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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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Finding My Joy Again

My joy was gone for about two to three weeks. Not on a vacation. It has been completely non-existent. I didn’t check my personal emails. I went to bed with a heaviness that often resulted in me being woken up in the middle of the night, unable to go back to sleep because of a pounding heart beat.

That feeling of dread often carried over into the morning. I had things I needed to be working on, but I had ZERO desire to do anything.

How did this happen? I’ll tell you. It resulted from me carrying things I had no business carrying. Matthew 6:25-27 reminds us not to worry saying, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”

I knew my joy was gone. I hated the way I felt. If my mind and emotions were not in turmoil, I was just in limbo. I wasn’t doing anything to move forward. I KNEW I needed to pray, but I couldn’t. I would read a few Scriptures in the Bible just to get some peace…for the moment. Sometimes I would start quoting the Word with power and authority, but end up in tears.

I KNEW I needed to confess the Word over myself. I knew it, but the circumstances and overwhelming feelings were just too much. I would try to work on things and I would just go in circles, never really accomplishing anything.

I’d had people pray for me. The feelings would lift. Then, my mouth would get me into trouble. It’s like I had an overwhelming urge to say the wrong thing whenever something happened. I am usually never continually negative, but it seemed like nothing was right. I couldn’t write because I didn’t have anything to say. The words weren’t hanging out in my mind. They simply weren’t there.

Finally, I called a friend. I talked to her for five minutes, only sharing a little of what I was feeling. She started praying for me and God showed her almost everything…even things I had thought!

I slept better that night, but the next day was a struggle. Finally, my mom said, “Something’s got to give.” “I know,” I said. “You won’t pray. You used to listen to the Word. I don’t know what you do now.”

“It’s not that I quit listening all together. The sound of anything irritated me. I irritated myself.

Mama and I committed to start praying in tongues thirty minutes every morning. If I couldn’t do it all right then, I took Mama’s advice and prayed when I could, even if that meant just a few minutes at a time.

After a few days, weightiness and heaviness that had been so prevalent lifted. I felt lighter. I wasn’t as irritated. Before I got the breakthrough, each day I had to look for something to be happy about.

When my nephew and cousin came over, I made myself get excited and do silly faces. I told Mama I felt fake doing that, but she said, “Sometimes, you have to fake it until you make it.”

If things seem bad right now, they won’t stay that way. LIFT UP YOUR HEAD! Turn your eyes to Jesus! I promise you He’s there. The enemy wants to convince you that he’s won this round. He wants you to stay down. I am encouraging you to GET UP! With God, all things are possible! All you have to do is make a choice to let God be God! He’s got this!

~ Madison Sanders

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Be Encouraged

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. Who comforteth us is all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Some people act as if they have an answer or solution to any situation others are going through. I call that presumption. How can someone assume they have an answer for everything? Usually it’s rooted in pride or arrogance. If you have never driven to California, how can you tell me how to get there? We have all faced situations needing an answer. Just be careful who you ask for help or advice.

I have dealt with depression for a number of years. Reflecting back, before I was faced with it, I use to tell people, ” Get over it, Shake it off. It’s not that bad”. If you have never suffered with depression, you just don’t know. We should pray and ask for the Lord’s help before speaking.

The scripture I wrote at the beginning of this article means a lot to me. God is my Father. He is the God of all comfort. He is able to comfort your mind when turmoil and anxiety are raging. He is the Peace Speaker when the storms of life are blowing. He is that small, still voice when anxious thoughts are bombarding your mind. He is a friend who will never leave or forsake you. He is that abundant, available help in the time of our need.

I find strength, hope, and comfort in reading and meditating in His word. “Heaviness or anxiety in the heart of man causes depression; but a good word maketh it glad.” ~ Proverb 12:25

God’s Word will get you through it.

~Ricky Robinson

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Peace

Do you have peace? Where do you find it? Everybody loves to have peace of mind. We all strive to have peace in our homes, in our relationships, even in our own selves. There is no greater feeling than to have peace within.

I think back to the 60s and 70s. There was a lot of civil unrest, riots, marches, and protests. The United States was involved in the Vietnam War. Our country was faced with a lot of turmoil. With all of that going on, the hippie movement was birthed.  Harmony, love, sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll was the world’s answer to peace. Millions were caught up in this fad seeking for inner peace and happiness. In the end it was a pseudo peace that only lasted a little while.

Man’s search for peace has been a very elusive trail. We have sought it through education, careers, material possessions, relationships, and every external thing possible. Some have tried alcohol, drugs, therapy, recreation, sports, and religion only to be disappointed after a short while.

