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Wednesday Inspirational and Motional Service (Overcoming the Impossible)

FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE 

Pilot Mountain, N.C. (Photo by Pastor Davis)

We begin this lesson today with Jesus teaching us how we can overcome the ABSOLUTE IMPOSSIBLE.  Now listen to how Jesus teaches us to overcome the IMPOSSIBLE.  He says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  (Mark 11:23-24 ESV)

Jesus then moved swiftly in teaching them a lesson about answers to prayer.  Jesus had cursed the fig tree; the fig tree had died; the disciples had expressed surprise.  Then Jesus explained that they could ask anything of God and receive an answer.  This mountain (referring to the Mount of Olives on which they stood) could be sent into the sea (the Dead Sea that could be seen from the Mount).  Jesus point was that in their petitions to God they must believe and not doubt (that is, without wavering in their confidence in God).  Remember, “FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.”  The kind of prayer Jesus meant was not the arbitrary wish to move a mountain; instead, he was referring to prayers that the disciples would need to endlessly pray as they faced mountains of opposition to their gospel message in the years to come.  Their prayers for the advancement of God’s Kingdom would always be answered positively in God’s timing.

However, as we look at the straight forward teaching of Jesus concerning the character of God and that God’s character never changes, Jesus told them that there was no guarantee that simply by asking him anything they wanted and believing they could get it.  Now don’t you become discourage in what Jesus is saying to the disciples, but listen how he instructs them on the moral high ground of God.  He says to them, “God does not grant request that violate his own nature or will.  Jesus statement was not a blank check.  To be fulfilled, requests made to God in prayer must be in harmony with the principles of God’s Kingdom.  They must be made in Jesus name.

Now turn with me for a moment in your Bibles to (John 14:13-14).  Listen to what it says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. The stronger our faith, the more likely our prayers will be in union with Christ and in line with God’s will; then God would be happy to grant them.  God can accomplish anything, even if it seems humanly impossible.

Impossibility is not a word that should be used in our lexicon.  In understanding this text we should be moved into action.  Know that in our minds we can do anything in the name of Jesus.  There is no mountain to high that we cannot climb, no valley to low that we cannot walk through.

We should not become like the motions of the ocean.  Always going back and forth, but we should be so rooted and grounded in our faith that no matter what comes after us we will always be able to with stand it.  We are built of strong timber, the timber of Jesus Christ.  When God says that nothing is impossible, we must learn to trust God in his word.  Knowing that God can never tell a lie, if he does he will deny himself.  God never makes a promise that he does not fulfill.  Our faith must be rooted and grounded in the word of God.  Our spirit must be one of can do.  Having a can do spirit will remove the mountains of impossibility from your life.

When the doctors says to you that you only have six months to live, and there is nothing else they can do for you.  Your attitude must be one of faith.  Faith in Jesus, Faith that if Jesus said it, it is a done deal; Jesus said that if you believe in God without doubt in your mind, nothing is impossible.

Change your thinking and you will change your life.  Tell the doctor that my God said not until he says it is time for me to go, that I will leave this world.  I can overcome this, I will overcome this because I am leaning and depending on my God.  I am an over comer, I am born in the Spirit of the living God.  For me nothing is impossible.  Today not only do I talk the talk, but I am walking the walk.  I am walking out my faith in the name of Jesus.  I know that my God did not bring me this far to leave me.  He promised me that He would never put on me more than I could bear.  I am standing on that promise, because I know that this check that my God has given to me, I can deposit it into my bank account and it will never bounce.  Faith, Faith, Faith, it is my faith that will always see me through.  Come on now let’s walk it out, talk it out.  Let’s tell the devil, devil get thee behind me, because I am holding onto My God’s unchanging hands.

Faith, Faith, Faith, there is nothing that is impossible in my world.  Step by step I am moving closer to where My God is trying to take me. It was nothing but Grace that brought me through the tribulations of this life.  It was nothing but God’s grace that brought me up on the rough side of the mountain and planted my feet right here where I am standing today.

