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;
Pastor Rodney was preaching
for the Sunday Morning service as I took notes and present an edited message.
In Genesis chapter 22,
Abraham was tempted by God.This was a
test of obedience.God spoke, “Take your
Only Begotten Son Isaac and sacrifice him unto me.(Abraham was familiar with the wicked nations
who worshipped other gods and sacrificed their young children to Molech or
Ashtoreth.)He thought to himself, “If
my God is demanding this terrible act, then I must obey.”
As they journeyed up the
mountain, Isaac asked, “I see the wood and the fire, but where is the Lamb?”
Abraham answered, “God will
provide.”The son trusted his father and
knew it was for the best, even though it appeared an awful wrong would soon
The Angel of the Lord
appeared and called his name, “Abraham, Abraham – do not lay your hand on your
only son.Behold there is a ram caught
in a thicket, sacrifice the ram.Because
you did not withhold your only son, I will bless you and also bless all your
offspring through many generations.
Abraham sacrificed the ram
that God provided, and returned off the mountain and life continued on as he served his God.
Jesus was tested in all
points like we are tempted, yet He was without sin and did not yield to
temptation.He realized God’s purpose
for his life to provide for your salvation.
John 3:16For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus became the Lamb that
was sacrificed to provide our salvation.He did all He could do, and the final action for your salvation is up to
each individual to choose Jesus.We have
a free will and must decide to follow Christ.
Jesus must have wondered if
there was another way, when it became time for him to be crucified.But no there was no other way. Jesus needed
to follow through with God’s eternal plan, and be willing to shed His blood for
you and for me.
Once we are born again, we
are set apart and declared Holy unto God for His service.
Even though at times,
circumstances seem bleak, just begin to walk and talk as the Bible tells us to
As believers in Christ, we
are a family with countless brothers and sisters.
Abraham’s heart was tender
and he did not question God’s ridiculous request.
How do we react to God’s
voice?His voice is gentle, never
demanding, and He gives us a choice to follow or not.He always leaves the decision up to you, but
He promises blessings to those who obey, and not so good happenings to those
God is NOT the one who
damages lives.He gently calls, “Come
out away from the enemy who seeks to destroy you.”God only desires to bless you.His promises are true, and He will show up
and provide a clear path for you.
This was a lesson I gave at our Wednesday Morning Prayer Over our city Meeting.
Exactly who was Jael?
it important for us to know?She was
Strong and did what she knew she had to do.She was a heroine who snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat in
defeat a much larger, and far superior Canaanite army during “the time of the
Israel Attacks the Canaanites
During the time of the Judges
“There was a woman prophet named Deborah. She was judge of Israel
at that time. Deborah held council under the Palm Tree of Deborah,
and one day, the Israelites came to her to ask what to do about their
enemy Sisera the Canaanite warrior coming against God’s people.
(Judges 4:4-5) and Deborah
sent a message “to Barak, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go and
gather 10,000 men from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun, and lead them to MountTabor.
God says, he will make Sisera, the commander of King Jabin’s army, along
with his chariots, and his army come to you to the KishonRiver.I will help you defeat Sisera there.”
(Judges 4:6-7). “Barak, a
mighty Hebrew warrior said to Deborah, “I will go and do this if you will go
with me. But if you will not go with me, I will not go.” (Judges 4:8) and
Deborah the Judge agreed to go but told Barak “But because of your
fearful attitude, you will not be honored when Sisera is defeated.The Lord will allow a woman to defeat
(Judges 4:9). And so “Barak
and his men attacked Sisera the commander of the Canaanite forces.During the battle, the Lord confused Sisera
and his army and chariots.They did not
know what to do. Barak and his men defeated Sisera’s army, leaving not one man
alive except their leader Sisera who left his chariot and ran away on
(Judges 4:15) Now Sisera got
away and “ran to the tent of a woman named Jael the wife of Heber the
Kenite. Their family was at peace with King Jabin of Hazor.That is why Sisera ran to Jael’s tent” He
believed that he would be safe there.
