I Believe

Proverbs 3:1-2,5 (NKJV) says:My son, do not forget my law, 

But let your heart keep my commands;

For length of days and long life

And peace they will add to you.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

As I ponder upon the verses in Proverbs 3:1-10, 

I see and know a loving God who has made every provision for life for those who keep and practice His Word. If I don’t forsake His Word He adds long life, peace, length of days, mercy and truth into my life. But I must bind these about my neck and write them upon the table of my heart. I must will to do all His word and my faithful Father will perform, carry out, accomplish and fulfill ALL He has promised.

I have seen throughout my whole life that He has watched over me because He loves me. Knowing Him and His word has provided a wonderful full life. He proves His faithfulness to all of His people as wetrust Him with all our heart, having no reservations and no doubtin our mind and no fear for our life. God will show up and perform like                                 any good father whose children love and obey him with all that is in them, holding nothing back.

Let’s trust and obey, take Him at His word and say; “I believe, I believe, God.”

Ask what you will and it shall be done. Remember though, we must keep His commandments and His law of righteousness to see the showers of blessings God has for every one of us.

Calvin Day

A Godly legacy

Other than Moses, no Old Testament character is mentioned more in the New Testament than Abraham. James refers to Abraham as “God’s friend” 

James 2:23 (NKJV) And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God

It was a title used of no one else in Scripture.

Believers, in all generations, are called the “children/sons of Abraham”

Galatians 3:7 (NKJV) Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham

Abraham’s importance and impact in redemptive history is clearly seen in Scripture.

Abraham’s story really turns interesting in the first three verses of Genesis 12 where we see the call of Abraham by God:

The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you

How many of us would leave behind everything that is familiar to us and just go without knowing our destination? That was a true step of Faith. The concept of family meant everything to a person living in the time of Abraham. In that time family units were strongly knit together, it was unusual for family members to live hundreds of miles apart from each other.

One obvious lesson to draw from Abraham’s life is that “we are to live a life of faith”.

God called Abraham, out of the millions of people on the earth, to be the object of his blessings. God used Abraham to play a distinct and pivotal role in the life of the story of redemption, leading on through to the birth of Jesus. Abraham is a living example of faith and hope in the promises of God

Hebrews 11:10 (KJV) For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Our lives should be lived so that when we reach the end of our days, our faith, like Abraham’s, will remain as an enduring legacy to others.

There is a difference in “inheritance” and “legacy”

An “inheritance” can be invested wisely or, it can be, used up quickly, even squandered, with no real account as to where it lands. And then it’s over, gone, forgotten.

But a “legacy” is lived out through our lives, our character, our approach to life, our approach to people, our approach to God and His Kingdom, it becomes the “memorial” for who we are an what our lives have stood for, at the end.

As with Abraham, God will always make the way and the provision for us to walk by Faith into the call and the promises God has purposed for our life.

In Matthew 26, when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. A woman came to Him bringing an alabaster box of very precious ointment. She poured it out on Jesus’ head while He sat at the table. When the disciples saw it they complained against her act calling it “waste”, saying that the pricey ointment could better be sold and the money distributed to the poor. Jesus responded “why are you troubling this woman? You will always have the poor with you”. The woman was anointing His body in preparation for His burial. Jesus said (concerning the woman) “Wherever the Gospel is preached, throughout the world, what she has done will be told for a memorial of her.”

Her legacy of an “extravagant service of love” is remembered, still today. The legacy of Abraham is one of “Faith and Obedience”.

What will be the “legacy” of your life when it’s over?

Find Us Faithful by Steve Green…”Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful, may the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, and the lives we live inspire them to obey, may all who come behind us find us faithful”

                                                     ~ Pastor Becky

Put on the “Whole Armor”

I have spent a good portion of my adult life reviewing terrorism, counter terrorism, and anti- terrorist activity. Special weapons and tactics were learned, practiced, put into use, and eventually instructed. When the towers came down on 9/11 I already knew what to do. I had studied what would happen in such an event and was able to advise my superiors on a course of action. I knew what to do, in the natural.

