Eph 4:1-3 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. NKJV

 We are called to look like a believer.  Everyone in America has seen the gospel fried, boiled and served so many ways.  So many American’s don’t need to hear the word they need to see the Word lived out before them.  These are the attitudes we should demonstrate.

 Attitude of Humility -- lowliness   Humiliation of mind; modesty; having a humble opinion of one's self; a  deep sense of one's moral littleness.

 Attitude of Kindness - gentleness   Meekness: Gentleness; treating others with kindness; kind treatment;  mildness; equitable; moderate; not insisting upon the letter of the law. The  quality that enables a person to suffer wrong and not retaliate, murmur or  criticize, but to commit themselves and their circumstances to God. 

 Attitude of Longsuffering - longsuffering  Longsuffering: Fortitude; patience with a long-enduring temper; to be  long-spirited. Used to describe a long-distance runner. 

 Attitude of Forbearing  Forbearing: Bearing one with another in love; bearing with one another's  faults; making allowances for one another because of love.   Steadily pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at  noticing differences and quick at mending fences. You were all called to  travel on the same road and in the same direction. So stay together, both  outwardly and inwardly. 

 Attitude of Love  Love: responsibility; deliberate principle of the mind; deliberate  conquest and achievement of the will; power to love the unlovable; God's  kind of love. 

 Attitude of Endeavoring  Endeavoring: to exert oneself; to give diligence; to hasten; to be zealous,  active, concerned about something; to treat respectfully; a serious effort. 

 Attitude of Peace -- bond of peace, chains that keep unity  Peace: peace brought between people

 These are the things we do together:

Suffer together
Sing together 
Joined together
Worship together
Stand together
Flow together
Pray together
Agree together
Planted together
Laborers together
Gathered together
United together
Build together

 Listen to the full message on Harmony in Unity from Pastor Greg on the Listen and Download tab.

R-U-N or R-U Out
(Scriptures for Message 6/26/2016 - Listen to the Message on Listen and Download)

 

The video series we are beginning for our small groups this Wednesday night is all about the plight of Christian believers in a place of persecution having lost everything they own, with no country, no governmental protection….But God has made provision for many of them….

Today I want to ask you how far will you go to serve Christ, do you have a turn-a-way point or will you be sold out the whole route in the coming days, should America look just like this,

The original twelve disciple all had intense persecution as they represented Jesus to the the early world.

Matt 5: 11 "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. NKJV

Are you a secret agent believer where nobody knows but the few people of your church.

Let us look at an acrostic for the Word MARTYR

M is for MARKED for the Kingdom of God and are called to be not just sons and daughters but fruitbearers. Because of this the enemy will also have you marked with a bulls eye

Eph 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-to the praise of his glory. NIV

Heb 12: 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. NIV

A is for ARMOR Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. NKJV Wiles means methods of trickery and deceit. Remember to keep the spiritual ARMOR on at all times

 

  1. Moses withstood Pharoah
  2. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego withstood Nebecannezzar
  3. Gideon withstood the Midianites
  4. All the great men and women of God withstood the devil through some form of enemy in their lives and most dealt with different seasons of persecution, rejection, hardship, but God used them to tell future generations of His awesome and great glory that they brought Him through their service

 

 

 

 

A is also for ATTITUDES of people who represent the Kingdom. We must ask the Holy Spirit for help with our attitudes so as to live godly lives…

Matt 5: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit,For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. NKJV

R is for RACE

Acts 20:22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. NKJV

2 Tim 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. NKJV

T is for Training

1 Cor 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. NIV

T is for Training is continual discipleship which yields spiritual growth and ultimately continual fruitbearing….Therefore I refuse to run like a man without a target

T is for Target. What are you doing to target your growth as a believer as well as helping to share the Kingdom of Heaven and the gospel of Christ

T is for Transformation, do not be conformed but transformed, changed to do what? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to find and fulfill your purpose in life and it maybe many over different seasons

Y is for Yes I am a blood bought, Bible toting, scripture quoting, devil chasing, warrior for Christ not worrier but warrior

Y is for YEARNS Ps 84:1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. NIV

We are ever seeking the Lord and waiting for answers to prayers and directions, we all need a heart that yearns to do His will for our lives and to accomplish the destinies for what we were created for

Eph 2: 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. NIV

R is for ARE….What are you and I to do with the rest of our lives? At the very least we need to begin to pray and provide for by whatever means to help the persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the globe,

R is for RARE…. You are a rare jewel in the hand of the master and owner of your life. What are you willing to give of your life SACRIFICIALLY?  If not us, then WHO?

