No Turning Back

So get rid of all immoral behavior and all the wicked things you do. Humbly accept the word that God has placed in you. This word can save you.

Do what God’s word says. Don’t merely listen to it, or you will fool yourselves.

James 1:21‭-‬22 GW

We don’t belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.

Hebrews 10:39 GW

The time has come for the judgment to begin, and it will begin with God’s family. If it starts with us, what will be the end for those who refuse to obey the Good News of God?

If it’s hard for the person who has God’s approval to be saved, what will happen to the godless sinner?

Those who suffer because that is God’s will for them must entrust themselves to a faithful creator and continue to do what is good.

1 Peter 4:17‭-‬19 GW

What would cause you to compromise your walk with God?

Temptation.

Or more correctly, not resisting temptation.

We are constantly tempted by our own fleshly desires that lead us into destruction.

When you give in to temptation, you sin.

You miss the mark.

God cannot be tempted and He doesn’t tempt people.

The devil tries to tempt people.

He attacks their weaknesses.

But God always provides a way of escape.

It is written.

As this wicked and perverted generation becomes more and more evil and twisted, God is raising the bar of what’s expected of His children.

Actually, it’s never changed but we’re just more cognizant of it now.

We’re called to be holy.

Sanctified.

Set apart for His service.

We’re in the world, but not of the world.

Worldliness is a cancer in the Church.

And the Holy Spirit of God is burning it up with an unquenchable fire.

A little leaven spreads through the whole lump.

That leaven is hypocrisy.

It’s being puffed up with pride and not confessing and repenting when we should be humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God.

We must eradicate sin from our lives.

Sin opens the door for the devil to come into your mind and body.

If you’ve already cast all the demons out of your house, why invite them back in again?

Your body is supposed to be a temple for the Holy Spirit.

God’s Spirit abides in your spirit, in the Holy of Holies.

God’s Spirit is pure and true, incorruptible.

So it is with you when you get born again of the Spirit of God by faith in Jesus Christ as Messiah.

Your spirit becomes alive with His Spirit.

The word of Christ dwells within you.

Your soul is the inner court of the temple.

Your mind, will, and emotions are to be a holy place, the inner court of the temple.

Your inner life should always be centered on God.

Love God with all that you are, all the time.

Don’t compromise for the things of this world, they won’t last.

God’s Word is eternal, unchanging, uncompromising and faithful.

Your body is the outer court.

It’s where the things of this world become sanctified by God’s Word and prayer.

To those who are clean, all things are clean.

To those who are unclean, all things are unclean.

Your daily bread, provided by His Providence, is an offering and a sacrifice.

It keeps the lights on in your temple.

God knows what you need.

And He has already provided.

Cultivate that attitude of gratitude.

Be thankful for all things.

Even suffering.

For it produces the character that is needed to boldly carry His message to the ends of the Earth.

To know God and then turn your back on Him is inviting ruin and devastation.

To know God and to willfully sin against Him is inviting correction and discipline to come swiftly.

To know God and to abide in His Presence is to know peace, love, goodness and mercy.

To know God and His Christ is eternal life.

Apart from God you can do nothing.

With God, all things are possible.

Walk in a manner worthy of your calling in Him.

Amen.

Hope United

The Spirit of the Almighty Lord is with me because the Lord has anointed me to deliver good news to humble people. He has sent me to heal those who are brokenhearted, to announce that captives will be set free and prisoners will be released.

Isaiah 61:1 GW

Our people should also learn how to set an example by doing good things when urgent needs arise so that they can live productive lives.

Titus 3:14 GW

Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers.

1 John 4:21 GW

The children of God are led by the Spirit of God.

The devil’s children are led by the spirit of this world, Satan.

Our job is to set them free.

We were all once slaves to sin and enemies of God.

If you believe, God wants to set you free.

If you want to lead a productive life, then you should learn to set an example by doing good things when urgent needs arise.

If you take a look around the streets of our nation, you will see urgent needs all around you.

The homeless epidemic is spreading rapidly and shows no signs of letting up.

The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the middle class are enslaved to the system.

Who has the luxury of unhurried time?

Where are our priorities?

They are shown by how we spend our time.

This world is spinning out of control.

As expected.

People are killing themselves and others at an alarming rate.

What’s the deal?

Their lives are out of control and they have lost all hope.

What to do?

Give them what they need.

Faith, hope and love.

Our job is to spread the Gospel.

