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SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 11

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE 11

Good Morning to all our friends, we thank God for each of you taking the time to join us here each Sunday morning for our Prayer, Praise and Worship Service.  Today, our services will be ministered by two awesome women of the Gospel.  Dr. Naomi Dorsey, first lady of my home church in Mt. Airy, Ga. The Ebenezer Baptist Church will lead our prayer service, and our very own Shirley Rhodes will present the written word.  Our praise video is truly an awesome one which was given to me by one of our readers, Sister Francine Gassette. The title of this praise video is: Solid Rock, by Brother Ron Kenoly.

So enjoy the Service this morning and let us know what you think.  To God be the Glory!

GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

SHIRLEY RHODES

Today we begin our lesson with some of Life’s questions/curiosity. Where did we come from? Where are we going?  What about what we think and what we do?  How do we strive to get alone with one another?  How do we adjust to the troubles we sometimes find ourselves in? Yet blessings keep arriving upon our door steps day after day!

GOD built His Kingdom on a solid and true foundation, and He spoke these words of truth, he said, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!” (Matthew 16:18 ESV)

Now let us understand this, we are our thoughts, and they make a clear and convincing statement about our character, how we feel, our way of speaking, actions and the choices we make, and how we center our prayer life. Since the foundation is already given and firmly established, how we add to the process is a matter of choice that we all will make.

Consider the words of Jesus in this matter in Matthew 7:24-27 {Luke 6:47-49} {Acts 14:22} God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM. SPURN EVIL, ALL YOU WHO NAME GOD AS GOD. {2 Timothy 2:19}

The bible is about truth, teaching us how to have a right relationship with God.  To do so, the bible says this, “know the truth, and the truth will set you FREE.” (John 8:32).  Then the bible takes us one step further and commands us to do this, “it says, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy: 2:15)

What we must realize is that God works with us where we are and just as he finds us, whether good or bad. No matter how desperately we may (at times) desire to fade into non-existence we can’t stop (give up) so what we must do is make the decision to take our place in this journey and run the race set before us, always with clear thinking and focus on the prize.

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Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against nitpicking, which chips away at the faith, it just wears every-one out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk, talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul.

Run away from infantile indulgence; run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—join those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in insane discussions; they always end up in fights, God’s servants must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. 2 Timothy 2:14-18, 22-26

Now we encourage you to stand your ground and speak truth to power, as the bible teaches us, when it says these final words of this lesson today.  It says, “Therefore take up the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  (Ephesians 6:13-18 ESV) Know without a doubt that, “GOD BUILT HIS KINGDOM ON A SOLID AND TRUE FOUNDATION!”

We encourage you to always stand on the word of God.  Let it grow inside of you, as it molds and shapes you, preparing you to do the work of God daily.  Click on the next video for some awesome praise.

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GOD HAS PROVIDED ALL THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE FOR OUR ENJOYMENT

GOD HAS PROVIDED ALL THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE FOR OUR ENJOYMENT

FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH BEAULAVILLE, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH BEAULAVILLE, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS) Christ is the head of the Church, and we are the members of His Body expressing ourselves as an unlimited and infinite Human Being.

The universe is unlimited and infinite. When you know that you are the universe, you will know that your true nature is unlimited and infinite. Therefore, we come into the full knowledge and understandings, that we have no choice other than to except the powers God has provided to us, and begin to embrace and explore our true and unlimited nature.  We only experience limitation and lack when we separate ourselves from ourselves.  Let us understand this one fact that the Bible makes crystal clear to us, and that is this; “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7 KJVGod then took an extra step in the process, and this is what God has done for us; GOD HAS PROVIDED ALL THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE FOR OUR ENJOYMENT!”

A branch that is cut off from the vine loses its source of supply and therefore it withers and dies.  However, Jesus makes it plain when He tells us this, He says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  (John 15:5-7 ESV)

THE NEUSE RIVER GOLDSBORO, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE NEUSE RIVER GOLDSBORO, N.C. (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Now know this, you are only limited by your thoughts. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Those who know they have enough are truly wealthy. What you have and what you are getting now is enough. Where you are is perfect because it is exactly where you need to be. Perfection is not something that you have to wait for until one day when it comes. Perfection exists in every moment. It is because every step of the way is part of the process. The process does not exist without the steps. Every step is perfection itself and when you are in it, you are perfect.

