Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TRUST in the Lord!

“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I!” (Psalm 61:2)

As we wrap up our legacy series this week, what better legacy or heritage to leave behind than that of a life style of trusting in the Lord! As David wrote this Psalm he was in desperate straights on the run, out in the wilderness, famished, scared, worried, confused, on the verge of a mental breakdown! Absolum had multiple plans in place to murder David and take over his kingship. David’s own son whom he loved dearly! He loved all of his sons, but had just gotten Absolum back in his life from being exiled over murdering his brother Annon.  He had been gone for over 3 years.

The scenario David found himself in was totally overwhelming! Here the entire army of Israel, as far away as Dan in the north and Beersheba in the south, an army as numerous as the sand on the seashore was after him. Absolum’s goal: neither David or any of his men should be left alive - Absolum himself leading the charge! BUT, David knew the Lord’s character, and that lead him to trust in God! David knew in his heart that God knew every detail of everything that he was going through and going on around him. David knows where to go and what to do. “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I!” As David prayed, God intervened immediately answering his prayer: And Hashai said unto Absolum, “The counsel that Ahithophel hath given is not good at this time.” (2 Sam. 17:7)

Absolum had two main advisors for his plan to kill and overtake his father’s kingship, Ahithophel, whose plan would have succeeded and Hashai who was advising Absolum undercover per David’s instruction. When the advice of Ahithophel and Hashai was given, the instant David prayed, God changed Absolum’s mind from moving forward with Ahithophel’s plan and acting on Hashai’s. The result of this was Absolum’s death and defeat and David’s return and establishment of his kingship. “And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah even the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the King, return those, and all thy servants.” (2 Sam. 19:14)

For the godly, every adversity in life is an occasion for growth in trust in God. They are not afraid of life but grow more and more confident in Him. Trust in the Lord is a form of wisdom that focuses on the Lord, the rejection of folly and evil, and the pursuit of the Lord’s way. The Lord rescues, cares for, and rewards His people who trust in Him! They are blessed as they long for God’s redemption. Trust in the Lord gives reason to rejoice and praise the Lord! “The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in Him; and all the upright in heart shall glory!” Psalm 64:10

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

We are Part of God’s Generation

Full Gospel Church is a body of believing Christians that are made up of many church denominations of various age groups, gifts, talents, and professions. We are united by our love for God and a strong desire to see God’s work accomplished in each ones lives that will promote better lives, stronger families, and a better nation. 

We have a stream of generations whom love God deeply, from children, parents, and grandparents that are called to be united together in spirit to serve one another. We are blessed to have these connections with the young and old in the church body. Today - Grandparents Sunday, we celebrate our precious older saints. We speak blessing and strength to the older generation. We pray for you to remain strong, vibrant, and healthy. May you walk with courage and vision to see with the eyes of faith. May you behold God and those around you with the love of God. You are ministers of life and healing in the name of Jesus to your family and friends. 

Psalm 37:25,26 “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.” You have sown, and others have reaped from you. Take joy in what God has promised through all of your efforts. You are still bringing forth fruit! “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing: to show that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” Psalm 92:14,15 

Each generation has fruit ripe for picking. We must approach each one prayerfully with respect, appreciation, love, and understanding and keep the welcome door open into each generations lives. There is never any need to be disconnected or disinterested in the lives of each generation group. GOD IS A GENERATIONAL GOD! All of us are a part of God’s generation. A great part of our existence as a church is that of being inclusive. We are not a perfect church. Our perfection is in God’s righteousness. Through the gift of daily forgiveness with Christ and one another, we can walk in His perfection. God’s just not finished with us yet! 

Our prayer is for God to unite His people together from all backgrounds, denominations, and of all ages to become one in Christ. There is no other commandment greater than to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind . . And to love our neighbor as our self. We are God’s generation!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

From Rejection to Acceptance!

Let me express my thoughts concerning what I believe affects untold numbers of people throughout our nation as well as within the church. Far too many people battle with the problem of rejection in their lives.

Rejection, simply defined, is a sense of being unwanted, or the sense that although you want people to love you, it seems that no one does. It’s feeling excluded—that somehow you’re always on the outside looking in.

Rejection, or the feeling of rejection is a wound that is very hard to bear. Proverbs 18:14 “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but a wounded (broken) spirit who can bear?”

Another scripture in Proverbs says “The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds going down into the innermost parts of the belly.” I know the Bible is right in this. There is a vulnerable and tender area deep down inside of us where some things penetrate, and one of those things is the words of a talebearer. We can put up with a wounded body, but a wounded spirit is an unbearable affliction.

Rejection, very frequently, is a wound that affects a deep area within our spirit. The reactions to rejection are numerous: Loneliness is one that leads to being miserable — being miserable can lead to self-pity and moodiness, which can lead to depression. Despair and hopelessness often result from continued depression. Often thoughts of finality and death will eventually set in.

ACCEPTANCE!

Now, what’s the opposite of rejection? It is acceptance! It begins with God accepting you as His own beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)

There is no doubt that God’s own Son experienced the deepest pangs of rejection, even being rejected by His Father, the ultimate rejection that led Him to die on the cross literally from a broken heart. But, Jesus’ rejection led to our acceptance. When Christ died on the cross, He bore all our rejections, all the agony and heartache we bear. An exchange has taken place; we are now accepted because of His rejection! We are “accepted in the beloved.”

Release from rejection takes place when you ask God’s forgiveness from all wrong attitudes, sin, bitterness and unforgiveness. Offer unto God all of your bitterness, hatred, resentment, and rebellion and begin to thank God that you are accepted in Christ. You now belong to His family, the best family in the universe.

Now that you have repented of your sins, allow yourself through God’s grace, to forgive every other person, as you would have God forgive you. Forgive all those who have rejected and hurt you and who failed to show you love. Now accept yourself in Christ just the way He made you. You are His workmanship. Not a reject. Not a second-class citizen. You are a child of God! Heaven’s your home! There’s royal blood in your veins! You belong to the best family on earth. God’s family!