|Posted on February 12, 2020 at 1:00 PM||comments (101)|
“BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED”
In the late 80’s early 90’s I worked for The City Of Marshall, Texas. I was employed in the Water Utilities Dept. It was a good job, with lots of good folks working there. A lot of whom have gone on to be with The Lord today. During the four years that I worked there, occasionally we would have to go out to The Sewer Treatment Plant to do some type of repair or maintenance. It was a pretty neat operation.
A quick breakdown of the operation....the raw sewer is collected at the plant. After it is sent through a series of machinery, basically the solids are separated from the liquids. The liquids are treated and cleaned and released back to the ecosystem. The solids are like a purée form which are drained into large drying beds. In these beds the solids are left to dry out in the sun until there is no moisture left in it. It is then loaded into a large incinerator where it is burned. These drying beds are approximately 40’x60′ by 2 ft. deep. The drying time was probably around 30 days or more, depending on the weather.
It was amazing to go out there and see all the things growing in these beds. Any seed that got flushed in the city, was now growing at the sewer plant. From marijuana to tomatoes, there was a number of plants growing. Even the presence of some flowers would sometimes show up. These flowers would be more beautiful than any you had ever seen in it’s natural habitat, after all it was growing in 100% fertilizer.
Later in life, while preparing a word to share with my Sunday School Class, The Lord reminded me of the flowers growing at the sewer plant. Now the flowers were designed to bloom, add beauty to our world, as well as provide food and nectar to certain birds and insects in our world. The sewer plant was surely not a pretty or a desirable place to be, but when the flower found itself there, it just did the only thing it could do, just “Bloom”…….. That was it’s purpose.
Sometimes in life we find ourselves in less desirable places or areas and situations we don’t want to be in. However we must always remember to do and be what God designed us to be. We were designed to have fellowship with God. And if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we are to be Salt and Light to a dark and dying world, no matter the location we find ourselves in. It is what we were designed to do. Take a lesson from Nature, no matter where you are on any given day, Be what God called you to be and do what God called you to do. Just like the little flowers……….If even in the middle of a “Dung Heap”….. Bloom where you are planted. Bringing light and beauty to even the ugliest place, simply by doing what you were designed to do……Bloom!
Lord help me to always do what You designed me to do, be Light to a dark world.
|Posted on February 5, 2020 at 12:10 AM||comments (102)|
The Lord was so gracious (as always) to give us several prophecies about the new year. When those prophecies came, we rejoiced and said, “Amen”! But, do we still remember those prophecies now? If not, we need to review them and again let them renew our minds. The following prophecies were given, some at the end of 2019, and others right at the first of 2020. Some were given by Pastor Ray Wilson and others were given by Jeanie Fentress and other anointed leaders.
I am bringing you into a Higher Reality in life. Be bold about taking the land that I am giving you. Rise with a lion’s roar and with holy laughter - even a laugh of victory over the devil’s plans. Eviction notices are being served against the devil, to cast him out. Bind the work of the devil and don’t allow it. God is giving you miracles for the assignments that He has given you. Also pray for those who will help you fulfill your destiny. The enemy has sought to steal time, but in 2020 we will move forward. Don’t back up. The Church as a whole has drug her feet and caused delays, but now I am pouring out My Spirit and I am about to do a quick work. This is a time of acceleration. Go get the ground that was lost.
This is a new day for spiritual health for your family. The Bride will take her place in 2020. There will be greater unity between Jewish and Gentile Christians. 2020 is a year of Transformation. The Church must cry out for more of God. The miracles are at the door - ready for you to pick them up. Take your place and fight for your family. We have continued pressing against the obstacles and now a breakthrough is happening and the obstacles are being removed. Believe the word in faith and see it carried out. Give me your faith and I will do miracles for you. I am the Miracle Worker.
Some of you have been trying to hold your families together like a safety pin holds clothes together. God says for you to put Him in the garment of your family. Depart from worry and let Him take over.
Things are going to move in 2020! Things for which you have prayed for years, this year - will move! Those things that have been held back will not be held back anymore. I have taken the worship and praise you have given Me throughout the year and I am using it for your breakthrough. Move forward!
