Tuesday, November 30, 2010
In the presence of a great work or a great warfare, here is a text which should help us to buckle on our harness. If Jehovah Himself goes before us, it must be safe to follow. Who can obstruct our progress if the LORD Himself is in the van? Come, brother soldiers, let us make a prompt advance! Why do we hesitate to pass on to victory?
Nor is the LORD before us only; He is with us. Above, beneath, around, within is the omnipotent, omnipresent One. In all time, even to eternity, He will be with us even as He has been. How this should nerve our arm! Dash at it boldly, ye soldiers of the cross, for the LORD of hosts is with us!
Being before us and with us, He will never withdraw His help. He cannot fail in Himself, and He will not fail toward us. He will continue to help us according to our need, even to the end. As He cannot fail us, so He will not forsake us. He will always be both able and willing to grant us strength and succor till fighting days are gone.
Let us not fear nor be dismayed; for the LORD of hosts will go down to the battle with us, will bear the brunt of the fight, and give us the victory.
Charles Spurgeon-Faiths Checkbook
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Sunday, November 28, 2010
As I prayed I felt like this was spiritual warfare. When I arrived at church early this morning I did not have any more pain. Thank you Lord! Our services today were a blessing. It seemed very natural to have three services, it seems as though the Lord is leading us.
Its kind of cool because the church seems small again, and I feel as though I can connect with all our folks easier. And also it provides another chance for us to grow. It also gives others a chance to serve the Lord. I am excited to see what the Lord will do. I can remember only three years ago when the thought of 3 services was not a thought at all. The Lord is so faithful I long to see more people reached with the gospel. Thanks for all your support and prayers. Love you guys! PJ
Friday, November 26, 2010
As Jonah began to run the Bible says he,"went down". He went down to the harbor found a ship to board. He then Went Down into that ship. He would eventually Go Down into the depths of the ocean. When a person runs from God it is always the way down. Sadly some only continue to go down. It's worth noting that when Jonah went to board a ship that he thought would solve His problems by taking him far away from God, a ship was available. The devil knows when a person is running from God. He will always have a vessel of death for you to board. For some it is the vessel of worldly pleasure. Always in search of a good time, good vibes,great experiences, just,"loving life", without really knowing where real life is found. A narcissistic way of living that keeps you inoculated to what reality is. For others it's the "love boat of relationships." No one wants to be alone we say, and under this premise, we search for someone to fill this aching loneliness we feel. Then you give more and more of yourself away until your all used up and broken. You see the interesting thing is it says,"Jonah paid the fare" Jonah 1:3. This is the thing that most people do not realize or consider. Running from Gods love and mercy and amazing plan for your life comes at a high price. Oh some may live there whole life unscathed from the pain of this world, yet the price they will pay for eternity is beyond devastating. May I encourage you today to realize Jesus already paid the fare for our salvation on Calvary's cross. His plans for you are good. He doesn't not want to ruin you, but bless you. Will you go His way or your own?
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it
At this hour a mountain of difficulty, distress, or necessity may be in our way, and natural reason sees no path over it, or through it, or round it. Let faith come in, and straightway the mountain disappears and becomes a plain. But faith must first hear the word of the LORD--"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." This grand truth is a prime necessity for meeting the insurmountable trials of life.
I see that I can do nothing and that all reliance on man is vanity. "Not by might." I see that no visible means can be relied on, but the force is in the invisible Spirit. God alone must work, and men and means must be nothing accounted of. If it be so that the Almighty God takes up the concerns of His people, then great mountains are nothing. He can remove worlds as boys toss balls about or drive them with their foot. This power He can lend to me. If the LORD bids me move an Alp I can do it through His name. It may be a great mountain, but even before my feebleness it shall become a plain; for the LORD hath said it. What can I be afraid of with God on my side?
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The Bible encourages us to be thankful. In everything give thanks. Not just one day out of the year, but every day we live. It is not simply "Thanksgiving"; the holiday, but "Thanksliving" the life. Praying you enjoy your day and don't get too stuffed! :o) Blessings PJ
Monday, November 22, 2010
In Ezekiel chapter 19, the prophet is reflecting upon the nation of Israel's condition in the past. Formerly she was flourishing. At one time extremely fruitful in the land. The reason was due to her connection to God. As long as Israel chose to abide in the Lord she was blessed abundantly. At the same time, the Lord had warned the nation that if they turned away from Him, the consequences would be devastating. Sadly in time she forgot about her Savior and she turned away from the Lord to idols. What followed was a process of withering.
Now the prophet Ezekiel draws a comparison to what Israel was in the past and what she was at the present. Once planted in good soil,bearing fruit. Yet now in a dry and thirsty land. At one time she had branches that were sturdy bearing precious fruits. Now all the fruit had been consumed. The branches were so weak and brittle, that not even one could be used to make a rulers scepter. As you read this chapter it is a powerful warning to us. As long as we continue to abide in the Lord, and walk in obedience to His commands we will remain fruitful. Even during the seasons of life that are dry,we will not wither. At the same time what happened to the nation of Israel can happen to anyone who turns from the truth.