Now sing this hymn with me, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost but now I am found, I was blind but now I see.  Taws grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!”

It was God’s grace that gave me the opportunity to change my thinking, It is my faith that has sustained me, it is my faith that has healed me, and I know that it is my faith that will move any mountain in my life, because I believe in the true and living God and I know without a doubt that “FAITH AND DOUBT CANNOT DWELL IN THE SAME HOUSE.” What about you?

We live by the Law of Divine Order

To Be Right Where We Need To Be – We Live By The Law of Divine Order

GOD CREATED EVERYTHING IN DIVINE ORDER

GOD CREATED EVERYTHING IN DIVINE ORDER

Written By Adam Price

Everything in our lives is in a perfect state of grace and is right where it needs to be. We can often fall into a victim mentality, thinking that society has punished or harassed us in certain areas but if we look more deeply and “trust” the process, we’ll realize that what is happening is divine order in action. Nothing is either good or bad, it’s our perceptions that colour the situation, there’s only neutral energy.

It’s only our perceptions that taint a situation good or bad, but the fact is, from a viewpoint of the law of divine order, that everything happens in a perfect state of grace and is neither good or bad.

The main harmful point to us as human beings, and having a victim mentality is the fact we’re surrendering our control over to the external force of the material earth. In other words we giving away our spiritual power and becoming dependent on an external factor to control our own fate as humans (and in reality this fate can never be taken from us, it’s within us already, we only experience the illusion of it being taken from us, as we experience this illusion of material life, then we wake up again and are ourselves… spirits again). But you must remember this, you always have a choice to manifest your own destiny and create your very own divine life, the way that the law of divine order meant for it to be.

In order for us to be able to get passed the distortions of imperfection labeled by man, things are still happening in the perfect order that the universal energy desires. Once we realize and acknowledge this, we’ll realize that God really does have a purpose for everything that goes on, on this planet and the billions of other planets in the entire universe.

We have to learn to see divine order in every situation we have created for ourselves, and allow the universal force to work in unison with us and the circumstance that has manifested in our lives so we can learn the lesson of that divinely ordered series of events.

If you look at man’s law from this perspective, which has been created so that to some degree, we each express likeness and unity with each other. So we say things like, we’re individuals and need to be unique, we hear that for our general lives and quite a bit if you’re in business, as “differentiation” is one of the dominant factors. In this unique identity we are all trying to create for ourselves (so that we “fit in” or “stand out”), we each approve and accept a slice of the divine concept of identity.

For example, man’s law says that we must look beautiful (in accordance to man’s ideals of beauty), but the law of divine order states we are already in perfect condition, even if we are seen in man’s eye as “ugly” or not attractive, because natural universal laws don’t recognize vanity.

We also are led to believe that we must judge ourselves and “live up to” certain standards and goals that we set for ourselves, and when we don’t achieve them we think along the lines that we aren’t living up to our expectations and this can sometimes cause people to feel down and stuck in a rut. But these are all self-inflicted pains… The law of divine order states, “You are in order as long as you are listening to me.”

Can you begin to see the conflict between our own perceptions of perfect and that of the law of divine orders?

According to natural law we are all already perfect, beautiful, and in the right situation at the right time. Even those of us who are dying, taking their last breath, we do so in perfect grace and will of the ever powerful universe. For it’s not in our control to massage our fate, therefore all laws that we create for ourselves and our own lives for our own gain, are really temporary illusions.

 (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

(PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Take for example the rose, it would still bloom even if man didn’t exist at all, it’s completely perfect without man. Our bodies are created perfectly the way nature wanted them each and every time. The fact that we see deformity, and abnormalities in our human form, and the fact that we think we can improve upon our shape and health by pumping ourselves full of all sorts of substances, doesn’t alter the fact that we all come into this world in a perfect state of grace, and we all leave this world in exactly the same way.

