All Things Are Possible


When some people look at their lives and think about the future, they often see things in a negative light.  I was talking to an individual the other day and they were going through a difficult time.  As they were telling me the story about what they were going through, all they could see was the problem..  As they were talking, I could see how God was moving on their behalf and I pointed it out to them.  When I told them how God was working for them, they said, "Wow, we didn't even see that".  Most of the time when people are struggling in an area of their life, they usually don't see how God is working in them.  The problem seems impossible.  The situation looks bleak, hopeless, with no way out.  I can tell you from experience that as believers we are never hopeless and God always has a plan for our victory and success.  It may seem hard in the natural, but not in the supernatural, not in the Kingdom of God. 

Take a minute to look at the word "supernatural".   Super-natural!  Bigger than natural, better than natural, above the natural.  Because God is a supernatural God, nothing is impossible to Him.  If the supernatural is bigger, better, and above the natural, it would make sense that if we are faced with a situation that seems impossible in the natural, that we would get God involved.  Because with God "Nothing is impossible".   In Mark 10:27, Jesus said; "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible".  Notice Jesus said "with God".  That means we have to get God involved in every situation or problem that seems impossible to us (men), because its not impossible with God.  Our heavenly Father is there to help us in a time when things seems impossible to us. 

We need to get God involved in every area of our lives because in the natural we are faced with impossible situations from time to time and we need His help.  We shouldn't run to men when things seem impossible because Jesus said "with men it is impossible."  Men don't have the answers to the impossible without God.  But with God "all things are possible".  You and I, along with men and women of God can and will accomplish the impossible with God.  God working with us turns an impossible situation around to the possible.  Get God involved!

Fear Not

Fear is a very strong and powerful force in the world today.  People are fearful of everything.  Actually fear is a spirit.  Timothy wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7 "God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind".  As believers, we can and should live a fear-free life.  If we have fear in our lives, it hinders us.  It grips us and it controls the things we do, as well as the decisions we make. 


1 John4:18 says "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love."  Lets look at this scripture a little closer to help us understand more clearly the effects of fear in the life of the believer; as well as the power we possess in overcoming fear.  The first thing mentioned is that there is no fear in love.  We know the scripture tells us that God is love.  If we are in Christ and abiding in God's love, we can live a life without fear.  You might say, "I'm a believer and I'm in Christ and I still have fear in my life."  Jesus said in John 15 "If we abide in Him, and His Word abides in us, then God's love will abide in us."  The word abide means to live.  God's Word and love has to live in us.  When it does, fear is cast out because perfect love cast out fear.  That's the second thing mentioned in 1 John 5:18. 

The next thing mentioned is that fear has torment.  Torment is demonic.  It is mentioned through scripture in connection with satan and the fallen angels.  It is used in describing hell.  Fear in any from is not of God.  Lets look back at the afore mentioned question.  I am a believer and I'm in Christ and I still live in fear.  Well, the bible says that he that feareth is not made perfect in love.  If you are a believer living in fear, the scripture says you are not made perfect in love.  It's important for you to get in the Word.  Feed your spirit with the Word of God on love.  Let God's love dominate your every thought.  Let God's love saturate your entire being.  Let God who is perfect love cast out all your fears!

Stand Strong


Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethern, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might".  Paul, exhorting the brethern, in which we are because we are in Christ, tells us to be strong in the Lord.  What does it mean to be strong in the Lord?  Does it mean to be a good person?  Or attend church regularly?   Does it mean to volunteer or help the poor and needy?  There is nothing wrong with those things.  But Paul isn't talking about just doing acts of kindness.  He is telling us it imperative that we be strong in our walk and relationship with God.  So that we can stand strong during difficult times and have victory, not only for ourselves; but for those we love and care about, including the world. 

The world?  You might ask, yes the world.  Because God loves the world.  He sent His Son Jesus to save the world (John 3:16).  Peter wrote that the Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  So you see, being strong not only helps us to overcome, it helps those in the world to understand what they need to do to walk in victory. 

