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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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The Hotseat

“So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ.” Romans 10:17

I had a dream a few days ago.

There was an activity called “The Hotseat” that our youth group did a number of times back in the day. It consisted of one person sitting in a chair at the front of the room (or top of the circle) and everyone else giving them positive affirmations. No one was allowed to say anything ugly and EVERYONE had to take a turn. The comments couldn’t be anything shallow, like “I really like your shoes.” All the comments had to be sincere about what we truly appreciated about that one person. Some days were more challenging than others. Some people were more challenging than others. But we all did it and it made a huge difference.

In my dream, I was sitting in the “hotseat.” I was sweating. I was nervous. My heart was pounding against the walls of my chest. I could feel tears streaming down my cheeks in the dream. Why would I feel such a way when faced with such a positive affirming activity? Well, it’s because I always found this activity to be challenging. Not because people said ugly things; there were only good things said about how I excelled in what I was doing and what I did for others. Nope, it was because I had to hear people say nice things about ME. I had believed so many lies about my self-worth – that I was unworthy to be loved, that I was too damaged and too broken to be anyone of importance, that others were better off without me – it was challenging to hear anyone say anything besides the lies.

Most of the time my internal turmoil made it difficult for me to hear the actual words that came out the other peeps’ mouths. More importantly, I couldn’t hear God’s word and that stalemated my faith and I found it a challenge to obtain it’s life. My friends knew this so they did whatever they had to do to shake me up & get my attention when it was my turn to sit in ” The Hotseat.” While some told me things like “You inspire me to love people & life as deeply as you do” and “I admire your unwillingness to compromise what you believe in,” others said “If you get out that chair, I will hit you so hard Ann will feel it” and “I don’t care if you sit there and cry all day, you’re gonna let us love you; you’re gonna hear us say these positive things to you because you need to know that we don’t believe you’re the abandoned, “piece-o-trash” you think you are.” And that’s what used to happen & that’s what I did in my dream – I sat in that chair, cried and listened as they told me everything EXCEPT the lies I’d told myself. It made all the difference in my young life – my faith increased and it gave God, Christ and Holy Spirit the access they needed to begin healing me.

When examining my own testimony, I’m reminded that our society today is in serious need of healing in the “self-worth” department. Some of us were abandoned by our parent(s) and/or loved one(s). Even if they were there, some parents & guardians weren’t emotionally available to us. And, maybe for some, years of neglect & abuse took its toll. No matter what the trauma was, self-worth was damaged and it changed how we saw ourselves. We even add nicknames, like “The Outsider,” that continue to echo the damaged self-worth and our ability to hear is compromised.

In the name of transparency, that is my walk of faith with God: to tip the scales daily by trusting & accepting His words MORE than the lies. “The Hotseat” interrupts the cycle of feeding ourselves lies and provides opportunities to replace them with God’s word, truth & agape love. I’m so grateful for those people who sat in those circles years ago. Those words, even echoed in a dream, have been such strong reminders to increase my faith and strong motivators for me to continue being healed, especially when I find myself in faint-hearted cycles.

There are 101 lessons to be pulled out of this Sustah’s dream. For now, I would just like to say: look in the mirror, put YOURSELF in “The Hotseat” today, receive more words of Love & life than the lies you’re accustomed to! I promise you, despite what lies you may believe about yourself, you’re not the worthless, abandoned, “piece-o-trash” you think you are.

~ Vickie Bowman

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Lord, Help My Unbelief

The children of Israel were rebuked for their unbelief for limiting the Holy One of Israel. God had shewed them His mighty power over and over again. He had performed many miracles in their sight day after day. Most people agree seeing is believing. It sounds logical doesn’t it? Every day they were led by a cloud and at night by a pillar of fire.

The Lord was showing them signs and wonders. Yet they were full of doubt and unbelief. I’ve often wondered how could they not have believed God. It’s easy to judge others. We say; ” If it was me I would believe”. Saying we have faith and walking it out is sometimes a horse of a different color. When we are facing a need the pressures begin. We usually try to figure out a way we can work it out. We rack our brains trying to come up with a solution.

Then comes the parade of thoughts, the what ifs. Oh, if I don’t get the money I may lose my house. I will be homeless. Where can I go? What will people think of me? We get bombarded by thoughts of doubt and unbelief. Whoa! It’s time to rewind and regroup. We have let our carnal mind take over and now we are having a hard time believing God. It’s natural or human nature to try and figure things out. One benefit of natural thinking is our ability to recall past experiences. This is where we learn to grow in faith to believe God beyond what we see or think.

Can God lie? No. Can God fail? No. Is God faithful? Yes. Can God do the impossible? Yes.  Does God care? Yes. Hasn’t He always been faithful to His Word? Yes. We have the mind of Christ we have to use it. As we stand in faith we learn how to develop and grow to believe and recieve.

~Ricky Robinson

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Deception

In a previous article entitled “Are You Decieved?”, I challenged readers to examine why they believe what they believe. No one wants to think they are misled in any area of their thinking or beliefs. To be decieved is to believe something that is not true, even when there is evidence to support the truth.

In the times we’re living in, terms like “political correctness” are often used, and we are challenged to compromise our beliefs. We don’t want to be precieved as a bigot, prejudiced, narrow-minded, or intolerant. So we become compromised so as not to be ostracized by others.

We deal with deception on some level everyday. Most of the major news broadcasts have a biased worldview on the telecast of daily news. They are “spin doctors” using deceptive tatics in their reporting. We used to be shocked at our political leaders being deceptive or corrupt. Now, it’s the norm. “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” ~2 Timothy 3:13

Should we really be surprised? Jesus said, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” In three of four Gospels when speaking of His return, He warned us.  Apostle Paul’s epistles addresses deception and self-deception. He encourages us to be rooted and grounded in the truths of God’s word. Satan is the master deceiver. He uses men to deceive and mislead others to destruction.