The universe operates all things in such perfect precision and harmony that you will only be presented with a situation at the right time and when you are ready for it. Everything occurs as part of the universal plan. You will always be provided with the resources you need in the moment, not before or after. When you know the divine power that is always taking care of you, and have the awareness of all things happening in divine order and divine timing, you will be perfectly contented in every moment.  WHY?  Because, “GOD HAS PROVIDED ALL THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE FOR OUR ENJOYMENT!”  

Now let us lift up Holy Hands and thank God, Praise God for He is truly worthy.  We bless this message to you today in hopes that you will receive it, embrace it and begin to you it to be moved to that high place that God is taking you.  Stay in the flow of the process and you will arrive at your destination right on time.  Before leaving click on this short video clip of the Secret of the Universe and be blessed with additional knowledge and power.

 

 

GOD IS OUR LIFE GIVER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

GOD IS OUR LIFE GIVER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

 Written by Shirley Rhodes

Life (Photo by Pastor Davis)

In our lesson today, let me share with you God’s word on living your life in the fullness of all that He has provided you through Jesus Christ.  The Scriptures teaches us in John 8:32, to know the truth and the truth will set you free.  This lesson presents you with five key ingredients of that truth to help you live the life God has purposed for you.

Now let us understand that our Life is given to us through Jesus Christ; he knows our thoughts, desires and what we need even when we make decisions or choices that lead us astray.  One good thing about a relationship with him is that he understands when we make honest mistakes. There may be times that we as believers will not see how the Holy Spirit is directing our lives or may rely on or receive bad advice from a friend. God looks at the heart and may even allow poor judgment (decisions) to run its course, but he will not shame his children for an honest error, he can (and will) often turn what seem like a bad situation into something good for his own use. If God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking of your-self more than of him. He offers us hope, faith, love, joy and peace; it’s all there, so grab hold.

Life in Hope:

Although times may seem hard at the present moment there is still hope. Paul gives us a glimpse of what it’s like living in expectancy when he penned these thoughts; I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. Difficult times of pain throughout the world are around us and within us, the Spirit of God is arousing us within; the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our wait. When we get tired of waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. He does our praying in and for us, he knows us far better than we know ourselves (Romans 8: 9-28, MGS)

Life in Faith:

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  This is what the ancients were commended for; Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and so many more moved in faith. All were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:1-16, NIV).

Life of Love:

Jesus says, “If any of you wants to serve me, and then follow me, then you’ll be where I am, the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” (John 12: 26 KJV). He commands that we live a life of love for every-one, that means that no matter how someone my treat you or what they say about you, you are to love unconditionally.  Jesus says, “If you love me you will keep my commandments (John 14:15 KJV). This is my commandment, love one another as I have loved you, greater love have no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” For God have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV).  This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit (1 John 4:13 MGS). God is love. The scriptures remind us, that if anyone boasts, “I love God,” and hates his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from God is blunt: Loving God includes loving people, you’ve got to love both (20, 21 MGS).

Joy (gladness):

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy (Psalm 126:5).

Peace (calm response):

The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).

GOD WILL MAKE AWAY FOR YOU AND I

GOD WILL MAKE AWAY FOR YOU AND I

There is no mountain to high you cannot climb, no valley to low that you cannot walk through.  No problem to big that you cannot bear any sickness that you cannot overcome.  God told us that he did not give us a Spirit of fear, but indeed he says, “I gave you a spirit of love, power and a sound mind.”  Therefore, if you learn to lean and depend on me, always trusting in my word, knowing in your hearts that my word is truth, you will soon discover that troubledon’t last always.  God will indeed make away for you and I.

We have listed below additional links of some of our followers that will provide you with additional info that will be helpful in your studies.  May God bless you as you increase in knowledge and your wings spread with greater power, and you are lifted higher in the Kingdom to praise and worship.

