Friday, February 28, 2014

Only God Can Do It

"And Jesus looking upon them saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible." Mark 10:27

Do you believe God can do anything? Wait...before you answer the question, think. Do you really believe God can do anything? Those of us who are living in the 21st century are having more visible manifestations than any other century. The divorce rate is higher. Mental illness is increasing; frustrations and anxieties are causing men to act in such non- traditional ways until not only are their jobs being terminated but their lives are coming to a destructive end. Let us analyze what the problem is. 

We're blessed to have more doctors than ever before, and yet there is more illness. We have more theologians but more sinners than ever. Notice if you will, that these indicate a surplus of men and often times a surplus of the wills of men. Can our problem then be too many men and not enough God?

More and more, man's trust is being placed in other men. He [man] is becoming top heavy and unable to stand up under the weight of the trust and confidence placed in him and on him by others. Consequently, he is falling and failing because of the human load. Man has looked to man to be a miracle worker and a problem solver. And yet he is often persecuted by man because they only have the nature in them to be men. Thus, men are contingent beings, dependent upon another source for life, for help, and for strength.

The problems that we have given to man to solve have been impossible problems for him to handle. He has become frustrated with himself and others because of his unsuccessful attempt to find a solution to [all] these problems. Jesus indicates to us that "...with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." 

Oh, that we can learn to go to God with our problems, and look to Him to solve them. God can do it!

- Bishop Norman L. Wagner

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Stay in the race

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
 2 Timothy 3:14

As always, I want to begin by giving God all of the glory and honor that is due Him and thank Him for allowing us all to share in the day that He has made.

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalms 118:24

I thank God for His word and for the power of His word that is received through the study, the preached and taught word.  I want to emphasis the word that went forth in a bible study that I attended regarding the end times.  Sometimes, the word just stays with you when you walk away edified.  That's how I felt after this particular bible study and so I want to share these passages of scripture with you.  Jesus explains to his disciples the godlessness that will occur in these last days:     

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,  boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 

We, the body of Christ, are warned to have nothing to do with them, to continue in God’s word and be aware unless we also, be led away with the error of the wicked, or fall from our own steadfastness.   But, instead, we are to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Today, amidst all of the wickedness, corruption and evilness occurring in the world, knowing that we are indeed living in the last days and perilous times are upon us, we pray for God’s strength, His love, and His protection to lead us, guide us and keep us.

Dear heavenly Father, we come to You on this morning, grateful for every single thing that You have done for us.   We thank You heavenly Father for Your peace, love and patience that You've bestowed upon us.  You've kept us Lord for such a time as this.  You've given us the gift of Your precious Holy Spirit to keep us in all of Your ways.  We thank You Lord for Your word; for Your living word that sustains us, that gives us knowledge of You that sets our path in the right direction.  Lord we thank You for being a right now God for hearing our call and knowing that You will answer. 

Dear God, we thank You for great and everlasting faithfulness!  We thank You for Your goodness and for Your mercy.  We know that when we walk in obedience according to Your word that You will supply every need we have according to Your riches in glory. 

We thank You for the life You've given us, for our health and for our strength.  We thank You Lord for being in our right mind; not only mentally, but most of all, having a mind to serve You. 

We thank You heavenly Father for Your wings of comfort and protection. You tell us in Your word to be careful for nothing; but in everything we do, by prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving, we are to let our requests be made known to You. We thank You because we know You hear our prayers and our supplications and that You will answer us in Your time and in accordance to Your will. We thank You Lord, for we know that if we seek Your kingdom first and Your righteousness, that You will see about us; that you will take care of us just as you do the lilies of the fields.

We thank You God for Jesus who You sent here to save us and wash our sins away.  Through His blood, is the power to endure every bad and evil thing that comes against us.  It is through Jesus that we have the power to run this race; knowing that in the end, You, Heavenly Father, will avenge every wrong in our life.