“Let God be true and every man a liar.” ~Romans 3:4  I encourage you to read and study God’s word. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and teach you the truth. Ask God to deliver you from religious mindsets not of Him. Don’t be stubborn, hard hearted, hard headed, and prideful, thinking you are right about all your beliefs. “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.” ~James.4:6

~Ricky Robinson

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Using Your Authority

 

Anybody can praise God whenever things are going great. What about when your children are ill, you lose your job, divorce, death in the family, and the list goes on. What do you do then?

I have had many circumstances over the years come against me and my family.  I had a choice to make to either duck tail and run or go right through the middle of it. To tell you the truth at times I would love to have run, but God on the inside of me just would not let me do that.

He’s always been bigger than anything I have ever faced.  At times I felt like the wind had been knocked out of me, and then I would remember that He was right there with me, seeing me overcome every obstacle that came my way.

I’m so glad that I have learned how to believe God for myself.

Confess His word and watch it come to pass.  Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them.” The devil is just the devil; he will always put up a fight to keep you from the things of God.  Don’t listen to his lies. If the Bible promises you something, you have a right to fight for it. God has given us every tool we need to win.

The sword of the spirit which is the Word of God is one of our greatest weapons against the devil.  Jesus always used it when He was tempted of the devil. Now, it is our turn to do the same thing. The next time the devil comes telling you anything contrary to the Bible, and trying to beat you up, use the Word.

Just like David said to the uncircumcised Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and a spear, but I come at you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied.  ~1 Samuel 17:45

~Tammy Sanders

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You Are Part of the Change!

For years you go to church, worship, listen to the speaker in the pulpit, and you read the Word. You ask yourself, “How in tarnation can God use me to change the world?” Here I am trying my best to walk out one thing and then I am bombarded with something else. I get that under control and here comes something else. How can I help change the world when I am busy just trying to keep my head above water while walking out what God says about my me and my situations?

This past Sunday night we had Apostle Bobbie Jean Merck speaking in our service. Here I am, minding my own business and just worshipping God. You know, God does inhabit the praises of His people. I am in a place of worship that night that I hadn’t been able to get to for a while. In my spirit the words rose up in me saying, “You are part of the change.” I realize it wasn’t my imagination and that God was speaking to me.  At that point, I had no clue how that was going to happen.

Listening to Apostle Merck, I heard something that, as far as I know, I have never heard before, at least not in this manner.  It struck a chord in me, and I BELIEVE that it has changed my life. It has set something in motion which has caused some things to break off.

Apostle Merck talked about walking in faith. God’s Word tells us to walk by faith and not by sight. What I never caught in the past was that it was okay that my faith doesn’t have to be like someone else’s faith and that it is okay to have a little faith. We are just to take that faith and help it to grow.

In the past I have felt that the level of faith I had wasn’t good enough for God or for the people at my church. You know the ones, they have it altogether and they are so spiritual that they make you feel lower than a snakes belly in a wagon rut when your faith isn’t up to par. Now I am not talking about those who are mentoring me and helping me walk things out. They are holding me accountable, which I need. I don’t have that at home.

I am not sure if it is a revelation from just last night or a culmination of all the things I read, pray, and even what I teach the toddlers. All I know, as Apostle David would say, I got my fight back! It doesn’t matter what others think about my faith. As long as I have faith and hope, because hope is the container that faith pulls from, God has something to work with and I can grow my faith!

The physicians of the world tell me all of these things are wrong with me. I do not think it is a coincidence that all of them could end my life in the natural if I did not believe and have some amount of faith. God’s Word tells me that He is the HEAD physician. So that means what He says over rules the physicians of the world. Does that mean that I do not heed the warnings from my physicians? Of course not! God has given them the ability and wisdom to deal with sicknesses until we have the faith to walk out of it. What that does mean is that I listen and do what I need to do as well as confess the scriptures about healing and then I will know that I know and then I will see the manifestation of God’s Word in my life.

As I break through, and I WILL break through, I am breaking through for others as well as myself. I am the change that will help others breakthrough in the areas that I am breaking through.

So many times I have just wanted to throw in the towel and call it quits. Many of you might be feeling the same way, DON’T! Just hang in there, even if it is just by a thread. Once you break through and get YOUR revelation, there is nothing that can come and take that away! You will be glad that you hung in there. God will NEVER let you down so don’t give up! Be the change in the lives of those around you.

~Ronda Sullivan

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A Great Adventure

 

 We have all just read this story in Matthew about the parable of the talents like it was all about money. I know I have many times and my mind would go straight to money. As I was meditating on this it is so much more than that. We all have talents that God has placed in us. Some talents we have are job related and others are kingdom related.

In the word it says the He gave some five, two, and one talent according to our own ability.  Now let’s apply this to the church.  Take the evangelist, parking attendant, and Apostle David for example.

One of Apostle David’s talents is ministering to the local body of believers. Another is going to the nations. What if he just wanted to hide his talent just like the guy did in Matthew 25:18? You see, we are responsible for the talents that God has given us. The issue is not how much we have but how well we use what we have.

At Gateway we have opportunities to take the talent God has placed on the inside of us and grow to new levels all the time. We will never discover what lies on the inside of us until we start stepping out into the unknown.  God is just waiting on us to believe Him. He has great things in store for us. Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and join the great adventure?

~Tammy Sanders

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