Friday, May 22, 2009

Keep the Fire Burning

I Samuel 3:1-10

It was the job of the priest to make sure the fire never went out. In todays world of Christianity there is not much fire burning. In our churches it is hard enough for people to be faithful to the House of God. People have a lot of excuses why they don't come to God's house. With that being said we need to have a fire burning in our churches so people can come and see what is burning.

We need Old Fashioned Preaching- we need preachers to get a backbone and preach thus saith the Lord. We have people in our church tell me you don't sugar coat nothing well we are not suppose too.
We need Old Fashioned Praying- Oh how we need to get back to praying in our churches. One of the least attended services is Wed the Hour of Prayer.
We need Old Fashion People- we need to get back to living Holy lives before the Lord. It is still God's command for us to be Holy.
We need Old Fashion Praising- People will shout at a game, or at the T.V. but when it comes to God's house it is like pulling teeth to get a Amen! How sad.

It must be started- Before you get a fire burning in your soul you have to know that you have been saved. It is not a hope so think so salvation it is a know so salvation. I pray you all know that you are saved by the grace of God.

It must be Stoked- When you have a good fire you have to keep the fire burning so you have to stoke it. How do we stoke it.
a. By reading and obeying the Word of God daily
b. By praying on a daily basis.
c. By serving in the local church.

More than anything what we need after the fire is burning is my last point. My last point is it must spread.

It must spread.

Who does it need to spread to:
Well our children need to see a fire burning. After the age of 18 over 70 percent of young people turn their back on God.
1. Hypocritical Parents
2. No Realness in the Church

More than anything the people that need to see a church burning for the Lord is our Community. They need to know that there is something real down at the church house.

To close I know a short thought today I believe the Lord wants me to start posting more regular again. I want to ask you this question are you not tired of the formalism in church, don't you want the spirit to move, then we must surrender all to him and get on fire for the Lord. Till next time God Bless YOu.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Great and Mighty Things

I know it has been a while since I post. I am still alive. It has been a rough couple of weeks in the church nothing bad just regular pastoral duties. You know families mad at one another, and then people getting there feelings hurt over misunderstandings. I am going to try to start posting regularly once again. I pray I may gain new readers that will gain some encouragement through the posts.

Jeremiah 33:3
Call unto me, and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.

I preached this last Wednesday Night at church. At the beginning of this chapter we find the Word of the Lord coming to Jeremiah the second time, and to start out I am glad the Word of the Lord comes more than once. I believe everytime you go to church the Word of the Lord should come to you. What we need in this hour of concern in our nation is for God's people to act on the Word of the Lord. We live in a church age that is lukewarm at best, and many people don't even hear what is being preach to them. If they hear it I know many are not heeding to the Word of the Lord. But my thought for this post is this verse. First we are told to call on the Lord. I know the day we got saved we called on his name to save us, but I believe we have lost sight that we still need to call on the Lord in everything we do. I am glad I am calling on one that is very attentive to what I need. I am glad that he is waiting to hear from me. Now to the next point I will answer thee. You know God answers us according to his will. He will answer us yes, no or wait, I know in my life many times I get the wait answer. That brings us to another thought we can not treat God like a microwave. We get upset when we don't hear the answer we want in our time. God is soverign and he will answer in this time. His ways and thoughts are above are thoughts. Now we come to the reason for this post. He will show great and mighty things. The church today settles for the status quo. I still want to see God do great and mighty things today. I know God can still do great and mighty things.

In the Salvation of Souls God can still do the great and mighty. He can still save souls that we think are hopeless. People we are praying for he can still save them. He is still in the soul saving business, and God want to use us in the area of reaching lost people to do the great and mighty.

I believe God still wants to do the great and mighty in the church. He still wants to fill the church up. He still wants to perform miracles in our churches. He wants to heal people from their infirmities. He wants to put marriages back to together. He still wants to bring the wayward home.

To close the reason we do not see the great and mighty today is I believe we just don't believe God. We don't have the trust in God to do it. Today most churches have not seen the move of God in the church. Even though he says he is there. What do you need today in your life. I know one thing He can still do the great and mighty. God bless you till next time.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What do When the Devil is on Your Back?

First Before I post this thought I want to thank those who still come by. I want to be more faithful to posting but sometimes I wonder if anyone is really keeping up on the posts that the Lord gives us. I want to let those who our my friends on here things are still going well at the church and God is still blessing. I pray you allow this simple thought today to speak to your heart. We need Christians to stay in the battle no matter how hard it becomes.

