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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Living in His Presence


Pastor Allan of Open Door Church began his message with the remark, “We don’t care what our neighbor is doing, but we care about what God is doing. 

The Holy Spirit is moving today.  I expect the Spirit of God to move in our church and in our city.”

We need to learn to daily walk in the Lord’s presence. 

Worship in church is fine, but worship needs to be a life style.  Not a crazy person but one that radiates the presence of Jesus.  Does worship cause you to do the Holy thing? 

Pastor read from Isaiah chapter 6.
Isaiah 6: 1,3 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. And one of the seraphim’s cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

If we walked in His presence as we went about our daily lives that would be a bit exciting.  When you are in the presence of God something mighty is going to happen. 

You want to see your neighbor saved?  Lift up the Holy One, and acknowledge the presence of God in everything you do. 
 
God created everything and he said “It was good.”  He gave us Free Will, and Adam and Eve acted on that and caused a separation from God’s presence.  Jesus came to pull down the wall of separation. 

Today is Palm Sunday, and Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a young donkey.  The crowd was excited and cried Hosanna to the King. Why were they so energized? 
 
It was because they recognized the Presence of the Lord. Some of the Pharisees were upset at the noise and told Jesus to tell the people to be quiet.  Jesus said, if these were to be quiet, the rocks would then cry out.

There is a bit of “Teen Age” in all of us.  At a Ball game we shout and cheer.  When we get excited that Teen Age shout will come out.  May we worship with our teen age enthusiasm and cry Hosanna. Lord we welcome you into this place of worship and into our city. 

Jesus cleared out the temple when he saw the money changers doing business where prayer should be.  Understand that you are the temple of the Lord.  Allow the Holy Spirit to come inside and tear down all that should not be there.  Let Him knock down those sins and habits that are not pleasing to Him, and then walk uprightly.

We can’t force or make someone change.  I can tell you, pray for you, but I can’t decide for you, to walk in holiness.  That is your free choice to make. 

Use what you have to spread the Gospel and God will expand it.  Even Face Book can be a witness.  Let your friends and family see something real in you.  They know what is fake; just let the presence of God radiate through us.

We must desire to be equipped and know the Word of God.  Yes, get saved, then go on to experience more of Jesus. 

You can’t do this unless you are willing to surrender your entire life to the Lord.  God wants all of you, your mind, your body, and your spirit.

Let God speak to you as you enter and learn to walk in His presence 24/7.
 
 

THE CROSS BY Guest Roy Lessin

 
 
 
THE CROSS BY Guest Roy Lessin
 
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ”If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
 
The deceiver tells me I am good enough.
The cross tells me I am a sinner and I need Jesus.
 
The deceiver tells me there are many ways to heaven.The cross tells me there is no other way for me to be saved.
 
The deceiver tells me to keep following what feels good.
The cross tells me I am lost without Jesus.
 
The deceiver tells me I am innocent.
The cross tells me I am guilty and need Jesus.
 
The deceiver tells me I can save myself.
The cross tells me I need a Savior.
 
The deceiver tells me Christ’s work is incomplete.
The cross tells me it is finished.
 
The deceiver tells me I am condemned.
The cross tells me I am justified.
 
The deceiver tells me I cannot be made clean.
The cross tells me the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin.
 
The deceiver tells me I must work for my salvation.
The cross tells me it is by grace alone.
 
The deceiver tells me my life will never change.
The cross tells me all things will be made new.
 
The deceiver tells me to be true to myself.
The cross tells me that I am not my own.
 
The deceiver tells me I can do as I please.
The cross tells me I have been bought with a price.
 
The deceiver tells me God is against me.
The cross tells me God is for me.
 
Friend - God is FOR YOU - Just receive Jesus

Saturday, March 28, 2015

WHO ARE YOU? By guest Andrew Murray



Do You Know Who You ARE?
 

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3: 2– 3

 Upon entering God’s presence in the morning hour, a great deal depends upon our realizing not only who God is but who we are and what our relationship is to Him.

The question: Who are you? is asked (not in words but in spirit) of each one who claims right of access and an audience with the Most High.
 
We must have an answer in our inmost consciousness; and that consciousness must be a living sense of the place we have in Christ before God.

The mode of expressing it may differ at various times, but in substance it will always be the same. Who am I?

Let me think about that and not be afraid to tell God who it is that shall meet with Him and spend the day.

I know, by the Word and Spirit of God, that I am in Christ and that my life is hidden with Christ in God. In Christ I died to sin and the world.

By His Spirit, I am taken out of them, separated from them, and delivered from their power. I have been raised together with Christ and in Him I live unto God.

Because my life is hidden with Christ, I come to God to claim and obtain the divine life that is hidden in Him for my needs this day. “Yes, this is who I am,” I say to God in humble, holy reverence.
 
