Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser; teach a righteous man
(one upright and in rightstanding with God) and he will increase in learning.
As I come before you my brothers and sisters I purposely come with an earnest intent into following Holy Spirits direction;
and I do so by inclining my ear to whatever He would have me say today. I will speak His truth, free from any obscurity, free from any worldly nonsense. For speaking Gods Word with integrity and in purity is a must. For it is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. And it must be treated as such.
So, let us be mindfully attentive to what Holy Spirit has to say to us today. Do away with any preconceived notions about what you will hear from this pulpit today. Allow yourself to receive the comprehensive insight that only comes when you listen to His words respectfully, not losing sight of them. In doing so, give yourself an advantage by authorizing them to penetrate deep within your hearts, enabling the life and healing that they contain to enter into those who find them, Amen!
We will begin by going to the Scriptures that Holy Spirit has given me as my directive for the times. They are powerful Prescriptions that will move you into an arena of excellence which will provide you with a manifestation of God's Promises and Blessings.
Rise Up Our United States
I have lived through several United States Presidents prior to our current President Trump. In my lifetime, I have never seen nor heard of a President scrutinized over every word he speaks, humiliated by the public to the point of disgrace, slandered, ridiculed, insulted, lied to & beyond common logic, threatened with death, threatened to rape our Beautiful First Lady, Our First Lady Disrespected, and have his children also insulted & humiliated.
I am truly ashamed of the people of MY country. I am ashamed of the ruthless, hating, cruel, Trump haters who display themselves as to having no pride, morals, ethics nor values in Our Country's traditions. Our Elders taught us 30, 40+ yrs ago to respect our President, whether we voted for them or not, and all these news stations and reporters who feel they have the right to carry on with deceitful lies and say the things they do for a good story. Every other President before he was elected, that took the oath of office, was left alone, wasn't on the news 24/7, scrutinized by their every word. ALWAYS BEING PRESSURED to do this or that and never given the time to take care of the important work this country really needs. I know he is not perfect, very different than what we've become accustomed to but ENOUGH is ENOUGH, LEAVE THE MAN ALONE AND ALLOW HIM DO HIS JOB!!
IF ANYTHING PRAY FOR THE OFFICE AND THE MAN WHO HOLDS THE OFFICE.
None of the other Presidents in their times were spotless or perfect either. I want President Donald Trump to succeed and try to make our America great again! I know that there are many out there that want this Country to fail, and the evil that is absorbing their thinking is uncomfortable with the godliness of this administration.
My Prescription is this; PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR GOVERNMENT, FOR OUR LEADERS AND PRAY FOR THE WISDOM TO FOLLOW WHAT GOD HAS DECLARED FOR THIS COUNTRY!
In my meditating the Word of God, I came upon 2 Chronicles 7:14 and this is how it came to me in my spirit.
2 Chronicles 7:14-16
If My people of the United States, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their country.
My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this country.
For I have chosen and sanctified this Country, the United States of America and set it apart for my holy use, so that My Name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will watch over them perpetually.
So there it is my brothers and sisters, God has placed His Heart in our nation, and now it's time to place His Heart in us, His Spirit in us so that we can overwhelm the evil that is trying to abolish the principles of godliness that this Nation was founded on.
God Bless you all and remember, "JESUS IS LORD!!"
15 For then you will be seen as innocent, faultless, and pure children of God, even though you live in the midst of a brutal and perverse culture. For you will appear among them as shining lights in the universe,
It is now true to say that the world we live in today is a place where both men and women have turned from God and have so conformed to the ways of the world, that the telling of lies, the perverseness of our nature, and the depravity of our actions have become the norm in the way many human beings think and live out their lives. In my spirit I can see God's displeasure flaring up as acts of human mistrust, wrongdoing and lying accumulate, while people try to do their best to put a shroud over the truth. But the reality of God is simple enough, what He has created should be an inspiring tribute to Who He is. So no one should have an excuse for not believing in Him. What has happened though is this, that some people who believed in God, came to a point in their lives where they stopped treating Him like God. They refused to worship Him, their communication with Him in prayer also came to a extreme halt. They ignored Him in pretending that they knew it all and that there was no need to consult someone they couldn't hear much less see. They began to deny that such an omnipotent entity ever existed. Some others traded the glory of God Who holds the whole world in His hands for the lusts and cares of this world.
In the early 60's prayer in school came under attack and was declared unconstitutional. The cutting of these communication lines with our Creator proved to be a mistake that we are still paying for to this day. But to this I say, "Be strong in the Lord and in the Power of His might." Let us execute a dependency on the Power and Wisdom of God so that we will be able to hold and stand our ground as we combat the current evil that has not only invaded our homes and schools, but also our government. There is a battle coming and to win this battle we must be fiercely determined to never give up or give in to compromising the Word of God. We will see that in our spiritual growths ascendancy we will be able to resist and stand as never before. The light that shines from us is a light that can never be extinguished.
