Monday, July 21, 2014

There is a Just God

 “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside Me; a JUST GOD and a SAVIOUR; there is none beside Me.” ~ Isa. 45:21
“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His Own Inheritance.”~ Ps.33:1 We continue to talk about our Liberties throughout the month of July giving honour to our Military for our Freedom, and most assuredly to our God! We are a Blessed Nation and a people with an inheritance! Perhaps you have not been left an inheritance; nonetheless you have an inheritance in Christ, not only each of us as an individual, but also our Nation.  Our Nation was founded on ‘Godly Principles;’ and many have gave their life for the Liberties and Freedoms that we enjoy today.  It is normal when we have something all our life, to sometimes take it for granted. Today we want to give thanks for our Founding Fathers who had a mind to follow God in laying the foundation for our America under much persecution. The following is a quote from “Patrick Henry,” a Founding Father of our Nation.  “An appeal to the God of hosts is all that is left us! We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath place in our power. … Besides, we shall not fight our battles alone, There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us … Is life so dear, or Peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me Liberty or give me death!”And so it is in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have Liberty and Eternal Life through His death!  It is good for us to give time and meditation to the Liberty of our country and so much more to the Liberty wherein Christ has set us Free! Sometimes we don’t feel justice has been done in certain circumstance, but we serve a Just God who is the Ancient of Days and in Him shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory! “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from Faith to Faith: as it is written, The Just shall live by Faith.”    Loving you, Pastor

There is None Like Thee

“Forasmuch as there is none like unto Thee, O Lord; Thou art great, and Thy name is great in might. Who would not fear Thee, O King of Nations? for to Thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the Nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto Thee. ~ Jer. 10:6-7
O Worship the Lord, let us exalt His name together!  Truly the Lord Jesus is to be Praised, and our Father God is to be Revered, let us hallow His Holy name!  What an awesome service the Lord extended unto us last week. I have rejoiced all week just to see hungry souls in the altar at Commerce. So much is going on in our world, and many are hurting and desolate! Jesus Christ is our only answer.  As I mused over all the things that the Lord did in our midst, I could only say unto Him, “There is none like unto Thee!”  Immediately I knew that such a phrase came from Scripture and so the Message was born.  O God there is none like thee!  How important is such a statement in this moment and time? The signs of the time [God’s timing] are all around us! As we keep our eye on Israel and a Prayer in our heart for her Peace, we recognize that “There is no God like Jehovah!”  Scripture reveals His glorious power:  Jeremiah speaks as the Oracle of God and declares:  “The Lord is the True God, He is the Living God, and an Everlasting King: and there is none like unto Him!”  As you Read Chapter 10 of Jeremiah, he speaks about the gods of this world and twice he proclaims “There is none like unto Thee, O Lord!” He admonishes us not to learn the way of the heathen [think on this] and not to be dismayed by the signs of heaven; the heathen will be dismayed!  Here is a powerful statement as we remember there is none like unto our God ... “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps,,,”  The psalmist echoes the cry of Jeremiah; “Among the gods, there is none like unto thee, O Lord; All the nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, and shall glorify Thy name, for Thou art great and Thou art God alone!” I hear David’s Pray ... “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.”  ~ Ps 119:35  Loving you, Pastor                  

By the Word of Our Testimony

They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their Testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  ~  Rev. 12:11
Today we have the glorious opportunity to Testify and lift up the name of Jesus! The Word of God is the greatest Testimony confirming to us that it is in God that we place our trust. Our Hope is in Him. Too often we move through life dealing with disappointments, hard circumstances, loss and sometimes failure. We have a tendency to remember these hard places.  Sometimes they just attack us and come seemingly form no where. Of course we know the enemy of our soul is at work and this should be a time when we “overcome by the Word of our Testimony!” The word “overcame” is used only three times in Scripture. Once when the enemy overcame the disciples as they were stepping out two by two to follow in Jesus footsteps. Secondly, it is said of Jesus in  Rev. 3:21 “To him that Overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also Overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.”  This is awesome when you think about the Overcoming power of Holy Spirit.  It was the strength of the Holy Spirit that walked with Jesus through the wilderness experience. It was so much more than a wilderness experience. Jesus was tempted sorely as He fasted and overcame the temptations of the devil. The third time “Overcame” is used is our text today. We must overcome and we can do this by the Blood of Jesus that was shed for us.  It is [1] Confessing the power of Christ in our life and [2] Overcoming the works of the enemy by Our Testimony!  As we share today, let us give glory to the “Overcoming Christ” who hath ─ “raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”  ~ Eph. 2:6  Loving you, Pastor

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Trust in God

“Now know I that the Lord Saveth His Anointed; He will hear him from His Holy Heaven with the Saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.” ~ Psalm 20:6-8 I pray that this week you have responded to the challenge of last week’s Message, to give an hour daily for “Love and Thankfulness to God” – not asking for anything, just Thanking Him for who He is and the Sacrifice He has given for our Eternal Life. As I thought on such a challenge, this week I was nudged to give Thanks for being able to “Trust Him!”  As I meditated upon this I found scores of reasons wherein I had Trusted Him and He came through for me.  How awesome is our God. O Lord, help us to take time to remember the multitude of situations that You have walked beside us. You have forgiven us; You strengthen us, and leads us in paths that we might not have taken. Let the Church reflect on the 23rd Psalm for a moment – think of all the ‘wants’ that He has provided, not to mention the ‘needs.’ Have you ever felt a calm come over you in some desperate situation? No doubt you have, that is Him leading us beside still waters and bringing ‘calm’ to our soul ─ restoring us! He is the Christ of our crisis, the dark valleys: His Light guides us through those difficult places and Resurrection is our portion. On and on go the thankful moments! And yes He prepares a table in the midst of our enemy – for while the devil would seek to steal, Kill and destroy: God sent Jesus to give us life, and that we might have it more abundantly.  This is our hour to seize the moment! For in Thanksgiving, God’s heart is turned toward His Children, He Anoints us with oil, our cup runs over! And Goodness and Mercy are always present with us: And we fear no evil! Our destiny is to dwell in the House of the Lord forever! We can Trust you Lord, for you are our God! You shelter us from the Storm, You are our secret hiding place …  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding!”  Loving you, Pastor