With or without human intervention, trees would still grow, the sun would still shine and the winds and rains would still occur in a perfect sense of purpose.

Therefore the purpose of the law of divine order is this, to see that absolutely everything happens for a reason and nothing by chance.

Here’s the main challenge, look upon all the actions on earth as part of a divine plan that has been blue printed in advance by the universal God intelligence, and this intelligence has allowed for multiples of free will outcomes. So instead of seeing certain situations as good or bad, we just see them as information that we can then utilize for future creations. We are in perfect essence right now, and that’s how we chose to be, and how we created ourselves right from the start, which is in the state of perfect grace.

The same goes for everyone around us, and sometimes it can be very difficult when our emotions are involved, but in the world of natural law, especially that of the law of divine order it takes but a fraction of a second for it to recognize everything is perfect in God’s world of divine order.

By not interfering with the way things are, and the way some people are because of the way we were brought up, or the way society wants us to conform. We’re able to work in this world and know that we can leave things as they are, because they are in a state of divine order.

This allows others to more easily connect on a soul level, and lets them discover they as a soul are better than they think from a human understanding. Because if we only give sympathy, pity and empathy, we’ll in effect block the process of them discovering their own divine process.

If we can concentrate on stimulating what is known as the Christ principle, which can be related back to the law of divine order. Because we irrespective of how we assimilate the actions and side effects we see in society, our family, others families and professions, things will be in a state of divine order. We only need to practice “detachment” from our temporary existence as creatures of form on this earth, learn from the lessons of our experience and then identify the balance that lies beneath the experience.

In summing up, here’s an example… If we look upon illness in a human or creature of form as suffering, what we are actually doing is projecting the energy pattern of suffering to continue being active in that individual, as opposed to the energy of being in perfect health or state of grace. This is because we look upon illnesses such as cancer, HIV, and heart disease as a destructive energy.

If only we could refocus outside the socially accepted “norm” and see such events as an opportunity to grow and learn, for the individual with the so called affliction and for ourselves, we’d realize that the chance of greater self-discovery and attunement to our own God force has been right here inside of us all along.

Adam Price is a successful holistic life coach and author around the laws of the universe. Learn how tap into the powerful laws of the universe in your life by visiting:

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Thursday Scripture of Encouragement (Preparing Hearts and Minds for Mother’s Day Celebration)

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

Written by Shirley Rhodes

Yes CHILDREN OF GOD, Mother’s Day is upon us, but in actuality Mother’s Day Celebration should be for us an everyday celebration. However, the world has set aside this Sunday as an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate our Mothers, therefore let us begin this day by preparing our HEARTS AND MINDS FOR MOTHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION.

Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do; and don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems they’re strong on opinions but weak in faith. Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is.

So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault.

Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others. You’re fortunate if your belief and behavior are coherent; if you’re not sure, if you notice that you’re acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.

Eventually we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God, read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says, “every knee will bow before me; every tongue will tell the honest truth that I and only I am God.” Romans: 14: 1-23 (MGS)

 

Monday’s word of Encouragement (Be lifted up on the Wings of Aspiration)

REMOVE THE BALLS AND CHAINS AND BE LIFTED UP ON WINGS OF ASPIRATION

CHILDREN OF GOD know in your hearts, that this day is the very first day of the rest of your life. Yesterday

BALL AND CHAINS KEEP YOU IN BONDAGE...

BALL AND CHAINS KEEP YOU IN BONDAGE…

is gone and tomorrow is not promised, Therefore, I encourage you, to take flight this day and the ball and chain that have been keeping you from receiving your blessings, remove them and lift off on the wings of Aspiration.  For this day, this moment is the only time that matters.  God is calling you, now listen for His voice and do not allow SATAN’S voice to drown out your blessings.  God is still in control. Let your mind take flight today and begin to see the beauty of all that God has to offer.  God is waiting for you right now, to begin your flight, “and fly high on the wings of Aspiration!”