Believe to hear Me clearly. Reject the enemies’ message. Go forward and you will experience salvation in every area of life. You are surrounded by angels. Command them to go and bring in what you need. Angels are uncovering and recovering the hidden riches for you. You will see those hidden riches. I want to load you with all you need to move forward and be a blessing. Only you can properly present the gift God has given you.
Position yourself to receive. Stretch to get you blessing. 2020 is the year of the open hand and the year of clearer, enhanced vision. Reach back and take what was good and bring it into the now.
I have not left you to find your own way or to have to look to each other or to others for guidance. For I am out in front of you, guiding you. You have heard much about 2020 vision for the year 2020. A big part of this 2020 vision is not about seeing and learning about just anything that you might be curious about, but a big part of having 2020 vision is to see Jesus out in front of you and to keep your eyes on Him and to carefully follow Him.
|Posted on January 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM||comments (645)|
In Daniel 7:25 the Bible says that in the last days Satan has a plan for the Saints----to wear us out. That phrase to wear out means not only to wear out but it also means to harass. Satan in these last days is attacking Saints like never before to harass us and try and wear us out. And many of God's people are already getting weary in well doing.
How do we stop the onslaught of Satan and begin to push back and gain the victory? Well, we will never be able to completely stop the attacks of Satan, but we can push back and begin to gain the victory. Here's how----
1) Focus on God's love for you and that a loving Father would never test his children.
John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-9; James 1:13 (word tempt means test)
2) Focus on the fact that the devil is the one who is testing you.
Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:2 (word tempted means test)
3) Focus on the fact that God is not allowing the test, but is giving a way for you to exit the test, endure the test, and gain the victory in the midst of the test.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13 we have focused on a portion of this verse to come up with the doctrine that God allows test to come our way...when in reality the emphasis on the verse is not that God allows the test, but that he gives a way out of the test when the test comes our way. But here's the thing---if we are focused on "why is God allowing this test" we will miss the way to exit the test and gain the victory in the midst of the test.
One last thing, both the NIV and the KJV incorrectly translates the punctuation in 1 Corinthians 10:13. The NKJV is the most accurate. Here's how it reads----
"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."
Notice that in this translation there is a comma after "tempted beyond what you are able". In the KJV it is a semicolon and the NIV has a period. The comma shows that it is one statement, and that the emphasis is not on God allowing the test, but on God giving you a way of escape from the test, and a way to endure it and gain the victory over that test from the enemy.
Today let's focus on the things mentioned earlier----God loves us and is not testing us; The devil is the one testing us; God is not allowing the test, but rather is giving us the way to escape the test and gain the victory.
As we focus correctly we can push back against Satan's attempts to harass us and wear us out and we can be the overcomers God says we are.
|Posted on January 20, 2020 at 11:20 AM||comments (119)|
Today I remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....From the history I’ve seen over the years and speeches he made, I believe what made him such a great man, pioneer for racial equality, and charismatic speaker was the fact that he knew the Lord. Most of his speeches were directly out of the Bible.
We, as a people, can and must continue his message that ALL MANKIND are, were, created equal. It is a great tragedy for someone to believe one is superior over the other because of the color of skin. There is black man, white man, red man, brown man, yellow man.......and if you’ve ever done much excavating you’ve seen that there is black dirt, white dirt, red dirt, brown dirt and yellow dirt....the Bible says from the dust of the earth Adam was formed and to dust we shall return......We are all just dirt. So for anyone to think they are more superior than someone else at all.....much less based on the color of my dirt is just ignorant!!!!!
Each and every person alive today can make a difference and build on Dr. King's legacy of how we as individuals treat our fellow man in everyday life. Regardless if my neighbors, my community, my family , my co-workers, my government or whatever don’t feel the same way, as Joshua 24:15 says, “ As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I can make a difference . I will make a difference. I will continue the Legacy Of Dr. King. The same love that sent Jesus to the Cross , is the same love Dr. King spoke of..... love for our Lord, and love for each other . The devil has been fighting against this and perverting this since the beginning of time.