YOU MUST OVERCOME FEAR TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

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YOU MUST OVERCOME FEAR TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

 This is one of the most fearful times in our nation’s recent history. How we respond to it, both individually and collectively, may determine the outcome.  However we view it, we must overcome our fears in order that we achieve the success God has already provided for us.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control(2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)

The coping behaviors we are seeing – avoidance, denial, being reactive, staying busy – are somewhat predictable, as are the feelings produced – anxiety, anger. What’s causing such reactions, to a large degree, are unanswered questions such as these: Are we in this together, or is it everyone for themselves? Will we ever find our way out of this, and if so, how long will it take?

Among the unfortunate psychological side effects of a crisis like this is (1). People feeling isolated and believing that they having to work out their work and financial issues on their own because everyone else is preoccupied;  (2). A loss of confidence in our economic and political institutions, and leadership of all kinds, and finally (3). A resulting loss of self-confidence, and even depression as people cope with the crisis in different ways.

We can feel powerlessness and hopeless, which produces a cycle of futility that can spiral downward. People bring all of this baggage to work, where it can show up in a lot of ways – cheerful denial, tense conversations, angry conflicts, misperceptions and miscommunication, and even distrust.

We do have a choice? The choice at home or at work is very simple: Let the fear control your reactions, or embrace the fear. At a time like this, we could easily go negative or reactive, with predictable results. We could go naively positive and be viewed as out of touch. We could bury our heads in the sands of busyness in the hopes the crisis will go away. But one thing is clear, this is one set of crises from which we can run but definitely not hide.

If we are not going to run and hide but embrace this fear, what do you need to do?

Stay grounded: Find your own ground first, where you are your true, authentic self – what truly matters to you, your core values, your mission in your work. Find a quiet place to reflect on what is true vs. what is perceived. From reflection comes discernment, and with discernment comes perspective and a more positive attitude.

Lead with compassion: This is a time to lead from the heart rather than the head. The work force needs reassurance, information, perspective and a chance to be heard. Over-communicate. Create opportunities for people to talk about their concerns. The worst thing that can happen is that we act like nothing is going on – and then we get what we get.

Maintain a realistic optimism: Practicing optimism in the face of the daily reports of Armageddon is not exactly easy. But optimism creates its own energy. It’s easier if we’re grounded daily, which gives us perspective. And with a positive attitude, we can avoid overreacting and actually create an environment in which we are looking for creative solutions.

Support each other: It’s about relationships. Everyone at work is going through the same stuff. Most people do not want to feel isolated or alone during times like these. Create opportunities for people to talk about their concerns and how they are problem-solving. In mutual support and communication, the work force will discover a new sense of community.

Go with the energy: What you resist persists. The more we resist engaging our fears, the worse they become. Go with the energy that is generated when people can have an honest conversation about the realities of how this economy is impacting work life. Once the dialogue is opened up, people will move from their concerns to solutions – and support for each other. This is the energy of true collaboration.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said in his inauguration address in 1933 that “we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” His words were meant to reassure a struggling people at the height of the Great Depression – the most difficult economic times this nation has faced in at least 100 years. It is a time for us to be authentic and truthful about our workplace challenges. It is a time to engage each other. It is a time to move beyond our fears to achieve success – together.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, may the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen.

 

LEARNING TO USE YOUR AWESOME GIFTS FOR SERVICE TO OTHERS

LEARNING TO USE YOUR AWESOME GIFTS FOR SERVICE TO OTHERS

THE WAY OF LOVE

This lesson begins with Paul a servant of Jesus Christ, being in prison and writing a letter of encouragement to his son Timothy.  Paul begins with these words, 8-10So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. However, we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.

This is the Message I have been set apart to proclaim as a preacher, an emissary, and teacher. It is also the cause, of all this trouble I am in. Nevertheless, I have no regrets. I could not be surer of my ground—the One I have trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.

So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us. (II Timothy 1:8-14 MGS)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (II Timothy 1:7 AMP)

My question to you today is, do you know what gifts God has equipped you with?  Do you understand that you are a marvelous created person? Each one of you has been given a very special gift.  You were created in the image of God.

You My Friends, you were created for God’s own purpose and service in this life. Do not think that God made a mistake when he purposed you to do great things. God never gives us a task to do without empowering us to carry it out.

