The Devil’s Greatest Fear?

I believe that one of the Devil’s greatest fears, is when God’s people are gathered together in faith and unity.

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And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
~Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” ~Matthew 18:20 (NKJV)

And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. ~Acts 4:31 (NKJV)

Create Your Future

“The future never just happened. It was created.” ~Will and Ariel Durant

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“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between prosperity and disaster, between life and death. I have commanded you today to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, laws, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live…and the LORD your God will bless you…. But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed.” ~Deuteronomy 30:15-18 (NLT)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. ~Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. ~Romans 8:5,6 (NLT)

 

There’s a City in Your Hands

Wherever God has planted you–in whatever city, town, village, hamlet, or burg you live–you are to pray for that place. Your prayers can make a world of difference in creating an atmosphere conducive to the blessings of God. I pray that the Spirit of God will open the eyes of your understanding through this message, “There’s a City in Your Hands.”

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Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” ~Matthew 11:20-24 (NKJV)

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace. ~Jeremiah 29:4 (NKJV)

Count Me “All In”

Life presents each of us with many choices and a myriad of paths we could travel. I made a decision 41 years ago to trust and follow Jesus Christ–a choice that changed the course of my life.

Although I had been a regular church attender, Sunday School teacher, and an ordained Ruling Elder, I never knew what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus. That all changed one Friday night at the altar of Hope United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan. Since the day I received Christ, I have gone through many changes and overcome many challenges. Through it all, God has shown me His amazing grace, awesome love, power, provision, and protection.

I believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and that He speaks to me through His Word and leads me by His Holy Spirit. I believe that My Heavenly Father has my best interest at heart. I believe that my faith in Jesus will allow me entrance into God’s heavenly Kingdom and that my service to Him in this life will result in rewards in the next.

Simply said, I’m “betting everything” on Jesus–that He is who He says He is, and that He will do what He says He’ll do. Yes, you can count me “all in.” I have decided to follow Jesus–no turning back, no turning back.

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Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. ~John 14:6 (NKJV)

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? ~Romans 8:31,32 (The Message)

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. ~1 John 5:11-13 (NKJV)

Death by Pride

Pride is a killer. On the other hand, the one who walks in humility will experience the blessing and grace of God. The Word is clear–”God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.” In this message, “Death By Pride,” we will search the Scriptures to see what God has to say about pride and how to avoid its disastrous consequences.

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Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. ~Proverbs 16:18,19 (NKJV)

Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:5-7 (NKJV)

Love One Another

When I was an instructor at RHEMA Bible Training Center (1978-1981), one of the courses I taught was “New Testament Survey.” I had a student in my class named Andy LaRocca. Andy was an extraordinarily talented individual. He would sit in the back row of my classroom and draw cartoons of that day’s lesson.  

Here’s one of his comic creations which was inspired by one of John’s epistles. Now, John is often referred to as the “Apostle of Love,” since God’s love is an oft-repeated theme of his writings.

loveoneanotherGet it? Good. Now, go do it!   ;-)

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Beloved, let us LOVE one another, for LOVE is of God; and everyone who LOVES is born of God and knows God. He who does not LOVE does not know God, for God is LOVE. In this the LOVE of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is LOVE, not that we LOVED God, but that He LOVED us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so LOVED us, we also ought to LOVE one another.
~1 John 4:7-11 (NKJV)

If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn’t LOVE others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn’t LOVE others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without LOVE I would be no good to anybody. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t LOVEothers, I would be of no value whatsoever. LOVE is patient and kind. LOVE is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. LOVE does not demand its own way. LOVE is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. LOVE never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. LOVE will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear. Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little! But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear. It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. There are three things that will endure — faith, hope, and LOVE – and the greatest of these is LOVE. ~1 Corinthians 13 (NLT)

“For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” ~John 3:16,17 (NKJV)

Think On These Things

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. ~Philippians 4:4-8 (NKJV)

If You Seek Him…

The Scriptures are filled with admonitions to “seek the Lord.” In this message you will discover the importance of continually seeking God with all your heart.

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“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” ~Luke 11:9-13 (NKJV)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
~Matthew 5:6 (NKJV)

And all Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; and He was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around. ~2 Chronicles 15:15 (NKJV)

Return to Zion

The Word of God has much to say about “mountains”–Mount Sinai, Mount Moriah, the Mount of Olives, and Mount Zion, among others. But, a closer study reveals Mount Zion holding a special place in the heart of God. Sadly, I think too many believers spend a greater part of their lives at Mount Moriah, which is known as a place of offerings and sacrifices.

