Monday, November 19, 2018

Grasshopper Mentality

The Message today comes from Numbers Chapter 13 and deals with the 12 men who were sent into Canaan to search out the “Promised Land!” These men had wandered with Moses in the wilderness.  They had eaten of the Manna, the food sent down from heaven. They had drank from the Smitten Rock, fresh water. They had witnessed the correction of God, the bounty of God, the remarkable fire of God, the cloud that followed them, the fire by night … yet they were blinded from the glorious power of their God! Read this Chapter again this week, it will inspire you. These men entered into this “Promised Land” at the Word of their God, the Lord God Jehovah! Probably everyone reading this knows what they found at the brook of Eshcol.  Vs23 “They came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two of them upon a staff.” And they proclaimed Canaan flowed with milk and honey and is a fruitful place. And here begins a sorrowful moment of unbelief.  As the men reported the glorious place which the Lord had provided for them, they were weaken by the giants that dwelt in the land. Their response to the God of all, who had sent them there was: the cities are walled and very greatthe People are huge and strong and “we be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” Caleb sought to still their fear by saying “We are well able to overcome…” As the Israelite’s heard the report they lifted up their voice in victory? Noooo, they cried, they wept and murmured against Moses. This was the mentality of 10 of them; Vs33 “…we saw the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers!” And in my Spirit I heard: “For we walk by Faith and not by sight!”  This is a Scripture we must write upon our heart and place in our mind for the day in which we live! Loving you and Praying for you, Pastor

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Like a Shepherd

“Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”  ~ Isaiah 40:10-11
Like a Shepherd! What is a Shepherd like? We know that Jesus has been called the “Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd, the Shepherd who is the Bishop of our soul! Knowing this, it should fill us with “that Joy!” The Joy that is unspeakable! This Joy causes us to know “He is working for our good!” These are the messages that God has put on my heart for this moment in time – today “Like a Shepherd,” Jesus teaches us great truths with natural things that we then might discern the Spiritual concept. Various times in Scripture the Shepherd is referred to, as one who cares for us, and guides us.  There is also great instruction from the Shepherd, the one who God calls to lead His flock. It is humbling to think that a Shepherd in the flesh can in any way be a leader as Jesus, who gave His life for the Sheep. As the natural Shepherd cares for the flock, so we learn Spiritual truths. There is nothing new under the sun so Scripture declares, yet everyday we dig into the Word of God, we find great treasures and depth of truth if only we will search for it. When a member of our church gave me the explanation of “Thou Anointest my head with oil” from Ps. 23. The Shepherd anoints the head of the sheep with oil, this is to keep the snarly insects away from their head, their eyes, their nostrils, etc. For the insects get into their head and drive them crazy to put it in layman’s terms. What a Spiritual lesson there is in that information he gave me. Like a Shepherd Jesus the Anointed one covers us. I hear in Scripture: Phil. 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” The Word of God is so powerful as we reach into It’s depth! Oh how we need the Shepherd of our soul in this hour! I find myself quoting daily … “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee!”  He is with us as Ps. 23 so clearly declares, even in the midst of our enemies and we know who the enemy of our soul is: He is a defeated foe! And even in the shadow of death He walks with us! It is my Prayer that God will pour forth His Oil upon His Church and invigorate the Body of Christ with His Love and Strength!  Loving Him and loving you, Pastor   ‘Jude 1:2’

Sunday, November 4, 2018

That Joy

“That Joy!” What Joy? I’m sure everyone who is a Born-Again Christian knows “Whose Joy” I am going to talk about. Perhaps “His Joy” is greatly needed in this day in which we live. The works of darkness excel, but there is no power greater than our God. I find myself being a bit more adamant today and opinionated, sometimes to a slow heat.  Difficult times call for Godly measures! But for the JOY that was set before Jesus, in the great stress of His earthly life, He was able to fulfill the Father’s desire. Our Father, who is our God has a great desire for us. He sent Jesus that we might have “Joy!”  Not an ordinary Joy, but “His Joy!” Our sins may be forgiven, Salvation is our portion, and His Love overflows toward us. We know this, but somehow we are tempted to doubt, worry, stress, and fear. This is the work of the enemy to detour our soul from Jesus’ Joy, His Peace, and the Hope that we have in Him. Jesus has removed our sins so far from us, we often forget to Thank Him for our Salvation. When we enter into a Thankful Spirit, remembering our Hope of Eternal Life, His Joy will overflow within us and His Joy is full! Perhaps we are often detoured from such thankfulness that the works of darkness cause us to lose hold of such a Powerful Joy! I love the Word of God in Jude 20-21 that reminds us: “Ye, Beloved, building up yourselves on your most Holy Faith, Praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep your-selves in the Love of God, looking for the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto Eternal Life and of some have Compassion making a difference.” Scripture teaches us “His Joy” is unspeakable! When Jesus is first in our Life and Others second, something happens to Yourself!  Joy rushes in, revives the Goodness of Jesus’ Sacrifice, and hopefully we desire to be more like Him. Jesus is our greatest example of ‘caring for others’ – He was moved with Compassion on various occasions. This is because of His Father: We read in Micah 7:19 “God will turn again, He will have Compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”  God’s heart of Compassion for us caused Him to offer Jesus for our Salvation! Jesus Compassion covered us in His Cleansing Blood! Let us Rejoice in our Salvation, and be filled with His Great Joy sharing our Love with others! Loving you, Pastor