When your mind becomes Calm and you find Peace within yourself, you will begin to discover by taking flight on the wings of aspiration, you can rises from

THE TIME TO BE LIFTED UP ON THE WINGS OF ASPIRATION IS NOW...

THE TIME TO BE LIFTED UP ON THE WINGS OF ASPIRATION IS NOW…

earth to heaven, from ignorance to knowledge, from the under darkness to the upper light.

Without it, you will simply remain a groveling animal, earthly, sensual, unenlightened, and uninspired. Aspiration is the longing for heavenly things, for righteousness, compassion, purity, love, as distinguished from desire, which is the longing for earthly things, for selfish possessions, personal dominance, low pleasures, and sensual gratifications.

For one to aspire, means that he or she is dissatisfied with their low estate, and is aiming at a higher condition.  It is a sure sign that you will be roused out of your lethargic sleep of animalist, and you have become conscious of nobler attainments and a fuller life. You are now flying high on the wings of aspiration.  Now think deeply on this, and begin to enjoy the very first day of your brand new life.  God gave it to you, now take advantage of your brand new wings and fulfill your dreams.

Truly, you are the master of your destination, where it leads you is the exact place that has been running around in your thoughts.  Your Mind is the Master over all things.  Keep it Calm, Keep it Clear, and learn to live each day as a brand new day in Peace, no matter what the situation around you may be, lift up your eyes towards the Heavenly things and be lifted up on THE WINGS OF ASPIRATION.  The choice is yours, what are you going to do?

I have ministered this message to you this day from a Spirit filled Mind that God has spoken His Thoughts of Wisdom and Knowledge into, and said, “My Servant, be obedient to the truth of My Word and share it with both the Believers as well as Non Believers.  My Word is like a two edge sword, it cuts both to the right as well as to the left.”  May God’s grace and mercy be yours to enjoy this day.

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Monday’s Word of Encouragement (Trouble don’t last always)

BE ENCOURAGED TROUBLE DON’T LAST ALWAYS

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (MSG)

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.

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There is power in the Word of God

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO STAND FIRM WITH POWER?

THE POWER OF GOD'S GRACE STANDS FIRM WITH ALL HIS CHILDREN (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

THE POWER OF GOD’S GRACE STANDS FIRM WITH ALL HIS CHILDREN (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

Written by: Shirley Rhodes

This question may seem strange to some; Do You Have What it takes to Stand Firm with Power? In all actuality it is a defining question if your goal is to live out your created purpose. The Christian journey is an opportunity to share life’s teachings, so don’t waste time needlessly because your journey is God given, your destination is where you’ll spend eternity.

When you make the decision to follow Jesus your life takes on a different meaning, there will be life changes that often seem unbearable, you lose many “friends” and often members of your own family may withdraw because they have not yet been able to grasp the entire picture.

A servant, a follower of Jesus can expect hard times, tough times, hard work and dedication, but learn to take it all in joy knowing the purpose of their calling.  The servant or follower is encouraged to reach out to the lost and those seeking to know more about this wonderful relationship so graciously offered.

Remember the Great Commission as Jesus instructed: “Go into the entire world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) We are to familiarize ourselves with this thought; “to every creature” so that everyone may know their freedom has been brought and paid for in full by a resurrected Savior.

Once you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit the question, Do You Have What it takes to Stand Firm with Power should become a part of who you are in Christ.  Remember when Jesus called the Twelve together, how he gave them power and authority and to proclaim the kingdom of God? (Luke 9:1-7 NIV) that same power lives today in true believers because it is God given.

In order to work under the anointing of the Holy Spirit your character must be that of clear thinking, gentleness, holiness, and honest love. We are called to work, as believers we become one body in Christ and all power was given to Jesus by God for Jesus so stated: “His Father have given him power over all flesh “(John 17:2) through his sacrifice we are able to share in that gift. Through him we are encouraged to use our gifts as instruments of peace sharing his gospel with others. Do you have what it takes to stand firm with power?

