Let’s take the leap of faith!

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Jan 292018
 

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

We’ve all heard the word “nesting.”
But have we ever taken a close look at true nesting in action?

When a mother eagle starts building her nest, she begins using items we wouldn’t at all expect for such a job-
– sharp thorns, broken branches, rocks.

Later, she places on top of it a layer of wool, feathers, and fur from animals she has killed, making it soft and comfortable for her eggs.

Her eggs eventually hatch and her little ones grow to flying age.
As with any creature, growing up is never an easy thing.

That’s precisely when mom begins “stirring up the nest.”
With her strong talons, she begins pulling up the thick carpet of fur and feathers, bringing the sharp rocks and branches to the surface.

As more of the bedding gets plucked up-
– the nest becomes more uncomfortable for the young eagles.

Eventually, this and other urgings prompt the little eagles to leave their once-comfortable abode-
– and move on to bigger and better things like learning to fly
– and eventually making homes and families for themselves.

Some of us may have gotten a little too comfortable in our nests.
We’ve had all the warmth, comfort and free meals we could want but all good things come to better things, with the Lord!

It’s time we learned to fly!

Let’s not be bitter at the Lord-
– for plucking up our comfortable nests.

He wants us to be all that we can be!

He wants us to accomplish all the things He has for us-
– to reach our fullest potential
– to experience the amazing sensation of flying,
– even soaring, high above our problems and issues and whatever other distractions hold us back from growing up in Him.

Let’s take the leap of faith!
There’s so much work to be done!

(PA)

Oct 232017
 

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” For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17).

There is explosive power in the message of the gospel-
– because Paul says, “It it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

The word “power” that Paul used in this verse originates from the Greek word, dunamis.

It is the same word Jesus used in Acts 1:8:
” ‘ But you will receive power (dunamis) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses ‘” (Act 1:8).

The English words “dynamic,” “dynamo,” and “dynamite” also have been translated from this word, dunamis.

Paul was saying that the very message of the gospel is the dynamite of God.
It is the dynamic of God.
It is explosive evangel!

We often underestimate-
– the raw power of the gospel in reaching even the most hardened heart.

We think we need to add to it, gloss it over, or even complicate it.

But there is distinct power in the simple message of the life, words, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Don’t underestimate its appeal.
Don’t be ashamed of its simplicity.
Don’t add to it or take away from it.

Just proclaim it.
And then stand back and watch what God will do.

As Paul said, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

The gospel is a simple message, one that we in the church have heard time and time again.

But we should never underestimate its power.

(PA)

Aug 032017
 

“Then they were all amazed, so they began to argue with one another, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” Mark 1:27.

The uniformed guards snapped to attention.

As the senior officer barked commands, they completed their drill.

The officer didn’t beg or plead for cooperation.
He didn’t say, “Please.”

He gave orders with total confidence in his authority and the men’s obedience.

The synagogue crowd in Capernaum was familiar with authority figures.
Roman officials ruled Galilee, and Jewish scribes taught God’s laws.

However, the crowd was astonished when they saw the scope of Jesus’ authority.

As Jesus taught the Scriptures, a demon-possessed man cried out.

Christ spoke only a few words:
“Hold thy peace, and come out of him.”
The demon fled screaming.

Christ’s words carry power because He speaks with God’s full authority.
If Christ rules over demonic spirits, then no problem is outside His reach.

Where would you like to see His authority demonstrated in your life today?

(PA)

Jul 132017
 

The Lord wants our undivided attention!

He will shake our world–both literally and figuratively–in order to get it.

The Old Testament records that to capture mankind’s interest-
God moved heaven and earth.
Mt. Sinai quaked before Moses received the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19:18-19).
God also told Judah He would rattle the world (figuratively) by overthrowing kingdoms, armies, and nations (Haggai 2:20-22).

God shook things up in New Testament times as well.
At the crucifixion, an earthquake signaled destruction of the old way of life and establishment of a new covenant (Matthew 27:51).
Shortly afterward, a group of believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, and the ground trembled again (Acts 4:31).

But geological and societal turmoil aren’t simply tactics of the past.
God still shakes the world today.
Every nation on earth “trembles” with concerns about the environment, health, famine, and its economy.
And current issues are but a fraction of the disasters and epidemics that will take place during the Tribulation.
At that time, judgments of all kinds will be unleashed on the earth in order to get people’s attention.

The Lord is sending the world a message:
Mankind is not in control.
Because He loves us, our Father will remove anything we’ve trusted instead of Him-
– until we ultimately seek security only in our unshakable God.

Does the Lord have your attention?

Don’t wait for Him to take drastic measures.

Let us give Him our undivided attention each day.

(PA)

Jun 132017
 

“Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9-10)

Once you make up your mind to keep the commands of Jesus,

– and begin to allow the Word to dwell in you richly-

– the Name of Jesus will become far more powerful to you.

It will become more than just a word.

It will become a force that will cause every circumstance and every demon that tries to stand in your way to bow its knee to your command.

The Name of Jesus works!

There is far greater power in it than any of us have yet realized.

Your faith should be set on the authority of the Name of Jesus that-

– when you just say, “In the Name of Jesus” and the power of God will come on the scene.

The Name of Jesus–just the Name alone–

– is effective when spoken by a Word-abiding believer.

Revelation 19:13 says the Name of Jesus is the Word of God!

So, when the devil is trying to bring any trouble or any garbage into my life-

– I don’t have to quote every scripture I know to stop him.

I can just point my finger at him and say, “Jesus!”

That’s like throwing the whole Word of God in his face at one time!

Discover for yourself what the highly exalted Name can do.

Begin to speak it with confidence and authority.

There is power in the Name of Jesus!

(PA)