Jael’s Heroic Acts(Jael knew Sisera was the enemy. We must know our Enemy. We do not war against flesh and blood, but we war against the hosts of satan.)
It so happened that “Jael saw
Sisera coming, so she went out to meet him and said, “Sir, come into my tent,
and rest.Don’t be afraid.” So Sisera
went into Jael’s tent, and she covered him with a blanket.”
(Judges 4:20). Sisera was very
tired, so he lay down sleeping. “Jael found a tent peg and a hammer.She quietly went to Sisera putting the tent
peg to the side of his head and hit it with a hammer.The tent peg went through the side of his
head and into the ground, and Sisera died”
(Judges 4:21). At that very
moment “Barak came by Jael’s tent, looking for Sisera.
Jael went out to
meet Barak and said, “Come, and I will show you the man you are looking for.”
So Barak entered the tent and found Sisera lying dead on the ground.”
(Judges 4:22). This was a
great day for Israel
as “God defeated King Jabin of Canaan
for the Israelites. So the Israelites became stronger and stronger until they
defeated King Jabin of Canaan.
The Israelites finally destroyed him” (Judges 4:23-24) which is why it was
written that “Jael will be blessed above all women” (Judges 5:24) because of
her heroic act.
That is why the Song of
Deborah was written for “On the day that the Israelites defeated Sisera,
Deborah and Barak sang this song” (Judges 5:2-31) in tribute, first and
foremost to God but Jael was hailed as a heroine and was part if this Song of
Deborah and gave Jael a right and fitting place in the history of Israel.
Praying over your City – your family and for the Nation
Jael was a woman whose name
meant STRONG.She did what had to be
done even though to many it would seem messy.
When we are dealing with the
devil, we need to be STRONG and FIRM.See yourself stomping on Satan.Whack him with a tent stake and hammer if you must.
10-11Finally, my brethren, be strong in
the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the full armor of God, so that
you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
The enemy is cunning and
clever.He will appear as an angel of
light telling our citizens, and family that sin is acceptable and it really
doesn't matter?The devil will say,
Everybody else is doing their own devices of sin, so: “Why not join them.”Realize there is an invisible world, and
there is an invisible war.
How can we attack the forces
of darkness as we pray? Come before God with clean hands and a heart of
compassion. Use the spiritual weapon of Binding and Loosening.
1.Use your authority to bind the “strong man” and
command him to stop his tactics.Loose
the Holy Spirit to counter attack the plans of the devil.
2.Bind the lies people are believing and release
Truth and understanding.
3.Bind deaf ears that refuse to hear the gospel, and
Loose hearing ears to consider receiving Jesus .
4.Bind blind eyes that are rejecting Jesus to see Him in
dreams and visions.
5.Use your authority to break the chains that hold
citizens in bondage to sin in its many forms.
6.Bind lust in it’s various forms, and loose Holiness
7.Take authority over witchcraft, the occult, Spiritism
and false gods of culture such as the Chinese false gods and American Indian
spirit gods. - -
This includes false
“religions” such as lodges, clubs and cults that deny Jesus and his Blood
sacrifice.Loose to replace these false
spirits with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit over the many lives steeped in
the occult and other false activities.
8.Cry onto God with a voice of triumph.“Jesus is Lord over your city and its
Surprise Pregnancy is an
unplanned happening and usually the unborn child experiences “Rejection in the
That spirit of Rejection follows the child after he or she is born. The
spirit of the unborn child knows they were initially not wanted, and will strive for
love, to be noticed, and will seek approval and acceptance from others.(True Acceptance is found in Christ)
The spiritual nature of both
bio-logical parents of the unborn child will affect the emotional and spiritual
temperature of the child.The history in
the background of both bio-logical parents will create generational curses while
the child is still in the womb that will follow the child and seek to destroy
What were the circumstances
at the conception of the child?Were the
bio-logical parents fornicators? Were they addicts of any kind?Or involved in witchcraft, the occult or Spiritism?
