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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mayfield our Black Friend


Mayfield Our Black Friend
 
Our roofing business began as a sole Proprietorship with only Robert installing asphalt shingle roofing, but God had other plans.

Robert’s cousin was out of work, and we decided to hire him to carry the shingles up to the roof and soon Robert began training him to install roofing. 

Then Robert’s mother and his step-dad LD moved to California and needed work.  LD was experienced with the hot tar and gravel roofing, and we began to receive requests to bid on this type of roofing.

We decided to purchase a tar kettle and Robert’s uncle was out of work and offered to man the tar kettle.

As time passed, we began to bid and accept larger jobs and now we needed an extra man.

One day at our shop, a young black man named Mayfield showed up and said he was recently married and needed a job.  Robert put him to work and he was a good worker.

Mayfield loved his wife and their small child and he became part of our family.

On Friday nights he enjoyed playing poker with his old buddies, but he always drove home that same night to be with his little family. 

One fateful Friday night it was storming and Mayfield may have had a beer or two.  As he drove home his car skidded and went off the road hitting a tree and killing our friend. 

We were saddened, and the entire crew showed respect to attend his funeral. 

Later Mayfield’s Uncle phoned us and asked if Mayfield was covered with insurance and a death benefit.  Our secretary told him she would find out and get back to him.

Naturally we had Workman’s Compensation, but this death was not work related. 

As we talked it over, we decided to take funds from our personal account in the amount of $5,000 and give it to his family. 

His wife appreciated all we could do for her and her little girl, but she never knew the whole story. 

Sometimes you just do what you gotta do and this was one of those times!
 
 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Who’s the Boss


Who Gave You Authority?
Matthew 21:23 Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”

Pastor Jerry took his sermon from Matthew 21:23-32 and broke it up into two parts.

  1. Authority verses 23-27
  2. The will of God verses 28-32
In the school yard, older children may be assigned to keep order and if there is a scuffle; usually the smaller children argue, “You’re not my boss.”

Where does authority come from?  Often it is assigned, although it may be by age, education or status.  Then there is the power of money and politics.

We remember when Jesus marched into Jerusalem and entered the “Mall” in the temple chasing out the vendors.  Who gave Him the authority to do this?

There are no easy answers, and when Jesus was questioned by the priests and elders the final answer was: “If you can’t answer my question, then neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The second portion of scripture was about who is doing the will of the Father?

Boys, Go work in my Vineyard!
A father asked his two sons to go work in his vineyard. The first son refused to do the father’s bidding.  Soon he had second thoughts and went to obey.

The second son said, “Yes of course I will go,” but he was busy and failed to follow through.

Jesus asked which son did the will of the Father?

The scribes answered that it was the first son who finally changed his mind and went.

The Scribes were known for their many words, but were short on their good deeds. 

Doing the Will of God is not lip service but is in the action.

Today, what is our response?  Do we often lag behind, and finally come around and pitch in?

Pastor illustrated with a story about a minister who was asked to spend a week end at a church located 300 miles from his home.  He was glad to oblige and drove the many miles, spoke at many workshops, did some counseling, preached two sermons on Sunday and was exhausted.  As he prepared to leave the treasurer handed him an envelope which he stuffed in his pocket and drove the 300 miles back to his home.  When he arrived home, he opened the envelope and inside was a blank check with the words written across it, “THANKS A MILLION!" and it was signed by the treasurer.

Sometimes words are NOT enough.

Do we volunteer or do we let others do the job?  In our mind do we say, “I will,” but fail to step forward.  Do we say in our mind, “Not me,” but then relent and take up our cross.

It is sometimes difficult to live up to promises we make to God and to others.

Jesus said in Matthew 21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

If you have not already done so, it is time to sign up, to put on the uniform and prepare to fight the battles ahead.  Be willing to listen and be quick to move to do God’s will.

 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

America is in Trouble – Time to Pray


 
America is in Trouble and is being infiltrated by Islam and ungodly forces.

