Ephesians 5:19, 20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
From my notes I present an
edited post about our Sunday morning service at Open Door church.
Before we began the worship portion at
Open Door Church, our Sister Linda shared;
many years Abraham and his wife Sarah desired a son.God
gave them a promise, but it took 25 years until their son arrived.By this time both Abraham and his wife were
very old; yet they were excited to have their beloved son with them at
last.One day, God required Abraham to
give up his son on the Mount. But God
provided a substitute sacrifice. It was
on this same mountain that Jesus became the sacrifice as our substitute.
We must honor God with our
very life.Today we share our
weaknesses, and they actually become our strengths.
We don’t have to do these
things, but we do them willingly.How
much like Abraham you are, as you model Christ.
(The praise and worship
portion of the service began - - God was in this place.)
Pastor Allan took the
microphone and was speaking;
"God desires to come into the
clutter of your heart, however you must give Him access and allow Him to come
in.Don’t slam the door of your closet,
but give him all of your heart.Even the
deep corners where are hidden things you know you need to let go.
The Word say, “Draw close to
God and He will draw close to you.”
The designer knows the
working parts that need adjustment and replacement.Let God do the work.We often want to be in control and fix it
ourselves, but we need to turn it over to God."
Pastor turned the service
over to Associate Pastor Rodney, for the morning message:
“God is taking us through a
process so can understand the Living Word.Ask God questions while you study your Bible.Let God speak to you from the printed pages.
Mark 14:1 It was festival
time, and although the Chief priests and the scribes desired to kill Jesus by a
treacherous way, they waited because the timing was not right during a
Mark 14:3. And
being in Bethany
in the house of Simon the leper, as Jesus sat at meat, there came a woman
having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake
the box, and poured it on his head and feet. The fragrance of the precious balm filled the house.
Some had indignation and
criticized the woman for wasting a years wages on Jesus; when in their opinion, the ointment
could have been sold and the money given to the poor.
Mark 14:8Jesus told them to leave her alone
is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
You might have some questions
about our church and why do we raise our hands, or stand while we worship?You may not know all the story.Mary knew who Jesus was.She had seen him raise her brother from the
dead.He was the Resurrection and the
Life, and she loved Jesus with all her heart.Her gift was a small sacrifice compared to all that Jesus had done.
We may not understand all the
theology, but when God touches your heart, He can change your life.Mary knew who was at that table on that
day.He was real to her.
As we read the Bible stories, they become
live actors.The culture in that day was
different than ours, but she knew she must do this anointing as an act of
worship and she was not afraid.
We have a lot of plans we
want to do as a church body, and we no apology is necessary as we worship.Do your friends and family know you are a
We are called to sacrifice as
Jesus was willing to be the sacrifice for us.He has given us new life, a new purpose and a new direction .May we come to Him with a willing heart.Thank you God that we can be a part of the
revival of our city."
is the target area we plan to soon walk door to door.
The Green Dot is Open Door Church
Each Wednesday we meet at our
church to pray over our city and over the Nation.
A week ago, Pastor asked all
who could walk, to march around a chosen block of streets leaving from our
church and returning again.Associate
Pastor Rodney, and Rev John, let the way as about 15 of us prayed as we
walked.John blew the Jewish Shofar rams
horn, at the 4 corners of the blocked area.This is the area we intend to be our first attempt at knocking on doors.
Fast forward to last
Wednesday.Some of those in attendance
were new, and Pastor asked that we not walk today, until we have at lease one
experienced person with those who are new.The young men, who were from Jordan’s Crossings, will need their
Pastor to help us decide who is prepared to go door to door.
I had brought some sets of 10
pages for “How to evangelize Door to Door,” so these were passed out and I
asked them to study this to help them be prepared.