If the pregnancy happened
because of promiscuity, lust, incest or rape the unborn child experiences a “Spirit
of LUST” that will follow him or her until it is broken by intercession and
spiritual war fare.
The spirit of LUST in a girl
child will cause her to gravitate to men, touching and hanging on men, wanting
to be hugged or held by men, and possibly wrapping her legs around men.
A simple binding and
loosening is a good first step to break these spirits.Come before God with clean hands, a pure
heart having been washed in the Blood of Jesus.
1.Take your authority and bind the Spirit of
Next Loose a Spirit of Acceptance.
authority and bind the Spirit of lust.
Next loose a Spirit of Holiness and
If the child is present, be
careful of your words in their hearing. (Your
battle is NOT with the child but with invisible spirit forces that are
following the child) - -
Afterward in the child’s presence, pray a prayer of
thanksgiving to Jesus that this child is covered with the blood of Jesus that
makes the child Holy and Pure.Continue
to verbally thank God while the child is with you, speaking words that this
child is not rejected but is accepted and loved by Jesus, by their mother and
dad and other family members.
During the morning prayer
time at church; I had been binding and loosening.
Binding REJECTION and LUST over the
citizens of Oroville and Loosening Holiness and Purity.
Then I noticed a young girl, about 6 years old
seated on the altar near me.
I don’t believe she was aware
that I began to bind and loose over her as well.I was cautious.
When she came to me, it was
then that I prayed a prayer of thanksgiving over her and told her that she was
NOT rejected but she WAS accepted and that Jesus loves her very much and has
great plans for her.
There was a noticeable change in the girl recognized by others. Keep your children surrounded with your prayers covering them with Holiness and Purity.
Our Bible Study at church was a
study of the types of offerings given during the Tabernacle in the wilderness, I took
notes and present an edited lesson here.
BURNT OFFERING:In the court before the tabernacle, where the
people attended, was an altar, to which they must bring their sacrifices.The entire procedure was Holy and was
systematically carried out in order.The fire shall ever be burning upon this altar; it shall never go
out.Fresh wood was added every morning
to keep the fire burning.
would lay hands on the animal as an act of atonement for the people.The animal must be perfect and without
blemish.After the animal was slain, the
skin was removed and given to the priest to use or sell.The animal was washed and cut in pieces and
placed on the alter. This offering
became a sweet savor unto our Lord a continual process looking forward to
6:9-13This is the law
of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon
the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be
burning on it.And the priest shall put
on his linen garment, and his linen trousers shall he put upon his flesh, and
take up the ashes which the fire has consumed with the burnt offering on the
altar, and he shall put them beside the altar.And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry
forth the ashes outside the camp unto a clean place. And the fire upon the
altar shall be burning on it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall
burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and
he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings.
There were five
offerings which included: The Burnt offering, the Peace offering, Sin offering,
Trespass Offering, and the Meal Offering; each being Holy unto God.Each offering had to be done correctly and
Leviticus 2:1 "When anyone offers a grain offering to
the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and
put frankincense on it."
The Meal Offering
is an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord." Like the burnt
offering, it is a sweet savor to God.
Each offering was
made onto God but each in its own special way was representative of Christ
Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice on the cross.
Jesus spoke in
John 6:35 "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will
not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
statements of Jesus made were so deep as He spoke of Spiritual things, but the
people could only relate to the material things.His saying was not literal but spiritual and
they failed to understand.
6:51-53 - - I am the living bread
which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for
ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the
life of the world. The Jews then disputed
among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”So Jesus said to them, “Truly,
truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his
blood, you have no life in you.Whoever feeds on my
flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last
Some of the people said,
“this is a Hard saying” and they could not understand as they turned away and
refused to follow Jesus any longer.
The Last Supper was a
memorial to Jesus and the symbols of the bread and the cup were again a token
of his body and blood.
It is believing on the Body
and Blood of Christ Jesus that can change lives.How has his body and blood changed you?
Pastor Allan was ministering
as I took notes and present here his digested sermon.