This is always the end result of life that turns from the Lord. At one time walking with the Lord, bearing spiritual fruit, now withered, bitter, and cynical. Perhaps you know people in this condition. Maybe your there yourself. It's not too late to once again sink your roots deep into the love of God. The Lord exhorted His people to turn and live. To come back to Him. And if they would respond they would be restored.
If you have time read John 15. Have a blessed day...PJ
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
The evening begins with dinner, then we have prayer, worship and a time in the Word. Its a great way to end a long day. Now to get ready for Sunday! Blessings PJ
In Hebrews chapter 12 we are to that the Christian life is likened to a race that we run. In order to run affectively we need endurance. The race we run is long distance. We are running to glory. There is a course mapped out for us by Jesus. There are things that will impede our progress. There are things that will cause us to stumble and fall. Sin is a sure way to not finish your race well. Compromise with the world is a definite hindrance to your spiritual stamina. Therefore the writer of Hebrews exhorts us to "strip off" anything that would slow us down.
The runners in ancient times would wear next to nothing in order that they could run faster. They would train vigorously in order to compete and win the victors crown. Imagine a long distance runner carrying a mountain hiking backpack as he attempted to run. He may be able to run for a short time but eventually he will have to stop.
Yet some today seek to run the race of life carrying all they can. Some will live in sin and seek to run the race for the Lord. They don't realize they are running the wrong direction and that they are not even on the right path. Then there are those who run with the weights of the world tied to them. They name the name Christ yet at the same time they are embracing and feeding upon many of the delicacies of the world that sap their endurance.
Let's ask ourselves the question this morning. Don't you want to finish well? Don't you want to run hard? Paul said "run to win". Due to the weights and sin we can carry we only run to run. Man, I want to finish well. I want to run the race faithfully. I want to hear my savior say" well done good and faithful servant."
Is there anything today that you need put aside that is hindering you from running your race?
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
As Ezekiel went down to where the captives were stationed, the first thing that he did was sit with them. In sitting with them he got a clear perspective on what they were going through. That is always a good thing to do in order to have some idea of who you are ministering to. Sit with them, listen to them,see what is truly going on. Then you will be able to affectively assist them.
The house of Israel was dying. The leadership had faltered, as a result the people followed suite. It was a difficult situation. Yet in that hour, God raised up Ezekiel to minister to the captives. To speak to the remnant. To be a watchmen to warn the people.
Perhaps today the Lord may send us to those who are captives of sin. They are suffering the consequences of decisions that they have made. If God calls you, go to them, sit with them, speak to them Gods Word. Do not condemn them, love them with the love of Jesus.
Have a blessed day.PJ
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Monday, November 15, 2010
In the first chapter he wrote that when a person begins to understand that the Holy Spirit is a person it has an amazing impact on their life. One thing that stood out to me today was the relationship we have with the Holy Spirit. He is always with us. When I comprehend His presence it is a great deterrent to sin. I love the Lord and therefore I would never want to do anything to jeopardize this love relationship. I also am blessed to know that i am not alone. It should bring tremendous joy to your heart today Christian to know that you are not alone. The Lord promised to be with us by His Holy Spirit even to the end of the age.
Thanks for your prayers!
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Saturday, November 13, 2010
" God opens doors for ministry and ministers today. "I would like to bear witness that I have proved this Philadelphian promise of the open door through years of ministry and it has never failed. Promotion does not come from the south, east, or west, but from God; and if we commit our way unto Him and trust Him, He will bring it to pass . . . God's man is not dependent on religious talent scouts nor is his ministry in the hand of ecclesiastical officials. His headquarters is heaven and his itinerary is made up by the Lord of the Open Door." (Havner)
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Friday, November 12, 2010
I am blown away by the power of Gods Word. I am dumbfounded at the working of the Holy Spirit. At the present I am to stand in faith believing that what God has promised He is able to perform. Like Habakuk in the tower, I will wait for the word the Lord will speak, and the direction He will give. Like Ruth waiting for Boaz to fulfill His promise, I wait for my greater than Boaz to work on my behalf. Like Abraham and Sarah waiting for the arrival of Isaac, I wait upon my Lord. Like David dwelling in Hebron, serving in Judah I will wait for the fulfillment of Gods promise.
I want to say that it is good to be reminded today that the Lord is working. And that although time can go by, it is no cause to doubt that the Lord will do what He has said. It is encouraging to know that you are on the right track, and that the Lord remains faithful even when we are faithless. Keep believing as you walk by faith and not by sight.....P.J
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