Stand Firm

Stand Firm (Photo credit: WELS.net)

For we are many members in one body, and all members have not the same office (Romans 12:4), knowing this gives each of us the opportunity to develop and enhance whatever that gift is to draw the lost, it may be a gift of  prophecy, ministry, or  teaching, whatever your calling is prepare your hearts and spirit for opposition. Always remember God has created and assigned you with purpose; therefore, as long as you’re in Christ Jesus nothing or no one can tear you down, but the attempt will be made. In your weakest moments, trials and struggles, do you have what it takes to stand firm with power?

Jesus is your Master, salvation comes through him, in obedience and faith embrace his teachings, follow his pattern for life and you’ll never regret one moment because your destination is not earthly but heavenly (eternal). Dedicate your entire being before God, and watch how he changes you from inside out, how he is able to bring the very best in you to the surface. Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-18),  when you’re confronted with discouragement and find yourself wondering, do you have what it takes to stand firm with power, you’ll know the answer at the appointed time.

Today My Brothers and Sisters, I thank God for each of you who take the time to visit with us, read and study and share the important lessons with your followers, families and friends. May the Lord bless you and your ministries abundantly in Jesus name, Amen!

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See how God works through His Chosen People

 

You are a chosen vessel for the will of God…

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

God works through you when in obedience and humility you surrender and totally submit to his will. You are filled with purpose and there are goals set and designed especially for you simply because you are an intricate part of the pattern. Think of a pattern, a design, it is drawn out according to a specific plan and when followed that plan is perfected. Here are examples of the movement of God through his chosen people who surrendered and allowed him to perform miracles in and through them.

Moses and the burning bush:

…God called Moses from the mist of the burning bush… “Moses, Moses!” Moses responded, “Here am I.” God said, “Do not draw near this place, for the place where you stand is holy ground. Take your sandals off your feet.”(Exodus 3:4-5; NKJV) There was a reason and purpose for this command, God was about to send Moses on a mission in which he could not yet comprehend, yet he was obedient, he was created in the mind of God with a purpose to carry out his plan.

Joshua and the wall of Jericho:

Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshipped…the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy.” (Joshua 5:13-15) Joshua was chosen by God for his leadership abilities and obedience. After the Death of Moses, God assured him that he was keeping his promise in giving them every square inch of the land they set their foot on. He said to Joshua, “Go, all your life no one will be able to hold out against you; I’ll be with you, I won’t give up on you, I won’t leave you…you are going to lead the people to inherit the land that I promised to their ancestors (Joshua 1:1-9; MGS). Through divine intervention, Joshua went on lead the people through many successful battles, God’s promise. We too are partakers of such a greater promise when we are obedient followers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; not mere words of expression, but a “promise.”

Paul on the road to Damarcus:

…a light shorn around him from heaven, he fell to the ground and heard a voice… “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you Lord?” The Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…arise and go… (Acts 9: 4-6; NKJV). For I will show him (Paul) many things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” (Verse: 16). ‘Make haste and get out… depart, for I will send you… (22:17), be of good cheer, Paul… (23:11); for Jesus says, “…be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John: 16:33)

Paul accepts his assignment and follows Jesus amidst many trials and tribulations and he reassures us in this way, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize…let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” (Philippians 3:12-15)

My friends when you are given a command to follow God’s plan for your life, take the step, not knowing what’s ahead nor be concerned about what’s behind. God does not need to recreate any of you, because what he has created lives within you waiting to be activated. It is the prayer of this ministry that your journey, your assignment be one of endurance, patience, obedience, love, joy and peace; all to the glory of God. Be blessed!

My brothers and sisters we pray that this lesson has been a blessing to your soul, thank you for reading and sharing it with all the people the Lord has brought into your presence.

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