Seek and expect nothing less than grace to live here on earth the blessed life of heaven. I can say with confidence, “Christ is my life.”

The longing of my soul is for Christ to be revealed by the Father within my heart. Nothing less can satisfy me. My life dwells with Christ in God. He can be my life in no other way than as He is in my heart. I can be content with nothing less than Christ in me —

Christ as my Savior from sin, Christ as the gift and bestower of God’s love, Christ as my indwelling Friend and Lord.

Murray, Andrew (2011-12-01). Power in Prayer: Classic Devotions to Inspire and Deepen Your Prayer Life (p. 84). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Green Pastures and Green Dresses


 
He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures. 

 
We are so busy we often do not take time to rest and relax.  Jesus tells us to come to Him - all those who are weary and heavy laden and He will give us rest. 

My blogger friend Sharita recently shared  The Green Dream and How to Tame it at Tell Me a Story. 

Her post brought back memories about colors and a Green Dress that was mine at one time.

Because of the tones in our completion that God gave us; certain shades of color look best on us.  (Or not)

Personally, I cannot wear certain colors such as; yellow, white, orange, red or lime green.  My favorite colors are shades of purple, magenta, pink, blue and sometimes grey.

A long time ago, I had a favorite GREEN dress, and wore it a LOT.

One day my husband asked me to get rid of the dress because he hates green; so I did as he asked.  For years I shunned green clothing to please him.

Recently I realized that certain shades of green were lovely, especially dark forest green, and so I began to add that color to my wardrobe.

Hubby no longer objects to dark green as long as I also wear other colors.
 
These days we hear a lot about “Living green,” and “Eating green,” and wonder what is all the fuss? 
 
It is good to pay attention to how we treat our earth, and what we eat, but we must use caution in getting caught up in causes that slow down our Spiritual growth.
 
Come aside and seek Jesus for Himself, allow Him to guide and lead you in paths of righteous and He will gently reveal to you His green pastures where He will give you rest.
 
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jesus Christ is the Same


 
 
Jesus Christ is the Same
 
Taken from: Incourage.me/ daily devotional –

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.
We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat.”
{Hebrews 13:7-10, ESV}

 

Yesterday
 
When I think of . . .
every city I’ve moved to,
every place I’ve worked,
every church I’ve attended,

Jesus was there. With me. In me.
And always interceding for me.

Today

When I think of . . .

every prayer I’m praying,
every circumstance I’m facing,
every decision I’m considering,

Jesus is there. With me. In me.
And always interceding for me.
 
Forever
 
When I think of . . .

every dream yet to live,
every season yet to come,
every moment yet to happen,

Jesus will be there. With me. In me.
And always interceding for me.

Amidst every change in every season of life . . .

Jesus has been, and is, and always will be my Constant—
an Ever-Present Help and Ever-Faithful Friend.

 

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Let MY Words Abide IN YOU - guest Kent Simpson


 
 
"If My Words Abide in You"

By Guest - Kent Simpson, Gainesville, TX

"If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." John 15:7

The verse of Scripture has a much deeper meaning than you may think.
 
To "abide in Me" is to live in Christ and Him in you. And you are forbidden to meditate or touch anything that is not of Him. This part of the verse is not too difficult to understand, for anything of sin should not be let in. The next part of the verse has been misunderstood for a long time by many and needs further explanation: "...and My Words abide in you."

Here is what most people think this part of the verse is saying: "If you stay away from sin and read your Bible every day (or as often as possible), then you are abiding in His Word."

Therefore their belief is that the promise in this verse, "You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you," (John 15:7b), is automatically working for every believing Christian.

And when it doesn't work in their life they question their faith and the truth of the Bible.

We must be willing to answer the call of the Holy Spirit and be willing to follow Him to the depths of our sanity. He will take you through various situations along this journey, teaching you what His Words really mean. Whether it's the written Word or spoken word, we must obtain understanding, for this will increase our knowledge and with knowledge we will become much wiser.

The Deep Calls unto the Deep

Now let's give this some thought. It's not too difficult to read your Bible and restrain yourself from offending God. So why doesn't every Christian receive whatever they desire? After all, the Bible promises it to be so.
 
The promise in this verse we are discussing states that, "You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." This is a very powerful promise and I will explain how you are to obtain this promise.

The first part of this puzzle of truth must be broken down in order for us to see the prerequisites outlined within it before we can receive the full measure of the promise and its manifestation. Allow me to stretch your faith a little and share with you what I have been taught by the Holy Spirit. The next few steps are not meant to offend, but rather to help set you in a place to where you can begin walking in the fullness of the promises of God.
 

Remember this one thing! The Holy Bible is 100% from God and is all true.

Truth will always work when applied as instructed. If what you have been taught in the past is not working then it's not being taught correctly and it's time to ask the only true Teacher for the correct answers.

