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The Word of the Week            February 16, 2014
              Reflecting Holiness Releasing Fire through Revival Power in 2014
“Integrated into the Love Story of God” the Series
Jeremiah 8:18-22

This week continues our observance of Black History month.  We are reminded of the dark and treacherous times of our fore fathers as their families were taken from their homes and transported via the first recording of legalized mass “human trafficking” across the great seas.  During this displacement period, many longed for death as a way to be freed from the despicable treatment and environment that they were forced to endure by the hands of the ship mates.  Many Africans committed suicide thru self-starvation or throwing themselves overboard.  Others were forced to live in effort to retain the numbers of the men and women classified as cargo.  Having reached land, being relieved that the voyage was over, they were taken into another form of custody called slavery.  This is our history in association to this land named America, “land of the free”.  Our heritage began with beauty, fortitude and promise that had a forced integration of pain, demise and suppression..  The African American experience is similar to the fate of the Israelites when they were taken into a strange land via the captivity by the Babylonians.  They too suffered the loss home and family.  Their displacement also threatened the loss of their identity, but not the loss of their God.

Jeremiah prophesied the demise of the Israelites because of their disobedience to God.  There were those that listened to the prophet and were found spiritually prepared for the inevitable capture.  However, the inhabitants of Africa had no warning.  Some were captured due to being curious, while others may have been easy targets as they sought to be neighborly to strangers.  However they came to be captured, many of them found a since of freedom as they learned how to pray and trust in God.  They often sang songs of freedom, songs with the message of hope and songs with the encouragement of love as they held each other up to make it through yet another day. 

We came here as victims, being disenfranchised and traditionalized into a state of powerless.  We lost a lot; however, we gained plenty.  We are now recovering victims.  We are no longer powerless as long as we can share our testimonies with each other.  When we share, we can learn from the experiences of others, becoming wiser and stronger.  Yes, we still sing songs of trials, struggles and pain, but we also sing songs like “How I got over – my soul looks back and wonder how I got over.”  We lived the story of the victim in the past; we are now living the story of favor and grace as we have been integrated into the Love Story of God - And at the end of the day we will be an overcomer and “we shall recover all.”                                                                                


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The Word of the Week            December 1, 2013
“Prayer with an Attitude Adjustment”
The Series on Prayer

On last week, the topic was centered on “The Lord’s Prayer”.  This valuable prayer has a focus of acknowledgement of The Father in reference to His position, His ownership, His honor and His glory.  This prayer has a tone of personal surrender to God’s will.  You will also find a plea for His daily provisions as well as for His daily forgiveness. This prayer contains the petition for protection and continual guidance.  This is the “Lord’s Prayer” as He was instructing His people how to pray.  Today, many of us have taken this act of supplication to a whole different level in the absence of spiritual enhancement.  Excessive vocabularies, long phrases, repetitions, chants and catchphrases are commonly heard in our prayers today.  However, God intended for our prayers to be simple, direct and new each day as our thoughts, thanks, petitions and praise resonate from our soul.  A prayer heard can be uplifting to the next person; however, our central motive should be to reach the heart of God.

When we pray; what we say is more important than how we say it.  However; why we pray is more important than what we say when we pray.  Our concealed motive has a significant bearing on the authenticity factor of our prayer.  Three attitudes should be assumed when we pray and they are that of love, humility and faith. 

Love is the vehicle that carries our prayer to its final destination.  Prayer is initiated because of love.  Psalm 116: 1-2 states “I love the Lord…I will call on Him as long as I live.”  1John 4:19 states “We love because [God] first loved us.” Prayer is our way to communicate with the God we love and we must do this on a regular basis to further enhance our relationship with Him.
A position of humility is required as we make our approach to the presence of God.  God is eternal and has been present before the existence of time. We, on the other hand, were formed from the dirt of the earth that was created by God.  However, God has made it possible for us to commune with Him through the Holy Spirit.  So as we petition God, we need to remember who God is and from whence we came.  Humility is a necessary companion.
Faith is the fuel that gives power to our prayers and petitions to God.  No faith-No fuel. No faith-No power.  We can love God with all of our heart and be as humble as dirt, but if we have impaired faith, answers to prayers will be hindered.  Faith is not only the fuel but the foundation to prayer, as one would not even consider praying from the heart unless there was a hope [Faith] of the prayer being answered.

We should pray for deliverance, not primarily for personal comfort but for the salvation of others.  We are human and will always have desires that will accommodate our lives; but when we learn to adjust our prayer attitudes to seek God and His righteousness first, our personal requests will find a level of comfort in the back seat.