In Ephesians 6:13, Paul tells us to take the whole armor of God that we may be able to withstand in the evil day.  If there were ever an evil day, it is these days we live in now.  If the church and true believers are not able to withstand, how will the world?  Believers need to be strong in the Lord.  We need to walk in victory so that we can be an example to the world.  We need to let them see that in Christ they can overcome in the evil days we live in.  Paul continues to write in verse 13 "and having done all to stand".  Have we done all to stand in this evil day.  Have we studied to show ourselves approved unto God?  A workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15).  Have we prayed without ceasing? (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  Have we been transformed by the renewing of our mind that we may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God? (Romans 12:2)  If we have done all to stand, then we need to do as Ephesians 6:14 says and stand therefore.  If not, we need to get to the business of having done all to stand!

A New Year, A New Thing


At the start of every new year, it is an opportunity for us to start fresh, to have a new beginning.  The apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13; "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended.  But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things things are before".  If there was only one thing you do this year, it should be this; forgetting those things which are behind you and reaching forth with eyes and hands of faith for those things which are before you.  It's a new year and God is wanting to do new things for us, in us, and through us. 

The prophet Isaiah said; "Behold the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare" (Isaiah 42:9).  The scripture says is 2 Corinthians  5:17-18, "Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new; and all things are of God."  You see God isn't rehashing old things over and over again.  He's doing a new things, moving in a new way.  Encouraging us to see things in a new light.  Encouraging us to look forward with eyes of faith.  Encouraging us to reach forth with our hands of faith and grab ahold of the things He has for us.  New things.  Fresh things. 

God doesn't wait a year to make things new.  He makes things new everyday.  Lamentations 3:22-23 says; "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassion fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."  God doesn't want us holding on to old things.  Things that keep us from moving forward and growing in Him.  He wants us to start everyday fresh and new.  He wants us to walk in the fullness of who we are and enjoy every day life in abundance, to the full, until it overflows.  It's a new year, a new day, and God is doing a new thing!

The Best Gift Ever


We are in the Christmas season and the stores and malls are packed with people shopping for gifts for their loved ones and friends.  Everyone seems to be caught up in the spirit of the season.  Giving gifts to one another is high on the priority list.  Taking time to find that perfect gift for a loved one or friend seems to be as pleasurable as seeing the look on their face when they open it and its exactly what they wanted.  In our family, we make up Christmas lists of the things we would like as gifts.  That way we are sure everyone knows what we would like.  It helps to eliminate any unwanted surprises.  If you know what I mean. 

When it comes to gift giving and knowing what we want or need, there is no greater gift giver then our Heavenly Father.  The good thing about God is, we don't have to give Him a list to assure we won't get something we don't want.  Jesus said that our Heavenly Father knows what we have need of before we even ask (Matthew 6:8).  Just think about it.  God knows us so well that He knows what we need before we even ask Him.  Wouldn't it be great if we had a relationship with one another where we would know what each other needed before we even asked.  James 1:17 says; "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights".  Because God loves us so much and He knows us so well, every gift that He gives us is a good and perfect gift.  It's just what we wanted and needed. 

Jesus is that good and perfect gift and He is just what we need.  The gift that your loved ones and friends need this Christmas can not be found in a store or mall.  It can't be found online or on TV.  The greatest gift of all can only be found through you, the believer.  II Corinthians 5:18 says; "God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given unto us the ministry of reconciliation".  That means God, through Jesus, brought us back into right relationship with Him and He has given us, the believer the ministry of bringing people into a right relationship with Him.  The only way your loved ones and friends can get this great gift is through you sharing your heart about Jesus and what He means to you.  When you do and they receive your gift to them, they will say -- "This is the best gift ever!" .  Merry Christmas everyone!

Give Thanks!


