STEPPING FORWARD

STEPPING FORWARD

What is holding you back from going forward? Is it fear? Is it your current job? What is it that is keeping you away from moving closer to Him? All of us has a mandate from God but it’s up to us to carry it out.

In 1 Kings 19 we read that Elijah had cast his mantle upon Elisha as he passed by him.

 

Elisha had two choices whenever that happened he could have:

1. Ignored Elijah

or

2. obeyed and followed

 

 

” So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?”21 And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.” 

 We see that there was plenty for Elisha to keep busy with; he had a livelihood but he didn’t sell it. He sacrificed the oxen and gave it to the townspeople to eat. I call that commitment, and in order to step forward in the destiny God calls you in, we must step away from our security.
“To step forward in your destiny,
You have to step away from your security”
What will you have to sacrifice in order to move ahead?
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It’s Time

Is it time yet? are the words I’ve been praying asking God where He wanted me to be in my ministry. I know I have a calling on my life to preach but where? Where do I go? These words have been spoken so many times.

Ever since I started preaching I knew I was supposed to be working with youth in some fashion or form. I started as a leader but I knew God had a higher calling. I’ve remembered the Words that the Holy Spirit spoke to me once “I have called you to raise up a generation” those words has never left me and I knew one day I would see those words come to life. But like everything there is a process in the waiting and I was waiting for those words to come to pass.

My co worker told me of a revival that was going on at his church so I stopped by expecting a Word from God. Near the end of the service they formed a prayer line, for some reason I didn’t want to go at first. But then as myself and one other was the only one that didn’t go I went ahead and got in line. And I’m glad I did, as the evangelist passed by me he paused and told me to “Rise up, it’s time for you to rise” I knew exactly what He was saying. It’s time!

Ecclesiastes 3 says  ” For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

I’m scared but yet exited. Frightened but yet ready. So much to do and not enough time. But I know the plans that He has for my life and I’m ready to take the time and start working!

 

The Trumpet

When you speak people will listen. That’s what I’ve always been told, but what are we saying? Are we letting corrupting talk come out of our mouth? Or are we speaking of wholesome good things? Are we laughing at dirty jokes or walking away? Are we speaking of good value and nothing negative? 

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29

I’ve said all that to say this. Blow your trumpet! Do what? Proclaim the name of the Lord!

As Revelation 3:6 says “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

This is a word for today as it was 2000 years ago, we can’t let the time pass by us without proclaiming His name. We have to work while it is day because night comes when no man can work.

 

ISAIAH 62:6

“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem

They shall never hold their peace day or night.

You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent.”

The watchmen’s command as they were given a position on the city walls was to blow the trumpet if they seen any danger coming towards them. They had no time to assemble an army or build more walls. Then it was the people’s decision on how to react to the sound of the trumpet. Our job as Christians is not to make them come to Christ but to invite them. It’s their call but are you blowing your trumpet?

 

 

 

And God Said…

In the beginning
“the earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Once, the Earth was without form and void. Spiritual speaking we were without form and void, for some we still are. We try to figure out His ways, but yet we are still puzzled. We go before Him, but yet He has already been their. We hide, we run, but He knows where we are and where we are running too.
Genesis 1:3 ” And God said “Let there be light,” and there was light.
But with a simple Word, He spoke light onto the Earth and it happened. He created light?!  how radical!
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He created light, why are we struggling with a situation not trusting Him to speak life into it?
The same God who spoke light into existence can speak light into your darkest moments and speak life into the deepest caverns of your heart. The earth was filled
Just like the Earth it has a beginning and an end; we all have a beginning and we all also have an ending.
“All flesh is like grass, that is here one day and gone the next. for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,” 1 Peter 1:24

Limitless

We all limit God’s ability to work in our lives, by what we allow Him to do. What do I mean? We choose how much we allow God to do through our surrender. When John wrote “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John knew that it took a life of surrender to see God work in His life. But what are we doing?

 

God wants to do the impossibles, the unimaginable. The unthinkable. He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Why? he wants to show you and I just how powerful he is when we say yes to Him. Sounds easy? To cultivate a lifestyle of surrender we must be planted firmly in the Truth, by knowing who He is and His promises we have a better understanding and a more clearer way of trusting in Him when the boat starts rocking.

