This post is from my notes as Guest Pastor David ministered Sunday Morning.
Pastor David began by praying, “Lord give us hearts and minds for understanding.”
Often many seem to be a prisoner of their past; but recognize that your past is not a life sentence.
“Satan will take you further than you mean to go, and it will cost you more than you expect to pay.”
Get on with your life commit to our Lord Jesus Christ, and totally serve God.
An early time with the Lord is beyond understanding. Pastor David confessed he tries to get up ahead of everybody for a personal quiet time about 4:00 am. God will begin to speak and we may hear what we don’t want to hear but it will be what we need.
The Lord spoke to me saying, “These are my people too, but they are in various stages of spiritual growth. They need to be fed the Word.”
Now let’s talk about your wife, and what are you doing for her? Take care not to be critical. It is so easy to find fault, but it doesn’t build anyone up. Instead criticism destroys, and is a total tool of the devil to tear up relationships.
You do not want to disqualify who God wants to use. I am a follower of Christ and I want to be real.
Yes, we do need to look and examine things in the right way; but not in judgment.
“Judge not that you be not judged.” We are quick to see the splinter in someone’s eye when there is a big log in our own eye. We are to get rid of our own fault then you can help others. Our judgment is to be by the Word of God:
I Corinthians 5:9-12 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not entirely with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must you needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no not to eat.
We can’t leave this world, for we will need to witness to such as these.
We need to speak about forgiveness. Be quick to apologize and to ask forgiveness. Satan will condemn even after you are forgiven. Understand he is the accuser. He brings up past failures; simply know that he is a liar and that Jesus sees you as not under condemnation. We need to come to grips with that because God is the Judge.
Yes, we must be concerned about others, and when we speak, we can ask God for the right words to say. It is necessary to have respectful relationship between our fellow man, and to Love One Another. To pray for them, encourage and lift them up. We all have a ways to go.
Pastor David relates: We have a program to help released prisoners become the Man of God they need to be and to learn how to become a Dad to their children whey they have been gone for so long. (In prison)
Pastor David closed in prayer and invited those who would like personal prayer to come forward. Many came forward.
“Father, I thank you for everyone present here. May they be open to listen to what you desire them to hear. I ask your blessing upon the lives of those who have been misused; and that you will restore joy and peace to their lives.