope is built on the Word of God.  The Word teaches us God's will for us.  This truth gives us our hope and expectation.  It gives us goals and vision for our life to have what God said we could have.

C)    Hebrews 11:1 - Hope sets the goal for our faith.  We start with hope (joyful, confident expectation), then we act in faith to receive it in our life.

1)    Romans 4:17-22 - Hope and faith working together bring us great victories.

v.18 - When it looked hopeless, he re-established his hope by going back to God's Word to him.

v.19 - He got his eyes off the problem and back onto God. (Problems are hope thieves.)

v.20 - He rejoiced even before he had it.  (joyful, confident expectation)

v.21 - He stayed with God and never broke fellowship with the Lord.

v.22 - He realized his hope and received his blessing. 

 

 

December 17, 2014

God Inhabits Our Praises II

Psalm 150:6 says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!"  Every believer is to be a praiser.  We were created by God to be instruments of praise unto Him. Psalm 22:3 says, "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel."  God inhabits the praises of His people.  One translation says that God is enthroned in our praises.  So if I want to experience God's presence and power in my life, I must learn to praise Him.

Psalm 63:3 says, "Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You."  Praise must be an outward expression from us to God.  We must voice and put action to our praise for it to become real praise to the Lord.  In today's lesson I want to give you nine Biblical methods of praise.  Study this outline and let the word instruct you on how to lift up your praise in a way that is pleasing to God.

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God Inhabits Our Praises II

I) Nine Biblical Methods of Praise

A)    Ephesians 5:17-20 - Praise must be an outward expression from us to God.

vv.17-18 (AMP) - It is God's will that we be filled and stimulated - unctioned, motivated, led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is to be the dominate influence in our attitude and actions.  Stimulate (Webster) - to raise, or excite to activity or increased activity.

B)   9 Ways to express our praise - Speaking, Singing, Thanking, Shouting, Clapping Hands, Playing Instruments, Spiritual Dance, Singing in the Spirit, Lifting Hands.

1-3) vv. 19-20 - Speaking, singing, thanking the Lord are ways we express praise to Him.

4) Psalm 63:3-4 - Praising the Lord with your voice.  Lifting up your hands to Him.

vv.2-4 (MSG)

a) Psalm 134:1-2 - Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.

5) Psalm 47:1 - Clap your hands and shout unto God with a voice of triumph.

v.1 (AMP) - Voice of triumph and songs of joy.

6-8) Psalm 150:1-6

vv.1-2 - We are to praise God in His Sanctuary for His mighty acts and greatness.

a) Psalm 100:1-4 - Come before His presence with singing, thanksgiving and praise.

vv.3-5 - Praise God with instruments,  v.4 - Praise Him in the dance.

9) I Corinthians 14:12-15 - Be filled with the Spirit and praise God by singing in the Spirit.

C)    Psalm 22:3 - God inhabits the praises of His people.

1) II Corinthians 3:17 (AMP) - Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

 

 

December 10, 2014

God Inhabits Our Praise

In Luke 2:7-14, we see the birth and the announcement of Christ's birth into this world. What a night this was as the saviour of the world came to us when we could not come to Him. Since, the excitement that filled both heaven and earth in these verses: "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

In verse thirteen it says the heavenly host were praising God. Later in verse twenty it says the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God. This was truly a night of praise.

In Luke 24:52-53 we read, "And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen." After the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus the disciples were continually praising God. Then all through the book of Acts, the early church was continually praising God. Praise flowed out of their hope and relationship with the Lord Jesus.

We  too are to be praisers and worshippers of God. Psalm 33:1 says, "Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful."  I encourage you to study these notes on praise. Set yourself to have a praise attitude. You will find that praise is a key to releasing to you the victory and bringing defeat to your enemy.

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God Inhabits Our Praise

I)     Praise and Thanksgiving Release the Manifestation of the Holy Ghost

A)   Ephesians 5:17-20 - God's Will is that we be filled with and stay filled with the Holy Spirit.

vv. 19-20- By speaking, singing, and thanking God in praise and thanksgiving, we stay filled with the Spirit and walk in God's presence.

