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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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One Step Closer

I started out my morning praising God. I called Him my rock, my refuge, my provider, my healer, my life giver, my personal surgeon. I called Him my joy and my peace. I thanked Him for healing my body. I said cerebral palsy couldn’t stay in my body because my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.

I said that He always gives me the victory. I am the head and not the tail. I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony.

He’s given me victory over being bedridden for many years. He’s given me victory over weak muscles. He’s given me victory over tight muscles!

Then, I reminded God of something he said to me last year. “When you take one step I take two.”

I said, “As I’ve taken steps toward you, I am one step closer to my miracle manifesting. As I’ve worshipped and fell down in your presence, I am one step closer to walking normally. I am one step closer to not being startled when someone speaks in a loud voice or being startled in my sleep.

As I’ve read Your word, I am one step closer to my miracle. Every time I come to church, I am one step closer to getting up out of my wheelchair. Every time I come to prayer, I am one step closer to Jesus. As I come to Oasis, I am one step closer to Jesus.

Every move I make by faith means I am one step closer to victory.

God told me earlier this year that every little step leads to MY victory. He confirmed it this morning! All praise and blessing to God!

I heard God SPEAK to me about three weeks ago! I am one step closer to my miracle!!!!

~Madison Sanders

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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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What Voice are You Listening To?

When the trials of life come, voices are there. Questions come. “What if this happens? Do you know God is faithful?”

The next voice might be a factual voice. “You are in pain. This hurts. That hurts.”

Then, the voice of fear comes. “This is bad. Don’t you see that this is a bad situation?”

The only thing you can do is answer with the Word. God is greater than anything I face, but I can’t stay silent when the enemy bombards my mind. As believers, the Bible is our sword. Find a Scripture that applies to your situation and stand on it. Let God’s Word be in front of you always. It has to be embedded in your heart before you can effectively wage an attack against the enemy.

Ephesians 6:13-18 says, “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.”

I am thankful for the confidence I have in God. In times of trouble, I can’t rely on myself and what I think I know. If I want to win, I have no choice but to lean on God and trust in Him.

To trust means to have a firm belief in the ability or strength of someone. Even when it looks like all of the circumstances are stacked against me, it’s a great feeling to know someone who is far more capable than me.

If I have spent time with God, I will be able to hear His voice loud and clear above any confusion from other voices. His Word will guide me through the storm if I will heed His instructions.

I refuse to give into fear, worry, or anxiety over any situation. Sure, I have to battle those voices, but I am learning to be quick to say, “No, I know what God’s Word says! He has never left me or forsaken me. I don’t care how long it takes for my miracle because I KNOW that God watches over His Word to perform it!”

That is how my faith is stirred up. If you are in a battle and weighed down by the cares of this life, give it God. He’s got you! Stop listening to negative people. Take authority over those bad thoughts. It is possible to live a life of victory IF you will tune your ear to His voice!

~ Madison Sanders

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Arcade Prayers

Have you seen a claw crane arcade machine? I spent some time observing a kid try one recently. Most of these are rigged. They are designed to weaken in strength after a few plays. The player gets close to victory, only to be let down in the end. Some are programmed to keep a grip on the prize longer. There is a chance that the person may win.

Why bother? The winner often has spent more playing than the prize is worth. I am sure the end result leaves you empty either way. As i watched this activity, I began to think how our prayer life should never resemble a game of chance. Our attitude should be one of reverence and devotion. How often have we come to God with our lists of things we think we need to be happy? I am not speaking of a real need, like healing, direction, peace, or salvation for a loved one. I think it safe to say that most of us have brought our shallow list into our prayer closet.

What if we did get all of the things asked for? Like the claw machine, natural things would soon leave us feeling empty. We can come to God with our needs and desires, That is our right as His children. We must be careful to seek His presence more than His provision.