Years ago, we sang a song called "Give Thanks".  This song began with these word, "Give thanks with a grateful heart.  Give thanks to the Holy One."  With Thanksgiving quickly approaching us, it is important to remember why we are celebrating Thanksgiving.  Although it is true we are remembering the historical significance of Thanksgiving, it is also true and vitally more important that we give thanks every day, not just one day a year. 

We should be thankful every day for Jesus and His victory over death, hell, and the grave.  We should be thankful that God loves us so much that He has provided for us everything that pertains to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3).  We should thank Him for His great love wherein He has loved us (Ephesians 2:4).  We should continually thank Him for blessing us with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3).  But first and foremost, we should thank Him for redeeming us and making us free from sin and death, as well as bringing us back into fellowship with Him.


You see, Thanksgiving to the believer is something we celebrate every day.  It's an attitude of gratitude we have in our hearts and minds every day because of what the Father has done and given us through our Lord and Savior Jesus.  Although as believers, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving just like everyone else with family, friends, and football.  We will also be ever mindful of what Jesus has done for us.  We will be thankful for the day but our hearts will be full of Thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father for all He has given us.  My prayer for you is that you enjoy this Thanksgiving with loved ones and friends.  But most of all, you have an attitude of gratitude for all that the Father God has blessed you with.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

It's Harvest Time!

It is the time of year we call "Harvest Time".  It is a time when we bring in the fruits of our labor.  It is a time of rejoicing for the bounty that has come in.  What I am talking about is all done in the natural.  At harvest time, farmers and their families are reveling in the fruits of their labors.  They are full of excitement for what they have produced.


It should be the same in the Church.  We should be rejoicing over the fruits of our labor.  We should be filled with excitement because of what we have produced for the Kingdom.  This is the time of year we should be looking for the reapers, not creepers.  Jesus said; "The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers (reapers) are few". (Matthew 9:37-38)  Because the harvest is plenteous, we (The Church) should have many reaping the harvest, not just a few.  When Jesus says "The harvest is plenteous", that's what He means. He means there is so much of a blessing ready for us reap.  Notice Jesus said, "Pray the Lord would send laborers into the harvest". 

God is looking for laborers.  Those willing to put in the work to bring in the tremendous harvest of blessing that He has for us.  Many believers want the the blessing, but they don't want to do what's necessary to get blessed.  Farmers in the natural rejoice because of the fruit of their labors.  They have put in time, money, and effort.  Now it's time to reap what they have sown (Galatians 6:7).  The same is true for the Church and Believers.  It's time to rejoice over the fruits of our labors.  It is time for excitement and celebration.  It's Harvest Time!

Do you know Him?

The question isn't, do you know about Him?  It is - do you know Him?  Many who call themselves Christians know about Him.  But they don't know Him.  Knowing about someone and knowing someone are two entirely different things.  Knowing about someone is based on things you heard about the person.  Perhaps things you read about them.  It might also be based on another person's experience with an individual.  You know how it works.  You hear something about someone.  You read something printed about someone or another person tells you about a situation they had with an individual and without even knowing this person, we form an opinion about them without knowing this person at all.  We even tell others what we heard, read, or what someone else has told us like it is the absolute truth.  This not only happens with situations and individuals. 

It also happens with God.  Most of what we know about God doesn't come from having a personal relationship with Him.  It's based on what someone else has said.  It's based on what someone else has read.  It is based on someone elses experience.  Its very rarely based on our own personal relationship with Him.  We are to have our own personal relationship with Him, so when we hear something about Him that isn't true, we know it isn't true.  When we read something about Him that isn't so we will know it and when someone tells us something about Him, we will be able to determine if it is accurate or not, because we know Him. 


Jesus told those that said to Him that they prophesied, cast out devils, and even did wondrous works in His Name,  "Depart from me.  I never knew you".  This further proves just because you do things like prophesy, cast out devils, and you even do wondrous works doesn't mean you know Him.  Jesus Himself said it.  Jesus was actually saying "Depart from me,  I never had an intimate relationship with you" (John 7:22-23). 

