Monday, August 27, 2012

Walking In Faith

How strong is your faith? I was wondering that today? How strong in our faith, really, OUR FAITH? Our churches say they teach faith, they say their members know what it means to stand in and live by faith, but when the chips begin to fall and they starting seeing trouble on the horizon, how many of us, STOP, right then and there, rebuke what is coming on and give everything over to the Lord? How many times do we depend on Him from the beginning?

I can be honest enough to say, that my first gut reaction when I used to start seeing the first sight of trouble was NOT to call on God. It was to try to stop it in my own power first, to take care of things in my own power first, then when the problems get so bad that I knew it had went out of control, THEN I called on God. That always ended up BAD for me.

You see, the Bible says, "the power of life and death is in the power of the tongue," Prov 18:21; and that, "The tongue no man can tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison, Therewith bless we God,, even the Father, and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My bretheren these things ought not be."  James 3:10.

So every time I would see trouble on the way, I would speak it into existence, and the more I spoke of the issue, the more people I talked to about it and the longer I held on to the problem, I was just making the problem stronger, and giving Satan more power in the situation. If I had just rebuked the problem from the beginning in the name of Jesus Christ, through the Power of HIS blood, and Called on God to handle the problem for me, BEFORE ever speaking about it to anyone else, then God could have stopped it a lot sooner than I could.

In our day, we haven't seen Jesus perform miracles in person, right before our eyes. We weren't there when He was beaten to an inch of His life, then hung on a cross for our sins, we weren't there when He was buried in a tomb and then rose again on the third day, like the Disciples and other followers, that were able to build their faith stronger and stronger by their five senses. WE have ONLY His word, the Bible, and sometimes we don't read it enough to build our faith, others have caused us to doubt what we read because they couldn't believe, but we know, God is working today. There are too many miracles seen in today's time, we have to look for them, harder now, it seems but they still happen. We have to stand on the Word of God, we have to keep reading the scriptures and standing firm on what we read and see in them.

You see, the scriptures are true, as the Bible says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed." James 1:5-6 

If you want or need faith, ask God, He is willing to give it to you, but YOU MUST ask God in FAITH, BELIEVING that you will receive it, and not waiver on the request. You can't say, "well, I asked, I believe He's gonna give it to me, well, He might give it to me, okay, I hope He will give it to me, since I asked for it." You ASK, in the name of Jesus Christ, and stand firm, that if He was willing to do for others, that as much as He loves you He will do what you ask from Him. Keep believing, and building your relationship, your walk, and your faith. You see, the scriptures tell us, He will give it to us, and He gives it liberally, but we have to build the strength of our faith as we grow in Him. We continue to build our one on one relationship as we build our walk with Him through prayer and the scriptures, we build our faith as well.

You see it says "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17, to build the faith He gives you, and strengthening your bond with Him, you continue to do your part in building your faith. Read the scriptures, pray to Him, and as you read the scriptures, READ them ALOUD. Hearing the scriptures will increase your faith even more than reading them silently. Stand firm, Ask in faith, believe whatever He says He will do, He WILL DO IT. (Matthew 21:22)

We read in Acts 5:14-15 - As the Apostles were out preaching the Gospel abroad, that the people in the other countries were being added to the church, after Christ's ascension to Heaven and after Pentecost. These people in these other towns, regions, and countries, had not seen Christ perform His miracles, did not see Him raise the dead, touch and heal the blind man, they heard of all these things, and their faith in Christ was so strong that when they heard the Apostles were coming their way, through their towns, that they had BIG FAITH, STRONG enough faith, NOTHING WAVERING, that God would do what He says He will do, that they lined the streets with their sick and hurting, they laid their beds along the streets, and they stood by in FAITH that even though the Apostles couldn't touch and heal every single one of them individually, even if just their shadow would fall on those sick people, they would be healed. It didn't take a touch of a garment, it didn't take them anointing and praying for them individually or collectively. These peoples unwavering faith in God, gave their family members and friends healing, just by the apostles shadow falling on them.

How big is your faith? Do you have that kind of faith? That just a whisper for help, just being in the shadow of God's wings, He can do ANYTHING? Do you believe with all your heart, mind and soul that God can do what He says He will do? He tells us that we can have anything we ask for, when we ask in the name of His son, Jesus Christ.(John 14:13-15)  Do you want to have that kind of faith today?  You can, I know you can!!!