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When Peter was called out onto the water; how much harder would it have been to step out if Peter did not see Jesus’ miracles beforehand?

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Your Ways – His Ways

I’m 29; hard-headed and very impatient. I like doing things my way and expect it to happen when I want it to happen. This Isn’t how God works and how He does things. While being a Christian for 15 years I still struggle with that thought. He says in His word ” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

In everything we do, we have to believe by faith. Faith is what activates the impossible, it is the delivery system of God. And without it, no man can please God.

Where are you at with your walk with Christ? Are you like me who is impatient and wants things done instantly? Your not alone. We must do 1 thing and it’s this. Put Him first in all things and trust Him with your life. Don’t waver according to popular opinion or what your eyes see, look into the realm of His spirit. How? By faith.

He is the way, trust in Him and He will show you the way!

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Expectation

The year 2016 brought many challenges in my walk with Christ. And yet I overcame every obstacle that the enemy put in front of me. I wasn’t able to overcome them by myself of course but only through Jesus. The outlook that I have before I go into prayer is this; He will meet every need that I have and restore the areas that need to be restored in my life. Your outlook determines the outcome. What are you expecting God to do in 2017?

 

In 2 Timothy 1:12 Paul writes “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

Paul is saying that yet I have been through many storms, I know what to expect! Because he knows who God is. Knowing who you are in Christ and the power that you have over the enemy is the most important thing to know and understand and not be convinced otherwise.

God is faithful, God never changes, He holds your future in His hands. Are you convinced that He is able to guard you?

 

In 2016 I learned that:

  1.  I can’t do everything by myself
  2. I need help!
  3. To worry less, casting every care to Jesus
  4. Expect a greater outcome

 

What have you learned in 2016? Are you expecting greater things in 2017?

 

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What’s Holding You Back?

 

Let’s back up to what has happened before this. Here it goes. King Nebuchadnezzar had attacked Jerusalem, tore down the walls and destroyed the temple. Why? The Lord spoke through the prophet Jeremiah that if they would not stop idolatry worship he would cause them to be captive for 70 years. After the 70 years (known as the Babylonian Exile) King Cyrus of Persia attacked Babylonia and took control over it. Then King Cyrus of
Persia attacks Babylon and is now in charge. In the first chapter of Ezra we read where God commands King Cyrus to let his people go and for them to build a temple for the Lord.

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 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel,they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers’ houses and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God as you do, and we have been sacrificing to him ever since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria who brought us here.” But Zerubbabel, Joshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers’ houses in Israel said to them, “You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we alone will build to the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.” Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build and bribed counselors against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

 

What held them back ?                                           

The adversaries – The negative Nancy’s, Debbie Downer’s we all have in our lives.

Who are we letting weaken us in our lives by listening to others?

  • We should never take hold of what other people say about us that is negative.

James 3:5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

  • Are we letting the criticism stop us from doing what God has called us to do?

 

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Living for the Lord will not be easy, you will have people that the enemy places along the road for them to make you stop or have doubts living for Him. We must know who we are in Christ in able to stand against the lies of the enemy. Do you have a dream or goal that God has impregnated you with? Let it out, don’t be scared of opposition. We are all going to face it.

 

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Ask yourself these questions:

Do you know who you are in Christ?

Do you know your authority in Christ?

 

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Moses: The Burning Bush

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THE SET UP

MOSES: THE BURNING BUSH

Exodus 3

 

A man who was raised by the royal family, living in Egypt with the most academic and scientific society among ancient societies at that time. He rode in a princely chariot, if he floated the Nile, it was a magnificent ship with musical accompaniment; he lived the royal life. He lived a comfortable life and had almost everything he wanted. He would be the  next man to become Pharaoh of Egypt.

 

We also know that Moses’ Hebrew mother had an influence on his life, teaching him about what’s right from wrong. The simple things of life. The same woman that trusted God with her son is about to see one of the most amazing miracles that God would perform on Earth. For Moses, it would be an awakening, a life change. It would become his destiny. Moses is about to be set up.