We all go through times in our life where we are closer to the Lord than at other times. The devil lies to us how good the other side of the fence is. The Bible tells us that Satan desireth you and he will not quit. Satan desiring to sift Peter in Luke 22:31. It is good to know that Satan can not do anything without God's permission. I was thinking recently about area's in my life that I seem to have the most trouble in. I know what they are and I also know Satan knows what they are. I know in my own life I get tired of being defeated in the same areas of my life. I pray and asked God to help me and really want to have complete victory in my life, but for some reason when tempted I fall back in the devils trap. I know most Christians have areas that they struggle in. Remember the devils ultimate goal in our life is to get us to quit on God. I know the reason biblically why I get defeated it is because I have not yielded to the Holy Ghost. I know what the Bible says and I know greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world. Maybe I am missing something and maybe no one else that reads this has this problem but I believe we all do. I know we are never to quit on God even though I have thought about it in the past. I know people who have given into the pressure of the warefare between the devil and God in their life and now they are not in church and some don't even mention God anymore. I believe the devil has won in their lives. I also know that if we don't yield to the Holy Spirit we also can end up in the same position they are. When I get defeated in an area in my life first I must recognize it is sin and I need to confess and forsake it. I also realize and thank God for this that I have a long suffering God who understands where I am being tempted and will always be faithful to me. I also realize that the only way I can defeat the devil is by staying in the Word and by staying on my knee's. My question to you is when you are defeated in an area what keeps you going. I am reminded for what Jesus done for me and thus I can not turn back on the Lord I must keep going. It will be good one day when we lay down this robe of flesh as one song puts it, and we get a new one and the devil can never again defeat us. Praise the Lord that he will see us through even when we fail him. I don't understand why Christians want to stay in a carnal state. I fail the Lord but I want to get the carnality out of my life so I can be a better soldier in the Lord's army. If we have a desire to live for God, we will want to be close to the Lord. The only way the devil defeats us is when we backslide on God. I pray this was a help and also lets us press on till Jesus comes. Till next time God Bless.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Fellowshipping With God

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Before I get started on what the Lord has on my heart this morning I wanted to say Praise God for another year. Last year I finished my first year of pastoring in Sept and all in all things went well. Last year me and my wife got that dreaded word that none of us want to hear and that is she had cancer, but praise the Lord that it was the non-agressive type and even though it ruin any chance for us to have a child of our own God saw us through by his grace.

Now I know all us have things we loved last year with our relationship with our Lord and I know we all had those times that we may not have been as closed as we could have been. I told our church this is the theme for this year. It really is the most important thing in our Christian Life. It really doesn't matter how much you teach, preach, sing, reach lost people or anything else you do in the church. We must have a personal walk with our Lord. I am convinced that many burn out in church because they do all their labor for the Lord in the flesh. We have so many helps today. You can find SUnday School Lessons for the year , or sermons for the year online and not have to put much study in and still fake it front of the class or the church. As we find in this passage of Scripture this is the last church of the church age. I believe this is the age we are living in. We have many programs in the church but we have forgotten the most important part and that is the power of God. Most churches across our great land used to have the power of God in the church but what has happened. I have several evangelist friends who I have talked to and they say most churches they go in they ain't much going on in the church. There is no doubt in my mind that many churches today in America that the Lord is on the outside of the church and even though is to be our head he isn't even in the church.

With that being said we can have a personal walk with God. I asked our church how much time do you really spend with God in a week. I didn't want them to answer that because I didn't want them to embarass themselves. No doubt today many Christians don't pick up the Bible outside of church and read it. This is shown in the way they live and by how Bible illiterate they are. Just pastoring over a year now we have many people that have been saved for years that don't even understand the elementary things of the Word of God. I really pray that our people would understand the importance of God's Word in their life. That is where fellowship begins in the Word of God. The second part of that fellowship is our Prayer Life. How often do we pray to God. Most Christians spend less than 10 minutes a day in prayer and we wonder why there is no power in our life. Much prayer, much power, less prayer, less power.

I know in my life I want this to be the most fruitful of my ministry. I believe it starts in that personal worship with our God. Once we learn personal worship, then our personal walk will honor God, and lastly that personal walk will lead us to personally witness to others about the Lord. Just a few thoughts the Lord layed on my heart this morning. God bless you till next time.