We thank You Lord because we have someone in You to call on, when we’re in need, You’re the first one we’re to call on and You come down and see about us.  Lord, we thank You even for the angels that You've given charge over us, to protect us in our coming in and our going out.  Heavenly Father, we pray that You Increase our faith dear God to realize that it is You and only You that make us victorious; all for Your glory and so we want to be glory carriers, we want our lives to shine; we want to be that beacon on a hill that others see so that they find their way to You. 

Lord we ask, in the precious name of Jesus, that You mend broken hearts, that You bring comfort and peace to those that have lost loved ones, Lord to those that are sick and ailing in their body and in their mind, we pray that Your healing virtue flow, Lord bring deliverance to those that are lost and feel all alone.  We know that You are able to do all of these things and so much more.

Help us Lord, in these last days, to stand for You, to take a position and make that position known; that You are the one true living God, the only wise God; the wonder-working God of miracles; the one that never fails, the author and finisher of our faith.  Help us Lord to be bold soldiers for You; instruments that You can use for Your will – that Your glory may be manifest.  Help us Lord to get and keep Your word in our heart; Lord, to meditate on it day and night.  It’s in Your word that we learn how to combat the enemy, that we learn how to dress for spiritual warfare so that if by chance we become faint, we can still stand on Your word. 

We need You Lord in our life to purge us of everything that is not like You so that we can live the life that You have purposed for us.  We need You Lord to search our hearts and our minds and remove everything that is not like You.

Lord, help us to be strong and of good courage knowing that You will never leave us nor forsake us.  You’ll be with us, You will lead us and guide us in the direction that we’re to take.

Lord, help us to keep our hope in You and know that You are our solid rock, our fortress, our refuge.  In Your word, You tell us that:

 he that abides under the shadow of the most high shall dwell in the secret place of the almighty (Psalms 91:1) 

– we thank You Lord for being our refuge – for giving us a secret place that we can go to.  We thank You Lord for being our strength.  Help us Lord to realize that You are the joy of our strength and the strength of our Life, the center of our Joy, our Johovah Nissi- we are victorious in You.  We trust in You, we believe in You, we know that Your word is true! 

Your word says that we can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens us.  Help us to lean on You and not our own understanding; to acknowledge You in all of our ways so that You will direct our path.  Even in our suffering, help us to endure and trust in You.  You said that even as Jesus suffered for us, we should arm ourselves likewise to suffer and when we do suffer, to suffer as good soldiers in obedience to Your word; not growing faint because we know that in due season that if we faint not, we will reap of Your goodness.  Lord we thank You for that.  Help us dear Lord to throw off everything that hinders us and break every yoke of sin and bondage that so easily entangles us.  Help us to run this race with perseverance.  Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith.  We want to hear You say, ‘well done, my good and faithful servant, enter into my rest’.; a place where there is peace and joy forever more.   Help us not to grow weary in our good works, to have patience and wait on You for all things.

Lord keep us with a mind to be faithful to You and Your word.  Build us up in love and unity toward You and our fellow brothers and sisters.

Lord, in this perverse world, instill in us a spirit of ‘Yes’!  Yes to Your will, yes to Your word, yes to Your way; help us to obey You Lord.   You said in Your word Lord to seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness first.  Lord it’s my daily prayer that we not only seek You first, Lord, but that we put You first; that we make You the head of our life.  You are the potter Lord and we are the clay. Mold us and make us according to the purpose that You've designed for us. Help us to get our priorities straight. Help us to put You first in our Life.  You said that we are to have nothing and no one else before You.  You said if we do as You have instructed; that if we follow Your word, You’ll bless us, prosperous us and we’ll be successful.  Get us to that place Lord, help us to get it in our mind, our heart and our soul  where it doesn't matter what it looks like or what it feels like, we’ll still  give You a yes, we will still lift Your name up, we will still praise Your name, we will still worship, acknowledge and obey You.  We know that we have a great work to be done in Your name and we need You every step of the way Lord.   We want to be about our heavenly father’s business.  A made up mind Lord, a made up mind is what we need.  Get us there Lord!