The writer of Hebrews declares that “you have come unto Mt. Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…” (See Hebrews 12:22). Mount Zion is a place of deliverance, freedom, worship, and joy and gladness in the presence of the Lord!

In this message, “Return to Zion,” we will search the Scriptures to discover the blessing of life on Mount Zion, the City of our King.

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Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. ~Psalm 2:6 (NKJV)

For the LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory.
~Psalm 102:16 (NKJV)

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place.
~Psalm 132:13 (NKJV)

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness,and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. ~Isaiah 35:10 (NKJV)

But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness…
~Obadiah 17 (NKJV)

 

Divine Desperation

Could it be that our inability to experience the power of God in our lives is directly related to our desperation for Him? Actually, I think this might be true. We are often indifferent, rather than passionate, for the things of God. It seems that we seldom get serious about seeking God until we are overwhelmed by circumstances and have no place or no one to turn to but God.

In this message, titled, “Divine Desperation,” you will discover one of the greatest secrets to releasing and living in the power of God. I pray that God will speak to your heart by His Spirit as you listen.

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But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
~Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~2 Corinthians 12:9,10 (NKJV)

 

A Way of Escape

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No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
~1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)


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What Are We Becoming?

I read a very good article this morning that was written by R. Loren Sandford in September, 2013. He wrote about a “shift” that he observed in the Church–a change that I, too, have witnessed taking place in the Body of Christ.

Here is an excerpt from his article, titled, “A New Move of God is Occurring.”

Both in and out of the church, we created and catered to a culture focused on self-fulfillment, getting a blessing, having an experience and being fed and touched personally and individually. We became a “me” generation, in contradistinction to a culture of the selflessness of the cross, and then passed that sick cultural orientation to our children, who now suffer for it.

Conditioned by the culture we created, we gravitated toward teachings that told us how to personally prosper, receive a blessing, experience the supernatural and heal the pain that our self-orientation inevitably produced. We ended up with a faith focused in the wrong place, sometimes subtly and in some cases rather blatantly.

Worship became an individual experience to receive and enjoy rather than an offering rising as a pleasing aroma to God for His sake. Inner healing became not a tool to make us more whole for the sake of lives given away in the service of others but more of a means of relieving our pain so we could be “happy.”

Prophetic ministry too often gravitated toward flattering words of great destinies reflective of the content of the hearts of the people rather than life-changing truth. We began to attend conferences for the big names on the roster of speakers, hoping the anointed ones would spark life and impart something into us that would give meaning to our lives or catalyze a supernatural experience.

Jesus, however, came to reveal the nature and character of His Father: ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).


I believe anyone who is serious about serving God has been experiencing a holy dissatisfaction with merely “receiving blessings” and having one more “spiritual experience.” The ultimate plan and purpose of God is, that, as His children, we would be “conformed into His image.” To this end, God is working to finish what He has started in us.

You can read the entire article here.

What’s Holding You Back?

If there was ever a time to move on in the things of God, this is it! But, often there are things in our life that hold us back—sins and addictions, feelings and emotions, offenses and unforgiveness, and haunting memories of days gone by. In this message, “What’s Holding You Back?,” I talk about those actions and attitudes that can hinder our spiritual growth and offer some thoughts about how we can move past those things into a closer walk with God.

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“You’ve stayed long enough at this mountain. On your way now. Get moving….” ~Deuteronomy 1: 6,7 (The Message)

“What’s Holding You Back?” (45:26)
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The Coming Revival

“The United States will be saved only through a massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I see the seeds of a movement of evangelism and the Holy Spirit that will sweep across the nation from sea to shining sea. Our nation is in desperate need of revival. The solution won’t come from the White House, and it won’t be fixed through the polls. It will only come from Jesus.” ~Reinhard Bonnke

The Question of Forgiveness

It was about a year or so ago that I began to see a number of posts on Facebook stating that, “all our sins have been forgiven—past, present, and future.”

To be honest, I had never thought about future sins being forgiven in advance of a person actually committing them. I have always been of the belief that, if a person sinned after they were born-again, repentance and confession were required to receive God’s forgiveness. The concept of “pre-forgiveness” was a new one to me. Certainly, I don’t know everything, and I feel I’m open to be taught, but, with the knowledge of Scripture that I have, I’ve had trouble reconciling this and some other teachings with God’s Word.