Is there a real lasting peace to be found in this world? The answer is yes. Real peace, lasting peace is found from within. Man has always sought his solution in the external world, which is temporal. “When God created mankind He breathed into us His breath. We became living souls or eternal beings.” ~ Genesis 2:7

The Apostle Paul explained it in ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23 by saying, “The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The only way to lasting peace is a relationship with the God of peace through His son Jesus Christ.

When we invite the Lord Jesus Christ into our heart to be our savior, a transformation begins. Our spirit man comes alive. God’s Holy Spirit resides in us to give us lasting peace. No matter what is going on the outside God’s peace is always with us.

“Peace I leave with you,my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~ John 14:27

~ Ricky Robinson

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Pursue Me

If you need peace, pursue Me.

If you need love, pursue Me.

If you need joy, pursue Me.

 

I’ve got that all you need.

 

If you need faith, pursue Me

If you need healing, pursue Me.

Come unto Me all who are heavy laden.

 

I hear Him whisper, “Pursue Me.”

Pursue Me above the noise.

 

I am worth more than gold.

I am worth more than rubies and all of the precious stones of the world.

I am what you are looking for.

 

You’ve spent so much time

Searching and searching for something that will satisfy,

But nothing fills that void.

 

You are still empty.

You are still alone.

You are still afraid.

You are full of hurt.

 

Pursue Me and you will recover all.

Pursue Me and you will find what your heart longs for.

Pursue Me and you will find your reason for being.

 

All that you are and ever will be is wrapped up in Me.

You and I are meant to be intertwined.

I am the branch and you are the vine.

 

Come unto Me and I will give you strength.

I dare you to leave it all behind and follow Me.

Cast off those worries.

Give Me your anxiety.

Let Me lead you on the path of victory.

 

~Madison Sanders

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The Price of Gold

The elastic has gone out of the dollar. It doesn’t stretch as far as it once did. I used to get coffee for a quarter a cup. That hardly pays the tax on one now. I do not understand the stock market. Pat Boone wants me to buy gold. A different celebrity is sure I should invest in silver. Greece is trying to decide which currency is right for them. It is a lot to take in.

I miss simpler times. Back then, my biggest investment decision was whether I should purchase the Merita or Sunbeam bread at the A&P. That store is torn down today.

I think it is important to keep up with what is happening in the world of finance. There is another aspect of money that I find even more important. The Word teaches us to be givers of our resources. The Lord will direct us as to how to be good stewards of our income. It is wisdom to put God first in all things. That includes our money. The tithe belongs to the church. We are also to practice the giving of offerings as part of our personal financial distribution. God will show us how to do this as we seek His guidance in prayer. The Bible is full of stories of how our giving pleases God. I have found that it is impossible for us to out give Him. I also know that His dividends are out of this world. Even though I realize that there is no sure way for me to know what the future holds, it gives me great peace to know the one who holds my future. Now that is an investment I can bank on.

~Connie Robinson

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Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

gods-voice“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” – 1Samuel 15:22

Until yesterday, it had been a long time since I’ve written a post here on The Celebration…a VERY long time. After writing yesterday, I decided to look back to see exactly how long it had been. Other than my single, Superbowl-inspired post from last year (GO Seahawks!), the last new post that I wrote was in February, 2012. It was a beautiful post called “Be Still” (read it here) featuring the same verse I mentioned yesterday: “Be still and know that I AM GOD” ~ Psalm 46:10.

I am sure you have heard it said, “When you are struggling, go back to the last thing God spoke to you.” More often than not, the struggle has come from our own lack of response to the words He has already spoken in our hearts. As I reread the post from two years ago, I’m marked by how the words speak to me now. They are, in fact, exactly what I need to hear in this moment.

But hearing is not enough. True, faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17), but faith without corresponding action is dead (James 2:20). I heard what the Lord said to me two years ago, but the proof that I didn’t obey His words to me can easily be found in my post from yesterday. What happened?

I got busy “working at” the things that needed to be done – ministry, family, job. I have worked, and worked and worked, but have felt all the while like I was running in place. I became more weary, more discouraged, more distant…why? I was busy sacrificing and not busy obeying. I was doing the things I thought I should do, instead of going back to exactly what the Lord told me and attending to those words first. In doing so, I have essentially made my own way, just like Saul did in 1 Samuel 15 when he did a part of what God told him to do and then winged it the rest of the way. It cost him the Kingdom.

If you find yourself out of touch with God, don’t busy yourself with doing things that seem good; go back to the last thing He said to you and do THAT. Obedience is far better than sacrifice.

~by Linda Frederick

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