 

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The Word of the Week            November 3, 2013
“Prayer - an Indispensable Element”
The Series

Prayer is essential as this is a tool made available for man to establish a personal connection with God.  Praises are an outward display and an inner acknowledgement of our reverence for God as being the one and only true and Holy God. When praises are offered up with a sincere heart, doing so will usher us into a realm of worship which can only be entered when approach in spirit and truth.  Worship is not just a spiritual experience while in the presence of God, but should be a continuous pursuit that is achieved daily with an increase in the frequency, intensity and quality.  While this is extremely important to the follower of Christ, prayer is another indispensable element as we are in constant pursuit of holiness.  Matthew 17:14-21 explains that many things that we wish to see in our lives and in the lives of others will only be realized thru the course of Prayer and Fasting 101.  Just as communication with a significant other can improve one’s relationship, communication with God will allow us to be closer to Jesus and will make our lives much easier.  1Chronicle 16:11 stated that we should continuously seek the Lord and His strength. Proverbs 15:29 also states that God loves it when we pursue Him and His righteousness, where as He is far away from the wicked.

Prayer is a common activity for a believer.  You will not find a non-believer praying – what’s the point?  However, there are believers who choose not to pray until they find themselves in dire need.  Psalm 145: 18-19 is a word that acknowledges that God will not only hear our cry, but will save us.   However, we as believers should not have a prayer life that is conditioned by life circumstances, “men ought always to pray and not faint” as was written in Luke 18:1. Prayer is a viable component of our ministry as we not only pray for ourselves, but a good portion of our prayers should be to uplift, deliver and protect others.  We pray to save others as we also ask God to bless others.  When we fail to pray, the lives of others can be placed at risk.  There are believers who do not know what to pray for, but God has that covered as Jesus reviews the desires of our heart and provides assistance in getting our prayer requests through to Him; search Romans 8:26-28.  For those who have been at this for a while, we must not take life or God for granted.  We are encouraged to “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”, Philippians 4:6-7.
Just like our worship, our prayers to God should be in spirit and in truth. We should approach God without wrath and without doubt as was written in 1Timothy 2:8.  We are encouraged to lift up holy hands when we come before Him. Prayer is not a casual chit-chat, but requires a condition of surrender and an attitude of reverence.  God talks to us through His word, we talk to God through prayer.  “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, [in prayer] that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need,” Hebrews 4:16.

         
                      


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The Word of the Week            July 7, 2013


“My Destiny Comes with a Price to Pay”

Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 19:27-29, Mark 10:35-42, Luke 22:42-43
 

This lesson comes to admonish us to pay close attention to our aspirations in life and the plan of execution to accomplishing our goals.  We all start off in modes of being directed by others, but at some point, because our destinations differ, we will have to establish our own individual paths. As the disciples followed Jesus, their sights were set on power and glory while Jesus’ sight was on the mission as designed by His Father.  Many have the desire to be great, but lack the fortitude to sacrifice for the cause of greatness.  Jesus was and is great however the road to His final destiny was by the way of suffering to the cross.  What are we prepared to do to seal our destiny?
 
In the book of Isaiah 53: 3-8, Jesus’ destiny was foretold, many years before His birth.  When Jesus matured, He received clarity in regards to His mission which was to ultimately serve as a sacrifice for this dying world.  Peter indicated to Jesus that they had given up all to follow Him, and basically wanted to know when they would start to be great.  The disciples, being under Jesus’ direct teaching for 3 years, felt that their association with Christ would eventually lead to power, status and influence.  However, the point that was missed was that their mission was not to ultimately be served by others, but to be a servant for others.  Jesus indicated that greatness would eventually come as they will “sit upon 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel”, but not before they learn and adopt the spirit of service, suffering and sacrifice while here on earth.  This would be their cup.  This would be their destiny.
 
In the book of Mark; James and John inquired about their status as Jesus’ replied by asking them if they could drink from the “cup” that He must drink from?
This cup was Jesus’s destiny.  It was a bitter cup that would not be desired of anyone.  In the book of Luke; Jesus asked His father to consider removing the cup, however, in His next breath; His destiny was sealed with the following statement “nevertheless not my will but thine be done”.  Greatness is synonymous with the ability to serve with love.  And we can all be on our way to greatness when we learn to follow the mission and not solely the man.  However know this; the mission is in the cup.  Deny your cup…deny your destiny.

                                                                                 
                                   




                   
                                                                               

 

 

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      The Word of the Week           

March 10, 2013

 

“Commissioned to Speak the Word”

Matthew 8:5-10, 13

 

 

 

We have all been in positions desiring to be somewhere or to be with someone who required our assistance; however, our present circumstances or location did not allow us the opportunity.  Family members have suffered in our absence and friends had to settle for the comfort of others as our heart was willing but our physical state prevented us from being there.  This lesson comes to encourage us that even as we are not physically present to assist with the correction of many issues, we can always send our prayers ahead.  We as believers are to develop our faith to the point where it has the power to produce results. When we can’t be there, we must learn that we only need to speak the word.

 

 In Matthew, we read that Jesus was approached by a Centurion, possessing great authority. This was an upstanding high-ranking officer, with subordinates following his every command.  This man told Jesus of his servant who lay in his home sick with the palsy and requested if He would heal him.  Jesus responded by indicating that He would go to his home to do as he asked.  The commander then replied by saying that he was not worthy to have a person of such honor in his home.  In addition, he did not want Jesus to have appeared as if he was obeying a command. The centurion suggested that Jesus “would speak the word only” and his servant would be healed.  Jesus marveled over the faith of this Gentile which was more than he had seen amongst His own people.  Jesus told him to go his way and as he believed, it would be done.  The servant was healed the same hour.

