Thursday, June 21, 2018
Tonight Pastor Davis taught on " You Are The Word And The Word In You", his main text was taken from Colossians 3:16. The Word of God needs to be a part of our daily lives. The Apostles were well aware that the Holy Ghost is Jesus living inside of us. As Bishop Davis once taught- when you wake up in the morning, pat yourself and say "Hello Jesus", because His Spirit lives inside of you. Our body is the literal temple of the Holy Spirit of God. The Word of God is also to dwell within us. Jesus Christ is the Word and the Word became flesh. God keeps His word. If He said it, it will come to pass. The church in Corinth was a Gentile church. They did not come from a Hebrew background, they came from a pagan background and they brought their pagan ideas with them. The Apostle Paul was upset about this and he was admonishing them. When you come to Jesus Christ, you start over. You are given a clean slate. You talk, act and live differently. We need to wake up and live a holy and righteous life. The more you read the Word of God, the more instructions will receive. The more you read, the more of God you will know. There is tragedy in not having a knowledge of God. Hosea 4:6 talks about how the people were destroyed for their lack in knowledge. Let the Word of God dwell in you. When trouble comes, you may not have been able to memorize it, but you will know it. A remembrance of His word will come to you and will get you through the situation. You must make a deliberate choice to have a relationship with God and His word. What God's word says is true. Let God be true and every man a liar. Stand up for the truth even when it is inconvenient. God's truth is not relative, it is absolute. We will be judged based on the absolute truth in the word of God. It is present Imperative, it continually occurs. What is in the Word of Christ? It is Subjective Genitive; the Word delivered by Christ. It is Objective Genitive; the word delivered about Christ. Let the Word spoken by Jesus and about Jesus dwell in you. God's word needs to continually become a part of our spiritual DNA. His word needs to guide our steps. When you have the DNA of the Spirit, you began to look like your Heavenly Father. You walk, talk and act like Him. People should look at you and "see" Jesus. The Word of God is the bread of life. Some treat the Word of God as if it is magical. The Bible is not a magic ball. Get on your knees and as God to give you insight and teach you. When you get into His Word and read it, at some point, God will speak to you through His Word. When His Word lives in our heart, the music of God will live within our lives. God is good.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
We have gladly embraced summer. It was nice to sleep in and not have to wake up to an alarm. The sun is shinning and it is warm. Hello Summer, we are so happy to see you. I try not to make a lot of plans during the summer. We like to have friends over and see what the day brings. The only one not doing so well without routine is our dog Pearl. She likes everything to work like clockwork. It takes her a while to realize that there is no schedule when summer comes. It's funny to watch her go to the foot of the stairs when it's bed time, waiting for us to say "Time To Sleep". She has been barking at us trying to whip us back into shape. We just look at her and continue with whatever we are doing at the time. I love the lazy days of summer. Of course, there will be summer reading assignments, but we can take a break from that at least for a little while. God is good.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Today in church I was remembering many years of dreading attending church on Father’s Day. My dad- my birth dad- was not the dad that little girls should have. When he was a part of my life- he looked the part in church- but outside the church doors, life with him was a nightmare. When he walked out of our lives it was a great relief. I used to go home after Father’s Day church services and cry. At an early age, I was able to figure out that my Heavenly Father was nothing like my birth dad, so I took my sorrow to Him. I prayed all the time for God to send me a man to be a real dad to me on this earth. God heard my prayers and blessed me with an amazing man that I now call Dad. He was my church dad first and then the dad of my heart. By the grace of God and my awesome husband- this man became my legal dad. Steve lives the example of what a Godly husband looks like. He taught me that I deserved only the best in the husband I was to marry. I sat in church today with a thankful heart. My Heavenly Father has always been awesome to me. My adopted Dad is amazing and I’m so blessed to call him dad. My husband is such a good daddy. My cup runs over with a thankful heart. God is good.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Tomorrow I will honor my dad. Today, I want to honor my husband for this Father’s Day Weekend. When I was single I had this idea in my head of what I wanted the father of my children to be like. I was sure that he would be surrounded by children. When Bob and I were dating, he was fun, but not much of a baby person. He was funny and serious. When we got married and I was pregnant his devotion to his unborn son took me by surprise. Their bond formed when RJ was in my womb. When RJ was born he stopped crying when the familiar tap of his daddy was tapped on his arm. They have been super close ever since. The love he has for our son causes me to fall more in love with him. He is a dad beyond my expectations. I’m thankful that Bob is the daddy to my one gift of a son. If I could chose any man to be my husband and father to my children, I would chose Bob over and over again. Happy Father’s Day to my amazing husband. God is good.