Let’s all know the Lord so intimately that this love is an overflow from our daily lives. By doing so , we honor the Lord and honor Dr. King.
|Posted on January 14, 2020 at 6:20 PM||comments (133)|
Christian Foundation Classes
“If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?” - Psalm 11:3
The enemy always works at destroying the righteous foundations of The Lord God. He always work at keeping us unaware of the “Pillars” of Truth, that God has established.
What can we do, if we don’t follow the path and pattern that The Lord our God has provided for us to follow? First of all, The Foundation, Path, and Pattern, for us to be established upon, and to follow, is The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.
1. Christ Jesus, our (ROCK) Foundation: “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” - 1 Corinthians 3:11
What does it reveal to us, to know that Christ Jesus, is our Foundation? Choosing to trust and believe in Jesus Christ, as our Salvation/Foundation, brings us to a place of peace, safety, security, healing, and prosperity. However, we must be determined to speak and act upon the faith that God gives us through Scripture and Prophecy, because storms will blow in our direction.
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” - Matthew 7:24,25
First, we should COME to Jesus, then we should CHOOSE to follow Jesus, then we should listen to Jesus, and have CONVERSATIONS with Jesus. Finally, we should lovingly obey Jesus Christ, our Lord. If we cooperate with Holy Spirit, and be faithful to the above mentioned pattern, we will not fall away from our Salvation, when the floods come, and the winds blow.
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.” - 1 Peter 1:1,2 NASB
We are The House of The Lord, The Building of God, The Planting of The Lord, The Workmanship of The Heavenly Father.
- Hebrews 3:4-6; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Isaiah 61:1-3; Ephesians 2:8-10
TO BE CONTINUED.
All Scripture quotations are from The New King James Bible, unless otherwise noted.
|Posted on January 13, 2020 at 3:15 PM||comments (133)|
What great opportunities await us for this New Year.....and if we will walk in a higher degree of wisdom this year than we did last year, the results will be greater and better. Last Sunday Pastor Ray shared with us some advice the Lord had put on his heart for us to follow this year. Here is a brief summary of what he shared:
1. Perfection is not your #1 goal. Perfectionism robs us of seeing the good in others. Is 70% of everything about the person you are thinking about good? Then don’t focus on the 30% that needs to change. Be led by the Lord and not by the imperfections of others and don’t emphasize the negative. Those who focus on imperfections miss good blessings that they could receive!
2. Be healed of sickness of the soul (Hebrews 12:12-13, Luke 4:18-19). Don’t eat the fruit of guilt, shame, inferiority that the devil tempts you to eat. Sickness of the soul can lead to sickness of the body. The devil wants to mess up what God wants to do and he wants to push Christians down in life, but Jesus has come to lift us up.
3. Don’t go outside spiritually naked, but always keep the spiritual armor of God on (Revelation 3:17-18, 16:15, Ephesians 6:10-18)
4. Pay attention to the spiritual clock. Jesus could come in just a few short years.
5. Forget the former things - the bad memories, for God is doing a new thing this year (Isaiah 43:18). If you are in Christ, God is giving you a clean slate and you can do new things this year. Do not call to mind the former things. Forget what happened a long time ago. Lot’s wife remembered the former things and it proved fatal for her. Isaiah 43:18 is really a now word for this year!
6. Emphasize intimacy with God over busyness.
Don’t be overwhelmed, but be an overcomer.
|Posted on January 9, 2020 at 4:30 PM||comments (99)|
You know one of the great ways to let our light shine as Christians in this new year is to forgive other people. But it’s hard to forgive others if you don’t, number 1, believe that God has forgiven you of all your sins.
The Bible says in John 1: 29 that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. In Matthew 26: 28 Jesus referred to his blood as being the blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. And in Hebrews 9: 28 it says that Jesus was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people.
Jesus came and died for the sins of all humanity. When that happened God stopped counting men’s sins against them (2 Corinthians 5: 19). And when we believed we received that forgiveness of God into our lives (Colossians 2: 13). And now we are blessed because God will never count our sins against us.