1)    Psalm 22:3 - God inhabits the praise of His people.

You are never so close to God as you are when you are praising Him.

B)    I Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks.  Praise and thankful attitude is to be our lifestyle in every thing, every day.

II)    Praise is a Sign of God's Presence and Liberty in Our Lives

A)    Luke 24:45-53 - A sign of salvation in early disciples was their praise life.  They were transformed into praisers.

B)    Acts 2:46-47 - Early Church was a praising Church.

They praised God daily in Church and in their home.  God gave them favor and people got saved.

C)    Acts 5:40-42 (AMP) - Praised God in good and bad times.

vv. 41-42 - They refused to let opposition shame them or bully them into being quiet. They praised God and stood their ground.

III)   Praise Releases God's Blessing and Defeats the Enemy

A)   Matthew 21:12-16

v.16 (MSG) - Jesus approved their praise with healings and miracles.

We are to become His instruments of praise.

1)    Psalm 8:2 (MSG) - Jesus quoted strength as praise.

Praise overcomes the enemy and releases God's anointing and power.

November 05, 2014

We are for Signs and Wonders

In Mark 16:17 the Lord Jesus said, "And these signs will follow those who believe..."  As believers, we have tremendous power available to us. We were never created to be weak, beat down, barely getting along Christians.  The Lord Jesus has given to us His Authority, His Word, and the right to use His Name so that we could live victorious and be overcomers in this world.

To walk in this power and to produce signs that show God's love and power to the world, we must become dedicated followers of Jesus.  We must recognize that we were not saved just to go to heaven.  We were saved for the purpose of becoming one with Jesus in both life and purpose.  We are to enjoy His blessing in our life and we are to be His representatives to the world.

As believers, we are to take the Gospel of the Kingdom to the world as signs and wonders.  God not only wants to produce signs in your life, He wants to make you a sign to the world.

It is our time to rise and become signs and wonders to our generation.  Study this outline.  Let these truths get into your heart and let the Lord make you a sign and a wonder.

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We are for Signs and Wonders

I)     Believers are to take the Gospel of the Kingdom to the world as signs and wonders.

A)   Isaiah 8:18-19 (AMP)

v.18 - Believers are to be for signs and wonders for what is to take place.

v.19 - For the world to find its answers, it must come to God and not false religion or humanism.  It is up to us to present God's answers to the world.

B)   Matthew 24:13-14 - Jesus said the main sign for the end of age would be Believers full of passion, boldly proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom as signs and wonders to the world. 

C)   Matthew 9:35-38 - Jesus proclaimed and demonstrated the power of God's Kingdom.

v.35 - Jesus ministered as a sign to the world.

v.36 - Jesus saw the conditions of His day and was moved with compassion.

1)  Mercy - Feels people's pain.  Sympathizes with their problem.

2)  Compassion - Lifts people out of their pain.  Does something about their problem.

vv.36-38 - Compassion called for more workers to come to assist Jesus in bringing the people out of their defeated state and conditions.

D)    Matthew 10:1-8 - Jesus set in motion His plan to bring Believers into His compassion to lift people out of their sin, poverty, destruction, and sickness.

vv.1,5,7-8 - Jesus called them, gave them power, sent them out, told them what to do

E)    Two keys to becoming a sign and wonder.

1)    Mark 3:13-15 - You must come to Jesus and give your life to Him.

v.13 - Jesus called them and they came to Him.  He didn't force them to come.

a)  Revelation 3:20 - Jesus knocks but we must let Him in.

vv.14-15 - Come to me, proceeds Go ye.  Spending time with Jesus is what empowered them to go and be a sign to the world.

2)    Mark 1:17 - You must become a follower of Jesus.

1)  It's not just a one-time mountain top experience.

2)  It's a lifetime dedication and commitment to following Jesus and living your life as a sign to others.