Help us Lord, as we’re moving forward this season to be all that You are requiring us to be.  Help those Lord who have given up hope, Lord, who are struggling, those who are discouraged.  Lord we know that You are a sustainer, a keeper, a mind regulator, a comforter, a bringer of peace.  We know that You are a supplier of our every need.  Lord You said to ask and we’ll receive, seek and we will find, knock and the door would be opened.  Lord we come before you now asking for Your divine intervention of everyone that is seeking something from You today!

We know that You are able and that the battle is not over until You say it is over.  And so Lord I pray for continued and increased faith, strength and peace for all that are seeking you this day.  We come before You Lord this day in supplication and prayer, seeking Your will for us that we may obey You in all things; that we do all things according to Your purpose.

And now, Lord we pray that even as You be within us that You be with us, that You lead us and guide us, give us wisdom and knowledge to speak and act according to Your will; that we may be laborers in Your field; that Your manifested glory be revealed through us dear God. 

We ask all these things and we thank You for all things; in Jesus wonderful name we pray, amen.

The final scripture that I’d like to leave with you to meditate on:

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto You; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest , as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also , being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  2 Peter 3:14-18
Be encouraged to keep climbing; pressing toward the high mark!

God bless and have a wonderful glory-filled day today!

Elder Candy


Thursday, February 13, 2014

More Anointing, Less Theatrics

And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.  And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw . . .  (2 Kings 6:17)

Spiritual awareness is so necessary today.  We have to be able, like the sons of Issachar to discern the times so that we may act accordingly.  

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do. . .  (I Chronicles 12:32)

How is it that the very body of Christ has become so 

®    lackadaisical
®    shallow with no substance, 
®    stiff-necked, 
®    entitled with no effort, 
®    compassionless; 
®    blind to the plight of souls?  

This is comparable to the spirit of the children of Israel each and every time they forgot their God.

Furthermore the LORD spake unto me, saying , I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:  (Deuteronmony 9:13)

It is a sad situation that we are in today; the body of Christ is nearly catatonic.  We are so busy living in an ‘it’s all about me’ world that we’ve forgotten our purpose which is to be a witness for God.  For all we do should be done for God’s glory.  I’m reminded of the children of Israel’s exodus.  A shadow of the body of Christ which was to come; they were to set the example – tone, in which the world at that time would come to know without a doubt that there is only one true living God!  That purpose has not changed!  The body of Christ today, which was established on the day of Pentecost, has the same mission or purpose today!  We are to evangelize the world.  It is in the word of God: 

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo , I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  (Matthew 28:18-20)

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
(Mark 16:15)

It is written in the word of God that we are to lift the name of Jesus everywhere we go; that only one is worthy to receive honor and glory:

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelations 4:11)

So then how have we gotten it confused in that we think it is all about us, that our accomplishments are by our might and it’s alright to promote ourselves instead of God?  The power is found in the name of Jesus.  His word tells us that:

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  (Romans 14:11)

Instead of allowing the love of God to abound in our hearts and be shed abroad in the world,

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  (Romans 5:5)

we have allowed pride to creep into the church [the body of Christ] and into the hearts of men. without even considering that the word of God tells us that He resists the proud and gives more grace to the humble:

. . . for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.   (1 Peter 5:5) 

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
(James 4:5-7)

God is resisting the spirit of Pride. The body of Christ has become an extremely prideful church; much more so than ever before. Anytime we look more at our material possessions; be it our church, our homes, our cars, clothes, position, money, titles, spouse, etc. and we perceive it as our right or it is through our might and power that we've accumulated these things and these things become our motivation for doing the will of God, we are no longer operating in the spirit and will of God. Have we forgotten what the word tells us?

Then He answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)

It appears to many that the anointing is no longer determined by us being delivered and set free but 

®    by our boasting of numbers and by crowds. 
®    We have become shallow without substance; celebrities and not servants. 
®    We are not producing disciples but followers of men who are enticed by prosperity plans and blessings 
         ®    without ever touching the spirit of God to produce change in our lives, 
         ®    without ever acknowledging the power of the name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit resident within us and 
         ®     without any emphasis placed on the importance of eternal salvation versus the temporal comforts of this world and the second death of eternal damnation.  