Today I want to teach this lesson from three different precepts. 1.  Power,  2. Love and 3. Self discipline.  These three precepts when mixed together with the process and your purpose in this life will provide you with the greatest prosperity ever known to humankind. By taking the time to study this lesson, means that you are truly beginning the process. The process may not be easy, but the process is what you must go through in order to arrive at your destination. The one reason why so many of us fail at the task that has been assigned to us is that we work so hard to skip over the process in order that we may receive the prosperity.  Remember, God created everything in an orderly process, and if we are to receive the benefits of God’s gifts to us, we must do the same.  God created the process for our benefit.

The bible teaches us that God did not bring us this far to leave us, and God will never put on us more than we can bear.  We are uniquely designed, with great powers of our minds to carry us to great heights.

In Jeremiah 33:3, we see that God spoke to Jeremiah and told him these words, “Call me,”  “and I will show you great powers that you never imagined that you had before.” The powers to do great things were given to us before we were conceived in our Mothers womb. We can use these powers to climb great mountains, to build huge skyscrapers, build sophisticated spaceships, which are capable of taken us into space and then returning us safely to earth. These are just a few of those great achievements that God has shown us that the powers of our minds can accomplish anything providing  that we attune our minds with God  mine. In the bible the book of Philippians it states, “Let this mind that is in Christ be also in you. When we connect our minds with the mind of Christ, our blessings of prosperity will begin to flow like an untamed river flowing its waters back into the sea. That is what power and especially the powers of our minds will do for us.

We do not need to have naturally powerful personalities. God gives us strength of character and confidence that wins us respect when we face opposition as we speak, preach, and live the truth.  God supernaturally replaces any timidity on the servant’s part with boldness.  Such power is difficult to discredit. Power, God awesome powers.  Understand the very important gift that God has equipped you with. Learn to believe in it, use the powers of your mind to practice the task you have been assigned this day, and as you grow in God’s grace prosperity will begin to flow to you in great abundance.

The second precept is love. This is one that we could spend the whole day studying and never reach the end.  Scripture for this text states God did not give us a spirit of fear, but he gave us a spirit of power and a spirit of love.  Oh, what a wonderful God, who saw our needs before we entered into this world.  Therefore, he provided us with the awesome powers to love.  God taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Love comes from the inside of each one of us. When we truly learn to love ourselves as God has taught, we can begin to love others  with a spirit of un- conditional love. In John 316 the bible says that God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son,  that whosoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life. My friends that is truly an unadulterated pure love. A love that is unmatched, by anything else that we have ever know in this life.

Now listen to how Paul speaks of the greatest gift that has ever been given to humankind. Paul calls it “THE WAY OF LOVE.” (I Corinthians 13:1-13 MSG)

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

The virtues of faith, hope, and love are necessary in this age, but is the age to call come, faith will be way to sight, and hope will turn into experience. Love alone is eternal, for God is love. (I John 4:8.)

Now we come to the third and final precept, which is self-discipline this can also translate to the art of self-control or sound mind.  However, we may perceive it, we must understand that it is a part of our mind power that God has provided us with and we must learn how to control ourselves under all circumstances.  The power of your Mind is truly awesome.  You can use your mental powers to achieve success that, up until now, you have only ever dreamed of.  It is a Universal truth that life tends to move you towards the physical equivalent of your predominant thoughts and feelings. A great many people are well aware of this fact but most find it extremely difficult to apply this knowledge and put it to work effectively in their lives. Are you one of those people? If you are, then do not worry because I am about to show you how to overcome this little problem.

Now for all of us, our training in the art of self-discipline begin the very moment when we come into the knowledge of the truth of this proverb, “listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”  Self-Discipline means that you are wise enough to obey this proverb and have acquired enough wisdom, knowledge and understanding to begin the process of training your mind as well as your physical body in the art of self-discipline,  Being obedient to the word and able to climb that great mountain of obstacles, and manifest your dreams into reality.