Recently I read an E-book I received from Bookbub.com.  I knew some of this information about the kingdom of darkness, but the book opened my eyes to what Satan is planning against our United States of America.

The book is “Redemption of an African Warlord by Joshua Blahyi.” 

Joshua Milton Blahyi is a dynamic man called by God to serve Jesus, after spending fourteen years as a devilish and murderous African Warlord.

This book was written to expose the deeds of the kingdom of darkness and to reveal the awesome power and tangibility of God’s love to humankind.

As an African Warlord, Joshua Milton Blahyi was responsible for the deaths of many including women and children.  In error he believed he was destined to this task given to him by the god, Nya-ghe-a-weh.

God in his mercy also set in motion events to bring this man Blahyi to his senses and to save his soul.
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The influence of Satan is hidden, but is actively working behind the scenes influencing many governments, leaders in high places, entire nations, certain areas of land, creating Wars, terrorist attacks, and even stirring up discord within businesses, families and  marriages.

Our enemy the devil has a demonic organization and structures he has set up to rule and reign; as humans give their permission to be used by Satan’s many lesser gods. 

Once permission is granted, Satan has the legal right to possess and use these individuals and their domain.

Those persons who are agreeable to be used in this way, will at times become possessed with unusual abilities but are often required to provide human sacrifices in exchange for this power.

As we begin to understand the unseen world of demon powers, it gives us insight on how to pray for our own country and leaders. 
 
We must pray in the Holy Ghost and take our authority over the wicked hosts that are directing the brainless and foolish decisions being made by our leaders to open our land of America to Islam and those who oppose Jesus Christ as Lord.

If you are filled with the Spirit, then please do most of your praying in other tongues, because this is a direct line to God on the throne and Satan cannot understand the heavenly languages.

If you are not spirit filled, then at least pray that the evil forces orchestrating these unwise actions will be pushed aside and our leaders will instead make wise decisions.
 
"Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, "Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles." The One enthroned in Heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying, "I have installed My king on Zion, My holy mountain." Psalms 2


 
2Timothy_3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
 
This post is shared at Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Why do Bad Things Happen?




None of us are free from mishaps and even tragedy.  The storms of life will sometimes bring us many ups and downs. 

Often we ask the big question, "Why did God allow this to happen?"

Some people think God sticks pins in us and then laughs because we cry in pain.  No a million times NO !!  Our God is not like that, when we suffer, he suffers too. 

A simple answer to the WHY question - - is that bad things happen because we live in “LIFE, after the fall of Adam and Eve.” 
 
Naturally some things happen because of our own failure to listen to the Holy Spirit or our excitement to do it ourselves.  

We must not blame God for misfortune our old enemy Satan brings to us and to those loved ones around us.  

When we get an inkling (premonition or intuition) that trouble is ahead, it is time to pray, or rather to SAY. 

Yes, go ahead and speak to the forewarned trouble and command the problem to leave and not return.  Yes tell trouble to NOT enter your domain or your sphere of influence.

Tribulation, Problems and Messes are a Nuisance and we do not have to put up with them. 

Jesus spoke to the fig tree and later reminded his disciples to SAY to the mountain, “Be thou removed," to believe it and it would be done.

So what do we do next if we don’t quickly see an answer?

1.     Stand fast and praise God that He is working on your behalf.

2.     Finally and last, work on your doubting attitude by “Replacement Therapy,” meaning Binding and loosening.

Identify each negative attitude you are holding on to that is preventing you from total Faith to believe that God is in control; such as doubt and unbelief, fear, worry, anxiety, fretfulness, imaginations of terror and all the What if’s.  Yes, go ahead and speak to that attitude and tell it to be removed and cast into the sea of forgetfulness.

Now is the time to find a positive opposite for each negative one; such as believe, boldness, calmness, relax, quietness, composure, harmony, confidence to name a few.  Claim the positive replacement attitude and make it YOURS.

Praising God and having an attitude of gratitude will help you focus on the goodness of God and not on the bad things that often happen.
 
 
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This post is shared at Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays  Do travel over there and enter your story at her lovely site.
 