We need to have an intimate relationship with Him.  We need to know Him and the power of His resurrection (Philippians 3:10).  Jesus said, "If we don't have an intimate relationship with Him and we don't know Him and He knows us, we are workers of iniquity.  Jesus was telling us that we need to be doing things for Him out of our relationship with Him, not from what someone said we should be doing.  So the question is - do you know Him?

Send Me!


In this day and age in which we live, we don't consider being sent by God.  The thought of being sent is reserved for those who are called to the mission field.  We think being sent means you have to travel to some foreign country.  But that's not what Jesus taught.  In fact, Jesus Himself testified that a prophet hath no honor in his own country (John 4:44).  Notice it says "In his own country".  Jesus wasn't sent to a foreign country.  He was sent to his own country.  John 1:11 says, "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not".  Being sent doesn't mean your are sent to people you don't know.  Being sent means we are sent to our own.  Our own families, our own friends, our own loved ones, our own work places.  When Jesus commissioned His disciples in Mark 16:15-18 to go into all the world and preach the gospel, He was telling them that everywhere they went, to preach the gospel.  He was telling His disciples to go into all their world.  That's what He is saying to us today.  He is telling us to go into all our world and preach the gospel. 

Some might say, but I can't preach.  The word preach simply means, to proclaim, announce, tell, disclose, or declare.  There isn't anyone who couldn't do or doesn't do those very things every day.  In fact, even unbelievers preach every day.  They just preach the wrong things.  As believers, we are to preach the Gospel.  The word "Gospel" means "Good News".  As believers, we aren't supposed to talk about the government, the drug problems in the world, or how bad the economy is.  We are to talk about God and His goodness.

We should be preaching the Good News that Jesus has paid the price for all our sins and that He loves us unconditionally.  This is what Jesus meant when He said "Go into all the worlds and preach the Gospel".  I wonder how many of us would be like the prophet Isaiah in the sixth chapter verse 8 and the first part of verse 9.  "I heard the voice of the Lord saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, here I am; send me.  And He said, go and tell this people",  This sounds just like "Go into all the world and preach the gospel".  It is clear that God has sent all of us who are believers to preach the gospel, the Good News of who He really is and what He has done for the world!

Heirs or Hairs

I have a minister friend, Woody Woodson, who tells the story of the first time he took his dad to church with him.  Woody went to a Pentecostal inner city church.  His dad who was saved was an upscale corporate attorney.  Woody was a little apprehensive to take his dad to church with him.  He was concerned that his dad wouldn't understand the moving of the Spirit that took place at every service.  Although he was apprehensive, Woody took his dad to the service.  On the way, Woody prayed that there wouldn't be a move of the Spirit that service.  But God had other plans.  Woody tells the story of a woman he called Sister Chicken Walk who would dance in the Spirit.  Apparently she reminded him of a chicken.  That night Sister Chicken Walk felt led to sit by Woody and his dad.  As you can imagine, the Holy Spirit was moving as usual.  Woody was praying that it would stop but it didn't.  When the Pastor got up to preach, his message was on the "Hairs of God".  That's right, "Hairs of God".  As you see he pronounced "Heirs" as "Hairs".  I hear him now asking the people, "Are you a Hair of God?  Are you one of God's Hairs?"  Even now when I think about Woody telling this story, I crack-up.  Can you imagine how Woody felt bringing his dad to church for the first time. 