I had copied a hand out about
using the Lord’s Prayer as a Pattern and add your own words as you pray.I will end this post with a copy of using the
After going over how to pray
using scriptures by adding your own words; I showed everyone a cut out of the
first area we will walk very soon. (see above map portion)
asked them to be observant of street signs and to pray for people who live on
that street.Calling the names of the
streets on our designated area, I prayed aloud, for homes to be reconciled,
hearts to become tender and receptive, and for God to stir our city to desire
to receive Jesus.
We dismissed with that
prayer, and everyone was receptive today.
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Praying the Lord’s Prayer as a Pattern:
(This is an excerpt from
Don Nori’s book Hope for the Praying Nation: Petitioning Heaven for Change in
In this manner, therefore,
pray: Our Father, I praise You, God,
that you are my loving Father. You are more than my Creator— You are Dad. You
are the One and only Protector of my soul. I love You, Father.
I worship You in heaven, Isaiah 55: 9 says the
heavens are above the earth, and so are God’s ways higher than ours. Lord, I
seek guidance from Heaven’s perspective.
Jesus set the example by doing only what He saw His Father doing. I, too, know
not what to do without Your loving Presence leading me. I cannot do this
myself. I need the help that only comes from Heaven.
Hallowed be Your name. You have revealed Yourself to us through Your name. I
call upon You by the names through which You have revealed Yourself to
humankind, Your children. Lord, You are everything I need and want. By Your
name, all the demons on earth and in hell tremble. By Your name, nature comes
under Your Lordship and people are healed. But most wonderfully, by Your name,
average people like me can come to know You as Savior and Lord. Thank You,
Lord, in Jesus’ name, for forgiving me and loving me.
Your Kingdom come. Your will be done…. This is not a passive prayer! To pray this prayer
means to stomp my foot and mean business. Every person has a will to surrender—
for God to have His will, I must
surrender my will. To yield my will is to humble myself. I can be
humiliated by others, but only I can humble myself.
(See James 4: 10).
Give us this day our daily bread… Jesus, You said Your source of food was to do the
will of Your Father (see John 4: 34). What satisfies me is to know that I
satisfy Your purpose. You are my necessary Bread (see John 6: 35). You are the
Bread of Heaven, and You also want me to look to You for my daily natural
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…. It is necessary to forgive if I expect to be heard
when I pray, so Lord, I choose to forgive. (See Matthew 18: 21-35.)
Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from
the evil one. Jesus, You were driven
into the wilderness of temptation. It was there that the enemy attempted to
cause You to forget who You are, saying, “If You are the Son of God…” (Luke 4:
If the enemy can get me to
forget who I am, he can get me to do whatever he wants me to do. Who am I? I
will declare who I am in Christ. (See Galatians 3: 26; Romans 8: 37; Revelation
1: 6.) Ephesians 4: 27 says not to “give place” to the devil. This means do not
give the enemy a legal right to be in your life. Areas where the enemy can
enter are fear, hate, witchcraft, and sexual immorality.
For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory…. Psalm 108: 5 says that Your glory is over all the
earth. The glory of God is over my family, my friends, my loved ones, those
with whom I worship. I pray that You will spread Your wings over them and
Face-Book reminded me that perhaps some haven't seen it and a redo would be good.
The church pot luck was always a good time of fellowship with
lots of good food.
Families were asked to bring three dishes; a main dish, a salad
and a desert, while single people could bring potato chips rolls and butter or
perhaps a side dish.
Coffee and punch were provided and the blessing over the food
had been invoked.The people began to
line up; Pastor and his wife were first and also the elderly.
Our children were hungry and they came to me with a question;
“Which food is ours?”
I tried to explain that the entire spread of delicious food was
there for them to partake of, yet they wanted the familiar and were not ready
to experiment with food that seemed different to them.
This caused me to consider how we as Christians often react when
we are exposed to portions of the Scriptures that are considered off limits by
some who fear the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of the supernatural.
We are happy to nibble on our common everyday Bible stories that
we are accustomed to.
Yes, we are willing to acknowledge that Jesus did miracles and
healed the sick, but when we come to scriptures that indicate that even today
it is God’s will that we prosper and be in health even as our soul
prospers, we often balk like a mule.