In the last few months, I have witnessed a marked increase in the number of declarations and discussions (and some ugly arguments) about forgiveness of sin, judgment and condemnation, law and grace, among other things. The matter has exploded on numerous websites, blog sites, and in Facebook posts. At times, the discussion has gotten quite heated and, sadly, has been the cause of much division in the Body of Christ.

As I began studying this teaching, I discovered that much of this “new doctrine” was being promoted by Joseph Prince, in his book, “Destined to Reign.” (He also deals with this subject in his subsequent book, “Unmerited Favor,” which, is pretty much a re-write of his first book.)

So as not to be ignorant on this matter, I spent about six weeks reading, studying, marking, and highlighting what Prince wrote in regard to God’s grace and forgiveness. What I found were some liberating truths that I, myself, have been teaching over the past 35 years. But, I also found many questionable statements and some things that clearly contradict the teaching of Scripture. I also have spent considerable time reading a variety of articles and blog posts, both pro and con, and watching and listening to messages from a variety of folks.

I will be addressing some of my concerns primarily in audio messages posted here on my devoBlog. It is not my intent to attack a particular person or ministry, even though I felt it was necessary to refer to Prince’s writings.

The Word of God warns us, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1), and, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (2 Timothy 4:3,4). True freedom only comes by continuing in the Truth of God’s Word. I pray that as you listen to these messages that the Holy Spirit will speak Truth to your heart. I might add that, if in anything I speak or write I am found to be in error, I pray that the Spirit of God would open my eyes to the Truth, also.

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But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all* who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [24] being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. ~Romans 3:21-26 (NKJV)

And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. ~Colossians 2:13,14 (NKJV)

“And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ ~Acts 26:14-18 (NKJV)

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. ~1 John 1:5-2:2 (NKJV)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. ~James 5:13-16 (NKJV)

Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end. ~Hebrews 3:12-13 (NKJV)

For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. ~Hebrews 10:26-31 (NKJV)

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” ~Revelation 3:19 (NKJV)

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The Weapons of Our Warfare

Satan’s most effective weapon against humanity is “The Lie.” The believer’s greatest weapon against our adversary, the Devil, is “The Truth.” In this message, I borrow from the United States Marine Corps Book of Strategy, “Warfighting,” to gain insight into the tactics our enemy uses in his attempt to discourage, defeat, and destroy God’s people. When we understand and use the spiritual weapons that God has given us, we can be assured of victory in Christ!think on these things…
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:4,5 (NKJV)
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Where is the Love?

“Unselfish love, generosity, brotherly affection and sincere kindness is just as much a manifestation of the Spirit as healing or miracles. In fact, powerful signs and wonders are more likely to happen in an atmosphere that is bathed in Holy Ghost love.

“Could this be the reason we don’t see as many supernatural manifestations today? When we are smug, hypocritical, bitter, harsh, judgmental and hateful, we totally short-circuit God’s power.” ~J. Lee Grady

Fight the Good Fight!

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When you are born-again into the family of God, you are going to come under attack from spiritual forces “hell-bent” on destroying you. If you’re going to thrive and survive, you’re going to have to know how to fight the good fight of faith. This message will help get you on the right footing and get mentally prepared for the inevitable battles that come to all those who have given their hearts and lives to God .

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“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.” ~1 Timothy 1:18,19 (NKJV)

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” ~2 Timothy 2:3,4 (NKJV)

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” ~1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

“Fight the Good Fight” (40:06)
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Birthing a Revival

Here’s my message from Mother’s Day 2012. Although, it’s not a “typical” Mother’s Day message, I do believe it’s a word that could help us experience a much-needed release of God’s power and glory in our nation, cities, churches, and homes. In this message, I also share some great thoughts from Francis Frangipane. If you are not familiar with Francis’ ministry, I encourage you to check out his website here.

“Birthing a Revival” (39:59)
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© 2014 Randall Gearhart

Reaching a Post-Christian Culture

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“…we must shift our strategy from trying to call a once-Christian nation back to God and refocus our efforts to thinking of ourselves and our ministries as the early Christians did under Roman domination. The former leads to shrill cries of prophetic judgment against a people who once knew God and should still. The latter acknowledges that the culture has long since ceased to be Christian and determines to win the hearts of those under its influence through love, grace, demonstrations of miracle power and service. Fail to make this shift and we will find ourselves ever more marginalized and ineffective in the days to come.