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Today RJ graduated from 5th grade. I will share more about that on a different day. Tonight, I want to share the lesson that was taught at the church. We had a guest speaker, Bro. Meadors who is going to be starting a church in Manhattan. I have never heard him preach and five minutes into his sermon, I was wishing I had heard him preach before. He preached on "Wheel In The Middle Of The Wheel", with his main text being Ezekiel 1:1,15-16. Bro. Meadors first shared a story about growing up in church. His pastor would begin to get excited and there was a group of things that began to preach. One of them was that God is the Wheel in the middle of the Wheel. One of the saints would become excited and run around the church shouting over this phrase. Br. Meadors decided that he really wanted to know what that phrase meant. He asked several people and no one knew what it meant. So he asked the man in the church who would get excited over this phrase. This man didn't even know, he just liked the way it sounded. God revealed to him this answer, but it was years later when he was going through a trial. He also shared a story about one day driving. He lived in the country and he saw two trucks in the mud. It looked they were pushing against each other instead of pulling one out of the mud. When he asked the truck drivers what they were doing, they explained that one of the guys got new tires on his truck. They were pushing against each other to see who's wheels were better and who's truck was strong. Ezekiel wanted God to determine who he was, not the circumstances around him. He was among the captives. He had been devoted to God his whole life. He was now 30 and the age when people at that time could speak about things of God. God began to speak to him and he told him to write that He was "The Wheel In The Middle Of The Wheel". Ezekiel wrote it down. Bro. Meadors then said that if you have ever heard a word or a call from God, people walk out on you and it seems like God has forgotten you, but He hasn't. He will keep his promises. Even if everyone walks out, hang on God will come through. Every book in the Bible gives it's onw unique revelation. We read in Genesis chapter 1:1 that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. From chapter three on he created everything. In Verse 2 the earth was without void. Something took place between verse 2 and 3 to make such a huge difference. What happened? The Spirit of God moved across the face of the waters. When God moves, the nothing becomes something. He is like a Giant wheel. He sets things in motion. When you reach out to Him, He will meet you where you are at. God begins to start moving and miracles begin to happen. When you move God moves towards you. If God did it once before, He can do it again. God is a do it again kind of God. He renews, restores and redeems. God is powerful and omnipotent. There is one thing that is just as powerful and that is our will. God will not override our will. Sometimes, we are like those two trucks. We are pushing against God's will with our will. When this happens, it seems like we are not getting anywhere and we just keep spinning our wheels. When we allow God to have His will, He becomes the Will in the middle of the Will. His way propels us into what He was for us. God has a plan for our life. When we take our ideas and release them to God, we no longer have this pushing back and forth friction. We are able to move quickly into what God has for us. If we don't surrender our will, we live in frustration trying to move forward and can't get past His will. Pray for not your will, but for God's will to be done. Sometimes, this prayer is the hardest prayer to pray. When we pray it anyway, God helps us. God is good.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Tomorrow is the last school day of 5th grade for RJ. He will graduate on Thursday and I find it hard to wrap my mind around how quickly it went by. It almost feels like yesterday when he excitedly got on the bus to school for Kindergarten. My little boy is not so little any more. He is still sweet and kind, I thank God for that. Middle School is on the horizon and we know with it comes great growth. We hope we have given him a strong foundation to stand upon. God is our rock, our Hope and our meaning in everything we do. I told him to make sure he says his goodbyes to everyone, because you never know what life can bring over the summertime. People move and kids change schools. Tomorrow is the last day he will be in this particular school building for a full day of school. He has had great teachers and made some good friends. He has grown as a person and educationally. I hope his last day of 5th grade is a good one. God is good.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Today for no particular reason, we were late to church. I have personally been going through some things and I was feeling tired and weary. The Joy of the Lord has been my strength and He has allowed me to be able to laugh and smile, but the "stuff" is still there. When I walked through the doors it was instantaneous. I felt like I had walked into a heavenly waterfall. I was soaked immediately with the Holy Presence of God. The tears were instantaneous. The sweet presence of the Lord was just washing it off of me. I have a prayer life. I read my Bible. Sometimes life just throws it all at you at once. The choir sang with anointing and I didn't want the healing waters to end-. I was all in and giving God everything I had left inside of me. Then, Bro. Kloepper walked to the pulpit and began to weep as he read from 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. "God's Grace Is Sufficient", began to flow from his heart to our hearts. It was a healing balm that flowed through the entire church. He will pitch a tent over me and dwells upon me. When I am weak, because of Him I become strong. So many unanswered prayers. So many unchanged and unresolved issues, when God's time table doesn't seem to match our time table, God's grace is sufficient. Paul is basing everything he is saying off of past experiences. He knew that God was a comfort in the middle of tribulation. God is sovereign over every circumstance. It may seem like we are surrounded by chaos, but God is in control. He mercy is new every morning. His grace is sufficient. God is in control. God is not looking for a plan to help us with our circumstances, He is the plan. God lead Paul into suffering, God sustained him and delivered him from it. Realize that God is doing a work. When the wind blows it's hardest, your roots dig in deeper. When we are at our weakest, we are our strongest. If you do not have to trust and total belief, there is not maturity or growth. Call upon Him, He will sustain you. Let your trials, drive you to God. Pain and Praise mix together into heartfelt worship. This leads to a change that takes place and God moves on our life. No matter what is going on, praise Him anyway. Hallelujah anyhow. Trust God, praise Him anyway. Trust Him in the pain. Praise and pain causes the power of Christ to fall upon you. God will bring good from the evil. His grace is sufficient for you. God is able to meet your needs, right where you are. Let life teach you that God is enough. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot hanging on the end. God has a purpose for your life. God is enough! I can't read my notes past this, because the tears were streaming down my face and all I wanted to do was spend time with my Heavenly Father. I want to order the CD, so I can listen to it again. It's a good reminder to have when life gets tough. No matter how rough it gets, God's Grace is sufficient to get me through it. God is good.