Moses was tending his sheep
in the desert when he noticed a bush that appeared to be on fire, yet it did
not burn up – it just kept burning.His cursorily
got the best of him and he decided to investigate. As he approached the bush, the
voice of God spoke and told him to take off his shoes for he was standing on
What he heard next disturbed
him greatly because God had a big task for Moses to do.His many excuses were met with answers, yet
Moses continued to argue because he was comfortable with his life as it was and really did
not look forward to obeying God.
Moses told God that he was
not qualified to lead the Children of Israel.
You are probably thinking the
same thing that you are not qualified; but the fact is God desires to use you and He will qualify you
God used Moses by showing signs and wonders
to the Pharaoh.The people
were amazed at all the miracles God was doing for them. However - - -
How soon they forgot and
wanted to return to the old life of slavery they were use to. They wanted to
go back to where life was comfortable.
Our flesh causes us to have
conflict with things God is asking us to do.We like the old method of doing things, and change is not comfortable;
yet God is asking us to yield to Him and to His will.
Be willing to accept God’s
move without complaining or criticizing.Welcome the different.
God has called us to be
lights in our world, using opportunities He has given us.
Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill
cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts
it under a basket, but on the lamp-stand, and it gives light to all in the
house. In the same way,
let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and
give glory to your Father in heaven.
God is asking you to
participate in the harvest of souls.How
do you feel about that?
Often we have dreams of splendor
and doing BIG things for God.However
God is asking us to be faithful in the little things.
There are various ways to let
our light.Don’t worry about where you
are at in your Christian walk, but have a willing mind and a teachable spirit.
People are suffering and they
need a good word of encouragement, and a prayer from you.
Often there is around us a
spirit of complacency and contentment of the way things are.God is on the move and we must be ready to
move with Him.God is looking for fruit
on the vine and those willing to use their full potential.Allow Him to give you His vision and
You may ask, “What is down
the road?”I honestly don’t know, but
getting into the presence of God will reveal his will to us.
I love our worship service here at our
church, but it is time for us to take the presence of God with us out into the
real world and to be His light.
Seek the Spiritual gifts
available for you, and allow God to equip you so that you can reach out
to others in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Use every opportunity that
comes your way - - because you have the ability to become a World Changer.
Failure:Get Back on your Feet” by Dr.
Ifeoma Samuel, is a book that will take you from defeat, disappointments and
failure to a place where you realize that with Jesus you can accomplish the
mission that is set before you.
sent a free review copy of the e-book, and the following book review is my
personal opinion after reading the book:
can be used as a devotional, and also would work well in a Study Group.
there are daily opportunities for us to fail.We often perceive ourselves as a failing spouse and parent and then
there is our career as well as our writing experiences with not so friendly publishers.
the sixteen chapters stand alone, and Dr. Samuel has placed Bible scriptures to
confirm each lesson.At the end of each
lesson is a suggested prayer to cement what you are digesting.
used Biblical examples of those who failed and those who learned to speak
success into their self talk.Personal
examples also reveal her humanity as she struggles with health and individual problems in her work and published books.
Along with this book is a
companion journal with spaces for you to write your thoughts and how certain
scriptures have spoken to you.
the book immensely and recommend it for those who struggle with failure in any
of its many forms.
You may have heard people
say, “God qualifies the Unqualified.”
The truth is NONE of us are
qualified - - We must minister in the Strength of Jesus and not in our own
Consider Jesus our High
Priest.Jesus was NOT qualified to be
our High Priest because he was from the tribe of Judah, and not the Priestly tribe
of Levi.Hebrews chapter 7 tells us that
God himself qualified Jesus to become our High Priest.He used the example of Melchizedeka Holy Priest who was appointed Priest by God even
before Moses set up the Tabernacle and Priesthood.Jesus is our High Priest after the order of
Melchizedek. He was qualified and approved by God for His position.
2 Corinthians 3:5It is not that we think we are qualified to
do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.
Isaiah felt unqualified but God met him and qualified him.