 

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At times I find myself beginning to take the easy road. The mindset that God’s got this. He has it all under control. As this statement is true. We also must do our part. Trust! We can’t have the mindset that whatever happens, happens. The more passive mindset we have leaves bigger “loop-holes” for the enemy to barge in on. We must stand and lean on the Word. We must have a lifestyle of prayer that shakes the gates of Hell. The complacency that we have is the room for the enemy to walk in. Guard your mind by taking every thought that raises up against the knowledge of God by the obedience of Christ.

 

Like Moses, we get all caught up in the comfort. There’s no more discernment, no more fear of the Lord. You are numb to your surroundings. All you want is things to satisfy the crave for more things. When will it stop? You might be setting yourself up for a set up.

 

 

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Moses & The Burning Bush

Join me in the coming weeks as we start the new series of Moses. God has spoken to me in the past months about the character of Moses and the Grace that was shown towards His children and still is. I have so many notes that needs to be shared. You’ll never see Moses like you’ve never seen him before!

 

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The Cost

Have you ever thought for a moment the cost that it took for us to have freedom? Not only at Calvary, but the events leading up to it. From the time in Genesis all the way to His appearance; the genealogy and the mishaps along the way, but He still came. Lived a sinless perfect life so that you and I may be with Him again, just as He desires to see His children.

My question is: have you counted the cost that it will take to follow Him?

 

Luke 9:57-62

57: Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”

  • I’m sure Jesus had people all the time going up to Him telling Him that they are going to follow Him, until He tells them the cost that is involved.
  • Have you counted the cost?

 

58:  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

  • Jesus lived a very simple life by faith, He was homeless trusting His Father for every need and without reserves of material resources. The nature of his mission kept him on the move and would keep his followers on the move.
  • Is your lifestyle keeping you on the move?
  • Are you content in your walk? Or desire to have more of Him?

 

59: “And He said unto another, follow Me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.”  [excuses]

  • Number one reason why people don’t follow Christ. Excuses! He wanted to remain in his father’s house and care for him until the father died. This was obviously an indefinite period, which could drag on and on.
  • “Choose you this day whom you will serve”

 

60: “Jesus said to Him, let the dead bury their dead.”

  • Jesus wasn’t showing disrespect, but He knew the hour, and His time was short.
  • Do we have the same outlook? Do we display the urgency or are we hiding the urgency?

 

61: “And another also said, Lord, I will follow You; but let me first go bid farewell, which are at home at my house.”   [undecisive]

  • A heart that is divided is not fit for the kingdom.
  • He must become number 1

 

62: “ And Jesus said unto Him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

  • When the going gets tough, will you go back? Will you look back?
  • Keep your eyes on Him

 

In preparation for this message. The Lord had given me a vision of a plough that had been in a field for quite some time. Rust had taken effect and there was no trail of turned soil behind it. The farmer had walked away; given up. I’m sure there were rocks and deep roots that he once had to go over or go through. Even in life there are these moments where we push through. Not by ourselves but with the help of God. Are you undecisive? Are you making excuses of why your not following Christ? Choose today who you will serve. Sin has a cost, but Jesus took the fall. Put your hands onto the plough and hold on.

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Drawn pt.1

With studying the book of Moses, God has pointed out several key subjects to me. Stay tuned for further posts!

 

 

1. To be drawn to a fire we must be captivated by it.

Moses was drawn to the burning bush.

Who wouldn’t be?

“And he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”

When you get into the presence of God The impossible always happens with God. Chains are broken, hearts are restored, lives are changed.
How do you look at God?

When God saw that Moses turned to look at the bush, it got His attention. God is moved by Faith.

But first we must look and expect God to speak.
Who knew that God would use Moses to deliver 3 million people. All the Lord needs is one man, or woman to preach His Word. Will you be drawn?

What is Character?

I find out that the definition of character is who you are when no one else is around. The wholeness of a person. In this Psalm David was concerned about the questions asked and answered in this Psalm.

 

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?

Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right

and speaks truth in his heart;

who does not slander with his tongue

and does no evil to his neighbor,

nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

in whose eyes a vile person is despised,

but who honors those who fear the Lord;

who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

who does not put out his money at interest

and does not take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

David lays out eight core values of a person of character.

