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When the Church Service is Over, We are the Church
I once read; "A church that has a passion is a church where "Discouraged folks cheer up, dishonest folks moral up, sour folks sweeten up, closed folk open up, gossipers shut up, conflicted folks make up, sleeping folks wake up, lukewarm folk fire up, dry bones shakeup, and pew potatoes stand up! But most of all, Christ the Savior of the entire world is lifted up." YES! But today we work with, live near, and rub shoulders with people who lack the revelation of God's truth, love and His Word that provides power to live abundantly. Also, for a lack of better words, there is a disdain for the church for various reasons, still, looking for the church to be the church. They aren’t religious, they have no church background, they don’t know what the bible says, and frankly, they don’t care - they really have no interest in spiritual things. Yet, more importantly, may your spirit become encouraged to remind ourselves that 'WE ARE THE CHURCH'! AMEN. We are the folks that offer kindness and help to the helpless. We are the church that prays for situations that we are not living, but with compassion, we pray. We are the church. We are the church that after worship service, we approach each day with the joy of the Lord and to be open for His use. The beauty of our faith is that it delivers and transforms us to be reflectors of God's goodness. So with excitement, may we "Be the church when the worship service is over". Folks are struggling with mental challenges in large numbers, so let’s be the church that seeks to offer real help and comfort. In our authentic approach in God's calling do not be afraid or apprehensive in being the church. Matthew 16:18 encourages us with these words, "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it". Be the church, after service is over! Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for empowering me to live beyond the walls. Amen. 2021 'INTENTIONAL' "We're ALL In"
Are You Ready? Pt. 2
There are a number of people that are only interested in Jesus' function as a sin-sacrifice or miracle worker, but do not want a relationship with Him. There are Believers who submit to His callings partially, but not 'FULLY' active, however not living a devoted life that brings honor to His Name. With careful and consistent review of our daily walk and viewed 'NOT' from our prideful lens, may we fearlessly open our heart to be transformed into a disciple of Christ. Amen. Catch this, we invest into our spiritual lives, because we understand our 'SELF-WORTH'. It is the enemy who works overtime to throw us off of our destiny. Glory! Take note, what we carry out for the kingdom is important, however walking in obedience to the Word of God is absolute. Let's punch this out a bit more. When it is finished, the moment folks take their last breath and cross over into eternity, the following will be witnessed. Matthew 7:21-23 says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers". Are you ready? The questions that I ask myself, are you caught up in accomplishing goals, more than drawing even closer to Jesus? Am I submitting to HIM daily? Be greatly encouraged! You are loved, valued beyond human understanding and pursued by Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will Provide daily. Glory! Verse of the day: Romans 10:9-10
(NKJ V), 9 "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for not giving up on me. Lord, may I draw closer to You through the Holy Spirit's promptings and the revelation of the Word. Amen 2021 'INTENTIONAL' #IknowmySelfWorth #preparing4Hisreturn #walkinginobedeince #repentingisGOOD
Are You Ready?
Pastor Swindoll shared a story about working in a machine shop alongside a fellow named George. George’s job was to sweep and clean out the shavings underneath the lathes and machines. Pastor Swindoll continued to say George was born again, and he loved the teachings of Scripture on prophecy. “I remember hearing him sing hymns as he worked, many of them had to do with the coming of Jesus such as "In the Sweet By and By" and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder."
Late one Friday afternoon about ten minutes to quitting time when we were all weary, I looked at George and said, "George, are you ready?"
He said "Uh-huh."
But he was all dirty. He was just obviously not ready. I said, "Aren’t you ready to go home?"
He said, "Yeah, I’m ready."
I said "Look at you! Man, you’re not ready. You’ve gotta go clean up."
"No," he said, "let me show you something."
So he unzipped his coveralls and underneath were the neatest, cleanest clothes you can imagine. He had them all ready. All he did when the whistle blew was just unzip and step out of that coverall, walk up, and punch his clock and he was gone.