I can readily admit, I have not always and do not always remember to have that kind of faith in the immediate moment that something happens to me, I want to say, "OH YEAH, I do that all the time, I am that good," but I would be lying. I am human, I forget and sometimes falter, sometimes I still try to handle it myself first, but I do pray everyday...

You can walk in that kind of Faith today, all you have to do is call on the Lord, Nothing wavering and Ask Him, you can pray something like this below:

"Dear God, In the name of Your son, Jesus Christ, My Savior, I know I have not always had the kind of faith that would be pleasing to you, nor glorifying to you, but I want that kind of FAITH the apostles had, the kind of faith those people in the Bible had, strong enough to move mountains, heal, bring your will into place, fighting the temptations and trials Satan puts in my way. I pray to you Lord to, please to give me that kind of FAITH. Help me Lord to continue in YOU. In your Word, in your power and might, and in the shadow of your wings. I need you, NOW, I need to feel your presence, but more importantly, I need to know that I can depend on You, to hold on to your hand and you will be there. I want that faith. Please know I am here, claiming your faith, and will continue to build that faith with you, Lord. In Jesus Name I pray, AMEN."

If you have prayed this prayer today, please email us and let us know, so we can send you some information to help you further be able to build that walk in faith with the Lord. WE want to help and stand in the gap to help you walk with the Lord everyday. Contact us and let us know how we can help you with that today.   

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I've Come Too Far to Turn Back Now...

We want what we want in our lives, I know, but sometimes we miss the forest ahead, for the trees in our way. We get scared and want to stop going, it all just seems "too BIG," and want to give up. Then we look at what our heavenly Father has done for us, and what he has asked us to do doesn't seem so big anymore. We know in our own strength we wouldn't be able to go at it alone, but we know, in Mark 10:27 that "with God, all things are possible."

We remember Philippians 4:13; "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." and that gives us even more of the courage and faith we need to accomplish. You see, I heard a pastor say one time, "ALL means ALL and that is ALL that ALL means." 

In other words, All is just about EVERYTHING! Everything we set out to do in the will of our Father, God, He will give us the strength to face, the trials, the craziness, the opposition, and all the joy that serving God holds for your life. I have served God for most of my life, even when I wasn't living has His Child, I still served Him and others because I knew it was the right thing to do, and there is nothing else I will ever want to do, besides be in His complete will, serving HIM. I am so humbled and overwhelmed by God's goodness, and His choice in me, that I can't think of anything else I'd rather do.

The Bible says in Matt. 22:14, "Many are called, but few are chosen." I just can't believe he Selected me, and that He found a place in His service and His kingdom where He could use a "runaway" like me, but I am so glad He did.

All the trials, the mountains, and the valleys, I have had to go through to get to where I am, I wouldn't turn back or change my mind now. He picked me up out of my sorrows and placed my feet on high ground to walk with Him, forever. No turning back, I've come to far to turn back now.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

"I Love You My Child, I love You"

O my Lord, from the rising of the sun, to the setting of the day, my heart and soul looks to you for my strength, for my live, my love, and my heart. My whole hearts desire is to serve you and to be your life-long child, with a love for you that gives you the honor and glory you deserve for the way you have saved my soul, lifted me out of the life I was living, and set me on a path of righteousness that leads me ALWAYS to YOU.

You are the lover of my soul, you have given me the strength to go on, no matter how many people in this world turn their back on me, gossip, lie, and seek to hurt me, with Satan working in their ears, to get me to turn away from you. NEVER will I turn back, NEVER will my feet turn a different way. I will serve YOU, My Lord and My God, NO MATTER WHAT OTHERS MAY DO TO ME.

If it weren't for YOU, if it weren't for Calvary, if it wasn't for my risen Lord and Savior, I would be lost, alone, and of all people I know, most miserable, but because of you and your love for me, because you wrap your loving arms around me and pick me up from the pit of despair and sadness, and you encourage my heart. I look up to you, and KNOW YOU are my God and I am your CHILD.

Thank you my God, My Father, thank you Jesus for Setting me free... Thank you My Father for always looking out for me, whispering to me quietly, and ever so lovingly, "My precious, precious child, I love you and I will NEVER leave YOU nor forsake you. You are my beautiful daughter, willing and wanting to serve me, and your songs of praise fills my heart to overflowing, giving me honor and praise... it is now my turn, to lift up your heart, to let you know, I am proud of you and all you have given up, walked away from, and turned your back on, to serve me, to show me your heart of love and surrender. I love you my child..." 
I love you."