The Holy Spirit is the Author and Teacher that will give you all truth and nothing but the truth. We can continue to learn more daily from our God, for He is NOT dead. He is alive and is speaking to you and me.

Who or What is the Word of God

Jesus Christ is the Word of God. He can speak to you through the Bible, but do not be confused; He is not wood, pulp, and ink, bound in genuine leather. The Holy Scriptures are a compilation of divine events that are inscribed testimonials about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

When you are reading from your Bible you need to know the difference between the (Logos) Word and His (Rhema) Word. Many words in the Bible have more than one meaning for they originated in languages other than English. So when we read our Bibles in the English translation, the same Word can be used over and over as having the same meaning; however, in the original text it may have multiple meanings.

If you are reading your Bible and you are obtaining information as you study, you are reading the written Word or you could say the (logos) Word. The Holy Spirit can use any book, billboard, poster, man, woman, child and even a donkey to speak to you. There is no limit to how God can speak His (Rhema) Word or to say His life-giving Word. We are always looking for the life-giving Word, the (Rhema) Word of God. The (Rhema) Word changes our lives and gives direction, heals and delivers us.

Do you know what it's like to have the Holy Spirit speak His (Rhema) Word to you in the very hour you need it? This is the (Rhema) Word this verse is talking about, not just whatever you want to read or claim for yourself. The verse is referring to the (Rhema) Word from Jesus Christ, who IS the living Word in this verse, "If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" (John 15:7).

I hope and pray that you understand this part and use it as your spiritual compass to guide you through life. Continually keep your spiritual antennas up, ready to receive every life-giving (Rhema) Word that comes to you. It is your Master, King, Lord Jesus speaking to you.

Pray, hear and obey, for it is the Christian way. Amen, so be it!

Kent Simpson, Prophetic Pastor
Prophetic Ministries Today

Email: PMT@propheticministries.org
Website: propheticministries.org

Kent Simpson is a prophetic pastor and is the founder and senior pastor of Prophetic Ministries Tabernacle – a gathering place for the prophetic people of God to unite for the sole purpose of being used as vessels for the Holy Spirit to speak through. Prophetic Ministries Today is devoted to the truth that Jesus is not dead but alive and He speaks if you have an ear to hear the Spirit. His website is filled with prophetic teachings which will help you understand the process of "hearing" God for yourself as well as others. The Lord wants you to pray, hear, and obey Him because the Holy Spirit is the only One who can truthfully lead you into the abundant life Jesus promised us.

 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Packet of Seeds


Sow Your Seeds and Expect a Harvest
 
Today at Church - Guest, Brother Prapai brought an inspiring message with reminders of who we are today because of Jesus.  I gleaned and bring you this digested sermon.

We hear of great men of God who slip and fall, yet we know God is the restorer.

Adam and Eve messed up big time, but in His mercy, God gave them a package of seeds to plant and harvest, as they were cast out of the garden.

Sometimes we fall short, and it is time to return to the cross.  God is developing us and changing us from day to day, one step at a time.

This is the season to overcome.  Each season with its changes has a different color.  It is time to change and be ready for the next season in our spiritual walk.

Peter was a coward, just like us, but he was the one who stepped out of the boat.  We reason and question, should I get out of the boat or should I wait just a minute.

God has not called us to worry, but we are called to trust.

Peter began to sink, but what he did is what we should do in time of trouble.  He called out “Help me Lord.”  Peter had faith, but it was supported by his head and not his heart.

God knows all about our shortcomings and all the stuff that is going on in our lives.

We can overcome by using God’s Word and our testimony.

The soldiers were coming to get Jesus, and Peter took out his sword and cut off the ear of one of the soldiers.  Jesus loved the soldiers and he picked up the ear and put it right back on - - healing the man.

Jesus loves us when we are up, he loves us when we are down, and even when we are a bit crazy.

We say, “I can’t do this.”  Hey aren’t you listening?  There is a break through coming.  Don’t worry about what you don’t have, but rejoice and be thankful for what you do have.

At Pentecost, Peter said, “I am going to tell you what I know.”  That is what we can do.  Tell others what God has done for us.

Are you looking ahead or do you want to get back in the boat?  Are you tired of doing life your way with results that are lacking?

With God the net will be full and not break.

At the recovery meetings the members say, “Hi my name is (blank) and I am an alcoholic or an addict. 
 
But we need to understand that I am NOT that old person any more.  I was a sinner, but now I am saved by grace.

At church we gather for prayers and we are around people.  Then it is time to leave and we feel alone.  Understand we are NOT alone.  Jesus is in us, and has promised to never leave or forsake us.

People are hungry and thirsty and we have the Bread and Water of Life to share.

Let us go forth with our testimony and believe God to bring the increase.  Sow your packet of seed that is in your hand and expect God to yield a harvest.