We can do this by praying out of our hearts and not depending on our minds. The heart is to be pure before God. We get this pureness by allowing Him to change us.That is done by spending precious time with Him in worship and thanksgiving.

Few experiences satisfy like taking the time  to tell Him of our love for Him. Fellowship with our Creator surpasses any joy from an earthly desire being obtained.

I don’t mind when my husband reminds me to pick up his favorite snack while I am out. I gladly wash his favorite shirt that he needs for the evening. Nothing touches my heart like when he comes to me just to tell me how much he loves me.

How much more does our Heavenly Father deserve to hear how we adore  Him? We will leave the games to the kids. There is an awesome, life-changing experience. waiting for us in our prayer chamber.

~Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.”

~Connie Robinson

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Execute the Vision

In the book of Nehemiah, he had heard that his homeland was in ruins. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down and the gates have been burned down. Nehemiah was distressed. He mourned, fasted, and prayed to God.
Nehemiah asked God to listen to his prayer. He prayed day and night.

~Nehemiah 2:5-9 says, “Oh Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and obey His commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. We have sinned terribly.”

God had put a vision in Nehemiah’s heart. The vision was to rebuild the walls in his homeland.

Let’s look at the local church. I am a member of Gateway Believers Fellowship. At Gateway our vision is to see the Kingdom of God established in every corner of Franklin county and the surrounding region.

Our mission is to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints and to provide an opportunity for God’s people to be supernaturally transformed into effective disciples for the Kingdom of God. We are building a house that God can inhabit.

It took teamwork to build the wall of Jerusalem. It will take teamwork to build God’s house. The enemy will always come to discourage, frustrate, frighten us and try to stop the building of God’s house. Builders get tired and weary, but this is where the Body of Christ comes in and prays for God to give the workers strength to finish the work at hand.

We must continue to press on and build God’s house. God will fight for us and give us victory.

~Tammy Sanders

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There are Giants in the Sky

BibleWonderland08-Giant“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” – Num 13:33

My kids and I went to see Into the Woods last night (smash Broadway hit turned blockbuster film that pokes fun at fairy tales and happily ever afters), and I have the song “Giants in the Sky” stuck in my head now. Before I drifted off to sleep last night, I found myself thinking about “giants” in general. Giants in every movie I can think of are either big, scary, horrifying and dumb or big, scary, endearing and dumb. Either way, they are killed, driven off or tamed by some very small, seemingly powerless hero who just chops down a beanstalk or picks up a slingshot. When it comes down to it, giants are never really what they seem, are they?

Think about it…when it came time for the children of Israel to possess the land of promise, a group of 12 spies snuck into the land to scout it out for 40 days. For 40 days, they travelled, ate, slept and took some “spoils” as part of their scouting mission. In the end, ten of the spies claimed the land could not be taken because of the giants who lived there. I think what Joshua and Caleb really meant to say to those spies was this…

“Wait a minute… we just lived there for 40 days. We snuck around camping and chopping down grapes right under those giants’ noses for 40 days and they didn’t do anything to us! They couldn’t stop 12 of us, and you think they can stop millions? The only power those giants have over us is the perception we have of them…otherwise, they can’t stop us from our mission unless YOU decide not to try it. We can do this thing!”

Joshua and Caleb knew that, even though giants were present, the mission could still succeed.

Whoa. What about the giants in my life? Fear of failure, hopelessness, worry, doubt, stress…What about all of those things that have been intimidating me, stomping around in my emotions crying, “Fee, fi, fo, fum!” I’ve let those giants stop me from possessing my land, just because they look big and scary. They only have the power over me that I give them. They are not what they appear!

Where’s my slingshot? It’s here: the confession of my faith that comes from God’s Word…

Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world…zing!

My God always leads me in triumph through Christ Jesus…zing!

Christ has made me more than a conqueror…zing!

He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ…zing!

I am well able to go up and take this land at once…zing! 

What giant are you letting stop you? You can borrow my slingshot anytime!

~Linda Frederick

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