As a Godly leader, and a follower of Jesus, our spiritual lives should form the core of our character.  Our training should be a daily process in building up the spiritual mind in order that it will always prevail against the evil spirits of the devil.  Our training should be like that of a runner or a boxer.  During the course of a race, runners do not stagger from one lane to another.  They rivet their attention on the finish line and run a disciplined race toward it.  So also, boxers train with purpose so they can absorb powerful blows without falling down.  They build up their physical stamina so that their legs will hold out for the final rounds.

A wrestler once asked his coach, “can’t I smoke and drink and have a good time and still wrestle?”  The coach replied, “yes you can, but you can’t win!  We as Christians and godly leaders cannot win the race either, if we are unwilling to discipline ourselves to studying and obeying the word of God.

Now if you truly want to be a godly leader, and learn to serve humanity, you must cultivate your spiritual journey like a world-class athlete.  Why? In order for you to finish the race without being disqualified, you must develop the art of self-control.  By doing this you can and will affect other areas of your life-how we treat others, where we go for answers to major decisions, and the skills we use in accomplishing our daily tasks.

When we study (2 Timothy 1:7), we soon discover that Paul was prompted to encourage his fellow worker to maintain a holy boldness and assurance in his position of spiritual leadership.  Paul had commissioned Timothy to oversee many of the churches in the Roman province of Asia, and this task required “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” Self-discipline is needed to stretch us beyond our own comfort zones and areas of personal inertia.  For some, the needed discipline will be more in the realm of the emotions; for others the focus of self-control will be in the realm of the mind or of the will.

Writing to the Galatians, Paul said that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

While people without Christ can exercise self-control, this quality in its fullest expression of character transformation is a part of the spiritual fruit that only the Holy Spirit can produce in us.

Self-discipline is seldom easy.  Paul’s words to Timothy revealed that this young man probably struggled with it in his ministry.  And most leaders who come across the need for more self-discipline in their lives struggle at times as well.  God’s Spirit is the power source behind self-discipline.

 In conclusion, let me say that all of these three precepts of qualities are gifts of the Spirit, not just natural tendencies.  They function best in harmony.  Under the pressures of leadership, people tend to gravitate toward a desire for power and boldness as the most effective tools for success.  However, used alone, these qualities are self-defeating.  The inclusion of love and self-control clearly indicates that a leader’s effectiveness comes from God’s Spirit.  We may be impressed by a leader who exhibits boldness and power, but without love or self-control, such a leader is little more than a bully.

Now with your understanding of these three precepts, we urge you to come boldly before the throne of grace, preach and teach the word of God with all the awesome powers God has given you.  Preach the word in season and out of season, and never give into the evil spirits that will call upon you to speak otherwise.  You are a servant of Christ, as such, you were provided with spiritual gifts to serve others, and your job daily is to go into the world carry the gospel to those who are in great need wherever they may be.  Do this in the name of Jesus. Amen!

 

 

 

 

TEACHING YOUR TEENAGERS TO OVERCOME EVIL

Parents, you must know that evil is knocking at your front door, and its aim is very simple, to lure your teenage children into the pits of hell.  Today, we pause for a moment to share with you a very important lesson to help you protect your children from the pits of hell.  We all were teenagers ourselves at one point in our lives and we know just of difficult it can be trying to fit in with the crowd.  So we encourage you to share this message with your teenage children.

As a teenager, you must always be on guard of the evil that is lurking around the next corner.  Even your best friends can be your worst nightmare.  You will always be walking a tight rope trying to balance yourself in order that you may not fall from grace.  However, remember, it is only God’s grace, that you do not ever want to fall from.  Your friends cannot get you into heaven, but they can get you into prison.  They always have a map of how to get into prison, but once you are in, they do not know how to get you out.

Your very first lesson in protecting yourself from the evils of this world is to know the one person that will always have your back no matter what the circumstances may be.  That person is God and God alone.  Your friends will ridicule you for your beliefs, but you must not let that stop you from being protected from the evils of this world.  When your best friend says to you, let us get a gun and carry it for our protection.  You must know that arming yourself with a gun that can injury and even bring death to someone else is a very dangerous thing to do.  Although you want to remain friends with your friend, you must realize that at this point you are getting into a very serious and possible dangerous game.  The thing that you must do at this point is to rise above the level of thinking that your friend is truly your friend, and remember where you come from and why you are where you are today.  You did not get to where you are by yourself and now to turn around and start going in the wrong direction would be a fool’s way of doing a thing.  You are no body’s fool and you certainly were not raised to spend the rest of your life locked in a cage, chain and shackled like a wild animal unable to do or think for yourself.  But if you follow your friends way of doing things and arm yourself with his are her type of weapon, the route that you are taking will only lead to being caged up in some prison or death.

