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Freedom

 

  ~ John 8:36 “If The Son therefore shall make you free, Ye shall be free indeed.”

We recently celebrated Veteran’s Day. I honor veterans, those in active service, and their families for the sacrifices they make. I am reminded of the phrase, “Freedom isn’t free.”

I want to reflect on a different freedom today. I am talking about spiritual freedom. One definition of freedom is the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. There is financial bondage. We can be free from this worry when we remind ourselves that God said He would supply all of our needs.

Physical and emotional pain can hold us captive.  During suffering, we can find comfort in knowing that Jesus is our healer. We can be victorious in mind and spirit even before we experience it in the natural. We find hope during depression, by knowing that Jesus said He is our peace.

This kind of freedom also isn’t free. Jesus has already paid the price, however. In hard times, especially, our prayer life should be determined and focused.  Worship, praise, and spending time with God are essential. It is important to study the Word. Be diligent to meditate on scripture to build faith. Listen to teachings from mature, proven ministries. They can offer valuable tools to use in spiritual warfare.

I know many who have had challenges this year. I myself have experienced them. We, at Gateway Believers Fellowship, have also faced some as a whole. We have stood together during this time.

Corporate prayer is a part of the strategy we use against the enemy. Encouragement for one another has been evident. Apostle David Coker and other wise leaders have brought timely messages. We are now celebrating many victories. This is due to the stand we took, and being obedient to the leading of Holy Spirit. You will reap in due season, if you faint not.

Maybe you are imprisoned in some way. I urge you take the steps that we, at Gateway Believers Fellowship, have taken. Holy Spirit directed us through this process. We will continue to follow His leading. He desires to do the same in your life. He will guide you to victory. Remember, who The Son makes free is free indeed.

~ Connie Robinson

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The Mission of Transition

~ 2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore, the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”

I like elevators. I rarely choose the stairs. Homemade food taste best. I want it ready in microwave time. We must be careful not to carry this mindset into our spiritual life. Our walk with the Lord is a journey. It is not a sprint.

We are hearing the word “election” a lot right now. Maybe more than we would like. I want to look at a different type of election. The word election in the Bible means to choose.  God has chosen his children to walk in destiny. I don’t think you just stumble into God’s will or best for your life.

Our church has been lead to move into a transition period. Both as a body and in our individual lives. We are praying and submitted to hearing the voice of God, and following His direction in this.

Transition means to change from one thing to the next. We are not seeking a new program, movement, or way to draw a crowd. We are seeking our Kingdom assignment and appointment for this hour.

In the Book of Genesis, God rested. He created us to rest. He did not create us to stop. To fulfill your destiny and purpose, stopping is not an option. I am not talking about works. I am speaking about obedience. The verse in 2nd Peter tells us to make our calling and election sure (firm and stable.) It says that if we do, we will not fall. That tells me that if we don’t, we are in danger of falling. Complacency can stop a person or church from the best God has for them. God desires for us to advance His kingdom in a world that so desperately needs to see it in operation.

I have faced some personal challenges during this seeking time. I have felt like giving up and just focusing on myself. The teachings from Apostle David Coker, and the prayers of my church family has encouraged me to come along beside of them in this journey. I am determined to complete the mission of transition. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

~Connie Robinson

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Grace to Embrace

God, thank you for the grace to embrace this change

We will not stay here

We don’t want to die in this place

 

For too long, we’ve lived in a bubble

Thinking everything is okay

When you have moved on

 

You long to do something new

You long for a people who will go with You

No more excuses

No more placing blame

 

The time is up for that

It is time to embrace all that You’ve said

 

I don’t want to settle for part of the blessing

I want it all

 

You said the Promise Land flows with milk and honey

We’ve been stagnant

Falling into familiar patterns

 

We’ve thought we had the best

We haven’t even scratched the surface

 

Thank you for Your mercy towards us

Thank you for Your grace

I know You will help us make the change

 

Forgive us for hindering You with our man-made plans

Forgive us for frustrating You

 

I am expectant

I am trusting

I don’t know what lies over the horizon, but I will take the steps

I choose to be obedient

 

What say you?

What will you choose?

~ Madison Sanders

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The Value of Pain

A nurse told me that pain is my friend. I disagreed. Pain does not fit my definition of a friend.  I do agree that pain has value. If we did not feel pain, we would not know something was wrong.  I, like most, have had a measure of it in my life.

I felt the pain of rejection as a child. My marriage was not Christ centered in the beginning years. Because of that, I experienced pain of a failing marriage. I know the pain of fear when my child is suffering, and a doctor does not know the answer.  I have experienced the heartbreak of losing someone to death.

God is love. He does not schedule bad things to happen to us. He does sometimes allow it to take place.  During these trying times, God doesn’t want to just change our situation. He desires that we also change.

Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for our good to them that love God. All there means all.  How can pain work for our good? I have heard many messages, read books, and heard prayers prayed about rejection, fear and failing marriages.

