Resist him by G. Mosko

Doubt, temptation, sin, sickness, disease, anxiety, you name it. They all have a couple of things in common. An important thing in common you need to be aware of and constantly on guard is that they are not good from God. Rather, God works day and night to help you in learning how to work at taking it all away. They bury their being inside of your soul, building a negative spirit inside of you, gradually increasing in power to make you stray off the path of faith, righteousness, and good. These all come from one source, you probably guessed it since it’s not from God. Rather, from the enemy.  

I was (still am) guilty of all of these. I mean, everyone is at some point, right? People would tell me how to avoid it all and I would try to apply those principles to my life. I would cave in to pressure at every possible exit I could think of. Nervousness, yes could be. Laziness, maybe so. I would imagine myself living freely and pain-free and never would achieve what I wanted. I am still struggling but everyone who is learning is as well.  These two very specific words came into my head one Sunday morning which was, RESIST HIM!  

Him as in Satan and resist as in command him to leave your body! When sickness, doubt, and temptation come to you go ahead and face the devil boldly, commanding him to leave! He has no business to stay inside of you except big plans to steal, kill, and destroy. Why would you want something like that? I know I wouldn’t! Be bold! Be proud that he can’t come towards you with any of that stuff! It’s something that takes effort and time but is worth it and produces great results. So, don’t be afraid. GO AHEAD, RESIST HIM!

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Thanksgiving by G. Mosko

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Thanksgiving. You probably think of a big dinner and family running around the table. Loud talk on how the turkey was caught and killed and how you were this close to getting the big one. Yes, I would agree it's a busy time to get everything together. Everyone hustles around to get the big table set. Everyone needs to catch the special game on the television.  

There is always one very important thing everyone forgets to do at that moment. In the midst of all that chattiness you always or almost forget to give thanks to God for everything in your life and everyone. Thanksgiving is a time to give the ultimate thanks. It’s literally in the name, thanks for giving. Giving thanks shows others and God that you are thankful and blessed to have whatever you have received. 

 It’s like a testimony for a holiday. It’s a good thing to give thanks to the Lord even if you feel you are too busy to bring recognition that you enjoy what God has given you. It’s good to give thanks to him even if it isn’t Thanksgiving. Praise him morning and night, don’t stop. 

[Psalms 92:1-2] 

It is good to praise the Lord 

and make music to your name, O Most High, 

proclaiming your love in the morning 

and your faithfulness at night. 

 

 What will you give thanks for?


Expecting-part 2 by G. Mosko

(1. Expect For The Unsaved To Be Saved): Many people come to church for the first, second, or even hundredth time. Most of these people aren’t even saved. They know Jesus but never accepted Him to be in their lives. Be expecting that Gods spirit will move in their lives so mightily that they can’t refuse to not invite Him in. 


(2. Expect A Provision Of Signs And Wonders): Understanding God more is very important. It helps us learn about His ways and His choices for us. People experiencing these signs and miracles helps to open up their eyes and mind to see Gods will and His marvelous ways. Expect God to move His power over the church by a provision of signs and wonders for others to experience the Holy Spirit.


(3. Expect For Abundant Workers): From teachers, to even the pastor! They are all workers in some way. The teachers and pastors both need the wisdom and courage to fight through the day and instruct people about the good works of Jesus. Abundant resources to teach and prosper. Be expecting that God will move over the church and fill up those empty numbers to provide what those instructors need.


(4. Expect For Continued Utterances Of The Holy Spirit): Speaking in tongues is the evidence of the mighty power of God. Repeating it over and over again helps you to develop that connection with Him. Expect that God will move in the church widespread over everyone’s lives to help them speak over and over again.


(5. Expect Guidance From The Holy Spirit): We are all growing as we learn about Jesus and the promises, miracles, and wonders He has chosen to give us. Sometimes we tend to drift off the path and lose focus of what our purpose is on earth. Sometimes we get stuck and simply stay in one position. Sometimes when we think we are doing the right thing we are doing the wrong thing. I know it happens to me, and I know it happens to you too. It happens to all of us. Expect that God will move over the church and fill everyone with the guidance they need to succeed.

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Expecting by G. Mosko

The Bible offers you many promises that God has chosen to give to you. These can range from promises of healing to even promises of forgiveness. You knew of these promises He gave you for a long time and you want them in your life. Just one question for you. Are you expecting those things to occur in your life? As an individual, you need to expect whatever it is you want to receive from God. You should be expecting in order to receive God's mighty power on your behalf. Without expecting, you are not acknowledging that God can do such things.  Believing can be connected with expecting in a way if you think about it. You believe for something and believe you receive it. When you believe for something you EXPECT it to happen. If you don’t expect something then you will not be able to receive? You will be lacking in your life and you won’t receive anything. Expect to receive God’s love in your life. Expect to receive that anointing He has promised you. Expect to receive the healing He has promised. HIS word has promised you all that and more! All you have to do is expect that it will happen.  

So, my questions for you today are these. Are you expecting? What are you expecting?