Instead of arming yourself with your friends type of weapon, ask your friend to pick up the sword.  Your sword is the Bible, the word of God.  You were trained how to use the sword from a very early age.  Now you have been given an opportunity to teach and train your friends how to use a different kind of weapon.  The kind that can protect you and him are she, from prison and the pits of hell and even bring you many years of joy and prosperity.  Do not be afraid to offer your friends your weapon of choice.  The one weapon can save both of your lives.  Be brave and come boldly before the throne of grace.  God is watching your every move.

The teenager’s sword:

 When you are planning for the future…

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.  (Psalms 119:133)

When you are instructed by your parents…

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  (Ephesians 6:1-3)

When you are speaking to others…

To slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. (Titus 3:2).

When you are choosing entertainment…

“Abstain from all appearance of evil”

(1 Thessalonians 5:22)

When you are participating in sports…

If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.  (2 Timothy 2:5)

When you are tempted to smoke…

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you?

(1 Corinthians 3:16).

When you are tempted to drink beer, wine or liquor…

“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”

( Daniel 1:8)

When you are choosing your companion…

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  (2 Corinthians 6:14)

The Power to overcome your enemy

In all that you do, remember God is watching over you.  Your friends may say to you, but I have your back.  You must always remember, in times of great trouble, you are pressed against the wall and everything seems to be caving in on you, and there seems to be no way out, will your friends still be with you are will they just run away and leave you holding the bag?  That is a great question that you must always be asking yourself, and forever seeking answers to.  A real friend is one that will be with you always even until the end of time, and that friend is none other than Jesus Christ. Jesus said to us, “that in the time of trouble, he will never leave us are forsake us,” and that is a promise you can take to the bank where you know your check will never bounce.  He is also a friend that has assured us that we can call on him any time day or night and he will always be there waiting to answer our call.  He said when you call he will show you great and mighty power that you never dreamed that you had.  He will give you strength to over come evil and endure for another day.  That is the kind of friend, that you should want to be with you at all times.

Jesus wants you to be in control of your own destiny.  He wants you to be strong, bold and filled with love and power.  These are a few characteristic traits, that God provides His children that loves him.  He commands us to come boldly before the thorn of grace.  When we do this, we can be assured that the promise that he has given to us will always be fulfilled.  With Jesus on your side, you will never have to walk alone; you will never have to fear your enemy.  Listen to the promise Jesus has given us.  “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  ( II Timothy 1:7 )   He has assured us that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.  We must always remain steadfast in our belief that we can do all things through God who strengthens us with his awesome powers.  He has also made a way that we can take total control of his awesome powers and use them to our advantage.  Here are some of the ways that you can do this by exercising spiritual virtues:  faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.  When these are found in our lives we may have assurance that our calling and election for Christ is really real, and no arrow that is formed against us shall prosper.  Our enemy will flee from us because he knows that we have been endowed with powers that he cannot deal effective with.  These powers can only come from God.  No man can provide them for us, no matter how strong his armor may be.

Encouraging your friends

 One of the many ways that we can be a real friend just as Jesus is a friend to us is by encouraging our friends to do what’s right and pleasing in God’s sight.  Our job is to always remain steadfast in our own faith although our friends may waiver and when they do we have the opportunity to show them that they too can be strong and grab hold of the power Jesus has given to you. Show them that God’s grace is sufficient for all.  When your friend rejects your encouragement, do not become angry with them, because angry is the devils way of separating you from the love of Christ.  Just continue to encourage them to stay strong and keep their hands in God’s hand, because God is the truth and the light.  He is the right way and the only way that will keep you from falling by the way side.

Listen to these very important words.  “In your angry do not sin, do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold  He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.”

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:26-32).

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