March 8, 2014. You can have a testimony. It’s been said, you cannot have a testimony without a “test.” Well, when you go through testing and trials, the Bible says count it all joy. You are going to have a wonderful testimony for the Lord.
I believe that you can have a testimony for what the Lord does in your life. I want to start the Scriptures this morning from the book of Psalms 119:129. “Your testimonies are wonderful, and therefore does my soul keep them.”
When you think about it, and we are living in freedom. And the law has been paid for in Jesus Christ. We don’t have to make any sacrifices anymore. Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice for us. Through the blood of Christ your sins are completely forgiven. We love the law of Jesus Christ and the testimony that would come from the word of God. Even though you face trials, you can walk in the victory.
We are set free from our sins. It will never be brought up again. And when you bring it up before the Lord and you say to the Lord, “Lord, forgive me.” When you keep asking and asking for forgiveness, the Lord would say back to you, “I don’t know what you are talking about.” You can walk in the victory of the Lord.
The Scripture says, “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing has happened and to you but rejoice because you are partakers of the sufferings of Christ. And when his glory shall be revealed, you shall be glad also with exceeding joy.”
Because of the blood of Christ, we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
March 7, 2014. There is power as we pray one for the other. When I first was in church, my husband would encourage me to sit on the front row of the church and pray for him while he was preaching. Then when I would be preaching, he would sit on the front row and he would pray for me.
We would always say, there is power in prayer. We should be mindful that as we pray for somebody else, and even when you don’t feel like it, and I have seen the Lord heal my body when I would pray for somebody else who needed a healing in their body. As we pray for someone else’s need, the Lord is very likely going to touch the need you have in your life.
The Bible says, give and it will be given to you. So when you give prayer to others, somebody is going to be praying for you. There is nothing too difficult for the Lord to do. I say it a lot, and I will say it again, I am always amazed about the things the Lord does in our lives. It is all through prayer.
Remember the Bible says whatsoever things you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them. But you’ve got to pray first. So many people pray very simple little prayers, as I like to say, they will pray a dimes worth of prayer and they will want a $1 million answer.
It’s important to pray fervently. The Bible says from the book of James, the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much. Your prayers have power. Never give up praying. Jesus said, men should always pray and never give up.
March 6, 2014. The Lord has never made a mistake and he never will make a mistake. When we give every situation to the Lord, and we say, “Lord, what is the planned that you have for my life? I don’t want to wander around in the desert like the children of Israel without a goal because I’ve missed the mark.”
The children of Israel wandered around all of the time, because they just complained and complained. But if we could give it to the Lord, and if we can say, “Lord, lead and guide my footsteps and where ever you want me to go, I want to go and be willing.” I want to be obedient and I want to take the steps that you called for me to take.”
That is the message I want to talk about for a few moments this morning. Lord, lead and guide me as you would have me to go. We don’t know what is ahead, and I’m glad we do not but I know this Jesus understands every situation for all of us. Maybe down the road one week from now, and months from now the Lord knows the end of our lives.
I am standing in the power of believing that Jesus knows and even to this day who will be written down that the lambs book, life when the trumpet sounds. We are to the children of the most high God. We stumble sometimes and we have stumbling blocks that want to make us stumble. As we stand and we say, “Jesus take my hand and lead me if I’m in the Valley and maybe on a mountaintop, and maybe at five in the wilderness or where ever I am, I want you to take my hand.”
I’ll give you a Scripture this morning from Psalm 23: 2. He will make me to lie down in green pastures and he will lead me beside the still waters. Stop and think about it, and when the wind and the waves are moving and with things are rustling and there is a storm that is coming and the waves are high, and we live here in Florida and we are by the Tampa Bay and so many times and we have a storm coming up the clouds will grow dark, and the water will be up high. They will give you a warning that you cannot take your boat out on the Bay because the wind is up high in the storm is coming.
Perhaps you are going through a storm in your life, but hold on to Jesus and remember he will take you by the hand and he will lead you beside the still waters.
March 5, 2014. When you are in a bondage, you cannot be free. Like the Hebrew children who were in bondage, they could not be free, either. They were under the restrictions of the Egyptians, they were working hard. They had nothing to show for their labor. The Egyptians were making them build their temples so they could have their shrines, and all of these things.
When Moses came to the scene, and then Pharaoh became upset, Pharaoh said, “Make it even harder, don’t even give them straw anymore.” Pharaoh was so angry, he just kept making the job even harder and harder. They had to go and get the ingredients to make the bricks themselves. And they said, “what are we going to do? and what will we do?” When Moses call upon the name of the Lord, and what did the Lord say? You must use what you have.
He had the Rod. When he put out the rod, over the Red Sea, and praise the Lamb of God, the Red Sea parted. The children of Israel, and there were not a few but there was a multitude and they all went running over on the dry land. When Pharaoh and his army came down on them and the Lord spoke to Moses and he said, “Your enemies you will not see them anymore, and the Red Sea came back together and all of the enemies, and all of the armies of Pharaoh that were coming against the chill of Israel were drowned in the sea. And the women picked up the tambourines and they began to praise the Lord.
If you want freedom, it’s time for you to praise the Lord! The Bible says when we praise the Lord, it will bring us freedom. it is called a sacrifice of praise. The enemy does not like for us to praise the Lord. Satan would like us to murmur and complain. But we are going to praise the Lord, and live in freedom.
March 4, 2014. This morning I want to talk about the grace of God. We should always be mindful that the Lord will resist the proud, but he will give GRACE to the humble. Be humble before the Lord. Remember we are just passing through this world, and this world, is not our home. We are just pilgrims and we are simply strangers passing through the land.
When we get to heaven, we will not get up there and be proud and we full of ourselves, and we are called to be the servants of the most high God. He says I will not call you servants, but I will called you friends. A friend knows everything that the master is doing, but when we get to heaven the Bible clearly says we will serve the Lord in eternity. What a blessing it is to know that we have got a work that will not be finished on the Earth. We have a work that will continue in eternity as we serve the master.
I want to go to the Book of Acts 18:27. When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. He is our Lord and Savior. He is all things to all men. No matter what need you have in your life, the Lord will be there to supplied the need. You don’t have to have any vexation.
First Corinthians 3:6. I have planted, and Apollos has watered, and God gives the increase. I want to remember that we are team members. We are the body of Christ and we are framed together. He is the head, and he will make the decisions where we go and what the body does. Everything wonderful truly is in the hand of the Lord, and in his hand only.
We should always be mindful and one will plant, and God will water, but it is always the Lord who will give the increase. He said, and my grace is sufficient for you, and my strength is made perfect in your weakness. From Second Corinthians 12:9. Always remember you are what you are by the grace of God. The apostle Paul said in the New Testament, I am what I am by the grace of God. First Corinthians 15:10