R is for finishing your Race….Acts 22: 20 And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.' 21 "Then the Lord said to me, 'Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'" NIV

It’s time to pray as never before for people who walk daily with the Lord need to HEAR HIS voice in this hour through His word and still small voice of the Spirit to our spirit

2 Tim 4: 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, NKJV

The Blessings of the Blood of Jesus
(Scripture Notes to go with the Message on the Listen and Download 6/17/2016)

2 Corinthians 10:3

Col 1:9-13

Exodus 12:1-14

John 1:29 – 30

10 Benefits of Jesus’ Blood Covenant

  1. Romans 3:21 – 26  It satisfies God’s righteousness requirement
  2. Romans 5:7 – 11  We are justified and rendered innocent.
  3. 1 Peter 1: 16 – 19  We are redeemed from sin.
  4. Revelations 1:5-6 We are washed clean
  5. Hebrews 13:11 – 16  We are sanctified and made holy.
  6. Hebrews 9:12 – 15  His blood can cleanse our conscience
  7. Hebrews 4:16 , Hebrews 10:19 – 23  It provides us open access to God Himself.
  8. Ephesians 2:11 – 13  It brings us near to God.
  9. Col 1:19 – 23  Reconciles us and provides us peace.
  10. Revelations 12:11 – 12  His blood continues to overcome the devil.

Today I watched a mockingbird fly into our glass doors at the church and it killed itself. I've watched crows peck at that same glass so hard being angry with its own image and thinking it was another bird. This is a time that America needs to look in the mirror and see what it's reflecting before it crashes......Immediately as is most times, scripture came to my mind in response to this bird flying after something and just crashing. Many people are MOCKING God and His word in this hour not realizing that He will not be mocked forever as it says in:

2 peter 3:3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, MOCKING the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. NLT

Truth mockers will become more and more visible and vocal but relax, God will have the LAST laugh. Jesus is COMING AGAIN soon.....Maranatha

I believe that many people who study the word of God miss a lot of the prophetic signs and symbols throughout every book and author. Look deeper and see that GOD uses numbers and animals and symbols to give vivid descriptions of events and nations and things yet to come. Have you ever thought about the importance of numbers in scripture. Why was 3 always used with resurrection be it Lazarus, Jonah, or Jesus. Have you ever considered the number 7 as to the day God rested, it represents completion and perfection. Number 6 as the number of man, the mark of the beast, the number of hours Jesus was alive on the cross paying for our sin or even the age of Noah(600) years when the flood came and wiped out the earth. Nations have always been referred to as birds and animals. Some may think it's just coincidence, meaningless, but I promise you that when you study the word in it's completeness the Holy Spirit will reveal things to you that most people will never see.

Just like Israel's mandate from God through Moses, every past nation who has trusted in the LORD has to pass down His TRUTH to the next generation.......We like Joshua's generation have not done a good job of putting God first and passing HIs truth down to sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters. May we be reminded that any such nation is only one generation away from not following, knowing, and trusting in the Lord.

Deut 6:1-9
6:1 "Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you--'a land flowing with milk and honey.'

4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

6 "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
NKJV

Persecutions will intensify because evil people and unbelieving believers have increased in number......But remember WHO and WHOSE you are in the Lord. Be like Gideon and see yourself as a strong and MIGHTY man or woman of valor in Him in this hour and remember that the GREATER one lives in you.

2 Tim 3:11-17
12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
NKJV

Today i went out to my mailbox and saw a blackbird in my neighbor's yard pecking and jumping on what turned out to be a baby dove that was learning to fly. As i walked over to it i saw that two large doves, flew a few feet away but were watching over their baby. The little bird just didnt have enough yet to keep it off the ground.

It caused me to reflect and think about that situation this afternoon. Simply put, it is like that many times when people first become Christians. Just as they are learning to fly spiritually in the Kingdom of God (Matthew 13) Satan comes to steal the word of the Kingdom away from those who do not receive or understand it. Believers need spiritual parents standing by, along with the Holy Spirit (typified by the dove) to protect them during their most vulnerable part of growing up....

If you can't make a leap of faith, at least HOP

1 Cor 2:9-10 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. NKJV

The Holy Spirit is the BEST SEARCH engine available, better than Bing, Yahoo, and Google combined

Whenever you lose your compass as a nation it doesn't take long to forget where you came from. It's utterly impossible to navigate through uncharted waters without the hand of God.