As a Christian I knew Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

I knew how to wear, and war, in body armor but not in Spiritual Armor; the Full Armor of God. This took a whole new set of weapons, skills, and practice. Skills found in an entirely different manual; The Holy Bible.

Fighting terrorism in the natural you need to be right 100% of the time. This is not possible and therefore there are casualties. Fighting a spiritual fight, God needs to be right 100% of the time. This is not only possible; it is impossible for it not to be so. Therefore, our confidence is in Him.

Gen. Jerry Boykins led our fight on terror. He is also an ordained minister. Recently I saw him compare the Spiritual battle being fought by Christians to being in the infantry. He further compared prayer to artillery. In battle the artillery fires on the enemy for a period of time to “Soften the Battlefield”. This is meant to weaken the enemy.  

 No battle, physical or spiritual, should ever be entered into without first praying. Prayer will soften the enemy, soften the battlefield.  

This is not only important for us personally, but corporately. When our church gathers for Watch and Pray part of what we are doing is softening our enemies so that they can be defeated in the spiritual and the natural.  

 Do not let what is going on around you frighten you. God has made you a mighty warrior. Be prepared and trained up. Put on the whole armor of God and battle with what God has put in your hands. For God has already given us the victory.

~ Mike S.

Are we “too” busy?

I know life can be hard and I know it can be very busy.
When you’re a small child, before school age, you have toys and television programs to watch and time to play either inside or out.
Then you start school. You have much of the same as when you were younger but you add homework. So you have a little less time to play.
Fast forward to High School. So much is going on. Your play time changes to more grown-up activities. Now you may be involved in sports or after school activities. You might have a job, and you might be thinking of college.
Then you start dating and thinking of your future. Is this person I’m dating a potential spouse?
Maybe you get married? Have a couple of kids. Maybe you have a full time job? Maybe you didn’t get to finish High School or college so you go “or try” to go back to school?
I’m getting exhausted just trying to write about your life.
Where can you possibly find free time for your time with the Lord?
In Matt. 11:30 the scripture reads, “For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Right about now you may be rolling your eyes.  Easy? light?!  Right. I am so busy working, taking care of my family, going to school, going to church that I collapse in bed at night just to get up and do it again.
Believe me when I say that God sees what you are doing. He knows your heart when you say that prayer in the midst of what you may see as chaos.  He hears you.
You won’t always be where you are today.  Someday, today will be a memory.
~ Debbie Searing, Deacon New Wine Fellowship

“Nothing Compared!”

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”
This past week I was on vacation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As I walked the shoreline of Lake Superior, my mission was to find an Agate. I saw so many pretty stones and wondered if I had found the treasure that I along with others were seeking after. My problem was, I had no idea what an Agate really looked like. In my pursuit I came across a woman that had just found the real deal and was she excited!  
She showed me her new found treasure and I quickly realized all the pretty stones I had found were nothing compared to the beauty of an Agate. “Nothing Compared!” My thoughts reflected to Matthew 7:7. How many are desiring to find God, but in their pursuit they don’t even know what to look for. There are many false gods out there. God’s Word is your greatest treasure map. It will lead you in your pursuit in finding the beauty of who Jesus Christ is.

We never know who in life we will cross paths with. I am so glad for the woman on the beach that day, who shared with me about the treasure she had found; what an agate looks like and the best places to find it. When I was a little girl I was raised in a non-Christian home. My family was very dysfunctional and I hungered for true love. An older lady, living down the street from me, took notice of a lost little girl and took the time to share about the “treasure in earthen vessels”. She would tell me about Jesus and she took me with her to church. Years went by and I didn’t focus on pursuing and finding that treasure my friend told me about until about 10 years later. And then a funny thing happened.

I discovered the desire within me, for knowing Christ in a greater way, had never left me. My sweet neighbor lady had planted a portion of the treasure within me as a young girl and I always knew that there was more to be found! So even after serving my Savior now for more than 42 years, my Treasure hunt continues every day! I love the song “The More I Seek You, The More I Find You”! Malachi 3:17 I am His Jewel!

Blessings!

Sue Moore