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

THE BREATHS OF GOD ARE COMING

Simple Prophesy - Sharing Good News with Others 


My post on Sunday was about Prophesy, Dreams and Visions.  If you missed it click on The Future is Now.

 Prophesy takes many forms.  There are actual Prophets who operate in the Five Fold Ministry. 

Then there is US as we (prophesy) and share Good Words from God.

Are you ready for some eye opening words from Kathie Walters? 

"THE BREATHS OF GOD ARE COMING"
Kathie Walters, Macon, GA
 
Words - Arrows From the Lord

Kathie is stating:  Recently, I had a vision of a golden angel. He had a golden bow and golden arrows.

The gold represents "the glory" and the arrows are "Words from the Lord".

The bow represents His servants, the prophets, but not necessarily as in five-fold ministry prophet, because the Bible says that we may all prophesy one by one (1 Corinthians 14:31).

(So any one of us can prophesy and encourage one another.)

A Prophet, as in five-fold ministry, is someone that operates at a high level with the Lord, and who can discern the Word of the Lord for many situations.

Now is the time you can believe for a word for yourself (an arrow), or be open to give one.

The breaths of God are moving everywhere... blowing away the dust of “Religion.”

Do you know that every move of God develops its own religious ways and religious traditions eventually? Which later on have to be broken in order to receive the new things that God is bringing to the Body of Christ.

You can believe for an arrow, A Word, and you can chill out and relax because you can't earn anything from God.

But you can believe that, "God is working in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).

Your Spirit Man

Your spirit man is the real you, isn't it? Because He is eternal and the eternal Holy spirit dwells in you.

Your spirit man lives in the spirit realm. He doesn't jump in and out. He always lives in the spiritual realm. Your spirit man prophesies all the time because he is prophetic. Your spirit man has visions continually because he lives and dwells in that realm.

So it's not unusual for us to have visitations from God and visitations to heavenly places.

The spirit of “Religion” always tries to make you do what only God can do. The spirit of religion always promotes striving and trying of your own-self.

Those are the very things that take you OUT of the spirit realm. Your spirit is not striving and "working at it."

Everything you have is a gift. I want to add that living in the spirit and moving in the spirit is not hard. It's very easy and sometimes that's a problem because a lot of people struggle with the fact that there is nothing we can do to qualify or earn points.

Jesus and all He represents; salvation, healing, deliverance, baptism of the Spirit, all is a wonderful gift from God. He wants us to receive it.

If I gave you a precious gift from my heart and then you came to see what you could do to earn it, I would be very upset. It was a heart thing not a legal thing.

Jesus came to establish the New Covenant. The New Covenant is all about God's heart when you think of it. He even gave you a new heart to match His! "A new heart and a new spirit I will put within them," (Ezekiel 36:26).

As I travel all over the world, I see the same things happening. People who were content a couple of years ago, are hungry again; and when you are hungry God can move in you and on you because you are open.
 
The Breaths of God Are Coming

The breaths of God are coming, and with a refreshing. I think of the famous prophesy that was given to Arthur Burt and a small group of people in the 1930s in England. It talks about the end-time move of God. It talks about the breath, and then the rain and then torrents. In fact, I have placed it here for you to read. It's good to know where we are in the plan of God.

"No Ebb" prophecy by Arthur Burt:

"IT SHALL COME AS A BREATH,
AND THE BREATH SHALL BRING THE WIND,
AND THE WIND SHALL BRING THE RAIN,
AND THERE SHALL BE FLOODS AND FLOODS AND FLOODS,
AND TORRENTS AND TORRENTS AND TORRENTS.
SOULS SHALL BE SAVED LIKE FALLING LEAVES FROM MIGHTY OAKS SWEPT BY A HURRICANE.
ARMS AND LEGS WILL COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN…
AND THERE SHALL BE NO EBB."

Kathie Walters - Good News Ministries
Website: kathiewaltersministry.com

Kathie Walters is an international speaker who brings freedom to those who feel they have to "qualify." She also ministers in the supernatural and believes that the supernatural realm is for everyone.

