|Thunder, Fire, Smoke and a Loud Voice|
Friday, April 29, 2016
|You shall count seven weeks from the time you begin to harvest. You shall keep the feast of week, when all shall rejoice and give tribute to God. You shall remember the day when you came forth out of the land of Egypt all your life. Deuteronomy 16|
I took notes and have digested our Bible Study at
When the “Death Angel” took the first born from the households NOT protected with the blood of the Sacrificial Lamb; King Pharaoh decided perhaps he should let the Children of Israel go.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
|Naaman Thought This was Foolish, But - - Why Not?|
Waters of Salvation that Heal
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2 Samuel chapter 5 Relates the story of the Israelite slave girl in the house of Naaman. She told her mistress, “If only my master would go to the prophet in my land, God would heal him of his leprosy.”
The prophet heard of this and said, “Tell him to come to me.” Naaman went with his soldiers, his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the
11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of
There are times we want God to answer our prayers the way we think they should be answered. We want the Minister of God to anoint us with oil, and pronounce us healed.
Naaman’s soldiers convinced him to at least try what the prophet asked him to do.
When God tells us to pray for our city and I will save them, we often get angry and think God should punish them for their sin. We think they do not deserve to be blessed.
Perhaps God sent you to Open Door Church, and you questioned to yourself, “These people are fanatics, and they are perhaps not as proper as the nice people at a church you once attended.”
But what happened to Naaman when he obeyed? God saved him (healed him) body, spirit and soul, and he declared that the God of Israel was the true God.
The second incident is recorded in John chapter 5.
On the Sabbath day in
You might think these people were superstitious waiting for an “Angel to stir the water.”
No they truly believed, because they were witnesses to others who had been healed by leaping into the moving water.
There are people in your neighborhood lamenting this same question. I have NO person to put me in the living waters.
What can we learn from these stories?
Sunday, April 24, 2016
|The Battle Belongs to the Lord|
Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Children of Israel were released by Pharaoh to leave
Remembrance of the Death Angel Passover has been handed down through the families, generation after generation.
On the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts chapter two; the Holy Spirit came down with Power to change a culture and empower believers to live a life pleasing to God.
Jews from all over the then known world had come to
The Passover had been celebrated for 49 days, and the 50th day was the day of Shavuot (or Pentecost.)
On that 50th day, 120 believers had been fasting and seeking God, when the Holy Spirit came down like a rushing mighty wind setting tongues of fire upon the heads of the believers assembled there.
The visiting Jews heard these unlearned men, speaking in other languages and thought they were drunk.
Peter explained these men are not drunk, but this is the promise unto all who believe in Jesus. That day 3000 men became believers in Jesus and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. They would soon return to their own land with this new message of a living Christ who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with power to live a Christian life.
With every historical move of the Holy Spirit there is a culture change; meshing together in unity various denominations and believers.
The gifts have not been revoked, but they continue as believers seek God and desire a personal Spiritual awakening.
True worship and praise will usher in a move of the Holy Spirit. Keep your mind focused on God and on His Holiness. Don’t allow your mind to wander, but keep zeroed in on our Mighty God.
God desires to use you in your world. Allow God to stretch and bend you.
The Holy Spirit mends broken hearts and broken lives, when they are placed on the altar of sacrifice. The Holy Spirit brings healing to physical, mental and Spiritual needs within our nature.
Sing from your heart unto the Lord a New Hymn, using new words that come to you as you open your mouth.
Our teacher gave us a hand-out about “Counting the Omer” and asked us to read each verse on the day selected; and to focus on the comments; beginning on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
What is the Counting of the Omer you might ask: This from a search on the Internet:
The Counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover (the 16th of Nisan) for Rabbinic Jews (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform), and after the weekly Shabbat during Passover for Karaite Jews, and ends the day before the holiday of Shavuot, (Pentecost) the 'fiftieth day.'
The idea of counting each day represents spiritual preparation and anticipation for the giving of the Torah which was given by God on
We as Christians look forward to the 50th day being the Day of Pentecost.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
|Walls of Protection for God's People|
Wednesday we meet at our church, to pray over our city (and our families and friends too.) Pastor Allan has asked me to bring a short focus each week, and I am sharing todays focus with you.
WIND - WATER - and WALLS
- Do not fear or complain; thinking all is not working.
- Continue to pray - - expecting the walls to support you, but to fall around the enemy.
- March forward with your feet on good ground as you shop, work, visit and testify to others.
- Keep a positive attitude, knowing God is fighting the battle, as you pray.
- Allow the Wind of the Holy Spirit to renew, restore and hold you up in your Body, Soul and Spirit.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Pastor has trusted me to bring a focus each week at our praying over our city meeting. Some days, I am led to bring a simple illustration along with the focus.
As we opened our prayer over our city one Wednesday morning, I placed an empty folding chair on the platform behind the alter bench.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
|Be Available Today - because All God has for you is HERE for you TODAY|
How do you begin your day? A good way to start your day, is to say with your mouth this verse:
God is always in the NOW. He is waiting for us to team up with Him TODAY.
- bear with each other
- forgive whatever grievances...as the Lord forgives you
- put on love
- let peace of Christ rule in your hearts
- be thankful
- let word of Christ dwell in you richly
- teach/admonish with wisdom
- SING psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs - with gratitude in your hearts TO GOD
- and whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God THROUGH HIM.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “TODAY this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
“Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson
Proverbs 6:4 Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do.
(The following will be a hand out at our prayer meeting.)
The Time to pray and receive is NOW - - while it is yet TODAY
As Christians, we do not set a specific time to pray. Paul said to pray with out ceasing, which meant to be in an attitude of connection with God at all times.