Of course, the Pastor was talking about us being heirs of God.  As a heir we have inherited everything that belongs to God.  Everything God has is ours.  It is our inheritance.  Romans 8:17 says "If we are God's children then we are heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ".  This means what Jesus inherited, we inherited because we are joint-heirs with Christ.  We are heirs to the very Kingdom of God.  Whatever has been given to Jesus has been given to us.  We are heirs to the throne of God.  Meditate on that for awhile.  Well, after the service, Woody thought his dad wouldn't set foot in another Pentecostal church let alone his church.  Just the opposite, Woody's dad loved it.  Woody, thinking he would never to back to church with him, discovered that his dad said he wouldn't miss it for anything.  Hairs of God, as he laughed about what he had just experienced.  Not only did Woody's dad go back to church there, he played the organ.  Whether we are Heirs or hairs (by mispronouncing it) of God, we have as inheritance because we the Children of God! 


There is so much going on in the world today.  It has everyone, believer and unbeliever alike, questioning and wondering, what's next?  When I hear people talking, I sense fear in what they are saying.  With uncertainty, comes fear.  The scripture tells us "Fear has torment" (1 John 4:18).  It is important for us to know what the scriptures say so that we can minister life and hope to those who are in fear and despair.  2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that "God has not given us a spirit of fear".  Fear is the opposite of faith.  As believers, we should not live in fear. 

Jesus said in John 16:33 "These things have I spoken unto you, that you might have peace.  In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world."  Lets break this verse down.  First,  Jesus says, "These things have I spoken unto you".  What did He speak to them?  The Word of God.  Remember, Jesus said "I only do the things I see my Father do, and I only say the things that the Father says".  Jesus was saying I have spoken the Word to you.  Then He said, "That you might have peace".  We don't have peace just because Jesus said we do.  We have peace because we have faith in what He has said and because we believe what His Word say we have "Peace". 

The second thing Jesus said was "In the world you shall have tribulation",  As believers, we are in this world, but we are not of this world.  If you will stay in the Word of God, pray and seek the kingdom with all your heart; then you will be in this world, but not of this world.  This means you will be the overcoming conqueror that God says you are.  This world will not have the influence on you that it has on those who are not believers, simply because you are allowing the Word and the Spirit of God to influence you and not the world.  As a believer, if we allow this world and the things of this world to influence us more than the Word and the Holy Spirit, then we will have tribulation just like the world. 

Finally, Jesus said "Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world."  Jesus said that we should be of good cheer.  We should be happy, joyful, and we should be at peace because Jesus has overcome the world.  As long as we are in Christ and He is in us, we overcome the world because Jesus has overcome the world.  If you are a believer in Christ, this should make you very, very happy!

Our Prayer Pattern-Part 3 of 3-part series


During our study on prayer, we have been pointing out the different principles Jesus taught His disciples to follow concerning prayer.  Remember Matthew 6:9-13.  Jesus was giving a pattern of pray to follow.  He wasn't giving a prayer to recite, word for word. The first thing we must do in prayer is acknowledge God as our Father.  Second, we must praise Him for loving and caring for us.  We can never praise Him enough for all He has done for us. 

In this session, we want to look at the principle of forgiveness.  It is important to understand that prayer will not work in an unforgiving heart.  We cannot hold unforgiveness in our heart against anyone and maintain a prayer life that get results.  Many believers know what God's Word says about forgiveness.  They also know that, if they hold unforgiveness or bitterness in their heart against anyone, things will not go well in their life and they can't live a blessed life.  Many doctors contribute resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness as reasons for sickness and disease.  They have discovered when patients forgive and get rid of any resentment and bitterness, many of their symptoms cleared up. 

In Matthew 6:12, Jesus says "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors".  Notice, we can ask God to forgive us as we forgive.  Mark records Jesus as saying in Mark 11:25: "And when you stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses".  Matthew 6:14-15 says; "For if ye forgive men their trespasses your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses".  You can see in there passage of scripture that Jesus is saying our prayer life is connected to our forgiving. 

Since forgiveness affects our prayer life, we should be ever ready to forgive, so our prayers will not be hindered and we have a successful prayer life! 