There are many, many accounts of Jesus healing but always with the emphasis of healing not only the physical aspect, but the spiritual aspect as well.  He emphasized the body and the soul. 

We need the spirit of God back in the church. We need the anointing of God and not the theatrics of man. We need the spirit of God and not a prosperity plan when there are souls at stake needing salvation above all else.   Even in healing, what is the point in the healing of the body when the soul is bound to hell?    How many times did Jesus said 'be healed and sin no more?'  

The young servant of Elisha had no spiritual discernment.   Elisha prayed that this young servant’s eyes be opened so that he could see the victory that was evident to Elisha.  Today our prayer should be that God open our spiritual eyes; that He give us spiritual discernment to be able to see the signs of the time so that we may act accordingly.  Instead of praying things like Lord, I need a blessing today, and Lord give me what I want, our prayer should be more along the lines of Lord, help me to be a blessing today, Lord help me to do your will.

The world has turned into a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah and yet the church [body of Christ] sleeps on as if there is not to be any recompense.  We are rejoicing in material things instead of souls being won for Christ.  Don’t you hear the spirit saying make a change?  If I were you, I’d make a change. 

Wake up church and let’s start affecting people by the:

    Ö      power of our testimony,   
     Ö      by preaching the unadulterated word of God in our churches,  
     Ö      by living lives that are pleasing to God (not man),   
     Ö      by shedding love abroad and by loving; not competing, hating, and criticizing our brothers and sisters in Christ,
     Ö      by evangelizing to the world and not just our circle of friends and those that have already found Christ - look for lost souls!

God requires unity in the body so let us all be of one accord and be about our Heavenly Father’s business:

Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, 
and cometh down from the Father of lights, 
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, 
that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, 
slow to speak, slow to wrath:
For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:16-22

(Biblical Studies)



Monday, February 10, 2014

Not Your Power Nor Your Might

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

It is of a truth that in order to be wholly pleasing unto God, you have to know and apply what God says in His word. It is not enough to read only the New Testament without incorporating God's thoughts from the Old Testament. Apostle Paul understood this as he warned the church at Corinth to refresh themselves in the knowledge of the history of the children of Israel; how they were stiff-necked and disobedient time and time again; encouraging them not to make the same mistakes.

Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
 I Corinthians 10:11-12 

In reading the old testament, we read how God delivered, healed, chaistised and blessed His people. We should take these same accounts into consideration as we build our faith and our relationship in God.  God wants our entire trust, obedience and reliance in Him.  We cannot have one foot in and one foot out.  

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Revelations 3:16 

We can't run to God for help and assistance while we willing serve the enemy.  During a time when the children of Isreal had forsaken God in favor of other gods, in their time of distress when that cried unto Him, this is what He told them:

Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.
Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
  Judges 10:13-14 

Everything that we do, everything that we hope to do, everything that we hope to become; particularly for God, should be done with the glory of God being revealed. The original intent of God towards the people that He chose was that His glory would be revealed to the world through them. Through obedience to his will, they were to be above all other nations: 

And to make thee high above all nations which He hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as He hath spoken.  Deuteronomy 29:19

If you desire to be prosperous and successful in God, you will find that He gives specific instructions on how to be prosperous in Him. God is not a respector of person . . .

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said , Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:   Acts 10:34

For there is no respect of persons with God. Romans 2:11

The details God gave to Joshua, we can apply it to our lives as well.

Our reliance is not in God when we think that we have a handle on what God has called us to do as if we are working in our might and not God when God expressly  says in His word:

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.   Zechariah 4:6

Are we really operating under the auspices of God or have we developed our own purpose in God?  I am reminded of the account of Joshua during his first battle in the wilderness.  The children of Israel had just barely made it out of Egypt.  They had made it as far as Rephidim where they decided to camp.  No doubt they had not had time to form an organized defense unit and yet here comes the Amalekites to blindside them through an attack.  Can you imagine, they were tired and I’m sure still somewhat disturbed and discombobulated; having done something they had never done before. 