“The promise: For those who will receive it, a determined remnant is about to experience an unprecedented outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will prepare and propel us into these coming days as a people ready to shine as lighthouses of hope, healing and salvation in the midst of growing darkness. It is a season of equipping for signs and wonders, of character change in the deepest reaches of our hearts and lives, of learning the ways of God and of refusing compromise at any level. It is a time for awakening.” ~ R. Loren Sandford

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God’s View of You

“…a Christian’s standing before God does not depend upon his standing before men. A high reputation does not make a man dearer to God, nor does the tongue of the slanderer influence God’s attitude toward His people in any way. He knows us each one, and we stand or fall in the light of His perfect knowledge.” ~ A.W. Tozer

 

“A Chance of Rain”

This track is from an extraordinary time spent in worship one Wednesday
night at The Sanctuary of Dublin. Nancy Clark played piano and I used a
Yamaha WX-5 controller and VL70-m module to emulate the flute, clarinet,
cello, violin, and harmonica that you hear on this un-rehearsed,
“play-as-we-go” melody. I added the sounds of an afternoon spring
thunderstorm that I had recorded a few days earlier.

  “A Chance of Rain”
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Repent, Rinse, Repeat

I learned a lesson on repentance the other day when I was in the shower. Since none of you were there (at least I don’t remember seeing any of you there), I thought I’d share it in this brief audio message with you.

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Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God’s Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God’s creation, says:

“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.

“Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.

“The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they’ll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God! ~Revelation 3:14-19 (MSG)

“Repent, Rise, Repeat” (7:11)
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Keeping Our Focus

“But the most important issue we face today is the same the church has
faced in every century: Will we reach our world for Christ? In other
words, will we give priority to Christ’s command to go into all the
world and preach the gospel? Or will we turn increasingly inward, caught
up in our own internal affairs or controversies, or simply becoming
more and more comfortable with the status quo? Will we become
inner-directed or outer-directed? The central issues of our time aren’t
economic or political or social, important as these are. The central
issues of our time are moral and spiritual in nature, and our calling is
to declare Christ’s forgiveness and hope and transforming power to a
world that does not know him or follow him. May we never forget this.”
~Billy Graham

 

Attitude Adjustment: 101

Hugh Downs once said, “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of
circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” So
true. In this message I share some thoughts on how you can change your
attitude to meet every challenge you face in life.

think on these things…
“To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You…” ~Psalm 25:1,2a (NKJV)

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on
the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves
roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those
things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be
shaken.Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and
great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your
heads, because your redemption draws near.” ~Luke 21:25-28 (NKJV)

“Attitude Adjustment: 101″   (29:22)
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Join the Resistance

“I have had times in my life and ministry when the burdens and the pressures seemed to be too much. Sometimes physical weariness adds to our problems and our temptation to give in to discouragement and doubt. At these times it seems that even in prayer it is impossible to rise above the load. More than once, by faith that seemed to have been imparted directly from heaven, the Lord has enabled me to claim all that I needed for body, soul and spirit. On my knees I have been given freedom and strength to pray, ‘Now, Lord, I have had enough of this. I refuse to take any more of this heaviness and oppression! This does not come from God–this comes from my enemy, the devil! Lord, in Jesus’ name, I will not take it any longer–through Jesus Christ I am victor!’ At these times, great burdens have just melted and rolled away–all at once.

“Brethren, God never meant for us to be kicked around like a football. He wants us to be humble and let Him do the chastening when necessary. But when the devil starts tampering with you, dare to resist him!” ~A.W. Tozer, “I Talk Back to the Devil”

think on these things…
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ~James 4:7 (NKJV)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. ~1 Peter 5:8-10 (NKJV)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” ~Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKJV)

 

Some Assembly Required

I receive an email devotional from Rusty Howser. Rusty pastors a church in Vidalia, Georgia, where they grow those deliciously sweet Vidalia onions. But, I digress…

Rusty always has an encouraging word to share, but, his thought for today is especially timely, as many believers have decided that they can pretty much “go it alone,” when it comes to living the Christian life. I encourage you to take a moment and think on these things. The fact is, we need one another to fulfill our purpose and destiny as God’s people. There are many more things that I could say about this, but, for now, I’ll just let Rusty take it from here…


“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” ~Hebrews 10:24,25

“A lot of people are in the habit today of not meeting with other Christians. What a mistake this is! Some say, ‘I don’t have to go to church to be saved,’and they’re absolutely correct. But that’s not the point of gathering together. We gather together to encourage one another for starters. If you were to read the two preceding verses you would find out that it’s to encourage one another,’ to hold fast to our confession of hope,’ and, ‘to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.’ Wow! Those things are vitally important to our growth as Christians.

