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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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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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Power in Words

 

When we look at the woman with the issue of blood many get caught up in her touching Jesus’ garment and being healed. Some thinking that it was because even Jesus clothes were anointed, others realizing that as Jesus said in Matthew 9:22 (NKJV) that her faith made her well.

How can we tell where her faith was? The answer is in Matthew 9:21, which states, “For she SAID to herself, “If I only may touch his garment, I shall be made well.”

Another example we see is in Matthew 8:5-8, “Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”

And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and SAID, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” Verse 13 Jesus says, “…as you believed let it be done for you…” The common factor in these two healings are they both SAID what they were believing for. So wouldn’t you say words are important?

Believers wonder why they have no power. They wonder why they can speak, pray, believe, and have what they feel is faith in situations but nothing changes. They speak to situations and circumstances, but at every turn they encounter a little demon that puts a beating on them. What other outcome should we expect when we constantly spew out words and sayings we don’t mean like I could just die right now. Then we try to flip a switch and want power to come immediately after we speak. Death and life are in the power of our tongue. To access the power that God has placed on the inside of us, we have to speak life. Stop talking about your friend. Stop saying he’s stupid and will never be anything.

Our only offensive weapon we have is our words, through the Word of God (our sword). We’ve all been guilty of not paying attention to what we say. We should not be like children tossed to and fro. The Word of God is always powerful, but God can’t bless the wrong words. If we would get to the place that we stop letting our words be so empty, we would be able to cause some real change.

~ Jevallye’ Beverly

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The Right Lever

I picked Lee up to head to the dentist one afternoon. Since I do not care for the smell of a dentist office I decided to wait in the car. No offense to dentists. I laid my seat back and relaxed while he went in for his extraction.

Now the funny part begins. Lee gets in the car and I am sitting there pulling every lever to get the seat to sit up. I am sitting there thinking, “How in the world am I going drive the vehicle back with the seat down?” So I get out of the car, pushed and pulled the levers again.

Still, nothing happens. Lee gets out of the vehicle to come around to assist me. I tell him to hold on while I check the levers on the passenger side. While I am inspecting I hear this familiar screeching plop sound. Lee pulled the lever and it came right up without a problem. The whole time I was pulling the wrong levers! I didn’t even see the big lever and I have had this vehicle for almost three years!

As I was typing this, the thought came that so many times when we try to do things in life our way we end up trying to force something to do what it wasn’t designed to do. That something can be anything –  even the Word of God. You can’t force God’s Word to do what it wasn’t meant to do. It just doesn’t work! You can only use the Word for what it was meant for. You can’t believe for things that do not line up with God’s Word. You CANNOT take things out of context to suit or justify your sin. First, sin is never justified! You cannot sugar coat the truth of the Word. Sure it is hard to swallow at times, but that is because it reveals the sin in your life. Watered-down scripture that pleases man only is not the gospel! So many are deceived to think they can do this part of the Word or that to get an outcome that it isn’t meant for. Just like the levers, there was only one true lever that would cause my seat to come up but I could not focus or figure out because I had become drowsy.

I believe that the Body of Christ has become drowsy and lazy when it comes to the truth of God’s Word. God’s Word cannot be taken out of context to suit us. When we do that we are left scratching our heads wondering why it didn’t work. The whole time the answer is sitting right in front of us. We just need to wake up, quit being lazy, and do what God said to do.

If you are truly seeking to live according to the Word you will do whatever it takes to do it. Not everyone truly wants to seek after God and His plans. They do not want to take the road less traveled because it is too hard and they would have to give up things. You have two choices in life to follow God or not follow Him. It is as easy as that. God will not force Himself on you, but He does love you. Choose you this day whom you will serve. Personally I choose the path God has for me. It may be hard and I have to continue to die to myself, but it will be well worth it in the end.

~Ronda Sullivan

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Examination Time

A doctor can show us ways to examine ourselves. The purpose of this is to make sure nothing is growing that could harm us. It is wise of us to practice this. We have the ability to do the same with our spiritual well-being. Even after walking with the Lord for years, this is still important.

In the natural, there can be problems growing in our bodies that left unchecked can cause serious effects, or even death. The same can be said for our spiritual walk. We may develop habits, mindsets, or attitudes that can produce harm or spiritually deadly consequences. In the natural, a doctor will use different tools to be more effective in the examination process.

God has given us spiritual tools to use. He places mature Christians in our lives to mentor us. A wise mentor can tell us the truth about ourselves in love. If you don’t have a mentor, pray and ask God to provide such a person. We have been given the precious Word of God. Its pages are filled with ways for us to examine ourselves. I am grateful for Holy Spirit. He will guide, direct, and teach us. I have felt His nudge in my life many times. He is our ever-present friend and mentor.

Sometimes, it seems we are quick to examine others. We may not be as fast to judge ourselves. There are times when we need the discernment to judge, there should always be a balance. I feel there is safety in being part of a church that moves in the five-fold ministry. I have found that leadership is much more qualified to examine others than I am. Our church is in Seeking Time, which is a time that we set aside each year to pray and fast as we wait on God’s direction. During this time, I am asking God to help me see areas in my life that need to be dealt with. As He reveals these to me, I will use the Word, Holy Spirit, and five-fold ministry to help me become more spiritually healthy. Could it be time for your exam?

~ 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

~ Connie Robinson

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Sharp and Ready

 

I read something in a book called God Calling a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share it with you. This book is written as if God is talking to you, so keep that in mind while reading.

It says, “You must pray. The way will open. God cares and His plans unfold. Just love and wait.

Love is the key. No door is too difficult for it to open.

What cause have you to fear? Has He not cared for and protected you? Hope on. Hope gladly. Hope with certainty. Be calm. Calm in My Power.

Never neglect these times, pray and read your Bible and train and discipline yourself. That is your work—Mine to use you. But My instruments must be sharp and ready. Then I use them.

Discipline and perfect yourselves at all costs. Do this for soon every fleeting thought will be answered, every wish gratified, every deed used. It is a fearful Power, a mighty Power. Oh! Be careful that you ask nothing amiss—nothing that is not according to My Spirit.

All thoughts harmful must be turned out. Miracle-working power can become witchery in wrong hands. See how necessary I have made the purity of your own lives to you. That is why. Soon, very soon, you shall ask and at once it will come. Welcome the training. Without it I dare not give you this Power. It would do harm.”

Preparation time is not wasted time. We have heard that phrase, but help it sink deep into our hearts. Lord, help us to not neglect spending time in Your Word. Purify our mouths. Cleanse us from all filth. We admit we have let other things take priority over you. Help us to put everything else aside because we know You have need of us. Help us remember that it is a process – one that can’t be hurried. The pain is a necessary part of the sharpening.  We want to be sharp and ready so we can be used effectively for Your Kingdom. A dull knife never did anyone any good.

~ Madison Sanders

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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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