Moses tells Joshua to pick some men and go fight the Amalekites.  This is the first mention of Joshua working under the direction of Moses.   Moses does not go with him; he stays behind.  He tells Joshua that he will stay behind with his rod in his hand.  Joshua selects men and they go out and fight the Amalekites the next day.  Joshua wins the battle!  What a wonderful feeling; their first battle in the wilderness and they won!  How do you think Joshua felt?  Over-joyous I am sure.  There is no indication that Joshua had ever fought in any battle before.   So to win his very first battle had to be a good feeling for him.  

At the time did Joshua give God the credit?  I wonder when you read the complete account.  Yes, Joshua was witness to the plagues in Egypt and to Moses parting the Red sea and even in this I’m sure he had the realization that God was working through Moses as the leader and here he is out in the wilderness on his own fighting against the enemy.   Moses is not with him.  Could he be thinking that he won that battle on his own?  Possibly, but what Joshua came to know, and what we should realize, is that God is always working for us and on our behalf.  It gives a whole new meaning to ‘this battle is not yours, it belongs to God.’  This battle that Joshua fought was not the same as the battle that King Jehoshaphat fought when he knew that on his own, there was no way he could win the battle that was coming.  However, he had time to go to God in prayer and fasting and ask for help and God responded with: 

And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.  II Chronicles 20:15.   

Maybe Joshua prayed before he went out and maybe he didn’t.  We don’t know because the account does not say how he prepared himself.  We do know that he had many ups and downs in the battle before he finally defeated the Amalekites.  

And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.  (Exodus 17:11)

God is omnipresent; present everywhere, as well as omniscient; He sees all.  No doubt, Joshua, left to his own might and power, would not have prevailed against the Amalekites.  It was necessary for God to step in to win the battle.   Unknown to Joshua, God was fighting for him.  How?  Through Moses; as long as Moses arms were lifted unto God, the Israelites prevailed.  When Moses’ got tired of holding his hands up, the Israelites would begin to lose. Joshua did not know this.  Thus God commanded Moses to write the account of the battle and rehearse it before Joshua.  This was necessary for Joshua to know so that he would not get delusional in his head and think it was his power and might that defeated the Amalekites.  It was not his intellect, his strategic planning and positioning but the almighty God that won that battle. 

Beloved, we cannot get it twisted or become delusional; thinking that the things we do for the Lord, the things that we do for our church is done from our own power and might.  When we are successful in our efforts it is because God is behind it and before us opening doors; shutting down the enemy, paving the way for his glory to be revealed through willing, able vessels that He has equipped through the power of His spirit.  We need to remember that always; that the glory goes to God, it rests in God and it is only because of Him that we have successful outcomes.    If we could only remember this; keeping in mind that it is only in God that we live, move and have our being.    

      *      It is only God's opinion that counts  
      *            It is God that we should strive to please. 
      *           It is God in whom we should measure our success. 

Like Joshua, we need to know that God is the supreme orchestrator of our lives and our situations.  Joshua went on to become known as the greatest commander-in-chief because he kept God before him.

When God had fully prepared Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land, He gave him very specific instructions:

   *     Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

   *       Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

   *       This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

   *      Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid , neither be thou dismayed : for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goestJoshua 1:6-9

God gave us the plan in these scripture.  Knowing the word of God is knowing God and what he requires of us.  So why then do we stray from the word of God?  Apostle Paul says that those things which were written of old were written as an example to us to know the right things to do and to avoid the wrong actions.  

When you read the account of the children of Israelites, it lets you know that each time they followed their own mind instead of the will of God, they got into trouble.  

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with being confident in God, knowing who you are in God and knowing God’s specific purpose for your life, none of that gives us the right to now operate according to our whims and desires.  We are to acknowledge God in all of our ways; allowing His glory to be revealed at all times.

(Biblical Studies)