  1. “Works righteousness” (v. 2); those who are in Christ does the right thing, that is, “God’s thing,” no matter how great the cost.
  2.  “Walks uprightly” (v. 2); we deal with personal mistakes with integrity. A person of integrity admits mistakes and makes corrections and restitutions.
  3.  “Speaks truth in his heart” (v. 2) ;a person of character delights in honesty, guards the honesty of his heart, and takes delight in what is honest, and genuine.
  4.  “does not backbite with his tongue” (v. 3); person of character uses disciplined words and does not slander. Speak truth, bring life, strength, and joy to others by their words.
  5.  “Honors those who fear the Lord” (v. 4) ; defend others who are righteous, whether a friend or not, a person of character comes to their aid, regardless of the cost.
  6.  “Swears to his own hurt and does not change” (v. 4); when we say “yes” we mean “yes,” and when we say “no,” we mean “no.”
  7.  “Does not put money at usury” (v.5 ); usury means charging people interest on money loaned. We don’t use money to get ahead or to gain at the expense of others. We understand what we have is a gift of God and needs to be used to accomplish God’s purposes.
  8. Does not “take a bribe against the innocent” (v. 5); don’t use people to meet emotional, physical, or financial needs. A person of character treats everyone as the sons and daughters of God.

 

Step Out, Step Up and Step In

“Don’t wait for the eternal.”

Weeks before this God had been stirring in my spirit to “lose my right way of thinking” to have supernatural, radical faith that goes beyond the normal. Not to care about what others think about me, to display the works of God through me. To pray for people in public (biggest fear) to witness to people (another fear).

The prayer on the Sermon on the Mount Jesus speaks these words. “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Let’s look at this verse   “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” What a powerful statement!

Everyone is entitled to this, not everyone is called to preach or teach, but everyone is called to spread the Gospel. We need to stop making excuses and step out into the waters.

Matthew 14:22-33

When the disciples were in the boat a great storm began to brew. We all know what happens next. The disciples begin to see Jesus walk on the water and were terrified. Who wouldn’t be terrified? They started to cry out in fear. Immediately Jesus spoke saying “Take heart; It is I. Do not be afraid.” And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.  Jesus  affirming who He was, the disciples were still skeptical. Seriously? This man whom you’ve seen raise the dead, heal lepers and still your not sure if this is Jesus? Don’t we have this same outlook? We have seen God move and yet we fail to believe that He will bring us through whatever storm we are in, or whatever He has asked us to do. Were not stepping out, were staying in.

This text shows me that:

He will give you opportunities to step out into radical faith.

Where He guides He provides.

He is calling us to go deeper.

Expect the unexpected.

Whatever “fear” you have, let go of it and trust. Think not on worldly terms but an eternal perspective. Peter at first was thinking on his own terms, his right way of thinking. But when Jesus showed up, he chose not to lean on his understanding and step out.

 

Faith/Fear

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Elijah flees from Jezebel 1 Kings 19:1-18

19 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3 Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” 5 And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 6 And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” 8 And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.
The Lord Speaks to Elijah
9 There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a] 13 And when Elijah heard it,he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 15 And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. 17 And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death. 18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

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After Elijah killed hundreds of the Baal prophets after the account on Mount Carmel where Elijah shows the prophets of Baal that the only living god is Jehovah. With Ahab seeing the incident, he then told of the massacre to Jezebel. She then sends a messenger to Elijah, confronting and making death threats.

Jezebel claimed that she would kill Elijah. But why didn’t she send troops instead of only a messenger? Just like the enemy’s accusation. They are all false and without power. What makes us think that it is more powerful than us? Without knowing the Word, one could fall, but there is a remedy and that is the power of Jesus!

All of this happened at Elijah’s spiritual peak, whenever there is about to be victory, watch out because that’s when the enemy is going to hit you the hardest, why? Because it is of God, anything that God gives you the enemy wants to take it away, he wants your life to be miserable.

Where will faith lead you? It led Elijah into a cave. But before we start pointing fingers at Elijah. Let’s examine ourselves. When we don’t get what we want, do we pout or jump up and down? No one likes playing the waiting game, I know I don’t. What about the job offer that never came up or you are still there at that place of employment but yet the position never came open. What is it in your life that has made you been in the cave. Is it fear?

ENEMY’S THREATS ARE EMPTY

Once we start to learn his strategy of how he works against the believer, we have a better understanding how to come against him. Only with the Word, the Bible is our only line of defense; to quote and to know scripture. When Jesus was tempted, did He just walk away? Or just tell the Devil “leave me alone”? No, He used the Word. We are called to contend with the faith but yet without knowing the Word how do we stand firm in the Word of God? We won’t be able too. God has defeated the enemy, it is our duty to be firm in the resurrecting power of Jesus Christ and not fall.