Tell the Good News that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He loves you.

He died on a cross and rose again.

He sent the Holy Spirit to empower you to live a godly life.

God wants to have a relationship with you.

A loving relationship.

He accepts you as you are, right where you’re at.

And He loves you so much that He doesn’t want to leave you stuck there.

We need to be sharing that Good News.

And we need to be making disciples.

We need to teach them the way.

Or more correctly, we need to show them the way.

The only way to do that is to live by faith.

The homeless are near and dear to my heart.

I’ve been in their shoes before.

How do we turn the tide?

We unite in prayer.

Prayer moves mountains.

Prayer changes things.

Prayer changes our hearts.

Pray for the homeless.

Pray for the rescue missions and transitional housing projects.

Pray for the workers in the field.

Pray for the churches that support and partner with the missions.

I have hope.

I believe we can fix the homeless crisis with God’s help.

We fix it one soul at a time.

I’ve personally witnessed people coming off the streets, committing their lives to the Lord and having their lives turn around overnight.

When you’re down and out, all you need is a loving friend who believes in God’s goodness and grace so much that they’ll extend mercy to others.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

When Judgment Day comes, how much mercy will you have shown on this planet?

Selfishness got us into this mess.

The only solution is loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Most of the homeless don’t have loving families that they can turn to for help.

The Church needs to be that family.

God welcomes anyone who calls on the name of the Lord.

So should we.

To show partiality is a sin.

God doesn’t play favorites.

We’re all held to the same standard.

How did you love?

As you pray for the less fortunate, God will stir your heart into action.

When you’re walking down the street and see someone having a bad day, would it hurt to ask them if you can pray for them?

God answers prayers.

You then have an opportunity to share your faith.

Not in a confrontational manner, but just giving a ready reply for the hope you have in all gentleness and humility.

We don’t have all the answers, but we know the Lord who does.

Would you like to know Him too?

Quit waiting for someone else to lead the charge.

We have our orders.

Go.

And change the world.

The Kingdom of God is at hand.

Be ready.

They’re waiting.

Don’t let them die with no hope.

Jesus is our living hope.

His covenant is everlasting.

We have the promise of eternal life.

It’s a free gift.

All you have to do is believe!

It’s harvest time.

To God be the glory, amen.

Passion For His Name

I have refined you, but not like silver. I have tested you in the furnace of suffering.

I am doing this for myself, only for myself. Why should my name be dishonored? I will not give my glory to anyone else.

Isaiah 48:10‭-‬11 GW

So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31‭-‬32 GW

Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them.

Matthew 18:20 GW

Faith, hope and love.

That’s what life is all about.

If you have faith, then you will have hope.

If you have hope, it will sustain you through the difficult seasons of life.

If you love the Lord, you will have both faith and hope.

We must understand the purpose of trials, tribulations, and suffering.

They produce endurance.

And endurance produces character.

The end goal in this life is to manifest the character of Christ in our lives.

What will sustain you through that refining process?

Nothing but the Name of Jesus.

God is our provider.

He is our healer.

Our Savior.

Our deliverer.

Everything we need is found in Him.

Return to your first love.

Return to the crazy, passionate love of Jesus.

He laid down His life to set us free.

There is power and authority in the Name of Jesus.

He has the Name above all names that can be named.

What’s in a name?

It’s the access point.

When someone calls your name, you respond.

When you cry out to Jesus, it initiates relationship.

Communication can begin again.

Lord, lead me.

Jesus, I need you now.

When you love Jesus, obeying His commandments isn’t hard.

It’s a joy to carry out His will.

Many want to be used by God for His glory.

That’s great.

Love Jesus and He will.

Without love, it’s just empty religion.

Faith, hope and love.

The greatest of these is love.

Love remains.

Love abides.

The anointing flows from the throne of His love.

Let everything you do be done in His love.

Love one another as I have loved you.

No greater love has a person than to lay down their life for their friends.

We are one body.

United in our love of Christ.

Let no man separate what God has brought together.

The walls that divide us are illusions and lies.

If your beliefs are not rooted and grounded in love, their fruit will be bitter and poisonous.

God, melt these hearts of stone with your holy, refining fire and give us hearts of flesh.

Let us have an all consuming passion for Your Name.

The Name of Jesus.

There is no other name that saves.

Save me, Jesus.

And make me just like you.

In Your Name I pray.

Amen.

May the Lord bless this day.

Amen.