There is much power in the words when the person has come through these situations themselves. They speak with understanding and clarity.  Pain teaches us a depth of compassion. We know better how to comfort and do warfare in prayer for others.  Because of my past, I can relate better to the people I call “Who’s you?” than I can the “who’s who.” Did I enjoy the things I have learned from? Of course I did not.

I do enjoying seeing someone set free from despair. I find pleasure in seeing hope come alive and replace fear in others. The pain they feel is not foreign to me.  Our church is going through a transition time. Transition means change.  I am asking God to transition me. I want to become a more effective part of the body.   Maybe you are suffering in an area right now.  Find comfort in knowing that because God is good, you can trust Him through in this process.  You can be assured that your situation will change. Allow God to strengthen, teach, and change you.  The value in what you learn will be priceless.

~ Connie Robinson

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Vacancy

When a person is trying to quit smoking, they often use hard candy or gum to help them stop. A couch potato is advised to take a walk instead of watching TV. A lot of us have munched on an apple, while thinking about that Snickers bar. These are examples of good exchanges.

We have witnessed things being replaced in our society, however that are not good.  I have heard people question how our country has seemed to have morally declined so quickly. I think the answer is that it didn’t happen fast at all. It has been a slow, calculated process.

A definition of vacancy is emptiness.  The enemy seeks out voids left in a person, family, church, even country to fill with his agenda. Prayer was taken out of school. It was replaced with humanism.

Humanism mindsets can never fill a spiritual vacuum.   Gun violence, rape, and the absence of morals in schools were not rampant when God was a part of the classroom.  Even some churches have aided in this moral decline. Holiness has been replaced with entertainment.  Services have become all about self and flesh.  Little or no teaching on maturing, sacrificing, seeking God, or growing in Christ is heard in these self-edifying services.  God wants us to know who we are  in Him. This should never overshadow Him or His greatness.  Glory is due His name.

Marriage is no longer held in high regard in society.  The norm now seems to be for a couple to declare their love by going to the “next level” by living together.  That is not Gods plan. It is a cheap counterfeit  for the covenant of marriage.  The enemy has stolen the security marriage affords. That is because he knows there is strength and unity in agreement.

The good news is that God always has a people. He always has a plan. He will have those who listen and obey his voice.  We as his people do not have to accept this decline.   We examine ourselves first. What vacancy have we filled with the wrong things? What lies have we begun listening to?  We allow God to show us any changes or repenting we need to apply.  We can then pray for our own families.  Ask God to reveal and replace the enemy’s  agendas for His.  We then move on to our jobs, churches, neighborhoods, and yes, our country. We can still declare that we are one nation under God.

~ Connie Robinson

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Put Me in Remembrance

We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many people.” Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!” ~Romans 4:17-18 (The Message Bible)

We are to call things as though they were according to the Word of God. Abraham had to transition from a possible situation to an impossible situation. In the natural Abraham could not see this. In the spirit realm it was already done.

Abraham heard from God then he had to believe what God had said would happen. Just like Abraham we must be believe what God’s Word says about our situation and hold on until that word manifest in our life. We must mediate on that word and confess the Word of God out loud for yourself, nation, and church.

In the Word it says that God is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him. He has exalted His Word above His name.

~ Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that He should lie; nor the son of man that He should repent: hath He not said, shall He not do it? Or hath He not spoken, shall He not do it?

God is the God of the impossible! All things are possible to those who believe. There are promises in the Word that apply to your situation. Take hold of the Word and apply them. Let the Word do the work!

 

~Tammy Sanders

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Perpetual Life

I love this season of the year. Springtime is when everything comes back to life. It is a new beginning for the flowers, trees, and new life returns to cover the earth. The warmth returns after the cold of winter. You hear the birds chirping and the fragrance of fresh blossoms fill the air. People are out and about working and playing enjoying life. All four seasons have their uniqueness. God gives us all things to richly enjoy. He really loves His creation, especially mankind.

I love nature, being outdoors, and seeing all of the beauty. ~ Psalms 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.”

It’s undeniable that creation tells us of Him. I was walking around my yard and as I was standing there, I observed a honey bee flying from one blossom to another. The Lord began speaking to my spirit. He brought to my mind a verse in Genesis. “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, and summer and winter shall not cease.” ~ Genesis 8:22

When God created earth and mankind He created perpetual life. We are all a part of the cycle of life. “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth for ever.” ~Ecclesiastes 1:4

Our life here is like a vapor of smoke. When it comes to an end what will be said of us? Have we made a difference in our being here? Have we contributed something of value to the next generation?

God expects us to pass something on to the following generations. What are your beliefs and values? Are they going to be beneficial to your children and grand children? I am so thankful to the Lord I was raised to believe His word. It’s true and never changes. I was taught to have faith in Jesus Christ. “He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” ~ Hebrews 13:8

In this ever-changing world, let’s commit to pass on the only thing that will never fail: Faith in God and His word.

~ Ricky Robinson

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