This is why we must have a continued deposit of the Word of God and not lean on our own understanding. We may think we know it all but when the enemy comes are we going to ignore the temptation or the circumstance or call on God for the wisdom that we can only achieve from and that is the Word of God.

2. THE EFFECTS OF FEAR

Fear always leads one away from the Will of God
Faith always lead one toward the Will of God
Fear will hold you back
Faith will push you forward
Fear isolates
Faith motivates
Fear steals your joy
Fear condemns you
Elijah was lodged in a cave; fear isolates the believer thinking that it is impossible to get out of. It makes you think about the current situation that is at hand. Why did I do this? Or Why do I have to go through this.

When we let fear control our life instead of faith. The outcome isn’t going to be great. Trust in God.
1 John 4:18

8”There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”

 

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#Surrender

He wants all of us

 

For a long time I thought giving God most of me was good enough. I thought since I have a great prayer life, I’m involved in a ministry every week at my church I thought what more could I give. But It felt spiritually like I kept hitting a wall. I was restricted in a way that I could not push through.

From your attitude to your finances, He wants to be involved in every detail of our lives. It’s not just the parts we allow Him, He wants control of it all. That’s the hardest part sometimes is the letting go part. But I’ve found out over the years that total surrenderance is key to have a fulfilling life in God. Just like the disciples we too must leave everything behind us. Do I mean go off and live in the wilderness, to quit your job, tell your wife and kids, “see ya”. No, I mean spiritually. When we are saved. Jesus changes our hearts, changes what our desires and passions are to become more of what He wants to do through us. But that only comes through surrendering.

We are called to be set apart. Not to act like the World, but to have a new mindset. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone.” Have you gave up everything? Have you decreased so He can increase? If not, I pray that you will make that choice today. God doesn’t want partial obedience He wants obedience. Don’t give God pieces of your heart, give Him all!

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What is Your Object of Faith?

If our object of faith is on anything other than the Cross of Christ, we will fail; plain and simple. I don’t care if you pray more, read the Bible more, if your faith is not in the Cross and what was done for you at Calvary, you will not see victory in your life.

 

How easy it is to focus and place our faith on something other than the Cross. Many times I have failed and could not figure out why. I was doubling my prayer time, going to every Bible study in town. Still, I could not see victory.

 

How wrong I was to think that the power is in more time praying or studying. Sure, you will be blessed for that but that’s not the key to victory. Sure, reading the Bible you will know more about God, but that will not give me victory without putting my faith into the right place – the Cross.

 

Rules become legalism which leads to more harm than good. Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Today, place your faith in the finished work of the Cross.

 

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Partial Obedience = Diobedience

He wants all of us.

 

For a long time I thought giving God most of me was good enough. I thought since I have a great prayer life, I’m involved in a ministry every week at my church, I have a blog site, I thought I was doing “okay”. It felt spiritually like I kept hitting a wall but there was always that “thing” that kept me from maturing in my faith. I couldn’t figure out what to give up. Every time that I would go in prayer, I would ask the Lord, show me what I need to give up. 

I’ve heard the song “Have it All”, I’ve read the scriptures about giving God your all. The rich young ruler, The surrendering aspect of it was the part I was trying to figure out myself. From your attitude to your finances, He wants to be involved in every detail. It’s not just the parts we allow Him, He wants control of it all. 

James 4:7 “Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

This particular verse I still speak out whenever the enemy tempts me. But it’s not only used for being tempted. “Submit to God” should tell you that whether the enemy is shooting fiery darts or not, we should always “submit to God”

The pride of life springs up whenever you think about handing anything over to someone else. When I was young, just starting out with having my first job. My dad would help me with my finances. Why? I needed help and he was awesome at taking care of his own. I’ve never seen anyone like him that can make a dollar stretch and so disciplined with his own finances. It was hard to hand him over the money that I worked hard for. I had to form a trust, and since then I have learned the value of trust and surrendering.