Our Prayer Pattern-Part 2 of a 3-part series

In part 1 of this series, we established that God is not everyone's Father.  God is the creator of mankind and He certainly loves everyone.  That's why Jesus came and died for our sins (John 3:16-17).  However, He is only Father to those who have made Him the Lord of their lives.  As we continue to look at the pattern Jesus used to teach His disciples about prayer, we first see Jesus acknowledge God as His Father. 

The first thing we should do as believers in prayer, is acknowledge God as our Father.  We should acknowledge His Lordship in our lives and thank Him for being such a good, loving Father and caring for us.  If you don't think God cares for you, then that is a whole other issue that we don't have time to address right now.  Just know this, if you don't think God cares about you or what you might be facing, then why are you going to Him in prayer?  When we need something in the natural, we don't to to someone who can't or won't help us.  Do we?  Certainly not!  Well then, if we don't think God can or will help us, Why go to Him? 

Jesus knew what a loving Father God is.  He knew there was nothing He couldn't or wouldn't do for Him or His children.  That's why He told His disciples to put God first.  Acknowledge Him as the good and loving Father that He is.  Thank Him and praise Him for blessing you.  Thank Him and praise Him for watching over you and your family.  Thank and praise Him for meeting your every need and for being a caring Father.

  David said it just right in Psalms 150:2 "Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise him according to His excellent greatness".  Our prayer pattern is honor our Father with praise and thanksgiving.  Put Him first and foremost in every area of your life.  Then Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 "All the things we have need of would be given to us".

Part 3 of this series will continue next week.

He Cares!

Part 2 of Our Pattern of Prayer will be continued next week.  This was on my heart for you this week.  Pastor Bill

As I talk to believers, the most frequently asked question is: "When am I going to see the breakthrough I've been waiting for?  When am I going to be blessed?"  When I hear believers talking this way, my heart goes out to them because they feel as though God has neglected them in some way.  They feel and often times think that God doesn't care about them or the situation they are facing.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  However, some how, some way, the devil has convinced them that God doesn't care.

This is the time when he have to remind ourselves of the goodness of God.  It is the time when we have to get in the Word to assure our hearts and renew our minds to the truth that God loves us and cares about every circumstance and situation we might be facing (Hebrews 4:15).  Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:6-7; "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.  Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you".  Peter says if we will put ourselves in God's hands, He will exalt us.  We can cast our cares on Him because He (meaning God) cares for us.

This is just one scripture that tells us God cares about us.  There are so many more that tell us how much He loves us, cares about us, and wants the best for us.  I encourage you to search them out and confess them every day.  In my Bible, I have highlighted them with a special color so I can find them easily and say them out loud.  Look at what the amplified translation says about 1 Peter 5:7.  Casting the whole of your care-all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all-on Him; for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.  That doesn't sound like a God who doesn't care to me.

If this scripture doesn't convince you, then look at Psalms 55:22 also in the amplified.  "Cast your burden on the Lord (releasing the wight of it) and He will sustain you: He will never allow the (consistently) righteous to be moved-made to slip, fall or fail."  These two Scriptures alone should convince you He cares.  After seeing these verses, the words "He doesn't care" should never cross your lips again.  Remember, you are His beloved and the beloved is yours! (Song of Solomon 2:16, 6:3)


Our Prayer Pattern

PART 1 of a 3-part series. 

When studying the Word on prayer, I discovered something very interesting that Jesus said about prayer.  The Word has a lot to say about prayer and Jesus taught and talked about prayer frequently.  In Matthew Chapter 6 starting at verse 9, Jesus gives his disciples a pattern for them to follow in order for them to have a successful prayer life.  It is often referred to as The Lord's Prayer.  But if you look at it closely, you will see that Jesus was giving His disciples a pattern on how to pray effectively.  Many in the Church, as well as in the world, quote this pattern for prayer, word for word.  By doing so, they miss the principles that Jesus was teaching His disciples to follow.  Let's look at it closely to see if we can recognize these principles.  Jesus starts by saying, "Our Father".  The biggest misunderstanding about this statement "Our Father", is that when quoting this prayer, everyone, saint and sinner alike say "Our Father".  The misunderstanding comes from the idea that God being the creator of us all, means He is the Father of us all, is false.  Jesus said in John 8:42-44, "If God were your Father", meaning you don't have the same father I have.  We know God was Jesus' Father.  Then Jesus said in verse 44, "You are of your father the devil".  The devil isn't Jesus' Father.  So He was saying to those He was talking to, the Pharisees and those in the temple, we do not have the same Father. 