He said, "You see, I stay ready to keep from gettin’ ready - just like I’m ready for Jesus!" Are you ready? If you call yourself a Christian, but you live in a continuous lifestyle of sin, you’re not prepared. If you have chosen a life that is opposite of the Word, then you are not ready. George stayed ready! A question that I ask myself periodically to ensure my life is walking in the Word. Am I ready to meet the One who died for me and made it possible to live the abundant life? Not from arrogance, 'YES', but a response graphed in John 3:16-17, 1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 6:11, 1 Peter 1:15-16, Leviticus 11:44 and Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV) that says; "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation". Amen! Are you ready? Everybody must be ready for Jesus because He will come like a thief in the night. Prayer: Heavenly Father, show areas in my life where I am not obedient to Your Word. I am preparing to meet You. I want to stay with You and a multitude of others throughout eternity in Your glorious presence. Amen. 2021 'INTENTIONAL' "I'm ALL IN"
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man".
Psalm 118:8 I’ve had a lot of "locked my keys in the car" situations in life and had to call AAA. Earlier, I had to call for roadside assistance, to have my truck towed. After waiting longer than usual, I called AAA to understand that the emergency roadside towing company needed assistance themselves. Through life experiences, we come to place our trust in the Lord who is our refuge. Amen! Loved ones, this caused me to glow with appreciation that our Heavenly Father doesn't need assistance. HE doesn't require a back up and nor does HE require re-certification for being divine. His sovereignty doesn't need board approval by the denominations or theological elite. Listen, God is GOD! In Him and through HIM, God is truth the only pure and holy truth. I love Psalm 43:3 that says, "Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling"! Beautiful people, remember that we can depend on God's truth, because HE is absolute TRUE! Heavenly Father may I continue to seek Your truth and continue to submit to your loving will for my life. Amen. 2021 'INTENTIONAL' "We're ALL In"
"While he was coming, the demon tore him and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father".
Luke 9:42 (RSV) A short illustration captured in the Readers Digest stated, "On his birthday, my husband was stuck driving our six rambunctious children around. As usual, they were yelling, punching, and annoying one another. Joel finally had had enough. "Kids," he said over the din, "if you would behave and be kind to each other, that would be a very nice birthday present for me." Our six-year-old shot back: "Too late, I already got you another present." HA! Today great ones, with joy I would like to remind you that Satan thought he had you, but he is 'TOO LATE'!! He and his mines are throwing their best shots at you and I but God! Charles Spurgeon wrote in a piece entitled, "The Devil's Last Throw", "There is a name high above all, in hell, and earth, and sky. Angels and men before it fall, and devils fear and fly. That one name is the name of Jesus, the Son of God, to whom all power is given. He is God, and can deliver any man from the dominion of evil, whatever form it may have assumed, and however long established the dominion may be. Cure besides-there is none. Nothing else can rescue a man from the thralldom of his sin but the word of Jesus. When the word of power is spoken from his divine mouth all things obey; but none out of the ten thousand voices of earth can deliver us from evil. We are shut up to heaven s unique remedy: God grant that, being so shut up, we may avail ourselves of it". Today, whatever you are facing, going through, discouraged by, hurt and in fear of Jesus has been given absolute power. Death has no victory in the life of a 'saved' child of God! Glory! He is TOO LATE! Luke 9:42 is super powerful in that Jesus, catch this, rebukes the unclean spirit and healed the boy. This verse is a confidence builder in that as we pray for deliverance for a loved one or someone that is held by the grip of sin, 'REBUKE' it in the powerful of Name of Jesus. The enemy believes he has a chance to impede your process to spiritual maturity. He thinks that throwing hell's kitchen sink at you that you would return to your former self, but the Word conflicts, rebuke and causes us to draw near to the Lord. Listen, he is simply, TOO LATE! Meditation: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" Philippians 2:5 (NKJV). Allow our mind to be fully liberated and opened to God's glory. 2021 'INTENTIONAL' "Jesus Set Me Free"