Why is it that if you pray for people to be healed you are considered to be working under the influence of the devil while disease and sickness is many times considered to be a blessing or gift from God to make better Christians or to teach you some revelation. After praying for the sick for the last 25 yrs I still marvel

Today I watched a mockingbird fly into our glass doors at the church and it killed itself. I've watched crows peck at that same glass so hard being angry with its own image and thinking it was another bird. This is a time that America needs to look in the mirror and see what it's reflecting before it crashes......Immediately as is most times, scripture came to my mind in response to this bird flying after something and just crashing. Many people are MOCKING God and His word in this hour not realizing that He will not be mocked forever as it says in:

2 peter 3:3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, MOCKING the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. NLT

Truth mockers will become more and more visible and vocal but relax, God will have the LAST laugh. Jesus is COMING AGAIN soon.....Maranatha

I believe that many people who study the word of God miss a lot of the prophetic signs and symbols throughout every book and author. Look deeper and see that GOD uses numbers and animals and symbols to give vivid descriptions of events and nations and things yet to come. Have you ever thought about the importance of numbers in scripture. Why was 3 always used with resurrection be it Lazarus, Jonah, or Jesus. Have you ever considered the number 7 as to the day God rested, it represents completion and perfection. Number 6 as the number of man, the mark of the beast, the number of hours Jesus was alive on the cross paying for our sin or even the age of Noah(600) years when the flood came and wiped out the earth. Nations have always been referred to as birds and animals. Some may think it's just coincidence, meaningless, but I promise you that when you study the word in it's completeness the Holy Spirit will reveal things to you that most people will never see.

I remember all the years I used to pray in unbelief by praying the words"If it be thy will" It wasn't until I started learning what all was in His will and testament that I began to see breakthroughs and answered prayer. Jesus told us to pray in this manner, "your will be done and your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven" The word IF has always been an unbelief word to me and the what-ifs will plague your soul if you choose to live in regrets.

1 Cor 2:4-5
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. NKJV

Knowing the Bible without knowing the Holy Spirit who inspired the writing of it will leave you with a powerless gospel. Too many people have their faith placed in the word of God (Bible) without being plugged into the POWER source. Signs and wonders should follow those who believe. If we don't believe in the power of God as well, then our theology is incomplete. The Bible without the power source is just another religion

The gospel is not just a bunch of Biblical doctrines to live by until you go to heaven someday. It is partnering with Almighty God through the Holy Spirit to see the kingdom of Heaven advance in power starting with our lives. It's about repenting, renewing, reminding, renouncing, and rejoicing and more. It's about always reaching out to Jesus and others so He can reach in and bring us into His will for our lives

Die to your diets and ask God to help you make a lifestyle change for your own good health while you can. Diets are usually temporary quick fixes that help us to lose just a few pounds. We seldom look at the need for change because our BODIES are temples of the Holy Spirit

The POWER of a TESTIMONY vs. the Power of UNBELIEF
About 25 yrs ago before I became a pastor I was asked to give my testimony at a Full Gospel Businessmens(FGB)luncheon in my city. One of the things God was doing in me at the time was showing me His awesome anointing and teaching me how to pray for the sick and dying. After testifying of a few major miracles that I had witnessed, a man came up for prayer after he heard my testimony on God's supernatural power still available for today. I laid my hands on him and prayed the prayer of faith.

He had been passing 2-3 dozen kidney stones over a short period of time and the doctors had no answer for what to do because medicine didnt work.....I can still see the desparation in his face. Needless to say God healed him that day and he went awhile without any more pain and suffering. The day came when he stood up in his church and told them what God had done. His leadership said whatever you received wasnt from God but from the devil and almost immediately he was passing them again.

This young man was working for one of the other members of FGB and went to his house and shared the truth of God's word concerning healing with his family. After listening almost immediately he received that healing again, but now he had to make a decision who was telling him the truth of the gospel, his boss or his church. Every believer learns by revelation of the scriptures and the experiential application of it. Just because one hasn't seen God do mighty works like that doesn't mean He ISNT doing them anymore. I used to believe the same way until somebody testified and showed it to me. He made the decision necessary because he saw the truth testified of and then applied it to his life.

The NEGATIVE power of unbelief will cause us confusion concerning God's word and negate us from receiving everything concerning His promises. Ive seen it in my life when I focused on unbelief. Jesus didnt say to anyone in the NT,"according to your unbelief, let it be done unto you" He said according to your FAITH.

Go testify to the world what you have seen and heard and applied to your life and then see what God does with it..............

For every GOLIATH there is a STONE

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