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

THE FUTURE IS NOW


Jacob had a Dream

Our guest minister Pastor Roy was reading from Acts chapter 2 as I took notes and edited his sermon for today:

 Acts 2:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV) But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy; Your young men shall see visions; Your old men shall dream dreams.  And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

Looking back at Moses on the mount of Sinai, there was fire, smoke and a voice from heaven and the delivery of the Torah.  God formed them into a new people to become a new nation. 

The Passover was God’s liberated Word.  On the day of Pentecost there was fire, smoke and voices of men speaking the Words of God.

The crowd that accumulated did not understand and many eyebrows were raised at the strange happenings that day. 

Peter began to explain as he quoted the above passage from the Prophet Joel, reminding them that prophesy is natural and not weird.  It is not predicting the end of the world but is a declaration of how God sees His world.   It is words of peace, hope, how to treat your neighbor right, and to show your love. 

Each one of us as Christians are called to declare the Good News.  We are NOT prophets of doom and gloom but we bring Good News. 

Sinai ends and the future is NOW; God’s new reality.  What do the “Last days,” look like?  Will there be a burning up and destruction?  No - -

Peter quoted the Prophet Joel and said in the last days there will be dreams and visions and prophesy.  Dreams and Visions to see what God can and will do in this generation.

We are never too young or too old to start dreaming.  Today is a time for God’s fresh presence to be established in this place.

Our city exists now.  May we not push everything to the future?  May we not be guilty of saying “One of these days?”

Just when is it that God’s presence will be manifested?  When we dream, imagine and envision it.

As we scan the news each morning it usually is bad news.  Instead let us grasp a proper perspective and reflect on the Scriptures to begin our day.

It seems human nature to tend to be morbid, but rather might we rejoice in God’s blessing and not put a damper on what He is doing.

We are called to participate in God’s dream.  Swing wide from those who are negative and pull you down.

We are in the Last days when God’s reality begins in the NOW.

Go out and proclaim yes prophesy and speak the reality as God sees it.

Committees are quick to tell all that is wrong with a proposal.  Instead let us see the reality of God’s grace breaking out and celebrate God’s goodness.  Good things are happening.  Speak it out and be prophetic. 

We are not experiencing a complicated religious touch, but allow the Holy Spirit to work through us.

Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream.” 

Begin to see reality differently and declare with our lives and words “Reconciliation.”

May I challenge each and every one to pursue to dream and prophesy as we allow God to become fresh and alive in us to see a different reality at all times to all people and to know the future is NOW.


 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Consolation When Things Don't Go Well Guest Post by R.T. Kendall

 

Consolation When Things Don't Go Well


Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines ... yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. —Habakkuk 3:17-18

The very things Habakkuk had complained about—the fig tree wasn't blossoming, no fruit, no herd in the stalls—were still not there, and yet he was rejoicing. He wasn't complaining now. What changed his mind?

There were three things that consoled him. The first was that he could see that God was what he saw: "The Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it" (Hab. 2:2, KJV). What a relief to know that God sees!

The second thing that consoled Habakkuk was the knowledge that though full intervention might not come as soon as he wanted—"Though it tarry, wait for it" (v. 3, KJV)—it would nevertheless definitely come. There was a plan; there was a time schedule. Maybe it's a little longer that you want it to be, but wait for it; it will come.

The third thing that consoled Habakkuk was the understanding that God imputes righteousness to the man or woman who lives by God's faithfulness. When we say, "God, I don't understand it. I don't know why You have let me wait this long. I don't know why You haven't stepped in sooner.

But I am trusting you," we are cleansed in that moment and given rest of soul. He says, "I like it when you trust Me that way."

Are you looking for the vine to blossom before you can rejoice? Are you waiting for the raise in pay? Or for that answered prayer?

Are you waiting for everything to fit in before you start praising the Lord? If that is so, then turn in your badge now and give up.

As Proverbs 24:10 says, "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small" (KJV).
Like Habakkuk, you will be given grace to trace the rainbow through the rain.
 
Excerpted from Worshipping God (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004).