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Take that Joy by G. Mosko

The devil will claw at your door leaving you empty and helpless. You feel depressed and lonely. You tried to push him out but for some reason, he keeps coming back to you. Well, then what do you do? It’s really simple. Just laugh right in his face and command him to leave. Have the joy that you can't retreat from and that the devil will retreat from. Having that mindset of happiness is vitally important. It shows that you are taking a stand against evil. Laughing is the medicine for the calamity in your life. You show that you are not afraid by it. It will leave you because you told it to. It shows that you want to receive what you believe. It shows that others can be happy in their life, teaches them that they can live pain-free as well. It shows the devil that you don’t care about his work. Take the joy that is set for your life and push him out! Don’t neglect the fact that it's there for you! You were given it to use it! Use what God has given you. Your choice is fairly simple for you to make today. Will you take a stand for joy and laugh at Satan? Or will you take it and have nothing to do with it?

Your Light Has Come

[ISAIAH 60:1-2]  
  
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,  
   and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  
 See, darkness covers the earth  
   and thick darkness is over the peoples,  
but the Lord rises upon you  
   and his glory appears over you.  
  
God decided to shine His glory over all His people so they can experience what we get to experience today.  The time His light comes upon you is when there is a type of darkness in your life. It could be an issue with health, a need, and also when you are facing a dilemma of choosing.  He will pick those problems up and lead you to the right path.  You may not always get the answer right away but they build up quickly over time if you will allow it.  


The light gets built up in you the minute He hands it over. You get to have that assuring sign that everything is going to be okay. Next time you have trouble trying to figure out the next move remember this. Your light has come to help you. Your light has come to guide you to distinguish between right and wrong. It's with you to help choose the correct path that needs to be chosen in your life. It's to help lift you up when you are down. It's there to constantly push you through the troubled times no matter what and help push you to the direction of success.  Jesus is your light! Will you allow Jesus to shine His light in your life and have success? Or will you follow the devil and fail?

Believe You Receive by G. Mosko

We all want things. We all need things. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try at getting those things, we simply don’t receive them. This is due to an important action everyone is guilty of failing to do in his or her spiritual life. That is believing. 

 [Mark 11:22]  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. 

 As the verse says, when you ask for things in prayer you have to believe! Believe that you have it and you will get it! It’s something that takes time to do consistently but isn’t impossible to do. If you don’t go after what you want you’ll never have it. You are just being lazy and stubborn, not putting your belief to use.

.After all, Jesus did die on the cross so you don’t believe that you will receive what you want? Then it will never happen. It will never happen unless you believe it will. It can’t be your pastor believing it for you instead of yourself. 

It can’t be your family believing it for you. You must fully take your part in believing it in order to receive what you want or need. The best outcome of this will help you in teaching others about the same thing, can you believe that!? Will you take part in believing to receive what you want? Or will you back down and forget about it?

Ministry of Helps by G. Mosko

You have probably had this desiring feeling to help out in your church but weren't sure if you were supposed to. You want to do your best to serve the Lord but feel like you’re not able to carry out such a task.  Or perhaps you feel as if you don't have the ability to do that job. Just because you don't have a specific gifting doesn't mean you don't have a position in the church waiting for you in your life. There is a spot for everyone to serve the Lord because we are part of the body of Christ. 

[1 Corinthians 12:28] "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it"

Not some. Each one. As in everybody! Not just the singers, musicians, teachers, and pastors who are in the ministry. You as an individual help yourself by learning new things to shape your spiritual life.  This gives you the opportunity to give others that information that you have learned just so they could in return do the same to others, building the body of Christ bigger and bigger. If you have a feeling you are called to act on something bigger, the only verifiable way to find the answer is to seek God and wait for the answer. Once you know what that job is go out and act on it!

Everyone, regardless of who they are, is used in some way to build the ministry. Helping shape and build the body of Christ to the correct standards. What are you doing to build up the body of Christ in the ministry of helps?

I Am An Overcomer by G. Mosko

You may feel as if you are finished. You want to give up. That is not the way to go! Don't have that mindset of giving up on everything. It doesn't make you happy. In the bible, there are multiple scripture references that remind us that we are all, young and old, overcomers of the enemy. We sometimes fail to remember that a lot of people don't realize what this means. This is why sickness and disease come to take over because they don't know. This surprisingly happens to born-again believers in Christ as well. Yes, as in you, me, and everyone else as well! We usually choose to do what we want to do rather than what we are actually supposed to be doing. 1 John 16:33 says,  "These things have I spoken unto you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" . You will experience things you won't want to go through in life, but you have to remember, that those things are just from this world. Jesus is telling us to be happy through whatever happens because he has overcome the world. Old things will pass away and in will come the new things. Things will get better through time if you ask him with happiness in your hearts. Don't come complaining or worrying about what will happen next. He has taken care of your needs before you even had spoken a word. It does seem hard and to some people, impossible. That is totally normal and you will eventually get through it! The enemy will come at you with all he has got. That's when you come into place. If you, at any point don't believe you can do it, just remember, you can overcome anything because God's word says so, and you can believe God's word because you know it's true! Don't stop believing today. Don't stop believing tomorrow. Don't ever stop believing. Most importantly don't forget, WE ARE OVERCOMERS!

All Things Are Possible

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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. 

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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! 

Overcoming?

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!