Monday, April 30, 2007

Ready to Move

I am more convinced than ever that we are on the verge of seeing an awesome move of God in the Church. The more time I spend in His presence and being lead by the Holy Spirit through His Word, I really feel that He is going to use some available vessels to do some mighty things in this world. Things that are going to be so spectacular that they could only come through a supernatural move of God.

We have to be ready when the move begins. If our lamps aren't full of oil and the wicks trimmed be will miss being a part of this move. God is calling us to be ready. This coming move can be a spectacular opportunity to reach out to those who will see but not understand the things happening around them. But only for those who step out in faith and seize the moment.

So be ready. Unload everything that could keep you from being a part of what's to come. Be prepared to show love to the unlovable. Be open to what He asks you to do. You may be called to do something completely different. Get in the River and flow!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Need Some Power?

Power...Some people spend their entire life trying to get more, often at the expense of other people. It becomes an addictive drug that can cause people to say and do just about anything to get more.

But believers have an inexhaustible supply of the greatest power source ever imagined. Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians that God can do more than we can ever imagine (Eph. 3:20a). The interesting thing is that that is where most folks stop. They don't read the rest of that verse that says God will do more than we can imagine,"according to the power that works in us." (Eph 3:20b).

Paul is telling us clearly that God uses the power that is in us, the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. In Acts 1:8 God told them to the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the power of the Holy Ghost. When that Power came upon them in Acts 2:4, they were suddenly a Power source that God could use to radically change the world. That Power was inside them and they could be vessels used by God to do more than they could ever imagine.

It's still available today. And God is looking for vessels that have that Power source so He can use them. Let Him use you. Get and stay full of the Holy Ghost. Be a vessel that He can work through. You have absolutely nothing to lose...except not effecting the world around you.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Commitment...Is It Really a Bad Word?

Commitment...It's a word some people seem to want to shy away from. Don't want to be tied down to anything. Really like my freedom. I want to be able to come and go as I please.

Some church folks are that way. They don't want to make a full commitment to the Lord. "Jesus, I want to follow You while I'm at church on Sunday, but come Monday when I have to go back to work, You just might have to take a back seat to all the other things I face during the week."

Won't work that way. You won't make it, and He isn't going to be a part of something like that. Paul us tells throughout his letter to the Galatians that we can only experience true freedom when we are completely committed to Christ. Not to religion or churches, but to Jesus Christ.

When we get past the religion thing, and move into a full commitment to Jesus Christ and Him crucified, then we will experience the true freedom and fullness of life He came to allow us to have.

So be committed. And then go infect someone with the love of God. It will give you a high that you only can have through knowing you are doing the work He left you here to do.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Dreams and Vessels

Change. I really sense that it is here. I feel that God is truly up to something great, and that if we will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, we can be a part of a fantastic move of the Spirit. People are more open than ever to listen to the gospel, and if we will reach out, we can start a God directed change that can affect the entire world.

It only takes one person to start an epidemic. What if a bunch of folks on fire for God reached out in a loving relationship with one other person, and that person caught the love of Jesus Christ. And then that person reached one other. Before long, we would have a breakout of Christianity of pandemic proportions.

I know, you might say that's pie in the sky dreaming. You can't save the whole world. Well let me live in my world. A world where the power that raised Jesus Christ from the grave is freely available to anyone who will receive. A world where my Bible says that God will do exceedingly and abundantly more than I can imagine. And let me tell you I have a big imagination!

I expect Him to do great and mighty things through vessels He can use. I want to be a vessel He will use. I want to be part of the epidemic of Christianity that I sense is going to sweep over the world. The prophet Joel says that in the last days He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. I want to be part of the pouring. How about you? Want to get wet?

Sunday, April 8, 2007

WOW! What a Day!

Awesome! The only way to describe Resurrection Day! God was so there at First Assembly today. His presence was ushered in during morning prayers, and just continued to build all through Praise and Worship.

As I took the platform, I could really sense that He was going to do great things in the lives of folks today. Even as I read the scripture for the message, He gave me a word for some folks in the congregation. All through the message, I could feel in my spirit that He was up to great things.

We had great attendance, with one of the largest number of visitors we have ever experienced. I had asked our members to really go out and encourage friends and relatives that don't normally come to church to be with us today, and boy did they come through! Hats off and well done to the regulars! You done good!

The altar service was wonderful. People who had been experiencing valleys in their lives came forward for prayer and I truly believe that they re-established themselves with the Lord. People who has walked away from God came forward and re-dedicated themselves. It was truly a spectacular sight to see parents and in one case grandparents come and watch their loved ones return to the Lord. God is so good, but then He is God!

Thanks to the praise and worship team for a great service, and many blessings on all those who invited folks to come and celebrate with us. Y'all done a good thing, and He is watching. Be expecting Him to continue to move.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Second Chances and New Relationships

When Jesus cried out on the cross,"It is finished", our opportunity of new life began. With that solemn act, He discharges a debt He did not owe, one that there was no hope of us paying. No matter how far in sin debt we are, His death and resurrection gives us the chance to start again.

It seems so simple actually. The death of one Man giving the whole world the opportunity to stand at the door of eternal life, and He is asking us to come in by accepting Him. But sometimes, it is the simple solutions to problems that seem to elude us. We want to search in our own strength to find a way, because we all have been told that if we want anything in life, we have to make our own way. It's the forest for the trees syndrome. We can't see the answer because it's right in front of us.

So try something different. If you have never truly trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have everything to gain (and nothing to lose except your old life). You will spend the rest of your life somewhere. And if you are burdened by an unsaved family member, friend or neighbor become their friend. Let them see Christ in you the hope of glory. They are searching. They are looking for truth. You may indeed be the book they are reading. Jesus reached out to the woman at the well and began a relationship with her. It worked for Him, it will work for you (because He said it would).

Have blessed Resurrection Day!