In the same manner, God is the creator of us all, but He is not the Father of us all.  He is only Father to those, who through Jesus, have made Him the Lord of their lives.  He is everyone's God but He is not just God to those who made Jesus Lord of their lives.  To them, He is our Father.  Once we have that settled, Jesus tells us to begin prayer with praise because God is our Father and we praise Him for who He is and what He has given us through Jesus.  He is a good, loving God and we should praise Him because He is so good and loves us so much!

Part 2 of this 3-part series will continue next week.

Are You Hungry?


This morning when I woke up, I heard the Lord ask me: "Are you hungry?"  The answer was, "Yes, I am!"  It has been a long time since I had something to eat.  Somehow, though I knew what He was asking me.  Was I hungry for Him, His Presence, His Word, and all that He is!  (Matthew 5:6)

As I was thinking about being hungry, I began thinking about being hungry and craving after a certain food.  Do you remember the Big Mac attacks?  How about having a craving for, let's say pizza, or ice cream, or maybe something else.  Remember how nothing else satisfied that craving until you had the thing you were hungry for?  Well, it's the same way with God.

You can chase after all kinds of things to try and satisfy the longing you have inside of you.  Some chase after status at work or among friends.  Some chase after sports or music.  Whatever it is you are chasing after, it will not satisfy you until you are completely satisfied by God and His Presence in your life.  Just like you wanting a certain food, until you get it you won't be satisfied.

It's the same thing with God.  You try and try, but you just aren't satisfied. You think that if you do something else it will fill the void, but it doesn't work.  So you move on to something else and it doesn't work.  You just keep repeating the cycle until something sticks.  But it never does!  A lot of people are like that.  Trying to fill a void.  A void that only God and His Presence in your life can fill.

So the question still remains, are you hungry?  If so, are you trying to fill a void that only God can fill?  Like Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled".  Hunger after God like never before.  Crave His Love, His Presence, and His Word.  Then you will be filled and satisfied!


Today's blog is inspired by a conversation I had with a dear friend early this morning about a situation that they were facing.  As they were telling me about what was happening, I found myself quoting one scripture after another to them.  Some would say people don't want you quoting the Bible to them when they are having problems.  They just want you to be a good friend and listen to them.  I know that there are times when people just want someone to listen to them, but this was not one of those times.  I found myself ministering the Word of God in such a way that I knew it was helping them with the situation they were facing.  I know that what I was sharing was helping them because what I was sharing was also ministering to me.  I often say when I am preaching, I am preaching to myself.  You just get the benefit of hearing me.  Anyway, I recognized the power the Word I was sharing was having because it was ministering to me also.  Romans 10:17 is so true.  Faith does come by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.  God's Word is full of life and when we hear it, it ministers LIFE to us.  The Word strengthens us in such a way, its hard to explain.  We just know that we know it does! When faith comes and it does come, the impossible seems possible.  Every doubt, every fear, dissipates because Faith has come and a our hearts are assured by the Word of God.  There isn't anything that can stand in our way or stop us from receiving because we have God's Word on it and we know that we know victory is ours.  So keep in mind, when you are facing a difficult situation and things look impossible, get in the Word and let it build your faith, so that you know that you know.  The victory is yours and you have won!  Then you will be able to do what Ephesians 6 says; "Having done all to stand, stand therefore". 