Paul indicated that although some spiritual gifts are to bless
the church, they must be tempered and used wisely.Then he said, "Do NOT forbid to speak in
Paul also stated that He personally prayed in tongues more than
you all.Apparently if we are not using
our prayer language, we are missing a powerful tool to fight and win spiritual
Jude exhorted us to pray in tongues as this will build us up in
our most Holy Faith.
As we view the table that God has spread and consider it all as
eatable food, we must realize that to leave out what is provided is doing
ourselves and our families an injustice.
Jesus asked us the question; “If you as fathers (and mothers)
have hungry children, would you give them a stone or a serpent instead of
bread?How much more will the Father
give the Holy Spirit to them who ask?”
Get ready because the dinner bell is ringing and the table is
Today was Church, but due to
the Storm and the flooding roads, my husband suggested that I stay home.From my friend Donald, I requested the sermon
title, and the scriptures. From his notes I am presenting a message that I pray will
speak to your heart.
As humans, we often do not
like to wait.“I want it now,” is often
our cry and also the demand from others.God’s timing is not like ours.His plans often interfere with our way of doing things.
Looking into the book of Exodus
we find the story of Moses, born at a time when the King had proclaimed that
all the boy babies be killed.God
protected Moses and eventually after 40 years, Moses became the one to bring
the Children of Israel out of Egypt.God appeared to Moses on the mountain with a
cloud of glory that included fire and thundering.The presence of God frightened the people and
they requested Moses to be the one to speak to God on their behalf.
God’s presence guided them on their journey in
the form of a cloud by day and a fiery cloud by night.Because of the people’s rebellion, murmuring
and disobedience, another 40 years of wandering became their lot before they
could enter the Promised Land.God took
His time, and “If only” – was a sad regret for the people.
God has ordained the seasons
3:1To every thing
there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:A time to be born, and a time to die; a time
to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
God has chosen us to be
fruitful and to fulfill His plans on earth.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good
works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Allow God time to do the work
in your heart as you bring yourself into His presence and into His glory.God has a plan for your life and He desires
that you walk with Him as He shows you His direction.
There is no need to rush and
hurry because it takes time to become like Jesus.
John 15:1-2 I am the true
vine, and my Father is the husbandman.Every
branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears
fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit
Although we are born again
when we come to Christ, there are things in our lives that God will reveal to
us that need to be disposed of; such as attitudes and habits that may need to
change or be let go.Our thoughts and
desires often need to change.Allow your
mind to become renewed as you read and study God’s Word.
Slow down and don’t freak
out, because God has got this.Be
practical and understand that God loves you and desires you to be all you can
be for Him.
Wait on God; Attend church
regularly and your meetings as they will bring you closer to Jesus.It is in the body of Christ where we can find
accountability.It brings us strength to
be a part of a fellowship.
It is a good thing to be
accountable to another person, whether it is a friend, your Bible Teacher, or a
sponsor in a program.
All in all - - Be patient and
give God time - - to perfect you into His image.
Our Bible Study teacher was
taking us back to the Alter of Incense.The sweet fragrance of the incense would drift over the congregation,
and then the Priest would lift his hands and bless the people.From my notes I present an edited message.
The Priest himself must be a
holy man of God before he could administrate the blessing.Titus 2:7 For a
bishop (or minister) must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed,
not soon angry, not given to wine, not violent, not given to dishonest gain;
Melchizedek a Priest of the
Most High shared communion with Abraham, and blessed him and his household.
Hebrews 7:7 And
without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater.
We are reminded that God is
the greater and He delights to bless his people.
Bless means to show
graciousness, protection, and God’s delight in the person or people.
6:24-25The LORD bless you, and keep
you: The LORD make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you:
As believers, we can pray
this blessing on those we love and on others.
Jesus made the statement
“Before Abraham was, “I AM.”Jesus was
saying that He is God.God revealed
Himself to Moses by saying He was “I AM.”