“We need people around us that  are going to encourage and lift us up all the time. We need to have people that we encourage and lift up. It’s a body that’s stimulating each other to do the best it can so that the whole body works efficiently. That’s what it’s all about. Ezekiel called it, ‘an exceedingly great army!’

“Some people sit home and are members of the bless me club. You know, ‘I want to receive a blessing,’ but you’re not worried about anyone else. You turn on your favorite TV Evangelist and you get your socks blessed off. That’s wonderful! But if the foot is blessed but the big toe is broke, the foot’s function is going to be limited. It won’t function properly.

“So, assembling together is not about us, it’s about family. God needs a strong healthy family more then ever, so what are you waiting for? Getup off your posterior and go find a bunch of believers that you fit into and become the vital part that you were called to be! You’ll be blessed, but, better yet, others will be blessed because of you!” ~Rusty Howser

 

You Can Quote Me

A few years ago, I was awakened early on a Sunday morning, picked up a notebook and pen, and began writing. Maybe something here will speak to your heart.

It’s true that the mind is a spiritual battleground. But it could be thought of as a playground, too–and the devil has his favorite rides.

Be aware of the times in which God speaks to you. For me, it is often in the waking moments.

God loves you, not for what you do, but for who you are.

The devil is not a creator–he is a perverter of the good things God has made.

It took the Apostle Paul a while to figure this out, too–it’s all about trusting in the grace of God.

Just about the time you think you’ve arrived…

Without God, you can do nothing of eternal consequence.

Find one person consumed with a vision for God and I’ll show you a thousand who couldn’t care less.

Seek not sympathy from the crowd. The suffering of others is great sport for the masses.

There’s always at least one Judas in the crowd–that’s true of Jezebels, too.

You’ll not know if your life has been successful until you hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

True faith is not a leap in the dark, or a step out onto thin ice. True faith rests firmly on the unchanging, eternal Word of God.

Make sure your dreams are God’s dreams for you–your thoughts, God’s thoughts about you.

It’s not only what you do for God that’s important–but why you do it.

If you are led by the Spirit of God many will not understand you, some will applaud you, a handful will admire you, and a few may want to kill you.

There are some things that God will speak to you or show you that are for you alone. Treasure them in your heart.

If God has spoken it, He will bring it to pass–but most likely not when or how you think He should.

As you grow with God, you will be amazed that the more you come to know, the more you’ll realize how little you really do know.

The world buys opinions–the wise seek Truth.

Following Jesus is an adventure of faith.

It’s true…if you don’t use it, you will lose it.

To grow, eat. To grow strong, eat and exercise.

The most profound truths are really very simple.

“If” is the biggest word in the Bible.

There’s always a reason people act the way they do.

One of the scariest thoughts for the public speaker is, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Give most of your time to the most important things.

Being led by the Spirit is the surest way to success and prosperity–and persecution, too.

There is one sure guarantee in this world–God’s love.

It’s one thing to believe in God–another to trust Him.

Many people find the way–only a few walk in it.

Criticism can hurt–but praise can prove deadly.

There’s always time to do the things God wants you to do.

The two most important things in life are knowing God’s will and doing it.

Never make lists of pros and cons. Instead, be led by the Spirit of God.

God is not influenced by opinion polls–and you shouldn’t be, either.

If you think God’s not watching or listening, well, you just don’t know God.

The gifts that God has given you are not for you–they are for you to give to someone else.

The highest calling in life is that of a servant.

It’s not how you learn, but what you learn that’s important.

There’s nobody else in the world exactly like you–and that’s probably a good thing!

Change is not always for the better.

Things that seem of little importance to you may be very important to someone else. Take time to listen.

I am convinced that nothing in life happens when you think it should or ever turns out the way you imagined it would.

© 2014 Randall Gearhart

Recapturing the Spirit of Worship

“The gospel as preached by good men in our times may save souls, but it does not create worshipers.

“Our meetings are characterized by cordiality, humor, affability, zeal and high animal spirits; but hardly anywhere do we find gatherings marked by the overshadowing presence of God. We manage to get along on correct doctrine, fast tunes, pleasing personalities and religious amusements. How few, how pitifully few are the enraptured souls who languish for love of Christ….

“If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to recapture the spirit of worship. We shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness of God and the beauty of Jesus. We shall need to put away our phobias and our prejudices against the deeper life and seek again to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship.”  ~A.W. Tozer, “That Incredible Christian”

think on these things…

The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” ~John 4:19-24 (NKJV)