John 1:5 (AMPC)
5 And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].
There is a darkness that moves within our own government, a darkness that tends to cloud the truth. A darkness that keeps Gods integrity from taking its proper place in governing our country. We as Christians should be aware that without this perpetuation of the godly integrity exhibited in the Bible. The godly foundations that this nation was built on will cease to exist. We must not allow our failure to vote for godly men and women to be our undoing. There are many in our government that have placed themselves in a position where they now oppose the very God whose very principles founded this very nation. They have found themselves fighting against God. We must not allow ourselves to fall into the same abyss by not doing anything. I believe that our current administration is doing what God would have them do. Let us stand behind them during these mid-term elections and persevere by never giving up the integrity that is making the United States the great nation that God has declared to be.
I leave with this next Scripture.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
JESUS IS LORD!!
Dr. Maceo Smith
Here is a email that I received from Dr. Maceo Smith. It ministered to me in a powerful manner. I would like to share it with you.
While researching for information on "The Authority of the Believer" I came across a message by Billy Graham. Some of you are ministers of the Gospel and you may find something in the message you can share at a home-going service. For others, you may find something in the message to strengthen you in an area of your life. Set aside about 9 minutes to read and hear what Billy Graham delivered in this message. IT WILL EMPOWER YOU!!
Christ Has Conquered Death By Billy Graham • April 2, 2014 •
Christ has risen from the dead! And because He lives, we who know Him shall live also. In the resurrection, Jesus Christ conquered sin and death and is alive forevermore.
All over the world, churches are filled with worshipers because there is an empty tomb in Jerusalem
We worship a risen, living Savior, who has promised to give immortality to all who believe on His name.
No longer do men and women need to stumble in the fog and the darkness of hopelessness. A Light shines brighter than the noonday sun, offering hope to everyone who has been born again.
Jesus promised, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
Long ago Job asked, “If mortals die, can they live again?” (Cf. Job 14:14).
We expect death, but we always have a glimmer of hope that medical science will discover something that will keep us alive a little longer.
Death carries with it a certain dread. From the day that Abel was killed, people have dreaded death. It has been the enemy, the great, mysterious monster that makes people quake with fear.
The Bible always links sin and death.
It says “the sting of death is sin” (1 Corinthians 15:56) and “through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Death stalks the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated. Death is no respecter of race, color or creed. Its shadow haunts us day and night. We never know when the moment of death will come for us.
Is there any hope? Is there a possibility of immortality?
I take you to an empty tomb in the garden of Joseph of Arimathea.
Mary, Mary Magdalene and Salome had gone to anoint the body of the crucified Christ. They had been startled to find the tomb empty.
An angel sat on the stone by the door of the tomb and said, “I know you are looking for Jesus.” Then the angel said, “He is not here; for He is risen” (Matthew 28:6).
The greatest news that mortal ear has ever heard is the news that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead as He promised! The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the chief proof of the Christian faith.
It is the truth that lies at the very foundation of the Gospel. Other doctrines of the Christian faith are important, but the resurrection is essential. Without a belief in the resurrection there can be no personal salvation.
The Bible says, “If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved” (Cf. Romans 10:9).
In the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have the answer to the great question of the ages: “If mortals die, can they live again?” The Bible teaches that because Christ lives, we also shall live.
The greatest truth that you can ever hear is that Jesus Christ died but rose again, and that you, too, will die but can rise again into newness of life.
The Bible teaches the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not a spiritual resurrection, as some would have us believe. Jesus’ very body was raised by God from the dead, and someday we will see Him.
The resurrected Christ also lives today in another very real sense: in the heart of every true believer. Though He is in His glorified body in Heaven, yet through the Holy Spirit He dwells in the heart of every Christian.
The Scripture says, “Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His glory” (Cf. Colossians 1:27).
The Christ of God, in whom “the fullness of God lives in a human body” (Cf. Colossians 2:9), condescends to live within the hearts of people. This is a mystery that is beyond comprehension and yet gloriously true.
When we come to Jesus Christ, we bring everything that we have. Our bodies with all their members, our faculties, our talents, our time, our money, our possessions, our hearts, our will, are all His.
Our faces become the faces in which the resurrected Christ shows forth His beauty and His glory. Our eyes become the eyes of the resurrected Christ, to exhibit His sympathy and His tenderness.
He wants to look on the world’s needs through your eyes. Your eyes should never be lent to the devil; they belong to God. Be careful how you use your eyes!
Our lips become the lips of the resurrected Christ, to speak His messages. The harsh, unkind words remain unspoken.
Other people marvel at the gracious words that come out of our mouths. When He was on earth, the people said, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46). And this is the One who lives within you. Your lips become an instrument for the expression of His message.
His words are spirit and life. The word going forth out of His mouth cannot return unto Him void. Remember, your lips are His; they should never be lent to the devil.
Our ears become the ears of the resurrected Christ. They will be sensitive to every cry of spiritual need. Jesus living in us today listens through our ears and hears the plaintive cry of the world’s needs.