John 10:1-3 The shepherd
protected his sheep with a hedge of protection.Protected from what?from the
enemy or evil wanting to harm the sheep. The porter knows the voice of the
shepherd.No enemy can climb in another
way because to enter the sheep fold there is only one door.Jesus told us that He is the door.
How can we walk in forgiveness?
Hosea chapter 2, God told
Hosea to marry a prostitute as a picture of God’s love over us even while we
were deep in sin.He was to protect her
from her past and to provide and care for her.
Job chapter 1:9-11 tells how
God had blessed Job and put a hedge of protection around him.Satan told God, if you stop that blessing,
and remove his protection, he will not worship you.Satan’s plan failed, and although Job suffered,
he did not curse or turn away from God.God rewarded Job with a double blessing.
We can pray that God will
surround us and our Nation with a hedge of protection.May our Nation turn to God in gratitude?
The Lord holds us in His arms
as a Father holds a child.A Home offers
protection for children; the Church offers protection for the Saints.
26:9-11Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner
Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the corner buttress and fortified them.
Moreover, Uzziah had an army ready for battle,
King Uzziah dug wells to
provide water, and invented cunning weapons to use in war.He fortified and protected his people.
Coming back to the Temple and the sacrifice
was done, and the incense was burning, the fragrance going forth and the verbal
blessing for prosperity, protection, and health.
As Christians, we carry His
Name and have a heavy responsibility to share the Gospel.It is our duty to bless and not curse.Keep the words of your mouth pure and kind.Feed those you minister to with holy
leadership.Life and death is in the
power of the Tongue.
Keep praying for the weak
ones that they become strong.
Understand that your prayers of blessing are
building a hedge around you, your family and your brothers and sisters in
Expect! Expect! Don't expect the worst, expect the best!
The best is yet to come. The best wine is saved for the last day. Don't wait
for the other shoe to fall. But get up on your feet and put on your new shoes
of the Gospel of peace that your feet are covered in. Expect a miracle, expect
answers to your prayers, and expect the best in you and see the best in others.
Romans 8:19-21, "For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly
waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to
futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the
creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the
glorious liberty of the children of God."
Philippians 1:20, "According to my earnest expectation and hope that in
nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also
Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death."
Psalm 84:12, "O Lord of hosts, how blessed and greatly favored is the man
who trusts in You [believing in You, relying on You, and committing himself to
You with confident hope and expectation]."
1 Corinthians 13:13, "And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God
and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love
[unselfish love for others growing out of God's love for me], these three [the
choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love."
2 Corinthians 3:12, "Since we have such a [glorious] hope and confident
expectation, we speak with great courage."
2.) Exceedingly and Abundantly
In Ephesians 3:20, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly,
abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in
us." So in and through Christ Jesus we have this abundance that goes
exceedingly above our thoughts, our circumstances, the abundance in Christ goes
beyond our human comprehension. We will be exceedingly glad and rejoice. Joy
will overcome sorrow.
Psalm 21:6, "For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made
him exceedingly glad with Your presence." This will come from His presence
and us abiding in His presence.
Matthew 5:12, "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your
reward in Heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before
Then I heard, "Be courageous, take courage." Like in Joshua 1:9,
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be
afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Look in the mirror and see the image of the one who created you in His image.
The one who loves you with an everlasting love, the one who has drawn you by His
loving kindness. You are His beloved and He is yours. Let old things pass away
and behold all things are becoming new.
Let it be today that today is a new day. Let faith arise, encourage
yourself in Him today, stir your spirit and arise! This is your time to shine,
you were born to shine. Don't settle for anything less. You are His best and you
have first place in His heart. You have won His heart with just one look of your
eyes. It has been this way for Him before the foundations of the world as you
were purposed in His heart for such a time as this in such an hour.
This is your time! You are His dream come true a chosen one; chosen by God
who is your Father. So arise and shine. This is your time, the glory of the Lord
has already risen on you. Take it today! Dream His dream! Take courage today!