I once read, if you are in a precarious situation, things could become difficult, unsure about what direction to take and maybe even dangerous. For countless perceive themselves as living in unstable or not firmly placed. So they feel likely to slip or lose their grip on things. WSCOG's focus will always be creating an environment for Believers to flourish and achieve spiritual maturity. Whatever situation or season we may be in, we push through. I have witnessed some incredible saints live through some tuff events that rattled their hearts, but they turned to God and pushed through. The Psalmist of chapter 18 shared his thoughts when life was unsure or precarious. He trusted God, cried out to HIM, and allowed his heart to be ministered too. Psalm 18:1-3 (RSV) states, "I love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies". Loved ones, may you receive the encouragement to turn to the Word of God as often as it is presented. Let it soak deep into your souls. I believe the Word was richly received and treasured in the hearts of early Believers of the New Testament. Especially, when they were scattered because they were persecuted for their faith that Jesus is 'ALIVE'! So during any precarious situation or season, cling to Psalm 18 or another favorite, Jude 1:24-25 (RSV) that says, "Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time now and for ever. Amen". Meditation: "The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory". Exodus 15:2 2021 'INTENTIONAL' "The Lord is MY Strength"
Memorial Day 2021
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 After World War I the day was set aside to honor all American wars, and the custom was extended to pay homage to deceased relatives and friends, both military and civilian. There are a number of relatives, mentors, coach and friends who lost loved ones during wars. The Bible offers not just a beautiful word; but the divine comfort that God provides. The most solemn ceremony conducted on Memorial Day is the placing of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns located in Arlington national Cemetery. Today is Memorial Day, a time for remembering people who were important in our lives. The purpose is to honor the nation’s military personnel killed in wartime. The holiday was called Decoration Day at first, because people decorated soldiers’ graves with flowers and flags on that day. Today may we proclaim a heartfelt pray of comfort for those who are mourning profound absence. Amen! Prayer: Heavenly Father, those who sacrificed their lives have transitioned into eternity, but are not forgotten. Lord God, bless those who have experienced such lost with Your loving and proud comfort. In JESUS name Amen! 2021 'INTENTIONAL' "We're ALL In"
See the Good
"God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good."
Genesis 1:31 (NASB) The ability to see is a miraculous gift. We cherish God's gift to see through our physical eyesight and our spiritual sight.
Pastor Bruce Howell shared a sermon entitled; "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". He expressed these words; "An obstetrician approached an anxious father in the waiting room of a New York City hospital and said, "I am sorry to inform you, but your baby lived but two hours after his birth. We did everything we could to save his life." As the sympathetic doctor was about to leave, the quick thinking father said, "I read only recently that human eyes are needed in a cornea transplants. Could my baby's eyes be used to enable someone to see again?"
The next day the Red Cross carried an eye to two different hospitals. In one, a corneal graft restored the sight of a working man with a large family. In the other, sight was given to a mother. A babe, who lived only two hours, gave physical sight to a grateful father and mother.
Over 2,000 years ago a Baby came into our sin-darkened world to give spiritual sight to all who will receive it without money and without price. At His coming, "the people that walked in darkness saw a great light."
Glory! Questions: (1) Are you thanking God for the gift of sight? (2) Are you using the full capacity of the gift of sight? There are GOOD things that God has provided for us. (3) Are you taking in your surroundings or do you just glance around? (4) When you look do you truly see?
Beloved, today take the time to really look at your world, your family, your work environment, your life—and smile at the gifts you have been given. Praise God!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I will look at what You have made and see how good it truly is! Lord God I that You for the gift of sight. Naturally and spiritually. Amen.
Meditate: "He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see" John 9:25
"We're ALL In"
When I Rise!
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he got up, went out, and made his way to a deserted place; and there he was praying."