What we say plays a major role in the life of every believer.  The phrase "You have what you say" is so true.  The Word of God is very clear on the power of our word and what we say.  Proverbs 18:21 says "Life and death are in the power of the tongue".  Proverbs 6:2 says "We are snared by the words of our mouth.  We are taken with the words of our mouth.  That's powerful!  Jesus said in Mark 11:23 at the end of the verse, "He shall have whatsoever he saith".  So you see, what we say does make a huge difference in our lives.  Someone once said that as long as I believe it, that's all that matters.  But that's not what the Word of God teaches.  The Word teaches us that we have to say what we believe.  Let's look at II Corinthians 4:13.  It says, "We having the same Spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believe, and therefore have I spoken". We also believe and therefore speak.  Notice it doesn't say "We having the same Spirit of faith, believe".  It says "We having the same Spirit of Faith, BELIEVE and SPEAK".  Its not enough to just believe.  We have to speak what we believe.  Because by speaking what we believe, we are able to change any situation we may be facing in life.  If we would speak the Word, or what God says, about any situation; we will see victory every time because it's true, we have what we SAY!


Have you ever wondered where faith comes from?  Well, you don't have to wonder any longer.  Our faith comes from God the Father.  Romans 12:3 tells us that God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.  You might be thinking, "Well, if God has given me faith, then why do I struggle and why doesn't it seems like my faith is working?".  It's simple.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  You see God has given us the measure of faith.  However, it's not just a one time thing.  We have to keep building and strengthening the faith God has given us by feeding on the Word of God.  When we hear God's Word, faith comes because God's Word is full of faith.  Notice Romans 10:17 says "Faith comes by hearing and hearing.  This indicates to me that we have to continue to hear the Word.  It's not just a one-time deal.  I hear a lot of believers say things like, "I have already heard this message,"  "I have already heard this, why do I have to listen to it again?".  Because faith comes by continually hearing.  The other day, I was listening to a teaching cd.  As I was listening to it, I was taking notes.  After I finished listening to it, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said "Listen to it again."  As I listened to it again and took notes on the teaching one more time, I noticed that I had written things down the second time that I hadn't written down the first time.  After I was finished listening to the cd the second time, the Holy Spirit said "Listen to it again."  So I listened to the teaching cd for the third time.  Again, I took notes and again there were things I had written down that I hadn't written down the first or second time.  I realized that if I wanted to understand what God was trying to teach me through the Word of God that this other minster was preaching , I had to hear it over and over again.  It was not good enough for me to hear it just once.  When the Holy Spirit told me to listen to it again and I said I already heard that message, I would have missed what He was trying to teach me.  I wouldn't have had the faith to act on the Word that was being preached because faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing.  Until faith comes and you can act on what you heard!


The other day, I was reading Luke Chapter 17.  I read something that got my attention.  I had read it before but this time was different.  Maybe it was because I had been studying Faith that the Holy Spirit wanted to teach me something I had never considered before.  In verse 5 of the 17th chapter of Luke, the disciples say to Jesus "Increase our faith".  They were asking Jesus to increase their faith.  After Jesus was telling them, "If someone trespasses against you seven times in a day and they come and repent, forgive them".  Perhaps they felt what Jesus was telling them to do was more than they had faith for.  Have you ever felt that way?  I know I have!  Jesus' answer to their request was encouraging.  They thought they needed more faith.  Jesus told them they didn't need more faith.  Jesus told them they didn't need much faith at all.  He told them if they had faith as a grain of mustard seed.  That's not much faith at all.  A grain of mustard seed is not big at all.  In fact, Jesus said "It is the least of all the seeds sown in the earth" (Mark 4:31).  Jesus was telling His disciples if they would say to a sycamine tree, "Be plucked up by the root, and be planted in the sea; and it should obey you" (Luke 17:6).  Matthew recorded that Jesus said, "If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain.  Remove hence to yonder place: and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you" (Matthew 17:20),  When we think we need more faith, be encouraged.  Just use the faith you have and nothing shall be impossible to you!