Do you know the forgiveness of sins in your life? If you do, as you do, you begin a great journey of empowerment to forgive yourself and forgive others and to let your light shine; changing your life, impacting our culture, and changing the atmosphere all around us.
So forgive others, and let your let shine today and everyday.
|Posted on July 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM||comments (97)|
It's imortant for us as believers to live in the moment. Living in the moment requires us to stop being focused on the past or fixated on the future, and to ask “what is God doing now?” It also requires us to look at the physical circumstances we find ourselves in today, and ask God
1) What are you saying to me in these circumstances?
2) How do you want me to respond to these circumstances?
3) How do I extend your kingdom in these circumstances?
Another key to becoming a person who lives in the moment is the fire of and fellowship with the Holy Spirit of God who lives in us as believers. Jesus needed the Father to live in the moment. We need the Holy Spirit. We need His fire to empower us, give us energy, and passion to get the job done every day. But we also need His fellowship.
In 2 Corinthians 13: 14 the Apostle Paul says, “May the grace of Jesus, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” The word fellowship means intimacy. The question I have is how are you gonna be led by the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, have intimacy with the Spirit, if you’re not praying with the Spirit. Praying with the Spirit is your connection with the Father. It’s how you see what the Father’s doing. It’s how you hear what the Father’s saying. It’s how you live in the moment.
So….ask yourself “what is God doing now?” Look at the physical circumstances you find yourself in today. And receive the fire and walk in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. As you do these things you will begin to make the shift from focusing on the past, and being fixated on the future, and you’ll become a person who lives in the moment.
|Posted on July 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM||comments (117)|
Jesus was a person who lived in the moment. In John 5: 19 Jesus said, “I only do what I see the Father doing.” He was a person who lived in the moment, and as we said last time the call of God is on us to be people who live in the moment as well. But how do we do that. How do we make the shift from being focused on the past or fixated on the future, to living in the moment?
The first thing we need to do is ask ourselves “what is God doing today?” The Bible says “today is the day of salvation.” In another place it says “this is the day that the Lord hath made.” Now God is with us in our tomorrows, and he wants to certainly heal us of any scars from our pasts. But His salvation and His focus is on today. So, begin to ask everyday “what is God doing today?”
Secondly, look at your physical circumstances now. Quit focusing on “Am I where I’m suppose to be?”
“Am I doing what I’m suppose to be doing?” Look at your physical circumstances--- Are you a Mom? Are you in college? Are you retired? What are your financial circumstances? Do you love your job? Do you hate your job? Look at your physical circumstances now, regardless of why you’re in those circumstances, and ask God….
1) What are you saying to me in these circumstances?
2) How do you want me to respond to these circumstances?
3) How do I extend your kingdom in these circumstances?
That doesn’t mean you don’t pray over your future and plan toward your future----but you don’t get anxious or worried about your future. The future is important, but not at the expense of the present.
Every day cast the care of your future on the Lord, and then pray…
“Lord, let your will be done and your Kingdom come as it relates to my future. Guide me to the future you have in store for me. Open the doors you want me to walk through in my future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Then get right back to living in the moment….the place where God has called you to, and the place where He wants to change your life.
|Posted on July 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM||comments (98)|
The devil is always trying to get us to be focused on the past or fixated on the future….and neither is right for the person of faith. Isaiah 43:18 says “forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Matthew 6:34 says “do not worry about tomorrow.” So, clearly it is not the will of God, nor is it of faith, for God’s people to be focused on the past or fixated on the future.
Being focused on the past will many times lead to shame and regret. We can learn from our past, but we shouldn’t be focused on the past.
Being fixated on the future can lead to fear, anxiety, and worry. We should pray for and plan for the future, without getting fixated on our future.
Being focused on the past or fixated on the future:
1) Robs us of the joy of today
2) Robs us of seeing the little miracles God is doing every day
3) Robs us of the love God has for us to experience each day
God has called us to be a people who live in the moment. We learn from our past. We plan for our future. But we live in the moment.
Jesus was one who lived in the moment, and God is calling us to be His followers. Will you today, follow Jesus and be one who lives in the moment?