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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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Leadership

With some of the things going on in the world today, there’s a trending thing I’ve noticed as of late. I’m talking about the belittling of leadership. The interesting thing is that this action is coming primarily from the leaders themselves belittling the gift of leadership that is placed in them. What I mean by this is a leader saying we’re going to the right, but someone else wants to go to the left. So the leader decides to go to the left because Susie wants to go left. The leader has now put down his leadership role and became a follower. Now let me say there is a difference between taking advice and processing an opinion versus just giving into the wants of those who are supposed to be following you.

God has set you as a leader to lead, which means He trusts you in the decisions you make over those he has placed under you. (Not saying you will always make the right decisions).

The flip side to this is the lack of appreciation followers have towards their leaders. As a follower, the ground you gain is directly associated with the ground your leader has gained. There are things you will never have to face because your leader has already broken through them or broken through that level of warfare as some would phrase it.

It is for this reason leaders MUST recognize the importance of their role. It’s just like the “V-formation” a flock of birds use. The leader goes first bearing a lot of the responsibility, but he doesn’t create a situation in which the rest of the flock will have to do nothing. Rather, the rest of the flock must also endure to make it to the destination, but because of the lead bird, they had to bear much less weight.

To not appreciate a leader is to say you’d rather go through what they went through than the little that you went through. For a leader to let someone or something else (outside of those who are over you) lead you and decide which direction you go is to try to make them the leader. To lay down your leadership role and let someone else take over is to deny God and His power because if He wanted you to be the follower someone else the leader, that’s what He would have done. Leaders, don’t be afraid to step out in faith. Trust God to direct your steps. Followers, appreciate your leaders! An encouraging word is a blessing those who hear it.

~ Jevallye’ Beverly

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It’s Time to Move!

I’ve been thinking about change since Anessa told the teens at CHOSEN that she hasn’t seen a whole lot of change. To her, it seems like they always come back to the CHOSEN Youth Camp in the same place they were the year before. Even though I didn’t go to CHOSEN, I watched the services online. Immediately I asked myself, “Am I in the same place spiritually that I was last year? Has my change and growth been evident to others?” I hope it is! I hope others can see my growth.

Ever since that question, things have been coming to the surface. Reminders that change isn’t a one-time thing. Surrendering to God is something that happens continually. Every few days I tell God, “I surrender to you. I surrender my need to be right. Whatever you need from me, I am Yours.”

Each one of us needs to do that. And then, to bring everything full circle, Apostle David preached an excellent, timely, heart-piercing word recently about strengthening our joints. He said, “We have strong members (at Gateway), but weak joints.”

While thinking about how God wanted me to write everything that has been bouncing around inside of me, I thought about our physical joints. They become weak when we don’t use them. We lose function when we stop changing positions. If we stop getting up, over time, we won’t be able to get up at all.

I know there are areas of my life that I haven’t let God stretch because it’s painful. But I don’t want to be comfortable while God’s Kingdom becomes ineffective. I don’t want the weeds in my life to choke out the Word of God that is trying desperately to take root in me. I want God’s love to be fully manifested in me. I want His peace to be fully manifested in me.

While reading in Ephesians 4 today, I came across these verses, “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts” (NIV).

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my thinking to be useless. I don’t want my understanding to be darkened. I don’t want to be ignorant because I have hardened my heart.

Thinking about what those verses are saying. Useless thinking, no understanding, ignorant, and a hardened heart. All of those things cause a spiritual joint to be weak because the person won’t even realize they need to change. They won’t even recognize the need for growth!

We as believers of Christ don’t have to stay ignorant. Thank goodness our hearts can be softened. We can choose to not move our joints and we will get weaker and weaker. We will become more ineffective as the seasons go by. The only remedy is to say, “Continue breaking me, Lord. Continue shaping me. I know I’ve let You shape some areas of my life, but I need more of You. I want to be an effective joint in the Body of Christ, so show me the areas of weakness in me.” If I can’t see the problem, I can’t deal with it.

I know that two areas in me that are weak are my love walk and patience. Way before Apostle David even preached his message, I’d been asking God to increase my love walk and increase my patience. He has given me opportunities to walk in love, but I haven’t done that enough.

Guess what? There will be more opportunities for me to strengthen those weak areas. By His grace, I will become a strong joint, which means I will be able to minister to those in need.

It’s all about His Kingdom. There are so many people who need God’s love in their life, but we have to be mature, strong joints before we can help them. We know what to do. Now we have to do it!

~ Madison Sanders

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Where Is Your Faith?

Do you want to know where your faith is? I can tell you. What are the words coming out of your mouth on any day?

The woman with an issue of blood said, “If I only touch His garment I will be made whole” (Matthew 9:21). She continued to speak until she saw the manifestation of her hope.

She kept saying, “I shall be made whole, I shall be made whole.” When she touched His clothes her touch of faith made a demand on the anointing that rested on Jesus.

What are you hoping for? Jesus has done everything and given us the tools to bring about the manifestation of the promises of God. All we have to do is take the medicine, which is the word of God.

Doctors are not bad. Medicine is not a bad thing. Continue to take the medicine and take the word of God. We will see the benefits of what Jesus died for on the cross if we keep the faith.

The woman had spent all her money. She had nothing to lose by confessing and pressing into what belonged to her. We must press into what belongs to us just like she did. It’s not just going to pop out of thin air.

We can’t wait until we need a miracle. If we need love, joy, prosperity, peace, healing, or restoration, then sow that into someone else’s life. The Bible says that we will reap what we sow if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).

The harvest is now. Don’t wait another day. Sow what you want. Say what you want according to the scriptures in the Bible.

~ Tammy Sanders

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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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No Excuses

Have you ever felt inadequate or unworthy? Have you felt lacking any ability to be used in ministry by the Lord? I’m sure ninety percent of us could answer yes. We all have some insecurity when it comes to feeling worthy to represent Him. Satan uses condemnation as his first weapon against us. He points out our flaws, weaknesses, and sins. He tells us how unworthy we are; and he is right. We are only worthy by the grace of God.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; It is the gift of God.” ~ Ephesians 2:8

One definition of grace is power beyond your ability or divine empowerment. The Greek word used in this text is charisma, meaning gifting. God has placed His giftings in every son and daughter. Giving the ability to be glorified in their lives.

“We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians. 2:10

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope or faith.” ~ Romans 15:4

Apostle David Coker says, “God can bless something, but He can’t bless nothing”. If you read Hebrews chapter 2, there are example after example of men and women He used for His glory.

Almost every person God asked to do something made excuses about their abilities. Moses stuttered, Gideon was insecure, and Jeremiah said he was a child. We all have many excuses as to why we can’t, but God asks us to have faith. If you take the first step to be obedient, God will work through you. Remember it’s Christ, the Anointed One,  living, walking, talking, and ministering through you. Put your faith in His ability. Someone you meet needs what’s in you.

~Ricky Robinson

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