Take heed what you hear. Refuse to hear the voice of the tempter or give your sanction to the spread of false reports and idle rumors concerning others. Your ears are Jesus’ ears; never lend them to the devil.
Our minds become the mind of the resurrected Christ. The Scripture says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Cultivate spiritual thinking. Your intellect becomes His so that He may plan through you and you may be an instrument for the realization of His purpose. Yield your mind to Him so that you may know His secrets and be kept in His will. Never lend your mind to the devil; the mind is the devil’s favorite avenue of attack.
Our hands become the hands of the resurrected Christ, to act on His impulse. He will work through us. The living Christ dwells in our hearts and gives us power to live the victorious life. The Apostle Paul said that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is ours to enable us to live for Him!
The feet of the Christian need to tread the narrow path that the Savior trod, keeping in step with Him throughout the earthly pilgrimage. He lives in you. Let your feet direct you only to those places where Christ wants you to go.
We are to allow the resurrected Christ to allocate our time as His own; to control our money as His own; to energize our talents, our zeal and our ability with His resurrected life; to have complete right-of-way throughout our beings. He does not want an apartment in our house. He claims our entire home from attic to cellar.
Not only does the resurrection give us hope of immortality but it also provides Life with a capital “L” here and now. Before the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit came upon individuals only on certain occasions for special tasks. But now, after the resurrection, Christ through the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every believer to give us supernatural power in living our daily lives. The Scripture says that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead on the first celebration of the resurrection will raise us from the dead if the Spirit lives in us. Call upon His resources. His grace is more than sufficient; He will cause you always to triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil.
Perhaps you do not know the power of the resurrected Christ. You have never knelt at the foot of the cross and had your sins forgiven.
On that first Good Friday, Jesus Christ died on the cross in your place. He took your judgment, your sin, your death. Scripture teaches, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The Bible says, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead. That fact is a guarantee that the atoning work of Christ on the cross was acceptable to God in your place.
Now you need to receive Him and to believe on Him. God says that He will clothe you in His righteousness. Everyone can know the power of the resurrected Christ. Through disappointments and trials, through all the circumstances of life, the resurrected Christ will go with you, if you will put your trust in Him by faith.
At this glorious season of His Resurrection, what a time to give your life to Christ, to bend your will to His; to let the resurrected Christ come to dwell in your heart and give you supernatural power to meet the problems of the day. So many people are confused, lonely, discouraged. Give your life to Christ. Let Him transform your life so that you will have a glow on your face, a spring in your step and joy in your soul.
First, you need to renounce your sins. Second, by faith receive Him as your Savior. Will you do that today? If you will, the resurrected Christ will come to live in your heart!
I for one thank God for Billy Graham, what an inspiration he has been to the body of Christ. I ask God to keep on Blessing him with a long and healthy life.
For more on Billy Graham here is his website. https://billygraham.org
Encourage U-On Ministry
This is a little something from my Thursday morning Christian Men's Fellowship:
A few points from the lesson "Made to Last Forever". (Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life).
1. This life is not all there is.
2 Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. You will spend far more time
on the other side of death-in eternity-than you will here.
3. The Bible says, "God has ....planted eternity in the human heart." Ecclesiastes 3:11
4. While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell.
5. When you live in light of eternity, your values change.
a. You use your time and money more wisely.
b. You place a higher premium on relationships and character instead of fame, or wealth or
achievement or even fun.
6. The most damaging aspect of contemporary living is short-term thinking.
7. God has a purpose for your life on earth, but it doesn't end here. His plan involves far more
than the few decades you will spend on this planet. It's more than "the opportunity of a
lifetime". God offers you an opportunity beyond your lifetime. The Bible says, "[God's] plan
endure forever; his purposes last eternally."
I pray that you enjoyed that. I hope it impacted your spirit as it did mine.
Here is Brother Maceo's website: www.maceosmith.org
Prayer of Salvation and Baptism of Holy Spirit
If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, simply pray the following prayer in faith, and Jesus will be your Lord!
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Baptism of Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 12:13 (NLT)
13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT)
19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NLT)
4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.
5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
The Prayer of Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit brings believers into the body of Christ. So pray the prayer and join all those who believe in God, all those who come in obedience, obeying His commands, and seeking Him in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, "If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4). In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Matthew 16:16 NLT
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
What is a Ministry? Is it Rules and Bylaws? Denominational affiliation?
Jesus didn't build a building and endow a fund or start a denomination.
He invited people to know Him. Peter saw this in his ministry, that is why He confessed that Jesus was
"The Messiah, The Son of The Living God."
It is a confession-the confident belief in Jesus as Lord-that is the foundation for the Ministries Jesus seeks to build.
Christian maturity means many things, but it starts and continues with a God-inspired declaration of Christ as Savior.
Make sure you and your Ministry stay Christ centered as you live and articulate your beliefs.
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