 

 We, the redeemed, were commissioned by God. The blood of Jesus gave us the authority to move or send a word with His power. We can speak life into dead situations; we can speak the word to open eyes and ears to the truth.  Unfortunately, we will live beneath our potential when we fail to exercise our faith. God has many commissioned people in the fields and there are spiritual benefits when we honor those who labor among us.  However, we do not need a physical touch for a spiritual deliverance; we just need someone who has been commissioned to speak the word while we utilize our faith to receive it.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Word of the Week            February 17, 2013

“Preparing to Win”

Luke 4:1-13

Most of us will awake each morning with plans for the day. Many of us will plan and prepare for successful days as we know the alternative strategy could lead to disappointments.  Believers as well as unbelievers enjoy being winners; however, those who have experienced defeats and triumphs have also realized that preparation increases the odds for success.  Even when we win it is necessary to prepare again.  Trying circumstances does not diminish the need nor does it allow us a day off from preparation.  In actuality, trials come to sharpen our skills as we battle the enemy while the joy of the Lord (in the midst of it all) gives us the strength to put our skills to good use.

 

In the book of Luke, we read that Jesus, “being full of the Holy Ghost”, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.  Even though Jesus was fully prepared for the challenges that was encountered by the devil, His purpose for remaining in the wilderness for 40 days was to prepare for the ministry that was assigned to Him by His Father for the people.  Jesus prayed and fasted.  His body was weakened as it hungered and thirsted for natural nourishment. However, Jesus knew that because the Spirit led Him into the wilderness, His Father would be with Him.  Jesus remained focused on His mission and not on the devil’s many attempts to sway Him from the Master’s plan.  Jesus was not ignorant to Satan’s devices as He battled the devil with the Word of God.  At the end of the wilderness experience, Jesus was comforted as many of us have experienced; if God leads you in, there are benefits at the end.

 

Every believer in Christ will have to face battles; it is a part of our Christian’s walk.  Knowing this, we must be forever prepared and suited up properly with the “whole armor of God” as described in Ephesians 6:10-13. Many battles will be against our carnal side as we deal with temptations, with people whom we encounter daily and even against powers in high places.  Where ever the challenge arises, our victory against the enemy is dependent upon our level of preparation before the expected battles and especially those surprise attacks.  This is a mindset that has nothing to do with intellect.  Before we can be effective outwardly, we must first work inwardly. We must do “in reach” before outreach because souls are at stake.  We must Prepare to Win!                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

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The Word of the Week            February 10, 2013

“New Seeds of Revelation and Power”

Matthew 13:18-23

 

When we initially accepted Jesus as our personal Savior, we were the recipient of a seed that was planted by God.  This seed was placed in our lives for the purpose of growth to the point of bearing fruit.  The fruit is intended to attract the attention of others and as others partake of the fruit, they would also be endowed with the seed by God, purposed for spiritual reproduction.  As this cycle continues it grows the church aimed as of being a witness to the world. However, just like anything else with the potential of reproduction, spiritual fruit as well as any other manifestation of God does not occur automatically.  In order for seeds, naturally or spiritually, to germinate certain conditions must be met.  These conditions must be set by us.  The soil must be fertile; there must be a willing heart.  The soil and seed must receive proper nourishment through the word of God.  The weeds which hinder growth must continually be removed as we set ourselves outside of the regular fellowship with the enemy as well as the people in our lives that do not support our growth in God.  We must allow for the sun and we must not avoid the rain as both will aid growth.  We must also realize that all the ingredients needed for full potential is contained in the seed.

 

In Matthew, we read that Jesus told the parable about the sower and explained the trial of the seeds when they fall on lives (soil) of different conditions.  Seeds that are “fallen by the way side” are received by souls who lacked understanding.  The devil would quickly take these seeds away.  Some seeds will fall on “stony places”.  These seeds are taken subsequent to trials and tribulations before the seeds have a chance take root.  Some seeds fall “among the thorns”.  However, these seeds are taken by the enemy as the believer gets captivated with the cares and pursuits of this world.  “But he that receives the seed into good ground” is the one who understands the word and the process.  This believer has a willing heart that will allow for proper growth for the purpose of bearing much fruit. 

 

Today, we as believers were conditioned in the presence of God as fertile soil.  We have accepted the planted seed, nourished it daily with the Word of God. We have been exposed to the sun (Son of God) on a regular basis and we have also been watered with rains through the trials of life and ministry.  As the result of continuous growth, we will at some point be the bearer of fruit that will attract the attention of others for the purpose of drawing them to Christ.  God gives us revelations as to what we need to say to be effective; this ingredient was contained in the seed.  He gives us power to pursue a life of sanctification and to encourage others to do the same; this was an ingredient contained in the seed.  God gives us faith to endure because we look forward to the promise, regardless of how things appear and irrespective of the obstacles that must be challenged.  This too is subsequent to the seed.  Growth requires effort while reproduction requires even more.  We all have work to do as we sow into the lives of others.