Mark 1:35 Question: how do you start off your mornings? How do you push through the day? For folks who express the following words, with a frown; "I'm not a morning person. Please give me a minute"! Catch this, if they would create a quiet time with Lord, first thing in the morning, it just might infuse one's soul with a renewed joy. YES! Or if a high energetic person that wakes up ready to take on the world, could recognize the benefit in centering their soul, by seeking God first thing in the morning. Interesting perspective. Let’s punch this out a bit more. At least four times in the Gospels, Jesus is pictured as going off by Himself, often early in the morning, to spend time in prayer (see also Luke 5:16; 6:12; 9:18; Mark 6:46). Jesus was busy and as ministry minded as He was, found it so essential to spend time with the Father. Jesus kept HIS connection with the Heavenly Father by setting aside time alone with HIM. Amen. Let's flip it just a bit. Prioritizing a daily quiet time establishes that we truly believe God is the central component to our lives. He is more than our number one priority; God is that which our entire lives are centered on. We go to work in a godly way. We parent in a godly fashion. We make decisions in a godly process. We adorn our godly-armor to prepare for the attacks of Satan and totally get an energy boost to start off our day. Glory! Lastly, daily quiet time is a constant reminder of the central place God has in the life of a Christian. Unlike the world, God share a revelation in what the day or week could bring. God Is GOOD! Prayer: Heavenly Father, give me the desire, heart, mind and spirit to seek You early every morning and grant me the daily blessings that come from a quiet time spent with YOU. Amen. 2021 'INTENTIONAL' "WE'RE ALL IN"
On Top of the Fencepost
Alex Haley, the author of "Roots," had an unusual picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on top of a fence post. When asked, "Why is that there?" Alex Haley answered, "Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words and think that they are wonderful, and begin to feel proud of myself, I look at the turtle on top of the fence post and remember that he didn’t get there on his own. He had help." That is the basis of thankfulness - to remember that we got here with the help of God, and that He is the provider of every blessing we have. Question: Are you proud of yourself? Are you grateful for what God created in you? Are you grateful for folks who assisted during your journey? "Do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers". Ephesians 1:16 Prayer : Heavenly Father, I thank You for placing folks in my life to cause me to become successful. You have made things possible, yet as I am obedient to You, all things work together fir my good. Amen! 2021 'INTENTIONAL' #thankful #iseeU
Praying for Others
“True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. People describe intercession by saying, “It is putting yourself in someone else’s place.” That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and His perspective.” ― by Oswald Chambers Praying for others is not only a blessing for us to do, but it is also a vital part of living the Christian life. We are commanded to carry one another’s burdens. One way we can do this is by praying for one another. A prayer that is on behalf of someone else is called intercessory prayer. Praying for others strengthens our bond with them, and it also strengthens our relationship with the Lord. So, this late afternoon, may my prayers strengthen you and bring healing where it is needed. GOD is GOOD and totally able to strengthen the bonds between all Believers. Totally able to strengthen your thinking and body. Job 42:10 prayed; “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. WOW! Action: pray for a friend or loved one. YES! Mediate: May my life glorify the Lord. 2021 'INTENTIONAL' "We're ALL In"
Grow While You Wait
by PW & PL
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
Waiting is part of the process of becoming the person God wants you to be—a time of growth where you experience the difference between your demands and His desires.
When you surrender to His timetable, you realize He knows best.
Pastor Morgan stated; "Waiting for God is not laziness. Waiting for God is not going to sleep. Waiting for God is not the abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, first, activity under command; second, readiness for any new command that may come; third, the ability to do nothing until the command is given".
Waiting is a demonstration of faith, but an act of obedience. When waiting it allows us to grow in the peace that our Saviour offers.
On the surface level, waiting on the Lord is the literal act of waiting. You might be waiting on the Lord to answer a prayer, or you might be waiting on Him to fulfill one of His promises according to Scripture. Regardless of what it is, there is often a literal time of waiting on the Lord to do something that requires patience from many of us.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to see the good in waiting. Guide me to be patient and flexible, as I let go of the reins and trust Your timing. Amen.
Be bold: memorize Isaiah 41:10; "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand".
One more to empower our thinking:
"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing". John 15:5 (ESV) 2021 'INTENTIONAL'
"Growing My Faith"