So let go! Let it all go! Don't enter in the New Year with old leftovers and
stale bread, trying to pick up the crumbs from the floor. Don't enter the New
Year with dread, regrets, bitterness or an unforgiving heart. Don't enter the
New Year with any disappoint you may have felt in this last year, but drink the
new wine of Him.
Shed off the old wineskins and expect that new wineskin to take shape in His
image! He will meet you in that place—in that secret place. Embrace a fresh
touch from His presence, a fresh awakening of the power of His love for you.
Just an ember can become a burning flame when stirred with His love for you. Let
first love be renewed. Be confident of this very thing—that He who has begun a
good work in you will complete it to the end...expect it!
Kathy Watson and her husband Michael; oversee Ephesians 4 Equippers School in Roseville, California. Kathy founded W.I.R.E.D. (Women in Revival Equipping Disciples) in 1999 and
CHOSEN Women's Ministry; she has held conferences in her hometown and helped
facilitate conferences in other cities and countries for the past 16 years.
Kathy is ordained with Christian International. They have planted churches and
oversee many ministries in the U.S. and the U.K. and Central America. She has
two grown children and three grandchildren.
Pastor Allan was preaching
and from my notes I present his edited message.
We are in a season of
preparation.Each one of us is being
encouraged to stand in the role and ministry gift you have been given.No longer can any of us sit on the sidelines,
but we must all be involved in the work of the ministry.Everyone has a part to play and it is time
occupy your place in the body of Christ.
Allow God to change your
Theology; realizing serving Christ is not about “rules,” regulations and programs, but
finding your place.Serving Christ with
our hands and feet is worship.
Each of us is different, and
the work of the ministry will also be different for each person.Some are called to be greeters, or cheer
leaders, while others will be teachers, and intercessors.
God also needs encouragers, and people
willing to visit the sick and use the phone to encourage those missing.Some will be able to clean, and help set up
chairs and tables.Others will pray for
those at the altar.When you see a need,
are you willing to step up and fill it?How about volunteering to enroll in the door to door visitation?
God is calling us to be
active.God qualifies you by the blood
of Jesus, to pick up the baton and enter the race.
Many are watching our walk
and our talk; and we must be the examples for the next generation.
Jesus gave his disciples
authority to share the gospel and to heal the sick. He said it is harvest
time.We have been praying for our city,
and here in our city it is harvest time.
Luke 10:1-2 After
this the Lord appointed seventy-twoothers
and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was
about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the
workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers
into his harvest field.
Pray for laborers to work in
the harvest.Realize there is fruit in
the garden and also fruit in the orchard. (Needs here in our local body, and
needs in our neighborhoods.)
Let us be strong and
understand on Sunday we are lifted up and encouraged, but during the week, some
of us fall into the cracks.Workers get
tired and discouraged, and desire for others to step up and help.There is a time to work and a time to rest.
All of us can use more study
in God’s Word.We need to set up
programs so we can all grow and also enjoy fellowship.May I encourage each of you to come to the
special meetings being set up for men, as well as the ladies’ meetings?Let us work together side by side.
Nehemiah had a wall that
needed to be built.Everyone had a
job.Some were workers, and others
encouraged, while some stood guard and watched for the enemy.
Be willing to have a
teachable spirit and to learn to do new types of ministry.Learn how to live, how to be led by the Holy
Spirit, but keep moving and keep gaining knowledge of our God.
Identify what your purpose is
and step in to fill that place.Ask what
can I do for the church? Not what can the church do for me?Some things that seem small are really
big.A smile goes a long way.A pat on the back encourages a friend.Be willing to pray with those who come
forward.Love as Jesus loved, and by
example - - show others the way.
Watch for opportunities and
recognize open doors to walk through.Be
consistent to do your part and stay connected to the body of Christ.
Get ready for this New Year,
for there will be many new opportunities to serve Jesus.