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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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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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The Love of No

A toddler had on a shirt that read, ” My name is no no.”  I laughed, understanding the meaning of the phrase.  No is a word children hear many times. It is not used to deprive them. It is to teach them and sometimes to protect them as well.

We recently celebrated a grandson’s birthday. He was specific about the gift he wanted. Two states and seven stores later, the requested toy was found. We were excited when the time came to present it to him. However, if he had asked for another toy a week later, the answer would be different because we just bought him a toy. We have to love him enough to say no. Because of the relationship we have built with him, he would accept this. He trusts that we know best.

A friend came to visit me from out of town. I told her the type of work I would like to find.  She called a few days later to tell me there was an opening for this kind of job in her area. She knew the person hiring for the position. We were sure this was the will of God for me. The interview went well. I was even shown the living quarters my husband and I would be using once I started.

Days passed with no word. I later learned that someone else had been chosen. I felt the pain of rejection. I was hurt that God didn’t consider how important this was to me.  Later, I was able to look back and realize that I wasn’t as prepared for the change this job would have brought as I had thought.

Trust is a big part of any relationship. As we grow in our faith walk, trust in our Heavenly Father is expanded. That experience was almost twenty years ago. I have grown since then. I have learned to wait when God answers me with the love of no. I realize that He knows what is best for me. I know He will answer accordingly.  My husband and I now live in a different town. The Lord gave us both an area and a home that we enjoy. We are part of Gateway Believers Fellowship. We love our church and our church family. I am thankful that God loves me enough to sometimes answer no. It is the path that led me here today.

~ Connie Robinson

 

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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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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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God’s Sight

I would definitely say I’m one of those people who prides themselves on how well they pay attention to detail. But, every now and then I might miss something.

Several months ago, I go to start my car, but it won’t start. So, I go look at what I think the problem is, and sure enough a potentially bad problem has occurred. I fix it and try to start it up, No Bueno! I figure, “Maybe the potentially bad problem already started messing things up or maybe it’s just the battery”.

Nevertheless I decide I’m going to take care of both to be on the safe side. Over a two-day period I replace the old parts with new ones, and have the battery tested. Turns out the battery was bad! For about a year a random battery had been sitting in my garage. I still don’t know where it came from, but it was just the kind I needed for this car.

But it doesn’t end there. After I fixed and replaced all the damaged parts and the battery, I try to crank it. The car still won’t start. My only thought is, “I know this battery is good. Maybe it just needs a jump to get it going.” I pull a car up next to it and hook the cables up to battery. I go through the passenger’s side door to try and crank it one last time. As I reach over I put my hand down and notice the gear shift wasn’t all the way in park! HAHA! All I could do was laugh! But in that laughter I was seriously thanking God that I didn’t notice that earlier Because I would have never noticed the problem inside the engine.

In this situation only He knows what all He kept me from. I could have been in an accident or that bad battery might have died on me at a critical time. The list goes on and on. But at minimum the engine certainly would have been destroyed. The fact that He had that random car battery sitting in my garage knowing I’d need it now shows me this.

God can see so far beyond what we can see, so we might be better off trusting His eyes more than we trust ours. Instead of us looking at situations and saying, “This is what I need, this is when I need it, and this is how I need it.” Trust God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding.” ~ Proverbs 3:5

~ Jevallye’ Beverly

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Knock, Knock

 

Can you imagine this? A woman is getting ready to turn on her oven. She is a widow with a small child. There is no income and no job. She has found a trial size bag of corn meal and enough oil to cook it. There will be no more food after this. There is a famine in the land.

There comes a knock on the door. A stranger is standing there. He asks for water. Before she can get it, he tells her to fix him some bread first. Your child is sitting at the table, waiting to be fed.  This is a modern-day picture of the story we find happening in 1 Kings, chapter 17. The woman had no way of knowing who this stranger was, or what he was able to do for her. Nevertheless, she does as he said.

As a mother, I couldn’t have blamed her if she had sent him away. In fact, in the story, she tells Elijah that she and her son are going to eat this last meal and die. She saw starvation as their future. God had told Elijah that he had already spoken to this woman and told her to take care of him. What did she think when she heard this? Did she just push it out of her mind? I mean, God would know of her poor conditions. God could have sent his servant anywhere to be cared for. He could have instructed him to go where there was an abundance of food.  But God had a bigger plan.

Because she did as he said, she saw a miracle. The meal and oil kept reproducing and she and her son were never without food again. But there is more to the story. God had an even bigger miracle in store. The Bible does not tell us what this woman’s name was. I think it may be because what she did is more important than who she was.  True faith is when we act on evidence of things not seen.  Later on in the story, the son becomes very ill. The Bible says that his breath left him. I don’t know about you, but to me that means he died. Because of her obedience and sacrifice earlier, her son was healed.

Obedience and walking in faith is just as important for us.  How many promises, dreams and worse have died because we let our frustrations, fear, or circumstances rob our faith?  If this woman had not stretched her faith, the outcome could have been tragic.  I learn from this account the importance of hearing Gods voice. I also realize that to walk in faith when it isn’t easy to do so opens the door for miracles in my life.  Knock, knock. Who’s there?

~Connie Robinson

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