Isaiah 6:5 Then I said, "Woe is
me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a
people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of
Hebrews 13:21, NLTMay
the God of peace EQUIP (qualify) you with all you need for doing His will. May He
produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is
pleasing to Him. Amen.
Anonymous has said it this
way:Isaac was a day dreamer, Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper and denied
Christ, David had an affair and tried to cover it up with murder, Noah got
drunk. Elisha was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer and he was
way too religious.
Timothy had too many ulcers, Gideon was
insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter,
Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Rehab was a prostitute, Samson – he liked
prostitute. Isaiah preached naked for three years, John the Baptist ate bugs
and had second thoughts about the very Messiah he baptized.
Jeremiah was way too emotional, Moses
stuttered, Zacchaeus was too short, Abraham was old and Lazarus was dead.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called!
Understand we are all human
and we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, but let us examine
something else that is extremely important.
IT IS TIME TO GET QUALIFIED in
our Mind and in
If YOU are called to minister
and you believe you are Unqualified; Then according to the Word of God it is time
for you to become QUALIFIED.Some things
you will simply need to learn to do for yourself ! ! - - Such as - -
1.Daily get into the Word of God to seek truth.Begin in the New Testament.
Acts 17:11 Now
these Jews at Berea
were noble and received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures
daily to see if the things Paul was teaching were so.
2.Continue in His Word – and pray daily using
the Lords Pray for an example.
3.Learn to resist evil and stand firm.
6:13Therefore, take up the full
armorof God, so that you will be able
to resist in the evil
day, and having done everything, to stand firm
4.Seek for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with
the evidence of speaking in other tongues.Use your new prayer language to pray when you don’t know how to pray.
Romans 8:26In the same way the Spirit also helps our
weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself
intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words;
5.Learn to listen to the voice of the Holy
Spirit and then OBEY His voice.
show yourself approved unto God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth.
3:16-27All Scripture is breathed out by
God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training
in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good
In John 8:32,
Jesus told his disciples that if they continued in His word they would be His
disciples,- - But
on their part they would have to learn how to resist evil, obey His commands
and trust Him. In doing these things, they would come to understand His
teaching, be led by His Spirit, and also learn where their hope and trust were
truly anchored – IN Him.
is this: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Paul was NOT qualified at first - -
It is interesting that when Paul became a Believer, he did not start
right out preaching and working miracles.Most
people do not realize this when they read about Paul falling off of his horse
on the way to Damascus.Remember from the time he was a young boy,
Saul of Tarsus enjoyed Old Testament training; All that he needed to become
Paul the Apostle was to get a revelation of Jesus and the New Covenant.
He took time out to reflect, to seek God’s face
and pray by traveling to Arabia and staying
there for 3 years.It was later he spent
time with the apostles and they further contributed to his learning. In many ways he was already qualified in the
Old Covenant, but now he was New Creation Qualified.
Priscilla and Aquila helped a young Jewish
man who needed to be qualified.
18:24-28At that time a Jew
named Apollos came to Ephesus.
He was an educated man from Alexandria.
He knew the Scriptures very well. Apollos had been
taught the way of the Lord. He spoke with great power. He taught the truth
about Jesus. But he only knew about John’s baptism. He began to speak
boldly in the synagogue. Priscilla and Aquila
heard him. So they invited him to their home. There they gave him a better
understanding of the way of God. In
public meetings, he argued strongly against Jews who disagreed with him. He
proved from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
Should all new believers go to BibleSchool for three years, or visit the
desert to hear from God?
Probably NOT - - unless God sends you there. – but do join a Bible
Believing church who offers regular Bible Studies where you can enter into
discussions and learn more about God’s Word.
1.Be Loyal to your Church
2.Be faithful to your Church
3.Give Tithes and offerings to your Church
4.Share the gospel with friends and neighbors.
5.Pray with those who have needs and expect answers.
6.Volunteer for street ministry, mission work or
James 1:22ESVBe doers of the
word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Hebrews 4:12 ESVFor the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged
sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow,
and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
If you think you are unqualified - - It is time to get qualified !!