 

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

 

How much do you trust God? Would you go as far as sacrificing your son? Or daughter? Look at Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only son. As soon as Abraham raises the knife, an angel of the lord shouted “Do not lay a hand on the boy, now I know that you fear the Lord, because you have withheld from me your son, your only son.”

God tests us, He sees how much we are willing to give up. Have you gave up everything? Have you decreased so He can increase? If not, I pray that you will make that choice today. God doesn’t want partial obedience. Its all or nothing. Don’t give God parts of you, for He has not given us parts of Him.

Where is Your Faith?

 

Where is your faith? Is it in anything other than the Cross?

If our object of faith is on anything other than the Cross of Christ, we will fail; plain and simple. I don’t care if you pray more, read the Bible more, if your faith is not in the Cross and what was done for you at Calvary, you will not see victory in your life.

How easy it is to focus and place our faith on something other than the Cross. Many times I have failed and could not figure why. I was doubling my prayer time, going to every Bible study in town. Still, I could not see victory.

How wrong I was to think that the power is in more time praying or studying. Sure, you will be blessed for that but that’s not the key to victory. Sure, reading the Bible you will know more about God, but that will not give me victory without putting my faith into the right place – the Cross. Rules become legalism which leads to more harm than good. Today, place your faith in the finished work of the Cross.

When Is It My Turn?

For many it’s called the waiting game. I like to call it the unbelief that has settled in the hearts of many Christians. What do I mean? Many Christians have dis-valued the power of God of His healing power, promises and His authority. How? This generation has become impatient, lazy and expect miracles to happen overnight. God never changes, God doesn’t compete with us, and He never will. For some, many people test the Lord, they do things that so they think “make” Him respond of the situation. This can dangerous, and very stupid. We have to realize the character of God and to know that He sends us what we need, when we need it and the time that He allows it to come into your life. We can’t rush God to do things. God’s delivery system is called faith, and without it, no man can please God. Take a look in the book of John 5. A man who had an infirmity for 38 years, who was bedridden, and not able to walk, until one day.

 

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

 

They once were the first ones to the altar to have prayer; first to stand and worship after offering was taken; first to shake hands to the people around them. Now they are the first ones out the door. Months, maybe years has passed. The miracles, and healing’s that they had read over and over in the Bible; the countless testimonies that they have heard; The hands that have been laid on them for the miracle and healing and has not yet seen manifested in their own life. They desperitly need a miracle but nothing has happened yet. The lies of the enemy has been planted. Now they begin to have thoughts “Does God love me?” “Does God still perform miracles?” “Is there a God”. Yes! Yes! and Yes! The man who once laid for 38 years at the gate by the pool of Bethesda had the same thoughts. When is it going to be my turn? Why are all these around me have gone before me and received their healing? Think of how many people in his time of laying their being the spectator instead of the participant has seen others be healed. They stepped in as a diseased, lame, blind or paralyzed body but came out healed; a miracle had just happened in their life. 

 

“Our disability has no excuse for His ability”

 

From the age of 9 I knew God had big plans for me. The scripture that the Holy Spirit had gave me at that age was the discussion at the burning bush when Moses fights with God as to say he is slow of speech, that he is not able to do what God is calling him to do. I too was a Moses.

I had always dreamed of preaching in front of people. The messages that God would give me before I was even called at the age of 22 was like a fire that was shut up in my bones, but boldness I did not have. I too was frail and paralyzed by fear. The moments that led to where I am at today had to take radical, daring faith outside of my comfort zone.

Maybe this man had given up, maybe at one time he was near the pool, but he had said to his friends “Just put me over there away from the water”, “I’m never going to be healed”, “It’s not my time.”

What’s keeping you from the water?

 

His ability can overcome our disability, it takes faith, just a little faith.
One day, a man who he had never seen before. Maybe he had heard of Jesus, the news about Him being the Messiah, this so called Son of God according to the Pharisees. He found out that He truly was the Son of God, the prophecy that was spoken by Isaiah ” This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah “He took our illness and bore our diseases.” – Matt 8:11

“Take up your bed and walk”

When we rely on the natural instead of the spiritual, the doctors instead of the Lord, medicine instead of the Holy Spirit. We become less dependent on the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, doctors and medicines are a gift from God but we should never come to a point to where we totally depend on them. This man relied on the waters to heal him, but when he had the personal touch from Jesus his whole life changed.